Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Chatty Little Hello

Hello everyone.

 It's been a really nice week here at the new Harvest Lane Cottage. I've been working on those socks that I started last week. I actually pulled out the stitches and started again, because I have wide feet. I could tell it was not going to fit over my toes. I've spent a little time knitting this week. I think the new, rounded shape of the new sock toe will work better for me. I like to sit on this sofa when I knit.

 I finished a couple of books this week. I usually have six to eight going at once. I am down to four in progress. I think I will finish my list this summer if I can stay focused.

I've also spent some time at the old house cleaning. It looks like I had cancer and didn't give it a good cleaning for two years! Oh yeah, that's what happened. It's taking me awhile., but I hope to finish my part this week with my daughter's help.I'm probably about two-thirds of the way through.

 My daughter's gardening efforts are beginning to pay off. We have eaten several cucumbers out of the garden, and she made some delicious fermented pickles that we have enjoyed as well. She found a video on YouTube from the blog Farmhouse on Boone.

  Time to get ready for church. Have a relaxing evening.

Do say hello. I read every comment. Be blessed!

Making a Home

Friday, July 12, 2019

Laura Lately ~ July 12, 2019


Hello again!

 It's been quite a busy time lately, I've been trying to find the right places for everything. We have a nice sunroom with the perfect spot for my desk. Unfortunately, it's been decided that my computer is not going to be able to connect to the internet in its current location. So, for now, until we decide what to do, I'll be borrowing my husband's laptop. 

  I'm sure you're wondering what I've been up to. Here's a little bit of what I've been up to lately. 

  • I love homemade Snickerdoodles. This time tea wouldn't do. It had to be a cup of fresh, cold milk.

  • I tried a new pattern. It's the baby Barley from Tin Can Knits. It was a great way to use up some leftover yarn. I've not blocked these yet.
  • The pink is left over from some hats I made last fall for Operation Shoebox from Samaritan's Purse.

  • I bought this yarn when I visited a yarn shop in a nearby city with my friend Laura.

  • This little hat is made with some yarn left over from making my husband's Christmas hat last year.

  • Now I'm trying to knit a pair of socks that fit me. I have made Christmas stockings, Fuzzy Feet, and a pair of socks that turned out too big. There's some math involved here. Fortunately, my friend Jill is going to help me figure it out. 

  • I think that this toe shape may be wrong for me.

  • I'm considering ripping it all out and trying the rounder toe below.

  • I've found The Help to be very interesting.

  • A little blogging to say hello just below bed. 

Thanks so much for your patience, y'all. You've all been so good to be patient with me while I'm having computer problems. I hope you each have a wonderful weekend.

Be blessed,
Happy in my new home

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer Reading at Harvest Lane Cottage 2019

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Even with all that I'm doing and want to do in my new home, I make time daily to read or listen to good books. There's nothing that can make work go quicker for me than listening to the Bible or a good book. I especially like to use the the text-to-speech feature on my Kindle Fire 7 Tabletor listen to some audio books on Scribd* while I work or knit.

Here's what's on my book pile, my Scribd app, and in my Kindle for summer reading:

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

I borrowed this from the library.
I found this fascinating.

Agony of the Leaves
by Laura Childs
I borrowed this from the library.
I think I enjoy visiting the Indigo Tea Shop most of all.

Enough: Finding More by Living With Less
by Will Davis Jr.
In my Kindle

Feathers From My Nest
by Beth Moore
In my Kindle

30 Days to Understanding the Bible
by Max Anders

On my bookshelf until 
another time

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

Borrowed from the library
My book club's selection for July
It's a 400+ page book, but it's going fast.

Bible Faith Study Course 
by Kenneth Hagin
Finally done!
This is a MUST read. It's the book that helped me
understand faith so that I could go through cancer victoriously.

Our Lost Declaration:
America's Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State
by Senator Mike Lee
Just finished this on Scribd.

by Jill Eileen Smith
in my Kindle
Reading this slowly since it's not my top priority.

