Monday Musings: Recent Activities here on the Homefront

winter profile picGenerally I already have a post ready for Monday mornings but not today. I’ve been busy reading and getting a post ready for a book release tomorrow. It hasn’t taken long to be as busy with supporting the indie author community now as I was before the holidays.  It’s good to be back to a routine similar to what I had until late November.

This past week I beta read a novelette, finished an ARC to review for a release coming out tomorrow. Check back tomorrow for the release promo and my review. I’ve agreed to beta read a couple more books including a children’s book. There is also a book I’ve been helping an author to edit, which is back in the author’s camp. That one should be ready for me to do a final read through in a couple weeks. In the mean time I’ve also been reading an historical fiction novel that I had chosen for the Goodreads Trail Mix Readers group’s historical fiction book of the month for January. I’m impressed, it is a good book and the first of a series which I will read over time. When I’m done I’ll do a review though I probably won’t do an author interview as I often do.

I’ve only barely started a quilted wall hanging for my grandson. I’ve done some pinwheels for the corner but they are so small that I’m not sure I like them. I know I didn’t like making them. Keeping a 1/4″ seam is difficult when working with pieces of fabric that finish to one inch squares. At least it is difficult for me. I’m also not overly pleased with the colors. They match the main fabric in the quilt pretty close, but, they seem a little dreary to me and this is for a toddler’s room. I don’t like dreary, though it may not seem so dreary when it’s put with the rest of the quilt top. We’ll see, if I still don’t like it I’ll start over with different color and I may even change my construction method and maybe even the design of my corner pieces.  I do have a tentative deadline and I don’t really do well with sewing deadlines. I enjoy it much more when I set my own goal for completion. We’ll see how it turns out.

The weather here has been quite cold lately. We are definitely in the throes of winter. The cold just begs for warm tea, or cocoa, a good book, and a warm quilt to wrap up in and just read for hours on end. Unfortunately, life in a family of 6 does not allow for extended periods of that kind of self-indulgence. Meals, dishes, laundry, and other mundane activities always press in and prevent the leisurely stretches of reading or long periods of quilting. Not to mention the children who come to me for comforting when a parent has either denied a request or disciplined for some infraction.  “All I wanted was a paper airplane,” he sobbed as he crawled into my lap.  Looking up how to fold a paper airplane, I soon had him happy and flying a paper airplane in my basement. Internet search is so much better than the old way.

Now I must end this post, laundry calls, a book calls and I could really use a  nap. Have a great week everyone. Come back tomorrow for the release promotion of a new book by Mary Crawford including my review. Hopefully Wednesday Jen Winters will be guest interviewing one of her favorite authors and Friday as guest reviewer Jen will review one or more of that author’s PNR books.

About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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