Summer reading, sewing and snacking

Unless it gets too hot, I love to read out on the front porch in the summer. This is the first book in a trilogy ( I picked up the 3rd book in the library, got hooked, and now I’ve gone back for the first one. )

The author has such an engaging writing style…she’s a masterful storyteller.

I read more in the summer than the winter, due to many more hours of natural light, so I can imagine myself going through several of her books….the library has quite a few of them.

All of this reading might take away from sewing and quilting time, though :)

While I had started to tie a quilt ( shown in my previous post HERE  ) and worked on that for two days off and on, I pulled out Scrappy Granny on Solstice to add some more stitches to the cable portion.

When I was a little girl living out in the country, while we attended a Methodist church in a town about 20 minutes away, in the summer we ( my sister and the neighbor girls ) went to the Presbyterian Vacation Bible School. We’d walk along the red dog gravel road behind my house about 1/3 mile and that would lead to the top of a large grassy hill. We’d walk down through that field to the little Presbyterian church below for VBS. I remember flannel board stories and memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, singing, crafts, and graham cracker and juice breaks. In the end we all got a little red Bible to take home.  There were probably 50 children attending.

BOY HAVE TIMES CHANGED ! :) Yes they learn some Bible stories at a local church but here is Brent climbing the major attraction. They just love this! And that is probably why over 300 children attend this VBS every year.

I picked the kids up after VBS one day and clearly they do expend some energy there and want to relax afterwards…they had a big lunch here and then I put on a movie for a bit.

Jesus in the morning and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the afternoon. MY boys played with those toys and watched the shows…those Turtles have stuck around for a long time.

Later on it was time to play outside and pick some lettuce from the garden and enjoy some Popsicles.

Another summer favorite is Italian Ices at a local spot called Ritas….the DIL got a nice shot of them here :

Back to Scrappy Granny and snacks…I have a a few popsicles that I am working towards for myself :)

Once I finish this quilting along the sashing and border,  I’ll have a two block area left. And the last block will be my summer popsicles.

Meanwhile, we’d had a heat wave for awhile that was a bit TOO hot for this time of year. A nice weather break moved in for two days or so. Along with that break were lovely skies and here are a few new blooms to accompany them :

Right around this time the Southwest is broiling in extremely record-setting high temperatures and tropical storm Cindy is hitting the gulf and many states are to be affected. Needless to say..thoughts and prayers are with those areas.

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17 Responses to Summer reading, sewing and snacking

  1. Karen says:

    wow – we didn’t get a climbing tower at summer Catholic classes – we walked 2 miles at least one way for 2 weeks every summer! we did get recess half way through and the local bar – next door – had a big freezer full of ice cream treats for a nickel or dime that we were able to run over and buy – the nuns even walked over (our town was tiny and no Catholic school for us so the nuns came for two weeks in the summer) – just goes to show bars and Catholics do mix – I’m sure the Baptist here in the south would be horrified to hear that – I even live in a dry county now.

  2. Connie says:

    I am always looking for good reads so I am going to definitely check out this author. I haven’t ‘read’ a novel in years until our vacation a couple of weeks ago. I would never have time for all the things I do if I read novels. What I do instead is listen to novels, either on CD from the library , or through Hoopla also through my library. I checked and they have Adriana’s books on Hoopla though not the one you are listening to. I listen on my lap top while cleaning house, cooking dinner, sewing, what ever when I need my hands free. Have you tried audio books? By the way, you produce an amazing amount of quilts considering how many grand babies you have now! Love to see the pics, they are growing so fast.

  3. barb says:

    What a summer fun with the kids. We had Ritas in NJ – yum.
    Your flowers are pretty and so are you stitches.
    I’ll have to look for that book. I read The Shoe Makers Wife and I loved it.

  4. I need to find that series of books at my library. Thx for the book review. You have such wonderful photos of your grandkids. How do you find the time to sew? and garden? Your flowers are lovely. VBS has really changed! Gotta keep those kids engaged. We were not so lucky in my day. Enjoyed this post! mary in Az (where we can’t go outside for over week due to the heat)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Oh Mary those temperatures are horrible and scary. I cannot fathom how people can dismiss climate change.

  5. Joyce says:

    We’ve enjoyed VBS weeks in many stages and at several denominations and had nothing but good memories – although not a single epic wall climbing wall! I used to volunteer at our Catholic church, running the craft station. My daughters were guests of their friends at Methodist churches, and today, my 4 year old grand, Kaylee, is attending at the Lutheran pre-school she goes to.
    The pictures of your grands are really sweet – especially the girls snuggled up together enjoying a day of Jesus and Ninja Turtles!
    And yes – the weather! Hot, stormy…and it’s only June? I think something’s up and it’s “planet abuse” related.

  6. Judy Miller says:

    Ah yes! VBS at the Methodist Church. Attended and taught for many years. We didn’t have a rock climbing wall however. Leave it up to the Presbyterians to out-do us lowly Methodists! LOL

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Nah Judy, my Presby VBS was just like yours….this local one that the grands attended was Assemblies of God :)

  7. The smiles on those four beautiful faces tell they are having a great summer so far. And, oh my gosh, but Brent sure looks like a climber extraordinaire. :-) I get my books from the library and enter holds. Boy, was I surprised when I went this morning and there were five books for me. Man, I need to stop gardening and get reading. Where’s a good rainy day when you need one. :-)

  8. Nancy says:

    I’ve read several of Trigiani’s books and enjoyed them. I think the first was The Shoemaker’s Daughter which takes place at the turn of the 20th century in both Italy and the U.S. I remember vacation Bible school almost as you describe it except that the moms always brought the snacks which usually included cookies and kool-aid. My mom skimped on the sugar and we pucked up when we drank hers!

    It looks like you’ve combined big stitches and regular stitches on your granny quilt. It’s an idea I hadn’t thought of but appeals to me quite a lot.

    Sweet grands you have there. I especially like the photo of the girls nestled under your quilt.

  9. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Wow–your Hollyhocks sound amazing! Love seeing your quilting progress!

  10. Kyle says:

    Despite the temps your quilting keeps moving forward. Your grands look like the heat doesn’t get in their way fun. Saving your Popsicle block for last seems appropriate

  11. Dawn says:

    All the summer fun! The girls are so sweet snuggled under that quilt – sweet.
    Love your garden pics.
    It’s gotten cool here for the weekend.

  12. Dewena says:

    I read my husband sitting by me about your VBS memories and that for your grandkids today. He said he’d much prefer todays as he always dreaded going. I remember loving going and taught at it when older. We both loved your Jesus in the morning and the ninja……turtles in the afternoon!

    I’ve read Adriana’s trilogy, loved it! And also several others of hers that I think took place in NYC if I remember right. I wonder if she has something new out because I’ve lost sight of her in recent years.

    I think it is wonderful that your grands are growing up with memories of snuggling under your beautiful quilts. Such sweet memories!

    • Dewena says:

      I haven’t read her memoir so thank you for emailing me the name of it! I know I’ll like it, first because I love memoir form books but also because she just seems like a down to earth person. I do remember reading Lucia, Lucia–enjoyed it!

  13. Grandma Kc says:

    I knew you were having some terrible heat and I was worried about you. Hope the Popsicle helped!

  14. Karen Beigh says:

    I read “Big Stone Gap” a couple years ago and enjoyed it.
    Brave kids to climb that wall. I have only seen them in pictures or on tv and can’t imagine how people can actually scale those walls other than the first couple steps.

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