Something New -Audible

I discovered something new to me last night, Audible audiobooks from Amazon. I’m in my first month of the free trial period and can already tell you how much I’m enjoying the experience. I received one free credit for trying it out and chose a book titled “12-22-63” written by Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. I’ve always been a science fiction fan, reading hundreds of titles in that category. I suppose I never outlived my love for superhero comic books as a kid.

Being new to audiobooks I didn’t foresee how wonderful it could be to just lie there listening to someone reading me the story. I was quickly engrossed in the story, the plot of an unexpectant time traveler, thrust back to his hometown 60 years in its past. There was a magical passageway that led him there.

I still have the full trial month ahead of me but suspect I’ll be ordering more books in the not too distant future. I own a Kindle, Nexus 7, Macbook Pro and iMac desktop. All these devices have a Kindle reader application on them as well as an Audible reader app just added. I can use any device and pick up right where I left off on any other device. At home I have an amazon Echo Dot 2 wirelessly connected to a Bose Soundlink bluetooth speaker system. I can use the Echo to read my audiobook to me using simple verbal commands. I can even program a sleep alarm that will automatically turn the reader off in case I fall asleep while listening to my books. It’s all very high tech and wonderful at the same time. What fun! In case you’re wondering the cost of membership is $14.95 a month plus audiobook purchases. You get one free credit a month which is good for any audiobook at any price. I’ll just have to play it by ear how much I want to begin building a library of titles. I wonder if you can trade books online? It’s time to get Googling that thought! LOL


Annual Fun At The Oregon Zoo

I was thrilled to receive an email from the Oregon Zoo sharing this year’s pumpkin fun with their zoo animals. I used to enjoy this in person, photographing a Caracal with its entire head inside his pumpkin. Enjoy the video!

Shoutout for Woodworkers

A lot of YouTube channel owners supplement their incomes by the channels we all love and support. Sometimes the owners tell a story about their plight just to see if they are successful. The owners of these channels get discouraged after pouring out their talents and time only to see little encouragement through their ratings and numbers. One asked that fans post a link to their channel on social media of one kind or another. This is my post on one of my subscriptions dealing with hand woodworking. Give it a peek!

Remembering 2017

We’re not through 2017 just yet and look at everything eventful that has occurred already. There were 4 hurricanes that tore up the Gulf of Mexico coastline, Florida, Houston and more. Let’s not forget all the island nations that were wiped of the earth because of those category 5 storms. Worst of all is Puerto Rico, devastated the entire population of an already poor nation.

Then there were earthquakes, 3-4 of them in Mexico that flattened major population areas as well as small villages. We also had a terrible mass killing in Las Vegas recently. Authorities still haven’t figured out why a rich white guy suddenly decided to kill 58 and injure over 500. There’s no rational explanation for such carnage.

We started 2017 with a bang with the surprise election of Donald Trump. Democrats are still looking for excuses for their loss. “The Russians did it”! No, Donald and a lot of social media ads did it! Go Donald!

We’ve been threatened with World War III for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. North Korea’s dictator is exchanging insults with Donald Trump on what seems like a daily basis. Hard to tell which one has the bigger ego!

We still have 2 1/2 months left in 2017 It’s a year that will certainly have lots of records broken. Hopefully we’ll survive long enough to welcome in 2018.

Shoutout: Imad Fares

I simply love acoustic guitar and Imad Fares is one of the best I’ve ever heard. He’s a street musician playing in Europe. I discovered him on YouTube quite by accident and became an instant fan. His Mediterranean style is captivating and simply perfection. He has a number of albums out for sale and has his own Amazon site for their sale. I hope you enjoy this song.

Zen Art Design Puzzles

Below are the 9 wooden puzzles donated to the Uxbridge Senior Center in Uxbridge, MA. We want to thank the folks at Zen Art Designs based in Massachusetts for their generous donation to our community of seniors. Two of us finished our first Zen puzzle today and think the quality and beauty is outstanding. We photographed the first completed puzzle after signing the registration booklet included with each puzzle. We found the extra pieces shaped like animals and graphic symbols unique to our jigsaw puzzle experience. We look forward to tackling the other 8 puzzles generously donated. Many people will enjoy this collection throughout the years to come. – Bob Mielke

Zen Art Design Puzzles

Share Your World – October 9, 2017

Share Your World – October 9, 2017

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

Being honest about the answer I’d have to say old fashioned oatmeal. Sure it takes 5 minutes to cook but I’m in no hurry. I love it with cinnamon and a dash of salt. I use Splenda to sweeten it to taste. Add a bit of 2% milk on top and you have a nutritious breakfast that will warm your innards and get you going.

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

Today – Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

My grandparents and great grandparents were born & raised in Germany. My grandfather came to the United States just to see me shortly after birth. Although I don’t remember the occasion I was told it by my parents later in life. I would just like to ask them what life in Germany was like during the two world wars they lived through.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I was thrilled to see the box of free puzzles from Zen Art Designs due to my efforts in contacting that puzzle manufacturer. They sent us 9 puzzles in all, 6 large ones and 3 small versions. I’m so thrilled to get these donated to our wonderful Senior Center who relies heavily on private donations to operate. Playing my small part gives me great personal satisfaction.

Salem Cross Inn Field Trip

Our Senior Center has a field trip planned for October 18. It’s an annual affair that attracts one of the biggest groups of visitors to our center. Old farts seem to come out of the crack of their homes when something special is offered. The center’s shuttle buses will be packed that day. I’ll be on one of them instead of driving there solo. I’ve learned a lesson about that on previous trips. If I drive I’m volunteered to carry someone else along with me. It so not fun to do that that I’ve skipped the past few field trips because of that restriction. I don’t like people assuming I’m available to transport old people anywhere. Remember, I am one now! 🙂

There’s some sort of apple orchard walk and wagon ride that’s associated with this field trip. I hope my legs and feet are doing better by the 18th so I can participate. We have plenty of old folks that don’t walk well anymore. After falling myself last week I’m temporarily one of them. I’ll be sure to bring my camera along as we’ll be in the peak of the autumn color by then. I have gone out this year looking for Fall foliage pictures. I still need to gather a good enough shot to enter into next year’s photography contest. We’ll see if I can produce a third winner. 🙂

Messenger Bag Protection

My new messenger bag arrived today in perfect condition. The bag is made of heavy dark blue canvas material that will add plenty of protection for my new Apple 15″ Macbook Pro laptop and all the accessories I presently have. The main compartment has a heavy duty zipper with a leather pull to close everything up securely. The outside cover flap contain large powerful magnets sewn in the lining to securely hold the flap in place. The back side compartments are huge, allowing me to carry my Magic Mouse 2, charging module and connecting cord, and my USB/SD Reader with two extra USB ports. There’s still lots of extra space everywhere but I’ll try to limit the total volume of articles to something short of the kitchen sink! I own a similar camera bag and I absolutely love it. The attached cross shoulder strap is so well made it could support my 250 pound weight should I fall off a cliff and were hanging by that strap. I’m extremely happy with this bag and appreciate the normally $60 bag at a low $25 price tag through my Amazon Prime account.

SMRITI 16 Messenger Bag


A Second Chance

When birds in the wild are injured for any reason their options are limited. If rescued by humans and brought to care facilities like the Oregon Zoo their odds of a recovery and return to the wild healthy and recuperate go up dramatically. Understand that not all injuries can be fixed but still compared to no treatment helping them out as a responsible animal caretaker goes up drastically.