My Favorite Past-Times. A Tuesday List of Ten

List of 10I have many interests. There is a variety of things that I like to do when I have time for myself. Since I am an introvert most of my preferred activities are solo activities or things to be done with a small group of people. You won’t find things on my list that involve crowds and constant interaction with others.  I also have the kind of job where I have frequent interaction with people at a rather fast pace. This is another reason why I prefer quiet activities when I have free time.

After my husband passed away, my high-school aged daughter told me that I had to get a life. She felt sorry for me staying at home when I wasn’t working, although I was quite content. Now that she also has embraced being an introvert she also appreciates the time when she can be home alone.

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Casual Friday – 6/19/15

imageOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog here and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.Casual Friday Boots

I came home from work last Friday not feeling well, and iended up with a bad cold. Most of last weekend I spent in bed and still was wiped out on Monday so I had to take a rare sick day. After another day with a lot of sleep I felt better so I went back to work on Tuesday. I was still pretty drained on Tuesday and Wednesday although I managed to have productive days at work. I finally felt up to resuming my morning walks on Thursday morning. That makes for one happy yellow Labrador retriever, Chelsey, whose home and walks I share. Continue reading

Casual Friday – 6/12/15

imageOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog here and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.

Another Friday rolls around. Fortunately, my life has pretty much returned to normal, if there is such a thing as normal.

The highlight of my week was  getting back in the routine of taking an early morning walk with Chelsey, my yellow lab. Last year from June until September the dawn walk had been an important part of each day. I got up at 5:15, dressed immediately and put Chelsey on her leash. Casual Friday BootsWe made a 1 mile loop around the neighborhood. The only mornings we missed were when it rained. If I lay in bed a few minutes after my alarm went off, I would find Chelsey’s mug right up face and she would be staring at me. Unfortunately, the walks came to an abrupt end after I tore a meniscus on one of those walks. I was not recovered enough to continue the walks before the cold winter set in. I am healed now and have had a lazy winter and spring. With it now getting light early enough I am back at the walks. For me, it is a wonderful start to the day, and hopefully the pounds that I put on during my lack of activity will find a way to fall off. Chelsey is a year older and a year less limber so I am increasing the distance gradually, with hopes that the mile loop will not be too much for her.

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Casual Friday – 5/22/15

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On Fridays I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.” Check out her blog, and join us in observing Casual Friday if you would like.

Today was anything but a casual Friday. With a quickly approaching major work deadline, I had to be to work for a 7 AM meeting to start off a busy day that has not slowed down one bit.  I will work much of this weekend–although I will be sure to have Monday off–and will also be working through the following weekend. Then I will barely catch my breath before another huge deadline July 1.

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Interesting Facts About Books – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten Tuesday

Celebrate books!

April 23 is International World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to the UNESCO website, the day “is an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.”

My Tuesday list this week consists of interesting facts about books or authors. To present only 10 facts about this topic is somewhat ludicrous. It is somewhat akin to taking 10 drops of water from an ocean and claiming the sample you obtain is representative of all the oceans in the world.

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Drop Everything and Read

imageApril 12 is a celebration for all of us who love reading and who love books.

It is D.E.A.R. day – Drop Everything and Read.

Really. A day is set aside for reading.  For those of us who claim that we never have enough time, this is the day to put any excuses aside and spend the whole day reading. We should not feel guilty about it or think of things that we are not getting done. We should just read.

In a book Ramona Quigley, Age 8 the author Beverly Cleary introduced the idea of D.E.A.R. Since then the day has been celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Continue reading

The Worst Things That Can Happen to a Book Lover – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayMy Top Ten Tuesday list this week is not my original work.  It derives from a BuzzFeed list of 26 Worst Things Than Can Happen to a Book Lover.  Since my list consists of only 10 items I have pared the list down to those things that I personally feel are the worst of the worst. That task was not easy because there are a lot of really good items on the list, and perhaps one or two of my own that I could have added.  A lot of these issues would no longer be a problem for me if I were to join the e-book movement, but alas, I am one of those people who still prefers reading a physical copy of a book.  The feel, the heft, the weight, the smell, the page-turning, highlighting favorite parts, writing comments in the margin, easily going back to a previous passage, etc. are all things I enjoy and do not want to give up. Therefore, I am likely to have some of these things happen to me yet again.

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