Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Snapshot 6-29-13




Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at  West Metro Mommy. To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky (at West Metro Mommy). 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.



Last year I posted the top picture taken by a friend of mine in her back yard on her apple tree. This year she took a picture of the same type of butterfly on her geranium hanging on her front porch. Guess those lovely yellow "flutterbys" like her flowers. I, for one, am glad that summer is finally here in NE Wyoming. 

We are out of town this weekend attending a GWRRA District(State) Convention(Rally) in Sundance, Wyoming. The weather is supposed to be sunny and warm, and the rally should be great fun. I am going to try to schedule this post and hopefully it will be successful. 


Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday 6-26




 Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.


This week I am reading 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I have not encountered any new words yet, lots of acronyms and current slang words, but not words that were new to me.  Unless you call RIFed a word. I cannot find a definition of that word, but used in the sentence and context, I think it means fired or laid off. ..."the HR woman calmly informed me that our entire team, except for those who already left for Bing and Windows Phone, were being RIFed."

Anyway, so today I went to Word Think and looked at their Word of the Day. Today's word is:



Pervicacious  adj  Stubborn, extremely willful, obstinate. "He became quite pervicacious in his old age."


I really want to use this word. I am sure I have known a two-year old or two that were very pervicacious.  I think I know a few older folks that fit that description too. 


How about you, have your encountered any new words this week?

Stay Busy and Stay Happy



Monday, June 17, 2013

Mailbox Monday 6-18


Isn't this the prettiest mailbox. I am in love. It's not mine, but I wish I had one like it.


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week or weeks and to explore great book blogs. It doesn't matter is they came in the mailbox, or were borrowed from the library or purchased by you, or even loaned to you by a friend. It's a place to share. Mailbox Monday was originally created by Marcia and you can click on the link above to read the story. It has been on tour for the last year or so, and in June is hosted by Dolce Bellezza.  WARNING: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Last week I described my futile trip to the library  in search of The Grapes of Wrath. That title still has not surfaced, but I put a few other titles on HOLD . One was the Audio CD of The Devil in the White City.




 I went to the library to pick it up and decided to peruse the shelves for some other titles. I picked up Roses by Lelia Meacham and How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren.






As I checked out the librarian brought the audiobook and a copy of Where'd You Go, Bernadette,which I had also had placed on hold, but had not received the e mail notification.





 So I left there with 4 books. Now, I may have bitten off more than I can chew, because I am in the middle of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers and I had a quilt to finish and games to get ready for a baby shower for my granddaughter in another city, this coming weekend. Whew!!! I am busy.

Well, I got the graduation quilt done for Granddaughter #3, the gifts almost ready for Granddaughter #1's baby shower, and the fabric ready for 2 nursing covers that I promised to make too. I started listening to The Devil in the White City while I sewed the binding on the grad quilt and will continue to listen while I sew nursing covers today and tomorrow.

I'm sure I won't get any of them completely read, but I will try. As soon as Granddaughter #3 opens her gift, I will post pictures here.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy  ( I am)






Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday 6-12



 Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy. This definition is from Webster's New World College Dictionary. 


vitriolic, adj 

1.  of, like or derived from a vitriol
2.  extremely biting or caustic; sharp and bitter: vitriolic talk



I have not encountered any new words in my regular book reading this week. However, at the end Until The Real Thing Comes Along, there was published a conversation with the author, Elizabeth Berg. Sometimes I don't read these, but I was interested in her character development.  One of the questions asked was about reader response to her novels. Ms Berg told of a receipt, in the mail, of a mangled tape of Talk Before Sleep with a letter that stated the woman had no idea that there were lesbians in the book and she was furious, so she had returned the "filth" to her. She said the response was so vitriolic, that is was disturbing. 

I was pretty sure I understood the meaning as used in that sentence, but I had no idea how to pronounce that word. So I went to my online dictionary to "listen". Now, if I want to use this word, at least I'll pronounce it correctly. 

Now,  I guess, I will have to search out a copy of  Talk Before Sleep so I can see what all the hullabaloo was about.  


Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe - First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros




Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.



Today I am sharing the first chapter, first paragraph of a new book that I "won" in a giveaway at BermudaOnion's Weblog. When Kathy reviewed it I was interested in reading it, so I entered. Voila!, Kathy  informed me that I had won and a copy would be arriving soon.  I was really excited. 

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Ballantine Books an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group
2013


"Begin whenever you're ready," comes the voice from the back of the house.
Oh, I'm ready. 
After all, I've prepared for this day for years. The Day of the Most Important Audition of a Lifetime Day. Now that it's finally here, I'm going to make a good impression. I'm sure of it. I might even book the job. The thought makes me smile, and I take a deep breath, head high, body alert, but relaxed. I'm ready alright. I'm ready to speak my first line.
 "Eeesssaaheeehaa." The sound that comes out of me is thin and high, a shrill wheezing whine, like a slowly draining balloon or a drowning cat with asthma. 
 
What do you think, would you read on?

 Did I already say I am so looking forward to this book? I have been a fan of Lauren Graham since seeing  Evan Almighty  and watching her in  Parenthood.  



Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mailbox Monday for June 10th


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week(s) and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday  is on tour for the month of June  and hosted by Dolce Bellezza
 Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous 


No arrivals in my "real" mailbox or my "email" box. But I did checkout one from our library. I went to get a copy of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It's the Classic Selection for the 3 months of June-August on Ladies & Literature on Goodreads. The card catalog said they had 1 copy  of the print book. They also said they had several audio books, an ebook, and  more that one reading guide. But I could not find the shelf copy, nor could the librarian. Long story, but they will look for it and if they find it, they will email me. In the meantime, I looked for Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. No luck there either. Maybe someone in my hometown is also a Goodreads member and in the same groups. So I found a copy of:







I have been wanting to read this one for awhile. It is a title I had heard of before and it was published the year I was born. (1946)  That for a couple of challenges that I am involved in. I had not really done any research and just assumed that Carson McCullers was a man. So I was really surprised when I read the bio of Carson McCullers and discovered she was a woman, who lived during my lifetime and died at the early age of 50, in 1967. This is a small book only 162 pages, so I should finish it pretty quickly.  I want to read  The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter too.

I am currently still reading
but will finish soon. I'll review it this week I hope. 

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy
Just a PS !!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wondrous Word Wednesday 6-5


Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

I did not come across any new words this week. My WORD JOURNAL that I started awhile back, is empty. I haven't been keeping up.....so I went to my online dictionary. Their word of the day is: by and large.  I think that is three words but it's not my site...any way that is not one I wanted to share. So I took their vocabulary quiz.  Did OK too, but didn't know:


EXTANT:  adjective

1. archaic: standing out or above

2. a: currently or actually existing  

    b: still existing: not destroyed or lost

examples:


  • There are a few extant records from that period.

  • One of the oldest buildings still extant.

  • There is, he reports, no extant copy of the Super Bowl I television broadcast; nobody bothered to keep the tapes. - Joe Queenan, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 



So that is my new word today.  EXTANT

What new words did you discover this week.?


Until next time

Stay Busy and Stay Happy





Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Until the Real Thing Comes Along: FCFP Tuesday Intros.





Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.

I used to think that the best thing to do when you had the blues was to soak in a bathtub full of hot water, submerge yourself so that only the top half of your head was in the outer world You could feel altered and protected. Weightless. You could feel mysterious, like a crocodile, who is bound up with the wisdom of the natural world and does not concern herself with the number of dates she has per month or the biological time clock. You could feel purified by the rising steam.  Best of all, you could press a washrag across your chest, and it would feel like the hand of your mother when you were little and suffering from a cold, and she'd lay her flat palm on you to draw the sickness out. 

 This is the first paragraph of the first chapter of  "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" by Elizabeth Berg. I have read The Katie Nash series by Elizabeth Berg and really enjoyed them. I think this one looks good too. What do you think? Would you read on? 
I could not find an image of the cover that I have, either on Goodreads or Amazon.  So I took one with my camera phone. It is a hand me down from a friend. It is the Ballantine Reader's Circle format.

The Chicago Tribune writes: "Touching...[A] deft, sweet and often comic novel."  I could use a sweet comic novel this week.


Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mailbox Monday 603



Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week(s) and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at Hooked by A Book (formerly The Printed Page) and is on tour for the month of June, and hosted by Dolce Bellezza.

 I had a great week as far as books and projects go.

Tuesday, I received Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham in the mail. It was a win in a giveaway from Kathy at Bermuda Onion's  Weblog.


I've been a fan of Lauren Graham's for sometime. I love her in Parenthood. I am so excited to read this book. 





Then on Thursday, I download these two titles. They were free on Book Bub, along with some other titles. I hope these are as good as they seem. Cocktail Hour will work toward meeting the Party or Celebration in a title for What's in a Name 6 from Beth Fish Reads. 
I'm not sure what caught my eye about this one. Maybe this cover of a young man and a guitar. Also the main character's name is Seth. I have a nephew named Seth. Silly reasons to pick a book???? Maybe. I'll let you know if the choices  were good ones or not. 

I almost finished a graduation quilt. Here is a picture of the right side of the top 4 rows,  the other 5 rows are at my sewing machine. I will get the top completed today.


And am on my way to completion of a baby quilt. I'm loving how this one is turning out!

Oh, and yesterday was our 49th wedding anniversary. So my week was good.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy