Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday...The Forgotten Seamstress

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



"They told me you want to know my story, Why I ended up in this place?  Well, there's and odd question, and I've been asking it meself for the past fifty years."  

From The Forgotten Seamstress, Liz Trenow,  I've decided I should be reading books about other sewing ladies. and this is the first on the list.  It's my own personal challenge, read books about people in your line of work. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

it's Monday what are you reading?...

The Illusionist, Jennifer  Johnson

The Cay, Theodore Taylor

The Angel Makers, Jessica Gregson

This week I finished three books, shocking, two of which were quite short.  The Cay is described as a children's book.  I'm not sure that is the case, it is certainly a book told from the child's perspective.  I really never knew or should I say never thought about the impact of the war in the Caribbean. I felt that I had read extensively on the WWII and never thought about the Caribbean.  What a good story  The relationship of a young boy, in a lifeboat, and of a big black man.  Their survival on a small island, for many months.  They overcome prejudice, and hardship, thirst, and storm, and finally become good friends.

The Illusionist, the story of a young woman, and her daughter living a life of strangeness.  The Illusionist is just that, he creates an illusion around his life with his wife, and daughter and it isn't until he dies that the illusion bursts.  A story of a wife's abuse if not physical, certainly emotional.

and then The Angel Makers

Well this is yet another story of life in a very small Hungarian village, based on a true story.  Now this is an unusual look at life during WWI.  It deals with superstition, life in a very small community, post traumatic disorder, domestic abuse and yet love.  I believe these stories, simply because often my mom would talk about some of the goings on in her village.  Education for women and men was limited, those who embraced teaching their daughters to read was rare, let alone encouraged.  A wonderful look at interaction of POWs and villagers, people who really weren't affected by war directly except for the loss of husbands and sons.  Odd things happen during a war, perhaps a new look at the enemy?  Highly recommended.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Snapshot...

The ugly koi fish.  they are ugly aren't they?  I went to check at a pet food place, and then at a Chinese restaurant.  But, on  my lovely winter Geisha, they will be awesome, they're a little way from that at the moment, but I couldn't help sharing them with you.
She'll have glitter and micro beads and so much more, love it!  Now all I have to do is paint the walls on which my girls will hang.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I know what's wrong with the Healthcare system...


I don't watch a lot of daytime television, or at least I didn't until I had a baby.  When my DANiel was born and I tried desperately to nurse him, with great difficulty, the Doctor told me to watch something while he nursed so I would relax.  Well, as a result I started to watch General Hospital,  I did watch it occasionally when I needed to crash in the middle of the day, but after DANiel I got hooked.  I do miss it, often, because there are more important things to do,  but, today I had and epiphany, there was this scene, a gynecologist and lab tech sitting at the desk talking about a 3way sexual encounter of the same sex kind.  WHY do they have time to do this, discuss it I mean.  Aren't there people, sick people in the waiting room?  I'm sure there are.  So yes, General Hospital deals with some significant social issues, and they have Luke and Laura,  (never did like Luke, still don't), (hate how they glossed over Luke raping Laura,)  I like the idea of a prince in the picture, Prince Nicolas  and cops that have time to run to their wives rescue. (not my cop) But the infidelity, while all Hollywood style, is out there. I mean really.  There some strange scenarios, clearly they have a great system, no one dies and if you do, they'll bring you back, better than ever.  The Doctors are the best in the world, they have lots of time to get involved in your life, and never lose a patient.  So next time I have a health crisis, I want to go to General Hospital, l'd like Dr. Drake to look after me, even if I don't need a neurosurgeon,  even if I get shot by the local mob boss, SAVE ME PATRICK , and then I'll have your baby. Do you get it, if our health care system resembled the fictitious one we'd be laughing all the way to the Emergency room.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are we done yet?

S. Vincent
Are we done yet? This is our youngest son, S. Vincent he just completed his Masters degree, I had to read about it on Face book, even though he's sitting next to me.
S. Vincent has a passion for comics and comics studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Irene Gammel, in Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity program (2013-2014), he completed a Major Research Paper entitled "‘I Yam What I Yam!’: The Modernist Performance of Popeye The Sailor.” Focussing on the work of American cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar (1894-1938), who created the iconic cartoon character Popeye the Sailor in 1929 in the comic strip Thimble Theatre, Sasha examined the comic strip’s modernist and absurdist sensibilities in images and punch lines. Sasha is engaged in communicating his insights on Social Media.  

