Some New Friends…

made their way to our bookshelf this Christmas.

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Aren’t books the most incredible gift? I mean, to me, it’s like finding an immediate, soul mate to explore the planet with.Β  The best part is that you have no real idea where you’ll end up with a new one at your side.

Little Felted Animals” is going to teach me how to make–ahhh—well, little felted animals. Doesn’t that kitten look positively real?Β  I’ve always wanted to try felting. I don’t even really know what it is–but I’m going to learn. My creatures may end up looking more like SpongeBob than animals, but I’m excited to give it a try. If it ends up really scary–well, then–we’ll have some new crafts for Halloween. har har.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Here we have “Celebrating Cookies.” Now I ask you…who can resist a title like that? The best part about this book is that each recipe has a full page photo of the cookie–like the cover–so you know way before you start if it’s something you want to eat. Pretty sure, if it’s a cookie in any form, I want to eat it. But I still like to have a picture first. Good things coming from this place soon. Mmmmm….

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The Bald Kid and April’s Jacob both got a large package of Paracord (really strong, kinda pretty rope) for Christmas to make some survival gear with. When I saw all the colors that this stuff came in, my creative juices started flowing and before I knew it, I’d–ahem–accidentally pushed the Amazon 1-click button and had to give “Decorative Knots” to myself for Christmas. It looks fun and has projects in it that–again–I’m quite certain you’ll see in the next few weeks.

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But before I can get too carried away with my new treasures, I’ve got to get better acquainted with an old, dear friend. Remember our family book club? Well, it’s still going along nicely–with the exception of the slow poke, that everyone has to wait for. I love to read– really I do. But the problem is, I’m usually in the middle of about 8 books at one time and so it is…slow going. But this one, along with “Simple Abundance” that a few of us are reading again this year–are just the motivation I need to get all my little duckies lined up and heading in the right direction.

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After all, any journey is better when walking with a friend.

What about you? Did you get any “literary companions” for Christmas this year?

If you’re curious about the “Simple Abundance” adventure–grab a copy here and read with us.

Who knows?

Maybe our dreams are about to come true…

14 Replies to “Some New Friends…”

  1. I got book #3 in the “Wheel of Time” series. The Bald Kid knows what I am talking about. These books are awesome! After I read my scriptures, have couple scripture time, and read “Simple Abundance” I haven’t had time to read more of book #2. That is something I am trying to work on! I have a big list of must reads.

  2. great new books–I, too, would ‘need’ the knot book!
    I’m leaving for home tomorrow–hope to dodge the snow storm headed this way and have a smooth, non-delayed flight.
    Holly had her baby on Sat morning–all went well. I could have come here with a toothpick for supplies. ( that means I didn’t have to do anything very midwife-y)
    It’s 7 here….. look forward to getting some of the projects I thought I’d get done here,… done upon my return.

  3. Neil got me the “Nourishing Traditions” cookbook. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it and wanted it for awhile. Hopefully I can put it to good use soon! He also got me a book about essential oils and using them in holistic healing, etc. Pretty sure he saw it and got excited to read it himself, so he used me as an excuse to buy it! πŸ˜‰ But I’m grateful to receive it none-the-less! πŸ™‚

    And I can’t wait to see what felt animals you create! That kitten is positively adorable!!!!

  4. Somehow I missed that Knots book that you got. Looks cool though.

    I saw a friend of mine do 52 books for a year. I think that sounds like a good idea… so I’m trying to compile a list. More later I suppose.

  5. I heard from a couple people that they really like that series. You’ll have to keep me updated on what you think of it πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, I know Wheel of Time too. Sadly, I’m only in the middle of the first book. But it’s big stuff in these parts. The scripture reading will actually help you get more done–just the way it works! And luckily, Simple Abundance reading is short and sweet–tiny little daily devotionals.
    I’m excited about your adventure in the second WoT book. The gang is pretty crazy about this series.

  7. Oh doooo come back Jenny! I bet you’re positively home sick by now. Congratulations to Holly and family. I’m glad it was a sit-back and relax one for you. Just as they all should be, I think.

    Where are all the bag pictures coming from. Do you have these ones or are you just shooting someone else’s stuff? They are really pretty.

    I’m excited for you to see your Christmas package from April.

    Come home…Come home…Come home.

  8. I’m sure I’ve heard of that cookbook. It sounds wonderful. Please, please–let me know if you find something positively irresistible, and we’ll jump on it.
    The essential oil ones sounds good too. We’re working on making disinfectant soap with Teatree oil–so we’ll see if it’s too hard for our simple little souls.

  9. Yeahhhh..pretty sure we could do a book a DAY for about 16 years. What a good idea. We should all make our own lists–how fun!

  10. I didn’t actually get any new books… yet. Mom’s box isn’t here yet and that will probably have a book for me, knowing my mom. But I did start reading the Orson Scott Card Homecoming series and I really have enjoyed it so far. I read 2 full books and half of two other books over the last three weeks. Now I need to finish the other two books, The Quest for a Maid, and one of the Homecoming books. I just love reading and how you can really go anywhere with it. I love leaving all my problems behind and diving into other people’s lives and problems!! I know the feeling of finding a new friend within a new book!!

  11. Ohhhh, Quest For a Maid is one of our all time favorites! We positively FORCE people to read it. No agency in this house. Ha ha. Did you love it?

    AND we read Ender’s Game earlier this year–yes, we’re late bloomers on that one—but we loved it. May have to check out OSC’s other works. Let us know on the Homecoming series.

  12. I got “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou and I’m already done with it. It read a lot like “House On Mango Street”. I liked it. There were a couple parts that were a little intense… but nothing too up in your face. Maya Angelou has an amazing way with words. It was easy to just let the pages turn.

    I also got some kids books… YAY!!! πŸ™‚ That’s always fun too!

  13. Maya Angelou is an incredible woman. I need to read that one too. And “The Monster At the End of This Book” is a 30 year old classic! I’m so glad you found it again.

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