Saturday, March 31, 2018


Rules of Prey - John Sandford

Product Description(
Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog." 
Series: Prey 
Hardcover: 317 pages 
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (July 24, 1989) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399134654 
ISBN-13: 978-0399134654

MY THOUGHTS: This is a new series for me.  Although I've read a couple of the Prey series of order.  I really like the character, Lucas Davenport.  Lucas is looking for a serial killer who is smart and leaves "notes" for the police.  Lucas has to get into the killer's head to catch him.  But does Lucas catch "Maddog"?  Read the book, it's a good one.  I give this book 5....

This book is for 4 of my reading challenges......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Try Something New Challenge

Monday, March 26, 2018

IT'S MONDAY.......

and it's time for It's Monday, What Are You Reading hosted by Katheryn over at The Book Date.  Hop over and check out all the books being read.
What I Read Last Week

"X" by Sue Grafton

What I'm Reading Now

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Up Next

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Reading and Embroidery are what I'm doing right now.  I like to keep my hands busy while watching t.v.  When not doing that I'm reading.  I have several projects of embroidery going on right now.  But the one I'm working on now is some flowers.  I want to frame them and hang them in my bathroom.

White Teassal

I'm linking this up with Stitchery Link Party.  Hop over and see what everyone is working on.

Sunday, March 25, 2018


"X" - Sue Grafton

Product Description(
X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss...

Perhaps Sue Grafton’s darkest and most chilling novel, X features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this deadly sociopath. The test is whether private investigator Kinsey Millhone can prove her case against him—before she becomes his next victim. 
Series: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (Book 24) 
Hardcover: 416 pages 
Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam; First Edition edition (August 25, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399163840 
ISBN-13: 978-0399163845

MY THOUGHTS:  This is the first in the series that I didn't like.  The story seems to go on forever with nothing telling you what the story is about.  It's really boring.....and disappointing.   It was really hard to figure out what the crime was until the last few pages of the book.  Through out the whole book I thought it was a bout a stalker, but no it wasn't.  I give this book 2.....

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge

Friday, March 23, 2018


A Skillet Full - Lodge

I have a collection of Cast Iron Cookware.  My mother gave me my first Cast Iron Skillet.  It's my favorite for making Corn Bread.  My Hubby has found most of the pieces at Rummage Sales.  Do you have any Cast Iron?  If you see this cookbook around, pick it up.  It's a really good book for finding lots of recipes for Cast Iron.

 I use them all almost everyday.  I cook the usual things.....Fried Potatoes, Bacon and Eggs, Corn Bread.  But I've always wanted to try something different.  So I found this cookbook at of all places, Lowe's.  I've went through the cookbook looking at all the recipes and there is a lot you can cook in Cast Iron.  Haven't tried any yet, I'll keep you updated on what comes of this.   I give this book 5.....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges.....
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Creativity Challenge

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I've been stuck in a rut and NETFLIX is the cause.  It's awesome watching t.v. shows with no commercials!  But it's also very addictive.  So one night I was bored with doing nothing while watching NCIS.  Pulled out some yarn and started making Granny Squares.
My Lap keep my legs and feet warm while watching t.v.

I've also been working on my button project.
A few more buttons and stitches have been added.  Since I'm using my mom's buttons, which I inherited, I've put MOM at the top of the piece.

It's also the New Moon, well that was actually on the 17th, so I'm late getting my TUSAL(Totally Useless Stitch A Long) posted.  What is this you might ask, you save all the snips of threads and yarns for a month and then show them off.  Pretty cool isn't it.  This is my March TUSAL.....

I'm linking up with
Heather at Books And Quilts
Sharon at It's Daffycat

Sunday, March 18, 2018

BOOK REPORT.........

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

Product Description(
Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. 
Paperback: 336 pages 
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 30, 2016) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0345804325 
ISBN-13: 978-0345804327

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book club choice for March.  When I started this book it was kind of slow going, but soon picked up.  It wasn't the slaves treatment or Plantation owners treatment that kept me reading this book.  It was the little girl abandoned by her mother at 8 years old, while her mother  ran away, Cora was the little girl left alone to fend for herself.  I wanted to find out what happened to Cora.  How she survived the brutality of being a piece of property.  The follows Cora all the way through the book.  It gives you peeks at other slaves that intermingled into Cora's life.  The book also gives you insight into the people that help to save when they run and the ones who track them down.  Very good book, loved it.  This book has also won numerous awards. 

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
 I give this book 5........

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......

Outdo Yourself Challenge
Try Something New Challange

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

Product Description(
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. .Hardcover: 448 pages 
Publisher: Holtzbrinck Publishers; First Edition edition (February 6, 2018) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0312577230 
ISBN-13: 978-0312577230

MY THOUGHTS:  I usually like reading Kristin Hannah books.  But this book was hard to get into.  From the beginning I really got the plot of the book,  but there was way too much information and the story dragged on and on.  I finally finished it.  I liked the setting of the book and the characters were alright.  Just too much rambling.  I give this book 3....

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge

Sunday, March 4, 2018


The Woman in the Window - A. J. Finn

Product Description(
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. 
Hardcover: 448 pages 
Publisher: William Morrow (January 2, 2018) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0062678418 
ISBN-13: 978-0062678416

MY THOUGHTS:  Now I know why everyone says this is a good book.....but really, it's an awesome book.  The author gives you the characters, the plot of the story, and mixes it all up.  When I started this book I couldn't figure out what was going on.  The author doesn't give you any background on the main character until about half way through the book.  Then the story starts winding through her life, and how she wounds up trapped in her house.  Throw in a new family with secrets.....and the delusions of a woman and you have the story.....but do you?  If you read only one book this year, read this one.  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Try Something New Challenge

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Anna over at The Heard Presents is the host for Blog All About It.  What is this?? 

"It's basically a blogging prompt challenge.  Each month there's a different prompt that you can interpret as you'd like then create a blog post around it."
The prompt for February was Red.  I'm just a tad late getting mine posted.  Red brings to mind lots of things. 
My RED Organizer
My RED Piggy Bank
My RED Spatula
RED Jiff Peanut Butter
My RED Christmas Quilt
So that's my RED for February.  Now on to March.  What is the prompt for March?  Favorite Scent

Friday, March 2, 2018


I'm late getting this posted.  February just flew by and I lost track.  You might ask what a Smalls SAL is. 

"All you need to do is stitch a small design every month and then head over to my blog on the last Friday of the month to share a link to your blog post where you share a picture of your finish. If you don’t manage to finish something one month, or two or three months, that’s no problem. Participate whenever you can."

I've been stitching on No Laundry cross stitch.    This is where I was in January......
I didn't get much done in January, I had the flu.  This is what I've gotten done now.
It's coming along pretty good.  But I have to admit I'm not a fast cross stitcher.  If you want to check out the SAL, hop over to Stitching Lotus and check out what everyone is stitching.
Hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, March 1, 2018


W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton

Product Description(
The first victim is a local PI of suspect reputation, gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. The second is a John Doe found on the beach six weeks later with a slip of paper with private detective Kinsey Millhone’s name and number in his pocket.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths: one man murdered, the other apparently dead of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. Not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey’s past. And before long Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised... 
Series: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (Book 23) 
Hardcover: 496 pages 
Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam; 1ST edition (September 10, 2013) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0399158987 
ISBN-13: 978-0399158988

MY THOUGHTS:  I really had a hard time reading this book.  I couldn't get interested in the plot.  Don't know why, but I finally finished it after 2 weeks.  I love Sue Grafton's Alphabet series, but this one had way to much dialogue that seemed to go forever.  Overall it was a good book.  But not my favorite.  I give this book 4,....

This book is for 4 of my reading challenges....
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Read the Rainbow Challenge