CGM Podcast Episode #16: On Shaky Ground

Listen to the episode HERE

Show notes:

  • Life Update/Talk about the earthquake and Hurricane Irene
  • My staycation goals to organize things neglected around the home including my spice cabinet and fabric stash. Question: How often do you rotate the spices in your cabinet? How often do you rotate your fabric stash to keep them dust-free and know what you have?
    • Discussed in regards to my stash is the IKEA Expedit, where I store it all...OK most of it, LOL.
  • New quilter to cheer on: Giles at Touch and Sew blog - go check him out!
    • Lighthouse Quilt: still on my design wall
    • Sewing blocks together using the Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabrics in the citrine colorway and the Lemon Squares pattern on Fresh Lemons blog
    Fall 2011 Book Preview!!


    Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, paperback, 8/30

    That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman, 9/5

    In My Time by Dick Cheney, 8/30

    Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore, 9/13

    The Race by Clive Cussler, 9/6

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, 9/13

    New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb, 9/13

    Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, paperback, 9/6


    Boomerang by Michael Lewis, 10/3

    Decision Points by George W. Bush, paperback, 10/18

    Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy, paperback, 9/27

    Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult, paperback, 10/18

    Great By Choice by Jim Collins, 10/11

    The Affair by Lee Child, 9/27

    Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres, 10/4

    Freedom by Jonathan Franzien, paperback, 9/27

    The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson, 10/17

     The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, 10/11

    Shock Wave by John Sanford, 10/4

    Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly, 9/27

    Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen, 9/13

    Nightwoods by Charles Frazier, 10/4

    Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard, 9/20

    Lethal by Sandra Brown, 9/20

    Son of Stone by Stuart Woods, 9/20

    The 3rd Alternative by Stephen R. Covey, 10/4

    Bonnie by Iris Johansen, 10/18

    Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory, 10/18

    The Ares Decision by Robert Ludlum, 10/4

    EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey 9/20

    The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, 10/4

    Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean, 10/4

    Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch, 9/13

    Children’s Books:

    Heroes of Olympus Book 2: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, 10/4

    If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, 10/4

    Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein, 9/20

    Seizure by Kathy Reichs, 10/18

    It’s A Little Book by Lane Smith, 10/11

    Puss in Boots movie tie-in books, 10/18

    Olivia and the Christmas Party, 10/4


    The Litigators by John Grisham, 10/25

    Kill Shot by Vince Flynn, 11/1

    The Next Always by Nora Roberts, new paperback trilogy, 11/1

    11/22/63 by Stephen King, 11/8

    Zero Day by David Baldacci, 11/1

    Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson 11/14

    The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck, 10/25

    Devil’s Gate by Clive Cussler, 11/15

    How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin, 11/15

    The New Rules by Bill Maher, 11/15

    I Did Ask to Be Born by Bill Cosby, 11/1

    Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel, 11/1

    The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw, 11/1

    Lost December by Richard Paul Evans, 11/1

    Then Again by Diane Keaton, 11/15

    Untitled by Condoleeza Rice, 11/1

    Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire, 11/1

    The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini, 11/1

    Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand, paperback, 11/8

    The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, paperback, 11/1

    The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith, paperback, 10/25

    The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell, paperback, 10/25

    The Iron Lady by John Campbell, paperback, 10/25 (movie tie-in)

    Children’s Books

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, 11/15

    Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, 11/8

    Playground by 50 Cent, 11/1

    Crossed by Ally Condie, 11/1

    The Magical Christmas Horse by Mary Higgins Clark, 10/25


    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson, 11/21

    Micro by Michael Crichton, 11/22

    V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton, 11/14

    I Am George Washington by Glenn Beck, 11/22

    Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich , 11/22

    Gabby by Gabby Giffords, 11/29

    Betty & Friends by Betty White, 11/21

    Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell, 12/6

    The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, paperback, 11/29

    The Third Gate by Lincoln Child, 12/6

    Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony by Keith Ablow, 11/22

    Best Friends, Occasional Enemies by Lisa Scottoline, 11/22

    The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, 11/29

    One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, paperback, 11/22 (movie tie-in)
      Stay safe everyone, especially my East Coast friends who've been "shaken up" weather-wise twice this week!



      1. OMG, isn't the IKEA Expedit the best thing ever. I have one in black and think it is the best money I've ever spent. I can keep my stash neat but in sight and I have some bins that fit in the cubbys for scraps, zippers and other small stuff. Good call.

      2. Not a good cook.... I cook cause I have people to feed... would rather quilt... but I do like to eat. I would make left overs myself but my hubby will not so I usually end up cooking. I recently got a book that makes two meals and hubby can't tell the second meal is based on the first... Love those kind of cookbooks. I do collect recipes.

        Love the reviews of the children books... NOW if I could only get my grandson to sit still long enough to hear them. I am looking forward to PUSS & BOOTS movie, thanks for the heads up. ....I can just Nee Nee wanting to have sword fights with grandpa.

        Any thing new from Jayne Ann Krentz/ Amanda Quick/ Jayne Castle.....J.D. Robb or Tess Gerritsen. LOVE murder and mayhem.


      3. IF the books have not been released.... HOW CAN THE BOOKS BE BEST SELLERS? Who determines that they are best sellers?


      4. On your spices, keep the jars that have expired spices and refill them with small quantities of spices purchased from your whole foods store, health stores or organic foods store. By buying in a small amount you can save on cost and you don't have waste.

        Here in the Black Hills, I go to a store called Staple and Spice where the spices and dried herbs are in glass jars. The staff spoon out the number of ounces that you want to purchase. The spice is put into a small bag with a twist tie and you pay by weight.

        I build a list of spices that I need and onces a month my husband and I stop in and get our bags of spices and teas. I also get my bulk items of dried beans, rice, grains, nuts and specialty flours from this store. I love to bake so I always have a list building for this store. When I am not in my sewing room I am in the kitchen. To me baking is just as enjoyable as quilting.

      5. @seeneed: yes, I love my Expedit. If I could fit 2 of them in the room I would, LOL

      6. @Nonnie: a new Jayne Krenta book comes out in Jan 2012: Copper Beach is the title. The new JD Robb, titled New York to Dallas is on sale Sept 13th. There was just a new Tess Gerritsen out on July 25th, Silent Girl, so another one probably won't be out until sometime next year. We know books will be a bestseller based mainly on previous history, i.e. a John Grisham will always hit the NYT list, always. Same for many other authors including JD Robb and Jayne Krentz. They've built up such a good reputation for putting out quality reads that a wide audience enjoys, it's a safe bet to go ahead and assume they will be a bestseller. Also, a lot has to do with pre-publicity within the bookworld and reviews the books get. For example, based on all of the early buzz and great reviews The Help got before it was even released several years ago, it was pretty much assumed it was going to hit the NYT list right out of the gate, and it did. Much of my job is having to go with gut instinct about a book and how well it will be received, and a lot of it is also knowing how well an author has done in the past to know if it will likely sell well.

      7. @Janet: thanks for the tips, that is a great idea to buy them in small amounts! Now that I think of it there is a spice store not too far from me, but I've never gone in. I will stop in there this week!

      8. Oh Tanesha, what a lovely podcast. The book alerts were so appreciated.

        My mom kept her spices FOREVER. She always doubled her spices in pumpkin pies to get that flavor we all love. It wasn't until I used freshly bought spices that I realized why she HAD to double her nearly dead spices to get anything out of them. On the other hand, her pies were good.

        Your quilt on your WIP post this week -the one that is on the design wall is fresh and modern. I do love that younger quilters, like you, are bringing something different to the quilting arena.

      9. omgoodness Downton Abbey! I am hooked! Thanks for the recommendation!

      10. Time to rotate spices? You must be kidding! While I was teaching (until last Halloween), I hardly had time to keep the fridge and pantry stocked, let alone worry about the age of my spices. However, I do know that they can grow old and unused (since I am streaky in my cooking). A tip I read is that McCormick spices in metal containers are OLD and should be discarded. Other than that, I am trying to date mine w/ a Sharpy when I bring them home (and other long-term items, too), so that I can be reminded of how old they are, since I really forget and underestimate those things). As a mom of two little ones, you have much more important things to worry about! Keep quilting!

      11. Hi Tanesha,
        Love your podcast. You have a great voice. I have to agree that we who live in earthquake country are a bit jaded about them. I don't even get up (at night) if the quake is under a 5. I also realized when we had a small quake after you guys had yours that Mother Nature was reminding me NOT to be smug about your earthquake; that she could send one to us at anytime. LOL!!! 5.9 is nothing to sneeze at and I, also, am glad that nobody was injured. Sad about the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument. I guess we all have to build to earthquake standards now. Haven't listened to the whole podcast; just the beginning bit. Looking forward to the rest. Thanks for posting!

      12. Hi Tanesha,
        I finished the podcast. WOW! What a list of books to read. I was on the bike at the gym, so appreciate the list you posted.

        After posting my previous comment I listened to the rest of your talk about the earthquake and your worry for your children. I live in earthquake land and that is something that we have to deal with all the time. There is a law that states that a certain number of teachers have to stay at school until the last kid is gone. The ratio cannot be 1 kid to 1 teacher. I am sure you can guess why, so I won't go there on your blog. ;-) I think it must be a California law, but I have never looked it up. That gives me reassurance that someone will stay around and not leave my kid to fend for himself. They have drills at school and we talk about what to do in various emergencies when we are all together. We talk about what will happen if we are not together and give constant reassurance that someone will come and get him even if it takes awhile. It is less scary if it is out in the open and not something to be hushed away. My son is too old for a pickup list now (I guess I should talk to him about staying at school in case of an emergency), but when he was in grammar school, we had about 12 people on the pickup list so that the closest person could just go get him and it didn't have to be me or my DH. It is probably harder not living in earthquake land, because you don't know if another one will come, so why bring it up and cause a lot of unnecessary fear in Samantha?

      13. I live in Williamson County Texas and a few months ago we had severe wild fires (some arson) week after week and tons of property was lost. We were evacuated and I made sure daughter was grabbing stuff including the dog and husband taking care of the rest. I grabbed my laptop and stopped to look at my craft room and said I can’t pack all of this in the car (or could I). Sooooooo tempted to grab at least one sewing machine and a handful of fabrics to keep me going. We are sad.


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