Vicki

Mar 192019
 

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I saw this word in an email:

“In 1937, [radio astronomer Grote] Reber built the world’s first parabolic radio telescope in his backyard. The Reber Telescope was moved to the National Radio Observatory at Green Bank in the 1960s and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.” — Princeton Times (West Virginia), 21 Dec. 2018

parabolic:
adjective | pair-uh-BAH-lik

Definition
1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical

2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone

Mar 182019
 

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Inside Tornadoes

Inside Tornadoes (Inside Series) by Mary Kay Carson

Twisted Weather

Springtime thunderstorms on the Great Plains put on an exciting show. Dark clouds roll in, rain falls in buckets, and lightening bolts brighten the night sky for miles. The thunder is so loud you can feel it in your chest — like fireworks. Ka-BOOM

This is a children’s book, Gr 4-6

Mar 112019
 

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The Recipe (Chance of Loving You) by Candace Calvert

Chapter One

Lucas Marchal fully expected his grandmother to show no interest in her hospital dinner tray; her appetite had dwindled to almost nothing. But in his wildest dreams he wouldn’t have imagined that her dour, no-nonsense nurse’s aid would lift the dish cover, scream, then stumble backward and fall to the floor.

Mar 102019
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
63° with a slight chance of rain and a high of 87°

Thankful…
That we finally got moved! My son Anthony did a total remodel and it took for ev er since he could only work on the house on the weekends. This was the first time he’s ever done any type of work like this and I’m so proud of him, he did a great job! I’m also so very thankful for my son Jeremy, daughter in law Susie, and their 2 kids. They live next door and let us stay with them while we finished up the house so we could move in. They helped us paint the inside of the house, and Susie put almost all of the tv stands, dressers, beds etc.  that we bought from IKEA together by herself.  She also did most of the trim by herself. Anthony hooked up my washer and dryer yesterday so I’m thrilled! I’ve still been  using Jeremy and Susie’s.

Reading…
Not much, I seem to be in a print reading slump and I’m about 5 books behind on reviews.

Listening To…
Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho #1
by Linda Weaver Clarke

Watching…
Same shows as I usually do but am patiently waiting for The Village to start on the 19th.

Mind Body Spirit…
Other than work I’ve not been doing much other than unpacking and figuring out where to put stuff. It’s hard moving to a house that’s 1/3 of what you used to live in.

In The Kitchen…
It took way longer than I thought it would to get the measuring for the granite countertop done, and then for them to install it, but it’s done now and I’m loving it! Tina, I’ll take a photo of the granite and try to post it next week.

New To Me Stuff:
Jeremy & Susie are eating the Keto way so while staying with them that’s what we ate. I really liked it and so did Anthony so we’re sticking with it.

Looking forward to…
Going to a Boz Scaggs concert next month, thank you Tina!

A Favorite Bible Verse…
“He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
Psalm 62:6

From the camera…

Mar 092019
 


Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie
Narrated by Kate Marcin

Audible AudiobookListening Length: 7 hours and 38 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com
Release Date: December 1, 2018

Forgive and forget? In this twisty thriller of psychological suspense, the past and present collide for two sisters who survived a tragedy – and must now survive the truth behind it.

It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt, and shame – a shattered life. Cara’s forgiveness seems to be the only thing that helps her pick up the pieces.

But as Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. And few of them match her sister’s.

As past secrets unfold and nothing is what it seems anymore, Anna desperately searches for the truth. But what if Cara doesn’t want her to find it?

Thoughts
I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while and when I saw Cheryl @ CMash Reads post a review of it and read how much she loved it, I decided to start it as soon as I finished the book that I was listening to at the time.

I loved this book. It was interesting from the first paragraph when Cara is an adult, 20 years after the accident. It then switches to the past, before the accident. I was glued to the story, and with every surprise I was more and more hooked.

The characters where very well written, they acted the way most teens would act in those situations. The journey to find out what really happened that night was one surprise after another and so much happened throughout the book that I was excited find out what was going to happen next.

This is a book that I won’t forget for a very long time. Lots of twists and surprises and an ending I did not see coming.

The narrator did a great job and I’d love to listen to more from her.

Mar 042019
 

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Melinda and the Wild West: The Award Winning Original Version

Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho #1
by Linda Weaver Clarke & narrated by Carolyn Kashner

Chapter 1
Heading West

Melinda wanted to do some good in the world. Perhaps make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe she could do some good by teaching school in southern Idaho in a small town. She had dreamed of going out West the visit her aunt and see how wild it really was. She had heard stories of outlaws, sheen pictures of the scenery in books, and now her dream was comeing true. She was going to teach school and board with her Aunt Martha. Melinda was floting on a cloud. Life couldn’t be better.

~ I usually don’t read books set in this time period but I thought that it sounded good so I’m giving it a try. I’m only on chapter 8 but I like it so far.

Mar 022019
 

Last week my daughter, grandson, and granddaughter went to Indian Rocks Beach and then went shopping. One of the stores we went into was new to all of us. Sprouts Farmer Market. Sprouts is a specialty chain offering a range of natural & organic grocery items. My daughter Kilah and I really liked it and hope to go back.

