Tuesday, January 22, 2013


In January, 2012, I wrote an entry called "Doors Unopened" and I find it still applies today. I reject posting a great many ideas that come to mind for various reasons.  So here is a list of the current rejects:

I won't write about the following subjects unless I get some great inspirations or queries to hear more about--

--My December cruise was outstanding. I'm a big fan of cruises and I could write endlessly about the things I enjoy about them. We meet legions of interesting people and see great places. We always take several Gigs of photos. People who love to cruise have those too. People who don't love to cruise don't care, or hate the whole concept. I could live on a ship and never get bored.

--My holiday with my family and grandchildren was superb. I never tire of talking to my grandchildren who are extra special to me. They light our lives in a million ways and I will always enjoy time spent with them. I think it is a great unspoken compliment to their parents that they can share their greatest contribution to the world with us. I think they can feel successful and accomplished as adults when they can leave the grandchildren to visit with us while they take some time off.

--The holiday display presented annually by Longwood Gardens always tops their previous efforts and makes the holidays extra special to set the stage for our celebrations. It too, produces tons of photos.

--The Terabyte hard drive that I needed to add to my desktop to store travel photos can be summed up in this sentence and one word--necessary.

--My new gym makes me feel good and gives my days structure. It centers me like nothing else.

--Religion and politics are still on my reject list. I just don't go there. People think what they think without my input. My opinions are in stone and I don't need to argue with anyone.

--My frustration with my constant quest to find "mature" slacks and workout pants will be restrained. See previous angst-- Venting on Vetting Jeans

--The number of books I read is numerous and anyone who wants to read book reviews can check Amazon. I try to keep up to date with a number of my favorite fiction authors and their current offerings such as John Grisham, Stuart Woods, Vince Flynn, Lee Child, Tess Gerritson and others. I'm too busy reading to write yet another review. Kudos to the public library, without whom I would go broke feeding my reading addiction.

The subject that I do find noteworthy is that of a gift that I received this year. I have a new Nook  which is most interesting. Never having felt the need of an e-reader, I find that it has been a revelation. I thoroughly enjoy reading books with it and find that I can use the wireless connection to my local public library and check out epub books to my Nook without leaving my easy chair. When I finish reading it, I can return it wirelessly to the public library and delete it from my Nook. It automatically expires in 14 days so there are no overdue fees. It can store books, magazines, newspapers, music, photos, movies, and games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles. So I will have to load it with entertainment before I travel again. 

I can purchase any number of things from Barnes and Noble online with their web connection as well as surf the web and check my e-mail. It is such a handy little toy that I never knew I needed. New paradigm.


  1. I have a Kindle app on my iPad and downloaded a book for reading during my upcoming travel. It's such a wonderful little thing and a great way to read. That said, I still enjoy a real book in my hand, so I use the library here, too. :-)

  2. Some books that I want to read aren't available at the library in an ebook, but I agree that paper books are still very enjoyable.

  3. Like DJan I just downloaded the Kindle app on my iPad which means I only have to travel with the iPad since it contains all my books. Your Nook sounds wonderful! I love it that we can all "borrow" from the library now.

  4. Oh, how I do love the idea of a cruise. So many things all in one space, traveling to different ports within the same vacation, the international crews and passengers, etc. However, we've tried two of them. The first better than the second, but both just a little too disappointing for different reasons and we'll probably never cruise again. Still, I do enjoy hearing of others adventures and am glad you have enjoyed the ones you've gone on.
    Hubby gave me a laptop for Christmas. I enjoy it. I downloaded the Kindle app and have gotten a few good reads that way, but definitely still like actual books/magazines more.

  5. I do love it that I can now borrow books from the Honolulu library system on my Kindle. I just wish they had more books like they do in Illinois.

    I loved our Alaskan Cruise and would love to go on another one. It's lovely to be so pampered!