First of all, Happy Birthday to Mailing! I could not ask for a better daughter-in-law. She is smart, cute, kind, funny, and she loves my son!
It is a gloomy day here. Rain is on the way and it will most likely rain all day...but it should be mild. I'm glad I got out for a little walk yesterday afternoon. I walked just under 2.5 miles along the Perkiomen Creek and the Schuylkill River. The only thing I noticed was Tinseltown which I had never heard of. Honestly it was very ugly in the daylight - just a mass of white trees and lights set up in a parking lot with lots and lots of trailers around. I looked at the web site yesterday when I got home and it costs around $20 just to get in, but then you have to reserve time (and pay more) to skate on the ice rink or slide down the ice slide. With temps in the 50's it doesn't feel so holiday-ish anyway...
Let's talk making (in my case, knitting) and reading. Time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers. My knitting is progressing. No giant leaps or bounds, but steady progress. The first Turning Leaves sock (the one that Dee and I are knitting together in a very loose KAL) is now ready for a heel to be turned. An Eye of the Partridge heel flap has been completed.
The colors in this yarn are just so beautiful. I'm glad we are knitting a plain vanilla sock and letting the colors just shout out all on their own.
The other sock I'm working on is a Christmas one (Hollyberry yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners). The first sock in this set has had the heel turned and the gusset decreases have begun.
This just looks so festive to me. As of now I'm thinking these will be a gift for someone...but who knows? I could easily change my mind and keep them for me! LOL
I'm happy to report two book finishes this week!! Woo-Hoo! Fletch and I finished listening to Graceland, At Last by Margaret Renkl. As I mentioned in a previous post (or 2) the first half of this book was way too political for me. The second half was better, but it still seemed a little preachy. If you've never read anything by Renkl, I would suggest Late Migrations - I would also recommend this in book format rather than audio as the book includes lovely drawings by the author's brother. Last night we started listening to The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd. Too early to say how this one is.
The other book finished is The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell. Oh how I just loved this book! I would start reading and find it difficult to put the book down; yet at the same time I did not want it to end. Sarah commented to me a little bit ago that she felt the same way and that she also had a feeling of dread as she neared the end of the book. I know that feeling so well, but like Sarah I liked the ending of the book. I felt hope as I finished it last night. True confession: I have not read Hamnet as the idea of the story has not appealed to me. However, after reading "The Marriage Portrait" I have added "Hamnet" to my TBR list.
Last night as I crawled into bed, I started Thunder Bay - book #7 in a series by William Kent Krueger that I am enjoying. His books are a quick read, and I think I managed 40 pages before I turned out my light. I still have several other library books waiting on my nightstand.
Today I will venture out in the rain. I want to return "The Marriage Portrait" to the library as I know the wait list is long. And after avoiding paying bills yesterday, I need to buckle down and get that done.
I hope this Wednesday finds you all well. Be sure to make time to head over to Kat's blog to check out what others are making and reading. I'm sure you will find inspiration!