Saturday, January 23, 2021
And a sigh a relief is heard throughout the land ...
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Let the Wild Rumpus Start! In a calm way, please
Happy New Year – though I did hear ‘Mrs Maisel’ say that she’s just calling February 1 the start of the new year. Let January shake off it’s ‘2020 vibe’.
2020 did give us lots of time … to waste, to discover, to read and even to spend HOURS on your computer devise. I will never tell how many Wheel of Fortune games I played!! Although I do have to point out, it’s one of the few games there are no ads every move! Just saying!
I read 83 books this year! The last two years my count was in the 40s. And a LOT of them were excellent! Here’s the ones I recommend.
A Small Town by Thomas Perry I love his Jayne Whitefield series: a one woman Native American witness protection force. Always excited to find a new book.
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn Artsy woman trying to make a living and find a man ... good old romance for a bewildering year.
Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg Not your typical book club group!
Virgin River by Robyn Carr Beware there are over a dozen books in this series, you’re going to have to pace yourself! And then there is the series on Netflix! Oh, yeah!
Jane Harper’s series based in Australia The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man. Excellent series and The Lost Man took my breath away! I hear there is a new book out soon.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett She is usually a great read but she’s outdone herself in this one! The cover is delicious and the story is even better.
American by Day by Derek Miller Book 2 of a series from a Norwegian author. The first book was Norwegian by Night. I think I read it, but didn't log it. I love a good strong woman character and this has her.
The Dressmakers Gift by Fiona Valpy Generational tale centered on WWII
Year One by Nora Roberts Set in an alternate reality, proving Nora Roberts isn't just a romance writer.
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian This was really good, kept me guessing until the end. And the series on HBOmax is good even if the story is tweaked a little. As usual, book first is the way to go.
The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg Who doesn’t want to run away from home? Yes, I’m talking to you grown-ups!
The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Excellent prequel to Hunger Games. Learn how Snow got to be Snow. I listened to the audio book from our online library and the narrator was awesome. Got a lot of quilting done just listen to the book.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Mortimore This was a real find, different plot. I loved it, loaned it to my friend, told my daughter to read it and they both loved it!! SciFi but not really. Try it!
Beyond the Black Stump by Neville Shute Written in the ‘40s (!) another Australia author. I really love his writing, I went on to read 3 more books in our library. Definitely a winner.
Well, shall we talk about quilting?
I looked at my list and I was underwhelmed. But then I remembered I made more than 300 masks! Well, that explains it!
My favorite projects this year were:
I topped the Road to OK that was a raffle block from Nebraska. I wanted to win back then but I didn’t, so I made one block to remember it. It IS a tricky block because the points of the stars are in the center of the block, not the outside. There was ripping. The star is made by the 4 corners together. AND I really just loved the name for it’s own sake: I wanted to be on the road back to OK (normal), didn’t you. We still do.