Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August Bookticipation

There are two mysteries publishing in August that have piqued my interest and landed on my library reserve list.

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (8/27)
This is the fifth book in the Bess Crawford (a British army nurse in WWI) series. Descriptions of the book lead me to believe we will get more background about Bess Crawford's childhood in India.

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (8/27)
Hard to believe that we are at the ninth book in this marvelous series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.  I am eagerly looking forward to visiting the village of Three Pines once again.

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.  ~Leonard Cohen

Monday, July 22, 2013

Listening to...

Tom Rush--a favorite since "those days" in Harvard Square--Celebrates 50 Years of Music.  If you have a moment, take the time to visit his website and read about this DVD/CD. There are many YouTube videos to watch which you can access by first watching this video about his newsletter and The Dead Bird Song.

Listening to this newest CD takes me through the amazing progression from seeing him live to LPs to casette tapes to CDs to uploading CDs to iPod, a progression made more real when I recently was looking for something in the treasure trove of memories called the attic and came across this:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stitching It Up...

Having a grandchild has brought out the long-abandoned knitter and sewer in me.  In addition to the baby hats I wrote about here, I've been working on baby blankets and other goodies.  So, I beg your indulgence as I post progress on various projects.

Elephant, blankets, blue, gray & cream...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Listening To...

When I turned 50, my daughter took me to a Rod Stewart concert to celebrate.  In the card accompanying the tickets, she wrote, "Better than any moisturizer you could buy to keep you forever young."

Two more milestone birthdays have passed, and now Rod Stewart has returned with a fountain of youth that while sometimes nostalgic still brings that Downtown Train beat to all new songs.  

More information and videos can be found on Rod Stewart's website.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just Because

Summer haircut, new bandanna, riding shotgun...
Life Is Good!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Just Because

Clemmies on the kitchen table...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day 2013

America's game on America's day...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Book Report

It's been some time since I posted a monthly book report, but this is a good one to start with.  My approach is to post a monthly summary report and save individual posts for books that speak to me in that special way that some books do.  The titles all link to Goodreads.  Enjoy!

Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton
Series:  Aunt Dimity #18
Rating:  4/5 (Mystery)
Delightful fairy tale of a mystery and proof positive that a mystery need not always involve murder.

Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller
Series:  Parable, MT #4
Rating:  3/5 (Romance)
Not as good as first three in the series.  The hook of the story was very one note and repetitive.

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
Rating:  5/5 (Fiction)
She's back!!!  This is the Elizabeth Berg I love.  I wanted to live in this book.

This Heart of Mine by Suzanne Hayes
Rating:  3.5/5 (Fiction)
A prequel and very nice set-up for I'll Be Seeing You.

Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
Rating:  4/5 (Fiction)
It was long, but it was oh so good.  I found Chapter 31 hilarious!

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland by Ace Atkins
Rating: 2/5 (Mystery)
It's time to let this series go.  Spenser was always tough, but never crass. Boston was always a presence, but never a travelogue. The franchise may be playing out under the pen of Atkins, but the heart and soul will always belong to Robert B. Parker.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Rating: 5/5 (Fiction)
Just as good, if not better, the second time around (first read in April 2009)
Book Love edited by James Charlton
Rating:  4/5 (Nonfiction)
This charming little book of quotes sits on my desk. I've been dipping in and out of it from time to time but finally read it all the way through this month.

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Rating:  4/5 (Fiction)
Les has reached the straw and camel's back point of her 30-plus years of marriage to Wes who, after all these years, still hasn't got a clue.  Can this marriage be saved?  More importantly, should this marriage be saved?

Time Flies by Claire Cook
Rating:  3.5/5 (Fiction)
Claire Cook has a knack for giving us a yearly beach read with lots of humor backed up with some thoughtful undertones.  As I approach my 50th class reunion, the pre-reunion anxieties rang true as did the friendship, family, and Who Am I themes.

Don't Cry for Me (Rebel Ridge #2) by Sharon Sala
Series:  Rebel Ridge #2
Rating:  3/5 (Romance)
June selection for my f2f romance readers group.  Good, fast moving story--a little on the violent side for this wimpy reader, but ultimately I felt safe knowing that it was, after all, a romance and nothing too bad would ever happen to our hero, heroine, their families, and dog.  This was #2 in the Rebel Ridge series, but the author did a very good job of supplying the necessary details of the first book (Next of Kin), so I never felt that I had missed anything.

Stitches from the Heart

The announcement that I was to be a grandmother for the first time prompted me to dust off my knitting needles that had been tucked away in the attic for the past thirty or so years.  Five baby blankets, four sweaters, and three shawls (for other gifts, not the baby) later, I was casting about for other projects to keep the knitting needles clicking away.  So off to Google to see about organizations that accepted knitted items for babies and children.

I found Stitches from the Heart and liked their mission statement:  Our mission at Stitches from the Heart is to provide comfort, love and support to each newborn and their families coast-to-coast regardless of economic or religious background. 

The local yarn shops' one-skein baskets have yielded a very nice selection of yarns for newborn baby hats and small crib blankets.  I hope to have a package ready to send off later this year to Stitches from the Heart.

If interested, you can follow my progress in my Project listing on Ravelry by clicking here.

Stitches from the Heart -- Making a difference one stitch at a time.