Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm still here. 2/28/14 Go Away Winter!!

I haven't posted in a week!.

I 'm still reading the same 3 books as last week, so no need to post to It's Monday!What Are You Reading!
sorry Sheila .



















 I didn't start a new book, so no need to post to :
Sorry Diane.


And I was in a winter doldrums slump, so I didn't even jot down any new words. So no need to post to:


Sorry Kathy 

OK, next week will be better.  We picked up two audio books at the library, and I ordered two books from Amazon. Plus I have the 3 to finish. I did get some sewing projects done and it is going to be cold again this weekend so I should get some reading accomplished. 

Wish me luck, 


Until next time








Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Snapshot 2-22-1



Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at  West Metro Mommy Reads. 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.



This is my birthday present from my sister and her husband. I'm not sure of the medium but it is by an artist named Mark Zimmerman who lives and paints in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I am so excited to have it. And the best part is that it pairs well with the painting we received for Christmas from our granddaughter. 
This is an original that Kylie painted for us. She is an RN and has extraordinary talent with color and oil paints. She painted a scene from Italy for our daughter and her husband that they have hanging in their dining room. 

Until next time 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday in Audio!!




Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at  BermudaOnion's Weblog. It is a chance to share and celebrate words we find in our daily reading. Want to play along, hop on over to Kathy's blog and link your post to Mr Linky. See you there!







I am still listening to the audible version of The Goldfinch. Listening to audio books is great, but hard to make note of words that sound unfamiliar to me, or to check on a word that I am not sure of the definition. Usually I am doing some other task while listening, without pen and paper at hand,  and then I am not sure of the spelling.

Such is the case with the word desultory.  When I heard it, I knew is was a wondrous word example, but  I did not know how to spell it. I took a chance and went to YourDictionary . I typed in deseltory, not sure of the spelling. Finally the definition appeared with the correct spelling, desultory.

adjective
  1. The definition of desultory is something, someone or a conversation with no plan or purpose that wanders from one thing to the next.
    1. An example of desultory is wandering around and not knowing where you are going.
    2. An example of desultory is a conversation that doesn't flow well.

I haven't been able to find the exact sentence in the backtracking in the audio, but Theo was remarking about the desultory standards of the new school he was attending in Las Vegas.

I'll try to keep a pen and paper at hand as I continue, to note other words as they come up. I am enjoying listening to this story, though I am hearing and reading lots of negative.


Hope you all had a wondrous week finding lots of wondrous words to share. I am going to visit all the blogs listed on the Mr Linky page.


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Sixth Man




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.


This week I am still reading (listening to) all the same books that I posted about last Tuesday.  The Goldfinch, Quiet: the Power of the Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking, The Land of Painted Caves. I am not making much progress. I could blame the weather, but actually it doesn't matter to me. I could blame my husband, he has been really attentive lately and always in the same room as me. But I could get up and move too I guess. I could blame the Olympics for focusing my attention to the television instead of books, probably the closest to the truth. I have also been sewing quite a bit, and while I did that, Mr Busy and I both listened to The Sixth Man by David Baldacci. So I will share the first 2 paragraphs of the prologue of this audio book.

"Make It Stop!"
The man hunched over the cold metal table, his body curled tight, eyes screwed shut, his voice cracking. He sucked in each breath and let it out like it would be his last. Through headphones a fast blast of words filled his ear canals and then flooded his brain. An array of sensors was strapped into a heavy cloth harness that was buckled over  his torso. He also wore a cap with electrodes attached that measured his brain waves. The room was brightly lit. 


This first bit of audio almost had me screaming to "make it stop". I do not like this kind of image. But as I found out, it was essential in understanding the story, and it was short lived, only used in the prologue.  So would you read or listen on?  I am glad I did, though at first listen I may not have.  Maybe sometimes we need to give a book a chance. Of course, I love David Baldacci's writing so that may have urged me on.

 Until next time,
Stay Happy and Stay Busy

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading! More of the same and a new one!




     It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”


These Monday posts are beginning to be a bit redundant!. I have been having a slow week in the reading venue. I have been sort of glued to the tube and watching the Olympics. I have enjoyed them a lot. 

I am still listening to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 


There has been lot of negative on the internet regarding this book, but I am enjoying the story. I guess I don't care if Theo is a whinner, maybe he has a right to be. I don't really care if Mrs Barbour is a social butterfly. She has a kind heart. Now, granted, I am only 33% into this book, but it is an interesting and thought provoking read for me. 



