The Second Listening Book – Review

Contemplative.  Thought-provoking.   Inspirational.  Funny.  All these, and more, could describe the contents of The Second Listening Book written by James Webb, Pastor, Missionary, and Story-teller.

The book contains a selection of short stories, each written to open the mind and heart to a world different to any we have known.

With titles such as; Be Careful What You Wish For; The Woman Who Couldn’t Keep a Secret; The Parable of the Boy Who Ran With Scissors and The Unexpected Guest, you cannot fail to be entranced by James Webb’s skilful writing, and his incredible imagination.

With more than two dozen tales to broaden your horizons, I am quite certain there will be at least one nugget within the pages that will make you sit up and take notice, or have you laughing unreservedly at the wit, and sometimes, absurd critters that James Webb calls into action.

This is a fun, informative and mind-opening publication, guaranteed to be a favorite with all age groups.

I found the book a very easy, comfortable read.  While entertaining the mind, on occasion it also caused me to rethink similar circumstances in my life, from a different perspective.

A very pleasant book with which to stop, sit and just enjoy.

Recommended for all.

See more @

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0993438342

New Day

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After being hit by a substantial snowfall yesterday today is showing promise.

This new day displays beautiful art in the sky.

Living close to a lake, we experience truly lovely skies as the sun rises.  Today is no exception.  Despite the wintry landscape the rising sun casts deep contrasts of light and shadow wherever you look.  A delight to behold.

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Methinks this wasp nest will not survive.  Crows continually visit, pulling it apart.

Make this new day count.  Smile much and be thankful for family, friends and good neighbours.

Patricia

 

 

Book Sale Still On…..

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Have you checked out the e-books on Smashwords site yet?

Many excellent writers and their books are profiled and available, at greatly discounted prices in this promotion, throughout July 2016.

Read author interviews!  Check mine at: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/pattersmatters

Buy an e-book! http:// http://www.smashwords.com

Buy a book and relax in your favorite summer spot.

ENJOY!

Patricia

 

 

 

50% Off Through July

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You can purchase my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story at a massive 50% off the regular price, throughout the month of July 2016.

Download the e-book version of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story, using the code below to obtain the discount.

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Coupon Code LM75G for A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

Check other books too @ https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

ENJOY!

Patricia

 

 

 

A Tasty Snack

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Have you ever tried this snack?  Kale chips.  Freshly made and delicious.

I discovered how good they are, after friends had asked if I had ever tried them.  My answer, of course, was no.  Today, I bought a bunch of kale and decided to try this tasty treat.

Remove kale from main stems.  Break into bite size pieces.  Wash and thoroughly dry.  Place on parchment paper on an oven tray; drizzle with olive oil and salt lightly.

Put into 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Be careful to not overcook.  Some recipes call for 40-45 minutes in a 200 degree oven, but mine turned out just fine.

Are they good?  I will only say this:  bet you won’t be satisfied with only eating one.   They’re crispy, light and decidedly yummy.

Try them yourself.

Patricia

Deplorable Behaviour

Yesterday, we (my husband and I), attended a semi-final soccer game in Kitchener, Waterloo, in which grandson Lukas was playing.

Both teams played well.  They were evenly matched and played hard to win.  The game was finally determined with penalty shots.  Good, clean game everyone.  You did well.

I wish I could say the same about many of the parent spectators of the opposing team.  The filthy language emanating from their mouths was unbelievable.  They cared nothing for anyone within hearing distance.  Nor did they concern themselves with their disparaging, lewd comments about the players, or playing, of the opposing team.  The disgusting displays of bad behavior were finally stopped when officials warned the offending parents that they would be fined, and perhaps barred from future games if their language and physical pushing offenses were to continue.

It saddens me, because this is supposed to be team sport.  It is a team-building sport, teaching discipline and respect too.  We can surely enjoy the play of all participants and cheer them on.  Spectators should be just that – spectators.  There is no need for this kind of mean conduct.  We left the game feeling dirty because of each altercation that the offending parents felt justified in displaying.

It makes me wonder how they behave at home, if this is how they behave in public.  No, on second thoughts I don’t want to know.

Well done to all the excellent players.  Keep up the good – clean – games.

Patricia

 

 

Pickled

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Our summer has been pretty sad this year.  We have had so many rain days that you would think we were in England, Scotland or other temperature climate.

The difference, this year, is that while we in Ontario brandish umbrellas to stay dry, Brits are using theirs to shade themselves from the sun.  I envy them.  Canadians winters are brutally long and cold, so warmer months are treasured and used wisely.  I spend as much time outdoors as I can.  Housework accumulates until I absolutely have to tackle it.

The recent wet days meant the cancellation of certain open air activities; one of which was Creative Connection – a church group of talented and creative ladies that I am a part of.  This week was to have been a lakeside meeting where we would have learned skill saw creations, plus swimming, canoeing and conversation with awesome ladies, whose company I take pleasure in.   Yes, I did say this was a ladies group, and yes, I did say learning to use a skill saw.  As well as knitting, sewing, crochet and all types of other artistic handiwork, we all willingly learn (or watch) something new or different when the opportunity arises.

As this event was cancelled, I decided to be creative in the kitchen.  I enjoy making homemade chutney and pickles.  I also delight in eating them, and so gathering ingredients, preparing same and then cooking as directed, I accomplished a taste sensation despite the inclement weather outdoors.  This would not have been achieved if temperatures were soaring, because I much prefer to be in the great outdoors.

So – having shared this morsel of a blog, I can attest to being responsible for eight freshly bottled jars of Sweet Mustard Pickle standing on my kitchen counter.

These will be given away, as well as eaten at home.  The recipe has been in my family for decades, and is always much appreciated.  I can only hope this batch is as good as is anticipated by my palate.

How do you spend your days when the rain spoils your plans?

Patricia

Thankful – Day Three

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I got really busy yesterday and did not post my third day of things I am thankful for: so here goes.  I just finished having lunch, sitting in my garden and realized I was delinquent in my commitment to share.

I am thankful for friends, old and new.  Part of yesterday, I spent time with a bunch of truly amazing ladies from my church.  We call ourselves the Creative Connection (some call us the Crafty Connection).  We share skills, or teach newcomers how to knit, crochet, sew, quilt plus any new idea that can be added.

I am knitting Barbie clothes for my grand-daughter’s dolls.  Tiny, yes, but quickly and easily completed.  I want to learn to crochet and begin sewing once more.  I have neglected so many crafts but am now being inspired to bring them back out into the light of day.  IMG_4465IMG_4467

 

 

 

 

I am thankful for the opportunity and the energy to come alongside a dear friend dealing with the recent death of her husband.  Her grief tears my heart, but if I can help her in any small ways, I feel that I am supporting her.

I am thankful for our church and the people we call our church family.  They support; help; care; love and encourage all, from the very young to the very old.  I am blessed by having everyone of them in my life.

So, now I have completed my three days of sharing three things I am thankful for, I nominate:  Marie France Lacasse, Patty Kemmers-Geddes and Shannon Curran to share three things – for three days – for which they are grateful.

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Patricia

Under Attack

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Under attack.

I am certain you have felt that way at some time.

I opened the blinds this morning to check out our ‘estate’ to discover the garden looked like rabbit-land.  No matter which direction I looked, I saw RABBITS!

My plants have been mysteriously vanishing, bit by bit, as flower buds and leaves disappear on a daily basis.  Now I know why.

Squirrels take their toll too as they dig up newly planted flowers.  I guess the disturbed earth makes it easier for them to dig.

This truly irks me.

Squirrels have been the master chompers and destroyers in my garden thus far; now I have more adversaries, because the bunnies have been having bunnies, making  more molars exercising on my lovingly planted plants.

Having tried all humane methods to deter the squirrels – and having failed – I am now researching ways to stop rabbits from taking over.  Methinks I am about to fail again, because they come out and play when I am not around.  Having said this though these rabbits seemingly have no fear of humans, they sit and watch me – even to the extent of being within a couple of feet of them – demanding they go away – but they just sits and looks.

The garden has been equipped with squirrelproof bird feeders (THAT’S A LAUGH) and in my searches there appears to be nothing to stop rabbits from enjoying the free smorgasbord planted around my home.

So – yes, I feel I am under attack.  I want the garden to have color and depth without the wildlife – DREAM ON I hear you say.  I am coming to realize I have to give up because if I insist on planting delicious flowers and veggies, they will keep on coming.

So – I will concentrate on watching the birds and their babies – all so cute.  Some appear to be larger than their parents yet they are crying out to be fed.

I would love to see honey bees – but have not spotted any in our area.  NOT A GOOD SIGN.   Likewise, butterflies would be a beautiful sight but none have fluttered by.

My hope is that this will change as the weather warms.  Meantime, I will remain vigilant and attempt to protect my property from the little critters that invade with such determination.

Under attack?  Well, yes, that’s how it makes me feel, when really it is more about control – because I have lost it: control I mean.

How about you?  Are you under attack?  Is something or someone doling out more than you can handle?  How are you handling the situation?  IMG_4392

Patricia

 

 

 

From This to This!

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Aah.  Windows are open.  Fresh air is wafting through the house.  I love it.

Not so long ago, noses and toes(es) would have frozen solid with windows open: if you could open them at all.  Some of ours can freeze shut in the midst of the bitter cold winter.

Now leaves,are, thankfully, appearing on the trees, while birds are busily building nests.  Some are already caring for their young (they  obviously had an early start).

Looking through photographs – of which I have hundreds – I gladly enjoy sharing what I see from my window today, with what I saw just a matter of weeks ago.

Look at the pics and guess which one I prefer to see outside my window.

If you chose the pic on the right.  Right!

What’s your favourite view from your window?

Patricia