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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:12:21 PM »
For anyone who is looking for a light read but with some good messages intertwined, I recommend Flat Broke With Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha.  I found this book through the Library Hoopla system. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 26, 2018, 06:33:47 PM »
Last night I wrote and posted something about the book Idaho but apparently it didn't make it here.    I've thrown in the towel on that book.  I just couldn't struggle with it any more.   The author seemed to me to spend a whole lot of time on things that didn't seem to have too much to do with the story.   Maybe I gave up too soon but it just made my brain too tired.   All of that time in the prison with someone named Elizabeth (???)  and then more pages about the little girls playing dolls and all the detail about that was just the last straw for me.   I already had a book from Hoopla on my Kindle and that was easy to get started.   The catchy title of this one is Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha.  This one is back in North Carolina just like Deborah Smith's Crossroad's Cafe that I just finished.   This book is listed as a Memoir of the author.   I agree with FlaJean that this book is a downer and I wouldn't recommend it unless you really enjoy dark stories.   

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:43:11 PM »
Jeanne, You certainly are having your troubles with techie stuff. My brother told me tonight that he is having such problems with Facebook that he can't do much of anything. All he has been getting is advertising.  He just likes to keep up with his family that is scattered across the country and it is an aggravation.Good luck to you.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:40:25 PM »
Hi FlJean,  I haven't finished Idaho yet.  I got started with The Crossroads Cafe and have been pushing along to get that finished before next week.  It is a large size book and I would rather be reading the ebook when Debby and I go to visit our son....easier to pack.   I do agree that this author has a way of telling the story that makes me want to tell her to get to the point.  I keep feeling that there is something that I'm just missing.  I'll respond more to you when I finish.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:44:11 PM »
That reminds  me of the movie Who Killed Karen Silkwood.   There was another one earlier about a woman who campaigned against her employers because of unsafe working conditions.  It's scary and you have to think that all of our modern miracle products are like a Pandora's Box, and the lid is open and no turning back.

My book review is here.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:20:45 PM »
I have to wonder what keeps HGTV going with those flip house shows   They are so similar and who want their home to be just,like everyone else's with "open concept and an island in the kitchen". The open concept is nice in way but my experience #for what it's worth) is that there is no place for quiet conversation with everything in one big space.  When the Family is all together it's bedlam.  I sound like a crabby old lady! :(   When I am alone I usually have the Easy Listening music on low and just read.  I did enjoy the Alaskan shows with Al but even those were reruns many times.
   The book I mentioned earlier called Crossroads Cafe is turning out to pretty good.  It is a large paperback and quite dog eared...well read!😏  I'll see if there is a review that I can post for your information.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:36:23 PM »
FlaJean and Marilyne,  I'll be interested to know your thoughts on Idaho when finished.

Marilyn, I am fortunate to have my daughter so close by. She is in the midst of the Community Choral group's Easter concert series  but today she came by to have corn beef dinner with me after the concert.  We have these nice little frequent visits that are good.   She and I are applying to be substitutes for the Home Delivered Meal program sponsored by our County Office on Aging.  We will try as subs to see how it suits us then maybe take a regular schedule.  We've thought of it for a while. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:32:44 PM »
My DD Debby keeps  bringing me books!!! :thumbup:    Her linedancing class is held in a lovely little Episcopal church in her town and they have a library bookshelf.   One of those take and give things.    Anyway she reads a book and then passes it on to me.   I'm halfway through a comfortable little story called A Miracle For St. Cecilia's by Katherine Valentine.    Yesterday she brought another called The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith.   Meanwhile one of the Book Bub offerings was Idaho.   I was intrigued by the title and writeup so bought it.    I have just started that one and it is intrigueing to say the least.   You will get an idea of the subject from the website.   

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:29:12 PM »
It's been quiet here for a time.

  I just finished a book called All the Winters After by Sere Prince Halverson.  This was from HOOPLA and turned out to be quite good.  It was set in Alaska and there was a good bit about a religious group called The Old Believers.  It seems that they had moved from Russia to Asia and eventually to Oregon then to Alaska.  I hadn't heard of them before so it was interesting along with the rest of the story.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:16:51 PM »
I remember reading News of the World a while back.    It was a good story.    My problem with the audio books is that it puts me to sleep and I can't remember where I left off.   :(     I did enjoy Necessary Lies but know that I missed one part toward the end.   I had to go back and listen to a portion over to find out what had happened.

I finished The Michigan Street Children last evening.   It had quite a bit about the Civil War in the last part of the book and especially a lot of detail about Andersonville Prison.    I had read the book Andersonville many years ago but this was a sad refreshment of my memories of that.   

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:39:34 AM »
Marilyne,  I'm about finished with Hidden Lies.  It reminds me of the frustration I felt when I read The Help.  "Robert" :tickedoff: concerned about his small minded friend's opinions!!    I'm hoping this ends like the Hallmark movies with the girl making an important decision before her life gets too messed up.  Now you know my view.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:43:35 PM »
Last evening I found the novel Necessary Lies on my Hoopla site.  It is an audio book but that's ok.  I can listen when my eyes are tired.   It is starting off to be a good story.  Thanks for the tip.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:47:29 PM »
Thank you once more for the kind thoughts.   Family and friends have been so kind.  During January when I was at home most of time I started a good bit of cleaning out too many years of collecting things and now I'm continuing that project.  I don't plan on moving anytime soon but when that day does come I'd like to be able to pick up and go without a lot of big decisions about letting go. I've admired my mother in that she cleaned out her house while she was able and left very few decisions for her last move.   Today I realized that even though our last child has been gone for many years my first aid closet is still stocked for a family of six. :o . Our house isn't large and I really could enjoy a little more space in that closet.

I've just started a book called The Michigan Street Children by Michael McCarthy.  It is written about an Irish immigrant family who settled in Lockport,NY in the pre Civil War era. Debby bought this book at a Celtic Festival at Olcott,NY last fall directly from the author who signed it. Olcott is just a few miles north of Lockport and sits right on the shores of Lake Ontario.  The subject matter is interesting but I wonder about his phrasing somewhat.  Lockport as well as being our County Seat is on the Erie Canal and that adds interest.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:04:51 PM »
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement.    I have to keep reminding myself that many have gone through this experience and moved on with their life.    I know I will and the words of friends do help so much.    We have been so much more fortunate than many so  have much to be grateful for.

Strangely enough I had a book on my Kindle that I had started a week or so back and have started again to read it since our children have gone home.   The title is What Remains True by Janis Thomas.    I've thought that maybe I shouldn't be reading  just now because it is a story of a family who lost a 5 or 6 year old child to a tragedy and the parents are understandably in deep throes of grief.    BUT,  I've continued with it and found it interesting.   Every chapter is the thoughts of one member of the family,  including the dog!!   ???    Even the child who passed  is part of this and it seems as though his spirit is kept from moving on because of the unresolved situation within the family.    It might be a little far fetched but it does give one the comforting thought that your dear departed lingers near observing and consoling.  I like to think so.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:27:18 PM »
Well,  I'm back....sort of.    My Al  died on February 1.    He had not been feeling well at all since before Christmas.   It was one thing after another but fool that I am,   I thought that any day he would make a come back.   The last week end of January he was really down and on Tuesday the 30th he went into Hospice House and was gone on Thursday afternoon.    I can't say enough about the care he received there at the Hospice House.   They not only kept him clean and comfortable but they were so kind to our family.  Debby and I stayed with him right through and all of the children were  together at the end.  I know that many of you  here have already gone through this and now I realize as I work through the house and see his handiwork all around me how much I have lost.  Our family and friends have been so kind and gracious to us....we are blessed in that respect.   We had nearly 68 years of a marriage that we often marveled about.    We were so young at the start,  we have been amazed that we  were so lucky to have made such a good match and still enjoyed  each other's company.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:37:13 PM »
Jeanne, It sounds like you had a pretty good day today....productive!  It was good to be able to get out in the yard a little.  Our lawn is still pretty wet for walking around but it w would be nice after all the big winds we've had.  Debby and I watched a good movie from Red Box last evening.  It was Victoria and Abdul.  Judy Dench played Queen Victoria. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:24:02 PM »
Marsgal, The book you wrote about in this last post sounds good to me.  I've been quite interested in the Quakers.  It seemed to be that they were way ahead in their thinking about many things.  I've had a couple of friends who grew up Quaker and I admired their way of attitudes.

Tranquil Cove / Re: Jeanne Lee January 11,2018
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:21:09 PM »
Jeanne seems to have had a full and good life. It such a nice picture of how she lived to be there for her family and others that she met along the way.  I enjoyed her pictures and words of wisdom.  Rest in peace dear Jeanne.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:41:11 PM »
Thank you all for your concern for Al.  We had an appt with our family Dr today.  He is ordering some testing to learn a bit more about what the kidneys are doing .....or not doing.  Perhaps we'll know more soon.

Jeanne. It does seem like a nasty winter but on the bright side,the days are getting longer.  I'm sure that your location gets hit harder than we do.  Often Buffalo gets a lot more snow than we do here just a short distance away.

FlaJean,I read a few cozy Christmas stories in December.  It was easy reading and didn't take as much concentration. :) . Good luck with your eye surgery.  I hope your Drs staff will give you the good care that mine did.  They seem to provide every comfort to put you at ease for the procedure. 

Marilyn, We are pretty happy about the new baby.  They live about 15-20 miles away.  I'm reading a book now called The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan.  It's good with a few twists that keep you guessing.  Debby got it from Book Bub and shared it.  I saw a write up for Lilac Girls that sounded interesting but not sure I have the heart for it just now.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:18:16 PM »
I've been a lurker here for a while.  Al has been up and down and doesn't seem to progress steadily.  Anyway, I get notifications of activity here  (on Kindle) in my mail and can read what's posted but for some reason my posts sent from my Kindle don't always get through. I did sit down at the computer today to write but when I pressed the reply button the blank square for a message didn't open up!  Now that's a brand new one for me.  So I'm back to the Kindle and see if I can post today.    It's interesting reading about those of you who read the book about CO and have been talking about familiar places.  Nice to compare notes.  I did get new lenses for my glasses after my cataract surgery and my eyes are doing well though very dry and burning.  Again it is the cold weather and dry air in house.  The new great grandbaby due in March will be a boy....announcement yesterday!  His middle name will be same as Al's.  That is Mc Robert after his Uncle Alfred McR.  A good Scottish name. :)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:37:27 PM »
Lots of good suggestions here.   I better write them down!   ::)    Life has been pretty crazy here this past couple of weeks.   Al's problem didn't resolve itself with the first medication and in fact the sulpha drug caused him a pretty good case of hives and didn't hit the infection.    We spent half a day in the Emergency Room yesterday so that he could receive IV fluids and a change of meds.     He seems much better today but I know that he HAS to drink more water, etc. and he is just a "sipper".   All the Docs  keep telling him to drink more and more and he just doesn't do it.   It is still cold though the weather folks said that today was to be the warmest day of the week and it is 20 deg. but dropping the rest of the week.   We can't complain because our house is warm and we have enough food.    I think often of those who don't have food and shelter.....has to be brutal!  I know that the shelters open extra hours and provide additional beds for this kind of weather but there are people who do have a place but heating is inadequate.

I'm still reading one of my Book Bub novels.   It is called Road Ends: A Novel by Mary Lawson.   A different but interesting family story.   Reminds me a little of the style and subject matter of  Anne Tyler or Jeanette Walls.   Could be depressing but one of the character's story keeps you going to see how she turns out. :)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:55:35 PM »
Good poem  for a new year Marilyne.

As for the dry mouth at night,  it is troublesome.    I've learned recently that if I moisten my lips before I go to bed with Carmex lip balm it help to keep my lips from getting so uncomfortable.    Sometimes when I get up  in the night I will refresh the lip balm and it has helped.    I have the stuff in the tube but what I really like the best is the very heavy balm that comes in a tiny jar.    Yes,  I am a back sleeper and know that breathing through my mouth causes this but since I haven't gone so far as to invest in a chin strap  :yikes: I'm just going to have to put up with it.   Callie,  I'm checking out the Riccola lozenges.  Good thought!   These extremely cold temperatures are causing  problems with dry skin too.   My thumbs at the corners of my fingernails have started cracking like they do in cold weather.    I use a heavy cocoa butter product made by Palmers that feels good on the hands but just doesn't get to the cracked fingers.   I use liquid bandage on those spots and it helps to heal.  We're going to have to change our subject here to "First Aid Helps for Seniors".   ;)

Marilyne,  Thanks for the tip on Off the Shelf.   Good idea.   The Book Page is another that often offers good ideas.

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
Gloria,  Your Jones Beach venue for shows and concerts reminds me of our Earl Brydges Artpark.   It was built in the '70 as a summer theater and a state park.   In the early years the shows were wonderful as were the concerts.    Over the years it has had less and less of good quality shows in the theater  and more and more of outdoor concerts aimed at the younger audience.    Now there is a large outdoor stage and viewing area that attracts large and not so nice crowds.  During the times since these concerts started there has been a constant struggle with policing the folks who frequent the place.   The admission is so cheap ($5. per car) and some park other places in the Village and in getting back to their transportation after the concert,  some wander in various stages of sobriety throughout private yards etc.  It is hard to understand how a State Park can be put to this use.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 30, 2017, 03:04:15 PM »
I'm not sure where you all live, though do know that Marilyne is in the S.F. area,  but I would be suspicious of dry air in the house causing those sore throat symtoms.    We had to have a repair to our dryer vent last week and the service man was talking about the dry air and static in the house during the winter months.    The past couple weeks have been extremely cold here so the furnace is running a lot.    I've been keeping the tea kettle full on the stove on a very low heat setting and I think it does help with the humidity. It is a good time to make soup as well and a pot of simmering soup puts out a good amount of steam.....but we can only use up about so much soup.   :lol:

SCFSue,  The Amazon gift cards are nice aren't they.....there is such choice there.

