2019 Reads

Oh poor neglected blog…let’s see if I can blog more than twice in a year for 2020? That would be a good goal….

I have discovered over the course of the last year that I am really not good at tracking…I think I start out strong and quickly lose interest because it’s usually too annoying or time consuming or frustrating. There are a few things however I do manage to keep a bit of a handle on because they are easy. Keeping track of my reading has been made infinitely easier with the Goodreads app on my phone and iPad. My preferred way to read is with an actual paper book in my hands but I have been reading on my iPad more and more especially when I travel and it’s so easy to pop over to the Goodreads app and update when I’ve read a book. I’ve also participated in their Reading Challenge for the last few years and this year is the most books yet at 44 when my goal was 30. I will also add that while I am a huge podcast listener, I do not listen to audio books so all of my books are read not listened to.

I think stats like this are kind of fun (yes, channeling inner geek)…

So many good books this year! I had several favorites… Stories for my Sister by my friend Elizabeth DuVivier is a must read!! I’ve linked her website so you can go and buy the book directly from the author (gasp! imagine that not buying a book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble!)

My other fiction faves for the year were: The End we Start from (haunting but good) Verity (thriller!) Daisy Jones and the Six (rock and roll) Where the Crawdads Sing (such beautiful imagery) The Testaments (Love Love anything by M. Atwood) and rounded out the year with Christmas Shopaholic (because..who does not love Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood?)

As far as Non-Fiction I’d say my faves were Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin (you should definitely check out her podcast with her sister) and Slow by Brooke McAlary (who also has the Slow Home podcast also very good).

So there you have it! 44 books in 52 weeks… Come and follow me on Goodreads to see how 2020 progresses. I’ve made the same goal of 30 books this year and hoping to read even more than that!

What were your favorite reads of 2019?

December Daily 2018 – Days 20-25 !

I am thrilled that I am done with my December Daily project!!  My goal was to have all of the digital pages finished by 12/31 and I’m one day and 4 hours early.  I’m very happy and can’t wait to see everything printed up!   I’ll be printing 6×8 photos from Persnickety Prints, love their quality and their service.  Other years I have printed my photos at home on my photo printers but since these pages have such broad swathes of color, I thought I’d  send them out.

A few things made this project very workable for me.   1- I stuck to one story a day 2- I stuck to (generally) one photo a day.  3-I took all the photos on my iPhone and edited them in Pic-Tap-Go and uploaded them to dropbox named for each day so they fell into order in the file.  Then I could just access them from my desktop when it was time to pull the layout together in Photoshop.  I edited 12 photos in one sitting while I was waiting for a dr appointment one day, v. good use of time.  4-I chose three kits and put them in one folder, I sorted everything and put all the papers in a folder, all the elements, templates etc…so when I needed a paper or a template, I didn’t have to hunt through each folder from the designer.  about 2/3 of the way through I did purchase another kit that worked in with the colors just because I was starting to feel restrictive and a little repetitive because the kits I was using were quite small.  I also had a good chunk of time this past week to work on the project, so that helps immensely!

Days 20-25 !!

 

…and to all a good night!!

 

December Daily 2018 – Days 2, 3, 4 & 5

December has not started out on an overly holiday-ish note.  Real life has, as we say, reared it’s ugly head.  After several years of slow decline and a few months of very rapid decline, dad passed away at the beginning of the month.  Even when you have time to “get used to” the idea, it is still a jolt and the crashing into the wall realization that things will truly never be the same.  And, yes, I am including this story in the album this year because this is real life and this is our story and so it goes.  As dad said once while the was examining one of my earlier December Daily albums… “good lord, you documented everything!”  Yes dad, Yes I do.  xo.

Day 2

Day2-both pages

Day 3

Day3-both pages

Day 4

Day4-both pages

Day 5

Day5-both pages

So … I definitely have some “catching up” to do but here are a few things that are working:

  1.  Only having one size canvas… I am liking just doing 6×8 images,  I’ve combined the photo and words onto one canvas just  for posting here.
  2.   The continuity of photos on the left and words on the right.  I’m not anticipating running out of photos and I nev.er run out of things to say
  3.   Using a limited number of kits:  rather than hunting through everything I own, I put 3 kits plus some random extras into one folder on my hard drive and pull from that.  This year I’m using:  Paislee Press Dec Faves No 6 & No 7 and touches of Farmhouse by Mommyish
  4.   Kinda digging the black and white with pops of color !  It’s feeling very editorial.

