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Too many choices. In my world, I am very clearly Kobayashi Maru option 3 girl.  Give me two choices, and I’m going to find another one I like better (and that’s without cheating).  This is one of the reasons certain tests, like the Meyer-Briggs  (not to be confused with Briggs and Stratton engines :lol:) personality test drive me bonkers.  I rarely see things in black and white, although I do have strong feelings on what is right and what is wrong. There are usually too many variables/factors to take into consideration before making a decision.

But I digress.  😆  Today’s dilemma in my small little world revolves around books yet again. Nearly every day, I get freebies via Ereader News Today.  That means I am always reading something. 

Two nights ago, I started a mystery.  Yesterday, I got my Blogging For Books selection. Today there are titles that I’ve downloaded that look interesting.  One has a topic that if I was not already reading another book, I would start to read right away, even before the publisher title.

But I feel obligated to finish the one I’m already reading, which is good, before moving on to anything else.  See my issue?  😀

Maybe I’ll just watch chickens instead.  😆

Nah, I think I’ll finish the one I’ve started and move on to the hard copy next.  The weekend is right around the corner, and I can read the one new one without interruption – in theory, at least.

Having trouble deciding which book to read is one of those rare dilemmas that I don’t know I could have too much of.  Kind of like yarn- can’t have too much!  🙂

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This is book 3 of the Sisters of the Quilt series.  Not having read either of the first two books, I was unsure if I would be able to plug right in and not be lost.  I was very appreciative of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book, and I found myself flipping back and forth quite frequently.  There was one character, however, that wasn’t listed, and it took me a while to figure out who she was.  I enjoyed the plot, and the characters were well-developed. I really liked the epilogue, too, which wrapped things up neatly.

There was one part, though, that totally pushed my buttons. This consisted of a scene that was about a page and a half long.  Not only were there no other scenes like this in the entire book, but the information stated as “fact” is a bunch of hooey; woefully inaccurate and not the least evidence based.

Normally, when I’m reading fiction, I am not picky about checking facts.  However, in this case, there were two things that stood out to me; mostly for the inaccuracies due to “old” medically driven advice and also because in the setting and situation (which also wasn’t clear- was it a home? Was it the clinic?), the one thing in particular is wrong on so many counts. 

Since I don’t have time or interest to go point by point, I will say that as a person who is relatively knowledgeable about birth practices, this section of the book left me really annoyed.  I wish the author would have done more research than she did, because if she had, these two “facts” stated would have never made it in the book. 

The kicker, though, is that this part of the book didn’t even fit!  The story line would have been considerably better had this page and a half been edited out and removed entirely.  It was completely adjunct and NOT an asset to the story or the characters.

That being said, if you didn’t know anything about labor and delivery, you probably wouldn’t be bothered (but you might have come away feeling like that information was factual).  I would recommend the book to a friend with the caveat about this section- reader be warned!

I give this 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

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You get the point.  I’m drunk on books!  😆   A few days ago, I got my next book to review.  That’s not what set me off.  What got me going was a shared link to Ereader News Today.  This is a website that, when you sign up for free, will send you notification of new, free Kindle books.  I immediately went into overload.     

I was thrilled when I was researching e-readers and discovered that Kindle offers free books.  There are a few different ways I’ve found to find the freebies.  First, I went to the regular Kindle e-book page on Amazon.  If you scroll down the page, you’ll a listing on the right hand side for best sellers, including free books.  That’s one way to find free Kindle ebooks.

Another way is to click on a category and then filter by price, low to high.  While sometimes not in complete order, it’s usually pretty good. Once you click on a book, you’ll get a scrolling bar of books that folks who have bought the book you are viewing also purchased.  Kind of nice!

On the left navigation bar, Amazon has a “Free eBook Collection” link.  There are tons of classic novels in there; lots of historical books (one I read recently was compiled from letters of early American settlers I found particularly gripping)  and links to e-collections on the web.  This is a fabulous resource!

I also found a Listmania for free ebooks.  I can’t remember how I came across this, but I saved it, and it’s a good thing I did.  The one I use the most is titled “Kindle Freebies. Get Them While The Getting’s Good.”  On this page, there are other Listmanias listed, which is helpful for searching for books grouped together in different ways (not just freebies).

And then tonight, as I was working on winding down to go and sit and knit a bit, I popped into Facebook and there it was.  A shared post from a friend that linked to ENT and I was hooked.  First I went and signed up, and then went to the FB page and clicked on every link there.  While I was madly clicking, I had another browser open and was searching my other places for more freebies.  I spent over two hours downloading 57 free selections (some of them are short stories).

