Tuesday, May 12, 2015

First chapter, first paragraph...

Tuesday Intro-The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

An unexpected party
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.

Should I continue reading? My nine year old grand daughter is highly recommending
this book...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First Chapter, first paragraph...

Tuesday Intros-Driftless by David Rhodes

The morning ripened slowly. Ten o'clock felt like noon. July Montgomery cut open a sack of ground feed and poured it into the cement trough. He looked out of the barn window into his hay field, where  low-lying fog stole silently out of the ground, filling space with milky distance. Beyond the fence, the tops of maple, oak, and hickory formed a lumpy, embroidered edge against infinity.

I will read this book. This paragraph brought me right back to my life on the farm...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When I'm Sixty Four...

Pic#29-With help from my grand V, I am included on a Beatles cover, see gold lame' girl,
Tokyo cherry blossoms and Eiffel Tower. 
This is it. My 64th birthday. Singing along with the Beatles to When I'm Sixty Four is something I planned on since I was sixteen. So, check!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros...

                                                            Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Mary Fox came by the other day---the last person on earth I was expecting to see. I'd have tidied up
if I'd known she was coming. I'd have combed my hair. I'd have shaved. At least I was wearing a suit;
I strive for a sense of professionalism. I was sitting in my study, writing badly, just making words on the page, waiting for something to come through, some sentence I could keep. It was taking longer
that day than it usually did, but I didn't mind. The windows were open. I was sort of listening to something  by Glazunov; there's a symphony of his you can't listen to with the windows closed, you just can't. Well, I guess I could, but you'd get agitated and run at the walls. Maybe that's just me.

I want to read this. This first paragraph is just how I roll. I am never prepared for a surprise visit. I am still in my p.j's and my house needs to be picked up everyday.
This is Pic#28 posted this month in anticipation of my 64th birthday tomorrow. I know, really? I am so surprised I get to this day every year. I am sending 63 out with a bang. With as much of a bang as an aging couch potato can muster...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Two more days...

                                          Pic#27-Sunflower baby

Well, in two days it will be my sixty fourth birthday. I am so fascinated by the process of aging. It just happens. Days fly by. It does not matter if you are busy or not. Time marches on. Getting older really makes me think about my life. The people I care about. The books I need to read. What questions do I  
need  to ask myself? What gift do I want from my hubby? He keeps asking. He always does something special for me. I can't think of anything I need. I am working on it.

I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt--Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again. 
Mark Twain--Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.
One more by Aldous Huxley. I love his name.--The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.

I feel like I have to be careful not to waste the time I have left in my life but then I think wasting time has always been one of my favorite things to do.--Me

I finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I know it is YA but this writer just draws me in to the emotion her characters are experiencing. I am listening to The Book of Life. So good!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Miss Teen Upper Peninsula...

                                               Pic#25-My great niece was crowned today!

A few more questions:
1. What was your favorite movie as a kid? Ride the Wild Surf with  Fabien, Old Yeller almost killed 
2. What music do you like listening to? I love listening to an XM station called 60s on 6. The music 
      of my youth. The Beatles, Frankie Valley, The Righteous Brothers. I know all the words!
3. What is the one thing you will never do again? Ride a roller coaster. I did it once. I was sick for the 
     rest of the day. Never again.

I started reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I know it's YA but I am loving it. RR's writing sucks me in. I missed Outlander tonight. The pageant in Marquette with the girls instead. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Quiet on the porch...

                                       Pic#24-Old barn off a highway near Texarkana, Texas

My summer photo project is to take pics of as many old barns as I can track down with cousin JR.
She is the best at finding photo treasures. So many barns are in ruins in the Upper Penninsula. When they are gone they are not replaced. I will miss the barns. I have always been attracted to old farm buildings...

A quote I came across: To be a photographer, one must photograph. No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures. Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there is no guarantee that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters. --Harry Callahan

I am reading and listening to The Book of Life by Deb Harkness. Very good witchy and vampy end to a trilogy.