Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My New Toy

This is my new toy, the Amazon Kindle. I had been researching eReaders for a while and finally decided upon this. It was between the Kindle and iPad. I like the iPad; it looks cool and does a lot of neat things but in the end I decided I only wanted an eReader and nothing else.

I absolutely love it! The minute I took it out of the box, I knew it was meant to be. Haha! It is so lightweight and thin; it's really very comfortable to hold. The eInk technology makes it so easy to read and there's no glare. The Kindle is very easy on my eyes; it's like reading from a regular book. One of the things that I didn't like about the iPad was that it was a computer screen. There's a lot of glare with a computer and it can be fatiguing to read for a long period of time. Because there's no glare you can lay it flat and still read it fine. I bought the 6" displayand it is just the right size. Instead of holding it like the picture above, I rotate it so the keyboard is on the left-hand side. At night, when I like to lay on the couch and read, I adjust the font size so I don't have to wear my glasses.

The first book I downloaded was the Bible. It was so easy to do and it popped onto my Kindle in a few seconds. Amazing! The second book I downloaded was Elizabeth George's new Inspector Lynley novel. As usual, it is excellent but I think all her books are amazing. I have been reading it every chance I get.

One of the nice things about the Kindle is you can add notes and bookmarks. There's also a built-in dictionary--this comes in handy right now because Elizabeth George's vocabulary is a lot better than mine!

There was one snafu....after I bought my Kindle, a few days later I was on Amazon's website and I saw they had dropped the price by $70. Eeek! That's a big difference!! I contacted customer service and since I had bought it within 30 days of the drop, they refunded the difference. Yeah!

So, if you are thinking of buying an eReader, I would recommend the Kindle. You won't be disappointed.


On the last weekend of June many members of our church get together to go camping. This is the of the hottest of the year. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 104*. Ouch! I just checked the area where we're going and it looks as if the temperature will be in the mid-90's and the evening will cool down to around 65. That's not too bad. Last night the low was about 75!!

Every year when we go camping, I like to cook either on our stove or grill but I'm wondering if we're going to feel like eating hot food. I was planning on having hamburgers the first night and sloppy joes the second. Maybe I will make some chicken salad instead and just have burgers the second night.

I'd better get busy and plan this out! I hope it is cool where you are; if not, stay inside!

Monday, June 21, 2010


Afternoon tea at The Jefferson Hotel:

Pam, my kindred spirit:

Julianne and me waiting for Tim Hawkins:

My brother and sister, Steve and Norma:

Clouds at my mom's house:
One of her backyard bunnies:

Here, There and Everywhere

The past few weeks have been full, full, full! After Memorial Day Julianne and I drove up to NJ to visit my mom and sister (who was visiting from NV). It was a short visit but we had a good time. On Friday night we went to see Tim Hawkins at a nearby church. He was so funny!! My sides hurt from laughing so hard.

We had planned to drive back to VA on Saturday because the Tim Hawkins' show was at 9:00 pm but before I left for NJ, my dearest friend's daughter called to say they were celebrating her mom's birthday on the 5th with afternoon tea at The Jefferson Hotel. I did not want to miss that. So after the show, we went out to Denney's and then drove through the night. We got back home at 5:00 am and I slept until noon and then went to Pam's party at 3:00. What a whirlwind day!! I collapsed into bed that night.

I feel like I've been running every since I returned. Some of the happenings: church picnic, homeschool convention, dermatologist appointment, dinner with friends, Julianne getting her wisdom teeth out, a few concerts ending with another church picnic this past Sunday. And this weekend we are going on our annual church camping trip. Whew!

I'll put up a few pictures in my next post.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I've been very busy lately but an update will appear (Lord willing) in the next day or two!