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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: Yesterday at 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. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:52:49 PM »
No Sue,  I didn't get any warning and I surely hope that you haven't gotten into anything because of it.    If you want to read it I wonder if you just searched his name or the book title and then chose one of the reviews.  That is how I found it and had no problem.     Sorry if I caused you any.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 30, 2017, 09:20:46 PM »
Marilyne,   When you look into the book The Christmas Train,  also check on one called Wish You Well by D. Baldacci.  It isn't his usual style either.   Here is an interesting article about his writing of that book.      This article struck a chord with me as I have been working on a small family tree for one of our great granddaughters.    She is just 10 so it will be brief but hope it will catch her attention enough to pursue it some later.    In researching some of the family I am reminded of some of the stories that I already know and now wish I had more of those.   My mother and grandmother were good family historians.    It doesn't seem to interest some people until it is too late to capture those memories.

I did enjoy reading News of the World sometime during this past year.   She had a good way with words.

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: November 30, 2017, 09:02:22 PM »
Marilyn, When you are looking at David Baldacci's books take a peak at one called Wish You Well.  I think you might like that one.  I did and it is not his usual style.

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:18:48 PM »
Callie and Marilyne,   I'm smiling at the conversation about Our Souls at Night.  I thought that JF really "turned out" quite glamorous for her evening in the city.  I suppose I'm pretty back country but couldn't imagine such a drastic change of wardrobe.  That would be one of those dresses that you wear once then hang it in the closet forever, me thinks!   The other thing that had me thinking was why she didn't warm him up with a few dinner invites before she popped the big least get on a first name basis.   :)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:33:38 PM »
We enjoyed watching The Christmas Train on Saturday.   My husband who hates the commercials and usually goes off to bed about 9:30, commented that the commercials were short and he stayed to watch the whole movie.   I liked that there were a few surprises mixed into the story.....not all so predictable as the usual Hallmark Christmas stories.   Just another review! :)

I should interject here that I still have The Crazy Ladies kind of waiting in the wings.  It seems to be a book that doesn't move along like it seems like it should but in all fairness I haven't sat down for any stretch of time to give it a "push" either.   I started looking at my shelf of Christmas books and thought I would get through The Christmas Train before it aired, but didn't.  Debby brought over a small Christmas story by  Mary Higgins Clark,  Silent Night. It was a quick and good short read to get me into the spirit of the season.   

Leisure Activities / Re: Poetry
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:27:26 PM »
Marilyne,   My grandmother used to recite Wynken, Blynken and Nod to us quite often.   It paints delightful mind pictures, doesn't it?

On my bookshelf is a small book called A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.   Originally it had a hard cover but after 80 years of tumbling around through the family collection it is reduced to just the front and back pages for covers.  I must have nearly memorized that little book in my early reading years.    We didn't have piles of books as children but what we had we read and re read.   

Town Talk / Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:56:09 AM »
Marsgal,  Have to tried to charge your Fire with a different charger?  A while back mine seemed dead.  At the suggestion of my brother I tried charging it with a different charger.  That was the problem.   It's fine now. :)

Periwinkle (Vinca)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:15:17 AM »
Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!    Just wanted to send an alert (if you hadn't noticed already) that David Baldacci's  The Christmas Train will be on Hallmark this Saturday, Nov 25.  This is one that I have on my Christmas book shelf.    I'm anxious to see what they do with this story.   Probably the usual "Hollywood" effects.  :)

Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:11:22 AM »
Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   I noticed that the movie The Christmas Train will be on Hallmark this Saturday Nov.25.    I enjoyed the book and hope the movie will be as good.  ;)   I'm not a follower of  David Baldacci but did like this book and also another he wrote called Wish You Well. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Poetry
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:01:32 AM »
Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving!    In preparation for our family gathering, I was getting my apple pie ready for transporting and thought of the traditional addition of a slice of cheese.    Our great granddaughter age 9 is quite inquisitive about things that are new for her and we have talked a bit about this custom before.   Anyway I took out my favorite block of sharp cheddar and sliced a few slices to take along.....not everyone is so old fashioned as Granny.   In thinking about the cheese and apple pie I decided to do just a little research and came across this poem by Eugene Field and thought I'd share it this Thanksgiving morning.

  Poems by Eugene Field : 33 / 287   Apple-Pie And Cheese - Poem by Eugene Field         
   Full many a sinful notion
 Conceived of foreign powers
Has come across the ocean
 To harm this land of ours;
And heresies called fashions
 Have modesty effaced,
And baleful, morbid passions
 Corrupt our native taste.
O tempora! O mores!
 What profanations these
That seek to dim the glories
 Of apple-pie and cheese!

I'm glad my education
 Enables me to stand
Against the vile temptation
 Held out on every hand;
Eschewing all the tittles
 With vanity replete,
I'm loyal to the victuals
 Our grandsires used to eat!
I'm glad I've got three willing boys
 To hang around and tease
Their mother for the filling joys
 Of apple-pie and cheese!

Your flavored creams and ices
 And your dainty angel-food
Are mighty fine devices
 To regale the dainty dude;
Your terrapin and oysters,
 With wine to wash 'em down,
Are just the thing for roisters
 When painting of the town;
No flippant, sugared notion
 Shall my appetite appease,
Or bate my soul's devotion
 To apple-pie and cheese!

