Jan 15, 2017

Muffin Tin Challenge Blog Hop



I do have to say that Heather of Humblebeads know how to start the year out right with her Muffin Tin Challenge !  The idea is to gather the beginnings of some jewelry designs & then sit down to put them together.   I started out with six pieces all put together in a tin and took a picture last Sunday. Then I continued cleaning up enough that I could work and ended up with all twelve filled. 


Okay I can do this as I still had a week left to work on baking everything especially as I had four pieces done on Sunday. 


And I even managed to use the Muffin Tin Method to help me design a couple of necklaces for other challenges. 


I felt like had managed to really optimize my time. 


But then my fibromyalgia decided to remind me that I really need my biweekly massages unless I want a nasty flare up. 


I am still happy that I managed to make seven pieces over this last week. 


These last three designs are some earrings that I will be donating to Ears To You.


There were several that took part in the challenge. To check out what everyone has made, just click here and scroll down to the bottom of this post. 

Celebrating Life


We are known for our rain and gray skies during the winter but this has been an unusual one so far. Beautiful blue skies and rather cold. Still it is worth a few shivers to get a chance to stay dry while visiting MaST Aquarium with friends and fellow Red Hatters. 


Just think, they grow up to be my favorite type of fish. 


Meet the only poisonous octopus. And native to the Puget Sound. 


I have always loved starfish. They come in so many colors and sizes. 


This little guy is so tiny and ugly that he is adorable. 


Waving gently in the current...


And just to prove the skies aren't gray, here is pic from the window of Salty's where we had lunch and warmed back up. I really needed the reminder of friendship, life & nature's beauty as I had found out as I was heading to this event that a friend has died. I will miss her but it really suited her style to exit on Friday the 13th. 
Jan 12, 2017

Book Review: How Will I Know You?

On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy's mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy's best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town's police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy's death.

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I had a lot of trouble reading this book mainly because I found it hard to relate to any of the characters.  This book jumps around as far as whose viewpoint the story is being told from.   This style does give the reader a chance to really get to know everyone but in my eyes, it just didn't work out well.  Too often I had issues trying to figure out just whose eyes I was looking through.
I also found the pacing to be too slow to really hold my interest and it was a struggle to continue to the last third of the book which was great.  And the ending was worth all the struggle.
I am not sure I would recommend this book even though the ending was so strong simply because of the struggle to get there.  For my readers who prefer an in-depth knowledge of the different characters before the action begins, this might very well be the book for you. 
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.