DIY ~ Booking Through Thursday

  This week's question is "If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why?"

I would write about my Nonna, my maternal grandmother from Italy, who was spirited, cheerful, funny, and could lay down the law to anyone. Nonna loved to sing and dance, to argue, to play cards, to cook, cook, cook. She baked bread every week and forced a loaf upon anyone who came to her door. A fabulous-fabulous cook who narrated as she added some basil, considered the temperature of the sugo, made her own pasta, maintained large gardens for berries, for herbs, for veggies and beds of flowers.

While my mother was ill in the hospital, it fell to me to take Nonna to a care facility because Alzheimer's Disease had left her helpless. I lived on the other side of the country and flew back to see what I could do for them. I was not emotionally strong. It was heart-breaking. We got through it, yet the scars are fresh all these years later. Sweet, funny Nonna.

She was a force and remains a force in my life all these many years later. She loved me and I never-ever doubted it.



Michael Palmer's THE FIRST PATIENT

The First PatientThe First Patient by Michael Palmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished an excellent book this week, The First Patient by Michael Palmer. First of all, Palmer tells a story in an absorbing way that keeps me turning the pages---even when I am sleepy!

Have you read Palmer's medical thrillers? I am very selective because I do not read extremely violent, blood and guts books. Books stay with me for so long after I've finished reading that I easily can become an emotional wreck!! That said, though I skimmed some descriptions, there really aren't many scenes of that ilk.

The story revolves around the decision of a physician in Wyoming to become the temporary personal care-giver to his ol' college pal, the President of the U. S. Then, wow, what a fast-moving, captivating tale!

Now that I've read it, I'm giving this book to my doctor who is a Palmer fan for obvious reasons, but hasn't read this one.

Can I just say that I recommend this book to anyone who is ready for a good solid story filled with surprises?   

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The Darlings by Cristina Alger

The Darlings: A NovelThe Darlings: A Novel by Cristina Alger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is good story telling that pretty much parallels the news stories of the Madoff scam and its repercussions. The web of people entangled in the enormous Ponzi scheme, often quite innocently, is shocking and complex. It's a wonder that the entire enterprise held together for so long amidst double sets of information, the SEC, off shore bank accounts,and bribes. So many players! The toll it takes on the people directly and tangentially involved is the stuff of this book. The author adds humanity to the players in the story of greed and arrogance.
If you're interested in a fictional account of these recent events, this may be the book for you.

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From The First Patient

"...share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires...."

From The First Patient by Michael Palmer:

"The rotors of Marine One slowed, then stopped. Dust clouds billowed into the still air. Minutes later, a second, identical helicopter landed twenty yard away."

The adventure begins. The President is landing somewhere for a reason we are soon to discover as we delve into another of Michael Palmer's engaging stories of the medical world near the seat of power. Must get back to my book!


Rules:*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.

From The First Patient by Michael Palmer, page 56:

" 'Fine. The Lincoln Bedroom is right down the hall if you want to rest there,' Carol said."

Have a happy weekend of reading!


Death in the Orchid Garden ~ Ann Ripley

Death in the Orchid GardenDeath in the Orchid Garden by Ann Ripley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The opening description of swimming in the man-made lagoon at the hotel in all of its exotic beauty lured me right into the story. However, the extreme detail continued throughout the book, vivid descriptions of place and clothing and people. Way too much detail for this reader. It was a safari through the palm fronds to find the story.
The violence seemed to move this story out of the cozy genre into gruesome territory albeit with azure water and lush plant life.

Sad to say, I am disappointed in this outing with Ann Ripley.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ The First Patient

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From The First Patient by Michael Palmer:
"The mid-morning appearance of a Secret Service agent at the Ambrose Regional Medical Center had given Gabe warning that the presidential drop-in was going to take place, but the man hadn't been specific about the time and, following an exhausting all-nighter caring for two patients in the ICU, even a visitor of this magnitude couldn't keep Gabe from his customary ride out into the desert and back."

