Little Sprouts

      I know I just planted my garden yesterday, bu
t I was delighted this afternoon to see these vigorous, growing, active sprouts romping about the garden beds!  Uncle Will was careful to show the littler ones to walk on the hard, dirt pathways and not to trample the raised beds.

     We walked out to show Corin the garden, and I forgot the camera!!  I toodled right on back to the house to get it.  I did not want to miss those those treasures running in the garden.

     Later this afternoon, while I enjoyed cuddling the tiniest little treasure under the trees, Corin and Dani watched these three silly ones running around on the trampoline.  Such giggles!!!

     Paw Paw Lu was out this afternoon, too; but he was here to pick up Aaron.  Aaron was invited to join his Paw Paw for a weekend ride with Lu’s motorcycle club.  Aaron was excited!  He helped me in the garden this morning, hanging some bird scare tape over the newly planted garden beds, and measuring the asparagus beds so that I could buy soaker hoses for them, and he was chattering a mile a minute about his trip.

      LOVE the sign language the boy flashed on his way down the driveway!  I love you, too, Bud!  I think it’s great that my children have had the opportunity of getting to know at least some of their grandparents.  My daughters were fortunate to know all four of their grandparents.  My boys have only known Copper’s parents, and now we are treasuring every opportunity for them to be with Copper’s Dad.  What great memories they’ll have!

     I’ve recently finished a couple of books, and I’m going to go ahead and add a few comments about those here.  A list of what I’ve read so far this year, along with a link to my brief review of each, can be found in the side bar to the right.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading lately.
     Dani, Will and I will be in town all day tomorrow, first for appointments with the chiropractor and then for the every other week Mega Shop.  Will rarely goes with us for these big outings and he’s pretty excited.  Dani and I have already planned where to take him for lunch.  It will be fun, but it will be a long day.  It’s always an exciting challenge for Dani and I to see how far we can stretch our food dollars.  It’s a challenge, yes, but one we are motivated to meet!
     Lord willing I’ll have a Saturday in Acrostic and Photos post to share.  Until then, here are a few comments on the two books I’ve most recently completed.    
     The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort, by EllynAnne Geisel.  What a pretty book!!  Dani gave me this book as a gift awhile back, and I really did enjoy it.  The author gives a short history of the apron, and then she shares the stories of various aprons and their owners.  It was delightful!  The book includes directions for making several basic aprons, and there are scads of ideas for embellishing and personalizing aprons, too.  There are a few recipes mixed in, but the stars of this book are the beautiful photographs of aprons!  Dozens of them!  This is a beautiful book, but please note – there is one photo of a gal wearing just her apron.  Just so you know.  
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort(* * * *)
     I finished Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot Tuesday evening.  I love period literature, but this is the first novel by Eliot that I’ve read.  I was immediately drawn into the intricate tale, but the plot line troubled me a bit towards the middle of the book.  There was what I took to be an anti-Semitic tone to the tale, but I eventually learned that not only was the author accurately portraying the prejudicial sentiment of her time, she was also carefully weaving in a plot twist.  That plot twist (trying very hard here not to reveal too much) caused many of the characters in the book to at least begin to look at those of Jewish ancestry in a much different light.  This particular edition contains a great many notes, but I was glad to have them to refer to in explanation of many of the terms used by the author and to translate the many foreign phrases used as well. 
     Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot (* * * * *)

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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