Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Animals of Florida




I  think I said before....the Arkebauer, DeVries and Flaherty families would often spend some time every year in Florida!! So there are lots and lots of Florida postcards in this box. Thank You Again Holly for sending me this awesome box of postcards!

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Oregon Coast

These Postcards are from the Oregon Coast during the early 1980's






                             A special Happy Birthday to my friend Karen who lives in Oregon!!
                      I just spent more time in Oregon in August. I especially love the coastal areas.

Monday, September 04, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Colorado

Colorado


                                                           Arapahoe Basin Ski Area



The interior of the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Reading List August



                                        Johann Hanza (Austrian)   On the Terrace, no date

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (library) Thriller, I had just seen the movie and so of course had to read the book. I really liked it. They do a good job of keeping the suspense intense.
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (library audiobook) Just loved listening to this one in the car, because of the British Accent of the reader!! LOL But a very interesting book on how cosmetic companies and drug companies, etc use "bad science" to make their products look attractive.
Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet Thriller about a Japanese Antique expert who is also a private detective.
Under Orders by Dick Francis (audiobook) Sid Halley is the protagonist in this one, a jockey who was injured and is now a detective. I enjoy the Dick Francis books and have read all of them, so I like to return to them over the years (like I do with Agatha Christie)
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (library) I really enjoyed this one and inhaled it, reading it in one sitting!! Lot's of fascinating tea history here. And a love story etc.
Maud by Melanie Fishbane (library) I really enjoyed this fictional account of Lucy Maud Montgomery's life.
The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons (library) A thriller about a missing girl with ties to a presidential candidate. I enjoyed it.
Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall (library) a murder mystery with a black female police detective in Los Angeles. I really liked Elouise Norton and I will be reading more by this author. The relationships between the characters reminds me of the TV show The Closer. The female detective, her support staff of detectives, her partner, they all remind me of characters from that show.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (library) Why do we not learn about this stuff in school? Mass murder of members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma. I really enjoyed it, because I learned so much
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (audiobook) I had not read this one in a while (I am on the waiting list for "Y" at the library!!) This latest run of audiobooks happened when I drove all over Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska chasing the 2017 Eclipse !
Get Real by Donald E. Westlake (audiobook) The Dortmunder crew gets involved in a reality TV shoot!! Very entertaining.
Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister (audiobook) The Ghost of Dorothy Parker comes to visit a movie reviewer and helps her to improve her life. I enjoyed it, although it was quite silly and stuck to many romance novel cliches.
Franny and Zoey by J. D. Salinger rereading this one on the airplane flying back from Denver and our Eclipse trip. It is one of my favorite books. And I reread it often. I also love Nine Stories by Salinger
Wrongful Death by Robert Dugoni This author was recommended by Diana Gabaldon, so I am happy to read him, plus his books are set in the Pacific Northwest! I enjoyed the Seattle locales.



To Be Read:

Poison Feather by Matthew Fitzsimmons
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
We Love You Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
So  You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Wonder by R. J. Palacio



Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: The Queen Mary




Some postcards from the Queen Mary. I have been lucky enough to spend the night on the ship (it is now a hotel) And I really recommend it. I enjoyed staying there. I had fabulous rooms every time and I really love the history and tradition of the ship.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Grand Canyon



1971 The Watchtower


1984

I don't know if my Arkebauer and DeVries family members were HIKING in the Grand Canyon, but they definitely visited and sent postcards back! I have not even hiked it YET. Happy Eclipse day to everyone!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: New Jersey Beaches







These New Jersey Vacation postcards range from the 1960's to the early 1980's. So if you can't get to Florida....looks like New Jersey in August is just as good!! I am sure Chris Christie agrees.....