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  1. I shelved Circe. Too many f-bombs in the first chapter. I'm not up for finishing it right now. I finished Modern Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier. The book's topics cover much more than table settings and how to hold one's fork. There are chapters ranging from networking to how to converse at an event. It is a short, but easy read while being packed with information.
  2. The children and I finished Ember Falls. It was a delightful sequel. I highly suggest it as a read-aloud for all ages. 9. Ember Falls by S. D. Smith
  3. I finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. It is one of those either hate it or love it books. The Testaments is a continuation of both the book and the televised series. Read my review here: 6. Black Robe Fever by Gary L. Richardson 7. A Weed in the Church by Scott T. Brown 8. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood *Having trouble with the formatting. Hopefully this will work.
  4. The display is titled Blind Date with a Book. All of the books are wrapped individually with brown paper and tied with ribbon and on each wrapped book is a typed tag with a brief description of the book's contents. The posted rules say that you must check out the book before opening the wrapping. I want to upload a photo, but alas am too technologically challenged.
  5. Someone from the water mitigation company called a few minutes ago and said they will be here in less than an hour. We've already been approved for hotel and expenses. Because we have a large family (7 kids still at home) we have an extra allowance.
  6. I am so sorry you are having to deal with this, but thankful you made it out safely! I just broke down crying in front of my children and I didn't even have a fire. I'm praying for you and your circumstances.
  7. This is in my GoodReads to read cue: Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Melissa Harrison (Editor) 3.97 · Rating details · 109 ratings · 27 reviews Winter is a withdrawal: quiet and dark and cold. But in the dim light frost shimmers, stars twinkle and hearths blaze as we come together to keep out the chill. In spite of the season, life persists: visiting birds fill our skies, familiar creatures find clever ways to survive, and the world reveals winter riches to those willing to venture outdoors. In prose and poetry spanning seven hundred years, Winter delights in the brisk pleasures and enduring beauty of the year's turning. Featuring new writing from Patrick Barkham, Satish Kumar and Anita Sethi, extracts from the work of Robert Macfarlane, James Joyce and Kathleen Jamie, and a range of exciting new voices from across the UK, this invigorating collection evokes the joys and the consolations of this magical time of year.
  8. I'm still currently reading a chapter a week of What is a Family? by Edith Schaeffer for a book club and Ember Falls as our family's afternoon read aloud. I have also started Modern Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Myka Meier runs The Plaza Hotel's finishing program. 6. Black Robe Fever by Gary L. Richardson A Bear Called Pattington (Not counted toward my book total, but too sweet not to list.) 7. A Weed in the Church by Scott T. Brown
  9. Excellent idea!! Thank you. Right now I'm in panic mode and not thinking. We purchased several gallons of water and baby wipes. I guess we will be getting pizza for meals today.
  10. *Final? Update* Water mediation happened at 8:30 pm last night. The insurance company scheduled a company based 2-3 hours away. Plumber came out today and jack hammered the floor and found the leak. It was a rock that had caused a small puncture hole in a pipe near the vent. We now have our water turned back on and the floor is patched with cement. After the cement dries we will still need to repair the flooring. Insurance company says its considered a maintenance issue so we aren't sure what or if they will pay. 🙄 A big thank you for all of the prayers! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Update* Diagnostics company came out and identified the source. It is a slab leak very near the back door and vent. Plumber is scheduled tomorrow morning and insurance agent is working on a claim. We are expecting a call from an adjustor asap. Plans are possible hotel rooms and whatever companies the insurance suggests. Unfortunately, we have a pretty high deductible so it will be $$$ out of pocket. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Original post: We've shut the water off to the house and the plumber is coming. Do you know why one needs water? Baths, laundry, dishes, drinking, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Will I do significant damage if I turn my heat on?
