Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today

I discovered an new blog, "The Simple Woman's Daybook". Here is a glimpse into my day. Outside my window...the sun is setting on the first day of fall. I am thinking...how fast the summer has gone. I am thankful...I have so many things to be thankful for. In the kitchen...I'm making chili and homemade bread. I am wearing...my "chilly dog" t-shirt. It was in the 40's this morning. I am creating...I'm following the prompts from Sarah at Soul Journaling I am going...to relax. I am wondering...if they really found the bones of Richard III. I am reading...I checked out a Nook from the local library and started "Gone Girl". I am looking forward to...getting a new kitten. I am learning...how to kayak. Around the house...someday I will clean out the basement. One of my favorite things...going to the dog park with my dog. A few plans for the rest of the week: Work, pilates, a cooking class with my daughter. A peek into my day...Spinning, petting cats at the animal shelter, reading the paper.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Art Journaling

I've discovered art journaling. I am not an artist by any means, but I took an art journaling class at the local college and found it very accessible. We drew, painted, cut and pasted. No one judged or graded my efforts. And I had fun. I've started subscribing to several blogs and checking books out of the library. I came across a fun one called "Personal Geographies" by Jill Berry. It is well written, with instructions even non-artists can understand and has great photos. I haven't had a chance to try all the projects yet. But since I grew up in Michigan I did make a map of my hand. Check out Jill's new blog and get more information about her book.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Titanic-100 Years Later

What is it about the Titanic that still facinates us after 100 years? It is such a compelling story of loss, heroism,stupidity and fate. The 100th anniversary has brought forth a number of books and the re-release of the movie. I won't watch Kate and Leo again--I started crying during the opening credits. But I may have gone a bit overboard in my choice of reading material lately.
Yet, with each book I've learned something new. Did you know that 3 dogs survived the sinking? Or that stewardess, Violet Jessup, served on the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. I can't imagine how awful it must have been for the crew of the McKay Bennett to have to retrieve all the bodies. I do think its time to take a break and read about something else. But someone mentioned there was a book about the Titanic cat.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Blizzard of Glass by Sally Walker

December 6, 1917 was a normal day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. People went to work, children went to school. All this changed when two ships collided in the harbor, unleashing the largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb. This book provides a riveting account of the explosion, and the tsunami and blizzard that followed. It is the story of devestation, as well as a community and nation coming together to deal with the disaster. Walker has written another engrossing book.