Monday, December 26, 2016

Free Books ... wait ... FREE BOOKS!!!!!!!

Totally irrelevant, gratuitous photo.  :O)

Hi All!

Hope everyone had a happy Christmas. Just a short post to share a few sources for free books.

1.  Alison May of Brocante Home is sharing some marvelously-tempting vintage Christmas books provided by Project Gutenberg. You can access her list here (sorry, the page has been removed from her blog). They all loaded to my Kindle for PC just fine, except the last one.

2.  If you happen to be a kindred spirit to Vickie of Vickie's Kitchen and Garden, she does much of the work and shares links to free books on her blog usually six days a week. 

3.  Of course, BookBub is great. Sign up for daily emails sharing free or inexpensive books in the genres of your choosing.

4.  And be sure to check out Amazon for free Kindle versions of older, beloved books. I've been very fortunate to find free versions of many titles I've wanted to read.

I know there are other sites for free books as well, but the above keep me in tons of free books and good reading. I'm not affiliated with any of the aforementioned sites in any way. One caveat: Be sure to check the price before you click to buy, in case it has changed. We don't want to pay $12.99 for a book we thought was free! (Well, maybe we do!)

Enjoy, and see you in the New Year!
Bess

Monday, December 19, 2016

This and That at Christmastide


Greetings to all my dear blog visitors!

We have just enough snow to make the streets and grass white, but with warmer temps this week it will soon be gone. However, we do have a chance for more snow on Christmas Day. Hopefully we won't wake up to -11 then like we did the morning of the 18th! 

I only set a few things around this Christmas season. They have to be where the kitties won't destroy them. Sweetie was the only kitty that would sometimes jump on the piano, so I can put a couple things there now.






I rarely play the piano anymore, but have played through several Christmas carols this month. Mostly hymns, but I may try to run through more contemporary music this week. As with anything, when one doesn't do something for long periods of time, one loses her proficiency! There was a time, mostly during the 1980s and 90s, that I often played three hours a day. I never thought I'd lose interest in it, but that is what has happened over the years. (Plus, it would help if I would get a new pair of eyeglasses, but I'm going to use up all the good of my current pair first. They are so costly these days!)


We are having lasagna and cinnamon rolls for Christmas dinner. I'm looking forward to it! And the neighbors delivered their homemade fudge and caramels which are yummy. I am trying not to fly through it so that I can keep off the 35 pounds I've lost. At my age (64), weight loss is extremely slow going, but at least it's been going in the right direction!

One more photo of Sweetie that I found in my Christmas folder on my computer. Not sure why it was there. This spring I want to purchase a little marker of some kind for her burial spot. Maybe just a stone kitty. I want to be reminded of her as I walk by; she was too precious to let her slip away from my thoughts completely.





I have some posts (not too many yet) in mind for January, so please check back. I plan to turn comments back on then. Also, I invite you to peruse my sidebar to see if anything catches your eye. Lots of quotes, my tips for conquering negative thinking, most popular posts, and some of my favorites you might have missed. I also keep a list of my most recent reading. Perhaps we are kindred spirits! In fact, today I'm picking up my inter-library loan request: Christmas at Thrush Green. I'm so tickled it came in so that I can begin it before Christmas!

Over the past six years of blogging I have shared many photos of my dishes and pretties, should you be interested. Because of my brother's illness, my living room had to be rearranged to accommodate his equipment, so I no longer have the staging area for vignettes that Sweetie sits on above (hence my dearth of posts in 2016). It received the best light in the house, but there is currently no access. So I plan to mostly share close-ups in my photos until circumstances change.

In 2017 I also plan to put some of my early writing on Amazon Kindle, so keep an eye out for that. That is if I can stand to read and edit it after all these years! Aargh. Hopefully that will inspire me to do some fresh writing as well.

Thanks for reading my chatter! I am doing remarkably well, and I sincerely pray you are, too. May the spirit of Christmas abide in your hearts always. 

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Bess

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bedside Provisions




It was the custom each morning for Violet to make a pot of Earl Grey tea in her bedroom, and to take a cup to each of her sisters. ...She quite enjoyed the early morning ritual, and Ada and Bertha were grateful for her service. Each sister kept a tin of biscuits in her room. Violet favored Gingernuts, Ada- Rich Tea, and Bertha stuck to Digestive. Sometimes the cup of tea, with a dip into the biscuit tin, was all that was required by way of breakfast as the ladies grew older and frailer. (From Friends at Thrush Green by Miss Read)

This excerpt resonated with me. I don't prepare a cup of tea in my room, but in recent years I have taken to maintaining a small stash of food in a bureau drawer a foot away from the side of my bed. Currently I have Ritz crackers, saltines, and Junior Mints. Amazingly enough, I don't find myself overindulging. I have a couple crackers with my morning and evening pills, and once in awhile I reach for a Junior Mint as a little pick-me-up. It's just so wonderfully convenient to have something nearby instead of having to pad to the kitchen for just a cracker.

But should we want to be able to also fix a cup of tea in our bedrooms, Margaret at Devon Dreaming shared a wonderful post about her lovely guest room accommodations here. Isn't her tea tray a nice idea?


So I briefly considered using the tray shown above to hold a teapot and accessories in my room, but I don't have the electrical outlets. Besides, in my little cottage, the kitchen isn't really that far away. So I'll have my crackers with the water on my nightstand, and once I'm alert for the day, I'll go fix that first cup of tea. 

Hopefully you pamper yourself a little, too. Someone as wonderful as you deserves to!

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:1

Hope you are enjoying a magical holiday season so far,
Bess