Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday #4 Proof of Heaven


Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.




The following 2 words were discovered in my current read. 


penultimate  adj     the definition of penultimate is something that is second to last or right before the last item in a series. 

pg 2        On our penultimate jump of the day, out of the D18 Beechcraft at 10,500 feet, we made a 10-man snowflake.



plasmid  noun
A circular, double-stranded unit of DNA that replicates within a cell independently of the chromosomal DNA and is most often found in bacteria; it is used in recombinant DNA research to transfer genes between cells. Also called extrachromosomal element.   from the American Heritage Medical Dictionary. 

pg 43        Further tests revealed that the bacteria living in the man's large intestine had acquired the KPC gene by direct plasmid transfer from his resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection. 


plasmid - Cultural Definition

Search The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
A circular bacterial DNA, sometimes used as a vector for gene insertion or genetic engineering. Plasmids are often the site of genes that code for resistance to antibiotics.

I must admit I have been a bit intimidated by the technical medical jargon in this book and also by the descriptions of his journey into the afterlife. I am about 1/2 way through and I have really liked the descriptions of his family's support, the attention to detail by his doctors. I hope we all would get the same treatment in a medical facility. There is a good index in the back of the book, some other reading lists and a statement by a fellow MD. I am keeping an open mind, because we really don't know what happens to our bodies and our souls at the time of death. I was with my mother at the moment of her death and I don't feel that it was an easy and wondrous transition. At least that was my perception. 

Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Goldfinch




Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.




While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years. I'd been shut up in my hotel for more than a week,  afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the mini-bar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairy-tale sense of doom. By day I sat on the foot of the bed straining to puzzle out the Dutch-language news on television ( which was hopeless, since I knew not a word of Dutch) and when I gave up, I sat by the window staring out at the canal with my camel's hair coat thrown over my clothes - for I'd left New York in a hurry and the things I'd brought weren't  warm enough - even indoors.

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Hachette Audio
Read by David Pittu


It's a bit difficult to get the first paragraph from an audio version. I went to Amazon.com and opened the first page in the "Look Inside" option, then copied it. Hopefully, there are no typos. I double-checked.

Have you read this novel?  Would you read on, now that you have read the first paragraph?
 I have read and heard mixed reviews, but really liked the review by Caitlin on Chaotic Compendiums. I follow Caitlin's blog pretty often and I trust her reviews. So I downloaded it as an audible to my kindle. I'm learning to be OK with the audible version. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy




Monday, January 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? A Reading List and Projects!


 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is 
a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”





Last week I finished Spider Web by Earlene Fowler, the 15th in the Benni Harper series. It also completes the series and was the final title needed to complete the untimed Mega Mix Challenge in the Love of Reading group on Goodreads. That was a really great challenge. You can read my short review from Goodreads here.









The February read for my F2F book club is Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott. It is a tiny book, 112 pages and so at our gathering last week we decided to add Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, MD. I am about 1/2 way through this book and am fascinated and questioning at the same time. I am anxious to finish, write my thoughts and return it to the library so others may have a chance to read it before we meet again in February.


I also have a couple of book in progress.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt from audible.com on my Kindle.  Not sure how I feel about listening to my kindle. But I am enjoying the story so far.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain was recommended to me by my sister. My sister is an intelligent, caring, strong lady, but she rarely reads for pleasure. She reads gardening books and magazines, self-help type books at times, and cookbooks and stock reports and analysis. So when she recommended this book to me, I downloaded it to my kindle.

The Prescribed Burn by Laryssa Wirstiuk was a win from a blog last year. I wish I could remember which one and give them credit here, but the author signed it and sent it to me. It is a collection of short stories so is a great book to have to pick up for short bouts of reading time. All the stories involve Veda, a young woman who is struggling with herself and her world. There is also bonus material  that include color photographs, book club discussion questions and creative writing exercises. I am thoroughly enjoying this book too.

Mr. Busy and I have started another David Baldacci book on CD, Simple Genius.  This is another King and Maxwell book, but written before the last one we listened to. It is not necessary to listen to them in series, although I personally prefer it. Our library does not have all his books on audio, so we are limited.  As always, King and Maxwell stories are very suspenseful. 

Well, if that doesn't make you tired just reading about it, know that last week I also finished a baby blanket for a brand-new great niece, born in Minnesota on Friday. I also made a princess themed pillowcase for her Big Sister, 4 yr old Maddie.  Those will go in the mail today to my nephew and his family of ladies. Yesterday I started a Bronco themed quilt for my grandson's expected baby boy, due in late February. It is coming along nicely. I will have pictures of all projects later this week, I hope.


Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review January Book #5 First Family

First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #4)First Family by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are together again. This time, working together to solve the kidnapping of the First Lady's niece. As usual King and Maxwell work well together, but this story has a side story involving Michelle ( Mick)'s family.

There is lots of "insider" information regarding what happens at the White House. Lots of "spin" put on details, as I imagine really happens in real life these days.

We (my husband and I) listened to this audio book as we both pursued our own hobbies. It was fun to share the story, talk about our reactions and our thoughts on what was going on, what the ending was going to tell us.

Baldacci always weaves a tangled web of information and misinformation to develop the story line. We like trying to figure out the mystery of "who done it" and more importantly why?


View all my reviews


Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy
                                                                                       First Family takes place mostly in Washington DC

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday are woefully wanting! #3







Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.


My reads this week have not given up any new words. I read The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith for my F2F book club, but the only unfamiliar words were English terms that I could not find in the dictionary. That said, last night we met to discuss The Cuckoo's Calling and one of our members had printed off the discussion questions from Lit Lovers.


4. Using a hard-bitten investigator assisted by an young, ambitious "Girl Friday" is a classic detective-story trope. What do you think of Robin Ellacott? What does her character bring to the story?


None of us were sure of the word:  trope

Your Dictionary on Google says:

trope - noun   the definition of trope is a figure of speech, play on words.

example: "If we don't hang together, we'll hang separately."   Ben Franklin's quotation. 


Webster's New World dictionary list several definitions: 

#2  - a common, conventional , theme, motif, style, etc. 

I think it is this definition that applies in that question. 

What about you, did you know trope?


Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy






Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro #3 - Perks



Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.


Title:  the perks of being a wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Published: 1999

This title has been on my TBR list for some time now. I found it on sale at Hastings last week, when I went in to see if I could find the next title for my F2F book club. I did not find Help Thank Wow by Anne Lamont, but found this one. So I did not walk out empty handed. 



August 25,1991
Dear friend,
I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don't want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a return address for the same reason.  I mean nothing bad by this . Honest.



Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy







Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Finishes and Starts Jan 2014


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”



This week is my F2F book club meeting. Our discussion book is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. Here is my review from Goodreads. 

This week I am reading: the 15th in the Benni Harper Mystery series. 
It is the final entry into the Mega Mix Challenge hosted by Love of Reading on Goodreads. It was an untimed challenge and I have been working at it since 11-12. But it was great fun. I may do it all over again on my own with different titles of course.  


Spider Web is set in
San Celina (fictional) California

Mr Busy and I are listening to this Baldacci novel. We have listened to several other titles by David Baldacci during road trips. We always have to finish them at home, because our trips are not 12 -14 hours long. But it is enjoyable, so we decided to borrow one from the library just to share at home. I sew in my sewing room and across the hall, he is building an RC airplane (from scratch). The boombox sit out in the hall so we can both hear and I am in charge of keeping track of where we are in the story, should we have to pause it. It has been fun, discussing our own ideas about the who and why. 
First Family is set in Washington DC

This week too, I will start listening to The Goldfinch on audio-books. I am new to this realm and it is a trial subscription. I don't know if I will continue or not.  

Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday Snapshot GO BRONCOS




Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky (at West Metro Mommy). Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.





I love the sky when it is orange and blue.  Go Broncos!!!    This is my own personal Orange Thingy!
Can you tell I'm a Denver Broncos fan.  For those of you who don't follow the NFL, tomorrow they play the Patriots in Denver for the division championship. Then on to the Super Bowl.



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday #2 One Thousand White Women ~




Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words from one of my recent reads.




ululation - noun
variant of  ululate
1. to howl or hoot
2. to wail or lament loudly                  Webster's New World College Dictionary

It is a language that often appears to be without vowels - a language of the crudest sounds rather than words - hisses, grunts and ululations - strange noises that seem to issue from some older  and more primitive earth....



perforce - adverb

1.by or through necessity, necessarily       Webster's New World Dictionary
by force of circumstance                  American Heritage Dictionary

- for fear that once we don savage garb, we become perforce savages - not just the brides of savages, but savages ourselves...... 



corporeality - noun

The state or quality of being corporeal; bodily existence         Webster's New World Dictionary


We are beginning to realize that the savages' world has even a different corporeality than ours, and one quite inaccessible to us.



Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Beautiful Red Amaryllis - Lorraine's' Delight

Here are the pictures of my mother's amaryllis taken Monday morning and again today, Tuesday.
 Sunday Morning it begins to open

 Such a cheerful happy flower to brighten this wintry morning. Love it!
It won't last long. It grows quickly and fades quickly too. 



I'm still reading Winter Garden. Watching my amaryllis makes me long for my garden. Come On Spring. 



