Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Smorgasbord Tuesday

The Moment

Even if my book doesn't sell a single copy, it was worth all the work that went into it just to be able read all of your kind and encouraging comments you left on my last post. Thank you so much! If you want to be entered into the give-away for a copy of The Moment all you need to do is leave a comment on that post, or email me and ask to have your name thrown in the hat.

A few of you wondered about it being available on the UK Amazon site. I wish it was possible to have it there, but the logistics of doing so make it prohibitively expensive for the publisher. Even getting it into the US Amazon site is a bit tricky. They will only accept one copy of the book when it is first listed. Once they see orders coming in then the publisher can send them multiple copies. There is now a link to purchase the book at Amazon. If you click on that link it will say the book is temporarily out of stock, which is frustrating because what it really means is they are waiting for orders before they will keep more than one book on hand. So if you order from Amazon it might take a week or two to get your copy of The Moment, but it would really help me out if a few people order from there. And for my overseas readers, the US Amazon site will ship outside the country. Here's the Amazon link for anyone who is interested. (The Kindle edition should be ready in a week or two.)

I have managed to put a link (click on the picture of the book in the side bar) to the publisher's site for anyone interested in ordering directly from Sono Nis. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the Amazon link into my side bar, which means I need to have a chat with my computer expert son-in-law. Hopefully he will be able to have it fixed for me in a few days. He was the one who put the link for Ting Ting in my side bar, and in order for him to be able to do so he had to sign in on my Google account. I seem to remember having trouble after that because it made it look like suspicious activity on my account since I was operating out of Cultus Lake and San Francisco at the same time. So if my blog disappears completely at least you'll know what happened to me.

Winner

I was one of the lucky winners of a give-away at Chrissie's Knit Times blog a couple weeks ago. She was very mysterious about what the prizes were going to be, so it felt a bit like Christmas when I opened the package, having no idea what would be inside. It turns out it was better than Christmas, since nobody in my family would ever think to buy me such gorgeous yarn! (I'm not saying my family wouldn't want to get me nice yarn. It's more a matter of most of them not being able to tell the difference between Red Heart and Rowan.)


Inside the package was a beautiful skein of Rowan's Fine Art sock yarn, along with a knitting themed card and a shawl pin. I have it all sitting on my dresser, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Kamloops

This past weekend I drove up to Kamloops. I had several things that I needed to take care of, and wanted to do them before winter weather arrives. I was able to visit with David and Alexandra, which was nice. I actually stayed at Alexandra's, and it was kind of funny because she was really nervous about having me. I have no idea why. I'm an easy guest. All I want is access to hot water so I can make a cup of tea.

The business I had to attend to was closing out our safety deposit box, and our meat order was ready to be picked up. (We buy our beef and pork from a local producer about an hour north of Kamloops, and once you have had meat from their ranch nothing else will do.) I spent Saturday afternoon at Starbucks with a couple of my Kamloops friends, knitting and talking and drinking tea. It was so nice to catch up with each other. Then Sunday I drove east of Kamloops an hour to the Shuswap to visit Cindy, one of my oldest and dearest friends. And by oldest I should clarify that means number of years I've known her, not how many years old she is.

The crazy thing is in the midst of all that visiting with family and friends I didn't take a single picture of any of them. However, I did mange to take a few pictures when I was at my friend's farm on Sunday. It was a stunning day - the fall colours were still going strong, and the sun was shining.


The weather yesterday for the drive home wasn't nearly as nice. Here is a picture of the sky just after I got off the mountain pass. Quite the difference from the day before!


Misc.

I've temporarily set aside all my other knitting and am focussing on a pair of socks. I'm making them for someone in our extended family who is unwell, and want to get them in the mail this week. You can catch a glimpse of them in the picture of this mug, which Cindy gave to me on Sunday.


This is a Three Pines mug, and I think it is awesome. Not only is it neat looking, it's huge. It holds almost as much tea as my teapot! For those of you not familiar with Louise Penny's books, Three Pines is the fictional village in her stories. It's loosely based on several of the villages in Quebec near where Louise Penny lives, and Cindy was there as part of a road trip this fall. The funny thing is that at the same time she was near Louise Penny's home buying me this mug, I was at the event in Vancouver listening to Louise Penny speak, and had a copy of her latest book signed to give to her.

That's it for today. Kellen will be out in a few minutes to get his part of the meat order, and I have laundry to catch up on. Why is it that being away for just a few days seems to result in being as behind as when one is gone for a few weeks?

27 comments:

  1. I love the Three Pines mug! It would also be a great soup mug, don't you think? -- Ruth

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    1. You're right, Ruth! I hadn't thought of that, but it would definitely be a great soup mug.

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  2. I love your mug. I have a big one like that and I use it for everything - tea, soup, ice cream! I wanted you to know that my son is finally making good progress with Ting Ting. I loved it, it was really well-written and interesting. I'm glad to report that he's enjoying it. Thank you again, it's really nice to see him reading and liking it. :)

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    1. Ice cream is another great idea! I tend to have rather large servings when I have it. :-)

      I'm glad your son is enjoying Ting Ting. I think he would like The Moment too. It has definite boy appeal, plus it's a bit shorter than Ting Ting.

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  3. I think that mug would make hot chocolate even more perfect, with marshmallows and chocolate flakes on the top - big enough to dip any biscuit or cake into!

    7 years ago I spent 1 night in Kamloops (from the Rocky Mountaineer train) and I remember a really good pizza and the difference in the scenery compared to Banff. I do wish we could have spent more time exploring the area but travelling across Canada nearly did us in without more stops. Being from the UK you just can't imagine the distances between places. By the 2nd day on the train, I was going stir crazy.

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  4. Hot chocolate would be wonderful in the mug, Sally. :-)

    I am very envious that you got to go on the Rocky Mountaineer. I would often see it go through Kamloops and think how much fun it would be to go on it. Kamloops is actually its base. Yes, the difference in scenery between Banff and Kamloops must have made you think you had visited two separate planets. :-)

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  5. Thank you for the mention of Kamloops, we stayed there on our drive across country. it brought back happy memories of our holiday in Canada. Such a beautiful country x

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    1. You're the second person to say they have been to Kamloops! I tend to think of it as an "out of the way" place, but then have to remind myself that's not true. Most people driving across Canada, or even from Alberta, would go through it. I hope you were able to have a nice look around when you were there.

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  6. I love the giveaway the yarn was stunning and the mug is delightful, it would be wonderful for soup.

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    1. I've got lots of great ideas now for the mug - soup, hot chocolate and ice cream!

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  7. I have been able to add Ting Ting to my wish list on the Amazon UK site. Perhaps when you sell more of your new book we may be lucky to get it over here.
    Your yarn is lovely, your mug, great, ideal for warming soups and a nice cup of tea.

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    1. That's interesting that you could add Ting Ting to your UK wish list. Thank you for doing that, and for letting me know it is possible!

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  8. What a super mug and what a crazy coincidence between you and your friend! Thanks for reminding me to visit the library (online) and place some holds . The geography from Kamloops to Kelowna differs a lot too. As we were traveling back from Victoria I was thinking about how much both the landscape and the weather changes so much over the distance. Thank you for your kind comments about the giveaway, makes me smile too! The colours in the yarn reminded me of all the pretty blues of the skies and lakes you have taken pictures of. We do live in a beautiful province.

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    1. I was reading Jeans blog and saw your reference to a new colour stranded book knitsonik .looks pretty interesting!

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  9. Well you just sold one book because I bought it. I tried earlier but do not have a paypal account so the link to Amazon was very helpful. I think the book is wonderful and I especially am excited to read it to Little Buddy as he gets older, very inspirational I think.
    Love your yarn from Chris, it is perfect for you.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks so much for ordering the book, Meredith! It makes me very happy to think of you reading the story to Little Buddy when he gets a bit older. :-)

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  10. It must have been good to meet up with old friends again in Kamloops . The weather in the mountains looks horrible. Sarah x

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    1. It was very nice to see my old friends, Sarah. I need to make an effort to get up to Kamloops more often. This was my first trip back since we moved over a year ago. And yes, the weather on the way home was awful!

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  11. I know what you mean with nice wool, my family can't tell the difference between Stylecraft (our equivalent to Red Heart I guess?) and Wollmeise. Thankfully, our local yarn shop staff know me and can help my family out if needed. Love your mug, I used to have a huge mug with chickens on. It is too leaky to drink from now but I use it as a decorative pot for an orchid. I would love to visit the Kamloops!
    Cx

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    1. Lucky you to have a local yarn shop where they know you, and what you like to knit! Isn't it funny how we get attached to certain mugs? I think my Three Pines is going to be one of those. :-)

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  12. What an amazing view from that farm - stunning. The mug is lovely, the bigger the better I think! CJ xx

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    1. The view is even better in person! I really needed a camera with panoramic feature to capture it properly. Their farm is one of my favourite places. :-)

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  13. Lovely to catch up on all your news. I hope that you will sell lots of books, what a strange way the online booksellers work in though! Your new mug is lovely isn't it, the sort that you can wrap your hands around and keep really warm! xx

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  14. Nothing beats a big cup, although mine would have coffee in it mostly. And that is gorgeous yarn, lucky you.

    Lovely to catch up with friends isn't it, in person as you did or via a blog post as we are doing.

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  15. I would probably buy 100% acrylic yarn by mistake. That's a real thing, isn't it??? Well. may be not "real", but you know what I mean. :)

    That mug is almost as beautiful as the view at your friend's farm. I hope the coming holidays find all of us happy and in good health!

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  16. What gorgeous landscape and yarn and the mug is pretty cool too. I love big mugs I can wrap my hands round, especially in winter or when I'm feeling poorly. I'll have to investigate ordering The Moment from Amazon.com, but only when we're home again.

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