Saturday, August 11, 2012

Some Piecing and Some Book Reviewing

It's been hot. It is summer after all, so time spent indoors has been at a minimum. I'm all about sitting on the deck, cold beverage in one hand and a good book in the other. In the cool early morning, I do a little piecing. This is my latest attempt to use up some bonus half-square triangles.



This one was one of the free blocks that Lisa Bongean has been posting on her blog. You need to search around for them but you can find them all here. This is block number 11.

Like I said before, most of the time I have been reading. We took Lucy Two (our motorhome) out for a little excursion this week.

As the photo shows, water is at a premium in August. This is one of the largest reservoirs in California and it is extremely low.We drove in a big loop up to Calaveras Big Trees, then on over the Sierra Mountains to the Nevada side for a little fishing. I'm ashamed to say that even though I was born & have lived my entire 63 years in Northern California, I had never been to Big Trees. It is a lovely place and well worth the visit, although the $33 (with senior discount) fee to camp is pretty ridiculous. Why does it cost so much to camp in California State Parks? Every uniformed person we saw was a volunteer!! Anywho......while Honey was fishing, I was reading.

I love to read. That is my idea of vacation...uninterrupted reading time. No phone, no computer, no TV, no sewing machine. Just a good book. Here are my reviews.

Book #1: Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, my goodness. I'm certainly no expert on good prose but I gotta say, I'm not impressed. Erotica can be good, some is very good. This one? Eh. Not so much. I only made it about 1/3 through the book and grew board. I really don't care what happens anymore. These young people are acting like they discovered SEX and you can not convince this old lady that any real live sweet young 21 year old virgin is gonna let that power freak dominate her. No way, no how. And, I'm sorry to burst your bubble but the First Time is almost always a huge disappointment. Period. I'm not going to waste more time reading this drivel when there are billions of books on my to-read list. I give it 2* only because some women may find it interesting. I didn't.

Book #2: 11/22/63 by Stephan King. Okay, first off, I'm NOT (capital letters) a King fan. I have read 2 in the past and both left me feeling really creeped out for weeks. His books read like someone's horrible nightmares. No thanks. But a friend whose opinion I value said I would like this one. And she was right. I enjoyed it very much. Hubby is reading it, too, & also liking it. I will say that you probably should be a certain age to really find it entertaining. If you were around when Kennedy was elected you will probably enjoy the whole premise of the story. It is a time travel tale and all the reminders of your youth are there. I give it 3 *.

Meanwhile, while sewing I have been "watching" Brothers & Sisters on Netflix. Very liberal, topical drama. I doubt it plays well in the bible belt.

11 comments:

Stitching Noni said...

Sounds like you had a lovely holiday :0). Thank you for the book reviews. I must admit that while 50 Shades seems to be popular with most of the women on the train I have no interest in reading it - much rather stick to a good well written story :0)

Janet O. said...

Most of my reading takes place on the stationary bicycle or in the jetted tub anymore, the latter of which I haven't had much time for lately. I used to read so much more. Where does the free time go? I love the little quilts you have made. I have been saving Lisa's patterns, but haven't made anything with them yet.
I'm trying to recall if Big Trees was where we took the family on a vacation about 23 years ago. It sounds vaguely familiar--and I know we were in Northern CA. What does that say for my memory?

Libby said...

My general rule on books is: If it is THE popular book or about to become a movie . . . it's off my list. I do except that from time to time and often with good results (The Help was one such exception)

I've not one bit of interest in 50 Shades of Gray except on Friday mornings when my goofy morning DJ's bring out a 'character' in the form of a La Jolla widow (really the sports guy) to read a chapter from the book. Hilarious to listen to them try to get through it without getting in trouble with the FCC.

Gayle said...

I'm experiencing your extreme heat in person this weekend since I'm in Sacramento for my SIL's memorial service. YIKES! We head back home to Utah tomorrow where it's a teeny tiny bit cooler.

I haven' read a really good book for awhile now. The only one of Stephen King's that I liked before giving up on him as an author was The Stand.

Ruth said...

I agree with Libby about the "popular" books and movies. I have wasted my money and/or time on too many of them. I really like what you have done with your HSTs. I've been trying to use some of mine up and have made a bunch of pinwheels to put into a donation quilt. Right now we are on a trip in our camper until the end of Sept. We're going to New England after a family reunion. Last year we camped at the Redwoods State Park in N. CA and LOVED it. We paid $33 also. The highest we paid on our trip. Even lots of private campgrounds are a lot less than that! It is beautiful there, though.

floribunda said...

Big trees is one of my favorites, although the last time we were up there the ranger at the gate told us to not even bother driving in since it was all too muddy! I like your book list, too -- we agree on several of your ratings! Do you know about the Goodreads website? A great place to keep track of what you've read and want to read...

Sharon said...

First, Congratulations of being featured on the Selvage Blog! Your rug is super and deserves to be highlighted!

Second, I enjoyed your book recommendations. I currently have the Stephen King book waiting for me at the library. The last book I read that you recommended I really enjoyed. Just don't ask me what it was right now! dumb brain. :)

Kindred Quilts said...

I'm new to blogging but have been reading quilting blogs for several years. (Why did I wait so long to start blogging? It's fun!!) I found your blog today and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Your sewing room, and your description of it, is probably more the norm than not. Mine only looks like it's set up for a photo shoot when I have company coming over. Your selvage (or selvedge) rug is gorgeous! I'm inspired! I enjoy your book reviews, too! Keep the posts coming... I'll be dropping in to read about your adventures!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love summer holidays - even a few days away - or just a day trip - so lovely and so refreshing to be able to do what you want when you want and no duties calling. My favorite thing is to take a bit of handwork - sit in the shade and dream - sometimes I even take a stitch or two, while enjoying the scenery, whether it is river, valley, ocean or desert - I love summer holidays. Today we are off on a jaunt to find us some summer peaches - and whatever else calls our names.

Jenny Watson said...

Nice work which you done keep it up...

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Hashim Aamla said...

I like your choice of colors very much dear in this quilt.


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