Saturday, July 07, 2012
There has been lots of kindle-talk around here!
Mom is curious about them, and my Aunt Joy and I have been talking about the differences between the one she has with the keyboard and my newer kindle fire.
And I found out something I didn’t know!
She has been following along and downloading the freebies I’ve found and posted! Oh that makes it fun, because we can talk about the ones we’ve read and liked.
Something freaked out on her kindle before this trip though --- and they are sending her a replacement kindle, but it didn’t arrive in time for her to take it on this trip, and there is a book she wanted my cousin to read ((Not like he has had a lot of time while here--- several were out the door this morning at 6am to go fly fishing on the river!)) and I offered up my kindle fire for him to get started on the book, knowing he can pick up where he left off when they get back to Minnesota and she has her new one functioning.
I love to read before drifting off to sleep. Some days that’s the only time I have to unwind after a long busy day ----and I miss it when I don’t get to tuck in and read at night.
Several have asked where I find the free books. There are lots of websites out there or facebook pages that list books --- but I simply go to amazon and type in “free kindle book”in the search bar.
I want to know what is out there – and I don’t want anyone else doing the searching for me because I might miss something I liked better, so a simple search on Amazon is all I need.
And I only post here the ones I download for myself, figuring that if I liked the description and the reviews enough to download it, that someone else might benefit from it too. That’s all there is to it folks! There is no big secret on how to find them. You just have to go looking.
Those who don't want to look can just sit back and watch my posts, because I'll weed out all of the junk and just post what I have downloaded ---I love mysteries, historical fiction, heart-felt drama with deep life lessons, ((But NO PREACHY!)) humor and drama. And cook books! You won't find vampire thrillers, slasher murders or demonic terror, or sleazy bodice rippers --- I don't like those and won't download them, but you are free to search for those if you like them.
So --- how about a comedy mystery for today?
Suburban Task Force by Addison Towne is free tonight in the Amazon Kindle Store.
Suburban Task Force is a light, humor filled, high octane, action-comedy. It follows Jade Lydell, who at thirty one finds herself living the surreal life of a married suburbanite.
It takes a home invasion scare and a co-workers brutal mugging to wake Jade from her suburban slumber. The adventure begins when she and her two best friends forgo an uplifting spa retreat for an intense tactical, gun and self defense weekend, all without their husbands’ knowledge.
Upon their return, feeling rejuvenated and proud, the women try to re-adapt to their suburban lifestyles. Not so easy when you have to attend a VIP party on Catalina Island with the who’s who of Hollywood and Politics.
Without warning, the island is taken hostage by a rogue terrorist group. With the men and women separated, and all outside communication cut off, Jade and her friends feel their only hope is to use their combined talents and outlandish movie knowledge to outsmart their captors.
Comedy and daring action ensue as the three women, with one weekend of self defense training, try to lead an all out attack against those holding their loved ones hostage.
If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum series or enjoy a light, laugh out loud read this is the book for you!
I love the Stephanie Plum novels, so this was a quick download for me and it was free just a bit ago when I downloaded it – please double check before hitting purchase that it still is for you!
I finally got some stitching time in today –the little beezers went down for naps, and I escaped to the cabin while things were quiet to sew up just a FEW Wild & Goosey blocks ---soul centering time! Sometimes you just gotta escape when there are 31 family members occupying every corner at Mom’s!
The fire in the fire pit is just now getting going --- it will be hotdogs over the fire for an early dinner tonight, and then off to see Fiddler on the Roof in the outdoor musical theater --- can’t wait!
Have a great evening everyone!
Everyone is here, searching out cool corners of the house and trying to alternate nap times for little ones.
We took a drive into town this morning for MORE groceries and found time to wander through the little farmers market in town. Fun fun!
This evening we are going to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Starlight Mountain Theater where outdoor family musicals are presented all summer long.
All are happy, all is well, all are tired!
It’s only been the last few years that mom has really gotten bitten by the quilting bug. Up here in Garden Valley, there is a quilt shop --- and local ladies gather for chatter and companionship as much as they do for fabric, notions, books, patterns and classes.
They also sell yarn and other craft and scrapbooking supplies, so it was inevitable that mom would begin to frequent the quilt shop.
I knew it was only a matter of time before they converted her!
She’s got her featherweight set up on one corner of the room, and the other sports her new Pfaff machine with all the bells and whistles – the girl is a quilting dynamo!
She joined a guild! She goes on quilt retreats! I don't think there is any chance at stopping her now ;c)
One wall of bins holds her scrap users system and her fat quarters…she’s also always loved baskets and uses them for all sorts of occasions. When not in use they live on top of the bins…..
Open up the drawers:
Oodles of 2” leader/ender squares! Let me at ‘em!
Open up another drawer and you will find mini log cabin blocks, and crumb blocks all stacked just waiting for a project!
And you thought *I* used small pieces? Look how fun these are! I love how she used hand quilting thread to stitch around the inside of some of the squares before putting them in a project.
Stitching around just SOME of the squares but leaving others un-stitched adds interest and keeps the whole thing from being predictable! My mom is ANYTHING but predictable!
She’s also been bit hard by the recycled shirt bug. There is a little thrift store in town that has $3.00 a bag Saturdays every once in a while…looks like mom has scored a haul!
Mom told me that she uses hand quilting thread to do the accent stitching because it was stronger than regular piecing thread and it had a thicker texture for stitches that would really sew I can’t wait to see what she works these up into! Cute Cute Cute!
She’s also been working on a special project for the three youngest grandsons:
All three received quilts just for them!
This is Porter with his, an up-take from the “Denim Rails” quilt in my book Scraps & Shirttails I. Of course, mom is an over-the-topper and you will notice fun things like
pockets along the edges where Porter can put his “favorite things” like matchbox cars…
and labels from the shirts on the blocks!
It doesn’t take much to make little rough and tumble guys happy --- they are all sleeping under their quilts made by Grandma here at Grandma’s house – and they will all go home with them!
Hmmmm….I wonder if mom will miss a few of her 2.5” plaid strips…I have an itch to sew up some simple 9 patches!
It’s been three years since I’ve been back here, and the place is GROWING!
They actually have a full-fledged grocery store now – complete with a deli and a soon-to-be pharmacy.
And a STOP SIGN!
WHAT is the world coming to?
Dear Crouch, Idaho ---Please don’t get TOO big --- if you put in a bowling alley I’ll be really sad!
However – I do love that there is a thrift shop, and an antique/décor store. I will take that kind of change any day ----yesterday Joy and Mom and I ran into town ((About 6 miles or so away from mom’s)) to stock up on more food-stuffs --- these kids eat like locusts! And we took some time to wander.
We visited Wild Bill’s Deli and had some delicious gelato! IN CROUCH, IDAHO!
And then we wandered into the shops…and I saw..QUILTS! in CROUCH!
I love love love this 1930s hexagon. Those black centers just make the sherbet colors pop!
Fussy cutting was alive and well in the 1930s!
The only bad thing is that the solid black is shredding. Those dyes were just so caustic ---and I’ve had black fabrics recently that have done the same thing after sitting on my shelf for a few years. Blacks are just SUSPECT because there is so much chemical in them. I pre-wash ALL solid blacks that come into my studio for that reason.
Another section…isn’t it fun what she did with these prints? Lovely!
THIS is one I’ve never seen before. It’s a snowball, but constructed in such a way that it makes what looks like blossoms. Just AWESOME! I love those indigoes!
Close up. I’m guessing this to be between 1920-1930 and I KNOW that white floral piece in the upper right HAS been reproduced because I have it in my stash! This has been completely hand pieced and hand quilted…that soft yellow just takes my heart --
I did NOT bring this 301 home.
((Did I want to?! YES!! But I’m trying to show restraint!))
I’m sure enjoying the girly bonding time with my sisters, my mom and my aunt!
Friday, July 06, 2012
There are 8 of us siblings all together. When you add in spouses and children, it’s a whole gaggle of family, just the way we like it!
Only --- the older I get, the tireder I get and I’ve come to realize that
1.) My mom is TIRELESS as a Grandma
2.) I’m glad I had my kids when I was young enough to keep up with them!
This afternoon all the girl cousins ((plus my nephew Porter who wouldn't let his sister have all the fun and not join in too!)) were treated to a tea party on the back deck of the house.
