October 04, 2009

The Sunday Salon

Books: I finally finished a couple of books I've been working on for weeks. Click on the title to read my praise for Pay Attention, Say Thank You and my demolition of House of Sand and Fog. I am now working on Aspects of the Novel in preparation for the National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo) in Nov. I've also just started The Ghost Writer.

Challenges: I've not yet finished any books for the RIP4 Challenge so half of my reading this month will be set aside for that. As for the Take a Chance Challenge, I'm still 3 short but not giving up hope. Then the Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge has begun with 1 book under my belt. Good start.

Food: I made an Orange Bavarian Creme yesterday but it will not be eaten until tonight when I make yet another Julia Child meal so you will have to wait until tomorrow to see pictures. I did, however, have some leftover egg whites so I whipped up some meringue cookies that didn't survive an entire 6 hours.
Creativity: A strong surge of creativity has been coursing through my limbs this week, a thing not uncommon among artistic and crafty folk. Since it brings me so much joy, that being something I am trying to encourage in my life, I am giving that creativity as much free reign as I can. Here is a quilt top I finished working on at my now clutter-free sewing station.
Homeschool: We are learning all about the Lost Colony. This was to be the first settlement of America for the British Kingdom but many settlers didn't survive the harsh winter weather and others were left behind while help was sought but when it finally returned, the settlers had vanished. No signs of life but also no signs of a struggle. This all happened before the Pilgrims.

In science we are learning about density and polarity of molecules. Below is a glass with three differently dense and polar liquids: oil is yellow, water is blue, and corn syrup is red. The polarity prevents them from mixing. The density(heaviness) causes some to float above or sink below the water. The kids love science time.

Did anything interesting happen to you this week? Do share.


bermudaonion said...

The quilt is gorgeous and the cookies look delicious!

Nicole said...

I had a love-hate relationship with The House of Sand and Fog. I was so angry and frustrated throughout the entire book that I knew the writing was wonderful and doing its job. The movie Pacific Heights was like that for me as well. Both were rather painful experiences.

Ti said...

The cookies look really good and he quilt top is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you cooked for dinner.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful quilt!!

Zibilee said...

Your quilt and cookies look divine. I wish I had more time to do things like that. I also think some of the experiments you are doing are really cool!