Saturday, May 20, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
and not necessarily in the order read.



"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better


Chapter 2 of
"Minutes From The Great Women's Coffee Club
Timeless Wisdom From Remarkable Women" #
by Angela Beasley
[nonfiction]
there are 12 chapters, and I'm reading one a month.
I've given my reason in this post

"Kitty At St. Clare's"
by Pamela Cox
(authorized)
"Claudine at St. Clare's"
"Fifth Formers of St. Clare's"
by Enid Blyton
"The Sixth Form At St. Clare's"
by Pamela Cox
(authorized)
[children's fiction, Enid Blyton's St. Clare's series]


"Power Drive"
by Nancy Been Peacock
"Unpredictable"
by Tess Kindig
(openlibrary.org loans)
"Fun E-Farm"
by Heather Wiseman
(physical copy)
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]

"Comfort Pease and Her Gold Ring" #
by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
[children's fiction, historical, 1800s]
(free online book)

"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]

"Girl In The Witch House"
by Ruth Langland Holberg
[children's fiction, historical, 1770s]

"Betsy and Tacy  Go Downtown"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[children's fiction, historical]

"Anne Of The Island"
by L.M. Montgomery
[fiction, historical, 1880s]

"True Devotion To Mary"  
by St. Louis De Montfort
translated by Fr. Frederick Faber
[Catholic spiritual classic]
appropriate for this month 
































Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Signature Piece

Lately, I've been reading about signature pieces, signature accessories.

One's signature piece or accessory can be anything, absolutely
 anything.  For some, it is a color, or even a  particular shade of that color.  For others, it might be a pattern, such as stripes, or checks, or polka dots.

 Or it  might be a certain fragrance.  Mrs. Ray, in the
Betsy-Tacy books, always wore violet perfume. I don't think I could smell violet perfume without thinking of Mrs. Ray.

 On the other hand, a signature piece can be just one
accessory.  Not one type of accessory, but one accessory, and this, too can be anything, absolutely anything.  Perhaps a string of beads, or a pendant, or a hat, or a hairband, or a bracelet, or a scarf, or.. (you can finish the list with anything and everything that comes to your mind.)

Well, I decided that I wanted a signature piece of my own. Specifically, I wanted a pendant.  I shopped online in search of one, but I couldn't find one that I both liked and could afford.

So what did I do?  I made a pendant out of the blue plastic aquarium plant in my Break-Off Collection, and a trimmed rose-pink former shoe lace. I still consider the aquarium plant to be part of my collection, but now it is also a functional piece.

My signature piece.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Years Ago Today

Remember this post from this day in 2014?
Well, I'm very thankful to say that
the Share-Care-Prayer Club is still
going strong after three years.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.



"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"The Twins At St. Clare's"
"The O'Sullivan Twins"
"Summer Term at St. Clare's"
"The Second Form at St. Clare's"
by Enid Blyton
"The Third Form At St. Clare's"
by Pamela Cox
(authorized)
[children's fiction, Enid Blyton's St. Clare's series]

"The John Hancock Club" #
by Louise Borden
[children's fiction ]
(openlibrary.org loan)
quick read

"Chat Freak"
by Kristi Holl
(openlibrary.org loan) 
"N2  Deep"
by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
"Please Reply"
by Dandi Daley Mackall
"4give & 4get"
by Kristi Holl
(physical copies)
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]


"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]

"In Trouble Again,  Zelda Hammersmith?"
"Zelda Strikes Again"
"Here Comes Zelda Claus
and Other Holiday Disasters"
by Lynn Hall

"Betsy and Tacy Go Over The Big Hill"
"Betsy and Tacy  Go Downtown"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[children's fiction, historical]

"True Devotion To Mary"  
by St. Louis De Montfort
translated by Fr. Frederick Faber
[Catholic spiritual classic]
appropriate for this month 

"They Loved To Laugh"
by Kathryn Worth
[YA fiction, historical, 1830s]

New Magnet Ordered

I've just ordered a new magnet for my collection.  I've wanted a cereal box magnet for a long time.  Also, I love Rice Krispies!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction; Christian (Protestant) themes, recipes, 
anecdotes]
(May chapter only)

"Stranger Online"
by Carol Smith"
"Portrait of Lies"
by Dandi Daley Mackall
(openlibrary.org loans) 
"Tangled Web"
by Kristi Holl
"R U 4 Real?"
by Nancy Been Peacock
"Luv@First Site"
by Tess Kindig
(physical copies)
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]

"Home For The Holidays"
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]
(Kindle book)

"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]

"Our Strange New Land
Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary"

by Patricia Hermes
[children's fiction, historical, 1600s]

"Betsy and Tacy Go Over The Big Hill"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[children's fiction, historical]

"True Devotion To Mary"  
by St. Louis De Montfort
translated by Fr. Frederick Faber
[Catholic spiritual classic]
appropriate for this month

