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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “preposition” Start your post with any preposition. Bonus points if you end with one too. Enjoy! Thanks, Linda!

“For the last time!” He shouted. “I am not the enemy!”

But she didn’t believe it. He killed the man she loved. He had kept her from doing the things her heart tried to accomplish. He said he was doing it for her own good. That he loved her, trying to protect her. Love only works when it is using free-will. No one can force love. Protection isn’t always love. It is often a way to keep one in a cage.

Kept under the floor protected Octavia. Bellamy took care of his sister until he didn’t and that was when their mother was put to space to die for the sin of having more than one child.

On Earth, Octavia becomes a ninja for revenge. Still, Bellamy shouts, “Get inside!”

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We are on season 4 of The 100. We are all loving this show! Yesterday I shared the season 1 trailer. Here is the Season 2 trailer.

 

 

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Finished Friday


This week started with a pair of unmatched socks. I didn’t realize it until I took the picture. I kept rearranging until they ‘looked’ matched. But one cuff was two inches longer than the other.

So I tried to think how I could donate, with clear conscience, to my charity. I couldn’t. I thought maybe I should keep them for myself. Nah. So I went through all the yarn hoping to find more of the same color. So lucky to find more. Now the challenge was to make another perfectly unmatched pair.

I did it!

These are the same colors. The cell didn’t photograph these very well. Sorry.

Now I can donate happily! And I think I have enough leftover for one more pair!

These are on the KB Sock 2 loom. It is a larger gauge which makes it great for single strand worsted weight yarn.

The pattern is found in the package. I revised a bit to something like this:

Two-by-two brim (2″ and 4″ respectively) an inch of flat stitch, then heel, then 6 1/2″ e-wrap, then toe.

I love making socks!


I know it’s been a while since I caught you up on our latest binges. Now that C’s shoulder is healing, and Kali has become a dog who eats instead of one who seemed destined for death or at least well into a bulimic situation. So I have a bit more energy to tell about other parts of my life. Bingeing has kept us all sane as we heal. Here are some of the shows we’ve enjoyed.

Right now my husband is catching up with my brother, son, and I on The 100. I’m watching with him as I love rewatching good shows. I think it helps my writing to see how shows are put together.

I caught up with Orange Is the New Black. OMG! Get out your Kleenex. I fear the people who need to learn what the show was trying to teach probably won’t watch it. Meanwhile, those of us who understand and have learned empathy for others will find ourselves crying out loud. I actually had to leave the room and go cathartic release to C. I don’t often cry like that but I did when Poussey died way back when. If you haven’t please watch.

Occasionally, I watch stuff I know the rest don’t want to watch in-between group watchings. Ozark is one of those I can take or leave an the guys don’t seem to care either.

A fun light watch is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

A while back we finished all of Stranger Things. LOVED IT!

That’s all the ones I can think of right now. I’ll find others soon! Happy pain-relieving distractions and writer studies!

One-liner Wednesday


In the heat of Summer, rainy days are best!

 

One-liner Wednesdays is a blogging challenge presented by Linda G. Hill. Thanks for the fun!


Have You Seen Luis Velez?Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can I give this book ten stars? I loved it so much that from 60% I couldn’t get up to go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, turn off the fan (I was getting cold!). I barely moved! I was so immersed in this book!

As a writer, unpublished, I hear that a book needs lots of tension. I didn’t feel that in this book, at all! All I can see is that I loved the characters, right from the start and adopted them into my heart. Then I didn’t want to leave their world.

I usually don’t read books with the main character male. Especially a teen. Since I entered my sixties I go for strong fems by fem authors. That is because most of my life I was subjected to only males by males and I want to see more people like me in books and movies. All I heard growing up when I asked about that, was that boys needed encouragement to read. Then why I would ask as an adult, did those non-readers, lower grading people get better jobs? Why did the world circulate around the males?

But this book didn’t center on a male of privilege. This seventeen-year-old had none of the usual adolescent angst. When would that girl give it up to me; didn’t seem to be on his radar. Rather he was more anxious about his family where he felt he didn’t belong, or how he didn’t even feel he fit in his skin. He only seemed to have one friend and that one is leaving as we meet this guy. And he is sweet to a little kitten. Heart won over!

Then our protagonist befriends an elderly blind woman. Both characters are so well built that they feel like family members to the reader.

The author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, is a genius! She keeps the reader engaged. I should mention, she is the author of Pay It Forward. I loved that book, too, and the movie. Well, I love the concept but it was an extreme tear-jerker. This one was more heart-warming (fewer tears more cheering the characters on) with a similar message of how positive life can be by being kind and caring for other people. I may need to actually buy this book and study it!

By the way, I got this book through Kindle Unlimited along with the Whispersynched Audible. The narrators brought the book to life.– I just looked up the book on Audible and it seems there is only one narrator! Michael Crouch. That was a surprise! I don’t normally like male voices doing females. But Mr. Crouch did an amazing job! I actually thought there were about three narrators acting it out! Wow!

Maybe this should be required reading for the world?!!! I highly recommend it! In case you haven’t noticed.

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The Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm BeforeThe Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, the title of this one tells it all. The Calm Before… Very little tension, often boring.

A lot happens including birth and suicide. Very different than what happened on the show. I rarely say this about books. But the show is so much better! Still, I love seeing the original and how it all happened ‘for reals’.

I’ve been reading these graphic novels through Kindle Unlimited. And I love the Kindle version better than the paper because I can double-tap the frame and enlarge it so I can see the artwork and fonts better. AND if the font still isn’t large enough I can reverse pinch it.

Can’t wait for the next one!

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“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “co-” Find a word that uses “co” as a prefix and use it in your post. Have fun!” Thanks, Linda!

Cohabitation is difficult at best. I have been living that position all of my life. First with my parents and brothers. Then with my first husband and then my four kids. Finally, after kids moved on, my second husband. Cohabitating with only one person happened twice for a couple years. Each time was the honeymoon phase of marriage. That meant alone time happened on the occasion. Whoopee! You would think that this second time would have lasted. But, alas, my brother needed somewhere to live. Then there were three. And within the last two years, my oldest needed a place to live. Four.

 

The thing l have learned in living with others is coadapting. Everyone has their housekeeping standards Some way less than others. Learning to pick my battles leaves me with an environment far messier than I would like. But with the fibro and arthritis, my disabilities keep the housework Hanna in me to a minimal. Leaving all the indoor and outdoor work to the guys. Getting upset if it isn’t to my standards, only causes me to have more pain.

So, here’s to co-adaptivity! Attributes here.

Housekeeping, Cleaning, Cartoon Character, Idea

Yeah right. In my dreams!

 

Finished Friday


One bit of a compression sock. The compression is the tighter stitches at the ankle and at the toe. It is quite comfortable. I made it on my new KB Sock 2 that my brother bought for me.

KB Sock 2 Image.

 

This pair of wool ankle socks I made on a small gauge, CinDWood, 56 peg loom.

1_4-56-pink

I love this loom most of all of them. The pattern is adapted from the many that are on the packages of the other looms, and many I found online. Two by two Knit/Purl brim. a couple inches for the ankle, then the heel decreases and increases per foot size. Then about 6 1/2 inches for the next part, just straight flat knit. The toe matches the heel. These were fun and easy and I am wishing I could keep these but all the socks pictured here were with donated yarn so these will be donated to our charity Hugger Hats.


Enigma (FBI Thriller #21)Enigma by Catherine Coulter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not a fan of murder mysteries or suspense thrillers. Somehow there was enough in the blurb that I was drawn into this book twice. I’ve read about half the book and realized I knew what was happening next because I had read it before. So I looked for my review of it and somehow it isn’t anywhere. There is already too much stress in my life to read this all the way again. I read the ending and know I got there the last time.

So rather than read it again, here is the review based on one and a half reads.

It is a page-turner that keeps you reading (even the second time!). Many characters points of view add to the plot so that you care what happens. If you like thrillers with a sci-fi twist this is for you. If you like cop stories or FBI stories, this is for you. It was for me at a different time of my life.

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The Book of Flora (The Road to Nowhere, #3)The Book of Flora by Meg Elison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was the Kindle Unlimited version with the accompanying Audible Whispersynched. I’m glad I got to read the final book in the series.

I love the diversity that this series presents in a post-apocalyptic story. This last one gives the LGBTQetc. ignorant a bit of education of differing sexual leanings and desires told through characters who experience life differently than many of us. It gives us insight into how others feel and need to live made ever more complicated by dystopian life.

Etta’s story continued in Flora’s book, making book two have a little better ending. But in many ways, what worked in books one and two didn’t work here as it got far too complex in the many characters and past and present times within journals and now.

The vocal narrator did help by modulating his voice so as to help the reader know who was talking. but there were times even that didn’t help and I had to back up and figure out who’s who and what’s what.

Even though it is a lower rating than I like to give, it seems a good one for others to read and learn from while still being a fictional tale.

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