One title made me giggle, Tick Tock (James Patterson, preview).  Since it was only the first 28 chapters, I passed.  I got more of the classics (Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and OOOOO now I see The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I so I’ll have to make a point to go back and get it.)    Others I downloaded are these:

Joel Kilpatrick (Author), David Levy (Author)
 
Elinore Pruitt Stewart (Author)
 
While I did refrain from getting “Common Sense,” I could not prevent myself from downloading  The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Francis Child after reading the review.  Who wouldn’t want to learn to make old-fashioned in a kettle in your backyard or make furniture polish from a little white vinegar and olive oil?  It sounds like she was the original Heloise
  
Apparently, the author was born in 1802 and between the years of 1835 and 1841, it was republished 27 times!  I’ve been reading some reviews (go ahead, Google it! :lol:) and I am loving them!  What a gem it looks to be- there’s even a diagram somewhere of the (meat) parts of an ox, which I shall have to research and see if they translate to beef.  Although I’ll bet there are some “opinions” I’m bound to disagree with.  😉
 
 Whew! Ok, I think I am calming down.  This book stuff-  intoxicating! 

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Do you live to shop?  Do you get ansty when you haven’t shopped in a while?  Do you suffer withdrawals if you don’t get your shopping fix? Do you get an adrenaline high when you score a great sale?

Ya, *not* me!  😆  I despise shopping.  Really.  I particularly despise shopping when I’m in a pinch and have to get something fast – like a range.

If you have an above-average sized family, chances are you good that you rely on your oven for many meals during the week. One of the things I do is to cook a little bigger, which often leaves leftovers.  We are pretty good about eating leftovers most of the time, and it’s nice to have a hot lunch during the week.

Monday night, we discovered that the oven wasn’t working. This normally wouldn’t bother me too much, except that this particular range is only a few years old.  And we were hungry. 

In desperation, we used the oven in the RV, which is rarely used while on vacation. Why?  Because it’s too small! Well, it’s too small for a large-ish family, when it comes to baking dinner dishes that are required to feed everyone at one time. Regardless, since we were having meatloaf and baked potatoes and missing the oldest (who was eating at Bible study), we thought we could shove it all in the little oven, and we weren’t disappointed.

Tuesday, we took apart the range apart and got into the control panel.  (This is when having a husband who is an engineer and has all those electrical tools comes in handy.)  He tested everything, and determined that the problem was in the motherboard/brains and that it probably was not cost-effective to fix.

And you know what that means.  Shopping.  🙄   Shopping for something you really kind of have to have, and in a hurry.

Now, you might think that in a smaller town, it would be pretty easy.  Not so fast.  We have Sears and Home Depot and some other miscellaneous appliance sellers (who sell other things, too)……………….. and that’s it.  By default, this means comparison shopping online, at those company websites.

I used to not find that problematic.  Maybe it’s because we’re having solar flares, but my computer on high-speed cable internet has been running like a boat anchor (and I’m sure I need to defrag), and it takes a looooooooooonnnnnnggggggg time for pages to load. This means I now dread even shopping online.  Did I mention that I am not a patient person?  Particularly when it comes to waiting on websites?  😉

You get the point.  Click on something to see detail and wait wait wait. Click to go back and wait wait wait.   Click to try to filter by option and wait wait wait.  *sigh*

Once I found something, I decided it was a good idea to go to the store to see if it had an item in that finish.  I also went to the other store to see what they had in stock and on closeout, because sometimes you can find a steal.  Tuesday was not that day.

In the second store, I saw a dishwasher with the one finish and decided I hated it. I tell you, I spent another 2 hours in the store, using the computer to shop their site online.  How twisted is that?!  In the end, I was able to make a choice and decided to order in the store, so that the nice new, young salesboy could get a commission. (—–> sucker  :lol:)

Despite my rushing out and spending hours online and in-store shopping, when I ordered, of course, the item was backordered. That means that it’s not going to be here for another 3 weeks! And, even though it will be delivered to the store on a Friday, they want to charge me $10 to deliver it on a Saturday (which negates the “free delivery”, imo), which I am too cheap to do.

So, I wait until the following Monday.  At least they will haul the old one away for free. And we’re going back to gas.

Some people thrive on shopping.  Sometimes I wish I could enjoy it more. In many regards, it seems like a total waste and sending money up in smoke, since most things in my life are utilitarian and serve a purpose, before they wear out and have to be replaced. 

I’m fatigued from shopping. Tuesday it was the range; Wednesday and Thursday it was tv and internet shopping, and Thursday and Friday it’s been shopping for the next vacation site. *That,* however, is a whole ‘nother post, because vacation shopping (which for us includes parks/campgrounds) is incredibly labor intensive when going to a new destination.  Blerg.

I don’t have an inner shopaholic, no matter how much I try -except for maybe yarn and books.  Speaking of yarn, the yarn I ended up ordering online came yesterday, which I admit, does give me a thrill (you know, because of my yarn “sickness”).  😆  The store still hasn’t called, but I’m ok now that I can get my fix!

Huh.  Maybe I do have a little shopaholic in me after all!  😆

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Mysterious small town murders in Missouri.  A stranger brought to the town by a package originating there. Will she find the answers she’s searching for? 

