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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: Yesterday at 08:38:30 PM »
Hi  Redbud (MaryTX)   Good to see you over here.   I believe we were both in a gardening forum back a few years.  Is that correct?  Nat (Nature) from Toronto was the leader of that group.   He passed away and that forum just sort of dropped for a time.
I have another of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books going now.   The title is The Wake Up.   It is good but a little different kind of story.    It was a Book Bub $1.99 offering.   

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:00:56 PM »
It has been sooooooo quiet here on the Library bookshelf!!    I finally finished High Plains Tango by Robert J. Waller.    It really wasn't that long of a book but I kept getting sidetracked with other reading.    This turned out to be a good story with a few current issues mixed in.   Marilyne, you mention a book by Lisa Wingate a while back called Before We Were Yours.    It seems like I read this some time ago or else Debby read it and we talked about it.   I wonder if you did read it?   I started another last evening that I got through Book Bub.  This one is Washed Away by Geoff Williams.    I don't think I'll finish this.   It is like a documentary of a huge flood across many central states in 1913 and has just too many statistics for me.  I'm in the market for a new title.   Ideas??

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:30:50 PM »
Lucky you! :)   Out here on the "Western NY Frontier" we have to depend on radio or Internet to make those kind of discoveries.  Youtube is great for this.    I listen to a Canadian radio station from Toronto that has pretty good  smooth jazz.  It is better on the car radio than in the house and the sound system in the car is really a lot better as well.

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:54:06 PM »
Rammel,  Thanks for naming the Sax player.  :thumbup:   I couldn't say it at the time.    He is good!  I just sort of stumbled upon Beegie.   I hadn't heard of her before but Al always had Easy Listening on TV  and when I heard her piano,  I started to pay attention to the name of the artist.    Another one I found there is Andre Gagnon.   His rendition of Twilight Time is especially nice.

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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:38:39 PM »
Ferocious,   That duet by Nat Cole and daughter is so beautiful.   When it first came out it was hard to believe how it was done so well.   As some one said here it does bring tears.   So many memories with these lovely oldies.    I have a few artists on my Pandora that do great renditions of many of the '40s melodies that we loved.   Beegie Adair is one of them.   She plays piano and has a good saxaphone player as well.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:26:24 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear about Tomereader's husband passing so suddenly and unexpected.     Prayers for her and her family,   my heart goes out to her.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:58:13 PM »
FlaJean,   That must have been an interesting tour.  I know that Debby would have really liked that as she is a tea fancier.   ;)   One year when we were at Myrtle Beach we drove down Rt. 17 where there was supposed to be places where tea and rice were grown at some time.   That whole part of the country is interesting to me after having read some of the books that are written about it.  I would like to stay out there for a time to be able to get around and visit more of the places of interest at a leisurely pace.  I know that there were a few churches that we didn't get to visit and would have liked to.   We did get into a couple of them but between time and our feet and legs giving out we had to limit how many places we went into.
Marilyne,   I've enjoyed some of the youtubes that were referenced in the site you mentioned about Johnny Mercer.    One especially was with Steve Allen where Mercer sang some of his songs.   I always liked Steve Allen and loved to hear him play piano.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:29:03 PM »
Marilyne,   Debby thought the book was much better than the movie.   She said that the movie is like a book report on the book!  :)    No I didn't come across the website that you mentioned but will look into it.    I know that the story had little to do with J.M. except that Williams owned and lived in the Mercer house.  You are  probably like myself in relating to Mercer in that I had many of the sheet music copies of his songs and he just seemed so familiar.   It was strange when I spoke of him and the young ones just looked like I was talking Greek.  ???   I'm sorry now that we didn't take a regular tour of the city.   We went on foot with our grandson as our guide.    In Charleston we did take the horse and carriage tour and our guide was so very knowledgeable about the city and history of.    We would have learned more of those things in Savannah.   However our tour guide was good and we enjoyed hoofing it around town with him.   He and his mom have had difficult times with their relationship and she said afterward that it was the best visit she has had with him in some time.   He is a great guy but I think their problem is in her letting go and letting him be his own person.....it is time!!

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:28:21 AM »
Just finished another book from Book Bub specials.    This one is Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman.     I bought it because the title caught my attention and it turned out to be  pretty good.   The story is set in Hawaii shortly after Pearl Harbor.   For a light quick read, I would recommend it.
After I finished that book I went back to reading High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller.   It is light reading as well.   Yesterday I was at the library for another errand so couldn't resist browsing the stacks.    I picked up another book by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler.   This title is Life Lessons and it starts out well.  It deals with living  life to the fullest.   Another that I brought home and have read a little is For One More Day by Rich Albom.   This is one of his books that I hadn't read.

