Sunday, December 2, 2018

Linky Love

No snow here yet in the Pacific Northwest but is dark.  Here are some links to chase away the dark.

20 Books to Cozy Up with this Winter - lots of great titles here - Beartown, Snow Falling on Cedars, and The Great Alone are all titles I have enjoyed from this list.

My Verison of the Christmas Car

How to Draw A Christmas Car - Sometimes we all need to create.  This tutorial is from Deep Space Sparkle

Advent Reading for the First Sunday of Advent - First Baptist Church -- Loveland, CO

December Daily - This is a great scrapbook project hosted by Ali Edwards to document each day in December

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wordy Wednesday

Well, I didn't have quite enough letters to fit a Mr Rogers quote

Often when you think
you're at the end of

You're at the
beginning of
something else

Mr Rogers

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Linky Love

New Graffiti in our town

23 Tweets That Are Basically Like Free Therapy

Stress Might Lead to Memory Loss before 50

New Podcast to check out - COLD - This is about the Susan Powell case.  I listened to first episode. It is pretty interesting

Thursday, November 15, 2018

November Reading

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy.  Check out what everyone else is reading. My reading has picked up with the cooler weather.

The Assistants by Camille Perri is a quick chick lit read.  It about a assistant who fails to return a check for over payment from boss and instead uses it to pay off her student loans.  Another assistant finds out and things begin to snowball.  This is a good, entertaining, chick lit book. Maybe slightly implausible but love the girl power angle.

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal - Got this pick off the Hot Picks table at the library.  Sometimes I think I have fatal attraction with this table at the library.

It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years—since the day she gave up her newborn daughter for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking for her, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope.
A biracial product of the foster system, transient, homeless, scarred by a past filled with pain and violence, and cursed with unnervingly dark eyes that absorb the light around them—and can pierce deep into a person’s soul—Nora knows intimately what happens to vulnerable girls on the streets. Caring despite herself, she sets out to find Bonnie with her mutt, Whisper, as her only companion. While she risks reopening wounds that have never really healed, she plunges into the darkness with little to protect her but her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.
The search uncovers a puzzling conspiracy that leads Nora on a harrowing journey of deception and violence, from the gloomy rain-soaked streets of Vancouver to the icy white mountains of the Canadian interior, to the beautiful and dangerous island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wished had never been born. - Amazon 

The setting is Vancouver, BC and I don't live far from the Canadian Border and Vancouver so I think this is what initially drew me to this book. It did keep me reading though I thought the author was trying to do a little too much with the plot.  The topics covered - Alcoholism, Racism, Adoption, Stem Cells

Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim

This is a true story. It is Suki Kim's memoir about being a teacher to the North Korean Elite Children right before the end of Kim Jong-il's reign. Suki Kim was a journalist basically posing a teacher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology with a Christian Missionary Group contracted to teach these children.  I found this fascinating look at the children's lives and the general life of North Koreans.

Paper Houses

The trend in Christmas decor is little lit up houses.  It got me to thinking about paper houses lit with battery operated tealights.  This could be the budget version of this trend. I made a few of these.  

The first ones I made didn't have the tissue paper in the window and door cut outs.  I prefer the ones with tissue paper as I don't like to see the tealights. These aren't too bad to put together but I am not sure I am completely satisfied. It it did feed my need to craft.

What You Need
copy paper - Pattern from HelloBee
tissue paper - got my at dollar tree
battery operated - dollar tree was out so I got my at Target - 2 lights for $1 - dollar spot
Xacto Knife

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Just One More Thing - Wordy Wednesday

I recently have been telling people to stop saying , "It's just one more thing...."  My husband told me that "Just One More Thing", is the Columbo response. But lately it is all the one more things seem to be piling up in a negative way. So, let's just say all the things. Because I have been on earth for a while, I know eventually things will look up.  Things can't stay at the bottom forever, right.  In my family, I like to think I am a positive thinker but this year has been particularly difficult.