Monday, November 30, 2015


Tamar over at Random-osity is the host for The Good. The Random. The Fun.  Hop over and check out all the photos everyone is sharing.

The Good....
I'm getting ready to put the binding on my Calendar Quilt.  This 1 of 17 quilts that need to be put together.  I've made a list of them all and will be checking them off when they are done.This is the part of quilting I hate to do.

The Random.....
This is a little church in the town over from up.  I like all the different shapes on the building.  It has lots of character.

The Fun.....
Miss Bella throwing flour around, she's suppose to be helping daddy clean up, but you can see by her face, she's having lots of fun throwing the flour around.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Ashley over at Ramblings & Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Hop over and check out all the photos everyone is sharing.

Here's my interpretations of the words this week.

Me with Luke, his version of taking a picture.

My Grocery List.....
Some last minute items for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Turkey is done...and it was yummy.

Bella helping Daddy make Dumplings.  It's kind of a family tradition around here.

Change of Seasons.....
Last week we had our first snow, we got about 3 inches, but it was all gone in a couple of days.

I'm also joining Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
I started working on Crazy Quilt Block 6 this week.
Not sure if I like that row of beads on the lower left corner.  I may take them off.  I've used a new stitch I learned, it's the Bullion Knot.  Sharon over at Pintangle has some awesome tutorials on embroidery stitches.
The little blue flowers are Bullion Knots as well as the yellow centers of the flowers on the white lace.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Do you have chores around the house you hate doing?  Mine is dusting.  I avoid it like the plague.  It seems to be a never ending chore, maybe that's why I hate it so much.  It's like I dust one day and the next day it's back.  So eventually the surface of my desk looks like this.
I'll dust it one of these days, when I get tired of looking at it.  I'm linking up with Melinda over at West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshot.  Hop over and check out what everyone is sharing.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Gillion over at Rose City Reader is the host for Book Beginnings, Freda over at Freda's Voice is the host for The Friday 56, and Billy B. over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict is the host for Book Blogger Hop.  Jump over and check them out, you could find your next book.

Conspiracy 365 - Gabrielle Lord

At the moment I'm reading July in this series.  June left Cal trapped in a fishing net that is being dragged, full of fish, onto a boat.

Tons of water swirled all around me as I struggled and floundered, trying to claw my way out of the enclosing fishing net.  I knew I couldn't hold my breath much longer.  My lungs were desperate for air, and already I could feel my mouth wanting to open, even though I knew that would be a fatal move.  The net tightened, crushing me against the trapped fish.  Fins and prickly scales scored my face and hands like tiny razors.

This series of books would make an awesome movie!  I'm half way through the series and each book ending leaves me hanging, with Cal in a precarious situation.  Really good series.

THE FRIDAY 56.....
     "Let's get down to business.  Come on, dude. 
Show it to me.  At last I get to see this infamous jewel."
     I held it out to him; it was as big as the palm of my hand, the oval emerald glowing.


 How reliable can you say you are in terms of having promised reviews completed for blog tours or publisher and author requests?

As soon as I've finished a book, I post my review the same day or the next day. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I've finished Block 5 of my Crazy Quilt.  I got stuck on it for awhile and didn't know what to do with it.  Have you ever done that, got stuck?  I finally used some ribbon and lace to finish it up. 
Here are some close ups....
I love the buttons and the piece of lace is some antique lace I bought at a rummage sale.
The pink flower came off one of Bella's hair clips.  I kept it thinking I'd use it somewhere.
I've also finished the Spring Quilt Top.  Now it's been added to my list of quilts to finish.  My list is on my side bar.  I'm trying to get one a month done.  This is number 18 to my list.
I'm also linking up with Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.  Head over and check out Heather's quilt she has finished.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Tamar over at Random-osity is the host for The Good. The Random. and The Fun.  Hop over and check out all the photos everyone is sharing.
The Good.
I got the pillow in the sham yesterday.  She looks pretty good sitting on my sofa.

The Random.
We got our first accumulating snow yesterday.  All together we got about 3 or 4 inches.

The Fun.
Bella and Heather having fun in the snow.  Luke opted out of playing in the snow.  He doesn't like cold that well.

I'm also linking up Super Mom No Cape for Stitchery Link Party.  Head over and see all the projects everyone is sharing.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Ashley over at Ramblings & Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Hop over and check out all the photos everyone is sharing.
My interruptions of the words this week.

When I Grow Up....
Well, I wasn't sure about this one, so this is what I got.  The baby is me and of course the bottom one is me all grown up.

It's kind of a pattern, the Spring Quilt I'm working on.

The park guys are putting up the Christmas lights all over town.  The park will be lit up like a Christmas tree when they are all done.  This is the entry to see the lights.

This is a program the kids watch at Nick Jr.  It's Team Umizoomi.  The object of the video is to pick out the pattern of triangle, square, triangle.

