Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Salon...

I'm doing some painting... a chair.  I've put Anne on the TV while I do so. A thought occurred to me,  I wonder if after watching this show the Children's Aid Society get request for adoption of orphans. 

I've never read the book Anne of Green Gables, terrible Canadian. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday 56...

I've been in a reading slump lately, not able to focus, but this book got me out of that.  I remember the incident of the Shoe Shine Boy well.  My husband had just started with the police dept. and this was such a shocking crime,  it just didn't happen, but it did.  Now it seems to happen way too often, horrible.  How ugly the world can be. 

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda.

here it is...

Suddenly Amilcar came into the garage.  He lived on Palmerston, but his laneway was shared with Euclid, one block over.  Amilcar was nine when he came to Canada.  His family had com from mainland Portugal, as he never failed to remind us dirty Azoreans.  My mother told us that he was only a boy and that he didn't really know what he was saying, that he was only repeating what he heard from his parents.  I knew he said it because he was an asshole.  Even though he was fourteen now he was in our class.  He had been held back a year when he first arrived and then he failed the following year.


This is a coming of age story, set in a very difficult time in Toronto.  If you think bullying is something new,  think again.  

Happy Reading

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Salon...


 Well my companion here is getting rather spoiled. I've been sitting with him for a few weeks now. I'm finally starting to shake that nasty flu.  I haven't opened a book all month so my Ireland reading Challenge will be slightly delayed. I know the clip art says 2013, but I cannot think of how to make it 2017.  The neurons are not firing up just yet.
Even the painting of treasure boxes is somewhat remedial.  I have however, pinterested my self silly.
I'm overflowing with ideas, that my body is not ready to execute.  Well enough said. 

We've had a great deal of Yonge St. news in the daily report, reminded me of that very horrific crime committed many years ago.  I was so nieve I couldn't imagine why anyone would hurt a child.  Well, I decided to read a book written, in which the crime was interwoven.  Kicking the Sky.

There's a huge controversy going on in our area, about Staff less libraries.  
The mayor at some point said libraries are just used by "seniors" can you imagine.I'd also like to remind him who votes.    And yet, the Hamilton library boasts the highest readers in the province.   So unless the city is filled with seniors, the mayor needs to get his facts straight.  There are some services that are indispensable. 

Just thought I'd ask,  how often do you use a library?  I'm trying to reduce my "stuff", so I use a library quite often, once or twice a week.  I walk to the library, so it's my work out as well.

Happy Reading everyone.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday 56...Victoria Line, Central Line

It's no secret it's March.  A number of years ago a blogger I followed did a March read a thon, reading Irish authors in March.  She doesn't do that anymore, nor does she blog, at least not that I know of.  I love reading like that.  So I've continued, I read Irish authors in March.  I should spread my wings and read  James Joyce or something, but why tax my brain.  I love a good read, and I love Maeve.  So here's my Friday 56, hosted by Freda Mann
"Sure Adam," she said, but he knew from her voice that he was losing a great deal more.  He had known that from Mother's voice too.  For once in his life, Adam wondered if there were a danger that he might never grow up.


I'm not very far into this one,  I've had some health issues, and focusing is difficult, but March is still ahead of me, and sometimes I let it run into April.

Happy Reading.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

For today...

a cold day to snuggle up with a cat
 
Outside…
-6degree, and dull,with the occasional sun peeking through

Thinking…
I would like to feel better,

Thankful…
My good health, that I have, in spite of my feeling a little out of sorts

Reading…
it's March so I read Maeve Binchy this month, however not able to focus at this time

Listening To…
the CNN

Watching…
I've been watching  PBS

Hoping…
To finish some treasure boxes for the kids going through treatment at a Children's Hospital.

Learning…
that I'm not as young as I use to be

Food/Fitness…
I'm trying really hard to eat more vegetables, and walk more often

In The Kitchen…
roasted red pepper soup and something else, no idea at the moment.

Today’s To-Do List…
finished painting one treasure box, and on to the next.  I've come up with too many ideas, and can't decide where to start.

One of my favorite things:
  a good cup of tea

Pin It & Do It…

I pin so many things,  I need to decide weather or not to paint my laser cut Christmas Trees.
 
Looking forward to…
a finished basement, it's a long way off, but getting closer everyday.
 
A favorite quote
 
"Let today be the day you give up who you've been, for who you can become"
 
From the camera….

Monday, February 6, 2017

For today...

Outside…
1degree, and dull,

Thinking…
I would like to be a sucess at applying my baseboards today...

Thankful…
My good health,

Reading…
Fear the Worst, Linwood Barclay

Listening To…
the weather report...

Watching…
I've been hooked on Father Brown mysteries of late, don't know how many were actually made, but so far enjoyable.

Hoping…
To finish some memory boxes for our upcoming meeting.  The group I belong to paints memory boxes for our Children's Hospital, these boxes are given to parents of children who die, with small items of the child's.

Learning…
that I'm not as young as I use to be

Food/Fitness…
I'm trying really hard to eat more vegetables, and walk more often

In The Kitchen…
stir fried chicken and peppers

Today’s To-Do List…
apply baseboards to the walls that I have painted and put furniture back in place, 2 walls to do and 2 more to paint and ...

One of my favorite things:
  a good cup of tea

Pin It & Do It…

I pin so many things,  I need to do some research but I'd love to attach my downspout to my rain barrel and make it o.k. for winter.
 
Looking forward to…
a finished basement, it's a long way off, but getting closer everyday.
 
A favorite quote…
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
 
From the camera….

my beautiful niece and new nephew...

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Art of Racing in the Rain...

I just finished another book off my shelves.  Amazing.  What a good story, makes me want to get out there and get me a dog.



from Amazon.ca
Enzo knows he's different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul, he has educated himself by watching TV and listening to his master, Denny Swift, an up0and-coming race car driver- Art of Racing in the Rain (Front Flap)

Enzo is convinced that he will come back in his next life as a man. On the last night of his death, he looks back on his life and the struggles that Denny had. The loss of his wife Eve and the custody battle for his daughter Zoe, against Eve's wealthy parents. Enzo knows that he did his part to reunite the family and has the hope that Denny can still become a champion race car driver.



I can tick off one of my Challenges, in the What's in the Name Challenge,

A number in numbers:
 
A building:


A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it:


A compass direction :

An item/items of cutlery:

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter:

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein