AND...Belated Wishes to Janie.
Did you know, Thomas Jefferson was an inventor and among his inventions were dumbwaiters and concealed devices that would open doors in his Monticello home?
As previously mentioned, the HH was kind enough to give me money for a new phone for my bday. Mine was nearly as old as I am. Ha ha. Now that's a blatant exaggeration. Nothing or no one is that old.😁 One of the problems I was having was that I couldn't send myself emails with pictures attached. I could email them to anyone else but not myself. Weird huh? Has anyone else had this problem? Show of hands. So when I got my new phone, I thought my problem would be solved. Nope it traveled right over to the new phone. I finally broke down and called Apple and after some trial and error the specialist figured it out. Last chance. Do you know what the problem was?
I never saw this coming nor would I have figured it out. They wouldn't send because the BCC on the phone setting was turned on. Turned it off and they started coming through. Problem solved.
AND...Speaking of the HH here's the Valentine's Day card he gave me.
AND...Just because it's pretty.
What about you, blogger buds? Unsolved phone issues? Got a special jam you'd like to share? Or a birthday?
Did you know, legend has it that carnelian was used to guard the dead on their journey to their next life?
*Carnelian is a red, pink or orange, translucent stone.
AND...In honor of RAK week, if you live in the US or the UK (I think...) help yourself to a free download of FLOWER GARDENS AND MORE.
If you had the ability to purr to show your happiness, how many times a day do you think you'd purr?
1. Once or twice a day?
2. Five or six?
3. Ten or twelve?
4. All the live long day.
I was in line in the grocery store, not paying much attention to what was going on around me. When it was my turn to check out, the clerk had a bit of a dazed look on her face. She pointed at a pretty potted plant and said the woman ahead of me had just given it to her. "Did you know her?" I asked.
She shook her head. "No," she said and went on to tell me that she'd been having a bad day and that simple act of kindness turned it around. And added that she would find a way to pass it on.
The HH surprised me an amaryllis.
The hellebore surprised me with blooms:)
Did you have a good Valentines? Did you know it's Kindness Week? How often would you purr in happiness if you had the ability?
Did you know, legend has it that bloodstones were oracles and gave off sounds of guidance? They are also purported to support long life. Bloodstones get their name from the red jasper sprinkled in the stone.
Third time's the charm.
As you probably remember, last week we got to the drive through clinic, at 8:00 a.m., for a vac and got turned away. This time we got to the clinic before 6:30 a.m. thinking this would get us in with no problems. It was a bit of a shock to see the long line of cars already waiting.
We persevered and got our numbers. There were 250 folks ahead of us.
Poor tulips. They must not have been listening to Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter.
AND...Speaking of tulips. The HH surprised me with these.
AND...We got unexpected snow.
What about you, blogger bud? Got tulips? Got your vaccine? Got snow?
Did you know, when President Joe Biden was in the senate he would sit by his friend John McCain in the senate till both the republican and democratic parties objected.
The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts: Louise-Fundy Blue, Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon.
The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog. Remember it’s optional.
February 3 question -Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?
Oh yes. Friends that I hold near and dear in the writing community and outside of it. I am most grateful for each and everyone.
In no particular order, January/February reviews.
What I love about a good YA fantasy is it moves at a fast pace and seldom stalls. This series is no exception. Alexandria Layton, is your average seventeen-year-old dealing with a number of serious setbacks that include the loss of her father and finding out maybe she’s not so average afterall as she’s drawn into a world of werewolves, Lycans and magic.
Not only is this a good series, it’s reasonably priced. In fact, the first book of the series is free—or was the last time I checked—if you want to try it out and see if you like it.
Available at Amazon.
A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT Book 2 and DAYLIGHT Book 3 of the Atlee Pine series by David Baldacci. I enjoyed the first as well as the second book in this series. With his usual masterful flair, he created a flawed character with a strong moral compass that we can get behind and root for. The third, no so much. I was okay with the first half of the book but by the end I really regretted starting it. It touches on child torture. I loathe anything that relates to that particular subject. It also felt like some of the scenes came away as a means to show how physically strong she was. It might have been worth it, if there had been closure in this series but it’s just one more book in the series. I really did not care for this one. To be fair, thousands of his readers disagree. I’m in the minority. Mr. Baldacci’s DAYLIGHT has over twelve thousand reviews and a 4.5 average. That’s not small potatoes.
JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
This book isn’t for folks who like a quick read, weighing in at over 750 pages. But it’s well worth the time. We learn about a family man who is passionately in love with, not only his wife, but his country as well and spends his entire life serving it. John Adams wasn’t a perfect person, he had his flaws as we all do, but he did his level best for America and Americans. He was a big believer in education for all and felt it would help the poor earn a better living. He was vehemently opposed to slavery.
The book is filled with all sorts of fascinating trivia that I didn’t know, such as he and Thomas Jefferson, who were friends—even when they weren’t, both died on the fourth of July, the same year. I also didn’t realize until I read this book that women developed breast cancer back then and that mastectomies were not only performed but performed without anesthesia. Ack.
If you’re a history buff, and even if you’re not, I strongly recommend this one.
The HH’s thoughts on writing:
Trying to make
Sense of spinning
Timing and order
Like taking a seat
At a slot machine,
Just after it was
Always on the take,
Never putting out
Is living it up,
Greetings, Blogger Buds. What's going on in your corner of the world? We've been trying to get THE vaccine. Our last attempt: Went to a drive through that was slated to start at 10:00 a.m. Got there at 8:00 a.m. and they'd already shut down. So we'll be trying again this week.
Last week Birgit at BB Creations suggested I name Mr. Fox Frederick or Franklin.
Since we already have a kitty Frank:
And a turtle Frank:
Christine at Christine's Blog showed a Where's Bernie at the Beach which I thought was hilarious and Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy had a Bernie pic, so I thought I'd share the Bernie meme my son sent me. Bernie has taken social media by storm. What a fun change from all the political tension.
It's February. Turn the page. (If you haven't already:)
Got your vaccine yet? Are you a Big Bang fan?