Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday #615

Join us at Kathy's blog, BermudaOnion's Weblog to share new words you discovered while reading, or new words you encounterd somewhere else.

I did not find any new words in my reading this week. But M-W(Merriam Webster) has a word of the day on their site and I now get it delivered to my email. Today's word is one I suppose I knew but do not use, instead I use the more popular "foodie".  Can you guess today's word?

gourmand:  n.  1.  one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking
                         2. one who is heartily fond of good food and drink.

Although the first definition seems to me to be about gluttony, the second is more like the one I would use.

My sister is an fantastic cook. She keeps journals of menus and recipes,  writes (gasp!) in her cookbooks and plans even an everyday meal to include placemats, cloth napkins, candles and good wine.   I would say she is a gourmand, wouldn't you?

That's my wondrous word this week. I am going to try to use it in my everyday speech.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Dewey!

 Diane at Bibliophile By The Sea hosts this every Tuesday meme, to give us a place to share the first paragraph of the book we are reading or plan to read soon. It is also a great place to peek in to see  what others are reading.

Dewey's Nine Lives - The Legacy of the Small-Town Cat Who Inspired Millions.
Vicky Myron with Bret Witter
2010 in arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group


"Thank you, Vicki, and thank you Dewey....I don't believe in angels, but Dewey comes close."
                                                                                             -Christine B. Tampa, FL

I disagree with the person who wrote that letter, because I do believe there are angels walking among us, helping us grow. I believe in "teachable moments," when we can learn something valuable about life if our eyes and hearts are open to the world around us. These angels of opportunity, as I like to think of them, come in all forms. They appear thanks to the important people in our lives, but also through chance meetings and strangers.  I believe Dewey Readmore Books, the famous library cat of Spencer, IA, was one of those angels. He taught so many lessons, and touched so many lives, that I can't dismiss it as chance. And I don't believe in coincidence.

I am looking forward to starting this book. Have you read this one or the first one written by Vicki Myron, ?  Would you read these?

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #715

Join us at Book Journey and share what you are reading this week. I missed you all last week. We were traveling back from a funeral in Iowa and made it as far as my sister's house on Sunday. She prepared a marvelous dinner ( as always) and we talked and had a wonderful visit. The next morning, Monday, we started home. It is only 2.5 hours but we drove in cloudy dreary, sunshine, sleet showers, snow so thick you could not see over 3 car lengths ahead. YUCK!

Anyway, I did not have a Monday, What Are You Reading post. I finished 52 Cups of Coffee, you can check out my quick review on Goodreads, here.  Mr. Busy and I also listened to The Forgotten by David Baldacci while in the car for 20+ hours.

I also finished Beloved by Toni Morrison, but I have yet to do a review. It was a very difficult read for me. And I  finished Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman which I loved, by the way.

This week I am in the middle of :

"In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .
Welcome to Too Much--where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it's well known that the females in Mary Dell's family have two traits in common--superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.
While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she'll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted--a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . "

and I will start reading ,

This book will be one of the selections for Mega Mix II Challenge on Goodreads and I may use it for the Animal selection for What's In A Name 2015 Challenge, hosted by Charlie at The Worm Hole. If interested you can read about it here.

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, Beloved, Between Heaven and Texas, Dewey's Nine Lives, and the audio edition of The Forgotten by David Baldacci all will be listed on the Library Challenge section of the

 2015 Challenges tab at the top of my page.

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Late Valentine Week Post - Saturday Snapshot

I'm linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads.  Last week, Valentine week, we were on the road. We put a lot of miles on my car, saw some interesting sites along the way. But we were on a mission, so did not stop for pictures. We were attending a funeral for my DH aunt. She lived to be 95 and she was a favorite aunt, so we felt compelled to attend. We traveled to Madison County, Iowa and I want very much to return to take time to see the Bridges of Madison County.

When we returned a cousin had posted some pictures that he found in my aunts things. They are old pictures, mostly taken by my father. He was an amateur photographer and even developed his own photos in a basement darkroom.

