Sunday, 30 December 2012

Favourite reads of 2012

I am trying to get back into the habit of blogging. I decided a good topic would be sharing some of my favourite reads this year, as I've done in previous years. 

I limited the favourites to Ten!
  1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman - a sad but beautiful story and one that makes you think about what YOU would do under those same circumstances. Often life's rights and wrongs are not so black and white. We can do right by one person but wrong by another. In the end we all have to face consequences of our actions. Got me quite teary, this one.
  2. Tell the Wolves I'm home by Carol Rifka Brunto - what is love? Is it one flavour or many? This story about Junie and her story surrounding her beloved uncle Finn, before and after his death. I was very touched by this one.
  3. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman - ahhh, I see my theme here, another book where love plays a key role. It's WWII and a young Jewish couple falls in love, then married only to be separated by the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. The description of the Prague is beautiful. I love the ending of this book.
  4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - with the wintery weather, this would be the perfect book to really imagine the story to life!
  5. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon - this story reminded me of The Help in some ways as it deals with prejudice. In this case, how society used to treat mentally handicapped people. The story is set in the 1960's.  I listened to the audio version ready by Kate Reading. 
  6. Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin - well, thank you Mr Rankin for bringing back Rebus! I was overjoyed to see Rebus' return and he is in fine form.  For those who know the series I am sure you will agree!
  7. When will there be Good News by Kate Atkinson - this is Jackson Brodie #3 and I did read #4 as well. I love this series!
  8. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen - this is the second in the (Crime/mystery) series translated into English. I can't wait for the next one. I like the development of the characters.
  9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - I talked about this one almost a year ago as I'd read it in January. This is a biography of a remarkable man who survived WWII on the Pacific side.
  10. My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss - loved this. Luisa has a blog and this is a memoir and cookbook.  
That's it for this post and it will be the final post for 2012.

Thank you for all your support of me and this little blog. Wishing you Good Cheer for a Happy, Stitchy-fun-filled New Year! 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Where did it go?

Good morning! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Here's what I'd hoped Santa would bring me, of no monetary value - my stitching mojo! Where had it gone? 

While I was busy working these past 5 months, I was too tired, especially my eyes, to stitch. I would wander around the house sometimes and look at my framed pieces and wonder - how did I manage to do all these? How did I manage to have the patience to put in all those little x's? 

So, yesterday, I decided to start on a small piece (80x80). After a couple of hours I'm thinking "really? I used to enjoy stitching?" *sigh* You get the picture! So now I get why I see many of you sometimes say you have started on too many projects. Perhaps that's what I should do, just start on another one and see if it feels right, then maybe I can find Just-The-Right-Thing! 

Meanwhile I can show you some stitching I did in the summer. Somehow, sometime, I can be clever and I made these early for presents. The first one is for Marie as we were Birthday Exchange partners. This is a Blackbird Designs chart.

The second gift is for Glenna. When I saw the bunny freebie, I just had to make it for the Bunny Lady! ;-)  I love that card too.
So, I'm off to see which design will finally entice me to keep stitching!  The cats are all happy they can show themselves off again on the blog, but don't disturb their snoozing! 
Thank you for welcoming me back with all the wonderful comments in my last post! I really felt they were my best Christmas present!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

So. We're Still Here! Merry Christmas!

I know, I know "Where have you been?" (Me, I mean, not You). I finished work on Wednesday for this year and was going to write a post called "Out of jail for Christmas".  Hmmm, maybe not very politically correct as I was referring to work (tee-hee).  But I was just pooped on my first day off work so I thought I would wait till Friday. Then, you know what Friday was, end of the world, right? Why would I want to waste time writing a post on my last day on earth?!!! 

OK, that was all very tongue-in-cheek.  How are you all? I have indeed been in jail of some sort - captured by Work! It's been a crazy 5 months and definitely goes with the "be careful what you wish for" saying. The first 3 months were something out of Tales of the Brothers Grimm variety - fighting ogres in deep dark forest, winning some battles, and running away to fight another day, all that sort of thing! ;-) 

I am so pleased to be off work for almost two weeks. I really need to get myself back to myself. I have not stitched, I have not blogged or only visited blogs once in awhile. Really, me bad indeed.  But we all have our way to turning inward to conserve our energy when things are stressful. You know what I mean!

So, for now, I just want to say "May your Days be Merry & Bright".  Merry Christmas! I hope, once I get all the Christmas things out of the way, to be back stitching in a few days!