Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Monday......what are you reading?

Well, I finally finished 2 books!  Ta Da!  No, it wasn't Anna Karenina....I'm still only on page 259 of and my big ideas!  But I made a decision that I will now read..a non-fiction  book that I already have in my library, a fiction book that I already have in my library, an audio book and a "new to me" book that is something I currently want to read which could be non-fiction or fiction. 
So, to show you what I finished in my "old books I own category" they are..........
 This was interesting and I learned from it.  It was well written and flowed smoothly along and kept my interest .  RATING 3of 5 stars
This one was an audio book and I mistakenly said it was read by the was not but the reader was the best part of the whole thing!  It high was the craziest book and I just did not "get it".  I am not one to beat around the bush and that's all this book did.  I can't believe they made it into a movie!  Crazy!  Did any of you read this or see the movie?  Am I missing something here? RATING 1 of 5 stars
It goes without saying that this monstrosity  is still on my nightstand........I just read pages and pages of a descriptive narrative about mowing with a scythe with the peasants in a meadow.......YAWN!  
My new audio book is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and read expertly by Richard Thomas.  It is very good so far!
 Here's my cheap trusty little tape player that I listen to my audio tapes on.  It plays cd's too and it has a radio but you can't get NPR on it so what good is it?  I can listen to NPR in the car but who wants to go sit in their car in the garage to listen to the radio?  That could be dangerous too.
I did go to the library on Saturday to search for the books on my list from last week.....first of all their search of the card catalog has been hacked or it has a virus and is broke and there is no card catalog anymore so you just have to go "searching" which I did for over an hour and they had 1 book of 17 on my list and by then I was so disgusted I walked out.  Kindle wants $10.00 per book and these are not new books at all!  So, I went to my trusty Thrift Books site where they say "read more, spend less" and I do and I did!  Here's what's coming in the mail to me!!!!  I can't wait!
I got 5 books for $19.07 and it's free shipping over $10.00 (never a problem for me and book buying).
you can read a synopsis here of The Fixer Upper

you can read a synopsis of Foxgloves and Hedgehog Days here
Is it just me or is it not interesting that their last name is ECONOmides?  Like the old names of Shoemaker denoting the family business and/or skill I wonder if they come from a long line of skilled budgeteers? LOL!
 And last but not least the first book by an author I have been wanting to read for quite a while now......
 you can read a synopsis of The Violets of March here
Well, that's all for now folks.....which one will I chose to read first when they arrive????  All of them at once???????????  What treasures!  I am one lucky gal!
Happy Trails!  And happy reading too!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

YOP Week #18

This has been a busy and productive week....just not for blogging.  I really don't have much to show for it either as some is for Christmas and other stuff is just plain housework.  But I will show you some of my projects and the fiber ones first as this is YOP Sunday.  This is block #7 of 12 for the scrapghan and I haven't started the next block as I have been busy on Christmas presents.  Hopefully I'll get another one done this week but we'll see. 
Here are sneak peek-a-boo shots of some presents I'm working on........this one I hope to finish this week..............
This one is the corner-to-corner and it is getting big like a shawl about now...........I haven't decided if I am going to make it a square or a rectangle....there are directions for both and I need to go look at them making this.................
Now for what else I've been up and decorating a bit........
I'm tackling my bathroom and I had the girl's litter box in the shower as I don't take showers but I moved it out into the laundry room and started cleaning ceiling and walls (all tile) in the shower.  I am also using up what I have in cleaning supplies as I now make my own but I must admit I used Scrubbing Bubbles on this and it was nice because it sticks where you spray it and doesn't run which is really nice for ceilings and vertical surfaces.  It did a fine job too but when it's gone I will be using my"natural" cleaning supplies that I make myself.
I think it's pretty obvious where I cleaned and where I didn't!  Yuch! LOL!
Taa Daa!  All clean!
I had an old rusty drain and a gold tension shower rod that I "refurbished" using Krylon Chrome paint..............I forgot to take a before but you can see the bottom end is more gold than chrome...
All done.....fresh and new , what a difference a little spray paint makes and it sure beats buying all new............
This was the back side of the drain which was the worst.............I scrubbed it as well as I could and dried it well before painting.............
Voila!  Good as new!
Here's the paint I used and see the nifty handle attached to the can?  It's well worth investing in one of these! It can be taken off and put back on another only need one and I'm thinking it was less than $4.00.  It really helps you spray more evenly and keeps your fingers from getting tired holding down the nozzle.
Here's my little tart warmer that I ordered from Sam's school sales.  They were selling Yankee Candle items and you could log on and order online and his school still got credit for it.  Best school sales program I've ever participated in and trust kids were in many over the years!
Here's my little helper too who isn't so little any more! She's now been wormed, had all her shots including rabies and is scheduled to be spayed December 7th.  What happened to my little baby Miss Peeps?
Happy Trails!
It goes without saying that my thoughts and prayers have been with the families and people of France after Friday's horrific  attack and they will continue to be for the weeks and months ahead.