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Thursday, September 9, 2010

School's back in! Woohooo!

I'm home! Both kiddos are settled in their apartments, and classes started this morning. I am happily getting back into MY routine which is going to include lots of sewing time. Life is certainly different with just two of us.. food stays in the fridge more than a few hours, grocery shopping is no longer a daily chore, laundry hamper is not overflowing, etc. For me, September is just as much as a "new beginning" as January 1st. I guess that's the teacher in me...

I have just finished another wonderful book which I've been wanting to read for quite a while: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follettt - what an awesome book! I thoroughly enjoyed it - one of my all-time favourites for sure. I never really liked studying History in school, but I now love historical fiction. This epic saga of nearly 1000 pages is set in twelfth century England and Follett weaves a rich tapestry of people and events surrounding the building of a cathedral in the medieval town of Kingsbridge. The many characters are well developed and their lives intersect many times throughout the novel. Spanning almost 50 years, this is a riveting tale of love and hate, faith and betrayal, revenge and triumph. I know I will read this book again. And you know what's next on my Must Read list: the sequel World Without End.

Look at my Mandevilla! It has fluorished in the heat we've had this summer and now, in September(!!) is loaded with buds. I am trying to give it lots of TLC, bringing it into the garage on cooler nights, in hopes that all the buds will develop and bloom.

Well I must get back to my studio. Yippeee! I have several projects that I want to finish before our first Guild meeting which is only 2 weeks away. So I'm going to be working hard, and I will share pics as soon as each is finished.... Can you smell the smoke coming from my machine?

Piece,
Linda

Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

7 comments:

Karen said...

Linda, I am smiling and nodding about food staying in the fridge for more than a few minutes. When people ask me what my hobbies are, my reply is always "grocery shopping"! I hope you get to enjoy some well-deserved "you" time.

Plays with Needles said...

I loved this book too. You can watch a ten part miniseries on NetFlix that you can stream directly onto your computer. My husband and I have made it through 4 of 10. It's really very good.

You'll love World without End too. I listened to both of them while I stitched and they were also great performances.

Anonymous said...

Just let me know if you want to borrow World without End. I read both quite a while ago and Hubby just finished both while we were away. I could bring it to guild if you like. Linda G

Linda H said...

Thanks Linda, I already have it. It's killing me not to pick it up, but I'm trying real hard to get a few projects finished to take to Show and Tell next week. Don't dare start that book yet or it won't happen...

Rico said...

I too enjoyed Pillars of the Earth! Like you I was never much of a history buff, but I did enjoy this book.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is a good historical read as well. It's all about Cromwell, Henry VIII and the struggle they had with the Catholic Church when Henry VIII sought to have one of his marriages annulled. This book won the Man Booker prize last year..if you want to borrow it anytime let me know.
The Bishops Man by Linden MacIntyre (he is on W5) is also a good read. All about the cover-up of scandal in Nova Scotia, and how it is swept under the carpet by the Bishops of the Catholic Church. Very enlightening! It won the Giller Prize this year..again if you want to borrow it, let me know.
Anyhow this is all from the bookworm..lol
Cheers,
Richard

Linda H said...

Have not heard of Wolf Hall... The Bishop's Man is on my "want to read" list... Thanks Rick. Did not know you had a blog...

kath001 said...

This post was in the 'You Might Also Like' group at the bottom of your pumpkin muffin post (which I am wishing I had ingredients for right now). Had to click on this post to see what you thought of book. We were just talking about favorite books at the quilting retreat I was on last weekend (entire group quilts at the library monthly after all) and Pillars of the Earth made the list of almost all of us. I've read it four times. I didn't like the sequel quite as much, as I recall. Another by Follett that I absolutely love is The Eye of the Needle. It's a WWII spy novel, which is not normally a big draw for me, but it is absolutely brilliant!

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