Sunday, January 31, 2016


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 interruptions of the words this week.


This is Bob trying to get me to play with him.

The twins put the blocks at an angle.  All stacked up neatly.

The legs on this table are curved.

Toby napping on the couch.  This is the original.
This is after I cropped it a little.

The bark on the tree.  I guess you could call it textured.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial - Tui Sutherland

Product Description(
Someone or something has murdered the goose who laid the golden eggs, and the evidence points to a dragon named Scratch. Zoe and Logan are back on the case—but this mystery won't be that easy to solve…. 
Series: Menagerie (Book 2) 
Paperback: 320 pages 
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 10, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0060851457 
ISBN-13: 978-0060851453

MY THOUGHTS:  This book takes off were the first one ends.  Which I really like, because I don't have to remember what was happening.  Pelly, The Goose that lays the Golden Egg is missing, presumed dead.  And Scratch the dragon is the one they think did it.  All the evidence points to him.  But if Logan, Blue and Zoe don't find Pelly Scratch is going to be exterminated.  All the clues leads them to the school librarian.  But they can't find any evidence to prove it.  They have 3 days to find Pelly and prove she is still alive.  I am truly enjoying this series.  Can't wait to read book 3.  I give this book 5......

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.

Full House Challenge
Monthly Keyword Challenge
52 Books in 52 Weeks - Week 5

Friday, January 29, 2016


The Creativity Challenge #3  was to write random words down you hear.  Here are mine....
I'm still working on this one.  I'm going to try and fill the whole page.  I've also been doodling.
Not sure where this one is going, but I'm still working on it.  If you want to check this Creativity Challenge out, head over to Shelly's place, Prairie Moon Quilts. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder - Joanne Fluke

Product Description(
Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp. 
Series: A Hannah Swensen Mystery 
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages 
Publisher: Kensington; Reissue edition (May 1, 2011) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0758273290 
ISBN-13: 978-0758273291

MY THOUGHTS:  This series of books has been on my TBR list for ages.  Just never seemed to get around to reading them.  I like reading mystery books and this is a good one.  You get murder and recipes.  The recipes are scattered though out the book.  I may try a couple of them.  They sound delicious.  This mystery revolves around the milk delivery man.  Plus he had some of Hannah's cookies in the truck with him.  Hannah's brother-in-law is the policeman working the case, so Hannah jumps in to help him out.  There are lots of suspects to check out.  But as the list keeps getting shorter Hannah gets frustrated.  But she keeps at it until she has tracked the killer down.  I give this book 4....

 This book is also for 3 of my reading challenges.

Foodies Reading Challenge
Cruzin' Through The Cozies Challenge 
Full House Challenge


of a Tea Party.  Bella and Luke were having a Tea Party.  They don't actually have tea, it's water, but they have the whole thing.  Dishes, cups, and a tea pot.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


While I was at our local convenience store to get a coke, I snapped a picture of the water tower.  They always amaze me for some reason.  My son has explained the workings of a water tower, but for the life of me I seem to figure it out.  Anyway here is the view outside my car window.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A PAIR.....

of handmade picture frames.  These are what Bella and Luke made for their mom and dad for Christmas. 


A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

Product Description(
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. 
Hardcover: 368 pages 
Publisher: Knopf; 1St Edition edition (February 10, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1101874279 
ISBN-13: 978-1101874271

MY THOUGHTS:  This was a really awesome book.  But for the life of me I couldn't figure out what the title meant.  There wasn't anything about blue thread......but then I got to the last few pages of the book and there it was.  And then the title made prefect sense.  This book is all about family.  The first half of the book is about Abby and Red raising their kids.  The second half of the book takes you back to Red's parents.  It kind of dwells on the house they live in.  How they got the house and the up keep of the house.  I give this book 5.....

This book is also for 3 of my reading challenges. 

Color Coded Reading Challenge/color blue
Full House Reading Challenge/color in title
52 Books in 52 Weeks/week 4

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Ashley over at Ramblings & Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Hop over and see all the photos everyone is sharing.
My interpretations of this weeks list.

My kitchen window gives lots of light.

Gloomy and grey......

This is under my speakers and lots of dust.  What's under your monitor?

Artificial Light....
Fluorescent lights.....are awesome!  They light up the room without all the glare.

This is my little space.  My crocheting, quilting, books, paper, pens, and my note pad are all crammed into this little space.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I was at the hospital all day yesterday.  My hubby is there, he's been sick.  So my chores didn't get done.  So today I will be doing dishes and laundry.
With a few breaks in between to read my current book. 
A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

Friday, January 22, 2016


Shelly over at Prairie Moon Quilts is having a challenge.  A 350 Quilt Blocks Challenge.

 I tried this last year, but didn't do to well.  My hubby got sick and I lost track of my quilt blocks.  Heck I didn't even work on a quilt last year.  I didn't even blog much last year.  Anyway, I'm going to give it a try this year.  The idea is to make 350 blocks for the year.  That's 1 block a day.  I'll just keep repeating this....I can do this, I can do this, I can do this....well, you get the picture.

So far this month I've made 13 blocks.  I've started working on my 4th of July quilt and I've made Crazy Quilt block 7.  But the Crazy Quilt block hasn't been embellished.  So I'm not counting that one yet. 
I just put row 3 on last night.  I think I'll put 2 more rows on and a border.  If I can find some, I want to put a flag border around it.  I'll be putting this challenge in my TABS at the top of my page. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Shelly over at Prairie Moons Quilts is hosting The Creativity Challenge.  This week we were to....

Make your initial out of something

Well that was thought provoking.  I had to come up with something.  So why not something with fabric, since I do have lots of fabric.  So I made a pillow.

I found an S and appliqued it to my fabric.  It's only a 12 inch pillow.  But it's kind of cute.




The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

Product Description(
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. 
Series: The Rosie Project with an exclusive look at The Rosie Effect 
Paperback: 295 pages 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 3, 2014) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1476729093 
ISBN-13: 978-1476729091

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book clubs book for January.  I have heard of this book through the book grapevine, but didn't think I would like it.  But I was really surprised I did like this book.  Very interesting characters and the story line was funny and romantic.  I give this book 4......

This book is also for 2 of my reading challenges.  The Color Coded Challenge and The Full House Challenge.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I've been working on my 4th of July quilt.  Got 2 rows together.
I also worked on my Crazy Quilt block, this is block 7.
Not sure what I'm going to embellish it with, but one of the embroidery stitches I want to try is the Butterfly Chain Stitch.  Sharon over at Pintangle has a tutorial for lots and lots of embroidery stitches.  She is an awesome needle woman. 
I'm also linking up with Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Un Lun dun - China Mieville

Product Description(
It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong. 
Paperback: 496 pages 
Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (January 29, 2008) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0345458443 
ISBN-13: 978-0345458445

MY THOUGHTS:  If you want to read a good fantasy book, this is the one to read.  I couldn't put this book down but for a few hours a time.  I wanted to find out what happened to Zanna and Deeba.  And all the people of Un Lun Dun.    Zanna falls ill and has to go home, but she doesn't even remember being there.  So Deeba starts thinking of all the people there and wonders what has happened to them all.  Deeba starts investigating and finds out the one person that is suppose to help Un Lun Dun is really not helping them.  So Deeba heads back to help stop The Smog.  Really awesome book!  I give this book 5......

This book is also for my Locations A-Z Reading ChallengeWacky Reading Challenges over at Good Reads is the host for this challenge.
This book is also for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.


Ashley over at Ramblings & Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Hop over and check out all the photos everyone is sharing.
This week we had fog, rain and just plain dreary. 

I was looking for a piggy bank for the twins for Christmas.  Was telling the ladies at the bank about not being able to find any and they gave me 2 piggy banks for the twins.

You ever doodle?  I love to doodle, it's relaxing and I can get lost for awhile while doodling.

Mostly White.....
This same week, after the fog and rain, we got snow.

My treasure is all the change I save.  That jar holds all my change.  That was my Christmas money this year.  I had 125.00 to add to my budget this year.  Do you save change?  It accumulates fast.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena - R. L. Stine

Product Description(
Jordan Blake and his sister, Nicole, are sick of the hot weather in Pasadena, California. Just once they'd like to have a real winter with real snow.

And then it happens. The Blakes are taking a trip to Alaska! Mr. Blake has been asked to photograph a mysterious snow creature there.

Poor Jordan and Nicole. They just wanted to see snow. But now they're being chased by a monstrous creature. A big furry-faced creature known as the Abominable Snowman! 
Paperback: 144 pages 
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Rei Mti edition (April 28, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0545828821 
ISBN-13: 978-0545828826

MY THOUGHTS:  I've never read any of the Goosebumps books before.  But I guess I'm going to have to put them on my ever growing series list.  Pretty good book.   I enjoyed Jordan and Nicole's trip to Alaska.  They got to see snow and found a scary creature.  And they brought the Snowman back to Pasadena.  What happens then?  You'll have to read the book to find out.  I give this book 4....

This book is also for my Locations A-Z Reading Challenge over at Wacky Reading Challenges at Good Reads.