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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Q

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Q

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Quarantine” (the Loners), by Lex Thomas, is so good. This is the first book in a series of YA novels, which are set in a high school. Some catastrophic event causes a horrible virus to spread, so the whole school is quarantined. Unless help from the outside comes along to eradicate the virus, the teens are stuck until they reach, I believe, age 18, and then they graduate by being able to leave. The contamination is over for them. Meanwhile, they gravitate toward groups of like-minded students to form gangs. The first we read about are the ‘Loners’. Each gang is out for themselves, and they have battles for survival against the others.

In the next few books, another gang is featured in each one, but they all interact. You want to keep getting these books to find out how it all turns out.

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“Queen of the Road”, by Doreen Orion, is the true adventures of how a couple, with their large dog and two cats,  travel across 47 states, in an old converted bus. In this memoir, they tell all about their adventures in retro fitting the bus, meeting other travelers, and their misadventures, including a stopover at a nudist RV park.

This is a fun to read book, as you get to hear some hilarious tales of being on the road.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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The MB Chickens will be back tomorrow to reveal the book titles beginning with letter R.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

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RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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It’s time for the monthly Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

This is where we take a book we’ve been meaning to read, that has been stacked up in our ‘to be read’ pile for awhile, and actually read it. I know I have a lot like that. We are to give a review of the book, one that has been bought at a discount, at a yard sale or thrift store, or any used book store. There’s where the ‘recycled’ part comes in. Giving these used books a chance can lead to some great reading. 🙂

This past month I read this one.

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“Peking to Paris”, by Dina Bennett, was the book I read this past month. I can’t remember where I got it, probably at a library book sale, but it’s been in my to be read pile for quite awhile. I liked this book a lot. There are even photos!

The main subject here is about a husband and wife who take on the challenge of a long road rally. It was for people that own antique cars. Some of these cars were beautiful examples of the era that they were built. The challenge was to drive from Peking, China, to Paris, France, to actually complete the challenge in 35 days, and of course to win the prize at the end.

Dina knew nothing about cars, races, or rallies. Her husband was all into it, though. He would do the driving, and she would be the navigator. She had a lot to learn. Their car, a 1940 LaSalle, was finally ready to go, and so were they. Naming the car,  Roxanne, they began their adventure.

Through all kinds of weather, car break-downs, arguments, hostels, and fabulous hotels, they endured. They made some friends along the way, and saw some amazing sights in the countries they passed through.

Dina writes this memoir from her point of view, which includes lots of humor at the predicaments she finds herself in. The rally took place in 2007, and the book was printed in 2013. I think you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

 

 

DEAR DIARY – JULY 1 – 12, 1961

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DEAR DIARY – JULY 1 – 12, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, mis-spellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using catagories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,
7/1/61 – We went thru some towns. At Dumas (TX) B’s (uncle) car broke down. He went to get another car.
7/2/61 – We went through some towns.
7/3/61 – We went through some towns.
7/4/61 – We went through some towns. We came to M’s (aunt in Idaho). We ate outside.
7/5/61 – I played. We rode some horses.
7/6/61 – I played. We ate outside.
7/7/61 – I played. We ate outside.
7/8/61 – I played. Daddy went fishing.
7/9/61 – I played. Daddy came home
7/10/61 – I played. I went to J’s (another aunt in Idaho). I played with J (boy cousin). We left for home.
7/11/61/ – We went through some towns.
7/12/61 – We came home. I went to bed.
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I guess I was so busy traveling and playing I didn’t have time to write much.
Here’s what I remember, though.
About 100 miles from home my uncle’s car broke down on our big trip to Idaho to visit family. There was a big discussion among the adults of whether to cancel the whole trip, or not. He decided to drive back home to get another car. Don’t know how that was managed with a broke down car. Maybe two of the men went to do this exchange, then drive all the way back. I do know my mom, sister, aunt, and others all stayed in the little town overnight, in a motel, while the men did their car business. I thought that was the most fun thing ever, staying in a motel. I’d never stayed in one before. Much later down the years, my mom said it was the most awful motel ever. haha But, to a kid, it was exciting.
We traveled from TX to Idaho, going through Colorado, and Utah. We stopped at the Royal Gorge in CO, for some sightseeing. We also stopped in Salt Lake City, Utah, to see the Mormon Temple, and a museum (where I saw actual mummies!)
At my aunt’s home in Idaho, we did get to ride horses. They raised Appaloosa horses. I remember one little colt named Taffy. We did eat outside a lot, my cousins and I played a lot.
I think we took a different route back home, because I remember seeing Pike’s Peak in the distance, and we were at the 4 corners states, and seeing Ship Rock in New Mexico. As soon as we got back to Texas, we started singing all the songs we could think of about Texas. We had a fun trip, but it was good to get back home. 🙂
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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{
© 2017 BS

 

 

BUS – for SOCS – STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY 9/24/16

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BUS – for SOCS – STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY 9/24/16

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 24/16

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The prompt word for today is ‘bus’.

I haven’t taken a ride on a bus in a long time. I took the bus for a little while, in Jr. High, and High School, because the schools were fairly far from our house. I didn’t like it much. I didn’t like it in the hot weather we have, and not the cold winter weather, either. Most times, our bus stop was the last one, and I pretty much never got a seat.

I’ve taken a few, well a couple I remember, of trips by bus. Don’t want to do that again. It takes forever to get where you’re going. They seem to stop at every little po-dunk town along the way. I know that’s what they have to do, but man, traveling across Texas on a regular trip by car takes forever, and by bus is even longer. I know once it was 12 hours from our town, to the town I was going to…in one state! Another time was from Kansas City to our city. The bus was pretty comfortable, for a bus, but still…

Anyway, it just came to me this afternoon…there are songs with bus in the lyrics, so here ya go! I like both of these, and hope you do, too! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS

 

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 – WEEK # 19

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Today we have another Share Your World, with questions from Cee, and answers from me! It’s fun, and if you want to join in, just click below to find out the particulars.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 19

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Q1 – You win a pet monkey, but this isn’t just any old monkey. It can do one trick for you…whenever you want, from getting a pop out of the fridge, to washing your hair. What would be the trick?

First of all, I do not like monkeys of any sort. I wouldn’t want a monkey. Monkeys belong in the wild, not in someone’s house doing tricks. However, if a fairy, or elf, or unicorn, or something came by to do a trick, they could clean my house for me. They could wave a magic wand, or say some silly words, then be on their way.

Q2 – What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

The day is almost over, and I didn’t do anything caring for myself, so far. I ate my breakfast, and lunch, and am fixin’ to eat my supper. I will probably use the heating pad on my back. I always read a book while I’m eating, so that’s caring, I suppose.

Q3 – What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Black. Most everything I have is black. I have a dark blue tie dyed top I wear a lot, too. That top you see in my photo of me, the sky blue one is tie dyed, but that’s not the one. I don’t actually wear that one much anymore. I like it though, but it seems it shrunk and is too short. I like long tailed shirts.

Q4 – Complete this sentence: When I travel, I love to…

I love to take my time. I hate getting in a rush to get anywhere. I like to stop and look at stuff along the way, and take a picture of whatever it is. I like to stop and people watch. I like to just meander along. Besides, my foot is always hurting, so I limp all the time, and I’d rather go slow. …Oh, you mean ‘travel’ travel…like far away? Well, I like my suitcase to come along for the trip, and not go wandering off to some exotic place, or to never-never to be seen land, like it almost did on our last far away trip. Man, it took a vacation from us that time…didn’t come home for a whole week!!

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That’s all for now! Hope you got a laugh or two from my answers!

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

OCTPOWRIMO – POEMS – # 7 – WHERE THE ROAD LEADS

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For today’s poem we were asked to relate something we’ve done that may have been a bit different, but you are happy you did it, and are pleased with the outcome. You would not want to change it.

As the poet Robert Frost wrote in his poem “The Road Not Taken” …Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.

I’ve had the privilege to have done quite a bit of traveling in the past. I’ve been to other U.S. states, other countries, and enjoyed learning different cultures. I was thinking about all the ways I’ve traveled, and the ways I got there, and also the many types of transportation I’ve rode on. I glad I had these experiences.

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WHERE THE ROAD LEADS

The places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen,

Plays across my mind like a movie screen.

I’ve traveled a lot, on all kinds of rides,

My trusty camera, right by my side.

From horses to airplanes, to helicopters, and ferries,

To cable cars, and taxis, and none have been scary.

The trains in Japan, and Bavarian lands,

Were fun to ride, and they made no demands.

The ski-lift goes up so high,

But, I wanted more…I wanted the sky.

The wheel goes up and around…the ferris,

I almost missed my plane in Paris

The tram and subway took me down,

Into the caves, and underground.

In Germany I caught the street car/trolley

Over cobbled streets, it was quite jolly.

From horses, and airplanes,to busses and boats,

It’s been quite a ride, but I shouldn’t gloat.

As I trudged along, from here to there…

On the land, and sea, and up in the air.

I found adventure while I was gone,

But, as Dorothy would say, “There’s no place like home.”

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Me, years ago, riding a horse

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

DEAR DIARY … JULY 4, 1961

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 4, 1961

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Dear Diary … July 4, 1961

We went through some towns.

We came to M’s house (my aunt)

We ate outside.

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A few more sights we saw while on the road, was the Royal Gorge, close by Canon City, Colorado. We did get out and look at the gorge, took movie film of the bridge over it, and I believe we stayed in another motel for the night. Going through the mountains, we did see Pike’s Peak off in the distance. Then we came to Utah, and drove the highway by the Great Salt Lake. When we were in Salt Lake City, we stopped in at the Mormon Tabernacle museum. There were mummies! That certainly got my interest…so fascinating to me, and not a bit scary to look at. …We did continue on into Boise, Idaho, and to my aunt and uncle’s house. For the next few days, I had fun playing with my cousins, and riding horses, which I’ll mention in tomorrow’s entry.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

DEAR DIARY … JULY 3, 1961

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 3, 1961

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Dear Diary,

We went through some towns.

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Guess I was having too much fun seeing the passing scenery as we traveled, to write a long entry. So, we were still in New Mexico, where we did stop by to see Billy the Kid’s grave. That was in Ft. Sumner, NM. I’m not sure how long we stayed around that area, but the grave marker was not fancy, and was surrounded by a short iron fence. Later, on our trip, we passed by what is called Ship Rock, NM. For some reason, my grand-ma was excited to be seeing this. I believe I’ve read that the tall rock formation was created by volcanic means. The next highlight, I suppose, would have been the 4 corners area, as it is called. This is where the corners of 4 states touch…New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. I don’t remember if we stopped anywhere near there, but the grown-ups kept talking about it. Anyway, those were some places we passed along the way to Idaho.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

DEAR DIARY … JULY 2, 1961

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 2, 1961

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Dear Diary,

We went through some towns.

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Well…yes, we did. Some towns. Evidently my uncle got back with another car, and we continued the trip. I didn’t write what towns we went through, but I do remember some highlights from on the road. Guess I was too busy looking at the sights to write much. Let’s see…from Texas, going toward Idaho, I know we went through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. I do have some old movie films from the trip (now on VHS) so I should watch them to refresh my memory of the things we saw, and where we stopped. I’ll do that, but leave you with one funny episode. Can’t remember which town in NM it was, but we stopped at a funny looking restaurant…it was shaped like an igloo! What was funny was it advertised their special as hot chili 🙂 We all had a good laugh over that one.

Stay tuned here, for more travelling fun!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

SHARE YOUR WORLD

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Week # 24

Today’s questions for Share Your World, posed by Cee at http://ceenphotography.com/share-your-world are as follows:

1. What’s your favorite charitable cause, and why?

We don’t have any charity we donate to on a regular basis. We do put a little in the bucket for the Salvation Army, at Christmas time, and if there is a disaster somewhere in the world, or locally, we’ll contribute some to those. Otherwise, I do a lot of shopping at the Goodwill stores. In some small way, I’m sure that what I spend is helping their organization.

2. If you had your own talk show, who would be your first three guests (guests can be dead, alive, famous, or someone you know).

My first three guests would be, Art Bell – founder of the radio talk show “Coast2Coast A.M”, Glen Beck – radio/tv host, and Alex Jones – radio/tv host. Bonus guest would be David Icke – author.

All of these men discuss the kinds of topics I’m interested in… all things weird, wacky, way out there, and possibly true subjects, such as ghosts, aliens, UFOs, conspiracy theories, and government cover-ups.

3. List: What are at least five places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

Sagamihara, Japan … As a military family for over 20 years, my husband was stationed at Camp Zama, Japan. We lived almost two years here, in government housing. Japan is a beautiful country, with mountains, forests, and the ocean. We experienced one of the largest typhoons recorded at the time, while we were there, Typhoon Tip, and many earthquakes shook the place, quite often.

Furth/Nuremburg, Germany … We lived here for awhile, courtesy of the military, too. Amazing country, with all the old architecture of the buildings, the history of the place, the scenery of mountains, forests, and the Nuremburg Castle.

Red River, New Mexico … Beautiful forests, rustic cabins…we went during the summer, but it is a great place to ski in winter (we don’t ski, though)

Corpus Christi, Texas … The beach…ahhh…the waves, the shells, the sand, the ships…wonderful. We lived not too far away, in Sinton, TX, and then in Beeville, Tx for awhile.

Roswell, New Mexico … Sightseeing, UFO Festival for the 4th of July, demonstrations, the UFO museum, presentations, lectures, author signings, souvenirs … a favorite place for me to visit (and not too far away to go for a day trip)

4. What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I wear black most of the time, as that is my favorite. Black pants, black flip flops, tops of mostly black, with maybe some design on it…(skulls are a fav too), and for a bit of color…necklaces, bracelets, and earrings of whatever mood I’m in that day. Second favorite would be browns and oranges, then deep green or purple. I’m not fond of anything red, and never a pastel.

Bonus Question…What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’ve been grateful for all the rain we’ve had this whole spring season. Usually in west TX it is so hot and dry already, and we’ve set records with rainfall amounts this time. Coming up…more rain, I hope!

So, those are my answers to Cee’s questions this week # 24.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{