Saturday, August 8, 2020

After the fall

Since this whole pandemic thing has happened, and we have been carefully sheltering at home, I have found more and more time for things other than sewing.

I have tried my hand at gardening.


Which has totally failed. I was not able to gather but one tomato although I had planted several different things, mostly in pots. After seeing the abundance of crops that others have produced, it has left me knowing for sure that I have a black thumb.

Baking was another effort.

I have not been able to transfer my most recent pictures to my computer. But in light of all that, nothing fabulous was the product.

 I've also been trying to sell my Sweet Sixteen sit down quilting machine.


 Anyone one know someone who would be interested?

And the most time effective has been reading.
 
I review books from several different publishers. So you may be seeing more of the reviews on this blog and my Southern Hospitality blog as time at home seems to allow me to read more and more.

Oh, and the title of my blog post? Well things just keep getting more interesting. On Sunday evening I tripped over a rug in my bathroom, sending me crashing to the floor. I chipped a tooth and dislodged 
another one. And banged up my knee pretty good. I've been using a walker to get around the house. An emergency dentist braced my two front teeth to immobilize them together. And I'm hoping I don't lost them.

I hope your week has been better!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Cul-De-Sac Wars

The Cul-de-Sac War by [Melissa Ferguson]

I loved The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson.  It was hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic. From the first pages I was captivated by the witty dialogue.

How can two people navigate such a crazy all out war, gaining vengeance with every plot. The unpredictability of what they would do next kept me turning the pages. I couldn't help but laugh out loud as each took turns waging yet another dart.

Bree Leake is as unpredictable as marbles moving in a circle. Chip McBride, trying to make it in his own business, is the perfect staple in this story. He moves in next door to Bree, who has an instant dislike for his rented power truck with all kinds of unsavory bumper stickers.

Melissa Ferguson has such a creative imagination. The scenes with Bree and the 230 pound English mastiff Russell were fun and hilarious. But the beauty of this story is the complex relationship between Bree and Chip. Their attraction is magnetic. Yet what draws them together in the end is heartwarming and beautiful. I always love happy endings and I love how Melissa ends this story.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Let's bag it!

Making bags can sometimes be challenging. Or they can be fun!


I've only made a few myself but there are lots of patterns online.

Here are a few for you to check out.

Art Girl

Best Fabric Store

Niesz Vintage Home

Sew Can She

Patchwork Posse

Fort Worth Sewing Studio

Noodlehead

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Bee in My Bonnet

Noodle Head

Have fun and Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Big and delicious

Who doesn't love a yummy cookie? Big, delicious, Chocolate Chip cookies.

A friend brought these cookies one night when we were hosting a small dinner. Boy were they a hit! I couldn't let her get away without sharing the recipe. So now I am sharing it with you!
Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips 
 Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, brown sugar. Beat till creamy.
         add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.
Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown.
There is only one problem I have found with these cookies....
You can't eat just one!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Autumn Skies

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Denise Hunter sure knows how to write a swoon worthy romance.

I was so delighted to return to Bluebell and the Bluebell Inn.  Autumn Skies follows the youngest of the Bennett clan, Grace. She's young, energetic and naive. But when a handsome and elusive stranger comes to the Inn, she is instantly attracted.

Wyatt Jennings has been put on mandatory leave as he struggles with flashbacks. He drives to Bluebell, just to look at the summer home his family visited every year. Until the year that changed his life.

The chemistry between Grace and Wyatt is instant and intense. But Wyatt is a Secret Service agent and knows he cannot have ties. When Grace offers to be his guide through the mountains, things change. He opens up to her as he never has to anyone else. There seems to be a connection between them. And when they discover the tie that did bind them, well let's just say I was a little weepy.

Denise Hunter is such a skilled author, bringing all of her characters to life. Just because this is the third in a series, you don't need to read the others to appreciate this beautiful story. But I may go back and reread the first two. Mostly because I love Ms. Hunter's writing.

The story is good clean romance, with a twist of mystery. I loved it, and would encourage you to buy this book!

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Wowser!

This weekend, a gentleman came by to see our camper that we have for sale. When my hubby asked him what he would be pulling it with, he said.....

this....
 
 ha, ha I don't think you can pull a 31' camper with this little beauty!

SO SORRY! Don't know why the picture doesn't show. But this is what it is....

 1968 - 1982 Chevrolet C3 Corvette Wallpapers, Specs & Videos - 4K ...



Friday, July 24, 2020

The Christmas Swap

  The Christmas Swap


The Christmas Swap was such a fun book to read. Vacationing in Breckenridge Colorado, taking to the slopes, meeting the caretaker.  The Caretaker!!

