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Initial post: Mar 8, 2014 9:52:09 PM PST
kajola says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat (FB&C) -Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thanks for stopping by!

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You are welcome to join us for conversation.
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Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:53:42 PM PST
kajola says:
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We don't have any birthdays or anniversaries on the chart for today. So if today is your special day, please speak up and let us know.

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♥♡♥ FB&C Book Discussion♥♡♥

The book discussion nomination/voting thread is up and running for our April 3 book discussion:

Don't forget to vote for your favorites!

If you would like to visit last week's book discussion of * NOT FREE NOW * A Field Of Poppies by Sharon Sala, here is the link:

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Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:54:34 PM PST
kajola says:
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redandwhite - Monday, March 10, start time around midnight PDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 11, Start time around midnight PT
Robb - Wednesday March 12, start time 10 pm PT
Kajola - Friday, March 14, start time 11 pm - 1 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 18, Start time around midnight PT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 25, Start time around midnight PT

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Thursday, March 13
Saturday, March 15
Sunday, March 16
Monday, March 17
Wednesday, March 19
Thursday, March 20
Friday, March 21
Saturday, March 22
Sunday, March 23
Monday, March 24

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Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:55:21 PM PST
kajola says:
I hope everyone remembered to turn their clocks ahead (those in appropriate time zones)

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Today is also National Check Your Batteries Day
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We all know that some days are silly or light-hearted, but there are others which serve an important purpose. Check Your Batteries Day is definitely highly recommended because it could actually save your life.

Created to raise awareness of the importance of testing and having working batteries in household appliances like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices help to warn you of a potentially life threatening situation, giving you vital time to get yourself and your family to safety. However, it's important they are tested (usually you can do this by pushing a button) regularly to ensure they're working correctly. Check Your Batteries Day is a reminder to do just that.

While you're in the routine of checking, it's a good idea to check other household appliances, such as remote controls, toys, clocks and other electrical items. If you don't have spare batteries on hand, consider buying some.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:56:05 PM PST
kajola says:
. ~ Happy Birthday Barbie Doll ~ .

9th March, 1959: Barbie doll makes debut at the American Toy Fair in New York, Toys From the 1950s. The doll was designed by Ruth Handler and introduced by Mattel Toy Company costing $3.

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Barbie turns 55 on March 9. Although she's middle-age, the iconic doll doesn't look a day over 19.

Thirteen fun facts about the iconic doll:

1. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

2. She's a Midwest gal. She is from fictional Willows, Wis., and went to high school there.

3. The first Barbie doll sold for $3.

4. Barbie's boyfriend, Ken, showed up two years after Barbie in 1961.

5. Barbie has more than 130 careers over the years, including nurse, rock star, TV anchor and president.

6. Barbie has never been married and has never been pregnant.

7. Ken and Barbie broke up on Valentine's Day in 2004 after being together more than 43 years. They rekindled their relationship on Valentine's Day 2011.

8. Barbie has represented more than 40 different nationalities.

8. She is 11.5 inches tall and weighs 7.35 ounces.

9. Barbie's first pet was a horse named Dancer.

10. Barbie has three sisters: Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea.

11. The best-selling doll ever was the Totally Hair Barbie in 1992.

12. Barbie's BFF is Midge since 1963.

13. She first debuted in 1959 in the black-and-white striped swimsuit.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:56:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2014 9:57:28 PM PST
kajola says:
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National Craft Month
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National Craft Month, held every March, brings people and ideas together. For any age, from toddler to senior citizen, there's always something for everyone to accomplish in this unique monthly holiday.

How to celebrate:

1. Practice the three "R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. A lot of crafts can be created by using simple items that you may toss out, such as laundry detergent bottles, paper, soda cans.

2. Expand your crafting techniques. Can you draw? Can you sew? Can you make a candle? Use this month to explore different things that you have an interest in.

3. Attend a craft demonstration in your area. Check your local paper to see if there's any festivals going on in March. They are very educational and brings people that have the same interest together.

4. Go on a hike and pick up things found on the ground, for example, pine cones, leaves, etc. Find ways that you can turn these objects into arts & crafts, such as a pine cone bird feeder or a leaf rubbing art project.

5. Spend some time with toddlers and little children. Take them to the zoo and ask them to draw their favorite animal they saw. Finger painting and Play Doh are very easy and fun craft ideas that can widen their imagination.

6. Take an interest in photography. Not only does it teach you a new concept of how to capture life and the environment around you, but also how to enjoy it in a different way.

7. Finish projects that you haven't completed. There's no perfect time than this month long holiday to accomplish tasks. Are there any crochet pieces or Lego buildings that still need that "finishing touch"?

More tips:

Be sure to hang up or pick a spot to place your new National Crafts Month projects somewhere for everyone to see.

