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Initial post: Jun 4, 2014 1:30:50 AM PDT
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Welcome to the Wine On Wednesday's FB&C (Free Books and Chat . . . or is that Friends, Books and Chat?) for 4 June 2014.

We're glad you've popped in! No matter what time it is in your corner of the world - morning, midday, midafternoon or midnight - it's 5 o'clock somewhere so treat yourself to a glass of red, white or pink. If today's a day for celebrating, rather than whining, may I suggest a flute of champagne? Pick a comfortable chair, sofa or recliner (they are all near outlets, should your Kindle or other devices need recharging). The lighting is perfect for reading, relaxing, and, of course, chats.

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FB&C Book Discussion
The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 6:00pm PDT. That's TOMORROW!

The book selected: (NOT FREE NOW) Beatrice Munson (NOT FREE NOW, $3.99)

It is NO LONGER FREE, but it is lending enabled. If you didn't get it but read quickly, ask and one of us will be happy to lend it to you.

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Posted on Jun 4, 2014 1:34:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2014 2:22:25 AM PDT
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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule: - Thursday, June 5, Start time around 10 p.m. EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Friday, June 6, Start time around 12:00 PT
Susan - Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, start time 10pm EDT
redandwhite - Monday, June 9 - start time around midnight PDT

.✿. Open Dates:

Tuesday, June 10
Wednesday, June 11
Thursday, June 12
Friday, June 13
Saturday, June 14
Sunday, June 15


Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.
We'll help you through it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 1:48:54 AM PDT
I noticed that several posters mentioned that they have been lurking lately because they were afraid the rest of us would think they were whining about the trials and tribulations current in their lives. I strongly suspect that few, if any, of us would condemn one another for whining (well, unless that's ALL we ever posted), so, despite a plethora of "on this day in history" events linked with June 4th, I'd instead like to us to share our tips and tricks for triumphing over whatever it is that gets us down.

Do you pour yourself a glass of wine? Or treat yourself to a milkshake?

Do you run a warm bath, full of bubbles, and immerse yourself in the water and a good read?

Or perhaps this is the best time of all to commit a random act of kindless, to bring yourself out of yourself and focus instead on the needs of others?

One of the characteristics of humanity I find fascinating is how different, yet how alike, we each are. I don't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions to ANYTHING in regard to people, so I'm sure that what works for some will most certainly not work for all. I'm equally sure that what works for one will, at least on occasion, work for someone else. Who couldn't use more ways to overcome the whines?

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:06:36 AM PDT

I loved the yarn colors. I think I bought some originally for another project, a lap blanket composed of squares crocheted or knitted by different ladies in my church for my Sunday school teacher after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Val's favorite colors are blues and purples, so those who could crocheted or knitted a 7-inch square and those who couldn't contributed yarn or cash to buy some. I got tasked with putting it all together, so I ended up with some leftover yarn. I thought I had a whole skein of "Ocean" but it turned out that I had used a bit from it to finish that afghan, and the remainder wasn't long enough for a shawl.

These particular yarns are not expensive here. The expensive ones are those made of natural fibers, especially alpaca or cashmere, although some of the blends are not too dear. I prefer the natural fibers, but I usually can't afford enough to make more than a scarf.

I think knitting (and crocheting) have become popular, or more popular again, at least with a certain segment. On one of our ski trips, I noticed a lot of young women knitting their own hats and scarves, especially with the natural fibers and the arty dyes. Two knitting shops have tried to make a go of it here, offering classes and higher end yarns like those the ski girls liked, but both had to close. What mostly sells here are the inexpensive acrylics, but the shops do carry a few blended yarns. The bulky, textured yarn is so easy to knit. The texture works best with plain knitting, and the bulk means it knits up quickly. I find it very relaxing -- and knitting or crocheting for others helps bring me out of myself when I'm tempted to whine.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:16:02 AM PDT
I'll go ahead and get my opens for next week added..

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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule: - Thursday, June 5, Start time around 10 p.m. EDT
Snowlady Sandy-Friday, June 6, Start time around 12:00 PT
Susan - Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, start time 10pm EDT
redandwhite - Monday, June 9 - start time around midnight PDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday, June 10... about that time...
Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 13... also about the time..
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday, June 17... also about the time..
Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 20... also about the time..

.✿. Open Dates:

Wednesday, June 11
Thursday, June 12
Saturday, June 14
Sunday, June 15
Monday, June 16
Wednesday, June 18
Thursday, June 19


Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.
We'll help you through it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:20:33 AM PDT
Tip, Great open...

One of my loves is Neddlepoint.. Very hard to find the tapestry wool for it now..
But, once in a blue moon I'm able to grab some....

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:27:00 AM PDT
I haven't done any needlepoint in a while, so I hadn't noticed . . . but, now that you mentioned it, I don't recall seeing the wools for it when I shop for yarns, or other needlework supplies. I am tempted by most arts and crafts, and needlepoint is one I enjoy. One of Mr. Dirt's aunts taught me silk ribbon embroidery, which I truly love, but it has become almost impossible for me to find the silk ribbon. Michael's now carries it seasonally, though I can never recall which season the store has assigned to it. Fortunately, I have a good stash so I can still do some of that from time to time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 2:32:35 AM PDT
Whatever would we do without out "stash"?

Hobby Lobby carries some kits but they are pricey...

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:33:56 AM PDT
Thanks for taking so many starts, as well as the assists. Yes, I was stressed about being late. Plus, my brain now needs a certain quota of caffeine every morning before it functions at its best. And its best isn't what it was 20 years ago. Or even 10.

What are you doing up at this hour? I'm guessing in your case it is still up, not like me waking up?

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:36:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2014 2:37:37 AM PDT
It was after 2:00 when I got Chris home and I'm actually a bit warm...
I like the room to be cool or even cold for the best sleep....
So, I'm just waiting for the AC to cool off the room...

Think I'm going to have to clean filters tomorrow...

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 2:51:55 AM PDT
Me, too. My husband bought me a small, somewhat portable air-conditioner for my side of the bed and another one for my exercise/sewing room. I seem to be allergic to something in our bedroom, and we haven't been able to discover what, so I am having to forego my cooler air. The plus to this is that I don't wake him up when I get up. That's the only plus :(

Clean filters should make it easier to breathe in other rooms, though.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 3:05:24 AM PDT
Crazytown: The Witch Tree (The Darren Lockhart Mysteries) by Jon Grilz, 212 pgs., avg. 4.2 stars on 59 reviews.
Publication Date: November 15, 2012
Crayton Chief of Police Darren Lockhart hasn't had the easiest time adjusting to his new role in life. Gone are his days with the FBI, the adrenaline of the hunt and his beloved tailored suits. It isn't until a teenage boy goes missing that Lockhart once again finds himself at the scene of a mysterious disappearance and as a backup to the overly enthusiastic Duluth FBI Agent Caitlyn Rhodes. Lockhart will be torn between the position he once held for 20 years and the town he now protects while hunting a madman the likes of which neither could have ever dreamed of.
From the streets of downtown Duluth, Minnesota all the way to the frigid Canadian border, Lockhart and Rhodes will need to bridge their personal conflicts if they ever hope to find a killer that has eluded capture for a lifetime.

Also free today in this series:
Crazytown: The Devil's Kettle (The Darren Lockhart Mysteries) by Jon Grilz, 202 pgs., avg. 4.6 stars on 13 reviews.
Publication Date: November 29, 2013
In the third Crazytown installment, Darren Lockhart finds himself face-to-face with a nightmare from his past. To make matters worse, Lockhart must lead a search for his missing deputy, Freddie Lind, and his fiance Lisa Weber.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Caitlyn Rhodes investigates a macabre audio recording created by a psychopath capable of anything.
Lockhart and Rhodes once again find themselves working toward a shared goal, but in doing so they will face a terror that neither could have anticipated.
Fear the sounds in the silence.

And, *NOT FREE but 99 cents* is Crazytown (The Darren Lockhart Mysteries) by Jon Gilz, which seems to be the first in this series.

On a Sea So Cold & Still: The Titanic-A Centennial Reader by Daniel Elton Harmon, 125 pgs., avg. 4.8 stars on 19 reviews. I don't usually look at the many Titanic stories, but the enthusiastic reviews on this one caught my attention and made me think it might actually have something new or different to offer . . . Plays.
Publication Date: May 28, 2012
This centennial reader recounts the timeless story of the Titanic tragedy-with an emphasis on aspects of the saga that may be unfamiliar to many 21st-Century readers. Coincidences and lengthening postscripts abound, and countless questions linger:
* Why were the lookouts in the crow's nest not equipped with binoculars?
* Was there a smoldering fire in one of the coal bunkers, and if so, did it impact events before and after the iceberg collision?
* What if, instead of ordering a veer to port, First Officer William Murdoch had responded to the alarm by letting the ship hit the iceberg head-on? Would damage have been lessened?
* How culpable were J. Bruce Ismay, director of the shipping company, who curiously managed to find a place aboard a lifeboat? Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff Gordon, who not only took places and cast off in a third-full lifeboat but apparently discouraged the boat crew from returning to the scene to save others? Capt. Stanley Lord of the nearby steamship Californian, accused of failing to respond to the Titanic's summonses for help?
* Was there a "third ship" besides the Californian in the area, potentially capable of executing an early rescue operation?
* What were Capt. Edward J. Smith's final moments?
* What was on the mind of wireless operator Jack Phillips when, during the final minutes at his post, he transmitted the enigmatic signal "V"-and repeated it?
The Titanic, Daniel Elton Harmon's volume in Chelsea House' "Great Disasters: Reforms and Ramifications" series, was published in 2000. It focused on the aftermath of the great calamity that occurred on 14-15 April 1912. Expanding his research, Harmon has completed his sequel, On a Sea So Cold & Still. It sheds insights into the people involved and the sequence of events leading up to the catastrophic night.
Harmon is the author of more than 80 books including biographies of North American, South Pacific and polar explorers and an historic profile of the Hudson River. Nautical history is his passion.

Pursuit And Persuasion (Ben Reese mystery series) by Sally Wright, 306 pgs, avg. 4.3 stars on 23 reviews, literature & fiction, mystery & suspense/rare books, mystery/historical among other categories . . .
Publication Date: December 1, 2010
Pursuit And Persuasion, (a 2001 Mystery Writers Of America Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist) revolves around the secrets unearthed by Georgina Fletcher - a private, self-contained, contemplative Scotswoman, a widow, and an English professor at Aberdeen University. The day before she dies, she writes an alarming letter to her heir (the American daughter of her oldest friend) and arranges to have it posted in the event of her death.
"...I have reason to believe that my death was desired, planned and perpetrated with great care and deliberation. Even if I am right, the circumstances of my death will appear to have been brought about by natural causes..."
Georgina is anything but a fool, and it happens just as she'd feared. She's also punctilious and ethical, and won't name the person she suspects. Her assumptions are based on speculation, and she refuses to risk condemning any innocent person. She asks instead that her heir, Ellen Winter, hire a detective to investigate her death, free of her own prejudices.
Ellen is one of Ben Reese's archival apprentices at Alderton University, so she knows he's an ex-World War II Scout who's solved other murder cases and is in Scotland on sabbatical. She'd much rather ask Ben to help than use some unknown detective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 4:50:06 AM PDT
Thanks for the start Plays! I use music to change my mood. Start with something close to what I am feeling, and gradually change it. For example, if feeling down I start with the blues and gradually change through soft jazz or classical and up tp pop or rock.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 5:03:39 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thank you so much for starting us off Plays. It will be interesting to see how our friends de-stress.

I'm afraid that I just bottle things up although I do find that knitting or crocheting is very cathartic. I also loved the yarn you are using. You don't find it difficult to knit with?

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 6:02:19 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 4, 2014 6:03:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2014 6:09:47 AM PDT
Good morning All!!

Thanks for the start Plays! I love the yarn you are using - I too especially like the ocean one

Red: I'm still laughing over the bus stop and the texan!

My father is bringing some of my mothers "stash" - every time I would visit my mother and I would go to the craft store to try out the newest fad. We've done it all I think LOL - he is bringing two tubs of carousel items - we used to buy those old rocking horse ponies with the springs at tag sales, repaint them and put them on a pole like a carousel horse. God only knows what is going to be in the tubs LOL

Hope everyone has/had a great day will try to pop in later :)


ETA - deleted the link above because it wasn't for the ride-on rocking horse that I thought - I did locate some on ebay but don't know if the link will work here :)
and no LOL we did not spend a couple hundred on the ponies more like $10

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 6:10:09 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Lenora, great to have your hair growing back! Things could indeed be much worse than being mistaken for a senior citizen:)

Golfergirl, so nice to see you posting again on a regular basis.