I am also still reading Quiet:.
This one too has me thinking about what kind of a personality I put out there to the rest of my world. Am I shy and quiet? Am I anxious and wanting to hide?  Something to think about, for sure. 


And I have started to read. The Land of  Painted Caves    Jean M. Auel. This is the 6th book in the series and I have been waiting to corral a copy for awhile. It is loaned to me by a friend so I feel the need to read it and return it in a reasonable amount of time. 




Mr Busy and I finished listening to The Sixth Man by David Baldacci as we each worked in our respective hobby rooms. I was cutting fabric for a Spring wall hanging and he was working on building a balsa wood radio controlled airplane. 




I know this looks like a lot of reading, but they are different genres and different editions. I can often juggle more than one book, if listening to one, reading one on my Kindle and reading one in print edition. As I said last week, the listening of the audible version of The Goldfinch is a challenge because I need to be by myself with no other audio going on. That is hard to come by lately. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stupefied, Amazed and Bewildered.



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.




Now, I don't think I am stupid, but when I heard this word while listening to The Goldfinch, I had to make note of it. I have never before heard this form of the word . This is the only definition I can find anywhere. I am stupefied, amazed and bewildered. 

"Was this who my dad had left us for? In stupefaction I looked back at Mrs Barbour again."
Chapter 36 at 7:30:25  of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  

definition of STUPEFACTION

:  the act of stupefying :  the state of being stupefied

Related to STUPEFACTION

Synonyms
amazementastonishmentshockstartlementsurprise

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros Jean M. Auel's 6th




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


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The band of travelers walked along the path between the clear sparkling water of Grass River and the black-streaked white limestone cliff,  following the trail that paralleled the right bank. They went single file around the bend where the stone wall jutted out closer to the water's edge. Ahead a smaller path split off at an angle toward the crossing place, where the flowing water spread out and became shallower. bubbling around exposed rock. 

This is the first paragraph of the 6th in the series of the Earth's Children by Jean M. Auel.  I fell in love with Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bear back in the late 1980s.  Jean Auel tells an amazing story of a world none of us know except through her extensively researched writing. Have you read Earth's Children?  Would you read on?

I wanted to read this when it first was published, but could only find the hardcover and couldn't afford it then. This is a paperback edition loaned to me by a friend. I am so excited to revisit Alya and Jondalar and their baby daughter.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/10/14






It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”



I'm still plugging away on 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking and 
I am still listening to the audible version on The Goldfinch on my kindle. 


This is getting really interesting. It is a long audible version, 32 hours. I can't listen when the TV is on, so I have to take time when I am alone or at least by myself in another part of the house. One of the "perks" of  being retired "Twice as much husband and 1/2 as much time to read"   hahaha. 

Together we are listening to another audio book on the CD player near our hobby rooms. A friend loaned us a copy of The Innocent Man.  It is making me mad and sad at the same time. I really want to have faith in our judicial system but this non-fiction shows me that I cannot. 

I hope to start
The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti,  if I can get it at the library this week. It is the next selection of my F2F Book Club. 


Also this week I have a table runner to quilt and sew on the binding. And I continue to try to straighten my sewing room. It is supposed to warm up to 40F by Wednesday. I am excited about that. We have been having lots of cold and the snow isn't deep but it is slippery walking. 


Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Sugar Queen - What's In A Name 2014 #2

The Sugar Queen
Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam Books
June 2008

Josey Cirrini
Chloe Finley
Della Lee Baker

Josey Carrini is 27 years old and know these 3 things for sure: winter is her favorite season, a Southern belle she isn't and sweets are best when eaten in private, in her secret closet.  Josey is content, sort of, with her life in her mother's house, being at her mother's beck and call. After all, she is obligated after being such a brat as a child.  All that changes after retreating to her room one night to console herself with hidden treats and paperback romances, when she finds local waitress Della Lee Baker hiding in her closet.

At Della Lee's urging, she slowly is giving up on caramels and moon pies, and meets Chloe Finley, who makes the best sandwiches in town. Chloe has a secret too. Books keep finding her and she has a tie to  Josey's longtime crush, Adam the mailman.

On the surface this seems like a sticky sweet fairy tale of a story. But I liked it!. Josey, though a bit of a wimp, is really very strong. And she accepts Della Lee in her closet, I think, because she knows Della Lee can help. Her friendship  with Chloe benefits them both in the long run, and we learn as the story progresses why Josey's mother is such a B**ch.

