Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It's Tuesday

Today is Tuesday and my friend should have received her shawl sometime around noon. My Alabama knitting buddy, Mrs. C., liked the surprise yarn I got her (Rowan Tapestry Whirlpool ) and I'll go see her again tomorrow. The plumber was here this morning and will be back Thursday morning to fix our bathroom plumbing woes. Marley, Sam, and I went to story time at the library this morning and enjoyed bear stories and gummi bears. (I finished knitting the second sock in a pair for Aric while the children listened to the stories.)

This arrived in my mailbox this afternoon:

After comparing the books we both own and reviewing suggestions from others, Jeannine and I have settled on a big book to read together. Sophie's World is subtitled "A Novel About the History of Philosophy," and will doubtless strain my feeble little gray cells. Nonetheless, I am determined to read and understand it. And reading it with Jeannine will make it fun and help me figure it out.

I have requested from my local library the books suggested by Donna and Tammy, and I have Dan's suggestion already on my bookshelf. I guess it will be the next really thick book I read, since Dan is the third person to recommend it. Steve always says, "Three data points mark a trend," and Dan is the third person (after my grandmother and my dad) to recommend Witness by Whittaker Chambers.

I've made a good start on the left and right front sides of Dad's cardigan:

And finally, Donna wrote, "Why not post a picture of your happy place on your blog today?" So here they are:

Our front porch at dusk. Almost every morning Steve and I go out here and read the paper and drink coffee together. This afternoon the girls and I went over their Latin lesson here. And just about any day any one or more of the children will sit on the swings and read.

And because I have have another happy place, here it is:

Yes, my chair in the family room. This happy place has knitting all around, and a trashcan within arm's length so I can throw junk away - and the ubiquitous pile of books I'm reading has been cleared away... for now.

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Blogger Dy said...

Laura, I've been reading regularly and just not commenting (the tappity-tap of the keys seems to wake the baby - the barkity-bark of the dog just outside her window? No. The keyboard three rooms away? Yes. I don't get it.)

But I just had to comment on your happy place photo. That is a gorgeous photo, and it sums up all of the things I love about living here. They are in the details, and the pace, and all of the things that make us smile when we think of them.

But I really need a porch swing.

I hope you are having a beautiful, wonderful week. (And that cardigan, from a confirmed sweater addict, is going to be GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing the beautiful projects and fun things you're working on.)


1:00 AM  
Anonymous Penny said...

Knitting at Meg's tonight- perhaps we should get a Barby doll and name her "Laura". I can even make her some knitting to hold!

It was good seeing you Saturday, and can't wait for Rhinebeck--less than four weeks away!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Just stoppingi by from Quiet Life and Buried Treasure. I love your happy place photo....i wanted to post a picture of home, too, but blogger is not cooperating. Plus Witness by Chambers is on my list of *Must Reads*
Dana in GA

11:17 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Dy, thanks for the encouragement - we're not that far from each other and should get together sometime!

Penny, I'll get the picture of you guys ready to prop up beside my chair. I'll actually be able to work on Dad's sweater - something I wouldn't dare do if I was with y'all in person. (Make sure Barbie is dressed in appropriate clothing and stick a couple of toothpicks and some lace-weight yarn in her hands - and send me a picture, please! Both to phone and email -LLD61@hotmail.com.)

Dana, thanks for reading and commenting. Let me know when you plan to read Witness and I'd love to read along with you! (But give me a couple of months to read this philosophy novel first!)

11:41 AM  
Blogger Purring Piggy said...

You posted at our blog and so I came to "see" you! I was laughing at the picture of Sophie's World, since it is sitting on my bathroom window sill waiting for me to pre-read for my daughter! I am quite daunted by it's size and my gray matter is aching just looking at it! ;) I hope it goes well for your family!!!!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Purring Piggy:
Feel free to join Jeannine and me as we read this book. We plan to start today and read approximately 80 pages per week, for a total of six weeks. We email each other over the weekend to pass to each other our thoughts on the material we covered. This week will be a short (time-wise) week, since we normally start the weekly reading on Monday. My email address is in my comment to Penny, should you decide to come along with us. Or, if you read faster, we'd love to benefit from your insight!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Great porch! I just love it!

Such a comfortable knitting spot!

10:41 PM  

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