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jen_hayes7

jen_hayes7

Joined May 2016

🥄,Ⓥ,cat mom,craft doer,nature lover,avid reader. she/her
📍Chicago, IL
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Peace Talks | Jim Butcher
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I haven‘t been feeling so great lately and my furry cuddle team has been in full effect. We spent a little time listening to Dresden files together while I worked on this gorgeous Swan today. #audiocrafting #catsoflitsy #lennox #huey

LiteraryinLawrence I hope better times are ahead! 1mo
Johanna414 I love that blanket! Hope you‘re feeling better soon 💙 Cat cuddles always seem to help 1mo
VeganCleopatra Beautiful. Your own pattern or are you following one? 1mo
jen_hayes7 @LiteraryinLawrence @Johanna414 Thank you both so much!! I really appreciate the well wishes. ♥️ 3w
jen_hayes7 @VeganCleopatra Thank you!! This is a pattern by Hook Line & Tinker. They have beautiful stuff!! 3w
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The Executioner's Song | Norman Mailer
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Spent a bit of time reading outside before it gets too hot and asking myself why I picked 1000 page book for a reading challenge. 🙃 Any other Ravenclaws out there? I‘m betting there are. 💙 #readharder2022 #ravenclaw

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Finished Hamnet while getting my hair done today. Gosh, this was good. I loved Agnes‘ character so much. The writing is beautiful. I‘ll remember this book for a very long time. #readharder2022

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Peace Talks | Jim Butcher
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Have a couple assembled so far! Not the easiest thing I‘ve made but they look pretty cool. The back fabric is vintage kimono fabric from Kyoto. Pretty neat! #audiocrafting

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Peace Talks | Jim Butcher
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A little #audiocrafting today. Getting ready to assemble these Sashiko coasters and listening to some Dresden files. Happy Saturday, Littens!

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Happened to have this in my hand right when tornado sirens went off. Odd way to start a book but I‘m happy to have it with me!!

LiteraryinLawrence Yikes! Hope you‘re ok! 2mo
jen_hayes7 @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks so much!! Everything turned out to be okay in our area, thankfully. 2mo
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I don‘t think it had ever occurred to me before picking up this book how many villains are “ugly” or “disfigured” making those things seem to be “bad” or “evil”. Or the many other ways that disabilities are portrayed negatively in stories. I found this book to be very thought provoking and appreciated the author sharing her story alongside so many familiar tales. #readharder2022

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Difficult to read at times and at other moments incredibly uplifting. I think this book is one that everyone should read. Sharing a page that I strongly relate to. #readharder2022

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Perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. #readharder2022

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Really looking forward to this book. I‘m sure parts of it will be difficult to read (and appreciate the trigger warnings at the start of each piece). #readharder2022

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Brief Cases | Jim Butcher
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#audiocrafting a cardigan with these Dresden short stories. It was kind of a shock to not have the whole thing read by James Marsters!!

VeganCleopatra I'd love to see the end result! Is the pattern on Ravelry? 1mo
jen_hayes7 @VeganCleopatra Oh, I‘ll take a picture with it soon! Thanks so much for being interested in seeing how it turned out. The pattern is from Lady Jay Crochet. I do believe she has some available on Ravelry; not sure if this one is. It‘s the Solvieg cardigan. 3w
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I can‘t quit cozy mysteries!! Especially when they coordinate so well with my nail color. 😂 Seriously though, Mrs Murphy, Tucker, Pewter, et all really make this series fun. A few of the humans (like Mrs H) do too.

