Happy New Year…

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Merry Christmas…

Merry Christmas!


May your holidays be bright!

10 Favorite Books of 2010

Someone asked me what my ten favorite books from 2010 were.  Now, I have read 60 books so far this year and while it was tough to pick out just ten – I did it!

The Map of True Places – Brunonia Barry
Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation – Ellen Fitzpatrick
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine – Ann Hood
The Red Thread – Ann Hood
Entombed – Linda Fairstein
A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick
The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sara Addison Allen
The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship – Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel
The Knitting Circle – Ann Hood
The Cold Room – J. T. Ellison

So, there you go – if you read or have read any of these do let me know…

2011 Reading from My Shelves Project

My friend, Diane, over at Bibliophile by the sea is heading up the 2011 Reading From my Shelves Project and I am joining in. 

I will probably be doing this challenge as well as the 52 Books in 52 Weeks on Ravelry…

Challenge runs from January 1 – December 31, 2011

Read books from your own shelves, and then pass the books on to someone else: a friend, relative, the library, used book store, swap them, just as long as the book leaves your house once it has been read.

Decide on your goal (12 is the minimum – no maximum). Cross over books are allowed.  

Grab the button and do a post about the challenge.

Keep a running list of the books you’ve read and passed on.

 Leave a comment with a link to your post and you are entered  (no Mr. Linky).

Have Fun and GOOD LUCK!

My Goal is: 30


The Cold Continues…

Went out this morning to make a trip to the pharmacy for a different medicine – one that would get rid of the congestion I was feeling…since whatever I have been taking quit working.

My car wouldn’t start – It just kind of gave me this ridiculous gurgle and sputter…so, one of the men in my building came out to check it for me – and he took off some terminals on my battery and put them back on and hit it a couple of times with a hammer. 

He told me to try and start it – and Poof – it started – drove it up to Wal-Mart to have them check the terminals and the guy said all looks good.  So finished up my errands and headed for home.

Stopped and picked up the fabrics for my new Block of the Month quilt that is starting this month at Four Pines Quilting…(Yes, Joanne – it really is pretty!)

And, then headed to Leo’s Market and picked up a container of homemade baked beans, a container of potato salad without onions, and two natural skin hot dogs.  Split all that for dinner tonight – and have enough for dinner tomorrow.

Now to see if this new medicine will work!

Friday Fill-Ins 202…

Janet has a couple of things going…on this Friday Fill-in and I think I’ll try both!

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This week, I’m going to give you a choice of fill-ins OR a different kind of fill-in (or both). A friend emailed me a list where you have to identify Christmas songs by the initials of the first words of the first line of each song. Each Friday until Christmas Eve I’ll post 9 more of these songs and if you’d like to play along, great!

So…here we go!

1. The best thing about a birthday celebration is cake and ice cream.

2. One cannot stop the passage of time.

3. I went shopping recently and the most interesting thing I bought was a beautiful Oriental fabric panel.   Can’t wait to see what I’m going to do with it.

4. My favorite child’s game was jacks.  I used to be pretty good at it…

5. The reason is since I am not totally unpacked – I won’t be putting up a tree this year.

6. Winter snow and cold.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting with friends, tomorrow my plans include finishing some unpacking (think I’ll get the bathroom finished), and Sunday, I want to get a little more unpacking done and then chill out!


1. HYAMLC: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. TFNTADS: The First Noel
3. GRYMGLNYD: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. ICUAMC: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. SNHNAICAIB: Silent Night
8. YBWOYBNC: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
9. JTTWTLHC: Joy To The World

I am stuck on #6 – anyone have a clue???

Penny Sales…

Never heard of penny sales until I moved to New England…and I gotta tell you I am addicted to them!  Love, love, love them!

In case you don’t know what a penny sale is (if you aren’t from around New England – you might not know – or you might call them something else) – allow me to explain.

The Senior Center has been having one for the last four months…I’ve won something at three of them!

The way it works is that there are gifts made up from new items, donated items, or handmade items.  When you walk in you pay $5.00 for 50 tickets (it’s more like a 10 cent sale).  Each prize has a bucket in front of it – and you place a ticket (or more) into the buckets of the things you might want to win.  Then they draw a number and if it is your number – you win that item.

Can’t remember what I won the first time – think it was a really cool puzzle and some candles.  The second time it was a gift certificate to my hair salon for a free haircut and a basket of some lovely Avon products.

Today, I won a bath basket – it contains bath products, some pretty Christmas towels, shampoo, shower gel, a poof, nail brush, mirror and a ten pack of Kleenex.  I would show you a photo – but, I haven’t found the darn hook-up to my camera and the computer (I’m looking for it this week-end!)

Penny sales are a fun way to spend the afternoon and not spend a lot of money – and the proceeds from the sale goes toward the Senior Center!

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