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Apr 19 2017

Lullaby

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I have been reading another Craig Lancaster book, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter. I enjoyed his Edward books so I thought I would try another from this talented writer. I have been engrossed in this book. Too bad I can’t keep my eyes open long enough to read more than one chapter a night. I had to put a pillow on the floor beside my bed so, if I drop my Kindle, it doesn’t make a crashing sound and wake up my hubby. He is already patient with me reading in bed. I don’t want to push the envelope.

The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter is about a boxer.
From Amazon:

Hugo Hunter, a would-be boxing champion, is thirty-seven, soft around the middle, and broke—his glory days long gone. Raised by his beloved grandmother, he is rough around the edges but has a kind heart. Watching Hugo ringside for nearly twenty years, sportswriter Mark Westerly has struggled to keep a professional distance while he’s served alternately as Hugo’s friend, mentor, and conscience. As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him and, along the way, gets an unexpected second chance of his own when he meets the gentle and lovely Lainie.

In this moving tale of human folly and kindness, can two people who’ve lived so long under the weight of their pasts finally find redemption?

I’m enjoying this book and hope it has a good, calm ending.

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Apr 06 2017

In the Show Hole

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Hubby and I got hooked on watching Designated Survivor and now that we are caught up, we find ourselves looking for another good series to watch. We have watched How I Met Your Mother, Orange is the New Black and my favorite, Downton Abbey. We also watched the Crown and cannot wait for the new season to begin. I have the DVR set to record Prison Break when it airs next week. Does anyone have any ideas for a good show to watch?

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Mar 19 2017

The Practice House

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I just finished reading a very good book, The Practice House by Laura McNeal. An online friend recommended it.

Not remembering who it was who recommended this book, had me wondering what storyline I had gotten myself into. It started out as a story about two young girls, anxious to make their lives better and a bit more adventurous. One of the girls married a Mormon missionary and found herself in the United States. The other set out on a trail of courage, love and anxiety. At least, those are the emotions I felt as I hoped she would live and not die in the dire straits of which she was thrown.

I am so glad that if I want to feel like I am in a different place or want to live through the life of someone brave, all I have to do is pick up a good book!

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Jan 20 2017

Birds Love It

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Out side my mother in-laws window, at the assisted living home where she lives, there is a bird feeder. We have been amazed at how many wood peckers come to feed. We decided to put a feeder in our backyard and have been enjoying watching the birds. We had lots of Cardinals when we first put out the feeder but we have read that they don’t like feeders that move. We still see a few but mostly we see black and white striped woodpeckers. Once in a while we get to watch a bigger red headed woodpecker like this one. We have had the huge pileated woodpecker check out our feeder but that is a rare sight.

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Aug 18 2016

World’s Fair 1982

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We spent last weekend with our daughter who lives in Tennessee. Our days were full and enjoyable. We spent a day in Knoxville, visiting the site of the 1982 Worlds Fair.
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We rode the elevator to the observation deck of the Sunsphere. The Sunsphere is a hexagonal steel truss structure, topped with a 23 m gold-colored glass sphere that served as the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair. The view from the deck was amazing. We looked over the grounds that included a tented area where concerts are held, green areas for picnicking and beautiful fountains. We could see children running through the fountains to get cool on what was a very hot day.

We walked through the large Farmer’s Market, looking at eggplant, herbs and other delectable foods. There were soaps as well as many other homemade items. It would be nice to live close to a huge market like that one.

We visited Mast General Store. It is known for its vast supply of hard candy. One section of the store was barrels full of candy! They also had cookbooks and cooking utensils. If you need hiking supplies, Mast has it. From clothes to shoes and backpacks, they have quality goods for the serious packer.