This is the time to learn new things and broaden your creativity side, so don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Having a partner or joining a group can be exciting, although you still can explore individual things to do this month.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2014 11:42:04 PM PST
KaJoLa, Thanks for getting us started today...
I have to admit that I have several Barbie's...
They all are coke a cola Barbie's.......
Most of the ones on this page..

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 11:43:11 PM PST
"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl."

The priest asks, "Is that you, little Joey Pagano?"

"Yes, Father, it is."

"And who was the girl you were with?"

"I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."

"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"

"I cannot say."

"Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?"

"I'll never tell."

"Was it Nina Capelli?"

"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."

"Was it Cathy Piriano?"

"My lips are sealed."

"Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?"

"Please, Father! I cannot tell you."

The priest sighs in frustration. "You're very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself."

Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"

"Four months vacation and five good leads..."

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 12:52:58 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ KaJoLa
Thank you for the great start today.
Hope you remember to change your clocks and will not suffer too much from loss of sleep.
What a good reminder to check our batteries/appliances, everywhere, one does have so many of them - hoping that everyone is keeping charged :-)
Looking forward to hearing from folk about their favourite craft, what they are into now and what they have done in the past, I know that we have quilters, bead-makers, artists, knitters and ........

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 12:54:28 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy
Well that got me giggling - thank you.
The clocks have already changed for you - so are you off to bed or ....

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 1:32:06 AM PST
redandwhite says:
@ Donna
Been checking out the short-listed books and am having a really hard time deciding which ones to make my 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices - I really want so many of them to be the one chosen - decisions, decisions

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 3:15:08 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Izzy & Psycho ????

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 3:22:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2014 3:22:49 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Donna & Luna ??

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 3:30:01 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thank you for starting us off KaJoLa, I always love your starts.

Red, Simon has to have a whole lot of cats! He knows them so well:) That really is Psycho and Izzy, except that Psycho has opted out now and is still on the roof!

You could substitute Belle though. Crazy shenanigans going on in this house. I might still get that flat!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 4:16:20 AM PDT
Almost perfect, redandwhite - just picture Luna unplugging the mouse and computer by chewing through the cords!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 4:18:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2014 4:19:57 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sally
I do so feel for you with the animal problems going on in your home, or should I say inside and outside your home ;-)

I have been looking through older threads trying to find Melissa Smith, it is a long time since she posted here and I wanted to add a link to her profile on the Birthday list, (I see she has changed her user name to just Melissa so it was a tough nut to crack) at last I found her on the FB&C thread for Sat March 31st 2012, imagine my shock when I went to the top of the page and saw Participants: 76, Total posts: 348

I am missing so many of the names that I saw on that thread

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 4:21:44 AM PDT
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redandwhite says:
@ Donna
Think that Simon must be working on the video for that scenario LOL Thank goodness she didn't get electrocuted

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 4:24:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2014 4:39:08 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Oooh nearly forgot to tell you - I got an email from Audible that says

"The Best Book I Ever Narrated"
You know them as the familiar voices behind your favorite stories. Now, get better acquainted with some of the most talented names in audio as they reveal the best books they've ever narrated." Learn more.

I hope the following link will work for everyone (I deleted the first one in case it leads others to my own private page)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 4:51:21 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
It is sad that FB&C has dwindled to the few participants there are now. But you know, life moves on and I think a lot of people also have more than enough books and are not still looking for free books. I know that I am not picking up as many as I used to, I just realise that I will never get to read them and there are many that I think will be good, only to find a yellow banner.

I participate here, not so much for the free books, more for the chat, although I still do pick up a few books...I can't stop cold turkey!

My son and grand-children just popped in for a really quick visit. They had an ice lolly, a quick swim and were on their way.

I am so pleased to hear that Oregon Fiddler is walking again. That shows true resilience. Well done Kathy! It's wonderful to know that you have healed well enough to be on the road again.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 5:00:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2014 5:01:22 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sally
Yes life does move on and I must admit that I did have trouble in those days being able to actually read all the posts and keep abreast of it all. I too have limited my 1-clicking habit to just the ones I feel I have-to-have, in the beginning I sort of 1-clicked everything LOL
I am also here for the chat, companionship, compassion, caring, learning, loving, living and the laughs which are some of the many aspects of FB&C - I still love the thread and would be a poorer person without it and everyone I have got to know over the years.
Thanks for being here everyone ♥

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 5:25:23 AM PDT
Dustyjob says:
Good morning, night crew! My new computer didn't arrive until Friday, so I've been pretty busy setting it up and learning about its little nuances. So far, so good. It's funny -- I didn't know that the old one was getting so bad until I set up the new one. Must have been going downhill slowly but surely. I'm pretty much set up how I want it, with the programs I want installed. It's pretty cool -- it's a touchscreen like my Fire, plus I can use a mouse if I so desire. Very versatile.

Nothing doing here, just getting over the dregs of the cold. Seems to want to linger. Although I think now it is more allergies than anything else. The pollen counts are off the charts. The temps are in the upper 70's and I long to get out of the house. But with the counts that high and the wind yesterday and today, that's not going to happen.

Have to go shopping -- no bread, Kleenex, cough drops, eggs, cheese, potatoes -- the list goes on. Dinner is an adventure since I have to figure out what to do with what I have on hand. Oh well, I guess I can't complain since this is the first time we've been sick in about 5 years.

Hope everyone has a good day.


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 5:43:34 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Dustyjob
Great to see you again and congrats with the new pc and getting used to it, sounds like a good one and hope that you will continue to be pleased with it. (we were chatting about IT assistance on yesterdays thread)

I am hoping that you are both feeling much better and well on the road to total recovery, though it must be tough being so house-bound for such a long time and hope that you will be able to get out and about soon, I promise that spring is coming, though of course that brings extra pollen.
Do you not have someone who could assist you with some of the important shopping ?

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 5:53:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2014 5:54:15 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The Korean Word For Butterfly by James Zerndt (Historical Fiction)

"Americans. They think everybody is snowflake. Only one snowflake. Only one you. But in Korea we think like snowball. Everybody snowball." Yun-ji packed an imaginary snowball in her hands, then lifted it, palms up, as if offering Billie a present. "You see? Snowball."

Both of them looked at Yun-ji's hands holding nothing.

"Snowball," Yun-ji repeated, then looked at Billie, at her unhappy mouth, at her face that looked like it had been bleached, and she pictured that soldier sitting in the tank, listening to head phones, maybe reading a Rolling Stone magazine, then the call coming in over the radio, the hurried attempts to think of an excuse, some reason why he didn't see two fourteen-year-old girls walking down a deserted country road in South Korea.

"Never mind," Yun-ji said and dropped her hands.

When she looked down at her shoes, she half-expected to see a puddle.

But there was nothing.

Just the flickering of the memorial candles.


Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly
accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:

Billie, the American looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her
decision to travel so far from the comforts of her old life;

Moon, the ex K-pop band manager struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family

And Yun-ji , a secretary whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible.

The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them.

It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.

* Warning: This novel, in part, deals with abortion. The book tries to remain impartial and is not intended as any kind of morality tale. If the subject matter offends you, this may not be the book for you.*

**Formatting issues fixed as of 12/17/2013**

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 6:04:03 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Jean, hope you're both feeling better soon. At least you have a new computer to either take your mind of things a bit (assuming the set-up and/or learning curve are all going in the right direction) or to take out your mood on whenever you're feeling too miserable and fed-up. What sort did you get?

No tissues would seem to be a bad situation when you have either the dregs of a cold or allergies. But I hope that the shopping trip is over quickly.

Just polished off a nice cuppa provided by hubby ;) and of course dug out some biscuits to accompany it (I know their secret hidey-hole, because I'm the one that put them away, LOL)

Laughing because the people in the house over our backyard are having a party. It used to happen a lot when there were some young guys renting. Raucous but always fairly good-natured (I think) and not too much language considering. Once they had a party - it must have been during the Olympics two years ago - and set up their own Olympics in the backyard :) This one's the first in ages and it's been going for quite a few hours. There must be at least 50 people there by the sound of it and they keep sporadically breaking into (mostly unrecognisable) bursts of song. A moment ago we had a fairly clear, if lurching, rendition of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie". Will be interested to see how long it all lasts. I think most of our neighbours have probably all had enough by now but it's not really close or noisy enough to bother us. However, I'm guessing there might be a visit from "the boys in blue" before too long if it doesn't start to wind up pretty soon :)

Haven't really read back beyond the last couple of posts - I'm sad some of the old names don't pop in more often - or at all - but I'm very happy that there's a lovely group of people here and I love chatting with you all (not often enough) and reading all your lovely, funny, caring and of course occasionally cryptic ;) posts.

Biscay x

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2014 6:11:51 AM PDT
Dustyjob says:
@ Red -- Spring is already here in AZ. We really didn't have much of a winter this year (especially compared to last year's cold and ice). There's no one here that could go shopping for us. All our family lives in Illinois and Alabama. We get by. I'm usually a "double" shopper. Buy one for now and one for later, unless it's on sale and then I stock up. Plenty of meat in the freezer. I've been making bread, but am getting low on flour. I know we'll get out this week. Totally out of mozzarella cheese and DH would crawl to the store if he thought he couldn't have homemade pizza.

Just skimmed through yesterday's thread. Loved the jokes, and am now hungry for a whopper. Sigh.

Gotta go -- DH just woke up and I need to make his coffee.

Have a great day/evening. I get so confused with time zones. Do you "spring ahead"? Arizona doesn't do daylight savings time -- we stay the same year round. Sometimes the kids forget and call us at 5am. Yuk.

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