1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  2. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  4. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  5. Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne
  6. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  7. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  9. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  10. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  11. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  13. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  14. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  16. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  17. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  18. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  19. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  20. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  21. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  23. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  24. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  25. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  26. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  27. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  28. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  31. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for His Hat by Oliver Sacks
  32. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
  33. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  34. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  35. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  36. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  37. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  38. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
  39. Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
  40. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
  41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  42. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  43. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  44. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
  45. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  46. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
  47. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. The Stand by Stephen King
  50. The Time Machine by HG Wells
  51. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  52. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  53. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  54. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
  55. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  56. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  57. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  58. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  59. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  60. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  61. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  62. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  63. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  64. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  65. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  66. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  67. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  68. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  69. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  70. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  71. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  72. Last Orders by Graham Swift
  73. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  74. Dissolution by CJ Sansom
  75. London Fields by Martin Amis
  76. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
  77. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  78. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  79. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  80. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  81. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  82. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  83. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  84. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  85. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  86. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
  87. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  88. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  89. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  90. My Man Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  91. Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt
  92. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins
  93. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  94. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  95. London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
  96. Venice by Jan Morris
  97. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  98. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  99. A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor
  100. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

I want to remember this list to gift my grandchildren. Some gifts are priceless.

There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~ Ernest Hemingway


I’ve headed my blog with the tagline, “Details make the story, so do personal attitudes.” I need to take my own advise about the “details” part. Never leave them out; life lesson! The other half is to warn readers that I tend to have an attitude… go figure…

With that said…

While I was piddling around all morning, waiting for a package to be delivered that had to be sign for, trying not to scream when they emailed saying, “The package that I paid extra to be overnighted, last week, will arrive tomorrow instead” (I’m sure it won’t decrease my rate any). No times listed either. Which means I’ll repeat the process, again tomorrow, I should have seen that coming. I thought that I’d handle a few mundane tasks & cross them off my too do list, while I waited. You know… “Redeem the time.”

I needed a password to email an invoice for my son while he’s on vacation, simple enough, it should have only taken a few minutes, but my memory failed me, I told myself to look it up. So, I did…

I had written it in one of the notepads on my desk (but which one?), a little harder to find than I thought. I found it easily enough the last time I needed it, so I thought it would be a snap today, but… nope. I leafed through page after page of redundant notes, cracking myself up, I doubt if the FBI, CIA or NASA combined could crack my code – slash – notes that I made to myself (I hope they never try). Its funny when you write something down, you’re sure you’ll have no problem remembering what their for later.
[That was after all, the point of taking notes. To briefly rehash them later, For further use, etc. But, NOPE!]

[Note to self: For future reference… make exact notes, no abbreviations, be clear – don’t doodle, don’t mix business with everyday tasks, use a separate pages for separate occasions. So that when you reread said notebooks, a year later or two later, you’ll know what the details were. ’nuff said!]

I did see where, I’m guessing I was frustrated with a phone call or maybe I was on hold, IDK, and gave myself a pep talk. ie: “Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.” ~ Hannah More. Thank you, Hannah. That was written above & in the same lined off section as a ’67 GTO Dayton- Craiglist (Springboro). You tell me??? I do try and draw a line between days/items/events, so I’m not sure where I went wrong there.

Some notes were very detailed, almost boarding on TMI, while others were so vague, I don’t know why I wrote them down at all. I did notice a reoccurring trend throughout the books, when I was overly stressed, with far too much on my TO DO LIST, I did follow it by a little quip [Here you thought it was just how I ended each post on the blog.] Not true, its how I live my day to day apparently… one page was so full of tasks, that in the middle clearly marked with an asterisk were the words, “The blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~ Napoleon Hill. Its part of a quote that actually goes “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprint of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill. Words to live by, I’m not sure why I wrote it. What can I say? I was stressed.

I did however, on that same page, down a few tasks from that, again marked with an asterisk, write the rest of the quote, “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul.” So I did know what I was thinking after all, I guess, just didn’t get my ducks (or Hill’s) in a row. Sorry, its was that kind of a day. Not to mention, that no one ever sees my notes, but me and I really don’t care.

I haven’t blogged for several months, and I do apologize for that, but I’ve been taking some badly needed time for myself. I did get to many of the emails answered (late) and helped where I could, but giving myself more time to run my own personal life; spending time with my husband and children and their children. I do thank you for being patient and affording me that luxury.

It has been a very eventful few months with a lot to share. If you follow me on Facebook (Not Twitter: I rarely tweet – sorry. Although, midway the notebook was a note to change my Twitter password; seems pointless now), then you know I’m a very busy person, yet I strive to make time for my family and friends and work.


My daughter Mandy & son-in-law Alan have since adopted their daughter Alyssa. Alyssa has been with them for many years and we’re thrilled to welcome her officially into our family. Her suburban home is full of love and lots of children. The official head count is 9 children. Don’t ask if their biological, adopted, PPLA, or full custody. She doesn’t see “status” as a real identity in her family, everyone is loved equally, regardless of their official status. That’s the way we should all be.