I think he's afraid I might go visit his teacher/professors, you know like Marie did when Robert was applying for the FBI.
So it's celebration time again.

I had to do some unplanned photo sorting, yes, I'm a scrapbooker, and I usually find a surprise, and today was no exception,  I found $75,belonging to S. Vincent and a coupon for a home cooked dinner, no clean up or ingredient shopping included from DANiel.   Clearly S.  should have taken some money management program and DANiel should have taken a commitment control program.  How shall I collect? I just told s. that it's not too late for me to visit the school.

For more information or if you would like to hire "Popeye".

And as for the dinner, well... it might be a long time waiting, or it could be like the time my mom invited me for my birthday and when I got there,  I had to cook it myself. (Interesting NO?) I think she meant, let's have dinner together, and you're a better cook than I am.

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's Monday What are you reading?

 Book Journey hosts this weekly event where we celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week. I use  this weekly meme as a way to give short, concise thoughts on the books I've read.

Sheila at
Good morning all,  it's Monday what are you reading?  Well,  I just finished two books, the first being : A Bitter Truth , Charles Todd. (forgot to scan the cover, sorry).  This was a Bess Crawford Mystery.  Bess is a nurse, serving during the WWI in France.  On her occasional return to England to visit her family, she encounters "mysteries".  I particularly like the relationship between Bess and Simon.  Simon is the silent superhero in Bess' life/mysteries.  Each of these mysteries is a connection to the war and the behind the lines adventures of infidelity and crime. This one focused on orphans of soldiers, left behind when their mothers are killed and fathers return to their wives in England.  The heartbreaking events occur often, soldiers nurses become "fond of" die.  Orphans go missing or are doomed to lives of hardship.  All the while the aristocrats complain about not having enough  luxury.  I love the cars that need to be cranked, and the idea of "dressing" for dinner.  (as you know I like to be in pajamas, my idea of dressing for dinner). I read this book for the War Through the Generations Challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed Bess and Simon and one cannot help but wonder, "where will this relationship go".?  While I like a good love story,  I also think it's so very rare to have a steadfast relationship between a man and a woman based on devotion, loyalty and respect, no sex. So we shall see...

book # 2

memoirs of and imaginary friend, Matthew Dicks.  I suspect the title without capitalization is due to the fact that the imaginary friend doesn't know, or was not imagined to be grammatically correct.

An excellent book.  I thought I'd be more annoyed at the narrator being a young boy,(as I was in The Bear) but if I had read this book when my children were very young,  I would have learned to behave as a better parent.
This is a story narrated by the imaginary friend, of a young boy, with issues.  He's bullied in school, labelled and loved.  He has huge difficulties relating to others, but is very bright.  He is thrust into a scary situation and manages to deal with it, much to the surprise of his parents.  I really hate when parents are portrayed as the bad guys, but perhaps that is what children feel.  I'm sure this is all a passage of time.  However, a must read for anyone ... but especially for mom/dads.  Enlightening and scary all at the same time. I may have Book Hangover.


Up next:  The Illusionist.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mama Kat's pretty much famous writers workshop...

Writers Workshop.  My choice for this week is What's for Dinner.  My house tends to be an unscheduled diner. I don't do pasta as much as I use to.  My pasta boy doesn't live here anymore, or not often anyway.  So menu's around here are pretty boring.  One of my favorite summer pasta dishes, made on those evenings when the potato kid is working late, is as follows.  It's best made with garden tomatoes, if you don't have any in your garden, hit your neighbors up, sometimes they are tired of having so many ripen all at the same time.

Mix the following in a large bowl:

3cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
3 or 4 very ripe tomatoes, chopped, I don't seed, but I do peel them.
3 tbsps. olive oil
2 tbsps. chopped basil
1 cup mozzarella, cut into 1 inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste.
set aside:

Now put a pot of water on to boil for your favorite pasta.  I usually use a fusilli, but it is also really good with a mushroom tortellini, or angel hair pasta. OR great with cooked rice.

The warm pasta/rice gets combined with the tomato/basil mixture, the cheese melts with the warmth of the pasta/rice.  Great with any meat/fish.  BUT also pretty good cold leftover for the next day.  I particularly enjoy it with my leftover salmon or poached chicken breast.  Sometimes you need to add a little extra tomato to wet things up. My niece likes to sprinkle Parmesan cheese as well. But yummy any way.



P.S.  since I can my own tomatoes, I make sure to do some just as diced and I do use them in the colder months when my neighbors no longer have an abundant crop.