Take A Look At My Book

Yah, why not – take a look at my book. Reading is a great pastime for many and normally we read the book alone and enjoy every word that is written. Ok, that only holds true when you really enjoy the book and if the books not tooooooo interesting well; I just skim through it and that’s it and then it’s sent off into the world of used books that maybe someone else can enjoy????

But times are changing the days of relaxing on your sofa with a good book or Ereader( modern times) could be about to change when all your other friends have Ereader’s too. A little social reader network and you are all logged into one book reading together… now that’s what I call progress in the wrong direction!!!! When I read I like to read my book myself and not have 5 other people reading with me and this could be up setting too because we all read at different speeds, but then again when we all read the same book at the same time there must be a timer for each page and so everyone has say 2 minutes per page…. No day dreaming it’s……READING TIME!!!!

The days of lounging around are over!!!

Plus the great thing is you can add comments about what you just read and every one of your friends can join in too. This makes reading a whole new thing to do. You don’t just sit around with a dull book in your hand you can write your opinion or maybe even say that your thinking about making a cup of coffee too. This put a whole new spot light on the word “ READING”

But I do see some minor problems that could arise while one of your friends is the official book person and the rest are reading along with you. Now I am sure you have all experienced this at one time or another and don’t be embarrassed either…. But falling asleep on the sofa while reading.

Normally nothing to worry about; your laying on the sofa reading and you doze off for a bit. But now that you are in charge of the book that you and your friends are reading….. What happens???? They have to wait until you wake-up or what( this answer I don’t know)
There you are waiting patiently for your friend to wake back-up so you can read on. How could they do that, right when the book was just getting good… They fall asleep… some friend, if you ask me!! Call them up right-a-way to wake them up, so that you can carry on reading… cheeky if you ask me- falling asleep!

And another slightly annoying thought is… what if I read at a time when you don’t want to read; then what??? Though it could be that since it’s “MY BOOK” you have to read when I want too … no questions asked!!!
My book – My times
Then again, I think reading is a private thing and when I read I like to enjoy the book and not be interrupted or if I fall asleep on the sofa… who cares – the fond memories of reading alone…. those were the days!!!

A very positive point about such a device is that when your guy or gal is reading and you want their attention… forget the “old fashioned” way of talking to each other… NO, write a note so it pops-up in the book that their reading and I am sure if you write the right thing you will get their undivided attention and maybe hear some comments that shouldn’t be repeated here… if you know what I mean????

There my guy is reading away at one of his “guy” magazines and I would like him to help me. Normally, if I say something to him while he is reading and he says “ after honey, you know I’m reading” As if he thinks I’m blind!!!!

I don’t need to aggravate myself anymore. I just log-onto his book and write my message so he can read it… problem solved – or???? But somehow I don’t really see the situation getting any better than if I said something. If anyone out there has tired one of these deceives do let me know how it works when it comes to getting your partner to do something… Thanks!

Unfortunately, I think I will stick to reading my book alone and only share it with friends when I have finished reading it. But whatever way you choose to read is up to you… the main thing is that you enjoy what you are reading.

Enjoy reading!!

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Perfect times – are they lost?

Perfect times seem to be a thing of the past. I got thinking-I can still do that; an amazing fact!!! About how it was when I was I kid. Life seemed sooooo perfect and the books we read or the TV shows we watched were full of happy people and there was never violence. Those were happy times!!!

What sparked this off was an old TV show that I saw on TV the other day; depicting the happy family. You may remember – Mom stayed home and cooked and was always perfectly groomed and smiling no matter what happened – Are mom’s like that today???
The kids were clean and happy and never complained. Dad was happy too and came home in the evening with a smile on his face as if he just had the best day in his life…. Maybe he did and we just don’t know what he was up too??? I don’t want to ruin the perfectness here… so the dad had a great day at work and is plain old happy!!!

Then there was the great book with Dick & Jane and their dog Spot – that book taught me to read and everyone depicted in the book was happy even the mom & dad. Happiness never seemed to stop. It was everywhere you turned and I was happy too, and didn’t know any better. Life was full of happiness.

I can’t remember as a kid my parents even arguing…. They were happy too, ok- they got upset with me once in a while or our dog but those were only trivial setbacks as I see it now. But back then that meant the end of the world, if I got in trouble!!!

Somehow through the years people stopped being so happy on TV and the people around me don’t seem as happy as they were years ago either. What has happened to being happy?????? Or has the world changed soooo much that people have forgotten what it is like to be happy.

Sometimes I wish for those carefree and happy days of the past again, because people seemed more relaxed and not always in a hurry or worrying about the latest up-date on their social network or some other device that distracts us, so that we have no time to relax and enjoy life.

It would be great to see more content & happy people around – and not in the superficial sense either. Will those sort of days ever come back or are they lost forever??????????

International Dog Day

Man’s best friend has its day today –International Dog day. Dogs are great animals and need to be respected too, so thank goodness there is a day devoted to dogs!

Our faithful friend who stands by us no matter what happens and cheers you up when felling down or that happy face and wagging tail that greets you when you open the house door. Those are wonderful things to experience and those of you who have a dog know exactly what I mean.

Unfortunately, my best 4 legged friend left us a couple of years ago. His name was Sputnik and he was a Jack Russell Terrier – who could be a little terror toooooo!!!! But his name fit him to a tee and when I think back sometime and wonder who was in charge – Sputnik or me? Though without a doubt I would say Sputnik was in charge with his canny ways and sense of humor (believe me he had one alright!). He seemed to have a way about him that he let everyone know if you were liked or not and if not , it could be hell at our house for you, and he would give you the feeling it was time to leave – and I can say it worked sometimes too.

But a great doggy memory of him was if I went out and forgot to shut the door to the living room, and you can guess where he was then…. Right on the sofa lounging away enjoying life -Until I came home! I knew he was sleeping on the sofa because when I came into the house he didn’t greet me and so I could sneak into the living room and find him sound asleep on the sofa , and of course he had made himself comfortable… only the best for Sputnik – not some hard dog bed!
You can imagine him lying there his head on a pillow the blanket positioned just so and he was lying on his back with all fours in the air snoring away in a doggy world… a sight to behold until I said “ Sputnik what are you doing on the sofa?” Well, if looks could kill then he could sure look that way as if to say I was the bad guy for coming home and disturbing him while he was having a nice rest on the sofa…. His look said to me that I was an emotionless soul and that if I don’t watch out I’m in for trouble!!!
It’s my house and my sofa but he never saw it that way. It was more like Sputnik’s sofa and his house and he could do whatever he wanted to. Though I do wonder to this day if he could have spoken –what would he have said to me? I am sure it would be something not worth repeating.

He was also a real lady’s man. Every Wednesday afternoon if someone was home to let him out; he would promptly make his way down the street for the weekly 3:00pm coffee and cake afternoon at an elderly ladies house where she always entertained some of her friends and who was also invited to come along??? Right Sputnik! Those gals loved him to death and he knew how to take advantage of it too. If he missed out on that afternoon he was in a bad mood for the next two days as if to say we deliberately wouldn’t let him go and have some cake and be the main attraction. But the day came when the elderly lady passed away and he it seemed he knew that there would be no more cake and walked passed her house with a sad look on his face for weeks… dogs can be really sensitive and I know Sputnik was too.

That’s enough about Sputnik. Enjoy your dog and remember the great times you had with him or her because they love you more than you think!

Bedroom Blues

Another bedroom problem has been brought to my attention that can dampen the thoughts of romance in the bedroom and it’s not the “I have a headache” either but a thing that can turn your attention somewhere else.

The good’ol book is said to bring this on the “not tonight dear – I’m reading a good book and don’t want to be interrupted because I am at the best part”. Who ever thought that a book could cause arguments in the bedroom?

I never thought of that aspect before now. Thank you scientist for pointing this out to me!

People always say no one reads anymore or is everyone secretly reading at home in their bedrooms? There by their nightstand is a pile of books just waiting to be read and so their partner is left alone to ponder about life or join the club and start reading too.

Yes, reading can enrich your brain, but it is said that most books read by gals are the romantic sort and have nothing to do with reality and what I found disturbing was that I don’t know what guys read. Though I do have an inkling for what could interest them and I am sure they would say it is cultivated literature expanding their horizons with knowledge that will stay with them for eternity. Sounds good but I somehow doubt it.

It mentioned that because the guy or gal or maybe both are reading they don’t have time for each other – oh the bedroom blues!!!

Maybe they should have a set reading time and then they would have time for each other and could program it in the handy cell phone so they don’t forget that – oh , today’s Tuesday evening and that means no book… bad news if one of you is ill. Then well, I guess it’s back to reading a good book.

But books aren’t the only distractions, there’s the TV set that shouldn’t be in the room or there’s the pile of magazines that will never get read. Plus, the other modern distractions like the computer or cell phone.

What happened to the days when the bedroom was the bedroom for peace and quiet and not an entertainment room like the living room? Those days are over and modern times have invaded our peacefulness… oh, this makes me sad!

You see all those great pictures of how a bedroom should look but it is crammed full of things and so how can anyone relax or even think about taking the time for each other?

I ask those designers do they have bedroom blues because of the so many distractions or is it that no one cares anymore about each other and is too caught up with themselves? Any ideas…..

I could ponder on this topic for ages and maybe not come-up with an answer, but I do think it is good to take time for each other and not too forget that’s why you are together.

The Death of the Encyclopedia

A sad day has now come to our lives as I read yesterday. A company in England that has been printing encyclopedias for hundreds of years will stop printing them. Those wonderful works of art; that we will no longer be able to hold in our hands and enjoy its trove of information is coming to an end. This is heart breaking news and if I had enough money I would buy the company and keep printing those wonderful books.

I remember those wonderful books from my childhood. They supplied me with all the answers to my questions and filled my brain with ideas and the longing to learn more. My parents even up-dated our encyclopedias yearly, so that we had the most up-to-date information. And by doing that we weren’t be behind the times.

Those books helped me with many an essay for high school or my science project and accompanied me through college giving me the wisdom so I could graduate. I remember holding those treasured books in my hand with their leather-bound covers that smelt so nice and the richly illustrated pages explaining to me everything that I wanted to know and more.

Those lovely books stood proudly in the bookshelf at our house there on display in alphabetical order so whoever came by could see that we were readers and had an interest in things. And if I asked my parents a question they couldn’t answer they always said “Look in the encyclopedia and there you will find the answer.” And I did that and was always satisfied with what I found. Plus sometimes I found out even more and this quest for knowledge could be satisfied with those great books.

Now-a-days I only have abridged editions but I own them and I have a couple of others in other languages too, because you don’t find that sort of information anymore.

Things are getting lost in the era of the internet and if you aren’t connected to the internet you seem to be left behind. I ask myself “If you don’t have internet access; how do you get information about certain things?” If there are no encyclopedias anymore in the book form then what do you do? Or is society becoming a mass of people with stagnating brains who have no quest for knowledge?

Hold on to your beloved encyclopedias with it treasure trove of information and you may still even be able to use them to answer your question about something and it still looks good on the book shelf too!