Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wordy Wednesday

I just realized I haven't been sharing my letterboard messages.  So here are the last couple.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What I Read in July

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy. Check out what everyone else is reading.

My reads this past month were on the heavier side with two non fiction books and 1 historical fiction. The very slim commonality between the non fiction books is both involve National Parks and National Park Rangers. This could almost be a book flight.

Pilgrim's Wilderness

True story about Papa Pilgrim and his move to a homestead with his 15 children located in a National Park.  The book talks how Papa Pilgrim's beliefs conflicted with the National Park Service and the stand off he had with the park service.  Papa Pilgrim has a dark past and later the abuse of his family members is revealed.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan is our local county's all read - Whatcom Reads.  I don't know if I would of picked up this book on my own.  I found it a fascinating history about the formation of the National Parks and the struggle in the beginning to manage large amounts of land by few rangers and specifically this details the fire of 1910 that swept through Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The author really did a great job of profiling Gifford Pinchot, Chief Forester and Teddy Roosevelt and their vision of National Parks and Conservation.  The fire of 1910 was devastating to the forest and mountain communities. The books does cover specifically what rangers and firefighters did to stay alive during the fire.  I admit I had a few dreams/nightmares about fires while reading this. It also details the heroic efforts the rangers or Little G.P.'s made during the fire including the efforts of a ranger named Pulaski which centered around the town of Wallace, Idaho.  There is a fire fighting tool that Pulaski created after the fires that still in use to today.  It is called the Pulaski which is a head on a handle that contains the axe and hoe (adze) Roosevelt and Pinchot were the first to use the word conservation and believed the forest were for the people not the timber barons. Roosevelt and Pinchot firmly believed with enough rangers and firefighters they could control wildfires .  Later the National Parks Service came to believe , " Fire is neither good nor bad . It just is." Jack Ward Thomas, Chief of the Forest Service. Leading to the policy that some fires would be allowed to burn and others would be actively put out. I did enjoy this book better than some of the selections for Whatcom Reads.  It was not an easy read for me and I ended up renewing so it took me a good 4 weeks to get through. I think it was worth it.  It seems so topical as there are currently fires raging in California and Colorado.  I think it was also helpful that I had ridden the Hiawatha trail in Idaho as the book talks a lot about the fire and its effect on Wallace Idaho and how some people escaped on the train.

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict

This is a fictional book that imagines that Andrew Carnegie had a budding romance with his mother's ladies maid.  The maid Clara Kelley may have spurred Andrew into becoming a philanthropist. This well research book was a great summer read. I read Marie Benedict's book, The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict and I also enjoyed it. Interestingly I read The Other Einstein July 2017.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Linky Love

daisies and lavender from my garden

Floret is offering a free Mini Cut Flower Garden Course. I love Erin and I have so far watched two of the videos.  So good!

Advice and Autism - so good and always topical to me.

Need something to listen to - Modern Mrs Darcy on Jen Hatmaker's Podcast For the Love

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Park Everyday This Week

I am babysitting a bit this summer and school is finally out so I feel like I have been to a park everyday this past week

Hovander Park- This place has everything - A climbable tower, playground, farm animals, gardens, paths, children's garden.

Star Park - This is the newest park in our town. This place can get busy. They now have public restrooms. 

Tennant Lake- Fragrance Garden, Tower, and Board Walk around lake

Birch Bay Park- State Park near the water.  They have a new playground so we had to check out.

We also visited Squalicum Creek Park is well know for its zip line.  It was busy even before 9 am.  No Photos.

Friday, June 15, 2018

What I Read June

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit.  Check out what everyone else is reading.

I first saw this book Starvation Heights by Gregg Olson at Nonna's.  This is a twisted true story about a woman who called herself Dr Hazzard who offered a cure of fasting to her rich patients.  Once she got them into a weakened state basically drained their bank accounts.  Dr Linda Hazzard will give you the creeps.

In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, arrived at a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters, but within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women underwent brutal treatments and were emaciated shadows of their former selves. 

Claire and Dora were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed. But as their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, the sisters came to learn that Hazzard would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions. (Amazon)

I found The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan on the hot reads table at the library.  While the book is not a true story it is based on a true event of a dam breaking. The book is set in the past and present. An adopted girl in the present finds a gilded age photo in her adoption records that leads her to discover her ancestry. This is a good summer read.  The historical event of the dam breaking was well researched and interesting. 

The Widows of Malabar Hill is part of Modern Mrs Darcy's Summer Reading Guide.  I really liked this book.  The main character is Perveen Mistry. Perveen Mistry is Bombay's first female lawyer and takes on a case of 3 Muslim woman and a will she is trying to settle for them of their late husband.  This was a great mystery set in 1920 Bombay.  I found the cultural information fascinating.  This book reminded me of some of Zoe Ferraris books though the setting is Saudi Arabia and not India.  

Friday, June 1, 2018

What I Learned This Spring

Linking up with Emily Freeman's - What I learned this Spring

Neglect Works (Sometimes)

I have tried to grow sweet potato slips in the past unsucessfly.  Yes, I know I live in the Pacific Northwest but a girl has to try anyway. I accidentally left a bag of sweet potatoes on my counter and they sprouted.  So, I have started the great sweet potato experiment.

What the Heck is a Mellophone?

My son transitioned from the trumpet to the french horn this December.  But for parade season, he also had to learn the Mellophone. A mellophone is essentially a marching french horn.  Hey, I was in orchestra. This band thing is a whole new world.

Floret Seeds
Daisies and Orange Calendula

This year I treated myself to some special seeds from Floret.  I have grown regular Calendula - orange kind in the past.  So I was so excited to see some other colors- bronze beauty, pink surprise, and ivory princess.

Dill is Part of the Mustard Family

So no matter how lush and bushy the dill looks growing by the ocean.  Yes there is dill in the above picture. Don't let your friend run her fingers through it when she is allergic to it. That is my PSA for the day.  Luckily she had some bendaryl with her when her hand became all tingly.