She Said–How to Wear a Shirt, Winners, and My Whit’s End Book Club

This is the shirt I wore today.  This is the same shirt that I wore home from the hospital after giving birth to Little Man a little over a year ago.  I know.  I wish I wasn’t still wearing “those” clothes.I bought this shirt a few days before I went into labor.  All of a sudden I realized that I didn’t have any BIG clothes to wear home from the hospital.  In a panic, I hit TJ Maxx, hoping for a miracle.  I had to try shirts on over a very large belly.  Well. . .no miracle occurred, but I did come home with this shirt.  I liked how the collar lay, and the exploding fireworks or exploding chrysanthemum were off-centered enough not to hit me “dead on”.  My mom and my aunt were along, and they also liked the collar.

Teee Heee. . .Haaa Haaaaaa. . . .Hooo Hoooo!  Everyone liked the collar, but I had put the shirt on BACKWARDS!!!!

This is the way it is supposed to be worn.

Not so flattering of a line.  I need a visual break in the front.  So yes, I still wear it backwards every time I put it on.  Check it out again.

Notice the soft collar.  Here’s the other side again.  Mock Tee with unnecessary gathers.

Well, that’s what life is like here at My Whit’s End.  🙂

Hope you smiled,

–your host, a grinning rebecca

P.S.  The Winners of the Best Book Club Comment are Ca-Anna-da (Anna I handed you your prize while in Canada as there is a mail strike,)  Lisa B (Loooove the Jaguar comment!!!!),  and Gwen H.  (so funny!).  I have some pretty, printed, paper napkins coming in the mail to you.  Thanks so much EVERYONE for reading and commenting.  There is already another give-away up and running, so if you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post, you might want to back up and enter a comment on the post entitled PINK! for a cutely printed laundry bag.

P.P.S  And since we are on the topic of Book Clubs. . . as much as I enjoyed poking fun of the attendees, I would love to join a book club.  I love reading good books, and enjoy discussing them in a forum.  THEREFORE, I am going to start our own Book Club right here.  Our first book is going to be “Out of Africa” by Isak Dineson–that’s her pen name.  Her real name is Karen Blixen.  A simple summary of her book is “her love affair with the country of Kenya.”   She moved there in 1914 to begin a coffee plantation.  She wrote her famous “novel” in the 30’s after she returned to her country of Denmark.  She wrote it in English.  This is of note because English was not her first language.  (Besides, Danish, she also spoke French, German, and Swahili.)  That gives you an idea of how talented this lady was.  She makes several references to other literary characters, events of history, or comments in Latin.  What I plan on doing is giving you all a page for each chapter with all these references already looked up, defined, or translated.  Don’t let that deter you from reading her book.  It really is not difficult to read–we are not wading through War and Peace.  This is not a “novel” that you race through to find out what happens (What happens is she has to move back to Denmark.)  This is a “novel” (although a true story) in which you savor each sentence.  You will want to read each paragraph and enjoy the “eye-picture” that it creates.  Let me give you a sample of her writing style.

I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.  –this is her very famous opening sentence.

We grew coffee on my farm.  The land was in itself a little too high for coffee, and it was hard work to keep it going; we were never rich on the farm.  But a coffee-plantation is a thing that gets hold of you and does not let you go, and there is always something to do on it: you are generally just a little behind in your work.–does this sound a bit like motherhood?  gets a hold of you, always something to do, generally a little behind?

At times, life on the farm was very lonely, and in the stillness of the evenings when the minutes dripped from the clock, life seemed to be dripping out of you with them, just for want of white people to talk to.  But all the time I felt the silent overshadowed existence of the Natives running parallel with my own, on a different plane.  Echoes went from the one to the other.–beautifully written.

I hope you decide to read along with us.  You can get the book at your local library or order your own copy by clicking on this blue link Out of Africa (Modern Library of the World’s Best Books).  We won’t start for a week or so in order for everyone to find their own copy.

Looking forward to an African Adventure ,


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6 Responses to She Said–How to Wear a Shirt, Winners, and My Whit’s End Book Club

  1. Bel McCoy says:

    Just put a copy on hold at “my” library…now, must pick it up within a week.


  2. Lisa Buchanan says:

    WhooHoo!! Love winning things! Makes me feel important. 🙂 I’d love to read that book! It sounds like a winner. But book time is little to none these days unless it’s part of the Sonlight curriculum. I checked out the Flicka Dicka and Ricka books. I think Allie would love those!


    • whitsendmom says:

      She would look just like one of the girls! There is a boy’s series called Snip, Snap, and Snur, but Clement wouldn’t so much as give it a second glance.


  3. Debbie says:

    What a great idea! Love to read. This book has been made into a movie~


    • whitsendmom says:

      The movie is different from the book. The book is more about her love for Africa. The movie is more about her love for a man.


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