A Little Bit of This…

May 12th

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Friends, my life is so scattered at the moment, I feel like a sandcastle that’s just been hit by an ice cold wave. Then again — it is self-imposed chaos after three back-to-back trips and a new job. And so, I ask that you hang in there with me while I get reorganized.

A couple of odd errors I’ve been meaning to correct:

1. My recipe for this month’s OYW project? 1/2 cup of peanut butter. NOT 1 1/2 cups. Jeez.

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2. The sewing projects for this month’s OYW project? They are the summer nightie and the pintucked top. Also, you have 2 months to complete these. I am going to try both. I know. Big promises for a girl who can’t seem to buy groceries and make dinner most nights of the week nowadays. (Is nowadays a word? If not, I’m making it so.)

So — 1/2 a cup of PB. Cute clothes. Two months to complete. Cook. Sew. Go!

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In other news, I’ve read a bunch of great books lately and haven’t posted the details:

1. The Help. 4 out of 5 bananas. I really enjoyed this read and it left me with a newfound hunger for southern American writers. I actually bought Faulkner after reading this. It is a beautiful story of race, women, motherhood, and the South in the 1960s. This was an anti-vampire book club selection and I was very pleased. Read this book.

2. Little Bee. 3 out of 5 bananas. I also enjoyed this, mainly because it discusses both refugees and Africa. I thought the story was interesting and the characters were good. I simply wanted more. The main character in particular — Little Bee — was fascinating and I felt like we only got a glimpse at who she really was. Plus the ending left me wondering if it was written for a sequel. Nonetheless, any book that discusses these heavy topics is a winner with me. I appreciate the author’s attempt to teach the masses about those often overlooked in society.

3. The Blood of Flowers. 3 out of 5 bananas. An interesting story about Persian women and carpet making centuries ago.

I am currently reading, The Elegance of the Hedgehog for book club. It is translated from French and you can tell, which drives me a little batty. But the story is so far keeping my attention. I am debating several options for my selection for book club next month, including Brady Udall’s newest book, The Lonely Polygamist. Udall is the author of one of my favorite books of all time, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. Others under consideration include: People of the Book and Half the Sky.

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Also? I currently have about 10,000 tomatoes, thanks to those 23 plants I planted back in January. I am going to can tomatoes this weekend, like some sort of homesteader. And do laundry. And by groceries. Because, by golly, I will catch up, put away the suitcase. I will. I will. I will!

~K

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  1. Veronica May 12, 2010

    I am currently rereading People of the Book. It is a fabulous story. I know you would love it. I read Year of Wonders also and it is just as good. Guess it’s time to read her book that won the Pulitzer, March.

  2. Madelyn May 12, 2010

    Love the flower photos! and yes, ‘nowadays’ is definitely a word!

  3. I read The Help a few months ago, before it became really popular I think. It was good but I’m not sure I would’ve read it if someone didn’t lend it to me. I hear they’re turning it into a movie.

  4. I read the help a few months ago too and enjoyed it.

    Here’s hoping you catch up and no…I will not be sewing again this month. I don’t see how that pattern will fit my generous chest without SERIOUS pattern revisions. 😉 Not gonna do it! I will definitely cook.

  5. Whoa! Kelli!

    Let’s talk about southern authors sometime soon. I went through a phase, but I mostly listened to books on tape and fell in love with Rick Bragg. Rick is completely unaware, however.

  6. i totally think you should read Just After Sunset by Stephen King. i know you’re not a fan, but this is a short story collection he did a few years ago and i’m usually not a ss fan, but i’m LOVING it. i want you to read it and tell me what you think.

  7. Read People of the Book – twice and it is great. Plus it has Spanish history in it, which interested me. I would highly recommend it. Enjoy!

  8. I also vote for People of the Book. My entire family has been passing around a copy, and my book club read it on my recommendation. Great book!

  9. Nice! I just finished Elegance of the Hedgehog (eh – it was fine), People of the Book (AWESOME) and Half the Sky (compelling – this book was MADE FOR YOU, Donk).

    Might I also recommend, “Cutting for Stone”. I’m in the middle of it now and I adore it. It’s about the story of a nun who gives birth to twins and the life stories of all parties involved. Yes, I said a “nun who gives birth to twins”. Good premise, yes?

    Go buy some food, though, first.

  10. Stacey S. May 14, 2010

    I read Little Bee over the summer and could not agree with you more. I adored the ‘Little Bee’ character and if the entire book had been told from her point of view, I probably would have enjoyed it more. It lagged during the ‘Sarah’ parts. I started to dread them. The ending was a lot to be desired, but that’s my taste. I like things to be done up nice and tidy. I don’t think there will be a sequel. I think it left off that way so we could use our imaginations (in the worst possible way) and conclude the story. Our book club read Elegance of a Hedgehog and I was a little pissed at the end. We have a French woman in our group and she explained so much that was lost in translation. It made a difference, but I was still pissed. I haven’t heard of People of the Book, but I’m putting it on my list. Thanks for the recommendations and enjoy the canning.

  11. Thanks for the book recommendations, I needed some. I might place an amazon order tonight.

    Pretty flower pics, western groundsels, I believe, as I photographed some a couple weeks ago. I’m learning flower IDing through blogging and that makes me happy.

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