This one was not taken by him obviously, but it is my mom and dad in 1945. My mom always said my dad was the love of her life and this surely shows that sentiment.

This is my dad, my two brothers and me building a snowman. Did you notice Dad took his hat off to add to the snowman for the picture. This is probably 1958 or so. My youngest brother was born in 1955 and I think he looks about 3 here. Notice too, that I have on a skirt!!!!

This is a photo of the four jays, my dad used to call us. All our names start with J. This photo was on a Christmas card that year. I am in the middle holding the youngest, Jeff. We are left to right, Jane, Jeff, Judy and  Judd.

These photos bring back warm loving memories of my parents and my childhood.

Do you have old photos that bring back memories?

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Forgotten by David Baldacci Library Challenge #3

The Forgotten (John Puller, #2)The Forgotten by David Baldacci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again, David Baldacci has hit a home run. This is John Puller #2 and though it references what happened it book number 1 in West Virginia, you don't have to know in order to make this book make sense.

John Puller is ready for some R&R from his regular job of CID Army Special Agent. His dad is a retired 3 Star General and in the VA with dementia. His brother Robert is in prison, Army prison. His favorite aunt in Florida, his dad's older sister has sent a letter telling of strange happenings at night in Paradise Florida and of people not being who they seem.

John goes to investigate at his father's "orders" and the ensuing story is heart-stopping, heart-warming and heart-rending. When he gets to Florida to check in on Aunt Betsy Puller Simon, he finds that she is dead. The local police have it tagged as an accident, John is not convinced and uses the connections he has at the DOD and other agencies to investigate on his own. He finds a huge "strange happening" and finds that many people in the small city of Paradise are not who they seem to be.

David Baldacci tells a story that will keep you on the edge of your chair. We listened to this book as an audio recording and the narrators, Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do an amazing job of giving voice to all the different characters in this story. I recommend this novel to any one who likes a great mystery with a little espionage and a little love thrown in.

View all my reviews

Library challenge book #3

Until next time. 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt  
Beth Hoffman
Penguin Press 2010

Cecelia Rose Honeycutt is twelve, way to young to be the caretaker for her mother, Camille. Cee Cee's mother has dropped over the edge of sanity in her attempt to find her place in life. She resorts to visions of beauty pageants, shopping sprees at Goodwill, heavy make-up, and fancy dresses. All this embarrasses Cee Cee. Her school mate laugh at her, the whole town whispers behind her back. Worst of all her father is gone, working, or philandering but just gone. He too is unable and unwilling to deal with a psychotic wife. When tragedy strikes, he has to do something.

Tallulah Caldwell, her previously unknown great-aunt agrees to take her to Savannah. Cee Cee is unsure, but intrigued with the vintage Packard convertible and the heady perfume of prosperity that she sees. Back in Savannah, Cee Cee finds a family of women who love her,  Tootie Caldwell is a well-respected member of Savannah's Garden Club society and with her housekeeper, Oletta, take Cee Cee under their respective wings. There is the exotic neighbor Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who skinny dips in her outdoor bathtub and Violene Hobbs who entertains a police officer in her canary yellow negligee,  Oletta's friends Chessie and Nadine who take her on a road trip to dip her toes in the ocean, they all keep her entertained and protected that summer.

Beth Hoffman writes a wonderful story of  a little girl's transformation to young woman full of promise and life. This is a story with a cast of wise, generous and uniquely eccentric women who love and support each other. I give it 5 stars.

This is book #4  on my Readers' to the Rescue Library Challenge with a goal of +28.

 Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday #515

It's Wondrous Words Wednesday again. Join Kathy at BermudaOnion's Weblog and others to share or just highlight interesting and wondrous words.

I am slowly reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I found this word.

coffle : a train of slaves or animals fastened together.

"Brandywine was leading him, in a coffle with ten others, through Kentucky into Virginia.

