Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Books

My current reading situation is best described as "weeding."  I have hundreds of free ebooks on my kindle and am slowly paring them down.

On my kindle keyboard, I am going though books by author's last name, so if there's a series I have them all together.  I'm going through every book that way, whether or not I feel like looking at it.  I'm also going through my audiobooks.  They are not really consistently in order on my keyboard by author or title or even by narrator, so they'll pop up differently.

My kindle paperwhite is my recreational reader, so I'm going through books alphabetically by title.  And if I want to skip a book, I'll do that since I know I'll come across it on my keyboard.

So basically, I am reading books that at one time I thought I'd want to read later.  Later is now.  They aren't all necessarily books I want to read now, but in this way, I may discover a few treasures while getting rid of some digital clutter.

Books Read in 2018

  1. The Street of the Five Moons - Elizabeth Peters, audiobook
  2. God Loves You - Chester Blue - Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
  3. Falling for Alaska - Shannon L. Brown
  4. Edla's Destiny - James Harold Carlson
  5. Fred's Destiny - James Harold Carlson
  6. Whispers in the Past - Lena Roach (deleted)
  7. A Tide Worth Turning - Beth Wiseman (deleted)
  8. Caroline's Love - Patricia PacJac Carroll (deleted)
  9. Rosemillion - J. Helen Elza
  10. Saratoga Letters - Elaine Marie Cooper

Didn't Finish; Deleted Forever

  1. No Place Like Home - Monica Fenris 
  2. Essential Essays by the Minimalists - Joshua Fields Millburn
  3. Most Famous Women Celebrities of India - Srinivas Ram
  4. The Mysterious Amish Suicide - Hannah Schrock
  5. The Spindle Chair - Shellie Arnold
  6. A Scarlet Cord - Deborah Raney
  7. The Pillar of Light - Anna Travis
  8. Out of Character - Molly Zenk
  9. On a Train Bound for Nowhere - Susan Leigh Carlton (interesting story, not well written)
  10. One Night in Tehran - Luana Ehlrich
  11. The New Girl - Jen Faulk
  12. A Model Bride - Autumn Macarthur
  13. Moments of Truth - Sandra D. Bricker
  14. Mercy's First Semester - W.M Bunche
  15. Mary Jerod's Daughters - Beth Coy Browning
  16. Master Potter Mountain of Fire - Jill Austin
  17. Love's Return - T.K. Chapin
  18. Love's Broken Road - Julie Coulter Bellon
  19. Live Uncaged - Mary DeMuth
  20. #METoo - Lori Perkins
  21. When Angels Cry - MaryLu Tyndal
  22. Woodcutter's Revival  Jerry Slauter
  23. The Wedding List - Autumn Macarthur
  24. Under a Texas Sky - Katherine St. Clair
  25. Two Suitors for Alice - Angelica Rose
  26. A Thousand Shall Fall - Andrea Boeshaar
  27. Tatiana - Madeline Brock
  28. The Strongest Bond - DeeJay Smith
  29. Something New - Dianne Christner
  30. Smile for Me - Jan Thompson
  31. Six Months in Montana - Pamela M. Kelley
  32. Sick at Heart - Esther Weaver
  33. Shelter - Robin Merrill
  34. The River Between - Jacquelyn Cook
  35. The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
  36. Picture Perfect - Emily C. Reynolds
  37. The Paradise Prodigal - Anna Zogg
  38. A Packaged Deal - Paula Moldenhauer
  39. Only A Heartbeat Away - Juliana Desmond
  40. A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary - Donna Fletcher Crow
  41. Montana Rose - Mary Connealy
  42. The Lost Heiress - Roseanna M. White
  43. The Long Walk Home - Will North
  44. Leah's Peace - Sophie Dawson
  45. Intercession - Vicki Hunt Budge
  46. Dreams and Shadows - Jeffrey Collyer
  47. Born Creative - Harry Hoover
  48. The Baron's Bluncer - Susan M. Baganz
  49. The Baxters Take One - Karen Kingsbury
  50. The Billionaire Widow's Bride - Faith Crawford
  51. Break Your Busy - Richard Conner
  52. Essential Essays by the Minimalists - Joshua Fields Millburn
  53. Falling for Alaska - Shannon L. Brown
  54. Giovanna - Lorena Dove
  55. Helena's Colonel - Faith Crawford
  56. Lake Surrender - Carol Grace Stratton
  57. Leaving Liberty - Mary Jane Hathaway
  58. Maker of Rain - Amanda Williams
  59. The Man Who Was Thursday - Cheterton
  60. Most Famous Women Celebrities of India - Sirinvas Ram
  61. The Mysterious Amish Suicide - Hannah Schock
  62. Only A Hearthbeat Away - Juliana Desmond
  63. Spice Box - Grace Livingston Hill
  64. Until My Name is Known - Sonya Countreas
  65. A Soldier's Love - Natlie Dean
  66. The Sanctum - Pamela King Cable

