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Initial post: May 5, 2013 12:12:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2013 12:36:07 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
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I have discovered that Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it, and I think that fits what happens on a regular basis on FB&C, so welcome to everyone who drops in today.

Of all the days that's in the week
I dearly love but one day
And that's the day that comes betwixt
A Saturday and Monday.
~Henry Carey

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. ~Joseph Addison

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. James Russell Lowell

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. - John Lubbock


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Posted on May 5, 2013 12:14:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2013 4:43:55 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
My first ever start I got nosey and did a getting to know you theme, and asked everyone to share some information about themselves, and the next time I started I asked for updates. Many of you replied, and over time it got hard for everyone to remember who/where/what so we had to ask each other who had a list and what/who was on it, anyhow it sort of evolved over time and has now resulted in one of our posters (thank you) setting up the
★☆★ Everything FB&C Info / Bios on google docs (link above) Please go take a look.

Now I am doing another start and my questions are still the same, I am ever curious, and we have so many new posters and many that do not have a bio - if are you willing to share some info about yourself we would love to hear about where you live, your families, hobbies, and especially your fur babies, actually just the fact that everyone shares and cares makes FB&C the wonderful place that it is.

I see that someone has been on the Bio page and updated and clarified to make life easier for us - thank you so much "anonymous" that was kind, thoughtful and very helpful. ♥

When updating your Bio please do it like the example below:-

REDANDWHITE: Updated May, 2013

that will mean that any poster can then search the list of bios for new entries by clicking a random place within the text of the document and then Ctrl+F and typing the word "Update" in the search box, then hit Enter

Looking forward to seeing lots of updates ;-)

Posted on May 5, 2013 12:22:17 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Beautiful new artwork on the Links only thread - you are very talented.
Have as good a day as you can today - I wish you Serendipity ♥

Posted on May 5, 2013 12:24:54 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
To start the day with a free book:

Terrene: the hidden valley by Eric Liu (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense) (85 Reviews - 4,6 Stars)

Within every person lies the power to change one world. Within Flora lies the hope for two.

In the isolated rural valley of Terrene, where technology is grown, not manufactured, Flora Karachi paints her anguish with flowers and yearns to travel outside the mountain walls that guard her village. But in a society which values harmony and symmetry above all else, her dangerous curiosity and her indelicate scars, earned from a lifetime of inexplicable blackouts, make her an outcast with few prospects for adventure.

Then the dreams come. Lucid and overpowering, they throw Flora into a fascinatingly advanced world where she lives the life of Jane Ingram, an American scientist fighting global climate change while trying to raise a child in a society where interpersonal interaction is becoming obsolete. Flora's blackouts open a window into knowledge lost long ago and possibilities that are yet to come. To unravel these mysteries, she must travel to the enigmatic Institute, an ancient enclave hidden in the surrounding mountains, where scholars guard the secrets of Terrene.

Living two lives, Flora will fight to become an Institute scholar in her own world while struggling to save the planet from humanity's neglect in Jane's. Yet all of Flora's courage combined with all of Jane's experience may not be enough to defeat the powerful forces protecting the secret which ties their two worlds together. To find salvation for both worlds, Jane and Flora must sacrifice their own dreams, conquer their fears, and discover hope for a new beginning.

Hailed as a clever blend between science fiction and fantasy, Terrene explores the challenges of accelerating technology and global climate change through the stories of two remarkable women in two worlds that are not as distant as they seem.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 12:41:28 AM PDT
Thank you redandwhite! I'm holding my breath as this is the longest piece of ASCII art I've ever posted and I'm hoping Amazon doesn't zap me. Living life on the edge here! LOL ;)

Great open redandwhite! Thank you for getting the thread started today. It's so funny because Serendipitous Sunday is something I often use on Links and I came so close to using it today and then thought I'd change it up. LOL It's just such a happy, joyous word. ;)

Posted on May 5, 2013 12:41:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2013 12:42:03 AM PDT
Good morning everyone! A Free book to start the day . . .

I Prefer the Sunrise

Heartache is the only reality Alicia knows.

But will she continue to careen self-destructively or can she learn to translate tragedy into triumph?

The book begins with the emotionally charged event of the loss of a baby, which at its core, provokes a journey of growth and reckoning for the semi-fictional protagonist, Alicia Riverdale. Written in Alicia's own voice in retrospect, she takes the reader through her subsequent pain and losses in very vivid, raw detail. As Alicia flees from a destructive relationship into one marked by monumental contrasts of elation and sorrow, the reader sees the plummeting course that Alicia is headed down.

Yet, Alicia herself is blind to her own weaknesses as she cascades into her self-destructive behaviors. It is only through the influence of significant men who come to play a more integral role in her life that Alicia ultimately finds herself at a point of redemption.

But it is a hard won victory after losing her baby, her relationships, her career and her self-identity in the process. Alicia defines a new destiny for herself as she overcomes her addictive tendencies that will tether her to her past.

But, will her radical choice to start anew cause her to lose yet another crucial relationship?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 12:45:49 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning LOB
And I thought that I was being original with the phrase, just shows what I know huh ? but of course it turns out to be a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise" after all that our two great minds think alike ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 12:49:59 AM PDT
Morning, redandwhite and LoB, thank you for a great start r&w and god morgen:) A friend of mine is spending the weekend at his summer house on the west coast of Denmark and is posting pictures on twitter of a serene garden in early summer sun, green and lush-looking. Hope your Sunday is as beautiful!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 12:52:58 AM PDT
I think we are just thinking on the same wavelength redandwhite! It is original. I've never seen it used here on FB&C. It's definitely a pleasant surprise.