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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern | Lilian Jackson Braun
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The perfect way to spend a dreary gray day. #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

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Working on an MSU blanket for a friend that recently had a baby and listening to another Dresden files book. I‘m getting way too close to the end of the available books in this series!! #audiocrafting

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Enjoying some Dresden short stories while starting a new little critter. I was asked to make the cat pink. Can do, kid. 😹Happy Friday, Littens!! #audiocrafting

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Raybearer | Jordan Ifueko
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This cover is gorgeous!!! And so is my little meowdel. #readharder2022 #huey #catsoflitsy

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I‘m looking forward to seeing what Maud gets up to next. Happy March, Littens!! #lennox #catsoflitsy

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The thoroughness of this book is incredible. My only complaint is I could have done with much less about her husband (who was less than wonderful), though I understand the need to discuss him in the biography. I very much enjoyed learning about where Shirley was in her life when writing certain stories or novels and their correlations to her past and present. She was such a brilliant author. #readharder2022

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New Dresden book, new crochet project, both cuddle buddies. Making a hat for my brother! Hopefully I‘ll get the sizing right. #audiocrafting #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

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#audiocrafting again today. Working on this pillow with my little helper. #lennox #catsoflitsy

Kitta Beautiful stitching 6mo
jen_hayes7 @Kitta That is so kind of you to say! Thank you!! 6mo
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My cuddle buddies are in full effect this #caturday. I just can‘t put this down. It‘s very thoroughly researched and well written. As soon as I saw this year‘s #readharderchallenge prompts, I knew this was the author biography I needed to read. #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

IuliaC 😻😻 6mo
ozma.of.oz So cozy! 6mo
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A little #audiocrafting with #huey. He suddenly cares about yarn. 🙃 Lennox has already caused one yarn incident, so we‘re very careful around here. Started my first temperature blanket. It‘s so much fun, but will be quite the commitment!! #catsoflitsy

KellyK What a sweetheart… even if he gets your yarn! ❤️ 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww too cute! I fear for that ball of yarn 🙈🤣🤣❤ 6mo
jen_hayes7 @KellyK @RaeLovesToRead Thank you both!! Luckily for me (and the yarn) he gave up pretty quickly to take a nap. 😹 6mo
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I seem to be on a short stories kick. I‘ve read two books of short stories this week and was searching my collection for more. If you have a favorite short story collection, let me know!! This one sounds amazing!! Only a couple more days left of this machine!! Looking forward to getting 3 hours of each day back.

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I adore this series. Hazel Wong is a wonderfully adorable character. Another great mystery too. #lennox #catsoflitsy

KellyK Lennox is beautiful! ❤️ 6mo
jen_hayes7 Thank you so very much, @KellyK !! 💚 6mo
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Next up!! Super excited about this one. 😍

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I‘ve spent most of today strapped into this machine and reading this book. Gosh was it good!! The book, the machine not so much. Not sure why I took so long to finally read it, but am glad that the #readharderchallenge had a prompt for a book set in a bookstore. What a delight. I also want to read all the books and stories mentioned in it. Add them to the never ending list.

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It‘s been a week since surgery!! My physical therapist said the hip‘s looking great. My upper body is a different story…it was clearly not ready to drag me around on crutches. But we‘re making progress and finding a routine. All in all things are going smoothly. Finally felt up to crafting and reading at the same time which was very exciting. Almost finished with this book and am ready to dive into the mini TBR I‘ve got on my recovery room cart.

AmyG Wishing you a good recovery. 6mo
Christyco125 Wishing a speedy and full recovery 6mo
jen_hayes7 @AmyG @Christyco125 Thank you both so very much!! Really appreciate the well wishes!! 6mo
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Surgery is over!! I have a new labrum and and a little less unnecessary bone. Everything went smoothly and now I‘ll be hanging out in my little recovery (guest) room for about a month. Can‘t complain about the company. 😻 Ready to dig into this book between recovery exercises/machines and naps. #huey #catsoflitsy

