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Friday, September 19, 2008

R.I.P. - Peril the First >Book One!

I have read the first book for my Peril the First challenge: The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield.

It was a very good book!! The writer hooks you in and you are told several stories within the main plot line. It's a story about a famous author who decides to tell a biographer her life story. Vida Winter (the author) has been very cryptic about her past and tells Margaret Lea (the biographer) the tale in her own way... Lots of plot twists and mysterious confused identities, outright lies and half-truths to wade through before the end. I love it and would recommend it!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thinking of Uncle Tom and Dad...

picture circa 1957... lh Dad, rh Uncle TomA few posts previously, I mentioned I made a quilt for my Uncle Tom who was suffering from late stage cancer. He is my father's only brother and a younger brother at that... My Dad is at his side right now along with his family and our thoughts are with them.

UPDATED: Uncle Tom passed away today, Monday 9/15/2008 at 6:00pm.

We love you and will always remember you, Uncle Tom.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

R.I.P. Peril the First!!! (UPDATED List!!)

Well - I am entering a reading challenge put on by Carl V. (which I found out about from one of the many blogs I follow)!! It runs from September 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008 and sounds like fun!! (Plus, I love Halloween, so this should help build up the suspense!!)There are 3 Perils to chose from and I have selected Peril the First, which means that I must read FOUR books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stores.... bwah ha ha ha ha ah aaaaaaaaaa....
According to the rules, I need to post my "pool" of possible selections on my blog here and then post reviews as I finish reading at: Ripping Yarn's Site
So - Here is my pool of possibilities:

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (which may be cheating because I just finished reading this one and LOVED it!)

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Breaking Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • unknown... because I don't usually read scary books, I don't have many in my "to be read" pile, so I'll have to investigate. Gee a trip to Barnes & Noble will really break my heart - LOL
  • UPDATE: "The Book of Lost Things" by John Connolly (recommended by a friend)
  • UPDATE: " The Thirtheenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
  • (I found out it doesn't necessarily have to be SCARY, it can also be about the supernatural, preternatural, etc... that makes it easier since I love Vampires, werewolves and stuff like that... yippee!)

So - onward and upward - woo hoo!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Special Quilt for Uncle Tom...

My Dad's brother, Uncle Tom, is not doing very well. He has Lung Cancer and it is in the very last stages. He has been enduring chemo therapy most of the summer in hopes of getting a few weeks of "good quality" time to spend with his family in Kansas City.

Since we are so far away, Tim and I thought if I made him a quilt it would be like sending a "hug" from Idaho. So, I worked pretty frantically and here is the quilt that I made. It was already sent out and received and it seems that both Aunt Joan and Uncle Tom really liked it.

We keep them always in our thoughts and send cards and letters as often as we can. So, hugs and best wishes and hopeful thoughts are being sent your way, Uncle Tom!

All the way from England!!

Wow! A Package that delivered from the "ROYAL M AIL" all the way from England has arrived!!!

And inside, the handmade "Felted" teddy bear from England has arrived!!! He is darling and sweet and BLUE and his name is Grissom!

Bob T. Bear's Mum, Helena, made him herself and he is the award for winning the Synchronized Sitting Olympics!! Thank you so very much! I can't imagine how you used a needle and a pile of wool to make little Grissom, but he sure is cute. He has a seat of honor on a bookshelf with a few other blue things!
Well - I sure hope Grissom doesn't get homesick... He does fit in well with the Boise State University Football fans around here - he matches the blue turf perfectly!! He will probably become a big BSU fan - go Broncos!!
Thanks again to Bob and his Mum for sending Grissom all the way to Idaho! We love him!!

The Miniature Booty Quilt Swap...

Well - I am late on getting out my booty for my swap partner, but today I have finished it up and here are a few sneak pictures!! Her color preferences were for yellow, green and purple - bright colors... so I took that pretty literally and here is what I came up with!
I have had bee's on the brain lately, too, so had to put some of those in as well. Now, I need to get some goodies together to send along and box it up!!


And - my partner on the bootie swap was in North Carolina and wow, did HE (yes it is a Man, Mom!!) ever do a super job! The quilt is darling and I will use it as a table runner, plus he sent a bunch of extra fat quarters of matching fabric, chocolate (the good kind, too!), a little "home sweet home" plaque and some North Carolina Tarheels stuff! I was so excited when I opened this up!! Thank you John and I couldn't be more pleased with the quilt you made for me! And I loved all the extra booty, too!