Sunday, August 02, 2020


As Summer gets hotter, I am participating in this readathon for August. You can sign up HERE (by August 8th). I wanted to read Science Fiction Fantasy but know I will have so much easier of a time finding things that fit into prompts for Team Contemporary/Literary Historical Fiction. Historical fiction is something I love! This post is a work-in-progress. :-)

Friday, July 31, 2020

A few things to try ...

Mmm ... breakfast!


 -----Crumpets with Caramel Butterscotch Syrup
-----Japanese Souffle Pancakes
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-----Hungarian egg drop soup – Savany├║ toj├ísleves
-----Bacon Tomato Pasta Salad.Easy to make, inspired by the BLT. I am so looking foward to this one! I love experimenting with the classic taste of BLT!
-----No Churn Blueberry Lemon Ice Cream. I do have a fancy ice cream maker, but love making no churn!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

-----I get the feeling that one of the COVID casualties is going to be Days of Our Lives. I keep seeing announcements about people not coming back for shooting in September.

-----I am thankful for Pizza Hut's contactless curbside pickup ... it has brought cheer to our children on gloomy days/during these times of distancing. I just wish Pizza Hut would get their summer Book It! working properly. We are huge Book It! fans.

Monday, July 20, 2020



I am about 3% of the way into an uncorrected proof of the last installment of the series.
The first book came out in 1977 and the last one comes out 20 October.

I love how the third-person POV of Terry Brooks seems almost first-person ... esp. at survival moments.
You are right there, facing choices along with the characters! Moment by moment.


2020 Big Book Summer Challenge



Your big book needs to be 400 pages or more ... pretty simple requirement. I pulled the first book of such length out of my bookcase and it turned out to be a Reader's Digest. The changing abridged stories should keep my attention. :-) 573 pages
I will likely read more than one big book but not put pressure on myself. I came to this reading challenge further in.
This challenge ends September 7th. You can join HERE.




I now have myself on page 41. I have read this particular story previously though I am not sure yet if I have read this particular Reader's Digest volume before. The story is light and breezy so far.











The "Off the Grid" Readathon is done!



Today was the last day. I am currently 116 pages in ... that is 22 percent of the book and I am satisfied with my progress, given the responsibilities of Life. :-)
I am starting to get more hints of the "romance" part of the story that was  pointed out in the plot blurbs. Odds are the love story will be two characters that will have to go through unrest and/or tragedy to get to being a romance ... sigh. Anyway, this book was written in 2012 but the impeachment, partially on overstepping presidential powers, is a timely topic (given recent events).

The simple "assignment" of this readathon was to read a book by a black author. I restarted this one and didn't notice the stipulation of eschewing media ... so, I have been enjoying research on real-life people and making a list of portrayals that I want to see.

Ironically, this ended up next to a series that has Lincoln in it. John Jakes is also the author of The North and The South trilogy (remember the miniseries of each book had Patrick Swayze). Yes, the title of the first book, in the pile that is The Kent Chronicles, is "The Bastard."

From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past

Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense."




HERE is an interview about the book and Carter's writing.


On ambition ...
There is a bit of punchline after this. :-)

Saturday, July 18, 2020

After COVID wishlist ...
---Visit a Graeter's (ice cream). We did not get there when last in Ohio.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Stuff that is yummy ...


Arroz C'atum (Rice with Tuna)
A Porteguese dish from Cabo Verde, South Africa

---I sauteed and simmered down a rich mixture of Colavita "diced" tomatoes that are pretty saucy(2 Tetra Paks), minced onions and onion powder and a ton of minced garlic. I used peanut oil. #UseWhatYouHave
---Caldo con Sabor de Res (beef flavor bouillon)
---2 bay leaves ... I would never, ever use 6.

I would definitely be ready to abandon the cover because this does try sticking/clumping. I used a lid for the first five minutes, but not beyond. The rice was a cross between the technique of Spanish rice and almost a risotto. I did find myself stirring a lot and used a spatula to make sure there was no stick or scorch to ruin my work. A second cook down was necessary on the liquid.

---We currently have Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light tuna in water ... which has firm texture and less sodium.

This was yummy and a hit with everyone in the house.
Goal: I am setting a timer and working on my German for five minutes daily.
(This was part of the review that DuoLingo threw up at me this morning.)

#FitReaders2020 ~ Goals!

You can join, for July 2020, HERE. :-)

This is a work-in-progress. Hmm ... what are my goals??

-----Drink enough water for an active person of my age.
-----Discover and try out new toning exercises.


I guess these are kind of boring, and certainly not many, but it's what I've got for the needs in my Life.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
The "Off the Grid"Readathon


The next installment of the "Off the Grid" Readathon will be July 17-19th. You can sign up HERE.
The assignment is simply to read a book by a black author. I've started The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln before and figure I should start now on starting it again ... if I truly want to give the reading justice ... and I'll just start it again during the readathon.
(Yes you read that right ... started, restarting, will start again. :-) I want to research the actual history/portrayals.)
Stay tuned.



"From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past

Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense."




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To start my research/watching:
John Hay was Lincoln's secretary. A quick scan of the Wikipedia article did not show me much in the way of writings on Lincoln ... did he truly keep a diary? I did find that Hay is portrayed in SEVERAL movies that I will want to watch. :-)
--- D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln(1930) is available for FREE download on Internet Archive.
And then there is ...
---The Littlest Rebel. The 1935 Shirley Temple movie. This I have seen.
---Saving Lincoln(2013) can be rented on Amazon Prime for $2.99. It's an independent, micro-budget film.

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This was the play that Lincoln was watching when he got shot ...

HERE is Act 2. HERE is Act 3.

-----The memories of a man who saw the assassination at age 5.


Friday, June 19, 2020

Little Disasters


One I am reading that comes out in August. I have advance, uncorrected reader's proofs.
Currently in my stacks:
Adobe Digital Editions, 51 days to go on loan
Kindle
The author studied English at Oxford(it always excites me to hear the words of someone who did) and is a former journalist.

“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

"From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us."


... —a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us.

You think you know her…but look a little closer.

She is a stay-at-home mother-of-three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess.

Then one moment changes everything.

Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface—and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself. The truth can’t come soon enough.


The story apparently deals with Post-Partum Depression, parental duties and ethics. A lot of reviews have said Little Disasters is haunting.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

-----Fool-Proof Healthy Carrot Soup. "Because of the ginger, this carrot soup has a warming effect whether served warm or cold." The recipe is from The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier.

Monday, June 08, 2020

This book comes out in August. I am borrowing a digital edition, translated from the Italian. I am hoping for many photos of Greenland ... the ice sheet and mountains. #NewReads

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"SpaceX and NASA scrub historic launch due to weather conditions
Through a partnership with NASA, SpaceX planned to send people into space on Wednesday aboard the Crew Dragon, but the launch was scrubbed with less than 17 minutes until lift-off due to bad weather. The next launch opportunity will be Saturday, May 30. The flight marks the first-ever manned space launch by a private company, and is the first crewed NASA launch from the US since 2011."

The bright sides of this being safety and now I don't feel disappointed about having fallen asleep.

:-)



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