'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday's Muddle

Happy Labor Day! It's been a while since I've done a muddle, hasn't it? Here you go, hope something strikes your fancy!

How Many English Words Do You 'Actually' Know?  I missed 4! Just good guessing on some though.

For Little House on the Prairie lovers...
The Pioneer Girl Project
Was the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder as wonderful as the TV show portrayed?
Did you know her daughter was an author too? Free Land by Rose Wilder Lane was written in 1938 and re-published in 1984. I had the 1984 book and loaned it out before I read it and never got it back. I bought it at a gift shop in South Dakota. One day I'll get another copy!
Rose Wilder Lane's papers are available online.
Interesting post on why Rose wrote On the Way Home the way she did and disappointed so many readers.
She seemed to be a very interesting woman!

An unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl was found.

12 WWI facts you might not know

A new roller-coaster due to open in Texas in 2015. Let's just say we rode it and don't!!!!!

Design your own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap!

Gillespie by J MacDougall Hay. A 1914 Book that sounds interesting. Written by a Scot, set in rural Scotland. Compared to 'The House With Green Shutters'.

Need to sharpen your hole punch?

Which one was your favorite?
Make a great week!

Peggy Ann

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Song for Sunday

Get ready to tap your toes!

Great song!

Greater by MercyMe

Bring your tired
Bring your shame
Bring your guilt
Bring your pain
Don't you know that's not your name
You will always be much more to me

Everyday I wrestle with the voices
That keep telling me I'm not right
But that's alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I'll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

Bring your doubts
Bring your fears
Bring your hurt
Bring your tears
There'll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

Every time I fall
There'll be those who will call me a mistake
Well, that's ok

There'll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn't matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He's greater
He's greater
I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He's greater
He's greater

Their latest single, "Greater," off their album Welcome To The New (April 8, 2014), is an upbeat tune that combats all the voices that try to put us down and cast doubt into our lives. "We were at church, and some kids were making fun of (my son)," explains lead singer Bart Millard...read more  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Play Catch-up

Happy Saturday everyone! Not too much going on here. Still reading 'Sleeping with the Crawfish'. It's pretty good. Ordered some new books last night from Amazon...
4 Ruth Moore books:
Candlemas Bay
Fire Balloon
Speak to the Wind
I LOVED The Weir by her! Fire Balloon is a first edition 1948 in like new condition!

Also on it's way is Moving to Maine: The Essential Guide to Get You There and What You Need to Know to Stay   Hint, hint!

Still on the book front I am waiting for several other books whisking their way to me as we speak!

Suddenly at His Residence by Christianna Brand. This review sent me off to get a copy!

The Hollow by Agatha Christie. This review sent me off to get a copy of it.

The Voice of the Corpse by Max Murray. I saw this one here

Been watching the series Haven from the SyFy channel on Netflix. First episode I thought was a little hokey but I am officially hooked now and am working my way through 4 seasons. When I'm done I'll read Stephen Kings The Colorado Kid which this show is loosely based on.

Its going to be hot, hot, hot today and the humidity is back! Argh!

Recipe wise I've tried a few new ones. No pics, I take terrible pics and my house is just to dark to get good ones.

Tomato Basil Chicken Stew. This one I loved and the Bossman hated. And it's so good for you!

Stuffed Pepper Soup. I have tried many different recipes but this one is THE BEST! We used peppers from our own plants too.

Quinoa Confetti Salad with Sugar Snap Peas & Toasted Pepitas. I thought this was really good and fresh but again Bossman didn't like it.

And today we are trying these sweet little sandwiches!

Games: Help! I am addicted to Tsum Tsum, a little Disney app where you link lines of the same characters. 

A couple projects around the house:
New roof on the little shed
And the small extra bedroom/office/exercise room is getting a new paint job. Prairie Sage, a soft green.This is not our room just a sample I found on the internet.

Bossman had to replace the camshaft sensor yesterday on my car. Not a hard job at all. Thank goodness it was just the sensor and not the whole camshaft.