 

That’s it for now, hoping to be completely caught up by the end of the year and I’m pondering whether I’ll print at home or send out.

Happy December 20th!

 

100 Days project … the warm up

OK, it’s really not the warm up…I thought it started today, not tomorrow.  AT ANY rate, I have been doing something creative every day so far in 2018 (I’ve missed one day).  I have however, not been documenting it.  So to add another layer of complexity to my life I am going to be participating in the #The100DayProject for the first time… I will be sharing my daily posts on Instagram, but I have to say probably not posting every day here, because that would be rather redundant BUT maybe several process posts ?  I’m not sure yet.  But for NOW 18-04-02-Halloween-1973-WEBI give you Halloween ca. 1973.  Charlie is in the middle flanked by his sisters.  I’ve been working on a Halloween through the years album.  The plan is to have as many generations as possible and so far I’ve got some layouts done of our girls, Charlie as a kid, and Charlie and I as adults.  I have photos of Charlie’s parents as young marrieds having a halloween party and somewhere there has to be photos of me (because there are so many the odds are in my favor).   So that’s been a fun little project on which to work.  A bit of warm up for the next 100 days.

I’m anticipating that my something creative will continue to be a mix of knitting, sewing, photo editing and scrapbooking.  I’m not sure if gardening will count if it ever finally warms up!  We’ll see how it goes.

 

James M. Triggs b. June 4, 1871

I’m doing some family history research while managing the trove of family photos and documents so juuuuust leaving this right here so I can find it later…

Myrtle Datesman Triggs

Myrtle Datesman Triggs, my great grandmother

James M Triggs 1871-Studio Portrait circa 1915

James M Triggs My Great Grandfather

 

 

James M Triggs.  One of the men who have had a prominent part in upbuilding industries in Huntington and making good the motto of the city, is James M. Triggs, the founder and manager of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  Mr. Triggs started this business in 1907, when the company was incorporated with a capital of $30,000 under the name of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  It is a large and important industry.  The plant is in a building one hundred and thirty two by one hundred and forty feet, two stories in height, and equipped with the latest machinery, all the power being electric motors.  The payroll is distributed among some sixty employees, and the company manufacture furnaces, coal chutes, garbage receivers, and builders specialties.  The output is distributed all over the United States.  The business is on a solid basis of commercial success, and its stock holders enjoy large dividends on the capital invested.

Mr Triggs besides being manager is secretary and treasurer, and Peter Martin is vice president, while the president of the company is W. W. Hawley.

 

James M. Triggs was born in Jackson county, Michigan, June 4, 1871, representing an old family in that section of the state.  His parents were William M. and Innocent (Fuller) Triggs.  His youth was spent in his native country and while there he attended the common schools and subsequently hight school.  His school days may be said to have ended when he was fourteen years old.  His first business experience was in a hardware store in Morenci, Michigan, and later he went on the road as a traveling salesman representing a hardware house in Cleveland and covered the states of Ohio and Indiana for several years.  Later he left the road in order to take the management of the hardware store in which he was first employed in Morenci, Michigan, and after a broad and varied experience in business affairs, he came to Huntington and established his present business.  He was a leader and promoter of the enterprise, but associated with him some of the well known men of Huntington as stock holders.  His business has more than justified the early anticipations as to its success, and no list of Huntington industries would be complete without mention of the Majestic Company.

In 1892 Mr Triggs marries Miss Myrtle Datesman, daughter of Jess Datesman of Morenci, Michigan.  They are the parents of three children:  Kenneth, Helen and Lawrence.  Mr Triggs is affiliated with Amity Lodge, A.F. & A. M. and is popular in both business and social circles at Huntington, being always alive to any movement that concerns the welfare of the community.  His home is at 1011 Bryon street.

 

From:  A History of Huntington County Indiana   Compiling editor  Frank Sumner Bash, Vol. 1   The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1914

 

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