A Haven for Vee

Saturday, December 31, 2011

No Time on My Hands-The Story of Grace McCance Snyder

In Blogdom, I have been reading so many wonderful Year in Review posts in the past couple of days. It has all felt familiar because, for the past several weeks, I have been reading a life in review.

The biography autobiography is No Time on My Hands. It is traveling around the country because Suzanne of At Home With the Farmer's Wife created a book swap and lined up an itinerary from the bloggers who expressed an interest in reading it.

The book is based on the life of Grace McCance Snyder who grew up in Nebraska during the 1880s and 1890s. Her dream as a girl was to grow up to marry a cowboy, to create exquisite quilts, and to fly above the clouds. It's a Little House on the Prairie sort of book for adults. Death and Weather feature prominently and more vividly than many of the characters.

Whether Grace married a cowboy or flew above the clouds, I'll not say, but I will give it away that she did create exquisite quilts. Her famous flower basket quilt is at the bottom of *this list* where you can click on her quilt to see it more closely and you can read the amazing details of its creation.

This book is much more, however, than a story about quilting. In fact, quilting does not feature prominently until the final chapter. No Time on My Hands is the story of a pioneer life homesteading in Nebraska. Grace lived a remarkable life in a remarkable time.

Often as I was reading, I thought that the book could be made into a compelling movie. Imagine my surprise reading in the Epilogue to learn that it had been made into a play called Quilters. I loved the description of the play (except for one clinker) and would love to see it performed. Life is like a quilt with thousands of pieces making up the whole.

On this last day of 2011, I want to thank you for visiting me here in my little spot in Blogdom. I am living an unremarkable life (though I may be living in a remarkable time). That you honor me by visiting and commenting never ceases to amaze me. With about gazillion four hundred million blogs from which to choose,  I am humbled that you're reading here today. I also look forward to another year of blogging together. Blogdom is remarkable...

Here's wishing you a Happy New Year filled with God's richest blessings!


  1. The book sounds like a very worthwhile read and one that I may want to send to a friend who loves quilting. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Yours is the first blog I check every day. You have so much to share and so many great ideas. I've been checking in with you for a number of years now. Even though we haven't met in person, I feel as if I know you. Who would have thought when we were growing up that pen-pals would take on such a new and wonderful dimension!

    Wishing you a 2012 filled with blessings, fun, great health and much happiness!

  2. That book sounds interesting!

    I am so happy to have found your little haven on the 'net and a friend.

    Have a wonderful year filled with peace, health and joy!


  3. I have seen the play Quilters twice. If there is any way to see it, including a long drive and overnight stay someplace...do it.

    2011 offered a few jewel like moments but the balance was just a long hard slog. I would say i am glad to see it go, but am skittish about what 2012 has in store. I must say cheery honest blogs like yours do much to balance the dismal news each day. Thank you for that!

  4. Wishing the same sweet sentiments, back to you, Dear One.

    "Of all sound of all bells...
    most solemn and touching is the peal
    which rings out the Old Year."
    – Charles Lamb.

  5. Thanks for sharing about the book...I need to put that on my reading list.

    Happy New Year and thanks for allowing me to stop by and glean from your life and your wisdom.

    May God richly bless you this coming year with His riches.

  6. That book sounds like something I would like to read. Thanks for telling us about it!

    I have enjoyed every blog visit with you Vee and look forward to visiting you in 2012.

    Happy New Year!

  7. The book sounds interesting. I, too, am grateful for my bloggy world and all the friends I've made. It's been good visiting you this year. Blessings on 2012!

  8. Vee
    I'll definitely have to get that book to read. Every winter I read
    all of the Laura Ingalls series outloud with my DH. So this would make a nice change.
    Thank you for making your blog 'real' which makes it so enjoyable to visit!

  9. All the best to you for a year filled with happy moments Vee. Your blog is wonderful and very enjoyable to read.

  10. What a lovely way to be introduced to a new book. Sounds like a great read. Wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2012. Blessings, Tammy

  11. This review causes me to want to find and read this book, Vee.

    It is us who thank you for taking the time to share your heart and for inviting us into your warm and gracious home.
    New Year blessings to all,

  12. Dear Vee,

    Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year...God Bless!


  13. I'm always happy for a good book recommendation, Vee. Thank you!
    It's very nice to come by your blog post every day, and I'm grateful to Judy for pointing me in your direction.

  14. I'm popping in on this last day of the year to thank you as well for your beautiful presence in my own life.... sharing your life from your own 'haven' and always popping by to leave happy footprints in my own comment box.

