Book List 2017

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. Fireman by Joe Hill
3. North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
4. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
5. The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
6. The School on Hearts Content Road by Carolyn Chute
7. Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves by Carolyn Chute

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2017 Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Researched & implemented (still doing so, actually) a new electronic health record for my job.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any resolutions last year, I’m hoping to try to get up & move around more this coming year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My middle daughter, Valerie gave birth to a son in July of 2017
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My mother passed away at the end of May, we weren’t especially close (not physically or emotionally) but it has definitely affected me over the past year more in things about my history etc. which I want clarity on & I can’t ask her (just silly trivia like what was my kindergarten teacher’s last name? (I went to a hippie school, her first name was Sally, which is what we called her)
5. What countries did you visit?
I did not leave the country yet again, I did leave the state 2 times though, in May when my uncle called me to let me know that my mother’s condition was serious & that if I was going to see her again, I should go do so, we picked up & went to Mass mother’s day weekend & had a good visit with her. Then she passed on 5/29 & we went back the third week in June (she had already made a plan to be cremated so there was no hurry) for her funeral & to clean out her apartment.
6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
As always, more money.
7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
There were a lot.  Seeing my Mother in May, her funeral & seeing all my family, the day after her funeral when the kids & I went to the beach & my cousin joined us. My youngest child’s graduation from High School
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
As mentioned above, my youngest, Cameron, graduated from High school in May, which while it was his accomplishment truly, I am proud that all 3 of my kids graduated from high school & are happy, healthy & not (at least that I know of) on meth, pills etc.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I had hoped to have the electronic health record at work all set, implemented & up & running without the old system still in use by or before Thanksgiving, as it is, we go live on January 2nd. The news that our current system was sunsetting was coincidental with the news of my mother’s death, so I got a later start than would have been preferable to me due to not being at work for awhile while we buried my mother & packed up her apartment etc.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
I’m not 100% sure I bought anything terribly wonderful. I inherited a lot of wonderful things, I also was able to save via a Christmas club so that Christmas wasn’t a complete bankrupt as it often has been in the past.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cameron for his graduation from high school

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Trump, his cronies, white supremacists

13. What song will always remind you of 2017?
Stressed out by 21 Pilots

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Sleep or have more money.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eating
16. Did you fall in love in 2017?
No.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
Outlander again, although I really enjoyed a lot of shows this year, Timeless, American Gods, Designated Survivor (I’ll gladly go on record here as wishing Keifer Sutherland was our president instead of the cheeto overlord)

18. What was the best book you read?
My favorite thing I read this year wasn’t a book, my mother had all of my grandmother’s historical/genealogical information including a book of memories which my grandmother’s cousin collected from all of their cousins about their parents & grandparents. Many of the stories I recalled from when they were collecting the stories (during a couple of family reunions which I helped my grandmother put on) but it was so exciting to see them written down & archived like they were.

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
I wish my financial situation had been such that I could have stayed in Mass with my mother until she passed away, she was so remarkably happy to see us & sad when we left (as I said, we were not terribly close) both Lois & I wished we could have stayed & kept her company/comforted her.

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
This place right here They’re awesome, I’ve got like 10 dresses from them so far & I just adore their clothes, so much better quality and style than the majority of the clothes I’ve purchased from other plus size sites. This place is also not just plus sizes, they’re size 0-36 how cool is that?
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I’m sane?
22. Who did you miss?
After seeing my family in June at my mother’s funeral, I’ve been missing them a lot. I wish they’d come see me though, I’ve been up there every few years for 20+ years, no one in my family has come to see me & the place I love yet.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a few of my mother’s friends, none stand out as “Best” though, although I know she was close with most of them.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2017?
Too many to list.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Again, not really any one specific quote comes to mind.

 

Book List 2016

I began the year by finishing the Outlander series then moved on, back to the present.

  1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  5. A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  6. At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  7. Love Letters from Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  9. Revival by Stephen King
  10. 11/23/63 by Stephen King
  11. World War Z by Max Brooks
  12. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

2016 year in review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 

Our office moved this year,  I was in charge of much of this.  That was a challenge. I can not say I pulled it off flawlessly & with out a hitch but it was bumpy, rough & quite unpleasant.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make any resolutions last year & I probably won’t do so this year either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

Nope
4. Did anyone close to you die? 

