Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still kicking

I figured I better post something before someone drives by and throws yarn in my yard. Not that I don't enjoy lovely yarn offerings, just that Hubby and I had a stash talk recently. Don't be afraid it was not horrible, but I did drop a surprising number on him. He was surprised I think it is a normal number.

Anyways I finished up Anne of Green Gables. I liked it but I don't have any childhood nostalgia attached to the book so I can't yet say that I really loved it. I think that it will grow on me though. I did burst out laughing when Gilbert Blythe becomes Anne's foe. That boy did not know what a force he was messing with. Anne can hold a grudge.

I've started listening to A Man called Ove, I am either going to love or hate that old curmudgeon. Hey look at that I spelled curmudgeon right the first time. He has made me laugh a few more times than I expected and it is still very early in the story.

I meant to take pictures of some socks to show off but Saturday was spent knee deep in church work. Remind me next week that I really do like the work. Right now I am a bit...tired.

Guess I'll stop here and toddle off to fold some papers, and it is not even fun origami either. Sigh.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Drive by Yarning

Have you ever wished that you won something? Occasionally I like to imagine winning things and what I would do. After last week's Lottery obsession, I've spent a bit of time imagining. D says he would've contacted the people at the NY Sheep and Wool festival to make Friday my offical buying day if we won 1.5 billion.

But here's the rub I like to imagine, but I also know enough about myself that if I won I would think I didn't deserve it. Not because I am unworthy just because there are others that are more needy.

I am very happy in my life. I don't have to worry about how to feed my family (including feline family), if my car will break down, if my roof leaks or if my Hubby still loves me. I already have all the luck I need.

But, today due to this post I was the happy recipient of bonus sock yarn. My knitting friends thought it would be fun to bring me the brightly colored sock yarn. One knitter took the opportunity to give me some lovely yarns that don't agree with her hands. Thin nylon blends don't bother my fingers.

The other knitter may have been teasing me or just cleaning up her stash, I'm not too sure, as I was petting the lovely Henna colored yarn that was coming home with me.

So thanks to the generosity of fellow knitters I have a few more skeins to be thankful for.

Thanks Ladies, you can rest assured that I will give it a good home!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Still reading

One of my accomplishments last year was meeting my reading goal. This year I am already a book ahead of schedule.

I finished my audio book, The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva. It was not my cup of tea, it left me feeling confused. OK fine spy and espionage stories are never quite clear to me. Could someone please get me the Cliff's Notes on the last Matt Damon/Jason Bourne movie too? I had a severely hard time tracking that movie. Anyways The Kill Artist is the first book in the Gabriel Allon series. I will most likely try the second book but I don't hold out much hope for the series.

So today I tossed all memories of keeping spy characters straight along with their aliases and jumped joyfully into Anne of Green Gables. We had Laura Ingalls Wilder while I was growing up. I'm sure Laura having spent The Long Winter in South Dakota had something to do with it. I had not met Anne till we moved to New York and I caught part of the mini series on PBS. I fell in love. Now I get to really fall in love, hopefully. I giggled to myself today when I read Adriene had found all her old LM Montgomery books in her parent's house. I bet if Adriene liked her I will like Anne too.

I finished up Cat on the Edge, boy was that a quirky book. I'm not sure how I feel about human/cat transformations but I did like how the end wrapped up. I think I will continue on at least for the next book. It was quite slow moving for the first half. Now that we have characters established I am curious to see how the feline sleuths do.

I am slowly enjoying The Garden of Intrigue by Lauren Willig. It has taken me some time but I do enjoy this series. I don't really like the modern day characters, they're too whiny for me, but the Napoleonic spies? Yes please sign me up for more.  My favorite of that series was Mischief in the Mistletoe. You gotta love an author that nicknames their leading man Turnip.

This week's finished book will be My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander. I have loved her books in the past and discovered a new series. This one has a bit of spy intrigue. It is a little different in that the hero and heroine are already married. I'm pulling for them to get back on the trail for happily ever after. (It is a romance novel so the odds are very good.)

So apparently I like my spies to be true couples with a dash of romance. What can I say I really, really like happy endings.