Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Set This House in Order - Book Review

I loved this book!  I had said before that I like a book that makes me think as I read it, a book that gives me something to try to figure out.  Well this book fit that criteria.  The book is about Andy Gage, who has multiple personalities living in his head.  Matt Ruff did an amazing job to take you into the head of someone with this type of disorder.  After a while, you actually started to feel like it's normal to have multiple personalities inside one person, that is how great a job the author did.  The book even has little drawings and diagrams in it so you can visually see what the author is talking about.  I'm a visual person so I loved this.  Andy has a little house he built inside his head that houses all the personalities so there isn't chaos, the book shows how he came about building this house for his personalities and how each room works and functions.

The story is anything but predictable.  You come to so many twists and turns you have no idea what's going to happen next. I was kept on the edge of my seat up until the very last page.  Oh and another great thing about this book, he doesn't leave you hanging at all at the end.  He neatly goes in and gives you a run down of everything that happens with each character and wraps it up nicely.  I rarely read books that do this, which can leave me with a frustrated feeling.   I would love to read more books like this, so if anyone has read this and knows of other books like this, please let me know.  I don't want to say too much about it because it seems like if I say anything, it will give too much away.

Although I highly recommend this book, I am going to give a warning.  There is one personality in the book named Maledicta.  This personality cusses like a sailor and drops the F bomb in every sentence.  I just thought I would throw that out there in case this might be a deciding factor if you read the book or not.  Although I hate books that have cursing like that, I actually do see why the author used it in this particular case. The only time it's used is with this particular character.

I don't have a  new book set up to read yet, I am still trying to figure out what to read next.  I'll look through some of the ones that people commented on in my last book post and see if any of those jump out at me.  I usually try to go to Amazon.com and read the first few pages of the books first. I can usually tell just by that if I'm going to like a book or not.

I give this book 2 thumbs up!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Garden Happy

My garden is still growing from when I planted it back in spring. There are a lot of weeds in it, but I'm still getting a lot of peppers. I won't need to buy peppers for another 5 years after all these peppers I got!

There are still a lot of herbs growing in the garden too. Some chives, parsley, dill and a ton of Tha basil.

Here's all the Thai basil in my garden. Crazy!

I'm going to freeze a bunch of it and maybe make some pesto and freeze that, too.

I have enough frozen peppers to last for years. LOL

Some of my banana peppers I put in vinegar.

Habanero's I picked.

Canned Habenero peppers.

To can the Habenero peppers so the cans would seal, I boiled vinegar and poured over them in the can.  They didn't seal right away, but that night while I was laying in bed, I heard the cans popping as they sealed.

Now that I had my first garden, I should be ready next year and know what to plant and what not to plant.  I'm going to try to grow my tomatoes in pots next year since they didn't do too well in my garden.  I'll grow more cucumbers next year, too.

Having this garden was one of my favorite things about getting my new house.  I don't think I could ever go back to apartment life now.  :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tobacco Basket is Up

I love it!  I'm so glad I got this, it may be one of my favorite home decor purchases!   I took my hydrangeas from the fireplace and just put them on the table for now.  I'll try to find something else to put here later.  I had candles burning in my fireplace last night...  I wanted some fireplace ambiance and it isn't quite cold enough for a fire yet.

I put a big screw in the wall and tied some rope around part of the basket at the top and just hung the rope on the screw.  It seems sturdy enough that it should hold.

I called Lowe's today to try to order a new front door for the living room, but the guy didn't know how to find the door I was looking for. Guess I'll have to run down there tonight or some other time and try to talk to someone in person to get things done. The door will be glass so it will  let more light in, I don't like how dark my living room feels when the door is closed, I usually keep it open so I can get light from my storm door.

I don't like my mantle decor anymore, I need to change that out.  I never did switch it to fall decor.  I don't even have any fall decor to decorate it with. I didn't move in until November, so fall was pretty much over by the time I got in.  If you look real close at the picture, you can see where I accidentally left the screw driver and tape measure on the left side of the mantle from where I was putting up the basket.  oops

Monday, October 4, 2010

Update on Dad

Update On My Dad
Speaking of my dad, he's doing great!  I've been spending most of my time over at my parents home while he's recovering.  This weekend he actually went out on the farm and picked grapes with me.  He was showing me the step by step method how to make wine, so I made a couple of 5 gallon barrels for him this weekend.  I took pics of the process, so I'll post that once the wine is finished, which will be months from now, but I can't wait to see how they turned out since I actually did these myself.   He's not fully recovered, but he sure is glad to be home and not stuck in that hospital anymore.  The doctors said it would take 6 weeks for recovery, 3 months for it to heal, and a year for him to feel 100% like himself again.  He's really doing great though and I'll post updates on him, too.  Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers.