Saturday, May 22, 2010
June just gave me a very beautiful blog award. This means so much to a newbie blogger like me. She is wonderful and she knows how much her support has meant to me. As soon as I figure out how to post the award...I will...right now you just have to imagine it!!!
She had some fierce stipulations upon accepting this award. Here is the first set and this is me following directions.
MY LIST OF THE LAST FIVE BOOKS I READ
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie
The Strings That Tie The Hangman's Purse
Glass House and...hmmm...yikes...oh no I forgot...got it...
Baked...this one is a cookbook and really good. It is from a NYC bakery. Their brownies are supposed to be magnificent.
Now the next part is a little difficult for me...I have been reading and enjoying so many blogs that I don't know how to really choose five to give an award to. I just don't feel qualified yet. But I am going to try to share blogs that I really enjoy. I am still sort of bouncing around all over about a million blogs and slowly getting to know them. So here we go!!!
My favorite newly found blog...E.J.Stevens. Her blog is deep and dark and mysterious and full of lovely fantasy. She is also an author.
I also love Allison. Her blog is full of all things Maine. Gardens and photos and food and recipes. It is delightful.
Manda is also a unique and new blogger. We started blogging at about the same time and she is always there to answer tech questions for me. She has a goal to reach this year and she is bound and determined to blog daily. I am making her a pillow with stars...her fav...and she is very patient.
Heidi has a healthy food journal blog. I have followed her for years and love her writing, ideas and recipes.
Steena also has a blog that I love. It is clean and fresh and she writes beautifully. I am an admirer of her blog in all of its chocolatey goodness.
So...that should do it. I follow far too many blogs and have lots of blog envy but I feel myself growing and learning from so many people. Just a quick and sincere thank you to all of you.
Posted by Patty Magyar at 6:01 PM
Friday, May 21, 2010
How can I be so tired? I can barely read and the effort of reading emails each day and trying in vain to keep up with all of my new blogger friends is an enormous effort!!! I blame my sister Paula and the pace we set for ourselves each day. Even Lucy can't open her eyes...I have not cooked all week long...I literally am out of energy. I did not even move out of bed this morning until noon...I went downstairs three times to get coffee...and I read and napped and watched a CSI marathon. I am pathetic!!! How can lunching and shopping take such a toll? I hope and yearn and pray for an energy filled Saturday.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Monday, May 17, 2010
I think I really enjoyed this book only not as much as I thought I would. I loved the beginning and the middle but near the end I literally had to speed read to the finish line. Haunted Ground had lovely writing and great depth but I was simply ready to finish it. The premise of Haunted Ground is this…an Irish farmer is digging up turf. Turf is what fuels stoves and fires for cooking and for the winter. Every farmer has his own turf patch and the cutting is exhausting and precise. As this farmer is digging he discovers a red headed woman, who has been buried in the peat for God only knows how long. It could be months, years, or centuries. The discovery gets everyone excited because there is an unsolved missing persons case going on within the area and everyone rushes to this area hoping wondering and praying that it is the missing person that they want it to be. There are three key characters in this novel that I am sure will reappear in the second novel in this series. Cormac and Nora are the archaeologists working on the buried body. Detective Garret Devaney is the relentless policeman who is determined to solve the crime. There are lots of towers and Irish bars and old estates and things to constantly dig up. There is a huge cast of odd quirky and dysfunctional characters that includes neighbors and cousins and parents and scientists and friends and unwed mothers with so many secrets that I should have kept a list of them…I don’t think any of these characters thought that just plain talking to someone about something that was bothering them would be a simple and effective way to find out what was going on…and truly everyone in this novel has a secret or two…or three…but it was a very good book…sort of in the Elizabeth George style of writing. Upon finishing it I only craved tea and brown bread with butter and perhaps a cheese sandwich or two and a green apple…these seemed to be the only foods that Nora and Cormac ever ate. I have no clue why books make me crave certain foods mentioned in them but they really do. We were at a Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and of course our first item purchased was a hearty loaf of organic brown bread. Yum!!!
Posted by Patty Magyar at 4:54 AM