Friday, March 30, 2012

NOT THIS TIME a novel by Vicki Hinze

Published by Multnomah
Book #3 of the Crossroads Crisis Center

Sara and Beth have been friends since school, and have a business that is doing quite well.  Then Sara meets and marries Robert, who Beth feels is all wrong for Sara, and things are set in turmoil between the 2 friends.  When Robert disappears and a wedding is disturbed by NINA, with one person dying after the attack, the police think maybe  Beth had something to do with Robert's disappearance.   Sara has an asthma attack, and is rushed to the hospital, so it is left to Beth to deal with the message that Robert has been kidnapped, and if the ransom isn't paid, he will die.
The  deeper things go, the more confused things get....

This is a great book, the suspense is very real feeling, and it is definitely a page turner. I'll be waiting for another Vicki Hinze to become available, so I can read another great book.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Florals I made today and a picture of Petey and Buddy.

I posted about Petey and his 'bug' yesterday, not realizing I had a picture of him in my album.
He likes Buddyboo, who likes Poppy's chair, so he stretches out there anytime he's here.

I received a call last evening, could I make a couple of florals for a funeral. 
I've been doing florals for about 10 years, and since I don't have much overhead, I can do them for at least half what they would cost at a shop.
These are the two I made this morning.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exciting dog day

About 5:00pm I was standing near the door and saw a flash of gray...moving around in the yard.  Flash the wonder dog was laying on the ground asleep, and a little Tufted Titmouse hopped on him, tugged at some hair and flew off.  Flash sat up just about the time she flew.  Now I  know that birds gather hair to line nests, but that is the first time I've ever saw a bird take hair from a live animal.

At about 8:40pm Julie called, said a bug was on Petey's lip, and she couldn't get it off.  Knowing that Julie knows what ticks are, I wondered what kind of bug.  She brought him over, and it was a large bug that had attached itself to his lip and wouldn't turn loose.  I finally held him while she got a tissue and it came off.  I came away with a good scratch on my arm, lol, and Petey went to the food dish and snacked on food.

Two things I've never had happen and both in one evening.

Just Rambling Again

I got to go to visitation for Mrs. Eathel, saw lots of people I knew.  I got a bear hug from her oldest son, who said I hadn't changed a bit.  Then saw our coach from 7th grade, who said the same thing.  I took a floral arrangement and put on it 'Class of '66', and now 4 of my classmates are donating toward the cost.  That will pay for the next one that I do, as I do them for classmates and teachers who have passed on.

Now for other rambling.

We got 6 of the cabinet doors on Julie's cabinets yesterday.  I didn't get photos of them after I whitewashed them, but here are what they looked like before. Hope the blurry one doesn't make you dizzy.  The doors were built from lumber that we sawed from a huge pine that had to come down when new electrical lines went in a couple of years ago.    I promise new and better photos next time.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just Rambling

No pictures today, I'll try and remember the camera next trip.

I have the wood trim painted on edge of cabinet.  It looks good.  We hung the first door yesterday, I still need to do a little work on it, we used a piece of really distressed wood, and it needs a little love.  Trying to decide if the distressed will look good, or if we need to buy clear wood, and distress it.

I went to Walmart yesterday, and smiled at someone, who immediately said JETTIE FAYE, a woman I hadn't seen in at least 40 years.  Guess I haven't changed a bit.  After she told me who she was, I could see it, but I didn't recognize her until then.  She was about 3 years ahead of me in school.

Then I ran into my 3rd grade teacher, who stopped and talked a minute.  She told me that one of my other teachers had passed away early on Friday.  I'm hoping to be able to go to the visitation, doubt I'll make it to the funeral.  This teacher, Eathel Freeman, was raising a family, teaching school, working a farm, and going to college.  I had her in 2nd grade in a little 2 room school house just down the road from my grandparent's house.  Then, I changed schools, she was pregnant with her 4th child, and teaching, and dad didn't think that was something a woman should do.  My how times have changed.  Anyway, they closed the little 2 room school, and in 4th grade, all the children there followed me to the school where I went until I graduated.  Mrs. Eathel, that is what we called her, followed too, and as she got more education, she moved up to high school, so I had her from 5th grade until I graduated in some class, mostly history and math.  I'm going to say she was the best teacher I ever had, if I had problems in English or any other class, she would help, and make it clear.  I hope you were lucky enough to have a teacher similar to her.  She and I have stayed in touch all these years, and I've been out of school for 46 years.......She used to call just to chat.  I talked to her oldest daughter awhile back, and she told me her mom wasn't doing well...I guess there is a time for all of us to move to the next level in life.
RIP Mrs. Eathel, See you again some day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Outside with camera

I decided to go see if I had any flowers blooming on the north side of our property.
I found this little bee really enjoying the weeds that are blooming.
I've never noticed any bees this color before..
Just regular old honey bees.
I also saw this pretty guy, and his bee friend to his right.

Another shot of the 'orange' bee.

And here is the cabinets, dishwasher, and new tops.
I didn't take the camera yesterday, so you'll have to imagine a wood trim piece
on the cabinet edges

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Smitten by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt, Hunter

Smitten Vermont is a small town with only one major employer, so when the mill shuts down, people wonder what they will do. Several decide to try and make Smitten a Destination Vacation spot, and go to work to get things started. Most of the older population aren't so sure.
This is a book of 4 short stories by 4 different authors, which, together, make a novel.
The stories are:

Natalie: Birthday Wishes by Colleen Coble.
Natalie is raising her neice, who her sister says was fathered by one of the Smitten family, Carson Smitten. He denies the charge, so Natalie isn't too friendly with him, until they are thrown together trying to get things ready for his brother's wedding.

Julie: Small town, Big dreams by Kristin Billerbeck.

Julie was working for a large spa in NYC until her mother broke her leg and needed Julie's help, so home she came. She's always been attracted to Zak her older brother's best friend, but he's never given her any hope. So, when her mentor from NYC shows up to help her with a spa, and picks Zak's place, she refuses, and her mentor leaves in a huff. Will she put in a spa anyway, or will she go back to New York?

Shelby: You've got a Friend by Diann Hunt

When her home catches fire, and she has 2 weeks to get things together before her classes for Social Graces, her business that she runs from part of her home, are scheduled to start. Before long, she and fireman, Nick, are working together, but things are a little strained, because of his daughter, Willow.

Reese: All Along by Denise Hunter

Reese is opening a Outfitters store to supply climbing, hiking, and skiing gear to the town. She has the help of Griffin Parker, who has admired her from afar for a long time. But, Reese had been in love with Carson Smitten forever, even though she wouldn't have anything to do with him after he supposedly fathered a child by Natalie's sister. Would Griffin be able to convince her he was serious?

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, no other compensation given. I'm not required to give a good review. All opinions expressed are my own.

A very enjoyable book, with some twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting. I like the fact that is is 4 seperate stories combined into a novel.

Harriet Beamer takes the Bus by Joyce Magnin

Published by Zondervan Publishing

Harriet is recently widowed with one child, Henry, who lives in California.  He is married and his wife, Prudence, is a lawyer, he is an author.  Harriet is 72, and they worry about her being in Pennsylvania all alone in the house.When they show up for Christmas, and find Harriet on the floor, where she fell while trying to hang an ornament on the tree, they fuss.  Of course, being a betting woman, Harriet bets Prudence that her ankle isn't broken.  Prudence says if she wins the bet, then Harriet has to move to California and live with them.

4 Months later, Harriet has sold her house, and is prepared to fly to California, she's shipped her salt and pepper collection ahead.  But, being Harriet, she decides to do things her way.  She ships Humphrey, her Basset Hound to her son, and decides to take the bus, but not Greyhound, she is only taking public transportation.   About 2 days into her trip, she ends up in a YouTube Video, when she stopped a purse snatcher in a bus station, after he took an older lady's purse.   Henry and Prudence almost have a heart attack when they see it.  And this is just the beginning of her adventure.

This is a funny book, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  It is just the right length, 311 pages, with just the right amount of seriousness to make it realistic.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, with no expectation of a favorable review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hooked on Words with Friends, and then

Yes, that facebook game has me hooked, I love playing it, even though I'm not the greatest player.
But, now, they have so many stupid pop up ads on it, that I'm getting one after every play.  I'm considering paying what it costs to go Ad Free, if it isn't too much.  None of the other games I play have the ads.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I hit a home run!

No, I wasn't playing softball, my creaky old joints wouldn't allow for that..
.I'm talking about with one of my auction purchases.  2 years ago, I purchased a 'package deal' at an auction, got lots of large sheets of Formica and some other things that have already been used for $10...Yesterday we dug into the stack of Formica, and found enough to do the tops of Julie's cabinets, in something I thought she would like.  She called as soon as she walked in the door, to tell me it was perfect.  That saved her about $170 in money, and it cleared 1/8 inch of space next to my wall in the garage.

The big shaper/ router went out on Tuesday, so here we sit, trying to figure out what to buy so we can build her cabinet doors....Not that there isn't work we can be doing, like putting the poly on the cabinets, and re-installing the sink, but it would have been nice to have been able to work here on days that we didn't want to drive over to her house.

Look for 2 new book reviews on Monday....

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A Little of this, and a little of That

Or as the title says, Jettie's Ramblings....

I was over at Nana Diana's blog this morning, where she was talking about snow, and braving the roads to get a cup of coffee....her addiction is STARBUCKS
I'd be right behind her, if there was no coffee available to drink, at the house.
Several years ago, we had company visiting, and getting ready to leave.  I got up to find that the coffee pot had died since the morning before, which even in the best circumstance, is very bad.  Normally, I'd be fine with the loss of anything else, but that cup of coffee has to be ready shortly after I crawl out of bed, or there will be heck to pay.  Since the company and my husband were not big coffee drinkers, they couldn't figure out what my complaint I got more and more agitated....I finally jumped into the car, ran up to the store locally, and grabbed the largest cup they had.   And then I went to town and bought a new pot...

Cabinet doors are on hold, our big shaper Router decided it didn't want to work, just as we started the first door.  A couple of hundred dollars, and a week of waiting for shipping, and we'll be back in business..I'm going to try and find a part to fix it, just to have a spare.

I want everyone to know that I have the greatest aunt in the world.  Actually a couple of them, but this time I'm talking about my Aunt Charlene, she is such a special person, and so good hearted.  Say a prayer for her, if you will, because she is 86, and I want to keep her forever.

Have a great day.