Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Great for kids. 

Great for me as most of the exhibits are FREE.

Exhibition halls explore the state’s unique habitats and rich cultural history, including information about some of Florida’s early Native peoples.

Mammoth and mastodon skeletons from the last ice age.

It’s BIG on the wildlife of Florida.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Audible vs Scribd for audio books

I won’t be dropping my Audible membership any time soon. 

Love the service though it’s not inexpensive. 

I’ll quit Scribd after my free month. Their IOS app is lousy for listening to audiobooks compared with the Audible app which is near perfect.

Audible is still the best source for audio books, too, even though many titles I want are not available in audio editions.  😕

PRO TIP – Before buying from Audible I always check if it’s available from my public library first. 

Here’s another person’s review:

In this article, I’ll compare Audibleone the real audiobook OGs, with Scribd, who I think has the potential to be their biggest competitor over the coming years. …

For me, Audible is still the best option if you want to only listen to Audiobooks.

What takes the cake for me is the selection of Audiobooks on Audible, along with the fact that you own the books you purchase on Audible. …

Scribd vs Audible: Which is best for audiobooks?

Scribd vs Kindle Unlimited for books

I’m currently on my FREE MONTH TRIAL of Scribd.

Listening to borrowed audio books.

Researching borrowed digital copies of hiking guidebooks.

When my month is up my downloads with Scribd disappear.

You get to keep Kindle books forever. But can only download up to 10 books a month on Kindle Unlimited where you can download as many as you want with Scribd.

Seems to me I should NOT subscribe to either — rather purchase books one-at-a-time as needed, OR sign up for a month or two if and when I need hiking guidebooks where the price exceeds monthly subscription.

There’s the occasional fiction title I want on Kindle, as well. My brother’s detective novels, for example.

tracking SLEEP with your watch

Everyone could and should sleep better.

Can a smart watch app help?

I tried Sleep++.

This is the kind of data you get …

That 8 hour night above seemed to me to be a perfect sleep. My average using this data is about 6 hours.

At age-62 I typically get up once during the night to pee.

Likely I’ll give up on the app soon. But keep trying strategies to sleep better and longer.

 

My Apple Watch 5 Review

I went decades without a watch ‘cuz TIME ain’t the boss of me.

When I finally got around to trying Apple Watch 3, I was instantly hooked. It’s an essential part of my life now. I can’t live without a smart watch. 

LOVE IT. 

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Having broken two Apple Watch 3 faces already, when I decided to upgrade the 5 I paid the extra for Apple Care. It covers everything for 2 years.

The normal warranty is 1 year and does not cover cracked glass, the most common way to break it.

In addition, for even more protection, I added an OtterBox Exo Edge Rugged Apple Watch Case.

Watch a video on that product.

Initially I thought the much cheaper Apple Watch 3 would do everything I need.

… Until Rene Ritchie convinced me to upgrade to the 5. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

How much does it cost?

If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

Get a Casio. 😀

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This book has sold well over 4.5 million copies. And it’s legit.

Excellent.

The audio version superbly well read.

Pretty much anyone would enjoy the life story of the marsh girl, who attended only 1 day of school surviving alone from about the age of 10.

It’s at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

Reese Witherspoon will produce the film.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2018 novel by Delia Owens.

It has topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 27 non-consecutive weeks.

The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952–1969.

The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. …