  11. Thank you! I figured it out.
  12. I'm a few pages from finishing Black Robe Fever and about to begin A Weed in the Church. I also plan to begin The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. The reviews are fairly negative, so I am not beginning with high hopes. Our family's current read aloud is Ember Falls, the second book in The Green Ember series. The Green Ember was one of the few books that kept all my children engaged from teen boys to barely tween girls. As Princess Bride is to children's movies so is The Green Ember to children's literature. It has sword fighting, family loyalty, a secret prince, and soldiers.
  13. Yes! We are in Fool's Spring as well! Coast or Mountains? It depends on my mood. If I could only choose one, it would have to be the coast. I enjoy the sand between my toes and hearing the water lapping at the shoreline. It doesn't hurt that my mother lives 1/2 way across the US 5 minutes from the coast! @Negin I loved your post!
  14. Yes, this. I should've been more specific in the title. I included Cronovirus spinoff, but didn't explain further. Agreed. We live in tornado alley and I was shockingly unprepared during last year's season. This could turn into something scary and I would like to be prepared with at least the basics. MRE's are great, but having a few basics my family knows and loves or at least tolerates would be spectacular. I suspect if an all out pandemic broke out, one would need more than just a couple of weeks of basics food rations.
  15. Any ideas are awesome. I was specifically thinking in terms of necessary emergency preparedness situation.
  16. The title is pretty self explanatory. Share your shelf stable meal ideas. Bonus points if water isn't needed. Spaghetti noodles cooked in jarred marinara sauce. Serve with canned green beans.
  17. You can cook spaghetti noodles in jarred marinara sauce with no water needed. The consistency isn't the best, but if one must ration water then spaghetti noodle consistency wouldn't matter that much.
  18. I agree with your statement and want to add... Many people risk losing their jobs if they take all necessary sick days and some are just plain uninformed. A few years ago we had a lady at our congregation who's child was frequently sick. She would comment about said child having a fever that morning and how she gave her Tylenol to bring down her fever "so now she's fine." Um, no! Take that sick baby home!!
  19. Good afternoon fellow bibliophiles! I didn't add another read last week after finishing The Count of Monte Cristo the previous week. I needed a bit of time to process it. For an online book club I'm continuing What is a Family? by Edith Schaeffer. Some chapters I've liked, some not. If not for the book club, I doubt I would finish this one. I'm also continuing Black Robe Fever by Gary L. Richardson. Dh suggested it to me and while it is an easy read with locations I am familiar with, I find myself putting it off. I borrowed Ember Falls, the second book in the Green Ember series, from the library. I will be starting it today as our family's afternoon read aloud. I haven't been paying much attention to the weekly challenges, but hope to incorporate them into my book selections. This is the first year I'm pretty confident that I will be able to reach 52 books. I will thrilled if I am able to accomplish that goal!
  20. This came up on my facebook feed. I'm not sure if it is from a reliable source or not, but is scary if its true. January 29 at 2:13 PM In case you missed it, yesterday, Federal Agents arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, with lying to the Department of Defense about secret monthly payments of $50,000.00 paid by China and receipt of millions more to help set up a chemical/biological “Research” laboratory in China. Also arrested were two Chinese “Students” working as research assistants, one of whom was actually a lieutenant in the Chinese Army, the other captured at Logan Airport as he tried to catch a flight to China - smuggling 21 vials of “Sensitive Biological Samples” according to the FBI. ....The research lab the good professor had helped set up? It’s located at the Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan China is ground zero to the potentially global pandemic known as the “Coronavirus”which is both spreading rapidly and killing people.
  21. 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier, Bingo) 3. 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond (Making Stuff up, Pick Your Poison) 4. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon (Inspirational or Quick Decisions, Pick Your Poison) 5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Gothic, Bingo) I just tried to access my Goodreads account and got an error message saying it was over capacity. 😂
  22. I finished The Count of Monte Cristo. It was an interesting book, and though I had to look up summaries near the beginning of the book to keep up with the plot It is a fairly easy, albeit long, read. The copy I borrowed from the library was on a Playaway device that kept cutting out at important plot points and frustratingly left off the last five minutes of the book. I was able to read the ending online, but it was just not the same as finishing with the same format I started.
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