Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday Favorites: September 23

I have lots of favorites this week, and that’s not even including the fact that Halloween is coming.  Yeah fall!

  • Our first book club!
  • I finally posted our photography challenge entries.  Please vote.  We tried doing it ourselves, but we all just voted for ourselves and it was a four way tie.
  • The A.B.C. Murders – I finished another Agatha Christie book this week.  I didn’t actually read the entire book this week; I started it at the beginning of this month.  Now I’m reading The Host, I’m not sure if it’s a favorite yet.

There’s even more fun stuff in the wonderful world of blogs!

  • The new issue of Party Dress Magazine is ready for your viewing pleasure.
  • I’ve been learning about 72 hour kits for over 20 years and I thought I pretty much had it down.  Everyday Food Storage shares why we should include nylons in our 72 hour kits!
  • I love this sketch for cards or scrapbooks from Got Sketch? I had to pin the first sample.
  • My daughter is writing for Arizona Mama!  See how she rescued a cute shirt with a stain into another cute project.

What are your plans for the first weekend of fall?

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club

We had our first book club meeting last night.  It was so much fun!  Our group was small and informal, so it was comfortable.  The best part was that a couple of my older kids decided to join in the fun.

We talked about how life on Guernsey is a microcosm of life in general.  There are always those people who go out of their way to stand up for those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves, there are those who reach out to include others, and unfortunately there are those who bully and criticize.  Just like anywhere else, the secret is to surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage.

Us older folks both seemed to be absent the day they taught about World War II in school.  Neither of us knew that much about the German invasion.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have an army invade my community and devastate my way of life.  We wondered how we would act in that situation.  Would we have thought all Germans were evil or would we see people for what they are besides their nationality.

Our conversation wasn’t limited to just The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We compared it to parts of other books.  Then we talked about even more books when we chose books for the next few months.  I’m glad to have a couple of specific books to keep in mind.

And finally we finished off the night with something sweet.  It seemed appropriate to share my favorite pie, Praline Pecan Chocolate Mousse Pie.  I know you are shocked it wasn’t a potato peel pie.

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Photography Club Challenge: Perspective Line

Our photography club met again, since it was Labor Day and the kids had the day off from school. Before I talk about our lesson and challenge, I’ll share the winners from our last challenge.  Yep, there was a tie and here are the winners.

Deer Wild

Food Please

First we pulled out my old college photography text book and discussed lenses, the long and the short of it.  Actually the best times to use long and short lenses.  Then we talked for a few minutes on perspective line, since that was the theme of this time’s challenge.  Once again, I am impressed by how differently we all see the same topic!  Without further ado, here are the submissions for this challenge.

A Measure of Strategem


What is It?


Wide than Narrow


Perspective Piano

Now it’s your turn to get involved, please leave a comment voting for your favorite Perspective Line photo!


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The Old Testament

After 1 3/4 years, I finally finished reading the entire Old Testament this morning!  The Old Testament is challenging, not just because of the language and the customs, but the chronology.  I get so confused when the story hops time periods , and then the Israelites split into two groups.  But reading the whole thing through helped me to start recognizing the jumps because the names became more familiar.

Once I got past the language and the chronology, I could see the numerous symbolism to Jesus Christ and his constant and unwavering love for us.  I’ve always known that studying the scriptures is a process, that’s why we read them over and over again.  It has been especially clear to me as I read the Old Testament.  Once I gained a little understanding, my knowledge base grew, then my knowledge grew – and the cycle continues.

I am grateful for the scriptures.  I know they bring us knowledge and understanding.  I also know that those gifts don’t come without a price, you actually have to read them.

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