Monday, May 08, 2017

Loving someone is like...

“To love someone is like moving into a house," Sonja used to say. "At first you fall in love in everything new, you wonder every morning that this is one's own, as if you are afraid that someone will suddenly come tumbling through the door and say that there has been a serious mistake and that it simply was not meant you would live so fine. But as the years go by, the facade is worn, the wood cracks here and there, and you start to love this house not so much for all the ways it is perfect, but for all the ways it is not. You become familiar with all its nooks and crannies. How to avoid that the key gets stuck in the lock if it is cold outside. Which floorboards have some give when you step on them, and exactly how to open the doors for them not to creak. That's it, all the little secrets that make it your home. " 
- Fredrik Backman , A Man Called Ove” 
I am enjoying this quirky book.  Despite some strong language, it is full of interesting writing and often makes me laugh out loud at its often black humor.  It is one of those books that rings true.  I know Ove, and his neighbors. And the gem above is one of many insightful, even sweet passages.  I need to finish it before deciding upon my final recommendation, but it is fun reading so far...

And how I love being at the stage in my life and marriage when my creaks are all known, and I know how to mostly avoid frozen locks...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy birthday, Ben!

33 years ago today, our golden-haired boy entered the world, and made it a much better and more interesting place.  God's blessings on you today and always, Son.  We love you!
















Monday, April 24, 2017

Recently completed projects

Through the last months of winter, I have been sneaking in time for lots of little projects, and finished several in and around the travel and re-organization projects going on lately.  So here are the things actually finished, and in most cases already gifted!

I made a small (45" x 45") table topper as a shower gift.

And a set of three fabric baskets that match Emma's quilt, to set on her new stand next to her bed.


I also completed tote bags with matching small zippered bags for the Grands for Easter.




This set of mug rugs was another shower gift.

And I completed 3 sets of quilted coasters.



And lastly, I completed several other tote bags.





I have really enjoyed these small projects!  Next ahead: quilts for three grandchildren need finishing.