I love your quotes BTW. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 12:59:47 AM PDT
Good morning NL! It's gorgeous here in San Diego this weekend. Perfect weather. My roses are in bloom and my azalea's too.

Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to have a house on the beach? I would love it.... A little piece of heaven.

I hope you have a Serendipitous Sunday NL! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:00:47 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
God morgen til dig NL
Yes DK is enjoying very good weather right now, it is 10 am and my thermometer indicates that it is already 15,3*C - how is it up there in the north ?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:05:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2013 1:07:50 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
It is so nice to have you here posting with us, I hope you can stay around for a while, before you take a good long sleep.
Talking of staying around - you have not been zapped
ETA she reminds me of Tinkerbell from Peter Pan

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:07:08 AM PDT
Biscay says:
redandwhite, hello and thank you for your wonderful start!

NL - you have a good dag too :) (do you know what dag means down under? - actually there are two meanings, neither very pleasant, either, hehe)

and Wendy/LOB - how lovely to see you pop in this evening (morning for you). Has definitely made my day. I'll pop over to suss out the Links page now so that I can see what art you've made for us all to enjoy. You are such an expert now! (When the zap-bots don't interfere)

In the middle of cooking (rare for me, so I'd better go pay attention). Fried haloumi with lime because they were on special and lemons weren't... then some nice big salmon fillets (skin on) with broccoli and cheese sauce. Easy meal and comfort food :) although I suspect I like salmon more than everyone else... I hear the haloumi sizzling a little too much - must run! Will check in later


In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:12:51 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Biscay
Wish I was coming for dinner at your place - all sounds delicious, as long as you didn't overcook anything by accident - today is the "happy accident" day remember.
Look forward to seeing you later.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:12:52 AM PDT
Absolutely beautiful but the east wind seems to be blowing straight from Siberia! The thermometer that sits in the sun says 11*C, but I wouldn't go out there to drink my morning cuppa... It will come, though...

Have a lovely day, it is time to bundle up and get the boys going (once mummy's read all the new posts around the board...)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:14:52 AM PDT
No, I do not know the antipodean meaning of "dag" and I don't think I want to know! But top of the morning to you;-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:16:47 AM PDT
I have a tiny road and another house between me and the sea, but I see it from my chair here, which is nice - I see straight across to the Lofoten islands, right now they are a tableau in blue and white against a crisp blue sky. Us ending up here was certainly serendipituous (sp?) so I think I'll count that for today:)

Posted on May 5, 2013 1:19:37 AM PDT
It's finally starting to warm up here in Bergen... I am going to drag some of my tender plants outside to start acclimating. I wasn't sure my orange tree was going to make it through the winter this year... =/

Still rainy (what else is new), but that's typical Bergen weather for you ^^
I posted the following on the Saturday thread, but thought I would copy it here as well:
I wanted to post about a couple of freebie young reader books that I really enjoyed. Can't help much about the ones that I really didn't like, but can -heartily- recommend:
*NOT free* (previously free)
Captain Banjo and his Merry Band of Marauding Pirate Goats
Those Darn Squirrels!
(still free)Ravenspell Book 1: Of Mice and Magic (Ravenspell Series) (still free!! -WORTH- a read)
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (YA Paranormal Romance)
Every Dung Beetle Rolls Poop
Rocket Boy Alphabet (Rocket Boy My First Reader)
Baby's First E-Book Library Collection (5 Titles from the Baby's First E-Book Library Series) My nephew LOVED these. Loooooved them. He would -race- to get to the 'reading chair' and pat the seat until someone 'read' these to him. :)

All of the above have been offered free before, and the Ravenspell book is still free. They range from straight up picture books which are suitable for babies to middle/YA reader books...

I'll cross post this to Sunday's thread in case you miss it on this thread (I'm pretty slack about checking the old posts before starting the new daily thread)

Freebies from my wish list:
Worlds Apart
Crossing the Moon
30 Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipes

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:20:12 AM PDT
redandwhite..... I am going to go up soon to bed. I am tired. I'm hoping since I haven't been zapped yet that I am safe, but with Amazon one never knows.

She does look a little like Tinkerbell, doesn't she?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:23:44 AM PDT
Biscay says:
So far so good. Happy accident in this instance was that the time I took to type that reply was the perfect amount of browning for the haloumi to be flipped over, so it ended up just right. I made the cheese (and mustard) sauce first, so that is done. Just waiting for that delicious salmon skin to crisp up now and the broccoli to steam.

Wish you were all coming too. And BJ especially - wasn't it great to see her here yesterday! Along with everyone else of course. Sending special thoughts to Zoo right now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:25:35 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Beautiful, Wendy. (And being Wendy, you would recognise Tinkerbell better than anyone!)

Still there, too!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:27:45 AM PDT
Good evening Biscay! Sounds like a delicious dinner you have going there. I am so into comfort food right now. Yum!

I feel like I hit the jackpot having you all here at the same time to talk to. ;)

Posted on May 5, 2013 1:28:14 AM PDT
Mo says:
Good morning/evening all,

Here it's also a beautiful sunny day :-) Will relax and pack my bags for my trip to Istanbul on tuesday. I'm really looking forward to it.

@ Biscay your dinner sounds great and although I just had breakfast after my round in the gym, I would love a part of the haloumi ;-) Enjoy your dinner :D

Take care everyone and stay safe

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:30:17 AM PDT
LoL, we just need Peter now!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013 1:32:30 AM PDT
Have a wonderful trip Mo. Istanbul sounds like a great place to visit.
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