Sunday, July 20, 2014

42 years is a long time!!

Happy Anniversary to me!  And to my sweetie too!  We've been married 42 years today and I can hardly remember where all those years went.  Seems like yesterday that I was packing to fly to Las Vegas to get married.  (I think we were ahead of the game on destination weddings.  lol)  Let the celebrations begin………(probably take out pizza or perhaps burgers at our favorite burger joint tonight….we really do it up big, you know!) While we both read our books today.  lol  

Naturally, I sent out envelopes this week (and a few last week which I failed to show you.)

And then, of course, I ordered a few more books.  (I know, don't yell at me!  I do have to stop this crazy buying!  I have at least 25 now in a stack to read on my dining room table and I think I still have some that have yet to be delivered from Amazon.)

Thankfully, I was able to finish 6 books this week.  (Well, almost……I did skim two after I had completed about 150 pages in each.  For some reason, they just didn't "do it" for me.)

"Looking for Salvation"  Debut                  by       Susan Gregg Gilmore
"Obitchuary"       Debut                              by       Stephanie Hayes
"The Shadow Tracer"                                 by       Meg Gardiner
"Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt"  Debut          by       Beth Hoffman
"Landline"                                                  by        Rainbow Rowell
"Life Drawing"   Debut                              by        Robin Black

# 2 and #3 were the ones where I skimmed the endings…..especially "Obitchuary".  That author tried too hard to be funny.  Sad!  It could have been so good!  "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt" is an older book.  My sister recommended it to me as one of her favorites of all times, and it was okay, but I compared it to the "Mitford Series" by Jan Karon which I read years ago and enjoyed tons more!!!  The highlight of the bunch this week was the first one, "Looking for Salvation" by Susan Gregg Gilmore.  It was a light, fun read that made me smile!  The last two are new releases that I borrowed from the library and if I were you, I wouldn't bother.  Both had decent reviews and I thought they would be good, but I was wrong!  Maybe I'm just too old for some of this crazy stuff??  Last night though, I started reading "A Man Called Ove" which is another new release and so far, I am loving it, so who knows?  It too, is another debut, so time will tell.

So, that's about the news here.  Have a fun week my friends and stay well!  And thanks for visiting!  I know I'm not sewing now and you might be missing that and all I can say is I'm sorry.  Not in the mood lately, I guess!  Hopefully, by the time I read more books, I'll be inspired again.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Artist

To say that I am extremely proud would be putting it mildly!!!  My sweet 6 year old great niece, Audrey, is the newest artist in the family.  She not only won the 2nd place best painting for her whole kindergarten group (5 classes) in her school, but recently won an honorable mention in her community for artwork done on location by artists from all age groups.  (Of course my sister had to bribe her with lemon drops and ice cream to get the 3rd drawing (the winner) out of her because she was getting bored, but we don't talk about that.  lol)  These are some of the papers she showed me recently that she did in school this year…….with #3 being one of the winners.

I'll show you the envelopes I sent next week!

Then, I got an Amazon order.  I LOVE Amazon!!  I fill up my cart and then clear it out and back and forth so often you wouldn't believe it.  These are the books that I finally bought.  I already finished "Good Sam" (a debut) and "Frozen"!  Both were good, but "Good Sam" was the better of the two!

Besides those two, I also read, "I Thought I Knew You" by Kate Moretti which was really good too.  The BEST by far (and I REALLY LOVED IT) was, "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes.  It's a recent hardcover release that I borrowed from the library and it was SOOOO good, I hated for it to end and I'm so jealous that all of you still have the pleasure of reading it.  If you recall, Jojo Moyes recently had another book ("Me Before You") on the bestseller list.  "One Plus One" is better!!!

So, that's the news of the week.  Yippee hooray, I finally finished my last swap quilt (which I had been putting off) and now I need to collect goodies to send along with it to my partner.  Stay tuned!  Have a happy week my friends and enjoy yourself!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Over 100 books and counting…..

Not much happening this past week other than typical 4th of July festivities, so I don't have much to show you.  First off, here are the envelopes I sent off this week.  The first one I called, "Flower Girl", the 2nd, "Friends", and the 3rd envelope contained a book titled, "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Babysitting Bandit", so naturally I had to draw something to depict the title.  Audrey always loves it when I give her a hint to the title of the books enclosed and she thought the babysitting envelope was a hoot!  That little girl has a marvelous sense of humor for only being 6 years old.

And then…….where are the trumpets????……..I've read over 100 books so far this year already, if you can believe?  I suppose that's what happens when you don't sew anymore, huh?  (Although I do have one swap quilt to make yet for July, so I better get going this next week.)  Anyway, these are the ones I read this week:

"A Place at the Table"                                   by               Susan Rebecca White
"Everything I never Told You"  debut              by               Celeste Ng
"Home Sweet Anywhere" (true story)              by               Lynne Martin
"Third Rail: An Eddy Harkness novel"  debut   by               Rory Flynn

Nothing was earth shattering, but I did enjoy the last two a lot.  "Home Sweet Anywhere" is about a couple who "re-found" each other after 35 years, got married and decided to sell most everything they owned and travel around the world before it was too late. Both close to the 70 age mark and healthy, it told of their adventures and joys.  I sure wish I was that healthy and rich……although I am close to that 70 mark….ugh! I'd do it in an instant…………..(well, maybe not??)  Then, the last book was a surprise.  I had read a review by a book blogger BOUNDBYWORDS which sounded like something I'd like, so I borrowed it from the library and loved it.  I think Rory Flynn just might have another Jack Reacher (author-Lee Child) on his hands.  That character is begging for his own series!!  (And….it was short at only 212 pages…!)

