Wednesday, June 24, 2015

42. Heartstopper - Joy Fielding

listened to audio cd on the way to Maine (and during some of my cross-country jaunt)
2007 Atria Publishing
387 pgs.
Adult mystery
Finished 6/26/2015
Goodreads rating: 3.68
My rating: 3
Setting: Contemporary Florida - a small town in Alligator Alley

My comments:  There were many things to like about this book and a few things to passionately dislike.  So which one should I talk about?  There are three major points-of-view in this story:  a high school English teacher, the chief of police, and the writings/braggings of the antagonist.  The setting, a small town in alligator alley in Florida, worked well. I don't like coming across teachers in books that are not good role models to the profession.  I'm appalled at the things that Sandy Crosbie allows her student to get away with - particularly being hugely mean to each other.  She wants her cheating husband back (he's a worm) even though he flaunts his new floozy right in front of her.  I have no respect for her at all, except, perhaps, in some of her parenting.  And then we have the chief of police.  What a piece of work he is!  It all come together, though, and even though I had a pretty good idea who the antagonist was, the mystery kept me enthralled for much of my cross-country journey.

Goodreads synopsis:  From the "New York Times" and internationally bestselling author of "Mad River Road" comes a spine-tingling thriller about a picturesque Florida town -- and the killer determined to prey on its teenage girls.Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. As Sheriff John Weber would attest, the deadliest predators to date in his tiny hamlet were the alligators lurking in the nearby swamps. But that was before someone abducted and murdered a runaway teenage girl...and before the disappearance of popular and pretty Liana Martin. The pattern is chilling to Sandy Crosbie, the town's new high school English teacher. With a marriage on the rocks, thanks to her husband's online affairs, and a beautiful teenage daughter to protect, Sandy wishes she'd never come to the seemingly quiet town with shocking depths of scandal, sex, and brutality roiling beneath its surface. And as Sheriff Weber digs up more questions than answers in a dead-end investigation, one truth emerges: the prettiest ones are being targeted, the heartstoppers. And this killer intends to give them their due....
     Alternating between the chilling journal entries of a cold-blooded murderer and the sizzling scandals of small-town life, "Heartstopper" is Joy Fielding's most exciting novel of suspense yet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

41. Mr. Cooper is Super! - Dan Gutman

My Weirdest School #1
listened to cd in the car with Ella
read by Andy Paris
2015 Harper Collins
112 pgs.
Early Reader - 3rd grade protagonist
Finished 6/23/15
Goodreads rating: 3.96
My rating: 3 (Ella says 4)

My comments:  I've read a few of the titles from the original set of these books (My Weird School), and found them funny and clever. (My Weird School), and found them funny and clever. (Perhaps because the others I've read were realistic fiction and this one was fantasy, and therefore unexpected?)   This one will be loved by young kids, I'm sure, but the story seems silly rather than funny.  However, since there's place for both with kids, this book will be quickly placed on my classroom shelf.

Ella's synopsis:  AJ and the gang (Alexia, Michael, Neil, and Ryan) watch Mr. Granite (their about-to-be-gone teacher) climb up a ramp and into a spaceship.  The class's new teacher is Mr. Cooper.  Mr. Cooper always dresses up like a super hero.  Mr. Granite comes back, but only to return the key to the teacher's lounge.

Goodreads synopsis:  With more than 8 million books sold, My Weird School really gets kids reading!
       In this first book in the hilarious new My Weirdest School series, part of the internationally bestselling My Weird School series, A.J.'s third-grade teacher, Mr. Granite, is retiring after a million hundred years. It turns out the new teacher, Mr. Cooper, is even weirder than Mr. Granite! One day he's Rat Man and he teaches about rodents. The next day he's Lava Man and he teaches about volcanoes. But what happens when a real superhero is needed? Will Mr. Cooper protect the school from evil, or just embarrass it to death?
       Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman's hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don't miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

Monday, June 22, 2015

39. Down to the Wire - David Rosenfelt

read on my iPhone/Book/listened to audio CD/Audible...
publishing info
pgs.
genre/audience
Finished
Goodreads rating:
My rating: 3.5
Setting:

First line/s:

My comments:  A pretty decent story, the surprises weren't totally surpri.sing but the whole plot kept you guessing...right, wrong, right wrong.....and I actually think the protagonist, Chris Turley was a little naive.  But it worked great for passing the time back and forth to school when I couldn't wait for school to get out.  Yes, I'd read another by this author.

Goodreads synopsis:

40. Girls' Night Out - Kate Flora

a short story/ebook narrated by Holly B. Goe
listened on Audible...
2014 SheBooks
(52:19)
32 pgs.
Adult Mystery
Finished 6/21/15
Goodreads rating: 4.36
My rating:  5
Setting: Boston area - contemporary

First line/s:  "Getting a six-foot dead man into his SUV wasn't easy for a small woman in stilettos and a pencil skirt.:

My comments:  This was a highly entertaining quick read by an author I'm becoming quite taken with...will definitely read more!

Goodreads synopsis:  When the man who date-raped a friend is found not guilty, the women in her book group decide to take matters into their own hands. 

And here's a bit about Kate Flora that was included after the Goodreads synopsis:  Mystery and true crime writer Kate Clark Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ acts of discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. Her books include seven “strong woman” Thea Kozak mysteries and three gritty police procedurals in her star-reviewed Joe Burgess series. Redemption was the 2013 Maine Literary Award winner for Crime Fiction. Her Edgar-nominated true crime story, Finding Amy, has been optioned for a movie. Flora has also published 15 crime stories in various anthologies. 

When she’s not writing or teaching at Grub Street in Boston, Flora is in her garden, waging a constant battle against critters, pests, and her husband’s lawn mower. She’s been married for 35 years to a man who still makes her laugh. She has two wonderful sons, a movie editor and a scientist, two lovely daughters-in-law, and four rescue “granddogs,” Frances, Otis, Harvey, and Daisy. You can follow her on Twitter @kateflora or atFacebook.com/kate.flora.92

This is a short e-book published by Shebooks--high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Personal Quilt Shop Directory

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento
     Meissner's Sewing & Vac  (6/2/15) mostly sewing machines, but a HUGE building - will take a class there in September, will hopefully get better vibes then.  Customer service was lousy. (2/5)

IDAHO

Rupert
     The Gathering Place (6/3/15)  unbelievably huge.  I felt like the kid in the toy store that is so overwhelmed they leave crying without a toy because it was so overwhelming!  Lovely wooden floors and a huge selection of fabrics and patterns. (5/5)

MICHIGAN


Fenton (SEW FINE) plate

     The Quilter's Garden (6/11/15) we spentt a lot of time in this wonderful shop.  Lots and LOTS of batiks, including rayons for clothing.  Great samples.  The owner was a little down because she says that local people don't appreciate the shop.  What a bummer!  We loved it.  5/5


Gaylord (GOT FABRIC?) plate

     Delphine's (6/10/15)  Wowzer, loved this store.  Two sides full of fabric, a stuff-a-bag for five bucks, samples, quilty gifts....and a great kitchen shop next door, where wonderful smells of a vegetable soup assaulted us as we roamed the aisles. Great pandora music as well...Delphine said she timed her Pandora to change every 15 minutes and we got James Taylor radio and Gordon Lightfoot radio as we perused.....5/5

Grayling
     Au Sable Fabrics (6/10/15)  very small, not much fabric and much is out-of-date, woman worker/owner? sat quilting and did not even greet us as we walked in.  (1/5)
    
Ironwood (SEW BY THE LAKE) plate
     Fabric Patch (6/9/15) my favorite of the whole cross-country trip.  On the UP of Michigan, with not very much north, south, east, OR west.  Housed in an old brick warehouse, full of amazing fabric and wonderful people.  (6/5)


MINNESOTA

Duluth (SUPERIOR DAYS) plate from Hannah Johnson Fabrics

       Creations Quilt Shop (6/8/15) not in the best of areas (a little seedy) don't let the outside of the store fool you - it's full of lots of fabrics in multiple rooms.  4/5
      Hannah Johnson Fabrics (6/8/15) another quilt shop whose outside denies the greatness of the inside.  Lots of modern fabrics stuffed into a not-too-large space 4/5

Foley (I BR8K 4 FABRIC) plate
     Quilts on Broadway (6/8/15)

Sandstone (QUILTERS ROCK!)
     Quarry Quilts (6/8/15)

