Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

I know, not much stitching lately but I have been on a roll reading books!  I was recently given the opportunity to read this awesome novel, which will be published July 10.
I have read the first and second book in this series, and really enjoyed them.  I also like that you can read them out of order and not be lost. Linda Castillo never disappoints. 
    An Amish teen commits suicide. A few months later, another Amish teen is dead.  Chief Kate Burkholder knows someone knows something, and no one is talking. This was a great read, full of twists and turns.  This one kept me guessing and I was totally surprised at the end.  Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this page-turner!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Two more great books!

No new stitching progress as these two books have had me wrapped up- two more that I did not want to put down!
Received this from NetGalley and the publisher as an advanced reader copy in return for an honest review!  It's hard to let you know what this is about, without giving any spoilers.  Erin and Mark are newlyweds on their honeymoon.  While snorkeling, they find something in the water that will change their lives and their relationship forever.  I will be honest, when I first started reading this book, I was not sure I was going to like Erin.  When you read the book you will understand.  As I kept reading though, I slowly started to understand where things may be going.  She did very frustrating things at times, but due to those things, the book kept me on the edge of my seat.  Although in my head I said I would never do those things, or my husband wouldn't, if you really put yourself in their place you start to wonder..
I would hope that I would do the right thing.  Highly recommend this book for fast-paced suspense! And for those that like their books without bad language and detailed sex scenes, this is also a book for you.  I missed neither.   I can't guarantee no bad language but I don't recall any.

On to the second.. 
Another ARC from NetGalley! I had read B.A. Paris's Behind Closed Doors, and loved it, so I was excited to read this book.  It did not disappoint.  Finn and Layla had a whirlwind romance.  One night, on the way hope from a trip to France, the couple stops at a rest area. Finn goes to use the restroom and when he returns, Layla has disappeared.  After an exhaustive search, she is presumed dead.  Finn meets Layla's sister, Ellen, and during their mourning of Layla, the eventually fall in love and get engaged. Suddenly, after the engagement is announced, people say they have seen Layla, and Finn and Ellen start receiving memoirs from Layla and Ellen's childhood that only a select few know about. Is Layla back? Where has she been for 12 years?  This book kept me intrigued throughout, and there was a twist at the end that I did not see coming.  Although I was a bit disappointed in the ending, I would still highly advise reading this book, especially if you are a lover of suspense!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Wonderful book read and a little progress

This book... ohhhh this book.  First, I must apologize to the author and the publisher- I received an advanced copy of this in 2016 via NetGalley and I never read it until now. I don't know why, but oh, I am so glad I finally did read it.   Based on actual people and events, it is the story of three very different women and the effects World War II had on them, and how eventually their paths intertwine.   Caroline (one of the real people represented in this book) was a former actress, working at the French Consulate in New York City.  Kasia, a Polish teenager, and Herta, a German doctor(the other real person represented.)  The author, Martha Hall Kelly, did extensive research for this book and it shows.  It is a window into that time and such a moving story.  This is a book that will stay with you long after you've finished it.

Here is some recent progress on my LK sampler- I don't get to it every night, but trying manage my time a little better, so I find time stitch.

My mom recently sent me a bird feeder to attach to our kitchen window- I have wanted one of these for so long! So far, not many birds have found it though.  This is the first one I saw, although the window was too foggy to see it clearly! I haven't had many and have heard it takes some time for them to find it.  I hope they do soon!

'Til next time-
Tracey

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

All I can say is "Woah." I have never read a book quite like this before.  Amber is in a coma.  She can't open her eyes, move, or speak, but she can hear everything around her.  This book was a journey of twists, turns, and surprises.  Told through present tense, flashbacks, and diary entries, you will wonder with Amber- did her husband cheat on her with her sister? How did she end up in the hospital? Is she ever going to wake up?  This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I totally did not see the end coming.  It was a dark book, to be honest, I probably wouldn't read it again, but it was an excellent story.  I highly recommend giving it a chance! 

Til next time-
Tracey

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Long time no see...

Wow, I can't believe it has been over a year since I last posted!  I have thought about my blog off and on in the last year, but wasn't sure I wanted to keep it up anymore, as I have had a lot of things pulling me in different directions. Things are kind of getting in a groove now, so I want to try again.  I have been stitching more often and reading more often as well. In March, my grandpa passed away in Minnesota.  I was fortunate to be able to fly to my parents' house and then drive with them to Minnesota, kind of like old times.  It was fun, even though it was for a sad occasion. I got to see extended family that I hadn't seen in years, and since my dad did all of the driving, I had many hours for reading and stitching.   I had gotten an advanced reader copy of Crimson Lake by Candice Fox not long before my trip, so I brought it along.  Unfortunately, I left it in the first hotel we stayed at! Thankfully, my mom had loaned me a book as well so I read that one.  The people working at the hotel found my book, and my aunt went to get it and mailed it back to me. It was an excellent read, the first in a series. I plan to read the future books in the series.  Speaking of advanced reader copies, I have gotten two in the mail recently, which were a great surprise because I had forgotten I requested them/entered the giveaways!  The first was The Other Woman  by Sandie Jones.
This book was amazing- I read most of it last Sunday and finished it up on Monday.    It is Sandie Jones's first novel, and I look forward to reading more! The story follows Emily, who meets the man of her dreams, Adam.  However, Adam's mother, Pammie, seems to be blocking the relationship at every turn, no matter what it takes, and Adam doesn't seem to see it.  It's a great domestic suspense novel! 

The other book, which I am currently reading, is Sometimes I Lie  by Alice Feeney.  
This one has been "unputdownable" as well.  Amber is in a coma- she can hear everyone around her, but can't open her eyes, speak, or move. As she lies in the hospital trying to wake up, she is trying to figure out how she got there by the conversations of those around her.  The memories alternate between present day, the days right before the accident that brought her to the hospital, and pre-teen diary entries. It is keeping me on the edge of my seat! In fact I plan on reading some more when I'm done with this post.

As far as stitching, this year I am trying to finish my many works in progress and UFOs before I start anything else. I am currently working on that old LK Mystery Sampler that I was working on the last time I blogged! Pitiful, eh?  Here is a recent photo:
I have started on the third section, but not gotten very far yet.  These awesome books are keeping me away. :D  

I am still using essential oils- I have a new website just for them, though I may still post here about them occasionally, as they have made such a difference in my life! That website is www.yldist.com/traceyb . Please comment if you try it and the link doesn't work!

Well that's about it for now..  thanks for sharing your time with me! It means a lot. :)

Tracey


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy new year!

Hello hello!! I can not believe it has been almost a year since I posted.. my apologies. Last year was a crazy year. If I had continued blogging I think you may have been disappointed in the amount of stitching I was doing. I don't really do new year's resolutions anymore but I do want to try to carve out more time for stitching this year.  I do still enjoy it so much.  I will post a picture of the tavern soon.  It is semi-finished.  The directions on the pattern were a little confusing, especially since I didn't have a photo of the finished product.  It must have gotten lost at some point and was extremely hard to find online, at least one that was close up and clear.  I never did find one.  I don't know if you remember, but a friend had asked me to stitch that for her, and sadly, she passed away before I finished. She had some heart problems but was staying in an assisted living facility, and seemed to be doing pretty well. Her death was sudden and unexpected to many of her friends, including me.  I plan on keeping the tavern in memory of her.   Here is a photo of my latest WIP- Blackbird Designs' "Strawberry Fields Forever." 
Yes, I have a long way to go!! I also have several UFOs I should start working on. 

Something else I am trying to do this year is make my house a toxin-free household as much as possible.  Did you know when an item has "fragrance" in the ingredients it can include 300 different chemicals, etc? Including formaldehyde? When I found that out I threw my plug-ins in the trash! I was told of a website- ewg.org- where you can look up everyday household products and see what toxins, skin irritants, carcinogens, etc are in them.  It is pretty eye-opening and pretty scary! I wish I would have found this site a lot sooner!  The great thing about essential oils is that instead of being harmful when diffused into the air, is that they are actually helpful! For instance, oils like rosemary can promote mental clarity! Lavender and cedarwood can promote restful sleep! Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit can help you feel uplifted and happy! The list goes on...  Cat owners do need to be careful as some oils are irritating to cats when diffused. 

Speaking of animals..what would a post be without Ginger and/or Kona? Here is a pic of Kona on our one snow day we have had so far this year-
Till next time-

Tracey ♥

Sunday, February 07, 2016

  
Happy February everyone!

Time flies! Can't believe we are heading toward the middle of the month already!

I have been working a bit on the tavern and made some decent progress, for a change.  I was just thinking that I need to pull threads for another project I have been meaning to start as well.  The pattern is on loan so I need to get working!  Here is the tavern thus far-

This is an older pattern; I think the copyright is 1977! But the friend I am stitching it for wanted me to do it with overdyed threads.  I think it will add a little something. 

I have been playing with my oils again- yesterday I made face cream and today I made shower gel.  The face cream works wonderfully! I haven't tried the shower gel yet. I will in the morning.  The face cream was so easy and quick! I found a recipe on Pinterest and changed it slightly.  You need 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 tsp almond oil, 1 tbsp raw shea butter, and essential oil.(your choice- I used lavender and frankincense because they are good for your skin. 5 drops each.)


Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl.



Blend until a light, fluffy texture.



Put in an airtight container! Done!



This cream really works well.  I put it on my face at night before bed, and in the morning before I put my makeup on.  It is 7:21 pm and my face still feels so soft! And there is something comforting knowing that all the ingredients in it are not harmful in any way.

I started reading a new book this week - a Netgalley advanced reader copy.  It's called No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  I wanted to read it because the preview reminded me a bit of the movie "Double Jeopardy", which I loved. I am curious to see if this book is similar or different.  I am also reading Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson. I have recently just discovered Dani via a friend and she is amazing.  Very inspiring and has good insight for all aspects of life. I highly recommend reading her books! 

That's it for today- hope everyone has a great week!

Tracey ♥☺



A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

I know, not much stitching lately but I have been on a roll reading books!  I was recently given the opportunity to read this awesome novel,...