Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Loves & Hates

I should probably tell you to proceed at your own risk.

Kinda losing my patience with Blogger. I can't seem to make the pictures appear the way I used to. They won't move to another spot either so just bear with me. It may just be that I'm a little cranky since we are having July in April. Not a happy thing for me. My very favorite time of year is spring and anything over 65 really annoys the crap out of me. Humidity is not my friend. The stores are all still being heated and I need to go shopping. Last week I went and finally gave up it was so hot and airless. What are they thinking. Open a frickin" door.
And now, for something completely different... The "Amish Abstractions is so beautiful you just want to make everything in it. Most especially this 16-patch you see here. I could probably tackle this one since it isn't black and I might not go blind doing it. It's a beauty. Wonderful book. Those people who own these quilts are very fortunate. I can't imagine letting go of this particular quilt though. Maybe establish a collection somewhere and let this one stay home.

Other wonderful things I have read lately are, "Fear the Worst", by Linwood Barclay. This guy can really get you to ignore every other thing going on because you can't put down the book. I recommend it but don't start at night. It's like that potato chip commercial where you can't eat just one. You'll never get to sleep. I am going to go to the Library and get another of his books tomorrow. He has several out and one new one on the way. I love "discovering a writer" and then finding he's already written a bunch of books. Woohoo!

I am enjoying "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert of "Eat, Pray, Love" fame. Very interesting and touching story about putting your money where your mouth is in a relationship. Fun read.

The one book I don't have a picture of here is "Cleaving", by Julie Powell, whose book was made into the movie Julie/Julia. Not sure what possessed little Julie to go off the deep end but her book is HORRIBLE. I can count on one hand the number of books I'm tempted to throw in the trash(as witnessed by our overflowing library) this is one of those. Only the fact that it was a Library book kept me from flinging it into the wind off the dock. It's gruesome but I can get past that since I get the whole thing about a chef wanting to be a professional butcher and know how to properly carve apart an animal for the public consumption. What I don't get is her "voice" in this book. She's nasty, cheating on her husband(who must be a complete dork to put up with her crap) and writes a book about it. She uses her husband as a poor put-upon sad sack character in the book but refers to the lover by an initial -nice touch...not. I rarely hate the written word but I really hated this book. It's snarky, nasty, condescending, and hateful. I'm not a prude, I know people have affairs(I worked in retailing for 14 years...the stories!!!) and do things undercover but she seems to gloat about how she is fooling her husband who comes off seeming like a real moron. Not a pretty picture and I wonder if she will regret how she comes off in this sad piece of writing.

Anyway, for some reason or another I seem to be Miss Crankypants today. So I'll leave you and go do something productive. I need to clean the filter in the air cond. upstairs just in case! Couldn't sleep well last two nights since the room as very hot and the love of my life still gets really cold with too much air on him. The meds he takes do that to a guy. Funny thing is he used to be the one that got hotter than me. Now we have dueling thermostats.







9 comments:

sophie said...

For what it's worth, I am not a fan of updated blogger editor and how it handles images either. I usually end up switching over to HTML mode and moving things around or resizing the images to the size *I* choose.

The first chapter of Cleaving was included in the version of Julie & Julia that I read; it didn't appeal to me. I thought it was a stretch for her to become a butcher and she seemed to be doing it just so she could write about it. Having read your comments about the book, I don't think I'll add it to my reading list. If you haven't read Julia Child's book about living in France, I highly recommend it to all my foodie or francophile friends.

Suzan said...

I am going to check the library and see what they have by Linwood Barklay. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

I know the weather is crazy - hot now and then back to below normal temps. Good grief!

Rian said...

You need a cookie.

The Calico Cat said...

Ditto the weather...
I recently took out my authentic Amish quilt & added it to a pile-o-quilts in my living room. :o)

Janet said...

Oh, how I can sympathize with you over the heat and the dueling thermostats! It's the same here at our house....he's cold, I'm not.

That Amish quilt is just too beautiful for words....and it's purple! Could it be more perfect?

Libby said...

Heated stores . . . . the new bane of my existence - particularly when I am able to generate my own personal heat waves at the most inopportune times *s*

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ummmmm, love that 16-patch!

Libby Fife said...

I hate being uncomfortable too!

I saw the Amish exhibit here in San Francisco. Those quilts are even better up close and personla. The pictures are great but seeing them in person was really beyond description.

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

I am laughing at your snappy pants grumbly fit. We ALL have those days and need to rant.It's the ones who don't have them (or pretend they never do) who really end up with problems. Heat and blogger or computer issues..yep, that'll do it for me! I am so glad you stopped by for a visit. You'd apparently gone over the edge of my bloglist, somehow and I didn't realize you were missing. The wrist is connected to the arm, neck...brain....yep. It's all connected. But look out...I can still reach for one of your cookies ;)