Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Courage That Counts by Elison Grace

Courage That Counts by Elison Grace
Loveland Fire series book 1
New Adult, Romance
Published August 20, 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
My rating 5/5 stars

Synopsis:
 Firefighters and best friends, Dylan and Roy, face death on a daily basis. Now they face death personally when Roy is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Lana, a nurse, becomes the strength Dylan needs when everything is crashing down around him. Will he have the courage to push past the unknown? When the life he has known goes up in flames will the love of his life rise out of the ashes? ***Warning not for anyone under 18 due to strong language and sexual situations ****Have tissues ready when reading

My Thoughts:
 I read this through Netgalley for an honest review. This debut novel had me crying from the start and then would have me smiling through the tears and laughing. I could not stop reading. Roy and Dylan are best friends and firefighters. When Roy finds out he has cancer he asks Dylan to take care of his wife and young daughters. As Dylan is going through this he meets the love of his life but screws things up. Can they make it work? There is swearing and sex scenes just as a warning but the big warning is that you will need kleenex.

I can't wait for this author's next book.

Review Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt
Hartley By The Sea Series - book 1
Women's Fiction
Published Aug. 4, 2015 by Penguin Group Berkley
My rating 4/5 stars
Received this from NetGalley for an honest review

Synopsis:

Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day....

When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.

My Thoughts:

  I loved this book. Lucy and Juliette are half sisters with a mother who is selfish and the sisters did not grow up together. Lucy runs to her sister when her mother ruins her life and her boyfriend dumps her. Lucy moves into her sister's B&B and they start to get to know each other. Lucy also starts to make friends. Juliette has always been standoffish and soon starts warming up to people. How their relationship develops kept me reading and not wanting to stop.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review : Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe
standalone
Women's fiction
Publish date Sept.1 , 2015 by Touchstone
my Rating 5/5 stars

Synopsis:
A NOVEL OF LOVE, GRIEF AND ANTIPASTI.

Francesca 'Frankie' Caputo has it all figured out. She's finally going to marry the man she loves and then they will live happily ever after. But when a freak accident cuts her fiancé Alex's life tragically short, all of Frankie's future plans suddenly disintegrate.

Drowning in grief, Frankie flees from her overbearing Italian-American family, and escapes to an abandoned cabin owned by Alex's parents in a remote part of Washington forest.

As her heart slowly begins to heal, Frankie discovers a freedom that's both exhilarating and unsettling to everything she has always known for sure. So when her old life comes crashing back in, Frankie must decide: will she slip quietly back into her safe, former existence? Or will a stronger, wiser Frankie Caputo stand up and claim her new life?


My Thoughts:
 
I received this from NetGalley for an honest review.
Francesca 'Frankie' Caputo was supposed to marry the love of her life, Alex. But an accident takes Alex away from her and she runs to come to terms with her life. I loved this story and yes it is sad but I so wanted to be a part of her family and friends. She need time to grieve and figure out where to go from there.
Also filled with Italian recipes.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
Book #3 of Ruby Red trilogy
Fantasy, Romance, Time travel
Publisher: Square Fish (October 7, 2014)
My Rating 5/5 stars

Synopsis:
 Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate

My thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some romance, danger and a twist. I had a hard time putting the book down. It was a lot of fun reading about the time travel and the outfits they had to wear. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Sapphire Blue - Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Book #2 of Ruby Red Trilogy
YA Fantasy , Time Travel
Published October 2012 , Square Fish
Rated 4/5 stars

Synopsis:
 
Gwen's life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he's very warm indeed; the next he's freezing cold. Gwen's not sure what's going on there, but she's pretty much destined to find out.

My thoughts:
 This book was really good. I love the connection with Gwen and Gideon. Also the gargoyle is very funny and I like Gwen's best friend Lesley and how she helps Gwen. The time traveling is so much fun and the gowns that are made for Gwen for the different time traveling sounds so beautiful. Still can not stand her cousin Charlotte or Charlotte's mom. Such snobby witches.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase review

Mad About the HatterMad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received this from NetGalley for an honest review. I found it cute and a quick read. This is the story of Alice's brother, who never believed she ever went to Wonderland. He ended up in Wonderland and meeting The Hatter and having feelings for him. As Henry and The Mad Hatter try to get back into the real world and face all the obstacles that is put in their path.



