Nancy Drew

Don’t ask me why but recently when I was laid up and sick for about 2 weeks, I wanted to read simple and uncomplicated stories. I picked up the “Fourth Estate”  by Jeffrey Archer and the “Child left behind” by Anne Bennet but neither of them gave me that satisfaction that a Pink Whistle or a Famous Five ( Enid Blyton) book could have given me and I was too sick to think of going to a book shop and looking for books with innocence( is what I like to call them).

Finally about a week into my convalescence, I went to the local grocery store book section and found some of my childhood favourite series of books- Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. I  used to love these books growing up but never have read the complete series- these books were often not available where I lived.

So I was thrilled to find four books I hadn’t read as a child.

The clue of the tapping heals

The secret of Red Gate farm

The mystery of the tolling bell ( I have the faintest memory of having read something like this book as a child)

I bought all three of them though they were very expensive- I couldn’t resist the temptation and read to my heart’s content.

Set in the 1930s, the book transported me into an old world of simplicity, innocence, adventure and even love. These books are just what a convalescent patient requires, believe me.

The clue of the tapping heels is about a house Nancy and her friends, Bess and George are invited into, where the house seems to be haunted by the sound of tapping on the walls and perhaps a poltergeist.

The secret of Red Gate Farm is about how Nancy and her friends helped a young country girl, Joanne who came to the city in search of a job, which would help her repay the mortgage on her grandmother’s farm. Nancy helped Joanne in a way I think no one can even think of in today’s world and also assisted in helping Joanne’s grandmother keep her farm.

The Mystery of the Tolling Bell, is about Nancy’s visit with her friends to Candleton, a seaside resort place where there is a mysterious bell that tolls in a cave, just before a deluge of water pours out of the cave, often drowning people in its wake. There is also the sinister group who sells fake cosmetics and stock in the cosmetic company, and relieve  lots of local residents from their money.

I think I am still a child at heart and perhaps my growth ( mental) was stopped sometime in childhood and I haven’t grown much beyond that. How else can you explain my fascination for books I read as a child even in my mid- 40s ?

The fourth estate

The mystery of the tolling bell The secret of red gate farm The clue of the tapping heels

3 day quote challenge- Day 3 ( posed by purpleslobinrecovery)

Melinda has posed me a challenge to post three quotes that have inspired my life.

Today is day 3 of the challenge.

Here’s my quote for today:

” A hammer shatters glass but forges steel.”

Each of life’s experiences teaches us something and as we move forward those lessons learnt or unlearnt, will make us who we are. If we choose to give in to trouble( and trouble comes to everyone), we will be like the glass that is shattered by the hammer but if we choose to remain strong through the storm, we will emerge victorious.

Thank you Melinda.

My good friend Melinda from purpleslobinrecovery has set me a challenge to write up three quotes I love.

It is my first challenge in this category. Thank you, Melinda.

Melinda loves purple and every thing that comes purple. She is funny and sweet and is a good friend. Above all, she follows the Good Book to the T in her life.

And old rhyme that is funny and sweet at the same time and so meaningful :

” Better never trouble Trouble,

Until Trouble troubles you;

For you only make your trouble,

Double if you do.

And the trouble- like a bubble-

That you’re troubling about,

May be nothing but a cipher

With its rim rubbed out.”

Isn’t this meaningful ? Why do we worry about things that haven’t happened yet ? The fact is I need to learn to appreciate today for its blessings and thank God for the experiences of yesterday. The most important thing is I got through yesterday and I have today to do my best in. Wonderful philosophy, isn’t it ?

Melinda from

Day 1

Life does not always take you on the paths you planned for yourself but the paths along which you travel will often be the best paths for you. So be patient and let things take their own time and in their time, things will work out.

Here are the rules of the challenge:

1. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
2. Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
3. Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour.

My nominees are:

Before it’s too late, appreciate

Small Changes For Life

Just kicking back listening to the thunder and watching the rain literally pour down. Growing up in New England I never thought much about rain or no rain, but here in Southern California it’s the topic for many people

Listening to the thunder and rain as this small lake in our back yard grew to a river. Listening to the thunder and rain as this small lake in our back yard grows into a river.

This gets me thinking about this weeks small change; “taking things for granted.”

Many times we can let things go unappreciated until it is too late and we no longer have it. Think for a moment about the people in your life, it may be easy to complain, gossip, and judge them, but what if you woke up to discover they are no longer on the planet? How about your job? How often do you curse the clients, the workload, and your co-workers? That’s easy to do, but when you get laid off…

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