Though not a fan of romance novels, I have enjoyed this short holiday-themed book. Gabby, the out-spoken, forceful matriarch of her family gathers her adult children, relatives, friends, and almost everyone she knows for her Christmas wedding. She discusses her wedding plans in a series of video messages without identifying the groom. Emotional outbursts, unconventional wisdom, and smiley smiles ensue. This warm, amusing plot line is as far from reality as it can be. Will it become a Lifetime movie some day?
If you are in the mood for over-the-top characterization and story, this feel-good book may be the one for you. View all my reviews
"The litigators were a breed apart, wild men who took enormous risks and lived on the edge. In every big firm the litigation section was the most colorful and filled with the biggest characters and egos."
--- The Litigators by John Grisham
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them...;'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'~ Matthew 2:10-11
Have you ever thought that a project ought to be finished by now even though you like the pattern, the yarn, the 4-row repeats? Have you ever ever been so very ready to begin your next project--say, something like this --even though you have WIPs whimpering in the background? Have you ever been ready to wrap said project and send it with the crochet hook dangling from it to your niece for her new baby when you know your niece hasn't a clue about crocheting??
As I previously blogged, I was not happy with the first stocking I was crocheting for my friend's great granddaughter. The yarn was too stiff, which is why it has been in my stash forever! I decided to use the hot pink left from this throw for my granddaughter's Christmas gift to make a sweet girlie-girl Christmas stocking.
This pattern ishere . Scroll waaaay down to the Christmas Stocking section, then click on "Baby Girl's First Christmas Stocking" and you have the quick, easy pattern! Interestingly, the pattern is worked vertically from the heel, a new approach for me. I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby and a size J hook. The left-over white Plymouth Encore yielded a soft, feminine cuff. I really like that touch on this cute stocking, perfect for a nine-month-old baby girl!
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"Dad adjusted his bow tie like a knob on an air conditioner....My father whisks the inside of his collar with his finger like the inside of a cold cream jar."
This author is all about similes and writes them so well. The visual imagery is evocative of every day actions and situations that place the reader into the events in the story. The charm of this book is not so much the story line as it is the confidently created atmosphere.
Trigiani's books elicit sweetly sentimental memories of my childhood in our Italian family, particularly of my powerhouse Nonna. If you enjoy a good laugh and a cozy read, try Very Valentine.
I have interrupted my baby blanket knitting (like that's never happened before) to crochet a Christmas stocking for a friend's new great granddaughter. While I prefer the look and feel of a knitted stocking, crochet is much faster. This stash yarn is finally leaving the building after several years residence here!
This is based on the "Snowman Stocking" pattern, minus the snowman, at http://crochetmagazine.com/newsletters
I've just begun reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. It's a pleasure to read about this charming main character who faces her difficult young life with hope and positivity. No whining!
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"On a warm October night I sat outside and rested against a maple tree. I gazed at the branches above me, and while watching the moonlight ride the copper leaves as they let go and swirled to the ground, I wondered about all the prayers I'd said."
-- Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
A sweet baby girl named Ashley Elizabeth was born to dear niece and her hubby, which means it is baby blanket time. I downloaded Exclusive by Sandra Brown to accompany the knitting. The premise sounds interesting, but I am not far enough into the story to venture an opinion.
The "I Love This Yarn" left-overs work well for this blanket--pastels, very soft hand, and oh-so-cuddly. I used this yarn for 8-year-old DGD's Christmas present, a throw.
Why did it take me SO long to decide on a pattern? I don't know! I started to crochet motifs for a baby blanket, then decided I didn't feel like doing that. So, I dug out an old copy of Knitting Digest dated September, 1997, and came upon the "Rainbow Crib Cover" on page 22.
The stripes run length-wise in a repeating pattern on size 9 circs. The four row pattern stitch is simple and provides a lacy appearance. I am not a fan of fringe, so I plan to crochet a scalloped border around the edges. Then, I'll send it off across the country to sweet baby.
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This is a book of deeply felt emotion, of good-byes, of sadness at the passing of parents and the reality of one's own mortality. Some of us have been there. Some of us know this searing experience. For Diane Keaton, who adopted her first child at age 50, then another, there is the brightness of children to propel her into activity and light amidst her sorrow. Children provoke deep, almost painful emotions of deepest love that blends with the sadness of losing our own parents. It is a whirl pool of churning emotions.
While some celebrity memoirs reach to "set things straight" or present "my side of the story", this memoir minimizes Keaton's life and accomplishments and focuses on love and loss. On sorrow. It is interesting to see, so far as she is willing to reveal, her life as a working actress. Her artistic sensibilities are refreshing, even joyful. She writes about her powerful friendship with Woody Allen. She mentions Al Pacino.
I remember swooning over Warren Beatty in "Splendor in the Grass", as Diane did. Can you imagine actually having an adult relationship with your movie idol as she did? She had difficulty with that concept as any of us would. That is the tone of this book--that she is as surprised by her celebrity as anyone would be. That is her appeal. The self-deprecating, talented, artistic, poetic woman, Diane Keaton, is authentic and human and grieving the passing of her sensitive, loving mother. A tearful ending. A beautiful book.
This murderous story uses imagery of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ as clues to solving the mystery and would be more compelling in the hands of a writer with greater literary skills. The writing telegraphs the action to come, which spoils the story line. I am undecided about reading this author again. View all my reviews
It was slow going at the beginning, but once the set-up is in place, it is a completely gripping story. The writing drew me in and kept me. It is altogether spell binding with many points of connection for those of us who lived in the '60s and remember the absolute horror of the events surrounding 11/22/63. The characters are richly drawn, absolutely believable, and will live in my memory for quite some time. I haven't read other works by Stephen King, however this amazing creation captured me and held me because of his precise and evocative writing.
The audio version is one reader doing very distracting voice changes, i.e.,he sounds like Owen Wilson. It might be his natural voice? He voiced a Florida woman's which sounded like Bill Clinton! Then, a Dallas police officer with the voice of John Wayne. There's the FBI agent at the end of the book with a voice reminiscent of W. C. Fields impersonators. Actually made me LOL even though the material was not funny. His impersonation of JFK was quite weak. All in all, I was very distracted by the reader.
I enjoyed hearing King discuss his book in the Afterword. The writing process is fascinating and hearing a powerfully skilled author is completely engrossing.
If you enjoy a bit of history, time travel, and a touch of dystopia or, even if you don't, I highly recommend this book. If you're a Boomer, all the better!!
"Organic produce from nearby farms, beef and pork from a local man who did his own slaughtering, bread and rolls baked by the local food co-op, lettuces from Iris' own vegetable garden, and a wedding cake made by a friend of the groom's who had recently received his certificate in culinary arts from Central Maine Community College. The caterer had obviously managed to get the range lit, because the waiters were making the rounds with the stuffed mushrooms, miniature crab cakes, sliders, and lobster puffs."
So DH assembled adult daughter's toy bunk bed set at my request. This set is circa late '60s and in new condition. I love baby dolls and have a few that I've collected just because they touched me in some way. I'm thinking that the bunk beds and the doll crib I have will be a lovely way to display them in my bedroom. I have kept them in my curio cabinet and would enjoy having them displayed differently. However, what about dust? They are so pretty in the cabinet, but less inviting to hold.
While pondering these weighty concerns, I am knitting doll bedspreads/blankets for the bunks and using stash! Yes! I know! This is straight, mindless stockinette minus the two inches of seed stitch border at each end. This Bernat Jacquard is especially fun for me since I don't knit socks and use all the interesting self-striping and patterned sock yarns on the market. Seeing these patterns appear is magical and does keep things interesting when knitting so much stockinette.