Friday, December 31, 2010

NEW COMPUTER

Well, my guy talked me into it. The old computer had viruses. To reload would cost more than it was worth. Ergo, I'm now the proud possessor of a new laptop.

Alas, it comes with the Windows 7 and Word 10 and all those things that I am having to upgrade to. I hate having to relearn how to do stuff. that was second nature before.

But it's a necessity. And I shall persevere.

Friday, December 24, 2010

CHRISTMAS CANDY

I made my usual batches of candy for Christmas: fudge with nuts, divinity, fudge with peanut butter, panocha, pralines, and peanut butter candy. No orange candy or cream cheese fudge this year, but that's okay.

Despite my giveaways, I had plenty left to eat. Too much.

And too bad.

The scale tells the sad tale.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

GRANNY's HOUSE

We went up to north Georgia this past week and saw Granny, then went on up to her house and picked up furniture and other things. It was cold, but we always enjoy going through the GA foothills.

The views are fantastic, especially after living in the lowlands for a while.





And Mercier's Apple House in Blue Ridge was crowded as usual. We got chow chow, Gold Rush apples, and a box of the most delicious fried pies! Apple, peach, and other great fillings
Unfortunately, we ate them all. My scale tells the tale.
And here's Granny's house. Not the same without her though.

We love our island, but the GA foothills are awfully nice!
  
 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

KINDLE

Well, I got a Kindle.

We were going up to North Georgia and I was about to buy some books to take with me and my guy said, "Let's get your Christmas present now and put that money toward an eReader."

So I ended up with a Kindle. So far, I really like it except the BUY button is too easy to hit by mistake! I accidentally bought a book I wouldn't have (I was trying to download sample chapters) but it was only $2.99 so I wasn't out much money. And supposedly we learn from experience.

On the plus side, I was able to use it immediately and for a tech wishIwere like me, that's saying a lot.

I read some book samples, downloaded a few books and hey, presto! I had something to read!

Monday, December 13, 2010

WICKED APPETITE

I liked Janet Evanovich's early Stephanie Plum books. I suspect WICKED APPETITE is supposed to be the start of a new series, similar to Plum's but with paranormal elements. It's set in Salem MA and involves Diesel, a character from Plum, and his supposed to be feared - I think - cousin Wulf. There's also a cat. Oh, and a monkey I believe we've seen before. The heroine is a baker with a friend who thinks she can do magic.

To be honest, I didn't care for the characters - sadly, not even the cat and monkey - and the plot seemed kind of a rehash of Plum with some paranormal aspects. I finished it, so it did keep me interested. But I doubt I'll run out and buy the next one. Of course, that may be because I'm getting tired of the paranormal urban fantasy mystery type stuff. And maybe my taste is evolving. Some of the situations seemed silly rather than funny. There were no laugh out loud moments as I had in the very first Plum book.

Evanovich fans will probably like it. It's not a bad read, just not an excellent one.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Cold Weather

Brrrr. We are wondering if we moved far enough south.

We went out to eat earlier in the week, on one of the really cold nights. At the Frederica House, they kindly put us next to the baseboard heaters by the windows and we ate our great dinner in cozy comfort.

But as we were rushing inside, this guy in short sleeves comes out. I don't usually talk to strangers, but I was so startled at his coatless state, I couldn't help it. "You're going to freeze!"

He didn't answer, just kind of sneered like, Lady, this ain't cold. and went on to his car

I figured he was a Yankee. My guy said no, he looked like a salesman to him.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

THE CASTAWAYS

I was reading this book by Elin Hilderbrand at the same time I was reading CASTING OFF. I really liked both of them so got them read in a few days.

THE CASTAWAYS is about a group of friends. Four couples who have known each other for about twenty??? years. Not too long into the story, one of the couples goes on a sailing outing to celebrate their anniversary. The sailboat capsizes and they die.

The book explores the links between the couples and what happens after the deaths. There's also a hint of mystery.

Before the sailboat outing, the couple had been at odds. A student had accused the husband of sexual harassment. The wife was having an affair.

There is speculation. The autopsy showed a strong narcotic in the wife. The two quarreled on the boat, leading to their deaths. The husband meant to kill his wife but was such a bad sailor he killed himself, too. All kinds of intriguing facts come out.

The ending left me feeling sad but satisfied. A very good read. Thank you, Laura, for commenting that you liked her writing!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CASTING OFF

I just finished this book by Nicole R. Dickson and really enjoyed it. It's about an American woman, a single mother, going to an island off the coast of Ireland to research the sweaters knitted there. Knitting stitches and their meanings are woven in but mainly the story is about her and her young daughter. They drifted from place to place because she blames herself for the death of her daughter's father and she wants a home. Of course, the book ends with the usual acceptance, redemption, and all that.

But an observation came from one of the characters, an old fisherman, toward the end of the story when the heroine was weeping over what she hadn't done. "You're hangin' onto the wrong moment."

He meant she should be remembering what she had done rather than dwelling on what she hadn't. Sometimes our choices mean something bad happens before something good comes from it. (A banal example is passing up the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie to keep the waistline small; we don't get to taste the pie but we're happy with our waists.)

So we need to remember the good things we've done and forget the bad.

Good advice. Really good book!