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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

His Wicked Desire (Vieux Carré Witch Sister, #2) by Dawn Chartier review

His Wicked Desire (Vieux Carré Witch Sister, #2)His Wicked Desire by Dawn Chartier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received this from NetGalley for an honest review. This was a paranormal romance and very good. Witches and Warlocks that kill each other. Warlocks are bad. Brye is half witch and half warlock with a Warlock wanting her to join him and the other Warlocks. He threatened her family and the love of her life. But she finds out more secrets about her family. Brye will do anything to protect those she loves.




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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Here All Along by Crista McHugh review

Here All Along (Kelly Brothers, #7)Here All Along by Crista McHugh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is an ARC I got from Netgalley to read for an honest review.

I really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Gideon and watching their relationship grow. This read like a typical romance and already knew how it would end but I loved reading how they got to the end of the story. Gabe helping them along the way made it quite funny.

Sarah was a child star and had ruined her life and career with booze and drugs. Then an accident happened and woke her up. Now she wants nothing to do with being an actress. Can Gideon and Gabe change her mind?



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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel - review

Crooked Little LiesCrooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


received this from NetGalley for an honest review. I loved this book. It starts out with Lauren almost hitting Bo on the highway. Then he disappears not to long after that. Being a former drug addict and having a brain injury from a falling accident, makes her wonder what really happened. Lauren helps out Bo's sister with a search party.
Meanwhile at the same time, Lauren's husband Jeff, her sister and her boyfriend are at the family farm to see what needs to be done to sell it.
Once the weekend is over everyone is acting funny. Lauren's sister won't see her or talk to her. Jeff is acting weird and accusing Laura of doing drugs again which is making their kids mad and distrusting Lauren. Lauren keeps finding packets of oxys in the house but doesn't remember going and buying any.
So many secrets and lies in this book. I had an idea of what was going on but not to the extent that it all did. I highly recommend this book.



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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King review

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow, this book grabs you right from the beginning. A retired cop tries to solve a case he was on and ends up involving a teenager and a mentally disturbed adult. What they did together was awesome. Don't want to say to much without spoiling the story. I liked Hodges, Janey, Jerome and Holly. Great characters.



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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher review

Dream a Little DreamDream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received this from NetGalley for an honest review and I loved it. Sarah has a great group of friends, including an ex boyfriend. He had dumped her several years ago for someone else and she was now also a part of the group. They meet weekly. Sarah also has a job she is not happy with and talks to her boss for a promotion, and he listens and tries to come up with a solution. Sarah also has been dreaming about a guy from her past and all of a sudden he is back in her life. This book had me mad at first and then laughing a lot.



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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 This is my favorite book this year.

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OMG this is the best book that I have read in a long time!!! Thank you to 3 Book Tuber videos who recommended this book. If you like video games and things related to the 80's like music, movies and video games.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
   But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.



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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

3rd book of the Grisha Trilogy

This book was amazing. I loved all the characters except for The Darkling and I felt sympathy for him. I cried and I laughed and the ending was great. Not how I expected it to go but it was a good ending. Some of the characters did not end up the way I thought they would but everything was tied up. I love Alina, Mal and Nikolai.



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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell review

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I listened to this on audio and loved it!! Set in the 80's, Eleanor and Park become friends and then romantic feelings happen. Eleanor comes from a troubled home which makes her hard to like at first but then you start feeling bad for her situation. Would have liked a little more closure with the end but it was good.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

February Books Read

What I read in February:
16. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson - 4 stars
17. A Quest of Heroes (The Sorcerer's Ring #1) - Morgan Rice - e book - 5 stars
18. Animal Farm - George Orwell - e book - 3 stars
19. The Maze Runner - James Dashner - e book - 4 stars
20. Cress - Marissa Meyer - 5 stars
21. Braile House - James Wayne King - won this off of Goodreads- 4 stars
22. Fairest - Marissa Meyer - 5 stars
23. Witch and Wizard - James Patterson - 4 stars
24. The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black - 4 stars
25. A March of Kings ( The Sorcerer's Ring #2) - Morgan Rice - e book- 4 stars

February Book Haul

This was a huge month of book buying. I bought a lot through BookOutlet for the President's Day sale.






