Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mostly books this week…...

All I did last week is read.  Seriously!  Seems that almost every book I picked up (and I did borrow some from the library…if you can believe???) was so good that I could hardly put it down.  Things will change this week though.  My house needs some attention badly!!  The dust is calling and I must prepare for Easter, although at this juncture, I'm not real sure what I might be doing.  Usually, my sister and her family host the holiday, but this year, she, my brother-in-law, her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter are on vacation until late Saturday, so won't have time and she let me know before she left that they'd just as soon forget it anyway considering the after vacation chores required to prepare for the work week on Monday.  My head is spinning with Easter possibilities, but the question is whether or not I really want the work, expense, and hassle involved with just providing a holiday outlet for my adult kids and their spouses (none of whom is religious anyway) and one little 5 year old granddaughter whom I rarely see anyway unless she requires a gift for some special occasion.  Naturally, I do have a basket filled with goodies…….so one way or another she will be blessed even if we have to drive it over to her!    Call me lazy, but at this time in my life, I'd much rather just read than be expected to provide tradition just for tradition sake.  I guess you'll find out next week… too!  lol

These are the books of the week:

"Second Star to the Right"            by            Mary Alice Monroe
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane"        by                  Neil Gaiman
"The Glass Kitchen"                by              Linda Francis Lee  
"In the Blood"          by            Lisa Unger
"The Winter People"        by         Jennifer McMahon
"The Third Hill North of Town"          by         Noah Bly

I won "The Glass Kitchen" free through First Reads give away.  The release date isn't until June.  All I was asked was to give an honest review.  Easy enough!  That one and "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" were the worse ones of the week.  All the others were top notch!  They were all different, but equally entertaining!  I highly recommend any and all! 

Then, naturally, I sent out some envelopes:

So there you have it!  My week in a nutshell!  OH…….and I did get a jury service notice for May.  Ugh!  Good thing we can take books there to read while we wait.  lol

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Same old - same old

Boy, my life is boring……seems like I do the same stuff every week lately.  Problem is that I'm not sure if that's good or bad.  lol  All I know is that the weeks are getting closer to spring when I can open my windows and let the breezes in rather than having the furnace on all the time!  Right now though, if I did that, I'd freeze.  Temps this morning are about 37 degrees.  Brrrrrr!!  At least it's not snowing.  lol

Lady #71, Diane from WI, is joining us this morning.  Diane is the long armer at my quilt shop and is a busy, busy lady!!  I can't image how many quilts she quilts every week on the 4 long arm machines they have at the shop.  All I know is that I'm happy she does it and not me.  

And here is the "real" Diane.

Then, naturally, I sent out envelopes.  Mostly to my little sweeties, but also one to my son-in-law who has a birthday this week.

Last, but not least, I must tell you about the awesome books I read this week.  I think this was the best week yet for favorite reads.  Out of the 4 there was only 1 that wasn't right at the top of my favorites so far this year and the name of that was, "All you can Dream Buffet".  I wasn't crazy about that one at all.  DO check out the others though.  I loved each of them and highly recommend them all!!

"A Fall of Marigolds"                 by                             Susan Meissner
"The Lost Wife"                         by                             Alyson Richman
"Calling Me Home"                    by                             Julie Kibler

That last one took awhile to get into and I almost gave up on it after about 130 pages, but I'm so glad I stuck it out because by the end, I was crying, it was so good.

So, that's it!  Believe it or not, I just started reading my first borrowed library book.  I had 3 books on library hold since March 12th, but somehow or other they disappeared off my "hold" list, so when I re-entered them on Friday, I  discovered that I could already pick one up, so sent hubby to fetch it yesterday.  I'll tell you about it next week.

I hope you all have wonderful days ahead!  Happy spring and happy reading, or sewing or both…!  Love ya!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This and That

How cool is it when a reader writes to me and tells me that she thought she recognized one of my ladies from the information on my blog?  I was blown away!  Caroll, from the West Michigan Quilter blog did just that!!  And then, she was kind enough to take a picture of her friend, Beverly, (Lady #70 from last weeks blog post) and send it to me.  How fun was that?  I LOVE pictures of my ladies with themselves!!!  Thank you so much, Caroll!!!  (Now I'll have you all watching for the next Lady, huh?)

I'm still buying books!  (Much to my hubby's dismay, I might add!)  I did sign up for our library's "hold" program, but although I have "holds" on 5 different books from 5 weeks ago, I have yet to hear a word.  Good thing I have Amazon to help me fill in!!  lol  You will note in the stack below that one is labeled "Not for Sale".  Believe it or not, I won that in First Reads program.  You sign up for a free book and if you win, you are expected to write a review.  Not a bad deal!  I have another one coming from them.  So far I won two!

