Thursday, February 28, 2008

Spiritual Toys from Etsy

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What is this Freegan about?

There is a lot of buzz about Freeganism lately.  I have a friend who sat on my front porch telling me what she knew about it.  Then, it was on Oprah.  This seems a little ironic to me, but whatever.  I don't know....can you separate consumerism and Oprah.....maybe, but not around her Favorite Things show.  
I have found a lot of satisfaction and pleasure....maybe even joy from keeping things fairly simple for my family.  I try to be thoughtful about what we eat and what we buy.  We try really hard to recycle and much as you can with two young children.  (I have to admit I really hate the massive number of paper towels we go through....any guesses?  I am not telling.)  This is not to mention the diapers.  
Thinking about all of this has made me realize that we could do more, even if it was just one day of the week where we really consider our consumption and waste.  

What is up with Blogger?

I know I only posted that last post once.  I am sure I would remember posting it 5 times.  Now, I am trying to delete them and it won't delete.  Argh!  

I am really trying to get back in the groove after having a sick house for almost two weeks now.  I have been busy, busy, busy organizing and writing curriculum for toddlers and two's Sunday school.  

I have been working on my new blog and listening to a lot of podcasts trying to figure out a possible format for Colors of Creation Podcast.  I really like the ones that have a basic organized format that they follow each episode.  I may be a little OCD, but this really helps me know what is coming and what to expect.  I guess it could just be a result of my Presbyterian/Methodist background....I love the three point sermon.  

I am really searching for ideas and resources for children and spirituality.  I truly believe that children are some of the most spiritual people.  It is just a matter of tapping into what they know and how they respond.  I feel like I understand my own spirituality more when I watch the children wonder and discover. 

I know this post is a little disjointed, but I have a lot whirling around in my brain and a lot of blogging catch-up to do.  

Happy Hump Day!

Addendum:  Okay....I am really going crazy.  Now, it appears that I only posted the last entry once.  I know I am not imagining things.  

Monday, February 25, 2008

Colors of Creation

I have long been dreaming of a website/blog/podcast that I could funnel all of my background and ideas about spirituality and children.  I have been taking notes and basically doing all of planning since last summer.  But, I woke up this morning, after being sick for 10 days, and realized that there is no time like the present.  I have been frustrated that this blog.....for some reason, does not really lend itself to the content I want to focus on with the new one.  So, for now, I will have two.  We will see how it evolves.  I hope you will give me a couple of weeks to really get it going.  There re a few kinks already.  

Here it is......... Colors of Creation.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Knitty Funny

A woman is knitting as she drives (which is totally unsafe, and I don't advocate it). Pretty soon, her speed has crept all the way up to 95 mph--and she passes a parked police car. The car gives chase. Officer Bob turns on his siren, but the woman, oblivious, doesn't notice him. Finally, he pulls up alongside her car and yells, "Pull over! PULL OVER!"

She looks at him, looks at her knitting, and yells--

"NO! It's a CARDIGAN!"

Friday, February 8, 2008

Project A Day

I have read several different blogs that post about a creative project they (I assume) complete everyday.  So, when I decided (yesterday) that I wanted to make an apron to accompany a birthday gift for one of the older one's friends birthday...I thought this was very manageable.  WRONG.  I am not the best seamstress, but I really do aspire to be one of these days.  For some reason I have not picked it up quite as easily as I have knitting.

At breakfast I dug out a pattern I had stashed away and some fabric I thought would be fitting.  I let my little guy pick out which apron I would make and then we headed off to the gym.  When we returned...lunch, put the boys down, set up a mock sewing room in the middle of my kitchen, and I got started.  All went well until the boys woke up early due to messy pants.  

I worked and messed up and worked and messed up, until the cute full apron became a half; I called it good.  Now, it is 5:00 pm and I am off to the store to get food to make dinner for my BIL and SIL tonight.

All in a day's work!

I will post a picture as soon as I get my computer to download.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sweet Song of Yourself

I am inspired and brought to reflection every time I listen to the CMP. This week, however, the music really struck a cord with me….no pun intended. Amy at the CMP has really eclectic taste in music and I love to listen to what she selects for each episode because it is usually just the right song for the topic. I don’t know if she intended this weeks episode to have such religious meaning…..after all, it is the beginning of Lent. One way or another, the music was very fitting to her discussions and very fitting to where I am this year as Easter approaches. Here are some of the lyrics to one of the songs.

Didn’t anybody ever tell you that you’re made of stars
Didn’t anybody ever tell you how wonderful you are
Didn’t anybody look into your eyes and see the whole world spinning around.

Strange days we are living in
Sometimes it seems like the signal is getting low
Keep picking up waves of love on your human radio

Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself
Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself

Didn’t anybody ever tell you that you’re made of space
Didn’t anybody ever tell you that you’re filled with grace
Didn’t anybody ever sing into your ear the sweet song of yourself

Strange days we are living in
Sometimes it seems like the signal is getting low
Keep picking up waves of love on your human radio

Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself
Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself

It’s not the end of the world
It’s not the end of the world
It’s not the end of the world

Keep picking up waves of love…..waves of love…….waves of love….waves of love
Keep picking up waves of love…..waves of love…….waves of love….waves of love

Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself
Wild angel don’t you think it’s time now to love yourself
Don’t you think it’s time to love yourself?

Joshua Kadison
Wild Angel

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

25+ Years of Knitting

I knit every Wednesday with a group from my church. We work on stocking the church with Prayer Shawls for those in need of some extra care. We also make hats, slippers, scarves, and hand warmers for the homebound.
One lady, new to the group but not new to knitting, is working on an awesome Prayer Shawl. She is using scrap yarn from the past 20/25 years. As she goes along, she tells us that she made a baby blanket with this and a hat with that. It is so interesting and a great piece. When she began, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it has turned out BEAUTIFUL. I don't know how she will ever give it away....but, that is why I love this group...they teach me to be more loving and giving.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Very Needed Kniting Retreat

I was in serious need of a weekend for ME. My husband and I have been talking about this for quite some time, but I had no idea how to spend my free time. I love to read and blog and knit….but, I really needed to get out and spend time with people outside of my immediate family. So, when the local yarn store announced its Super Saturday, I knew where I was going to be….me and all of my knitty friends. It was awesome. Although, I have to say, knitting for 13 hours did start to feel like work at about 9 hours. But I did not give in, I did not go home, I persevered and I am all the better for it.

Two years ago I would have read this post and rolled my eyes…how pathetic. But, I have spent two and a half years (really three and a half) consumed in family, children, pregnancy, and just a general domestic haze. I find myself going home to catch some uninterrupted sleep if I have even a free half hour. So, this day of knitting was a big change from my norm.

We started the day at my favorite coffee shop, Red Cup and then headed over to Sealed With A Kiss at 10 am sharp…to assure that we would get comfy seats. We spent the day milling around the candy…I mean yarn shop, meeting other knitters, chatting with friends, watching the spinner, getting to know Amy from Madelinetosh Yarn, and knitting, of course. There was plenty of coffee, food, and wine for all. And, best of all, Doris taught me how to do Magic Loop.

All and all a pretty perfect day. I think this is just what I needed to energize some new blog entries. One of the true highlights of the day was when I told a women I met that I blog and she asked what my blog was called. When I told her, Read this and tell me what it says, she said, “Oh, I have heard of that.”