Meanwhile Debby and I have been doing a little research since our visit to Savannah where we walked through the Bonaventure Cemetery.   There I noticed a headstone for Johnny Mercer and we stayed out on an island where there was a roadway called Johnny Mercer Blvd.    Our grandson told us that the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed in Savannah and partly in this cemetery so we started to do a little digging and learned that Mercer was born and raised in Savannah.   She is reading the book just now and we watched the movie last weekend and found that scenes in the movie were done in the Mercer house which was owned by the main character.   It has been an interesting journey down memory lane.   Of course our grandson and his mom are too young to be familiar with the name but it was good for us oldies!   :)   I'm sure that some of you know all this about Mercer but I was quite intrigued. 

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:42:21 AM »
oops!   Guess I was looking at the author's name in a dim light.....Robert James Waller....not Walter! :-[ I had read that he also wrote The Bridges of Madison County.    I noticed that because my brother has often mentioned that movie and that he liked it.   

I will check out the other book offer site that you mentioned Tomereader.    Sometimes I feel as though me  preferences aren't too accurate with those place but when I look to change them don't really find choices that fit so I just read the offerings and take 'em or leave 'em.    The book that I'm reading just now called The Last Four seems like a simple Western and I can almost picture John Wayne as the hero.   BUT,  I will finish anyway.   I'm sure that some of the story is based on truth but is a little far fetched in the telling of the outcome.

I wonder is anyone here watched Little Women on Sunday evening.   Debby and I both watched it and were a little disappointed.  I'm not much for action movies but I had a hard time staying awake to see this through. 

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:01:22 PM »
I did enjoy An American Marriage.   I'm not always a fan of Oprah's books but this one was good and kept me reading.    I liked the ending,  though it wasn't what I was looking for.

I have a couple of other books on the Kindle to be read.   One is already started.   It is another about the Orphan Train.   This one called The Last Four by C.J. Petit.    The other is a Book Bub selection called High Plains Tango by Robert James Walter.   Both seem almost like what my mother used to call "Dime Novels" but for lack of something better,  I will continue.   Sometimes there is a surprise in what looks to be an ordinary book.  :)   

Debby and I have started another adventure.   We signed up to be volunteers for the County Home Delivered Meals program.   For the time being we will just serve as substitutes when needed.   This way we can learn the ropes and see if we are ok with it.   We went out this morning with another driver for orientation.   It is challenging to be sure that the right meal goes to the right person!

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:12:49 PM »
I noticed this week that the book An American Marriage was mentioned and the long waiting list at some libraries.    It sounded like a good one so I went to my Hoopla site just on a chance that they would have it.   Low and behold they did and I got the download immediately.   It is a good and quick read.  I see that on my Kindle edition there are about 1500 pages but that goes a lot faster because I have a larger  font set for comfortable reading.   It seems to be a story that keeps me wanting to read on so I know it will be going fast.  It is a different kind of story.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:13:07 PM »
I'm still hanging about, reading the posts on my Kindle but not able to post there so I have to sit down at the computer in order to do that.  ho-hum!!    When I make up my mind what I want to do and get all of these household fix it up  things  done,  I'm going to get a tablet that will handle the internet just a little better.   I can't complain about the Kindle.   It has been a dandy little computer but it does have limitations.  When we were away I was able to keep up with banking and email and all sorts of necessary things.    I'm not thrilled with the fact that these electronic devices have such a short life.   I know that it is necessary to the manufacturers to bring on new and improved features in order for them to stay in business but those of us that are older are used to buying something that will last a good long time.  ::)    Now off the soapbox!    I did finished  Milk Glass Moon and really enjoyed it.  It's been a long time since I read her earlier books and perhaps I didn't read the second of this group but do remember the characters and it was good to be reconnected.

I've been reading some non fiction in the meantime by  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and another writer dealing with losses.   Some is helpful and some not so much.   I suppose you just have to pick and choose what appeals.

The yard and gardens are beckoning with lots of housecleaning to be done.   We've had a couple really bad windstorms that left broken trees and lots and lots of pickup to be done before the grass could be mowed.   I love to work in our yard,  it is great therapy but does take time away from other things.

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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:48:43 PM »
I posted a little earlier today but have been having some problem with my computer so don't know whether it will post like a duplicate to this one or what?!?!?    I've been away visiting family.    I could read the posts here on my Kindle but couldn't post.   Besides that I'm not too comfortable about posting information about being away from home.    Anyway Debby and I went on a road trip to visit family in Charlotte, Savannah and Pennsylvania.   Along the way we visited with some old friends  who are having health problems and it could be the last visit for us.   

I did finish a book that I had borrowed from the library but didn't have concentration  to start a new one.   We did visit a few libraries and I bought a paper back from Friends of the Library.   It is Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani.  I have enjoyed her books and expect this will be the same.

It is good to be back in my own home and especially my kitchen (my favorite room!!).

Callie,  I noticed that you are reading the Elm Creek Quilting books.  My daughter and I read several of those a few years back and liked them very much.   

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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. 

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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.http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/overall-b-reviews/the-crossroads-cafe-by-deborah-smith-2/

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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.

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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. 




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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.  http://www.emilyruskovich.com/   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.   

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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.

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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.   


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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: ......so 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.

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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.

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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.

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« 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.

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« 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.

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« 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. 

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