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  1. I will likely be finishing Whiskey in a Teacup this evening. I'm currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo, Black Robe Fever, What is a Family? and Paddington Bear. I'm not counting this one, but it is delightful! 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)
  2. Number the Stars is one of my favorite historical fiction books and as gentle (is that the right term?!) an introduction into that dark period of time as one can get.
  3. I guess I haven't read the original. I will be adding it to my reading list.
  4. I am still currently savoring Whiskey in a Teacup. It is a coffee table-ish book that I pick up occasionally when I need a quick read that is visually appealing. I am also reading Black Robe Fever, which is about judicial injustice. The Count of Monte Cristo is my current audiobook. I have needed to look up the synopsis more than once and have been having trouble keeping up with certain characters after a particular point in the book.
  5. Beautiful photos! Except that blasted Great Expectations. The ending was depressing. I agree! That is the reason I don't care for a lot of memoirs. They just seem like a way to air one's dirty laundry. It may be your story, but it is also their story. Unless someone has chosen to commit a terrible crime and in such chosen to lose one's right to privacy for said crime, then an author should do their best to protect another's privacy.
  6. I finished the 6 Day Body Makeover by Michael Thurmond. I have started incorporating some of the suggestions and have already lost 3 pounds. I am currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo. It is interesting and not at all quite like I thought it would be. Since it is an audiobook, it is likely I will finish it in the next week or two. 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)
  7. Good suggestion! I wouldn't think to check to see if they were plastic!
  8. How much does it generally cost to remove a cast iron tub and replace with a shower? What about tiling an area that has damaged wainscoting? The room is tiny. Just barely holds a tub and toilet. Our children's bathroom has a large walk in area with double sinks and a separate tub/toilet room with a door. What would it cost to remove the wall and inner door to have one large bathroom? _______________________________________________ We aren't wanting to do a full remodel, just add a prefab shower and possibly remove a wall.
  9. Yes! Where do I start? One political party to another. Giving weird looks to those strange homeschoolers! Why would anyone smother mother like that!? Now? My youngest children have never even been in a public school and I've graduated 3 from homeschool. I used to believe all children's misbehavior was a discipline issue, until I adopted a child with RAD and FAS. All the sticky subjects...vax, pro vs con you know what, patriarchy, etc. etc. etc.
  10. Bold is my emphasis. YES! I literally cannot go without washing my hair regularly. I don't care how many times people say you can train your hair to be washed less frequently. It just does not work for everyone. Really.
  11. Bolded emphasis mine. Have you tried BB Cream? It's much lighter and doesn't have the foundation smell. My favorite is Maybelline Dream Fresh.
  12. I have been working hard to look classy. I signed up for stitch fix a couple of years ago and get a box 3 or 4x per year. Their style cards and clothing selections have made a huge difference in how I put outfits together. My favorite youtube blogger is the Daily Connoisseur. She is an author and homeschool mom of four. Her videos, Ted Talk, and books all discuss a 10 item wardrobe. I've learned a lot watching her videos. I may be over 40 and have about 40# to loose, but I'm not giving in to the frump yet!
  13. This morning I finished And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It was fantastic! If I reach my reading goal for the year I want to reread it to see if I catch clues along the way. 1. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell (Selfie, Baker's Dozen from Pick Your Poison) 2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Soldier square, 52 Book Bingo)
  14. This is my Goodreads profile. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15922265-edie
  15. I took a couple of years off from the challenge, and am glad to join again. I finished Below Stairs by Margaret Powell today. It was a carryover from 2019 and is subtitled The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs, and Downton Abbey. It is a very quick read and conversational in tone. I enjoyed it. I plan to complete the BINGO board genre suggestions and a Baker's Dozen from the Pick Your Poison list. Below Stairs will be my "Selfie" choice. I am currently reading Whiskey in a Teacup by Reece Witherspoon, Black Robe Fever by Gary L. Richardson, 6 Da
  16. I am using the Bingo board to add books to my Good Reads to read list. The list is really encouraging me to add new books I never thought to read. This year is going to be so much fun!!
  17. Is there a trick to posting a book cover from a Mac? The right click option isn't working for me.
  18. Forgive me if you've already explained this, but would you please elaborate on the bonus squares?
  19. Try drinking hot lemon water upon waking and weaning yourself off coffee gradually. If you start to feel a caffeine headache coming on, a couple of sips of coffee or tea should help. After a couple of weeks you should notice your cravings lesson. The trick for me is replacing the habit, hence the hot lemon water.
  20. No mishaps here, fortunately, just illness. Christmas is not as fun when everyone is sick.
  21. I would've done the same thing. Post a message on NextDoor saying, "I have your packages," bring the packages in, and plan to deliver in the morning by 9 am or so. I would've been livid if the police showed up at 7am.
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