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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook 
For Today
Outside my window...
Sunny but cold, only 8degrees
I am thinking...
I'll be getting out there soon, to clean up and plant
I am thankful...
for this cooler weather, not quite ready to "dig in"

I am wearing...
oh dear, my p.j.s, it's one of those mornings

I am creating...
I need to finish up a painted piece and pack it for my niece
I am wondering...
why I decided what to make for a potluck,  than means I have to shopping for ingredients

I am reading...
it took me way too long to finish my last Maeve Binchy book, Glass Lake, loved it of coarse, and now I'm on to 
this choice of book was sort of coincidental,  The Canadian Antique Association had a guest speaker, illuminating us on stain glass, and Charters was a highlight of the talk, well low and behold I had it in the hold bin at our local library... weird ... or what?

I am hoping...
to find a easy solution to attaching curtain rods to a ceiling, I'm not so tall these days.
I am learning...
I'm getting too old for some of my adventures
In my garden...
my bulbs are up and the ready to bloom, hopefully it will stay warm

In my kitchen...
I'm baking a cake,  and in the a.m. I'll be making a wicked Curry Vegetable dish for our Pot Luck. 

Here's a picture I'll share with you, it's me getting my table ready for a charity luncheon.
my friend Lois took this photo as I was setting up, my theme was Jingle all the Way.
each of my 10 guest received one of these hand painted stockings (painted by me)(design adaptation from Wendy Fahey) a bit of work, but fun. My Lenten rose which is also in this design is in full bloom, it sounds like  it a showy flower but it really isn't, it's just interesting.

In the school room...
both my boys are finished University, for now, I hope they will be life long learners
Quote for today...
 Thought for the Day:
People who shine from within...don't need the spotlight.
Most days a lovely lady Tracy Moreau , post a thought for the day
One of my favorite things...
a great cup of tea, in a beautiful china cup/mug

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happily Ever after

Quite possibly my last Wedding Cake creation.  Unless I re-marry a man with a refrigerated truck, who's a lot nice than the one I'm presently legally tied to.The gap you see in the second layer was filled with a rose that just wouldn't stay put.  We did come up with a solution.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Irish authors continued...

I've been clearing out my book shelf, and in so doing reading my way through the TBR pile. These last few days I finished, The Return Journey, Maeve Binchy.  Do you get the feeling I like Maeve?  The Return Journey is a series of short stories, of real ordinary people and real ordinary incidence.  Very enjoyable.  Do check it out.
Up next,  Glass Lake, Maeve Binchy, this is a chunckster.

TBR + to be Read

Monday, March 7, 2016

It's Monday What are your Reading?

It's Monday,  I'm reading only Irish authors this March. Last week I read Maeve Binchy's Deeply Regretted, and Today started to read the Journey Home. Deeply Regretted by... a wee great play.  It was interesting that the author mentioned that after the play was performed she received letters with rather upset writers asking "how dare she tell their story"


Deeply Regretted By . . . , Maeve Binchy’s classic television play, is a moving and powerful account of a tragedy affecting a woman in London who discovers, on the death of her "husband," that their married life was a lie. The play reflects the sociopolitical realities of Irish men marrying and starting families both at home and abroad, principally after they were forced to emigrate for work. Presenting a brave and revealing account of a hidden layer of Irish society, Maeve Binchy first brought the subject to the surface in her Irish Times story, "Death of Kilburn," also included in this volume.

I could not help but agree, there were many such cases, and not only in Irish history, but I think many more nationalities. In my parents circle I can think of more than one couple... You'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about. It's a short read. One bus trip worth.

On to my next one... The Return Journey

Saturday, February 27, 2016

It's Saturday What are you Reading... usually posted on Monday

Well I've been a little behind in my reading lately, or should I say posting about my reading. I'm well into The End of Wasp Season, Denise Mina, and then as luck would have it I left it someplace... UGH!  So you can imagine my delight when my friend phoned and asked if it was my book.  Well, I didn't get it back until just this past Wednesday, and amazingly remembered where the story left off, it's getting very exciting.

In the mean time read Star Sullivan, Maeve Binchy.  A short, quick read. Love Maeve.  With it being March, or soon to be, I'll be reading only Irish authors, or stories set in Ireland.  We could all be a little Irish.