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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Last of this week's Snow Queen freebie

but more to come. Today we have 2 papers and 4 elements:

And an overall preview where you can see what is yet to be posted:
I know, it's tiny but will give you some idea.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Zip 12 Snow Queen freebie

About ready to run out to see Dad and do some errands so posting quickly. Todays' zip consists of 2 more quickpages:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Above freezing and more Snow Queen freebie

Yes, it is now 37 degrees and most of yesterday's snow (only a couple inches) has melted. Just finished paying bills and have a ton of laundry waiting to be caught up. Have been reading a lot the last couple days. About one third or more into Dan Brown's Origin and have also read several e-books on Kindle. The thing about e-books is that many are self published and the quality is all over the place. Sometimes the description leads you to expect one thing and what you actually get is something else. Some present themselves as factual when in fact they are ill informed. Others have a good story idea but are poorly written and more poorly edited, if at all. I can see why a number of well respected authors have been reluctant to have their fiction and non-fiction made into digital formats. Still, e-books offered for free or at low prices can be entertaining. My preference is still books in the old fashioned paper format. And speaking of books, I recently came across an article by the American Library Association about banned books. Bibliophile that I am, I had to do a copy paste of the list to see how many I've read and/or at least know about. Didn't find any that I wasn't aware of and marked with * all I've read. The primary reasons the books ended up on this list include profanity, sexual situations, racial issues, and religious issues. Of course, social mores change over time so what was prohibited reading at one time may be acceptable at another. Aren't you curious to see how many of these you've read?

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

* The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
*The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
*To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
*The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Ulysses, James Joyce
*Beloved, Toni Morrison
*The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
1984, George Orwell
*Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
*The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
*As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
*A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
*Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
*Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
*Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
*Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, Richard Wright
*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
*For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
*The Call of the Wild, Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
*The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
*Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
*Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
*A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
*Women in Love, DH Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
*Rabbit, Run, John Updike
*Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Getting away from discussion of books, today's Snow Queen freebie is a set of geometric templates based on quilt blocks. I choose these because they reminded me of windows and in freezing weather we spend a lot of time indoors looking out. You have already seen one of these templates made into one of yesterday's quickpages. For the other I made up an example page using nothing but kit papers where you will probably use one or more photos.

Want you to know I really appreciate all the positive comments you have made about this kit. Happy to know you are enjoying it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

More snow & more Snow Queen

The last couple of days we have been warned of a coming cold front that might bring an inch or two of snow. Last night they revised that to say 1-3 inches and said if the temps drop lower than expected there will be more accumulation. There are several inches on the ground right now (at least that is how it looks from inside) and snow continues to fall in small flakes. Will be interesting to see what happens as it gets even colder. 27 degrees right now. No worries though as we don't have anything planned for next few days.

Today I have something in Snow Queen that a number of you asked for - a couple quickpages:
See the one with a candle? Later on you will be getting a template of that one.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Long Day & more Snow Queen

Had doctor appointments today and woke to find electricity out again! At least I didn't over sleep and miss my appointments. After appointments there were errands to run. On one of them (Costco) I ran into a woman I haven't seen in 12-15 years! We were heading for the exit with our carts at Costco when I recognized her. We pulled the carts over to the side and talked for over an hour, exchanged phone numbers and plan to get together once a month to do something fun. By the time I got home, I was exhausted and happy to hear my husband say he'd cook dinner (my turn tomorrow). The cold front is coming through and we are expecting snow again tomorrow at about the time I'll be at another doctor's office. Crazy how all these appointments bunched up together this month. Still, we think it's only going to be an inch or two of snow this time. But if wants to snow more I won't care once I get home as there is nothing else on schedule for rest of the week.
And now today's zip:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mid January - freebie

Hard to believe it is mid January already! I'd intended to be super motivated at this point, but I'm not. It's cold again and there may be more snow (just a little) on Wednesday. All I want to do is snuggle up under my cuddly throw with a book and big cup of tea close by. Goofed off all yesterday while my husband watched football. He's a Steeler's fan so was disappointed but not surprised when they lost. In the middle of the first half of the game we experienced a crazy rolling brown-out. Electricity on one minute, off the next, back on and off again. Seemed to go on forever. No idea what was causing it but after an hour or so it settled down. Congratulations to Kristi and other Viking fans! Know they are happy with yesterday's game.

Going to settle down and get some work done today but first, your freebie, some stormy gray today:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

It was a success! And Saturday freebie

Last night we had dinner guests: grandson, Tyler and his friends, Alec and Katie. My husband cooked them an Italian meal including homemade "gravy" (spaghetti sauce), hot sausages and homemade meatballs cooked in the sauce, rotini, manicotti and garlic bread. The young people devored several plates full and still had room for dessert. It pleases my husband so much when people like his cooking and there was no question it was enjoyed. Our young visitors stayed 3 or 4 hours, a nice visit before they head back to college tomorrow.

Football is not my thing at all but the nice thing about playoffs and Super Bowl for me is free time to myself. No one cares where I am or why I'm not keeping them company when football is on lol. Today I found time to finish the third set of fingerless mitts (I'm making some for my SIL and some of the women at the nursing home) and was able to create a new character for the Snow Queen kit. You will meet her soon. Meanwhile today I have zip 7 for you: