Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday 11-28-12



This MEME is sponsored by Kathy at BermudaOnion's Weblog. It is a place to share new words we have encountered in our reading or elsewhere this week.

My words this week are from The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.  I encountered the first one on page 1 and the second on page 6. I'm going to love this novel if it keeps using new -to-me words.


1.  copse  " A rustic fence hems the house, and a wooden gate separates the tame garden from the meadows on either side, the copse beyond."

I've seen this word before in another read, and because of the way it was used in a sentence, I thought I knew what it was. This time I looked it up.  copse n. A thicket made up of trees or small bushes.


2. Obfuscation "The effort of obfuscation was lost on Rose, whose attention, unreliable at best, had already shifted to a butterfly resting on the fence post."   This word was brand new to me. In fact it wasn't in the dictionary I had in my bookshelf. I had to look it up on an online dictionary.

obfuscation n. from the transitive verb obfuscate. 1) to cloud over; obscure; make darker. 2) to muddle; confuse; bewilder.

3. Proscenium  ",the balcony where they'd hung the old bedroom curtains to form a proscenium arch,"

proscenium  n. 1. the stage of an ancient Greek or Roman theater.
                         2. a) the apron of a stage
                             b) the plane separating the stage proper from the audience and including the arch ( ) and the curtain with it.

Thank you Kathy for sponsoring this MEME.  I am a bit of a Word Freak. I love new words.  Pop on over to Kathy's blog and see what new words everyone else encountered this week.


Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Judy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday 11-27



Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.



                    Helena, Montana – Memorial Day, May 29, 2000   
Joel eyed the remains and laughed at the animal that had caused the carnage. The carnivore had done damage, serious damage, to the thing that covered most of his plate. But even serious damage was not a mortal blow, not to a 24-ounce porterhouse. They would have to leave it behind. Doggie bags didn't cut it on ten-hour drives home.

Heldt, John A. (2012-02-12). The Mine (Northwest Passage) (Kindle Locations 33-39). John A. Heldt. Kindle Edition. 


So what do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I did, the setting of Montana drew me in. I've been to Helena, Montana, even have friends that live there, so I kept reading. The other thing that had me read on, was.. this is my first experience with a Kindle edition. I don't have an e-reader yet, but I downloaded the Kindle app onto my laptop. This book was suggested to me by the author through a message on Goodreads. And it was only $.99, so I took the plunge. Now I must decide what kind of reader I want. Kindle, Nook, or go for broke and get an iPad. ??? Decisions, decisions!!!  Any suggestions? 

Till Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Judy  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mailbox Monday November 26




Mailbox Monday is on tour for the month of November at BermudaOnion's Weblog 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.



This week nothing in my actual mailbox, but I did download 2 kindle books to my laptop. This is a first for me, so I am patting myself on the back. I am really enjoying the format. My eyes don't get tired as easily and love the easy of page turning. Not that turning pages is such a task anyway, but I think you probably understand. I have been wanting to purchase (or receive as a gift) an e-reader, but I am still up in the air about which one, or should I just bite the bullet and get a tablet ( lots more $$). So, as for now, I'll just use this not-so-new laptop. :).

The books I am reading are:



I am really enjoying the story and the experience. 

The remainder of today I am busy working on laundry and putting together a quilt for my granddaughters college graduation. I will be making just the pillows now, as I thought she would graduate in January and just learned that it will be 12-16. I might be able to get the top pieced by then, but never to the quilter and back in time to get it to her in the mail. So I will send a "tease" present.


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy
Judy

Saturday, November 24, 2012

11-24-12 Saturday Snapshot







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.


I don't have any current Christmas decoration photos yet, but here is one taken last year. We spent the months of December and January with our son and daughter-in-law in the Phoenix area of Arizona. It was fabulous. This picture was taken in the square in downtown Chandler Arizona. We thought it was amazing. 

I think it was made up of what I would call "tumbleweeds",stacked and sprayed white. It was lighted also, though we only were there in the daytime. I have no idea how tall it was, but my DH is 6'2".  Someone told me they do it every year. I will have to research that and see what I can learn. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday and a 2013 Challenge

YEA!!!!   Beth Fish Reads has put up the preliminary sign-up for What's In A Name 6.  I am so excited, it is my favorite challenge. This year looks to be very challenging!!! I've sort of started to look for possible titles and am struggling a little. 


That being said, here is my Wordless Wednesday picture. A quilt made for my daughter and her husband for use in their theater room.



Happy Thanksgiving to all. We are having a quiet day. Just my DH and his mom are here for dinner. We plan to skype with our Colorado family later and may try to skype with the Arizona part of our family too. 



Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Judy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday - Countdown to Thanksgiving.

I haven't posted in a while. Keep thinking that there is nothing to write about. I haven't finished reading The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, but I am really enjoying it. I have been sewing some.




 Finished some really simple place mats for Christmas. They will go 2 to my daughter and her husband, they have an empty nest now that the youngest has flown. The other 2 to my oldest granddaughter and her husband. They have not started to fill their nest yet so only the 2 of them too. I will send them before Christmas, cause what fun is it to have Christmas place mats the day of Christmas then you have to pack them away? They are reversible and slightly different in the binding. One set is bound with the red snowflake fabric and one set is bound with the Christmas Words fabric.




I belong to a local book club and we will have a bookmark exchange during our December gathering. I made a bookmark and will supplement with a package of Book Darts. Have any of you used these? I have not, but I saw them online and thought what a great idea. I can't stand to write in books I own,  and of course don't write in book that I borrow. But I often want to remember a word or quote, and don't want to stop to go find a dictionary or a pen and paper. I found a small package of them in our bookstore. I will order some for myself online, after Christmas. They are on my Christmas list, so will wait to see if they appear in a gift.


The book mark is an oriental looking fabric, in burgundy, teal and gold. The book is our book club's reading selection for discussion in January. It is Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotry. It's hard to see in the picture, but the book darts are little copper arrow shaped pieces that slip over the edge of the page.  Cool!!!! Below  is a little bit better picture of the Verse Keepers by Book Darts.



I also am a member of a quilt group, a quilt guild ( more organized than just my group) and a  group of women that meet every Thursday to just stitch. Hand embroidery, knitting, crocheting, or even sewing the binding on a quilt. We call ourselves the Thursday Stitchers and we have decided to have a stitch block exchange. So I traced a design on 8 squares of fabric, and will come home with 8 different traced blocks after our December 13th session. I will post pictures of those after the party.

So I guess I did have something to write about after all. This evening I will grind the cranberries for my family cranberry salad recipe and make the cornbread for the dressing. I am going to try a new crockpot dressing recipe that I have tasted by never made before. Will let you know if I am successful.

Til Later

Stay Busy and Stay Happy




Judy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mailbox Monday November 12





Mailbox Monday is on tour for the month of November at Bermuda Onion's Weblog. 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.



This week I scored big time!.  My AMAZON box arrived with  "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton. It is for the current book selection for a group on Goodreads. Also included was a copy of "Russian Winter" by Daphne Kalotay and "Claiming Ground" by Laura Bell. These are the December and March Selections for my local face to face bookclub.   This week too, I received three books that I ordered through Paperback Swap. I was glad to finally get them. I had mailed 4 books, and hadn't received the credits to order the ones I wanted. I got a copy of "Durable Goods" by Elizabeth Berg. It is #1 in the Katie trilogy. So that is fun. I watched an interview with Patricia Cornwell on Sunday Morning  a couple of weeks ago, and decided I wanted to read her books. So I now have #1 and #2 of the series.  "Postmortem" and " Body of Evidence". I should stay very busy now, along with the holidays are creeping up on me. I have to cook a turkey for my quilt guild on Tuesday this week. I am hosting my Bunko Buddies on Thursday and have a quilt group sew-in and baby shower on Sunday. Then Thanksgiving is at my house this year!!!  WHEW, I may not be back to blogland for a bit.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy
Judy

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Snapshot 11-10



 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.



I woke this morning to about an inch of snow and ice on the yard and sidewalks.  So although Autumn is my favorite season, Spring is a close second. These daffodils grew in my MIL's garden and she took lots of pictures of them. So I am borrowing a happy look today to combat my first snow of winter blahs. Daffodils are such a happy flower.


Today I will finish the project for an upcoming baby shower and make a salad to take to a supper/card party with friends.

Until next time,
Stay busy and stay happy
Judy