~ Proverbs 14:30
Do you give books as gifts?
I do give books as gifts.
To everyone? Or only to select people?
Each of my seven grandchildren receive books on birthdays and at Christmas in addition to other gifts. One DGS gets 2-3 Hardy Boys books for each celebration. I give books to others when I find something that I know a particular person will enjoy. This year, my 85-year-old MIL is getting two Marie Bostwick novels, "On Wings of the Morning" and "A Single Thread". She's an avid reader who says she doesn't need more "stuff" at her age, so books are the perfect gift! She shares the books with her friends when she finishes reading them. Our older DS is getting a book of stories about Ohio State since he is an alum and enjoys that topic. I sent a book to a friend this Christmas, too. DH gets a book or two and/or audio books.
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
My attitude is the same about both. Receiving a book that the giver knows I will enjoy is very special. I only feel comfortable giving books if I know the recipient wants it or when I know something about that persons interests and preferences.
1. My stomach roils and churns with excitement.
2. Baby carrots is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard ought to be covered with snow. Its not.
4. On a beach is where I'd rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of freshly baked Italian bread reminds me of my Nonna.
6. Energy is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner with DH, tomorrow my plans include knitting and reading, and Sunday, I want to spend time at church in worship and fellowship!
~ Psalm 31:24
Lailah's new BFF is this cute St. Bernard that she's been carrying around the house with her. She has not, however, learned how to share and hoards a rawhide bone in there too.Max ponders a lunge for the rawhide bone as Lailah is distracted by outside activities. Two rawhide bones and Lailah always wants to take Max's. Always.
Max and Lailah are sporting their new "muddy paws" collars from Pet Expectations www.petexpectations.com
The narration of daily life in mid-to-late 1700's opens a world of hard work, war, teeth-rattling travel, unchecked disease, and family relationships that speaks to us through time. Their love and devotion to one another cascades to others in caring acts of kindness and consideration. What a marvelous couple! They complemented each other and built a solid life for Martha's children from her first marriage and a soothing home for George's weary returns from battles.
The story covers Martha's grief at the loss of her first husband, her courtship and marriage to George, and their lives as people of strength and courage. I feel I have at least some notion of this incredible woman who has been lost in the mists of time for far too long.
After finishing the AbFab throw http://yarnknitreadlit.blogspot.com/search?q=AbFab (Don't they all have clever names?) to give to teen DGD at Christmas, I started this for DH and I. Deciding to use stash yarn, I am now knitting with size 19 needles using Skacel "Poker", Trendsetter "Pinot", and Plymouth Encore Colorspun. No, they're not setting atop yarns gone wild! That's the piled-up version of the knitted throw!
I think of the colors as strawberries and French vanilla with a hint of chocolate which will carry through a variety of stash yarns for this throw. Its especially fun to use the Pinot and Poker, souvenir yarns from our travels in Nashville, TN, last summer after our Delta Queen cruise.
3. Did you LIKE everything? Yes, these are formulaic cozy mysteries, so I basically know what the form will be. I do enjoy each one for its light, relaxing reading.
4. How about a least favorite author? While I dislike particular genres, I cannot think of a particular author who is least favorite.
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t? David Balducci because of the violence and graphic scenes in his stories. I've heard people talk about his enormous talent, however there are aspects of the content that are outside of my comfort and enjoyment level.
6. Question: Having deeply enjoyed a book by a particular author, are you often disappointed in other titles by the same author?
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8