Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ode to Appliances (Household Haiku)

Oh washing machine
Today you must be hungry
You’ve eaten my socks

Mighty microwave!
Nuke that burger! Zap those beans!
Feed me! Feed me NOW!

Voracious vacuum
Roaring, keening, consuming
Scares the cats to bits

My darling Keurig
Mornings start with you, my love
Hot, rich, sweet, life’s blood

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alphabet Soup Du Jour GHIJ

G – Griffin
I’ve always loved Greek mythology, and aside from the Pegasus, the Griffin was one of my favorite creatures. The back half is a lion, the front half is an eagle. Pretty fierce critter all around. Wouldn’t want to tussle with one of these…

H – Hadrian’s Wall
Being a total Anglophile, anything Brit is my cup of tea, and you can’t get more Brit than Hadrian’s Wall. I don’t remember when I first learned of this amazing work of stone, but it’s always fascinated me. I’d love to walk along part of this piece of history. Or at least stand by it, since my walking days are pretty much over. I love looking at pictures of it on Wikipedia and other tourist sites.

I – Iris
My grandmother LOVED irises. She experimented with cross-breeding different colors together. Got some pretty weird looking ones, but she enjoyed it. She lived with us, and our back yard was ringed with irises and roses. We always had a vase of them in the house.

J – Jacaranda
We’ve never had a jacaranda tree, but I like the name and the pictures are just lovely.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Report March 2014

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

This was touted as being similar to Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Since I totally loved THAT book, I thought this one would be a good bet. As far as the creep factor went, it was top notch! Loved it! The use of the pictures were OK, but didn’t really have the same genuine feel at the Peregrin book did. This is supposed to be the first book in a series, but I haven’t been able to find any info at all about subsequent books. I would be interested in reading some of this author’s other books.
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Theft and Thanksgiving by Emily Thomas

This is another in the Blue Hill Library series of Christian books. This time Anne prepares for Thanksgiving while trying to discover who is stealing identities from some of the town’s senior citizens.
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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

When the movie came out based on this book, it looked very intriguing, bet we never got around to seeing it. I got the book at a sale, and was immediately sucked into the story. I knew a little about what went on in the movie, so didn’t really expect to be surprised. But, wow! This book is so well written that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Now I REALLY want to see the movie! Teddy Daniels looks for his wife’s killer at an asylum for the criminally insane. What’s real and what isn’t? Can he trust anyone there?
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Belle Out Of Order by Belle Livingstone

This was an old book that belonged to my uncle. I’d had it for years and just never got around to reading it. It’s an autobiography of Belle Livingstone who was a self-made woman at the turn of the last century. Beautiful, witty, looking for all the good stuff in life. She ran a very successful speakeasy during Prohibition, was married multiple times, and even spent some time in prison when her speakeasy was raided. The book was well written, and I enjoyed the look into a past time in our country’s history. But I was also dismayed at the total hedonism in this woman’s life. Pleasure was her only goal. Having a good time was all she wanted of this world. It left me wondering what was really in her heart at the end of her life. There’s very little about her you can find on the Internet. It appears she was estranged from both her children when they were adults. It all felt a bit sad.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jan P.A.D. fifth

26. Fun stuff! – The time before last in Fresno, I decided that I was really tired of using Lia’s crappy crayons and would get my own to have there. Lia is pretty rough on her art supplies…Some time back I had gotten the markers at Costco, so all I had to do was buy some new crayons and I was set! I’ve been having a lot of fun with these in the guided journal I’ve been writing in.

27. Something I bought – I was shopping at Costco in December of 2012 and saw this Keurig on sale. It was close enough to my birthday that I said “Happy Birthday to ME!” and bought it. And I have LOVED this ever since. I didn’t know that Marv had already planned on getting me one. Good thing he hadn’t bought it yet. This one was better than the one he had his eye on…

28. Dinner – It was getting a little close to the end of the pay period and I was trying to use up what we already had in the pantry. Mac ‘n’ cheese is always a good stand-by in a pinch and being able to add a can of chicken to it made a pretty good meal.

29. Window – An artsy one for you. This is standing in Sarah’s living room, looking through the cut-out into the guest room where I stay, and seeing the window above my bed. So it’s a window-into-a-window picture.

30. Best invention ever – My clothes washer. LOVE IT!! Marv thought it should’ve been the microwave, but I told him if I had to chose between that and the washer, I would chose the washer. Yes, the microwave is really convenient, but it’s not that hard to cook without it. But I’ve gone through times when the washer was broken and that is a MAJOR PAIN.

31. Polka dot – I had no clue WHAT I was going to do for this one. Then I remembered the artsy postcards I had gotten to use for Postcrossing. I had a couple of these left, so here it is!!

So there’s January 2014 for you in 31 pictures. Hope you liked it…