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Visit with Carol

I had a wonderful visit from a girlfriend earlier this month and I haven’t seen her for several months.  Carol and I worked together at Virginia Tech and I love her dearly.

Celebrating my birthday the year before I retired from VT.

Celebrating my birthday the year before I retired from VT.

 

We always have so much to talk about including our kids, grandkids, her work and my part-time work and home.  We both love to read and we started a book club soon after we met at VT.

 

 

She bought me a new book and a wonderful tin of cookies for Christmas.  I’m hoping we’ll have more visits like this in the near future.  I fixed lunch for us and we talked and laughed for several hours.  We talked about gardening, her work, my work, families, and of course, our cohort in crime that she still works with, Gwen.  I miss you guys so much!

Christmas tin of goodies from Carol.

Christmas tin of goodies from Carol.

 

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure she told me there were no calories in this batch!! ;)

I’m pretty sure she told me there were no calories in this batch!! 😉

Carol, I hope we can get together for lunch really soon because we have a lot to catch up on!   I’ll call you soon, I promise!

The new book that I guarantee she will finish before I do!

The new book that I guarantee she will finish before I do!

Book Contests-Reading it Forward & Goodreads

Being an avid reader, I have lots of books and belong to one book club with some friends at Virginia Tech.  We are currently reading “The Color Purple”  and “The Language of Flowers” and hopefully we’ll meet again very soon.  I finished the latter night before last and started the first one last night.  I love books and my collection is constantly growing with paperbacks, hardcover, audio and now my Kindle.

I also belong to two internet sites where I look for new books and review books that I read.  One link is GoodReads which I have listed on my blog and anyone can see the books I’ve read, become friends on the site, compare reviews and much more.  The other link is “Read It Forward” which has a weekly giveaway and all I have to do is enter which only takes about two minutes.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

Craft room bookcase is full of how-to, gardening, decor, sustainability books and so much more.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I've put together for the last 15 years.  I really need to go through them and clean out.

The book shelf on the bottom is full of idea books I’ve put together for the last 15 years. I really need to go through them and clean out.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Upstairs foyer book shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Guest bedroom book and audio shelves.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Second shelving unit in my craft room.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

Bookcase in the guest room with Nora Roberts, Karen White, and more.

 

I get lots of free books from entering contests on the sites I mentioned.  I usually receive at least once a week notices from these two sites about free book contest I can enter.  So far over the last year I’ve won ten books and I can’t remember how many from the year before.  These are new books and all have been hardcover books.  Here’s a few I’ve won this year:

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What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

Books by Pamela Clare. I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

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John Grisham is always a hit!

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A new author for me but one I will definitely look for in the future.

These books would have probably cost me around $200 – $250 if I had bought them new at a bookstore.  That’s a lot of money at my house!!

I also have friends that bring me books by the bag full after they have read them.  When I was working at Virginia Tech I listened to audiobooks to and from work and now I listen to them when I travel to and from Covington to visit my brother.  I also read a lot while I’m in my deerstand waiting on that big buck and Eddie says it may be the reason I haven’t killed the “big one”!!  😉

Anyway, reading it great entertainment and it keeps the old brain busy!  I have plenty of books to keep me busy and lots of books with pretty pictures and ideas.

I Won These Books

I love to read!  I read at night while hubby watches TV. I read at my deerstand and Lord only knows what slips by me while I’m there!    I belong to a bookclub formed when I was working at Virginia Tech and haven’t been able to attend a meeting since July but think I only missed one.  We are a very busy group of ladies.  Prior to my retirement, I won a whole arm load of books from Crown Publishing.

I won!  I was so excited!!  Can you tell?

I won! I was so excited!! Can you tell?

Books by Pamela Clare.  I can't wait to get started on them!

Books by Pamela Clare. I can’t wait to get started on them!

I’m also a member of Goodreads  (https://www.goodreads.com/) and the Reading Room which send me an email when authors and publishers have a new contest to enter.  This was the third time in the last two years that I’ve received new and sometimes used books.

Pamela Clare is a new author to me but the books I won are Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence, Unlawful Contact, Naked Edge, Breaking Point and Striking Distance.

I have an Android that my husband got for me last year for my birthday and I can read lots of free books on it but there’s just something about holding that paper book in your hand that draws me into the storyline that the Android can’t.

I won another book back in June of this year by Samantha Hayes called

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes.

If you are an avid reader like me you should become a member of Goodreads and enter some of their contests.  It’s also a great tool to get background and storyline on books other readers can’t put down.

There’s absolutely nothing to compare on a cold winter day to curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea in front of a warm fire!!

The Gift That Guilts Me

Do you ever get caught up in something that you just can’t seem to stay away from and then it seems to take up all your “free” moments???
My hubby got me an Android tablet in 2013 for my birthday and I’m absolutely addicted to it.

Android Nextbook 2013

Android Nextbook 2013

So much so that I’ve neglected my blog and my quilting and my HUSBAND.  We watch TV together at night but now I read while he watches TV.  Android is the name of my “kindle” and I add new books to it every week while my “paper” books are gathering dust on the shelves upstairs.

Easy to charge and quick.

Easy to charge and quick.

There's over two hundred  books on it currently.

There’s over two hundred books on it currently.

Thanks hubby for my wonderful gift and I’ll try very hard not to neglect and ignore you from this moment on.  I’ll also devote more time to my blog and my quilting before I forget how!!!

DARK WITCH

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

 

Nora Roberts does it again. It’s a wonderfully romantic, thrilling and grab you by the seat of your pants book. I’ve read the entire  trilogy and couldn’t put them down!! Love, romance, witches, fantasy, it’s all in this book!!

Check out my GoodReads list to see more of my favorites and lots that I want to read.

The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Nora Roberts

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I’ve just recently finished this series of Nora Roberts books and as always loved them all.  Love, mystery and lots of humor in all three make them a treasure!

I’ve also in the last few months read and love Karen Whites, “The Girl on Legare Street”, “House on Tradd Street”, and “The Strangers on Montague Street”.  Just recently a fourth book in the series has come out called “Return to Tradd Street” but I haven’t started it yet because I’m two-thirds into “The Atlantis Gene” and three-quarters into another Nora Roberts goody called “The Dark Witch”.

 

 

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Our bookclub is reading “The Mermaid Chair” and I’ve got to get started on it as well.  The Atlantis Gene and Dark Witch are the last two the bookclub read.  As usual, I’m so behind that eventually I’ll catch up to myself 😉 !  All of these books are good reads but my problem is finding time to read and if I read at night I get through a few pages and fall asleep!

It seems the only time I really get to read a lot is when I go to my deer stand and take the books with me.  I can read a whole book in a couple days in that quiet, serene setting and not fall asleep and get to watch wildlife at the same time.

Family room is complete

Not a lot of words. Just a few pics of the final results of the my family room remake. The first pictures are of the bedroom it used to be. I had so much fun cleaning and re-decorating it. I love to sit in here and read or watch chick flicks in the quiet.

First, as a bedroom:

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

Exterior door that's not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

Exterior door that’s not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

It's a long narrow room with lots of light.

It’s a long narrow room with lots of light.

 

Now the makeover into a family room:

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Chairs reupholstered by me and my best friend.

Chairs re-upholstered by me and my best friend.

Peaches, parakeet, lives in family room.

Peaches, parakeet, lives in family room.

Comfortable recliner

Comfortable recliner

Entertainment center

Entertainment center

books and antiques

books and antiques

The family

The family

Eddie and I

Eddie and I

The kids then and now

The kids then and now

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I think it’s a wonderful place to relax, watch movies, read a book, or just chill!!

 

New Book Club

Eight ladies that I work with have become members of a newly organized book club about a two months ago and we will have our second meeting the second week of May.  I’ll be expanding friendship with some of the girls, getting to know some ladies that I’ve met but don’t know well, and meeting ladies I don’t know but hope to add to my friends group.

When we first met we each were to bring a list of books that we would like to read.  Those books were put on slips of paper, folded and put in a hat to draw the name of the first book to read.  The first book in my opinion was fantastic and the name of it is “Love Lies Bleeding” by Jess McConkey.  I highly recommend it for all women!!  It has a great story line, not too many characters and a strong woman as the main character.

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I’ll blog each month about the books we read and hope it’ll give you some choices for your reading enjoyment.  My list of books to read is constantly growing as you can tell if you hook up to the “GoodReads” link on my blog page.  I love to read and have a very hard time finding the time to do it.

Hooked On a Book

I am so enthralled with the new book I’m reading that I wish the evening to fly by so I can have an excuse to go to bed and read myself to sleep.  It would be hard to convince most of  my friends that a quilting book could have love, mystery, suspense, history and comedy all rolled up in one book.    The Quilter’s Legacy is a combination of present day and early 1800’s and the time of the slaves.  Old quilts and a journal tell the story of slavery and quilting.  The story revolves around a family that comes to America to find a new life and . . .

Oh well, I don’t want to spoil the mystery so I’ll stop there but Jennifer Chiaverina is a wonderful author and the quilts described in the book are gorgeous!

Jennifer Chiaverini is a wonderful writer and she keeps me enthralled with everyone of her books.