- Amarillo, TX, USA
- member since May 19, 2008
Mrs. Lumpy’s last login was Sunday, November 14, 2010.
Hey Shelfari friend!
How are you? Long time no chat. I've been really busy with other stuff, and a bit distracted by Facebook. I'm really behind with all my Shelfari reviews and things, but here's a selection of what I've read in the last couple of months:-
Harlan Coben - The Final Detail
Harlan Coben - Just One Look
Lisa Gardner - Say Goodbye
Michael Connelly - Trunk Music
Harlan Coben - Fade Away
Richard Montanari - The Skin Gods
Mark Billingham - In the Dark
Simon Kernick - The Crime Trade
Alafair Burke - City of Fear
Barbara Vine - The Birthday Present
John Harvey - Lonely Hearts
John Harvey - Rough Treatment
Jeffery Deaver - Shallow Graves
Michael Connelly - Chasing the Dime
Richard Montanari - Play Dead
Richard Montanari - The Violet Hour
JD Robb - Creation in Death
Libby Purves - Shadow Child
Mark Gimenez - The Abduction
Alex Kava - Exposed
Peter De Jonge - Shadows Still Remain
C. David Ingram - The Stone Gallows
Neil White - Last Rites
How's things with you? Read anything good recently? Discovered any good new authors or books?
I discovered Charlaine Harris this past year too. I do like the Harper Connelly - read that one first. Then I heard about the Southern Vampire series and managed to read the first one before going off on another tangent with the PBT group. I plan on getting back to them when I get a chance.
I've been very busy too with a great number of things at work. Can't even begin to count but today was Dr. Seuss' birthday and we all wore Cat in the Hat hats and decorated the doorways and various places with red and white paper hats. We had games for the kids and fun for all of us too.
Good to hear from you!
Our Christmas was very nice. My brother, SIL, and niece came over for Christmas Eve and we had a lovely meal of heavy appetizers and we exchanged gifts. My SIL, DB, & DN all got books - what a surprise! Actually they were all quite pleased but I get no end of teasing because what else do you expect from a librarian. My oldest son called from Ohio and we got to talk on the speaker phone so my mother and the family got to say hello.
On Christmas Day we went to early church services, came home to breakfast and then just hung out until around 10 a.m. when we called Colorado (2 hours difference) and talk to our youngest son, DIL and 2 grandsons. They waited to open one of their gifts from us so we got to enjoy the surprise. Not fancy but a wonderful reminder of the week we spent together at the beach this past summer.
Today has been a joy. My plan was to wake up at some point in the morning and then do NOTHING! And that's pretty much what I did. I had the day off, the library was closed so no emergency calls, perfect situation. It was an absolute beautiful "Chamber of Commerce Day" here in Florida. It got up to 80 with a gentle breeze and I just sat out on the screened porch with my mom and we read and read. De-lightful.
Have you checked out Play Book Tag for January? Maybe you can join us for the Jan tag - its music. There is a discussion thread to "share your reading and make recommendation" or something like that. Its a great place to get ideas. You can also see what my reads are going to be by going to my TBR and choose "custom" order and the first 7 or 8 are books for that tag - at least for now.
I'll have to check out Give Me A Cowboy for our library. Cowboys seem pretty popular in our area. We are just South of the big horse areas in Ocala and there are several horse farms around here so I suspect that's why.
See you around? I hope so.
How nice to hear from you! Thanks for taking a few minutes to write out of that amazing, whirlwind schedule. Things are pretty much the same here. We are working hard with less staff and I work some of the weekend rotation now so I'll be working on Saturday.l We adjusted the hours of the library and we are closed on Friday now so we all work 4 10-hour days except the week we work Saturday and then we work 5 8-hour days. We had a staff Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and I brought in the turkey in a big roaster; everyone else brought something and it was a real feast. Funny thing is that today our camping group is also having a Turkey dinner together and then on Thursday we have Thanksgiving at our house so I'm going to start gobbling by Friday! Good thing I like turkey. Do you think three days in close proximity might mean triptofan (speilling?) overdose?
We did get some very nice news recently. Our son and DIL are expecting. They have two sons so it would be very nice if this was a girl - it would be a real first for me since I have 2 brothers (no sisters), 2 sons (no daughters) and 2 grandsons (no granddaughters) so it would be a treat to see some pink in my life!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break; I hope you get to relax a little.
