Saturday, August 21, 2010

Well, alrighty -- blogspot won't let me put up pics. Actually, I can't find the button to add the pics. It just isn't there. So,I have jumped on over to wordpress -- follow me there. You can find me at http:/

I promise I won't move again. I don't have a counter over there so if you visit, leave me a comment so I know you were there. Please. Thanks.
Booking Through Thursday -- fini

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? French

33. Most intimidating book you have ever read. "London"

34. Most intimidating book you are too nervous to begin. "War and Peace"

35. Favorite poet. A.A. Milne -- "Christopher Robin is Saying His Prayers"

36. How many books do you have check out of the library at any given time? Not more than six.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread? Often. Quite often.

38. Favorite fictional character. Fr. Tim in the Mitford books.

39. Favorite fictional villain. Gentleman in "Fingersmith"

40. Boooks I am most likely to bring on vacation. Whatever I am reading at the time but it doesn't matter, I don't go on vacation.

41. The longest I've gone without reading. Don't know because I am always reading something.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. "London" but I am hopeful -- "London" and I are just taking a break.

43. What distracts you easily when you are reading? TV

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel. "The Haunting of Hill House" -- the original in the theater, not on tv.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation. "Flowers in the Attic"

46. The most money I have ever spent at the bookstore at one time. Close to $200 but it was Christmas and I like to give books as gifts.

47. How often do you skim through a book before you read it? Usually choose books by their cover but I am doing more skimming now because Nook has a preview feature.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? BOREDOM but I am usually pretty determined to finish -- note "Bramwell Valley".

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yep

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away. I prefer to keep them but due to space limitation, I do give some away but it is a traumatic process.

51. Are there any books you keep avoiding? Countless.

52. Name a book that made you angry. See #48.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did -- many

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't. Again #48

55. Favorite guilt free pleasure reading. I never feel guilty reading -- that is just silly.

VOILA! Done!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Booking Through Thursday -- 19 Aug 2010 -- Continued

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? It really has to move me == really.

22. Favorite genre? I don't know that I really have a favorite. I get on kicks where I read certain things and then move on.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Uh, if I wanted to read it don't you think I would?

24. Favorite biography? Well, this isn't technically a biography but I really always liked "The Diary of Anne Frank" but I would like to read "Kate" about Kathryn Hepburn.

25. have you ever read a self help book? Hahahaha! I am overweight -- what do you think?

26. Favorite cookbook. I don't like to cook

27. Most inspirational book you have read this year. Bible -- but not all at one time.

28. Favorite reading snack. I would have to say a nice cup of tea.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. I don't know that I would call it hype but I saw the movie version of "The Notebook" before I read the book and now I don't have the desire to read the book.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book. I don't read professional reviews. I read my cousin's reviews and go from there.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Well, since I don't generally read bad books I would have to say that I don't feel anyway about it because I usually don't give bad reviews. Except for poor "Bramwell Valley". I don't know that it was such a bad book, it just wasn't for me.

Ok, more tomorrow -- wow, this is a very long meme.
Booking Through Thursday

I haven't done a BTT for a long time and, of course, when I visited today I found this super long questionnaire.  I will try.  It might take a couple of edits.  Ok, here goes.

1.  Favorite children's book -- The Bumper Book -- a compilation of stories and poems

2.  What are you reading now? -- "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress"

3.  What books do you have on request at the library?  None, they are planning on closing our neighborhood library which will leave this side of town without a library.

4.  Bad book habit -- buying because I like the cover

5.  What do you have currently have checked out of the library?  Nothing -- see #3.

6.  Do you have an e-reader?  Or does it have me is really the question.  Quite a tempermental thing -- but yes, I do.

7.  Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?  One at a time -- I confuse easily.

8.  Have your reading habits changed since you started a blog?  Not really except now I look at books and think about whether they are blogworthy!

9.  Least favorite book you have read this year.  No doubt -- "Bramwell Valley.

10.   Favorite book you have read this year.  I have no idea -- I read so slowly that my readings can overlap years.

11.  How often do you read out of your comfort zone?  What does this mean -- location or genre.  I never read out of my comfort zone on either.

12.  What is your reading comfort zone?  Again -- my chair is my favorite place to read.  As to genre -- I like many things -- historical fiction, biography, current novel fare and how-to books involving my favorite things -- quilting and embroidery.

13.  Can you read on a bus?  Don't know -- never tried.

14.  Favorite place to read -- my chair, my house

15.  What is your policy on book lending?  I lend books to a select few. Namely daughter and daughter in law

16.  Do you ever dog ear books -- I try not to but I used to as a child

17.  Do you ever write  in the margins of books?  Not when reading casually.

18.  Not even with text books?  Well, of course, with text books but it was hard when having to chisel on the stone tablet.

19.  What is your favorite language to read in?  Well, I prefer my native tongue which is American English but I can handle a good dose of British English as well. 

