Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
And here is the book club where I get to share my favorite reads (thanks to Jeanne for the photo)...
We are having our first annual (hopefully to be repeated) January Best Reads & Fondue party. As you can see, it's a great looking and, more importantly, incredibly intelligent, witty and well read group of friends. We have been meeting for four years now and we have developed a sort of free form book club. We occasionally have a monthly theme, but we never choose just one book to read. Everyone comes ready to discuss their read from the previous month and hear about everyone else's. Sometimes we even get talked into trying something out of our comfort zone (that would be non-fiction for me). After we get our book discussion out of the way we save plenty of time to discuss recent weddings, ask 'why is my child doing this' questions, and laugh about current events. What started out as an enrichment activity has developed into a great group of women who look forward to meeting and talking every month.
Oh yeah... my favorite read this past year was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsglover. The story was narrated by the wife and four daughters (sound familiar?) of a Baptist minister (not so familiar) that takes his family to The Congo for a year long mission. Their lives, relationships and views of the world are forever changed. It broadened my horizons and gave me a lot to think about. The writing was witty and clever. I listened to most of the book on audio CD and highly recommend it as it helps the characters to really come alive. If you are interested in a good read, try it and enjoy!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
- It's simple to set up (if you have online access to all of your financial accounts).
- It updates every time you log on - giving you a very current financial picture.
- The spending analysis and budgeting tools are simple, but easy to tweak to your needs.
- It remembers transactions and automatically fills in repeat transactions. It will even let you set up rules for certain transactions which saves lots of time when you go to categorize everything.
- It's FREE! Plus no software upgrades every year.
- You can split budget categories in a transaction, but it is a little clumsy and time consuming.
- Well, I've only actually come up with one con so far. But I've only been using it for a few weeks. So I'm sure I'll have something to add after I spend a little more time getting to know it's quirks.
So, if you are in need of a little financial organization you may want to check out Mint.com and see if it's as appealing to you as it is to me!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
- Glue gun
- Metal hair clips (she got hers at Sally Beauty Supply)
- Ribbon (width of hair clips)
- Flowers (Verna used scrapbooking flowers)
- Brads (also scrapbooking supplies)
This special nativity was a gift from Aunt Betsy back when Hannah was a baby. It is hand made and so special. The figures have seen lots of love over the years. That's why the shepherd girl doesn't have any hair, the baby Jesus isn't wrapped up quite right and bits and pieces of the clothing has gone missing or been interchanged. It has been well loved and well used. Thank you Betsy!
And finally, the classic Willow Tree nativity. This was our first real nativity set and I still love it.