Sunday, March 18, 2007

Blogggrrrr and more

I've been trying to follow Brenda's wonderful tutorial for adding a custom banner to my blog, but it won't seem to accept photos "parked" in yahoo anywhere. So then I started reading the Blogger stuff, and at least figured out how to add a picture which can be "parked" on my own hard drive. Next step is to doctor up one of my photos to include the blog name, so that the banner looks a little more integrated and snappy! Maybe next weekend... in the meantime, there's a picture of "middle of nowhere, Scotland" that I particularly like.


More technology woes: also, I trashed the USB cable for the digital camera and I've been too ticked off to order a new one for $47.38. Apparently it's special! So, the drill now is to put the memory stick into a special floppy disc; insert it into my husband's old computer which still runs on Windows 98, email the photos to myself so that I can open and edit them on my computer which has XP... Sony never updated the driver for the memory-stick thing to work on XP, or at least it doesn't work on my XP and they can't figure out why. Another few days of this nonesense and I'm going to break down and order the new %$#* cable!

To go along with last week's garden photo -- here's another one... this is a Fremontia -- another California native that loves our dry summer weather. In fact, it's not at all happy if it gets watered during the summer. (We usually have no rain from mid-April to the beginning of December!)

And this is a picture of the baby quilt I finished up -- I washed it to soften it up a little, and I love the poofy look!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

must be spring...

My absolute favorite time of year in my garden is when the ceanothus 'Dark Star' blooms blue next to the orangey new growth of the manzanita 'Sunset'. I could stand there and watch the honeybees and bumblebees for ages! It's hard to beat those California natives!


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Another book slut

I've seen this meme on a few other sites and finally decided to grab it and make it my own!

Have a go at this - and if you spot any you think I really should have read tell me which one(s) and why........
Look at the list of books below: Bold the ones you’ve read; Italicize the ones you want to read; Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
If you are reading this, tag, you’re it!

The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown) -- couldn't get into this one...
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) -- "re-read" this recently on audio tape
Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) -- I know this is popular, but I couldn't get past the first 100 pages!
A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) -
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald) -- wonderful reading!
The Stand (Stephen King)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
The Hobbit (Tolkien)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger).
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold).
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
Dune (Frank Herbert) -- maybe I did read this... can't remember!
The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
1984 (Orwell)
The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) -- yechhh
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
The Bible – parts of the Old Testament
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) -- another one that was terrific to listen to on audio tape
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
Great Expectations (Dickens)
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
Fifth Business (Robertson Davis) -- I LOVE all of his books!
One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Les Miserables (Hugo) -- high school...
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
Shogun (James Clavell)
The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) -- one of my favorites as a child
The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
The World According to Garp (John Irving)
The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
Emma (Jane Austen).
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
Blindness (Jose Saramago)
Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
Ulysses (James Joyce) -- some day...

There are a few of these that I've never even heard of -- maybe I should have used more italics?

Monday, March 05, 2007

This is going to be a 50th birthday present for one of my brothers, a little later this month. He's a tax & estate attorney, and I've been thinking about making him something with a Lawyer's Puzzle / Barrister's block for a long time... I was lying on the table after having a massage this morning (my every-5-or-6-weeks indulgence) and decided today was the day, and that it was going to be green. I used the Quilter's Cache pattern for a 16-inch block and it went together very nicely!
Also, I gave my massage therapist her fish purse, (see earlier post) and she loved it! Since she had picked out the fabrics, though, I can't take too much credit.