Steven spent two weeks in Japan. Nothing exciting to report on his trip, other than he went. He did miss his train, took another, arrived safe & sound. you’ll have to ask him more about it. Although, his cell phone bill almost gave me a heart attack, but other than that, its all good, he had fun. Hi, Yoko!


We should have a few new babies arriving soon. Sarah Wiley (Shay), Cassidy Metcalf and Kimberly Miniard (Scott), are all three girls are due before the end of the year. Congratulations to the families!


We had a Metcalf Family Reunion at the Mound in Miamisburg recently, it was a nice big crowd, 6 of the siblings got together with their families, the other 6 did not. We get too busy sometimes and fail to interact with family, thinking they’ll always be there, but its not so. We lost a few members this year and they will be sorely missed, but we will be welcoming a few more. Such is life.


I will admit being disheartened when my daughter repeated a joke that her first cousin made at her house last month, she said, “Our family should say that their in the CIA… they have to remain private.” That’s just sad. I know I used to exhaust myself trying to get people to interact, only to realize you can’t force people to get together or to love one another. Now, I just say, “I’ll see ya at the next funeral.”… and Life goes on. I am however delighted that the cousins are making a conscience effort, in their adult lives to get to know one another. Its a good thing.

I did get to spend a few minutes with family this weekend; a graduation and a baby shower. The typical Life events that we all attend briefly, not sharing anything more than an “Glad to see you again & How is everybody? Of course, if you know me at all, you know I didn’t get a single picture.

I think that I’m going to have a sit down dinner each month with one or two of the siblings and find out where the problem lies. If they don’t come, I’ll start sending them weekly newsletters, that way they’ll know what their missing. I’ll try and be more concise, if they had to read my notes they’d even stop taking my mail.


I did see in my notes where on 7/29(12 not written), I called “BELKIN” got a ticket number, U & P (I must have had an Router problem?). No other notes, except written in uppercase bold letters were the words, ‘COOL BEANS!” So I’m guessing they fixed my problem. Again, more details are needed.
Hey Patty, Good News… I found your phone number! … its probably to late to call. Sorry.


One page was so vague I wanted to cry after reading it, the top of the page read, ” Flannery O’Connor: ‘The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.'” It only got worse from there. Most of it didn’t make any sense at all. Could be, judging from my notes, a good thing.


I found a quick note about my Cookie Party > Lime Green – Red – Pink -White. Sounds like a plan. I’ll just repeat that again, this year.


I did dog-ear a couple of pages, but after looking at both sides, couldn’t tell you why. On the page opposite (left) of the dog-eared page was a quote that read, “Life is meant to be a never-ending education. And when this is fully appreciated, we are no longer survivors but adventurers.” ~ David McNally. Its written under the name and number of my tax preparer, that can’t be a coincidence.

The other page, right side of dog-eared page, I made a list of Christmas movies I wanted to buy the kids for Christmas, I didn’t get them last year, so I’m thinking its not too late, I’ll start ordering them for this year. Never let a good idea go, just because you didn’t see it thru the first time, doesn’t mean its not still a good idea. Who doesn’t love the 1983 version of “A Christmas Story?” Someone in this family quotes it a dozen or more times a year, we won’t mention any names here. PS: My favorite Christmas movie of all time is “Its A Wonderful Life.” I have to watch it about 8 or more times every year, but that’s just me.

Quickly & for no apparent reason, other than to know where it is later, I’m going to list them here (feel free to skip over this section): Its A Wonderful Life (1946), A Christmas Story, Elf, We’re No Angels, Miracle on 34th St (1940), One Magic Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol, Joyeux Noël, Gremlins, The Santa Clause, The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Christmas in Connecticut (1945), White Christmas (1954) [What can I say? I love the old black & whites.] Scrooged (1988), Polar Express, Die Hard (yes, my hubby loves action films), Love Actually, The Bishop’s Wife (its not my fav., but I sit thru it every year), Holiday Inn, The Nightmare Before Christmas (kids love that kind of stuff), A Christmas Carol (you guessed it,1951), Christmas Vacation (who doesn’t love that one? Chevy Chase & John Candy – Classic), Babes In Toyland (1934), and last but not least, Home Alone (1990). Who said all old notes were worthless? Just sayin’


On a genealogy note: One page divided in half lengthwise lists 1840 Adkins. Left side of page contain the names of every Adkins living in Morgan County. The right side of the page contain a list of Adkins names living in Pike County. Oddly enough, all related to each other. [Hum… now if I had only made a note as to why I made that list.] I do however, seem to know every detail of their lives as I read their names, even the ones that were misspelled or seemly so. It was a nice trip down memory lane or up the family tree so to speak. I’ll count that as a blessing. Hope to meet a few of them in Heaven one day.


One page contained only one email address, no other info provided. its to a Kevin Adkins with a gmail address. Funny, I don’t know a Kevin Adkins, or do I? Maybe, I should have sent him an email???


