Wow, another long dry spell

It's been almost a month since my last post. Maybe it's because we've been so busy? Still. We had our Halloween fun. Finished up Middle School Volleyball. Started Middle School Boy's Basketball. And were just lazy.

I finished up a couple of great books.

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo was my favorite. This would have to be added to my favorites of the year. Kate Burkholder grew up Amish and is now in charge of keeping the small town of Painters Hill, Ohio safe as the chief of police. While she was growing up in the Amish community a serial killer dubbed the Slaughterhouse Killer terrorized the town. Now as a grown woman she is challenged with finding out if he is striking again. Secrets are reveled that will keep you on the edge of your seat, or couch. This book was definitely a 5 star!

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker was the other book I read. Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation. There, while Serena Jane’s beauty proves to be her biggest curse, Truly finds her calling—the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques—and, in reckoning with her demons, the possibility of love in unexpected places. {Copied from} This book was ok, I could have gone without reading it. Still a 3 star.

Now I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and love it. I can't wait to see what is going to happen to the young Liesel in the heart of Hitler country. I have seen this book everywhere and was happy to find it on

I am lucky enough to live only 5 miles from a great selection of antique shops. Since we live so close I take for granted that they are there. I stopped in a few weeks ago just to browse, and found a great deal! I found 3 bags of vintage fabric...I'll call it vintage because it looks like that to me....for $1 each! Huge amounts of fabric for $3. I loved how the seller had them separated according to the color spectrum.

The brown fabric on the top of the stack has already been put to good use as some backing for my 9-patch quilt that I finally got done for Crazy Mom Quilts - Amanda Jean's quilt along.

I love this quilt. It's the perfect size to snuggle with on the couch. Now on to the other 4 I have in progress.

The weather has been so wonderful here for this time of year. Our school has 2 days off because of a large number of kids being sick
so the boys and I took advantage of the warm weather and went to a nearby playground. It was a lot of fun. Simon is getting old enough that he can just go and I don't have to worry as much about him falling and getting hurt. But at the same time this gives him more confidence and he is much more daring.

It was fun watching the boys play and run around together. I know that in the blink of an eye they will be out of the house and on their own, so I was glad we were able to spend the day together.



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

sounds like great books and loving those photos...and lol lol lol....girl....if i waited for snow to decorate for christmas....ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol lol lol...then i'd never ever ever for the past 30 some odd years i'd never decorate!!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Staci said...

I love that photo of Alex and Simon!! I can't believe how big he's getting. That was an awesome buy on the fabric. It looks vintage to me!! That quilt is beyond words!!! I have Sworn to Silence so now I can't wait to read it. I will now pass on Little Giant, thanks for the honesty there, and the Book Thief-LOVED IT!!

Glad to get an update!!!