Thursday, June 23, 2016


Celebrating a recent finish - Blackbird Designs Garden Borders. The colors at least in person are so pretty. I used my grandmother's initials. She always had such beautiful flowers and I wish I had inherited her very green thumb. 

Here are a few new acquisitions - with one exception there seems to be a theme.

And in the category of "I loved it so much," I bought it twice -

So...if, anyone, is interested I would be happy to send it along to you.

Thankfully, I seem to be back to 100% which is a good thing as we are a little behind on a few celebrations.

We are so proud of our son - he has worked so hard to catch up after his injury that required him to take some time off and is set to graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

We also celebrated his 24th birthday

And of course a birthday beer

Lola is celebrating another nap

Here's hoping there are some celebratory occasions in your future!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BOTNS Book Bingo 2016

I'm excited to be playing along this year! It's a good way to broaden my reading experience and read books I might not otherwise read - example - science fiction. It's also fun to know others are participating. After seeing other people's cards, I was a little nervous at what I might get. Here is my card - and overall I'm pretty happy with it.
Here are my choices for each block:
  1. Can You Keep a Secret Sophie Kinsella
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Annie Barrows
  3. The Woodcutter Reginald Hill
  4. The Plague Albert Camus
  5. Life of Pi Yann Martel
  6. Better Than Before Gretchen Rubin
  7. Mary Reilly Valerie Martin
  8. The Devil In The White City Erik Larson
  9. Fortune Smiles Adam Johnson
  10. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
  11. Life After Life Kate Atkinson
  12. Centennial James Michener
  13. ?
  14. American Gods Neil Gaiman
  15. The Pale Horse Agatha Christie
  16. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
  17. A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
  18. The Opposite of Everyone Joshilyn Jackson
  19. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley
  20. The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
  21. Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog Garth Stein
  22. The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
  23. Death in a White Tie Ngaio Marsh
  24. Insomnia Stephen King
  25. Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka Harpie, Karl Wiggins
Some of these are pretty lengthy, but I'm going to give it a good try and read all of them. I know most of you probably aren't interested in my summer reading plans, but this is a good place to keep my list. No danger of misplacing it. : ) 

If by some chance you are interested in trying for your own bingo you can find out more here. I was sad to hear their announcement on the future of Books on the Nightstand, but fortunately, I haven't even come close to listening to all of their podcasts. Thank you, Mary, for introducing me to this fun challenge! Hope you have some good reading included in your summer plans!