There was much discussion about how and why this day came about.  It supposedly tracks way way back to the cave men!  It had to do with change of seasons.  I really was not that interested in the origins nor the day.  I do not like pranks.  It is not my favorite thing to make someone else look foolish or to trick them.  Our youngest grandson however takes great delight in this and spends time watching this goof ups on you tube videos.  I suppose it could be worse.

I have too much else on my mind as we are transitioning this year from one lifestyle to another .  I have no idea what the ‘another’ will look like.  While ever up for a new adventure I must share that I am a wee bit wobbly at what is to come.

In the meantime I have to dismantle my library.  I think this is perhaps the hardest job I have ever had to do.  I love books.  I love the feel of them in my hands and behind me in this office.   I think, as I write this, I have to thank our small little library for this feeling.  Going into the building there was always a scent of dusty books that somehow was very welcoming.  If I did not want to see anyone that day I could go to the front stacks pick a spot on the floor and a book and read.

I volunteered, when I wanted to, helping check books in and out.  This was more self-serving than generous as it let me check out my own books and I did not have to hear Mrs. Hitchcock’s clucking at her distaste for my choices.  Before Harlequin there were Acadia books of much the same genre.  I did really enjoy a good romance novel even trashy ones.

Last Sunday we had visitors and I was going through some books to share with them and give them.  In one of the books I came across a piece of paper which would not be unusual for me and my books.  Bet many are full of notes I was to send or receipts or memos of some sort.  This one in particular was entitled, “For those of you that like romance novels”.  It was a fun read so I am sharing it with you as my blog today.  In my need to give credit for writings I have no idea where this came from so offer an apology if I am breaking some laws.  I present it exactly as I found it.

For those of you that like romance novels:

On a Trans-Atlantic flight, a plane passes through a severe storm.  The turbulence was awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning.

One woman in particular loses it.  Screaming, she stands up in the front of the plane.  “I’m too young to die!” she wails.  Then she yells, “Well if I’m going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! I’ve had plenty of sex in my life, but no one has ever made me really feel like a woman!  Well, I’ve had it! Is there ANYONE on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN??”

For a moment there is silence.  Everyone has forgotten their own peril, and they all stare, riveted, at the desperate woman in the front of the plane.

Then, a man stands up in the rear of the plane.  “I can make you feel like a woman,” he says.

He’s gorgeous.  Tall, built with long, flowing black hair and jet black eyes, he starts to walk slowly up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt one button at a time.  No one moves.

The woman is breathing heavily in anticipation as the strange man approaches.

He removes his shirt.  Muscles ripple across his chest as he reaches her, and extends the arm holding his shirt to the trembling woman, and whispers:

“Iron this.”

Happy April Fool’s Day!














When you see any of these it brings back many memories of a time you either were involved in play or remember the craze.

Over Thanksgiving I reviewed the Christmas list of one of our kids and saw a KEEP CALM – DRINK COFFEE coffee mug.  To me coffee and calm do not go together.  This makes as much sense as wearing sandals in the rain.  Which actually I do!  The facebook profile of this same child says STOP BEING CALM AND START BEING AWESOME INSTEAD.

In conversation that followed I kept vocally saying how KEEP CALM did not necessarily go with the phrase that followed as by now I had discovered there were a myriad of them..  The more I pressed that Keep Calm – Drink Coffee made not sense to me, the more I was told I did not understand.  I did not understand what.  Further conversation revealed that there is a whole philosophy if you will of KEEP CALM.  AHAH!  Now I had a better handle on it.  It is a craze of some sort.  Let’s go look it up.  What is this Keep Calm idea?

Before I go any further I have to tell you that I have been accused by all of our children for creating information junkies in our family.  If we do not know or are not sure the cry they have head all their lives is ‘Let’s go look it up” or if we were not together “go look it up”.  Used to be in encyclopedia’s and dictionaries.  Now it is on the internet that we go to look up information.  What a change!   There now is much more information that we can access through the web.

