Friday, September 30, 2011


Beth over at Visions of Sugar Plums is the host for Fibers on Friday.

After the Doily from He@* I just kind of finished, this new one is a breeze. I started this one on Sunday. I worked on it while watching my t.v. programs on line at I'm a huge fan of CSI. And they show them for free on-line. I am still working out of the book from Leisure Arts "A Year of Doilies Book 5.

I am doing the May Doily which is called Sunburst. I've changed the color, mine is a very light yellow, actually called Maize. I've also changed the needle size to 7 because I couldn't find my size 6 needle. The doily is suppose to be 18" (35.5 cm) diameter in size. So it will be a little bigger since I'm using a larger needle. It is a pineapple design and I love working on pineapple doilies. This is the picture of the one I'm working on.

And this is how much I've gotten done so far.

Have a crochet or knit related object to show off? Head over to Beths's place and check out all the things people are sharing.

This is also for my A Year of Projects.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Booking Through Thursday is a book meme that asks questions about books. To participate just...............

Copy the questions, paste them into your blog and answer them.

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?

Actually I don't like someone reading to me. I'd much rather read myself.

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

Yes it does. I don't like audio books. I'd much rather hold a book, feel a book, and read it myself.

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

No, I try to avoid that. As I said I don't like being read too. It's very irritating to me for some reason. I remember listening to audio books when I was in school. I would have rather been reading it than listening to it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


"The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey
Product Description(
Josephine Tey re-creates one of history's most famous -- and vicious -- crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains -- a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.
The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing's most gifted masters.
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Scribner; 1ST edition (November 29, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0684803860
ISBN-13: 978-0684803869

MY THOUGHTS: I won this book from Bev over at My Reader's Block. Bev is hosting the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge. This a new author for me and it won't be the last book from this author that I read. Loved this book!
You are literally taken back in time to examine the accusations, testimonies and material relating to the death of Richard's brother, King Edward IV in 1483. This is a riveting piece of detective history. If you like a mystery and history, you'll love this book. Very enjoyable mystery.


Monday, September 26, 2011


I'm joining Carissa over at Lowercase Letters for Miscellany Monday. Want to join in? It's as simple as the name implies. Miscellaneous thoughts about your weekend.

Our weekend wasn't busy but interesting. The James Dean festival was this weekend. So there were lots of folks here from all over the world. We live in a tiny town of about 3500 folks, so it gets rather crowded during this weekend. Plus lots of old cars to see. Our street is a connecting street that goes clear across town, so lots of cars use it to get from point A to point B. We also have visitors come in for the show. My sister and nephew came down for the show.

This is my nephew Chris and his wife Irene, with baby Kammy. My Great Nephew David also went to the festival. Saw lots of cars.

Then everyone came back to the house for dessert. Tomato Soup Chocolate Cake. Yea, it sounds gross, but it was so yummy. If you want the recipe it's in my tabs at the top of the page under recipes.

That was our weekend. What did you do over the weekend?

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Ashly over at Ramblings and Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

The rules are simple:

1. Anyone can participate.
2. You're encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I'm not too strict about it - I do my best to take fresh shots).
4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) - you can use the button above.
5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
Have fun!

The pictures this week.
1. Low Key
2. The Color Wheel - Monochromatic and Analogous Color
3. Circle
4. Scarf
5. Phone

My version
1. Low Key-I'm not sure this one works but I'm going with it.

2. Monochromatic-This little guy was crawling on the bathroom wall.

3. Circle-The clock on my desk.

4. Scarf-New sweater and matching scarf.

5. Phone-We got a new phone. Much easier to see the numbers.

Next Weeks Pictures
1. Inspired by a Book or Movie
2. Brown (Paper Heart Camera prompt)
3. Hazy (Olivia's suggestion)
4. Coffee or Tea (Olivia's suggestion)
5. Linger (Olivia's suggestion)

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Has to be the twins, Bella and Luke. I'm a grandma with lots of pictures of them.

I collect chickens and lots of them in my kitchen. My favorites ones are in the kitchen window.

The one thing I love about September is the Honeysuckle blooms. Love the smell of this.

And of course I couldn't forget my books. I love to read and I have lots of book shelves with books on them. And yes I have read all these books.


We had a good week this week. The weather was nice a few days, then the cold and rain set in. Not cold enough to fire up the wood stove. So we cooked meals in the oven to warm up the house.

