Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Reading

Rin Tin Tin: The life and legend by Susan Orlean (audiobook) I really enjoyed it. What is not to like about a book about a legendary dog?
Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas (library) A murder mystery set in the 1880's Denver, Colorado. A prostitute is murdered and she has ties to a wealthy NYC family. Her estranged sister comes to find out more about her death.
The Fireman by Joe Hill (library) I can't help always comparing Joe Hill with Stephen King. I am such a King fan that I go, well there was Firestarter and this is just an evolution of that kind of thing. I always found Stephen King's writing to be so easy to read. I just fell into the world that he created. Maybe because it was easy to fall into, even when things got really really weird, there was always that element of the mundane that kept you grounded that you recognized. With Joe Hill, I find it harder to suspend my disbelief, but that might be also because I am older now and I come to horror and fantasy with a more jaded attitude.
The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz (library) It reads like a text book, but I found the subject matter very interesting. It is basically about the myth of the 2 parent household. The 1950's ideal that everyone had a Mom at home and a Dad who worked. The reality in the USA was that this ideal was the rarity, not the norm.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (library audiobook) Fun thriller, for those of you who like Girl on a Train and Gone Girl and stuff like that. I got annoyed a bit with the narrator. She was pretty stupid a lot of the time. But it kept me guessing and I wanted to find out what happened in the end.
The Lacquer Screen by Robert Van Gulik a Judge Dee mystery. I just discovered this series of murder mysteries about a Chinese Magistrate during the Tang Dynasty. I am enjoying them! Set in the 7th Century, there are really cool cultural details about China that intrigue me.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. ( library) really enjoyed.  I recommend to Alisa  it's YA about a girl starting college who writes fan fiction for a popular magical series.
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen (library) I love learning this stuff!  Wow, History was not as boring as I always thought.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (library) the cutthroat world of gymnasts. With a mysterious death.....It was a fast and entertaining read. Although I had it figured out early on in the book.
Necklace and Calabash by Robert Van Gulik I like these mysteries and I like the traditional chinese illustrations that the author made for them also.
The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe (library). About college girls at Vassar in 1897. The twist is that one of them is a light skinned black girl passing as white. In this post Civil War world, her entire world could come crumbling down if anyone learns her secret.  I loved the college era stuff. And it is based on a true story.
We Could be Beautiful by  Swan Huntley (library) Psychological thriller. Rich woman, perfect boyfriend.....but is he really??? I can't really recommend it.  I did not find the characters sympathetic. So I did not really care if she was deceived
The Twin Ring Mystery by Mildred Wirt reading one of my collection of Wirt books. it is GOOD!! LOL
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (library) An interesting gimmick, it is written " backwards" each chapter is what happened the day before...This thriller is about a woman who goes back to her home town where a second girl goes missing and her Alzheimer's afflicted father is a suspect in a first missing girl cold case from 15 years earlier.  I was more interested in this story than in the We Could Be Beautiful people.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Ikea

These postcards of birds were purchased at Ikea. I had no idea that Ikea carried postcards until my sister pointed them out to me when we were shopping there one day!

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of “Maine Postcard Day”, Penobscot Marine Museum presents Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine, a hundred years of images which have been used to communicate the unique qualities of Maine to the outside world. With photographic postcards, photography, and contemporary art, this exhibit explores the changes which have taken place in the images which have been used to communicate “Maine”.

 In 1916 Maine Governor Oakley C. Curtis proclaimed April 19th “Post Card Day” and issued a proclamation asking all Maine citizens to send a postcard of Maine to friends and family outside the state with the message “Come to Maine.”  The exhibit runs thru October!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Campbell's Kids

These postcards are of the Campbell's Kids. These images were used to advertise Campbell's Soups. Campbell's began using the Kids in their advertising in 1904 and used them through the 1950's. In 1983, the kids were reintroduced with a slimmer and more contemporary look.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Star Wars

Well, no question, I was a huge Star Wars fan back in the day and I was very happy to add some Star Wars postcards to my collection. Early Happy Birthday to my sister, Julie, it is her birthday tomorrow!!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Monday's Postcard 2016: Owls

I bought these postcards when I traveled to Russia last summer. There were many more by the same artist, I wish I could have bought them all!! But these were my two favorites. September 7th is the LAST day to contribute to the WTA Hike-a-thon!! For those of you who are supporting Ryan and me for the WTA hike-a-thon this year, Here is the link to our donation page! Hike-a-thon

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Thank You all my Sponsors for Hikeathon 2016!!

This years hike-a-thon for me started off with a BANG in Yosemite and ended with a whimper in Seattle. I only got 33 miles under my belt this year (I am really saving myself for my Camino walk later this fall!!!) But Thanks to all of YOU GUYS!! Ryan and I have raised  $859 for the Washington Trails Association. A little bit off of our goal for this year, but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! And for all you procrastinators, there is still time, the WTA is taking donations up until September 7th via the website (follow the link below!!) Ryan just finished the John Muir Trail YESTERDAY and I will be seeing him tomorrow in California, so hopefully he will update his mileage then for hike-a-thon. Thank you again to everyone who supports this cause every year with us. You guys ROCK!

Mercer Slough

Longfellow Creek Trail

Cormorant Cove

Just click "Sponsor Me" to make a donation. Thank you in advance for your generosity! And for those folks who don't want to send money thru the internet. The old fashioned way of writing a check and putting it in the mail works too.  Just make checks out to WTA and you can send them to me at PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA 98116  Many Thanks to Kim who made a donation this week!! September 7th is the LAST Day for contributions!! (Suzi!!)