Go to the movies!
I found a great list at The Internet Movie Database of movies based on classic literature. These are all highly rated.
There is nothing wrong with using a movie to help teach a book. If you have a particular difficult piece of literature, it might be a good idea to watch a quality movie version first. I did that for Pillars of the Earth. When I read the book after watching the miniseries, the actors from the screen "acted" the book out in my head; it was great!
You can also watch the movie after reading the book, too. Movies are almost never completely accurate to the book. It can be a great discussion to talk about what was changed or left out, and how that changed the experience of the story.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Sunday, December 28, 2014
I managed to sew up a few table runners as gifts for Christmas as well as homemade goodies for the baskets. We rarely buy anything. We just stopped that a long time ago and make things. SCrreech! Halt! We -- no, no, no.. I make things, I sew and I cook and I arrange. They sample, and ooh and ahh, cheer me on with moral support and thus the presents are made.
This one was for my big sis.
This one for my sis in law Thelma
I also managed to eke out around several homemade cards, which I also love to do. However, I found this year that I can no longer tolerate touching the paper so I'm donning my nitrile gloves for yet one more project.
Oops, I almost forgot. I found the cutest Pine Cone Owl project and made those for our daughter whose birthday falls precariously close to Christmas, she was pleased. And, because the felt has formaldehyde in the processing, nitrile gloves are needed here as well.
It's like this folks. I can give up everything I hold near and dear to my heart or I can find a way to work with it, albeit for short period of times, it does sadden me that I cannot go wide open like I did before my illness, but the things I can do, I will do.
German Christmas bread (Stollen) was baked; a recipe provided from a German friend. It received great reviews, so thanks go out to Miz Karin. This is right out of the over - prebutter and preconfectioner sugar and wrapped.
Each basket had a table runner, a quart of homemade, canned veggie soup tht I did back in the summer, mainly with veggies I grew. Next I put in seasoned Oyster crackers, a favorite recipe give to me from my late Aunt Dorothy. I put in a load of Stollen, and a small bottle of Russian Tea that I had found the recipe for online; it got the hubs approval so I knew it was great. I also put in a jar of dill pickles, and some homemade bark with peppermint.
One last thing before I go. I managed to add another blog site to my areas of reading. It is Queen Mercy Crochet. My youngest has been crocheting and knitting since age 9 and finally has decided to challenge herself with blog site and to write her own patterns, so check her out.
So I finished everything on the 23rd. It was time to relax. And I did.
Merry Christmas to all and Happy New year too. Until next time
Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Now, Hyderhangout has plenty of Fat Quarters ready for the picking, just like a plentiful garden, but for our online shoppers, we will cut any fabric you choose, into fat quarters, you will be charged for a quarter of a yard for the first 10 then you will receive your 5 freebies of equal or lesser value.
Great savings to be had here. I know I have my eye on 15 , no, who am I kidding, I'll probably bring home 30 because it's payday week.
And while you are there, check out the other online offerings. We have notions, threads, needles, patterns, Quilt-in-A-Day just to name a few. We also do alterations, cut fabric for you, teach you how to sew, and even make your quilts for you if you like or have a deadline looming.
So click on the book - it will take you to the website, check it out! Pronto!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
This is the time of year I do get fairly excited. It’s the time of year that even my illness has a hard time keeping me down. I do have to be wary of neighbors fertilizing and ‘pesticiding’ and fabric ‘softenerizing’ but I love being outside, I love growing things, and I love my tiny roses. I saved them from certain death a couple of years ago from the local grocery. Valentines Day was over and nobody received these lovely’s as a gift so these were drying out and marked down to .99 and 1.99. I bought 4. #3 is a mini yellow barely budding and #4 had a hard winter but survived, these two will be featured at a later date. They are fighters and I know they will put out some beautiful flower soon. These guys however, loved the oak tree leaf mulch that I left on until just about 10 days ago. They are amazing.
I also inherited a “Red Hot Poker” from my Aunt Dorothy. You can literally watch this thing grow.
I am so sad that I sold my Rebel XT and never replaced. I am forced to use the tag-along family Kodak. So, here are the pics of my beauties. I am also throwing in a few pics of my veggie garden which is an in-progress project.
My yellow miniature is barely budding so it will come later. Check out the Red Hot Poker – 1st pic is April 29 2nd is April 30 3rd Pic was taken a few minutes ago 5-4-14. That is some serious growth.
My azalea made it through a hard winter too and rewarded us nicely. Along with the first blooming of the Red Dogwood I planted last spring.
And lastly, my veggie garden in progress and a sneak peek at my Robin babies. Didn’t want to disturb them or freak mom who was yelling at me from the fence, but I had to snap a quick one.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
AND NO, you are not taking my stuff and giving to someone who has nothing for the "common good". And if by chance, I win the $400 million dollar lottery, start or buy many businesses and want to "give" $399 million to the next presidential campaign, DO NOT tell me I can't. You can, however, trust me when I say I want nothing in return but the promises spoken - kept.
End of Rant
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I saw them, made them for fun. Then found out that Hyderhangout was hosting a Fashion show, for the charity Harbour House, and was requested to enter, so I did. My entry actually received 1st place in the Accessories Category. I added a few glass beads for embellishment on the mask, bracelet, and butterfly pin not seen in this photo. Chains and a blue cameo bird pendant were added to the Raven Lace Choker.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Health-wise, my MCS is staying controlled as long as I control my exposure. I have found that formaldehyde in fabric sizing is affecting me more with each exposure and of course my new friend owns a quilt shop. Hyderhangout: Quilt Fabric & More, here in Cleveland TN. Susan Hyder is a good friend with her own set of issues. She is allergic to chocolate. yes, I said chocolate as in Anaphylaxis. So no chocolate allowed in shop or on person or eating before entering or touching anything after touching chocolate. Just when you think your life sucks....
I hope to post pic's of my Christmas cards shortly after Christmas. Right now, this 5 minutes is all I have and I haven't taken the pics yet.
So check back soon and I will post pics ASAP