Aug 28, 2016

Pooh and Piglet:
Comfort for the Heart

he  sweet comfort of Pooh and Piglet never fails to warm the heart....
Take time each day to see the warm and sweet side of life even when things seem difficult.

Aug 26, 2016

Friday Foto Friends: Bits and Pieces

Here are a few  photos for Debbie's Friday Foto Friends which is a awful lot of fun in which to take part. You get to meet nice people and see wonderful photos  they post.
These photos are just bits and pieces of things seen around the place.

There is a big Wisteria out back that grew over a little structure. The structure was torn down but the wisteria goes on and has seeded it's children all over the place including back in the woods behind me.  This one has decided to grow up over my back porch.  It twines up over the old awning frame.
The house needs paint and the porch is peeling.
Always lots of do when you can't do it!

"I iz in yer pond lookin' fer bugz" said Mr. Frog who has grown from a wee lad into a very large frog this summer.  Here he is pretending we can't see him among the mint.
His brother lives in the little front pond and has been named Gus by the Famous Anonymous Kid.

You can see your neighbors through the phragmites growing along the shoreline.
I wonder if they, like Mr. Frog, think they can't be seen hiding behind it?

My notebook is completely empty!

Uh oh.

Aug 25, 2016

Books, books and books.

oni, our blogging neighbor from upstate NY (I can wave to her from down here in south Jersey of course) posted this book meme and I thought I would too.

A good book and a cup of tea.

1. When growing up did your family share your love of books?
 My father did. His hands were always holding a book about religion or theology.  When his eyes were bad he studied books so much he wore a spot in the table where he was busy learning.  
2. If so, did one person get you into reading?
My father from example and my sister who used to give me books as gifts. She gave me books on poetry and a special book on Japanese Haiku with beautiful illustrations. My parents bought me books from National Geographic as well about travel and American Indians. 
3.And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)
I tried to read some of my father's books but they were way above me. My father was a chemist who later opened a store which contained a lending library for the neighborhood.   

high brow reading
I enjoyed a few books but in general did not like to read books when I was very young. I would spend my little allowance on comic books mainly.  I really liked Archie comics.  Very highbrow stuff.
I was a straight A student in school but, I did not read anything really. All I wanted to do for the most part was be outside.
I did, however, sit in the town library reading the Encyclopedia Britannica and other reference books.

Now my taste in books runs to mysteries by Agatha Christie and other British writers like Dorothy Sayers. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are favorite characters.
Robert Parker, author of the Spenser for Hire and the Jesse Stone series is popular with me. He gets to the point!
And, I am a fan of the writings of Booth Tarkington and Charles Dicken.

I enjoyed David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol is probably my all time favorite book because of it's universal message about dealing kindly with your fellow man.
Seventeen by Booth Tarkington was fun and a lovely look at another era.
I was fascinated as an adult by the Little House on the Prairie series because it is a treasure trove of information about American attitudes in the pioneer years. It was very different back then.
I seem to have grown past the Archie years.

My library has biographies as well but I have followed in my father's footsteps
with an interest in religion, philosophy and history too.

I just finished reading the biography of Andrew Jackson , American Lion by Jon Meacham.
Well worth the time for the history and a good understanding of the man and the times.

What do you read?
What is your favorite book? Do you have one?
Is there an author you really enjoy?

Please join our prayers for Italy.  It is just devastating.
May God bless and help them.

Aug 19, 2016

Friday Foto Friends
By the Sea

Linking to Friday Foto Friends

  Diamonds on the water in late afternoon always dazzle the eyes.

A  lovely clear and breezy day by the bay.