Bibliophiles Raising More Bibliophiles

My husband has a PhD.  He has been a researcher and bibliophile for many, many years.  In fact, when the traveling salesmen were going door to door, his folks bought him and his sister a set of encyclopedias.  My MIL still has those books – and when we sometimes feel nostalgic, we get them out and have a big ole giggle at the pages where he underlined things, wrote in the margins, etc. all before the age of five.  At this stage in his life, his reading and research has a much more theological slant but he also enjoys reading how to live off the land and be sustainable.  Nonfiction reader, unless it’s a good J. Frank Dobie book he hasn’t read before – and we think he’s read all of those.

Then he met me.  I, too, have always been a bibliophile.  Except I prefer fiction and get a little anxious when I am reading the last book that I have in my iPad library- wondering all the while what the next book I will be buying and hopefully having enough money to buy more than one so I can read a book without worrying about what is next!  Reading is now, with this MS blessing in my life, one way for me to calm the dizziness down that I get most days.  It has become a necessary part of my MS life.

Enter a couple of bibliophiles who have four children.  These four kids are ours were each blessed with Nooks for Christmas last year by a very special angel on earth.  They read like there’s no tomorrow – every single one of them.  Every day.  Any way they can squeeze another five minutes of reading, they will try it out on us.  Hiding in their rooms before family prayers and bedtime – just in case we adults forget to call them for prayers so they can read more.  They still love to go to the library but if they have books on their Nooks, that will suit all of them just fine.

But, THIS one takes the (banana) cake!  When only one or two kids are home for supper, I allow them to read at the table with their meals.  They talk if they want to but at least with a book, they do not jam their mouths with food and then talk with food in their mouths.  LOL  Last night, only two daughters at the table.  I come to say grace with them and realize they both have books…except this middle daughter of ours has created her very own Nook holder:


And I, obviously, don’t have to ask her if she wants fries with that because they are right there on her plate!

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    My Favorite Fabric Supplier Does it Again! And Again with Coupon!

    I just love shipments from!  Here is some more fabric she cut for me, for a future quilt.  There will be more on the way for this particular quilt but these are the first three fabrics in that quilt design’s beginning.


    And now, I get to look at them in all their luscious glory, stroke them, see the quilt design they are intended to be used for and just dream a little about having so many of these lovely fabrics in my stash.  Today, it’s a great day to shop and play at!  And EVERYDAY at is pricing that cannot be beat!

    After Linda read this post, she sent this reply:

    Tammy’s is my friend too!

    We have mutual friends so you get 10% off anything in my shop!  Just use the coupon code tammy10 (no italics necessary) !


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      Notes to Live (and Love) By

      A few years ago, our oldest daughter was heading off for two weeks of church summer camp and left us this little note on one of the kitchen cabinet shelves:


      That original note is still there but it started a domino effect on all in our family – just taking a little bit of time and leaving an unexpected loving message for one person or the other.

      Here’s another (and “bug” in this instance means her dog) she left us with just this past weekend:


      All good, all loving and all from the note-maker’s heart.  What a fabulous life lesson that our daughter taught ALL of us in our household!

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        This Little Light of Mine…I’m Gonna Let it Shine!

        Earlier this year, when my (third) foster mother was wintering with us, we took a trip to that big box store (initials WM) to pick up some incidentals for my foster mother to have quilt projects to work on while she was staying with us.  On the end of one of the aisles was a huge display of Ott Light Sewing Caddy’s:

        ott caddy

        The price on these was $10 – and I *knew* the quality and brand was outstanding, so I suggested my foster mother get for when she sits in the evenings and likes to do hand-work.  I *knew* that price could not be beat anywhere…and after asking about it to my quilty friends on Facebook, the wholesale cost alone was at least $30, if not $40 in some places.  After my foster mother snagged one up, we went back a few days later and I picked up two more.  I had no big intentions on who they would go to, only that the cost could not be beat anywhere.  If I had had unlimited funds, I would have bought a shopping cart full of them!  One of my quilty friends even went a step further and called her local big box store and he called ours and was told they were Christmas oversights and were selling them at that amazingly low price just to get them sold.

        Well, one of them went to my mother-in-law as her Easter basket earlier this year – and she has it all set up next to the chair that she likes to do hand-work in later in the evenings…and she absolutely loves it.  My foster mother loved hers so much, she took it home with her!

        That left me with one left.  It sat in the box for the longest of times because I just had not come across someone to gift it to.

        Then, one evening, I was needing to put the binding on a quilt and could NOT seem to get enough light on the subject, regardless of where I sat in the living room.  Then the light bulb (pun intended) went off in my head that I had the answer right in my sewing room – all I had to do was unpack it and fill it up with what I needed to whip-stitch the binding on a quilt!

        Hence, I gifted myself with the final Ott Light Sewing Caddy!



        And when my foster mother comes back, she can use mine and not have to travel with hers…but, leave it safe and full of all of her fun things until she returns to her summer home!

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