Update on the weather April 24, 2022

I’m sad. People don’t get my ironic sense of humor, talking about boring weather. It has been a wild weather weekend around here folks. It is still happening. Blowing like crazy, snowing all over the flooded back yard. Weather is definitely not boring at a time like this.

The humor is probably meant to cover up my insecurities. I can’t imagine anyone thinking what is happening over here is that big a deal. Weather like this is happening in all sorts of places around the world.

I just know one thing for sure, I wouldn’t want to be out in it right now.

That’s all I have to say but somehow it seems wrong to end quite yet.

I guess I could admit that I like living somewhere with dramatic weather. Moderate weather truly is boring, to me anyway. I know lots of people, like some of my family members, who would choose moderate every time.

I like true winter and true summer. Cold and hot. I’m not a fan of hot and very hot though. Lots love tropical weather and I can see why. It is beautiful too. Although I’m not sure I could survive tropical storms. They are really scary.

Even there it’s what you know. Severe cold can kill you in minutes if you are left exposed outside. The thought doesn’t fill me with terror because I know what to do to keep it from happening.

It’s amazing how we can adapt to dangerous situations and take it all in stride. Knowledge brings out the bravery. It’s what we are used to that makes the difference I guess. I can handle seeing a bear in the vicinity but I’m pretty sure I’d be freaked if I met an alligator in the neighborhood.

I probably should be freaked. What’s an alligator doing in this cool climate anyway? He needs to be rescued by animal control and relocated.

OK, I’m out of here. This could go on and on all night.

Have a good night y’all.

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No contest. I’ll stick with bears.

Current read April 01, 2022

This one tugs at the emotions more than some. My expectation was for it to be much darker than it has turned out. At a third of the way through, tough, it is developing into a great mystery.

It’s tough being the one to find your friend lying dead in a field. It’s even worse when an adult friend you know couldn’t have done it is convicted anyway.

As an adult maybe she will have a chance to prove she was right.

Secrets She Knew: A Secrets and Lies Suspense Novel

Some secrets won’t stay buried.

Boston police detective Dani Lake dreads returning to her small hometown of Skye, Alabama, for her ten-year high school reunion—and not just for the normal reasons.

At only fifteen, Dani tragically discovered the body of her murdered classmate, setting in motion events leading to the unjust conviction of a dear friend and an unshakable burden of guilt she carries to this day. So when new evidence surfaces during her trip home which suggests the truth Dani’s always suspected, she embarks on a mission to expose the real killer. Unexpectedly, she finds help in Skye police detective Chris Newton—who happens to be the man Dani’s best friend is dying to set her up with and the only person who believes her.

But when Dani pushes too hard, someone pushes back, endangering Dani and those closest to her as she unearths secrets deeper and darker than she ever imagined she’d learn—secrets that may finally bring the truth into the open, if they don’t get her killed first.

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I’m enjoying the read.

Check it out maybe you will love it too.

I haven’t look at suggestions yet today but will at some point and get back to you if there is anything good.

Happy Reading.

Well, that didn’t work. March 27, 2022

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The goal was/is to post everyday but I messed up, again. I was distracted, playing a computer game while listening to a live streamer.

Oh no!!!

Five minutes wasn’t much but I gave it my best shot. I moved fast but apparently not fast enough. Hitting publish at 11:59 didn’t do it for me. Oh well, there would be no worrying about today’s post being on time. (big smile)

While I would like to have a perfect record, the world won’t end if I don’t manage to post everyday. The new plan is to cut myself some slack, still try but don’t stress. It’s much too late to change some habits. Besides I like being lost in whatever is going on in my little world. Usually a book or a three hour podcast.

Three hours sounds daunting but I really like hearing about things that are new to me. Some of the posts are fresh every time; like Carey Nieuwhof, his is usually only an hour long but he has interesting guests and he is an exceptional interviewer. No two podcasts of his are alike and even when he has repeat guests it’s because they have more to talk about. Carey is a long time favorite.

Then there is the three hour podcaster who is new to me, his You Tube name is Viva Frei. He is quite the character and he hangs out with other interesting characters. He is a lawyer turned hopeful politician and since he didn’t win his first try at an election he has turned serious attention toward his online presence. Most of the conversations center around politics and legal situations. His co-host is an American lawyer who is also his friend and business partner. These guys are both characters and will, in small ways, be shocking to some, I’m sure. That’s all part of their charm. Wild haircuts, blind dogs and cigars they can’t light up. They are highly intelligent and knowledgeable. “Boring” quickly kills my interest but so far I’m still watching and enjoying these guys and their guests.

The third one gaining the most attention from me is a podcaster I’ve mentioned often. She is from Ottawa and covered the Trucker’s Freedom Convoy there, never having done such a thing before. Her brother started the channel and enlisted her help with streaming 24 hours a day. Charlotte was out on the streets late at night in freezing weather walking blocks and blocks so we could see what was going on. To warm up she would find truckers or others on the ground to hear about their stories and why they were there.

As events in Ottawa wound down the American effort was started. Once their convoy reached Maryland Charlotte traveled down, for an indefinite period of time, to report on what is happening with them.

Her abilities have blossomed with the experience she is gaining as a live streamer. It’s not as easy as she makes it look. Charlotte is nineteen and a university student with a deep well of resolve and determination. This morning she left Maryland to return to Toronto to write exams. This gal is amazing. She has acquired a loyal and devoted audience who pay attention to where she is, what she eating (or if she is eating), and who in her presence is paying attention to her. She has a ton of moms and dads watching out and worrying over her. They do it because she has captured their hearts. She appreciates and relates well to her audience. Actually, even the in-person people she is hanging out with everyday are vigilant in making sure she is OK.

The channel shared with her brother is ZOT. The plan after exams is to cover the story in the next place that needs it. The US convoy may even see her again.

There are a ton of live streamers out there and ZOT is one of the best, both Charlotte and her brother Matt have worked hard to make it successful.

There is much going on out there that is never mentioned in mainstream media. This is an amazing opportunity for potential journalists. Right now it’s easy to break into the industry and gain experience and a following with the new and modern ways of reaching people. Grass roots people want to know what is going on in their world. It’s amazing that polls show some of these podcasters have larger audiences than mainstream media. This is totally mind blowing.

Charlotte is unsure of what her future holds but journalism is definitely on her radar and we all know she would excel if that was her choice.

So there you have it, another unplanned fixation. lol

It was fun.

I wonder is this qualifies as scribbling? (this weeks weekly prompt from Sunday Scribblings)

It felt like scribbling. lol

A Podcast that reads like a book Jan 23, 2022

As promised, I am sharing a fascinating and informative podcast mentioned in this post on the 22nd. The responses to questions in this interview sound more like excerpts from a textbook than they did in any of the other videos I’ve posted. This is a good thing considering the subject matter.

The conversation was centered around emerging technology and speculation about what the future holds, especially in regard to virtual reality. I’m not going to attempt to give you a glimpse into their discussion. It’s beyond my understanding and I would only make a mess of it.

One aspect, amazing to me, was the current activity of D.J. Soto. He has immersed himself in all things virtual, for practical reasons. He is the pastor of a church and the last two years with pandemic restrictions have been impetus for a search for practical solutions. They have now gotten to the point where they are able to meet together successfully in a virtual setting.

In the process they discovered a whole new audience. Some are housebound and this allows them to participate in community for the first time in a long while. Others are not church goers but attend because they want to experience new technology. Many of them them live in other parts of the world and it meets a need for them.

This interview was an eyeopening experience for me, one I thought worth sharing.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Who knew we were this close to seeing such major changes coming our way.

A new blogger with a major story Jan 18, 2022

Recently a fellow blogger introduced us to a young man sharing his journey with cancer. He is a valiant fighter and writes with talent. He shares both his health and his life.

He is worth the follow. And today’s story is worth the read. He was reluctant to share today’s post based on the rather private details but we are glad he did because the information is good for all of us to know. It could make the difference for an early diagnosis if we ever had to face his situation.

Check out his story and give him a follow too.

http://ebb-and-flow.blog/2022/01/18/how-much-do-i-share/

Bargain books January 04, 2022

1531 Entertainment has bargain suggestions for us. Several authors I’ve read and one new to me. The new one first.

Texas Twin Abduction (Cowboy Lawmen Book 1) 

This twin’s past is a blank…

And she might not have a future.

Waking up in a bullet-ridden car with a bag of cash and a deputy insisting she’s his ex-fiancée, Ashlee Taylor has no memory of what happened—or of Lawson Avery. But with her twin missing and someone hunting her down, she must trust him with her life.

Can Lawson save her and her sister—even as Ashlee’s forgotten secrets become an inescapable trap?

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Sean Donovan (The Californians Book 3) 

Caught in his first bank robbery, Sean Donovan is sentenced to hang. But Charlotte Cooper, who needs a blacksmith for her livery, has other ideas.

By law, a woman of good standing in the community can save a man from the gallows by marrying him. Humbled by the dramatic rescue and renewed in his faith, Sean’s heart goes out to his new bride, a woman whose past has prompted her to guard her heart.

Could the talk around town be true? Is the fiercely independent Charlotte falling for Sean Donovan?

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All She Ever Wanted

All She Ever Wanted is the emotion-packed story of three generations of women: Kathleen, her mother, Eleanor, and her grandmother, Fiona. Each woman left home to escape her family’s past and to start a new life.

Kathleen has been estranged from her family for 35 years, and she is torn between the need to forgive and the urge to forget. Hoping to find answers that will patch the wounds of her tattered heart and salvage her relationship with her daughter, Kathleen embarks on a journey into her family’s mysterious past.

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My thoroughly enjoyable current read:

Crime Strikes a Chord (The School of Hard Rocks Mysteries Book 2)

With Christmas fast approaching and Grand Isle Music Conservatory’s big show to oversee, Camryn Paine has plenty to keep her occupied. Add a request to locate a stolen—and possibly cursed—Stradivari violin into the mix, and she fears it’s more than she can handle. After some pressure from her boss, Camryn agrees to investigate.

Things take an alarming turn when a suspect is found dead. Then someone from Camryn’s past appears with a secret that turns her world upside down. Suddenly, her busy Christmas seems perilous as well.

The more clues Camryn uncovers, the deeper she sinks into danger. With the holidays upon her, and both her past and future feeling uncertain, Camryn knows she can’t rest until she has answers. But the cost may be more than she’s willing to pay.

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Happy Reading…

…on this cloudy, slightly warmer inter day.

Yesterday I heard a rumor that my grandsons and their dad are going ice-fishing today.

Sitting beside a hole in the ice while the wind blows does not sound like my idea of a good time.

Judging by the number of times they do this each winter, I have to think they must love it.

Brrrr.

I’ll stay home cuddled up in the warm with my book, thanks anyway.

They know better than to even ask 🙂

Such an interesting interview December 30, 2021

This intelligent man has an intriguing story and an amazing life, but most of all he has an engaging way of relating it to us.

This interview is definitely on my top ten list for 2021.

If you enjoy the Bible or if you are curious about it you will appreciate this interview.

In the process of explaining how he wrote the one year bible he shares that he’s is always working on the notes and each year he reissues a version of the scripture with updated notes.

I do have a print version of a one year bible (laid out so that at the end of the year we will have read the entire book) but he has a free app with an online version. I’ve downloaded it and look forward to following along every day.

This gentleman is also actively involved in the Alpha program if you are familiar with it.

It is a program is set up as an entry level introduction to Christianity for those searching for answers. It has been around for many years and thousands, if not millions, of people have completed the course.

Enjoy.

I’m listening for the second time.

