Home Improvement

Finally!! Got my shelves up and my books on them!!!

So happy with the way it turned out there was a lot of hard work that went into making this lovely library. The paint color was a fluke. I just went to the store and grabbed a color. I really didn’t have much in mind for what I really wanted. However, this color came out well. The brackets were put up very carefully making sure everything was level and perfectly aligned. That took some work let me tell you. In places you can still see my pencil lines. The boards were stained with Dark Walnut color. I really wanted to go with an old fashion look. The dark wood looks good with the dark brackets. Staining went easy but when it came to varnishing my mom advised that I would need three coats of varnish. Then between each coat I was to use steel wool and rub them down. That makes the boards very smooth and any imperfections don’t stand out as much. I did listen to her and took the time to do three coats with the rub down in between. I have to say they came out very well. So after about 6 boxes of book I am to say that the Watson House Library is open for visitors! YAY!

 

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Book Review: May

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  Another great classic that everyone should take the time to read. It is about a small community and family feuds. The writing is lovely. I love the old English way of speaking. It is a sad story but well worth a read every few years!

Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer This is a story is about a very young child who, after his father disappears, becomes the head of a crime family. He decides to leave his mark by capturing the faery wealth. It is a well written, entertaining story. A must read for any one who likes adventures.

Others:

Fodor’s Costa Rica Guide

 

Home Improvements

Ever onward for house projects. I have had the boards for some time. I put the brackets up a few weeks ago ( you can see here). I wanted to go with a dark wood so set off my green walls and make it look like an old Victorian era library/smoking room. I went with the Dark Walnut stain and it came out beautifully! Now I have to do three coats of varnish… thanks mom! I also made my own sawhorse with the cheap brackets. Super awesome way of doing it if you ask me. I also got good use of my garage.

 

More Home Projects

Well here is another weekend (for me) and more projects around the house. The window coverings were lacy and very dated. My 118 year old home doesn’t need to feel like 1900s but beautiful in 2018!window ds.jpg

I saw these window privacy clings on amazon. I thought that would be a great way to get the lacy curtains down. I have to say it works great. I ran out of cling and had to order more. However, this is what I got so far. I also finally got to put the shelves up in the library. I need to stain and varnish them but its a bit cold outside. I am going to go with a dark stain. I have plenty of room to expand in the future. I can’t wait to get my books out of my trailer stuck in the snoLibrary.jpgw bank. We have been in the high 40s so it should melt soon. Then I can put all my favorite adventures out on display. I need some ideas for window covering in my bedroom. I so much to do so little time. 🙂

Book Review: January

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Another great start to the new year. Finished last year with 53 books. Not bad!

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Wow! What a crazy collection of stories. It is good fun and fun to read. A very easy and enjoyable read. I have it on audio and the narrator is great.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: I have been putting off these books of Pern for no good reason. I don’t know why I was so stubborn because these are really great stories with a fantastic premise. If you like a good fantasy book with dragons and crazy planets read these books.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: After all the drama of the Twilight movies many people have blacklisted her books. Meyers is a great author. Just because of the poor acting that made the movies a joke doesn’t mean her other books are bad. The Chemist is another great story. Another strong woman main character that works to keep from getting killed. A must read for any mystery/ action lover.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: This is an award winning SciFi book. It is a fantastic read. While it takes a bit getting used to the “language” of Planet Winter, the most interesting thing is the inhabitants are genderless. Being a genderless culture has really affected the growth of the planet. If you love SciFi or just want to read something new. Try this book!

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:  Another great Post Apocalyptic story. It talks about genetic enhanced animals and a world gone awry. A young man, with flashbacks to his childhood, tries to make sense of the world around him.

Language of Books

 

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As many of you know I am a reader. I love books. What can I say? Reading a new book is like learning a new language, a new accent, a new person.  I just recently finished one and moved on to another and a thought came to me. Books are like people in that each has a voice, soul, a way of speaking. I find that sometimes it takes a few chapters for me to learn the new “person.” I have to learn their style of wit and humor. I have to adapt to their accent or style of speaking. It is kind of becoming friends with a new person you learn all their likes and dislikes. There are some books that I instantly get along with and others that I have to work at the relationship. Makes me wonder how much of the author is in the story. Is it just made up or is it really a part of them.

 

Book Review: July

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I think I am up to 36 books this year, but who’s counting.

The Posionwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Just wow. This is a fantastic story about a  Southern Baptist Preacher who takes his family into the Congo to convert the locals. If you don’t know anything about southern Baptist Preachers, let me tell you they are fire and brimstone kind of people. The story is told from the voice of the wife and four daughters. I always am amazed when an author can break themselves into so many voices well. It’s not an easy thing. The end drags a little but totally a great read.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton This is a young adult book and reads very easily. It is a lovely story of an orphan trying to make her place in a male dominated world. Gives an insight into a culture that still doesn’t feel women are equal. It is fast and fun and adventurous. Great break from any serious reading.

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern This was a fantastic book! Lots of magic and mystery. The story keeps moving between characters and a few different years but beyond that its a straight forward read. The characters are well developed and deep. If you love the circus this is a must read!

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton As always Crichton produces a fantastic story full of interesting facts. This book has more information in it that you might feel like you should be taking notes. If you ever wanted to know about British criminals in the mid 1800s this is a must read. Intertwined in all these facts is a sly story about a train robbery.