Ms Allen has sprinkled this story with wit, and warmth and even a bit of magic as she weaves this tale of love, friendship and family.  She assures us that there are possibilities in every day and all we need to do is be open to receive them, whether interlopers in the closet, books appearing where we might trip over them, or even mail delivered  by a seemingly uninterested man.







I needed to read this book. It was fun, it was magic.  I gave it 5 Happy Hands.

Until next time.
Stay Busy and Stay Happy






Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Snapshot





To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme, post a photo that you (or a friend of family member) have taken. Then leave a direct link to your post on 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.


What's for Breakfast?

so, do I chose the cinnamon rolls, the peanut butter cookies, the raisin bagel or the fruit?  Maybe a combination of the fruit and the cinnamon roll. Plus coffee, how can I go wrong?




Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday 56 Sugar Queen


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. These are the rules from her blog. So click over to Freda's blog and link up.
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.



The Sugar Queen
Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam Books/June 2008


"Here, eat this, quick," Josey said as she opened her closet door. She put the bag in front of Della Lee, who was sitting on the floor on the sleeping bag.

I am loving this magical book about friendship, love and possibilities.


Until next time.
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday


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 found no new words in my reading this week. So I logged on to Your Dictionary, already loaded on my laptop and in my toolbar to find a word of the day. Instead I found an article about words that defined 2013. So I am sharing them there today. I chose the Social Issues article.

Social Issues

2013 brought forward several new challenges in our society, on the media and on websites that connect us more and more each day. The news has covered a number of stories on young adults choosing to be agender and redefining how we see male or female. A more self-focused generation literally can’t get enough of themselves with the selfie and is focusing on a YOLO, live life today lifestyle. The goofy, sexy, all over the Internet interest in twerking brought us many highly-viewed videos (often of Miley Cyrus!) on the television and the web.

1. Agender - someone who does not identify with the male or female stereotypes.

2. YOLO - stands for "you only live once," meaning you should live your life to the fullest.

3. Selfie - a photo you take of yourself, often with a cell phone camera.

4. Twerk - to bend over and dance with a rhythmic, repetitive motion.

I have decided I am definitely not up on words that the rest of world thinks are awesome. 
I had not heard of #1 or #2, of course I knew #3 and #4.   There are other catagories on the website, check it out if interested Your Dictionary Defines 2013 with 10 Trending Words.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros 2-4-14



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.

Chapter 1
Everlasting Gobstoppers
When Josey woke up and saw the feathery frost on her windowpane, she smiled. Finally, is was cold enough to wear long coats and tights. It was cold enough for scarves and shirts worn in layers. like camouflage. It was cold enough for her lucky red cardigan, which she swore had a power of it's own. She loved this time of year. summer was tedious with the light dresses she pretended to be comfortable in while secretly sure she looked like a loaf of white bread wearing a belt. The cold was such a relief

  I checked this book out at our library, it is the February read from Love of Reading group on Goodread, and it fits the 2nd item in the What's in a Name 2014 challenge, read a book whose title refers to a position of  royalty.


The Sugar Queen
by Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam Books June 2008

So what do you think?  Would you read on?  Maybe there is something to be said for all this recent cold?
 I will start this probably sometime today. It is due back at the library in 2 weeks.


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading?




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”



I am still reading:  or rather listening to on my Kindle. I am enjoying this story, but for me it was a slow start.I am not sure just where the painting of The Goldfinch fits in the story, but I am anxious to find out.















Also on my Kindle but actually reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

This is slow going, like many non-fiction, self help books. But I took the quiz and no surprise, I am an introvert. We will see if I learn any new things about me.


On my bedside table is :
This was a win from Audra at Unabridged Chick in late 2011. I am just getting around to enjoying it. It is well written, gritty and truthful as each short story tells about a time in the life of Veda. A young woman looking for and eventually finding herself. 

Mr. Busy and I are listening to the audio book 
As with all David Baldacci books, this one is mystery and unsolved murders. There is also a good amount of sexual tension building between Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. This one deals with a secret location run by an unknown agency, working to find a mathematical equation to make the computer world as we know it obsolete. Also we just may find out why Michelle ( Mick) Maxwell is such a driven, take no prisoners slob. I have my suspicions, and as it looks now I may be right. 


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy