Wednesday, December 30, 2020

I Like Thursday #141

 Welcome to my 141st I Like Thursday post.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging a group of quilters to find and share awesome things they have came across, or experienced during the week.  

1st of all Happy New Year!  Here is hoping 2021 is a much better year!

How was your Christmas?  Mine was low key, but I had a nice little pile of gifts.

We had Christmas snow!  Which truly makes it more magical.

Speaking of magical.  I actually cleaned off my dinner table and we ate Christmas dinner together.  

I even put a runner on the table.  I know my table cloth was wrinkly, but it sufficed.  

I worked Christmas Eve and you wouldn't believe how many orders I had for donuts.  

This is one of the boxes of Christmas donut orders I made. 

Since I worked Christmas Eve I decided instead of making pumpkin pie, I would buy a cake.

Isn't this the cutest reindeer cake?  It was marble and the kiddos loved it.

I loved the Santa Hat kisses I found.

I have stayed home mostly for the past 10 months, but I had to break down and go to a quilt shop on my day off.  I needed to pick up my Santa booty, and I had coupons that I had which would expire on 12/30/2020.  I also needed some fabric for a border to finish up a UFO. I bought almost 6 yards of fabric and 10 fat quarters with my coupon and discount, for $22.  

The quilt is the Bonnie Hunter Alletaire 2016 Mystery Quilt.  I had to choose which black I would use for the border.  I chose the black onyx maven on the left. 

While out I spotted these outdoor eating igloos at a local restaurant. 

Sorry not a spectacular picture, it was snapped at a stoplight.  

I have had some awesome reads the last couple of weeks.


By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates.  Lucy has escaped her Boston Brahmin upbringing and job as a Harvard Research Librarian to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library at the Outer Banks as an assistant librarian.  An exhibit of Jane Austen first edition books, a murder and thefts of the Jane Austen books, and the threat of Lucy losing her recently acquired job and home at the lighthouse inspires Lucy to investigate.  

Rooted in Deceit by Wendy Tyson, this is the 4th in the Greenhouse Mysteries.  Washington Acres is sweltering in the August heat, and Megan is getting ready for the grand opening of the brick oven pizza restaurant, when her ne'er do well father shows up with his snooty Italian wife.  When Megan's childhood friend is discovered dead near the newly opened Yoga Spa and Retreat Center, Megan is determined to find out where their friendship went wrong.  Was she really the person that Megan thought she was or was the up and coming artist as terrible as everyone says she is.  

 The Black Cat Murders bu Karen Baugh Menuhin is the 2nd installment of the Heathcliff Lennox series.  Lennox is invited to a wedding at the Earl of Bloxford's estate.  Enticed by a mystery of a death of an opera singer who fell through a trapdoor in the stage and was crushed by the female soprano.  Stolen Art, Art forgeries, and a questionable nightclub dubbed the Black Cat make for an interesting mystery.

Death at Whitewater Church by Andrea Carter an Inishowen Mystery. Benedicta "Ben" O'Keefe a local solicitor discovers a dead body at a de-consecrated church near Whitewater.  A local man missing for the past 6 years, an empty grave and an old crime all wind together.  

Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott a Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery.

Mimi Capurro has been hired by a bestselling author as a bodyguard.  The author, Lauren Silke is the author of a series of Vampire books and Mimi is drawn into a real world role playing game, after the death of Lauren's manager.  The manager is killed in the same exact manner as a character in Lauren's most recently released book.  Throw in Mimi's former love interest from college, former professional football player Nick Christianson and sparks fly.  

Rabbit Moon by Jan Payne.  Marin Sinclair grew up an outsider as one of the few Anglos on the Navajo Reservation where her father is a teacher.  Marin has not been back in many years until a note begging her to return for a reunion by her childhood friend.  Returning opens up many memories, and danger.

Now head over to LeeAnna's to check out the other I Like Thursday posts. 


  1. Yummy cake! Your table runner is beautiful, and with the new border the mystery quilt is going to be fantastic.
    Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year, Colette! May you and yours be safe and well in 2021. Mmmm ... I want donuts ... but not just any donuts ... I want those donuts ... how wonderful that they are no-cal and I can enjoy them from afar. No need to apologize for a wrinkled tabelcloth ... I only see a welcoming table and a yummy looking cake. Interesting books. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

  3. So glad you had a nice Christmas, Colette! Those donuts look festive and the cake is so cute! I've seen igloos like that at restaurants around here, too - a creative way to serve customers outside! Enjoy all that Christmas loot from the quilt shop!

  4. Love your cake! I never eat donuts and would never think of getting them for Christmas! I never realized how many black fabrics there are. It's not easy to choose one black fabric over another. We have some restaurants in the area with those igloos. One of them makes you spend a minimum of $250! I won't be going there! It looks like you had a nice Christmas. You've been reading a lot! Have a Happy New Year!

  5. Those igloos are a great idea! I assume one family per? You made some gorgeous donuts there, and I bet your boys loved that cake. I have been only once in a quilt shop, back when they first were allowed to reopen, July maybe? to buy Minky. Now we are back to curb side pickup only as all stores are closed but for grocery and hardware. I like the name of that black fabric. Yes, the Christmas Eve snowfall was certainly magical!

  6. Hi Colette! Those donuts look very festive and delicious, and your dining room table looks inviting. Your books all look good - I'd really like to read Let Us Prey. My library doesn't have a single one of her books, darn it. Didn't it feel great being able to visit a quilt shop??!! I would love to just go look at fabric and pick out a new project. Happy New Year to you, my friend. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Happy New Year Colette. Love your cake and Christmas doughnuts. I’ve heard about those igloos for dining. They’re not allowed here, but it’s a great idea.

    1. So how long will the dining room table remain cleared? Ours is covered already (not by me, well except for the cookies). I checked our library catalog and they have most of the titles for both Wendy Tyson and Eva Gates, so I'll give them both a try when I finished up what I have at home (assuming the libraries can stay open - we're having a surge here and the governor is threatening another lockdown). Glad you got to make a quilt store visit. Happy New Year.

  8. What a fun post. I like the pile of goodies. Those doughnuts are fancy! And that cake is cute. A lot of books you're reading! Happy new year!

  9. Cute cake and those donuts are pretty.your table is pretty and welcoming.glad you could be together. Now that 2020 is gone onto 2021 and hopes for health and better days

  10. You get lots of reading done each week. Happy New Year!
    Congrats on the new fabric.

  11. I am quite the reader myself, I will have to go over your books.Hope you have a fantastic year. Our Christmas was low key too even with three sons home.

  12. I enjoyed seeing your festive and cleared table. I hope your Christmas dinner was wonderful.
    Wasn't that trip to the quilt shop so much fun. I did it twice this year and truly enjoyed it having really missed it.


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