Friday, February 28, 2020


The Yellow Feather Mystery - Franklin W. Dixon

The famous young detectives Frank and Joe Hardy are caught up in a dangerous web of intrigue when they agree to help Greg Woodson search for his grandfather’s missing will. When Henry Kurt, the temporary headmaster of Woodson Academy, insists that he is to inherit the property from Greg’s grandfather, the case becomes even trickier. Frank and Joe must risk their lives several times before they solve the mystery of Yellow Feather and trap a sinister criminal who will stop at nothing--even murder--to satisfy his greed for money.(

This book is classified as Junior Fiction at my library.  But this is a really good book that held my attention.  Well written and full of mystery and mayhem.  The Hardy boys are on the case for a friend and run into all kinds of obstacles trying to figure out who the Yellow Feather is.  *****

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges....

Color Coded Reading Challenge

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life—like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition—Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.(

This is my book clubs choice to read for February.   I read the book, it was readable, but I didn't really enjoy this book much.  Don't know why, but it just didn't keep me reading.  I kept putting it down and picking it up.  Which is frustrating to me anyway.  Maybe I wasn't in the mood to read this particular book.  Who knows....anyway it's readable.  ***

Friday, February 21, 2020


The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.(

I have been wanting to read more fiction books.  I found the perfect reading challenge for this...Gum Trees and Galaxies is hosting this reading challenge.  Gaia Reading Challenge is about reading books about the climate/nature.  So I checked out my library and made my list of books.  This book was highly recommended.

I never knew anything about threes, except they are there.  Did you know that trees have an electrical network in their roots?  That trees nourish stumps with food?  If you want to know more about trees I highly recommend this book. *****

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Cynthia over at Quilting is more fun than Housework is the host of Oh, Scraps!  Got scraps of fabric laying around?  Putting a scrap quilt together?  Head over and check out all the scrappy stuff going on at Cynthia's place.

I have lots of scraps, I use them to make crazy quilts.  But you always have small pieces you can't use.  So I've been saving my little scraps.  I don't like to throw any fabric away when I could possibly use it somewhere else.  Got an idea for all those tiny scraps one night.  I cut them into shapes and put them on a 4 1/2" piece of muslin.
Last week I found a crazy quilt block that needed some more work done on it.  This is the one that needed some more work.
 This is what it looks like after I finished it.
Have a scrappy day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Cooked by Michael Pollan

In Cooked, Pollan discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. (

This is the 2nd book from Michael Pollan that I've read.  It was a very informative book.  I learned some really interesting things about cooking that I didn't know.  I never put the fire, water, air and earth together with cooking.  But it's so true if you think about it.  Everything you do to cook is in these 4 elements.  *****

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges...

 Gaia Reading Challenge


Do you have lots of scrap fabric?  I do....lots of it.  Most of the pieces I can use somewhere on a quilt I'm working on.  But you also get lots of little scraps you can't use.  I hate throwing those away.  So, I am making a Scrap Shape Quilt. 
I cut those little pieces of fabric and make a shape.  They are all put onto a 4 1/2" piece of muslin. 

I have pretty good stack right now.  Yes, it will take lots more to finish this quilt.....but I don't have to throw away perfectly good fabric now.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


I've been working on a 8 1/2 " Crazy Quilt.  As usual I have several projects going at the same time.  I have so many ideas for quilts.....I just start them when I think of them....and work on all of them some time or another.  The Crazy Quilt I'm working on has 19 blocks done and one in the process.
I have a big box of scraps I'm using for this project.  Here are 3 of the blocks I've finished....

I'm linking up with Cynthyia over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  Hop over and check out what everyone is working on.

I decided to join the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The color this time is Orange.  I happen to be working on a Crazy Quilt block with orange in it.  Still have some more work to do, but the basics are done.  Hop over and check out what everyone is working on that is Orange.

Monday, February 10, 2020


I found this place that is having a reading challenge about Nature/Environment.  Sounded like an interesting book to read.  So I've went looking for books at my local library and found several that will work.  Where is this place at???

Sharon over at Gum Trees and Galaxies is the host

The reading challenge is called Gaia Challenge.....

read one or more books that have a nature, climate or environment theme of some sort. To really get back to nature read at least one book a month on this theme. You don’t have to blog to participate, you can set up a Gaia reading challenge shelf on goodreads and link to it.

I've put this challenge in my Reading Challenge Tab at the top of my blog.  


The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.
When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?
A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise—and irresistible—storyteller.

Loved reading this book, really interesting the stories you get from and address book.  I give this book *****

This book is for 2 of my reading challenges:

Monthly Key Word.....Red
Color Coded Challenge.....Red

Sunday, February 2, 2020


Today is Slow Sunday Stitching taking place over at Kathy's Quilts....head over and check out what everyone is stitching on today.

As for me, I'm working on a quilt for my niece, Zoey.  I asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted Stitch on her quilt.  I found one I liked and proceeded to start working on it.  As of today I have 4  rows done.  It's for a twin bed, so I think 7 rows will work.
There is going to be a light green border on the quilt.  I'm planning on embroidering music notes on it. 
The cell phones I've put on the quilt is a history lesson for Zoey.  The little talk bubbles have Slang Words from the 1960' she will have to track them down on the internet.  She knows some of them....
The blocks are 10 1/2" blocks with a 2" border between each block and row.   Stitch and the cell phones are all done with fabric from my scrap box.

Hope everyone has an awesome day stitching...and have a great.....