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Initial post: Aug 29, 2014 12:33:46 AM PDT
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Welcome to Free Books and Chat for Friday August 29, 2014.

I hope that everybody has a chance to drop by and sit for a spell..
That goes for lurkers as well as our regular posters.. We do LOVE to make new friends.....

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Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:34:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2014 1:00:41 AM PDT

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redandwhite - Saturday, August 30
redandwhite - Sunday, August 31
Tip - Monday, September 1
Snowlady Sandy - Tuesday, September 2
Robb - Wed/Thurs Sept 3 & 4
Snowlady Sandy - Friday, September 5
Snowlady Sandy -Tuesday September 9
Snowlady Sandy -Friday, September 12

★.☆.★.Open Dates.★.☆.★

Saturday, September 6
Sunday September 7
Monday September 8
Wednesday, September 10
Thursday, September 11
Saturday, September 13
Sunday, September 14

Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

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Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:35:08 AM PDT

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ Book Discussion....

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

"A good book can take you anywhere, anytime"... Ann Key

Found another quote that I like.....

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." Jackie Kennedy

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:37:32 AM PDT
More Herbs, Less Salt Day

When : Always August 29th

More Herbs, Less Salt Day promotes use of healthy herbs over salts.

Late August is a very appropriate time to celebrate this special day. The harvest of garden herbs is at a peak. There's nothing better than fresh garden herbs in your favorite recipes., the creators of this day, offer little information about this day, other than the fact that herbs are better for your health than salt........... How true.

Happy More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Origin of More Herbs, Less Salt Day:

This special day was actually created by the good folks at They have created a number of special days and have actually copyrighted them so they can profit by it. Dontcha just love America!?

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:47:55 AM PDT
How to Eat Less Salt

Understand the dangers of using too much salt. Salt has been linked to hypertension and increased blood pressure. Increased blood pressure is a cause of heart disease and premature death.[2] Too much salt can also exacerbate or contribute to diabetes, cataracts, kidney disease, osteoporosis and stomach cancer. Salt also increases the opportunities for swelling and water retention.[

Learn to taste your food. Always try your food before adding salt. If you are the type who habitually salts your food, reach for the fork before you reach for the salt and relearn to appreciate the flavour of food without salt. You will soon realize how salt often masks the true and delicious flavours of food. Appreciate the basics. A slice of wheat bread, even unbuttered, has a grainy taste to it, but it may also be slightly sweet.

Cut back. There are several key ways to cut back on salt usage - in your home cooking, at the table, and when dining or eating takeouts. Apply salt sparingly. Some foods, such as soup, do taste better with little salt. If you are trying for less salt rather than for no salt, and a food could benefit from a bit more flavor, sprinkle a little salt into your cupped hand. This allows you to look at the quantity before adding it to your food. Here are various ways in which salt can be cut back in your diet:
.....In the kitchen: Stop adding salt to your cooking unless it is necessary. Halve the amounts that recipes suggest and keep halving. Add seasonings in place of salt.
.....At the home table: Avoid reaching for the salt shaker. When reducing, shake only once rather than going cold turkey and gradually wean yourself off this habit. Beware of condiments - many sauces and other toppings contain high amounts of salt.
.....Eating out - ask for the salt to be left off chips/fries and other fast foods. Avoid foods you know are salty. Pretzels, pickles, crackers, potato chips, and French fries all get their flavour from generous helpings of salt.
.....Grocery shopping - Learn to read nutrition labels. In particular, look at the amount of sodium in what you eat. You can also read the ingredients, but that will only tell you whether there is salt in the food, not how much.
.....*Be wary of processed and prepared foods, especially those that bill themselves as being low in fat. Often, they try to make up for lost flavour with extra salt. Read the labels and prefer low sodium and "no added salt" alternatives over salted varieties. Salt content can add up in a frighteningly short time when you combine various products; worse still, salt lurks in unsuspecting places, including in many sweet foods, bread, cheese, cereals and even beer and café beverages. [4] Eat less processed foods and you reduce the chances of taking in too much hidden salt.

Substitute. There are various delicious alternatives to salt that you can add into your diet to help you move away from salt. These include:
.....Herbs - fresh and dried
.....Spices - good, fresh and in-date
.....Lemon, lime juice - freshly squeezed is best
.....Garlic - freshly pressed
.....Fresh vegetables and meat - ensure that you buy the freshest and consume quickly while the flavours are still excellent; make sure to store produce well also to retain the flavours longest.
.....Vegetable salt - when trying to cut down, replacing with vegetable salt may help you to make the shift across to using less salt.
.....Oregano, lemon juice, and pepper - can do wonderful things for chicken and other meat.
.....Make it spicy - chilli powder, hot sauce, or salsa can all add a bit of zing.
.....Snack on veggies - veggies make great snacking substitutes, for example carrots and hummus in place of chips or pretzels

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:50:28 AM PDT
Don't start. If you know you cannot eat just one potato chip or other salty food, do not eat even the first one. Better yet, do not buy the bag of chips in the first place. You make more of your eating decisions in the grocery store than you suppose, so choose something healthier. If you do have a few of something salty and need to stop, eat a bit of something else with a neutral flavor. Drink some water or have a bite of vegetables or plain crackers or bread.

Look for alternatives. It is not a barren landscape when you cut down on salt. Many items are unsalted or low salt. Chips, butter, canned broth, and canned soup are all offered in low- or no-salt versions.

Share your unsalted lifestyle. Encourage others in your life to eat less salt. Stop leaving the salt shaker on the table. Serve unsalted snacks, nuts, and chips for parties. Tell people why you are reducing salt in your diet, especially stressing the health benefits of doing so.

Do something else with your salt. Look at the related articles below and discover the other wonderful things you can still use salt for and treat your body at the same time! Bath salts, body scrubs, cleaners and magic tricks are just some of the ways that you can make good use of salt around the house.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:51:13 AM PDT

*It will take two to three months for your senses to stop craving salt. However, the good news is that taste buds adapt quickly and within three weeks you should be able to discern a real difference in the taste of food and begin to find the addition of salt unpleasant.[5] During the time of adjustment, rely on halving the amount of salt used and season highly with the suggested substitutes, as your new sense of flavour appreciation develops.
*Keep an eye on condiments. Soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, peanut butter, and various other ingredients you might slather on have salt in them. Read those labels, too.
*Take your salt shaker off the table if you're in the habit of using it too often. Put it in a cabinet or drawer so using it will be a conscious act.
*Read the ingredients on seasoning mixes. Many contain plenty of salt, in part because salt is inexpensive. Use garlic powder, granulated garlic, or fresh garlic in place of garlic salt.
*Omit or reduce added salt when cooking, especially if a dish has salt coming into it from its ingredients, such as ham, sausage, or canned foods. At the least, taste the food before seasoning it and then salt it lightly.
*Salt acts as a preservative for foods such as beef jerky. Minimize your intake of these foods.
*Sea salt, rock salt and flavoured salts are still salt; avoid them.
*Canned vegetables, beans, and salads are often salty, using salt as a preservative. If you drain the accompanying juice, you will remove much of the salt each time. Try fresh or frozen foods, instead.
*Some salt substitutes can cause different problems if you are suffering from kidney problems, diabetes or heart disease. Seek professional advice before using.
*Salt is necessary in some instances. In quick breads (banana bread, corn bread, and biscuits), for instance, some salt is necessary to help the baking powder or baking soda work. Yeast breads, while they can be made without salt, often benefit by the addition of a small amount. For older recipes, you may be able to cut down the amount without changing the outcome much.
*Add a few of the given flavoring packets, or none if possible, to your favorite macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles. Try to mix vegetables with these types of fast preparation foods as well, to give the meal more taste and texture.
*Sodium comes in various forms and it is salt; when reading labels, look for sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite, and sodium sorbate and avoid these extra sources of salt.
*Don't add salt to boiling water. You may wish to make an exception for cooking pasta, since a bit of salt raises the boiling point and you will generally drain most of the water.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:12:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2014 1:15:29 AM PDT
Regarding the Book Discussion.....I am touched that several of you posted
yesterday that Maybe we should change the day to Wednesday because of it being
my day off.. That was so very sweet....
So if that is what is decided then the first few dates would be....
October 1st
November 5th
December 5th
January 7th...
Those dates look like they wouldn't interfere very much with the holidays....
What do you think?

Also, We would need to get the nomination thread started, so that we would have time to
read the chosen book...

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:21:14 AM PDT
I almost forgot to look...
We have a birthday today...
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I hope all is well with you and David..
You are missed..
Hope that YOUR day is special...

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 4:33:36 AM PDT
Thanks for the start Sandy!

I use very little salt when I cook, and find what most people cook is saltier than I like. However I still like salty foods such as pretzels.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 4:35:29 AM PDT

Hope you drop by to let us know how you are doing.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 6:12:17 AM PDT
Happy birthday Charlie-Bird!

Please pray for . . . her trials seem to be multiplying as her surgery date draws nearer, though many of them have nothing to do with her own health and some are not at all health-related. She could so easily become overwhelmed with the weight of these issues without the support of caring and considerate friends. And one can never have too many of those.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014 7:25:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2014 7:26:56 AM PDT
WYRenegade says:
Thanks for the open Sandy!

Happy Birthday Charlie-Bird!!! We miss you!

I'm good with Wednesday's for the book discussion.

ETA Thank you Plays for the update on cat. I wish I could be there for her, but I am in spirit.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 8:04:08 AM PDT
Some vegetables are naturally salty, so adding them to the dish is a natural substitute. Celery is very high in salt.

If you crave potato chips, you can make your own without salt. Get a mandolin or other vegetable slicer. Slice the potatoes as thin as you can. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, grated cheese, onion powder, chili or any other flavoring you like as long as it isn't salt. Bake in the oven. My favorite: sprinkle with oregano and lemon juice, or rosemary and olive oil. Delicious!

Don't put a salt shaker on the table. I haven't used one in decades and never miss it.

Be adventurous. There are a lot of interesting strong flavors, like tamarind, that are not salty. I always think of tamarind as the Indian version of ketchup!

