Monday, July 29, 2019

Movie Monday - 7/29/2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's latest film, depicts a time in history when America was in flux. Civil rights, the Viet Nam war, changing musical genres and social morés and the sexual revolution were heating up. The main character of the story wasn't a person. It was Hollywood and how it was impacted by that time period. Oh, and Sharon Tate too. It was such a sweet film for the first two hours, that one forgot it was a Tarantino film. And then, during the last half hour, one was deliciously reminded. Leonardo Decaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, along with a whole ensemble cast, starred in this movie. I really liked it.

MK out.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book Chat - 7/18/2019

So many books, so little time. I keep reading though.

You Had Me at Merlot by Marley Gibson
This story was such a delicious beach read! A divorced, recently fired from her job New Yorker goes back home at the news of her grandmother's passing. Lots of secrets come to light, with a mix of high school crushes and sibling rivalry. Just what the doctor ordered.

Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel by Maddie Dawson
Another delightful, light read, this book is perfect for a summer weekend - or anytime, for that matter. Blix is an old, southern lady with special gifts. She recognizes similar gifts in her nephew's fiancée and tries to convince the girl that the path she is planning is not the one to take. That's all I'm going to say. I don't want to give a minute of this book away. It was really good.

MK out.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Movie Monday - 7/9/2019

The dash, she is busy, but there has been time for movie watching.

Rocketman is a musical based on Elton John's early life. The film reveals several things that I never knew, such as the fact that he studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a child and his parents didn't show him much interest. Taron Egerton plays Elton and Jamie Bell plays Bernie Taupin, who wrote the words to all those iconic songs. It was so good. 

Yesterday is another film with music from the soundtrack of my life. It will remind the world why The Beatles are considered the most influential band of all time, as if the world really needs a reminder. A struggling musician (Himesh Patel) wakes up and finds he's the only person who remembers The Beatles. He soon realizes that their songs can bring him success, he uses them and they do. See it! You'll be singing your way out of the theater.

MK out.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WIP Wednesday 7/3/2019

Working on the lacey bottom of my latest sweater. Then it's on to the sleeves.

Sorry for the cruddy lighting. On our way back to Chez Merry Karma. Hotel room lighting is not the best. The color is supposed to be periwinkle-ish.

MK out.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Movie Monday 6/17/2019

Period. End of Sentence won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short. It's a 26 minute film that packs a big punch. A group of women in India learned how to run a machine to make low-cost, biodegradable sanitary napkins. They are trying to increase access to products, improve feminine hygiene, destigmatize menstruation and empower women. I say, "You go, Girls!" 

MK out. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Book Chat Thursday - 6/13/2019

Lordy, has it really been a month? 

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson
This gripping story is about a guy and his young wife who rush to help his niece. She has called to inform them that her father had committed suicide and her mother is missing. It was good.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes 
A broke, single mother of two tries to figure out how to pay for her math prodigy daughter's tuition at a posh, private school. Along comes an in-legal-trouble, tech millionaire who offers to help. It was cute.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Two sisters in German-occupied France are separated by circumstances. This story follows their complicated paths to survival. I like it.

Join us next time, maybe before the end of the year...

MK out.

Friday, May 17, 2019

FO Friday - 5/17/2019

I am making blue hats for an anti-bullying campaign called Hat Not Hate. You should join me. They need 25,000 hats by August 1st. Read all about it in this link.

I've made two using Lion Brand Wool Ease - a Pennyroyal and a Citrus Hat.

And I've made another Citrus Hat for a gift.

The Spector sweater is further along too, but no peaks today.

MK out.