Splintered trilogy - A.G. Howard
Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy - Stephanie Perkins
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Inherit Midnight - Kate Kae Meyers
Truth or Dare trilogy - Jacqueline Green
The Midnight Queen - Sylvia Izzo Hunter
The Bells - Richard Harvell
The Countess Captive (Book2) - Andrea Cefalo (my cousin-in-law)
If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch
Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Glow - Amy Kathleen Ryan
Mystic City - Theo Lawrence
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
Chronicles of Nick books 1-5 - Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas
The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury

January Books read

I read:
1. The More the Merrier - K.R. Whitaker   - ebook - 5 stars
2. It's Time We Talked - K.R. Whitaker -e book - 5 stars
3. A Shade of Vampire #3:Castle Of Sand - Bella Forrest - e book - 4 stars
4. A Shade of Vampire #4: A Shadow of  Light - Bella Forrest - e book -4 stars
5. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - e book - 5 stars (LOVED IT)
6. Cinder -Marissa Meyer - e book - 5 stars (LOVED IT)
7.  A Shade of Vampire #5:A Blaze of Sun - Bella Forrest - e book - 4 stars
8.  A Shade of Vampire #6:A Gate of Night - Bella Forrest - e book - 2 stars
9. Rushed - Brian Harmon - e book - 5 stars
10.Scarlet - Marissa Meyer - 5 stars
11.Finding Cinderella - Colleen Hoover - e book - 3 stars
12.Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead - e book- 4 stars
13. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin - ebook - 4 stars
14. The Chocolate Book Bandit - JoAnna Carl - 4 stars
15. The Chocolate Clown Corpse - JoAnna Carl - 4 stars

January Book Haul






These are:
Scarlet -  Marissa Meyer
Cress- Marissa Meyer
Fairest- Marissa Meyer
The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black
Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson
Shatter Me series- Tahereh Mafi
Ruby Red Trilogy - Kerstin Gier
Cruel Beauty - Rosamun Hodge
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel
The Selection trilogy - Kiera Cass

I bought a bunch of ebooks but not listing those

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Reading

I haven't stitched much this year but I have been reading ALOT!!!  So I am going to play catch up with all the books that I have bought and read so far. So give me a couple of days to do that and I changed my blog name back to Shelleen's musings instead of Queen Stitcher as not much stitching is going on. I will post progress pics though, when I do stitch.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 15

This is the last day of the 15 in 15 Mirabilia's/Nora Corbett's. I started 14 new ones and one WIP. This is Mirabilia Winter Queen which I will continue to stitch on til it is finished. The last week of every month I will take a break and stitch on Halloween.
28 ct white evenweave

I watched 4 episodes of this season's Supernatural. I had DVRd them all and just now watching them. It also was renewed for next season , which is season 11.

Tonight I will read more of Shade of Vampires series. This is #6.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 14

Nora Corbett Faerie Winters Dream from the Cross Stitch & Needlework January 2013 issue.
28 ct Molino Silkweaver solo

I watched a little bit of Something's Gotta Give. 
The rest of tonight I will read the 5th book of The Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest, I am about 1/2 way through the book.

It has been below 0 last night and tonight. I unburied my car, which had almost a foot of snow on it since I haven't moved it in 2 weeks. I had planned on going to the library to pick up a bunch of audiobooks. It took me 20 minutes to unbury my car and my windshield still was not defrosted or the windows inside my car. I was also frozen and my face hurt. So I decided I was done. Came in and took a shower and put on flannel pjs lol. The library is closed on Thursdays so I will go on Friday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Days 12 & 13

Day 12 - Mirabilia Giggles in the Snow - Boy
28 ct cream Monaco

Day 13 - Mirabilia Giggles In The Snow - Girl
28 ct cream Monaco


Not much else going on. I didn't watch any TV yesterday. Tonight I watched Hoarders and Pretty Little Liars.
I am still reading A Shade of Vampire Book #5 by Bella Forrest.