I knew what it was as used in the sentence and the entire paragraph, but I had not seen the actual word before. Beloved is a difficult read.

Not any other words. I just subscribed to a Word of the Day email, but the words have not been new to me yet. But I will keep getting it, because I will find a new one eventually.

Glad to be back here today,
Missed some of my other favorite memes due to travel.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday #415

Wednesday on Kathy's blog, BermudaOnion's Weblog, is a great place to showcase words you found while reading or other wondrous words you want to highlight.  Post your words, then link up at Kathy's Blog to share your word or words. 

I did not find any words in my regular reading this week. So I went to the Merriam Webster website and perused their Word of the Day list.

On February 4th the word was:

quotidian:  adj.

1. occurring every day
2. belonging to each day: everyday
3. commonplace, ordinary

After weeks on the road, it felt good to be back to our quotidian routines.

On February 6th the word was:

inimical: ad

1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
2. a) having  the disposition on an enemy: hostile
    b) reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly

The mayor's proposal received an inimical response from members of the town council.

These words were unknown to me. I hope to use them this week in my quotidian speech!

We will be gone the rest of the week and maybe through Monday. We are attending a family member's funeral in Iowa. Hopefully the roads and weather will cooperate with us. It is a 600 mile drive, so it will take these "old folks", 2 days. I will be reading and also stitching while I ride.

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Into #515

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea host this Tuesday meme. It is a a place to share the first paragraph of a book you are currently reading or hope to read soon. Come link up and take a peek at what others are reading. 

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Beth Hoffman
Penguin Group 2010

Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road. That's what three eyewitnesses told the police. The first time I remember my mother wearing red shoes was on a snowy morning in December 1962, the year I was seven years old. I walked into the kitchen and found her sitting at the table. No lights were on, but in the thin haze of dawn that pushed through the frostbitten window, I could see the red high-heeled shoes peeking out from beneath the hem of her robe. There was no breakfast waiting, no freshly ironed school dress hanging on the basement doorknob. Momma just sat and stared out the window with empty eyes, her hands limp in her lap, her coffee cold and untouched. 
I stood by her side and breathed in the sweet scent of lavender talcum powder that clung to the tufts of her robe.
"What's the matter, Momma?"

I am looking forward to reading this one. It has been on my TBR list for a while and last Friday, as I was wandering the library shelves, it jumped out at me. So I pulled it off the shelf !

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading. #615

Each Monday, Sheila host this meme, as a place to share the book you are currently reading or hope to start soon. Join us at Book Journey, Sheila's blog, and tell us what your are reading.

This week I am reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I am probably one of a handful of reader who haven't read it yet. It was published in 1988 and was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner. 

We are traveling in the latter part of the week, so I will take one of the following books along. 

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .

Welcome to Too Much--where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it's well known that the females in Mary Dell's family have two traits in common--superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.
Dewey's Nine Lives offers nine funny, inspiring, and heartwarming stories about cats--all told from the perspective of "Dewey's Mom," librarian Vicki Myron. The amazing felines in this book include Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told adventures are shared, and several others who Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her. Vicki learned, through extensive interviews and story sharing, what made these cats special, and how they fit into Dewey's community of perseverance and love. From a divorced mother in Alaska who saved a drowning kitten on Christmas Eve to a troubled Vietnam veteran whose heart was opened by his long relationship with a rescued cat, these Dewey-style stories will inspire readers to laugh, cry, care, and, most importantly, believe in the magic of animals to touch individual lives.

Twelve-year-old CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille— the crown-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. Though it’s 1967 and they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’s 1951 and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia.

The day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress and tiara as she blows kisses to passing motorists, she knows her mother has completely flipped. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, a previously unknown great-aunt comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. Within hours of her arrival, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities—a world that appears to be run entirely by women.

Any recommendations?  I'm leaning toward Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. It has been on my TBR list for a really long time.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday. #315 from Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Every Wednesday Kathy hosts this wonderful meme. Join us at Kathy's blog, Bermuda Onion's Weblog to share new words you discovered while reading, or to highlight other words you wish to share. 

I found these while reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I loved it. 

1. concatenated: transitive verb - to link together in a series or chain.

"She enjoyed all of the concatenated moments of presenting in front of a listening audience --- teaching, performing, telling a story, teeing up for a heated debate."

2. saccade: noun - a small rapid jerky movement of the eye, especially as it jumps from fixation on one  point to another (as in reading) 

"Once they were outside, she meant to ask John what that awkward saccade was all about, but she became distracted by the gentle beauty of the cotton-candy snow that had begun to fall while they were inside, and she forgot."

3. meiosis : noun  -  the cellular process that results in the number of chromosomes in gamete-producing cells being reduced to one half and that involves a reduction division in which one of each pair of homologous chromosomes passes to each daughter cell and a mitotic division 

"What if she'd known that she carried this gene, this fate, in every cell of her body" Would she have conceived these children or taken precautions to prevent them? Would she have been willing to risk the random roll of  meiosis?"  

        I'm not sure I truly understand this term, but think it has something to do with the fact that a                 mother can pass the defective gene of the a disease on to her children. 

4. plenary: adj - a)   attended by all the people who have the right to attend.  b) complete in every way

"Speaking of the Alzheimer's Association, Alice, I just received their program for the annual Dementia Care Conference, and I see you're giving the opening plenary presentation," said Dr. Davis. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - #415

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea, hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where she shares the first chapter (or a few) of a book she is reading or is thinking of reading soon. You can do the same. Just check out her blog and link up your First Chapter First Tuesday post.

My Sweet Valentine - The Pride Series- Sara and Allen
Jill Sanders
Published by Jill Sanders January 2014


Allen struggled to hold the Blackhawk steady. He could hear the bullets flying by and, for just a second, he closed his eyes and prayed. Then he took a deep breath and pointed the nose of the chopper where he needed to be. Signaling his crew they were in position, he held his hand steady as his men extracted the marines from the site. 

Chapter One

Five years later.....
Allen was caged in again. Every time he turned to get away, there was another opponent. They were faster, smaller, and younger than he was. Even though they were well matched in numbers, his crew was about to get their butts whipped. He went in for the kill, only to get stuffed and served. 

Ok, the prologue doesn't match the cover, but I think it is setting up the character Allen. He is a Blackhawk chopper pilot, must be a good guy!   The first paragraph in Chapter One, doesn't tell us anything.  As we read on, we understand it is a  basketball game of  teenagers and some older, some married, some single guys who are friends. Then the story starts to lead us in the direction of a proper chick lit book. Boy meets girl, girl is smitten, boy is handsome, a tiny bit arrogant, but a nice guy none the less.
 I'm on page 44 of 234 and it has all the makings of a sweet valentine story. So, would you read on? Are you in the mood for a seasonal, love story?

I think it will be a fun and sugary read. I'm gonna sit down and grab a cup of peach oolong tea and a chocolate chip cookie and have a good time.

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, February 2, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #515

Join us at Book Journey to share what you are reading and to see what others are reading. This every Monday meme will most definitely add to your readings lists. I did finish Still  Alice by Lisa Genova, an amazing story. My short review on Goodreads is here.

Sara Lander was back in town. She had big plans for her inheritance along with her freshly printed business degree and years of experience in some of Seattle’s finest bakeries, she has a rich idea for Pride. Sara's Nook is going to be the next biggest thing to hit town. All she needs now is to steer clear of the hunky ex-Navy SEAL who is hell bent on taking all her focus away from starting her own business.

Reading this one this week, and still savoring 52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhart.  I hope to get all three of the books read that I need for the February challenge from Love of Reading on Goodreads.  I need to read a book with a pink or red cover, a book under 300 pages, and a book with Love, Heart, Hope, Date, Kiss,Desire or Beloved in the title. Sounds like fun.

I also am working on my non-reading quilt challenge. See the progress here.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy