Monday, May 23, 2016

It's Monday What are you Reading?

Had to give up on Blown Red, just too much for me at this time, with having just finished Pretty Girls.  Excellently written, riveting, sitting on the edge of your seat action.  But, I just need a comfort read right now.  Got about 2/3 through it, and just couldn't continue...

just a nice tidy little murder mystery, in lovely Three Pines.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

For today...

Looking out my window
My tulips are in full bloom, but so are the dandelions
I am thinking
I really don't want to think about the dirt in this house

I am thankful
the warmer weather

One of my favorite things
having breakfast with my boys

I am wearing
work clothes, plan on getting dirty today

I am creating
a new piece, with some new products, mixed media entitled
Spring time in Paris,

I am reading 
Still Life, Louise Penny, love Inspector Gamache
I am hoping
to have enough energy to clear off enough room to make some curtains
I am learning
to stop saying, "how can I help"
In my kitchen
I think it will be banana cake, and whistle dogs today, not necessarily in that order

In my garden
quite a mess, it's warm then it's cold, so I've just pulled a few dandelions, other than that it's time to regroup and make my garden less work, more pleasure. 
my one and only tulip(imported from Holland) that survived the winter, the others in the garden are purchases from local stores.

   Board room
I have so many pins on pinterest, but of late I'm looking to do something with my buttons or my garden
there was not web site for these, but aren't they cool?

Post Script
The following "thought" is shared with you from one of my favorite painters Tracy Moreau, you can check out her site here
 Thought for the day:
Be a girl with a Mind, a woman with an attitude and a lady with class.
A moment from my day
books to return to the library, and that piece of wood in the background is repaired and ready for paint, (it's the door from a music cabinet we had as children, I'm not musical, but I do have "things" to put in)


Monday, May 16, 2016

It's Monday, What are you Reading?

It IS Monday, I'm starting the week with a new title, and the month of reading Canadian Authors.  Up first,
and I've decided I must begin from the beginning with Inspector Gamache, so I'm reading Still LIfe.
I think I own every other one of Louise Penny's books, except this one.  So I'm supporting my local library.
and last but not least,
Happy Reading.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Salon

Well the week has once again flown by, and it'll be Monday in a few hours.  This week I finally finished
A little more graphic than I usually read, but very good, a page turner indeed.  I sat in Macdonald's (without eating anything) to finish the last chapter, it was raining outside.   A great recommendation by Nise from Under the Boardwalk.  
If you are the least bit squeemish, don't read this one.  I had no idea there was such ugliness in the world, I thought for sure I'd read it all, but after The Devils Punch Bowl, this one takes the cake.  I can't imagine how much therapy these people will need.

here is a description from

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Happy Reading, and Happy Sunday Salon.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday Snapshot

Over the last couple of years we have had a couple of Mallards hanging around our yard.  Well this year they discovered the pond.
My house detective caught them red handed or with fish in beak.  He was flipping out, he'd kept the water warm for his fish, so they overwintered, and here they were feasting on the fatest fish.  Don't you just love nature.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day...

These are my boys, Daniel (pictured at the top ) was at his wits end as to what to buy me for Mother's Day, we had a whole conversation on why I need a plane sharpener, yes you read right, a plane sharpener.  Do you suppose Daniel needs one and figured he could gift it to me and then take advantage of the "tools library".

Sasha (pictured below) wanted to know if I need a garden wagon.  You see I often call him to help me haul something.  I wanted to say," no I want you to take out the trash and haul the top soil. " But, I didn't I simply said," I have no room for such an item. "

Hmm so what I do get will be a total surprise.

I want to be totally "Hallmark" and say, it's enough of a gift to have the two best sons a mother could hope for.

But I should have sent them to finishing school, they are such "guys".

Happy Mother's Day to all.  I'm going to treat myself to something completely frivolous.

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Monday what are you reading.

Well it's May already.  April just flew by, it was very busy, and May doesn't look like it's going to slow down.  I didn't read great amounts, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading my Irish authors throughout the month of March, and finished Maeve Binchy, The Glass Lake, into the first week of April.  And then I had a Sarah Addison Allen thing happen to me.  If you've read Sugar Queen, you'll remember the character found books appropriate to her life, at the moment, dilemma.  Well I went to my monthly Antique Assoc. meeting and didn't we have a guest speaker on Stain glass windows and their history.  She focuses on Notre Dame.  Meanwhile in the book world,  Margaret from Books Please, had recommended, The Cleaner of Chartres.  I really enjoyed the read, and was now able to visualize the lovely descriptions.

Up next Pretty Girls