Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

 Kathy at Bermuda Onion hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday. A chance to highlight words you find while reading or occasionally by listening. Share your words then link up with Kathy's blog so we can all learn a new wondrous word.

My current read is The Accidental Bachelor by Tim Holsten.  There are lots of words that are Hawaiian, but I can get the meaning by the use in the sentence. Also, there is a great deal of dialogue with Finnegan's boss, Duke that is pidgin. Hard to read, sometimes hard to understand.

kapu - noun ( in Hawaiian traditional culture and religion) a set of rules and prohibitions for everyday life.

Every guy in the place was staring at my teacher's hibiscuses. How could they not know it was kapu?

This word was used later in the book and then the meaning was clear.

I keep hoping this book will give me a reason to like it. A reason for Finnegan to get a grip and make something of his life.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TBR Triple Dog Dare vs Read The Books You Buy -

       Either way I am a Winner!!

Yesterday, after reading Laurel-Rain Snow's post about Reading The Books You Buy, I had to double check a couple of the titles I included on my list. As it turns out, several of the books on my Kindle were purchased before June 2015. Thanks Amazon for keeping track for me. The titles will work to complete the TBR Triple Dog Dare of only reading books already owned from January 1st until April 1st. But they are too old to be included on Kathryn's Read The Books You Buy Challenge. So check the corrections on my pages tab, 2016 Challenges.

I am going to continue to read some of my old titles whether they fit a challenge or not. Some will work for Women's Fiction Challenge and maybe I can even find one that fits a category in What's In A Name 2016. Maybe I'll start my own personal EBook challenge!

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros- The Littlest Cowboy ( The Texas Brands Book #1)

I am linking up this morning with Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea. Every Tuesday she hosts a  place to share a book you are currently reading or one you plan to start soon. Write a post about your current read and then link up at Diane's blog. From there, you can check on what others are reading or hoping to read soon.

The Littlest Cowboy
Maggie Shayne
Published 1996

Chapter 1

Garrett Brand awoke in a cold sweat, some foreign kind of dread gnawing at his stomach. Heart pounding, he sat up fast and wide-eyed, his fist clenching defensively before he got hold of himself. Blinking the sleep haze from his eyes and taking a few deep breaths, he let his tense muscles relax and unclenched his fists. There was nothing wrong. There was no reason for that panicky feeling that had slipped through him like a ghost slipping through a wall. No reason at all.  

This has been on my Kindle for some time. I must admit, the cover won me over and the price. I believe it was 99 cents  on Amazon. What do you think?  Would you read more? I was wondering how the cover connects with the story but if you check the synopsis on Goodreads, it will give you a clue.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

On my Kindle since November 2013.

The Accidental Bachelor by Tim Holsten

Goodreads Synopsis:

Finn McCallister has serious doubts about his career. The receptionist in his coastal California real estate office wears her wetsuit to work, and his eccentric boss lectures in Pidgin: Braddah Finn, tell dem kook clients to pound sand! As the last of his friends to find a customer for his surname, hungover from one singles-bar karaoke of "Heat of the Moment" too many, Finn senses his personal life, too, is circling the drain.

In an attempt to outrun his insecurities, Finn trains for a marathon and literally collides with doe-eyed veterinarian Kim, who awakens primal feelings dormant since Phoebe Cates graced the halls of Ridgemont High. As Finn gains momentum from this new relationship, he attempts to rehabilitate his toxic best friend, Carmichael, whose marriage has flatlined. Still playing point guard from their high school basketball glory days, Carmichael plans a guys' weekend in the one city diametrically opposed to rehabilitation--Las Vegas.

An epic desert battle of Finn's morals versus Carmichael's impulses results. In combat, Finn slips back into a Members Only jacket, reunites with a (now clothing-optional) prom date, clubs with a Saved by the Bell alum, and stages the ultimate 80s-tribute concert. In the heat of the moment, in a last-stand effort to save a friend, Finn risks destroying his own future.

My Thoughts so far:

I am having a bit of trouble warming up to Finn and his buddies. I especially am not impressed with Carmichael  Thompson, Finn best friend and the bully of the bunch.  Maybe I am just too old to appreciate the world as seen through the eyes of a 30 something male. 

On my nightstand:

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion  by Fannie Flagg.  This is next month's read for my face to face book club. I have it in a print book and it will be the last of the titles on my TBR Triple Dog Dare. Luckily I was able to read the book club books as part of the Dare because I purchased all of them before the end of 2015.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeCan't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

My  thoughts so far:
Ok, I don't want to spoil the plot here, but just now I am shaking my head at Sookie Poole. I like the writing so far,  Ms. Flagg knows her characters  and their flaws. And she knows how to make you laugh at the ordinary things that happen in life.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Snapshots Saturday Before Easter

Every Saturday, Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads, host a place to share a photo or more. Rules are few, the photos must be yours or taken by a friend or family member and they must be suitable for all eyes. Link your photos at Melinda's blog then check the blogs to see other's photos.

I have not posted in the last couple of weeks. No pictures were taken, nothing to share. This week I took a few photos with a new phone. Maybe having a better camera phone will encourage me to take more pictures. Tuesday night, the 22nd, the snow started to fall and in about an hour everything was covered. These pictures are taken out the front door. The lights across the street at the Primrose Retirement Community look so soft.

 Our cat, Tux, was interested when I opened the door to take these photos, but then he arched his back and hissed at the snow. He hates the cold and snow.

We have some solar lights on two of the post on our front porch. You can see the blue glow and the snow on top of the copper cap.

This is looking out toward our driveway. Our granddaughter and her husband had just left, you can tell where their car was parked. The snow makes for lovely pictures but yuck it is not very nice with Easter on the way. I can't tell you how many Easters happened with our new dresses covered under parka's and boots had to be worn over new white patent-leather Mary Janes.  *Sigh*

Hope your Easter is bright and sunny and you can wear your Easter bonnet. We still have snow, though tomorrow is supposed to be 52 and sunny. Fingers are crossed.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Of Moths and Butterflies by V.R. Christensen

Of Moths & Butterflies by V. R. Christensen

Goodreads Synopsis:

Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his uncle’s house. Clearly out of place in the position in which she has been discovered, she becomes a source of fascination . . . and curiosity. 
A girl with a blighted past and a fortune she deems a curse, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. But when she is found, the stakes suddenly become dire. 

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one. 

Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her? 

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one. 
Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her? 

My Thoughts:

A bit slow at the beginning, I soon found this story hard to put down. Ms. Christensen has obviously done her homework regarding the restrained dialogue and the emotions of the 1880’s. The dialogue in this story frustrated me a lot. As was the times, no one spoke straightforwardly.

Women had no rights, and unless married were destined to a life “in service”.   Imogene Everard lived a life much like servitude in her uncle’s house. She was his bait, as he enticed unethical businessmen to his home. When he dies, his will surprises everyone, including Imogene. But she wants nothing of her uncle’s ill-gotten gains and makes a hasty decision regarding her future.

Her future seems destined for failure. No matter what decisions she makes, something always goes array.  This fact was a little disheartening. As the story progresses I began to root for Imogene or Gina as she was known to Archer Hamilton.  Archer treated Gina with care and respect. Like the insects he acquired and displayed, he too was caught up in a web of family secrets.  As their stories became more intertwined, the secrets threatened to be revealed and I couldn’t put the book down until I discovered the outcome.

The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

The Liars' ClubThe Liars' Club by Mary Karr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Liar’s Club is an honest, gritty memoir written by Mary Karr. Parts of this book were hard to read, parts of it were funny and silly. My book club was divided. Three of them did not even finish it, 3 of us finished it, but only two of us liked it. I think it boils down to the life experiences of each of us. We did agree that the writing was superb. The subject matter is not unheard of, but when this book was first published in 1995 it was unique. Ms. Karr does not sugar coat her childhood experiences. She does not place blame or make us hate her parents. She just tells it like it was. And it was heartbreaking. How interesting that The Liar’s Club is such a rare, honest telling of her story.
Mary and her sister, Lecia ( pronounced Lisa) endured a childhood filled with emotional pain and unbridled expectation. Their mother, Charlie Marie, struggled to find her place in the world. Southeast Texas in a slumping economy was not where she thought her future lay. So she searched for the perfect place and the perfect person to share her future with. Their father, Pete, or J.P. was a hard working ordinary kind of guy, not really up to the standards of Charlie’s expected life. He was a sort of town celebrity as he wove stories of his past and the past of the area, for the enjoyment of his friends at the American Legion.
Do not read this memoir if you are expecting a rose garden. There are only thorns in this story. Well, maybe a few daisies and a bit of green grass, but mostly a tangle of briars and bushes.
I will read the other memoirs written by Mary Karr and I want to experience her poetry also. What a talented writer.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/14/16

IMWAYR is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. Share what you are reading, what you read recently or what you hope to get to in the coming week and then link up with Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great place to see what is going on in the blogosphere and to add to your reading lists or piles of titles to be read.

On my Kindle:    

I am still reading this one. I have had a bit of difficulty finding some reading time lately.  We have had company on Friday, Saturday we were away from home, and Sunday we had company again for several hours. Then, of course, there is laundry, food prep and trying to get my steps in. 

I did visit our library this week and got some direction on loading Overdrive and One Click Digital on that device. I finally got One Click loaded so now am able to listen to Emma while reading along. It is much better for me. 

I have the audio version for 10 more days, so I will give this my full attention. I also have been sewing some. I just about finished a table runner for my daughter's new-to-her house. She will move the end of May. I hope she likes it. I am putting together a placemat too. She is by herself now, so this is a sort of celebration. Her long fought divorce is finally (20 months) over. We are not celebrating the divorce necessarily, cause no one won. But the end of the stress of the negotiations  is a reason for a celebratory gift. 

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And for all of you in the US whose states participate, Happy Spring Forward to Daylight Savings Time. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday Snapshots - Road Trip 3-12-16

Every Saturday, Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads hosts Saturday Snapshots. It is a place to share photos taken by you or a family member or friend. Please do not use random photos from the web. All photos must be appropriate for all eyes and that is all there is to it. Post your photos, link up to Melinda's blog and enjoy what others have posted.

I am late to the party today. I had nothing to share and then we went on a road trip. A short trip, but we haven't been away from home for months. Our local quilt store closed last year, and then next nearest one (25 miles) closed shortly after. We do have a JoAnn's, so that helps a lot, But sometimes you need really great quality fabric. So when I saw that the weekend was going to be sunny, and nearly 70 degrees, I asked Mr Busy if we could travel to Buffalo WY to the quilt store. He agreed. So this morning after breakfast and chores, we loaded the dog, her water and bowl, our coffee cups and off we went. Buffalo is 69 miles on the interstate from our house. We got there, I purchased the fabric I was in need of and a Pat Sloan applique book ( that I really did not need, but wanted) and then had lunch at a local sub sandwich shop and then drove home. A short but welcome time away from the house.

This first photo is my attempt at another proof of Spring. We walked the dog before we left home and there were a couple of tiny buds on the wild rose bush on the corner near the Retirement Community in our neighborhood.

On our way to Buffalo, we could see the Big Horn Mountains in the distance. Still snow covered and barely visible here as the snow looks like clouds or maybe the other way around.

And here is the book I bought. Several friends are doing a BOM from the book and although I will not make a complete quilt, some of the blocks make great pillow tops or purses as the cover photo shows.

Hope you had a great Saturday. Is Spring making an appearance in your neighborhood?

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Monday, March 7, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-7-16

IMWAYR is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. Share what you are reading, what you read recently or what you hope to get to in the coming week and then link up with Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great place to see what is going on in the blogosphere and to add to your reading lists or piles of titles to be read.

On my Kindle:

This is going pretty well. There is a love story brewing and a bit of intrigue is happening too. I am not at the halfway point yet, so there must be much ahead. I like the main character of Imogene, but my is she stubborn!

My attempt at getting the MP3 CD to pay in any of my players was a fail. Mr. Busy took it back to the library when he returned his book. He told the librarian that I had trouble and she was going to look into a different solution. I will check back there this week.

I am not sure what is up next. It is toss up between several titles. This one is a print book. And the next selection for my book club. We won't discuss until April. If I read it too soon I'll forget some things. I am a terrible note taker while reading.

 These are on my kindle and will meet the TBR Triple Dog Dare I am doing until the end of March.
Are you doing the TDD?

Have a great reading week.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Saturday Snapshots March 4th Spring is Coming?

Saturday Snapshots is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads. After reading the few rules, post your photos and link them on Melinda's blog. Then visit other bloggers to see their snapshots.

I am sorry about the quality of the photos today. It is dreary and early here. And the camera on my phone is not as good as some.

I usually change out these small stitchery blocks at the beginning of each month. A group of ladies that I stitch and quilt with all joined this Block of the Month from Shabby Fabrics several years ago. There are 12, so each month a different one goes on the metal stand and it sits on top of our entertainment center in our living room.

  I also have this small space between the front "coat closet" by our front door and the opening to go downstairs. I have several seasonal banners, more than one for each month!  They are from a company called Patch Abilities. Of course, this is the one for March.

And I am bound and determined that Spring is coming, so I took down a small winter scene and hung up my stitched Spring wall hanging. The colors for this one are outside my usual selections. Lots of pink and pastels. I have one stitched and completed for Fall. I am in the process of finishing one for Summer and the Winter one is still has not even been stitched.

It is hard to see the detail. This photo is from the camera on my phone. It is all stitched with embroidery floss. There are several spring flowers, apple blossoms, lily of the valley, jonquils, tulips, grape hyacinth and  bleeding hearts. It is further embellished with wool leaves and beads.  This pattern is from Crabapple Hill. You can view a close -up of the pattern on their website.

I am not affiliated with any of these companies, I just want to give credit where credit is due. They are not my original designs.

Lastly, to confirm that Spring is coming and has made an appearance here in NE Wyoming, these are a few of the crocus in my friend's yard. On the sheltered south side of her home, but they are blooming and that makes me happy.

taken by my friend

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday 3/2/16

 Kathy at Bermuda Onion hosts Wondrous Words Wednesday. It is a place to share new and wondrous words you found while reading or listening. Or maybe just words you want to highlight. 

  1. These words were found while reading The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. There were lots of unusual probably regional words. Ms. Karr writes from her heart and from her gut. I read the phrase while reading in bed one night, and did not make note of the page number. I cannot find the exact quote now. I had heard the word "pernicious anemia" but that did not really help me define it. 

  1. pernicious fruit
  2. causing great harm or damage often in a way that is not easily seen or noticed
  3. highly injurious or destructive :  deadly
  4. 2archaic :  wicked

axiomatically - adverb                             pg 311   The Liar's club

"Few born liars ever intentionally embark in truth's direction, even those who believe that such a journey might axiomatically set them free." 

obviously true
  1. taken for granted:  self-evident axiomatic (an axiomatic truth)

  • 2:  based on or involving an axiom or system of axioms (an axiomatic set theory)

  • ax·i·om·at·i·cal·ly       adverb

    Did you find any wondrous words lately?

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    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - 3-1-16 Fannie Flagg

    Every Tuesday Diane hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where she shares the first paragraph sometimes two from a book she is reading or thinking about reading soon. Share a book you are interested in reading and link up at Diane's blog, Bibliophile by the Sea

    The All-girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
    Fannie Flagg
    Randon House Trade Paperback 2014

    A Most Unusual Week
    Point Clear, Alabama
    Monday, June 6, 2005
    76 and Sunny

    Mrs. Earle Poole Jr, better known to friends and family as Sookie, was driving home from the Birds-R-Us store out on highway 98 with one ten-pound bag of sunflower seed and one ten-pound bag of wild bird seed and not her usual weekly purchase for the past fifteen years of one twenty-pound bag of Pretty Boy Wild Bird Seed and Sunflower Mix. As she had explained to Mr. Nadleshaft, she was worried that the smaller birds were not getting enough to eat. Every morning lately, the minute she filled her feeders, the larger, more aggressive blue jays would swoop in and scare the little birds all away. 

    This is an upcoming read for my book club. Would you read on?  Have you read this one?  It has been on my TBR list since 2013 and on my actual shelf since November last year.

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