This and that December 29, 2021 Remember Y2K?

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This is where I have nothing really to say so I just start talking. The direction this conversation takes is always a surprise.

This opening thought isn’t the way I was going to lead off but I’m liking it better than my original thought.

I was just text chatting with a friend, wishing her a good year in 2022 and moaning about not believing how many years have gone by since the calendar changed to 2000.

You think the hoopla about climate change, covid, and all the other scares of the day are bad? We were all worried that the minute the clock struck 12:00 am on January 1st, everything computer driven would cease to work and we would find ourselves in the Apocalypse. No power, no banks. Planes, trains and automobiles would die where they stood at that moment. Stock piling knew no bounds. Afterward we joked about how many years it would take to use the canned/dried food supply.

Just like now there were varying degrees of worry. Some just knew that the end of the world was upon us while at the other side of the issue some believed in the resilience of humans and the ingenuity of the their minds.

Some worried there wouldn’t be time to figure out a solution while others believed tech savvy gurus would come through with the needed answers. Some even believed computers could handle the change to a new century just fine the way they were.

The year and a half or two years leading up to January 1st, 2000 were traumatic. There wasn’t much of a visible indicator of the worry and turmoil we were all feeling inside but it was definitely taking an emotional toll. It left an indelible impression on everyone old enough to care about such things.

We’ve never heard anyone publicly talk about what actually happened that night. Collectively, we held our breath as midnight was about to strike.

Nothing happened. The lights stayed on, the music kept playing.

It was anticlimactic, that’s what it was.

Every year we remember… all that worry and nothing changed.

Not even the sound of a switch clicking to mark the momentous calendar change in our world.

It’s funny how at the time I wasn’t scared, at least I didn’t think I was. I was part of the group believing in human resilience, with heavy duty problem solving skills. I believed someone would figure out a solution, if in fact one was needed. Underneath all of the confidence there must have been a small part of me that wasn’t so sure. Of all of the momentous events in my life 1999/2000 is right up there in the top ten of today’s memories.

Things have dramatically changed since I was young. (that’s a huge understatement covering more things than we are talking about here, but that’s a different post) In the first 30 years or so of my life I went merrily on my way and didn’t question things I probably should have. Later in my forties I can remember being aghast looking back. If I had known in my twenties and thirties what I knew in my forties I would have worried and questioned a whole lot more.

At this point in my life I am back to not worrying much once more. I look all around me and the world is still carrying on, and it looks really good.

2000 wasn’t the only deadline to sneak quietly by. There have been many others. There were years when I believed some of the predictions could happen. Not anymore.

On Christmas day we were sitting around visiting and the conversation turned to covid and pandemics. My son-in-law loves asking Google questions. We found out that pandemics go back pretty much to the start of time. There have been many of them – some much worse than what we are seeing – and they all had an end date. They weren’t stamped out but they petered out to small pockets here and there.

Speaking of health and bodies, I was thinking about what happens we get cut. If it was my shirt that was cut I would be sad, especially if it couldn’t be repaired. If it was my finger it would be a different story I wouldn’t be sad because I knew it would heal and disappear.

I’ve been thinking on our many worries about the earth.

I like to watch the videos on YouTube about abandoned places. The thing I noticed watching them was how nature is relentless in taking back areas humans had cleared and built. Our planet is built much like our bodies. It is a living thing with the ability to heal itself. An amazing fact someone pointed out was how in World War Two when the enemy sent out submarines to blow up whatever ships they could find, the water was cloudy with oil spilled from hundreds of destroyed ships. The amazing thing is that somehow the water has cleared and is healthy again. Nature takes care of itself.

Sometimes we worry because we know too much. Sometimes we worry because we don’t know enough – if we knew more we would know that worry wasn’t necessary.

My take away from all of this? Usually the things I worry about don’t happen. I’ve decided not to worry whenever possible. Someone said that worry is like spending time in a rocking chair. There is constant motion but we don’t go anywhere.