I'm one of those people that has to have a blanket when I sleep, even when it's 110 outside. Except, when it's 110 outside, I can't handle a blanket. It's too hot. So I sleep with just a sheet. Or nothing. And I sleep horribly because it just isn't comfortable. I didn't realize how uncomfortable I was all summer until we put our blanket and down comforter back on the bed a couple weeks ago. My bed is so squishy and comfortable and soft and warm (in a good way) now. I don't ever want to get out. Not that I didn't want to stay in bed during the summer and sleep the day away, but now it's just so wonderful. And I'm sleeping so much better being able to burrow in and have all the blankets tucked in around me. I love you bed with all your blankets.
It wasn't as easy as it looks and since I'm not the world's best seamstress, I needed way more step by step instructions than the how to link gave me. The ones on the book shelf were the first ones I cut after making some adjustments to the pattern/directions. They turned out just perfect, except only four of them. Then for some reason, the next batch turned out smaller and the stripes not as equal. I separated them and put them all with their matchers on two strings of pennants. And I finished them before Halloween! Will I ever attempt a bunting again? Not sure. Not a striped one, that's for sure.
I've added some comments to the apple recipes I had marked to try now that I've tried them here.
And here's my book pile update: The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet* - Loved it! Great father/son story. Great historical story. Great unrequited love story.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy - a little slow at times, but I ended up really enjoying it. Really great story about a boy standing up for what he believes and knows is right when his new town wants to throw the former slaves off their island so the town can turn to tourism for money.
Tallgrass* - Loved it! Great example of a family raising their kids right. Plus this story has it all: history, farming, WWII, soldiers, internment camps, murder, illness, family tragedy, etc.
Slam - Really liked it. It's the story of a teenage boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant. So, lots of swearing, but actually pretty mild on the sex other than of course that it's happening.
The Wednesday Wars - Loved it! A 7th grade boy learns about family and who he is with the coaching of a teacher who he's pretty sure hates him. This is set during the early 70s and the Vietnam War, a period of history with which I discovered I'm not super familiar.
I still have two more in that stack to read. I'll start The Lonely Hearts Club tonight or tomorrow, and then on to Hemingway. Maybe I should read so much teen fiction before jumping on to Hemingway. : |
*Interesting side note, I didn't know either of these books were about Japanese Internment camps during WWII until I started reading them and then read them almost right in a row.