My puppy had more shots today and last visit she weighed 9.5 lbs and today she weighs 16.1 lbs. She is growing really well.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 11

Today's stitching piece is Mirabilia Fairy Roses.
28 ct cashel linen Silkweaver Pixie Dust

While I was stitching I watched:
Galavant
Resurrection
Revenge

I read an awesome book today as well. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It is the first book of the Lunar Chronicles Trilogy. I rated it 5 stars.  A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . . CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg.
 
 
  http://books.google.com/books/content?id=Afmx_Es3oJwC&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&imgtk=AFLRE70YEc7wgde5Z0a1QE2bfWMCbCu5ov5BfY1WI3O5my5aKDAFim557JgHkjSQ0soGWnVr72x2PrraVrJrCLfnC8tSiKqDh-n2II05AkEvtQj2cBvgcdqM6r_MH4nA2s6uSJTEbpV7

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Days 8, 9, & 10

I was reading a really good book that I put off posting in here.

Day 8 - Mirabilia Shimmering Mermaid
32 ct Wexford Linen - Silkweaver solo

I stitched on it while watching The Chew and General Hospital. Then I started reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I read until I had to go to bed. The book was so good.


DAY 9 - Mirabilia July Amethyst Fairy
28 ct cashel linen silkweaver solo

I stitched on this while watching The Chew and General Hospital and then I pulled out the book.
Well actually I pulled out my Tablet since I was reading Ready Player One on that. I finished it and gave it 5 stars. I LOVED this book. It was amazing. If you think the world of virtual gaming is awesome, even if you don't play games, and you like the 80's music, movies and video games then you would like this book. I highly recommend it. It is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.


DAY 10 - Mirabilia August Peridot Fairy
Not sure what the fabric is, I can't remember

I stitched on this while watching a Hallmark movie on my DVR, A Royal Christmas, which I enjoyed.
My plans for the rest of the evening are to watch some You tube (book tube ) videos and play sims4.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

7th day

January 7- So today's new start is Nora Corbett Arezzo 2014.
32 ct belfast linen - Silkweaver solo

I only watched The Chew and General Hospital today. I was in a reading mood and finished reading A Castle of Sand by Bella Forrest and then also read the next book A Shadow of Light by Bella Forrest. The books keep getting better. There are 4 more in this series. 

We have had a wind chill advisory all day through tomorrow morning. Right now it is -3 with a wind chill at -19. I am staying warm in my fleece pjs but is really cold when I have to take the puppy out. She seems to like it and doesn't want to come back in but wants to play in the snow. 

Since I have been home I have read a lot and not played sims4. I will probably find time over the weekend to play the game.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

6th day

January 6 - Today's new start is Mermaid Azure by Nora Corbett.
32 ct Belfast Linen, Silkweaver solo

I stitched while watching The Chew and Pretty Little Liars. I also watched Grumpy Cat's Worse Christmas Ever that I had DVRd from Lifetime. It was one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. 

I also am changing my reading goals for this year, than what was mentioned in my January 1 post.  I won't list it here in case I change my mind again LOL. But I did finish the Beau Butler series by K. R. Whitaker and am going to finish The Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. Starting Monday I am doing a read-a-lon with a friend. We are going to read Cinder by Marissa Meyers. I have heard such good things about this series that I really want to read it.

We have a winter storm advisory for tonight and tomorrow plus a wind chill advisory of -20 for tomorrow through Thursday morning. All my warm clothes have been washed :-)

5th day

January 5- Today's new start was Luna by Nora Corbett. You can't see it but this fabric is glittery.
28 ct Lugana silkweaver Opalescent - Inferno

I ended up being sick overnight and am home from work. Slept most of the day but found time to stitch a little bit.

I also finished reading It's Time We Talked by K. R. Whitaker. I give this ebook 5 star. It is also the last book of the Beau Butler series.

The next book I will be reading is A Castle of Sand by Bella Forrest. It is #3 of her Shade of Vampire series.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year - updated 1-4

My stitching goals are to start 14 new Mirabilia's/Nora Corbett's. Finish Mirabilia Winter Queen. Stitch on a Halloween piece the last week of every month. To finish as many of the new starts that I can.

I also have reading goals this year.

For January I want to read:
The More The Merrier- K. R. Whitaker
Cinder- Marissa Meyer
Smoke & Mirrors - Barbara Michaels
The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
Rushed- Brian Harmon
Audio - finish Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult

During my Christmas break I watched You Tube videos by Ashley B.  and got an idea for books to read . So I wrote them down and will continue to follow her videos all this year. I also watch her Sims4 videos as I play that a lot as well.

I also want to get back into watching movies again. I slacked off for awhile.

Instead of posting a new post every day then I will just keep adding to this post of what I have read/watched and stitched. I want to get back into blogging again as I have a few followers who have asked where have I been.


JANUARY 1 - Stitched on this while watching Once Christmas Eve. Was a Hallmark movie I had DVRd and it was really good.

Mari-Nora Corbett
28 ct cashel linen silkweaver Jamaica Sunset

JANUARY 2- Stitched while I watched General Hospital and a Hallmark movie, Christmas Under Wraps. Another good movie.
Cleo - Nora Corbett
28 ct linen - not sure what the overdyed is

JANUARY 3- I watched a lot of you tube videos on Books today. Seems like I am missing out on a lot of good ones out there. I have a huge list lol.
Today I stitched in a quiet room. Listening to the sleet and freezing rain. Will read more of The More The Merrier by K. R. Whitaker, tonight. I also want to watch a couple more You Tube book videos.
Ana - Nora Corbett
28 ct linen Silkweaver solo

JANUARY 4 - Still have a cold that I started with on Friday. Today was spent watching my grandson for a few hours. It is always fun being with him.
I watched a few more reading you tube videos and wrote some more books down. I did finish reading my first book of the year. It was The More The Merrier by K. R. Whitaker. It is the 4th book of his Beau Butler series. I will be starting the 5th and final book of the series, It's Time We Talked. It has magic and creatures in it and I am thoroughly enjoying the books.
Tonight I stitched while watching Galavant, Resurrection, and Revenge. Galavant is on for 4 weeks and is a little cheesy but fun for entertainment. Can't go wrong with John Stamos in it :-)
Gigi-Nora Corbett
28 ct cashel linen Silkweaver solo














Goodbye 2014

December was a busy month for me. I had parathyroid operation the first week which laid me up for a short time. So my son, Justin, did all the Christmas decorating and the tree. It was simple this year. Never again will I schedule an operation before a holiday lol.

On the 20th I got a puppy.  Her name is Daenerys and I got the name from Game of Thrones. She is a Queen. She is a  Rotti/German Shepherd mix.

This was also Carson's first Christmas.






I stitched on AAN Butterfly all month. This is being done on a 32 ct pink sparkly fabric with DMC B5200.


I watched a bunch of Christmas movies from Hallmark.

I also read:
Laurell K Hamilton- The Laughing Corpse
                                  Circus of the Damned
                                  The Lunatic Cafe
                                  Bloody Bones
                                  The Killing Dance
                                  Burnt Offerings

Loved them all and will continue the series in 2015.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Where has the time gone?

I haven't posted since April. I want to start posting every week again. I have a few friends who miss my posts. I won't promise that I will post every week but I do promise to post at least once a month.

So here is my year in review.

My grandson, Carson is now almost 11 months old and I love him to pieces. I see him at least twice a week and wouldn't want it any other way.

Scott and I have been in search for a puppy for a year now. Either free or small fee. German Shepherd or German Sheppard Rotti mix. Well a post on FB yesterday found me a German Shepherd/ Rotti mix that is now 4 weeks old and ready to take home Dec. 23. I told them I am definately taking a female and put one on hold for me. We will go next Saturday to check them out and to pick one so we have to take a collar with us. I can not tell you how excited I am.
I also found out in July that I have diabetes. Since then I changed my eating and have lost 33 lbs. My numbers are now to where someone without diabetes is. I am thrilled.

I haven't read much or listened to a lot of audiobooks. I did read 2 series by K. R. Whittaker that I loved. They are only available as ebooks.

I have stitched a lot as well.

I have been DVRing all the new Christmas movies that have been on Lifetime and Hallmark and will start watching them soon. Right now I am getting caught up on The Chew. I am almost a month behind on those. I watched a lot of them while on Thanksgiving break. I also am having a parathyroid removed on Wednesday so I am hoping I can stitch and watch a lot of The Chew Thursday and Friday and again next Sunday, Then onto the Christmas movies.

So I just finished stitching on HAED SK Butterflies Galore and that is put away for awhile and this month is AAN Butterfly. Next year I am doing 15 Miras in 15. So we pick any 15 Mirabilias or Nora Corbett patterns and stitch a different one January 1 - 15 and then try to finish as many as possible. You can also count the freebies and UFO/WIP that we have. I only have Winter Queen started so I will stitch on that and will be my first finish for next year. This group is on FB. Should be fun.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mirabilia Winter Queen

I haven't posted in a month. My internet was down for 2 weeks and then seems like my Sundays were busy and just didn't get to posting.

I have been watching the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones and just have 2 episodes left on season 2. I am enjoying them very much.

I haven't been reading much or listening to my audiobooks either. I am reading Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins and am listening to Dust by Patricia Cornwell. Don't have much more on either one.

I started Mirabilia Winter Queen on 3/14/06 and the last time that I stitched on it was 2/24/10. So I pulled this back out on April 1 and wish I had more progress but I have been busy a few times this month.

2/24/10






Progress as of 7pm 4/20/14




Wow, I guess comparing the 2 pics I have done really well this month. The hair took me the longest.

I leave early Thursday morning for the Mirabilia Retreat in Columbus , Ohio. I can't wait.

I have been spending more time with my grandson and he loves to smile and coo at me. He is so precious.

I did Easter yesterday. Dylan (22) wanted me to do an Easter egg hunt. Justin (24) wanted me to do Easter baskets. I had Scott(DH) hide some eggs and I bought some candy for the baskets but didn't actually have baskets. Had everything arranged at the table for when we sat down to eat. We had a great time. I told them this was our first annual Toland Easter party lol.

Thanks for reading and the comments. Love the comments. I am behind on reading all of my friend's blogs too.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Page 1 finished, started page 2

HAED SK Butterflies Galore
25 ct 1x1


I have been enjoying stitching on her. She is quick and not to bad on confetti. Only 1 week left to stitch on her so I am hoping to get maybe 2 columns done.

I read/listened to:
10th Anniversary by James Patterson and this is from his Women's Murder Club series. I enjoy the characters and how they are friends.

Poison by K. R. Whitaker - the 5th book in his Jason Turner saga. That is it for now for this saga but he says he isn't done with it. He has a few stand alone books and another series and right now he is writing a series which sounds like it will be a lot of fun to read. Nothing like his other books. You can only get his books in the Kindle edition. He is a friend of mine so I get to discuss his books with him.

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell. This is a part of her Kay Scarpetta series. I have been reading her books forever and keeping on with this series.

The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell. I just started this one and hopefully can finish it this week.

I haven't watched any movies the past week.

Saturday Dylan and Amber moved to another apartment so I got to watch Carson. He was soo good and can't wait to see him again. I had dinner for them, when they were done moving so they didn't have to unpack all the kitchen stuff and they wouldn't spend their money ordering out. They now live 10 minutes from me and I drive right by their road every day.

Still waiting for Spring to show up here in WNY.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I like to be in the spirit despite not being Irish. My hubby is though. I wore a green shirt today.

So last week I got a lot of stitching time in. Wednesday we had a blizzard so I stayed cooped up in the house watching a bunch of movies and stitching. We ended up with well over a foot of snow, almost 18".

So this is how much progress I have made.
HAED SK Butterflies Galore
25 ct 1x1

Last Sunday's progress report only included 1 eye. I am almost done with page 1.

I watched a bunch of movies too:
The Wrong Woman - LMN - Good
Dirty Teacher - LMN - Good
Dark Shadows - ok
Pitch Perfect - Loved it
The Purge - Good
Les Miserables - Loved it
Gone - Good
Monster's University - funny
Jack Reacher - enjoyed it even though Tom Cruise does not fit the profile of Jack Reacher in the books
Alex Cross - liked it
The Double - Good
A Christmas Story 2 - cute
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Good

Today I finished listening to an audiobook:
10th Anniversary by James Patterson. It's from his Women's Murder Club series , which I like a lot.

So I keep forgetting to post a pic of my grandson. Carson is now 2 months old and sooo cute.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

March new start

March 1st I started a new piece.

HAED SK Butterflies Galore
25 ct evenweave 1x1

She has been fun to stitch.

Movies I watched this week:
People Like Us - loved it
Magic Mike - funny
A Sister's Revenge - LMN- Good
Being Flynn - OK
The Cabin in the Woods - Weird
Contraband - Good
The Perfect Boss - LMN - Good

Books/audiobooks this week:
Jane's Melody - Ryan Whitfield - Kindle - Loved it
NYPD Red - James Patterson - audio - Good
 
Tonight the new episodes came back of, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection (new show), and Revenge.


