Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FEBRUARY favorites

Here's a new post I've been wanting to try: favorite things of the month!

Favorite Movie: Hands-down my favorite movie this month was Lion. Starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo. This was an amazing story of survival. I wondered as I watched this how the little boy manages to stay alive in a 1980s big city in India. It was both heartbreaking and heart-warming. I loved the little boy who played Saroo, and Dev Patel's performance should have won him an Academy Award. Be prepared to shed a few tears.

Favorite Book: The best book I read in the month of February was The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (Department Q Series Book 1) by Jussi Adler-Olsen. A story set in Copenhagen and the first in the Department Q mysteries. I loved the characters and immediately ordered the 2nd book in this series after finishing this book. You will love the Head of Department Q, and his quirky assistant who set out to solve long-unsolved crimes. This was a real page-turner.

Favorite TV Show: Without a doubt, "Victoria" was my February fave. Airing on PBS, this period piece tells the story of the ascension of Victoria to the English Throne and her subsequent marriage to Prince Albert. Loved the history, which I didn't know enough about. Enjoying the learning aspect of this as well as the storytelling.

Favorite Song: The opening music to Victoria is my favorite this month. Available on iTunes, the music was composed by Martin Phipps and Ruth Barrett. Hauntingly beautiful and mournful at the same time.

Favorite Outing: Spent three days in Newburyport, MA this month with side trips to Gloucester and Rockport, and Woodman's Restaurant in Ipswich, MA. Parker Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is a birder's paradise. Even with the still chilly temperatures, we saw a number of birds. Stood within 10 feet of a Barred Owl and got some wonderful pictures.

Favorite Bird: My favorite new bird this month has to be the Red-breasted Merganser Duck. I saw this duck in Gloucester along with other many other birds. The thrill of adding a new bird to my life list never gets old.

Favorite New Hooking Idea: My favorite new technique this month has to be creating quillies and caterpillars to add to a hooked piece. I love the depth of dimension this adds to the hooked piece and and brings the art of hooking to the level of fiber art.

What are your favorite things from February???


Darlene said...

Thanks for all of these favorites of yours.

Woolly Mammoth Woolens said...

Thanks for reading! It's always nice to hear from all of you out in cyberspace, where we all seem to spend so much of our time.

Demoyes said...

Isn't that part of Massachusetts so wonderful? Some years ago we thought we would be moving back there and I wanted to live on the coast. And what a wonderful duck!
I just saw a Barred owl up close at a home show. A wildlife rescue group was there. She was a beauty. Evidently she had been hit by a car and is mostly blind. She wasn't doing well and they put her in a cage with another Barred owl and they think she follows his shadow.
I like Victoria but I thought The Crown was better. It's funny - I had just said to my husband that I was surprised that no one had done a show about the amazing Victoria, when the show was announced. An amazing and scary show is The Man in the High Castle! Honestly, we can only watch it now and then because we get so wrought up about it! And Life in Pieces and This is Us. I think there's a lot of good TV right now.
I'm reading a murder mystery anthology, so it's a mixed bag of good and great. I think I need to switch back to a novel for a bit.
Thanks for a great post!

Woolly Mammoth Woolens said...

The north shore of Massachusetts is one of my favorite places. My daughter leaves in Boston, so I get there a fair amount during the year.

We saw a Barred Owl in in our backyard last summer! So exciting.

I should have mentioned the Crown, as I am watching that one on Netflix. A great show. I haven't tried The Man in the High Castle. I want to, but as you say, it may be a little upsetting! I do watch This is Us, one of my favorite new shoes. I don't know about Life in Pieces, but will check it out.

Thanks for reading and commenting!!

Demoyes said...

Try to start Life in Pieces from the beginning. (Last year) It is laugh out loud funny and I am not a big laugh out loud person. We sometimes watch the shows twice so we can laugh again! Last year's Thanksgiving show was so good we kept it. ;-D

Woolly Mammoth Woolens said...

We are going to "binge watch" it tonight as it is going to be very cold here all day! Thanks for the recommendation.