Summer Reads 2019 Update

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

summer reads 2019

Time for a summer reads update, though there’s not much to report as I haven’t been reading much. I have been crocheting a lot and watching a ton of shows (Project Runway Season 16, Pose, Fleabag…).

And I have even more shows waiting (Stranger Things, Derry Girls). I don’t know if it’s everything else in life or if it’s just the books I’ve been choosing, but I’ve had a hard time really falling into a book lately. I’ve also had a real series of headaches again, and that makes it difficult to read in the evenings. I need to schedule an appointment with the eye doctor.

I started the summer reading with a light read. Emma Rous’ The Au Pair has an interesting twist. I wouldn’t say it’s the kind of book that is going to stay with you, but if you’re looking for a nice, easy beach read that will keep you entertained, it’s a good one.

When I was younger, I’d battle through a book to the very end, no matter what. As I’ve gotten older, I realize there are so many books I will never read them all, and why waste your time reading something you’re not enjoying?

Jillian Cantor’s In Another Time is a well-written, interesting book. However, I found it sad and distressing to read. I am sure everything will work out for the characters in the end of the book, but I just couldn’t finish it. I found myself sad thinking about it, and I didn’t want to pick it up to read it. I only got about half way through before I gave it up entirely.

Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was not on my original list, but it was recommended by a friend. It was a good read, though a little sad and stressful like the Cantor book, still I was able to get through it. I suspect my next read will be off the list as well, and something light.

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Cambridge Trip 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

The end of May, Bob and I went to Cambridge MA for Bob’s graduation from Harvard. He received his Master of Liberal Arts, Sustainability degree, the culmination of three years of intense hard work and effort. Not only did he get the degree and a separate certificate, he also made the Dean’s List.

Tuesday, May 28

We started the trip with an early morning Delta flight from Detroit to Boston, and arrived at 11:50am. It was raining when we got in. We went and dropped off our bags at the Airbnb, located at 4 Cogswell Avenue in Cambridge. It was a cute apartment and a great location.

After we dropped everything off, we went into campus to pick up Bob’s cap and gown. We had coffee at Pavement before going to dinner with Bob’s thesis adviser Henry and his wife Jane at Maharaja.

When we finished, we stopped by the Beat Brew Hall for a quick drink.

Wednesday, May 29

As the sunrises much earlier on the eastern part of the time zone than in Michigan, we were awake quite early and went to Andy’s Diner for breakfast.

Then we went to campus for Bob’s class photo.

We went back to the apartment, then stopped at Mr. Crepe for a quick bite before going back to campus.

Bob was one of just a few students from his graduating class asked to present his thesis at a symposium. He did a fantastic job. After the symposium, there was a short reception. Then we went on to dinner at Cambridge Common restaurant.

Thursday, May 30

Thursday morning came very early, as we had to be to campus early for graduation. It was an amazing ceremony. All of the classes paraded through town into campus. I was glad I got there early, as seating was very limited. Also, although it was quite cool, the rain held off.

There were speeches, and the degrees conferred on the whole class. The ceremony completed, and we grabbed a quick lunch at Felipe’s Taqueria before going to the graduation ceremony for Bob’s individual class at Christ Church, built in 1774.

After the ceremony, we went back to campus to watch the afternoon graduation ceremonies, including the keynote speaker Angela Merkel. The full version of her speech is here, in case you want to be inspired.

Next, we went to the Graffiti Alley, which was amazing.

Then we went to dinner at Viale (excellent meal),

then to Daedalus for drinks on the rooftop (it was a bit chilly)

and to the Boathouse.

Friday, May 31

Friday started early. We biked to campus and stopped at Clover for the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had, before dropping off Bob’s gown.

After dropping off the gown, we went to Zoe’s for breakfast

and then biked across the river, through the Beacon Hill area and did some shopping.

We stopped at Cheers for a quick drink as well

before walking through the downtown to get to the harbor.

Then we headed back to campus, as Bob had a meeting with a few professors and a classmate, catching a hotdog from a street vendor on the way.


When Bob was in Boston last summer, he had quite a few meals at Charlie’s Pizza and Cafe. We had dinner there, and it was excellent. Charlie remembered Bob, and it was like visiting an old friend. After dinner, we went to see the Boston Pops! It was their John Williams concert, and it was amazing.

Misc. Thoughts

Cambridge has some amazing public transportation. We used the Blue Bikes, the trains and the bus system. Still, we walked. A LOT. It felt great, actually. This was Friday’s totals:

It’s easy to get around. Our little apartment was very conveniently located near all three kinds of transportation.

I wanted to take a lot of pictures, and I did do that. This post is just a small bit of the hundreds of photos I took. There was so much to see. The streetscapes were amazing, and there were some great signs as well.

MITCambridge at NightHarvard Campus

It was an amazing, inspirational trip. I could not be more proud of Bob or excited at what we might do as part of the next life adventure.