One page is a HUGE NOTE that basically says, “CARBONITE IS RUNNING!”


Last page read, ‘Fried Chicken & Dessert. Hazelwood. Okay, once again, Details.


And on that note, you can see that I had nothing new to add. My life is running like everyone else’s. Busy as a bee or as I like to say, “Chasing my tail.” Just another day at the office. In my j’s at 5 p.m. Going to shower & make dinner for my husband. I rarely get a chance to stay home and do that, and I really enjoy it. No libbers comments welcome. Its my life and you can quote me on that. Just leave me a note.

  People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. ~ John C. Maxwell

Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be so strong
that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends
feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and expect only the best.

To be enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger,
too strong for fear and too happy
to permit the presence of trouble.

~ Christian D Larson

(306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 60 days remaining until the end of the year. Only 25 days left ’til Thanksgiving and 54 days ’til Christmas [53 ’til Christmas Eve – sh that’s when we open our gifts] and I can’t wait, I know that sounds strange with all the stresses we’re under at this time of the year, but for those of us [me] who truly remember what Thanksgiving and Christmas is all about, being thankful for the bountiful harvest the Lord has provided for us and the birth of our Lord and Savior, we’re excited.

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming holidays. It’s just such a wonderful time of the year, with decorations and lot’s of luncheons and dinner parties and the big Thanksgiving dinner. Yum…

But I wanted to remind myself [and my kids] why I’m thankful for all these things, then I saw this little quip on Facebook posted by my dear friend, Nancy Helms Penfield and thought it would be fun to do it here as well.  Every day this month until Thanksgiving, think of one thing that you are thankful for and post it as your comment.

“Today I am thankful for….

at yourself.

Blessed  is he who has learned how to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained. ~ John Bowell

that I love all kinds of music… I dance to the beat of a very different drum. Classic Country, Southern Gospel, Classic Rock, Pop, Easy Listening, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s or whatever I decide to leave the station on…No matter how tired I get, I try to start each day with a little music. I believe music is good for the soul.

It’s also no secret that my hubby and I use music to flirt with one another, we have for 30 years now. I’ve embarrassed him more than once on the job site when Rod Stewart [Hot Legs] came on the radio and I decided to hit the button on my Nextel Phone and play it for him… usually at the wrong time.  Once he was standing in front of a customer and they both just cracked up laughing.  Sometimes he’ll lay his phone down and some poor guy standing there; will end up taking the call and say, “Anthony… your wife’s at it again!” lol

Let me tell you that it’s so much fun, just to let them know that you’re thinking about them. He once played, Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd while I was shopping with our youngest son Steven at Dick’s Sporting Good’s for football cleats.  I was standing in the shoe department, filled with people, and my purse was buried in the bottom of the cart and singing that stupid song. I was so embarrassed but our son just shook his head.  Its a fun thing to do… but we never forget to stop our day, whenever Conway Twitty comes on the radio, and sings our song… it doesn’t get any better than that!

Take a few minutes each morning to think about the people you will encounter today and what each of you brings to the table.  You can’t know what they’re going through, to or coming from. But you can share a little song, good or bad it will lighten the mood and join the heart.

Go ahead try it!

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. ~ Eric Hoffer

Today, as I was mulling over few questions and answers, in my mind, I was thinking about the past, the present and my future. Then, I thought about all of the Rhetorical Questions, I’ve asked myself and others over the years. I’ve tried to get my family thinking and talking about anything and everything to I could possibly think of to learn more about them and help myself, in order to learn more about me.

I had two questions weighing  heavily on my mind today; the first was a question that  I answered at Wikianswers,
Q: Can you die twice?
I posted an answer to this question and it may not be right answer but, it’s how I felt about it anyway and can that really be wrong or absurd? here was my response…

A: There is an old proverb that says, “You die twice; once when your body dies and once when anyone who remembers you, dies.”

It’s certainly heartening to know that these people are not forgotten; like many of our ancestors, our friends, and relatives. We keep them alive in our thoughts and our hearts.

The other, was a question about gifted children, that came up again this week, when talking to my neighbor. There are two types of gifted children: one kind are Please-ers; My daughter, Mandy falls into this category and my son Steven is the other kind; NOT A PLEASE-R! He is very high minded, independent  and deep thinking.

There is a quote by Winston Churchill that said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” And it really bothers me to think about all the people that she doesn’t cut out of her life in order to please other people.  She’s just, nice. Wouldn’t we be much happier if we could go the rest of our lives without any conflict? without strife, or pain? or mean spirited people? or agitators? instigators? posers? Then why do we feel guilty when we no longer associate ourselves with these qualities? Where is it written that just because you’ve ever known someone, that they must remain in your life? The bible says; to shake the dust off…

Q: Is a “Please(er)” the same as an “Appeaser”?

I know… I know… more rhetorical questions, I guess we can never know all the answers. But at the very least, I do know who to ask…

The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy~ Charlotte-Catherine

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