Medical Update

As of this moment I am going through some medical issues that are causing me issues with knitting, crocheting, reading, computer time, etc. Once I know for sure what is going on then I will let everyone know. Until then posts, book reviews, photos, etc. may be delayed a bit. I will try my best to keep up, but I need to rest & take care of myself.

The only for sure thing I will be keeping up is the Mish Mash CAL/KAL 2018 posts & patterns.

Here is to 2018

Since 2017 was to be quite honest a horrible depressed year for me (i.e. the lack of actual blog posts) I am hoping 2018 will be better. As you have noticed I am trying to do more book reviews & such for 2018. I have a series of things that I want to do this year & so I thought I would try to list them out here.

  • Do at least one book review a week (since I can read 4-5 books a week it shouldn’t be that hard)
  • Complete at least one blog post a month (I am not pushing myself on this)
  • Go to Branson, MO on vacation for 2 nights by myself (hoping for this in Janurary 2018)
  • Finish paying off my credit card
  • With said paid off credit card go to California to visit Jessica at Oceanside for a few days.
  • Start to pay off said credit card once again.
  • Complete the CAL/KAL that Jessica & I are doing this year.
  • Complete a year of knitting & crocheting things for me & not everyone else (i.e. finish my cardigan, make me at least 4 pairs of socks, & finish my Sophie
  • Finally pull myself out of this damn well of depression I have been in for the last year (don’t know how well that is going to go but I am trying)

Yes, that is a lot but I never hold myself religiously to any of these so most if not some should be completed this year. Dad & I have worked out a new rent plan & money budget that should let me have a bit more money from my disability & that way I won’t have to rely on my credit card so much.

So that is what 2018 is going to look like for me. Wish me luck.

Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man
Author: C. J. Tudor

About The Chalk Man

A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

My Review

Ok, to be honest I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did not guess the actual antagonist until about three pages from when the author told you. I normally can pick out the antagonist & protagonist fairly quickly.

Just when you think you have everything figured out with whom the characters are and how they behave C.J. Tudor will throw you a twist in the story. From the very beginning of the story where the “head” disappears you start to think, “ok, that is the main story line”. Then you realize that nope, that is just part of the story line. Every part of the different story lines all join into one at the end of the books. For a first time author this is a very wonderful thing to complete. I can not wait to see what else C. J. Tudor publishes for all the readers in us.

I recommend this book if you like to be engaged in a book. I read this book in two night and had a very hard time putting it down the first night so I could go to sleep.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Pineapple Blanket

**No one faint! I have actually typed up a blog post, lol**

Around the start of 2014 Jessica had a wonderful idea of doing a Crochet-A-Long with Grace & me. Even though I am not a huge fan of crochet I decided I would do it also. My original plan was just a small lap blanket for Brenda & would only need about six (6) squares. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. As I was working on it Brenda asked if I could make it bigger? I naturally said yes, how big did she want it? Queen size with overlap. Whoa! So I said sure & got to making my squares. I got 6 done, then did the math. I would need 36 squares! I just about flipped out cause I knew that this would take me forever to do but I said I would do it & continued to make squares. Now I can only crochet for a certain amount of time before it starts to drive me batty & I have to go back to my knitting. That is why it took me almost three (3) years to complete the blanket. It is completed now & it will take a lot of convincing to me to make another queen size crochet blanket. Brenda loves it so that makes it all good.

Project Info:

  • Name: Jessica’s CAL
  • Ravelry Link: http://ravel.me/hev/pa
  • Pattern Name & Link: Pineapple Afghan by Mary Conley {http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pineapple-afghan}
  • Date Started: April 1, 2014
  • Date Finished: Feburary 10, 2019
  • Hook: 4.5 mm (7)
  • Yarn used: 7,434 yards = 9 skeins
  • Yarn:
    • Yarn: Caron One Pound
    • How Much: 6 skeins = 4956.0 yards (4531.8 meters), 2718 grams
    • Colorway: Cream

     

    • Yarn: Caron One Pound
    • How Much: 3 skeins = 2478.0 yards (2265.9 meters), 1359 grams
    • Colorway: Deep Violet