MONTANA

Billings
     Back Door Quilts (6/4/15) I've been here before, believe it or not!  Large quilt store in an awkward location, but lots of fabric and ideas.  We were tired, it was the end of the day, so we didn't spend too much time looking.  Very promising, though.... (4/5)

Glendive

     The Enchanted Room (6/5/15) lovely, tasteful, very cool owner/employees.  they just opened a brand new gift shop/nursery across the street.  Very quiet-seeming town.  5/5



NEVADA

Reno
     Windy Moon Quilts (6/2/15) large shop, lots of machines to sell, some fabric, but either it was displayed poorly or their choices just didn't grab my attention, very few batiks... (2/5)

Sparks
     Windy Moon Quilts (6/2/15) hugely different array of fabrics than their Reno store, much more to my liking.  Bright and fun.  (3.5/5)

Winnemucca  (EVERYTHING COZY) plate

     Comfy Cozy Quilt Shop (6/2/15) talk about the middle of nowhere!  So many people must be tickled to death about having this wonderful quiltshop here....and Nadine, the owner, is a hoot.  Looks likes lots of activities and classes, too.  Small but nice selection of fabrics. (4/5....10 for Nadine!)


NEW JERSEY

Lebanon (QUILTR 4 EVR) plate

     Budding Star Quilts - in the front of a weirdly-shaped strip mall, hard to locate the shop because the parking is way on the other side.  They package their kits so that the fabrics are all cut to the sizes needed - very cool but, of course, very expensive.  One of the workers (owner?) was very bossy and the kind of person who uses minor insults as humor (heard her teaching the class out back).  Fabric...okay.  2.5/5

NORTH DAKOTA

Beach
     Sip 'N Sew (6/5/15)  - a tiny coffee bar with a tiny quilt shop.  Not much fabric, but what they have sure must be appreciated in this tiny town!  Fun.  (2/5 for fabrics +1 for niceness and cuteness)

OHIO

So. Amherst
     Quilting Kreations (6/11/15) all fabrics of the same color are displayed together, and I can't say I really liked this.  It's nice seeing collections together, especially since so many of the newer fabric lines are in coordinating fabrics.  Large amount of fabrics, though, just didn't see any that did it for me.....(2.5/5)

Stow (SEWK UP COLOR) plate

     Sew Deja Vu (6/12/15) Dede bought her new, wonderful sewing chair here.  Long, narrow, bright store showing a smallish collection of modern fabrics.  Very nice.  (3/5)





PENNSYLVANIA

Mercer
     The Gallery of Fabrics (6/12/15)  clueless worker didn't have much knowledge about the Row by Row, although they're part of it....nice collection of fabrics, but felt tightly packed in.

WISCONSIN

Ashland (CHEQUAMEGON BAY) plate (pronounced shi-kwan'-a-men)

     Ashland Area Fabric & Quilt Co. (6/9/15) small but very nice, and the shop owner was cool....lots of fat quarters, right ON Lake Superior! (3.5/5)

Summer of 2015 - A Week in New York


Day 1 - Monday, June 15, 2015
Train from Harrisburg to Penn Station
Check in at Holiday in, 57th between 9th and 10th, near Columbus Circle
Lunch at Lunch Box on 9th - delicious spinach & potato soup
Laura off to her conference at Fordham Law, Ella and I hit the sidewalk
Walked north along Broadway to about 72nd Street, stopping at shops
Began to POUR,  We got very, very wet.....
Dinner at Stardust Cafe (Beau was our singing waiter)
Times Square, M & M Store, Toys R Us, souvenir store
Cab back to hotel

Day 2 - Tuesday, June 16,  2015 
Cab to St. Patrick's Cathedral, lit a candle for Grampie
NBC store and LEGO store at Rockefeller Center
Grayline Bus tour, got off at Union Square
Lasagna pizza and mozzarella sticks at Rosa's Pizza on 14th St.
Letterbox outside Lion Brand Yarn shop
Looked for letterbox at Strand Bookstore - not there, but the bookstore was AWESOME!
Croissants
Started to pour again - took quite awhile to get a cab, but we did, back to the hotel



Day 3 - Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Walked to the MOMA
Mostly checked out the fifth floor - Picasso, Van Gogh, Klee, Mondrian....
American Girl Store
Art Cart outside the New York Public Library
Found a letterbox inside the library!
Met Laura - did the Grayline DOWNTOWN loop, got dropped off near the hotel
Dinner near the hotel, pasta
Chocolate mousse cake at a deli before hitting the hay



