I have been listening to Pride and Prejudice on LibriVox for the past few weeks, and it has been such a pleasure. Admittedly, a more high-end production would have less distractions (for instance, every reader seems to pronounce "Derbyshire" differently, and some styles of reading aloud are more, shall we say, amateur than others). In all, though, I actually look forward to doing some chores now, just so I can press play on the next chapter. LibriVox is a treasure trove of material—everything there is in the public domain, so there are a lot of classics. I'm sure I'll find something else once I run out of Austen (and maybe go through Jane Eyre). Any suggestions?
We came upon this sight a few nights ago at bedtime. The play kitchen had been moved from the playroom to the little boys' room to the nursery here, and here were the two little girls, quietly pouring and sipping "tea," long past when they were supposed to be tucked in bed. Honestly, late bedtimes are no infrequent occasion around here—but they were just so quiet, we didn't know what they were doing! They've since acquired a little toy table and a number of frequent guests in their brothers.
I love to watch them.
There's nothing better than a toddler tea party.
For the past few days I've been wearing this necklace, which my husband bought for me several years ago. It's part of the Vatican Library Collection, jewelry inspired by art from the Vatican. (It doesn't look like this one is available anymore.) He got me a few little pieces, whenever he happened to see something at Dillards while they were carrying the line; this is probably my favorite. It has been a little act of devotion to wear it and pray for Mary's intercession during the conclave.
So I'm behind in my blog reading (I'm perpetually behind in my blog reading) and I just discovered this Pinterest board by Rosie at Like Mother, Like Daughter. I love quilts. I have plans for making at least 20 of them—designs, fabrics—despite the fact that I have never put together a single quilt in my life. I can't help it. Aren't they beautiful?
I haven't figured out whether I can safely use some pictures on my blog or not, so better safe than sorry. You'll have to go to the listing at Etsy to see this beautiful ceramic honey pot that I put on my wishlist. I've been wanting a glass or ceramic honey pot for my kitchen counter for a year or two. This one is homey and adorable. I can't help but think of Winnie the Pooh.
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