A month of Sundays!
It’s been a long time since we’ve talked! I’ve enjoyed the break to do other activities in the evenings and spend time with my husband.
Just to catch you up a bit, last summer (which was like 3 years ago with the winter weather we have been having in the upper Midwest) we planted and tended a garden. I returned to my farming roots and loved every minute of it.
There was no pretense that the food was cheaper than from the store. I bought a $50 hoe, too many plants and oodles of seeds. The water bill spiked during the dry weeks.
The tomatoes outgrew their cages; the rabbits dined well on sweet potato vines and cantaloupe leaves; the butternut squash took over the west half of the plot, producing enough for the neighborhood; and sweet basil filled the air.
I relished every minute, dining on salads made with fresh cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, beets and onions.
Cannot wait for the snow to melt this spring!
 
Great on Kindle
Now for the real reason for this Housekeeping post. Donna C asked me to do a bit of research and give an opinion about Great on Kindle.
Great on Kindle is not great. The books have the promised enhanced digital content, but the promotion is a bust. It’s an illusion of a benefit while making the process to claim your reward difficult.
When a customer buys eligible non-fiction books, Amazon offers a credit equal to 25% of the purchase price to be used on future purchases of GoK books. Amazon promises a better reading experience with high quality images, page flip and Wikipedia integration on the select GoK books.
The credit given must be spent on other GoK titles and has no value on any other purchase. The credits do expire so timely redemption is critical.
The collection of eligible books is scattered, including history, business, health, biographies and memoirs and religion titles. I browsed the history selection. There is no discernable reason for the order of the titles and no way to access sub-categories such as military history or memoirs or politics. I didn’t even know how many titles were available until I clicked through more than eleven pages of 48 titles each.
Goodreads has a webpage about GoK. I clicked on a couple of titles that linked to Amazon. The books are no longer offered through GoK. Goodreads is out-of-date and just as random in order.
The internet has a few discussions where readers lament the disorganized selection, but no one has a solution. A few commenters were disappointed their credits were not applying, but they reported customer support was helpful.
One website reported that in early January that the credit percentage was 75%. WOWSER! Nothing offered more than 25% credit toward a future purchase when I looked. But if it is on the internet, it has to be true, right?
Bottom line, if you love to read non-fiction and have time to tinker, GoK might be a good fit for you. If you do not have the patience of Job and a couple of hours to browse, just buy the books you want and forget the credit.

 

Cheap Reads about Gardening
I looked for great, cheap reads about gardening, but didn’t find any that were impressive. Growing your own vegetables has to be experienced to be appreciated. I highly recommend putting down the Kindle and picking up a hoe and a few tomato plants this spring.
While the snow is still blowing here, I’ll be making butternut squash soup and maybe a pie, too.