If you'd like to keep up with my reading progress,
you can follow me on Goodreads
I update my progress
Laura Lane

*I signed up for a free trial of Scribd in February. It's a service where you can read or listen to books for just $8.99 a month with no limit.  

I kept the plan, because we really use it and like it a lot. My daughter and I are using it for school and for pleasure. We especially like the extensive list of audio books. Take a look. If you sign up from this link, you can get a two free months trial, and I'll get one month free, too.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Window Shopping with my Little Dog Penny

Hello everyone!

When we adopted our little pound puppy, Penny, she was 8 weeks old. Her mama was a Dachshund, and her papa was a ramblin' man. ~grin~ I had been looking for a Dachshund for months, but I just couldn't find one. I found little Penny along with her sisters and brothers at the local animal shelter. They had been born in the shelter and not handled very much prior to adoption. Although she was not a pure bred like I wanted, I decided that she was God's thrifty option for our family. 

At the time, I was working part-time with my husband at our restaurant...meaning I was on-call at a moment's notice, I was driving the family everywhere they needed to go in a three town triangle (only 1 vehicle), and I was homeschooling. Penny went along with me in the van sometimes and became very well-behaved in the van on the go. She did not have much contact with strangers except through the window.

She's five now, and I'm trying to get her used to walking in public without pulling or being unmannerly. We live in a little town with a lovely historic square and a breathtakingly beautiful courthouse. Some of the shops have store windows that surround a recessed entrance. When we come to one of these shops, I tell Penny we are going to window shop. We slow down, walk into the recess, and look at everything in the shop windows. Sometimes a shopkeeper will come to the door to chat. Penny's part is to walk slowly with me or sit by me until I'm ready to go on. 

I'd like to get her so accustomed to going downtown that she will sit by me patiently while I sit on a bench and knit a bit. I think it would add a bit of nostalgia for visitors to our little town. There's even a little coffee shop on the square. I might sit on a bench outside, call in my order, and ask the barista to bring it to the door! It is a bit pricey, but a chai tea latte is nice once in awhile.

Be blessed!
Living my slightly old-fashioned life
in my own little happy world 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart

Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart
A book to get lost in with a good cup of tea...
the British answer to everything!

  Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart is billed as a kids' book. Yes and no. Yes, it is an exciting read for kids, but no you don't want to miss it just because you're an older teen or adult!

 Britfield sounded thrilling to me. I like juvenile fiction. It's usually clean (this is) and if it's good, has a great storyline that draws you through the book. This is an excellent book for young and old. C.S. Lewis said, "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." He also said, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

 This is just such a book. Don't let the first few chapters scare you away. Yes, it does begin in a rather cliche way. A couple of children living in an orphanage where the conditions and treatment are deplorable and horrific. Mr. Stewart is setting the stage for a larger than life escape plan. The escape is just the beginning as the brilliant Detective Gowerstone begins the chase. Each character and setting is portrayed with attention to detail which illuminated my imagination with sounds and images.

  As the youngsters flee across the country, they find themselves in one precarious and dangerous situation after another. I wonder if they could even take a calm breath through the whole of the journey. They desperately need to avoid police, Detective Gowerstone, and someone else whom they don't even know is an enemy yet. 

  This book begs to be read, but I was glad to know that it is Book 1 of a series. Britfield & the Lost Crown can be read alone with a satisfying ending. However, like Paul Harvey, I want to know The Rest of the Story! Alas, it won't be released until Fall of 2020. You can bet I'll be watching for it!

  Who will enjoy this book? Anyone who enjoys adventure stories and mysteries. If a child is old enough to listen to a chapter book, they're old enough. This is a great book for homeschool families and for any kids interested in geography.  It's also a fast paced read for teens and adults who want a few hours of relaxing entertainment.
  Can you tell I liked this book?

  Read the publisher's description below, then enter at the link below for a chance to win a copy for yourself. If you don't win, you can get your own copy when it's released on August 15th.

Publisher's description:  Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.

Release Date: August 15, 2019 
Juvenile Fiction/Action & Adventure/General
US $16.99

I received this book at no cost from the publisher for review.