No,  not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I never left the state

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

As always,  more money!

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t recall the exact date but I know that it was in late August that I was told the office would have to move by the new owners of the building the doctors office I work for were in.  The office had been in the same spot for 12 years the whole prospect of moving was overwhelming to say the least.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting the office moved without loss of life or limb.
9. What was your biggest failure?

I bought a car in April,  the engine blew up 5-6 weeks later,  I got a new engine for the car but it’s still not on the road. Then,  in August the Toyota we had died too & I had no money for a replacement vehicle,  Cam had money saved & stepped up, found & purchased another car.

10. What was the best thing you bought?

Not that car! Probably felt to make felt food which is an obsession of mine now!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Cameron is still,  for a 17 year old,  very helpful,  kind & patient with me & my issues,  from our move into our new place in March to his aforementioned saving of the day with the car purchase
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?

I am still pretty damn horrified by how many people were fooled by Trump’s BS.
13. What song will always remind you of 2016 

If I Had A Heart (Vikings theme song)
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Been sick,  I had a horrible infection during March & April

16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?

World War Z by Max Brooks

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? 

Comfortable and mostly teal,  green,  purple or black.

21. What kept you sane?

Crafting

22. Who did you miss?

My uncle Howie,  my cousin Jen (not dead,  just 1000 or so miles away.) & Eric still.

23. Who was the best new person you met?

No new friends,  just acquaintances,  I’m a pretty dedicated introvert.

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2016

Too many to list.

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I don’t really have one this year.

Book List 2015

This is late and short, but whatever, at least it’s here.
After viewing season 1 of Starz’s great take on Diana Gabaldon’s awesome Outlander series I decided it was time to re-read the books. That took up pretty much the whole year & I only got a little over halfway through the series as it stands now.

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. A Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  4. The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Also Began the Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon but didn’t finish it before New Years day.

2015 review

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I successfully taught my 16 year old to drive a stick shift.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to wear mascara more often, that has not worked out as I have found I’m much more prone to eye infections than I used to be.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grandmother at 47 & that’s quite all right with me!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
my favorite uncle did, he had brain cancer & my best friend’s mom, of stomach cancer.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, barely even any other counties!
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Again, more money
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Getting to see my middle daughter & playing cards against humanity with Lois’ future in laws.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
We haven’t had a single week at work where we had to wait to cash our paychecks until there was money in the bank!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I lost my house, even with the lower payments I just couldn’t swing it with my reduced hours & pay rate.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Really nothing, just trying to make it.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cameron has been quite kind, helpful and sweet.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Congress
13. What song will always remind you of 2015
Take me to church by Hozier
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?
Diet land
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot.
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I was sane?
22. Who did you miss?
Still Eric.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Other than patients at work, I haven’t really met or gotten to know anyone really.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2015
I got nothing this year
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
We are all of us in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars

Grandma Laing’s Stuffing Recipe

By “Grandma Laing” I’m speaking of my grandmother, whose maiden name was Laing’s, great grandmother. So her father’s grandmother.      For a 20 lb bird

3 cups of chopped onion approximately 1/2 inch square pieces

5, 14 oz bags of common crackers ground to penny size

3 sticks of butter

3 quarts of milk

8 eggs

1 teaspoon pepper

6 tablespoons salt

6 tablespoons bells poultry seasoning

after you chop the onions & break up the common crackers, mix together.

Put butter & milk in a pan & heat on stove to scalding hot.

Mix salt, pepper & bells seasoning together in a small bowl and sprinkle over cracker & onion mix.

Break eggs one at a time into cracker mix and stir between each eggs addition.

once milk is hot & butter melted pour in 1/2 cup increments into the cracker mix until blended.

let cool (preferably overnight)before stuffing the bird. Or cook in a casserole with the turkey, if you like turkey neck meat it is also good to pack stuffing around the turkey neck and bake them together