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I have finally figured out why I’m not a decent dancer

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I was born at the wrong time. If I had learned to dance using (playing?) the Just Dance video game. I’m sure I would be a FABULOUS dancer.  I would also be a better dresser…if you appreciate Lady Gaga’s attire. I bet I would be able to bowl a 299.   (There must be a bowling Wii game.)  Even if I played a football game, I doubt I would understand some of the dumb rules of the game!

My Tuesday sewing group had a delightful time participating in “Buy Local Saturday.”  We visited my favorite quilt shop, Inspire.I LOVE all the new fabric that is being created.   Did you do anything exciting on Cyber Monday?

To have some actual content to this blog entry, I’m giving a HUGE thumbs down to the book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  I just didn’t understand it.

How did it get to be December?

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December 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Gillian Flynn – How does she do it?

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I taking a  short break from reading Dark Places written by Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl.  The main character is not likable and there is a truly gory murder (I’m not giving anything away…it happens in the first few pages) of a pitiful family. Just like Gone Girl,  I hate to put the book down.  She is the most addictive author ever.  She sucks you in, and doesn’t let go. A highly recommended book, although I haven’t finished it yet.

I would also recommend flowI read, and enjoyed a book that wasn’t a mystery! The main character was a young woman who “aged out” of foster care.  My heart broke for her.  Another thumbs up from Bev.

A third recommendation is  Dead Cat Bounce by Sarah Graves.  Back to mysteries for me.  This is a series about a woman who left a job in finance in NYC and bought a rundown house in Maine.  She becomes quite the handyperson.  Yes, it is a mystery, so there is a murder to solve.  Mom should put this series on her list of books to read.  (I hope you know what the title means…it is a financial term.)

I’ve got to go…Dark Places is calling.  (Then I have Flynn’s first book Sharp Objects to read. )  Does the Up bracelet yell at you when you are up all night reading an addictive book?

Written by bevanddara

April 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Posted in Bev, Book review-Bev

I’m confused, is it Duct tape or Duck tape?

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I am enjoying project runway this season.  The challenges have been actual challenges, not simply make a pretty dress.   Two weeks ago,the designers had to make a prom dress, with a catch…duct tape. Well, to answer my question, the challenge was sponsored by Duck brand Duct tape. This season is interesting because every week is a team challenge.pr11-ep7-michelleamanda-fThis dress was the winner.  A bit bizarre, but it was made out of duct tape!pr11-ep7-stanleylayana-fWhen did prom dresses become short? I thought this was cute.  The judges and I liked the bow. So move ahead to last week, Heidi must have come up with this project, and she was out of her mind.  The designers only know how to make clothes for female models who are 6 feet tall, size zero.  The most complaining and whining occurs during the real people challenge.  Imagine the most ridiculous people for whom they could be asked to design clothing .PR11-ep8-layanarichamanda-fYep, it was a male review (aka strippers)and the clothing had to be easily removable.  The designers had NO IDEA how to make clothes for men, let alone these specimens.  The clothes were HORRIBLE.  Heidi wanted to Auff everyone. I would have turned this episode off, except that Nina GIGGLED during the entire runway and the judging.  It was hysterical!!!!  I hope the producers return to an actual design challenge this week.

Totally changing the topic, I like to read mysteries.  I have a new author to follow.lgI recommend this book.  I am going to overdose on him, I have 2 more of his books downloaded to my Nook.  If you like lighthearted mysteries (is that term possible?) I enjoy Harlan Coben’s books.

I always enjoy you posting entries that  mention your wedding, brings back great memories!

Written by bevanddara

March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I love my nook

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Last year you gave me a nook for my birthday.  I was thinking it was one of the best birthday presents ever, except you have given me many great bday gifts.  One of the best was you!  (Okay, you might have been a week past my birthday, but I’m glad you weren’t born any earlier.)  I was SHOCKED that you pulled off surprising me for my 50th.  Last year you gave me a nook because you thought I would really like one.  Like is an understatement.  I have become an e-reader convert, although I am still a faithful library patron.  I LOVE that I can go online, at home, and reserve books at the library.  Every Tuesday after I sew at Judy’s house, I go to the library and pick up the books I had reserved.  It’s like getting presents every week.  If I love my nook, what kind of books do I reserve?  I reserve “art” or picture books.  Quilting, gardening, and beading books are not the same translated from a 8 1/2 x 11″ book to a 3 1/2 by 5″ nook screen.  I also use the library computer to reserve books for the nook-yes, they are treated the same as a regular book.  One can reserve the book, I receive an email when it is available.  The one difference is that instead of returning a book to the library, the book somehow disappears from the nook after three weeks.   (A second difference-no late fees, ever!)

When I went to the library yesterday to pick up my picture books, I discovered that I had  inadvertently ordered 11/22/63 as a real book, not an ebook.