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Out of Georgia

My hike to Sacrifice Cliff

I'm deep into the Appalachian Trail now, at least in spirit.  I've "hiked" over 56 miles so I'm just past Tray Mountain in Georgia.  At the same time, I'm continuing to read trail memoirs.  One of the stories I've added was the Barefoot Sisters.  I got their southbound book free awhile ago.  So I thought, why not revisit that and then read the northbound journey for this?  I got so into their nobo (northbound) story that I forgot to check to see when they hiked as far as I have.

Bly Gap.  Where the heck is that on my list?  I had copied it all out from a page by dwhike, printed it double columns and back to back.  And then I noticed something silly.  My last mile marker from Georgia was at 76.4 miles, then it skips to NC at 273.2.  I was missing 198 miles of information.  So I am farther from the border than I thought I'd be.

My tendon is getting better, I started to do strengthening exercises on it now.  I'm limiting myself to under two miles an outing now, less if the terrain is not very flat.  This sounds pretty wimpy compared to what real thru-hikers go through.  However, once this injury is totally better I'll be able to hike longer and harder.

Since moving to Montana, I've lost about five pounds just by hiking.  My body already feels different; stronger legs, more stamina and the fat seems to literally be dropping.  I even had a dream last night that I had this ridge of muscle going down the side of my leg from my strength training.  It was kind of weird but also a badge of honor to have earned it.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Walking the Appalachian Trail from 1,800 miles away.

Almost a year ago, I started a Faux Appalachian Trail Hike.  One of my friends attempted to hike the trail and so I became curious and read some books about people who hiked it.  And then I read some more, and still more.  For awhile I seriously entertained the idea of hiking the AT.  But then reality came back and I realized that hiking the trail wasn't real likely for me.  And so, I came up with an alternative plan that would allow me to follow the trail while staying where I am.

The plan is simple:

  1. Take walks in my area and track the mileage
  2. Use a mileage chart from the Appalachian Trail to track your progress
  3. (Optional) Read trail books up to the point of your AT mileage i.e.  if you've hiked 41.5 miles, you're at Low Gap Shelter, so only read up to that point in the book's progress.
Then, realize that by walking 5 miles a week, you'll reach Mt. Katahdin in about eight years.  Time to step it up.

I'm currently at Sheep Rock Top, 40.94 miles in. Of course I'm reviving this walk at the time that I'm dealing with tendinitis in my ankle.  So my mileage is low and slow.  However I'm finding this a lot more fun now that we've moved to Montana.  There's so many trails to try and it encourages me to be outside and in nature.  Even a 3/4 mile walk is worth the effort.  And someday soon I'll be able to add on more miles each week after the ankle recovers.  

These are the books that I'm reading along with my trail walking:
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (classic)
  • Rethinking Life on the Appalachian Trail by Gary Bond
  • Skywalker - Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker
  • Between a Rock and a White Blaze by Julie Urbanski
  • Timberrr!!! Or How I Fell Down the Appalachian Trail by Amy "Timber" Hiusser
  • Lost on the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rhorig
I'll add another one, since my kindle folder can hold eight titles on a page.  And since Hiusser didn't complete the trail, I'll add another book when I finish that one.  Each night I read the book that's on the bottom of the list on my kindle.  Then I'll read to the point of how far I am on the AT.  As I've slowed in walking to let my ankle recover, I'm often not reading more than a page or two.  Hopefully I'll be recovered before it gets too cold to hike.  