I bought this pillow sham at a rummage sale this past summer.  I did all the embroidery, now all I need to do is put the pillow in and sew it shut.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain

Product Description(
He was Sam Clemens, steamboat pilot, before he was Mark Twain, famous author. His better-known name originated with the lingo of navigation, and much of his writing was informed by his shipboard adventures on one of the world's great rivers. In this classic of American literature, Twain offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice pilot to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture’s heyday.
Under the tutelage of the most celebrated pilot on the Mississippi, young Twain acquires the skills to navigate a constantly changing riverscape, avoiding potential collisions with other boats and traversing winding channels in the dead of night. The vivid and ever-engaging narrative encompasses tales of riverside town feuds, the professional vicissitudes of a riverboat gambler, dramatic accounts of life in Vicksburg as the city lay under siege during the Civil War, and many other scenes from a now-vanished way of life. These antebellum visions take on a bittersweet cast with the author's postwar return to the region, when railroad competition has largely doomed the commercial steamboat and the old ways of life are passing into history.
A testimonial to Twain's repute as the most popular humorist of his day, these reminiscences crackle with comic anecdotes and energetic witticisms. Engrossing and entertaining, this volume will captivate devotees of Twain, steamboat buffs, lovers of Americana, and students of American literature. 
Series: Dover Thrift Editions 
Paperback: 304 pages 
Publisher: Dover Publications; English Language edition (December 21, 2000) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0486414264 
ISBN-13: 978-0486414263

MY THOUGHTS:  I loved reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin as a child.  This book also delivers wonderful stories about the mighty Mississippi and it's ever changing route.  It amazes me that a river can change it's course that much.  Mark Twain gives you all the description of the changes that take place along the river.  The first part of the book is about Twain as a young apprentice on board a riverboat learning to be a pilot.  The last half is Twain going back along that same river and telling about all the changes the river has made.   Where whole towns have moved miles from the edge and some are completely  gone.  If you like Mark Twain and history, you will love this book.  I give this book 5.....

This book is also for 2 of my reading challenges.
Birthday Month Reading Challenge

A to Z Reading Challenge
Hosted at Good Reads Wacky Reading Challenges

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Do you make quilts?  What process of quilting do you like?  For me it's the stitching.  I do applique work and when the blocks are done and put together, I tend to end the quilt process.  Because I putting them together.  To me it's like a giant chore that you keep putting off.  At the moment I have 17 quilt tops that need to be sandwiched and finished up.
A few of them still need borders added, but the rest just need to put together.  Knowing me, it won't happen any time soon.  So I'm declaring here on my blog that these will be put together.  I'm calling it my Quilt Finishing Project.  I will be listing them on my sidebar and mark them off as I get them done.  Hopefully doing this I will get them all done eventually.  One of my problems is money.  I don't always have the money to buy all the materials, so this will me a slow process.

On to the next quilt, as if I need to add another one to the pile.  lol  But at the moment I'm working on a Spring Quilt.  Still have a couple more blocks to finish up and this one will go in the pile.
I've put some embroidery on this one.  I've found I really like doing embroidery work.  It's very relaxing.  Here's the Caterpillar Block up close.
Heather over at Books and Quilts asks this question.......

Do you have a project that you've been working on for what seems like ages?

Yes I do, the crazy quilt I'm working on is one such project.  It's like I'm moving along pretty fast and then all of a sudden it comes to a screeching halt.  This is block 5 and I'm stumped as what to do with it.  So it's laying in my quilt tub waiting for inspiration.
You may wonder what is a Quilt Tub.  Well it's actually a 5 gal. ice cream tub.  That is where I keep my current projects I'm working on.  Along with pin cushion, threads, scissors and other stuff I use when working on a quilt.
Where do you keep your supplies?  I am also linking up with Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.  Heather has a couple of beautiful quilts she is working.  Head over and check them out.

Monday, November 16, 2015


February-Conspiracy 365 - Gabrielle Lord

Product Description(
A fast-moving twelve-volume crime thriller series from a bestselling Australian author. On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days! Now he's on the run. The people who killed his father want him dead, and the police are chasing him for a crime he didn't commit. A month has gone by and he's still no nearer to solving the Ormond Riddle, the family secret that has turned his life into a nightmare. Can he trust the mysterious Winter Frey, or will she lead him further into danger? He has 334 days. The clock is ticking... 
Age Range: 10 and up 
Grade Level: 5 and up 
Series: Conspiracy 365 (Book 2) 
Hardcover: 192 pages 
Publisher: Kane Miller Book Pub (February 2010) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 9781935279501 
ISBN-13: 978-1935279501

MY THOUGHTS:  This is the second book in the series.  I really like this series and will be adding them to my ever growing list of series books to read.  I really need to read the first one, but I got the drift of the story, but need a little more info on the reason this is happening.  The book is very intense with lots of running, hiding, trying not to get killed and putting trust in a stranger.  Callum has met a new person by the name of Winter Frey, she seems to want to help him, but he's not sure of her reason for wanting to help.  In the mean time Callum finds a big clue in the Ormond Riddle and try's to figure it out, with the help of a friend.  I give this book 5.......

This is also for Read The Months Reading Challenge.

I've also found another reading challenge for 2016.  It's being hosted or at The Book Date.    It's Women's Fiction Reading Challenge.

This challenge is for those who enjoy reading women's fiction.  How might you define this type of book?  I define it as any book that is mainly written and marketed for women (although that doesn't stop men reading them, they can and sometimes do),  they may contain elements of romance but the book mainly centres around the development of women or a woman throughout the book.  


  • Motivated 1- 5
  • Savvy     6 - 10
  • Classy    11- 20
  • Go-getter  20 -30
  • Fearless  30+
I'm going for Motivated level.  My list of books to read.

1. Blessing - Lyn Cote
2. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll
3. The Rescued - Marta Perry
4. Hush - Karen Robards
5. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd