Tuesday, August 15, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 8/15/17



In the past year or two I've been getting acquainted with books by Elizabeth Cadell. I have only read five so far, but my library has several (I'll look: 15, with 11 more in its system of 50+ libraries; yea!), and she wrote over fifty books.

My favorite of her books so far has been The Lark Shall Sing. It is the first of three books that tell about the Wayne Family. I got such a kick out of the six Wayne children and their shenanigans and the people they bring home who wind up being a part of the mix. It really could be a movie in the same vein has Cheaper by the Dozen or With Six You Get Eggroll, etc. Lots of fun craziness.

What is odd is that I can't remember the second Wayne book at all, although I have read it: The Blue Sky of Spring. I think it was more romance and fewer shenanigans.

I've had a request in for the last of the three, Six Impossible Things, for ages, but my library hasn't tracked it down as yet- one of their very few failures to do so. I was putting off a post on Cadell until I read this final Wayne installment, but decided to go ahead.

Some of Cadell's books are available for Kindle or in paperback, so I will have to splurge sometime on the final Wayne Family book that way. (Or her books can be found via third parties.)

Cadell's books, I believe, are mostly romances (see this site). (Evidently, she also wrote a few of what we'd call cozy mysteries.) Some are more fun, though, than others. Mrs. Westerby Changes Course was fun, whereas Any Two Can Play (but even it had its moments) and Remains to Be Seen were more typical, imho.

If you enjoy light, clean romance and quirky books, you may very well enjoy books by Elizabeth Cadell. I'd say her writing is between D E Stevenson and M C Beaton as to depth and style, for whatever that's worth. :O)  

If you've read some Cadell and have particular recommendations, let me know so that I can read your suggestions sooner rather than later in the queue!

Blessings on your reading,
Bess
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Word for Us on 8/13/17


For instance, take the matter of eating. God has given us an appetite for food and stomachs to digest it.
But that doesn't mean we should eat more than we need ...
1 Corinthians 6:13  TLB

This is a tough one (and food isn't the main topic of this verse, but I'll leave it to you to look it up if you're interested).

It has taken me many years to accept the fact that I can't eat as much as I want to and be slender. My life is a far cry from my twenties when it seemed I could eat all I wanted of anything and stay a healthy weight (there were brief exceptions when I did gain, though, I'll admit).

These days I am older and sedentary enough that it just doesn't take much food to keep me going. And the lighter amount I do eat (I shoot for 1200 to 1400 calories most days) still maintains far more weight than I'd like. (I eat a little more some days, which I need to amend. But honestly, sometimes I fear that to weigh 130 lbs I'd have to live off 800 calories a day and two hours of daily exercise!)

And if I want to feel well, I need to get all the nutrition I can out of my calorie intake. That's sort of hard for me to accept, too!

But I hereby resolve to do my best, with God's help, to make better choices, including getting more exercise. However, I'll still have the occasional treat because I want to do that for myself just as much as I want to make better choices on the whole. A gal can only take so much deprivation. ;^]

Have a great start to your week!
Bess
PS: The photo is from 2014.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Another Quote Friday



To get away to myself, where I was sure no one could hear me, and sing and sing till I made the echoes ring, was one of the chief joys of my existence, but I had never made a success in singing to company.
From My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin (1901)

Fits my early life exactly! Now I just plain can't sing out loud, though. I've gone all croaky. (Although I do seem to be less inhibited while driving and sometimes croak away in the car.)

These sometimes ring when I walk by the cabinet; then I have to move them a little.

Enjoy your weekend!
Bess