The pie my Julia makes me
 (God bless her Yankee ways!)
On memory's pinions takes me
 To dear Green Mountain days;
And seems like I see Mother
 Lean on the window-sill,
A-handin' me and brother
 What she knows 'll keep us still;
And these feelings are so grateful,
 Says I, 'Julia, if you please,
I'll take another plateful
 Of that apple-pie and cheese! '

And cheese! No alien it, sir,
 That's brought across the sea,-
No Dutch antique, nor Switzer,
 Nor glutinous de Brie;
There's nothing I abhor so
 As mawmets of this ilk-
Give me the harmless morceau
 That's made of true-blue milk!
No matter what conditions
  Dyspeptic come to feaze,
The best of all physicians
 Is apple-pie and cheese!

Though ribalds may decry 'em,
 For these twin boons we stand,
Partaking thrice per diem
 Of their fulness out of hand;
No enervating fashion
 Shall cheat us of our right
To gratify our passion
 With a mouthful at a bite!
We'll cut it square or bias,
 Or any way we please,
And faith shall justify us
 When we carve our pie and cheese!

De gustibus, 't is stated,
 Non disputandum est.
Which meaneth, when translated,
 That all is for the best.
So let the foolish choose 'em
 The vapid sweets of sin,
I will not disabuse 'em
 Of the heresy they're in;
But I, when I undress me
 Each night, upon my knees
Will ask the Lord to bless me
 With apple-pie and cheese!
  Eugene Field

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:37:05 PM »
Marilyne,  Your thoughts on Crazy Ladies sound much like mine.  Funny isn't it how we can just stumble onto a good author that we haven't read before.  I've been a little bogged down with reading.  I shouldn't have started that one so soon because I had the WWII English one my brother had sent going but I just decided to take a peek into Crazy Ladies and got hooked. ;) .  Meanwhile the Jan Karon book that I had out from Library and didn't have time to finish came around for me again so I need to finish that before it's due again.  Oh well I'll still have Trevanian waiting for me as that is a Kindle book.  It's nice not to run out of good choices....just pushed me a bit.  Meanwhile I'm trying to get a beginning family tree done for our GGD for Christmas.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:32 AM »
Welcome to the "Crazy Ladies" Tomereader.   It will bring back some memories.  I'm thinking of one story he tells about bouncing a ball against the house wall and having a neighbor shag him away.  We had a brick house next door that was a perfect wall for one of those games. ::)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:44:41 PM »
Marilyn,  I hope you are enjoying Crazy Ladies as much as I am.  I like the reference to the Hit Parade.  That was not to be missed at our house and his mention of all the old songs brings up fond memories.  His mother was quite ingenious as were many mothers of those years.  I recognize some of my own mother's economy measures.😏

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:23:03 PM »
Marilyne,   I've been getting behind in reading since the World Series started. :-[    Al is a Yankees fan but this year he seemed to be interested in following the Series so I got started and wanted to see it through.   I've had two books going at the same time so the reading has been pretty slow.  I did sit down last evening and read quite a bit of The Crazy Ladies.   It is good and easy reading.    The other book is one that my brother sent and is a WWII story in and around London.  I think I mentioned it before that it is very similar to the Maggie Hope series that I read just a couple months ago.   Anyway, since he thought enough to send it, I thought I would finish it.   At the same time I've been trying to construct a simple family tree for one of the great granddaughters.    She is 9 years old and seems to have such an inquiring mind.   I've thought it would be nice for her to see in pictures how she was connected to all of the rest of usand how we fit into her family.  When I was a youngster we lived in a small town that had many, many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, etc.    I never really was able to fit them all into place on the family tree until much later in my life.  Maybe that is just a quirk with my thinking that I ought to be able to place every relative on their correct branch of the "Tree".   ;)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 28, 2017, 02:34:09 PM »
Callie, The Internet is a wonderful tool in keeping connection with our young family members.  I've done the same with my grandson who lives in Savannah.    I like to be able to visualize the places where they live and work even if I can't go there.  Our son drives truck and whenever he phones I ask where he is travelling  to.    I have told him that I like to be able to "place him in my mind" based on his destination for the day.  When they went to France this year he did a good job of posting pictures to Facebook so that we were able to enjoy the sights as they went along.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:58:08 AM »
Callie,  Wouldn't it be fun to be able to get your granddaughter to read New York at the same time that you did so you could talk about it from her viewpoint.    It probably would be a little hard to pick out some of those places now as some of the landmarks would be gone but overall the general layout of the city is still there.     I know, I know it is dreaming to think that one of our grandchildren would have time or interest to be reading anything that we would be interested in but it's a nice thought. ::)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:14:40 PM »
Marilyne, it's funny you should mention A Tree Grows in Brooklyn because I've been thinking of re reading it myself.  I was pretty young when I read it also.   It was a good story and since reading several others about the Irish in New York I've thought it would be worth reading it again.   Also several years ago we went on a short visit to NY city and while we were there we saw the bridge.   I had to think while we were there of the many stories that took place during those early years  within the shadow of that structure. 

I wonder how many of the readers here have read the book New York by Edward Rutherford.   That was interesting though it went back many years before the great immigration.

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