    I wish you the BEST year yet.... with everything as He originally designed it to be.....good.....


  15. Have a wonderful year and many more posts!!!

  16. Vee,
    Happy New Year! I'm going to check out that biography. Just read one like it on my Kindle.

  17. Happy New Year to you and your family. You have a cozy and warm blog, and I am looking forward to many happy visits in 2012. xo

  18. These are truly remarkable times that we live in. And how did I ever stumble upon your blog? I have no idea. Can't remember for the life of me now. But I keep coming back. Hmm, perhaps that says more about me than it does about you. LOL! I am glad that we have gotten to know each other. I'm looking forward to my regular "Vee-fix" in 2012. And you will continue to be entertained by my photos. It's a good swap, don't you think?

  19. It's always a pleasure to visit you here in your little 'haven' in bloggyland! Wishing you and John a very happy and blessed New Year. Oh...I'll be back regularly to check up on you.

    PS Thanks for the book review!

  20. Happy New Year, Vee! And thank you for your wonderful blog posts.

  21. Happy New Year Vee!
    Thank you for being such a wonderful friend over the years...
    Robin :)

  22. I think you are quite remarkable dear friend and you always put the "extra" into extraordinary. I find all people and their lives fascinating and love stories as the one you have described in the book you mention. Must put it on my reading list to seek out. Thank you so much for sharing from the heart your hearth and home. May your New Year be filled with all that is bright and beautiful.

  23. Thank you for posting about this book and Happy 2012, Big hugs, Margie.

  24. It is fascinating how we connect with certain blogs and just never leave. I often think there must be so many more but time just doesn't permit me to go exploring very much.
    I am happy I found you..or did you find me? Regardless...you must be getting ready to kiss your honey there soon....Happy New Year to you.

  25. Oh Vee, I love coming here...I just wish I had more time to sit and read all these wonderful blogs out there! Stopping by here is like pulling up a chair and having a cuppa with a good friend. All the best in the New Year to you and your family!

  26. I love coming by your blog, Vee. And I appreciate the thoughtful comments on my blog, too. You always seem to have something to say in such a way that it sticks with me and gives me food for thought. Lighthearted or serious, your blog is one of my favorites.

    May 2012 be filled with the awareness of God's good gifts.

  27. It's like an escape to a B&B, having tea with a good friend, shopping at a unique gift shop, picking up a how-to-craft magazine or a continued chapter from a favorite book....Your blog is all this and more! Thank YOU Vee for being there, creating this haven, which you've made for all of us! And to have met you is icing on the cake! Happy New Year to and your beloved!

  28. Happy New Year Vee!!!! I love your blog and your style of writing. You make me smile, chuckle and yes, cry. Keep up the good work/pleasure.

  29. This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading. When V and I drove cross country one year we marveled over the vast high flat prarie of Nebraska and the corn fields that were there, as far as the eye could see! The entire trip I kept thinking about the bravery of the pioneers who traveled by horse and wagon a hundred and fifty years before.

    I throughly enjoy your blog, Vee, and the many others I've found through your recommendations. I'm glad we became blog friends almost 5 years ago!

    Wishing you and John and your families a very happy and healthy 2012!

  30. I am going to hunt down that book, Vee. It sounds fascinating. Happy New Year to you and your family too, and thank you for your wonderful friendship!Here we are in 2012, and who knows what awaits us all, but I have a feeling it will be special!

  31. Happy New Year to you and John.
    You are very dear to me....I love my visits!

  32. Just stopping by to wish you the happiest of new years! Blessings to you in 2012!

  33. It's been a blessing to get to know you this past year! I feel like we're old friends! Love your new banner...I see the window that you look out of each day! Happy New Year! ♥

  34. This sounds like a good book and one that I would enjoy. How neat that it has been travelling around blogland. You are right, blogdom is remarkable. Don't know how I got by without it ;).
    I am so glad to have made your acquaintance through this wonderful blog world. Always enjoy my visits at your haven.
    Blessings to you in the new year.

  35. I feel the same way as you do about blogging.

    It's a delight to come here each time and read a bit about your life. It's been great becoming your friend and may you and John have a very happy new year.

  36. I'll have to put the book on my "to-read" list. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  37. Sounds like a great book. I have about 4 new ones lined up to read if ever I find the time.

    I am trying to catch up a bit with bloggers...I sure got behind during the holidays...I am getting sooo slow in my olden stage. :))

  38. I would like to read that book as well. I have a children's book Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie by Andrea Warren that is based on Grace's life.


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