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 10:18:51 AM PDT
WYRenegade says:
Open Source (A Casey Shenk Geopolitical Thriller Book 1)
What if a ship carrying a cargo of stolen Russian missiles bound for Iran was mysteriously hijacked? What if Israel was secretly behind the hijacking? What if the guy who fills the vending machines in the office break room figured the whole thing out?
Based on actual events, OPEN SOURCE is a geopolitical thriller that follows Casey Shenk, a Savannah, Georgia, vending route driver with an insatiable curiosity, as he uncovers a black-market arms deal-gone-bad and the truth behind a high-level plot to shape world politics. Casey draws his evidence from open sources; by reading beyond the headlines. When his theorizing catches the attention of the wrong people and anonymous threats turn deadly, Casey looks to Susan Williams, an intelligent, but insecure, analyst for the New York-based consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group for help. The two soon find themselves in the crosshairs and fighting to save their own lives, while preventing an even greater injustice that could affect the balance of power in the Middle East and plunge the world headlong into the next Great War.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 10:58:50 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Sandy and Happy, happy Birthday Charlie-bird!

´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯` FRIDAY QUESTION´¯`°¤.¸.¤.¸.¤°´¯`

Has anyone studied a foreign language since you got out of school?? I have the free Duolingo app on my IPad and it's a really fun way to learn a language. I couldn't decide between French ( which I studied decades ago in high school) or Italian, but finally picked French and it's amazing what stays in your brain from so long ago!! ( Learning a language is a good way to keep your brain healthy too and prevent or delay dementia!)

I think Duolingo is available on other devices too, not just Apple! It's free.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 11:34:27 AM PDT
Suze, no foreign language for me..
I have a hard enough time with English... LOL

Gotta go to work..
See ya all tonight..

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:26:12 PM PDT
Susan says:
Today is


Across the United States, on the first Friday of each college school year, students, parents, family, fans, alumni and etc celebrate National College Colors Day. This day is annually celebrated by wearing your college's (or the college you support) favorite colors and college/university apparel.

Show your school spirit and share your colors!

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:28:39 PM PDT
Susan says:
This looks like a really good book...

The Lost Heir (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1)

*** FREE EBOOK!! Labor Day Weekend Special Promotion - Normally $4.99 - FREE thru Sept. 1 Only! ***

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventures that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids!

Strange new talents...

Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he's started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him. On the run for his life, Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world full of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret to who he really is: the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family - with magical powers!

But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends - both human and magical - to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents, and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found...

"A wonderful novel in the same vein as Harry Potter, full of nonstop action, magical creatures, and the reality that was Queen Victoria's England." -The Reading Cafe

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:29:54 PM PDT
Susan says:

UNH Chargers - navy blue and gold.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014 1:49:00 PM PDT
walklvr says:
Nebraska Huskers. Scarlet and Cream (aka red and white). Less than 24 hours until kickoff. I can't wait.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:52:13 PM PDT
FRIDAY Question answer: i am not good at foreign languages. I have always been better at comprehending and reading than speaking. I took Spanish and then German in High School, and Spanish again in college. I lost it pretty quickly. Several years later I took a noncredit adult education class in conversational Spanish because of the population I was working with, and my vocabulary improved again, but I could only speak in the present tense. And then the program lost its funding. I used to joke about how I would have to use vocabulary to convey the past "yesterday I going to the store." I took a short refresher course "Spanish for medical professionals" years ago but have forgotten all that vocabulary due to a change in jobs where it is no longer needed. I am sure this is all more information than anyone cares about....

College colors: Orange and BLUE! Orange and BLUE! I hope you get some much needed rest and pain relief. When is your surgery so we can send up extra prayers for you on that day?

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 1:54:21 PM PDT
Susan says:
One of the only things I think that Robb and I agree on....

Go Huskies :)

UConn playing BYU tonight.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 2:54:46 PM PDT
I am self-educated, so I do not have any college colors. I guess if I am my own Feline University my colors would have to be black and white. I speak Cat fluently, and understand, read, and write English.

Shout out to, even though you are not a real cat. I really hope you are on the road to recovery very soon! I'll bet you are like most cats, and hide your pain from others. I hope your loved ones are able to see through that and help you.

Magnolio, will PlaysInTheDirt let you watch the game tomorrow? I do not care for college football. I do like to watch tennis. I can play table tennis with the best of them.

Here is a cat demonstrating how it is done:

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014 4:52:37 PM PDT
Great question and I will have to look for that app. Yes, I tried to teach myself German with a series on tape (way back when stuff was sold on cassette tapes) but I never could get the pronounciation right. I learned NOTFREE Just Enough Italian (Just Enough Phrasebook Series) NOT FREE before my first trip to Europe, when we decided to add Florence, Venice and Rome to the itinerary. My husband has wanted to learn Spanish, so I gave him a software program similar to Rosetta Stone for Christmas . . . and he has yet to open it. I've also tried to brush up on my French. Latin, I haven't even cracked the books since college! Yet I loved it.
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