Monday, March 14, 2016
Julie was taken by ambulance from Denver on Wednesday, a five hour trek over the Continental Divide, which resulted in more trauma to her pressure wounds. She was placed back at the manor, sans IV medications, all being replaced by oral meds. Good news: she was transferred from the hospital back to her "manor home." I returned a few days earlier back to GJ.
Since arriving back in Grand Junction, she has been kept on bed rest and on a special mattress and bed at the manor that shifts her body weight to try to help her heal the back thigh area. We have read half a book aloud since then: Virginia's Diary. And Gene reads his book to her. We play Word Chums.
Today she was angry, mad, and frustrated at being kept in bed. She broke her iPad Saturday (it fell off the bed), so I got it replaced and found some little cord attachers that will keep her phone, her Fire, and her iPad all hooked up and disentangled from one another. Maybe. And I bought a one year guarantee so that if she breaks it again, the warranty will cover it. Bad news was that I got a glass cut from the screen; just glad it was not Julie that received the sliver in her hand.
And we have had several talks about hospice being brought in to help her. These were not easy sessions, but realistic at this time. For now, the APH (atrial pulmonary hypertension) is being managed, but APH is a progressive heart disease under the umbrella of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a diagnosis that results in eventual death. The good news is that the lasix are keeping fluid from building up around her lungs, and she is breathing easier. We will not discuss the bad news.
And I finished the Promenade Shawl. Never will I knit that again as those garter stitches never seemed to end. But eventually, finished...
Thursday, January 28, 2016
It was my birthday Tuesday, with my husband providing some carrot cake refreshments that evening. Thank you for birthday cards sent by Kathy M and Kathy W, Madge, Mary Kay, Pam, Sharon, Lynn and several others I cannot recall as this is being typed!
Knitting continues on two projects while sitting beside that hospital bed.
I finished two books read aloud to Julie this week. It makes time go by more quickly, although my voice sometimes gets froggy.
We have completed Karen Vorbeck Williams The House on Seventh Street and are rapidly getting through her other book, My Enemy's Tears.
Gene reads Mark Sweizer's Liturgical Mystery books to her (his second read aloud book now underway). Gene has read them all and highly recommends them as light fun.
And Julie began her third week at St. Mary's Hospital...
She had a reaction to her antibiotics, enough to have it discontinued. It was changed to another one by IV last night. Her wound looked in order yesterday when they changed out the wound vac and put on another one. The wound care nurse at the manor came over to observe how the nurses changed it out so that the manor nurses could learn how to do it there. Julie will have it changed again tomorrow, and maybe she can go back to the manor late Monday on oral antibiotics. Maybe.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Katz's writing is disjointed, skipping from thought to thought, each lesson or kernel of truth interspersed with free form prose, which I found distracting. In the first two chapters (there were eight chapters in the book), I counted 42 subheadings and a half dozen interspersed prose stanzas which came from Katz through his subconcious. These subheadings appeared as if in a personal journaling type format, randomly chosen without cohesion tying in one thought to the next, rather like free form association. These stanzas must have been of import to Katz, likely personal pointers for achieving mental health balance.
As a psychologist, the author may have helped many people along their life journeys, but this book of writings did not hold my interest because the writers' thoughts were scattered, jumping from topic to topic without transition. I did not find the book helpful.
Chapters 3-8 were skimmed over, and the style continued. Time to move on and read another book.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
And I write about her now because she has brought attention to books which are real finds, but are older and perhaps out of print. Pearl has made a listing of these books and calls it "Book Lust Rediscoveries."
Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each book is personally selected by Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.If you are looking for a new read, Nancy Pearl might direct you to a treasure you have overlooked.
I first found her through the book The Last Night at the Ritz in an Amazon review capturing the essence of the story here:
Readers of Joanna Trollope or Anne Tyler may enjoy this intelligent, captivating, and not entirely trustworthy (unnamed) narrator. She invites three close friends to lunch with her at the Ritz Hotel, in Boston, for her birthday. Two of them are a long married couple she has known since college days. The third was once her lover. The lunch quickly takes an unexpected turn.Check out her Book Lust Shop here. She even has an action figure if you are a girl fan for Pearl. And you can see and hear her on the Seattle cable channel 21 found here.
I am currently reading The Cowboy and the Cossack, another Pearl Book Lust Rediscovery.
So many books, so little time.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Barbara Buncle is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara's bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel ... if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It's a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde's world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art?
