Thursday, March 24, 2016

Good Friday

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race;
'Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Charles Wesley

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 2016 Book Report

How to Paint a Cat (2014) by Rebecca M. Hale

The fifth book in the series. The search is on for the art murals that point to the murder of the former mayor’s intern. The ghost of the intern is haunting the interim mayor to try and point out his killer. And of course, the cats help as much as they can.
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All That Glitters (2014) by Emily Thomas

Blue Hill Library mystery. A stranger claiming to be a friend of Aunt Edie shows up in town. He seems to be a nice old gentlemen, but he has a lot of tall tales about his life. Ben and his friend try to dig for gold in order to help pay medical bills for a school friend who has cancer.
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Great Son (1944) by Edna Ferber

Very interesting story of a fictional family that had ruled Seattle since the pioneer days of the mid 1800s until Pearl Harbor day. Ms. Ferber did a lot of research for this book and I greatly enjoyed the historical info. I did some research of my own afterward.
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How to Catch a Cat (2015) by Rebecca M. Hale

Last book in this series. I have truly enjoyed them all and would like to have at least one more to tie up ALL loose ends. Mayor Monty is getting involved in the sailing regatta to be held in SF Bay. The Knitting Needle Ninja dispatches another intern. A parallel story about the first ship to discover the entrance to the bay in the 1700s.
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Appreciate Me Now and Avoid the Rush (1981) by Ashleigh Brilliant

Over the years I’ve seen his epigrams in Reader’s Digest and other magazines. Very witty epigrams along with funny pictures. Look up his website. Great stuff!
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The Wizard’s Daughter (1980) by Barbara Michaels

A very enjoyable romance/mystery. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Michaels’ writing. This book takes place when spiritualism was all the rage in Victorian times. Young Marianne has to work for her living after he father’s death leaves her penniless. She starts out singing in a “Gentleman’s Club” before she is mistaken by the Duchess as the long lost daughter of a dead medium that the Duchess loved. The Duchess thinks Marianne can channel her “father’s” spirit.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Searching the Lost and Found

The internet is my own personal playground. From the moment we got our first computer and Paul showed me how to find the REAL lyrics for “Blinded by the Light” and an interview with one of my favorite authors, I was a goner. There was SO MUCH TO SEE that I was overwhelmed! So many sites! Then I learned about bookmarks…

I became the QUEEN OF BOOKMARKS. I would find an interesting site that I didn’t want to take the time to intimately explore right then, so I’d bookmark it for later perusal. When I got heavily into rubber stamping and other paper crafts, I was overjoyed to find SO MANY WEBSITES for this stuff. Also blog sites, galleries, etc etc etc. And I bookmarked EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Then we’d have a crash or something and I would lose ALL my bookmarks. It was like someone close to me had DIED! I MOURNED! Paul thought I was nuts. (he was right)
That didn’t stop me from trying to find all my sites and bookmarking them again, though. At one point Paul suggested putting all the bookmarks in a file so if something happened, I would be able to access them again. I don’t know how many times I did this for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla. And every once in a while I would go through some of the lists and weed out ones that were no longer viable, or I had duplicated.

Then came the most recent crash. Once again, I lost everything that was current, but I had the files with the backups. Only problem was the newer sites that I had not backed up. I had gotten slack in that because I thought Carbonite saved EVERYTHING. And they do, just not bookmarks for the actual places like IE, Chrome and Mozilla. There was one particular site that I really wanted to find again. It was a place where I could use pictures and make them look old, or like a painting or in pixels. All different colors, all different back grounds and other goodies. I had used this site for a couple of altered books I’d done and REALLY wanted that one back.

SO….came the search. I didn’t realize right away that the newer bookmarks were gone. I thought I had them when the computer guys told me how to get them back on my browser. I didn’t know that all I was doing was taking the files of BMs (stop laughing) that were already stored. I went through ALL OF THEM ONE BY ONE to see if that one site was there. And of course I had no idea what that site was called. The last few days I’ve been going through EVERYTHING from all three browsers, even though I knew it wasn’t in the very first ones. I had decided that the time had come to CLEAN HOUSE. I went over every BM. A lot were no longer around. A few that I had completely forgotten about I was pleased to see were still around. I deleted a lot that no longer applied to me or I wasn’t interested in anymore. By that time I knew the site I wanted was not to be found in any of my lists. I ended up finding a couple different sites on my own that can do some pretty neat things with pics, and I will have to be content with that. And yes, they are in a permanent file. Lesson learned.