My front porch before final painting.
Finished sock from Chris' pattern.
What's happening - I am finally painting the porch! Well - sanding, priming and painting. The above pictures are the "before" pictures. Hopefully next week I will be posting "after" pictures.
Saturday was my Mother-in-law's birthday. She and my F-I-L came over in the evening. I was glad that Ashley was not working so she could come too. I baked an Angelfood cake and we had it with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. It was a nice evening. I like hosting small parties like that. If I had a bigger house I would do bigger events more often. I have Christmas at my house every year and the whole family comes over (about 15). If I had a nice big formal dinning room I would like to do Thanksgiving every year for the whole family!
Today I am going shopping with my M-I-L. We haven't really gotten together at all this summer and she has a certain grand daughter who has a birthday coming up who just so happens to be the same person as my daughter who has a birthday coming up (her 21)!
Knitting - Done with the first pink and purple sock ready to start the second (this is the pattern from my friend Chris). I have also started a bath mat out of cotton yarn. This is my first rug so we shall see how it turns out and if I will ever make another one.
Books I have read - Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit recommended that I read "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. This was my first Vampire book! Well I didn't love it or hate it. I am not into fantasy, sci-fi, or vampires, but I did love the main Character - Sookie Stackhouse. She was very likable. This was not your typical dark scary vampire book it was more mystery/love story/chick-lit/vampire with a lot of quirkiness added to it. For some reason Sookie reminded me of another character - Odd Thomas in the "Odd Thomas" books from Dean Koontz (which I loved!) she could read people's thoughts and he could see dead people.
I also read "Once upon a Day" by Lisa Tucker, I really liked this book, it was a very sad love story... kind of. A young woman leaves her sanctuary home to find her brother, in finding him she also finds love in a cab driver who takes her in. She also finds she has been living a lie all her life - her father took his children and hid them from their mother telling them she was dead. Nineteen years later she finds the truth and comes face to face with the mother she didn't know existed.
Only 9 more books to go in my Reading Through the States Challenge.
I am now read a book taking place in Maryland. The only states I have left are - Nebraska, Nevada (I think I have one for NV though), Ohio, Oregon (would like to read an Oregon trail book), PA (would like to read a coal mine book) Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Any suggestions, let me know. No hard feelings if I don't read it, I may have already found one.
Contests - Dar from - Peeking Between the Pages is giving away a copy of "Time of my Life" by Allison Winn Scotch, This looks like a really good book. I hope you all enter!
Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit has a few giveaways to check out!
Top 5 - For my top 5 I would like to know what colors there are in your house. I thought this would be fun. So keep the rooms on the list just change the colors. You can add rooms if you want - like a babies room or kids room.
1. Living room - Dark green, sage green, cream
2. Kitchen - Burgundy, cream, little bit of dark green
3. Bathroom - White, dark green, little smokey blue green
4. Bedroom - not really one color, bed quilt is blues
5. Dining room - Cream, burgundy, green
6. Laundry room - Lt. gray, dark blue