20.  What makes you love books?  Ah, well, the love of reading was cultivated in me at an early age.  It began with a fascination of watching my mother read the newspaper and then watching my cousin read and get lost in her stories.  When I learned to read I was fascinated that books could take you to places you would probably never go and, if you didn't devour the book, you could stay in that place as long as you wanted and you could revisit without checking your luggage.  I love books that make me completely forget where I am when I am reading them.  Another place, another person, another life......and all for about $14.95 or a library card.

Ok, I will publish this now and finish later.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Melissa's Thoughts for the Week

It is Wednesday and time for a look at my profound thoughts for the week -- hope the sheer depth of these musings doesn't register seismic action -- joke, folks, joke.

This past winter, buried under snow and ice, powerless for three days, I swore not to complain about the summer and the heat.  Ok, I lied.  I think I am officially complaining now.

The building behind me is progressing -- they are erecting floor three of four -- I feel like I am living behind the mall.  Or something.  This place is for old people, how obnoxious can it be?  I will let you know -- they still haven't installed the dumpster yet.  When they do, we will see how obnoxious THIS old person is!

English paper piecing is, indeed, addictive and a wonderful diet aid -- want a snack -- baste fabric to little pieces of paper instead -- it is a wonderful diversion.

I have to learn how to put pictures on the computer with the new doo-hickey and operating system.  Blogs are much more interesting with photos -- especially photos of the aforementioned English paper piecing. Very colorful and festive.

Bean is growing like a weed and is becoming very chaming.  If you are good she will reward you with a glorious, beaming smile -- lights up the room! If you aren't good, you get a very evil, "The baby is  not pleased" look.   Certainly keeps me on my toes!

I am getting bored with facebook. I much prefer blogs.

I have learned the joy of washing dishes by hand.  Ha! I know, I know.

I can't understand why, in my old age,  I have decided the thing to do is have heat rash every summer.  It certainly is uncomfortable and puts a damper on the joy of summer fun -- oh yeah, there is no summer fun because we are all melting.  Forgot.

I am thinking that Delaney's Pub might be a nice place for dinner -- how can you not like a place that hangs out a sign "Finally open" -- guess it was a long time coming -- better try it before it goes!

I think it is time to get the day started.  Emails to write (again, got deleted accidentally yesterday -- touched the wrong touchy button -- tiny netbooks, gotta love em), toilet paper and paper towels to purchase, laundry to pop in --


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Melissa's Thoughts for the Week

I think it is cruel how it can look so lovely outside but feel so dreadful.

I think it is appalling how we can't find things anymore -- what happened to leather goods stores and stationery stores -- and shoe stores -- not a Kinney's or Bakers to be found.

I have learned that English paper piecing IS addictive, just as promised on many blogs -- photos to follow.

I think I am finally learning to slow down, not be in such a rush, and enjoy the process.

I think the condo going up behind our house looks like the big black thing in "2001: A Space Odyssey".

I realize that I have to end my love affair with soda.

I feel content.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


We have big, mean, apparently very prolific wasps in Texas. My husband sprayed two nests in the back last night and when we got up this morning there was one lone wasp trying to salvage what was left of the nest. This afternoon we walked out the front door, I heard something buzzing around my head and we looked up and there was an even bigger nest above the door and he found two more under the eaves! Had I been braver I would have taken photos. Ok, I am not that brave. So, he used an entire can of spray on five nests -- hopefully tomorrow they will be gone -completely

I hope the spray didn't kill George, the lizard that hibernated in the garage last winter. He now lives in the yard and on the window screen -- I will have to check on him tomorrow -- note to self -- check on George. Maybe I will take a picture of George -- he isn't scary.

Oh, I ramble. Obviously nothing to blog. Think I will try my hand at some English paper piecing.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday Fill-ins #188

1. Life is really, really good right now.

2. This horrible weather seems to just keep going. The question is do I prefer 100+ degrees or 10 degrees -- I have to say I will go with 100+.

3. My last text message (or IM) ended with these words: I am home.

4. Something that somebody else cooks is what I am thinking about for dinner soon.

5. on the 1st day of August I was in church enjoying Caroline's first visit to church.

6. I feel that, for my age, I am reasonably lively and energetic -- depends on the time of the day and the activity at hand!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I am looking forward to buying wasp spray, tomorrow my plans include spraying the wasp spray and Sunday I want to walk outside and see those wasps gone!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Melissa's Thoughts for the Week

I like doing memes so I decided to take a cue from my daughter ( and make up my own.  Each week she posts a list of her thoughts for the week.  It is great so I thought I would try it myself although I am sure her thoughts are much more profound than mine will be! So, here goes --

Melissa's Thoughts for the Week

It is hotter in North Texas than South Texas -- who knew?

I raised two really good kids and am so proud of them.

Loved seeing all three of my grandkiddos together -- wonderful group

Was dreading DH's looming retirement but, on further review, maybe not.

Is still not complaining about the dreadful weather but......

Is realizing she is never going to be thin again

Is accepting that she is ALWAYS going to fall asleep at 9 pm whether she is laying down or not

I realizing that her love/hate relationship with her Nook is definitely leaning more to the "hate" side of things.

And finally -- wonders when she is ever going to stop trying to get organized -- shouldn't I, at my advanced age, have already done that?