Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|The book I chose to review is ‘Softly and Tenderly’ by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck.|
I enjoyed the characters, and found them well developed and real. At times, I wondered how much more could happen to all of these people, and then I recalled the people I know who seem to be ‘hit’ over and over again. Somehow, it seems that some people just do experience repeated tragedy and difficulty, and this memory made the story-line that much more believable.
This is the second book in a series, and I found the references to incidents from the first book vague and dissatisfying – and all too frequent. I kept thinking that these references to the past were just a little bit of a mystery and all would eventually be revealed. So beware, you may want to read the first book (Sweet By and By) before you read this one!
All in all, an enjoyable book – and has the potential to be a good series.
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Happy reading! Blessings, Peg
Friday, January 28, 2011
We took a day out yesterday and went to Bellingham WA with friends. It was like a mini-holiday.
After visiting a couple of stores, we stopped at a casino for lunch – no gambling, just food for us. The buffet atmosphere felt like a cruise ship buffet – we relaxed and chatted and laughed and a server was there to make sure our cups and glasses were full and plates were removed and wet-naps were available. It was great – we’ll be doing that again!
Then a stop at Harbor Freight Tools for these beauties – yes it says carpet cutter blades, but believe it or not, they fit the Olfa rotary cutter. So why would I buy them in a hardware store? Well,you know what they cost in a fabric store, for one in a package – unbelievably these are 2 in a package …… for a whopping $2!! I loaded up!! And got a few for my sister-in-law!
As we finished up at an outlet mall, and were readying to head home, the heavens blazed their glory – and the promise of bright skies in the morning:
A perfect ending to a perfect day.
Happy mini-holidays! Blessings, Peg
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I know I can’t work in an untidy environment, so why do I let it get this way?
I tell myself to clean it up, then find something else to do!
So maybe I just need some words for myself – knuckle down, buckle down, just do it – do it – do it!
Happy tidy spaces! Blessings, Peg
Monday, January 24, 2011
Prairie point borders for the Row by Row:
And Maple leaf corners for same:
They’re not actually up on the wall yet, but will be tomorrow!
Happy quilting! Blessings, Peg
Sunday, January 23, 2011
One of my favorite pastimes when we travel is to view church architecture and cemeteries – and Maui didn’t disappoint!
An Episcopal church with an open-air feel (see the ‘window’ through the door:
And gorgeous stained glass:
A Catholic church:
United Methodist Church:
With its own unique stained glass windows – reflective of the climate and geography (hope you can see the palm leaves):
A Chinese mission:
With stained glass all around:
This church is made of coral:
We drove past many cemeteries, appreciating the tidy rows, and marveling at the color (this is winter after all):
The old cemeteries made use of lava rock to define the individual plots:
I wished my sister could join me in a good ‘crawl’!
Happy places to celebrate our Lord! Blessings, Peg
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The gorgeous colors of flora in tropical countries always catch my eye. Here’s some of what we saw while in Hawaii.
Ginger – such a pretty flower on such an ugly root:
A banyan tree (see here for pictures of the famous one):
Hibiscus – the yellow is the state flower:
Bougainvilea (had to prove I was actually here, not just taking pictures from the net):
Lily of the Nile:
Bird of Paradise:
A fig tree:
But imagine our surprise when we found these cacti:
Not sure what this is, but it caught my eye:
Who knew that Allspice grew on trees:
And, of course an orchid lei:
Happy flowers! Blessings, Peg
Friday, January 21, 2011
We’ve seen palm trees before on various travels – always fascinated, and once again enjoyed the various trees seen in Hawaii. Apparently there are 120 different species – these are but a few:
Volcanic eruptions formed these islands, and the generally lush landscape belies the violence and devastation of their history.Lava rock is everywhere to be seen, in some places still choking out the vegetation, after more than 200 years since the last flow:
Also coral had often been used to create long-lasting structures, like this old prison wall:
Happy Hawaii! Blessings, Peg