Thursday, October 20, 2016

Books read Oct 20

Under a Harvest Moon by Joleen James
Not only did the title get me but the summary=grape vintners. Love learning more grape things, so technical out of all the books I've read none mentioned the refractometer and technical things like brix.
Book starts out with Phiilip who is elderly and he has a man that works the vineyard for him. He dies in the field and in his will he's stated his daughter must live there for 90 days.
Others run the vineyard but she is the only one who can make the decisions as to what to do in certain cases. She brings her son with her and the housekeeper tends to him. Her ex husband has also tracked her down and as always he's only there for the money.
Find it odd Daneille must hold his keys and wallet and anything else that will allow him to escape while he has the child overnight. She wakes up early at 3am and Nico the production manager shows her what he's working on. Love the discussion of the grafting!
They also have play time and there are many hidden family secrets...
Just when they are getting closer to one another she hands him the letter her father left and there's one for her also.
Things become complicated and they split in many ways, never to be together again...
So many different angles, I'll be thinking of this book for many months to come.

     The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown
an old woman remembers her years at Christmas when the maid brings in the play box with all the
children's toys in them. she sets out to do an experiment, by putting out a toy on the curb to see
who will take it. she puts out several toys that are taken til she comes to the angel. she puts that
on her mantel and it comes to life. the angel tells the woman to sit back and watch what happened to
the toys she had placed out on curb. she learned the fate of each one.

Book Fun Magazine October 2016
Enjoyed this version of the magazine a lot more than in prior months because the pages that have background images I can read the writing that is encased in it's own box.
Love the 'Into the Frying Pan' because it was down to earth and came with recipes that I can modify to suit our lifestyle. Beautiful photos!
Other pages highlight a book and a new author to me and appreciate the summary and other works (photos) of the other books in the series.
Love indepth interviews about some of the people behind the scenes that make this whole network possible. I know all the work they do for us each and every day and the service is free to anyone who wants to read and post reviews.
Have found many books from this month that I can't wait to request. Getting an email is just not the same=they seem to just be a short summary where the magazine opens up their life and beliefs and stories to us.
Think about joining soon you won't be sorry.

How skunk got his stripes
Cute colorful children's book about how the skunk becomes friends with a bear. They do a lot of things together, even fish.
Skunk gets so hungry he wants the fish now and when he does the bear takes matters into his own hands...

Colors by Brenda Ponnay
Colorful children's book about colors and the many things they could stand for.
Reminds me so much of Dr. Seuss, not a rhyming book but a very silly one. My favorite is the color blue  because of blueberry bubbles.

50 Things To See With A Small Telescope
Starts out with an intro from the author then moves into how much money you have to spend on a telescope and how inexpensive they can be.
There are many that can cost a fortune.
Being blind I've never really seen the stars like others. I can pinpoint one or two but never saw the meteor showers even although they are right in front of me.
I find it fascinating to learn about all them because one day I may be able to see them. I did find the stars in the west are more visible to me than here in Northeast.
There are other things you will need, also a bit of knowledge about the galaxies and sun, moon and stars.
Like the examples shown in diagrams of how to find them all, kind of like connecting the dots.
Liked the charts of the upcoming lunar and solar eclipses.

Sweet Dreams, A Bedtime Hollow Adventure by Susette Williams
Colorful children's story about a train ride on the Bedtime Hollow into the galaxy and the things they see.
Favorite part for me was on the carousel as we've ridden not too long ago.
Enjoy the journey as it comes every night. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Frugal Minimalism And Loving It: 50 Proven Steps To Live A Minimalist Lifestyle, Clear Your Clutter And Live With Less (Simple Living, Frugal Living Tips, ... Organization Strategies, Living With Less) 
Living frugally means that you can still have furniture but you won't be wasting things. I'm only reading this to hopefully get some information on the food products we grow in our gardens.
Starts out with decluttering and we have done that in the rooms of the house, several times over and we learn not to buy things we will never use.
Like their take on clothes and jewelry and I've gone through some of my closets and jewelry. Every time we visit one of the kids I give my granddaughter some of the jewelry I wore on that trip and same with my daughter.
Rather have them use it while I'm alive then when I'm dead. This way there's no fighting over it.
Love the chapter on fiancees and cable TV as we've gone that already, use Netflix and make yearly payments on some bills.
For gifts I give people things I make out of yarn-scarves, hats, etc. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

30 Day Whole Food Challenge: Complete 30 Day Whole Food Diet Meal Plan WITH PICTURES
The whole food diet is ridding yourself of processed foods which to me is a part of the Mediterrean lifestyle.
Most desserts, white breads should also be avoided.
Each recipe starts with total time, servings and a nice color photo of the finished item.
Ingredient list with healthy things along with directions. Nutritional value preserving but Fat is not broken up into good and bad
Sodium is also not mentioned which is a big consideration for us.
Has 3 meals per day for a full 30 days.

 Lola The Mermaid and The Splish Splash Olympics. A Beautiful Kid's Picture Book. (Fun Rhyming Children's Books)
Colorful children's book about Lola the mermaid and she's getting ready to compete in the splish splash Olympics
She talks to other sea life and they are also going to compete. Love that there are SO many different kinds of sea life depicted in this book.
She had played a lot with her friends instead of practicing and it showed when she went to make her dive. She knew what she had to do and she called on her friends...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wishflowers by Jamie Thornton
Interesting story about what a girl will do when the town comes to throw them out of their house for not paying bills.
Some neighbors lose everything but she has a list of what to grab and is ready. Love what the wishflowers mean...

The Perfect Tiny House: The Best Proven Tips, Tricks & Ideas to Live In Small House Yet Feeling Large by charles hanson
Interested in this because you don't need to pay taxes because you don't own the land you move your house to. Public property although some want the quiet life of the woods.
Many lists of how you can make the furniture you have to pull double or triple duty. How to declutter and why it will save you time cleaning and money in the longrun.
Only problem I would have is clothes-don't have a lot but some seasons I can wear all 4 seasons of clothes due to where we live. My yarn would need a few storage units as it is my retirement fund-i shouldn't have to buy yarn but for a special occasion.

Story about everything to do with Halloween from a person who was raised a Catholic.
Starts with the name and then where it came from, along with other country traditions of the day.
Not only discusses the color but costumes and even has games and recipes.
Recipes seem foreign to me as I am not familiar with Muscovado sugar and sultanas  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Scandinavian: 90 Super Easy, Amazingly Delicious Scandinavian Recipes Cookbook That Are Sure To Not Leave You Out In The Cold (cooking for beginners, Mediterranean, ... cookbook, Mediterranean diet for weight) 

 Baking Texas Pies-Sweet & Savory (Delicious Recipes Book 9) by June Kessler
Starts out with different ways to make a pie or tart crust.
Sections on various kinds of pies: frozen, cream, cobblers and meat pies.
Very few photos. Each recipe has list of ingredients and how to make the pie. Servings are included but no nutritional information.
Our favorite would be a meat/turkey pie.  Lots of tips for having pies come out just right.
Other recipe links are included at the end of the book

 The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Xist Illustrated Children's Classics)
Classic tale of Peter Rabbit and his bunny family. He wants what is in the farmer's garden
although his mother has warned him never to go near it. He can not resist and he gets caught....
Great photos and story.

Food Dressup: Crafty Ways To Get Kids To Eat What's Good For Them by Erik Kopp
Wanted to read this book because we have a picky grandson and thought maybe if we let him help with the preparation he might want to actually eat it.
An introduction to the struggles we all face and a list of other books that are helpful.
Very colorful dishes and many categories to select from. List of suggestions once you cut open a piece of fruit.
The recipes do not include a picture for each one but there are some pictures in the book.
The recipes re very healthy and easy to assemble.  Chocolate cake with zucchini/squash we will be making this weekend as it's very healthy and we have plenty of it from the garden.

Nighttime DSLR Photography: How to create awesome and stunning images at night
Have enjoyed other books by the author. This one starts out with how daytime photography is different from nighttime.
He's got a way with his words that make it easy to follow along and understand.
Different aspects of the settings and a tripod will help tremendously.
Really good suggestions with settings depending on which photo you want to take, will have to give this a try soon.

