a NEW update (www style)

Happy Wednesday!

I love to visit my bookish friend’s blogs when I have time and see what reads they are recommending. Two of my faves are Book Club Mom and What Cathy Read Next. Often, Cathy will participate in #WWWWednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words so I thought I’d join in today!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, here’s what NEW books I’ve been reading (snapshots of the covers are above):

I’m currently reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig for my neighborhood book club next week. At first, I thought it was basically the same concept as the movie It’s a wonderful life, (and I really like that movie!) but it’s turning out a bit different. I’ll try and remember to rate it after I finish it.

I just recently finished reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. This book was pretty predictable but I enjoyed it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but my son tells me I’m a tough rater, haha!

What I think I’ll read next is what Book Club Mom recommended recently: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. The audiobook was available at my library, so I snagged it while I could.

As for other updates…because I have REALLY gotten out of the groove of posting, but I’ll just have to get back INTO the groove, cuz quite a lot is NEW these days! But in the meantime, I hope you have a great day/week and I hope you get to learn or do something NEW soon!

a NEW photo challenge and NEW blog restart

Hello and happy Tuesday! It has been SO long since I’ve shared what’s NEW with me, and also quite a while since I’ve looked through my WordPress Reader to see what’s NEW with many of you! Because, well, life has been busy! But today, I actually popped in to take a peek at sites I’ve followed in years gone by and realized I’ve forgotten the fun and the slight push certain sites give me to get out there and use my camera. It’s been a hot minute!

So thanks especially to Cee’s photo challenges for the extra push today. My life has slowed down a tiny bit, so I’m excited to pick up my camera more often now.

Here’s my Books and Paper themed photos for this week’s challenge:

This Bounty Land Certificate photo was taken at the National Archives in Washington DC. I want to go back So.Bad! So much research, so little time!

I have done, read, or experienced many NEW things in the last 20 or so months since I blogged last. So I’ll start a NEW restart on this little site of mine, now that I have a bit more time.

Have a great day and I hope you do or learn something NEW today too!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

It’s been about a month since we returned from our New Zealand trip, and I’m just now posting a pic from that trip! Boy am I slacking!

Our boys gave us one of those large framed maps for Christmas –  along with little pins for us to place where we’ve traveled.  Goodness! We’ve gotta get busy and plan more trips!  The pins showing where we’ve been seems minuscule compared with all the places left to travel to! New Zealand was great. The world is a huge place. There are so many more places to visit!

In other miscellany:

I started a NEW class! I’m taking a pottery class. Yea, scary, haha, but NEW and exciting too!  In school, my schedule was always filled with music electives and I never got the chance to take a pottery or ceramics class.  I’m such a newbie!  However, I’m kind of thrilled with the 3rd item I made:


But, what on earth should I use it for? A classmate suggested using it for olive oil to dip crusty bread in.  That way we can still, kind of, see the design.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!

And…these are the NEW books I’ve read lately:


They are From Ash to Stone by Julie Daines, The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Gillebeau, and finally (after hearing a lot of buzz about it…) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.

And lastly, I went to a workshop after work a few nights ago and learned something NEW about Jin Shin Jyutsu.  It was super interesting and although I don’t have any major ‘aches and pains”, I should practice this ancient self-healing art form, just to keep the good energy running through my body.  I know I’ll need to be consistent at it – as well as learn a lot more about it than I did in just that one workshop.  Let me know if any of you have any feedback for me about Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Well, I think that should be enough miscellany for this Monday! Take care and have a great day!  Do something NEW!



a NEW book finished and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday! I recently wrote about the Classics Book Challenge that I’ve started.  Well 2 books down–10 to go!  Today’s short Sunday sermon comes from this book – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This scene has Cassandra (the main seventeen-year-old character and narrator) talking to her sewing mannequin (who surprisingly often gives back profound and unexpected advice).  Cassandra has named the mannequin Miss Blossom.  I thought it was quite a good section with good advice  — especially for a  Sunday sermon!

I sat on the bedroom window-seat, staring woodenly at Miss Blossom. Suddenly her voice, in my head: “You go to that picnic, dearie.”

I heard myself ask her why.

“Because little Miss Blinkeyes is right – it would take you out of yourself. And doing things for others gives you a lovely glow.”

“So does port,” I said cynically.

“That’s no way to talk, not at your age,” said Miss Blossom. “Though I must say you’d have made a cat laugh, walking about in your drawers with that cherry brandy. Fancy you having a taste for drink!”

“Well, I can’t drown my sorrows in it often,” I told her, “it’s too expensive. Good works are cheaper.”

“So’s religion,” said Miss Blossom. “And some say that’s best of all. You could get it all right if you went on trying, you know — you being so fond of poetry.”

Now it is very odd, but I have often told myself things through Miss Blossom that I didn’t know I knew. When she said that about my “getting” religion, I instantly realized that she was right — and it came as such a surprise to me that I thought “Heavens, have I been converted?” I soon decided that it wasn’t quite so drastic as that; all that had come to me, really, was — well, the feasibility of conversion. I suddenly knew that religion, God — something beyond everyday life — was there to be found, provided one is really willing. And I saw that though what I felt in the church was only imagination, it was a step on the way; because imagination itself can be a kind of willingness — a pretence that things are real, due to one’s longing for them. It struck me that this was somehow tied up with what the Vicar said about religion being an extension of art — and then I had a glimpse of how religion really can cure  you of sorrow; somehow make use of it, turn it to beauty, just as art can make sad things beautiful.

I found myself saying: “Sacrifice is the secret — you have to sacrifice things for art and it’s the same with religion; and then the sacrifice turns out to be a gain.” Then I got confused and I couldn’t hold on to what I meant — until Miss Blossom remarked: “”Nonsense, duckie — it’s perfectly simple. You lose yourself in something beyond yourself and it’s a lovely rest.”

I saw that, all right. Then I thought: “But that’s how Miss Marcy cured her sorrow, too — only she lost herself in other people instead of in religion.”  Which way of life was best — hers or the Vicar’s? I decided that he loves God and merely like the villagers, whereas she loves the villagers and merely likes God — and then I suddenly wondered if I could combine both ways, love God and my neighbour equally. Was I really willing to?

…Would I be sincere or just pretending? Even if it began as pretence, surely it would grow real before very long? Perhaps it was real already — for the very thought of it rolled the weight of misery of my heart, drove it so far away that, though I saw it still, I no longer felt it.


Have a great day! Do or read something NEW!

Just for future reference, here’s a couple of other quotes from the book (just so I have them all in one place, ya know?)

p. 38 “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression”

P. 39 “…it really makes one feel rather Godlike to turn things a different colour.”

p. 296 “Oh, it’s hopeless to make friends with people who never talk about themselves.”


Another NEW challenge


Happy Saturday! Yesterday, I mentioned I appreciated the little push that a photo challenge gave me to get out and shoot.  Well, my other great love is reading – so I’m going to work on another challenge – that of reading 12 classics in 2018.  I’m excited!  I just recently found out about this challenge via I Read That In A Book blog – just in time to sign up before the deadline of March 1st.

Most of the books I plan to read (subject to change) for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge came from recommendations from blogs I follow:

1.  A 19th century classic – City folk and country folk by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya (recommended at I Read That In A Book) finished!
2.  A 20th century classic – Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (recommended by The Long Victorian) finished!
3.  A classic by a woman author – I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Recommended via a comment on the Classics Challenge link page) finished!
4.  A classic in translation – La dame de Monsoreau by Alexandre Dumas (Highest rating for ‘Best of Dumas’ on GoodReads!)

5. A children’s classic – The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh: Tales & Poemby A. A. Milne (recommended by Cafe Book Bean) Finished!
6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – A Scandal in Bohemia by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (recommended by KatiesCottageBooks) finished!
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction- Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (Recommended by Gretchen Rubin)finished!
8. A classic with a single-word title – Dracula by Bram Stoker (I’ll read this in October!)
9. A classic with a color in the title – The Silver Crown by Robert O’Brien (Recommended by Gretchen Rubin)finished!
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (recommended by Book Club Mom) Finished!
11. A classic that scares you – Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk (recommended by Book Club Mom)…this scares me because of how long it is.  It’s really, really long! It scares me to think how long it will take me to read it! Finished!
12. Re-read a favorite classic – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Just because it’s my very favorite)

Have a great day! Do or READ something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share

focus ducks

Happy Monday! One thing that I love about blogging, is the ability to record my thought processes and brain dump here in my posts! Haha! Lucky you guys! But really, now that I’ve finished my huge work-related project that took me away for 9 months, I’m trying to figure out what I should focus on next.

I enjoyed reading this post about “How to choose the ONE thing to focus on” at The Creative Introvert (Great name…that’s me! – Too bad I didn’t think of it first!). The post had some good tips – very analytical/quantitative-type tips!

