Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Postcard: O' Canada




Lots of my friends and family visit Canada and send postcards to me.

Monday, October 08, 2018

2018 Postcard: More exotic locales




Bahrain, New Zealand and Cuba, 3 very exotic and far flung locations!! I am lucky to have such well traveled friends.

Monday, October 01, 2018

2018 Postcard: California Desert




Along the Pacific Crest Trail in Eastern California come these postcards. Thank you so much!!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Books I read in September 2018

The photo above is art made by Jane Mount and you can purchase prints of her work and even create a customized bookshelf for yourself. Just go to her website:  Ideal bookshelf




The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery (library)  Very cool look at Octopuses...I was fascinated and now I need to go to the Seattle Aquarium and pay some attention.
The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (library) The women of Newsweek sued in the 1960's and come to find out, the discrimination is still going on 40 years later....very illuminating  
Lipsmackin' Backpackin' by Tim and Christine Conners some great ideas and recipes for homemade backpacking food. 
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (library) Very Agatha Christie like murder mystery. Loved it
Secrets of Saffron by Pat Willard (library) This was very interesting. I have been reading a lot of food related books lately. I am going to have to try some saffron recipes. (and this book has some good ones) 
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance (library) I really enjoyed this one. A memoir about growing up in poverty in Appalachia. 
House of Havoc by Marni Jameson just another how-to book about organizing and decluttering. Some good types....but I am still not sure I am going to make drapes with a glue gun
The Taste of Empire by E. M. Collingham (library) following the expansion of the British Empire by food. Absolutely fascinating. Spices, Tea, Potatoes, Corn, Sugar etc etc. Amazing how much the pursuit of food items shaped the British Empire. 
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (library) I really enjoyed this book. It is about a woman who was in an institution for 60 years coming home to live with her great niece! 
You're On An Airplane by Parker Posey (library) Meh, I am sort of a fan...but she always seems to play such shrill, busy characters and I got a lot of that from this. I really enjoyed her memories of doing the Christopher Guest films, working with Woody Allen and doing Dazed and Confused. So if you are a fan of cinema, give it a go. 
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornsby (library) I enjoyed it, one of his best in my opinion. So if you are a Hornsby fan, check it out. 
Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich (library) She is the author of Nickel and Dimed which is one of my all time favorites. Here she looks at "an epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying and killing ourselves to live longer" I enjoyed it. 
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (library) about long term world travel. I did not learn anything new really, but he does have some great tips for resources/websites etc to use for finding jobs and lodging around the world.
Under the Red Roof by J. J. McGoffin (library) The story of the Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, WA. Ryan and I had been hiking there in August and I was intrigued to learn more about it.
First Blood by David Morrell (library) who knew that the Rambo movies were a book first?? It was written in 1972 and it is very good. 
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell (library) I recently walked to some of the locations in downtown LA where Elizabeth short was before her death, so I thought I would read more about the murder and investigation. Very interesting.


To Be Read:
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
The Wedding Chest Mystery by A. E. Fielding
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle by Karen Shanor
Unsolicited by Julie Kaewert
Skeletons at the Feast By Chris Bohjalian

Monday, September 24, 2018

2018 Postcard: Shells



My friends know that I love shells, so I get some shell cards sent to me every once and a while

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Postcard: South Dakota



South Dakota, prettier than you might expect. ya need to go there!! Thank you to everyone who goes and then sends me a postcard!

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Postcard: Rocky Mountains




Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park, worth a visit....Go now!! I need postcards with fall foliage colors on them!! LOL