Strategic Posing Secrets - Hands & Arms! (On Target Photo Training Book 17)
Being on various social media sites I'm starting to see the poses and how effective they are in a profile picture.
Author shows many different ways hands can be placed to enhance certain things about the picture.
Never even though of the different parts of the arm making a difference but they do and those are shown as well.
Like exercises in the book because they make you do what you've learned so you can see for yourself the outcome.
Bonus items available and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pick Me! Pick Me! The Story of the Magic Pumpkin
Colorful children's story about how the family goes to the farm to pick out their pumpkin.
I had never heard of pop-up text so it was an added pleasure to experience it.
All kinds of hidden meaning when you double tap certain pictures in the story.
There is magic in pumpkins!

I Believe There's A Monster Under My Bed
Children's colorful story about how a boy thinks there is a monster under his bed. His parents tell him what he should do...
In order for me to read the book I have to doubletap to get the higher font size then doubletap to lower it so I can turn the page.
Good story about what the boy does but page turning has to go.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Halloween quick easy recipes. Scary dish, desserts and drinks recipes: Includes recipes for kids
 Fun holiday book that features meals and snacks and drinks.
Each recipe gives a summary, some have a color photo and ingredients list along with how to make it.
No nutritional information but some really good ideas. Baked stuffed apples would be my choice.

Christmas Crafts: Easy Christmas Crafts Anyone Can Make!
Each pattern/idea starts out with a photo of the finished item, then list of ingredients/supplies and then how to assemble them.
Most decorations have a wooden section in them so you might need adults to help with the project.
Made many pinecone wreaths from pinecones in our yard from our trees.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Enjoy The Top 50 Easy And Delicious Slow Cooker Meals Under One Cookbook
Each recipe comes with a tiny photo, short summary and ingredient list.  Directions are detailed. No nutritional information but you should be able to substitute some for a healthier option.
Bread puddings would be a great choice for our lifestyle.
Besides desserts and dips there are main dishes.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Wishbone Wishes, Judy Moody and Stink
This one is about Thanksgiving time and all the events surrounding the holiday in their town.
Judy has a lot of collections: acorns, wishbones, etc.  She found her Pilgrim costume.
She wants to win this years turkey trot...such imaginations the bones are for the kids.
They will combine and be a team so they can win the 3 event game.
Lots of interesting historical facts about the holiday: Thanksgiving. Great story for kids to read, love their Thanksgiving dinner...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

For the Love of Caramel
Starts out describing what caramel is and it's flavor and then cooking tips.
Recipes but no pictures and no nutritional information.
Sauces and brittle type things are included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

All about glaucoma, questions and answers for people with glaucoma  by Leydhecker_ W_ (Wolfgang) - Crick_ R. Pitts
Husband was recently given some new testings for glaucoma, they will watch it, take pressure checks at different times of the day, as a baseline.
I read up more about this disease as if I don't already know enough with all the eye issues I have and learned a few new things.
Mostly the drugs taken and other diseases do play a part in vision. Things to look out for, high blood pressure medicine and being diabetic.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
Have read other works by the author and have enjoyed them.
This one starts out with Ester and she's just come to the mining town, and chapters advance to 1989 where she lives in a nursing home.
Story also follows the boy, Michael who takes a job at a nursing home after losing his mother.
He has a girlfriend Faye who's attending college and she cooks for him often. Her father talks to him and he needs to break away from her or she'll never get any money or endorsements from him for her education.
Story also follows Ester and her life at the mining camp where she cooks and raising her mental child.
Interesting about the locket and the connections through the years...
Circumstances arise and he's up on charges of a man's death in the nursing home. He knows he's being framed...
Powerful touching stories.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The carousel by Richard Paul Evans
When I learned there was a prior book in this series I read that one first-The Locket.
Have liked carousels and have gone on at least one as an adult. I don't recall my younger days as I was blind and most of my adult life as well. After eye surgeries I got some vision back and was amazed to see the brightly colored lights, twinkling and they remind me of stars that I can now see also.
In RI we've had many amusement parks with the carousels and I've read stories about the horses and always find it fascinating to learn how they were built, out of what materials and why and where they are today.
This book is about the love story of Faye and Michael.  Chapters of Michael and his return to work and college. Faye has traveled east to attend college there as they each have a secret from others...
So much loss and love as the circle forms
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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