Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Books: Indian Horse

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese was a Canada Reads book in 2013. It's the story of a boy who is growing up in Ojibway traditions and then ends up being snatched and tossed into a boarding school, separated from his family.

The main character in this book finds joy in learning to play hockey. Hockey becomes an important part of his life that provides an outlet separate from the trauma of the boarding school experience. Nevertheless, he goes through quite a bit of turmoil and, with great difficulty, attempts to "find himself" as an adult.

This is a typical and all-too-prevalent experience of Indian people of the current adult population. It's a shameful part of our U.S. and Canadian histories. Negative attitudes toward Indians persist; this book and others like it are an important part of our necessary healing and coming to terms with the atrocities that took place. And to improve things for the present and future.

This was a good story, very engaging, which I read in a day. Four stars.

(she gave me her permission to photograph her and post the photo at my blog)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Family Photo

My niece recently sent me this adorable picture of my mom with her 7 great-grandchildren.

I visited Mom this week, and she is doing very well. She fell once, but it was a soft, slow-motion fall. She insisted she was fine. I'll be checking in on her again just to be sure.

BIG THANKS to Jeanne who solved my tabs problem. They are now visible. Yippee!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Surprise Gift, and a Question

A while ago I signed up at Julie S.'s Facebook offer for a free gift. It was a Pay It Forward deal, where I then also offered gifts to people who signed up at mine. I put it out of my mind for a while until I received a surprise package. Look at the cool stuff she sent me! A beautifully covered journal, and some home-made fabric notecards. I love this kind of stuff!

Now I have to think about what I will make and send to my sign-up folks.

Here is my question:
See my tabs up at the top that say "Quilts Finished in 2014" and "Books I Love" ?? I made two more new pages for 2015, but for some reason they are not showing up. Unless, mysteriously, they show up on your views and not on mine!? Do you see a tab called "Quilts Finished in 2015" and "Knitting 2015"? If so, please let me know. I have done everything I can think of to make them publish publicly, and I still can't see them on the blog. I can only see them in the area where I create and edit them. Where are they hiding?? If anyone knows what I can do, please advise.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Books: Courage

Born in the Year of Courage by Emily Crofford is a kid's book about a young teen boy from Japan who gets ship wrecked and then, after rescue, experiences many other adventures. It's based on a true story of a man who lived with courage and humility.

The book gave me an interesting thumbnail history of Japan, and the main character was an impressive person. This book would surely be a good historical/creative fiction book for a young person.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I was able to mostly clean up the iron smear on this little quilt, and I finished it last night. I think this one is kinda cute!! I might buy it back from myself at our small quilt auction! LOL.

Yesterday I finished these two quilts which are community service quilts for/from my local guild:

The next pictures are also community service quilts, completed by several different people in our guild. Please pardon all the excessive photographing... it was a beautiful day, and I was having fun posing the quilts all over the place. (Of course, I hope you enjoy looking at the photos.)
showing some of the quilt backs

Below, this grave marker was for a young woman who died at age 23 in 1898. I thought she might appreciate having a couple of quilts for comfort.

"Meow. Thanks for visiting my grandma's blog."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Inexpensive E-Book

My friend, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, has written her first novel. (Her previous writings have been spiritual memoirs.) I have read it and enjoyed it. It is a very good story, and she is such a thoughtful writer! If you choose to read her book, Hannah, Delivered, you won't be sorry! It is currently available as an e-book for 99 cents, only through March 22. I recommend that you hop on over to your e-book provider and buy yourself a good book at this bargain price... Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

P.S. EJA is teaching a writing course at Madeline Island this summer, and there are three seats left! Google Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, and you'll find her blog and can get info on taking her class! Again, you won't be sorry!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hands2Help Challenge. Join Us?

Today is the beginning of sign-up days for the Hands2Help Challenge. You can sign up any time you want, but if you join by March 21 (or is it 22?) you are eligible for a nice "sign-up" prize.

H2H has run every spring for three years now. This is the fourth. This year they have chosen three charities. You can send a quilt to one of them, two, or all three. It has been fun to participate and learn about different comfort quilt programs around the world. It is inspirational to see so many people involved and to see all the gorgeous quilts they make.

Follow the button in my sidebar. When you get to the website, go up to the top left and click on "Home" to find the post at which you should sign up.

Join us? It's fun!