Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
What really made me get excited is that while out window shopping, Anne and I spotted an adorable apron and she mentioned she would like a little project! Project? I love projects! We headed back to our other place where the sewing machine, fabrics and such make their home.
It was fun to "shop" the shelves of my fabric stash. I enjoyed watching Anne selecting her choices that matched her gentle disposition with rosy tones and a sweet little print. My choices were, well, shouting with color and print.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Can I just say that I love, love, love this big clock on the second floor?
What is different about this library than my hometown library is that this place has strolling security guards. And towards the end of my photo taking, I noticed one seemed to be following me. Hmmm...it turns out that you are not allowed to take pictures in the building. Who knew?
This happens at our library all the time! Of course, I know not to take pictures of people directly. I, however, thought taking architectural photos would be fine. Just fine. I complied with the request, and luckily retained my camera and my new CPL library card.
So, consider yourselves warned. Just sayin'.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
To date, Patrica Polacco has writtten over 70 books. Many of them have an underlying theme of righting wrongs within the school or community - bullying, prejudice, poverty, disabilities. But with her wonderful, vibrant illustrations and colorful text, you are gently guided towards a fair resolve without even knowing you are learning tolerance and love in the process. She also writes books about family times: baking Thunder Cake when a storm is brewing, her older brother with red hair, her best friend getting cancer.
One of Ms. Polacco's most well-known stories is one titled The Keeping Quilt. It is about immigrants leaving the old country and never seeing those left behind ever again. But with scraps of the clothing of the parted relatives a quilt is made...and to future generations their stories are told. And, yes, this is based upon Patricia's own true story.
As she was talking about the making of this book and the generations before hers, many of my own memories surfaced: how Grandma R. was a baker with heavenly orange-frosted rolls, how Grandma N. raised a flock of seven as an early widow, how my Mom changed her clothes before Dad came home for dinner, how we packed up to go to an early breakfast in the mountains. However, my attention quickly refocused when I heard her voice asking, "Would you like the see the real Keeping Quilt? I brought it with me!"
Oh. My. Goodness.
Would I ever LOVE to see the real Keeping Quilt! And she pulled it out of a very ordinary looking bag, all folded up like it was something you could see every day.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Let me just talk a little about the colors here in our nest - they are different! The dining room and kitchen are a chocolate lover's dream with two browns: milk and dark. Once you go through the chocolates, you enter the living room with a honey of a gold color with just a little splash of key lime pie thrown in. Here's where you can see the coffee table and side table that were my Mom's and now painted black...what would she have thought about that?Now you are looking back at our kitchen from the living room. We are loving having a place for barstools and being able to chat with others as things are cookin' in the kitchen! Speaking of the kitchen, we received these wall words - Faith Hope Love as a house-warming gift from Kass and Don and we placed them above the kitchen window. On to the bedroom. The walls are a blueish/greenish blend and a perfect background for the Hawaiian theme we went with in there - hey, if we can't live on the islands, we might as well bring the islands to the city! The antique brass bed is from Wes' parents. It has just a lovely patina. And, yes, some of my suitcases had to come with me to join in the city life. We think we'll be especially happy here as nesters. Let us know if you like to come on over to our Home Tweet Home. (Sorry 'bout the pun.)