Emma, a shy substitute teacher and music hopeful, is persuaded by her friend Gillian Landers to tag along when the Landere swap houses with a family in Colorado.  Emma is a good go between for the dysfunctional family. When she meets West, the caretaker, she is impressed by his mild manner and easy way of conversing. He offers to teach her how to ski. Her manipulating friend learns of Wests hidden identity and makes for trying times on the slopes.

It was a fun read, short but sweet. Melody Carlson is an expert on writing believable characters.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Staying in touch

All summer long I have been sending cards to my little grandchildren that live across the bay.

I asked my son if they enjoyed receiving mail, as they are only 4 and 2 1/2. He said they did.  So I bought up some fun cards from the Dollar store and have been sending them one a week.

 

It's been really sad that we cannot be with them, their mom and dad too. But my little granddaughter will tell her dad that she wants to talk with me. So we do Facetime and we chat for a bit. She always asks me "What are you doing Grandma?" And I tell her, I'm talking with you :-)

Let's hope things will soon be back to normal so we can enjoy our families.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

No green thumb

All summer long I have been seeing people posting on their blogs the abundance of their growing gardens. Apparently there has been lots of canning and freezing of vegetables.

To my dismay, I have tried to grow tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, and green peppers. I only got one tomato before the plant withered. (Two plants actually as one never produced a single tomato.)  All the rest died on the vine.

But the only thing that has bloomed abundantly is my zinnias.

Am I the only one with a black thumb?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A cool dip

You know is seems like it was just a few weeks ago people were still in the middle of frost and cold weather.  Now we are hitting high temps, in some places over 100 degrees.  So tell me, is that why when we see a picture like this we want to dip our toes into the water :-)


I know I do!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Until I met you


 This is one of the sweetest stories I have read in a long time.

Until I Met You" is the second book in the Restoring Heritage series by Tari Faris.  The first book, "You Belong with Me" introduces you to many of the characters.

The stories takes place in the town of Heritage Michigan.  Libby Kingsley is a shy librarian, given the task of revitalizing the town library, but in the basement? Of town hall? She moves to Heritage to be near her brother Luke and sister in law Hannah. But her first meeting with neighbor Austin Williams is anything but pleasant. 

 Nate Williams has changed his life. From reckless to compassionate Pastor. The only one he can't seem to get along with is his brother, Austin. Olivia Mathews' chances of being a reporter lie in moving 1600 miles away from Heritage. But she still has hopes for Nate, although he resists her every time they are together.  

You get to know more about Austin and Libby, Luke and Hannah, Olivia and Nate. Characters that are a full part of this story. And we can't forget Otis! 

I loved how these stories play out. The hurts, unforgiveness, anger and the resulting way things that heat up are soon resolved. As Austin and Libby and Nate and Olivia work together, they grow in their relationships, and their romance blossoms.

Tari Faris' writing style is easy to read and yet deep enough to keep your interest. Good clean inspirational fiction. I had a hard time putting this one down.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Truffling thought

Want a dessert that will keep them coming for more? How about one that adds patriotic look to your table?

My daughter found this Taste of Home recipe and it is certainly a winner.

DD added the blueberries, and it was not only pretty, it was delicious.
I won't copy the recipe for you here but will send  you to the Taste of Home link.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Happy day


I can hardly believe that this little guy is already 3 years old. He is sweet, happy, persuasive, active, amazingly smart, and so very cute. He brings sunshine to our day.

Happy Birthday Jonah!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Needs a new home



A year and a half ago I bought a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit down quilting machine. In that time I have not quilted many quilts, but have come to the realization that I don't love long arm quilting. Since having surgery after breaking my right wrist, I find that machine quilting has been taxing. To the point that I've not been doing much sewing or quilting.

So if anyone is interested, or knows of someone who would be interested, please contact me. The machine comes with table overlay for glide, upgraded cabinet with hydraulic lift, opens to 61" wide x 35" deep. Separate Bobbin winder, extra bobbins, needles, cone threads, Horizontal Spool Pin to use with regular thread, DVD, and Instruction manual.


 I have the original boxes and will drive a reasonable distance to deliver but would prefer you to come and try the machine and pick up. I live in central Florida.


Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Reckless Love


A Reckless Love by Beth White is an exciting and inspirational historical romance, book 3 in the Daughtry House series. But you didn't have to read the first two to enjoy this story.

Being the "baby of the family" Aurora Daughtry, has a good business head at nineteen. She is determined and single focused. Especially when it comes to Federal Deputy Marshal Zane Sage.
Their interactions are at odds, he being a man of few words, and she doesn't have any trouble speaking her mind. I laughed out loud at some of the bantering. But I love how this romance played out.

