Friday, September 16, 2016

Finishes/Beach Day

I think back to the beginning of the summer and in retrospect that ambitious list we made of things we wanted to do this summer.
 Then things happened. First...the weather. Wow, it has been tropical here, and the mosquitoes are no joke! I don't remember July and  August disappeared in the blink of an eye. For most of the month, vertigo = a lot of bed time. And my father who has become less and less mobile had a fall. Many hours spent at my parents' house where there is no internet. You are in the middle of all of this acreage looking for a spot where you can get a fleeting signal.

I have finished a few things, though.

Rosewater by Janina Kallio

With Thy Needle & Thread's June Word Play - June's Door Bells

A small Lizzie Kate piece - Be Silly

And more recently the 1861 Antique Sampler from the In Friendship's Way book

I liked the colors Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives shared on Facebook - Onyx, DMC 869, Toasted Barley, Gingersnap, (my change) Camouflage, Baked Apple, and Tin Bucket. I wish I could photograph a true representation of the colors - oh well.

I was doing a pretty good job of being a one at a time stitcher, but lately, I've had a problem sticking with one thing. I think I may start Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers

This summer has been a little stressful, so it was good to steal a bit of time and go the beach for the day. There is something so peaceful about the crashing waves and the sounds of the seagulls. I could easily live at the beach.

Love the mermaid

and the flowers

Me in the distance

It was a somewhat hazy day, but you can still see Atlantic City

We certainly got our steps in for the day - not sure who set a goal of 4000 steps lol???

I'm hoping to be home a little more and looking forward to visiting and commenting on blogs once again. I appreciate those of you who stick with me as blogging seems to be falling out of favor. And I apologize to those of you whose emails went unanswered. That is most inexcusable, and I hope you will forgive me. Also, do you know if you are a no-reply blogger? Sometimes when I try and respond to a comment I discover a no-reply blogger - just wondering.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

P.S. Am I the only one sad about the end of summer despite the somewhat extreme heat?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Bingo/Best Laid Plans

I wanted to read all of the books I chose but as you can see didn't even come close.

I really enjoyed what I read with a few exceptions-

The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill 
The Plague by Albert Camus

My favorites-

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer 
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Instead of Better Than Before in the Self-help square I read Taking The Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. And I did finally finish listening to (after the bingo deadline) Centennial by James Michener another five star book - and more Michener in my future for sure.

I do plan to read the rest of my chosen books by the end of the year. I appreciate Mary letting me join in - it was nice to play along!

And I added a few new books to my TBR pile

A lot has been going on, but I think I'm  going to be home for a short while, so I hope to be back a little later with another post. And fingers crossed no more computer/internet problems!

Thanks everyone for reading along!