Lauryn manages the family estate auction house business, now that her dad is failing due to Alzheimer’s. An only child, she struggles with his care and downward spiral. The current estate causes a town tangle, the likes of which have never been seen before.

As Lauryn sends the package, she has no idea what is being unleashed. Is the package connected to the recent murders in Abbey Hills? What troubles lurk, should the package recipient come to town, looking for answers?

At first blush, the previews of this book read like a classic murder-mystery.  By page 13, I had figured out that nothing could be further from the truth! What a thrill it was to have something completely unexpected crop up in what I thought was going to be a routine who-done-it read.

Not having read any of the author’s previous thirty books, I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into. I make it a policy not to read reviews of other books written by authors I am reading for the first time, nor do I research an author before reading. I’m intrigued now, and will make a note to read other books by Tracey Bateman when I get the chance.

If you have an open mind and like books that aren’t run-of-the-mill and have plots with major, interesting twists, this book is right up your alley.  If you prefer straight, literal reality-based stories and shy away from the funky, Tandem may not be one to put on your list of must-reads.  As a book-of-all-kinds lover, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I give it 5 stars out of 5.

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The Bridge of Peace; Cindy Woosdsmall 

The Bridge of Peace; Cindy Woodsmall

This is a book with a solid story line. It has it all – suspense, soul-searching, tragedy, complicated relationships and a bit of romance – set to the backdrop of an Old Amish community. The author weaves together the stories of the local schoolteacher and a childhood friend, who also happens to be on the school board. They both face challenges in their lives; she struggles to make a life despite a birthmark that leaves her judged; he struggles to connect with his wife in their dead marriage.

Initially, the amount of characters was a bit overwhelming, trying to remember who was who and how they were related. Once I finished the book, I saw the list of main characters in the back of the book.  I wish this list had been in the front of the book, so as I began reading (which was my first book to read in this series), I could have used the list for reference instead of reading back and having to sort through on my own.

I would like to read the other book in the series, but as a stand-alone book, the reader is pretty quickly brought up to speed. The author set up several scenarios for disaster (at least in my mind), but those didn’t play out. I liked that the plot was not completely predictable.

I would read other books by this author, and would recommend it to folks who liked reading stories of this nature.

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I am hopelessly addicted to yarn.  I don’t know which I love more – books or yarn.  Like my books, I have yarn coming out of my ears. Unlike the books, most of my yarn is in plastic storage bins. These bins are mostly in the attic, but I confess to having bags under the bed.  Mostly the bags are remnants; a skein and a bit left over from a project here and there.  I have done much better in the “not buying new yarn” category.  Until today. 😆

I have a new niece.  Out of the 22 grandchildren (and one on the way) we now have 8 girls.  I have 3 of them.  Two more have been born in the last two months, with the newest being born last week.  That still leaves 13 boys in the same general location (we don’t live near the rest of the family, so my son isn’t included in the local total).  Can you tell there is excitement about the pink? 🙂

I have done a very good job of restraining myself in the yarn department.  I don’t go into the yarn section just to look anymore.  I don’t bite when I see yarn on sale anymore.  I am really trying to be good and not buy more yarn unless I have a project.

Today, I have a project. 😀 I am going to make my new niece at least a hat and blanket, and then maybe some booties or socks if I have yarn left over.  I still have to manage to make socks, though.

While I’ve been an avid crocheter for 15 years or so, about a year and a half ago, I decided to tackle knitting.  I’ve knit a bit: several washcloths, a large baby blanket, hat and booties.  And I’ve tried to make the same sock at least 4 times now.  (I know, I know, I need to break down and just get on You Tube and watch the part I need help with 😆 ) I don’t feel like I have done enough of it yet to know whether or not I actually like it.

Comparatively speaking, I’m finding knitting harder than crochet, mostly because of mistakes.  When you mess something up in crochet, you just rip it out and redo it.  When you mess something up in knitting (and it seems I only catch these rows past when it was made), the only way I can figure out to fix it is to basically un-knit to the mistake. That takes forever!  I am not a fan of spending more time going in reverse than going forward, but alas, this seems to be the only way to effectively make correction and not screw up the pattern.

I am hopeful that if I do enough of it, that I can see the stitches with the same clarity as I do with crochet. Or, maybe, I need to lower my standards. Perhaps I am too hard on myself in expecting the same kind of perfection in my knitting as I do with my crocheting.

Either way, I am on a high, having new yarn to work with.  I especially love baby prints; maybe it’s the softness of the yarn; maybe it’s the pastels. For this project, I’m using a base of Baby Bee Angel Fleece Babybelle. 

The last blanket I did, I swore I would not use this yarn again, BUT, given the lack of selection and the yummy softness of it, it was too hard to resist.  😆  I am hopeful that I can squeeze in the knitting in a fashion that I don’t lose count of where I’m at, given the busy-ness that is inherent in my weeks.

Mmmmmmmmmm, yarn!  Nothing better! (except maybe books 😆 )

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