This little guy sits in my garden. He's waiting for a princess to kiss him. lol

One of the days we cooked in the oven. Meatloaf with potatoes and carrots. Yummy!

Hubby got a new flower pot for the garden. It's a strawberry pot and it's plastic. So that's why the rocks are in the bottom, to keep it from blowing away. It will get some dirt and flowers next spring.

It's a long walk to the back of the barn.

The road where we live. There's a curve down there at the end.

This little guy sits on the tree stump on the east side of your house.

Another day of cooking in the oven. BBQ Ribs with the fixin's. Yummy!

Friday, September 23, 2011


This is something I've been working on. I've joined up with a group at Raverly. It is called A Year of Projects. Here is a little info on what this is.

On July 1/2011 (or something close to that) post all the patterns you’ve picked on your blog.
Every Sunday after that we can post about the progress/frustration/insanity related to committing to a certain number of projects and a public timeline. (If you miss the Sunday post, don’t worry. New threads will be started every week and you can post links there.)

I had to post about this doily I've been working on. It's driving me nuts. You may remember a couple months ago I was working on a doily. Well let me tell you, that was the doily from He@*. I don't know if it was the pattern or me, but I just couldn't get it to come out right. I ripped the darn thing out 4 times. And somehow I got 9 pineapples and there is only suppose to be 8. Then it started puckering up. So I ripped out the pineapple all the way back to where it started. That's the doily I have now. It's a pretty little doily the way it is. It's on my desk and looks pretty good there.

It's supposed to look like the one on the lower left of this booklet. The lavender one.

Well it didn't turn out like that. This is what mine looks like now.

And here it is on my desk.

The next doily will be May. It's a pretty light yellow doily and it's a traditional pineapple doily. It's called a Sunburst Doily. The finished size is 18"(35.5cm) diameter. It uses Bedspread Weight Cotton Thread(size 10). I will be starting it this weekend hopefully. This is the one I'm going to be working on.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Booking Through Thursday is a book meme about books. Want to play along? Just answer the question.

* Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

* And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

I always carry a book with me when I'm out. I always leave one in my car just in case, you never know when you might need it. As for hiding the cover, no way. Book covers let people know what your reading. It most usually starts a conversation and you get to talk about books, my favorite subject.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


"The Night of the Howling Dogs" by Graham Salisbury
Product Description(
DYLAN'S SCOUT TROOP goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along.
That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Laurel Leaf (March 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440238390
ISBN-13: 978-0440238393

MY THOUGHTS: Have you ever looked in your libraries Junior Fiction section? You should give it try, there are lots of great books there. This is one I found and it's based on a true event that happened on November 29, 1975. The author's cousin was one of those boys camping at Halape, a remote beach campground on the southern flank of Kilauea volcano. This is an a piece taken from the book that the author added at the end of the book. It comes from a newspaper.

Wave heights from the Nov. 29 Tsunami ranged from as low as four feet off Waiakea Peninsula in Hilo to 20 feet at points in Ka'u...There were at least five waves in the series produced by the strong offshore quake, the most intense in Hawaii in more than a century.
--Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, December 12,1975

In this book no was killed, but the real boy scout troup that was there, one of the leaders was killed. I could feel the terror when the quake hit in the middle of the night. The boys were afraid and didn't know what was going on. Boulders and water was coming at them all around. Dylan and Louie started walking out, which was 11 miles over lava flows with no shoes. And did they all get out? You'll have to read the book to find out. Really good book!


Monday, September 19, 2011


Lisa over at Lisa's Chaos is the host for Macro Monday.

Macro Monday is easy to play, snap a macro (or any close-up) photo, post it on your blog and come back here and sign MckLinky.

The inside of a flower pot. It hasn't got dirt yet, my hubby just got it at a rummage sale last week. So it's waiting until later, till then is has rocks in it to weight it down so the wind doesn't blow it away, it's plastic.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


I was taking pictures of the fog this week. I was actually trying to take a picture of Daybreak, but I went out to take a picture and this is what I got. FOG! So I just went with it. Got a couple pretty good shots of the fog. One of the pictures even has some misty spots on it that got on the lenses as I was taking the picture.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


My hubby's drill press.

Foggy Daybreak

Hubby and the pampered dogs.

Bicycles, my hubby got this pair of bikes at a rummage sale.

The Honeysuckle is in full bloom.

Hubby stacking a load of wood. One of several we will need for the winter.

A tree stump in our yard. The bugs have just about eaten it to sawdust.