I'm just waiting for the time to pass, before I can leave work and go and watch my GS play rugby. In fact I'm going now!

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Posted on Jun 4, 2014 7:58:30 AM PDT
I used to do crewl, cross stitch, and quilting. It was something to do while watching tv. Now I watch very little tv. And my cats can't resist the thread moving around, so if I wanted to do anything I would need to lock them out of the room. What little spare time I can find is kindle time, or surfing the forum, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 7:59:06 AM PDT
Biscay says:

Thanks for another chance to meet up with FB&C friends and a wonderfully whiney start - sorry - winey!

Just the thought of myself daring to mope here makes me decide to shut up and be grateful for the good things! There are others much more entitled to moan - and generally only very reluctantly at that.

Hope the horses are behaving themselves, as well as all the other 4 and 2 legged companions there.

And since this is just a brief bump and back to lurking, best wishes to those who've been in already, and those yet to come today :)

Oh - I just thought of a genuine whine! I have a secondary work log-in which I use fairly rarely, but when I need to use it, it's essential. For this, the password changes quite frequently - relatively - every 6 months, maybe? And can't be the same one for the last 13 - THIRTEEN - passwords! Now, I have a very good "system" that rarely lets me down, and all my passwords are different, and I very rarely leave anything logged in without a pin or password, even at home - must be more than a hundred for all the essential and/or ridiculous and/or useful things that you have to sign up for before banking/buying/reading the tiniest thing these days. But that is just too many changes to keep track of when it's not one used frequently? Imagine if there were a half dozen all insisting on a fresh password at the same time? It will happen, I suppose.

However, that's not my whine (exactly) so far... it's that there is now - something like the Apple version - a long list of security questions - I reckon there were about 20. You can choose them but you have to choose FOUR out of the long list before the new password could be accepted - and the old one was instntly retired - and I finally found a new version to make a password I hadn't used before - and honestly - I couldn't believe this, but I couldn't actually find 4 questions on that list that I would be able to definitely remember the exact answer to in an emergency (which of course it would be if I needed them!)... Grrr.

Ok, that's enough... At least maybe now since I've been able to enlist the help of some willing ears to defuse the rant/moan a little, you've done a community service as that will be someone - probably my long-suffering DH, who really couldn't care less about the number of passwords I maintain - who now doesn't have to endure a "winey Wednesday" whine or even a "thirsty Thursday" thundering...

Back to Le Lurking.

Biscay x

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 8:06:38 AM PDT
Lenora says:
I think my words came across in a way that I didn't mean and I apologize for that. I deleted them. I hope you enjoyed watching your GS's rugby game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 8:45:06 AM PDT
Elle says:
Good morning and thanks for the start Plays. I love the quote. I come from a family of folks who must have the "last word" even that word is "ok". Get's frustrating to listen to sometimes but now I can reflect on your quote. Don't think it will break any lifelong habits, but I'll enjoy sharing it. LOL

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 8:55:21 AM PDT
Travelqueen says:
Thank you for starting Whiney Wednesday, Plays!
A glass of wine and a good book are my current de-stressers.
I used to do quite a bit of crafts, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, plastic canvas and some sewing, but for last 10 years haven't done many at all.
Biscay, totally agree with your whines about passwords and security questions. I have to write mine down to remember them, especially if used infrequently. That defeats the whole security purpose!
Thank you to all the starters , you do a wonderful job keeping us going each day and with interesting tidbits or questions of the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2014 8:58:17 AM PDT
Elle says:
Hm. Passwords are apain to be sure. One site I have to use whenever I want my pay stub or to change anything about my health insurance or witholdings recently instated a major change that makes a bit frustrated. The password changes frequently - maybe every 45 days and it must be at least 18 characters with upper and lower case letters, numbers and at least 3 special characters. That's the hardest one for me to come up with and be able to remember.

I don't usually mind the questions unless none of them are good for me. Things like favorite movie, song or book are subject to change. Same with favorite hobby. What I loved doing 10 years ago might not be a favorite anymore. Maybe I don't want to deal with personal questions that remind me of someone who has died. I guess the inflexibility of the questions bother me.
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