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Jan 06 2016

Christmas Reading

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One of the nice things about having a few days off during the holidays is the chance to read. I was able to stay up a few nights and read to my hearts content without worrying about having to get up early in the morning. One of the books I read was The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank.

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It was a nice book to read. The story was about a dysfunctional family and how they treated each other. Circumstances had brought them to their uncaring attitudes and the way they hurt each other without seeming to care. During the holiday season is when many families hope to have the type of Christmas that the movies portray. Children who behave and grownups who look out for each other in all types of situations. The main character in The Christmas Pearl wishes her family would be more like the one of which she grew up. This story might be a little far fetched but it did make me think about how each person in a family is an individual yet makes up the family as a whole. I recommend this book for anyone who likes to end a book with a smile on their face.

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Feb 11 2014

Winter, Read Books

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I have enjoyed reading books this winter. I was introduced to author Rosamunde Pilcher and have already read three of her books. Rosamunde Pilcher, OBE is a British author of romance novels and mainstream women’s fiction since 1949. Early in her career she was also published under the pen name Jane Fraser. She retired from writing in 2000.

I recommend The Shell Seekers for everyone who wants to feel as if they have been transported to England. From Wiki: Shifting in time, the novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling, the daughter of unconventional parents (an artist father and his much-younger French wife), examining her past and her relationships with her adult children. When the novel opens, Penelope is in her 60s and has just been discharged from the hospital after what was seemingly a heart attack. Penelope’s life from young womanhood to the present is revealed in pieces, from her own point-of-view and those of her children. Much of the forward impetus of the novel involves the work of her father, including a painting called “The Shell Seekers,” given to Penelope as a wedding present.

A television film made for The Hallmark Hall of Fame starred Angela Lansbury as Penelope Keeling. It was filmed on location in Ibiza, London, Cornwall and the Cotswolds.

A mini-series made for television starring Vanessa Redgrave as Penelope Keeling was aired in late 2006. It was filmed in Cornwall with scenes shot at St Michael’s Mount, Lamorna, Port Isaac and Prideaux Place at Padstow, directed by Piers Haggard. Other cast members included Sebastian Koch, Maximilian Schell, Victoria Hamilton, and Stephanie Stumph.

After you finish The Shell Seekers, you will want to read September which includes the character of Noel Keeling, son of Penelope.

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Aug 26 2013

Pie Crust

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I enjoyed eating the pie, my husband’s cousin made, so much that it has inspired me to stop using store bought crusts and find a great recipe to make a homemade pie, crust and all. Does anyone have a great pie crust recipe?

There are books Acoustic-Guitar for dummies guitars at guitar center locations, surely there are books for us baking dummies!

I did see a recipe in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The recipe calls for shortening and butter. I am under the impression that using butter in the recipe is not a good idea. I have heard that lard or shortening makes a good pie crust. Adding butter makes the pie greasy. Is that true?

I hope someone rescues me from boring pie crusts!

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Apr 08 2013

Nose in a Book

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I have been engrossed in reading Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris. I had never read anything by this author! I have a list of books written by her that I am anxious to read. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse features Aurora Teagarden. Aurora, an aspiring real estate saleswoman, is re-thinking her career choice having found a body at her first house showing.

The characters were likeable and the story was easy to follow. I enjoyed reading book three in this series. Now, I just have to read books one and two. There are eight books in the Aurora Teagarden series.

My daughter enjoyed reading Charlaine Harris’ books featuring character Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie is a small-town cocktail waitress who finds that she has a peculiar gift. This gift hinders her love life but alas! she discovers a vampire who might be her perfect man.

The easy to read books by Charlaine Harris have me hooked.

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Mar 03 2013

Monday Quiz About Me

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I have been gone and missed this for a few weeks and I was determined not to let it slip by again this week. For that reason, I am early!

Acting Balanced

1. Which are you better at: Reading, Writing or Math?
I wish I were better at writing because that would make blogging a lot easier. I know what is in my head but have a hard time putting it into words. I am better at reading although I find myself skimming.
2. Tell us a good ‘come back’ story. Where you were down but were able to reverse fortunes and come out on top.
While turning a corner on gravel, I dropped my motorcycle and broke my elbow. I was determined not to be afraid and made myself ride again.

3. Which would you rather do: dine out or eat in?
Because my husband does the cooking, I would rather eat in.

4. What is one thing the someone close to you does that just annoys the heck out of you?
They interrupt me before I can finish a sentence.

Now for my question…
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Dec 11 2012

UNDONE, Who Did It?

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Once again, I stayed up until the wee hours trying to finish a book. I get caught up in these great mysteries and have to find out who did the crime. This time, I read Karen Slaughter’s, UnDone. I really enjoyed it. I had recently finished reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Before that, I read her book, Gone Girl. Gillia Flynn’s books were a bit graphic with her details of the crime. I got the point with the first description. I didn’t need the gory details in full detail to feel the disgust. I felt that Karen Slaughter gave just enough information that you knew the police were dealing with a psychopath. I like that so much better.


The details of each character was great and it amazed me how they all were intertwined at the end. This book was not one that you knew the plot before you were supposed to figure it out. I thought I knew who “done it” and was fooled! It was a great read and apparently held my attention. I will need a nap today!

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May 04 2011

Making the Most of My Day

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When the weather breaks and turns nice, I feel like a chicken with its head cut off. I have a list of things I want to get done so I can relax. Trouble is, I never relax. I am always adding to my list of things that need to be done. Why can I not sit and enjoy some free time?

I have heard that Debbie Macomber has written a new book, One Simple Act.


One Simple Act is a moving blend of true stories that motivates and delights as readers see that offering the gifts of time, hope, laughter, forgiveness, and prayer often have a life-changing impact not only for the recipient—but for the giver as well.

from Kyria.com

You may know of Debbie’s other books, A Turn in the Road or Between Friends. She is a terrific author.

My hairdresser has been attending zumba dance classes. Have you heard of this? I am assuming that it is what replaced aerobics as a popular way to exercise. If it takes coordination, count me out. I cannot keep up! Billy Banks would have given up on me. I gave all those videos to my sister. Has anyone tried the zumba dance? Do you get a good workout from it? Does it take coordination?

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Mar 16 2010

Getting Around in Florida

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I feel like I am in an adventure movie! I am visiting my daughter in Florida and while she has appointments with work and such, I am trying to find my way around this area. It is so helpful to have a free web directory to help me find some things to do while I am here.

I found a wonderful bookstore that I could hibernate in. It has three floors full of used books, a cafe and free wireless internet service. I love to drink my coffee and read while sitting in a big comfy chair, which they provide.

I have decided to read Twilight to see what the big deal is with this story. I read two chapters at bedtime last night and got myself intrigued enough that I want to get right to reading at every moment now. I wonder if this is the first in a series of books and if so, how many books there are. Time to settle in and read. I could get used to this life! Have a great day everyone.

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Jan 16 2010

Save with a Kindle Reader

I am so excited for my daughter! and a bit jealous of her new Kindle reader. She is loving being able to read her favorite books on a lightweight reader. She doesn’t have to use a separate book light at night and has been known to read until the wee hours of the morning. She doesn’t show her tiredness like her mom who has to work with face moisturizer to get all the sleepy lines off her face.

Newspapers may go by the wayside but I don’t think we will ever be a book-less society. It feels so good to have a book in my hands and turn the pages. The convenience of the Kindle is appealing. My daughter was able to save so much money by downloading her textbooks for her master’s program at college. The savings nearly paid for the Kindle!


from Wikipedia
Amazon Kindle is a software and hardware platform developed by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126 for rendering and displaying e-books and other digital media.[1] Three hardware devices, known as “Kindle,” “Kindle 2,” and “Kindle DX” support this platform, as does an iPhone application called “Kindle for iPhone”. The first device was released in the United States on November 19, 2007.

The Kindle hardware device uses an E Ink brand electronic paper display, and is able to download content over Amazon Whispernet using the Sprint EVDO in the USA or, for newer Kindle 2 devices, AT&T’s network internationally.[2] The Kindle hardware device can be used without a computer, and Whispernet is accessible without any fee.[3] These devices also provide free access to the internet. Kindle devices sold prior to October 19, 2009 were sold only in the United States.[4] On October 7, 2009, Amazon announced an international version of the Kindle 2 with a built-in 3G (HSDPA) and EDGE/GSM wireless modem for connectivity in over 100 countries. This international version went on sale October 19, 2009 worldwide.[5]

On March 3, 2009, Amazon.com launched an application called Kindle for iPhone in the App Store, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch owners to read Kindle content on those devices. Through a technology termed “Whispersync,” customers can synchronize reading progress, bookmarks, and other information across Kindle hardware devices and other mobile devices.[6][7]

Amazon announced the Kindle DX on May 6, 2009. This device has a larger screen than its predecessors and supports PDF files natively. It is marketed as more suitable for displaying newspaper and textbook content.[8]

Amazon has released Kindle for PC as a free software download, allowing users to read Kindle books on a Windows PC.[9]

The Kindle competes with other e-paper devices: the Barnes & Noble nook, the Sony Reader, iRex iLiad, the Jinke Hanlin e-Reader, and CyBook by Bookeen.

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Nov 20 2008

Twilight Soundtrack at Buy.com

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PhotobucketI have been seeing so many blog posts about the new movie Twilight that I had to find out what this movie is about. I felt left behind so I did a little research. I found out that this movie is based on the New York Times Best-Selling series written by Stephenie Meyer. The books are about a love affair between a teenage girl and a vampire. What?!!

Isabelle Swan moves from Phoenix to Washington where her father lives because of her mother’s remarriage to another man. Edward Cullen is a vampire who lives in a small town with his family. The family lives peacefully in that town without exposing their underlying truths and characteristics.

In her new school Isabella meets Edward. She soon finds out that he is a vampire but knows she is already drawn to him and could never leave him. After a while the enemies of the Cullen’s Family attacks Edwards on his weak point, Sarah.

This powerful story actually has a cult like following. There are over 350 fan sites devoted to this movie. The Twilight soundtrack became only the 6th movie soundtrack EVER to debut at #1 on the Billboard album charts before the movie itself debuted. You will find the best prices on the soundtrack at Buy.com. In fact, the sale price is half of what I priced it at the mall on Saturday.

The promoters of this movie were smart to put this movie out right at the holiday season. It will be fun to go as a family.

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