Cleo and Helen

That's about it. Life here on Peggy Ann's Porch is quite simple. Mostly filled with mundane things and seeing to Mom. Speaking of her, here's a pic of her sisters, both gone now, my cousin posted on Facebook recently...

Major decision was discussed and reached yesterday! Will share more on that soon!

Hope your having a great weekend!

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Ballad of Sir Benfro by J.D. Oswald

Looks really good! Wish it was being published in the USA! All my kids love fantasy. Hopefully they will make it to our shore soon. If not I will pick up copies when I go to Scotland.  Great trailer!

Peggy Ann

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Out of Dublin by Ethel Rohan

Format: Short Story ebook
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Shebooks
source: Netgalley

Out of Dublin, a survivor’s captivating story of loss, abuse, and resilience, is a stunning short memoir told with startling honesty and vulnerability. Perhaps what’s most arresting about this work, above its unique voice, above its call to end silence, is the depth of its author’s capacity for compassion, love, and forgiveness.

Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel Rohan lives in San Francisco. She is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by the Story Prize.

Winner of the 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, Rohan’s work has appeared or will appear in the New York Times, World Literature Today, and PEN America, among many others. Visit her at Ethelrohan.com.

This is a short e-book published by Shebooks--high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. For more information, visit Shebooks.

I didn't realize when I requested this book it was a 'short' book. It is that. I don't really read short stories. This one is crammed full of a very full life. Amazing how she got so much in so little space! Vivid, wonderful sense of place and people. Would love to see her life story in a full length novel!

If you like short stories be sure to check out Shebooks, written by women for women.

Peggy Ann

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Atria
Genre: Literature, Adult Fiction
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-1476738017
Source: NetGalley

'In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.'

Quirky character got me interested in this book. And Ove is quirky! And I absolutely loved him! Ove is pronounced 'uu'-ve the uu sounds like the u in rule and the ve like vay. I looked it up! Go here and hear it pronounced, click on the little blue triangle.

The writing is wonderful, the characters excellent. I felt like I knew the whole neighborhood by the end of the book and I hated it to end. I hate to give too much away, but Ove is trying to commit suicide throughout the whole book and he is constantly interrupted, by his neighbors whom he really wants nothing to do with, and a stray cat that seems to have adopted him. Such a serious matter and yet so very funny. I laughed out loud, a lot. Lots of tender moments to that bring you to tears.

Get a taste of Ove:

''After this, he detoured through the guest parking area, where cars could only be left for up to twenty-four hours. Carefully he noted down all the registration numbers in the little pad he kept in his jacket pocket, and then compared these to the registrations he had noted down the day before. On occasions when the same registration numbers turned up in Ove's notepad, Ove would go home and call the Vehicle Licensing Authority to retrieve the vehicle owner's details, after which he'd call up the latter and inform him that he was a useless bloody imbecile who couldn't even read signs. Ove didn't really care who was parked in the guest parking area, of course. But it was a question of principle. If it said twenty-four hours on the sign, that's how long you were allowed to stay. What would it be like if everyone just parked wherever they liked? It would be chaos. There'd be cars bloody everywhere."

I liked the way the author describes things:

'He had never heard anything quite as amazing as that voice. She talked as if she was continuously on the verge of breaking into giggles. and when she giggled she sounded the way Ove imagined champagne bubbles would have sounded if they were capable of laughter."

"Ove stands there with his hands in his pockets. The cat beside him looks as if it would do the same, if it had pockets."

Beautiful lessons:

"On the other hand he tried to point out to her that she shouldn't give money to the beggars in the street, as they'd only buy schnapps with it. But she kept doing it. "They can do what they like with the money,' she said.

When Ove protested she just smiled and took his big hands in hers and kissed them, explaining that when a person gives to another person it's not just the receiver who's blessed. It's the giver."


"He knew better than to speak ill of what she loved; after all he understood very keenly how it was to receive her love when no one else could understand why he was worthy of it."

A beautiful, funny tale of loss, love and reconciliation. I hope you get a chance to read it and fall in love with Ove too. We can all learn a lot from him.

Peggy Ann