Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday Snapshot May 31

 To participate in Saturday Snapshot: 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 Reads. 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.  Please join us at Melinda's blog. 

This is a picture of my "finally blooming" spirea bush at the front corner of our house. Spring has been a long time coming. ( please overlook the stray weed in front :)  )

Long day today, my MIL was in the emergency room and we have had to make a decision to move her to an assisted living room in the retirement center where she lives.  Hard decision for my DH and his siblings. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro ~ We Are Water

Every Tuesday, Kathy at Bibliophile By The Sea shares the first paragraph or two of here current read. Join us and share what you are reading this week. 

We Are Water
Wally Lamb
November 2013
Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

Gualtiero Agnello
Agust 2009

I understand there was some controversy about the coroner's ruling concerning Josephus Jones's death. What do you think, Mr Arnello?  Did he die accidentally or was he murdered?"
               " Murdered? I can't really say for sure , Miss Arnofsky, but I have my suspicions.  The black  community was convinced that's what it was. Two Negro brothers living down at that cottage with a  white woman? That would have been intolerable for some people back then.  

What do you think? Would you continue to read ? 
This is the selection for my F2F bookclub to read over the summer. I am looking forward to it and to several others too. It also fits in my Mega Mix II Challenge. 

Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy 

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/26/14 Memorial Day

Every Monday, Sheila  at Book Journey  hosts a link up to share your current reads. Join us at her blog to see what the rest of us are reading. You may want to add to your TBR list.... so be warned!!

This week has not changed much for me. At least in the book I am reading department.  I worked 3 days last week, boy was I tired.  Our granddaughter, her husband and our middle great grandson arrived late on Friday to visit, and also to attend a HS graduation in a neighboring state. They stayed through this morning and are headed back to Colorado. We had a good visit, played with the baby  ( he is almost 9 months old) and crawling, furniture walking and cutting front teeth. This next week, I will work several more days, and Mr Busy's brother and family from Florida is arriving for a week long visit. We will stay busy. Hopefully I will find a least some quiet reading time at bedtime. :).

These are on deck:

Maybe one will be completed.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
Pub:   Atria Books Yr: 2006

Reclusive author Vida Winter is a storyteller. In fact, she has been a master storyteller for nearly 60 years. Reporters and interviewers alike have tried to tell her personal story, but she tells each one a completely different tale. The 13th tale is elusive.

Now ailing, she wants to tell her story, a story of tragedy and pain. She contacts Margaret Lea, a book lover and a biographer. As Vida begins to tell her story, she lays down some rather strict rules and in the process mesmerizes Miss Lea. As the tale progresses, the two have more in common than either of them originally thought.

Others have described this book as a gothic tale. I would not have used that word, but the story was set in gloom and darkness. It is beautifully written fascinating tale of a young woman's  life surrounded by hidden truths, a dysfunctional brother and sister, sadness, and a  tragic fire. In the end, the ailing writer finishes her story and her life and in doing so, allows Margaret to confront her own past and find contentment she didn't know was possible.

This my May entry in the 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge hosted by Sarah at  Workaday Reads. Visit her blog and join us in featuring your electronic reads. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros Sleight of Paw

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea allows us a space to share the first paragraph or two of our current read, or even a book you want to read soon. Anyone can join in, go to Diane website, grab the image and join us by linking up and sharing the first paragraph from your current read.

Sleight of Paw
Sofie Kelly
#2 A Magical Cats Mystery
Penguin Group

It was pretty clear the body wasn't going to go in the back of  Roma's  SUV. The legs were hanging out, almost touching the driveway. "Can't we just push him in?" she asked, kicking dirty snow away from the back tires.

Knowing that this is a cozy mystery, probably this isn't as gruesome as it sounds!  Would you keep reading, just to find out what Roma and her friends are up to?

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sheila at Book Journey hosts this fun meme every Monday. Join us at her blog, check out what others  are reading and link up your post, so the rest of us can see what you are reading this week.

This morning I will be finishing~
WOW, I am loving it.  I will have a review later. You know that I am retired but this week and for the next couple of weeks I am helping out at my old office. One of the ladies is having shoulder surgery, so I will help do the Accounts Payable and Payroll. I don't mind and a little extra money is always welcome when you are on a fixed income.

Mr Busy and I will be finishing up Heat Lightning the second in the Virgil Flowers series from John Sandford. We are enjoying this one too.

 A killer is leaving a puzzling calling card in the mouths of his victims. And in the middle of a steamy Minnesota summer, Virgil Flowers of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension finds himself embroiled in an investigation with no easy answers?and no easy way out.

 Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.

When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local cafĂ©, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get without arousing suspicion. Someone is hiding some dark secrets-and it will take a bit of furtive investigating to catch the cold-hearted killer.

