Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stones For Bread

Sisters Book Challenge
Book 3
Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

I must admit, I've read two of Christa Parrish's books and though I really got into the story and liked them, when I was finished I didn't have the urge to go and get all her other books at the library. That is, until I read Stones for Bread. Maybe it was because of the topic? Maybe it was because of all the bread recipes found throughout the book? Maybe it was because I learned quite a bit about sourdough bread? Maybe it was the sections on the history of bread? Whatever it was, I was a bit sad when I finished this book.

Bread and Liesl just go together. Her first memories are of her grandmother and mother making bread. Liesl grows up to have her own bakery. The story is also about her baker, who brings his troubled grandson to work as an apprentice, her waitress, who submits the bakery's name to a tv bake-off competition, her cook, who is ill, and the delivery guy, a single father who wants to win her heart.

This book was so much fun to read and I'd love to make one of the recipes soon.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bekah's Birthday Photo Shoot

Bekah always likes to have a photo shoot sometime around her birthday. Monday was a nice sunny day so we took the opportunity to do a short shoot. 

Happy 13th birthday, Bekah!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bread, Jam, and a Borrowed Pram

Sisters Book Challenge
Book 2

Even though I hardly ever go for books involving medicine, I find I enjoy them when I do read this type of book.

Bread, Jam, and a Borrowed Pram was very easy to read. I enjoyed the diary form of this book about Dot's time as a health visitor in the slums of London. Dot takes care of newborn babies, families suffering from lack of food and sickness, and a lot of other needs of these people.

The struggles of the job and the area are hard, but the joys she finds on her rounds make it all worth it. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lead Me to Calvary

Lead Me to Calvary
words by Jennie Hussey

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.

Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.

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When they came to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. ~Luke 23:33

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Macro Shots

I debated about joining the Personal Photo Challenge party this month. I've been wanting to join in for several months and when I heard that the theme was macro, I thought this would be the month to do it. But with having my surgery and recovering from that, and I didn't think I would be up to writing a post. After looking through my photos and taking a few more, I came up with some shots I was happy with so I decided to go ahead with it. 

A Personal Photo Challenge

I shot all these photos in auto mode with my Nikon d3000 camera.

On this photo, I used my 55-200 lens. I cropped this a little bit to center the ladybug more and I added a slight bit of color to give it a boost. 

I shot this one with my 18-55 lens. I did a little bit of sharpening to the petals but that's about it. 

I took this one from my archives. I probably had my 55-200 lens on but I'm not quite sure. I just cropped this one a slight bit.

Shooting macro photography is so much fun! It makes me want to do more!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Friday: Coffee Preparations

We really enjoy our coffee around here.

Kati's Little Corner of the World

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Surgery Update

My gallbladder surgery was last Thursday. The surgery went well. The doctor used the daVinci robotic arm which meant only one small incision just below my belly button. I had to spend one night in the hospital because of the nausea from the anesthesia and pain, but by Friday morning I was well enough to go home. 

Since then, I've been taking it easy on the sofa with an occasional trip out to get fresh air and to move around. I still need help getting up and down and the other day, a sneeze took me by surprise and I couldn't prepare for it and it really hurt. But I haven't been needing as much medicine for the pain and not much of the stronger stuff at all. 

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. I was only a little nervous about the surgery and as I was being rolled in to the operating room, I felt totally peaceful. 

I'm so glad my gallbladder is gone and I can start getting back to my normal life.