Monday, September 17, 2012

Mailbox Monday 9-17


 Mailbox Monday is on tour for the month of September at Book N Around. Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

These 4 books have been added to my To Read List this week. They did not arrive in my mailbox, but they live in my house now.
 Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks is the October read for the local book club that I belong to. Tomorrow night we meet again, after taking the summer off ,to discuss Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. Then in October we will discuss Caleb's Crossing. I have only been a member of this book club since February 2012. But I enjoy the ladies who belong and meet to share. 

 Fifty Shades of Grey , by E.L. James was recommended to me by my daughter and granddaughter. I guess I will see what all the hoopla is about. I have read several reviews on Goodreads, and not many recommend it. I will judge for myself, but I am not sure what to expect.
The Lost Wife, A Novel, by Alyson Richman is one I picked to complete a challenge on Goodreads.  The title caught my eye and the cover peeked my interest. " A rapturous new novel of first love in a time of war."  "Staggeringly evocative, romantic  heartrending, sensual and beautifully written" - John Lescroart, New York Time bestselling author.


The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins is also a book recommended by my daughter and a possible pick for our local book club. I found it on sale at Wal-Mart , so decided to add it to my stack of books to be read.

This week too, I will attend another Quilt Retreat in the beautiful Black Hills of So Dakota. Eleven friends and I will meet to quilt, play, eat, laugh and generally just have a great time, at Ranch A near Spearfish SD. I hope to get some pictures, the leaves should be turning. They are early this year because it has been so dry.
I will pack a book light and my current read, Betrayal by Michele Kallio, which I won from the author. I am enjoying it and hope to be able to write an acceptable review.

Til next time,
Stay Busy, Stay Happy
Judy

Saturday, September 15, 2012

9-15 Snapshot Saturday


Saturday Snapshot




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On December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring four sites of historic and cultural significance as our nation's first National Monuments. Among these was Montezuma Castle, which the President identified as a place "of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest." Although very few original artifacts remained in the structure due to intensive looting of the site, Roosevelt's decision assured the continued protection of one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America. The very first one was Devil's Tower in Wyoming, between where I grew up and where I live now. I have visited there several times.   We visited Montezuma's Castle in Arizona last January. A very calm quiet place. You could almost hear the ghosts.  I should make a list of National Monuments to visit, now that I am retired.  A sort of historical places "bucket list".

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Not Wordless

Does anyone else find yourself just reading and reading blog after blog?   I feel like my time is getting away from me. I thought once I retired I would have oodles of time to clean( if I wanted to) sew (whenever I wanted to) read to fill up all the extra time. NOT SO!!!!!!

I am in blog land a great deal of the time.  I love it, and don't want to miss a single thing that anybody is saying or doing. I am a "lurker", my daughter says.  But I so enjoy it.  That being said, I want to introduce you to Maureen Cracknell Handmade. She has the cutest tutorials and great fabric.  Please take a minute to check out her blog.  I do.

On to the next: I am still reading and enjoying The Yellow House.  It is due back at the library tomorrow so I must get a move on. Today is my annual mammogram, then lunch with friends. The afternoon I am reading!!

Til next time

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Judy

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros Sept. 11 2012


           First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a MEME by Diana at Bibliophile By the Sea.

Feel free to join in by posting the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few ) of a book you decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Grab the banner and play along.



Today I am sharing the first 2 paragraphs of an upcoming read. It is from The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. 


He dressed deliberately for the occasion, his suit pressed and his shoes shined. While shaving, he turned each cheek carefully to the mirror to ensure he hadn't missed a single whisker. Earlier that afternoon, he had even bought a lemon-scented pomade to smooth his few remaining curls. 

He only had one grandson, one grandchild for that matter, and had been looking forward to this wedding for months now. And although he had met the bride only a few times, he liked her from the first. She was bright and charming, quick to laugh, and possessed a certain old-world elegance. He hadn't realize what a rare quality that was until he sat there now staring at her, his grandson clasping her hand. 

What do you think, would you read on or not? 


Other than planning on this read, today was so busy. Took my MIL to the doctor, tried to pick up the resulting prescription. But it wasn't ready, so I went on to my PPQG end of summer picnic. We stitched a small heart with spring buds intertwined. I know it is fall, but I am sure the project committee has a "plan". We also had a lunch bag exchange, I got one just like I made, only bigger and different fabric. It unfolds to make a placemat. Great idea, the pattern needs tweeking though. Then back to Walgreens, still no script!!! So I placed a call to the nurse, she sent it again, I signed checks at my old office, went to PO and back to Walgreens. This time it was ready. Finally I am back home  WHEW!!! What a day.  




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mailbox Monday 2 for 1





Mailbox Monday is on tour for the month of September at Book N Around. Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.




Two for the price of one.  Well, not exactly. But this week both book and fabric came into my house. Both were paid for by me. But what the heck.I'm happy.

All this fabric with words on it, came from my recent purchase at the Etsy shop of Sew Me a Song. There are fat quarters with vintage postcards, newspaper articles,a copy of the Declaration of Independence, some vintage pattern envelopes, even a crossword puzzle fabric. I am in heaven. I have a very special project for this fabric. Can't say here just yet, but it is for a gift.  Also into my house came a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo.











 It is the selected read for the Fall Classic at Ladies and Literature at Goodreads. I have never read this LARGE novel. So hopefully I will be able to finish it in a timely manner. The Classics always run for 3 months. I am glad about that. This one has 1108 pages including explanatory notes.  Makes me a bit scared it there has to be explanatory notes. It was a USED copy at our local bookstore, so I only paid $6.99 for it. A bargain, after checking online sources.  Of course, if I had a Kindle or e-reader of some kind (hint, hint) I could have acquired it for much less than $6.99 + tax.  LOL.

I have my work cut out for me for the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck on both projects.

Til next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy
Judy

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday 1st Tuesday




The First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is sponsored by Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea

This is the first paragraph of The Yellow House by Paticia Falvey. It is the September read for Ladies and Literature group on Goodreads. I checked it out of the library and it is due back on the 13th, so I need to start it. Of course, I can renew it. But my TBR pile beckons, so I want to read it and do my review.

I remember the summers best, when the days rested in the long arms of the evening and the sounds around Slieve Gullion were as muted as benediction. Only the faint barking of distant dogs cut the stillness as farmers drove their cattle home. Smoke curled from cottage chimneys and children gulped down tea so they could return to play while time hovered between day and night like a gift from heaven.


So, what do you think. Would you continue to read or pass?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mailbox Monday 9-3-12









Mailbox Monday is on tour for the month of September at Book N Around .Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received no reading material in my PO mail box, unless you count yet another "junk catalog". but I did receive the following shares from my granddaughter via my email mailbox.  So that probably counts, right? 


She and I are both book lovers. She is a writer in addition to being a reader. She is hoping to some day be published. She is 19. 





Love you "ittybit".  

til next time, Stay Busy. 

Judy ( g'ma Judy)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Snapshot Saturday #1 September








Saturday Snapshot

Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.




Princess Cays, Bahamas.  March 2012.  Does anyone want to go there?  Turquoise water, white sand,swaying palm trees, nearly cloudless sky.  Paradise?  Pretty close! This is a wonderful vacation memory. 

I am really looking forward to Fall. I love the cool crisp mornings, calm evenings and all the yellow, orange and red colors.  


Stay Busy, 

Judy