Posted by: scrabblequeen | August 23, 2012

Ten Books I Read Over and Over and Over

Oops…life is super busy so I missed a day, again. No worries, though, as I know it will not be the last time, and it certainly wasn’t the first!

So, moving along…I’m not going to try to tackle Ten Books The World Should Read, by Canadian authors or any others. Seriously, that sounds like way to much work for this poor little brain to handle just now.

Today’s list, Books I have read again and again, and WILL read again and again in the future, no doubt.

Lord of The Rings (the whole series) by JRR Tolkein

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Little Princess by Fances Hodgson Burnett

Dragon Riders of Pern (whole series) by Anne McCaffrey

The Bible

Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Chronicles of Prydain (whole series) by Lloyd Alexander

How about you? What do YOU read over and over?

Posted by: scrabblequeen | August 21, 2012

Books That Influenced My Parenting

Sorry, no way I could go Ten on this list! Well, who knows…let’s see.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

The Stong-Willed Child by James Dobson

Watchmen On The Wall by Gary Harrell and Anne Arkins

The Bible……no apologies here. Proverbs in particular is useful.

I Kissed Dating Good-Bye by Joshua Harris

I know there were others…but I sadly cannot think of them just now. Any bets on whether any of my boys are strong-willed?

Posted by: scrabblequeen | August 20, 2012

Ten Books That Challenged Me (in my faith)

Well, as usual, a day late and a title change already! The list was supposed to be books that changed my faith, but I couldn’t quite connect to that, and thought it might be easily mis-understood. You might be a bit suprised to find that not all my titles in this list are non-fiction.

The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas

Mere Christianity CS Lewis

Revolution in World Missions KP Yohannan

Filling up The Afflictions of Christ John Piper

In His Steps Charles M Sheldon

A Violent Grace Michael Card

God In The Manger John McArthur

Serving As Senders Neal Pirolo

How To Study Your Bible Kay Arthur

Perspectives (on the World Christian Movement) Edited by Ralph D Winter and Steven C Hawthorne

An interesting collection, isn’t it? Want to share your’s? I’d love it if you would.

Posted by: scrabblequeen | August 16, 2012

Books, Books, Books!

I seriously want to do this. I found it via Pinterest, which I followed out to this blog, which leads to the originator of the idea, as far as I know. Lots to think about before Sunday! Oh, and I might change up the cateogries a little…I don’t know that I have ten books for each of those given below. Just sayin…

“We’re talking about 10 Books a Day for a Week. Share your own favourites on your blog, and post your link in the comments, or just let me know what you think or recommend. I love to snoop bookshelves, and this is my excuse – and yours – to talk books.”

Sunday: 10 books that changed my faith

Monday: 10 books that influence my parenting

Tuesday: 10 books by Canadians I wish the world would read

Wednesday: 10 books for tinies and 10 books for older tinies

Thursday: 10 books I read over and over (and over)

Friday: 10 spiritual memoirs

Saturday: My daily books + 10 books of poetry

Posted by: scrabblequeen | July 19, 2012


Not to shock anyone, or anything…but look, a post by the Scrabblequeen!

After many months of not much going on in the knitting dept, I have an FO I’d like to share with you. Yeah, I know…it IS pretty amazing. :-)

Meet the “not quite a Holden” shawl, which I named Bamboozled on Ravelry.




Knit from 100% Bamboo yarn. I think the drape is superb. The color is….Sand. I hate that it changes color depending on the light source. Turns absolutely green under flouescent lighting….it must be seen outdoors in natural light to look its best.


In other news…my eldest son was married last week…we flew out to Joplin with the youngest to attend.



They had two very interesting (and well-done) cakes….



And this one, which will only make sense to some of you.




I don’t know if this post signals a return to more regulare blogging or not…time will tell. But seriously, I’ve missed some of you tremendously.

Posted by: scrabblequeen | March 23, 2012

Still Alive

Hi, and thanks to all those who have checked to see what the heck is going on over here. Yes, I am still here, but I just haven’t been at a place in my life where blogging was working for me. I’ll try to do a quick pictoral catch-up of the last few months highlights.

In January I flew down to Southern CA to attend a conference at my son’s school. While in the area we also visited my step-mom, Jean, who is now 89 and fading…

Daniel and Jean

In February I went to Tea with a couple of friends....
And went to various Sacramento Kings games….

And just for grins (as my friend Risa always used to say) we went to a hockey game, too. :-)

I even knit something! This is the Scarf of Shadows, by Heatherly Walker (aka YarnYenta) I still need to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie which inspired this design.

More recently, we did some work in the back yard. And, while it wasn’t our intention to build a swimming pool….

Our patio addition did double as a pool (for the birds at least) for about a week, since the rain finally came right before we were ready to pour concrete. Next step is adding drains, because, as you can see, when it gets around to raining our yard floods a bit.

And we had a little concrete left over, so we re-did part of the pathway out to the shed. Oh, and the tulips are blooming!

Posted by: scrabblequeen | December 31, 2011

Reading Review 2011

My reading goals for 2011 were pretty simple; For starters, I only comitted to reading 50 books. Goal NOT met, due to major disruption in my life this year. I also wanted to read 4 new-to-me Classics; again, goal NOT met, with only two read, Dracula and The Woman In White. Ah well. Tomorrow IS another year! Third stated goal for 2011 reading was to read 4 Christian Classics or non-fiction. I’ll count this as a win! The Five Love Languages, Words To Live By, When The Hurt Runs Deep, and Surprised By Worship.

