Novel updates!

All right. I’ve updated my novel on here, adding over 3,000 words previously only found in my Word document. So please go read it and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your opinions. Tell me what is good, but more importantly, tell me what I can make better!! The story is evolving as it goes, so I hope everything makes sense…

And, by the way, if you have expertise in any of the areas I’ve touched on in my novel, I’d love to hear from you! I am very much a novice. And history was never my favourite subject in school.

Grrr

Well I’ve been meaning to post. You see, I finished the big pieces of a pattern I’ve been working on for a while and then decided to modify. I was so excited that I took pictures! But photobucket is being a bear and not letting me upload much of anything at the moment, so pictures aren’t really available for now. I’ll show you when I can…

The state inspectors are at my work this week. Thankfully, I’ve not had much interaction with them. I’m praying they leave today or tomorrow morning before I work.

Whatever Happened to “Eat Your Celery?”

Well I missed posting yesterday, but I’ll make up for that with lots of fun stuff today!!

I think I mentioned my church having VBS this week, but I didn’t tell you about some of the fun stuff we did. On Tuesday night during craft time I had much fun making a bug mask/headband/hat. I wore it to work the next morning (I work at a nursing home, and the residents loved it!!). It was so funny to see different peoples’ reactions! Some people ignored it all together (as per polite behaviour), some people giggled right out loud (these were my favourite), and one lady came right out and asked me what I had on my head! It was a fun morning.

I’ve told you about my Doctor Who fetish. One of the older Doctors wears a piece of celery like a corsage. A while back I decided to be like the Doctor and wear one myself. My mom laughed at me, but it was fun. Well the other night she was eating celery again and dared me to wear a piece to VBS. I, of course, accepted the challenge.

And now the big news: (drumroll, please)

I finished my tatting pattern!! The one that I’ve been rambling on and on about for the past few days. I’m so excited!! It’s finished! I used a lovely variegated yarn that just looks stunning in this pattern (from Mary Konior’s book Tatting with Visual Patterns). I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, though… I guess just enjoy its loveliness 🙂

 

Oh ya, and one more thing: while looking for yarn for our next projects, my mom and I found a British shop (I know, so exciting!!). Mom bought me British tea. I had some tonight – yummy!!

18,000

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!!