Monday, November 14, 2011
But wait, there is even more juicy back content! It was first published in 1864 in Bath in the UK.
Check it out for yourself here on Amazon if you want a free download, or pay money for it in paperback, which is probably not worth it unless you are a die hard history buff in the realm of needle art.
There were at least 40 more books available for free download related to knitting, crochet, embroider, tatting, lace making, hat making, cooking, medicinal plants, tapestry weaving, gardening, dyeing of fibers and the list goes on.... so much information and so little time.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Abu Kassem, a miserly Baghdad merchant, had held on to his battered, much repaired pair of slippers even though they were objects of derision. At last, even he couldn't stomach the sight of them. But his every attempt to get rid of his slippers ended in disaster: when he tossed them out of his window they landed on the head of a pregnant woman who miscarried, and Abu Kassem was thrown in jail; when he dropped them in the canal, the slippers choked off the main drain and caused flooding. Off Abu Kassem went to jail...Abu Kassem might as well build a special room for his slippers.. Why try to lose them? He'll never escape. The slippers in the story mean that everything you see and do and touch, every seed you sow, or don't sow, becomes part of your destiny.Abraham Verghese has one of his characters say this regarding the topic of making up for absences:
I made up for...(father's)... absence by hoarding knowledge, skills, seeking praise. What I finally understood ...is that neither my sister nor I realized that my father's absence is our slippers. In order to start to get rid of your slippers, you have to admit they are yours, and if you do, then they will get rid of themselves...The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours, then your'll die searching, you'll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but our omissions, become our destiny. (Cutting for Stone, Chapter 29)
After I realized several pairs of "slippers" were mine for a lifetime, they wore better. Even the calluses caused by the slippers have become part of me. I look at them with curiosity and reluctant acceptance. Tough layers of skin... would I want to rid myself of those experiences that caused the calluses? The slippers worn are not comfortable, yet have softened my heart and helped hardened my insecurities. My own tattered slippers have helped mold me into one of God's loved, flawed, creations.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Madam DeFarge was a character in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. She is known for her knitting activism during the French Revolution, secretly purling names into her knitting of those who would be charged with crimes in the upcoming revolution. Go to Wikipedia for the quick and dirty about Therese Defarge.
The inside page of the WWMDK book explains a bit about how the book came into being:
What Would Madame Defarge Knit? is a new book of crafty patterns—in pre-orders February 7, 2011 from Cooperative Press—written and designed by the good people who bring you CraftLit, Cast-on, March Hare Yarns, Jen Minnis Artworks, WeaveZine and WeaveCast, Silk Road Socks, Gardiner Yarn Works, and Crochet Compulsive.
It all started back in 2007, while listening to A Tale of Two Cities on CraftLit. Not far into the book, WWMDfK? became a rallying call for t-shirts, knitting, and fun. And now—patterns!The Wilhelmina Shawlette is the first pattern I'll be knitting from the book. And the name Wilhelmina? It comes from here:
What would Mina, the heroine of Bram Stoker’s epic novel, Dracula, wear to protect her neck from the bloodthirsty count? Chrissy Gardiner thinks that, as a practical girl, she undoubtedly would appreciate this simple, delicate wool shawlette, featuring Serendipitous Ewe’s Autumn Glow vampire-inspired colorway, one in a series dyed exclusively for SandraSingh.com.
Designer: Chrissy Gardiner, Finished Measurements: 44″ wide and 22″ tall after blocking
My neck will definitely be warm when I wear this, even if I don't need to be protected from vampires.
(Dracula is a book that will be read on the Craftlit podcast in the fall. I can't wait!)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
This is my mom and me in 2000 just before she died, wearing one of her favorite hats covering her little bald head:
Then, lo and behold, wouldn't you know that I then had the "opportunity" to use those same hats, and especially the one shown above on Mom, when I went through chemo. Yup, it is so.
And now my daughter will be the recipient of these useful little garments to keep her head warm after she loses her hair due to chemotherapy. Three generations of women with cancer: bing, bing, bing.
Never fear, she won't have to just use those old hats (even thought they are quite attractive and still functional). I am making her a couple more with crochet and knitting needles.
Here is a pattern I came across this morning: free, free, free and easy, Bernat offers this chemo hat as a download with a (also free) registration to their website:
The chemo cotton hat will be started today as I listen to Frank Delaney's Ireland on audiobook. If you are on Ravelry, there is an audiobook group and a podcast group that you might check out; this group has excellent suggestions on good listens. I'm currently listening to several books on tape, depending on moods and inclinations.