We have had warmer weather and the sun has been out. Spring has been in the air but the weathermen say that winter will be back this week.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

L&L Fairy Grandmother February progress

I started this on the 1st and continued to stitch on her for the whole month of February.





She is now put away for a couple more months.

Last week I met up with a few close cross stitch friends. We rented a beautiful house on Lake Marion in SC. Lots of stitching and laughter. 3 of us had to leave 2 days early to make it home before storm Titan hit. We were bummed but wanted to have a safe trip home.

I finished reading 2 Kindle books:
Tragedy and triumph- K. R. Whitaker
Wake at Your Own Risk - K. R. Whitaker

I highly recommend this series. He has another series and a few standalone books and is working on a new series. Please check them out.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

L&L Fairy Grandmother weekly progress

I have stitched on this all week. Where there should be a neck is a high collar of her blouse and will be done in beads. I add the beads when all the stitching is done.
L&L Fairy Grandmother
 
I am hoping to get a lot more done on her this week.

Monday I started out with some stomach bug but I felt better by Tuesday afternoon.

I started listening to NYPD Red by James Patterson and am enjoying that. I also read a little more of Triumph and Tragedy by K.R. Whitaker.
Still watching the Olympics every day.

Friday night I watched my grandson so Dylan and Amber could go out. He was so good and he is very precious. Saturday night Scott took me out for our Valentine's dinner. We went to North Shore Grill, which is on Conesus Lake. I grew up on the lake so it was really nice to sit at the windows and watch the snowmobiles and ice fishermen.

Tonight I am dying my hair brown so tomorrow Allie can put blonde highlights in. Then this Friday I leave and will be with a group of close cross stitch friends. We are renting a house, on a lake, in SC. So I won't have any progress pics next weekend. You will have to wait til I get back, which will be March 3. I am so excited.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Olympics and stitching

I have been stitching away on L&L Fairy Grandmother. Done on 28 ct Nantucket Sky Monaco steph's Fabbys.

Last Sunday


As of today
I made quite a bit of progress.

I have been watching the Olympics since Thursday night.

Yesterday I had my Bookcross luncheon. I came home with 2 books. The new ones by Janet Evanovich and James Patterson. I took 4 books and they were taken.

Then hubby and I got our taxes done. Getting a little back from both state and federal. Better than paying in.

Yesterday I finished the audiobook Guilty Wives by James Patterson. I loved it and it did make me mad a lot. Tomorrow I will start listening to NYPD Red by James Patterson. I don't know when I will get a chance to read again. I know I will once the Olympics are over.

We have still been getting snow and cold temps. Wednesday we got a foot of snow and we had wind chill advisories for 2 days. I love the snow but it needs to warm up a little.

Well That is all for now. I am getting really tired so I may go to bed early and miss the last bit of the Olympics tonight.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

A new start

Yesterday I started L&L Fairy Grandmother. I am doing this as a SAL with a group of friends.
Started February 1, 2014
28 ct Stephs Fabbys Monaco Nantucket Sky
2x2


I stayed up late last night, well technically til 2 am this morning. I watched the last half of Gone With the Wind. I don't remember if I had seen it. Scarlett was a real bitch and no wonder Rhett said " Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn". I need to watch the first half next time lol.

Today was Super Bowl Sunday. I started out at noon - 3 watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel. Then 3-5 was the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet and then onto the Super Bowl. I rooted for the Seahawks but didn't expect a blow out game. The Halftime show was the best that they had in a long time. I wasn't to fond of the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Bruno Mars was amazing.

Also on this day it was sad. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. A very talented man but plagued by drugs. 
 
Friday I started listening to Guilty Wives by James Patterson. It is soooo good. Hoping to finish it this week. Plus finish reading the ebook by K. R. Whitaker Jason Turner saga book #3 Tragedy and Triumph. 
 
Yesterday I also watched 2 movies:
The Big Year - good
Bernie - good

I just got a weather alert for my area. Tuesday night through Wednesday night a snow storm with a possibility of at least 6".

Well I need to get to bed. Have a great evening