Quick takes, random things…you say toe-may-toe, I say toe-mah-toe. Here are seven of them, in any event.

Anyone else having problems with email feeds? Is it just me? Do I need to just forget about it?

Sure sign of spring (and thus of hope): laundry on the line already…I hung it out last night. We had frost, but I’m not deterred. I have two more loads ready to go out.

When you let your budding artist use scrap paper, you should remember to check the other side before you go mailing it out. Not that we’ve been embarrassed lately, because we haven’t…but I thought of it in a moment of near-panic the other day.

My budding artist is discovering the joy of mail — snail mail. She’s been drawing (and sometimes painting) and mailing envelopes full of artwork to her friends and faraway family members. Sometimes, people mail her back (usually her young friends (who we see all the time)). Oh, the joy! Oh, the excitement! Oh, the amusement of the folks in the post office when I come in to buy more sunflower stamps and tell them why!

I mentioned to my mother a while back that I’d like to learn how to crochet. I probably even used the foolish phrase “this year.” (That was back before this year got rolling and I realized my folly in making a list of things I would learn in addition to my yearlong house de-cluttering project.)

Recently, she sent a box of goodies for us. Tucked in the bottom of that box was a bag for me, with crocheting needles (or are they called hooks?) and two how-to books. Guess I am going to discover the fun of yarn shopping sometime soon, huh?

I finished a book this week. I mentioned that yesterday in my Small Successes, but it’s worth mentioning here too. Emily’s Hope, by Ellen Gable, is a book I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, but it landed in my lap and it was…strange. Not because of the writing or the storyline but because I’ve not read much Catholic fiction. It’s definitely Catholic fiction, inspired by Theology of the Body, and heartwarming and heart-wrenching all at the same time. More to come in a longer post. (This is, after all, a quick take, right?)

One of my favorite prayers is also one of the easiest for me, the Little Crown. I explain how it’s done and a little of how I discovered it over at Behold Your Mother.

Thanks to Jen for hosting the 7 Quick Takes round-up!