Saturday, November 24, 2012

Puzzle Tradition

This first puzzle I got at DI for .75 because I told them I wasn't going to spend $1.50 for a puzzle that only costs $1 brand new. I did it on Celia's birthday. She likes puzzle too and we do them the same way.

I decided to find out where these LPF/Puzzlebug puzzles come from. I knew I had seen them at a $1 store. Turns out it's Dollar Tree. So I hit both of the one's in my area and found them at the one just up the road from the DI. This puzzle took 1 1/2 hours to complete.

This puzzle in particular is a Panoramic as you can see. I wasn't sure if I'd like them so I only bought 2. I did the first one the night before Thanksgiving and I did this one the morning of Thanksgiving. I really like these too. They're a lot of puzzle in a little package. It's as tall as a DVD case and about 3 1/2 cases wide.

Back to the Puzzlebug since I only got 2 of the Panoramic. Same width but taller. This one was also completed on Thanksgiving Day. I bought 6 of these and the 2 Panoramic so I have plenty of puzzles to get me through the new year. YAY!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winter Storm

We got just a little bit of snow the other night. It was about 8 inches. This is the overall picture of what I had to clean up. It rained hard all morning on Friday and then it started snowing and snowing... around 8pm I heard the first crack and so I moved the trash can into the street to prevent anyone from parking under our brittle tree. I didn't even think to move my car to the other driveway.

Then, while I was in my stamp room on the computer I heard another odd noise. Some wires broke of the house and fell to the ground in the back yard. We're pretty sure they're just cable and phone. Two particular lines that happen to be disconnected.

Here are the pics. Some of these were taken at 1am and the rest at 7am. You should be able to tell the difference:

At 1am I was in bed asleep (finally) and I heard what sounded like thunder. There had been thunder earlier in the day but I knew it wasn't thunder this time. So I got up and looked outside. Another branch and this time a BIG one!

It hit the house first and then my car! Nice. All I could do was take pictures and go back to bed. I didn't sleep well. I kept getting up and looking outside.

Their were 2 branches that landed on the car and the one was HUGE. Of course you can't tell from the pictures. That's how it always is.

I took more pictures for insurance reasons and then got to work on moving the branches off of the sidewalk. The fence slat popped off but was not broken in any way so it got screwed right back on.

The lantern wasn't so lucky. It got hit sometime between 3 and 7am. We lost 5 large branches and many other little ones. Some are stuck up in the tree still. Overall, it was a scary experience but mostly because of the fear of what I was going to find when I got those branches off may car.

Oh wait, about that. The neighbors across the street came over to help me put my plan into action. After much thought I decided it was best to have the branches lifted and for me to back my car out. That is what we did. Four of them, two grown strong men and two women. Thanks to the several inches of snow on my car and that the house broke it's fall, my car came through without a scratch! Awesome.

Here's a picture I took of the street (facing north). Check out the trees all bent. I heard lots of cracks and saw lot of poofs while I was cleaning up. Luckily our tree is a soft wood so clean up was easy. That doesn't mean I don't ache though.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fatal Fixer-Upper and Tammy

Last week I finished Dead Ex by Harley Jane Kozak. Unfortunately, it was the last book of the series. I hope she writes a sequel soon.

After checking the library for some of the other books I've been waiting on I had no luck. They're still checked out or on hold. I'll just wait and hope I find them available soon. I am not a fan of the "hold" option and this is why: Sometimes, mostly, I am a slow reader and when someone puts it on hold then I am unable to renew it and I am forced to pay a fine for reading slow if I want to keep it. Not cool. Just wait your turn please or go get an e-reader and download it if you're in such a hurry.

While I wait I look for other authors. That is how I have found such great ones and I have been very thankful for this. Most recently, I did my usual routine which involves searching the library's online database for similar topics. Then I go to the library and look at the book and most of the time they don't make the cut. On Friday I eliminated all of the ones either because they just didn't suit or the first book wasn't available. I had to start over and somehow found this DIY series by Jennie Bentley. It was a WONDERFUL book! I finished it this afternoon. Yeah, that's right, sometimes I can't put one down. I can't wait to go to the library in the morning and get the next one. FYI it was a very clean book. There were maybe 2 minor cusses that I remember and not even a hint of sex. It didn't say so in the search but I would definitely call it a Romantic Mystery. I hope the next one is just as clean.

On another note, I have been watching older movies (also from the library). Mostly starring Doris Day, Cary Grant, James Garner etc. On Saturday I could only find one, the Tammy movies. I don't recall ever seeing these but I found them delightful. There's one more I need to find: Tammy and the Millionaire. It's on my list.