These are the ones I read this week:

"Fallen Beauty"         by        Erika Robuck
"The Fault in Our Stars"        by         John Green
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"      by    Jamie Ford
"The Warrior"            by        Joyce Swann

They all were pretty good!  I bought "The Fault in Our Stars" because of the amazingly high rating on, but while I was reading it, it felt familiar, like I had read it before, so who knows, it might have been a book that I read here and there last year and never wrote down.  I hate when that happens!  I'll pass it on though.  I don't think my niece has read it yet.

Then………naturally………I sent out envelopes last week.  Thankfully, I have many made up ahead of time, so I can just pull one out when I need it for birthdays.  For the kids though, they like it when I coordinate the envelopes with the book titles (if you can believe?)  Sometimes, it's a real challenge!

So, that's the news, my friends!  Today I have to deliver Lady #71 to my quilt shop.  They commissioned me to do their long armer so I'm hoping she will be pleased.  Then tomorrow, I decided to have my twice a year cleaning ladies come to clean my house…just to treat myself…..and to pray for spring.  (It's 23 degrees here right now.)  I think I'll read a book while they work……ho hum!!  Maybe eat a bon bon or two too….he he!  I hope your week will be good too!  Until next time………...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sewin', envelopes & books (again)

First off I MUST show you the awesome mini quilt I received from Ruthie who was my QT partner.  She is the best paper piecer I know and created this 9 inch square beauty especially for me:

Ruthie likes pink and green, so this is what I made for her.  The theme was quilted houses:

Mine ended up at 9" x 7 1/2".  The rules state that they must stay under 12 inches square.

Then… usual….I sent out a bunch of envelopes this week.  We did have some birthdays in the family, so there were more envelopes than usual.  (Yes, my relatives ALL expect a special envelope for their birthday now no matter how old they are.)  lol

On top of that, Lady #70, Beverly from the US got her portrait in the mail so I can now introduce her to you.  I also will show you the one photo she sent, but I used a different one to make her quilt, so it might not exactly look like her:

I chopped her out of a bigger photo.  Can you tell?

On top of all that, I finished 3 books this week…….all which had over 400 pages…..ugh!  No fast reading this week!!

"The Storyteller"             by       Jodi Picoult
"Missing You"                by       Harlan Coben
"The Pieces We Keep"    by       Kristina McMorris

By far, the last one was the best one.  I could hardly put it down!  So, that's the news here.  Today I am going to start the book, "Fallen Beauty" by Erika Robuck.  I won a free copy through Goodreads so I figure I should read it and give a review.  It's a historical fiction novel about the poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay with only 354 pages so it should go fast.

So, my friends, happy reading or happy sewing….whatever your pleasure!  Until next time…...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lady #67, fun mail and books (as usual)

Whew, finally Olga aka Lady #67 made it to her destination.  We were worried!  Olga lives in Brazil and to be honest, Brazil doesn't have the best postal system.  I've had issues with Brazil before so Olga decided to pay extra for priority shipping (to the tune of $41) which made the trip from the US to her home only 3 1/2 weeks rather than 3-6 months as I have seen in the past.  During that time though, she and I have become very good friends, so that was a plus for both of us!  Enjoy yourself, Olga!  It was a ball working with you!   I also posted the original photo of the "real" Olga for you to see.

Some of you might be astute enough to note that I have not yet posted Lady #66.  She, my friends, is a gift and will be revealed the end of April.

Naturally, I sent out fun envelopes to my little ones this week:

Did you recognize that last one?  I copied one of my mug rugs from years ago.  Audrey went to a real live "tea" with her parents this past week during her spring break, so I HAD to celebrate the occasion!

Then, I spent my marvelous birthday Amazon gift cards on books.  Can you believe?  (You should see my unread stack now……I need to stop buying and take a good speed reading course, I think.)  Sad that I can shop faster than I can read!

This week I finished:

"Paris Letters"                      by      Janice MacLeod
"The Husband's Secret"       by      Liane Moriarty
"The Life List"                     by      Lori Nelson Spielman

And started "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult this morning.  Out of the 3 from last week, "Paris Letters" was, by far, the best.  It was light and fun and made me smile!  Besides, that, no book has ever made me want to learn french before.  lol

So, my friends, that's another week down the tubes.  I hear that spring is right around the corner, but you couldn't tell that by our weather this morning.  It's snowing outside right now (again…ugh!)  So, take care….until next week (when I will have some sewing to show you…..if you can believe?)