Historic Book Acquisitions VII

I am always on the lookout for books about history when I am browsing the shelves of a book store or a library book sale.

Tonight I will share a little bit about some books that I picked up this weekend.

The Making of the President 19860, Theodore H. White, John F. Kennedy, campaign, electionsThe Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White is about the 1960 campaign and election of John F. Kennedy.

The book won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction so it is on one of my long-term reading lists.

This book also makes me think about some of the books that will probably be written after the recent election.

James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Sel-Government, Colleen A. Sheehan, Politics, HistoryJames Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government by Colleen A. Sheehan is about the creation of our current government. There is a lot of interest in this subject as we look back and see how our government was formed.

James Madison and the STruggle for the Bill of Rights, Richard Labunski, Pivotal Moments in American HistoryI also found another book about James Madison. This book is part of a series of books on Pivotal Moments in American History.

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard Labunski is about the fight to ratify the Constitution. The book centers on the Bill of Rights which was added to the Constitution to decrease fears about the Federal Government restricting the rights of the people.

Can you imagine our country today without the Bill of Rights?

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that saved the American Revolution, Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Culpepper RingI have actually been reading this book over the last several weeks after checking it out from the library. When I saw the book at the library book sale yesterday I decided to go ahead and purchase it. I want to be able to easily access it in the future. This is one of the reasons that I buy many of my history related books. I know that I can get them from the library, but it is so much quicker to go to my own shelves.

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is about Robert Townsend and the Culper Ring.

The Culper Ring helped gather information about the British Army during the Revolutionary War and forwarded the information on to General Washington.

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize, BiographyCuster’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2016.

I look forward to reading this book as it is thoroughly researched and received great reviews from other historians.

I have an interesting family connection to Custer that I will write about someday. I remember my Uncle Howard always saying that we were related to him. I have since found out that we are not related by blood, but I can see where the story came from that we were related to him. Unfortunately I found the connection after my uncle had passed so was not able to share it with him.

Now to figure out which of these books to read next.



Overdue Yard Work

Today I finally got caught up on some of my overdue yard work. However, there is much more to do. Rainy weekends have put me behind.

Tall Grass, electric mower, rain delayYou can see here that my grass is very tall. I had to be careful with my mover that it did not bog down. Also I had to make double passes to make sure the grass was cut well.

Rose bushes, tall grass, yard work, winter yard work, overdue yard workHere is the other side of my front yard. You can see the neatly mowed lawns of my neighbors and my tall grass.

You can also see that the rose bushes need some attention, but there was no time today.

Leaf in yard, red leaf, yard work, autumn leavesI was a little confused by this leaf in my yard. None of the trees close to my yard have leaves like this. It must have blown here from further down the street.

It is pretty though and I had to take a picture🙂

Winter mowing, back yard, mowed yard, electric mowerI did not get a before picture, but you can imagine what my back yard looked like with long grass. Here it looks much nicer.

I do need to do a bit of trimming on my trees, but that is another task that will need to wait until later. Maybe I should let the leaves finish falling so that it is easier to see where to trim and also to clean up.

trimming yard, leaves and clippings, sweeping drivewayOne of the hardest parts of yard work is sweeping the sidewalk and driveway. Of course I could get a leaf blower, but I would miss some valuable exercise.

Front yard, yard work, winter yard work, winter rosesIt was starting to get dark by the time I finished. You can see the glow from the setting sun on my roses. Even though it is December, I have a lot of blooms still on my rose bushes. Unfortunately, I also have a lot of spent blooms that I need to trim off. However, since it has rained on most days that I am home during daylight it has been hard to find time to do it.

Also, too much reading to do🙂

I am glad that I got the mowing done. I was talking to my neighbor and he wondered if I went on a trip and hadn’t let him know.

Maybe next weekend I will work on the roses and clean the gutters, or maybe not.