Friday, November 29, 2013

You've Got Mail

I have been working lately on letters for children from my rag doll, Polly Wog.  How exciting, if you are 5 or 6 or 7 years old, to actually get a letter in the mail delivered by the mailman!  Just like mommy and daddy!    :)

There is a blank space after "Dear" for the child's name to be inserted, and a coloring sheet and a phonics activity are included.

I am planning to offer these for sale in my Joyce Alice 2 etsy shop as soon as I get enough of them written.  They will be a PDF instant download.

This is the first letter with its coloring page and phonics activity page.  The second letter is below.  I think there will probably be 12 or so letters in the set, so that the child can receive a letter biweekly for 6 months.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Little History of the World

Yesterday spent ALL DAY reading this book:

Well, actually, not the entire day, since N & I went shopping in the morning --- but part of the morning, and ALL afternoon, and ALL evening.  

Why do I do things like that?  I have a list of things I need to do as long as my arm, and I spend all day reading a book.

Sadly, I know the answer only too well.  Story has the power to grip me.  Once I have dipped into a story I am under a tenacious compulsion to keep on reading to find out what happens.  And I can't stop til I get to the end.  It's like I'm under a spell or something.

So if you want to know if this is a good book --- it is.  It was written in 1935 for young people and was so popular it has been through a number of editions.  Adults enjoy it too.  It's a sweeping survey of the history of (mainly) the Western world told in story form.  

Actually, history IS a story  (hi-STORY), but one I was not particularly interested in earlier in my life (it seemed so depressing since you already knew how the story comes out: everyone dies in the end).  But lately I have discovered an interest in history --- exactly what's been going on all these centuries?

After you read this book you will say, "Mostly fighting and conquering and bloodshed."  (although the book is not graphically violent at all (it was written for young people) and the Nazis actually forbade its publication in Nazi Germany as they considered it too "pacifist").

I am reminded of a story I read somewhere once of a king who wanted to know the history of the world and had a huge library of books, but was either too lazy or too busy to read them and find out.  

So his asked his wisest minister to condense the history of the world into just one volume.  After a year, the minister brought him the results of his labors --- just one book.

"Too heavy!" said the king. "Make it shorter."

In a half a year, the minister brought the king an abridged version of the book.

"Still too long." said the king. "I don't have time for this.  Cut it down to a short story."

So it went.  From a short story, the king wanted just an article, then just a paragraph, and finally, the king asked for the entire history of the world in just one word.

The minister went away and thought very hard for a long time and then came back and gave his king the one word.



Although, if I were asked to put the history of the world into one word, after reading this book I would say "selfishness".

And everybody does die in the end.  And it would be too depressing were it not for the hope of the gospel of Christ.  "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cute Melted Snowman Cookies

Aren't these adorable?  My cousin Wanda likes to bake.
Wish I could taste one, too!
She says this recipe is all over the internet.

and that person got it from here

and that person found it on

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Up On The Roof

We are painting our house.  Well, when I say "we", I guess I mean N is doing the actual brush-and-roller-wielding....  however, since I am lighter and more sure-footed than he, I insisted on being the one to climb the tall ladder and actually get onto the little roof peaky place over the garage and paint that one particular hard-to-reach spot.

Here are some pix to prove I WAS THERE  (ha)