"The President laughed out loud. "I love it. This here's my trusty dog, Simile. He's tough as a Tennessee hickory nut, but gentle as baby powder. Carol will think that's very funny, too, especially since, unlike her husband, she's actually likely to know the difference between a simile and a metaphor...."


Meet Me on Monday #67

1. For Mother's Day I heard from my children and spent the day with my DH who treats me wonderfully. He gave me an enormous begonia hanging basket and made dinner for me.

2. What is your favorite dish that your Mom makes? My mother made banana cake with chocolate frosting for my birthdays.

3. Who are you a "Mom" too? A daughter and two sons. Also have seven grands, five boys and two girls.

4. What did you have for Mother's Day dinner?  DH prepared New York strip steaks, mashed potatoes, and fresh asparagus. Delicious.

5. What is your fondest memory of your Mom?  Her hugging me, particularly during her last days.



Lailah enjoys the recliner, the one piece of furniture she's allowed to enjoy! She doesn't look too happy about having her picture taken. She's my five-year-old Boxer and my constant companion.

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Frilly Crochet Squares

I'm still working my way through stash left-overs. I like the look of this square so I decided to make it in two colors with white as the constant color. It will be a baby blanket or throw or afghan. I'll know when I finish. I am joining the squares into strips and have placed them beside each other to decide on the final placement.

The white is Plymouth Encore. The colors are Plymouth Encore, I Love This Yarn, and a few assorted others here and there. I'm using a size H hook and worsted weight yarn.

I'm joining Wonder Why and Plum's Life . Go visit them to see more projects.


In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz

In Too Deep (Looking Glass Trilogy, #1; Arcane Society, #10)In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In reading my first paranormal novel, I found an engaging story line featuring Isabela Valdez seeking a safe place to live in Scargill Cove. Powers and talents and fogs draw the reader into the world of nexus energy. Populated with cleverly drawn characters, the story moves with energy and mystery.

There is a certain silliness to it all as parallels to the real world have with clever descriptions and adaptations for this genre. I found myself smiling as I came across "para-" words: parapsychology, paraweapons, parahypnotist. When the protagonist shouted "Oh crap!" I expected her to say "paracrap".

However,there are a couple of glitches for me. Although this author has written many books,this story could have been more skillfully rendered in the hands of a more able author. The plot line is advanced all too often through dialog. So it seems like a character speaks with explain, explain, explain. Then another character fine tunes with a bit more explanation. Someone poses a question and explanation ensues via dialog. It was quite distracting because the dialog seemed too contrived.

I skipped through the sex scenes though some readers enjoy that bit of detail. So, maybe one sex scene, but layering gratuitous repetition seems unnecessary.

Overall, it was a good story, heavy on drama and romance.

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From In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz:

"In the end, one cabin stood out as the obvious choice. Certainty whispered through him....Although he was 99.2 per cent sure of his calculation, there was a small but very possible chance that he was wrong."


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Share the title & author.


Meet Me on Monday

"Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!"


1. I wish
that I could see my grands more often---all seven of them.

2. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?  My parents' wedding.

3. Do you like to cook? Sometimes yes, sometimes not so much.

4. What do you like to do to get exercise?  The kind where my knees don't hurt when I do it.

5. How tidy are you? Very. I am naturally organized and uncomfortable amidst clutter.




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Death in the Orchid Garden

I find escape in well-written cozy mysteries from time to time. I've had to sift through several authors of this genre to discover writing that I truly enjoy. Ann Ripley is one of the best in style and substance. Pardon me, however some cozy authors seem to "dumb down" their writing, which rapidly becomes a bore. I like this site for exploring cozies. A search at can help to sift through the authors and topics in search of ones that suit you.

Here is a teaser from Death in the Orchid Garden by Ann Ripley:

"Around her arose an imported jungle of palms and lacy casuarina trees, Norfolk pines as tall as a five-story building, giant armed monkeypods, blazing philosophy trees, and snakelike cactus growing on random walls. Ringing the lagoon itself were splotches of croton, ginger, plumeria, guava, ficus, and hibiscus...It was her business, since she was host of the PBS garden show, Gardening With Nature, in Washington, D. C."