KEEP CALM dates back to World War II in England.  Off to Google and Bing I went.  The whole thing came from a poster made in World War II by the British to boost morale should they be invaded by the Nazi’s. This poster was the last in a series of three.

It dates back to 1939 and never saw public display and had little distribution and was one of the lesser known icons of that time.

In the early 2000 a bookseller in England, Barter Books, LTD. found one poster in a box in their shop.  The owner liked it so well she framed it and hung it.  They reprinted some and sold approximately 41,000 facsimile posters between 2001 and 2009.   In 2012 the daughter of a former soldier brought in 15 originals to the Antique Roadshow.  A company in England attempted to trademark the words in the phrase which is still being challenged.

The owners of the bookstore made a video called “The story of KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” which can be found on youtube.com.


If I have not embedded this correctly for you to click on it and go to the site, cut and paste it or type it into your browser.  It is worth a look.  The bookstore alone creates a desire to go there and sit in it!  There is also a website http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com.

This phrase has been used in clothing, mugs, doormats, baby clothes as well as a book of motivational quotations. Parodies of the poster have also been sold.  In the parodies the Tudor crown is often upside down.

WHO KNEW I say!!!  I learned something new and that is a good thing!!!

Second thought perhaps KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON would be a good thing for the Republican party to adopt!!!




I am an avid Andy Andrews fan.  I ‘met’ him one Sunday as I was getting dressed to go to a meeting.  The TV was on and he was speaking on PBS about Joshua Chamberlain of the 20thMaine at Gettysburg.  It is a great story – look it up.  Being from Maine and knowing who Chamberlain was I listened and was almost late for the meeting I was so enthralled. 

This was the beginning of my wonderful exploration into Andy Andrew’s world and books.  ‘The Traveler’s Gift’ was read and I bought more to give away.  It was quickly followed by ‘The Lost Coin’ and others as I could get them or they were written.  Andy has a way of making history come alive while bringing up information that few are aware of or remember.  The story of the 20th Maine is an example.  Unless you are a fancier of history you may not know that the 20thMaine were instrumental in changing the course of the Civil War.  Some have said had they not fought as they did that the US would look more like Europe to day.

I am in the midst of reading ‘The Final Summit’ and once again Andy has sent me to google to check facts.  Sure enough there is the fact that Erik Erickson was instrumental in depleting the Nazi’s fuel supply thus turning WWII to the victory it was.  Again just google his name.  He is the ‘Counterfeit Traitor’ and there was a book written about him as well as a movie of the same name starring William Holden.   I consider myself quite smart in history and I had no idea about this man. 

I love learning.  I love finding out something new each day.  Even the smallest thing is exciting if I had no knowledge of it before.  My husband sometimes asks where I put all this knowledge and I tell him there is a file cabinet up there all neatly organized with a card catalog!!!  I am not bad at the Trivia games.

What was the last thing you discovered that sparked your interest or sent you to the computer to check facts?  We did this with our kids all the time.  If they did not know something our response was ‘look it up’.  For me if I look something up I remember it better than just being told.  Our kids are all information junkies like me I believe and I am not so sure that is a bad thing.

We are all lucky today to have the internet.  Google is a verb.  Used to be we had to have an encyclopedia or wait for a trip to the library to check facts.  Now it is as close as our fingertips if we have the equipment.  I really like that being an instant gratification kind of gal. 

That is the hard thing about reading a book for me.  I want to sit and read it and have it done.  I fall asleep too easily and my eyes get heavy quickly so it is taking longer and longer to finish book these days. ‘The Final Summit’ could be an easy 2 day read and I am still at it after a week of a couple of pages a night before I nod off and it hits me in the nose.  I will continue to the end as I am certain I will learn something else that is new to me.   End of this ‘book report’ on Andy Andrew’s – go meet him for yourself!!