"Anne of Avonlea"
by L. M. Montgomery
[fiction, historical, 1880s]

Early Morning, Before Mass

I love the early morning before the Mass on EWTN.
Briefly, this is how I spend the time from 6:00 AM until just before 8:00 AM.
The radio wakes me at 6:00, and I pray the Angelus (Regina Caeli during Easter).  Then, I reset the alarm on my radio and go back to sleep until 6:30.
During the time from 6:30 until time for Mass I:
Pray the Morning Offering and some other prayers
Give Winky some food (there is ALWAYS dry food in his dish) and change his water
Have coffee
Pray the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of The Hours
Make the bed (cat permitting!)
Read that day's page in my Daily Devotional book. (This year I'm using "My Daily Spiritual Companion", by Marci Alborghetti
Pray at least one of several chaplets I like
Read a little in my Bible
Do some housework (except on Sunday)
Spend some time on the computer (again, cat permitting!)




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week




Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"Stranger Online"
by Carol Smith
[children's fiction, Christian, (Protestant, denomination
 or denominations not specified ) 
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]
(openlibrary.org loan) 

"The Naughtiest Girl Wants To Win"
"The Naughtiest Girl Marches On"
by Anne Digby
(authorized additions to Enid Blyton's "Naughtiest Girl" series)
[children's fiction]

"Me And My Little Brain"
"The Great Brain At The Academy"
"The Great Brain Reforms"
"The Return of The Great Brain"
"The Great Brain Does It Again"
"The Great Brain Is Back"
by John D. Fitzgerald
[children's fiction, historical, 1890s]

"Pies and Prejudice"
(Kindle book)
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]


"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]
  
"Karen"
by Marie Killilea
[biography, Catholic]

"Betsy-Tacy"
(in "The Betsy-Tacy Treasury", Kindle edition)
"Winona's Pony Cart"
"Betsy-Tacy and Tib"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[children's fiction, historical]

"Anne of Green Gables"
by L. M. Montgomery
[fiction, historical, 1876-1880]

Friday, April 28, 2017

Where Is RAnn???

Has anyone heard from RAnn, who used to host Sunday Snippets?   She hasn't posted on her blog in almost a month.
I sent a comment to her latest post the other day, but it still
hasn't been published.
If anyone has any information, please answer in the comments.
Thanks!

A Virtual Club


    I recently discovered this book  on openlibrary.org.

These are excerpts from the Introduction:
"Imagine that you could share coffee with a collection of history's greatest women...
This book convenes such a club."
"Each club meeting centers around a particular topic of interest,
as members engage in dialogue across time and space.  You are invited to listen in."
"[I]magine that you, too, are a participant in the dialogue."
"[P]ull up a chair, make yourself comfortable; and, welcome to the club!"

Well, anyone familiar with this blog knows how I feel about clubs!  Also, I like the compiler's originality in not calling this book something like "Quotes (or Quotations) From Great Women."

I knew that this was a book I wanted to own, but before I ordered it, there is one thing I made sure of. Margaret Sanger, whom some people unfortunately consider to have been a great woman, is NOT a "member" of the Great Women's Coffee Club.

So how do I use this book in such a way that it is, for me at least, a virtual club, and not just another collection of quotations?
1
"Meetings" are held on the third Tuesday of each month,
at 11:00 AM, with coffee, of course.
2
I sit on the opposite end of the couch from where I normally sit.
3
I imagine myself responding to at least some of the quotes in the book.

So far, I'm enjoying this "club" very much.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

Chapter 1 of
"Minutes From The Great Women's Coffee Club
Timeless Wisdom From Remarkable Women" #
by Angela Beasley
[nonfiction]
there are 12 chapters, and I
plan to read one a month.
I will blog my reason next week.

"The Naughtiest Girl Saves The Day"
"Well Done, The Naughtiest Girl!"
by Anne Digby
(authorized additions to Enid Blyton's "Naughtiest Girl" series)
[children's fiction]

"Understanding Kim"
by Pelagie Doane
[children's fiction]

"The Great Brain"
"More Adventures of The Great Brain"
by John D. Fitzgerald
[children's fiction, historical, 1890s]

"Dear Pen Pal"
"Pies and Prejudice"
(Kindle books)
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]



"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"Perfect Or Not, Here I Come" #
by Kristi Holl
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
Kristi Holl also wrote three
of the books in the
todaysgirls.com series


"Anne of Green Gables"
by L. M. Montgomery
[fiction, historical, 1870s]

"Herbert's Homework"
by Hazel Wilson
[children's fiction]

So Judgmental, And So Wrong

Remember this scene from 7th Heaven?  Honestly, how judgmental can people get???? Did it occur to anyone that
Lucy might have been babysitting?  Did they consider that she might actually have been telling the truth?
I loved it when she told that woman off!

Yes, I realize it was just a tv show, but things like this also happen in real life.  My niece was well into her teens when her
baby sister, and, a year later, her baby brother, were born.

And I, myself, had a similar experience years ago, when I was fourteen.  I was buying a book of baby names (I've always been fascinated by names and their meanings) when a woman asked me, "Is that for your mother, or an older sister?"
"It's for myself," I answered.
She then asked my age, and I  told her that I was fourteen.
"Why," she gasped, "you little slut!"
I glared at her and said, "I am NOT PREGNANT, and YOU have a FILTHY MIND!"
"If you're not pregnant," she demanded, "why did you buy yourself a book of baby names?"
"I don't owe you an explanation. You owe me an apology!"
Yes, I could have told her why I bought the book, but at the time I didn't think it was any of her business.  I still don't think so!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"Carol's Side Of The Street"
by Lorraine Beim
[children's fiction]

"The Naughtiest Girl In The School"
"The Naughtiest Girl Again"
"The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor"
"Here's The Naughtiest Girl"
by Enid Blyton
"The Naughtiest Girl Keeps A Secret"
"The Naughtiest Girl Helps A Friend"
by Anne Digby
(authorized)
[children's fiction]


"The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
"Much Ado About Anne"
(physical copies)
"Dear Pen Pal"
(Kindle book)
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step"
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)


"Portraits of Little Women:
Beth's Story"
 [children's fiction, historical, 1860s]
prequel to Louisa May Alcott's book
"Who Were They Really?
The True Story Behind Famous Characters" #
[children's nonfiction]
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
(openlibrary.org loans)

"Herbert"
"Herbert Again"
"More Fun With Herbert"
by Hazel Wilson
[children's fiction]

Addiction and Avoidance

One of my online friends recently began playing Candy Crush Saga... and now, like so many others, she is addicted to the game.  
As for me, I've scrupulously, carefully avoided the game, which I, too, love, during Lent.  I've also made sure not to read any books with the word "Chocolate" or any other sweets/treats in the title.
Those Cadbury Creme Egg commercials are more than enough!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"Elin's Amerika" #
by Marguerite De Angeli
[children's fiction, historical, 1600s]



"The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"How To Be A Clubwoman"
by Helen Cowles Le Cron
and Edith Wasson McElroy
[nonfiction]
(This title makes me laugh.  The way I see it,  any woman who
belongs to at least one club IS a clubwoman.  Perhaps a
better title would have been, "The Clubwoman and Her
Club(s)"

"Donna Parker
A Spring To Remember"
(physical copy)
"Donna Parker In Hollywood"
(openlibrary.org loan)
"Donna Parker
Mystery At Arawak

(physical copy)
"Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step"
(openlibrary.org loan)
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]

"Heidi"
by Johanna Spyri
[children's fiction]

"All Those In Favor,
Say Something!"
by Runa Erwin Ware

[nonfiction]

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Winky Knew

It was around noon on Easter Sunday when all of a sudden Winky began meowing in a way he had never meowed before.
I knew right away that something was wrong, but Winky did not seem to be having any physical distress.
"Winky, what is it?" I asked.  "What's wrong?"
He looked at me and meowed again.
Two hours later, Kathryn and Paul came to tell me that Mom had passed away... at around noon.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[Protestant nonfiction;  anecdotes, recipes]
(April chapter only)

"Caddie Woodlawn"
"Caddie Woodlawn's Family"
(original title: "Magical Melons")
by Carol Ryrie Brink
[children's fiction, historical, 1860s]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)


"Donna Parker at Cherrydale"
"Donna Parker, Special Agent"
"Donna Parker On Her Own"
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]

"Rupert Piper & the Boy Who Could Knit"
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
[children's fiction]

"Heidi"
by Johanna Spyri
[children's fiction]

Interference By An Animal

Awhile ago, a package I was expecting was delayed due to, and I quote, interference by an animal.  No details were given.
Well, I know all about interference by an animal.  Quite often, when I'm on the computer, Winky will just take over. He'll try to grab the mouse, or he'll walk in front of the computer screen, completely blocking my view.
Or I'll be reading a book... and all of a sudden I'm "reading" a cat!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.


"Dream On, Amy" #
"You're Fab, Rachel" #
"Nice One, Tara" #
"Fight It, Alex" #
by Kate Andrews
[children's fiction, "Making Friends" series]

"A  House Of Children" #
by Joyce Cary (a man)
[fiction, autobiographical]


"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)


"Children of The Series and How They Grew;
or A Century of Heroines and Heroes, 

Romantic, Comic, Moral"
by Faye R. Kensinger
[nonfiction]

"Puritan Adventure"
by Lois Lenski

[children's fiction, historical, 1600s]


"Hannah and the Snowy Hideaway"
"Chelsea and The Alien Invasion"
"Roxie's Mall Madness"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, denomination(s) not specified, series]




"Fast Forward"
by Bob Darden
"A Time To Belong"
by Vicki Grove
in What Would You Do? series, originator unknown
[teen fiction, Protestant, multiple choices
and endings]