18,000 words in my story!! 😀 yay!! I’ve started work on it again, as I told you. I’m hoping to finish it – if not in June, they by the time I go back to school in late August.

I’ve started some research (the people at the library were probably like, wha??). The conditions of Jews, Romani, Poles during the Second World War were truly horrific. You read accounts of people living on only several hundred calories a day. You and I need around 2,000 – if we’re leading sedentary lifestyles. And they were not.

This afternoon I was reading about the Lodz ghetto, one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, and one of the longest lasting. These were remarkable people. They put up with beatings and theft, with manipulation, being lied to and used, and still they fought to retain their dignity and humanity. These were not the scum of the earth as the Nazis believed. These people were better, so much better, than the people who murdered them in cold blood. All because of their race – “impure blood,” the Nazis called it. The Jews in the Lodz ghetto were just as bad off as Jews in any other ghetto, if not worse, but these Jews worked tremendously hard to survive. They rose up together to become a giant factory producing all sorts of goods for their German captors in the hope that they could thus survive. They were wrong.

May the world never forget the horrors of war and of blind hatred. May we never forget the evil that dwells in each of our hearts!

*happy sigh*

I wore my new skirt today 🙂 The occasion was my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School). I’m helping with the 5th Grade girls’ class – in which my sister is most conveniently situated. We had Bible lessons, played games, cheered, sang, and ate yummy snacks. All in all, much fun. 

I made dinner, too – taco pie. I didn’t get a picture, but rest assured it tasted quite as it should have.

Ooh! And I started a new tatting project yesterday!! You probably laugh at me because this makes 3 projects going on at once, but you know how it is…one at a time gets too tedious. I like smaller scale projects that can get done in just a few hours. I’m hoping this will be one of those. I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for quite some time now, but haven’t been able to find the pattern. Cue the library. Yup, they had the lovely pattern book. It’s Mary Konior’s Tatting with Visual Patterns, and it contains several quite useful tips that I never would have thought of. So if you want to get me a present, now you know what I want!

Busy, Busy Bee

Today was a busy day! It’s my day off, so I decided to do something fun: namely, have one of my best friends over for the day. She and I are both into crafting and we’ve been working on making skirts. Since I had already bought fabric all that was left to me was to get to it and make the skirt. So we measured and thought and measured again, and after several mistakes and fixings this is what we came up with.


I was, Of course, quite pleased with the finished product. In case you want to try your hand at this simple project, I found the tutorial at http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/2011/09/maxi.html

But the day was not yet over! Dinner time was coming and my mission, should I choose to accept it, was to make dinner. My choice: Chicken Pot Pie. O ya, baby!

And it tasted good, too!!