Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wedding Bells

No...not you can stop panicking family :)))

I've been invited to the wedding of Laura and Brian.  Laura is the daughter of the minister of the Mennonite Church here in Deloraine and I was really delighted to receive an invitation.

So...I have been busily trying to finish a crocheted lap blanket for them...

Also reading An Alter in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor (having just finished her Leaving Church as mentioned in my previous post).  It is really good!!  I think some-one on Ginny's Yarn Along mentioned her books...and I'm so glad they did!  I will certainly be reading more of her work.
Here are a few snippets...
From the chapter The Practice of Waking Up To God...
"Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right.  Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when that practice succeeds or fails.  Wise people do not have to be certain what they believe before they act.  They are free to act, trusting that the practice itself will teach them what they need to know." (p14)
And from the chapter The Practice of Paying Attention...
"Reverence requires a certain pace.  It requires a willingness to take detours, even side trips, which are not part of the original plan." (p24)
A week later...
Ok...going to get this finished and published this time...
Finished reading An Alter in the World and really enjoyed it.  Interesting , honest and insightful.  Lots of noteworthy quotes (I have margin markings and underlines on nearly every page), but if I take the time to write more'll never get this post. will just have to read the book :))
Still working on the wedding blanket, and reading Trafficking in Sheep - A Memoir by Anne Barclay Priest.  Only 30 pages in, but so far it's good...
And more knitting for charity packaged up to mail away...
(2 vests/sleeveless pullovers and 7 scarves)
Will leave you with a final quote from An Alter in the World:
From the chapter The Practice of Getting Lost...which, by the way, I seem to be very good at!! :))
"I have found things while I was lost that I might never have discovered if I had stayed on the path" (p73)
"God does some of God's best work with people who are truly, seriously lost." (also p73)
Ok...can't resist one more (not sure if this was in the book or not...can't remember where I read it)...

This one is my new sign off on my emails...
"Be who you is, 'cause if you ain't who you is, you is who you ain't."
(Forrest Gump)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yarn Along

Linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along
Blankets for charity!
We had over 80 x 10" squares that the ladies in the knitting group had crocheted.  When my friend Debbie was here a couple of months ago, she took them all home with her and made them up into 3 single bed sized blankets.  Such beautiful colours...and all out of various bits and pieces of leftover yarn!!
Thanks Debbie :))
(Debbie blogs HERE)
(Rainbow Blankets for Mission Without Borders)

More jumpers and beanies for Nepal knitted by the dedicated ladies in our knitting group...

Still crocheting around the edge of a single bed blanket for charity...

Finished the red mittens, but they are a bit big for me, so will send them to one of the charities we support.

And on the reading front...

Almost finished re-reading The Clear Light of Day by Penelope Wilcock  and enjoying it again!
(Pen blogs HERE

And looking forward to starting Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor 
Couldn't resist a little sneak read...I think it's going to be good!!!

Had son Ben and daughter in law Hayley here recently...we had 2 nights in Stanley (love that place!).  Hope to get a post up about it soon.

Finishing up with a quote from Barbara's book....

"The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself"
(William Faulkner)