Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ten On Tuesday-10 Books On Your "To Read" List.

I have returned from my weekend trip to New York state.  FC and I had a great time, going on a bit of a shopping toot, before severe budget restrictions kick in, this month.  However, we did score at the Bass shoe outlet- 4 pairs of shoes for him (unprecedented in the history of FC shoe aquisition) and even some pussy penny loafers for moi-
huh? huh? 

We went to the Fingerlakes Fiber Festival, and I loaded up on fiber and fleece, and stuff.  It was alot of fun and I got to see some friends, old and new.  There were twin alpacas....
.... and bunnies up for adoption.
Just some of the haul.

Onto the ten:

1. The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray. This is new, and tells the story of the big money Massey family (of Massey-Ferguson Farm equipment). A murder occurred with one of the maids, and was big news back in the day. The Massey family was prominent in Toronto history.
2. The Sleep Doctor- Stephen King. A sequel to "The Shining"  but stands alone as a story. Danny Torrance, a recovering alcoholic, goes for the job as caretaker of the rebuilt Overlook Hotel in Colorado.  The movie version with Jack Nicholson was good, but the made-for-tv version was true to the book, which scared the daylights out of me
3.Barnheart- a true story of a city girl gone country.
4 & 5 : Having finished "Woodswoman" by Anne LaBastille, I am looking forward to the sequels, "Beyond Black Bear Lake" and "Woodswoman III"
6. Yarn Farming by Barbara Perry- due out in November.
7. Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes.
8. The new Sylvia Jorrin- The Improbable Shepherd.
9.A Tony Curtis autobiography- which my daughter gave me. Apparently, a real schmuck.
10. A bunch of Victoria Holt schmaltzy stories. (have I started speaking Yiddish?)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Songs That Make You Want to Dance

I can't dance for beans. But that doesn't stop me from groovin' to the music in the grocery store.  Not the Muzak elevator stuff that sounds like a laxative commercial, but the real deal, 60's ,70's and 80's- some of the new stuff is ok, but I prefer yesterday's classics.

1. If this doesn't make you dance, you're paralyzed. Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music"- which is an earworm as well. Listen at your peril.
2. A newish one- more jazzy- Aloe Blacc "Tonight Downtown", the Tanqueray commercial.
3. Dead or Alive "You Spin Me Right Round"
4. Boney M "Rasputin"- of course.
5. Devine "You Think You're A Man"
6. Jermain Stewart "The Word Is Out"
7. Terence Trent-D'Arby "Wishing Well" - you can bop to that one.
8. OMG- Kool and The Gang "Jungle Boogie"
9. Sam The Sham "Woolly Bully"- more my brother's generation, but alot of fun.
10. I like watching James Brown and Michael Jackson dance- they were real performers.  Have you ever seen Eddie Murphy do "James Brown Hot Tub Party"? One of the funniest things ever.

Fleece out- I'm off to Fingerlakes Fiber Fest this weekend. I'll be fleecin'

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Miss About Your Own House When You Go Away

I'm a creature of habit. I think as we get further along in our life journey (i.e. we age) that we tend to find comfort in routines. I am well aware of this, as I had a parent who rigidly stuck to her routines, to the point that you couldn't talk to her on Monday as she was sterilizing the house, and Thursday was grocery shopping, no if's and's or buts, which goes back to the days when my father got paid on Thursday.  Nowadays we would psych analyze that, because everyone has a Psych Degree thanks to Dr. Phil and Google, but the point here is that I always bucked having a rigid schedule, for fear of turning out like her. When you think of it, parents can really do a number on you.

Onto the 10

1. My own bathroom, my own toilet, can't relax anywhere else.  The Chicago phone book doesn't help.
2. My own tea.  You cannot make tea in a hotel coffee maker.  It tastes like coffee tea which is vile.
3. Not liking eating in restaurants a whole lot.  So, my fridge.
4. Usually I'm pretty tired when I do travel, but sometimes the thought of how many different people have slept (or done other things) in the bed will tend to freak me out, so definitely my bed.
5. My electric toothbrush.
6. I have to shower because I wouldn't have a bath elsewhere.
7. All my makeup- because you need 10 colours of lipstick available at all times.
8. I pack light because I don't enjoy lugging a whole wardrobe of clothes, but I miss having the choice when I'm away.
9. Living in a house, you tend to take the quiet for granted, and people running up and down halls and talking on the other side of the wall is not the usual.
10. Canadian money. I know everyone says it looks like Monopoly money, but the colours help when you pay for something. American money is all the same.

And I do miss the kitties, although they are always well looked after.  No pics today, as FC is overhauling the system.


Fleece out.