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1010 Things in 1001 Days May Update
June 2, 2010, 5:43 pm
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Sad news, there’s not much to report. I have goals working but nothing accomplished. This just will not do.

I volunteered for my first USO breakfast at the Navy base. So I have one of three volunteers done. I also have a June breakfast and maybe a homecoming so I should get this done fairly soon.

I put up 4 quarts of spaghetti sauce, so I’m getting more proficient with my canning. I also purchased a pressure canner, now to take it out of the box and use it! I’ve been hearing on my canning groups that they aren’t scary and are in fact pretty simple to use. Now to put my big girl panties on and see for myself!

I have the garden in at my parent’s, now to get mine in here at my house. I will be doing that in a few days.

The sewing machine is on hold until I can get my mother in law to show me how to thread the bobbin.

I’m becoming more frugal by cooking from scratch more and making meals that we would buy prepackaged myself. I’ve recently rediscovered Gordon’s Food Service, oh how I love that store!

I’m becoming more green by re purposing things. Like my dryer lint and dryer sheets are being used for a woman’s crafts and the lint my brother in law is using it for insulation. Less waste! Yipee!

I want to start composting, but I’m not sure where to begin so I will need to research that one a bit.

All I know is that I need to get the lead out, but some of my goals call for cash and that’s not readily available at the moment. So I will do what I can and keep you all updated.


1001 Books May Update
June 2, 2010, 5:26 pm
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Well I’ve been dealt a curve ball that I didn’t expect. I’ve become addicted to Facebook. So this has cut into my reading time sharply. I’ve acknowledged the issue and now to correct it. =) I didn’t make much progress, but I’m delighted to have finished Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth. It was not my favorite book by him. It really drug out in places then moved blindingly fast in others. Not an absolute terrible book, just not one I want to read again. I also started and finished Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker. Absolutely loved the book, but then Alice Walker writes amazing books. I have read all three of her books on the challenge list and have adored all three. The Color Purple, The Temple of my Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy, I highly recommend them to everyone.

I had some good luck and found some of my older titles on so I now own Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francoise Rabelais. I had also ordered the Princess of Cleves, but they were sold out. Bummer. I have not been able to find Aithiopika by Heliodrus or Chaireas and Kallirhoe by Chariton. I’ll see if I can get them from another library system sent to Toledo. Then I will have all the books from the pre1700 section. I discovered a bit late in the game that the books are in chronological order with the century. So I will read my way from the back to the front of the list. I flipped through the list this morning and got really excited about a lot of the books I have to read.

I’m currently reading For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway and Oroonoko by Aphra Behn. I’m loving both of these books, so June is shaping up to be a great month. I will have Oroonoko done probably in the next day or so and then I will move onto The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius.

I’m sitting at having 37 books read and my goal is 50. I’m starting to get in trouble here, but I will keep plugging along and do what I can. Happy reading!