Friday, August 28, 2020

Cozy wraps and cozy mysteries as we move towards fall...

Happy Friday everyone, it's hard to believe that it's the end of August, but here we are. I wish I could say that I felt like September will be better, but I don't think that it will, and all we can do at this point is keep up our spirits and sense of humor about it! :-0 The semester starts at the university for which I work on Monday, but all of my classes will be totally online. I'm actually rather sad about it, but it is what it is. I miss my colleagues so much, and I'll miss the students. At least I'll be home (working, but still home) if the kids need to be home from school. We'll try focusing on the positives!

I've definitely been working on lots of happy distractions lately, and I hope you have as well! My autumn quilted bird bag from Bradford Exchange arrived this week, and looking at it immediately lifts my spirits:

Just look at those cute blue jay crests!

And, as ever, I've been crafting. This week, I finished a wrap for my good friend Emily, and this pattern is just super cozy!

Pattern is Perfect Pockets Shawl

Unfortunately, it's been so humid that I was sweltering when I took this photo :-0 but soon it'll be time for cozy wraps, and now Emily will be all set! If you crochet, even if you're a beginner, you'll be able to make this wrap! YouTube is our friend, and I had to watch a video on the wrapped stitch that appears in this pattern, but after that I was good to go. :)

I'm also back to my cozy mysteries, and becoming absorbed in the universe of the Amish Candy Shop series by Amanda Flower is exactly what the doctor ordered right about now. There are a number of books in the series, and my current position is with this Mother's Day themed installment:

After this is the very newest book, "Marshmallow Malice," so let the candy shop antics reign on! 

This week I was also chatting with my friend Irena, who mentioned this book:

...which immediately went onto my Amazon wish list for Christmas, hee hee. Book recommendations always stimulate my mind and creativity! Do you have any new books that you've read recently, or that are in your queue, to add to our list? Pop them into the comments! :-)


  1. I am reading "Sisters Of The Heart". It is three stories about the Amish. There is a follow up book"Grace". It is a Christmas book with the same characters. I have read many Amish books.

    1. Hi Marion! Aren't these stories just so lovely? And the Christmas angle I could read about year round! They just make my heart so happy. :)

  2. I love any Amish books. I have read the nine part series "The Matchmakers Of Huckleberry Hill". The grandparents[particularly the grandmother] are the matchmakers for their grandchildren. The entire series is Amish. I am now reading "America's First Daughter". It is about Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter.

    1. Hello Joan! oooo, I haven't read these yet! I think I will be adding some books to my to-be-read list. :-0

  3. I am reading "An Amish Harvest". It is four different stories. I am enjoying the stories and I am half way through the book. Glad you are enjoying your Amish mysteries. Have a blessed week.

    1. Hi Marilyn! Pretty sure I've read this compilation myself. I prefer longer stories generally speaking, but themed collections like this one always draw me in. ;-)


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