Super Bowl Sunday
Well, not for me. I am not a professional sports fan so I am reading my way through this game although my husband is watching it. I am yearning for "Downtown Abbey" but it will have to wait a bit.
"What am I reading", you might ask. I am reading through my blog list which I try to do every day. I have a very nice variety of blogs that I enjoy reading that cover a variety of subjects. I get such pleasure and inspiration from these blogs and feel that I have actually made friends with many of the authors. I start my day out reading a specific few and, as I sit with my cuppa and my computer in the early morning, I feel like I am having a nice visit with a friend. Reading blogs is such a different experience from social networking (i.e. Facebook) -- much more rewarding and a lot less manic (read "political").
I am also reading a couple of new books. One I am enjoying a great deal, the other, not so much. "The Quilter's Apprentice" by Jennifer Chiaverini was a gift to me from my daughter. She certainly knows me well and knew that I would enjoy getting into this series. What's not to love? I mean, quilting, a beautiful old mansion in Pennsylvania, a woman trying to "find herself", an older woman looking to/needing to connect -- I love books involving the human condition and this is brimming with that. Throw in a quaint quilt shop (would love to own one!) and I am in reading heaven. This book is a page turner and even though I am only about half done, I would definitely recommend.
The second book that I am reading --or trying to -- is one that caught my eye months ago but I was hesitant to acquire it so I waited until I found it on the discount shelf at the bookstore before I bought it and I am glad I waited. It is "Wench" by Dolen Perkins-Valdez and, while it has my interest, I am afraid it is going to be a lot more graphic than I like. I am sure it involves the human condition as it concerns a posh vacation spot where wealthy plantation owners would frequent with their slave mistresses. I am not sure I am going to get very far into this book as I don't think I will be able to handle the subject matter. I will see and let you know. I don't usually give up on books but I do read for pleasure and I am not sure this is going to be pleasurable.
I am finishing up some cross stitch Christmas ornaments that I started a while back. They were supposed to be done for Christmas but I got sick and, well, it just didn't happen. Oh well, there is always next year! I especially enjoy doing the ornies from Little House Needleworks because they are challenging enough but quick enough to almost qualify as instant gratification -- providing you don't get sick! These are the ones I am currently working on.
I had planned a flat finish for these but I really enjoy a pillow-type finish with ribbons and things so I think that is what I will do -- maybe with a velvet backing. I have a lot of time to figure it out!
It has been a quiet weekend. My knee and foot are killing me so I haven't been up and around very much. I already have arthritis (first diagnosed at 34 years old! A couple of years ago) and then I twisted it badly trying to get up off the floor while babysitting. I am ok once I am down but if I have to do much getting up and down, I am done. So, between that and the plantar faciitis in my right heel, I am fairly useless. In spite of that, and the headache I can't get rid of, I did do laundry today and rearrange my kitchen counters and swap some flour/sugar into new canisters. I wasn't entirely idle but I did do a bit of resting as I went. All of this knee/foot pain is really tiring and I missed church today because I just wasn't moving around very well and, honestly, exhausted. It took me all day to get any energy and it didn't last long. I sound like an ancient, old crone but I am not -- however, I think my knees are at least twenty five years older than the rest of me. Ouch.
On that note, I am back to my book. I will review it later on.