Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Eleven

This was a short book.  I would have preferred it was longer.  "Behind Jane Austen's Door" is about what a visit to a Regency home would be like, what was expected of the woman of the house, and some background on the society of that time.  It's meant to help those interested in Jane Austin's works to understand what life was like for women of that period.  I am hoping to read some of her books later in the year and have several more books about this period on my Kindle to familiarize myself with the history before I do.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Another Mystery....

The 10th book for this years challenge was "Invisible" by Lorena McCourtney.  It was good.  I liked the main character's humor.  I also liked very much that she was a Christian and this was woven through the story.
The fact that the main character ~ a little old lady ~ felt that she was invisible (not really, but socially) reminded me of a dear brother in Christ who used to talk about how he felt that way sometimes, and would suddenly jump out in front of the teenagers at church to startle them into acknowledging him.  I know they found it as much fun as he did.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Author To Keep In Mind...

Well, at least a new author to me!  I was cruising the free books on Amazon for my Kindle and came across "A Dyeing Shame".  It looked cute and I've always enjoyed mysteries...especially "cozies" so I thought I'd give it a try.  It was great.  Lots of humor, characters I might be interested in meeting in real life (except for the killer of course).  I enjoyed it very much.  I'm hoping that she's written more. 


Monday, February 18, 2013

A Little Agatha....

I can't seem to stop reading...nothing wrong with that.
Book eight was finished last night..."The Mysterious Affair At Styles" by Agatha Christie.  Great as usual.  Poirot isn't my favorite of her detectives...that would be Miss Marple (a fellow knitter), but it was wonderful just the same.  Funny if I recall correctly the first book I ever read of hers was "Curtain" which I believe was her last book, and was also a Poirot.  Yes, I still remember who did it, and no I won't tell.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Seven

OK, I know it's just past the right time of year to read this book but I saw it and felt like it.  It was as marvelous as I expected.  I've always been a fan of the story, but had never read it before.  It's about time!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Six...

I just finished "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn.  It was an amazing book.  I was first introduced to it by videos that we had at our church.  It's hard to put in a nutshell.  The book involves Bible prophecy, 9-11, God's call to repentance to our country, and much more.  The United States was founded as a country dedicated to God, just as Israel was. Will we turn back to God?  Will our fate be the same as theirs?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

And The Winner Is....

I've finally decided on a binder...and the winner is a Day-Timer (Classic, Desk, A-5).  It's one of the Pink Ribbon series.  The logo on the closure is a dark pink..not sure why it washed out here.

I bought this one for several reasons.  I like that it's micro-fiber so it's lighter to carry then leather, I like that it will take all the different inserts (except filofax), I like that it's black, and still has some color because of the logo and the pink inside.  I like very much that some of the proceeds go to help cancer research.  
This is the inside cover (with a sheet of paper to cover the three credit card holders that hold everything from my driver's licence to my business cards).

This is a view of the weekly page for the coming week.  It came with a years worth of undated pages and I'm filling them in how I want them.  Plenty of room for stickers, washi tape, doodling and writing down what's happening for the least so far.  I still have my Franklin Covey two pages per day if I need more room.

This is the back with my two zip envelopes with stickers, post-it's, arrows and other strange odds and ends in them.

I'm liking this binder very much.  I have it set up with monthly pages to keep general track of things and with weekly for a more day by day track.  I'm still working on you can see I haven't even put labels on the dividers yet.  They are Avery and have a design on them.  I may make some dividers too.  I'm using 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 Avery filler paper for general note taking.  It's a good weight.
I'll be interested to see how long this lasts with daily use.

Book Number Four

I just finished the fourth book in my 25 Book Challenge for 2013.  The name of the book is "Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore"  It was wonderful!  I highly recommend it if you like books, bookstores, technology and/or "Harriet The Spy".  It wasn't what I expected, but I loved where it led.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gone With The Wind...

I finished "Gone With The Wind" a few minutes ago.  I had forgotten many things about the book and how different it is from the movie.
I also came to realize about a hundred and fifty pages from the end that I do not like Scarlett or Rhett at all...and in an ironic turn really don't give a "darn (not quite the word)" what happens to them.
I still think it's a book that should be read by all person's who love the movie, which I do.

Friday, February 1, 2013

To Filofax Or Not To Filofax, That Is The Question...

I have published a few posts on my Filofaxes including pictures.  I have a black Personal Holborn and red A-5 Domino and have enjoyed playing with them.  I've enjoyed, and still enjoy, reading various Filofax blogs, watching Filofax videos, and looking at pics of other people's set-ups on Pinterest, Flickr, and Tumblr. 
Slowly I have run up against a problem though, and that is Filofax simply does not play well with others.
I live in the United States, and for the most part, if you want Filofax binders or refills you have to purchase them by mail or find a store (few and far between here) that carry them.  On the other hand you have Day-Timer, DayRunner, Franklin Covey and Avery who are all interchangeable.  They are also easily available from Staples, Office Depot, Office Max, etc...  I've noticed also that while Filofax binders are pretty (and expensive), the inserts are very limited.  The refills and inserts and "go withs" for the others are varied and really very pretty.  Filofax is the only one that won't fit.  I had decided to move to a larger size, call it A-5 or Classic or Desk Size, depending on the brand, basically it's 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 paper.  And after much consideration and shopping I've decided to go non-Filofax.  I'd already gone to the non-Filofax paper with my Franklin Covey Blooms refill for my Holborn.  It's funny that they make the Personal size fit with the other brands (more or less) but not the A-5.
I know there are some who will turn up their noses at my choice but I guess one of the really wonderful things about growing older is that I simply don't care what others think.  If it floats your boat to pay large sums of money, and wait a week or more, every time you want to purchase anything have fun.  I'll be happy with my easy to find, incredibly varied array of binders, inserts, papers, dividers, pockets, pads, pen holders and refills.
Of course I still prefer British TV, so in a way it all works out in the end :)   

Somewhere In The Middle....

OK, not quite in the middle...more like a third x2.  I'm working on my third book in the 25 Book Challenge and I'm about a third of the way through it.  I'm reading "Gone With The Wind".

The last time I read it was in the 9th grade.  It's just as wonderful a book as I remember, but it has a lot that I'm sure I probably didn't understand back then.  I lived a very sheltered childhood.
One of the biggest problems is that I'm reading it on my computer.  I used to have a Sony reader and still have the account, but I can't find the reader.  I don't want to have to buy the book again on Kindle, so I'm only reading it when I'm at my desk, on my computer.  It's definitely slowing me down.  I could read it on my phone as well, I have the Reader app on there, but they don't "sync" like Kindle does.  Trying to find where I am every time is a pain.
So the result of this reader problem is that I have several books going at the same time.  We'll see which one finishes first.