Day 4 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
Swimming in the roof pool
Subway (big deal for E - no longer nervous!) to Battery Park/ South Ferry
Ferry  to Statue of Liberty
Ellis Island
Dinner at P. J. Clarke's (44 West 63rd St.)  - downstairs; cool decor, very overpriced



Day 5 - Friday, June 19, 2015
Train to Harrisburg
Picked up party stuff for Tristan's birthday party tomorrow
Mother-daughter pedicures!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer 2015 Cross-Country Road Trip

Day 1 (Sun May 31)     [103,508 at the start]
Tucson, AZ to Buttonwillow, CA (624 miles)
2 letterboxes - "I-10 Westbound, Out of Gas" just west of Palm Springs at the rest area
                         "McDonald's History #1: Big M" - San Bernadino, CA at the site of the first McDonalds....ever!
Motel 6 (fair)

Day 2 (Mon June 1)
Buttonwillow, CA to Novato, CA (329 miles today - 953 total miles from my house to Dede's)
3 letterboxes - "Eye 5 Series - Gruesome" (I-5 Lost Hills, CA)
                        "Eye 5 Series - Eye 5"  (I-5 Harris Ranch/Coalinga, CA)
                        "Survivor" (Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA)

Day 3 (Tues June 2)
Novato, CA to Elko, NV (516.4 miles)
4 quilt shops - Meissner's Sewing & Vac (2/5) Sacramento
                        Windy Moon Quilts - one in Reno (4/5), one in Sparks (4/5)
                        Comfy Cozy Quilt Shop - Winnemucca, NV (4/5 but a 10 for Nadine)
Elko Motel 6 (fair)
pizza at The Blind Onion

Day 4 (Wed June 3)
Elko, NV to West Yellowstone, MT (453.8 miles)
2 letterboxes - "Blue Moon of Idaho" in American Falls, ID (roadside I-90)
                         "Massacre Rocks" in American Falls, ID (roadside I-90)
1 quilt shop - The Gathering Place, Rupert, ID (5/5)
Holiday Motel, West Yellowstone, MT (good)
salad bar at The Outpost

Day 5 (Thurs. June 4)
West Yellowstone, MT to Billings, MT (262.4 miles)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK/ OLD FAITHFUL
1 quilt shop - Back Door Quilts, Billings, MT
Billings Motel 6 (fair)
Sirloin steak at Texas Roadhouse

Day 6 (Fri. June 5)
Billings, MT to Dickinson, ND (350.6 mi)
FINALLY GOT TO STATE #48 - North Dakota !
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK
1 letterbox - "My 50" in the National Grasslands outside Medora, ND
2 quilt shops -  The Enchanted Room in Glendive, MT (5/5)
                         Sip 'n Sew in Beach, ND (2/5 for fabrics, +1 for niceness & cuteness)
Dickinson - My Place Hotel (excellent with a glitch)
(Another) steak at Applebees

Day 7 (Sat. June 6)
Dickinson, ND to Bismarck, ND (185 miles)
THE ENCHANTED HIGHWAY
3 letterboxes - "A Little Bit of New England in North Dakota" New England, ND
                         "The Enchanted Highway - Pheasants on  the Prairie"
                         "The Enchanted Highway - Deer Crossing"
Bismarck Hampton Inn (excellent)
Soup & salad at Olive Garden

Day 8 (Sun. June 7)
Bismarck, ND to St. Cloud, MN (373 mi.)
Buffalo Museum and the Giant Buffalo, Jamestown ND
2 Letterboxes - "The Big Buffalo" Jamestown, ND
                           this included a hitch-hiker: "Go Vols!"
                          "Regal Ruminant" Fargo, ND
St. Cloud Country Inn & Suites (excellent)
Chopped Chicken Salad at Boulder Tap House

Day 9 (Mon. June 8)
St. Cloud, MN to Duluth, MN (167 mi.)
1 letterbox - "Stopping for a Picnic" - found the 2nd of 2, and I really looked for the first....
4 quilt shops - Quilts on Broadway, Foley, MN (5/5)
                        Quarry Quilts, Sandstone, MN (5/5)
                        Creations Quilt Shop, Duluth, MN (4/5)
                        Hannah Johnson Fabrics, Duluth, MN (5/5)
Duluth Super 8 (a very good motel)
Pork burger with unbelievable onion rings, smashed potatoes, and hobo soup at the Duluth Grille

Day 10 (Tues. June 9)
Duluth, MN to Munising, MI (upper peninsula near Marquette) (312 mi.)
No letterboxes
2 quilt shops - Ashland Area Fabric & Quilt Co., Ashland, WI (3+/5)
                        Fabric Patch, Ironwood, MI (6/5) - Hexie flower row-by-row!
Comfort Inn in Munising, MI
Dinner in our room - late - turkey sandwich on Hawaiian rolls

Day 11 (Wed. June 10)
Munising, MI to Bay City, MI (outside Saginaw) (320 miles)
MACINAC BRIDGE - Lake Michigan
FATHER MARQUETTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
THE CROSS IN THE WOODS SHRINE - where I locked the car keys in the car
2 quilt shops - Delphine's Quilt Shop - Gaylord, MI (5/5)
                        Au Sable Fabrics - Grayling, MI (1/5)
Econolodge in Bay City, MI
Another 7oz. sirloin at Applebees

Day 12 (Thurs. June 11)
Bay City, MI to Amherst, OH (
FRANKENMUTH, MI: Bavarian town
          Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
          Zehnder's Famous Chicken Dinners
0 letterboxes - couldn't find the one in Holly, MI at a DQ where Dede indulged....again....
2 quilt shops - The Quilter's Garden, Fenton, MI (5/5)
                         Quilting Kreations, So. Amherst, OH (2/5) all colors together
Motel 6 in Amherst, OH
Subway in our room
Day 13 (Friday, June 12) 
Amherst, OH to Stroudsburg, PA (436.6 miles)
Cayuhoga National Park
Brandywine Falls
Jo-Ann Distribution Center/National Office Complex in Ohio
lunch at Winking Lizard, Peninsula, OH (wonderful - food AND place!)
0 Letterboxes
2 Quilt Shops - Sew Deja Vu; Stow, OH (3/5) Dede bought her new sewing chair here
                         The Gallery of Fabrics; Mercer PA (clueless but nice workers, 3/5)
Supper on-the-road (making time!) McD - Dede's such a good sport
Hampton Inn, Stroudsburg, PA

Day 14 (Saturday, June 13, 2015
Stroudsburg, PA to Long Island City (Queens), NY to Mt. Holly Springs, PA (317.0 miles)
yaaaaaay!

Totals: 

4854 miles
3 National Parks
20 quilt shops
14 letterbox stamps
9 motels (4 Motel 6, 1 Super 8, 2 Hampton Inns, 1 Country Inn & Suites, 1 Econolodge, 1 privately owned (Holiday Hotel in West Yellowstone) and 1 My Place Motel)

Friday, May 29, 2015

38. Second Son - a short story by Lee Child

Jack Reacher #15.5
read by Dick Hill
listened to audio through Audible
2011 Transworld Digital
32 pgs.
Adult mystery
Read on 5/27/2015
Goodreads rating: 3.93
My rating: 3
Setting: Base housing, 1970's Okinawa

My comments: It was interesting to look at Jack Reacher with a family, living in a house in a bedroom of his own....but to truly believe that a 13-year old could think in the way that he did left a little question mark in my head.  Of course Reacher was probably a detecting/investigative prodigy, but this one went a little over the top to be completely believable.  Ah, well.   A short story from Lee Child - fun.

Goodreads synopsis:  In this short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.
          Okinawa, 1974. Even at thirteen, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone who stands in his way. And as the new kid in town, that’s pretty much everyone. His family has come to the Pacific with his father, who’s preparing for a top-secret Marine Corps operation. After receiving a rude welcome from the local military brats, Reacher and his older brother, Joe, intend to teach them a lesson they won’t forget. But it’s soon clear that there’s more at stake than pride. When his family’s future appears to come crumbling down, it’s the youngest Reacher who rises to the occasion with all the decisive cunning and bravura that will one day be his deadly trademark..

