We had a lovely break from chilly weather and tried to get as much Vitamin D as we could from the gorgeous Florida sunshine at the park. Can I just tell you that this little sundress SLAYS me?
And I think I’m (finally) caught up on responding to comments. So, if you left a comment this week that never received a response, go back and check it out. I try to respond to every single comment I receive. It means so much to me that my readers take the time to A) read my posts and B) leave insightful comments. I want to give offer that same thoughtfulness to all my readers to show how much I appreciate them, but sometimes I get way behind. So, mea culpa! I’m at least caught up for now 🙂
Thank you so much for your great feedback on my Goals for the New Year post regarding Carrots. I mentioned that I felt some pressure to narrow the focus of Carrots (because that’s supposed to be good blogging) but I’m so glad that you don’t want me to! I don’t want to either! I do have one question for you. Should I rename Carrots? I mean, I would keep the Carrots part, but is the Michaelmas too hard to remember and too hard to spell? Whenever I tell anyone the name of my blog they say, “Carrots for what?” Would it be easier to track down with a simpler name? And what would I change it to? Dilemmas!
Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Candlemas is quickly approaching on February 2nd. This is the feast that celebrates the presentation of Christ at the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary forty days after Christmas. This is the event described in the Gospel of Luke when the Virgin and St. Joseph present Jesus at the Temple and the faithful Simeon and Anna behold and recognize Jesus as the Messiah they have been waiting for. You can read one of my very first posts about the first time we celebrated Candlemas three years ago, but DEAR ME, the photos are so awful. I mean, I’m far from a passable photographer now but whoa Nelly….the pics are bad. Ye have been warned.
Pregnancy Update: 22 and a half weeks over here. Lots of kicks from Baby Gwen and I already look like I’ve got a bowling ball in my shirt. Benjamin and Lucy have both started rubbing my tummy which is just precious. The bad news is that the pregnancy nausea is back, it’s just arriving each night around 7:30. Obvious solution: just go to sleep at 7:30 to escape it. Problem solved!
Book Love: Finished this wonderful gem last week and I’m on to Wuthering Heights (a re-read for me). I literally SOBBED my way through the end of the book. It’s wonderful. If you haven’t read any of The Penderwicks, please, please, I beg you, get thee to a library! They’re delightful. Mary Susan wrote a great post about why they’re such good reads.
Links (Book List Edition): I recently shared what books I read in 2012 and which ones are on my to-read list for 2013. It was a blast reading all of your comments about books you read and your fantastic recommendations that I am adding to my list! I was inspired this week by a few reading lists from other bloggers and wanted to share them in case you’re still looking for some good reads:
In the Garden: We are up to our ears in Chinese Cabbages. Who has a great kimchi recipe?
And Daniel is building a new chicken coop. This photo makes me laugh out loud. You’re welcome, world.
I think it’s the backwards hat that just kills me. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.
I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend! We’re just spending time with family and getting that chicken coop built 🙂