Sunday, February 24, 2013

Candle for a Corpse by Ann Granger

"Oh Christ, remember me, as evening falls and shadows darken the day"  Inscription in a country churchyard.  
 And so starts an excellent Mitchell and Markby mystery by Ann Granger.  

Superintendent Alan Markby and Meredith Mitchell become involved in solving the disappearance of a teenage girl 12 years before after her body is uncovered accidentally in a graveyard.  Clues point in different directions and the couple doesn't always work together in their investigations (Mitchell is a government worker who has a tendency to get involved when she shouldn't much to Markby's consternation.)

The setting for the story sounds like what most people imagine when they think of an English village; an old church with an equally old graveyard, village life with a butcher shop, the odd village characters.  But this book contains more.   Mrs. Granger, instead of just writing blindly about people, understands that there are reasons for the way that each character acts.  Experiences make us and bring out our inner good or bad.  
Their stories are thoughtfully interwoven in a way that makes you want to continue to the next page instead of giving up in the middle of the story and returning the book back to the shelf..  


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bathroom Window Curtain

We have had several high winds come through our corner of the world in the past year with the result being that our yard/house is no longer as private as it once was.  Time to look through my stash of fabrics and trims for the perfect curtain material.  

As the window is small I had just enough fabric and trim to make something cute and functional.   A curtain that covers half the window during the day and at night we can pull it shut.  A good one day project.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine Flowers

We used my flowers (from husband) for our centerpiece for my class Valentine's party.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

 A Valentine for loved parents on Valentines day.

My Valentines for my students.

**Both ideas from Pinterest.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Last week,

while I was sick with shingles, I decided to do some sewing for my classroom.  I took a yard of valentine fabric that I had, cut it into a square and machine hemmed the edges.  A cute result for a project that does not involve a lot of thinking.  (Which was a good thing as I had some bad headaches - all better now.)

My children this year (4 and 5 year olds) love flowers in the kitchen area.  These are fun ones that I found at Michaels.

**Look at the refrigerator door for the art work.  Why is it there?  Because the art work of one little girl goes on the refrigerator at home, so it should at school also! :-)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Yesterday morning

we were greeted by a surprise snowfall of 3 plus inches.  School was canceled.  By 2 pm it was all gone.