1: The Teaberry Strangler
2: Dracula
3: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
4: (THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES)) BY Chapman, Gary D.(Author)Paperback{The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts} on 01 Jan-2010
5: The Secret Life of Bees
6: Dead As a Scone
7: That’s (Not Exactly) Amore
8: Trial by Fire
9: How Does Your Garden Grow? and Other Stories (Poirot)
10: Dragonsdawn
11: The Final Crumpet (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
12: The Woman in White
13: Word of Honor
14: 16 Lighthouse Road
15: Scones & Bones
16: Jane
17: The Yada Yada Prayer Group
18: Heart of Lies: A Novel
19: Mr. Monk on the Road
20: How to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn
21: Equal Rites
22: Words to Live By
23: Messenger of Truth
24: An Incomplete Revenge
25: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
26: When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life’s Desperate Moments
27: Surprised by worship : discovering the presence of God where you least expect it
28: The Help
29: Snuff
30: An Amish Christmas: A Novel

I have not decided on any goals for 2012, but think it likely I will try again to do something similar to 2011…only THIS time….meet ALL the goals!

What did YOU read? Did you make and/or meet your goals? Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

May your New Year be blessed with love and joy. Ruth.

PS…if you want authors…go to the Reading List page.

Posted by: scrabblequeen | November 27, 2011

Have You Been Here?

Places I have been and have not been. . . .( No really, I think I’ve been to all of these!)

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to
visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli that I can get!

And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life & God shows me I am not!

Posted by: scrabblequeen | November 23, 2011

A Farewell To Anne

One of my favorite authors passed away yesterday. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books came into my life sometime back in the 1970s. I can’t remember for sure if I was in Jr High or High School when I grabbed the first book off my dad’s table (he was done with it) and fell in love with Pern.
I think I have a copy of every Pern book, including those produced in collaberation with her son Todd. And, while Pern was definately my favorite of the world’s Anne created, I also enjoyed the Ship Who Sang series, the Tower and Hive series, Crystal Singer, and Powers That Be (PTB) series as well. Restoree, her first book, and a few odd non-sceince fictions novels of Ms. McCaffrey’s also passed muster with me, including the short No One Noticed The Cat and Black HOrses For The King.

Hm….in looking over her bibliography, it seems I didn’t miss much over the years….

I guess I won’t be able to look forward to any new stories from Anne, but perhaps Pern will continue with Todd at the helm. However, given the number of her books on my shelves, I don’t believe I can truly say I will miss her, as I can reach out for one of her books at any time quite easily. I will say that my world was made richer through the writings and imagination of Anne McCaffrey. For this, I am thankful.

Posted by: scrabblequeen | November 1, 2011

Baking Up A Chocolate Storm

Hi there. Remember me?

Back in June, when we had our annual Church Picnic and Dessert Auction I cooked up two very different cakes for the auction. One was a lovely Lemon Creamcheese Pound Cake, which came with a jar of freshly made lemon curd, and the other was a Dark Chocolate cake with Nutella buttercream frosting. Both “sold” for very nice prices. After the auction was finished, I was approached by two different men with the same question, “if I put some money into the auction fund, will you bake me one of those cakes for later?” In short….answer is YES!

So…last week I baked up the Lemon Creamcheese Pound cake again…complete with lemon curd and raspberries for garnish. No biggie, one cake, all done.

This week, however…..I had the order for the Dark Chocolate cake to be ready yesterday. Hmm….I also need something for the Cake Walk at the Family Farm Festival (say that 3 times quickly)….so….

Cake number 1 for Auction fullfillment

Cake number one…Best Chocolate Cake as per recipe on with only very minor adjustments, and Dark Chocolate frosting from the recipe on the Special Dark cocoa powder package. All dark, all the time for “Allison’s Husband”.

Cake number 2 for Cake Walk

Cake number two was Dark Chocolate Cake recipe from again, with only minor adjustments. This cake featured a layer of Nutella between the layers, which I only made two of though the recipe allowed enough for three, and a Sour Cream Dark Chocolate frosting on top and sides.

So, what happened to the thrid layer you ask? Simple. It became this, or is that these?


Yummy dark cocolate cupcakes with an added bonus; they’re filled! I finally got a chance to use my new do-hickey that leaves a space for filling in my cupcakes. :-)  The ones with a pumpkin on top are filled with Nutella. The ones with candy corn on top are filled with Blueberry fruit spread. Note the three different colors of chocolate frosting? Yes, well…obviously some got frosting number one, some got frosting number two, and then….I ran out of frosting! With only two cupcakes left to frost I didn’t want to make a full batch of anything, so I cheated. I melted some chocolate, added a little vanilla, then added powdered sugar to sweeten and thicken, and voila! And, without the coffee powder, it was lighter than number one, and without sour cream added it was darker than number two, so…heh…three.

I haven’t heard who won the cake at the Cake Walk, so no word on how that turned out, but I have it on good authority that the cupcakes were delish. Auction Man didn’t connect in time to get his cake yesterday, but I expect him to blow on over any time now to pick it up. Hope he doesn’t take too long, as it may not be here much longer if he delays. Just sayin….

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