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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Janet in January - 2017 (Reading Challenge)

January 14

Two weeks gone by already!  I have finished the book about Dorothy Kilgallen, "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much."

It was pretty interesting, especially because I only knew about Ms. Kilgallen from the What's My Line TV show and did not realize that she was a reporter as well.  The book itself, however, left a little to be desired in that there were multiple typographical errors and I found the writer to use the same adjectives several times in the same sentence which seemed a little redundant.

Since I finished the book this year, I'm counting it as my first book in the 2017 challenge and filling the category "A book about an interesting woman."

Next up is:

I got this book from my husband for Christmas.  He got it at a bookstore in Oregon and when he bought it, it was like a mystery book because it was wrapped in plain brown paper so that you could not see the title.  On the paper was written:  A tragic story about two sisters.  Since I have sisters, he thought I'd enjoy it.   

This is an advanced copy of a book that had not been published. I'm using it to satisfy my "book with a red spine" category.  

How about you?  On a reading challenge quest?      

Friday, January 13, 2017

Janet in January - 2017

January 13 - It is Friday the 13th and yesterday was the full moon so I think it is only fitting that today's picture should be about the Sherlock Holmes Tarot cards I found at Barnes and Noble.

Sherlock Holmes has been one of my all time favorites for as long as I can remember.  I loved watching Jeremy Brett play him on PBS and Robert Downey Jr. in the movies.  I also recently really enjoyed the series "Sherlock" on BBC staring Benedict Cumberbatch.  I binge watched the whole series on Netflix while my husband was out of town.  I enjoyed the way they took the old stories and made them new with computers and blogging.  

I've also been fascinated with Tarot cards and have a small deck that I bought some time ago.  I am by no means an expert in how to use them but when I spotted these Sherlock Holmes cards, I just had to have them.  The cards themselves are a nice size and the scenes and people depicted on them are just perfect to represent the main characters and settings of the stories.  

As the guidebook says, there are quite a few analogies to be made between the stories and actions of the Great Detective and the world of the Tarot.  The deck is divided into The Major Arcana, which include of course Holmes and Watson as well as Professor Moriarty and Inspector Lestrade.  Mrs. Hudson is there as well as the Reichenbach Falls, the Hound of the Baskervilles and the 7% solution.
The Minor Arcana is divided into the Suits of Observation, Evidence, Analysis and Deduction.  Makes perfect sense to me!  

The book goes through each card and gives the meanings as well as interpretations for whether the card is positioned right side up or upside down.

It also gives several different spreads to explore, using anywhere from four cards to 10!  I can tell I'm going to have fun using this deck.  How about you?  Do you consult the Tarot?  Have a favorite deck?  Any tips for this beginner? 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Janet in January - 2017

January 12

Last year I took a picture of the full moon every month.  You can see them all here.   Most of them looked exactly the same, just a big full moon.  One or two of them I managed to catch at a time when there were some clouds around it, but for the most part it was just 12 round globes.  In December I got one with a tree branch nearby and it made me think that I might be able to get some cool shots if I didn't wait until the moon was high up in the sky so tonight I tried to catch the moon as it was rising.  This is what happened:

I took these standing on my back porch as the moon was rising up through the trees.  Tonight is the Full Wolf Moon and she asks, "What are you hungry for?"  I'm hungry for more creativity and the ability to stop and really notice things as they happen instead of waiting until the excitement is over.  

I'm pretty pleased with these.  What do you think?  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Janet in January - 2017

January 9 -

Picture 8 - Wall

This is the light show reflected on the wall at the Mountain Winery.  We were seeing Heart.  It was a great show.  Notice the colors on Nancy Wilson's shirt.  They match the colors on the wall don't you think? 

Day 9 - Mail

I got this package today from one of my favorite companies.  I got a mat to cover my new craft table and a storage case to hold my planner.  Also, this pad of paper from Tim Holtz:

Fitting, don't you think?  

This is what my journal is looking like:

I'm liking it a lot so far.  I hope I can carry it on for the rest of the year!  What do you think?  Have you been able to keep up with your projects so far?  Love to hear about it.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Janet in January - 2017

Day 6 - Me!

I am still going to try to get in at least one selfie a month, especially since I want to see if you can start to notice any weight loss.  I guess I have to take more than just my face for that though!

Day 7 - Time

I stamped these in my planner for this weekend to remind myself that it's okay for me to take some time for myself.  I don't have to be superwoman all the time.  I did some laundry, went grocery shopping and did some transcription work today, now I can relax and play!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Janet in January - 20117

January 5

Day 4 of the 365 pictures was "Animal"

This is our cat, which my husband calls "Puppy," because in the beginning she followed him everywhere.  Now, not so much because he has been traveling a lot lately.  She is sitting in one of her favorite spots watching out the window.  (It's raining, our windows aren't THAT dirty).  This was the day he was supposed to come home from his most recent trip to Oregon.  Wonder if she knew.  She is mostly a standoffish kind of cat and really only comes around when she wants food or to go out, although she does sleep on our bed some nights.  Best kind of cat for a person who is not that fond of animals. 

Day 5 - A favorite thing:

One of my favorite things is to turn my iTunes on shuffle and put the visualizer on while I am working in my craft room.  Tons of subliminal inspiration here, both from the music - which can at any moment be anything from Dean Martin to Prince and also from the different patterns on the screen.  

Thought this was a pretty cool one.  I do have to be careful not to get caught up in it.  Good thing I don't do drugs - I'd never get anything done!

How about you?  It's the 5th day of the new year.  Keeping up with your goals?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Janet in January - 2017

January 3 -

Day 2 of my picture a day was following the prompt delicious:

I'm continuing to follow the Hungry Girl eating plan and this was my dinner.  Chicken and veggies on top of lettuce.  Not many calories but plenty filling.  

Day 3 is circle:

This is my collection of washi tape.  I think I am addicted.  Between that and paper...Anyway, lots of circles!

This is the album I have picked to hold my pictures for this project.  I love the cover (a Van Gogh) and the size of it:

and that's Janet in January, so far.