There was some great  dialog.

"Miss Daughtry - " 
Oh, stop calling me that. If you're going to keep bossing me around like- like one of my brothers, then you might as well call me Pete like everybody else."
"But he couldn't call this vivid, sassy porcelain doll "Pete." 

"After a moment, she heard his step behind her. "You, Aurora Daughtry, are a manageing femaile."
She laughed. "I know. That makes me happy too.:

"I told you, she sent me. I think she trusts you. In fact. I'm sure of it. though I don't know why."
I imagine she's aware I'm scared to death of you."
Oh really?" She skipped a step, and Zane took the lamp from her.
Here, you're going to set us both on fire."
She sighed. "I'm pretty sure that's already happened."

Joelle swung her feet to the floor. "They don't mean  to be so stupid. They just can't help it. "She smiled. "You'll learn to overlook the stupidity and find the things he's good at."

A totally enjoyable read. Engaging and inspirational. A sweet clean romance. The times were full of hope and yet there was still turmoil in the deep south. I loved how Beth writes her characters with such depth of feelings. Zane is a wonderful hero, and Aurora is a delightful southern belle. Definitely a 5+

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, July 6, 2020

A Dazzle of Diamonds

 A Dazzle of Diamonds (Georgia Coast Romance Book #3) by [Liz Johnson]

A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson is one of the best romance novels I have read recently.

Returning to Savannah Georgia, this story features Penelope Hunter and Tucker Westbrook. Two best friends since, forever. Tucker is running for sheriff while PJ holds down the fort of the Savannah convention center. But things get a little unsettled, when Tuckers opponent brings to light a charge against the Westbrook family. When word gets out that his ancestors were part of stealing a treasure, PJ and Tucker find themselves in a quandary. Tucker trying to rescue his good name, and PJ almost losing her job because of her association with Tucker. The best friends start faking a dating situation, more to prove Tuckers worth. Things get out of hand in a hurry.

Aunt Shirley plays a key role in helping them discover where the treasure is hidden. Bringing Caroline's Civil War diary to light. Her love story parallels PJ's and Tuckers.

But the best part was the beautiful way these two young people fall in love with one another. Having known each other for 25 years, the realization startles them, as they each wrestle with emotions they never knew they had. We all struggle with self doubt at times, and Johnson has a way of telling this story with feeling and an open heart.

This is an all together delightful clean romance. Learning to trust God's plan in every situation.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.



Saturday, July 4, 2020

Independence Day


"Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12)

Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy 4th

I love to bring out this table topper to decorate my table for the Fourth of July.

I started with the three large star blocks, and then improvised and finished the table topper.
Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Out of the nest



Four years ago, I embarked on a new adventure. Many have gone before me, and many have much more experience than I had. But still, the moment arrived that has been heralded through all generations.

I became a grandmother.

It has not been taken lightly. Our youngest son and his wife became the proud parents of a little girl. One who quickly wrapped each one of us around her little finger.

The thing that filled my mind as I was introduced to this next generation was the fact that the moment we are born, we begin the journey of being pushed out of the nest. Our first push comes from the birth. Snuggled deep inside a woman, a baby is bound by the safety of the womb. For nine months, the baby listens to the ever beating heart and grows in the  miraculous way God has designed. Then the moment comes, when the surge of pressure pushes the baby out into the cold and sterile world. Feeling the emptiness of warmth and security, the baby cries, seeking the comfort it was nestled in for months. People bundle the baby and the child learns to find comfort in the love being shown.

 Deut. 32:11  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

We nurture our children with the necessities of life. But as with all living things, the baby will grow, and experience even more pushing. The inborn need for independence starts early. Learning to roll over, to sit up and eventually walk, each event pulling away from the safe bounds of security. Then the day comes when school becomes a big part of the child's life.  More independence is needed to further their development. Learning to make friends and how to conduct oneself with peers and teachers. And as many parents can testify, the years will fly by and it soon becomes evident as the child becomes a young man or woman, the nest becomes smaller and the world becomes larger.

On taking that leap sometimes we fall before we soar. Yet the greatest leap comes when we put our faith in the Lord, and walk in accordance to the example Christ has set before us.


Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.




 
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,


I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


 
Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.


 
Only let us hold true to what we have attained.



Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.


For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

New life brings new hope. We know not what tomorrow brings. My humble prayer is that our grandchildren will walk by faith, not by sight.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

A Hallmark story

A Cottage Wedding: A Heart's Landing Novel from Hallmark Publishing by [Leigh Duncan]



A Cottage Wedding by Leigh Duncan is the second book in the Hearts Landing series. A charming, delightful story about finding love.

