Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Blurb from Amazon:
When a young boy is found brutally murdered in the woods in a peaceful New England town, his body hastily covered with leaves, the community is shaken to its core. No one more so than Andy Barber a well-respected assistant district attorney whose fourteen-year-old son, Jacob, went to school with the boy. Sure, Jacob is a typical moody teenager, hiding in his room with his headphones and his laptop, but Andy loves him more than anything in this world--and would do anything to protect him.

While Andy's wife, Laurie, struggles with the possibility that there is a killer on the loose and that their son could be next, Andy's determined to find the culprit and bring him to justice. He immerses himself in maelstrom of angry parents demanding answers, police hell bent on making an arrest, and the complicated lives of teenagers, with their own secrets, and reasons for keeping them.

When, in a stunning turn of events, Jacob is arrested for the crime, both Andy and Laurie are stalwart in their defenses of their son: there's no way their child could've committed this terrible act. As more shocking facts are reveled and lies uncovered, Andy is pushed to the edge and his twenty-year marriage tested. Beautiful Laura, his college sweetheart and love of his life begins to fade right in front of his eyes, crumbling under pressure of the trial, the public accusations, and the weight of her own doubts --in her son and her husband.  When the truths abut Andy's past comes to surface, he must chose between the life he thought he left behind and the father he wants to be.

My review:

I found this book by accident really.  I was playing on Goodreads and it said if you like the book "We Need to Talk about Kevin" which I did, then they recommend this one.   To be honest, the book started slow, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story.  Oh lord, when the story picked up I couldn't put the book down.  This was on a Sunday afternoon and it was so good I postponed watching The Great British Bake-Off and Downton Abbey just so I could figure out the ending.  I never figured out the ending.  The book has so many twists and turns that my mouth was hanging open the last few chapters!  I was literally speechless!!    The ending shocked the Hades out of me!
I highly recommend this book!!!!!!  I cannot stress this enough!!

Finished a page!!!!! Happy Dance!!!!

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I updated my blog!!!  Time flies!  I am on Spring break this week and I have been busy on homestead!   I am a pack rat so I decided this spring break I would tackle some of the hidden mess.  I cleaned out all the bathroom drawers and cabinets yesterday.  I am amazed about how many free samples I had cluttering things up.  Today, I emptied all my cabinets in my kitchen and reorganized them.  My get rid of pile is getting bigger and bigger!!!

I have been doing some stitching.  I finished page 10 of Faery Tales!  If you look at the second picture, that is what I finished up tonight.  You can see the start of Hansel and Gretel's house.  

Close up of page 10

I thought I could be a one project girl but I can't.  I am bored with Faery Tales and actually find things to do rather than stitch on it.  So I have decided to go back to a rotation.  I am going to start with my smallest project for one week, then back to Faery Tales,  then my next smallest project, back to Faery Tales.  So every other week I will work on a different project.  This is my smallest project, Victorian Winter by Mystic Stitch.  I am actually on page 1 of 9.  It reminds me of a house out of a Jane Austen novel.  

The last time I worked on this was in 2013 so it has been a while.   Here is my starting progress.  I hope to finish this page before the end of the month.   

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stitch From Stash February - Feeling blue

Month: February
Spent: $3.30
Earned: $15
Pages finished: 1
Number of stitches: 14,766
February Ending Budget:  $57.57

This month, I have been feeling very blue while working on Faery Tales. This section had me crossing my eyes as I stitched.   I did finish a page this month so slow progress..  Proud of my progress

Close up of the Blue page.....
This is what it looked like In January at my last report....

I dug out my Hot Air Balloon Haed design and started working on it in my car.  

This is the last picture taken in March 2013

Here is my progress now....I have this as my car project.  The solid color is 939 so it is easy to stitch when I am sitting at a stoplight or waiting on take out to be delivered to my car.  The confetti stitching was done when I was n a road trip with my mom.  She drove, I stitched...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Faery Tales and Life update

Hi all!  I am sitting here tonight watching the 40th anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live.  It is hard to believe that this show has been on for this long.  I am just amazed at the stars that have appeared, acted and got their start on this show.  

We have freezing rain falling right now and expected to get about 4 inches of snow tomorrow.  For our area, this a major snowstorm.  I think I might even get a snow day tomorrow.  I am so excited!!!

I was playing on Pinterest one day and I saw this really interesting pin about 5 year journaling.  I went over to Get it Scrapped Blog  where she went into detail.  A five year journal is, just as it sounds, a journal you keep for five years. You write just one line every day, one minute of  your time – that’s all it takes. The fun part is that you record your one daily line in the same spot for five years, so where you chose to write your January 1, 2012 line is the same place you write your January 1, 2016 line.  This means that each year you get to see what you wrote the previous year(s).  

I thought it sounded like a great idea, so I went to Walmart and bought me a really cute little Journal and started back in January.  I actually started this Feb. 2 so I just had to back track for a month.

Stitching Update:
I am still working on Faery Tales and another Princess has appeared.  As you can see, Rapunzel has made her appearance.  I also finished another page...which means I have 32 pages to go.

 Two of the three princesses!

I ordered a candle from a friend of mine who was having a fund raiser for her son.  I decided on Cinnamon because it just smells yummy.   I waited and waited for it to burn down so I could get my piece of jewelry that was in that candle....

Look at my pretty ring!!!  In case you are wondering how this works:  You pick your scent and see what options you have:  Earrings, rings, or necklace.  If you want to order is where I ordered it:  Candle Web Site

DH asked me what I wanted to Valentines day and I said just a bag of chocolate candy.  I woke up on Valentines day and he had cleaned my kitchen,  bought me the beautiful bouquet and 2 bags of chocolates.  I am so spoiled!  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Faery Tales update

Have you ever had one of those weeks when it seemed like it would never be over?   This was a rough week for me.  My para in my classroom (my right hand who keeps me organized and on task) mother had a stroke the previous weekend and she was out with her mom Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Which she did get a sub but that sub was no help. It was like having another student in the room. Then, this new teacher who I have been helping got extremely sick and had to go home in the middle of the day plus be out for 2 other days....which meant I had to prep lessons for her classes.  I had some backups for my days when I get sick so I just used those.  Not to mention that I was trying to get ready for my classroom observation which is tomorrow....on Monday....good times.
We also had to stay and help register all the incoming 9th graders for next year which meant 2 nights of staying until 7 pm.  Needless to say I was a little stressed this week!

I went to the library on Saturday and straight home!  I am happy to say that I didn't leave my house for the rest of the weekend.  I was so tired!!

Stitching update: This is Faery tales last weekend when I moved the q-snaps.  As you can see, I finished Beasts castle, and started the top of Rapunzel's tower.  

This was this weeks progress....Snow White has made an appearance and Rapunzel's tower has a little more detail.  My goal this week is to finish this page.  

Reading update:
I did finish 4 books this week and I will be writing a review on 3 of them at a later date.  However, there is one that I am appalled to say I read was horrible.  The ending made me want to Vomit!!!!    I will tell you the name but please DO NOT read will vomit!!!
The book was called "How to bake a tart"  The blurb made it sound like it was a misunderstood chef with a crazy family.  I enjoyed it until the last chapter...then it made me vomit!  I can't say this enough.  

Next weekend is Valentines Weekend.  DH asked me if I wanted to do something special and I told him no.  The restaurants would be crowded so I think I am going to find a special recipe that makes him go WOW!!!!!   So any suggestions????   I did tell him we should have a small bottle of Champagne just for grins and giggles.  We are not drinkers...I think the last time I had a drink was during the summer on one of my vacations.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow

This was an Audiobook I listened too.

Amazon Book Link

Book Blurb:
She Kept her secret for a lifetime.....

A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she 's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the Royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham palace.

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes close and closer to the truth about Maria

page-turning and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.

My Review:
Run to your library and get this book!!!!   I loved that I listened to it instead of "reading" it the traditional way.   This book is just amazing!!!  The story of Maria will break your heart and you just want to make it better for her.  

Maria was a seamstress to the queen however, she found herself being committed to a "hospital" for the majority of her life.  It while she is in the "hospital" that she meets a young lady working on her Ph.D in the mental health field.  She gets Maria to talk about her life and why she was there.  Her story is amazing!  She talks about her quilt she made for her family and the description of this quilt is a breathtaking....I want to see it!!!

This book is one that goes from the past then back to the present in each chapter.  I cannot say how much you should read this!!!!

Wedding Beat by Devan Sipher

This was an Audiobook I listened too...

Amazon Book Link

Book Blurb:
Sometimes the Best Man is not even in the wedding Party.
Gavin Green is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize -winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment....and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else's wedding. 

Everything changes on New Year's when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with an adventurous spirit. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seems to seal the deal. But she slips away.

Gavin crisscrosses new Your city to find her again, navigating stressed-out brides, gossip blogs, a budget-cutting boss and his daft but well-meaning parents. Along the way, he learns there's something worse than losing the woman of his dreams--having to write an article about her wedding.

My Review:
I am a true romantic!  I love Cinderella and believe in love at first sight.  I read this blurb and thought "Wow!!! this book is one I am going to love!! I can just tell!!" I couldn't been more wrong!

The book started out great!  I loved his parents, and his best friend Hope.  The characters were well developed.  However, Gavin got on my nerves!  This character whined about his lack of a woman in his life for 90% of this book.  I just couldn't tolerate it.  I really just wanted to reach in the book and so I could slap him and tell him to Man up!   I wanted to say some other things but those are not appropriate for me to write!!!   I did finish the book but it was a chore!