Thursday, February 2, 2023

Really Random Thursday, 2/2/23

Welcome to the second month of the year, as impossible as that seems.

 I've been doing practically nonstop sewing lately, as there are two quilts I want to donate to the MCC quilt auction in April and they need to be completed and turned in by March 3. Because of that, I've been burning through audible books, as well as non audible books. 

I've always been reluctant to read Stephen King as I don't like horror. However, my friend, Janice, recommended Billy Summers and I'm so glad she did. I had also heard good things about 11/22/63, which really raises the question--IF you could go back in time and make a different choice that would change the course of history, would you? SHOULD you? I've read nearly all of Emily Giffin and Alice Feeney, and this month's selections were good, although I would not rate them as my favorites. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was a good one, so I immediately started another one--The House Across the Lake. It started out well, then turned a corner into a really weird and unbelievable plot twist. The three books by Kiersten Modglin, well, I hated the basic premise of the first book, which was: can you save a marriage by dating other people? But then at the end it took such an astounding plot twist that I had to finish the other two books. I'll say this: the plot twist was even worse than the original premise but I just had to see how it all ended. I'm currently listening to my first book by Jodi Picoult, Mad Honey, another author I have resisted reading for some unknown reason, and am very much enjoying her writing style.


Enough about that. Let's look at snow sculptures! I grabbed these photos from my sister-in-law's Facebook account. She and Pete are enjoying some well-deserved sunny weather in Puerto Rico right now. 
They always make a clay model beforehand. I think they told me once that it is a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot. 

Jane posted a video so I took some screen shots. Their artistry is just mind boggling to me. They came in Third Place (what?? ).Definitely worthy of First Place, which is what they usually get. But they also got the coveted Kids Choice Award.

A final artsy photo:

I have long wanted to make a trip to the UK, and Aaron and I have been talking about going together. The other night, this was in my fortune cookie:)
Ruby and Amelia both are heavily involved in dance classes, and the other night we attended their Dance Showcase. They did such a great job--you can really tell that they have been taking classes for awhile. 
And that's it for the end of January 2023.


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Joyful Quilter said... #

Thanks for the book reviews, I'm always looking for new authors / titles. Have you read Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club books? I've really enjoyed them. I also recommend Finlay Donavan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

I can't believe it is already February. Time is moving right along this year! Wow, the snow / ice sculpture is amazing. It really makes me wonder about what the first and second place winners created!

Needled Mom said... #

That's an amazing sculpture...definitely first place material. What won?

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Yeah for you sewing your little heart out. Deadlines help don't they? I just love your needlepoint flower quilt. The snow sculpture is amazing! They are very talented. Breckenridge has a snow sculpture competition every year. We went a few years ago and they are amazing to see in person.

FlourishingPalms said... #

I appreciate your book commentary. Thanks to you, I've just begun listening to "The House Across the Lake." It looks like I need to dip my toes back into a Stephen King book, or two, as well. Thanks for sharing! That ice sculpture is incredible! I can't believe anyone would be willing to put so much effort and time into something like that when it will melt, and they'll have nothing to show for it... except pictures. Pretty amazing though. I'm glad the kids liked it so much. How lovely that you're tentatively beginning to make travel plans. I think most of us think about travel with a little more trepidation than we once did. I hope it all works out for you.