Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday... The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag


love the book cover, photo of a book I own


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag, Aland Bradley

the first sentence killed me...

I WAS LYING DEAD IN THE CHURCHYARD.

but this was one I really enjoyed... a young girl, fond of someone special.

Dogger's experiences as a prisoner of war had left something broken inside him: ...But tonight he was at peace.  Tonight he had dressed for the symphony in a dark suit and what might have been a regimental tie, and his shoes had been polished until they shone like mirrors.  He sat motionless on the bench beneath the roses, his eyes closed, his face upturned like one of the contented Coptic saints I had seen in the art pages of Country Life, his shock of white hair lit from behind by an unearthly beam from the setting sun.  It was  pleasant to know that he was there.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All about spelling...

On Wednesdays I paint with a group of ladies.  We've painted together for some 18 years. A long time.  The last 10 have been at a community centre, where they have a lunch/cafe.  When I started to visit my mom in the afternoon, after painting, which ends at 12:00noon, the cafe group knew I was on a train and off to another city, they started to make me a sandwich for the road, so to speak.   Well the cafe is staffed by volunteers.  Today there was a young woman there, who was interested in volunteering to fulfill her "requirements" for some course she was talking.  Well my sandwich order is placed early in the day so the ladies have lots of time to get it ready for me,  I have no butter.  Hence the problem... how does one spell butter.  May I say this young women was in her senior years of the course she was taking.  Bhutter! new spelling, or ... am I being too picky? 

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday What are you Reading...

It's Monday again, it comes so quickly.  I'm still reading Alzheimer's 911, having  a difficult time picking it up.  Having lived through much of what is described in the book, I also realize that when you are a caregiver for "anyone" Alzheimer's, dementia, or just any illness, many of these coping techniques apply, however, there are many things in the book which I would disagree with and at the time of your coping you/me/caregiver have hardly the energy to go to the bathroom, let alone read a book about "how to do a better job" of caregiving.  I am however ordering a couple of copies for the library, even if this book is too little too late for me, it may help someone else, and that's a good thing.  I wish it was titled something else, though, I think the Alzheimer's title pockets these techniques for just patients with dementia. 

Up next:  Rose Under Fire. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday... and Teasers...

This Weeks Top Ten....Author's I've only read one (the one I read) of their books, but need to read more.

1.   Markus Z|ukas (The Book Thief)
2.   Will Wiles (The Care of Wooden Floors)
3.   Linwood Barclay(Trust your Eyes)
4.  Edith Pattou (East)
5.  Persia Woolley (Child of the Northern Spring)
6.  Beth Kephart (You are My Only)
7.  Elizabeth Wein (Rose Under Fire)
8.  Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake)
9.  Rachel Joyce (Perfect)
10.Leslie Pietrzyk, ( A Year and a Day)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
and here's the Teaser

I realized right then, in my first support group meeting, the essential difference between family caregivers and myself.  It was like the difference between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  You know the joke - she had do everything he did, but wearing high heels and dancing backwards. In caregiving,  I'm Fred Astaire and family caregivers are Ginger Rogers.

from: Alzheimer's 911, Fena Gray-Davidson (pg. 12)


Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Monday what are you reading...

 It's Monday What are you reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

from the back cover:
She kept her secret for a lifetime...
A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household.  Before World War I casts it's shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman (not sure about that statement).  but her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace. 

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic.  When she can't figure out the meaning...


It's Monday already.  I finished reading The Forgotten Seamstress ,Liz Trenow.  It's a neat little story,I found the historical facts quite interesting.  I also loved learning about the different fabrics used in Royal garments, not sure that still happens.  I was also heartbroken at the treatment of Maria, what a sad turn of events.    I didn't continue in the back of the book with book club questions for discussion.  I think the only thing that ticked me off and is still ticking me off is the "jumping into bed" with men you've just met, and after the recent medical issue.  I found that part not only in poor taste, but very unnecessary, it added nothing to the storyline, and if I were the editor... relationships aren't built in bedrooms, as we should have learned from Maria and the King.

A great little read for those of us who love a  little Royal  mystery

What's next... Alzheimer's 911, Frena Gray-Davidson.  I'm reading this book to decide if it should be on the shelf for the caregivers of the residents, in who's library I volunteer.  I sure could have used more available resources when my Mom was changing.  This is a MYSTERY that is ever evolving.


Photo of the book I own.

I read this book to tie off my War Through the Generations Challenge WWI and WWII combined. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Salon...

my eldest with Optimus Prime


Sunday Salon finds me a little more than thankful, thankful the summer is over.  I always look forward to having free time in the summer to play in the garden and the sewing room/painting room, but this summer, much like last year was stolen from me.  It's all mother natures fault.  Well Mother nature has given us a COLD weekend.  Too cold for the beach, too cold for outdoor adventures, like painting my much needed painting porch railing, just too cold.  BUT, we have spent a few days visiting with lost family members.  I think my MIL was very happy, exhausted, but happy.  I felt for her yesterday, how hard it must have been to say good bye to a son she hadn't seen for TOO many years.  What happens to seemingly normal kids, that go off to college and loose their way home.  I don't know, but my boys sure got a talking to. A mother wonders "will this parenting never end"?

When my eldest, pictured above, moved out,  I thought part of my heart was cut away, you get used to the absence, but never the emptiness,  although I'm packing up his lego and sending it off to his place.  He claims he loves his new digs so much, he may never move again.  Maybe I did something right? He lives in a century home, or part of it,it's been divided up into flats.  Yesterday he ripped up the kitchen, asked if I had any spare wall board, so that's getting packed up too.  I hope I've instilled the appreciation of History in my boys.  So as you can see Sunday Salon finds me packing... after mass and a quick visit to Marks Work Warehouse.
 
Hopefully the temps will rise and I'll be getting to that porch railing in the a.m.  







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Books that caught my eye...

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and Vicki from I'd rather be reading at the beach will each share 2 books that grabbed their attention from  Mailbox Monday post. I decided to join them, and share the books that caught my eye.

 and here they are:

 Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong by Susan Blumberg-Kason (saw the review on Trish's blog and thought Hmmm) and then again on Vicki's. ( so in fact it caught both my eyes)

The Bee Keepers Ball, Susan Wiggs, spotted this on a number of blogs, but Nise at Under the Boardwalk recently read it and ... the TBR pile grows

The month of September I'd decided to read from my shelf, so hopefully these will somehow find their way there,  just sayin'.