Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday.....what are you reading, watching. listening to?

Happy Monday all!  I am reading some awesome books at the moment and even though I haven't read that much of them they grabbed me from their first pages!
AMAZON: "A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”
This book is very hard to put down and he is a great writer.....this book is simply unbelievable....almost!  Truly enjoying it and I look forward to it each night when I go to bed.  The type of book you wish would never end.
 AMAZON: "For many anguished months Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.  But when Abbie's body is found embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek, the family's devastation deepens into mystery. How did she die?  And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?
 In a journey of discovery and redemption that takes us from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the West, The Divide tells the story of a family fractured by betrayal.  It explores the pain we inflict on those we love the most and charts the passions and needs, the dashed hopes and disillusionments, that connect and divide all men and women."
This is sad but good as all Nicholas Evan's books are.  It is not going to give you bad dreams though.  He is another great storyteller especially when it comes to people's emotions.
I keep forgetting to read The Magic Of Tidying Up because I am not used to reading from a tablet.  I have got to write it on my todo list!
This book (finished) is a delight with it's beautiful illustrations and photos from the authors own home, life and childhood.  Mostly it takes one season and shares how to make the most of it!  There's recipes and traditions and lots of entertaining ideas and menus.  There are definitely some I will try.  I love the fact that I have this book....I could browse it's pages over and over for a "feel good" feeling!
 I also read this magazine from cover to cover and if there is a subscription I am getting one!  LOVE this magazine but if you can't afford it just go to King Arthur's website
 It is also wonderful and so informative if you love to bake!  Their recipes are top notch!
I finished listening to this funny audio and it was truly enjoyable....
 Now I'm listening to this one................these were shows on PBS if I remember correctly and his wife is the famous "she who must be obeyed". LOL!
This is a 2011 September issue of Real Simple so the "fashion" might be out of date but then so am I so it won't matter.  At least it is the September issue.........I haven't started it yet. 
As for watching this week....I've listened to Knitting Pipeline podcast, a few Bakery Bears and I started watching Mad Men on Netflix after looking for James Herriot episodes with no luck.  Does anyone know where I can find them?  They were British and a few years back.  I like series and the first Mad Men was interesting since I grew up in that era as a 1967 high school graduate.  The clothes and the decorating are interesting and all the smoking....whoa Nellie!  We all smoked back then!  So far so good although there's always female nudity but no strange.  Not that I care for either but at least lets be fair.  I'll see how long I last watching this one.  It may be too "adult" for me! LOL!
If you're not familiar with Mad Men, it was a very popular HBO series about Advertising executives in Manhattan, N.Y. during the 60's. 
 That's all for this week!  I'm going to try and listen to a Chicago Bear's game tonight on Free Football Radio
Saturday I used it and was able to listen to the Iowa Hawkeye game which, unfortunately they lost to the North Dakota Bisons.  I hope I'm not a jinx!?!? It was their first loss.
Happy Trails!


  1. Still reading blogs and my latest issue of The Good Old Days. All Creatures Great and Small is a great series I bet your local Library would have them on DVD, I think it was originally a PBS series:)

    1. I already checked our library for the books but not the DVD. Oh, those good old day's magazines are great! Hope you had a great birthday today!

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  3. How in the world do you keep track of so many things to read? It's all I can do to keep track of one book and maybe a magazine and some podcasts. I am awed and amazed by you! Have a lovely day my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy

    1. I'm anal and a list maker but it probably takes away from being productive in other areas....if you saw my house you would gasp! LOL! Some rooms are great and others look like a tornado hit them!

  4. Hi Sam,
    Thank you for all your comments on my blog. Always look forward to hearing from you. I can tell you really like that first book you showed today. I will have to look into that.
    Seems to me you keep REALLY busy. I will also look into the magazine sift.
    I love Susan Branch. I check her blog everyday. I have all her books. She has three books out. Two about her life and one about England. Loved them all. I will show a picture in a few days.
    I used to have your address I don't anymore, maybe you could E'mail it to me.
    Well off to play house or something.
    Nancy Jo

    1. I will email you if I can get to yours on your blog. Don't email me using my blog because it doesn't work but you can send it directly from your email to
      Yes, Sanctuary of Outcasts is great. I had no idea there were still people with leprosy or that they were here in the U.S. I need to put S.B.'s blog on my blog list and definitely get more of her books.

  5. Do you live near a Dollar Tree? It is one of those stores where everything is priced at $1. I visited yesterday and found the biography Talking With My Mouth Full by Gail Simmons from Food and Wine Magazine and a judge on Top Chef (which I used to watch before we cut cable). I am 3 chapters in and it is wonderful!!! And I only paid $1 for the hardcover!! You might want to check it out.

    1. Miss Merry, I wish we had a Dollar Tree but we have a Dollar General and there are not many things for $1 in it! I wrote down the book title and author though and Thrift Books and I have a very good relationship! LOL!
      I stopped my satellite too.


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