A Cloudy Saturday & Free Ebooks

It is cloudy on this Saturday. I'm hoping for rain. 

There is a stillness in the air. Even the birds are hardly chirping.

The pupsters are in their customary places. Charlie on the left side of me next to the end of the couch. Abi is on the other side.

This is my new computer. It came Thursday just like they said it would. I didn't get around to opening it until yesterday morning. 

I'll give you a review of this laptop once I've used it a week or so.

One thing that is different is that, unlike all my other laptops, the end of the charging cord that goes into the side of the laptop isn't a small round one. Which really, they become kind of flimsy and fall out.

Instead it is one that looks more like what you'd use for a USB. It is much sturdier. So I like that.

While I was talking to Cox Tech Support yesterday, in which I had them look over things remotely and make sure this laptop was fully protected, I asked the tech about leaving the charger in versus taking it out when the battery is fully charged.

He told me (and I don't know if this is true, so don't quote me) that you really don't have to unplug the charger much anymore. 

That I should perhaps unplug the charger from the laptop about twice per month and let the battery run completely down. So I'm going to try that. 

I highly suggest, if you are looking for a laptop, that you get one that is back-lit. My last two have had that feature, and I just love it. You don't have to have a lamp or light on to see what you're doing. 

Very nice when it's hot outside and the air conditioning is running.

My Kindle also has a back light. And that is a very nice feature as I always read before I go to bed. 

I plug in my little fairy lights in the green jar and turn on the sound machine tuned to rain. 

Ah, good living!

Speaking of reading my Kindle, I never buy ebooks. 

There are so many free ebook sites that you can sign up for that will send you daily emails with their "pickings of the day."

Just Google free ebooks.

I like Freebooksy and Bookbub. Those are the only two I subscribe to now. I had a longer list, but I was choosing far too many to download and the list to read seemed endless.

I called my doctor the other day, and she ordered an antibiotic for me. I was done taking the medication for shingles. But after a lull toward the end of taking it, it seemed to be flaring up again. 

I'm feeling better now. I just get tired easily.

I so enjoyed all your old time sayings. Most I'd heard of. But there were a few that were new to me and gave me a chuckle. 

I wonder if kids growing up in this era will have sayings to remember? Or will they just be abbreviated letters they use when texting?

I hear a few birds chirping now. Dogs are sleeping. And all is well with the world.

Wherever you are, whatever you're planning to do, enjoy yourself. Slow down if you can to smell the roses, as they say.

Happy weekend!



  1. Love your patio setting--we live on our screened-in porch, when it's not too humid! I have some good books on my bedside table for reading this summer.

  2. Same weather here in northern IL right now. Clouded over and very still. Thunderstorms coming later and then finally tomorrow, a cool down. Will be so nice after having temps in the 90's for over a week. Hope you enjoy your new laptop. I have always heard the opposite with the charger and battery - that you shouldn't keep your laptop (or phone) plugged in once the battery reaches 100%. In fact, my mom wore out the battery on her last laptop by rarely unplugging it. So you might want to do some online research about that. My laptop isn't backlit and it doesn't bother me one bit. I always type in the dark - I don't need to see the keyboard. My husband's laptop is backlit, but he's not as good of a typist as I am. Well, I'm off to an antique shop now before the rain hits. Have a good Saturday, Brenda!

    1. I found this...Can I leave my laptop on all the time?
      While the laptop is plugged in, you don't need to worry about its battery charge, whether the computer is on or off -- lithium-ion rechargeable batteries can't overcharge.

  3. Glad you are feeling better. I'm taking a nice day of rest here. Reading on my Kindle has become the best, I seem to see it better then a real book and I NEVER thought I would say that. I had a Lenovo and it is a really well made computer. I hope you enjoy yours. Hugs!

  4. Unfortunately I am heading to work to work an insane music festival and won't be home until late tonight. No time to smell the roses today - I'm just catching up on emails while I eat lunch before heading in. Carbs because I'm going to running up and down hills all day. Yuk not looking forward to it at all. Enjoy your quiet peaceful day!

  5. as so many pictures you take at cozy little house...
    that first one of mr nuts (that's what I call your resident squirrel) is calendar worthy! I think he's putting the evil eye on charlie in this one! LOL
    I'm so glad you're finally feeling better.

  6. Hi Brenda
    I was diagnosed with Shingles on Tuesday. I'd called the doctor because I was having stomach, nauceousness and fatigue. By the next day a rash appeared. Never dreamt these symptoms were from Shingles.
    How did your symptoms start out? What have you been taking to help with the pain and burning?

  7. I'm glad you are feeling better and hope this is a long-term trend. Keep that info on computers coming. When I try to talk to someone at a store or on the phone, they speak a language I don't understand. My eyes are getting so bad, now I have to read books on my iPad where I can enlarge the print.

  8. OMG that squirrel photo just cracked me UP!

  9. I love the flowers that are yellow it looks like a purple center do you know the name of the plant? Please take care and have a great night

  10. I have been enjoying the free ebooks ever since you mentioned them some time ago. I should have thanked you a long time ago. I read them on a Kindle app on my phone or tablet. I have almost no vision in one eye and a cataract in the other. The back light on my devices makes reading enjoyable. Thank you so much.

  11. Interesting post, thanks! This past week, I just lost the second Kindle in a year....oh I need to strap it to my wrist - ugh.

    I am intrigued by your sound machine (rain) what kind of machine do you have and do you recommend it? THANKS Brenda.


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