Turkey Tracks: Look Who Came To Live With Me!

Turkey Tracks:  January 19, 2014

Look Who Came To Live With Me!

Isn’t she beautiful?


I’ve thought about her since October.

She’s the sister of the doll I sent my granddaughter for her birthday.  And this sister comes with her own baby!

I called Becky Morse of Gallery on the Lake in Greenville, Maine, and she had not sold her yet.  Becky packed her up and mailed her to me this past week.

I am in awe of whomever it is who is making these dolls.

This one will stay with me until my granddaughter’s baby sister is old enough for her.  Three years, I think.  Which means I can have her until then.

Turkey Tracks: Quilt Projects

Turkey Tracks:  January 19, 2014


I promised you pictures of the blocks I’m (mostly) hand sewing for a quilt–from Material Obsession 2.

Here are two blocks finished:


And here’s one in progress:


They are so much fun to work on.

Here is what my design wall looks like at the moment–now that Celtic Solstice if down:


The red and green quilt and the brown quilt at the top are leader/ender projects.  And, for play, I made a fish block yesterday and cut out a few more blocks…

When I finish quilting “Sails Up” and “Celtic Solstice,” the fish quilt will become a primary task.

The trip to Alewives’ BIG sale (quilt store) was fun yesterday.  Lunch out was, too.  We got home just as the snow started coming down in earnest.

I bought two greens and 7 yards of this ORANGE backing for Celtic Solstice.  The dark green will be a border, and the light green the binding.  The orange just seemed…to fit the quilt.


So…one more border for Celtic Solstice and then, quilting.

What a fun project this Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt has been.

Interesting Information: 53 Paper App

Interesting Information:  January 19, 2014

53 Paper App


When I inherited John’s IPAD, Tara Derr Webb told me I’d like the App 53 Paper.

She’s right; I love this drawing APP, but don’t take enough time to just play with it.

Toni Venz likes it too, and she just a super duper stylus to use with it that’s she’s still learning.

Here’s a quick sketch she just sent:



Big smile to see this fun little sketch.  One can draw lines, or use watercolor effects, and on and on.  You can google 53 Paper to see how artists are using it.  And, of course, the pictures can be saved and sent…

Here’s what I was looking at today when Toni’s message came through:



Wet snow…

No No Penny is very bored with snow:



I downloaded Checkbook Pro today and set about putting my 2014 checks into it.  I needed something that could sort expenses by categories.  I had decided that I loathed, LOATHED, Quicken.  With Checkbook I could put the credit card and bank on, but I really just want something so I can sort checks and categories of spending.  The credit card does that kind of reportage at the end of each year, and I run as many expenses as I can through it for the miles.  It didn’t take me a minute; it’s easy and fast and intuitive, and I’m now happy.

Books, Documentaries, Reviews: Book Club List for 2014 and Early 2015

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  January 19, 2014


Our book club met this week to pick our books for next year.

We are six in number:  three sets of two neighbors.

We each pick five books for the other members to consider, and we are guaranteed two of our books.  Six times two equals twelve.  Only we sometimes throw in an extra, as we did this year.

Here’s our AWESOME list:

February:  Dear Life, Alice Munro

2013 Nobel Prize, fiction: Canadian with Scottish roots, short stories and some autobiographical pieces.

March:  Claire of the Sea Light, Edwidge Danicat

Haitian author—explores black social classes through eyes of seven-year old Claire.

April:  The Boys In The Boat, Daniel James Brown

Nonfiction: 1936, Olympic eight-oar crew—sons of loggers, shipyard workers, farmers—win all and against Hitler’s German crew at Olympics.

May:  The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love

Love, adventure, discovery—spans 18th and 19th century—follows one family.  One member becomes a botanist, but meets a man who draws her into the spiritual.

June:  Life Among Giants, Bill Roorbach

Growing up next door to a famous dancer who pulls the protagonist and his family into mystery and murder.  He tries to figure out where truth lies and where love is.  Winning national prizes.

July:  The Flame Throwers, Rachel Kushner

Starts in Utah, with the “fastest girl in town”—motorcycle fast.  Moves to New York City and on to politically turbulent Italy in the 1970s.  Solid reviews.

August:  When We Were The Kennedys, Monica Wood

Memoir.  Growing up in Mexico, Maine.  Getting great reviews and winning prizes.

September:  River Town:  Two Years on the Yangzte, Peter Hessler

Nonfiction:  Hessler comes to Fuling in the Sichuan province, as a Peace Corps volunteer, to teach English and American literature, but learns more from his students while living in a radically different society.

October:  The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

BIG novel tracing what happens to Theo Decker after he survives a bomb in a New York City museum that kills his mother.  As he makes his way out of the museum, dazed, hurt, but alive, he takes a very famous painting that mother and son had viewed together.  Layered, dense, compelling story.

November:  In Falling Snow, Mary-Rose MacCall

Love, war, secrets set against backdrop of WWI France.  Moving novel about the small unsung acts of heroism which love makes possible.

December:  Mastering the Art of French Eating, Anne Mah

Nonfiction:  Mah’s husband is posted to Paris.  The couple is only getting settled when the husband is posted to Iraq, which leaves Mah alone in Paris.  After feeling terribly lonely and a fish out of water, she rights herself and sets out on “food” journeys across France.  Not unlike Julia Child’s experiences…

January:  The Lowlands, Jhumpa Lahiri

Lahiri’s newest, set in India and America in the 1960s.  Follows the stories of two very-different brothers:  activist and scientist.

February:  Philomena:  A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search, Martin Sixsmith

Ireland, mother pregnant teenager in 1952, sent to convent, baby sold in America for adoption.