Monday, September 28, 2015

Moon over my porch...

                  Last night I watched the entire lunar eclipse from my porch. I found it fascinating. The earth so slowly came between the moon and the sun then just as slowly  moved away. This will not happen again until 2033. I could not stop observing. I stayed out on the porch til near midnight. I took a lot of pictures. Some turned out many did not. I realize I need to learn more about the the settings on my camera. It was a lovely night in da U.P. Mild weather for late September.

I finished Stephan King's 11/22/63. I held my breath, felt sympathy for the characters and was horrified by the turn of events. Mr. King at his storytelling  best.

The next ten books on the POPSUGAR 2015 book challenge:

A book that scares you~gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A book more than 100 years old~Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (currently reading)
A book you chose based entirely on it's cover~Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstien (read with, Haven-8 year old grand, we solved the puzzle and recieved a note from the author!)
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't~
A memoir~Just Kids by Patti Smith
A book you can finish in a day~Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
A book with antonyms in the title~{Beautful Chaos by Kami Garcia}TBR
A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit~Lovers at the Chameleon Club,Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
A book that came out the year you were born~{The End of the Affair by Graham Greene or The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger}TBR
A book with bad reviews~The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I have added two more books to my must be read by the end of 2015 list bringing the total to five MBRs.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

More books on the porch...

                     My new boiled wool coffee slippers and one of my favorite coffee cups

The next ten books on my  POPSUGAR 2015 reading challenge list:

A book with a one word title~Landline by Rainbow Rowell
A book of short stories~Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
A book set in a different countries~The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
A nonfiction book~Still Foolin' Em by Billy Crystal
A popular author's first book~The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
A book from an author you love that you have not read yet~[Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff] TBR
A book  a friend recommended~[Meet Me in Venice by Suzanne Ma] TBR (Christine, friend and niece)
A Pulitzer Prize winning book~All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2015)
A book based on a true story~Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A book at the bottom of your to read list~[Molokai'i by Alan Brennert] TBR This book is also on my Summer/Winter reading challenge for Our Novel Escape

I  need to read three of these books before December 31st.

Phyllis, I am going to answer your questions posted on your blog just for fun.

1. Do you collect anything other than dolls? Camera equipment, I am obsessed. Santa ornaments.
2. Why did you start a blog? I found myself turning sixty and I wanted to ruminate on the experience.
3. What is your grail doll? The 1959 Barbie black haired pony tail.
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel to? Scotland, the British Isles
5. What kind of music do you like? Folk Rock, Sixties soft rock, coffee house unplugged
6. How did you get started collecting doll? I was trying to replace the Barbies of my childhood.
7. (Linda's #7) Where is your most favorite place you've ever been? Mexico with my three daughters.
8. (Linda's #8) what is your favorite thing about yourself? I am eternally optimistic. I  can't help it.
9. (Linda's #9) Favorite book or movie? Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, unforgettable book. My movie is UP, I loved it.
10. (Phyllis' #9) what type of dolls do you collect? I  collect Barbie dolls with the vintage face sculpt. This includes the Fashion Model silkstone dolls with the vintage face. I have many authentic articles of (1959-1964) clothing. I also have the entire collection of Barbie Millicent Roberts fashions from 1997.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Reading on the porch...

I am currently reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Oh, my. It is a long book but I am into it. He has me almost believing. I say I am not a fan of horror or King but the last couple of his books have been so good. The Green Mile for example. I am listening to the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Very interesting but so depressing. Claire Danes' voice has taken on such a hopeless tone.

I am working on my POPSUGAR 2015 Book Challenge. I have completed most of the books except for the really hard to find or read ones, like a book from the year you were born or a book that is 100 years old. I will wait until a week before New Year's Eve to cram those in...that is how I roll. Here are the first ten challenge books and me reading in the hammock:

A book with more than 500 pages~Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
A classic romance~The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A book that became a movie~The Martian by Andy Weir
A book published this year~At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
A book with a number in the title~Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A book written by someone under 30~Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A book with non human characters ~We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
A funny book~Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
A book by a female author~Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A mystery or a thriller~The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Does it seem like all I do is read? Hmm...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Looking back on B.C. from my porch...

                              This sign in front of the library caught my fancy...
                                     Inside the library looking up...
                             A view from the ferry...
                                           Ferry views...

                             A tree I had never seen before. Arbutus, I think.

                                                      The gates on Salt Spring...

                                           The veggies were beautiful...
                                                      The tree house...
                                          Notice the wooden house boat on the left...
                                              One of the sunsets...
                                           Mountain veiws everywhere I looked...
                                          Another gate...

                             The star fish, also the star of the tide pool!

                                           The blue views and rock faces...
At My House:

In my fridge you'll always find: Greek yogurt and Gala apples

Favorite family recipe: My marinara sauce made with good red wine

Favorite junk food: Junior Mints, a whole movie box

I'll do anything to avoid: Cleaning the tub

My secret cleaning weapon is: Lemons in the garbage disposal in the sink, smells like I cleaned all day!
Before company arrives, I hide: my piles of important clutter in my broom closet, under my bed, in the oven...

I love to shop for: Books, any bookstore any time

I hate to shop for: groceries, nuff said

Bad habit: Wearing my pajamas for as long as possible

I just learned: About a new vice, Affogato, espresso and ice cream

Stuff I can't live without: I like my books at least two weeks out, comfy shoes, Outlander. I can live without stuff, though. I can't live without my people. You know who you are.

Personal mantra/motto: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. (Seuss)

I wish I could tell my younger self: You are going to live through this

Cat/dog/other pet: Chocolate lab, Izzy. but she likes my hubby the best

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I have been away from the porch...

                                                   Sarah...the post grad student
                          Mike and bro and his better half...
                                          Stephanie...the birthday girl
                            Bob...Stephanie's hubby waiting for coffee...
                 the coffee ready yet?
                        Ivan, Marci and hubby, my sister and her significant other
                              Dave...our host, grilling veggies
                            Brother Mike grilling fresh salmon...
                          Karin, Dawn and Stephanie...what?
                            Proud  Mom and son
                       Niece Dawn, Alice and niece Sarah...with an h...
                                               Hubby and Me
                                 Christine, our hostess and Ivan, her charge
                                     Birthday girl and her consort
                            The Middle...that's me
                            Help!! No, really, they need help!

A trip to Vancouver, B.C. and Salt Spring Island to celebrate my sister's 60th birthday turned into a family adventure! We hiked, went whale watching, tasted craft beer and wine, shared delicious food, visited a goat farm and fromagere. I looked that up.  We saw Orca whales, sea lions, a kangaroo mouse, star fish and sea otters. We visited a farmer's market on the island where we tasted fresh vegetables and fruits. Dave and Christine shared their downtown Vancouver neighborhood with us. We saw the sights, a former Olympic village, a museum of the First Nation,  the ocean and mountain vistas, and Affogato...
After all that I must say that the best part of the trip for me was spending time with these people. My family lives across the U.S. and Canada. We get together often but this is our first trip as a group to B.C. I enjoyed sharing morning coffee, having the time to just sit and talk. I soaked up the relaxed atmosphere of groovy Salt Spring Island. We all enjoyed the company of our family. Peace and Love in Vangroovy...

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Back on the old front porch...

I took so many pictures of the grands in June and July. They stayed with us from June 13 until July 31st. It was a time of swimming, acrobatics, football, ten cousin birthday party and site seeing, U.P. style. Lots of good food and deserts (banana cake and Blue Moon ice cream). My daughter and neighbor for three years moved to south Florida on August 1st. My youngest girl moved to Florida last November. Bittersweet for me. My girls and their families are all living down south. My hubby drove a moving van and I flew with the kids down to help them get settled. I'm gonna miss them...

I am reading Lovers at the Chameleon Club. It is well written, intriguing but without a single character I can warm up to. The artists are so self centered. The patrons so needy. The poor people so, well, so poor.
I am listening to Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. It is an entertaining listen. The readers are so good. the story is a little fractured though...
My summer movies have been animated. Inside Out, twice, I cried. Minions, I did not cry. One grown up movie The Second Best Marigold Hotel, not quite as good as the "Best" but I loved it anyway.

Lost an old friend this summer to Alzhiemers. I had no idea it could be so devastating a disease. Having had no experience with it at all. She was 68. Mortality bites.

I feel like I have caught up a little. I hope to write more often. I want to post pics and keep up on the books I am reading.