Hi, I noticed that you were on-line recently so I dropped in to see what was going on and I see you got caught by the "note to yourself" glitch like I and several other have. I think they've removed it now. What was happening was that there was a note field on your own page and, if you aren't careful, you write the note in response to someone who just wrote to you but you write it on your own page and it doesn't go anywhere! Crazy, I know! I went to the Discussion group and commented on the confusion I felt it was creating. Someone else added their vote and lately it seems to be gone. So - I'm glad I came to your page and checked out your note because I never got it.
I love art museums! I don't go nearly enough and my family don't necessarily like going with me because I want to linger and drink it all in. Did they have an audio tour? Those things are great! Van Gogh's work is one of my favorites especially since I read Irving Stone's Lust For Life a fictional account of Van Gogh's life. I had to have a book of his paintings to refer to once in awhile.
I am looking forward to the cooler weather for sure. Are you anywhere this new hurricane (Ike) might affect. We took a lot of water from Fay but no wind damage. Since we've had drought or near-drought for a couple of years we needed the water but there was some flooding in parts of the County - not for my family though thank goodness. Hope all is and will be OK for you.
I've been good but busy! My MIL has a new book out next month so we have been putting in overtime getting everything scheduled and ironed out. It is stressful and exciting all at the same time!
DH and I took some time off and went to DFW this last week to see the Impressionist show at the Kimbell Art Museum. It was AMAZING! I have always wanted to see Van Gogh's Bedroom and it was even better than I could have imagined!
As far as reading... I hate to say it, but I haven't really had the time or energy!
I started DEATH BY INFERIOR DESIGN for something fun and different, and I'm hoping I will get to finish it sometime soon!!
How have you been? Excited about the Autumn?!?!
You do sound like you've been in a whirlwind of busy!
My vacation was wonderful. We went to New Smyrna Beach to a beach house that we rented through VRBO (vacation rentals by owner). The house was perfect, it had 5 bedrooms: 3 upstairs and 2 downstairs which was perfect for our entire family. My two sons came, one bachelor and one with his wife and two young sons (5 & 7) and my mother in addition to DH and me. Perfect set up because my bachelor son and mom stayed downstairs and were able (if they wanted) to get away from the activity of two young boys. My DIL love the son and she would get up in the morning and put on her suit and head out to the beach (which we could see from the porch). When the little guys were ready, they would go out too and, I swear they hardly left the beach for lunch! We had some wonderful cookouts on the charcoal grill and twice went out for fish dinners at a restaurant. We had a little company from other family and friends a couple times too. I taught the little guys (and my bachelor son) to ride the waves on a boogie board. My DH brought his sit-on kayak and they used that quite a bit too. Great fun, we were sorry to see it end. I think its something we'll try to do again.
So when IS your vacation - soon I hope. :-)
Got back from vacation about a week ago and I've been catching up at work ever since. I haven't seen too much from you lately - is everything OK? Did you get your kitchen repaired? We were down at the new Best Buy that opened nearby and I was dreaming over a dishwasher that I could turn on and not have to leave room because of the noise! Did you have to replace appliances? That can get costly. I was amazed at dishwatchers from $500 - $1600; quite a range.
I hope your kitchen wasn't damaged too much! That is a real shame about the peaches. I used to get a 1/2 bushel and put up spiced peach jam and made the best pies (back when I was able to cheat a little). I had found a recipe that used cinnamon in the pie and it was GREAT! I would not have thought of spice in a pie - after that I found the jam recipe. Good stuff but I don't do any of that anymore.
As for my summer, it is better as of today since my all lmy boys and my DIL are flying in to spend a week with us at the beach. I'm on vacation!! Hooray! The past few months have been very difficult. I've had to create a plan to downsize staff and then cut hours at the library. The word just went out this week and I spent most of yesterday getting all the publicity and postings, etc so people would know about the new hours and working with staff to set up new work schedules. I'm ready for a break.
How goes the plum preserving? We planted a fig tree this year but I don't think we'll get any fruit - that would really be pushing it! When my kids were young and we lived in a house in the county, I had a huge garden and grew, picked, canned, froze, etc all kids of fruits and vegetables. If I didn't grow them, I went to a pick-your-own place.
Thanks for the note. Why are you surrounded by plums?
I've read quite a lot of Sue Grafton (A-F) this year, but am not tempted to go back to them just yet. They have been a little slow and relaxed for me, but I do still have more on my shelves to go back to at some point.
And don't get me started on the Lake District - that's our (my wife & I) favourite place too! We've not long been back from a 2 week walking holiday there and will be going twice more this year (we're only around 200 miles away!)
We will live there one day, but for now it's the place we love to go! And we never like coming home, even though we know we can easily go back!