Do you see that there is a problem…I am NOT  scared of a book with many pages (850) but I don’t think any book should weigh FOUR POUNDS.  Wow, that sounded a lot worse than it looks, and yes I did actually weigh the book.  So, I’ve decided that I will bite the bullet, read the first few chapters of the book, and if I like it, I will purchase the ebook.


Written by bevanddara

August 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Posted in Book review-Bev

This blog has gone to the dogs(again)!

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Eagle here again.  Dara, I must tell you that I hope I will be invited to the party that Chet and Beannie are throwing.  Sometimes I wish I was a New York City dog.  Mom has never let me throw a party.  Bean and Chet must be getting pretty accomplished at hosting parties. I know they’ve helped you and Vicki celebrate  birthday and Halloween.

Mom visited Jake, Tommy and Molly last night.  They are dogs who own her friend Kathy, Mom goes to Kathy’s house on Monday night’s to work on that F. Jane Quilt. She worked on the middle block of the middle row of the quilt. She asked me to send a picture of the center of the block.

 I hate Tuesdays, Mom goes away all day.  She visits Judy, Mike and their cat.  They sew and have girl talk. (Mike usually has to yell at Mom for being late.  It’s my fault, as soon as I see that sewing machine go into the car, I run to the way far back of the yard and refuse to go in the house.) 

Judy finished these table runners:


 Debbie finished this beautiful Christmas Quilt:


These pretty flowers blooming in Judy’s garden are called ground orchids:

I love living in Florida!

Mom usually stops at the library on her way home.  She is finishing :


 This book is by the author of Maine.  Mom wants you to know that she still LOVES her nook, but still borrows beading and quilt books.  She was even later than usual and her hair was beautifully blond when she finally came home.

Tomorrow I’m going to show you my favorite place to dig in the dirt.   I bet that will make Chet and Beanie jealous!


Written by bevanddara

November 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Two-fer Book Review

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It’s a two-fer book review today.

First I finished a book of a type that I don’t typically read. 

It is the final summer in Maine for the Kelleher family, and its four strong-willed women are dreaming of bare feet, cocktails at sunset, and that magical ocean air. Alice is the matriarch, a regular fixture at morning mass, and an equally regular fixture in the wicker chair on the sun porch where she spends all afternoon drinking manhattans and smoking cigarettes. Maggie is Alice’s granddaughter, a thirty-two-year-old writer who has just realized she’s pregnant, a fact she has yet to tell her off-again boyfriend. Maggie’s mother, Kathleen, is the prodigal daughter, camped out in California, wishing desperately to avoid the annual Kelleher showdown. And Ann Marie, Alice’s daughter-in-law, is the long-suffering martyr and avid dollhouse collector who is determined to keep this chaotic household in order.

Over the course of this summer, long-held secrets are revealed, embarrassing crushes bloom, and gallons of vodka are consumed. While Alice must face reminders of a devastating tragedy, Maggie has to decide what to do about Gabe and the baby, Kathleen comes face to face with the woman she most fears, and Ann Marie desperately tries to maintain the image of a perfect family.

I could not put the book down. It was an “all families are dysfunctional” book.  I really wasn’t ready for it to end.

Next up, a typical read for me – a mystery.

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don’t seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands. 400,000 print. (Espionage/Thriller)

I love Virgil Flowers.  He is a very interesting character.  I also like that John Sanford still writes good books, unlike some authors lately who seem to just be resting on their laurels.

Written by bevanddara

October 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Posted in Book review-Bev

I had goosebumps this morning!

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Neil was a wonderfully attentive husband this morning, he noticed said goosebumps and brought me a sweatshirt to cover my bathing suit.  I guess fall is on the way.

I haven’t reviewed a book in a while, I should be embarrassed to tell you that I enjoyed the latest Janet Evanovich, but she cracks me up!

Yes, Stephanie Plum is at it again.  And yes, one of Ranger’s beautiful cars was blown up while in Stephanie’s possession.

Forget your quilt from yesterday, here is  a different one for you.  


Probably much too colorful for you, but I hope you could tell that it is queen anne’s lace.

In case Mike has an open weekend, FLUGTAG!!!!!!

Event Details

  • Tampa Convention Center, October 8th, 2011
  • Gates open: 11:00AM, First Flight: 1:00PM, Last Flight: 3:30PM

On October 8th the outrageous human-powered flying competition known as Red Bull Flugtag will once again soar over the West Coast…of Florida with a return to Tampa Bay. While Red Bull Flugtag’s 2008 stop in Tampa saw its share of Baywatch lifeguards, cartoon characters and various footwear, it’s up to the creative public to produce a new set of airborne heroes.

I’m glad Chet is resting up for my visit!

Written by bevanddara

October 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Posted in Book review-Bev, Quilts