Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Child al Confino

Just this morning I finished reading, A Child al Confino written by Eric Lamet. I was surprised at my final reactions. I have read many stories about Jewish people during World War II and the horrors they encountered at the hands of Hitler. This story was different. Not a story that I had ever given any real thought to over the years. This is the true story of a Jewish boy and his mother as they lived through the war in Mussolini's Italy. The ending of the book was very sad to me for some reason. I cried at what I felt the child, Eric, lost of his childhood.

The Overview written at Barnes and Nobel:

Eric Lamet was only seven years old when the Nazis invaded Vienna - and changed his life and the lives of all European Jews forever. Five days after Hitler marches, Eric Lamet and his parents flee for their lives. His father goes back to his native Poland - and never returns. His mother hides out in Italy, on the run from place to place, taking her son deeper and deeper into the mountains to avoid capture.In this remarkable feat of memory and imagination, Lamet recreates the Italy he knew from the perspective of the scared and lonely child he once was. We not only see the hardships and terrors faced by foreign Jews in Fascist Italy, but also the friends Eric makes and his mother's valiant efforts to make a home for him.In a style as original as his story, the author vividly recalls a dark time yet imbues his recollections with humor, humanity, and wit. Very few Holocaust memoirs address the plight of Jews sent into internal exile in Mussolini's Italy. Lamet offers a rare and historically important portrait, one you will not soon forget.

Reading this book showed me another side of the many plights of Jews throughout Europe during this horrific time. The author was just a child with a very strong Jewish mother who would protect him at any cost. I don't think he really ever realized what he was giving up until much later in his life when he began to learn more of the truths of the Jewish people in Hitler's Germany. I felt the memories of this child to be authentic, funny, sad, and told in such a way that my attention was held from the beginning to the end. I wish the identification of many of the Jewish terms, or the Italian words would have been right next to the words on the written page. I read this book on my Nook and having a glossary at the end was not desirable. I think that is why it took me so long to read the book as I had to keep going to Google to try to figure out what he was talking about. However it wasn't so distracting that if I hadn't looked up the words it would have taken away from the story. I give this book three stars. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-October 12th Edition

For Today... 

Today is Monday, October 12, 2015. OCTOBER, folks!! Can't believe I am seeing it is almost the middle of the month. I know, I know! I say every week how fast time is moving. But, it is! Simple as that. And it just keeps surprising me all the time!!

Outside my window...

Outside my window is a beautiful, clear, skies are blue, kind of day. It is 72*. I am seeing, by looking at the forecast, it will get cloudy later today! Supposed to be into the 80's. Still has that fall feel in the air.

I am thinking...

This morning I am thinking about the earthquake that woke me from a sound sleep during the night Friday/Saturday. I had trouble going to sleep and when I finally did I was awakened by a very strong rumble that felt like someone was kicking the back of the couch. I lay awake for a bit and then finally drifted off to sleep. Later in the day, on Saturday, I heard on the news that at 4:20 a.m. there was a 4.4 scale earthquake north of Enid, Oklahoma that was felt all the way into Kansas. Geez...we are in tornado alley and now we get to contend with earthquakes. There has been much talk of the quakes in Oklahoma and more and more of them being felt where I live in Kansas. Rather unsettling, if I do say so myself.

I am thankful...

I am thankful it was only 4.4. Hopefully, never anything stronger. I cannot afford to add earthquake insurance to my homeowners policy! Please, dear Lord, keep the earthquakes minor.

I am listening to...

Currently I am listening to the news on the TV. It is playing in the background. Right now they are talking about the World Series. Do you watch? Are you a baseball fan?

I am creating...

I am creating this post and my weekly menu. I am also going to turn the fall mantle into a Halloween mantle with just a few minor adjustments. Like jack-o-lanterns and my ghost lights!

I am going...

I am going into the garage pretty soon and look for those ghost lights. And keep my eye open for spiders. This seems to be the time of year they are moving into warmer quarters. And there are some big spiders out and about!! Justin found two really, really big ones on the garage door yesterday. Yikes!!

I am wondering...

I am wondering when I will stop dreaming about working at the hospital. I am so tired when I wake up knowing that I haven't gotten all of my work done. And having my (old) boss constantly frowning at me. She's retired now and needs to stay the heck out of my dreams!!

I am reading...

I am still reading A Child al Confino. I am on the final chapters. Stay turned for my book review soon.

I am hoping...

I am hoping for a quiet, uneventful week! The kind we all want to have from time to time.

I am learning...

This week I am memorizing Isaiah 12:5

"Sing Praises to the Lord for he has done gloriously. Let this be made known in all the earth!"


In my kitchen...

Monday...Leftover day! (We have leftover meatloaf. I am feeling a meatloaf sandwich coming my way)

Tuesday...Sausage, eggs, pancakes

Wednesday...kids will eat at church

Thursday...Ranch Pasta Salad

Friday...Italian Sausage Bake

Saturday...Shepherds Pie
           Birthday Cake
Celebrating Justin's Birthday next week!!

Sunday...Hamburgers on the grill


A favorite quote for today...

Isn't this the truth? Sometimes it is just better to let go of those people and move on. I have had to do this because the pain of trying to figure out how I can keep them in my life has been too much. So I have moved on. Some, I hope will catch up, some I just don't have the energy for anymore! Know what I mean??


A peek into my week...

Today...Darian has debate practice until 8 p.m. It is Dancing With the Stars night.

Tuesday...no current plans

Wednesday...take the kids to youth group. It is Survivor night!! My baby, Elaine, birthday. I will take flowers to the grave.

Thursday...we are going to town and pick up Darian's letter jacket and taking it to the people who will sew all the patches on.

Friday...schedule looks clear

Saturday...Home debate tournament. When there is a Debate tournament at our school we don't debate. We just host. I am responsible for hot dogs, bun, potato chips, lemonade mix  and water for the concession stand and for the judges!! Darian will be there helping all day. Uncle Justin may be one of the judges!!

Sunday..."adopted" son-in-law's birthday. Happy Birthday Marvin.


From my fall bucket list...

We made a fire in the fire pit on Saturday night and roasted marshmallows and made S'Mores.  

I am linking with Peggy at The Simple Woman's Blog. I love seeing what the other ladies daybooks say today. Won't you join us? Have a Happy Monday, friends!


Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Letters

A weekend is upon us! Justin and Paige will be here. Well, mostly Paige, as Justin is working a bit of over-time. The kids have activites tonight: Harley is selling programs at the Homecoming Football Game for her FCCLA group. I will take Paige over and drop her off at the game. She went to school here with Harley until the middle of 8th grade. So all of Harley's friends are also Paige's friends. They will have fun at the game. Our high school does not have a Homecoming dance, just a party afterwards. The girls don't want to go so I'll go back and pick them up after the game. Go Crusaders!! Darian is going to a new girl's house (notice how I carefully did not call her his girlfriend? I made that mistake once this week. LOL!) tonight and watch a movie. So Granny will be a taxi service and stay home and watch Shark Tank and Blue Bloods! On to my letters now!!
Dear Scandal:
Loving the show so far this season. I can't imagine how crazy this country would go if this was actually going on in the White House right now! I do feel snippets of the Clinton's White House years. And now Mellie (Hillary) wants to be President!! You go girl!
Dear Mr. Big Shot Oil Company:
So you really felt the need to make the gas prices jump 41 cents overnight? I am glad that I had already pumped gas into my car on Tuesday because that is ridiculous. The news tonight said that it is because the refineries are doing maintenance and the rig counts are down. But I really just think it is greed!! Let's get down to giving the consumer a break here. (For those interested my gas is now $2.45 a gallon. I am sure many of you pay much more than that. So I am sorry if I sound whiny!)
Dear Harley:
No, it is not that time of the month for me!!! And that is a very disrespectful thing to say to me or any other woman. I was in a bad mood because I am getting tired of saying the same things over and over. Do your chores without my having to ask. Pick up after yourself. And quit leaving your homework until the last minute and I will be much more pleasant. I quit having "those times of the month" years ago. So find another reason to blame my mood on! Love you girl!!
Wishing you all a great weekend. We have wonderful weather here so some fall items on my bucket list will get checked off!! See you Monday!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday's Question

What do you call that carbonated beverage you drink? Pop? or Soda?

We are in the Midwest and it is called pop here! Never by the brand name unless you have choice. It's just, "Do you want a pop?"

Now, please, I must know. What do you call it?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Who doesn't love a Wednesday when it means we get to join Joyce From This Side of the Pond and answer her prompts!!

1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?

I have not jumped on the "all-things-pumpkin" bandwagon yet. I have found from past years that if I get my pumpkins too early they won't last until after Thanksgiving. I want my pumpkins to be around until after 
from Wikipedia
Thanksgiving. I don't just decorate for Halloween. I decorate for fall!!

 2.  "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld  

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

I once thought my going back to college when my sons were 4 and 8 years old would be impossible. But it wasn't! It WAS hard, but it would have only been a lack of will had I not succeeded. I put my nose to the grindstone, gave up a bit (okay, a lot) of family time and graduated when the boys were 8 and 12! I am glad I didn't listen to those people who thought I was crazy to be doing that.

But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18

 3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (
click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas!! Just up the road from my house is a gorgeous field of sunflowers. It is so amazing to drive by them several times a day and see how those giant heads follow the sun! I would not change the state flower for anything else. It suits Kansas!

 4. What have you lost interest in recently?

I am coming off a year of grieving for my husband. I can honestly tell you that over the past year I lost interest in almost everything. I wasn't interested in life in general. Those of you who have grieved the loss of a very close loved one knows exactly what I am talking about. I am finding my way back! I am becoming more interested in life once again!

 5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?

The best living musician! This is hard to pick just one. So I went to my music on my phone to see whose songs I have downloaded the most. It's a tie between Kenny Rogers and Celine Dion. Kenny's voice is one I would  

recognize anytime, anywhere. I love Lady, Lucille, Don't fall in Love with a Dreamer, Through the Years, Coward of the County, The Gambler......oh, I could go on and on. Richard and I saw Kenny Rogers in concert in the 90's and fell in love with him all over again. A fantastic show!! Even if our tickets were in the nosebleed section. Celine Dion became one of our favorites in the 1990's
too! Her song, "My Heart Will Go On" was Richard's favorite and will always be special to me!   

 6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

Yes, making s'mores are on my bucket list!

(See it right there at #9)
We, also, have an indoor s'mores kit. There is a little burner we can light and make s'mores any time of the year! We love s'mores in this house!! On my plan for the weekend coming up is building a fire in the firepit and making s'mores. We haven't sat around the pit for a bit!! (If you would like to see my full bucket list you can go here.)

 7. Your favorite small town? Why?

My favorite small town is Yoder, Kansas. It is a tiny, unincorporated town that is about 10 miles from where I live. The population is about 194. This quaint, little, Amish town is a place to shop, eat, and enjoy a quieter kind of life. You will find cars parked right next to horse and buggies. There is a hardware and lumber store on the corner that sells what the old-time stores used to sell: nails in bulk, butter churns and crocks, as well as a large selection of Radio Flyer wagons and toys. Just walking down the Main Street of Yoder is a treat. If you'd like to see more of Yoder you can go to their website here.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

My oldest granddaughter, Katie, lives in North Carolina. You don't hear me talk too much about the older grandchildren because they haven't been much in our lives in the past years. Katie is the oldest sister to Darian and Harley. They all share the same mother, different fathers. With the recent flooding and storm issues in that part of the country I have stayed in contact with Katie to see how she is doing. She says the rain has almost stopped and there is no flooding in her immediate area. I am so thankful for that. She lives about 30 minutes from Charlotte. She is going to college now to become a nurse!! Let's all remember the East coast( especially South Carolina)as they recover from this massive flooding! Say a little prayer!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-October 5th Edition

For Today... 

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves."

~Humbert Wolfe~

We aren't looking like this yet, but it won't be long. The nights are cool (into the 40's) the colors will be coming. They only last about 10 days. But it will be 10 glorious days of beauty!!

Today is October 5, 2015.

As soon as Peggy gets the October link up I will be joining the ladies and gents over at The Simple Woman's Blog. Care to join us this week?

Outside my window...

Outside my window it is dark. I am writing this on Sunday night. Everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet. I am struggling with some personal issues and my heart is heavy tonight. Hopefully I can let it all go and sleep quietly. Good sleep restores the soul, don't you think?


I am memorizing...

Isaiah 12


And you will say in that day,
"Give thanks to the Lord,"
Call upon his name,
Make known his deeds.
Among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.


I am thankful...

I am so thankful for all that I have. Sometimes I feel so ungrateful. I need to remind myself that life has really been very good to me. Sure there are stumbling blocks that have set me back. But we all have those. The power of prayer is so important. I am praying about some things and hope to just leave it in God's hands! 

I am wearing...

I am wearing tan shorts and a huge pink "Elvis" tee shirt. Comfy for bedtime soon.

I am creating...

I am creating some positive thoughts and my blog post. Also my weekly menu. I have lots of things on my planning plate and need to get busy before winter comes. Why do I have to be such a procrastinator?

I am watching...

I am watching The Good Wife. This is one of my favorite shows on TV. I love law. I should have become a lawyer instead of a nurse. Nah! I shouldn't have. Nursing was good to be. I can just like law as a hobby!

I am listening to...

Right now I am listening to the highlights of high school football on the TV. No, I am not a football fan, not at all. It's just that is what came on the TV and the remote is too far away for me to change the channel right now!

I am reading...

I am still reading A Child al Confino. I am about half-way though. I really am enjoying a Jewish child's view of what the war did to his family.

I am dreaming of...

I often dream of being at the beach. Watching the waves come crashing into the shore. I love the sound! I love the feel of the warm sand between my toes. I remember the first time I ever stood on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and looked out in amazement. Water for as far as I could see. It was beautiful. I have also stood on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. But I love the Pacific the best!!

I am learning...

I am learning how to get better at playing Solitaire on my phone. Don't these phone games waste a lot of time????

In my garden...

Nothing is going on in the garden. But I do need to get some potting soil for my ficus tree. Then I need to wash it down, spray it for bugs, and bring it back in the house before the nights get so cold. I can't wait to show you before and after pictures of it. Then you will see why I move it outside every spring!

In my kitchen...


Tuesday...Chili and crackers

Wednesday...Ham & Beans, Cornbread

Thursday...Harley's Hamburger Helper

Friday...Chicken Pot Pie

Saturday...Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Sunday...Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn

A favorite quote for today...


A peek into my week...

Monday Darian has debate practice, Tuesday is a free night, Wednesday they have youth group, Thursday Darian goes to Marine Babies, Friday is High School Homecoming. Harley will be selling programs. I don't know if they plan to attend the dance afterwards. It's really just a party. Not really a dance. And the weekend we are playing by ear. Just a normal week.


A Favorite Picture for today...
My beautiful Paige,my fifteen year old granddaughter (Justin's daughter) at homecoming on Saturday, October 3, 2015!! Oh, they grow up so dang fast.



Take Time to Listen to this!! Isn't this the truth? Don't Blink!!