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy







First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2




Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.



His two girls are curled together like animals whose habit is to sleep underground, in the smallest space possible. Cosima knows she's the older, even when she's unconscious: one of her arms lies over Halimeda's shoulder as if she intends to protect them both from their bad dreams. Dr. Homer Noline holds his breath, trying to see movement there in the darkness, the way he's watched pregnant women close their eyes and listen inside themselves trying to feel life. 



Animal Dreams
Barbara Kingsolver
HarperCollins Publishers
1990


Would you read on?  I probably wouldn't based on this first paragraph, but it is an upcoming selection of my F2F book club. It is a favorite author of one of our members and she recommended it. She is a Jr High social studies teacher, so I know she is intelligent and well read. So I will read more of this when the time draws closer to it's read date. I'm sharing it with you today because it is new to my bookself. I found it by accident in the Used Section of our Hastings. It is a hardcover and it was only $5.49. Could not pass it up at that price, knowing I was going to read it anyway.


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. If you visit Sheila's blog you can click the Mister Linky and see what others are reading. But fair warning----that could lead to titles added to your to-be-read list. It happens to me all the time.


Today I am reading: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.


From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time - and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother's life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

I am reading this  because I really enjoy reading Kristin Hannah, it was recommended to me by a friend, and it is the January read for the Love of Reading group that I am a member of on Goodreads. I just started it last night, and my eyes did not let me get very far!  But I am sure it will be a good one.  I had not yet read the synopsis from Goodreads, but already I know that the fairy tale Anya told her daughters is not so much a fairy tale, but a real life story. I still think that I will enjoy it. 

Just to keep any of you who care, in the loop, here are the latest photos of the amaryllis that is growing in my living room window.  If you are familiar with amaryllis, they grow very quickly once they come out of dormancy and form a bud stalk. It is fun watching the changes day to day. 
 Saturday after I posted Saturday Snapshot and a day in the sun.
 Sunday early in the day.

This is how it looks this morning. I am pretty sure they will open today. A beautiful red!


Today, also I plan to finish a Christmas project that I did not finish before Christmas. And I will work on a baby blanket for my nephew and his wife's second daughter due this month. Also a "big sister " pillowcase for their older daughter, Maddie. Maddie is four and although she will be ok with all the attention paid the new baby, it might be nice to have a little present for herself.   Don't you agree?


Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What's In A Name 2014 #3 and Where Are You Reading? Wyoming


What's In A Name 2014 is a challenge that is hosted by Charlie at Worm Hole. You can click on this link to get to the sign up post and learn a bit more about this favorite of mine challenge. This books fulfills the # 3  part of the Challenge, a title with a number written in letters.

I am also linking this review to the Where Are You Reading Challenge hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.You can either click the link above to check out Sheila's blog or here to see Where I have been reading.


One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May DoddOne Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Though I have read other reviewers say this book was unlikable or unbelievable, I liked it. I also found that although I know the story is fiction, I could believe the events. Maybe it stems from growing up in the region. I know the Black Hills, Ft Laramie, Ft Robinson, the Tongue River, the Big Horn Mountains. I have visited museums and historical sites that show that the Cheyenne, the Sioux, the Crow all lived in the place I call home.

I grew up listening to the Dakota Sioux at Pow Wow in the Black Hills. I have seen the native dress and watched the native dancers.

I loved the pictures that Jim Fegus painted of the wildlife and the landscape. The descriptive words of the Indians and the treatment of the very real emotions that the White Women experienced.

This book was recommended to me by several friends and they did not steer me wrong.


View all my reviews


Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy






One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
is set in the late 1800 in Nebraska and Dakota Territory. The places mentioned in the story are in what is now Wyoming. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Snapshot Amaryllis #5- #9





Saturday Snapshot is hosted every Saturday by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads
To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you ( or a friend or family member) have thaken then leave a direct link to you post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. Please don't post random photos that you find online. 



Last Saturday I posted pictures of my amaryllis that was starting to bloom. Today here are 5 more photos taken  every other day. A couple are the same day, a different view. 





These were taken at night, against my front room sheers. I didn't realize how wrinkled the sheer curtain was til I saw this photo.  Yikes, I need to get the steamer out!
As the bloom starts to open, it looks a little like it is from outer space. Or maybe a tad bit X-rated!


It is nearly 18" tall now and I think it will be a red flower. I wish I knew the variety name.  Usually they are so descriptive. 









I am writing this on Friday night. If it blooms in the morning, I will post another picture before linking this to Snapshot Saturday. Otherwise I will post a photo on the first day it blooms, even if it is Tuesday. 

Until Next Time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy