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1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

And when it rains...

Everything grows and grows. The path on the east side of the house was totally obliterated by sedum, bugle weed and euonomys. For the last few days I've been trimming back the green carpet to reveal the path.

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Not done yet, but found the green man had fallen and the dragon was displaced.

The ferns have loved the moist weather and I am delighted to have uncovered the Japanese fern and she looks great. I have had trouble in the past keeping them alive.

I had an excellent assistant.

On the west side work continues ( or will when temps drop again) on clearing the area for the mythical hottub. No matter what happens in the space, I am enjoying the openness. I was beginning to feel as if I live in a green cave.


Ronald Charles McKernan (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973), known as Pigpen, was an American singer and musician. He was a founding member of the San Francisco band the Grateful Dead and played in the group from 1965 to 1972.

Can You Identify These Flowers?

These two flowers sprouted in my garden along with some zinnias and bachelor's buttons I had planted. They came on later than the zinnias and I really like them both. I am thinking that they originated in a random packet of seeds that I tossed in with the others. The packages are long gone.

I installed a plant ID app, but it failed to give me a good answer. They do appear to be related to hollyhocks, perhaps the same family?

I'm saving seeds to see if I can grow some more next year.

Thought someone reading this might recognize the flowers.

Been a lovely day here at the farm, hope your day has been pleasant as well.


Forgot to include pics of my oldest daughter, the mother of the groom. She looked beautiful.

Mother/son dance

Caught unaware.

With sis and their dad - aka husband #1.

Whew! A sigh of relief at discovering my screw up.


Oldest Grandson's Wedding Day

As a little boy, we called him "David the Destroyer," He took everything apart. Saturday David,now known as Dave, the IT Guy, married the love of his life.  The wedding was lovely. There were many happy people.

The bride is a music teacher and quilter. She had made quilt blocks and supplied fabric markers for guests to leave a message. Those squares were displayed on a huge felt board: clever idea.

I'm still tired so enjoy the pics

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Bride and her friends

Youngest great grandson, he rocked that hat!

Daughters, granddaughters and me.

The hubs.

The teenagers,

The happy couple


Birthday for Daughter #2

53 years ago my second daughter was born. Weighing in at 9 lbs -6 oz, but only 20 in long, she was a chubby baby; the only one of my girls to be born with a full head of dark hair.

Today she is my rock, the one I call when I need to be steadied or to share some joy. She is a success in her business and personal life and a great mom herself. I got lucky with this one.


Grandson Came Home

Earlier this month my grandson,Dylan, who lives in Austin, came for a five-day visit. We hadn't seen him in three years so it was a much anticipated reunion. He brought along his partner and we finally got to meet her, an adorable, intelligent young woman.

We packed a lot into those five days. Erin hosted a family get together one evening and Dylan was eager to cook for us and demonstrate his chef skills. He's been in the restaurant business for quite a few years now and his expertise has definitely increased.

A couple of evenings were spent at his mom's house where we ate and talked and generally reminisced.

On the Thursday, we went to Columbia for a Jerry Garcia birthday bash. We met up with my great-nephew who is Dylan's age and was a playmate in childhood. Watching them interact was more fun than the music. Two wild and crazy guys.

I spent one morning with his girl, Allie and enjoyed learning about her job as a nanny and her studies of Mandarin Chinese. I hope he hangs onto this one as the previous one I didn't care for. They are in their third year so I'm taking that as a good sign.

Allie was quite excited to visit the local Amish community, being Austin born and bred, she had never seen them, so the husband took them for a tour. They came back loaded with jams, breads and various other homemade goodies.

And, then on Saturday Erin took them to St. Louis to catch a train back home. They had flown up here, but opted for the train ride back to see the country. Though they did see some scenery, mostly the reports were the train ride was boring.

It was sweet nostalgic time for me. As a small child Dylan spent much of his time with me and it was good to have him home. He seems to have matured a great deal, but I'm glad that I can still see the little boy's mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

Hope it won't be so long till they come visit again.

Computer Graphics Fun

After watching, "The Great Hack" on Netflix this afternoon I needed something to lighten my mood. These videos are amazing!
A demonstration of the magic of technology

Computer fun...

Perfect Example of why it is so difficult to believe what you see on the internet anymore.

A graphics designer - well known for making great movie scenes - filmed his son and then added various special effects.


Chain Saw Massacre

As I've mentioned before I am working, though somewhat sporadically, to clear an area out front for a hot tub. I had come to the point where the giant clippers were not longer big enough.

Having bought my daughter a small recharagable chain saw for Christmas and having seen that she could handle it, I was fairly certain that I could use it as well. The girls were aghast at the idea, thinking I was going to chop off an arm or a leg. But, after all, what do they know?

I am here to report great success and much fun. In the way back used to help cut wood for the stove with a much bigger saw and even though this one is small, I had forgotten just how effort it takes to use one. However, I am quite pleased with the result and managed not to sever any body parts in the process.

So, one step closer to hot tub heaven. Just need one of the boys to help load the logs into the trailer because I just don't have the strenght for that any more.

At this rate, it may not take the projected two years I gave to this project. There is still the looming decision of whether or not to take down the old cedar tree. Unfortunately it is looking like it will have to come down, but I can already hear it screaming besides me screaming at how much it will cost to have it removed.



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