Jason Heart is the owner of the Captain's Cottage, a wedding destination set in Rhode Island. Jason has a commitment to making every wedding special and will do whatever it takes to make the bride and grooms day a success. Senior editor Regina Charm is set to come to Hearts Landing for her review for the Weddings Today top spot. After Regina's wedding fell apart, she decides to send Tara Stewart to expose the truth behind the myths. But Tara has trouble from the start. She finds everything in Hearts Landing to be beyond what she expected. She combs the archives, looking for any discrepancy that would dethrone Hearts Landing as the number one wedding destination.

But Jason becomes her tour guide and as they are thrown together time and time again, they find themselves instantly attracted to one another.

I have so enjoyed the Hallmark books, this one being the second one to The Simple Wedding.  Leigh Duncan is a master story teller as she weaves feelings and sentiments throughout the story. Her characters are well rounded and the secondary characters add much to the tale.A sweet clean story that makes you want to come back for more.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Answers to questions

A couple of you have asked about the state of the trailer and my hubby. As I am not able to contact you via email (no reply and a rejected email) Here is the answer.



My hubby hasn't had any issues with the trailer. But if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will remember that he had some health issues a couple of years ago. And again in January where he actually passed out while driving his truck. Thankfully he had a friend with him who grabbed the wheel and they were able to get the truck to the side of the road. So the issues are more about his concern with something happening while pulling the trailer. We have loved and enjoyed our trailer. It is comfortable and large enough for my big guy. Yet it is streamline to drive. We can park it in places the other big rigs have trouble with.

So don't be afraid to go for a trailer. Just find the one you like. We picked the Airstream because they hold their value and don't leak.
 
Hope this answers your questions. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Back home again

We recently took a trip to Georgia. It will probably be our last trip with our trailer. We have decided that it is too much work for my hubby at this time in our lives.

 But as we traveled through Georgia, we stopped in one of my favorite quilt shops along the way.

Birdhouse Quilts  is such a sweet shop and the people are always so friendly. And it's right off Interstate 75.



I spied this little quilt hanging between the rows, and I just had to have a little bit of fabric.

Isn't it sweet?

Happy Quilting!

p.s. If anyone is interested in a 2008 Airstream, give me a shout out.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day


The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful husband and father. And sons who are making their way following their fathers footsteps. Wishing you all a Happy Fathers Day!

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow


The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

As the weeks have drawn on with sheltering in place, I have found that I have had more time to read and review books.

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow by author Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a story following the Pack Horse Library Project,the real-life WPA program that was developed in the 1930s-1940s. Taking books into the Appalachian coal mining country.

Addie Cowherd finds herself dismissed from the University of Kentucky with only weeks from graduation. Her parents aren't paying tuition. She must put aside her dream of being an author and leave the school to find a job to pay the bill and help her family. 

Upon graduation, Emmett Tharp finds he is unable to get a job with his new degree in commerce. When all else fails, he finds himself working in the coal mines along with his father.

The Appalachian communities are steeped in prejudice and superstitions. But as Addie befriends Nanny Fay, the truth finds its way out in the open. Bettina Webber's life is one of pain and rejection, yet she finds her way by letting go of her prejudice.

This story covers lessons in family, prejudice, and forgiveness. Sawyer weaves faith throughout as each character finds their reliance on God.

"Books, Addie, have the power to change people for the better."  That was precisely the goal of the WPA program. Sawyer's research and writing encapsulated the spirit of the time. I think you will find this to be an intriguing heartwarming read.

I received a copy of the book from WaterBrook & Multnomah via Net Galley. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Finally!


The quilts have all been  mailed. It was quite a feat for me. My sewing machine kept giving me problems that I had never experienced before. I took it to the sewing machine shop. The guy looked at it and didn't say much. Just that he would tune it up. 

Ok, so I get the machine back, and it still is doing the loopy things on the back. So I take it back. And he says it's not the machine, it's the operator!  I sit there for 20 minutes as he tries it, and has me quilt in front of him, and says again, it's not the machine. Of course it didn't do it when he was standing right there (remind you of when you take the car to the shop and you tell the man there is a noise, but it never does it when he tries?).

So I came home, changed all the threads, slowed my quilting down, and it still does it! So tell me, how come after sewing on this same machine for 15 years, all of a sudden it is the operators fault. What is the problem!

Sigh!  I think I'm going to take a quilting break.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Flag Day


In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.For the total background about this holiday, pop over and read Flag Day in the United States.

May our flags wave high!

Happy Quilting