They have a huge selection of nuts/seeds, flour/sugar/salt, beans & fruits/veggies. Also candies, coffee/tea, dairy, and even a butcher shop and more. You can buy the nuts, sugar, beans, coffee etc. in bulk. The store was very clean and well lit and the prices weren’t bad either.

Are there any Sprouts where you live?

 

 

 

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Feb 252019
 

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Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy

2014, Edinburgh

“Welcome to the Drimbeig Nursing Home”. The words on the sign belie the fact that I’m standing in the pelting rain, on the wrong side of the glass door, stooping slightly to bring my ear nearer to the Entryphone in the hope that someone’s heard me press the buzzer and will respond. I huddle in closer, trying to flatten myself against the wall beneath the shallow overhang of the guttering, which drips even more water down my back. The wind tears handfuls of yellowed leaves from the plane trees that encircle the grey stone building and throws them against the windows, where they plaster themselves for a moment before being washed to the gravel by rivulets of raindrops. I check my watch, impatient, my mind already on home – Will Dan be coping? Will he have remembered Finn’s medication? – then press the buzzer again, a longer and more assertive ring this time.

This is the first book in a 2 book series, is rated  4.8 out of 1,159 customer reviews. Right now at Amazon, the Audible Audiobook is only $1.99, and the Kindle Unlimited audio is free

Feb 182019
 

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I Am Watching You

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

July 2015
Chapter 1
The Witness

I made a mistake. I know that now.
The only reason I did what I did was what I heard on that trian.
And I ask you, in all truthfulness – how would you have felt?
Until that moment, I had never considered myself prudish. Or naive.

OK, OK, so I had a pretty conventional – some might say sheltered – upbringing but…

Heavens. Look at me now. I’ve lived a bit. Learned a lot. Pretty average, I would argue, on the Richter scale of moral behaviour, which is why what I heard so shook me.

Feb 112019
 

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We're All A Mess, It's OK: A collection of funny essays and one-liners about the struggles of everyday life by [Lyle, Amy]

We’re All A Mess, It’s OK by Amy Lyle

My First Date And A Sluggish Toilet

When I was sixteen, Jeff Jordan asked me out on a date. He had just recently come off full-on orthodontics headgear at the beginning of the school year and people had not yet caught on to his smokin’ hotness. My mother dropped me off at his house (the nicest house in our town) to have dinner. After drilling his parents for ten minutes about the “activities” allowed in their home, she made SEVERAL points about how the parents were responsoble for not allowing me to be in any situations that would jeopardize my chast state as one day I would be taking sanctioned marriage vows. Oddly, she agreed to allow his parents to drive me home.

Feb 082019
 

Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley
Narrated by Shannon McManus

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2018

A heart-stirring novel of family and forgiveness from bestselling author Ashley Farley.

In her grand home in Charleston, Willa Bellemore raised two girls during the tumultuous 1970s. One was her daughter, Lady. The other was Lady’s best friend, Nell – adopted after the sudden, heartbreaking death of her mother, the Bellemores’ beloved maid. Willa showered Nell with love and support, all the while ignoring the disdainful whispers of her neighbors. After all, they were family. Nell and Lady were sisters at heart – sisters who vowed to never let anything come between them.

Then, on the night of Lady’s sixteenth birthday, something went terribly wrong, sparking painful secrets and bitter resentments that went unspoken for three decades.

Now Willa is dying, and Lady and Nell – each with a teenager of her own – are brought together after all these years. It’s Willa’s last wish. The time has come to confront what happened on that fateful night. But it may take a tragic twist of fate to reconcile the past and come to terms with the true meaning of family.

Thoughts
Wow, I’m on a roll this year with books that have characters that react very different than I would and/or keep secrets that tear relationships apart. But again, the story was good enough to make the book a hit with me.

Nell & Lady were very different, but they were best friends from an early age. Something happens one day that tears that friendship apart which is sad, and if they had just been honest with each other about what happened the friction could been avoided. Guess it wouldn’t have made such an interesting story though.

This book is full of good times and bad times, family love and a few surprises. I really liked the ending. If you like tense moments, suprises, and reading how a broken family finds it’s way to healing, check this book out.

The narrator did a great job!

Feb 062019
 

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I saw this word in an email today:

Edgar Allan Poe is said to have called the 1841 story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” his first “tale of ratiocination.

noun | rat-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun

Definition
1 : the process of exact thinking : reasoning

2 : a reasoned train of thought

Feb 042019
 

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Always

Always by Sarah Jio

November 14, 2008

“Oh no, why do I always do that?” I say to my fiance’, Ryan, as we walk into the restaurant. “Do what, baby?” “Leave my purse in the car.” We’ve just valet-parked, and as we look out the window, Ryan’s white BMW is being driven off. “I’ll go get it, my forgetful one,” he says, kissing my cheek. “You grab our table. I’ll be back in a sec.”

This is my first time reading Jio. I’m about 4 hours into this audiobook and I’m loving it so much! I already know it will be one of my favorites for this year and want to read more from this author.

Jan 312019
 

Trail of Broken Wings audiobook cover art

Trail of Broken Wings
By: Sejal Badani
Narrated by: Karen Peakes
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-01-15
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father – the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence – remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Thoughts
I absolutely loved the book The Storyteller’s Secret  by this author so I decided to listen to this one too, which is her first book.

This is a semi hard review for me to write because I liked the story but the reactions of the charachers in almost every situation aggravated me. They avoided telling each other their true thoughts and acted like everything was fine when it most definitely wasn’t, they did things behind each other’s backs and kept secrets that would have probably made things better between them.

I don’t want to go into much detail of the story and give spoilers, but this family was messed up and a lot happens in the book.

Like I said, the story was good and kept me anxious to know how it would all turn out but I wanted to shake the sisters and their mother most of the way through the book.

Even though I struggled with the attitudes of the characters, I enjoyed the story and am glad I read it. I would read more from this author.

Jan 282019
 

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The Lady with the Purple Hat: A Novel

The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco

1

Without the slightest noise, Daisy turned the handle and slowly opened the door of hospital room 744. A large purple hat overed most of her pale face. She peeked into the patient’s room.

Is he still alive? she thought.
Shouldn’t he be dead by now?
Daisy wondered how much longer it might take until his last breath finally extinguished his life. He had to die soon.

Diane posted about this book and I decided to read it so I put a hold for it at my local library. I should get an email in a few days letting me know I can pick it up.

Jan 212019
 

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Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie

Prologue
June 1992

The night before my seventh-grade field trip to Rapid Falls, the water-fall that our town was named after, my dad came up to my room. He didn’t viit my bedroom often, especially to talk about dead girls, so I rremember the way he said my name. His voice sounded like a door I was supposed to open.

Jan 142019
 

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Nell and Lady: A Novel

Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley

Chapter One
Lady
Present Day

Adelaide Bellemore was known to family and friends as Lady, although no one considered her a lady, least of all her mother. She stood at the sixth-floor window of the medical center, admiring the orange horizon as the sun set over Charleston Harbor. Clusters of nurses, dressed in colbalt-blue scrubs with totes slung over their shoulders and lightweight coats and sweaters draped across their arms, migrated past her to the bank of elevators. She studied the faces of the men and women-young and old, black and white, blond and brunet, slim and heavyset. Would she recognize Nell in this passing parade after thirty-one years? Nell was her sister, bound forever with Lady by legal documents but not by blood. They were no longer friends, hadn’t been for years. The close friendship they’d shared from birth, the cherished memories of carefree childhood days, had come to a tragic ending as a result of the events of Lady’s sixteenth birthday party on a rare snowy night in January of 1981.

Jan 132019
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside… 
Right now it’s 77° with a 10% chance of rain towards afternoon

Thankful…
That I got to spend the day with my daughter Kilah and youngest granddaughter Alecia yesterday. We went to the Florida Artists Gallery, a small gallery in a nearby town that showcases local artists and offers a variety of classes. I was looking for an ocean scene to buy.  I decided on one that had a long pier jutting out of the water and a bunch of sandpipers on the beach. My daughter bought one of an old farm house because she loves old buildings. Of course we also went out to eat and shopping

Reading…
The Lido by Libby Page (hardcover) & The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Kindle)

Listening To…
Will start Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley Tuesday

Watching…
Later today I plan on watching the movie Tai Mai

Mind Body Spirit…
Any of you know of a meditation app that you’d recommend?

In The Kitchen…
Today I’ll make a hamburger for my son and I’ll eat a hamburger patty and we’ll both eat a vegetable

New To Me Stuff:
Today I tried a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha that I bought the last time I grocery shopped…it was ok but I like the Starbucks Frappuccino Caramel Coffee much better

This Week…
Tomorrow I take my dog Kaiyo to the groomer and after that she goes to the vet to get her yearly check up

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert
Isaiah 43:19

From the camera…

Jan 112019
 

For as long as I can remember my favorite food has been pizza. The last few years though, I’ve only liked it from Cici’s, which I love, and a few other restaurants.

The other day my son and I were  at Publix and he was getting a frozen pizza. I’ve never really been a fan of frozen pizza, but I thought I’d check them out to see if I could find one that I thought I might like. I saw a brand I’d never seen before that had a few toppings I’ve never seen on a pizza. It was meatless and that’s what I was looking for so I bought one.

Guess what? I loved it! I even loved the crust which is unusual for me. It’s Organic Roasted Vegetable, with Spinach, Red & Yellow Peppers, Broccoli and Zucchini. It was so good that I ate half of it that night. The next night I heated the other half in my toaster oven and it was really crisp and still very good.

I’ve decided to keep one or two in my freezer for when I’m rushed or don’t feel like cooking. Right now in my freezer is the Organic, Tuscan Garden which has Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Red Onions. If you can find this brand, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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