Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan Book Rep part 2

Well, I surprised myself and got another book read within this month. It's "The Price of Fame" by Carolyne Aarsen. It's one of a series of books called Tales of Grace Chapel Inn, and it's put out by Guideposts. I really enjoy these books for several reasons. They're clean, upbeat, always have a good ending (as opposed to a happy ending), although there are usually struggles along the way.
The main characters are 3 sisters who have a bed-and-breakfast in a quaint New England town. The sisters are all 50+ which I REALLY like. The only slightly unreal thing about the books is that they all come from a Christian standpoint. The people in the town for the most part are all Christians and freely admit to that and even (gasp) PRAY together! I'm not mocking that....I want to live there!! I would love to be in a town where it's not politically incorrect to wear a cross or confess Christ as Savior, or want to solve differences of opinion with prayer and honest discussion.
Anyway, on to the book itself. A movie crew comes to the little town of Acorn Hill in PA. The quaintness of the town and its architecture seem ideal in lending itself to a period piece. As it turns out, the price the town must pay in compromises is more than the people want to pay. Of course the movie people are scornful of Christians and prayer, but one of the crew comes to believe that maybe the things taught to him when he was a child aren't so old-fashioned and of no use as he thought. He breaks from the rest of the Hollywood crowd and goes back to his home in Canada.
Sounds sappy, I know, but I love these gentle books with their loving humor and joys and sorrows.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January book report

You'd think with all the down time I've had lately because of my back, I'd have read more. Well, guess what? When one is on a lot of pain meds, it makes it kinda hard to concentrate on the printed word. Since there's only one more week to the month, I know I won't finish another book before the end. My report is on the one book I did finish--"Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin. Paul got me the book for my birthday, but I didn't start it until the end of December.
I loathe politics. Always have. It's a dirty, dirty world. I don't debate or argue politics. It upsets me too much. So this is all I will say: I have unbounded admiration for Sarah Palin. I didn't care much for McCain, but I was truly on fire about the possibility of Palin as Veep. This book cemented my opinions of politics and the main stream media. The way Palin's children were attacked was beneath contempt. Palin isn't perfect. No one is. But she's a darn sight better than just about anyone else you can name. I hold her in very high esteem for her adamant stance on the sanctity of life. That is the main issue I vote on. And if Palin runs for President in 2012, I will gladly vote for her.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Hi Gladys--I hurt my back again, so I thought I'd veg out in front of the comp with my trusty heatpad and wait for the pain pills to kick in. This has been really hard to deal with. I hurt for several days, then get to feeling OK and overdo it and I'm back to square one again. I hate not being able to do simple things without being extremely careful or asking for help. Today I started taking down the Christmas tree. I had every intention of taking it easy, but all it took was a couple of reaches up, down, around and a few twists and I knew I was in trouble. But I kept it up for a couple of hours until I knew I just couldn't do any more. I hated to stop but I had no choice. So what else to do but another cute little meme? This was on a blog site and was listed as the most random meme the blogger had ever seen. I'm always on the look-out for something different.

And On With The Meme!!!!

What kind of soap is in your bathtub/shower right now?
There's a bar of Irish Spring for the guys and at least 3 bottles of purty-smelling stuff for me (and Sarah when she comes up)

What color or design is on your shower curtain?
The usual one is a nice cream color with bamboo design that Paul bought us when he accidentaly destroyed the other one (funny story). But what's up right now is a beautiful red and gold one that belongs to Sarah. Since her current shower has a glass door, she let me have this one for the holidays. She's always trying to bring a little class into our house...

Do you drink out of glass or plastic when you're at home?
Depends. I have both. I use both.

Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now?
I ALWAYS have iced tea in the fridge, but it's in a glass "sun tea" jar instead of a pitcher. Marv takes that in his thermos to work every day.

How many pillows do you sleep with?
Because of my reflux prob, I sleep with a lot of them. Along with my old triangle wedge pillow, I had 5 extra pillows to position myself, depending on how high I had to sit up. With my new wedge (which is a lot firmer) I only need 2-3 extra pillows.

Do you sleep with any lights on at night?
Because I have to get up 3-4 times a night to visit the little girl's room, I have a night light in the hall and in the bathroom.

Standard toothbrush or electric?
Standard. I tried one of those disposable vibrating toothbrushes and really liked it, but it only lasted about a month before the thing died. And I wasn't going to pay $6 each time for something like that.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome, 2010!

It's a new year, thankfully! And what better way to start it than with a MEME???

What famous person do you (or others) think you resemble?
I didn't see the resemblance, but one Halloween I answered the door wearing my hair parted in the middle with 2 white barrettes holding my hair back. No reason, that's just the way I was wearing it that day. A couple of teen boys looked at me and said, "Are you supposed to be Kathy Bates?" It wasn't until a little later that I thought of her in the movie "Misery", and that's how she wore her hair. Then I felt insulted...

What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator?
Milk, soda, butter

What superstition do you believe/practice?
None. I'm a Christian.

What color are you bed sheets?
Right now they're dark red flannel with bears on them. And paw prints.

Would you rather be a fish or a bird?
Since I HATE deep water, it would have to be a bird. Plus, I'd love to be able to fly!

Do security cameras make you nervous?
Not at all! In fact, if I see one, I always smile and wave!

Last time you went to a cemetary?
Memorial Day 2009, to take a picture of all the flags in the Vet's section where my parents are.

Favorite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert?
I saw Davy Jones of The Monkees at the fairgrounds several years ago. Big disappointment. He opened for Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. THAT was wonderful. Peter was a real showman and had the whole audience singing "Henry the 8th". This past year I got to "experience" Tommy Emmanual at the university in Chico. All I can say about that is "WOW!!" He has to be seen to really appreciate him and his music.

Do you talk to yourself?
Of course! No I don't! Yes I do! That's nuts! Oh yeah? Yeah! You wanna make something of it?!?

Was your mom a cheerleader?
No. She was the editor of the school newspaper.

The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?
My Twinkie Pie, of course! (aka my daughter)

What 3 words best describe yourself?
Intelligent, funny, blessed.