Being as all REAL tea parties consist of white gloves, fancy hats and lots and lots of fun necklaces, the girls were anxious to play dress up for the festivities! This has become a much looked forward to event at Grandma’s house ---tea party time.
Tea parties are serious business. You have to use your best manners. You have to eat your food with care. You must not splash or spill your tea ((aka. lemonade!)) on the table cloth or on yourself, and you must say please and thank you.
It’s a hoot to watch the kids trying so hard with their polite manners --- but play time is how we learn real time. There are lessons to be learned through tea party play!
Knowing that all these cousins are building memories to last through their lifetimes – and that these memories will keep them connected long after we adults have passed to the next tea-party-in-the-sky makes me smile!
My memories of growing up with my cousins are so vivid and so important to me --- this next generation will hopefully keep these kind of special activities going on with their children as generations come and go ----
But we aren’t thinking that deep right now --- we don’t need to tell them WHY we are doing this ---we are just out here, having fun together!
Stepping into Mom’s house is like going back in time.
The first night, before the onslaught of the many ((They weren’t to arrive until July 5th in the evening)) Jason, Joy, Andrew, Rick and I stayed at moms. There are SO many of us that the small mountain top house can not contain us ALL – but the first night there was room.
Jason, Andrew and Rick stayed in the borrowed 5th wheel motor home in the driveway –on loan from a neighbor who offered it to provide more sleeping space for the multitudes!
I stayed in a downstairs bedroom – and when I walked in I was greeted by this quilt I had made mom circa 1990-something. The block pattern is called Mountain Thistle. I do not have a pattern for it. I may re-write it up at some point – but that’s way back burner right now. ((I only say this because I know there will be a slam-dunk of emails saying they have searched the website and can’t find the pattern for it and where is it. Not now. Not yet! Someday. :c) ))
I made this while living in Burley, Idaho – and I had my quilting frame set up in our bay window of the house so I could sit and hand quilt after kids left for school in the mornings. It took a LONG time to quilt! In fact, this is the last quilt that ever adorned that 3 rail frame….I learned that I do better on a sofa with a hoop in my lap. Being at the frame kept me in another room from family, and I prefer to be able to turn a hoop to quilt in multiple directions.
I searched the archives and found this pic of the quilting in progress:
Having that quilt in a frame sitting in the bay window area also caused some fading to happen to those lovely 1980s and 1990s fabrics ---OH WELL! You can’t keep a quilt safe from sunlight forever?
Even in the 1990s I was brave ---I quilted this whole quilt with navy thread. You can’t see it in the photos, but there are double lines of quilting echoing the squares in the paw areas, both in the burgundy and the navy.
There are other evidences of my early quilting years hanging around Mom’s house…some pieces have my early machine quilting on them ---and those quilts have been loved and used and loved and used and washed and dried and loved and used again – their fabrics fading to a very soft and gentle patina that only a well loved quilt can attain. It’s fun to see them after so many years ----most of them I had forgotten about! But they still are there visible every day in my mom’s house.
I also love the abundance of family photos all over the walls – some of my ancestors dating back to as early as photography was available. Humble people I never knew, yet their blood runs through my veins. Many many pics of all the grandchildren –and in this huge family, I find my place amongst them.
The “Younger” generation ((which means anyone younger than me, but older than 12)) are out on a white water rafting trip.
Feeding this multitude takes a lot of time and planning --- so I’m headed to the kitchen to help feed the army.
This afternoon my inlaws, my brother and sister in law, my nephew and his family all belonging to DH’s side of the family are on their way up to visit. Can’t wait to see them!
Needless to say --- not a stitch has been sewn since I left the airplane in Boise! And that’s perfectly fine with me.
Oh yeah, and before you think I am homeless without a place to sleep now:
We’ve overflowed into the cabin of a friend just down the road!
Joy, Andrew, Jason, my brother Mark, his son Spencer, and myself are bunking HERE! We only have one rule ---no one under 17 allowed ---us old folks aren’t used to dealing with so many young ones! LOL! My Sister Mary, her hubby Kelly and their 3 kids have taken over the 5th wheel – and the kids like “Camping” in Grandma’s driveway. Mom’s house is now wall to wall air mattresses as everyone else arrives and covers every available floor space ---Yes, this makes for a CLOSE knit family!
