Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gone Girl

It's been a long time since I read a book that didn't involve self improvement, psychology, or some form of crafting.  I used to be an AVID reader, but somehow reading novels slipped away.  Over the years I have collected a few I thought I would enjoy and set them on the shelf for "future" reading. The last novel I read was "The Girl With The Dragoon Tattoo" when it was on the best seller list.  Quite a while ago, huh!

Then I saw Gone Girl on the shelf at Walmart.  I had not yet heard anything about it...nothing. The back cover description sounded OK so I picked it up.  Sometime later I started reading...actually I would call it plodding through the beginning.  I didn't much like the author's style and in the beginning scanned though what I found to be too much character thoughts.  But I kept reading.  It got better.  The characters unfolded and I started to see Ben Afflick on the talk show circuit talking about the move.  Well, THAT renewed my determination.  Then the book really did get better, but I still was not at the "can't put it down" level yet.  Then...THEN..I turned from page 291 to Part 2 Boy Meets Girl. POW!!!  The ZINGER that grabbed me. Caught me by surprise.  Pushed me to the "can't put it down level".  But at 2:00 AM I had to and can't wait to get back to it. (If you are reading the book and haven't reached this point...DO NOT turn to Part 2 until you get there).  Now I am seeing what all the hype is.  I EXPECT this book to get even better and after starting Part 2 I KNOW it will.

I don't like to see a movie then read the book.  I often don't mind seeing a movie AFTER reading the book, but usually find that the movie does not live up to a great book.  I can tell you that the movie comes out Friday.  I'm not sure when, but I will DEFINITELY see this movie.  Ben Afflick is the absolute perfect match for the husband in this book.  If nothing else..he has the necessary smile.  If you are reading the book, you will know what I mean.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can We Talk About Pinterest?

Do you remember when Pinterest first came on the scene?  You could only join by invitation.  So many people refrained from joining due to image theft.  I, myself stayed away because I found it to be a time absorber.  But that was when I worked.  I still spend very little time on Pinterest.  Most of the time I spend is trying to locate the origin of the picture to find out more about whatever image it is that catches my eye.

Why post pictures to a board?  Well, that's easy enough for ME to answer.  Inspiration...Admiration..a place to collect ideas...

But I spent some time there today and it got me to thinking even deeper about my purpose on Pinterest.  I saw a lot about myself there. Mostly found in my thoughts about why I post some of the pictures that I have collected.  It solidified the knowledge that one of my personal traits is organization and a purpose for everything I do.

Tell me what you know about Pinterest.

Tell me how to better navigate there.

Tell me how to be a better pinner.

Do you mind if your pictures are pinned?

Why do YOU pin.

How much time do you spend on Pinterest.

Where can I find YOU on Pinterest? and do you want me to?

Ain't I nosey!!??!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Few Questions

I wanted to post today.  I was going to take pics of my garden.  But since we are re-landscaping the pond area (which is taking entirely too long) the only beautiful flowers I have right now are my Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus.  I have several unique varieties, but I have pics in past posts. It seems like our whole summer has been in slow motion this year.  The heat and humidity caused us to be inside most of the summer.  The oppressive humidity practically leave Terry immobile due to his COPD.  We did have some plumbing issues under the house.  That horrid winter gone by caused a pipe under the house to break and our tub drain was leaking water.  Since we have a crawl space it was not easy to repair.  Terry ended up cutting a trap door in the bathroom floor and Corey went down to do repairs only to find there is another crack.  We will be removing the tub and putting a shower unit in, which we have wanted to do for a long time.

When I completed the CQ block from Kathy Shaw's class, I asked her to give me the list of supplies for the next class so I can start gathering what I have and buying what I need. So, first let me tell you that though I love Crazy Quilt, I am not too found of very encrusted blocks.  I love to look at the very Victorian pieced blocks, but I personally prefer the less embellished blocks in a book I have by J. Marsha Michler "The Magic of Crazy Quilting". That said, in the next class, Kathy will give the choice of using "fancy fabric" or cottons.  I am teetering between ordering fancy fabrics from Kathy in Iowa (Crazy by Design) or buying a selection of appropriate cottons. So, do I use fancies because, after all it's a class and the purpose is to learn something new.  Or do I use cottons?  What do you think?

I've been thinking a lot about blogging and comments.  When I retired, I resolved to leave comments on the blogs I read.  Some bloggers never acknowledge the comment.  Some reply back via email, while some respond via a blog comment.  I try to reply via email.  I like that more personal interaction.  I think it promotes a stronger cyber friend connection.  Sometimes I click the box asking for a email notification of future comments, mostly when I want to see comments about questions the blogger asked.  Sometimes when a blogger is known not to respond, I read the post but don't leave a comment.

What do you think about blog comments?