I just finished reading What Is Left The Daughter by Norman Howard, who has written several bestsellers and won numerous awards. It was a very good read and I highly recommend it. I liked Howard's writing style so much that I'll definitely be checking out his other books. Howard writes in a very straight-forward manner yet his characters seem very real and developed. I found myself sympathizing and relating to all of his characters. The story takes place in Nova Scotia (much during World War II) as a father writes his daughter a long letter of confession.
This morning I began Bloodroot by Amy Greene. I've only barely started this story but I LOVE it already. I'll definitely be up in the wee hours tonight reading this one. Love the use of the mountain language by Greene who tells the story of a family living in the Smoky Mountains (which just happens to be a place I VERY much want to visit someday soon). The time span of this story goes back as far as the Great Depression. I'll write again when I finish, but I'm sure that I'll be devouring this one!
p.s. You may notice that I'm using the Kindle images of the book covers. After a lot of fighting the urge, I finally gave in last September and bought a Kindle (the latest version). I love it!!! Now I still miss holding an actual book, and I don't think I will ever stop missing that tactile sensation ... but there is nothing like carrying ten books in a device that weighs much less than a pound and fits very nicely in my bag. Worth every penny - even though I probably do spend a lot more on books now too. (Gosh I hope hubby doesn't start reading my blog!)
Looking forward to spending a day shooting photos around nearby small towns of Texas. For some reason, I didn't do as much of this in 2010 as I did in 2009, and I really missed it. So I'm planning on *trying* to set aside one day a week for random driving around and shooting photos of small-town Texas.
Thinking about my New Years Resolutions this week. I usually have about five to start the new year and end up keeping at least two throughout the week. I can live with that. There will probably be less of this kind of stuff for the next few months at least ...
It's that time of year again. I try to finish organizing pictures from the past few months and order prints so I can be readyto do my annual scrapbook. I try to stay caught up with my photos, but I figure I'm doing pretty good to be only a few months behind. Right??? But it's fun to go back and look at photos I've taken that I really like but somehow forgot I had taken. Here's an example of a favorite taken in New Hampshire ...
I had forgotten how much I enjoy wandering around this great state of Texas taking photos. I went with a friend today, wandered around East Texas and shot hundreds of photos. So much fun! Here's one of my favorites and there'll be more making random appearances over the next few days.
So the stamping and paper madness is back in full swing. I've re-signed as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and even holding workshops here in my house again. Here is a sample of card we'll be creating at my November 13 Christmas card workshop.
It's been awhile, huh? To be honest, it's been more photo madness around here than paper madness lately. Oh, and I taught myself to knit a few months ago. Anywho, I've started posting to my photo blog once again, and I'm hoping that maybe I'll be a little more consistent with my snapshots. Come see me at http://handmadebydonna.typepad.com/whatisee/.
I made these mini-books for my stamp club swap. They're only about 3 inches square - so little, so cute. Iespecially love the little paper bags that I used to package them. (I love it when I remember and use something from my stash.) And guess what ... I have an extra. So leave a comment between now and February 10, and I'll pick a name on Monday and send it to the winner!