Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Book Date and more!!!

I'm still not getting a lot of reading in lately.  I'm sure I will when Fall closes in on us and we have rainy, windy nights here....great cozy reading weather!  For now, I did finish this one which was excellent and I think I gave it 5 *****.........very sad about the brainwashing and abuse of women and children but it was very revealing about what went on in the FLDS community and probably is still going on.  It's hard to believe that it was/is allowed in this supposedly democratic country!  Anyway, I highly recommend it!  There's a 2nd book out by her....I may have to read that one too!
 I'm still reading this one...........very well written but I've just been too tired by the time I 'hit the hay'.....I'm going to have to go to bed earlier so I can read for awhile without dozing off by the 2nd page! LOL!

My new non-fiction is something a bit lighter and so far very well written, enjoyable and entertaining....... it is a book containing 20 essays on knitting by Rachel Herron and I highly recommend this book even though I'm not finished!  Each essay is unique though and if you are a knitter this book was meant for you!  I got it on sale with one of those Kindle deals.
Amazon states: "In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, shows how when life unravels there s always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron s tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit."
 I'm still reading this National Geographic from August 1992....the stories and information remain relevant..........
 What's up next?  Well, I have read Margaret Atwood before but never The Handmaid's Tale and now that it won an Emmy I want to read the book!  I may just succumb as I am REALLY wanting to read it and with the Kindle I could be reading it tonight!  But I should check Thrift Books first....they probably have it much cheaper............okay...I just checked and Amazon is $10 while Thrift Books is a little over $7.  Hmmmm.....I'm thinking the Kindle version tonight!?!?

Amazon states:   "Now a Hulu Original Series 
The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best."
Doesn't it sound so interesting?   I read Margaret Atwood years over 20?  Maybe longer than that when she first started writing and I thoroughly enjoyed her but then I went back to school and work and REALLY did not read anything but textbooks and IBM manuals for years! LOL!   I forgot what a great writer she is.....I can't wait to read it and more of her books!
As for t.v. or  movies and only 1 or 2 podcasts but I have been watching the Father Brown mystery series on good!     
What have you been reading, listening to and watching this week? 
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

YOP Week #12

I missed last week because of my garage sale and general exhaustion! LOL!  But I'm back and I have a sad tale to tell.............I had originally said that Saturdays were going to be blogging about outdoors but I am revising it so I can totally devote the day to crafts.  So, with that in mind, I set out yesterday morning to 'sew the day away' and I was pretty pumped about it too............until........I started sewing 'in the ditch' with my walking foot on my sewing machine to quilt the I Spy quilt (1 of 3)..............and first I noticed this...........see those stitches?  Some are very tiny and some are very large...............
then when I let my foot off the pedal the machine wouldn't stop!!!  It kept sewing and I had to turn it off to get it to stop...........this is what that looked like.............see those wild very tiny stitches above the green rooster's head?  They are so tiny that I am having a hard time even getting them out with my seam ripper! 
I have had problems with this machine since the day I got it and I am done with it!  I called around and one shop in Mountain Home said they had a Janome that was just used in a class for around $500....they didn't sell used or reconditioned and no trade-ins.  Then I called a shop in West Plains, Missouri which is actually closer and they take trade-ins and have machines starting at $33!  Now, we're talking!  It seems the minute I spend some money on something I need or have wanted then something else breaks!  What's up with that?  I have to have a machine though because almost all my Christmas presents this year are sewing projects for which I have already invested money in the materials!  If you have any suggestions as to what machines are the best at a reasonable price.....please let me know!  The one I have is a Walmart Singer which I should have known but I was new in town and there was no place else to get one at the time.  I just need a reliable machine.  It doesn't have to be fancy but I use it for quilting and sewing clothes and curtains and stuff for the house.  So, tune in next week to see if I have a new/used machine!  Being without a sewing machine would be like being without yarn and crochet hooks and knitting needles!  I know...........a nightmare!
The first sock of the pair is heading towards the toe..................... 
and I did manage to work on my cross stitch and it is getting to the end.  I looked for snowflake buttons at Hobby Lobby the other day but no luck so I guess I will have to order them online.  I think it mentioned they were from Westrims.  The words...'is on the' don't show  up very well but I guess it will be alright.....I'm not doing it over! LOL!
I have not been watching podcasts for several weeks now except Friday night I did watch the latest one from Joyce at Ruby Moss that gal!  Here's a few websites I discovered and wrote down to share with you all.

 Ruby and Custard  
 This is a crochet site with free patterns, a book she has published on Amazon and patterns you can purchase
This site is a combo of photography, geography and knitting....she also has a vlog on You Tube
 Jan Patek Quilts
If you're interested in primitive quilt designs and a very talented lady check this site out!
 Samelia's Mum
This gal is an excellent seamstress with some really cute projects 

Well.............I'm doing laundry, I need to change my sheets and make dinner.....I thought this was supposed to be a day of rest? LOL!
 I hope all is well in your world!
Happy Trails!!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun Friday!!!

Yes, for 2 days now I have driven to Mountain Home...3 hours round trip.  Nothing tires me out like shopping and driving but I have to say it is a beautiful drive....lots of great scenery.  When I was going across the bridge over Norfolk Lake there was a rainbow colored sailboat and of course lots of other boats.  The weather here has been beautiful and the trees are turning color and the leaves are starting to fall so it was gorgeous driving, I must say.
Lowe's was supposed to have the sample roof shingle for me today but when I got there the guy said he hadn't been in yet.  So, he called him and the guy said he couldn't make it today.  Really?  I just drove 1 1/2 hours to pick it up!  So, wanting to turn a negative into a positive I gave my sample shingle to the Lowe's 'pro' with my name and phone number.  I told him when the sample arrives to see if it matches and to call me and if it does (which I feel very positive it will) then I will order it over the phone and he can call me when it comes in and I will come and pick it up.  Problem solved!
So, not wanting to waste a trip to Mountain Home......I drove on over to Hobby Lobby and picked up a few things that I had on my 'never-ending list'..........can you guess what these supplies are for?

Yes....another new project...or 2!  I'm going to be trying my hand at making my own soap and my own lip balms!  After that I will be moving on to body butter and who knows what else?  There's goat milk soap base, lip balm containers, a soap mold, almond oil and shea butter plus some colorant.  Stay tuned!!!
 I also treated myself to a Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte...which means it is officially Fall regardless of the was wonderful!
and since I had the last of the soup last night and knew I would not be in the mood to cook when I got home...........I stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings and got one of their pulled barbecue pork and slaw sandwiches with some potato wedges.............yum!  I ate half for lunch and the rest I'll have for supper....although I am still full actually! LOL!
 Yesterday when I went to Lowe's I picked up a few other items that had been on my 'never-ending list'....not very glamorous purchases but much appreciated none the less...........a new toilet seat..............which I have yet to install.........
and a new garbage can that is a 64 gallon 'tough' I can throw out my other broken ones.........can you believe this thing cost $65 and that was on sale from $75!!!  But the 32 gallon was $50 so it was a no brainer to go with the 64 gallon.....oh well, it's only money but this will probably be the last garbage can I ever have to buy.......
I also picked out a sample of the laminate flooring I would like to get....down the road...............
not too dark and not too light....dark shows the dust and light shows the dog hair! 
That 's all for Fun Friday, although I do have an Amazon order on it's way but I'll save that for next Friday.  Now, I think I'll 'kick back' and try out my new cross stitch/embroidery hoop! Oh, I forgot to show  it of those new fangled ones..........anything's got to be better than my old wooden ones!
 Have a great Friday night............Happy Trails!!!