Now I'm off to Michael's as soon as they open to buy three balls of cotton yarn so I can snuggle down for a good session with Ireland and my hooks and needles.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Princes of Ireland, the first volume of Edward Rutherfurd’s magisterial epic of Irish history, ended with the disastrous Irish revolt of 1534 and the disappearance of the sacred Staff of Saint Patrick. The Rebels of Ireland opens with an Ireland transformed; plantation, the final step in the centuries-long English conquest of Ireland, is the order of the day, and the subjugation of the native Irish Catholic population has begun in earnest.
Monday, October 25, 2010
From that same site:
Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in 1940. After taking a degree in law she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter and embarked on a career as a writer. She left in 1976 and lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. She lived in Salisbury - inspiration for the very successful Starbridge sequence and now lives in Leatherhead, Surrey.Howatch's Facebook page has thousands of fans, and is fun to peruse occasionally to see how her thoughts are still effecting others.
All this to say that I just purchased a download of her book The Rich Are Different (recorded in 2009, written in 1977). It is 28 hours long, so will be good company as I knit up The Sage Remedy Top from Ravelry in this Hyacinth Blue colorway from KnitPicks:
This is designer Sarah Sheperd's version of the finished top:
I really like this pattern because it will hide my lymphedemic left arm and flat chest since it will be layered over a turtleneck, and has extra fullness to hide all kinds of body flaws. You know what I'm talking about, girls.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
You might like to go to George's website and peruse all the book titles she has written.
We have enjoyed watching many of the Inspector Lynley shows on TV. The Inspector (a titled British bloke) and his sidekick, Barbara Havers, do service to Ms. George's main characters.
Fifty-one of George's stories and fan comments can be accessed at this site, so you, too, can be an active fan of Inspector Lynley and interact virtually with other fans.
BBC Mysteries has their own website where you can also delve into the characters of Lynley and Havers.
Over the past year, my husband and our two dogs and I have viewed these TV shows in the Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley series via Netflix:
- Guise of Death
- Know Thine Enemy
- Natural Causes
- Great Deliverance
- Word of God
- Deception on His Mind
- Blink of an Eye
- Suitable Vengeance
- One Guilty Deed
- Cry for Justice
- Traitor to Memory
- In Pursuit of a Proper Sinner
- Payment in Blood
- For the Sake of Elena
Most of my knitting is accomplished while Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers are chasing murderers in the British countryside (while on the TV background).
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
To make money - it's what he did for a living.
He wanted a subject which would appeal to his audience - readers of Bentley's Miscellany, which was published monthly. He probably based it on the account of the life of Robert Blincoe - an orphan whos story of his life and hard times was popular in the early 19th century - but Dickens's work had originality and it is probably the first novel to have a child as the protagonist.
Dickens used his novel to draw attention to social problems, particularly the Poor Law and child labour.What struck me was the familiar song "As Long As He Needs Me" that the prostitute character Nancy sang to both Bill Sykes and then later to Oliver could be interpreted as strongly anti-feminist in its lyrics because Sykes regularly mistreated Nancy.
The complete lyrics to the song are here:
As longs as he needs me I know where I must be I'll cling on steadfastly As longs as he needs me As long as life is long I'll love him, right or wrong And somehow I'll be strong As long as he needs me If you are lonely then you will know When someone needs you you love them so I won't betray his trust Though people say I must I've got to stay true just As longs as he needs me If you are lonely then you will know When someone needs you you love them so I won't betray his trust Though people say I must I've got to stay true just As longs as he needs me (lyric provided by John Bol
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Excellent! one is The Help by Kathryn Stockette.
Anything by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, such as this one available at our local library:
The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch: (read most of her books in the 80's, and she is still going strong)
Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout (give it an "A" score)...
Any of Jane Austen's books ... see them here on Amazon!
Failure to Appear by J.P. Beaumont (he has a series, but this is the only audiobook I could currently catch at the library).
A Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Here is what a Ravelry friend said about it, and I concur:
That narrator is magnificent! She’s doing wonderful Australian accents, mixed with English, Irish and the occasional AMerican (which seems to be the only one she can’t swing btw). It took me a while to get sucked into the book, but now I’m finding it to be wonderful!So much to listen to, so little time.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Today, I sent this brief email to Great Britain to the bookstore of Addyman Books in Hay on Wye in Wales and a similar one to Rose's Books, a purveyor of old children's books.
