Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
August 22nd, 2011

Three Days…

In the last three days…. (Saturday, Sunday and Monday):

– I bought a little bit of new stash

New Stash!

l-r: Sept/Oct JCS, Blackbird Designs Casting a Spell, Blue Ribbon Designs Moonlit Midnight, Ink Circles Four Seasons Mandalas. front: Bent Creek Got Newt?



– I finished off two Pine Mountain Pillows (caught up!)

– I finished the latest Harry Dresden novel, Ghost Story (What a ride…)

And all before noon today 🙂  I love vacation!


October 10th, 2010

Ten on the Tenth – October

I came way too close to forgetting to do my own meme!! LOL

I’m going to do something easy this month.  I’m obviously having no lack of posting in October…

Ten Favorite Novel Series  (no particular order)

Links are to the first book in the series.

The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop) – dark fantasy.  I adore Daemon…and Lucivar…and Saetan…and Surreal…

The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) – urban fantasy.  The ride starts with Storm Front and it’s a fun one.  This is the wizard a certain other Harry wants to grow up to be 😉

Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) – time travel/historical fantasy.  Every volume is thick and meaty and there is so so much going on.  I admit, it took me two attempts to finally get hooked (::cough:: Erin ::cough::) but when I did, there was no turning back!  The Kindle version is currently free, so if you want to give it a try, download the Kindle app for your PC/Mac/iPhone and get reading!

Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward) – paranormal romance.  The series starts with Dark Lover, but even if you find the first book so-so, keep reading.  The second book, Lover Eternal, is where the story grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Johannes Cabal (Jonathan Howard) – mystery/historical with just a hint of steampunk. The first installment has Faustian roots and the second would do Sherlock Holmes proud.  Love love love this!

Man of His Word (Dave Duncan) – epic fantasy.  This series starts the The Magic Casement and is one of the first series I read many many years ago. 

Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss) – epic fantasy.  First book: The Name of the Wind.  Yeah, I know the second book isn’t out yet, but if it’s *half* as good as the first one, this is one of the most amazing series ever…

Midnight Breed (Lara Adrian) – paranormal romance.  Start with Kiss of Midnight.  Is it similar to my beloved BDB?  Well, yes, there are vampires.  And they are warriors.  And it is set on the east coast.  Beyond that?  The stories and the style are different. 

The Hollows (Kim Harrison) – urban fantasy.  Get to know witch Rachel Morgan and her company, Vampiric Charms, starting with Dead Witch Walking.  Great characters, great stories and tons of surprises.

Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters) – mystery.  I love Egyptian history.  Crocodile on the Sandbank starts the adventures of Amelia solving mysteries with the wonders of Egypt or her English home as the background.  Great stuff.

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these and what you think 🙂

May 3rd, 2010


I finished the book on Thursday.

It’s still sitting on my nightstand.  I can’t bear to put it away in the office…. I mean, it will be *lonely* on the shelf since all of it’s Brothers are on my Kindle.  Which happens to live on my nightstand.

Hmmm…connection maybe?  In the meanwhile I’m going to leave it on the nightstand so I can open to a random page and re-read bits and pieces whenever I want.  You know… like I do on the Kindle for all the other books in the series.

Wow.  Definite connection!!

In other news, the Stitching Bloggers’ Question has returned!  And it’s now Monthly!!  Without further ado….

Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.  

There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching.  They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal.   Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.

Then there are those who are “project” stitchers.  They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching. 

If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be?  I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one.  And once you’ve decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life.

I am closer to a “Process” stitcher.  Probably surprises no one given the number of WIPs I have. 

And yes, this relates to other areas.  I work with business intelligence applications where understanding the business process and the “why” of the reporting and metrics is far more important than trying to nail down the end result.  I would much rather build a reporting application filled with properly related attributes and well-defined metrics and let the business user create hundreds of ad-hoc reports to their hearts’ content than go thru the “joy” [a bit of sarcasm there] of defining dozens of canned reports that are stale by the time they are implemented in production.

I also love reading series, especially if I can look forward to more installments coming out.  I’m always a little sad when I get to “The End” – whether the story is one book or a dozen long.  I know folks that say “I won’t start the series until it’s all been released!” and I just have to think of what they are missing out – that joy of discovery and re-reading and waiting and just savoring the world and the story in-between 🙂

April 27th, 2010


The good thing about having to buy a “real” book is that I can use my lovely bookmarks 😀

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to catch up with my Boys…..

(If you haven’t met the Black Dagger Brotherhood….and enjoy steamy paranormal romance… start with Dark Lover.  The Brothers are waiting but they aren’t all that patient….)

February 23rd, 2010


Just some odds and ends to share….

First, I snapped this (with my Blackberry) yesterday as I was leaving work:

I was sitting in the vanpool van, this isn’t thru my windshield.  The rainbow was so bright!  It was lovely.

Here’s my Olympic knitting progress:

Sadly, my Olympic goal is not looking good.  This is a two-skein project and I’ve yet to finish the first one (seen on the left).  We shall see.

I did manage to finish the latest in the Mirabilia RR – this is a portion of Violet.

I also finished a couple books… and have to recommend one of them to any fan of good old fashioned sword/sorcery/epic fantasy.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

This is the first in a trilogy and by all that’s holy, do *not* read the blurb for the second book before you finish the first one.  MAJOR spoiler right there!!  It’s got magic, politics, fighting, assassins, heroes and a nice twisty plot 😀