Category Archives: books & music

getting rid of goodreads

Goodreads.com is a website that promotes reading, authors and good books. It’s easy to join, see what your friends are reading, find reviews, sign up for giveaways, and learn what your favorite authors are working on. All good, right? Well, … Continue reading

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cb strike

This is a British detective series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.  Only she uses Robert Galbraith as her pen name for the series. I loved the first three books.  I’m on a waiting list–a … Continue reading

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happy ’19

It is an unseasonably warm day here, in the 50’s.  Rainy and wet.  Gray.  The first mug of coffee tastes really, really good. Happy New Year, everyone! Did anyone stay up until midnight?  We certainly didn’t!  After a cozy dinner … Continue reading

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it’s not christmas without a banjo

I think his head was cold. We went out last night to one of our favorite restaurants, the Wood River Inn, for some music and dinner. You’ve have to love the banjo player.  He was great.  In fact, the whole … Continue reading

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the death cleaning dilemma

There’s a new book out:  THE GENTLE ART OF SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING, by Margareta Magnusson. Margareta sounds like a lovely lady.  Thoughtful, kind and filled with the wisdom of the elderly, she writes that we should be considerate of our … Continue reading

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a darn good saturday

Yesterday there was this: A kaleidoscope quilt top made several years ago.  You layer 6 layers of fabric in exactly the same places on the design and cut wedges.  The wedges are sewn together to form different patterns.  This was … Continue reading

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the frozen dead

Here’s a new mystery series on Netflix.  It’s in French, with English subtitles, and set in the French Pyrenees. We liked almost all of the episodes–good characters and lots of mysterious happenings–but the last episode left us…cold.  It ended with … Continue reading

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the quiltmaker’s gift

My French Friend Janou sent this to me for my birthday.  It’s about a quiltmaker who only makes quilts to give away and a greedy king who will do anything to get one of them. MFFJ thought I would love … Continue reading

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happy birthday and happy halloween

My brother was born on Halloween, which meant we grew up celebrating his birthday with a party with the neighborhood kids before setting out to trick-or-treat. I can taste the potato sticks now. We loved Halloween.  Living in a suburban … Continue reading

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almost sisters

I really loved this book.  Here’s what was written on Amazon: “With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the … Continue reading

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