We ate brunch at the French Market Creperie. I can honestly say that was the best crepe I have ever eaten. It was well worth the 45 minute wait.
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Jul 31 2016

That Sweet Baby

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I am having withdrawal symptoms tonight. Hubby and I spent a week caring for our one year old grandson while our son was at work and our daughter in-law was at a conference. We enjoyed the time so much. He is walking now so we had to be on our toes at all times! His mom and dad will probably have to undo some things we let him get away with but we are the grandparents so we are entitled to spoil our grand baby.

We found that he enjoyed taking the laundry out of the hamper. It took him and hour and a half to get it emptied! One of the cupboards in the kitchen holds plastic bowls. He enjoyed opening that cupboard. Those were two things on the no list. Oh well!

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Jul 05 2016

Celebrating!

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We celebrated the fourth of July at a friend’s last evening. Each of the couples brought food and it was all yummy. We brought watermelon and strawberries. Trying to be health conscious! That was like trying to swim against the current. There were burgers, potato salad and baked beans. Someone brought the most delicious sugar cookies made with cream cheese frosting, topped with strawberries and blueberries. My friend, Sarah, always brings her awesome snack mix made with teddy grahams, cinnamon toast crunch, peanuts and m & m’s. I cannot stop myself when I get started eating that yummy snack.

As usual, the guys retreated to the great outdoors while we girls gathered around the dining room table. We laughed about dogs, getting old and the funny things kids do. It was nice, light conversation and very enjoyable.

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend.

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Jun 26 2016

I Survived!

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I ran in the Bubble Run at the Indianapolis fairgrounds last Saturday. It was so much fun. My daughter and I wore our white Bubble Run T-shirts and got in line with 10,000 participants! It was very well organized. It was fun to watch all the people while we waited for our run to begin. There were dads wearing tutus along with their enthusiastic kids! We saw a lot of people dressed up in crazy socks and wigs. The 5k was divided into sections where a cannon distributed foam for us to wade through. Each station was a different color of foam to color our white shirts. The foam tasted terrible so it was an achievement to not open my mouth while trying to catch a breath!

One of the highlights of the race was at the end when we rounded the corner and saw that my son and his family had joined my husband while waiting for us to finish the race. They each got a sweaty hug from me. LOL

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Jun 09 2016

The Heat Is On

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I’ve been running around like a crazy woman trying to get things done in the yard before it gets hot. The weather man says it is going to be in the nineties. If we don’t get our usual humidity, it will be fine but we usually get some humid days that make it hard to deal with the heat. I dream of living in Hawaii!

My dog, Brody, made my blood pressure go up yesterday. I was picking up sticks in the driveway and let him out of the fenced in part of the yard since I could watch him and enjoy his company. Well, that stinker saw me get busy and took off. I just knew I was going to find him dead on the busy road that runs in front of our house. Luckily, for him and me, he was in the neighbor’s field. I had to give him a bath because I had no idea if he’d been in poison ivy. My arms are already itching from what he has given me so far this summer.

I miss the days when my kids were in music programs. One of our local high schools offered orchestra classes as well as concert band courses. I don’t know if the violin prices or the lack of an instructor nixed that program. I know that the kids who learned stringed instruments can use their ability and perform at weddings.

I’m looking forward to attending the free concerts that are held in a town next to ours. I’ve not attended before and have been told they are a lot of fun. The band is made up of adult participants. We have a group that performs in our town too but I don’t think they have started their weekly concerts. I love to relax and enjoy the talents of the musicians. We are lucky to have so many people who participate.

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Apr 09 2016

A Night Out

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We had a nice time at the theater tonight. We saw Blues Brothers Revue. The music was fun and upbeat. It seemed like a lot of thought went into planning the show. The musicians were very talented. I wish the band members would have dressed in more professional attire but their abilities on their instruments made up for their lack of show continuity. I have an interest in the Blues era when it comes to music. I often think of Blues as a sad, introspective style of singing but the revue was full of happy lively music. We were clapping our hands and even joined in on a few sing a longs. It was nice to be together as a family and enjoy something different as we await spring to arrive.

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