JeanneP,  If I were you I wouldn't worry about how many books you put on your devices.   From what I understand about the storage,  you can have quite a lot stored on the Cloud and still bring them back onto  your device for reading when you wish.    Since I had my cataracts removed about a month ago,  I find that I can easily read from my Kindle without glasses since I have a larger font setting.   I really enjoy that and notice a big difference when I pick up a book that has smaller print.

I've found that Good Reads is such a busy site that it is hard for me to make good use of it.   The one thing that I do like is that early on I did make a list of books read and books that I'd like to read.   Sometimes I go there for a reminder.   I don't necessarily want every book that I start to read being announced on Facebook!    I doubt that my Friends there are all that interested. :)

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:57:41 PM »
Time Square on New Years Eve has no attraction for me either.    Especially now with so many bad things happening in crowds.   I know that the Mayor of NY and Gov.  have both urged people to go on as usual but it isn't my cup of tea.    With the extremely cold weather we are having here in the east it will be a very very cold place to be this year as well. Besides the music and dancing are as FlJean said like something foreign.   We like to tune into the Buffalo station at midnight.   They have a family party for the evening and fireworks at midnight.  It is fun to see the fireworks going off over  sights that we recognize.  Without Guy Lombardo,  the festivities just don't seem the same.

Gloria,  I can just imagine you out there dancing to his music.   What wonderful memories! 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:45:31 PM »
No books under the Christmas tree for this gal.    As I said earlier,  Debby and I exchanged Christmas books from the library during the holidays and I have a couple free and inexpensive ones from Book Bub to be read.   After we read several of those light and short Christmas stories,  I told her that I was ready to get into something longer and a bit heavier after the new year.   I'm browsing!!  That is the time I clear the dining room table for a jigsaw puzzle too.   She and I  got the very same puzzle for each other for Christmas!   That was funny.

Yesterday I did take another from my Christmas shelf and started to re-read it.   It is a collection of stories by Richard Paul Evans.   Last night I read The Christmas Box and I think the next one is called Timepiece.  If I don't have a book started that I can pick up,  I feel kind of lost.    I know that I can always do some knitting and use up some of my stash of yarn but I did do just a little with fixing a cap I had made last year that seemed a little small.   After I had crocheted just a while my arm started to act up so I guess whatever knitting or crocheting I do will have to be in short times.  When I talked with the Dr. about it a year ago,  he just said that maybe I'd have to stop knitting.   I thought that was not too nice of him to take that attitude! ???   I suppose that there are some things that we just have to adapt to and not try to FIX everything.   Well,  I really got off the subject here, didn't I......will I get a violation notice or reprimand??? :D

Al seems to be feeling a little better today.   He had some scrambled eggs this morning and has been up in his recliner and on the couch rather than in bed today.    That is improvement!!  Happy New Year to you all!

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:00:21 PM »
Last evening we watched the movie Brooklyn.  It was made from the book written by Colm Toibin.   Some of us here read that sometime during the past year.   It was a pretty good story and a good change from the Christmas romances.   There were also a handful of old musicals on but when I saw that title,   I wanted to check it out.    Al hasn't felt well for about a week so he doesn't sit up to see a movie through to 10pm these days.    Finally today we got lab results and a script for an infection that has been making him feel just done in.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:20:58 PM »
You gals are right about the overuse of a theme in books and especially the Hallmark stories.   I suppose I'm a sucker for the Happy ever after and the redemption theme. :-[ . I did like that they brought poor dad into the circle at Thanksgiving.   I thought of the Kent Haruf tale as I read this and also the conversations at the cemetery in regard to The Whole Town's Talking.   Did you not think too of Our Souls At Night when Lucille decided she should move in with Arthur and Maddy???  Good little discussion here anyway.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:01:56 PM »
I just picked up Arthur Truluv from the library yesterday and I'm nearly finished.  It is a good story (IMHO). Guess it's my kind of story.   Of course it isn't quite finished and I haven't peeked to see the ending but it's been a fun few hours with these folks.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:47:59 PM »
Marilyne,   I agree that there are so many interesting titles out there at our fingertips that it is hard to set a priority.  I did finally finish The Crazy Ladies and I thought the ending was just a little strange.  The book was good but it seemed to stretch out through the middle.   I felt that he belabored  their situation a little long.   I'm sure that those years felt like forever while they were happening but I just couldn't seem to get through them.    Debby brought me another Christmas story that she had from the library.    It is a short little story by Melody Carlson call The Christmas Pony.   I have one by her on my Christmas book shelf called The Christmas Bus. Both are short and easy to read stories.    I noticed today on Book Bub that they were offering Ann Tyler's book called Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.    That was mentioned a few months ago here and I read it at that time.   Currently I have a book on my Kindle from the HOOPLA program through our library.   This one is called The Roots of The Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo.    I've just started it but so far, it is good. 

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