Crochet Lap Blanket Extravaganza

Monday, June 17, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

If you were to ask me what my favorite thing is to crochet, it would have to be lap blankets. I enjoy picking colors specifically for individuals. I like using a nice big hook and a HDC stitch with either a rippled or scalloped border. I make them in the evenings while I’m binge-watching something on Netflix. And so far this year, I’ve made quite a few lap blankets…working on number seven, and that doesn’t include a smaller one for a cat with cancer that I made back in January.

I started out with this blanket, made with all kinds of colors, for a special lady who crochets blankets for shelter cats:

Next up was a blanket for a friend’s mother who was having surgery:

Then a blanket for a friend’s mother who was moving into a nursing home (the orange color with the blue and green edging reminded me of a sunset over the Caribbean Ocean):

Then a sage-colored blanket for a friend who is facing a serious health issue:

Then a pink blanket for the feisty daughter of a friend who was in the hospital:

And lastly, now I am working on a blanket for a friend who is moving someplace really cold. I’m doing something a bit different with this stitch pattern:

As you can see, Maxy often helps me work on the blankets. He especially likes it when they are long enough for him to nap under while I’m working. There is something meditative about working on a lap blanket, the same repeating stitches. It’s very calming.

Rexall Drugs

Thursday, May 2, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

Through the years I continue to come back to the Rexall Drugs sign. I’ve shot it with numerous cameras during all different kinds of weather and all four seasons. This shot, around lunchtime, was before it started raining again. At least it’s a little warmer. And hey, we saw our first oriole at the feeder yesterday evening.

Too many gray days
The rain gives me a headache
There is no escape.

Rose Gold Coffee Kalamazoo

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

If one must attend meetings, one should reward everyone involved by selecting a coffee shop as the location of the meeting.

And if one has a meeting in Kalamazoo, Rose Gold Coffee Company downtown is especially lovely.

They make their own syrups for the lattes. The atmosphere is peaceful. It’s a really great place.

In other news, it is officially May but it still rather feels like March. And the rain in incessant.

Never-ending rain
Dampens the soul and spirit
There is no respite.

Summer Reads 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

summer reads 2019

Although we had snow on Monday, we are now heading towards the end of April and it’s never too early to start the list for our Summer Reads 2019. If you’ve read something outstanding in the past few months, drop me a line and let me know!

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Halloween Past

Thursday, March 21, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

March is an excellent time to start planning for Halloween. As you may know, I force the staff members at work to dress up and compete to win Ulta gift cards each year. I have an idea for this year’s costume, and have been already pulling things together. It will require a significant sewing project to make it all happen though, and so starting ahead of time will be nice not only for me, but for those around me as well.

Below are my costumes since I’ve forced the contest at work (inspiration for each as a link to a youtube, for your entertainment). I wish I had a photo of the full version of Mr. Dark instead of just his hat and my hand. I was in crutches from surgery for the year of What Does the Fox Say. The Janeway costume was a full jumpsuit from the original pattern, and was difficult to sew.

What kind of sewing projects are you looking forward to?

2018 – The drummer Catman from Kiss

2017 – Endora from Bewitched

2016 – Mr. Dark from Something Wicked This Way Comes

2015 – Lord Raiden from Mortal Kombat


2014 – Backup Dancer – from What Does the Fox Say

2013 – Robert Smith from the Cure

2012 – Captain Janeway, Star Trek Voyager

Cedar Motel – Lake Worth Florida

Thursday, February 14, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

524 So. Federal Hwy.
Lake Worth, Florida
Apts., Efficiences, Hotel Rooms. Electric heat and cross ventilation. Nice Patio. Quiet homey atmosphere. Centrally located near shopping, churches, lake, ocean, New Pier and golf courses. Open all year, special summer rates.
Owner-Manager, Fred and Anne Seybold
Tel. JU 5-9828

Photo by Lamm Photo Service

This lovely vintage card was mailed from Lake Worth December 1961 using a four-cent purple Lincoln stamp to Mrs. Wallace White, 2830 Viki Terrace, Cincinnati, 11, Ohio. It reads:

Hi- Really having a ball. Very poor bridge but they have fun. Have a date to play Wed with mother’s former landlady. Very nice but wouldn’t take the dog. Just lives 1/2 block. $300.00 per mo. Judi

Unfortunately, I’ve struck out on looking up much on Mrs. White, Judi, the motel or the Seybolds.

2019 Bullet Journal

Thursday, February 14, 2019 0 No tags Permalink

It’s a new year, and I just started on my third bullet journal. You can read the original post here. I really enjoy the creative process of putting the journal together, and I enjoy tracking things like the weather and the amount of sunshine we receive here in Michigan in the winter (not much). I understand my Grandpa used to keep track of the weather as well, so it must run in families or something. My monthly goal pages look just about the same as in the original post I made, as is the monthly tracking log. The weekly spreads are also pretty much the same. I have added some new overall tracking pages though, and I think doing it for so long, it looks a little cleaner.

Weekly Spread:

2019 Monthly Plans:

Sun Tracker: