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Initial post: Jan 12, 2013 9:37:59 PM PST
KayKay says:
Morning Yall and welcome to FREE Books & Chat Sunday Edition. Grab yourself a favorite drink and snack & make yourself comfortable.
Let us search for free books, share our choices with each other and chat on any and all things. I have no great story or adventure to
share - just some reflection that I have had this week.

Spurred by a question here and when I could not find a single answer to post. I began thinking back over the past year.

We are in the early beginning of this brand new year of 2013, and I find myself looking back over the previous year and the good
things from it. This got me to thinking about all of the wonderful people and the wonderful gifts that each possess. (Thanks Courtney).
There are many stories out there of angels among us. This week the teacher who unarmed a student was called an angel among us.
And I believe that there are angels among us right here in this group everyday. Whether giving kind words, encouragement, hope, laughter
- you never know the real impact that you may have on the life of another person.

To this I say - Thank You ! ! !

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I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return."
― Stephen Schwartz

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I thought of the song so I linked a recent video and the lyrics. Hope it helps us all to remember the positives that we all have and how
much it can mean to those around us.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9JSkeNHROw - Demi Lovato - Angels Among Us

"Angels Among Us"

I was walking home from school, on a cold winter day
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone
But then a kind old man, took my hand, and led me home
Mama couldn't see him, oh but he was standing there
And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers

Oh I believe there are, angels among us
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees
There's always been someone, to come along, and comfort me
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand
A phone call from a friend, just to say, I understand
But ain't it kind of funny, at the dark end of the road
That someone lights the way, with just a single ray of hope

Oh I believe there are, angels among us
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love

They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places
To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need

Oh I believe there are, angels among us
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of love
To guide us with a light of love

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Leo - Monday Jan 14, Start Time 12:00am PST
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Leo - Monday, Jan. 21, Start Time 12:00am PST
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Posted on Jan 12, 2013 9:45:13 PM PST
KayKay says:
Sounds yummy and I didn't want anyone to miss it from yesterdays post, so I'm bringing it forward. Thanks ebook addict

ebook addict says:

Here is the recipe I talked about, I think it was Thurs thread. My MIL recipe, have never seen anything like this in any cookbook. Don't browse the web for recipes, so it may be out there.

GERMAN SOUR CREAM TWISTS

3 ½ cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening (part butter)
1 pkg active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
¾ cup buttermilk
1 whole egg & 2 yolks, well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar

Sift flour & salt into mixing bowl. Cut in shortening. Dissolve yeast in water. Stir yeast mixture into flour with buttermilk, eggs & vanilla. Mix well with hands. Cover with damp cloth and refrigerate 2 hours.

Roll half of dough on sugared board into an oblong 8 x 16 inches. Fold ends toward center, end overlapping. Sprinkle with sugar, roll again to same size. Repeat a third time. Roll out about ¼ thick. Cut into strips 1 x 4 inches. Twist ends in opposite directions --- stretching dough slightly. Put in shape of horseshoe on ungreased baking sheet, pressing ends to keep shape. Repeat with rest of dough. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 15 min. Take from baking sheet immediately. Makes about 5 dozen.

OK, so I had to go I look & found this on the web. Basically the same recipe, but they don't shape them before baking & we don't add the sugar drizzle. Are very sweet because of all the layers of sugar that make it flaky, so I don't think they need it.

I know it says sour cream in the name & none in my recipe. When I saw it in the online recipe, was thinking maybe MIL had pulled a fast one on me & didn't give me all the ingredients, LOL, although I have made them this way for years & always tasted right. Then realized the buttermilk in mine is a substitute for the sour cream. I would classify this recipe under pastries.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/German-Sour-Cream-Twists

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 10:24:03 PM PST
mebe says:
Thank You

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 10:32:28 PM PST
poinsKETTiA says:
Good morning! Thanks for a wonderful start, KayKay.

I'm gonna try doing a start again...
Starter Schedule:

Leo - Monday Jan 14, Start Time 12:00am PST
Lover of Books - Tuesday, Jan. 15, Start Time: 12:30am PST
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Lover of Books - Friday, Jan. 18, Start Time: 12:30am PST
KayKay - Saturday, Jan. 19, Start Time @12:30 p.m. EST
DiedInWoolYid - Sunday, Jan. 20, Start Time 11:00am EST
Leo - Monday, Jan. 21, Start Time 12:00am PST
IrishM - Tuesday, Jan. 22, Start Time: @5-6 am EST
Scarlett859 - Wednesday, Jan. 23 Start Time around 10:00pm CST (Tues night)
JudyD - Thursday, Jan. 24, Start Time: 11:00 p.m. EST
Lover of Books - Friday, Jan. 25, Start Time: 12:30am PST
Robb - Saturday, Jan. 26
Leo - Monday, Jan. 28, Start Time 12:00am PST
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Posted on Jan 12, 2013 10:40:10 PM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
KayKay,
Wonderful start. I believe we make an impact on everyone we come in contact with. And they impact us. My hope is that I make a positive impact on others, even if it's only with a smile or being patient with someone in front of me slowing me down. (My favorite phrase at the grocery, when, usually an elderly person, apologizes for taking a bit longer is, "The sooner I get home, the sooner I have to start laundry/dishes/supper. So I'm in no hurry." It tends to put them more at ease.)

Your song reminded me of an incident many years ago. My husband's, at the time (ex now), grandmother was rushed to our hospital early one morning. After putting step-son and son on the bus I met him there. It wasn't good news. I asked when he expected his parents. My FIL was at work. FIL said they'd make the hour drive when he got off. I insisted husband call his mother and ask if she wanted me to come get her. He said Well Dad said... I don't care. If it were my mom I'd want to be here. Ask HER. So I went after her.

We were at the hospital all day, I hadn't had a chance to call my family. (things had gone downhill fast and I had others to call) I called stepson when bus came and told him I'd have my mom pick him up when she got off work in a couple of hours. (he was old enough to stay with younger one that long) Fifteen minutes later my sister walks off the hospital elevator. She works for the adjoining clinic and I hadn't even thought to call her.

She said, I saw you hurrying across the ER parking lot, so I stopped and went to see what was wrong. This man in the hallway of the ER said (with no questioning) if you're looking for your sister she went down that hall. So down the hall she goes, someone else said this woman that looks like you got on the elevator. (we are both blonde hair and blue eyes, that's where the resemblance stops.) She stopped on every floor until she found me. She went to get the boys and keep them for me. Grandmother passed 30mins before FIL showed up after work. So grateful we defied him and got MIL there to say goodbye.

Here's the shivers part. Sis "saw" me on the ER parking lot at 3:30. But, I hadn't left the hospital waiting area since I brought MIL in at 11:00am. We truly believe angels guided her to me that day, when I needed help and didn't have the time to ask for it.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 10:40:49 PM PST
KayKay says:
Hi Mebe

Hi Ketta

Waving to both

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 10:46:28 PM PST
KayKay says:
Wonderful story Zoo !!!

Amazing how things happen like that.
I just feel gratitude for the times that it does happen.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 11:14:10 PM PST
KayKay says:
Off for a nap, it is after 2am here and it looks like I'm alone. Will check back in a lil while.

My gd just got in from ER with a fractured foot - have mercy - any advice on how to keep an active 4yo child sitting and off of her feet will be greatly appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 11:31:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2013 11:32:00 PM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
KayKay,
So sorry to hear gd has a broken foot. Dad and Son have both done this. It is hard on active people. I guess this might be the time for a new "be still to play with" toy. You guys are going to have your hands full for the next few days. How long did the doc tell you to keep her down??

Have you though about a touch of super glue on the couch?? Just kidding. I know that may be the only way to keep an active little one still.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 12:42:29 AM PST
@KayKay, really, but answering Zoo's suggestion of super glue - I was going to suggest duct tape... But films, all sorts of hand-held games, puzzles, board games to play with adults or other children, card games, books read out loud, audio books, making a "nest" of duvets & pillows with access to toys in a place where she usually isn't sitting - anything new and out of the ordinary can help. Especially with interaction from other people as she will be *bored*!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 12:53:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013 12:57:41 AM PST
Biscay says:
Aw, poor little thing :(

Is this the time to teach her some finger-knitting, or maybe even try French knitting if you think she has the patience for it? (or maybe more so whether you do, LOL).

Found this nice idea in case you don't have a dolly for it and it seems more manageable than a smaller spool-type one for a littlie, anyway!

http://sewnupstuckdown.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/french-knitting-tutorial-and-how-to.html

Edited to add - noticed quite a few lovely ideas on that site. If the patience isn't there, maybe you could just let her loose on this, hehe. Or maybe not!! http://sewnupstuckdown.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/taking-hair-dryer-to-wax-crayons.html

PS think of the profit when you sell it on etsy, too :D

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 12:57:40 AM PST
redandwhite says:
Good morning KayKay - thank you for the lovely start.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 12:58:14 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@JudyD (When you get here today)
I have replied to one of your posts, about digital camera photos, on yesterdays thread (is on the last page)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 2:45:58 AM PST
Good morning everyone! This cold that I had been working to avoid has gotten the best of me unfortunately. It's running rampant here in California. I hope you are all well and hopefully I'll be back to join the conversation later today or tomorrow.

@KayKay
Thank you for getting us started. I am a believer in angels and believe that They are there for us in times of great need. I believe we all have a guardian angel that looks after us. Have you had an experience with an angel?

So sorry to hear that your GD has fractured her foot. I hope she's not in pain.

@Biscay
Thank you for the message you left me on The Links Only thread. You are too sweet Biscay!

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 2:49:17 AM PST
A few picks this morning....

A Year at 32 September Way - Contemporary Fiction

What happens when five people from three different countries move to the same apartment building in Italy for one year? One thing's for sure--their lives will never be the same. Meet Carlisle, Nicolette, Josh, Charles, Eva and their landlord Senor Benedetto as they spend a year at 32 September Way. Whether they hope to find something in Verona or wish to leave something behind, the City of Love manages to change each one of them in ways they never expected.

Yellow Banners..........

The Fortune Quilt - Contemporary Fiction

"Accept the book with the amber spine.
Return the frog. Take the cab.

What the hell kind of advice is that?"

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist's community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading... and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family... except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?

And why is it so hard to get a straight answer from a psychic, anyway?

To Catch A Spinster (The Reluctant Bride Collection) - Romance

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn't need a husband, all one needs is the right man...

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he's looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 2:57:46 AM PST
Biscay says:
Sorry to hear you're not well, LOB. Hope it passes as quickly as possible. Hope you're feeling well enough to read, at least... you might clear some of that backlog if you're reading and not here moderating/helping/chatting/tidying... (but we'll miss you all the same)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 2:58:53 AM PST
The Kinlib update just came in.....

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 02:17 AM PST (310)
http://us.kinlib.com/new/e22c/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 3:29:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013 3:43:27 AM PST
KayKay.......Sorry to hear about the foot....I hope isn't in much pain....

Play dough,,,,,,,
One of my fav ......
Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring by drops

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a pan and stir. Cook over low heat, stirring until a ball forms.

2. Add food coloring and mix thoroughly until desired color.

3. Cool on foil. Store in covered container.

A tub of beans or rice or macaroni along with cups, spoons, small bowls
You can use oatmeal, cornmeal, flour instead of the other stuff but it is a lot messier and harder to clean.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 3:39:37 AM PST
The Fortune Quilt
This is one of the ones we are voting on for Feb, book discussion and it is free again,,,
Thanks for posting it, LOB

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 3:51:07 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Snowlady Sandy Shops and @ Lover of Books
LOB thanks for posting this - I think that perhaps an angel IS looking out for us all on the FB&C thread making the book available for free for those of us who have put it on our wish lists
(you think that the author knew that we might be choosing the book for our discussion ?? maybe the author is "one of us")
... I am off to 1-click - back later

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 3:52:14 AM PST
From my wish list....
The Lives of Rachel (THE BOOKS OF RACHEL)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 4:25:36 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Yid
(I see - from over there - that you already have The Books of Rachel) The Lives of Rachel is a prequel to The Books of Rachel. so it may be something for you.
Also the following is still free today (you may have missed it yesterday and I thought of you when I saw it)
The Search for Melchizedek by Jeffrey Tiel
The ancient Epistle to the Hebrews contains a hitherto unnoticed enigma. It refers to a man without beginning or end - one who lives forever. So, who and where is he? The Jews knew him only as the Wanderer. T. S. Eliot called him the Witness. And the early Christians named him . . . Melchizedek. Federal Agent Roger Quarston can't know that investigating some ancient, blood stained manuscripts will lead him to this same Melchizedek - whose revelation will threaten allegiances, challenge faiths, crack political foundations, enliven ancient dynasties, and open the promise of immortality and unimagined power.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 5:10:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013 5:10:34 AM PST
new mom says:
@KayKay, I think you're right about angels among, even in the simplest things. I always try to remember how much a small gesture can mean to someone. When I was freshman in college I was terribly homesick. One Saturday afternoon, I passed a girl on my floor on my way to the restroom and she noticed my teary eyes. A few minutes later, she was standing at my dorm room door with a mug of hot chocolate and all she said was, "You looked like you needed this." Now, more than 15 years later, I bet Janice doesn't even remember that hot chocolate but I've never forgotten how much better it made me feel.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 6:01:38 AM PST
KayKay says:
You guys are great - thanks for the play doh recipe too. She has a tablet and she does love her puzzles. Maybe I should start searching for a new app or two.
And - maybe even a few new books just for her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 6:13:08 AM PST
Try some new crafts, I did that for my active daughter when she was sick. Michaels has some that are cheap - like color by the numbers. Also, she didn't get movies often so I would buy her a new one.
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