Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cray-cray on the porch...

Summer, so far, has been crazy busy. The Texans were here for almost a month. Mackinac Island, Run or Dye and the Fourth of July. I finished that 5k...not last.
I have been reading. I even watched a few movies, Gravity and Dallas Buyer's Club, thanks Jeanne and Milo. My home has been painted and most of our roof replaced because of wind damage. My daughter and her kids crashed the backyard adding veggies and perennials and cleaning up overgrown lilacs. Spent a week in Isabella just in time for hay baling behind our camp. I love that field and the big round bales. The view.
Looking forward to my niece's grad party downstate. Will be seeing my far flung family.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My favorite apps...

10. Wells Fargo-last but it pays the bills.
9. Dictionary-M points and word of the
     day.
8. Temple Run 2-for those moments of
      waiting.
7. Camera-photo documentation mostly
     grand pics.
6. Audible-my addiction. I always have a
     listen available.
5. Blogger-On the go ruminater.
4. Evernote-my memory keeper.
3. Kindle-my e-reader.
2. Goodreads-keeps track of what I have
     read with star ratings and two
     sentence reviews.
1. Overdrive Media console-access to
      library and audio books. Free.

There are a few more but these are the best. They make my life easier...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Another birthday on my old porch...


I woke up this morning of my 63rd birthday to huge snowflakes. I thought sixty would kill me but it did not. Somehow it is three years hence.
All children and grandchildren called, gifted or decorated. Brother Joe and niece Sarah sang. Sister Marci, friend Dani and cousin Jeanne called. Facebook posts. Cards. My dear husband made the trek to MQT in the snow. I am so fortunate. My family is so dear. At the end of the day though I am still 63...
I am listening to The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabalden and looking for my next good read. I saw a movie with Cammy and Joanie this week, The Other Women. So funny! I mean so very funny!
Last night's Lake Superior sunset was beautiful. Shades of pink and blue.

Life is Sweet. (Martha Nedeau)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nightwoods and The Other Woman...

I finished Charles Frazier's Nightwoods. The story was grim at times but the writing was excellent. I am amazed by his use of the English language. We all have access to these words bit this guy can really put them together. 5 stars!
I went to the movie The Other Woman with Cammy, Joanie and Holly. It was fluffy but funny. I laughed so  much.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

World Book Night...

Spreading the love of reading from person to person. And celebrate Wm Shakespeare's 450th birthday!

 I was accepted as a "giver" for April 23, 2014. I chose The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I read it and loved it. West Highland Apartments, a senior housing facility in Escanaba, MI, is my choice of venue. I baked muffins with home made apple sauce and cream cheese glaze to bring with the free books. (If you bake they will come). I am also returning in one month to host a book discussion then they will pass the book on to another resident. I am having fun with this campaign to promote the love of reading. 25,000 volunteers in 6000 communities across the U.S. are participating. Tomorrow I will post pictures. www.WorldBookNight.org

Saturday, April 5, 2014



Caddo Lake, TX


In March I read The Girl You Left Behind, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sycamore Row, Songs of Willow Frost, The Invention of Wings and The Girl who Played with Fire. All eight books were good reads. TIofW was amazing. I read  a book a week for Cathy Lamb's Read Like Crazy book club plus a few extra's. I hope I choose good books for April. I have The All Girl Filling Station by Fannie Flagg and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield on tap for April and I finished The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest already.
I also watched a couple of movies which is rare for me. August, Osage County, still feeling a little uneasy after that one. no funeral for me... Enough Said with Julia Louie Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, so good but it made me sad because of J.G's untimely death. I also watched the Silver Lining's Playbook, so crazy, but just my style. I want to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as soon as it is for rent. i loved those books. I received my Book Riot  box and in it among other things was a pre-release copy of The Vacationers...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back on the porch...from points south...

I'm back! Just spent time in Texas with our southern grands. We played Green Bay  Packer-opoly with great hilarity. There was a toy store in Branson, MO that had a whole wall of different Monopoly games.   An  example, Iowa-opoly. So much fun. I try to visit toy stores in every town we visit. The Meremac caves were amazing. Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas was full of trees with roots exposed. There is now a pair of new glasses at the bottom of this lake. Papa's fooling around with Clay caused this expensive stunt.
Travel to Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores ALA, gave me a new lease on life. I ate the best seafood I've ever enjoyed.

I read my Read Like Crazy Book Club books at my leisure. Walked on the beach every day. Somehow I need to adjust to the ice and snow back home in Esky. I do not want to go outside!