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Good reads @ JCPL

Available by appointment only; we’re accustomed to hearing this phrase, whether it is to see the dentist, the doctor, get our hair or taxes done, or take care of some other important business of the day. We wrestle with what time is best, morning or afternoon, today, tomorrow, next week or next year.  “What works best?” the receptionist might ask.



 

Photo of a tired looking dog hiding under a book with glasses nearby.

“Get a puppy,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. And so, guess what I did? I got a puppy; a little fireball of a puppy who is a like a tornado, a whirlwind in constant motion.

All 7 pounds of her has me whipped by the end of the day. Always on the lookout for trouble, she is sure to find it, lurking in a corner of the house that I somehow missed.



 

Drawing of a groundhog reading a book in his burrow.

Silly groundhog; I really wanted to know how a rodent could be the harbinger of such bad news as to sentence us to another six weeks of cold and snow, so, looking it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that the custom of Groundhog Day was a celebration started in the 18th century by the Germans.



 

Photo of a flower planter made to look like a bookshelf

Seventy days, 6 hours, 59 minutes and 40 seconds; that is the exact number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until spring, 2017 makes an appearance. More simply put, spring will arrive on March 20th, 2017.

I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. My flip flops are lonely, forgotten and traded in for heavy socks, slippers and boots.



 

photo of man asleep on couch reading book

‘Tis the season, if you know what I mean; coughing, sneezing, wheezing and freezing, even with unseasonable 60 degree temps outside; you have an old-fashioned, miserable cold.



 

Photo of three closed doors, painted yellow, red and blue, set in a white wall.

Would you like the prize behind door number one, door number two or door number three? That is how the game “Let’s Make a Deal” goes.

Moving my daughter into her new home, it became apparent to me that 1.) I am just as much a directional dyslexic indoors as outdoors and 2.) There are too many doors in her house for me to choose the right one.



 

cartoon of a bat in a chair reading a book

Wandering off to look at furniture while in a big box store with my husband, I chatted on the phone while sampling some of the sofas. Sitting comfortably and thinking this sofa would look nice in my family room, I glanced over to a very comfortable looking recliner that would also fit just right.



 

cartoon of nearly identical sheep

Original: first or earliest; being that from which copies are made. That is the definition of the word “original,” according to the Webster’s Dictionary.

After a morning of grocery shopping and having to choose items to bring home and put away in my own kitchen, I felt a little overwhelmed, seeing all of the choices on the shelves in the market.



 

STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES – Discipline Standing Block Chop

I love words, but have recently become confused by the use of the word “hack.” Looking it up in Webster’s Dictionary, the definition was just as I expected; ‘short, dry cough;’ ‘to manage successfully,’ ‘computer hacking’ ‘to cut, or chop roughly or with heavy blows.’



 

Photo of a bored-looking bull dog.

July…we have not yet reached the famous ‘dog days of summer,’ but July has quite a number of holidays and special days, and, of course, among them is the 4th of July, which is also ‘fry an egg on the sidewalk day.’



 

book guitar

Driving home one day, the radio was shouting out my favorite ‘60’s songs. Before I pulled into the driveway, the last song I heard was the Rolling Stones’ ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.’



 

photo of an umbrella with books surrounded by flowers and rain

April 1st has come and gone, but my grandkids are firm believers in April Fool’s Day jokes and pranks.

My five year old grandson is just getting his feet wet with the idea of April Fool’s Day, and told me that morning that he is going to ‘pwank me.’ It was too early in the morning to try and decipher what that meant, but I asked him to repeat himself.



 

Super Tuesday is behind us and the candidates for the 2016 Presidential election are making their cases, addressing the issues of today: 1.) balance the budget 2.) tax reform 3.) immigration laws 4.) health insurance regulation 5.) defense spending; the list goes on and on.



 

Bottle of Awesomesauce

Popular in today’s fast paced society is the art of multitasking. Even our shopping trips are multitasking events, and stores cater to the multi-taskers in us by offering BOGO sales and other promotions.



 

     February is right around the corner; it is National Heart Month, Super Bowl month, and the month that predicts whether winter will last 6 more weeks or end in a month and a half. So many more special events are set aside in February, however, and you’ve probably never heard of most of them.