And that's it.  I get to hike the Appalachian Trail vicariously through other people while still sleeping in my own bed at night.  Now this, I can do.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Konmari Lists

My purse station!

Here's the list of categories for Konmari sorting.  I've culled this from the book and various other sources.

The Beginning Three:

  • Clothes
    • Tops
    • Bottoms
    • Clothes that should be hung
    • Socks
    • Underwear
    • Bags
    • Accessories
    • Clothes for specific events (Indian clothes in storage)
    • Shoes
  • Books (in storage, sorting kindle books)
  • Papers

  • CD's/DVD's
  • Skin care products
  • Makeup
  • Accessories
  • Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
  • Electronics
  • Office Supplies
  • Stationary, writing supplies
  • Tools and home maintenance
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linens and rags
  • Blankets
  • Craft supplies
  • Gift wrapping, cards, boxes
  • Toiletries
  • Kitchen
    • Food
    • Dishes, flatware, cups
    • Cooking utensils and bowls
    • Appliances and tools
  • Decorations
  • Furniture
  • Pet items
  • spare change
  • Mementos
  • Photos

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Happy Joyful Socks

So, I started Konmari.  The Magical Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Currently we're in a transitional place after moving 800 miles away.  We've gotten rid of lots of stuff and moved from a 4 bed, 2 bath, 2.5 car garage into a 2 bedroom apartment.  We'll have a house again soon, but for now we're here.  There's stuff in our garage in boxes, the rest is int he apartment with us.

The closet.  I thought I minimalized before, but there's always clothes that gets old and stained.  Eventually, I'd like to get to the point where ALL my clothes fit into a carry on.  Here's my closet before:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

41 by 41 Halfway Mark

It's been a little over 6 months since I started this 41 by 41 journey.  I sat down, made a list of 41 things that I thought my 41 year old self needed to accomplish.  Some have been wonderful, some challenging and others I'm realizing are not going to happen.  So in this update, I'm also editing a few of my goals.

For example, the riding my bike to the farmer's market isn't going to happen, the market won't be open until after my next birthday.  I realized that the reason I didn't do this one is that I didn't feel safe riding down the highway.  Instead, I'll change it something just as challenging, but still achievable.

I'm also so close on quite a few of these, that I imagine there will be a few upcoming months that I'll look like an overachiever.  There are 21 items left and 6 months, which leaves 3.5 things to do each month.  Still very doable.

Here we go:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Faux Trail Hike

Last Monday, I ran for 3 minutes.  Wednesday, 4.  Friday, an amazing five.  I didn't think I could do the five and now next Monday is 6 with Wednesday 2 sets of 4.

I have no lingering soreness from the runs so it's a good sign that my body is able to do this.  However, with just these small walk/runs 3 times a week, I'm concerned that it's not enough to bring down my weight and get me in shape.  Weight-wise, I gained a little these last couple of days but I was kind of expecting it.  Since being sick a couple weeks ago, I lost a bit and I think my body is equalizing itself.  Hopefully that's done with and it's all downhill now.

The last couple years I've been reading trail journals, Appalachian, Pacific Crest, The Way, etc.  It's not feasible for me now but maybe someday.  In the meantime, I'm going to take the miles that I go on my walk/runs and see how far I would be on the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia on Springer Mountain.  I do realize that a treadmill, a paved neighborhood or a state trail is no comparison to the real trail.  I don't have physical mountains, I have mental mountains to cross.  And no backpack or bugs or pumping water or bears, you get the picture.

So that's why this is a Faux Trail Walk like a Faux fur is to a real fur.  No animals were harmed in the walking of this trail.  I'll use this guide to gauge how far.

Going back to the beginning of my running schedule, I've gone 7.72 miles which brings me past the logging road, almost to Hawk Mountain Shelter.  Only 2,170.58 miles to go.