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It's a few days early, but I will not have time to read much more before it'll be October, so here's this month's list.

36. Beekeeping for Dummies, Howland Blackiston. 333pp
A great overview of beekeeping with plenty of illustrations and so forth. I must be destined for beekeeping, because his description of the love and attachment one develops for one's bees fit me to a tee.

37. The Bible Story, Vol. 1: The Book of Beginnings, Arthur Maxwell. 190pp
Started going through these for Molly's bedtime/our evening worship reading. Not very consistent about it, but it has been fun.

38. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler. 402pp
I'm not sure even where to begin with this one, because the topic of China is so vast and as always, books about China leave my mind swimming - in a good way. So much to process, and so much fascination. I really enjoyed his perspective as a teacher, because the excerpts from his students' papers are so telling and evocative.

39. My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George. 177pp
For about the first half of this book, I was not all that impressed. It's written in a very spare narrative that left me rather indifferent to the story. It picked up a bit somewhere around the middle.

I wouldn't say I disliked it - I just would have enjoyed a little more emotional punch to go with the character development, which was the more interesting part for me.

Or maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind.

40. Cornelli, Johanna Spyri. 275pp
I always enjoy a good Spyri read, and this did not disappoint. It follows more or less the usual Spyri formula, and therefore the ending wasn't too hard to predict (although it wasn't QUITE what I predicted, it was about right).

***

12 books to go to complete my goal of 52 books this year - I'm barely keeping up, and hope I can do it!

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for September: 1377
Total page count for 2011: 9451
Nonfiction: 24
Fiction: 3
Juvenile fiction: 11
Juvenile nonfiction: 2
Rereads: 1
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I have encountered two spiders so far in this canning episode. One was very black and very dead in the canner itself. No sooner had Dan rescued me from that one than a very alive one was on a jar I picked up. It was small and I freaked out and Dan thought I was silly.

It has eight legs. It is TERRIFYING.

That is all.

Eventually, maybe, we'll actually get to the storage shed. Now that I've started the applesauce process I kinda have to finish it.

...Also, the applesauce is PINK.

Bad Day.

Sep. 6th, 2011 05:49 pm
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I am just not, in any shape, form, or manner, having a good day today. So I guess [livejournal.com profile] eattheolives can add me to her grumpy list.

Goodbye.
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I wonder if I can pass 10,000 pages this year. I did over 11,000 last year... would be nice to at least maintain that. I don't anticipate passing up the well-over 16,000 pages I read in 2009.

That being said, here are the whopping two books I completed in August.

34. Testimonies for the Church Vol. 4, Ellen White. 657pp
The series started to pick up for me again in this volume: back to more practical pointers that apply to all, not just select groups (e.g., ministers and other church leaders). I enjoyed. Going to hold off on volume 5 temporarily, to give me a chance to get caught up on the other 4 books I'm embroiled in currently.

35. The Call of the Wild, Jack London. 208pp
This did not have a sad ending, although there were sad moments in it. I enjoyed it quite a lot, although there were times when I felt like there was some Deep Socially Relevant Message for that time that I couldn't quite grasp - my mind is too tired to try to process any Deep Socially Relevant Messages at this time.

Also, I read this as a free download on GoodReads, so it's harder for me to grasp deep and elusive concepts in what I'm reading when it's not on the printed paper page.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for August: 865
Total page count for 2011: 8074
Nonfiction: 22
Fiction: 3
Juvenile fiction: 9
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1
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I'm really upset because I went to check on the bees this morning and when I opened the hive there was not a single bee there. Just silence and an empty comb and a few old dead bees along the edges of the bottom of the box.

The only bee I saw around was one solitary little trooper going from squash blossom to squash blossom in the garden, but she never went to the hive. I watched her for a while until I lost track of her.

What happened yesterday? Up until day before yesterday the bees had pretty much maintained status quo despite the yellow jackets.

I left them alone yesterday. Maybe I shouldn't have. Maybe I should have checked on them.

My Life

Aug. 14th, 2011 11:03 am
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*Last night Spot stalked and pounced upon a creature I could not see whilst we were walking about the property. I finally saw the creature and forced him to release it. He was not happy with me.

*This morning I made pancake mix, transplanted my cosmos (again), checked on the bees twice, watered the garden, and am on load 2 of 3 of laundry.

*Later Dan wants me to help him with layer two of garden fence.

*I guess I need to come up with a lunch idea. It's eleven already. Wow.

*BUT IT IS A GOOD DAY.
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30. I Am What I Ate... And I'm Frightened!!! Bill Cosby, 184pp
This was a pathetic reading month, particularly because this was the only book I completed. And it was annoying.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for June: 184
Total page count: 6655
Nonfiction: 20
Fiction: 1
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1

31. AdventureCat Goes to School, Susan Clymer. 72pp
A friend of mine found this at a garage sale, and since we have an orange cat, she picked it up for me. Truly, the story is NSG, but I LOVE the artwork and would give that a much higher star rating - such fuzzy feline adorableness. This book is worth it just for the cute drawings of cats.

32. Rule Britannia, Daphne du Maurier. 352pp
This one was... well, odd is really the best word for it. At first it was a little boring, then it picked up, then it got so disgusting I almost couldn't keep reading, then it started to get really good, and then it... ended. And it ended in a way that seemed a bit anticlimactic. I was expecting Mr Willis to end up being something more than he was, or the US to kill everyone, or something absolutely bizarre that I couldn't dream up happening at the end, a la "House on the Strand".

All in all, an entertaining read, but Daphne must have just been past her author-ian prime by this time - most of the books I like best by her had already been written. This one almost didn't feel like it was even written by her. There were things that proved it was, but it was just not as powerful.

Also, USUK was a very unfortunate acronym.

33. Jungle Stories, Eric B Hare. 130pp
A thoroughly enjoyable read about mission work in Burma in the earlier half of the 20th century.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for July: 554
Total page count: 7209
Nonfiction: 21
Fiction: 2
Juvenile fiction: 9
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1
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From james <kgyjutoqid@parasolgarden.com>:

Hey man..

Remember all those long distance phone calls we made.
Well I got my telephone bill and WOW.
Please help me and look at the bill see which calls where yours ok..


Also:

May Books

Jun. 1st, 2011 09:50 am
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25. Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible, David Teems. 261pp.
This was an pretty easy read and a look into history to a man I previously knew nothing about. The author's style is a little stilted, in my opinion: incomplete sentences abound, and he has a casual and almost flippant way of relating history at times. That being said, I found it very educational and interesting to learn more about the world that gave us the KJV.

26. Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey, Patricia Harman. 286pp
I enjoyed this book a lot. I resonated with the author's longing for getting back to basics and being good stewards of our planet, and, of course, her desire to restore natural childbirth as an option for today's women. It was written in an almost conversational style, a series of snapshots from the author's life that string together into a beautiful whole. I liked this style - the shortness of each section made it easy to read the book in fits and starts and not lose track of anything. (I have a very busy toddler and am interrupted constantly...) The writing was concise, elegant, eloquent. It brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh too. I would read this again and plan to read more from this author.

27. At Home, Bill Bryson. 452pp
I learned what a mudlark is. I learned that 1/10 of a six-year-old pillow's weight is "sloughed skin, living and dead mites, and mite dung" (and consequently have decided, at the soonest possible opportunity, to replace one of my own pillows which is, oh, 25 years old or more). I learned so much, in fact, that my brain couldn't take it all in and I'll have to read this one again.

28. I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Bill Bryson. 288pp
This was grand. There were a few slow spots for me, but almost every chapter got a smile or a laugh, and the income tax chapter had me laughing so hard I had to keep putting the book down to collect myself. The Highway Diversions chapter also had me going. The billboards he describes... Wall Drug, anyone?

"These [attractions] were always disappointing, but that wasn't the point. You weren't paying seventy-five cents for the experience. You were paying seventy-five cents as a kind of tribute, a thanks to the imaginative person who had helped you to pass 127 miles of uneventful highway in a state of genuine excitement."

29. Testimonies for the Church Vol. 3, Ellen White. 575pp
I fiiiiiiiiiinally finished this one. It just seemed more tedious than the previous two, though there was still a lot of really soul-searching stuff in it that I benefitted from. I've set myself a goal to finish Vol. 4 in June, because I still would really like to read all 9 this year.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for May: 1862
Total page count: 6471
Nonfiction: 19
Fiction: 1
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1

***

Because I'm ahead so far, I decided to up my goal to 52.






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I got the idea from [livejournal.com profile] eattheolives.

I spend, per year:
11.92 days at church
2.17 days in the shower
121.33 days asleep
30.33 days eating
6.5 days at Friday Bible study

{Day=24 hours.}
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I title this post "Esther and Me", or "If worth was based on looks alone, one of us made a better long-term choice than the other in regards to our teenage crushes".



I rest my case.

***

P.S. I'm the one who made the GOOD choice.

P.P.S. Prince William "Horse Teeth" of Wales is lucky he at least has his mother's genes to balance out the fact that in another 20 years he will look even more like his father than he does now.
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Since I'm not going to be completing any more today... here's March's list.

15. Josefina Learns a Lesson, Valerie Tripp. 67pp

With my credit from Jan's Books I went and started fleshing out my AG book collection. They had books 1-5 of Josefina, so I got all those and started reading them. This one was okay but felt a little bit scattered, like it didn't know where it was going.

16. Josefina's Surprise, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
I liked this one better, but I always did like the Christmas AG books a lot.

17. Happy Birthday, Josefina! Valerie Tripp. 67pp
Didn't go for the "healer" aspect in this one. Otherwise okay.

18. Josefina Saves the Day, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
This was a fun one. And involved a violin. :-p

19. A Song for Grandfather, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
I'm not quite sure how Jean Boonstra managed to pull off what is so clearly an Adventist version of the American Girl books, but manage she has. They're not illustrated, which I think is really rather unfortunate, but the font and layout is pretty much identical to the AG books.

Anyway, when I saw Jan's Books had two of this series I snapped them up so I could see what they were like. Not really very deep (again, think American Girl), but for the age group it's meant for it would be grand. This is the first of 4 books about Sarah. I liked it.

20. Sarah's Disappointment, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
4th book in the series about Sarah. Pretty good.

21. Testimonies for the Church Volume 2, Ellen White. 712pp
Slightly more tedious than volume 1 for a couple of reasons, but primarily because a large chunk of the book was dedicated to addressing issues with the ministry and other stuff that was less personally applicable than in volume 1. There were, however, still a lot of good things to think about.

One quote in particular stood out to me toward the end of the book: "I saw that all should search their own hearts and lives closely to see if they had not made the same mistakes for which others were corrected [in the Testimonies] and if the warnings given for others did not apply to their own cases. If so, they should feel that the counsel and reproofs were given especially for them and should make as practical an application of them as though they were especially addressed to themselves."

This is how I have felt many times so far whilst reading these volumes. I am so far short of the goal of perfection in Jesus, and I am thankful that His righteousness is sufficient and that He is full of grace and help to me as I strive daily to become more like Him. I'm becoming more interested in healthful living not just as a duty but as something that I'm seeing to be of much benefit, for instance. I'm coming to understand more how much prayer needs to be part of my daily life. Since Molly was born, I've really been faily at keeping in touch with God through prayer, and I want to change that.

*Book I started and didn't finish: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Rick Ridgeway. It wasn't a horrible book, but neither was it that interesting. It was a week overdue and it seemed no matter how much time I spent reading it I was making no headway at all, so I decided to skip it, return it, and pay my fine.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for March: 1172
Total page count: 4609
Nonfiction: 12
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1

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