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Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment In Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall

ISBN-10: 080107536XISBN-13: 978-0801075360Publisher: Baker Books (September 5, 2017)


Synopsis
The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time for women to slow down and relish what's right in front of them. An annual marker for many, it is a holiday that can often remind us how life is not going as we'd planned. Our family relationships remain strained, our finances stretched, and our schedules stuffed with too much to do in too little time.

Following the formula of her successful Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares with readers her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Addressing the themes of Advent and Christmas, she reflects on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, with practical pullouts on common Christmas stressors, such as finances, schedules, and extended family. Kuykendall's signature candor helps women go easy on themselves, remember what truly matters, and find joy in their…

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

ISBN-10: 0800722701ISBN-13: 978-0800722708Publisher: Revell (September 5, 2017)


From the Publisher
When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? 

Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy.




The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is a delightful romance read for the holiday season! This moving story is well written, engaging and full of emotions. It's an easy read that will relax as well as …

Hand Made: The Modern Guide To Made From Scratch Living by Melissa K. Norris

ISBN-10: 0736969675ISBN-13: 978-0736969673Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2017)

What it's all about ... 

Homemade Shouldn't Be Hectic Do you wish you could slow down and create a home you and your family love and enjoy spending time in? Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life and voice of the Pioneering Today podcast, offers down-to-earth tips and guidance to help you learn how to... bake old-fashioned recipes (everything from biscuits to shepherd's pie) with quick, stress-free stepsgrow, harvest, and preserve culinary and medicinal herbs (with DIY tutorials for soaps, salves, and balms)make your own cultured and fermented foods at home following simple instructions for buttermilk, sour cream, sourdough, and moresimplify your routine and declutter your home with room-by-room guides and Depression-era wisdomOpen your heart to God-given rest and discover practical and tangible ways you can craft your home into a refuge for yourself and the ones yo…

Another Great PBS Show ~ Secrets of the Six Wives

So much has been written about Henry the VIII, his reign and his wives ... what could one more documentary share anything new?  
How about the King's reign from the perspective of his six wives! 

{From PBS}Historian Lucy Worsley time travels back to the Tudor Court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives. Combining drama based on eye witness accounts, historical sources and Lucy’s own contemporary historical comment, Lucy moves seamlessly from the present to the past. In a world run by men where the king had ultimate power, each queen (as well as their ladies in waiting) found their own unique methods of exerting influence. For the first time, it is these women’s stories that Lucy wants to uncover, witness and explore, as well as offering her own take on Henry himself. 


{My Thoughts} 
The film production of this documentary is excellent. Lucy Worsley, the narrator has such a passion for history and it shines through.  Her modern day perspect…

Continuous Granny Square Blanket

Continuous Granny Square Blanket


I had a lot of fun creating this blanket and truth be told, it was so easy - just one large continuous granny square! I was pretty excited to see the colors blend so much better than I anticipated.
The yarn I used was Red Heart's Super Saver and I just picked out colors that I liked.  For the pattern, I loosely based this blanket on The Crochet Crowd's continuous granny square pattern but I wanted to use multiple colors so I adapted his pattern a bit. 


 Colorful Granny Square Blanket Pattern
Color 1 - 2 rows
Color 2 - 2 rows
Color 3 - 4 rows
Color 4 - 2 rows
Color 5 - 2 rows
Repeat the above pattern until you reach the size that you want for your blanket.  To finish it off, I did a row of single crochet for the border.

A Man Called Ove {Book to Movie Review}

I kept seeing the bookA Man Called Oveby Fredrick Backman around various blog sites and the internet.  I read the book synopsis and added it to my wish list thinking, "this sounds like a great read!"   Then I came across it in on Amazon (Prime) and decided to give it a go. I don't often watch movies with subtitles but as I had some free time and this book/movie really sounded so good  I thought I'd watch it. 



This movie is amazing! 


The story is stunning, the actors are excellent and the subtitles did not detract at all from the movie. It's charming, inspiring, endearing, hilarious at times while poignantly sad at others.  Overall, a truly good  movie!  
The concept of the movie's underlying theme bothered me a bit until I understood it was a way to connect Ove's past to his present and how his life shaped him to be the man he is now.  A life where his present is fraught with new and old neighbors that drive him batty and a stray cat that won't take no fo…