Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Too Much Noise

I am sensitive to noise, especially high-pitched continuous noises (some vacuums), or very repetitive noises (typing, mouse clicking, pencil tapping).  I seem unable to tune them out.  Fluorescent lights have always bothered me, things that beep bother me, and television commercials (why are they so annoying?  and louder than the show itself??).  Then there is the sound of other people eating, which I  can't stand when I'm not eating.  Especially crunchy foods.  Why do these things irritate me?
Then.  11 years ago.
On the plus side, I can hear the mouse in the house and know to put out traps.  On the negative side, the mouse in the house wakes me up in the middle of the night if he comes in my room to chew on something. *shivers*  I used to think it was just a mom thing - someone needs to hear the baby getting restless in the next room, right?  But now, I think there is more to it than that.

There is a scientific term for this hearing sensitivity that makes it feel more legitimate.  Have you heard of it?  Misophonia

So, in order to survive my afternoon "quiet time" - when I'm trying to read or concentrate on something between homeschooling and evening activities - I need to block out as much sound as possible when I'm indoors*.   (For some reason, when I'm outdoors, noises don't bother me, unless a big truck goes down the highway nearby.  There's no mouse clicking, pencil typing or lights out by the pond, so that could be it.  I also think the earth grounds me, and is calming to all my senses, and I like the sounds of birds and squirrels.)  My quiet time comes when my son gets his own computer time, so that's when the incessant clicking starts.  Yeah, its not a very big house, so I can hear it from anywhere.  We recently got some noise-cancelling headphones and my husband put batteries in them and stuck them on my head one day when I was getting irritated.  It did help some, and when I hooked them up to my phone for an audiobook, it was even better.  Hooray!
Now.  Actually, about 15 months ago.
Have you tried noise-cancelling headphones?  What's your favorite brand?  I have trouble finding anything that's comfortable enough, and I despise ear buds of all kinds because they hurt.

I know I usually write about my son's sensory issues, but its time I admit that I have some of my own!  My husband does, too, so all together we make an interesting bunch.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

The Cherished Quilt is "An Amish Heirloom Novel" by Amy Clipston.  This book easily stood alone, so don't feel like you need to read the others in the series first (or after).

Sweet Emily Fisher is the star of the story, a pretty young Amish woman with a caring heart and a life that's an open book.  Chris quickly become her romantic interests, as he moves in nearby and works for her father and his own uncle.  He is rude and moody at first, and for good reason, one might say, but he is won over by her kindness and gentle friendship.  The ups and downs of this main relationship held no surprises, and the family relationships were supportive, for the most part.  There are parents and sibling relationships to keep the book interesting, too.

The Cherished Quilt is your typical, feel-good Amish romance.  The plot was not dull, but I admit in the beginning I wondered if it would truly draw me in.  It did, but I can't say I felt much suspense or got very emotionally involved with the characters.  The language was simple, making it feel like it was written for young teens, with the Amish vocabulary words thrown in to make it fit the genre, along with the quilt-making.  The character of Chris was the most interesting, as he was the most complete.  Emily was quite perfect, so less relatable for me.
I did not feel like my faith was challenged, but at a different time in life, it might have.  I was entertained, though, and it was an uplifting book overall.  I would recommend this to anyone wanting a super easy, light read with a  positive message.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Reading Challenge 2017

I recently posted about how my 2016 reading challenges went.  With what I learned in mind, here is what I will attempt in 2017!

The Back to Classics Challenge

(All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1967 to qualify for this challenge.  See all the rules at Books and Chocolate, and sign up!)

1.  A 19th Century Classic - A Study in Scarlet by 

2.  A 20th Century Classic -  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

3.  A classic by a woman author.  Wives and Daughters by 

4.  A classic in translation.  
Democracy in America by 

5.  A classic published before 1800.  Shakespeare OR 
She Stoops to Conquer by 

6.  An romance classic.  
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by 

7.  A Gothic or horror classic.   Dracula by Brom Stoker

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Three Men on the Bummel by 

9.  A classic about an animal.  Animal Farm by George Orwell 

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit.  
Good-Bye, Mr. Chips by 

11. An award-winning classic.  The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 

WikipediaNominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction of the year (1938). More recently, the book has been recognized as "Most Important 20th-Century Novel (for Older Readers)" in the Children's Books of the Century poll in Books for Keeps.

12. A Russian Classic.   The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My Personal Picks

With Ambleside Online Book Discussions or other Pre-reading

Euclid's Elements
Finish The New World, then onto the third volume of History of the English-Speaking Peoples, by Churchill

Health and Education

Smart but Scattered by Dawson and Guare 
Food Chaining by Fracker et al
The Adrenal Reset Diet by Christianson

The Living Page by Bestvater

Christianity and Self-Help

Finish The Holy War by Bunyan
Discipline, The Glad Surrender by Elliot
Teach Me to Pray by Murray