Summer in the mountains above Boise is a season of magic.
It can get HOT in the afternoons with temps reaching close to 100 – but it doesn’t feel like it.
You know that whole “It’s a dry heat” thing? If you’ve ever thought it HAD to be hogwash ---there IS a difference. I can feel the difference between 100 degrees in Winston Salem in July --- and 97 degrees in the high mountain desert of Idaho in July – and the humidity thing is the key!
I’ve been here 2 days and already my lips are so chapped they feel like they could fall off! It’s a good thing I stocked up on the carmex ahead of time. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize --- and then don’t forget the BUG SPRAY!
It’s buggy in the mountains – and those little blood suckers are vicious!
The magic is what happens once the sun has gone past the trees in the late afternoon when the cool of the evening sets in, and even in July – you have to throw on an extra shirt or a sweater, because the temps drop so quickly.
In the morning it will be down right chilly --- and that is perfect for wrapping up a bit warmer and sitting on the deck with a hot cup of tea, or wandering around the garden while the dew is still fresh on the flowers.
Come take a walk with me through my mom’s garden – it is one of my most favorite places on earth!
I will be the first one to tell you that I am not a gardener. Being the kind of gardener my mom is –that’s a full time seasonal job, and I’d never be able to do it with the kind of travel my life has dished out to me lately – but I have dreams – oh yes I do ---of some day having a beautiful garden to wander through.
In the mean time, I go home to visit mom’s ---and my senses are filled with color, and fragrance and texture, each plant thriving in the environment provided for it by the loving hands of my mother.
Mom’s house on the mountain top ---I’m standing toward the back of the garden beds…standing next to the strawberries looking back toward the house. The little cart you see is a favorite of the grand kids – they run each other ragged, some one riding, someone pulling round and round and round the yard – keep em busy, keep em tired is a slogan well known around a house with this many grandkids running loose!
Addie pulling Kenzie and Logan around the yard!
Along with the cart are log stools and benches…..they encircle the fire pit that will be used this week for making s’mores, singing around the bon fire, and late night chatter and laughter --- the smoke is a good mosquito deterrent! Many memories are made around this camp fire.
A tall electric deer fence keeps local 4-legged grazers away from the veggie beds, fruit trees and berries!
Walking along groomed pathways will take you past a wide variety of perennials. Many of them have been traded back and forth from Minnesota to Idaho and back between my mom and her sister who is also an avid gardener.
Everywhere you turn scenes are set with little vignettes – here we have a turtle on a rock and a sign that reminds me to BREATHE!
Find the sign that says DREAM!
The purple puffballs are my favorite --- and that isn’t heir real name…but LOOK at that intense color! We thought it might be in the "campanula" family, but after searching them it doesn't look like it is -- anyone know?
One cluster is almost as big as my hand!
Here mom is explaining to her sister Joy about the different ground covers she grows – every year she has a “garden sale” and people come from miles around to purchase shovel-fulls of the various things she is famous for growing.
Foxglove is a favorite --- and my Aunt, a nurse – simply calls it for what it is most known as …DIGITALIS! Love this pink color!
Star-shaped bellflowers in a periwinkle blue…
I think Joy called this one a “cherry bell” and it is one that mom brought back from Joy’s garden in Minnesota to see how it would do in the mountains of Idaho. So far it is thriving!
Inviting benches and pots dripping with viney blossoms.
It’s interesting to me that a gardener will also go for things that have contrast – planting shorter things next to things that are taller, and varying where the blooming plants go to create a landscape of endless interest and new things for the eyes to discover. It is much like designing a quilt ----and not wanting all the greens to be the same shade, but planting something with variegated leaves next to something with spotted leaves, and that next to something that has really LARGE leaves ….next to something that has long spokey spikey sharp leaves.
This is where I am spending my days. This is where we all gather for walks in the garden, to watch the grandkids play, to sit at tables and talk about what has gone on in our lives since we saw each other last.
These are the moments we will remember forever.
Today there will be more siblings and spouses and cousins arriving – the party increases!
Kelli the Movie Star ;c)
Family is just the best there is!