May 202014

I don’t usually share what I’m currently reading to social media (those posts sit all lonely and unread on my blog), but this time is different. It isn’t often that I get to read a book by not only someone that I know, but someone that I respect and made an impact on my life.

Conrad Jestmore, or Mr. J as we called him, was my forensics coach and drama teacher in high school. Not only did he open a whole new world of expression for me, but I learned that I had a passion for acting. I became more bold, less introverted and could accept criticism (better than I could before) through my acting exploits. I have many fond memories of my time spent in forensics. Even though I wasn’t very good, I had fun and stuck with it every year.

Most importantly, Mr. J introduced me to authors and playwrights that fueled my imagination and strengthened my real love, writing. Under his tutelage, I discovered amazing writers like Eudora Welty, poets like Edgar Lee Masters and playwrights like Jean-Paul Sartre  just to list a few. I asked for suggested reading not from my English teachers who almost always suggested the same classics and authors, but from Mr. J because he gave me suggestions that seemed more obscure and more entertaining to me. Why read about a man in a boat with page after page of exposition when I could read poetry of people speaking from the dead?!

I’ve always wondered about Mr. J’s creative endeavors and I’m excited that I get the chance to read River of MurderHis second book, Fields of Death, is sitting on my desk just waiting for me to finish the first.

Jimmy O’Reilly, ex-cop and failed P.I., returns to his small Kansas hometown on the Arkansas River to find peace, but instead finds a family friend murdered. Only problem, no one believes it is murder. As a reluctant investigator, O’Reilly stumbles on an international drug scheme, and in the process has to face his demons from the past. A trail of murders up and down the river leads O’Reilly back to the big city and its violent underworld of crime. It also brings into question his ability to not only find the truth, but to come to terms with his wife’s death and at the same time protect an innocent teenager from the danger.

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May 152014

I completely forgot to take a picture of the baby blanket I made for my grandson, but my daughter sent me a picture of him wrapped up in it.

So cute!

It’s just a simple sc and dc rectangle made with variegated Baby-Baby color Bernat. I added V’s to make it a little cooler since he was born in the spring. I like to try to take pictures of everything I make though so I don’t forget what I’ve already done.

Used Baby Blanket - Zander


I made sure to warn my daughter when I gave her the blanket that it was used. While I was making it, Mister Underfoot decided that it was his and it was big enough for him, so I could stop right then! He tried to keep me from working on it by sleeping in the middle of it and turning himself into a sack of rocks when I tried to move him so I could turn it.

Used Baby Blanket - Mister Underfoot

Kitty tested. Kitty approved.

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May 132014

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May 122014

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May 102014

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago. Richmond, Virginia’s recently appointed chief medical examiner claims that he needs Scarpetta’s help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn’t the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won’t reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent, whom Scarpetta dislikes instantly, meddles with the case.

Deprived of assistance from colleagues Benton and Lucy, who are embroiled in what first appears to be an unrelated attempted rape by a stalker, Scarpetta is faced with investigating the death of a fourteen-year-old girl, working with the smallest pieces of evidence—traces that only the most thorough hunters can identify. She must follow the twisting leads and track the strange details in order to make the dead speak—and to reveal the sad truth that may be more than even she can bear…

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I’m a Grandma!

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May 092014

At 5:17am this morning an 8lb 8oz bundle of cuteness with lungs like an opera singer was born. I am now officially old… I mean I am now a grandmother!

Welcome to the world Zander Tristan!

Sorry for the icky cell phone pics. I forgot my camera.

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May 062014

Louise Shaffer brings to life three generations of Italian American women in this stunning novel of surprises, secrets, and serendipity.

A child of theatrical royalty, Carrie Manning is having a hard time getting her own act together. Thirty-seven, aimless, and having just buried a famous mother she never understood, she is desperate to uncover her family’s mysterious past in the hopes that it will help her understand herself.

Carrie’s search reveals the fascinating life stories of her estranged grandmother Lu, a glamorous Broadway star whose dreams came with a price; her great grandmother Mifalda, who gave up everything to come to America as a sixteen-year-old Italian bride; and her father, Bobby, the charismatic Broadway genius who wrote some of Lu’s greatest musicals and died tragically young. At the heart of Carrie’s discoveries lies the reason for her mother’s complicated life, and a dark secret that has been buried for thirty years.

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