Saturday, August 17, 2019

August Reading

Check out my reads for August. I am linking up at Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit. I am way late to this party but I just got to share my reads.

The Time in Between was on Modern Mrs Darcy's 20 Terrific Tomes to Read. Oh this didn't disappoint. I will admit it is a lot of pages BUT SO WORTH IT.  This is a great story about a Spanish Seamstress, Sira, and how she became a spy during WW 2 for the allies and the twists and turns her life takes. Of course there is romance, danger, and intrigue.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is another Modern Mrs Darcy Recommends.  Maud is an elderly woman that is slowly losing her memory. She keeps lists stuck here and there to help her remember. She is convinced that her best friend Elizabeth is in trouble and missing. This has a twist I guess I really didn't seem coming. 

The Address by Fiona Davis - I found this book through Emily A Clark recommendation. I enjoyed this book about the female manager, Sara,  of the upscale Dakota apartment building in 1884 and the designer Bailey Camden in 1984 fresh from rehab remodeling her cousin's apartment at the Dakota. There is a mystery. I have been doing a lot of genealogical research and there is a tie in there too.

This book, The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon,  I devoured. It is about 2 very different women living in Jordan stationed there with their husbands who are attached to the US Embassy. Cassie,"Cassandra", who tries to do everything by the book and Margaret recently arrived with her child, Mather, who seems to be stumbling.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer Winding Down Linky

Smokey August Sunrise
Some of you are back in school but quite a few of us are enjoying the last few weeks before school starts.

15 Books for Budding Botantists - I have read quite a few of these. I might need to add a few to my TBR (to be read) list. Not on the list but I book I really enjoyed in the same vein is The Orchard House written by Tara Austen Weaver a Pacific Northwest Author

If you need porch inspiration Check out on Instagram  Jen at Flea Market Fab - Her porch is RAD. Her and Mr Neon crack me up.

Becoming Who You Want To Be and Finding Where You Belong - I know another link to Modern Mrs Darcy but so good. I live in a smallish town so there are several places I go and I know I belong.

Fulgurites: When Lightning Strikes Sand, Magic Happens so cool

Amazon Now Sells Prefab Expandable House

Thursday, August 8, 2019

My Oasis

Last summer, I created an oasis for myself in my back patio.  This is where I like to get away from the noise in my house. I sit and have coffee. It was not fancy and all the furnishings were sale, thrifted, or I already had.  This year kicked it up a notch with more chairs and more plants.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

My Chunk of Joy

I was inspired by an old post by Modern Mrs Darcy - The Bits and Chunks of Joy Joy is my one little word for 2019.  I told myself I would seek JOY. A friend asked me what I had planned for fun this summer. I had nothing. Truthfully this summer has been hard so I decided to remind myself of all the things that I think are fun. These are the things that bring me some JOY!

Books - always books

Research - I like to research things . Lately it has been a lot of my own ancestry.  I like being a genealogical detective. Ancestry had a sale on the 4th of July so I finally got a subscription. I had been going to the library to use ancestry library edition which is great except when you hot on a trail and have to make time to visit the library and not get distracted by the books. I know total first world problems.

Baking is my love language. I am a fat person so I get a lot of fat shaming for this but I do enjoy it. I wish I didn't love a carb.
Cherry Muffins

Exploring- I like to hike with others and I like to geocache. My oldest son and I have been trying to have fun Friday's. We went to see Toy Story 4 one Friday.  We went for donuts and a park.

Flowers - I have a small cut flower bed this summer. It makes me happy.

Monday, July 15, 2019

What I Read July

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy.  Check out what everyone is reading. My reading has slowed down a bit. I like this summer pace.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood was Reese Witherspoons book club selection for the month of June. Sarah the main character is very black and white. When her Mom dies and she finds out she wasn't left the house things go a little sideways. This is also a book about finding love.I thought it was a quirky interesting read. This had a bit of a twist/surprise that was refreshing. I powered through this one in a few days.

Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu I picked up off the Hot Reads table at library. I haven't seen the movie. I am a big fan of the series on Victoria though. I thought this was interesting read maybe a little heavy in the historical information. It certainly was well researched. I have borrowed the movie from the library and can't wait to see how the two compare.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Linky Love

Flowers from my Garden
  Here are some links you should check out.

Anybody else tracking their steps - How many steps is enough?  Check out - Do you really need 10,000 steps?

Let's Hear It for the Average Child

Let's Stop Stealing Time From Our Children - Some excellent points here

I Found My American Dream at the Library

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lego Art

I was bored babysitting the other day and I made the above art.  Artful Parent had a whole blog post on lego art so worth checking out. I also did a post about Lego Words. Not last but least Frugal Fun 4 Boys has Lego Stamping