Monday, September 16, 2013

Orphan Train: A Novel

I recently finished reading the book Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline.  It was so touching and magical and amazing.  I first chose this book because I saw it on the shelf at Target!  I had to wait to read it, as I had requested it at the library and there was quite a list of people waiting.  Once I started reading it, I could not stop!

Orphan Train takes place near Bar Harbor, Maine, where I have visited several times due to my dad's family living near there. The main character is a teenage girl who is in foster care and finding her own way of "dealing" with the emotions that come along with that.  This leads to her needing to do community service to right some wrongs.  Her service comes in the form of assisting an elderly woman clean and organize her attic.  While helping the woman sort through boxes, the two, so opposite at first glance (one young and poor, one old and rich), find out that their histories are more alike than different.

Things I loved about the book: its setting is a real location and is vividly detailed -- if you have not been to Bar Harbor, you will see it in your mind; its characters have real depth; there is a character near the end with my last name!  That came as a shock as it is not a common last name! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Up to my neck in craft supplies!

I am on my second week of dog sitting (last night!)...and I am up to my neck in craft supplies! 

I am working on 3 different swaps plus baby shower stuff plus invites for a friend!

Actually, the swaps are as done as they can be at this point -- I have a couple I will finish on Sunday afternoon (I hope) as I need to sew & (obviously) don't have my machine here...

The baby shower things are finished & ready to go -- which is good since the shindig is on Sunday!  I made all the invites, thank you notes (including carving a stamp for part of that), and did the goodie bags.  We did an ocean theme for the party, so it was fun working with crabs, anchors, octopi, and fish!

I am going to work more on the invites for a friend in a moment -- stamping, heat embossing, and adding jewels!  What fun! ;)  I want to finish as many as I can tonight so I can get them to her as soon as possible.

Saturday, July 06, 2013


The story of a boy's first year of school with his peers -- fifth grade!  It made me cry, it made me laugh, it told a tale that should be read and heard by everyone.  It is a story told from varying perspectives -- the boy, his sister, his new friends...Auggie has a genetic mutation that has caused him severe facial abnormalities, but, although his face is "deformed", his heart and mind and soul are amazing.  Wonder is wonderful.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Have your tissues ready!

The part that got me came in at about minute 10.  The father is not concerned about his daughter hearing how he felt before she was born, he does not want her to be called retarded.  Know that your words can (and do) hurt, even those you may think can not understand you.