In the last week, we’ve celebrated Copper’s birthday with all of our kids and grandkids here at the same time, signed all of the paperwork for the financing of the new kitchen, checked out estimates to repair my vehicle, had a whole bunch of maintenance done on that same car, took William (my social butterfly) to several church events, had two emergency eye appointments (I’m fine.), and we even took a quick trip down the highway to pick up a piece of furniture and take Dani to lunch.
When all of that wasn’t happening, we were still doing all of the things that are necessary to keep family life moving in the right direction, and, of course, I made time to read. And sew. There’s been lots and lots of sewing! (This post contains affiliate links.)
On the reading front, I’ve had Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns, on my reading queue for a really long time. I’m so glad that I added it to my summer reading list! It was a wonderful story, set in the deep south, in 1906. A family is shaken, and the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia is scandalized, when the family patriarch marries a much younger woman just days after the death of his first wife. To make matters worse, the new wife is a northern woman. His grandson, Will (I love boys named Will!), adores his grandfather, and he watches as the town, and his family, deal with the new family member, the gossip that is such a big part of life in a small town, and the grief that comes from loss. I loved how the author deals with the inter racial bigotry of the time, as well as with the white-on-white bigotry that was so prevalent in the south. I loved this book!
On the other hand, Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed was a disappointment. While the story, at least in the first half or so of the book, was engaging, the end of the book was poorly written. Too many back stories were begun late and never resolved. Characters were introduced, and their lives intertwined with the main characters’ lives, but then those relationships were never completely brought to conclusion. I had the book with me at an eye appointment, and the technician mentioned that though she’d enjoyed the author’s first book she was having a hard time with this one and had set it aside. I was only forty or fifty pages into the book at that time, but I understand her difficulties now. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. Please note, the central themes of the story revolve around the deplorable conditions caused by poverty in Afghanistan and the horrors of living in a war torn country, which might make it an especially difficult read for sensitive readers. This is the first, and so far only, disappointment from my summer reading list.
When I wasn’t reading during my free moments, I was sewing – basting lots and lots of hexies! Basting these little 3/4″ hexagons is addicting! I have immediate plans for this current bunch of hexies, and some rough ideas for at least one more project using these colorful cuties.
Cutting the templates and basting the hexies by hand, is relaxing and both can be accomplished while carrying on a conversation or while watching a movie. It’s amazing, to me, how many of these little beauties I can baste in an hour!
All of these little hexies were cut from small scraps left over from Dani’s now closed Etsy shop. I printed my templates on cardstock using the pdf found here.
You all know, by now, how important I think it is that you are reading. Keeping your own tank filled is important as you pour yourself out, daily, for your family. For me, time spent daily in the Scriptures, reading lots of books, and exercising my creativity are all tank fillers. Keeping my own tank filled is vital as I look well to the ways of my household.
How about you? What are you reading? What helps you to keep your own tank filled?