Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
True to form the first week of December goes by and there is no tree up. I am home recovering from a nasty cold/sinus thing and looking on Amazon to see if I should take the plunge and get a fake tree. Year after year it is a pain to get a live one, keep it alive and deal with allergies. But on the other hand I have always fallen in love with every tree that I have had.
This year I kept saying ...no tree... I will just decorate. And then I caught myself saying, 'oh no I have to put up a tree for the girls.' But today I took the plunge with total honesty and told myself, "what in the heck are you talking about? You love a tree, you adore a tree, you sit by the tree, you love the lights, you love the warmth of the holiday season, you love the music, you love everything about it."
So there, I am getting a lovely tree probably cheap fake on amazon and I will make it lovely. This time next year, 11 months from when I take it down, I will have one in a box in the garage and I will get to enjoy it longer than usual.
So there it is... I just ordered it for $39.75. 6 ft, Non pre-lit econo tree, free shipping, Amazon Prime, to arrive on Monday, December 12th.
In the kitchen, I have been baking bread. The usual sour dough and Challah bread. It is a lovely way to make the house nice and everyone loves fresh bread.
Merry Christmas, from now until the New Year, I am going to jingle jingle all the way.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
What a crazy busy year. I hope to get some holiday crafties going on. I have three weeks. I don't have a lot of stress now because if I were going to knit projects, I would have had to start them already and I didn't. So Amazon Prime is my best friend.
I hope also that I can read a few of the most recent additions to my library. Its cold and wet in Northern California this year. Yahoo and yay!!!! Seeing the green earth this early in the year is so nice and fall is vibrant and happening all over the place.
Some of the crafties include making soap, miniatures, and perhaps a new cigar box guitar.
Violin news....I still am playing. This is a very very nice time of the year to pull out all the Holiday tunes and play them. It is also the 5th year anniversary of me getting my first violin. I am so happy to say that it is great to pull out the familiar Holiday tunes and be able to play them decently. It brings holiday cheer to my home and my heart.
Sending warm thoughts to all. I am glad the election is over. I hope people can heal and be happy. The world is always a better place, day after day humanity survives and we all grow and change. Be well and be good to one another.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hello and Happy Wednesday!
I am reviewing this book for Serena @ Poetic Book Tours
I don't have a strong background in reading and understanding poetry. But when I get a chance and open my mind to reading it, I am seldom let down.
From the very first writing in this collection, I was drawn to the writing. Even though there are more depths for me to discover, I was moved by reading through the collection the very first time. I am also pleased as I know I can go back and "get more." Seconds and thirds and beyond, it will be wonderful with this collection.
The writings are rich and and honest. Life's journey is conveyed in poetic lyrical prose that is as familiar to us as rain and in my case even medication - "my brain wobbles in it's chemical bath"
I hope you all get a chance to get a copy. My library and reading experience has been enriched by this wonderful morsel of writing.
Thanks for reading.
Monday, September 19, 2016
I received a book from Algonquin - Thank you.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The cover is enchanting and the story appears to be unique and rewarding. I can't wait to find a moment, hopefully in nature to enjoy this book.
Description: (From Algonquin)
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common woodland snail.
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world.
Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.
Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.