Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snowball Quilt Block and The Simple Woman's Daybook

Snowball Quilt Block
The Simple Woman's Daybook for January 7, 2014

Outside my window . . . the evergreens are full of snow from a recent snowfall.  It's beautiful, but it's been cold here!

I am thankful . . . that most of my family was here together for Christmas, including my grandson.  Such good memories! 

In the kitchen . . . Cheese Soup, salad, and pretzel buns.  Also the makings for corn chowder and some very ripe bananas that need to be made into banana nut bread. 

I am hearing . . . the heater keeping the house toasty warm.

I am creating . . . a Once Upon a Time storytelling quilt for my grandson as part of my Persian Pickles quilting group. 

I am going . . . to make myself finish the blocks for my Redwork Little Birdies Calendar Quilt before I allow myself to start another handwork project!
I am reading . . . The Healing Quilt by Lauraine Snelling for the Quilters' Book Club, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, and The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan for my local book club meeting.  I just finished reading The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge.  This author is best known for her beloved Anne of Green Gables.  

I am hoping . . . that I can teach my students both reading skills AND a love of reading and books.    
I am looking forward to . . . my local book club meeting on Thursday.  Such a good group of women!
I am remembering . . . a day last week when my sisters and I got together to watch the entire Season 1 of Call the Midwife.  We usually meet for lunch once a month, but this time we had the opportunity to spend the whole day together.  We ate Toad in the Hole for breakfast and had tea with scones, clotted cream, and lemon curd in the afternoon.
Around the house . . . Christmas decorations are all packed up and put away for another year.  I am rearranging my sewing room to make it more user-friendly. 
I am pondering . . . how to create a user-friendly room for a grandbaby.
One of my favorite things . . . getting a video or photo of my grandson regularly from his parents.  What a bright spot to my day!

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .  Resume teaching my reading students at school and my tutoring students at home after a break over Christmas. 
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Friendship Star Variation Quilt Block.  You can read other's Simple Woman's Daybook right here.


  1. I love the dishes in your photo.....and I have enjoyed the series: Call the Midwife....or you also watching Downton Abbey? How nice to spend that time with your sisters...I was able to meet one of mine for lunch last week....I like your blog, and I think I'll follow you.
    Mama Bear

  2. Oh my goodness a Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge what fun! I just adored Ann of Green Gables!!!

    1. Why don't you join along! I'd only read her Anne books before this, and it's been really interesting to learn more about the author and read some of her other books.

  3. I taught Ann of Green Gables to my sixth graders one year. Love the books. How do you read so much. I don't read a lot but listen to books while I sew. Our minister challenged us to read the Bible through this year, so I am reading that, a couple devotions, and What Alice Forgot. I do most of my reading on the treadmill. I have many friends and a couple best friends.
    Thanks for all you do.

  4. :D I love posts like this that look over the day. A snapshot of someone's life.

    Might I say, "I LOVE YOUR TEA POT!!!"? ;) 'Cause I do!!

    And I'm so glad that you are participating in the L.M. Montgomery reading challenge with us!

  5. Wonderful post and a beautiful tea pot! Thanks for sharing.
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