Sunday, May 24, 2015

37. Playing God - Kate Flora

Joe Burgesss #1 Portland, ME police detective
read on my iPhone/Book/listened to audio CD/Audible...
publishing info
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genre/audience
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My comments:  I like Joe Burgess. A lot. Love the setting – Portland, Maine. A dead doctor, without compassion for anyone including his wife and especially his patients,disliked by everyone– including Joe Burgess. Various leads, including one that Burgess was a little reluctant to pursue. But listening to his mother's admonitions not to play God he's relentless in pursuit.  Lots of food for thought in the way he thinks, the sorts of feelings and virtues he accepts and does not accept, and interesting thinking in the way/s he views his own life.

Goodreads synopsis:

36. Half a Chance - Cynthia Lord

read by Maria Cabezas - lovely
4 unabridged cds (4.75 hrs.)
2014 Recorded Books
pgs.
genre/audience
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 11 of My Hexie Fever

I think I've figured out what I want to do with the small batik diamonds....
(graph paper is cool!)
I think black rather than white....
And after arranging, rearranging, changing, and thinking, I've pretty much decided that this is what I'm going to do with the scrappy flowers (but what color for the single hexagon setting? Gray, maybe?)

29 single flowers finished
     (and 22 waiting)
44 double flowers finished
     (and 9 waiting)
1 triple flower finished
11 bulls-eye diamonds finished
26 small batik diamonds finished
     (and 35 waiting)
74 5-inch novelty hexies finished

2276 hexies made so far (up 122 from last week)
               and
2701 edges sewn (up 241 from last week)
GRAND TOTAL (4977) up 363 all together from last week!
.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

35. A Week in Winter - Maeve Binchy

Listened to audio on Audible...
Read by Rosalyn Landor
2012, Orion
464 pgs.
Adult CRF set in western Ireland & Dublin
Finished 5/16/2015
Goodreads rating: 3.77
My rating:5/enchanting

First line/s: First person:  CHICKY  "Everyone had their own job to do on the Ryan's farm in Stonybridge."

My comments:  This was an enchanting story, told from many perspectives and linked together so that the first few characters are still the major ones. The plot was fascinating, but the character development was superb, putting the reader into the life of each and every one of the 11 or 12 characters, major and minor.  So many stories rolled into one! And the setting, on the western coast of Ireland - I truly loved listening to every word.

Goodreads synopsis:  Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions.

Friday, May 15, 2015

MOVIE - Pitch Perfect 2

PG-13 (1:55)
Wide release 5/15/15
I saw it the evening before it opened, Thursday 5/14/15  at Roadhouse Cinema
RT Critic: 70   Audience:  81
Cag:  3 - Liked it
Directed by Elizabeth Banks
Universal Studios

Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

My comments: Funny, yes.  Cute, yes.  Good music, yes.  Entertaining, yes. Even sweet.  But overall, when I put it all together, it wasn't really satisfying.  I can't figure it out.  My reaction was a wholehearted .... eh.

iMDB Summary:  After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

34. Never Go Back - Lee Child

Jack Reacher #18
listened to audio CD AND Audible.
audio read by Dick Hill..
2013 Delacorte Press
400 pgs
Adult mystery
Finished 5/12/2015
Goodreads rating: 3.98
My rating:4
Setting:  Contemporary Washington DC & LA

My comments:  Lee Child - and Jack Reacher - always seem to grab me immediately and not let go.  There were a few places in the story where I had to pause for a moment and try to figure out how two plus two equaled four; and my anger at politics and government/armed forces/police hierarchy made me crazy, but good stories should attract strong emotions, right?  If you read this book only to take a look at Reacher and his beliefs, lifestyle and aggressive genius, you won't go wrong.

Goodreads synopsis:  After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, former military cop Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.
          Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind his old desk isn’t a woman. Is Susan Turner dead? In Afghanistan? Or in a car wreck?
          What Reacher doesn't expect to hear is that Turner has just been fired from her command. Nor that he himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’
          Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

March of the Hexagons - Week 10

Sunday, May 10th marks the end of my tenth week working diligently - and almost crazily - on hexagons!

I don't like the way these look like this.  
I've done some drawing and brainstorming.  I think I'm going to use some sort of black around them to make it look more stained-glassy.

I love the way these look.


15 single flowers finished
44 double flowers finished
1 triple flowers finished
11 bulls-eye diamonds finished
12 small diamonds finished
74 5-inch novelty hexies finished

2154 hexies made so far (up 296 from last week)
and
2460 edges sewn (up 108 from last week)
    grand total (4614) up 408 all together from last week