So, that's the news of the day (and week).  Temps all week never went above the low 70s so we haven't had too many visitors to swim in the pool so far this summer.  I'm hoping that will change!  I love to watch the kids having fun.

Now, I'm off to the store.  We've having company tonight so some snacks I must get!  Enjoy your week, my friends and do something fun for yourselves……..and read a book!  I can't believe how many good reads are out there!  Today I started, "I Thought I Knew You" by Kate Moretti and I'm loving it already!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Strawberry Season….

OMG…..I wish you could smell these strawberries.  My sister picked these yesterday and they smell like they just came right out of the fields.  Thank you, Jan, for sending these over with Christy for me.  Yummy!!  For sure!  (And almost all gone, I might add…..just in case you're reading this and might want to bless me with more???)

Just thought I'd show you a pic of our precious, Toby, lounging on the pool deck.  So often he rings the bells to go out lately, just to lay in the sun and survey his domain, I think.  He really does make me nervous though, being so close to the pool.  My friend had a dog that drowned this year falling in her pool, and she just thought it had strayed out of the yard.  Not good, so I have to keep my eye on Toby constantly when he's outside now (although he's never fallen in the pool before…..thankfully!) 

I must admit that I'm much happier when I can hear him barking at the gate probably at people or cars driving by……or, perhaps at a flower swaying the wrong way in the breeze.  lol  The boy isn't too bright in the brain department sometimes!  (But, we love him anyway!)

I sent out three envelopes this week, but two were duplicates of ones you've already seen, so I decided not to post them.  This little guy is new though, I think.  It's getting to where I have to check now, there have been so many.

As usual, I've been reading.  (A Lot!)  Now, it seems, I read to find that special book that will rock my world…..but not yet.  I did find two really good ones this week though and they did come close…the 2nd and 4th ones on this list.  Both were different, but really good!  And both were debuts and you KNOW how I love those!!!

"God-Shaped Hole"                                    by                    Tiffany Debartolo
"We Are Called to Rise"    debut                by                    Laura McBride
"Still Life with Bread Crumbs"                   by                     Anna Quindlen
"The Girl who Came Home"                      by                    Hazel Gaynor
"Burial Rites"          debut                           by                    Hannah Kent
"Tell me You're Sorry"                               by                    Kevin O'Brien

That last one I started yesterday, but still have 1/2 to go and it's an okay thriller type book.  Kind of too many killings in it for me, but I will finish it.  Incidentally, I do review all the books I read on, so if you belong to that site, look me up and "friend" me (Carol Turznik).  I would love to know what you've been reading too!  My reading tastes are all over the board…..except haunted…….I can't seem to handle haunted!  Eikes!

So, until next week, my friends….enjoy yourselves and make sure to have some fun of some sort (even if for a little while!) AND….do enjoy the summer in the USA.  We finally are "hitting" the 70s.  Whooppee!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


E-gads…..I feel as though I'm repeating everything from last weeks post including (I'm sorry to say) the temp of 55 degrees right now.  We have had nothing but rain, rain, and more rain lately with humidity in the 90s.  Ugh!  It hardly feels like summer, in fact, once this week I even turned on the furnace to get the chill out of the house.  My hubby almost had a fit, but I was freezing and I was even wearing my hoodie.  lol  No swimming here for awhile, I guess, huh?

Naturally, I sent off envelopes.  (At least I have something to show you!)

And then, I did visit my friend with the Havanese puppies…….and didn't take a single picture, I'm sorry to say, BUT I did find photos on the internet of some adults which I stole and I would GRAB any one of these precious babies in an instant if I got the chance.  I love the colors!

Oh, that last one just melts my heart!!  Why can't I find a playmate that looks like that for Toby?  I wonder what he'd do?

I am still reading like a mad woman and finished 5 books this week.  One I won in the Goodreads First Reads program and that was fun.  The name of it, is "Dear Daughter" and it won't be released until August 2014 so I feel special being able to review that new debut mystery before many other people.

"I am Having So Much Fun Here without You"             by             Courtney Maum
"Elizabeth is Missing"         (debut)                                 by              Emma Healy
"The New Me"                                                                by              Mary Marcus
"Eleanor and Park"  (YA book)                                      by              Rainbow Rowell
"Dear Daughter"             (debut)                                     by              Elizabeth Little

So, that was my week!  Whooppee!  Nothing like tons of fun here, folks!  lol  I still haven't packed away the sewing stuff from the dining room so who knows if I'll be pulling fabric out or not one of these days?  You never know!  I just might surprise you with a new creation!!  Wouldn't that be something???  Oh well… any case, you all have a super week and enjoy what sun you might have for me since it doesn't look too good here for a sunny week for us next week either.  Take care!