LiteraryinLawrence Wishing you a smooth recovery with lots of books and furry support! 7mo
jen_hayes7 @LiteraryinLawrence Thank you so very much!! My furry support squad is working overtime. 😻 6mo
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The last few days have been a whirlwind of preparation for my upcoming hip surgery on Thursday. The procedure is arthroscopic and outpatient, but the recovery is rather intense. I had the left side done a few years ago and now it‘s time for the right; so I know both what I‘m in for and what I‘m up against. Thankfully my little emotional support fuzzballs know that something‘s up and are putting in overtime. #huey #catsoflitsy

sprainedbrain Best wishes for a smooth procedure and quick recovery! ❤️ 7mo
jen_hayes7 @sprainedbrain Thank you so very much!!! ♥️ 7mo
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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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I‘m really enjoying this book!! There‘s mystery, history, adventure, ghosts, vampires, so much and more! I‘m also happy to be finding out a little bit about the Lipan Apache Tribe. A beautifully written tale! And if there‘s a more gorgeous cover, I haven‘t seen it (this is what‘s beneath the dust jacket). Oh, and there are incredible illustrations throughout the book too. #readharder2022 #lennox #catsoflitsy

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White Night | Jim Butcher
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Started a new Dresden audiobook and a new project today. This will eventually be turned into a pillow for my brother. Audiocrafting is the best. #lennox #catsoflitsy

Moony Oh I have also two books by Jim Butcher on my #tbrpile 7mo
jen_hayes7 @Moony I absolutely love this series!! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!! It is definitely one that just keeps getting better as you progress through the books. 7mo
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My project is finished! Well, almost. I have to get it in the frame. Still have a couple hours to go on the audiobook and need to decide what to make next… Believe it or not, I do leave this couch and am not always covered in cats (unfortunately). #huey #lennox #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead They look so cosy 😊🥰 7mo
Michael_Gee (Unfortunately)! Lol, yes. The cross-stitch is gorgeous! I love it. 7mo
BookwormAHN Lovely 💙 7mo
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jen_hayes7 @RaeLovesToRead They sure do! I wish I could get as comfortable as a cat does!! 😻 7mo
jen_hayes7 @Michael_Gee Ha! I‘m sure you‘d also love to be constantly covered in cats. Thank you so much!! ♥️ 7mo
jen_hayes7 @BookwormAHN Thanks so so much!! 7mo
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Listening to James, I mean Dresden, and starting a new embroidery project. Not a bad way to spend an evening. #lennox #catsoflitsy

LiteraryinLawrence So pretty! 7mo
jen_hayes7 @LiteraryinLawrence Thank you so so much!! 7mo
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The Mermaids Singing | Val McDermid
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Working on a scarf while trying to read and be covered in cats is as complicated as it is cozy. This book, on the other hand, is a dark one. I‘d watched the show, Wire in the Blood, but still wasn‘t prepared for everything going on here. #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy #readharder2022

Johanna414 I love that yarn, and I can relate to that struggle... 7mo
jen_hayes7 @Johanna414 Thank you!! Same here! It‘s even prettier than it looked in the skein. 😻 7mo
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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Okay, apparently 2022 is the year I inhale Attica Locke‘s books. 😂 My only complaint is I‘m up past my bedtime for the second night in a row. #lennox #catsoflitsy

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Had today off and was able to squeeze another book in before getting back to reality. This was SO good. It took me way too long to pick it up, but I‘m glad To have finally read it. #huey #catsoflitsy

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Black Flamingo | Dean Atta
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A nice and cozy start to 2022 thanks to these two and a snowstorm. Really excited for my reading challenge and book club TBRs for this year. #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

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Bright Wings | Billy Collins
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Trying to wrap up my last #readharderchallenge book for the year. 2021 has been quite the ride. Sending best wishes to all for a better year ahead. #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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I didn‘t realize it had been so long since I last visited Litsy! October was a bit challenging on the health front, but thanks to new meds things are turning around! Audio-crafting has been keeping me sane. Haven‘t decided how I feel about this book or the narrator yet. Had to start over after about an hour because I had no idea what was going on. 😳

sprainedbrain Good to see you again! Hoping your health continues to improve. ❤️ 9mo
Chrissyreadit I love your embroidery! My stitches are never that neat. 9mo
jen_hayes7 @sprainedbrain Huge apologies for the delayed response! Thank you ever so much for the well wishes!! ♥️ 7mo
jen_hayes7 @Chrissyreadit So sorry for the tardy response. That‘s so kind of you to say, thank you so very much!! 7mo
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New audiobook, new embroidery project; great start to the weekend. Happy Friday, y‘all!!

