Back to normal

I am posting a day early (Tues. being my usual day). My hubby has been working in PA for the past week! I didn't see him for days! He came home on Sat. and I couldn't even spend time with him because of the Read-a-thon. So... he is taking tomorrow off. As soon as I get the daycare kids off to school we are taking off. We will go to the new WalMart in Waterloo that everyone has been to but me! Go to Tim Horton's for coffee and goodies! etc. I will have to be back by 2:00 so I can prepare for the kids after school. But it should be a fun day for us.

What's happening - Wow, what a weekend! It was fun doing the read-a-thon and I would (will) do it again. It was exhausting! There were times when I think I was sleeping with my eyes open and there were times where I was reading and my eyes were slits (I swear they were open 1/16 of an inch). For a while Ashley was falling asleep and I would keep her awake then there was a while when I was falling asleep and she would keep me awake. It was a real good time for us to be together. It was so much better with another person. Next time Ashley is going to make sure she has the whole weekend off.
Me - concentrating on "Goat Song"

Ashley - Enjoying "Big Boned"

Martina - She doesn't like to be left out of anything!

She says she is soaking the information up through her fur. I don't believe her.

When it ended At 8:00 am on Sunday Ashley and I took naps for about 1 1/2 hrs. then she went home. I took a shower, changed my clothes, and cleaned up the living room and kitchen. I turned on the football game (the Steelers) and went back to sleep. I slept through the whole game. I awoke just in time to see them win and walking off the field, 27 - 17. Yea, Go Steelers. They are now 5-2.

My husband called me around 5:00, said he would be home around 7:30 so I went back to sleep!
When I woke up at 7:00 I realized I had to go get milk. When I was driving I couldn't read the road signs! everything was blurry. I think I was brain dead. My eyes were tired.
Sun. night we watched Amazing Race and my recording of Trauma and went to bed. I slept real hard! But I felt fine the next morning.

Books I have read during the Read-a-thon -
Roseflower Creek by J L miles - 5 stars, excellent book. It was about living in poverty and abuse. Very, very sad book. I can't even say it had a happy ending because the ending was even sad! Very well written, loved the Characters, very good discriptions, I felt likeI was right there. I have "Cold Rock River" also written by her, I think I will read that next after I finish "The well and the Mine"

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch - 5 stars loved this book as well! It was about debutant gone wild. Kinda like what happens when the grow up. Funny, sad, well written story. With a happy ending! LOL

Goat Song: a seasonal life, a short history of herding, and the art of making cheese by Brad Kessler - I gave this book 4 stars (I may have given it more if I didn't have to read it so fast) I liked it but it was a little slow in spots. Otherwise it was very interesting! I love books about farm life and animals. There were a lot of facts in here that I didn't know, so I learned some things.

Crossing Over by Ruth Irene Garrett - I also gave this one 4 stars. It was a good memoir but I felt that she generalized too much. If the reader didn't know anything about the Amish they would think that they were all like this. Good thing I live among the Amish and I know better. I believe her story! I just know that they are not all like that. She had a bad experience so I am sure it tainted her life. It was an interesting book and gave some good details of Amish life. OH! also, she was from the "Old Order Amish" and that makes a difference too. I have another book of hers "Born Amish" which I will read as well.

I started "Busy Woman Seeks Wife" but quit reading it. It is British and I do not care for British books. I don't know why, I just haven't found one yet I liked. It started out slow and never got better, wasn't funny or interesting.
Also started "Night Flight" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Also wrote The Little Prince, one of my favorite books!) but was reading it during a very tired time so I think I will start it again. It is a very small, thin book.

That wraps up my reading episode! What a trip.

Knitting - I made a gorgeous hat! which I just love. Now I am working on a scarf to match. I don't think you can tell but the yarn has a little bit of sparklies in it. It is very soft wonderful yarn! Would definitely use it again.

Top 5 - websites you go to regularly (yes, you can only pick 5!) and not counting email.
1. Blogs
2. Shelfari
3. Paperbackswap
4. Ravelry
5. Liberarything


  1. wow that hat is beautiful!

    The readathon was great, I slept so hard last night and didn't wake up until 10:30 this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. It is amazing that you remember what you read.
    The hat and scarf are beautiful.
    What kind of yarn?
    Great pictures.
    Top 5:
    1)Yours and Ashleys blog
    5)Recipe sites

  3. Wonderful job on your beautiful hat! I am glad that I'm not the only one that didn't enjoy Busy Woman Seeks Wife. I gave up on it too.

  4. I don't think I would have made it through the read a thon. Good fro you!!

    1. Facebook
    2. Blogs/Bloglines
    3. The post Journal
    4. Yahoo news
    5.Two peas in a bucket

  5. Congrats on the read-a-thon!

    FYI - LOOOOVE the hat (wink, wink) That pattern is fabulous.

    P.S. - Love your first song on your player!

  6. I love the hat and scarf! And you made it through the read a thon....Yay! We don't have a Tim Horton's here...I am dying to try one.

    5 websites are:

    1. Hotmail
    2. Yahoomail
    3. Blogger
    4. Paperbackswap
    5. Goodreads

  7. wow.. what a great time you had doing the read a thon. I can't wait to do one sometime.

    The hat is so very gorgeous! I am in a hat mood!

  8. I think you should open up your own knit shop! That hat is beautiful!!! Are you selling these things at all??? By the way, you are such a sweetie to buy those bird mugs! I thought it was you! (Zazzle never lets me know who purchases and they ship it direct from their location.) Thank you so much! I'm going to have to send you a gift....
    Okay, websites I visit regularly:
    1. Amazon
    2. Blogs
    3. TMZ (I'm embarrassed to admit this but I do laugh at their celebrity news online!)
    4. My local newspaper's website
    5. Allrecipes.com

  9. I am late checking, but glad you survived the read-a-thon. Like the hat and scarf. I need to learn cable.

  10. sounds like you had quite a readathon- and so did Martina!