Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/18/17




I've had an especially fatiguing week, so I thought I'd make just a quick recommendation. If you like reading books with suggestions for activities and decor and foods by the seasons, the above (photo is Amazon link) is an oldie, but goodie from 1996, republished in 2002 (content appears to be identical, except for the cover).

It's a very nice paperback, about 7x7 inches, 225 pages, printed on good ecru paper. I still pull mine out now and then and peruse the input for whatever season is relevant. Each season is divided into sections on Home, Garden and the Great Outdoors, Body and Soul, and Family and Friends.

Hope your week is humming along nicely,
Bess
PS: I am an Amazon Associate.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/15/17


He who has knowledge spares his words,
and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
Proverbs 17:27 AMPC

I suspect this verse is a good reminder for many of us, including me.

Have a wonderful start to your week,
Bess

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Refinement



" ... Look at the pebbles in the bottom of the pool, Miss Emily, so round and smooth and shining."

"Yes, but where did they get that beautiful polish, that satin skin, that lovely shape, Rebecca? Not in the still pool lying on the sands. It was never there that their angles were rubbed off and their rough surfaces polished, but in the strife and warfare of running waters. They have jostled against other pebbles, dashed against sharp rocks, and now we look at them and call them beautiful."

(From Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin)


If we allow them to, the trials and hardships of life can help to make us beautiful, in the very best sense of the word.

Have a beautiful weekend,
Bess

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/10/17



When my brother was in the hospital for three weeks, over 2.5 years ago now, I picked up three books from the hospital gift shop to read during those times he was well out of it.






I always think of them, therefore, as "hospital books," but they are rather lovely books full of simple art and encouragement, published by Blue Mountain Arts of Boulder, Colorado. Printed on thick, deckle edge paper, they make great gifts for sons, daughters, graduates, teenagers, newlyweds, and the ill or discouraged. A search under Blue Mountain Arts on Amazon will bring up many suggestions to begin with. They have calendars as well.





I had thought of passing them on to our library, but then thought against it. Instead, I decided I'd add them to my small collection of short books suitable for a quick and easy injection of encouragement and positivity for myself. Here is a list of some of their titles:



Enjoy your reading,
Bess
PS: I am an Amazon Associate. Thank you so much for looking at these books (and you can always check with your local library). If you do enter Amazon via one of my links and buy anything at all, it costs you nothing extra and gives me a little credit for buying books for myself. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Word for Us on 10/8/17



We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3



Praying blessings over you and yours,
Bess

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sticking to a Food Plan

Canned soup for lunch the other day.

Am struck, as usual, by infinite superiority
of other people's food to my own.
From The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

After gaining ten pounds this summer from consuming far too much ice cream, I have created a chart in Excel to plan and track my eating. 

Meal planning in hopes of losing weight is not easy, especially when trying to balance, in moderation, low salt, low sugar, low calories, low cost and low waste. And enough protein (I don't eat much meat these days). I have totally abandoned keeping track of fat grams. I don't care. I figure if my totals come in reasonably well in the other categories, my fat consumption isn't going to totally run amok.

So far the chart looks pretty good. Most days just under 1200 calories; most days a bit under 1500mg on sodium. I'm still too high on sugar and too low on protein, but I'll keep working at it. Plus, I haven't been separating out my added sugar total from, what do you call it, just natural sugar(?). Perhaps I will down the road.

I hope to increase my fruits and veggies little by little, but I'm getting about two servings of each a day, most days. And when I have something salty such as canned soup, then I adjust the rest of the day's sodium intake. 

I'm hoping the food chart will be a stern taskmaster and keep me in line!

Have a great weekend!
Bess

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 10/3/17





Just a quick post to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Blue Castle by
L M Montgomery. The review(s) I read said it was written for adults, most of her books being written for young people (and/or we young-at-heart adults who appreciate excellent writing). The "adult" part of the book is simply that the main character, Valancy Stirling, is twenty-nine, so that may not appeal to Anne fans.

Also, being a book written in the 1920s, the term "making love" or "love-making" is used a couple times. In that era, the term simply meant flirting or wooing or romancing and nothing more. (I have read a poor review or two of Montgomery's Anne books on Amazon for using such terms.)

Valancy is a bit different looking, not very attractive, and has resigned herself to being a spinster. She lives with her mother and aunt. They and all her other relatives in town stifle her with their constant opinions and derogatory remarks.

But a letter she receives changes things completely, giving her the courage to stand up to her family (who think Valancy has lost her mind). Suffice it to say that after confronting her relatives, new adventures are ahead for Valancy.

I won't say more lest I give too much away, but I thought it was a wonderful story and wonderful writing. The descriptions of nature in the Muskoka area north of Toronto are fantastic.

I am an Amazon Associate. The link above is for the Kindle version I purchased (it's gone up in price just a bit). It seemed complete, and had just a very few typos. Or you can try one of the many other versions, or your library.

Anyway, I highly recommend The Blue Castle by L M Montgomery!

Happy Reading,
Bess