What a wonderful day here in Mount Pearl, the sun is shining and just a slight cool breeze. spring has made its appearance finally. There is a lot of excitement here in the Staples Sturge house… we are going to be grandparents! Yes, I am going to be a grandmother or as I would like to be called a Nana. K is twelve weeks pregnant and the baby is due on the 16th of Oct and that’s just two days before my 43rd birthday… and what a birthday gift that’ll be. I have so many ideas and things going on in my head about what this wonderful little person will do to our lives. Just the year of firsts has me in a spin. I was at the store the other day and went looking for the baby gear. wow what stuff you can get. I already have made my first buy, I just could not resist. the things are so so cute. To A and K I wish the best, and to the baby bean I can’t wait to meet you.!
And speaking of babies… very good friends of mine Des and Colleen, just had their first baby last night. welcome to the world Hudson Peter Ryan.
Hi And Happy Wednesday. (previous post June 1st)
Recently (Monday Night) we had our monthly Book Club. I decided to join the club after seeing a notice at our local Library in Mount Pearl. I was very nervous as I never been to a book club and as this was a public club and I knew I would not know anyone. But I went anyway and am so glad I did. Sometimes it’s good to push your comfort levels. This book club is great because unlike others I had heard of there’s no talking of other issues. We are all there for the enjoyment of reading. there’s no meals, snacks and wine and best of all no hosting, we are strictly a book club.
Anyhoo Monday’s book club discussed the book “Annabel” by new author Kathleen Winter. Ms Winter is from my home town of Corner Brook so that made the book choice extra special. I have been following her for some time, she was a writer for the telegram here in St. John’s. Ms Winter recently moved to Montreal with her family and while i missed her column is was looking forward to her book. Here’s what Chapters had to say.
by Kathleen Winter
House of Anansi | January 31, 2011 | Trade Paperback
In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret – the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self – a girl he thinks of as “Annabel”- is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.
Haunting and sweeping in scope, Annabel is a compelling tale about one person’s struggle to discover the truth in a culture that shuns contradiction.
So what did we think? We loved it. and it is a definite recommend. We found the writing exceptional and a pleasure to read, Ms Winters word pictures of the big land Labrador and st. John’s were just right. Everyone thought the characters were well-developed but were a bit confused about what happened to Jacinta as she was such a major character throughout most of the book. People hated then loved Wayne’s father Treadway. My only problem with this book was something nobody at the club mentioned so maybe its just me but i found it hard to believe that as a very small community in Labrador nobody knew of the condition that Wayne had. Oh well everyone does have an opinion. All in all great book. Our pick for next month is “Water for Elephants”. what are you reading?
until next time, cheers
The second day of summer and you would never know it. So far summer seems to be missing. It has rained for days, and while the grass is turning green I just might be turning moldy. My mother called last night and I was mentioning the loons and the beautiful calls they make. She asked if I sleep with the windows open to hear the birds. I laughed…”Mom it’s freezing here, we turn the heat on when we wake up!” to which she replied “it’s 34 degrees here and I have three fans going”. Now I love where we live and would never leave, I just wish summer would arrive. Maybe tomorrow. So for now I’ll put on my rubber boots and try to get outside for a bit. How’s summer where are?
I recently joined the rug hooking guild of Newfoundland. And as a card carrying member you can go to HOOK-INS. So last night I went to my first hook-in. As usual I was nervous about attending because I did not know anyone. But I figured if I wanted to be a part of the hooking community I better go. And boy was I glad I went. What a wonderful group of ladies. They were so welcoming I felt at ease right away. And while the turn out last night was low due to the crappy weather. There was a lot of great work. Everyone just brought the projects that they were working on. I saw the cutting of wool strips for the first time. I have not used wool yet but was excited to see it being used. Some ladies were working from bought patterns while other like myself worked on personal created ones. One lady was doing a flower using a lot of shading work… beautiful. I also saw punch needle work. So all in all it was a great evening. I’ll be going back for sure. Here is the progress on the outport rug.
Until next time
So I decided to get rid of iWeb and join the world of WordPress. The reason I did this was because iWeb was very limited in its functions and seeing how I am jumping on the blog/website bandwagon I thought I’d like to have all the options of a more professional site. Well good for you Lesley! Ha I know nothing. No really, I am in way over my head. The terms alone sends me running. html, rss, css, opml, phm you get the idea. So I am reading all I can about word press and failing miserably. I even bought a book. so here I am today reading the book and trying to develop a website/blog worth looking at. So my friends all I can say is stay tuned and please bare with me as I make my way in an unknown world. In the absence of any more babbling here’s our mama duck. She visits us several times a day.