IuliaC This is so beautiful 😍 11mo
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#audiocrafting with this little weirdo. My first effort at embroidery and I‘m finding it super relaxing (so far). Huey‘s also super relaxed, if you couldn‘t tell. 😹#huey #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Fluffy tummy 💕 12mo
Mommamanzi I‘ll take a fluffy weirdo anyway. I‘ve never embroidered but LOVE cross stitching. 12mo
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James Marsters kept me company while I finished up my little black cat today. I love this series and I especially love James‘ narration. #catsoflitsy

BookishMarginalia Cuteness! 13mo
Michael_Gee Adorable!! 13mo
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My #caturday #audiocrafting project is a little black cat. Luckily my meowdel (sorry, had to) is sticking close by. Happy weekend, y‘all! #lennox #catsoflitsy

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Can‘t deny it, Michigan sure has some nice views. 😍

Amiable Gorgeous! Where in Michigan are you? My husband and I lived there for the first few years of our marriage! 13mo
jen_hayes7 @Amiable So cool! We are staying in Cooks, MI which is between Escanaba and Manistique. We‘re from Grand Rapids, but moved to Chicago about 11 years ago. Where were you and your husband living in MI? 13mo
Amiable @jen_hayes7 My husband was an engineer at GM for the first few years of our marriage -- we were in Swartz Creek (near Flint), and then down in East Lansing (where I went to grad school at MSU and where our oldest son was born) and then we lived in Howell (so hubby could commute to the Proving Grounds in Milford). So we were kind of all over! And another fun fact: my husband is from Chicago, too! So we spend a lot of time out there as well. ;) 13mo
jen_hayes7 @Amiable You did cover a lot of territory!! My mom is from Warren, so we visited the east side of the state pretty regularly growing up. So neat that we have many places in common! Thanks so much for sharing!! 13mo
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“Humans, as a rule, don‘t like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. … So we must conclude that madness is a question sometimes of time and sometimes of post code.”

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Next up, my first book by Matt Haig. I follow him on Instagram and absolutely adore him, his outlook, his humor. I‘m sure this will be enjoyable. Using this for the “cover you don‘t like” #readharder2021 prompt. I can‘t say exactly why, but this cover makes me uncomfortable. 😂👃🏻

BookishMarginalia I don‘t like that cover either. Ugh 13mo
jen_hayes7 @BookishMarginalia Right?! I‘m glad I‘m not alone. 13mo
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼🤓 13mo
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Vacation mode! Back in Michigan, but the UP this time. A little getaway to celebrate the 13th anniversary of our first date. Staying at an adorable spot and resting up before hiking tomorrow. I‘m loving this book and might have to finish it before bed. #readharder2021

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I haven‘t come across much Mayan folklore, so I had no knowledge of the story this was spun from. Now I want to know all about Popol Vuh. This book was enjoyable. An epic quest, a slow burn love story, travel, heroes and demons, it has a bit of everything. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but liked the book regardless. #lennox #catsoflitsy #readharder2021

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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On a quick trip to Michigan to visit all the parents. Have a delightful, quiet hour to myself between plans and am happy to spend it with this book. Enjoy the weekend, y‘all!!

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Audiocrafting with my cuddle buddy. Trying to learn how to knit after ~30 years of being a crochet queen. Slooooowly getting the hang of it. #huey #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Lovely photo, but my cats would have that ripped to shreds in no time. 😹 13mo
jen_hayes7 @rubyslippersreads HA!! So true!! Huey‘s the only cat I‘ve known that has zero interest in yarn. I‘ll never pull off a photo like this with our other cat. 😹😻 13mo
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