20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

FREE Books!

Confession time. John and I are Kindle addicts. We converted from print to e-books less than a year ago, and now there's NO turning back. 

I'll be frank. It will take some serious arm twisting to make me to pick up a paper book. It doesn't even matter if I've written it!

I'd much rather use my Kindle. It weighs less than a paperback--which is a bonus while reading in bed. Depending on the amount of light and how my eyes feel at the end of the day I can vary the print size. If I'm feeling particularly lazy I can activate the "Text to Speech" feature and let my Kindle read the book to me.

Another bonus is how user-friendly it is. Amazon is the world's largest online bookstore. It's open 24/7. Books are downloaded to my Kindle in seconds. Seconds. Not minutes. Not days. Not, "Sorry, we don't have that book in stock." Plus, the majority of e-books cost less than print books.

Another bonus is Kindle's portability.

While traveling from Cuba a few years ago we were detained because our suitcases were filled with paperback books. John and I are voracious readers - especially when we hit the beach. On a good day we'll each read one book. That means hauling a good number of books along with us in our suitcase. The Cuban authorities suspected we'd hidden something illegal inside them, and were gung-ho to find whatever it was we were transporting. One look in our suitcase, however, and the head honcho arched a brow. "Just books?" he asked.

Yup. Just books.

Returning to Cuba this past April was a totally different scenario. Not only was our luggage considerably lighter (as in under weight), our e-readers fit inside my purse. I have 1000+ books on my Kindle and John has close to 200. Try lugging that many print books through airport security.

Want to hear the best part? We downloaded a good many of those books for free. And yes, it was perfectly legal.

Between 4,500 and 6,000 FREE books are up for grabs on Amazon every day. Think of it as a virtual public library.

There are dozens of sites that provide this information to readers, and yes, they do it for free, too. Sign up for updates and you'll automatically receive a daily email. Browse the selection, and if a book strikes your fancy, click on it and you'll be transported to Amazon. Easy peasy. Oh, and did I mention it's free?

Below are 10 sites to get you started.
  1. www.awesomegang.com/
  2. www.authormarketingclub.com/
  3. www.bargainebookhunter.com/
  4. www.digitalbooktoday.com/
  5. www.freebookdude.com/
  6. www.freedigitalreads.com/
  7. www.pixelofink.com/
  8. www.onehundredfreebooks.com/
  9. www.theereadercafe.com/
  10. www.freekindleebooks.com/
Happy Reading.

Btw, next post we'll be back on the road exploring the Great White North. Thanks to our daughter for the photo above. It was taken a couple of weeks ago in Maine. 

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Kayak King Crew

The Kayak King and four of his kayak-enthusiast friends (Rae, Jean Guy, Mark and Ron)

drove north of town this morning to go kayaking on the Little White River. Besides taking a number of great still photos, John also shot these two videos.

You have to watch this one, too. When Ron shouts, "YAHOO!" I can't help but smile!

By the way, today's my birthday.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Springtime & Rhubarb

Springtime is my third favorite season. It's often wet, cold, muddy and buggy. (Speaking of cold, we had a fire in the wood stove this morning. If you look carefully at the photo below you'll see the dated proof.)

Not that I'm complaining...well, okay, I am, but not too much....

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Springtime. There are some wonderful things about the spring. The appearance of those first hardy flowers bring a smile to my face. The wonderful aroma of lilacs takes me back to my childhood when I picked them by the arm full. Lily of the valley, apple blossoms and tulips are some of my other favorites.

This year's Ottawa Tulip Festival is a fait accompli, but

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Trash Talk

This post may seem a little strange, but hey, what else have you come to expect from me? 

Today I want to talk trash. Not that kind of trash you may associate erupting from my potty mouth, but REAL honest to goodness trash. Trash as in what is one man's trash could be another man's treasure. Although, in this case, I doubt there's much treasure to be found.

The good news is the annual Spring Clean up Week is a done deal in the city. All of the unsightly, unwanted STUFF has been picked up by city workers and transported elsewhere. Our streets are for the most part clear of unsightly litter. 

How unsightly was it? Take a look. There were stacks of tires...

Broken down chairs...

Boxes and containers... See that running shoe?

Carpets and lawn sprinklers and goodness knows what in those bins...

Chairs, windows, a generator, cables and lamps...

A barbecue, plastic child's chair and tree branches...

More tires, rotted beaver-puke shelves and a step-ladder...

Upright vacuums, flooring and miscellaneous bits of wood...

An old television set, pillow and cardboard cartons....

Satellite dish, and remotes and goodness knows what...

Another upright vacuum cleaner, more tire rims and a folding table...

Plus moving boxes and an office desk...

As I stated above, the good news is all of that stuff is gone to trash heaven or wherever it is unwanted junk goes.(Please, I'm joking. I don't need a lecture on the harm all of this unwanted stuff does to the environment. I know. Honest.)

So, why the photo of John kayaking on Esten Lake? Because I couldn't bring myself to post any more trash. Nor did I want to talk about it anymore. Why? Because...

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