What I’m into in October

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Some of the other (big) bloggers join each other in a synchronous monthly post where they share the things that they have been enjoying each month. So I thought I’d try it out and wondered if I could get any friends to join me in the comments or on their own blogs. I’d love that.

I’m also linking up with Leigh Kramer, “What I’m Into” and there’s a button at the bottom of the post that will take you to her blog.

What are you reading/doing/eating/baking/watching/listening to right now??

On the internet

I wrote some posts for my Crafty Parent blog at the start of half term. It’s a little space that has been sitting there empty for quite sometime whilst my camera has been filling up with pictures of craft projects just waiting to be written up. The most viewed post there has been the autumn crown made out of a paper plate.

I did a fair amount of reading online this month in terms of blog posts and articles. When is there ever a shortage of anything good to read? You may be interested in:

The amazing story of a WW2 patchwork quilt.

Sarah Silverman talking about her experiences of depression.

David Gushee asking why Christians are spending so much time writing about sex when there are other issues out there too.

Rick Warren, 6 ways God blesses a broken heart.

When it feels like God is asking the impossible of you … A guest post by Vaneetha Rendall on Ann Voskamps’s website.

Sorting out the Bible: how Jesus changed the way I read scripture, by Sarah Bessey.

and Jen Hatmaker, “We’ve been imprisoned for so long we can’t even recognise what an open door looks like.”

From the bookshelf

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I loved reading Laline Paull’s ‘novel’ novel, The Bees, (currently only £1.99 on Kindle) the tale of an unusually talented (mutated?) worker bee who manages to subvert the hierarchy of the hive and escape the slave caste she is born into. This is not the kind of book I’d usually read and I was a little troubled by the odd mix of whimsy with sheer horror; one moment you seem to be reading a work of teenage fiction the next something that could have ended up on a banned book list. However, there are some well crafted descriptions of the working of the hive and you have to admire Paull’s clear mastery of the science of these incredible cretaures.

I am also fortunately lucky enough and British enough to have a copy of the new Sarah Bessey book, Out of Sorts, a little before it is launch in North America. I stayed up late reading this one, moving quickly between loud assent (you may have heard me shouting, “Amen!”) and free flowing tears. Those of you who are fans of Bessey’s blog writing may miss her usual lyricism but the book has more content, and she unpacks some tricky stuff about evolving faith, using a number of poignant poetic images and personal stories to illuminate the case. A must read for all faith shifters and truth seekers.

And finally, at bedtime, when the house goes quiet and all the chores are done I’m tucking myself up with some Dickens. This time I’m reading Martin Chuzzlewit and learning from the master of story telling and character writing in preparation for doing my own work on the plot and people who are to appear in my own emergent novel about medieval Dunwich.

Crafting

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I’m managing a little sewing or knitting most days at the moment and have various projects on the go. I’m putting the borders on the hexagonal quilt for Lucy (eight years in the making!) and knitting up a little shawl from a Ravelry pattern called Hitchhiker. I’ve also been working on a fox-face mitten pattern of my own design but its along time in the making and probably won’t be ready for sharing before the cold weather comes this year.

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At home

Peter went back to the States in Septmeber and in October we drove Jonathan to Durham where he is starting a degree course in theology. I am fascinated by life with two children and still adjusting to the change: the fridge is always full, the shopping bill has halved and the laundry basket is often empty. Now I understand why the past twenty years have been such hard work!

And Jonathan had hardly got his bags and boxes into the back of the car before Lucy had cleared out his room and moved herself in. So we have a lot of decorating and reordering in progress here.

What have you been up to in October?

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