August 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

August 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for August:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

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These are the most liked of my July 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Weekend Update – The July 30, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 5 comments

Weekend Update

The blog was pretty quiet this week because we were on vacation. We spent the week over on the Oregon coast. We’ve rented the same little vacation cottage for the past ten years. We call it our version of a time share. Next July’s trip is already booked.

I always take several books with me but end up not reading much at all because this is our back yard.

It’s just hard to focus on a book with that happening out the window.

We had a great week. We did a lot of walking and hiking. We went to the aquarium in Newport and visited a few other favorite spots in the area.

This is called Thor’s Well.

The tide was pretty high when we were there so it was pretty dangerous to get any closer.

It was a great week and I’m not looking forward to going to work tomorrow but today is technically still vacation and I plan to relax.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #85

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 1 comment

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E Stevenson

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

This book has been on my TBR list for ages. I’m glad I finally read it. It was just delightful


Started in Print

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

This is yet another of those childhood classics I never read. When I saw all the excitement over the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptatiion I decided It was time to remedy that.


Finished on Audio

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O'Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O’Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

This was a fun look back at the realities of living in the Victorian Age. Makes me glad to have been born in the 20th century.


Started on Audio
Nothing yet but when I get back from vacation next week I’ll be starting The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess who finished the book after the death of Elizabeth Peters. It’s narrated by Barbara Rosenblat who has done such a fabulous job of narrating this series.


Reviews since my last update:
Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright – Audio Edition

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson


What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia July 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia July 2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Most of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr.
“Who knew a book about a speech could be so interesting? Yes, it was 210 pages about a speech that was only 703 words long.”

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
I waited to read this one because everyone seemed to be reading it for a while.
“I had some mixed feelings about this book. I think the background of the cultural and societal stuff was actually more interesting to me than the actual relationship and story of Lily and Snow Flower. ”

Audiobook – Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
Narrated by Jim Dale this is one from a fun adventure series that is set up as a prequel to Peter Pan. Techinically it is a series for children but I enjoyed it.

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
I was so glad to finally read this one. I should read it again. It’s so deliciously creepy.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E StevensonMiss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: This edition 2012, Originally 1934
Pages: 299
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Who knew one book could cause so much chaos? Barbara Bunde is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara’s bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel … if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It’s a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde’s world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art?.

My Thoughts:
This was just utterly charming. The book Miss Buncle writes when she needs money is based on her observations of her neighbors in her small town. They are so thinly disguised that everyone is soon ready to hunt down the author. Chaos ensues.

It’s just a lightly funny story that’s filled with funny and interesting characters. Some of it is a bit predictable but there are also surprises.

Even though it was originally published in the 1930’s the story and the humor are fairly timeless.

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Silverstream/Copperfield. If you need a break from heavier books this book is just a lovely little vacation. There is a sequel I’ll be putting on my library wish list.

4 starsRating 4/5

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