March 6, 1957

From my great-grandmother’s journal:


Winnie left at 9:30 for home. It was cool, had on a spring (?wrap makes sense but it looks like vab or wot or wab?)  Hope she doesn’t get sick.

Roger picking me up, will get a permanent tomorrow.  Mary says we are to have birthday cake tonight.

Got 300 gallons of oil today. Did not fill my tank.  Roger picked me up after his 4 o’clock shift.


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Leftover Chicken or Turkey Broccoli Casserole

4 cups diced cooked chicken or leftover turkey
1 cup chopped broccoli (you can use frozen)
1 cup spinach, drained, chopped (use frozen)
1 tablespoon garlic
1-2 tablespoons dill weed
1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese- just scoop it loosely. Don’t pack it in like brown sugar
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Mayonnaise- amount depends on how dry your poultry is.  You want it to be the consistency of a slightly dry chicken salad.

Mustard, a spoonful or so (optional)
salt & pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, adding the mayonnaise last.  Spoon into a greased casserole dish, or a pie crust (or crescent roll pockets), topping with another pie crust.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted, or until the crust is done if you used a crust- 10-20 minutes.

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March 5, 1957

My great-grandmother’s diary:

She received 30 dollars rent.

“Winnie came in at Supper time- we had scallops= there so good, and we cleaned the platter.  Roger came over, took us over, had a good visit with the children and them.”


Winnie was a daughter in law, I think.  Roger her youngest son, father of three children.  He was the youngest by quite a lot, and he also had his youngest child after a fairly wide gap.  Roger served in Europe in WW2 and was extremely popular with his nieces and nephews.  They were a bit resentful when he finally got married, because as the young bachelor uncle he had been quite the playmate.  But his new bride was a keeper.  I am told she had parties and games on for the nieces and nephews when they came to visit, so rather than halving their share of their fun uncle, the new aunt doubled it.

When I was a child I loved visiting their family as well.  Their youngest child was my mother’s cousin, but he was only a few years older than me.  The other children were, like their parents and grandparents, very science minded, especially the life sciences.  My grandmother, Great Uncle Roger’s big sister, had gone to college in the 20s and got her degree in botany.  I have mentioned this quite often, and I will be mentioning it again, because my grandmother was a remarkable, lovely, dear woman and I am very proud of her. Uncle Roger’s daughter was and is a science teacher, I believe.

There were habitats on the lawn made of children’s wading pools, full of freshwater plants and turtles and other living things, even though they lived in the middle of the city, even though they lived in town.  One of my adult kids has a huge fish tank in her living room, and the primary occupant is a turtle named Lily.  Although of my children, never met their great grandmother and only the eldest and she only as a baby met my great-uncle Roger and his wife, I like to think that their love for nature and and making sure their kids are exposed to it are part of that family legacy.

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Three Links to make you think

Fascinating theater project- the debates between Trump and Hillary re-enacted, only the genders are  reversed:

It’s not the entire debates, just some sample pieces.  The results were fascinating, and not what those involved expected at all.

Planned Parenthood has been lying and claiming abortion is only 3% of the services they provide. So Trump offered to find a way to let them keep federal funding if they’d stop performing abortions.  They refused. Cecile Richards now says abortion services PP is  ‘proud’ to provide are as important as cancer screenings.  Most of us know that she really means ‘more important than.’


I keep seeing The Shack at Amazon, and I keep passing it by.  Some of the reasons I am not interested happen to be explained here.



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Free Kindle books: A book may be compared to your neighbor:

A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long ; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early. — Brooke.

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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. And yet, still some duds slip through.

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FREE: Minimalist Living: Living Minimally-How to Reduce Your Stress and Improve Your Quality of Living Through Minimalism

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FREE: Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Circulular Staircase, classic and first, I think, in the ‘gentle reader, if I had only known’ genre.

vintage BOOK with owls letteringFREE: The Midwife’s Tale- said to be one Mitford fans would also enjoy.


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WOW! 3.99 for How Should We Then Live? (L’Abri 50th Anniversary Edition) by Francis Schaeffer


Kindle Paperwhite, 99 dollars (savings of 20 dollars)

19.99 for Norton Deluxe- antivirus software for five devices.  What a bargain!


Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

To organize the books on your kindle

Thanks for reading!

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