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For the Love of Books

When deciding what items would make the cut while putting our stuff in the Bus, our boxes and boxes of books didn’t make it.  They are heavy and take up a lot of space so we decided to bring a few along with plans to donate them along the way as we read them.  We also decided that e-books would be an organized way to get our reading fix in a small space.  We would love to find a good source to get access to lots of e-books for good deal and so far we have only used that lists free and reduced kindle books regularly. We have the free Nook and Kindle apps on our computers and have found the classic books for free but we are still looking for a way to get newer e-books. Sometimes we go hang out in a book store or the book section in Walmart to see whats new.

One of the things we have greatly missed while being on the road is having a local library and being able to check out books/Dvd’s/audio books.  As the girls have grown up, the library has been a place for us to attend programs and meet new friends in the areas we have lived.  The library has been a valuable resource in exploring new interests, gathering information on particular subjects,discovering new authors and reading entire series of books.  We have very much appreciated the amount of savings we have enjoyed by being able to borrow books instead of having to buy each one we wanted to read.  Some of the series that we have enjoyed with the girls are Dinotopia, Magic Tree House, Little House on the Prairie, Junie B. Jones, Sara, Hank the Cowdog and  Julie of the Wolves just to name a few.

We were all very excited to go to the Library here in Kansas and get Library cards to check stuff out for the first time since we left NC.  We got to go to the Library as a whole family because Jody was with us instead of at work like he use to be.  The girls enjoyed having us both available to them so they could get more 1 on 1 time instead of just sharing Momma. Spending more time together as a family is one of the many benefits we anticipated while traveling.  We each left the Library with a sack of entertainment that we look forward to diving into.  We took a picture of the contents in each bag so we could have a visual reminder of what we would need to include on our return trip.

I type this post as Daddy-O and the girls are reading Guinea Dog 🙂 one of our Library books.  What books have you enjoyed lately?

CONTEST – Book Give Away!

 Congratulations to Connie Perry, the latest winner …

Collection One of Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley’s  “Wright On Time” books 1-4  will be the prize for one of you lucky readers.     When we recieved our copy of the book the girls were excited to be reading about a homeschooling family that traveled in an RV just like us!  Wow, as a reader, you don’t come across story lines that include a homeschooling, RV traveling family everyday. The 4 books in this collection are set in Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and South Dakota.  These are all states that we have not traveled to yet and in each scenario we learned some new information about  adventures we may want to check out when traveling in these areas. While reading the stories to the girls, I often had to stop and answer questions about the information I was reading.  This book was really great at exposing them to new topics and vocabulary words.  I really appreciated the books all being in one collection so when we finished one title but still wanted to know what was going to happen next in the Wright family adventures, I could simply turn the page and start the next book to continue to feed our curiosity.

We enthusiastically  recommend this collection, and can’t wait for future collections to be released.

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We are thrilled to offer one lucky winner their choice of either an E-book or a Paperback copy of Wright On time Collection 1-4   To enter to win the book:

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We will pick the winner by a random draw in one week on November 15th at 7pm

Cleaning and Cooking Fish – Brewer Lake, ND

Once we arrived at Brewer Lake, we decided we wanted to stick around for as long as we could before the Sugar Beet Harvest began.  We purchased ND fishing licenses so we could both have some fun, and save some money on a few meals.  I grew up fishing in the mountain streams of Western North Carolina, but had not spent much time on a lake.  I had fun catching the fish with the girls, they were very good at using artificial lures by the end of our 3 week stay.

I don’t have an exact total for the number of fish we caught while at the lake, but I am sure it was well over 100 keepers.  We had several fish fries, and still have a couple bags of fillets in our freezer.  I had not filleted many fish prior to arriving at this lake, but I decided to dive in and practice as much as I could while we were there.

In the following video, I fillet a perch, a crappie, and a bass, then I show a brief example of a fish fry complete with hush puppies and fried squash.

In the next video, I show how to clean crappie for pan frying.  I also show the full camp cooking method I used to prepare some very tasty fish.