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By: palmettobug53 , 4:45 PM GMT on June 12, 2012

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I've been wanting to get something up about summer reading for a couple of days now. I'm having problems figuring out how to copy/paste without a mouse.

I have just been doing a re-read of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind. There's so much more to the book than there was in the movie. Even so, they did follow the book pretty well; they just had to leave out some things. Otherwise, it would have been 6-8 hours long, instead of 3-4. Having not read it in quite a while, I was a little taken aback at how politically correct a lot of it is.

Still, I've enjoyed reading about Rhett and Scarlett sparring with each other.

Until I can get home and list some of the books I've seen touted recently in Parade and the local paper for summer reading, feel free to add your own suggestions. Old favourites are welcome suggestions, too.

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LOL on the birch branches, gotta keep that in mind :)

~Finn dashed in out of breath and with tongue reaching the ground. 2hrs 54min late, but will make 'almost' count...

~~~~~~~! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUG ! ~~~~~~

Double Kiss
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You and hubby might be going out for meal to celebrate your birthday? Do you get to choose? lol

Have a happy weekend - I'm busy today and out all day Saturday, so back to check on you on Sunday:)
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It's Thursday! Only one more day to go.

Thank you both, Karen and Sandi, for the well wishes.

heheheh... Sandi, don't feel bad. I post notes, lists and reminders all over the place and still forget things.

Karen, pass along my felicitations to your SIL.

There's a girl here at work that shares the day with me. I walked over to her cube yesterday to wish her Happy birthday, only to find she'd taken the week off.

All in all, a nice day, even if I had to work. Hubby and I don't do much of anything, if a special day falls during the work week. We'll wait until the weekend to go out to eat or do something.

We do get a bit blasé as we get older. I don't mind postponing a celebration a few days. You can't get away with that with children! They've usually been counting down the days and hours for weeks in expectation of their Big Day.
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Happy Birthday Bug! You share the day with my sister-in-law! Hope you had a great day and that pineapple cake sounds yummy!
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Oh Darn... how did I miss your birthday! I have it written on a card taped up above my computer shelf!

Mind you, it would help if I looked at it occasionally!! lol

Happy, Happy birthday to you :)))
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Yep, it's my birthday. Again. They come around so fast these days, don't they. It seems like I just had one.

Thank you, Pros, Shore and Ogal for the birthday wishes!

We had our monthly staff meeting today and one of the managers announced it in front of the entire office!

One of the girls in my area baked a pineapple upside down cake for the occasion. It was very good.

SO... Other Bug is off to The Brac this afternoon? I'm sure I'll have a load of fun with Crab and Da Bride.

Finland, Finn? My alter ego is headed home with you this fall? Wowie... She is really going international this year, isn't she?

I'm not sure how well she'll tolerate the sauna, as she doesn't do wet very well. Promise you won't beat her too hard with the birch branches!

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I see birthday wishes are the order of the day so...

Happy Bithday, I hope you have a grand day
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38. OGal

Happy Brithday Bug, getting you in the mode for your move to Cayman Brac this afternoon. You will be staying with Crab and his bride for a while before you come back to the states to head to Finland with Finn. Hope you have a great birthday.
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Happy Birthday to you, Miss Bug! Too bad you have to spend it at work, but these days, it's good to have work to spend days at! Best wishes for a wonderful new year ahead - tell Gus about birthdays, and explain he's supposed to be extra nice to you today!

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According to my calendar today is your birthday. May your birthday be all that you want it to be, and may your coming year be a happy and healthy one.

Enjoy your special day.
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Did you see on OGals blog that you're going to Finland with me in August? I know how much you like sauna, you're gonna have one with me every day! You'll also attend my meditation retreat and come back to FL as Bug Rinpoché ;)
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Yes, just came out on Sunday, available now here:
It will take a few weeks to appear on Amazon lists, though Amazon owns Createspaece.
Way Too Happy

The Kindle/e-book is available here:
http://www.amazon.com/KUN-LUN-Footprints-Servant- ebook/dp/B004R1QFQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5 XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1308107041&sr=1-1

I have a Facebook page, you can find me there:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kun-Lun-Footprints -of-a-Servant-by-Liisa-Cay-Pasila/169383358655
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LOL... I actually have that lap tray in that link but it is too wide for my chair. I guess I could shift over to the couch with it. I found it one of the local thrifts a year or two ago for $5.00.
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Hi, ho, happy Tuesday!

Please hit the red button on 346579's post, folks. That is advertising and, to the best of my knowledge, is not allowed on WU. Need to alert Admin.

Pros, I just finished my re-read of Gone With The Wind. I didn't quite finish before going up to Dad's.

Finn, is Kun Lun available in an English version?

Karen, I remember you mentioning Goodreads. I'm a bit old school; I have a little memo book I jot down my books to get and check off the ones I've read, which is helpful with series. Otherise, I forget which ones I've read and which ones I haven't!

Sandi, thanks for the tip.

I do have two folding tables like your friend has. I was using one last night. It's a little bit high but usable until I find what I want.
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..... until the battery runs out....

May I make a suggestion? Do not let it run out completely if you are using it - you will loose all the work you were doing! Your laptop should pop up with a warning when you get to 10% remaining, so you can plug it in again.

My friend bought two folding wooden tables for her living room, to eat her meal off and to use for the laptop. They were from Amazon and cost her 14.99.

I have checked Amazon.com for you and found this page. There are several that are under $30. I like number 9 - it has free shipping!!!

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Ah Bug, gotta add to your summer reading recommendations a great book called Kun Lun by our very own WU-blogger "Finn"... LoL!

PS. You lucky bug, my laptop battery lasts about 14 minutes! I bought it years ago and didn't know that it should be charged, used unplugged, then charged again etc. One thing is sure: I'd climb walls and scream in just a few hours without a mouse (preferably a cordless one).

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Hi Bug!

Long time no see! You know me and summer reading. Well, no such thing here, it's called year round reading. I always have a book. I'm just finishing up Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. I read it before, but about 5 years ago. I think I'll take to my media center in the fall. It's really written for kids.

I've just finished a couple of books by Jodi Picoult. She's written quite a few. I think it was last summer I found this author, Joann Mapson. Loved her so much that I've already read everything she's written.

I have a tendency to do that. Find an author I like and then read them all. I'm with Sandi and Sue Grafton. I'm waiting for V for Vengence. The library has it, but they 'rent' them for so much per week when they are brand new. I can wait! Aleady read Undertow.

I think I told you before that I joined a website called Goodreads. You can keep track of books you've read and ones you want to. You can also follow other people and see what they are reading .

A couple more books that were recommended to me were Room and The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Look them up to see if they'll appeal to you. I enjoyed them both.

While you are learning the ins and outs of a laptop, I now have an iPad. Virtual keyboard that makes suggestions while you type...it's all new!!!

I did purchase a laptop mouse and use it when I know I'm going to be doing a lot of typing, and perhaps copying and pasting. I usually use my laptop plugged in but it's true that most rechargeable batteries should be allowed to completely go dead before recharging . It's good for them!
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Hi. Re the summer reading, yesterday I decided to finish "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follet. The historical novel is about one thousand pages, small print. It took me forever to read a little less than 500 pages, so yesterday I sat and read the rest of the book! I was determined to finish that darn long book. This book is the first of a trilogy that Follet is writing, I am not sure that I will read the sequels. The story is good but much too long.

Today I started another book by Gortner, the author of the Juana la Loca novel. This one is on Juana's mother Isabel. As expected, it is interesting and want to read it as fast as I can. Who knows, there may be another strong and brave female blog in the future.

What are you currently reading?
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So, it is not a good idea to use it plugged in all the time?

Just recharge, then unplug, use it until the battery runs out, then recharge and start the cycle again?

Frankly, right now I am using it plugged in all the time, as I don't have anything suitable to sit it on if I'm in my chair in the living room. I have been browsing online for a laptop cart. One that, when not in use, can be telescoped down and folded beside a chair, when not in use. They have what I'd describe as a flip top to sit your laptop on, that you would latch in place while you're using it.

The one online that really catches my eye is exactly what I have in mind but the price certainly isn't! $149.00! No way I'm paying that!

I'm looking for something in the 30.00 to 40.00 range, MAX. I've seen a few stands as cheap as 12.00 but they don't appear to be collapsible. I don't want something taking up space when not in use.

I've looked at lap desks, too. Rather like the one Karen uses. I used to have one but it was very small; it probably wouldn't have been big enough.

I'm just going to take my time, look around online and in the local stores and thrift shops to see what I can find for a price I want to pay. It's quite possible that I may find a better selection in August, when the stores start offering back to school supplies. I may just jimmy-rig something until then.
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happy to see you are getting the "hang" of the LT
I use mine most of the time now
I was like you when I first started, hated it
now I don't know how I ever managed without

as for the squirrels at your dad's place not bothering anything; it is because everyone feeds them

we never have problems because we have 3 feeders placed around the yard

enjoy your evening
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A laptop about two/three years old probably only has a battery life of two hours. My HP Pavilion only lasts about an hour, but that is my fault as I use it plugged into the mains. Not a sensible thing to do, really, on a new laptop as it weakens the battery!

My little netbook on the other hand, (newer), lasts about six hours, although I do seem to think it is not as good as it was when I first got it.

Batteries are easy to replace - and Amazon stock a good supply - but if you don't mind it being plugged in whilst you use it, don't bother going to the expense!
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I do have one question: What is the average battery time for a fully charged laptop?

Mine seems to only have two hours but I notice that the minutes drop faster than the actual time elapsed.

Could it be that I need to have the battery replaced? After all, it is over two years old, even if it hasn't been used.
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I am so glad you spent the day getting to "know" your lappie... I am sure it is pleased to have more attention! lol

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LOL... Shore, it was the Solstice Fairy (aka Hubby) who bestowed the lappy on me 2 years ago.

He thought I was going to just be able to open it up, turn in on and get on line.

He had no idea about routers and all that.

When I first turned it on, it prompted me for a password. Well, none of my other computers ever did that, so I thought it was required for lappies and selected one.

I didn't write it down, as it was SO obvious. That was a big mistake, 'cause I could never get it right again. I finally just said, "^%#$&*#" and shoved it in the closet and went back to my desktop. Hubby was a bit peeved, so say the least. Knowing him, it was probably one of the most expensive ones Best Buy had.
He's of the breed that thinks the more expensive something is, the better it is. Oh, well, it did save me from having to buy a whole new computer.

I just had the geeks at Best Buy hack past (and remove the need for) the password.

The hint was 'Archie'. The obvious response was 'Bugmobile.' I tried every permutation of that, that I could think of. Upper case, lower case, upper and lower, different letters, adding numbers. I tried GMC Sonoma. 1993 Sonoma. Etc, etc. Nothing worked. I did find out sometime later, that there are programs available that can 'decipher' forgotten passwords but I'd thrown in the towel then and just didn't bother.
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I'm glad you're home.

I'm sorry you hate your laptop. But I do sympathize. Do I ever use my laptop instead of my PC? Uh - no. Not unless I have to, as in I'm traveling or the electricity's out.

Well, maybe you need to ask the solstice fairy to bring you a new PC. Now that I think of it - why did you end up with a laptop? Did you do it on purpose?

Have a shower, put your feet up and "unlax", as my dad used to say. Hope you found all well up at your dad's place.

OK. I'm going to go off and send you good vibes now.
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I'm home.

I hate this laptop.
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Good morning! Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Hope your day is a great one!

Hi, Pros.

The wildlife is really putting on a show for me this trip. Not long after we got up, I spotted a cottontail hopping around behind Dad's house. Dad says he frequently sees them but it's the first time I've seen one here.

No chipmunks though. I've only managed to spot those one time. It was late one afternoon on a visit last year. Cute as could be and looked just like Chip and Dale, running about with their stumpy little tails pointed straight up. They're much more skittish than grey squirrels, of which there are plenty around here.

The squirrels here are the biggest, fattest squirrels I've ever laid eyes on. Dad says it's from the numerous feeders put out by the residents. Oddly enough, they don't seem to mess about with the plants on Dad's deck, including his three tomato plants. Lucky sod....

I'll be headed home this afternoon after lunch. I'll probably get home between 5 and 6. As much as I enjoy visiting with Dad, I'll be glad to get that drive over with and get home.
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Oh, boy! Fireflies!

Just about quarter of 9:00, I went to the kitchen sink to rinse out a glass. As I was doing that, I glanced out the window and saw fireflies everywhere!

I never, ever see fireflies in my neighborhood. Such a treat!

I went out on Dad's deck and sat down. They were absolutely everywhere.

After watching for about 15 minutes, I stood up and was turning to go in the door, when I saw what I thought was a cat crossing the lawn between the house next door and the house behind Dad's. Then, I looked again. It was already too dark to see much besides it's outline. A long body, short legs and a really long tail.

"That's not a cat. It's a FOX! COOL!"

I walked over a little way to see if I could tell where it was going but it had already disappeared into the shrubbery.

Fireflies and a fox sure beat seeing the possums and coons of my neighborhood!
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Hi, ho, Sandi, Ylee, Janet, Shore and Ogal.

I arrived at Dad's house about quarter of 12. We spent a little time talking, then I headed over to the café to pick up our lunch.

After eating, Dad suggested we sit on the deck. We were out there talking when my uncle arrived. He stayed almost 2 hours and we had a nice visit and talk.

By that time, it was almost time for us to start thinking about supper. They start serving at 5 and Dad prefers to eat as soon after that as possible.

After supper, we watched a little TV. He gets the Nat'l Geographic channel, which usually has some interesting shows. He headed off to bed a little after 8. I finished watching a rerun of Deadliest Catch but threw in the towel a bit after 9:00. That drive up tires me out. I didn't wake up until 6:30 this morning.

I started the coffee, got the paper. Dad got up about 7:00. I showered, dressed and drove over to pick up our breakfast.

That done, I headed over to visit my aunt and uncle. Caught her with her hair still in rollers and in the middle of washing clothes. My uncle was out in the back of the garden picking blueberries.

We sat on the patio and caught up on family gossip, whilst enjoying his garden and watching the birds at his feeders.

The time went by way too fast and the next thing I knew, it was 5 til 12 and Dad's stomach alarm goes off at 12 noon! It's a good thing my aunt and uncle's house is only a 10 minute drive from Dad's. I pulled in, took his order and off to the café I went.

Right now, he's sitting on the deck, reading something on his Kindle.

I just did a disk cleanup, deleted cookies, browsing history and checked to see if a defrag was needed.

I'm going to run up the road shortly, to Jerry's Plants and look around to see what they have. I'm not looking for anything in particular; just browsing. They frequently have plants that are not found in the big box stores.

I stopped on the way to my aunt and uncles, at a little garden/hobby center, which also carries plants you don't see commonly for sale. I found a couple of Guara 'White Fountain; to plant by my mailbox. The begonias I put out there look like they're going to turn up their toes and die on me. I need to get something in there before the weather really gets to hot to be putting out bedding plants. It's late enough, as it is.

I think these will do nicely around my mailbox. It gets full sun and the drought resistant aspect is always a plus for Lowcountry gardens.
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Yo have not checked in yet... hope you are just too busy catching up with the gossip!
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Here's to a happy visit and safe travels! It's just great that you've still got your dad around. I do miss mine, for sure. Funny how we miss them more as the years go by.

I've got two books on my table that I intend to get through next week if the weather forecast verifies and we have oodles of rain. Be back after work to tell you about them - they seem really interesting!
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I know your & Dad will have a nice visit. Safe travels.
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11. OGal

Bug have a wonderful time with dad. I am sure you two will have lots of catching up to do. Hope you don't have rain on your trip up. I think we are finally finished getting rain at least for a short time. Drive safely...=)
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Have a wonderful weekend - enjoy :)
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Safe travels, bug!
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Happy Thursday!

Scrambling to get my desk cleared before I clock out today but I'm not making as much headway as I'd like.

Towards the end of last week, I was looking for work. It figures that the avalanche would arrive this week, when I planned to take a long weekend to go
visit Dad for Father's Day.

We're having a BIG covered dish dinner here today at work. One entire group in our office is being relocated to another area. We're giving them a good send off. I hope I can keep awake this afternoon.

yeah, yeah, I know... I don't have to eat everything but it all looks so good. I'm trying to take small portions but there's so many dishes!

Myself and another girl went in together and we fixed a big crock pot of green beans and a casserole dish of brown rice. Not health food store brown rice, I'm afraid. This is regular rice cooked with Campbell's beef consomme and french onion soup. Mama used to make it a lot. I don't get to eat it often, as Hubby doesn't care for it. The recipe is tricky to halve because of the two cans of soup. I have tried it with just one can but it doesn't taste the same and it is still a lot for one person to eat up.
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Rats... I can't modify my comment to correct the spelling on proverbial.

I've been noticing that a lot here at work. Must be something with our network.
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Hi, ho, everyone!

Janet, yes, you got first! That "Mama Makes up Her Mind" sounds like something I'd enjoy.

If you haven't read any of her books already, you might enjoy anything by Celia Rivenbark. I have a copy of 'Bless Your Heart, Tramp' which is hilarious. You do have to be a Southerner to get the most out of them.

Sandi, I have no idea why you're humming stuff from 'Saturday Night Fever'! lol

I've heard of Alan Titchmarsh somewhere before. "Nobbut a Lad" would likely be right up my alley.

Ylee, one classic summer read is "Jaws' by Peter Benchley. Since you prefer non-fiction, you might want to see if you can find some time, somewhere, somehow, to read Close To Shore. The provervial 'They' say it was this tragedy that inspired Benchley. I've seen documentaries about it before. I saw the book mentioned in Parade Magazine in this past Sunday's paper and I am intrigued. Jeremy Wade, of 'River Monsters' on Animal Planet, had researched this event and concluded that it is his opinion bull sharks were to blame.

Ogal, I've read a few of Dorothea Benton Frank's books but they don't seem to really grab me. I kinda enjoy the local flavor but the story lines... I am just totally 'romanced' out.

I'll have to check out your other listings and see if anything tickles my interest. 'Skinnydipping' might.
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Ok Bug here is my summer reading list. I have the books stacked already.

Finishing: picture this,,,Jaquelin Sheehan ..started on the plane.
behind the beautiful forevers...Katherine Boo
Folly Beach..Dorothea Benton Frank (you want it when I finish it?)
skinnydipping..Bethenny Frankel

Should keep me reading for a while.
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Hi, bug! Looks like you have some weather your way! Outside of the blogs at work, I really don't have a lot of time for reading. Don't care much for fiction; anything no-fiction that works the brain a little bit is what I like.
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Now why have I got a song from Saturday Night Fever going around my head??

I have two books waiting to be read. I ordered them earlier inrhe year and am saving them to read In the garden, if we ever get a summer !

The first is the next in the Sue Grafton A-Z murders ... U is for Undertow. I believe the next one, V is for Vengence is due out in paperback in August, so I must get U read first!

The second one is a book by a TV personality.
Alan Titchmarsh is a Yorkshire gardener who earned a scholarship to Kew Gardens then became the front man to many garden shows, including the famous Chelsea flower festival held in the grounds of the home of the Chelsea Pensioners.
He began writing novels about ten years ago and produced seven best selling books. He then wrote about his life in Yorkshire in a book entitled 'Nobbut a lad'' - this is what is waiting for me!
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now for my summer reading...I like light romance, sometimes funny, etc. nothing that requires any deep thinking. Lots of Nicholas Sparks (a local for us).
One I always dust off to re-read tme and again is "Mama Makes up her Mind & other dangers of souther Living" by Bailey White and her "Sleeping at the starlite Motel"
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am I really 1st!?!
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