So many things to chat about today! Several projects were made this week, with specific purposes in mind. First, a dear friend is moving away, and I wanted to make her a special card. It will have a little gift inside. The card is a trifold, with stamped thread spools on the front with ribbon and a cord with a bow.
Inside, two sentiments let her know she will be missed, but is wished well in her new home.
I finished two fabulous books that I recommend highly! Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – A woman with her own mind is way ahead of her time when the story begins in 1962. Women were supposed to be in the home and not in the workforce. At a time when women were not valued as having a brain, a chemist has the audacity to insist on her own career, her own ideas and credit for her own work. Hilarious at times, poignant at times, and deeply disturbing at others, 386 pages fly by as the reader is hooked. Her forced change to a cooking show, based on chemistry due to the need to support her family, is funny and at times thought provoking. Those who lived through the women’s movement in the 70s will remember some of these controversies, although the book takes place from 1962 to the late 60s, before the real movement began. I fervently hope there will be a sequel to this book, as I would love to know how the next decade treats the protagonist. I don’t often give five stars on a review, but this one I did. Highly recommend!!
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – This is an engrossing historical novel told in multiple timelines with multiple voices across generations. Starting in 1862 with a revelation of a gunshot and secrets kept, the novel skips ahead to 2017 as a young woman finds a satchel belonging to an artist that provokes a memory and a mystery to solve. The story picks up in the 1920s and again in the midst of the second world war in London during the blitz. The characters are all connected in some way, and the unfolding of the history and the slow discovery of the secrets in the present day is just too good to put down. Highly recommend.
We saw Top Gun Maverick this week, and it is just what you would expect, lots of action, older characters and new hot shots with all the swagger of the original. I liked the storyline, the side stories, and was amazed at how the actor chosen to play the son of Goose looked like Anthony Edwards. Another note of interest, Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the original, has been battling throat cancer in real life and they put that in the story for his character.
In the photo above, there are three squirrels enjoying sandwiches, one on the left on the upper rail, and the other two next to each other on the lower right in the grass. Jack is looking more and more like a Jackie, I think she is either pregnant or getting fat. I took several shots to be sure this was the squirrel with the nip in the left ear. Yep, its the one. She was sitting on the veranda looking in the door with paws folded so cute this week, she got her sandwich.
Oliver doesn’t seem to be getting nearly as chubby. Or is this an Olivia that has already given birth? No way to know.
But this guy seems to be a normal weight. Maybe this is Oliver. I just don’t know.
Joining the current century, this week I gave up my dinosaur status. My Sweet Babboo got me a smartphone and set it up. So, my flip phone that many have teased me about for some time is now history. I have the same number as I have had for many years, but now I can text! It will take a while to get used to this, but I did like that I had my calendar handy this week.
Of course that meant making a case for it. A fat quarter of a pretty Japanese print seemed like a good choice. I cut two pieces, 8×8-1/2 inches, plus a batting piece the same size.
Layer the pieces with the right sides of the fabric together, and the batting on the bottom. Sew all the way around the edge leaving an opening for turning.
Turn right side out, push out the corners and press, making sure the opening is folded inside as it should be. Sew all the way around the edge enclosing the opening.
Fold in half to create a pouch 4 x 8-1/2.
Sew the long side and across one short side, sewing on top of the previous line of stitching.
Voila, simple, and now I have a nice case for my new phone.
The size is great, the phone comes out easily, yet it is just deep enough to keep it inside when it is in my purse. Now, if I can just learn how to use it, LOL!!
This week I had some bad news from my dentist. A loose tooth was developing an infection, and would have to be pulled. Miserable from the tooth extraction, I spent two days sprawled on the sofa watching movies when I was not dozing from the meds. If you have Netflix, see Big Fish. It is a charming movie, much like Forest Gump with a man’s life told as a series of tall tales, as his son tries to figure out what is true about his dying father. If you don’t have Netflix, it is also on Amazon Prime, too – Big Fish. I did get some ice cream out of the deal, and by Friday, I felt a lot better. I’ll be getting back to the Quilt of Valor soon.
What did you accomplish this week? Read any good books lately that are not murder or crime plots? Anything new on Netflix?