Also, I thought my ducky photo paired well with this topic! (Of course, I had to edit it a bit to focus on just the ONE ducky :o). When hubby and I were in New York in April, we had some time to kill before we could get into our hotel room, and hubby knew I’d love to spend that time shooting….and really the only place close by was a duck pond.  But hey! It beat sitting in the hotel lobby!

Here’s some other miscellany for this week:

What I have been reading:


I read booth books for our book club and I liked them both.  I’m not really into posting reviews, because there are other sites that would do a much better job at that!  But they were both quite good, in my opinion. 🙂

Here’s a NEW podcast that I really like listening to on my commute to work:

Lexicon Valley

The podcaster, John H. McWhorter, teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music at Columbia University.  He interjects music soundbites in between his linguistics explanations. I really like his style, and it just makes my commute seem like 5 minutes instead of 30! Yeah!

And that’s all the miscellaneous stuff I guess I should share this week.  Have a great day and do or learn something NEW!

NEW brain cramps from the Five Male Characters Tag


I thought I’d have a bit of fun and play along with the ‘Five Male Characters Tag’ that I found at Katie’s Cottage Books, who found it at Classics and Craziness, who found it at Revealed in Time! Haha!  And by FUN, I mean I strained my brain and ended up with cramps from trying to come up with these!  As soon as I publish this blog post, I’ll remember a hero, or a villain that impressed me more than these, but they just didn’t come to mind – of course!  But here goes:

Here are the RULES:

1.) List five of your favorite male characters. (book or screen)

2.) Tagging other people is optional.

3.) If you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.

4.) Link Back to ~   www.revealedintime.blogspot.com


1.) Hero

2.) Villain

3.) Anti-Hero

4.) Best Book to Screen Adaptation

5.) Best character perception change

  1. HERO: It’s a toss-up!  I pick either Edmond Dantès from Count of Monte Cristo, or Jean Valjean from Les Miserables (thus the six photo collage instead of 5 photos :o)

edmond lesmis

2VILLAIN: I pick the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 Robin Hood with Kevin Costner.


3. ANTI HERO: I pick Don Tillman from the book The Rosie Project.  I guess this book is being made into a movie, but I bet they’re having a hard time picking an actor to play Don!  Here’s a photo of the author of the book.  He actually kind of looks like a Don Tillman to me! Here’s some “Suggested Actors“.


4. BEST BOOK TO SCREEN: Easy!  I pick Dobby from Harry Potter.


5. BEST CHARACTER PERCEPTION CHANGE:  I pick Willie Stark from All the King’s Men. My perception of this character changed in the middle of the book and then it changed again at the end of the book! I didn’t realize there was  movie based on this book.  I think I’ll have to watch it.


So there you have it!  If you want to play this tag game (and strain your brain), let me know so I’ll be sure to read your picks!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!




a NEW photo and NEW books to read {so many books on my list!}


Happy Wednesday!

I snapped this pic this week in a lovely NEW garden that was recently completed close to my gym.  I think it was a city project, but whoever it was, they did a really good job.  This statue and another of a boy and girl twirling a jump rope was included in the area — and all the flowers there were just gorgeous!

I also recently learned of a NEW source for finding good books to read. Although, my to-read list is far too long as it is! Especially from BookClub Mom’s awesome reviews! My niece was recently telling me about The Tournament of Books where every Spring, when March Madness Basketball is going on, there’s a book tournament where people vote for books.  They’ve been doing it a long time and past tournament winners are listed on the site. So many good books, so little time!

Have a great day! Do or read something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

This may be the last of of the poppy field pics. I’m not sure – it seems like I’ve posted so many!  But I like this one with the snow-capped mountain in the background.

On with other randomness:

What I’ve been reading:


Well, I’ve actually been listening to this while I drive (14 separate disks!!!)…it’s taking me a while! I’m on disk 12 and it’s just getting to the good part – the wrapping up part.  I’ve enjoyed it, but think I should’ve listened through audible so I could increase the speed. :o)



These two I read for my book club group.  Both were really good, but I especially liked Willowkeep.

Another very random thing:  I learned about hydroponic lettuce! I am I the last to know about this? I thought it was very interesting!

And lastly, I’m always interested to learn there’s actual terms for certain things.  Like the time I posted about learning there was an actual word (Bento) for cute little lunch items!  This time, I’m surprised there’s an actual name for a technique I’ve semi-used for years: The Pomodoro Technique.  I think I can use this technique even more scientifically and efficiently that I have in the past, so I think I’ll study it a bit further.  BUT…there’s an actual name for it!  You all have probably used it too!

That’s it for this Monday.  Have a great day.  Do something NEW…or go find NEW stuff out!