Friday, February 12, 2016

Container Gardening


I am not a gardener. Anyone who has known me for any length of time can tell you that I do not possess a green thumb. However, my mother-in-law does. She seems to have passed some of that green thumb onto my husband and our daughters both have amazing green thumbs and gardening skills!

So, we have taken the leap into container gardening. This is something we have discussed several times and a couple of days ago my husband brought home stuff to start it. I am so excited about this adventure. I am really hopeful that with my husband and our daughters at the helm of this we will be successful in our gardening attempts. That's not to say I won't do any of it but I am definitely leaving the majority of the plant care to them. That way they'll make it and we'll have fresh, organic, homegrown vegetables and herbs!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Valentine's crochet garland


Valentine's Day crochet ball garland.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 103 of J.D. Robb's Brotherhood in Death:

"A promise to a man I loved deeply is important, even sacred. I didn't have to hurt Edward to keep it; I simply had to continue to keep it. I'm not a violent man."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yarn Ball Centerpiece



I took some bits of leftover yarn I had from various projects and rolled them into balls. Then I put them in a Mason jar to create a slightly rustic centerpiece. I really like it and so does my family. I like all the colors displayed together like this.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts (2)

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 362 of Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts:

"I wouldn't mind a joke right now."

He laid his brow on the back of her head. Wasn't it a damn shame he couldn't think of one, he mused, or of anything except what was hurting her. "Talk to me, Caroline."

Monday, February 1, 2016

Musing Mondays: Getting a Copy of -

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
Tomorrow, February 2, 2016, the new JD. Robb book comes out. It is called Brotherhood in Death and it is the 42nd book in her ever-popular In Death series. I can not wait to get it! I can not wait to read it! Besides the fact that I love this series, the mystery/murder/suspense this time relates to one of my favorite minor characters in the series. I am looking forward to learning more about this beloved character and seeing how Eve and Roarke deal with having someone they both care so deeply for tangled up in such a mess.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reading with kids

They say that if you want your children to be readers then read to them when they're young. Well, I have read to my kids since I was pregnant with them and they are definitely readers. They are also independent readers now and have been for some time. So, when they asked me in December to start reading to them again each night at bedtime - I was extremely thrilled! We had purchased our oldest child a signed copy of Chris Colfer's The Wishing Spell. It is the first in his Land of Stories series. We will finish the book tomorrow night and I must say it has been a delightful book to read. It is a well-imagined book about an alternate universe set in a land of fairytales. To me it was a bit redundant in places but still, as a said, a delightful book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of the series with my kids.

The next book I'm going to read to them is Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka. I admit that this book is as much for me as it is my kids. They chose it but I think I'm as excited to get to it as they are. This book gives some history about the new characters - Rey, Poe and Finn - that are introduced in The Force Awakens. We were (surprisingly) able to see the movie the night it opened (December 18, 2015) and we've all (including my husband) been anxious to know more about these new characters. So, the reading of this book will hopefully help all of us to understand and know these characters better.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oh my...

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have wanted this newly illustrated and formatted edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone since I first learned of it. My husband and children got it for me for my birthday - at the suggestion of my youngest. I haven't been through the entire book as of yet but what I have seen is absolutely breath-taking. The new illustrations by Jim Kay are so stunning and right on, in my opinion. They bring the story to life all over again. And even though my kids and I know this story inside and out we all want to read it together once more so that we can experience it in the midst of the new illustrations. I don't know if there are plans to do this same thing with the other six books but I sure hope they do!
 
Editing to Add: They ARE doing new editions of all seven books - with Jim Kay doing the illustrations! I am beyond excited about this! My husband laughed and said I am buying into the 'marketing machine' because of course I want all of them. I said that's all right because this is ART! Also, here is a great interview with Jim Kay:
 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 47 of Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts:

As a matter of course, Tucker preferred to talk, charm or run his way out of confrontations. But there was always a point, no matter how he tried to prevent it, when pride and temper kicked in.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Skimming

Do you ever feel like skimming through certain parts of a book? I admit that not only do I feel this way sometimes but that I actually do skim on occasion. And I feel guilty when I do! I'm a writer for goodness sake! I know how hard it can be sometimes to write a book. I know how long it takes. And even worse, I know how long and painful the revision process can be. So I feel like I have absolutely no business whatsoever skimming any part of an author's book. And yet I do it.

I skim if I'm bored but still want to know the outcome of the book. I skim if I'm short on time but still want to fit in some reading. I skim if I think the author was long-winded in a certain part of the book. I'm not entirely proud of this sometime habit of mine but I'm probably not going to stop it either. So, do you ever skim and if so why?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesdays: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (2)

Teaser Tuesday's is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read

- Open to a random page

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser.

My teaser this week is from page 151 of Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling:

"I didn't imagine that voice upstairs. A man was there and he killed her."

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A wonderful Sunday

Today was such a great day! I am thankful for every single day I get to spend with my husband and our daughters. Today was a day I spent with just my daughters, though. We had a great day together. The weather was really nice here with a high of sixty-seven degrees. My girls and I slept in a little bit then began our day reading. Then we went to the bookstore and got new books. They actually used some of their Christmas money and were thrilled to buy their own books. It was actually quite adorable! Then I surprised them by going out for lunch. Afterwards we went to the park where we stayed for two hours. At the end of which they still didn't want to come home. It was getting dark though and all the kids they were playing with were heading home also. It was a sweet and pleasant day that I am so happy to have spent with them.