Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Gift of Stitching Magazine & Books

This month's issue has to be one of my very favorites. I love the cover and Praiseworthy Stitches' wonderful sampler. Aren't the pomegranetes fabulous as a border!? Every month I look forward to this extraordinary stitching magazine, yet, I don't think I've mentioned it before in my blog. It always offers a well-rounded palette of charts to stitch and notes, interviews and ads to look over. Sometimes there are only two or three designs I would stitch in an issue, sometimes I love them all...but TGOSM is an absolute treasure to me and will remain in my stitching library as long as it's published. Kirsten Edwards is a genius to have thought of it, and to be such an awesome publisher!

If you go to my Bookish Blog, (see link at right) you'll see my latest blather about a book I'm reading called, "Walking on Eggshells, Navigating the Delicate Relationship Between Adult Children and Parents." It's my latest "medicine," which I'm finding I really need...yuck...and must take. You thought parenting was over when they left for college, didn't you? Maybe when they graduated and got married....? Ha!! Read this one and weep! Parenting is a life-long thing, ladies and gents, and it's not for the faint of heart. :[
Ooooo, boy, I'm very intrigued by this book. It's a new one in my pile, or rather on my little Stella (Kindle Storytella). Below is a quote from Part One:
"The Lace Reader must stare at the piece of lace until the pattern blurs and the face of the Seeker disappears completely behind the veil. When the eyes begin to fill with tears and the patience is long exhausted, there will appear a glimpse of something not quite seen.
In this moment an image will begin to the space between what is real and what is only imagined."
Very mixed reviews on "Gargoyle" are coming out, and I had to have this book. It's on surface about a wild, druggie sort of guy who gets into a car accident, becomes horribly burned, and then plans his suicide while he's getting his treatments to leave the hospital. He meets a young woman who's slightly "different" and who becomes his salvation and his love interest. A simplistic review as I haven't read it, yet. Evidently, people have strong reactions; they either love this book or hate it!

Most of my day was spent staring at a full laundry room, wandering about my house taking in the clutter, going through my stitching charts and tools, and sleeping. It was kind of a wasted day...but it was so hot outside, it was all I could muster myself up to do!

Do many of you watch "Nancy Grace? " I have loved Nancy for years. I started really watching Court TV when the "Lacey Peterson" trial was taking place. Her horrible husband, whose name escapes me, is now rotting in jail for murdering her and her tiny little, unborn baby. Remember that case? I truly believe it was an act of God that that baby washed up to shore.

Anyway, I'm on a new Nancy kick...watching her every night. And, I'm watching "The Closer," "Dexter," and "Cold Case," too. Jessica was over the other day with Kellan, and she asked me if I thought I could ever commit murder! LOL I was a little stunned, but also tickled. Why? She said because I'm always intrigued and watching murder stories and Nancy Grace and things!! :] I said, "I've learned never to say never in this life. But, mostly I'm just fascinated by murder mysteries and criminal minds. I would love to write mysteries and I love to read them." It was a funny question that had never occurred to me....but, have you murder mystery fans asked yourselves that??? LOL

Sending love and hugs long distance to friends and family,

PS: Thank you so much for your sweet comments about Kellan. We are so blessed to have him. Thanks!


Nicole said...

Hi Deb,

I almost bought the Lace Reader from Audible yesterday. I'll have to give it a second look now! My dh and I watch Nancy Grace every night. It's so sad about Caylee and her crazy mother, who I'm sure had something to do with her disappearance and possible death. Actually the whole family seems a little nuts!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Nicole, I think the mother killed her and is lying to delay the whole thing because she thinks they won't find the poor little baby. It's just so sad. Nancy isn't as irate as she usually is...but watch out...she will be!! :] Deb

Crazee4books said...

Hi Deb,

Saw a review for the Gargoyle in
Entertainment Weekly magazine and
it was not a good one by any means.
I'll be interested to hear what
you think of it. The Lace Reader
does look interesting so I might
have to get it someday. Sigh!
So many books...

If I watched tv I'd probably be
hooked on the Law and Order, and
the CSI shows. Forensics really
fascinate me. I have some of
Anne Rule's books too, which are
interesting, if sometimes a bit
depressing to read.

Kellan looks so adorable asleep
in his jammies, and look at that
face when he is anticipating
dinner! Lol!

It's a cold, rainy day here,
which should be perfect weather
for housework. So here I am
sitting at the computer, and
shortly I'll be reaching for my
stitching, and the portable
heater...brrr. The housework
can wait. We have our


Jeanne said...

I have always been intrigued by "true crime" and have many books on serial killers, profiling, etc. I tell my friends I'm always worrying that someone will think I'm a nut just because I have these books! It's not the crime itself and the gory details but the MIND of the criminal that intrigues me and what drives them to it. I watch lots of crime shows like American Justice, Cold Cases, etc. There is no shortage of kooky people in this world!

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb, Kellen is such a beautiful little boy. He looks so peaceful in his pj's.
Your book selection sounds interesting. I will have to keep an eye out for them.
We don't have Nancy Grace out here yet. But I sometimes watch The Closer, and Cold Case. I also enjoy the CSI series and a I also love the English "who dunnits".
With the Gift of Stitching I also enjoy reading that and I happened to print out the sampler from Praiseworthy Stitches. It is in my never ending pile "to do".
Still very cold here. We had a light dusting of snow over the weekend. I am looking forward to Spring. - Sandra.

Carol R said...

Don't you just love Dexter? I can't wait until Sunday evenings :o)