Also I started this little cozy mystery. It will be kept in my car. A way to get a little reading in no matter where I happen to be. I don't do a lot of waiting in my car, but every once in awhile I find myself sitting. This copy was a win from Cozy Chicks blog over a year ago and it is signed by Sophie Kelly. I'm a bit ashamed of myself that I haven't read it. Better late than not at all I guess. 

Then from the acclaimed author of The Bean Trees and Homeland, comes a powerful story of love and courage in an exotic southwestern landscape. Blending flashbacks, dreams, and Native American myths, this is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life's greatest commitments.

I will start Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. It is the next read for my F2F book club. I am looking forward to this one. A change from the non fiction ones we have been reading. 

So....until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday 5-14-14

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Kathy at BermudaOnion's Weblog. It is a place to share new or interesting words you have discovered in your reading. Or a place to highlight words you like from other places. Join us at Kathy's blog and link your post about new and interesting words.

Last week I promised to share some more words from The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.
I finished the book and before returning it to the library I noted these words.

1.        He thought at first that it was a non sequitur. "I sold Billy's truck. Just before he got home. I haven't                 told  him yet."
The term non sequitur refers to a conclusion that is not aligned with previous premise or evidence. A statement that is labeled as non sequitur is one that is not logical.

In the whole context of the paragraph and the entire chapter, this word makes sense. I needed to look up the word as it was unfamiliar to me.

2.      The vet sounded surprised, not at the stupid behavior of human beings who would throw burning butts            onto dry grass, but at Hugh-Jay's high dudgeon about it.

noun:  anger or resentment: now chiefly in the phrase, very angry, offended or resentful.

This word was also new to me. It fits the story well.

3.        She tossed the execrable coffee onto the ground and hurried back inside.

adjective:  the definition of execrable is something extremely unpleasant or of poor quality.

This word I could define based on the use in the sentence, but I looked it up online to hear it pronounced.

Did you discover new words this week?

I had intended to post this last Wednesday.  But life gets in the way, and as I was leaving for a quilt retreat about 1 1/2  hours from home, it started to snow, so I left earlier than I had originally planned.. I was there Wednesday  through Sunday. There was limited internet access at this remote old hunting lodge, but we had great fun. There were 20 of us, sewing up a storm, laughing, sharing and of course eating. I did not get any pictures, but maybe if our two historians post some pictures later I can share them.

Until next time
Stay Happy and Stay Busy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros The Thirteenth Tale

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 or two of the book you are reading this week.

The Thirteenth Tale  
Diane Setterfield
Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.


It was November. Although it was not yet late, the sky was dark when I turned into Laundress Passage. Father had finished for the day, switched off the shop lights and closed the shutters; but so I would not come home to darkness he had left on the light over the stairs to the flat. Through the glass in the door it cast a foolscap rectangle of paleness onto the wet pavement and it was while I was standing in that rectangle, about to turn my key in the door, that I first saw the letter. Another white rectangle, it was on the fifth step from the bottom, where I couldn't miss it.  

 I am probably one of a very few who have not read Ms. Setterfield book. I read lots of reviews and all have been very positive.  I have had it downloaded onto my Kindle for over a year. I started it Saturday and it is great. The writing is so descriptive, it puts you there in the bookstore with Margaret Lea and her father and the books.

So, have you read The Thirteenth Tale or  would you be tempted to try it based on this first paragraph?

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, May 4, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 13th Tale and Dark of the Moon.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a great place to see what others in blog land are reading, and maybe find you next read. Join us at Sheila's blog and link up at post about what your current read or multiple reads are.

This week Mr Busy and I have started listening to Dark of the Moon by John Sandford.

We are loving the mystery of the who done it. It is our first time reading or listening to John Sandford and it will not be the last. We like Virgil Flowers and the setting in SW Minnesota and Eastern South Dakota is familiar to us. I was born in Sioux Falls SD and we are familiar with some of the towns he mentions.

I started reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield .
It has been on my Kindle for over a year, and I finally started it. 

Of course, I am still trying to listen to The Goldfinch. I like the story a lot. The story is slow moving and the narration is soothing, to the point of putting me to sleep. And I need to find quiet me time to listen, so that usually happens in the evening as I am ready for bed, I am already tired.  I recommend this very large book, though, it is beautifully written . 

Today and tomorrow I am planning everything I need to take to a Quilt Retreat from Wednesday through Sunday. I am so excited to spend 4 1/2 days with these wonderful friends. Yes, I will have my Kindle and no there is no internet or cell phone service. So I will be "out of pocket" as my old boss used to say. The lodge is in a beautiful setting in the Black Hills of South Dakota area.
This is the setting of the Ranch A historical site where we will be spending 4.5 days. 

This is a close up of the front porch. If you look hard you see the "A" that is hanging from the ceiling of the porch. 

 I will be able to have lunch with my sister in nearby Sturgis SD on Wednesday and that always makes me happy.  Have any of you every heard of Sturgis SD?  

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy