Friday, February 5, 2016

Not Too Much Started

I have started a few projects last month. One of them is a quilt for my husband that I started hand quilting. The other items the Mirabilla project will be for my mother and the Tardis HAED project is for our house.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Here are a few pictures of the blizzard that came through our area last month. Dexter loved curling up in the quilt.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Healthy Food....

Here are a few of the healthy dinners I have made recently, some of them I had never made before, all of them were good though.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Midwest Readathon Challenge 2016 - Feb.

  I have decided that my choice to read for this month will be The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Per my previous posts I will give a little information about the author and were he was born. Mark Twain was actually born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens Nov. 30th, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. At the age of five his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri. Florida, Missouri wasn't created until 1831 and during the Civil War had two battles. It's biggest population of 200 people in 1880. It has always been a small village and as the census in 2000 had only nine residents. Unfortunately, by the 2010 census it was uninhabited. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written in 1876 (of course everyone will also know he is a character in Huck Finn as well). I won't do a summary of the book as I figure everyone knows what it is about. However, I never knew there was two sequels, one written in 1894 called Tom Sawyer Abroad and another in 1896 called Tom Sawyer, Detective. I might have to see if I can find copies of them, they might be availble for free on Amazon as a kindle version as these might be in the publice domain.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Midwest Readathon Challenge: A Homesteader Review

  I have finished reading A Homesteader by Oscar Micheaux for the Midwest Readathon Challenge for the state of Illinois, if you want to find out more about the interesting life of Oscar Micheaux here is more information on my previous post. I was trying to think of what rating I should give this book, but having somewhat of a difficult time, I decided to give it a 2.5 instead of 3.0 out of 5. I think that if this book was less disjointed I would have liked it a bit more. The book starts with the two main characters who each have a dream about each other.  For the first 20 percent of the book it switches between the two characters, but then all a sudden only goes to the male characters view until the end of the book, which you are left wondering what happened to the female character. The last ten percent of the book feels very rushed and then your suddenly reminded about previous events that happened at the beginning of the book, which by that time you have completely forgotten about since it was just dropped. There are several instances that are repetitive that end up dragging the book. This book was written in 1918 and with that certain language is used and views about people that are not appropriate today.

I haven't decided which book I will read this month for the challenge, but will probably post tomorrow which one I have picked.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Midwest Readathon Challenge 2016 - Jan.

Welcome to the Midwest Readathon Challenge 2016! People can join anytime they prefer or read any number of books. Find out more about the rules here. So what is the first book you will be reading for this challenge? For some states I automatically knew what author I was going to pick, others I had not a clue. I just randomly would pick a name and then read about the authors books until I found one that interested me. I found out some authors had pretty interesting lives. Every month in my post I will give a little background information on each author and town they were born in.

Oscar Micheaux.jpgThe first book I will be reading is by the author Oscar Micheaux called the Homesteader. He was born in Metropolis, Illinois in 1884. He was at one time a Homesteader and later on wrote about his experiences, hence the title of the book. He has written several other books as well. He was the first major African-American filmmaker for both silent and "talkies" .  

Interesting information about Metropolis, IL. :

At the time of his birth in 1884 the town of Metropolis was a little over 2,600 people. Since then there has been several athletes in baseball, golfer, and NASCAR racers, etc. The hometown of Superman. As af 2014 the population is now a little over 6,300. 

Midwest Readathon Challenge 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Gifts I made....

Here are a few pictures of gifts that I made this year for Christmas. I made quite a few pillowcases, the tractor one is for my grandfather, while the remaining two were for my husband. I wasn't looking for the Doctor Who fabric but while at the fabric store I saw it and couldn't resist. Both my husband and I are fans. I also just bought a regular kitchen towel and sewed fabric on it as a gift. Did you make any gifts?