Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday - Book Date

I have good news to report!  My reading schedule kept me on task and I finished 2 books this past week!  I could hardly believe it myself!  But, they were good books which really helped.  I finished Outlander (627 pages); the first in the series.
There was a lot of sex and gruesomeness but I managed to get through it and the writing is so good and her characters and descriptions of the countryside were fascinating.  She has a degree in botany along with several others and it showed throughout the book.  Her knowledge of plants was very evident and totally interesting.  The plot and adventures were like nothing I had ever read before and despite the gruesome aspects I am definitely going to read the next one!  I give it 4 stars and I would give it 5 except for the sex and the gruesome parts.  Actually, someone said that the male hero is someone no real man could live up to....really?  I think they should at least try! LOL!  Plus, the female characters are strong....thank you!
Have any of you read this series or watched the t.v. version?  I'd be interested in what you thought.  I have not watched the video version and should I wait until I am done with all the books or do the seasons match the books?
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I also finished Aunt Dimity and the Duke (290 pages); another 4 star!  I really enjoy a cozy mystery set in the English countryside in either a cottage or an old manor home and this mystery did not disappoint!  It was a good one!  Good writing and interesting plot for sure and there was gardening!  You can't beat the English for their gardens. 
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This week I have already scheduled my reading and although it may be a bit much I will try.....I will be reading/finishing The Mysteries of Udolpho...yes, I know it has been a drag on my reading but maybe if I read more and focus on it the story will reveal itself to me! LOL!   Too much 'lead up' for my impatient mind....this was my Halloween book and so far nothing scary, just hints but it does seem to be getting somewhere finally!  I will be able to finish it this week if I read 63 pages a day.
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I'm also going to finish up The Purpose of Christmas..........12 pages a day
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and the  Wapsipinicon Almanac at 12 pages per day..............this is actually a book on Goodreads.....who knew?
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I am trying to develop other 'systems'  for getting things FINISHed this year....after all...it is my word for 2018!
I watched Season #1 of Red Water about an Irish Village and mysteries going on.  It's on Brit Box and it is good but not sure I will be keeping my subscription.  I watched some knitting pod casts, tiny house pod casts and  that was the extent of my video watching.  I finished Granchester and When Calls the Heart and Father Brown so now maybe Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries?  Any suggestions?  I like series better than movies.  It gives me something to look forward to each evening especially if it's good plus there's binge watching which I like if I am doing handwork!  But I'm not averse to a good movie recommendation either.
Oh, I am still reading the Bible and I'm into Samuel II now and I need to get back to listening to Daily Hope.  
I think after Craft Saturday and YOP Sunday...Monday is pretty much catch up.  Today was bills, laundry,  filled my water bottles, cleaned litter boxes, the tub and actually that was about it.  Oh, I brushed Nitty and Grace....the 2 shedders in the house.  It doesn't seem like I did much when I put it out there. I did do some researching on Rain's blog for her pizza dough recipe and her cheese making as I need to make some feta.  I use it a lot and it is expensive!  Rain said she's going to try it too....she's the expert....not me! LOL! 
I hope you had a good Monday.  It snowed all day but just flurries that never amounted to anything.  But it was pretty coming down.  I'm a blizzard lover though.....wind and drifts and white outs are more my style!   As long as I'm home and not on the road!  LOL!
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

YOP Week #29


Great week for me!  Another finish and look what came today............SNOW!!!!  My favorite precipitation!

Unfortunately it never lasts long here but I was appreciative none the less....
I FINISHed the cloth for my girlfriend....now I just need to wrap it, write her a nice card and get it in the mail..........
I FINISHed the leg on sock #1 of my Christmas Eve Cast On socks and started on the leg of sock #2...this yarn is almost more than fingering weight but it is so nice and sturdy!  It will make a wonderfully warm pair of socks for sure.
I started another 'little' project that I've been wanting to do for awhile now and that is little felted hearts that I will fill with lavender once I get the lavender...........I'm just using some leftover Noro Kureon yarn that I had.  It is a Susan B. Anderson free pattern on Ravelry and you join using 2 dpn's and the 3rd for knitting onto....that threw me as I am used to having 3 needles with the 4th to knit with.  I finally got the hang of it after a few tries.  It seems I always have to restart several times on new patterns....why that is I do not know but it happens a lot!
This is what they are supposed to look like when done.........
I also finally got to try something I have been wanting to do for a long, long time.....soap making!
I've had all the materials for awhile now...in fact, I  was going to make Thanksgiving soaps and then Christmas soaps but alas it never materialized but today....I made soap!  
I looked for awhile for a recipe that did not use lye as I did not want to mess with that stuff!
This was so easy and no fuss , no muss and look at my Lavender Rosemary Soap...........it has to sit for 2 hours and then you take it out of the silicone mold (no sticking) and cut it into bars.  Now, I am going to try other 'flavors'.  I'm thinking it will be great for gifts and I will probably include a bar with the wash cloth for my friend.....nice combo gift huh?  This is one of the easiest crafts I have ever done and finished in one day! LOL!  It smells divine too!

 Last but not least....here's what Miss Peeps was up to this morning..........I think maybe she was cold...lol!
Happy Trails!!!
P.S.  If you want to see what other YOP'ers are up to check out this link



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday - working hard or hardly working?

Yesterday I went to Walmart shopping and that was pretty much it.  Just shopping for it, loading it in the car, unloading it when I get home and then putting it all away is enough for one day! LOL!  I made a menu this time but didn't get all the ingredients.  I tried to use Rain's method of making a menu and list and then shopping once a month.  It is fun to make the menu but then the grocery list was pretty big and I was sure it was going to be over my budget so I chickened out and only got  ingredients for a few meals and supplies.  I need to examine prices of things and make a price list of ingredients so I can judge how much my groceries will cost ahead of time.  But it was a good start!  I discovered 2 of my menu items were very expensive to make!
I did manage to stay up to date with my reading schedule and the washcloth I finished today but need to weave in the ends.  So, today was cooking and baking..........I was up early this morning and made blueberry muffins but no ordinary blueberry muffins...these have cream cheese and light cream (half and half).........so moist and with fresh blueberries,,,what a tasty treat for my breakfast! 
They are definitely something to crow about! LOL! 
I couldn't resist....on top of all that I put butter on them too.........heaven with a hot cup of coffee!
Later, I made a batch of laundry detergent...........not edible but needed.
Tonight I'm fixing linguini with toasted pine nuts, roasted broccoli and a feta cheese sauce.....it 's really good and good for you!  I'm just starting to make it now and the broccoli is waiting for the oven to heat up.
I'm going to list my recipes in a special section like Rain has on her blog.....it might take some time but I will get it FINISHed! LOL!  That's my word and I'm sticking to it!  I will also have a section for my cleaning recipes.
 It is 64 degrees F here but we have a Winter Weather Advisory! LOL!  Evidently there are some changes coming!  It is raining now and it is supposed to go down to 22 degrees F tonight....should be interesting!  Stay safe and warm!
Happy Trails!!!