FROM SEA TO SEA, Rudyard Kipling, copyright 1899.. very good condition; on the flyleaf it says "Mattie A. Weaver, Xmas 1899" handwritten in black ink (Doubleday & McClure Company, New York, 1899) There are TWO copies of this book, with the same handwriting on the flyleaf
ENGLISH LITERATURE , ITS HISTORY AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE LIFE OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD, A TEXT-BOOK FOR SCHOOLS by William J. Long, Ginn and Company, copyright 1909 (The Athenaeum Press, Ginn and Company Proprietors Boston USA)(fair condition, wear on all edges and the front hard cover is well worn; pencil writing on the inside of the cover)
CHILD-STORY READERS PRIMER BY FRANK N. FREEMAN, GRACE E. STORN, ELEANOR M. JOHNSON. W.C. RRENCH, COPYRIGHT 1927 BY LYONS AND CARNAHAN - This is illustrated with color pictures. The name "Annie Laurie" is written on the fly-leaf. Very good condition.
If interested, I can provide pictures of the books in an email attachment.
Maybe they will buy these books and have them in their warehouse(s) by then; one can only hope.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Rumer Godden spins a complex and delicate tale of family, and time, and love. Past, present, and future weave around each other in layers of story centering on an old family home and the generations who live and hate and love there. I first read this story many years ago, and I still find many of Ms Godden's strong characters and unique turns of phrase vivid in my mind. I would recommend this book without hesitation - a re-readable joy.Prolific reader, blogger, and all around marvelous personality and strong soul Julie, who writes at Forgotten Classics (and two other blogs!) has recorded this book on audio. I have recently downloaded her readings of China Court from this site: complete-episodes-listing, starting at episode number 23.
When downloading, each episode (a chapter or two) is copied automatically into my iTunes account. For some reason, it is saved to my "music" folder. But when saved onto my iPod, it is easy enough to pick up the first episode in that folder and begin listening to the book either in the car or my favorite easy chair (while knitting, of course).
These audible books in the public domain are easy to record onto a CD, or you could listen to the recorded podcasts/books on your computer, although those venues are not so portable.
Julie has recorded the entire China Court: The Hours of a Country House book (over 14 hours of recording time) in a clear voice, that although is not a professionally trained reading voice, Julie's tempo and lack of regional accent is very easy on the ears. What a gift to hear this read, and at no cost to the listener!
Try Julie's website, Forgotten Classics, and spend some time poking around there. She has a lot to offer.
Another of my podcast favorites, Craft Lit, hosted by Heather Ordover from Arizona, spends some time each week talking about things going on in her life (actually, quite interesting) and then either she or other readers read one or two chapters of a book each week. The past month or so, Heather has been reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As a literature teacher, she has lots to add from her literary background which aids in content understanding.
Here is a listing of books which Heather has read/reviewed since 2008:
Frankenstein; Little Women; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Scarlet Letter (and probably one or two others I have forgotten or missed over the past 18 months)
You can find Heather's recordings at Craft Lit; just look on the left hand side under "Library".
Since April of 2006, Ms. Hardover has recorded many books in the public domain that have been read aloud by faithful followers of her blog. Like Heather says, "If your hands are too busy to pick up a book, at least you can listen to one." She is another amazing woman who has so many stars in her crown, like Julie at Forgotten Classics, it would be a full time job just to shine them.
There is a wealth of goodness at the sites of these two podcasters, and I encourage you to take advantage of them to increase your knowledge of the classics.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Charlotte and I absorbed about a quarter of Macomber's more than sixty books. Then, lo and behold, guess what Charlotte and I took up after a long respite? … You guessed it, KNITTING!
Debbie Macomber has five knitting project books out now that are on my current Amazon Wish List.
Here is a link to those booklets: Debbie's Projects
You can check out this author and all of her books on her website: Debbie Macomber
And, she has a contest….
Just sign in to her guestbook, and you will be entered into the drawing.
Take a stroll down Debbie Macomber’s famed Blossom Street this month, where the grand prize winner will receive a copy of The Shop On Blossom Street, A Good Yarn, Back On Blossom Street and an advance reading copy of the latest Blossom Street title,Twenty Wishes and much, much more...
The drawing will take place Thursday, April 24, 2008, just before Debbie departs on her 20-city Twenty Wishes tour.
Here is the website to enter: Contest
Good luck to all entrants!