National Poetry Month: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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April is National Poetry Month and I have been sharing a few of my favorite poems here on my blog. If you visit The Literature Network you can find the work of several authors to read and enjoy for free, like Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death….”

This poem from Sonnets from the Portuguese: A Celebration of Love is a favorite. I love how she says “I love thee with the passion put to use…In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints…”

What do you think? Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping in.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 4/15/18: Books, Crochet etc.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Sunday everyone. The weeks are flying right on by and we are already halfway through April.

Yesterday the temps went up into the 80’s here and it was so nice to feel the warmth. We took our usual drive out to the nearby state park yesterday afternoon and sat out by the picnic benches near the creek for a little while then got ice-cream on the way home. I brought my crochet project along with me. It is quiet and peaceful there, perfect for reading or just sitting and talking. There is also a path to walk along and enjoy.

This is actually a star-shaped blanket I’m crocheting for my favorite aunt.  We were always close and although she moved to Florida we still keep in touch regularly. She’s been asking me if I could make her something for a while now and I never seem to get around to it. She was vague when I recently asked what she would like, saying “something for my bedroom”. So after thinking about it, I figured a blanket would be a nice gift. Her favorite color is pink. She doesn’t know what I am making, and I won’t be there to see her reaction when she sees her gift as I’ll be mailing it out to her but I hope she will like it. It’s very “her” if you know what I mean. She likes flowers so I started with a flower in the center and am continuing with the star shape for the rest in alternating colors.
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My reading lagged this week since I was not feeling 100% and when I am sick I can’t focus on reading. I mainly watch tv instead. I’m still in the middle of In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets) by Tracie Peterson and hopefully I can finish that one up soon.

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National Poetry Month: Anne Sexton

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April is National Poetry Month. I enjoy reading poetry, the beauty and rhythm of the words, the way a poem can evoke feelings in the reader. I find that reading poetry is a form of catharsis.

Today I will share a snippet of one of my favorite poets, the phenomenal and intense Anne Sexton.
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From You, Doctor Martin:

And we are magic talking to itself,
noisy and alone. I am queen of all my sins
forgotten. Am I still lost?
Once I was beautiful. Now I am myself,
counting this row and that row of moccasins
waiting on the silent shelf….

-quoted from The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton. Read From You, Doctor Martin in its entirety by clicking here.

Have you read Anne Sexton? Who is your favorite poet?

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Sunday Post 4/8/18: My weekly updates and Mother Nature is very stubborn this year

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I can’t believe it is time for Sunday updates already, this week flew right on by. It started off with a snowy Monday morning just in time for my work commute with around 3-4 inches of snowfall. The consensus around here was “Again?”.

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It has been a cold and brisk weekend, but the sun is shining and I do hear the birds chirping even as I type this so I know Spring is in the air. Once it is a little warmer I like to get out and take care of my garden that has been neglected all winter.

Onto my updates….

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Dumpling Cats Crochet and Collect Them All! by Sarah Sloyer

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source: free review copy via NetGalley/Dover Crafts
title: Dumpling Cats: Crochet and Collect Them All!
author: Sarah Sloyer
published: Pub Date 21 Jun 2017
pages: 112
genre: crafting/crochet pattern book
rated: 5 out of 5!

blurb:
Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!
You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

my thoughts:
Dumpling Cats: Crochet and Collect Them All! by Sarah Sloyer is so cute. It has become an instant favorite!
The patterns are well written, the photos are clear and helpful and I think fans of crocheting amigurumi would love having this book in their pattern collection. Each cat comes with its own name and little storyline. I crocheted “Chuck”. I made two of these and the pattern was easy to follow. I modified mine a little and omitted the legs making the tail a little longer to wrap around the body.

Kissy kissy!

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