Your Vote Counts (What is this, a reality show?)!

Martina, sweet as usual.

Another thing I collect is antique puzzles. My friend Pat gave me bunch of them a couple years ago. This is one I am working on now. If you have never done an antique puzzle, they are HARD!

What's happening - Well... Sigh, our friends are gone. They should be in Texas by now. We went over to their house, I think 3 -4 times, last week to help them pack and get loaded. I didn't cry saying good bye (the night before they left), I cried the next morning. I think it sunk in that they were really gone. The "new people" are already moved in. It is also sad to think that we will never go to that house again. I do hope we get to visit them in TX. I know we will still be seeing them, they will be coming to NY because 1/2 of their family is here.

Good news, well maybe. There is a couple who might be interested in our lake property. They have gone to see it twice now and have asked for copies of deeds and titles and such. Sooo please pray for us. I am hoping they will put down an offer. There is a property in "Tug Hill" (it is 1/2 the distance) that we are interested in. But we need to sell the lake prop. first. I will keep you all updated.

The Steelers finally won another game. So we are 2-2 now.

Knitting - I've started a few Christmas gifts, which I can't show on here until after Christmas. My sweater is almost done, I will show pictures next week.

Books I have read - Lick Creek, by Brad Kessler. I thought this book was really good. Gave it 4 stars.The only thing I didn't like about it was that you could tell it was written by a man. The main character was a young woman and the author just didn't get it right for me. He made her very insensitive (kinda like a man, Ha!) actually her character was very tomboyish. It took place in a remote mining country in West Virginia in the late twenties. After the coal mine deaths of her father, brother, and her first boyfriend, Emily struggles to support herself and her mother. When construction begins on the power lines, she blames the intruders for everything that has gone wrong - for her mother's increasing withdrawal from life and for lives already lost. Then, an electrical worker is struck by lightning. Brought to their farmhouse unconscious and badly injured, Joseph is taken in by Emily's mother, and Emily is intrigued by the mystery of his past, his immigration from Russia, his own mother's deportations, and the world of immigrants forced to flee persecution in their homelands.

Contests - Dar at Peeking Between the Pages is having a few giveaways! The two newest ones are - 5 copies of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent,
and - 1 signed copy of Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rendell.
Both of these books sound great! There are still a couple other giveaways too, so be sure to check them all out.
Toni from A Circle of Books is giving away 2 copies of "How to Rule the World From Your Couch" by Laura Day, she is also giving away 5 copies of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

Reading Through The States - One more book to go!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am. Since I'm having trouble getting my planned book for Vermont, I thought I would do something different. I got 4 books from the library that take place in VT and I thought I would let all of you choose which one I would read. So here are all the books with a link to the Amazon description of what it is about.
*Wilderness Run - Maria Hummel
*Grace Notes - Charlotte Vale-Allen
*The Boy on the Bus - Deborah Schupack
*The Round Barn - Suzi Wizowaty
Please vote in your comment (or email me). Which ever book gets the most votes, I will read. I do still plan on reading "Casting Spells" and the second book "Laced With Magic", just after the reading challenge is over.


  1. I am upset that I didn't see them before they left. I didn't even get to say goodbye, to them or the dogs or the house. Do you know how that makes me feel? No one even told me when they were leaving. I feel so left behind, they were my friends too and now they're gone.

  2. Your family is going to be so lucky to receive your knitting gifts this Christmas! I love your kitty - I think she wants to come live w/ me. Ha,ha!!

    P.S. Wilderness Run gets my vote.

  3. My vote is for "Wilderness Run". I think you would enjoy reading about the 1859's and about the Civil War era.
    It is hard when a close friend moves away. Just keep in mind that you will see them again.
    You're knitting Christmas gifts...does that mean that you are knitting me something?
    Martina look way to comfy.

  4. Do you want me to wait to get you Laced With Magic until you read the first? I read your comment on my blog somewhere that you would like me to send it to you, but I read it really quick on my way to work - you can email me (shanynlee at gmail.com) with your address and I can send it :)

  5. It's your fault: I've just ordered the Sting CD that's playing right now.

  6. Better late than never. :) Thanks for posting my giveaway.