Apr 132021
 

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Lost, Found, and Forever

Lost, Found, and Forever by Victoria Schade

Justine Becker held the base of  the food-long oblong pink dog toy in her fist, like she was swishing at her employee. Her dog, Spencer, dropped into a play bow at her feet with a tongue-lolling grin, ready to give the new product a test-drive.

Not sure I would have wanted to read this book just based on the first paragraph, but when I read the synopsis I definitely wanted a copy! I have just over an hour left and am pretty sure I know how it will end and am excited to see how if I’m right.

 Posted by at 11:50 AM
Apr 122021
 
Love, Clancy: A Dog's Letters Home

Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover

The new audiobook from the best-selling author of Flesh Wounds, heartfelt and hilarious, Love, Clancy is an audiobook for anyone who has ever tried to imagine what their dog was thinking.

Human beings often write about their dogs, but the dogs don’t usually get a right of reply. In Love, Clancy, Richard Glover has collated the letters sent by Clancy to his parents in the bush. They are full of the young dog’s musings about the oddities of human behaviour, life in the big city and his own attempts to fit in.

You’ll meet Clancy as a puppy, making his first attempt to train his humans, then see him grow into a mature activist, demanding more attention be paid to a dog’s view of the world. Along the way, there are adventures aplenty, involving robotic vacuum cleaners, songs about cheese, trips to the country, stolen legs of ham – all told with a dog’s deep wisdom when it comes to what’s important in life.

Thoughts
This book was an adorable twist on most books about a dog, in that Clancy was writing letters to his mom and dad. Yes, you read that right. The dog was writing letters!

I lost track of the number of times I laughed out loud while listening to this. Clancy’s view on humans, the things they do, and the “things” in the world are hilarious. While I was listening to this book I often wondered what my dog was thinking about the things going on in our house, about her 2 cat sisters, about me, and all the noises from outside that make her tilt her head and/or run to me or under my desk. I know a lot of times she’s wondering what that noise was. She definitely doesn’t like loud noises and neither do my cats.

This book is fun from the beginning to the end. It’s a book I will listen to again, and maybe again. It was the “made you laugh” book I was wanting due to all the bad goings on for the last year.

Now I’m wondering how long it will take me to teach my dog to write.

The book is narrated by the author and he did a great job!

 Posted by at 2:10 PM
Apr 112021
 

Outside… 
Yesterday evening we had a lot of wind, rain, lightening etc. Our next door neighbor’s tree got hit by lightening and fell on the powerline, knocking out our electricity. They didn’t loose their electricity but my son who lives on the other side of us and 16 other houses down the road did. They finally got the electric back on about 1:20 this morning. High today is supposed to be 72° with a 68% of more rain etc.

Reading…
Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
Humans by Brandon Stanton

Listening To…
Have just a little more left of Lost Found, and Forever by Victoria Schade
Then I’ll start Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor for Cook The Books

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

Books I Need To Review…
Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover
The Diary by Eileen Goudge
Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories by Patricia Scanlan

Movie I’m Watching Today…
The Bookshop

In The Kitchen… (trying out Home Chef)
Pork Pho Noodle Bowl w/Snow Peas & Carrots
Classic Brown Sugar Glazed Beef Meatloaf w/Cheddar Broccoli
French Onion Chicken w/Peppercorn Green Beans
Apple, Walnut, & Goat Cheese Salad w/Zinfandel Vinaigrette
Fried Chicken w/macaroni salad & potato salad
One night I just ate a banana and a Little Debbie Mini Cherry Pie

New To Me Stuff:
I ordered a 6 pack of extra large dryer balls made from 100% New Zealand Sheep Wool from Etsy. I used to use a different kind of dryer ball but didn’t like it so started using dryer sheets again. I finally found these dryer balls and I think I’ll like them. They had over 1,800 ratings and they were high. Have any of you used them?

Today’s To Do List…
Nothing planned

Looking forward to…
Having next weekend off

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31-32

From the camera…

 Posted by at 3:16 AM
Apr 062021
 

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.

As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.

In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:

-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight

This is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”

Thoughts
I’ve loved every Backman book I’ve read and now this book joins the others in that category.

The author talks about his love for his wife and what it was like for him to be a first time dad. We get to know the man behind the author. After reading this book I get the impression that he is just as good a husband and father as he is an author. Besides being funny, there were a few times in the book that were very touching.

I laughed out loud many times while reading this book. I also said “Yes!” many times, because I’ve experienced the same things with my kids.

There was a chapter where he wrote about IKEA and all the things his son should know before going to that store! Cracked me up! Some of what he said was 100% true and others were what many of us who shop there think. And just like when I read Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix, I’ll be thinking about that chapter during my next few IKEA trips, only this time it will be with laughter, not shivers.

I could tell you more of my thoughts but I think you should read the book yourself and see what you think. I definitely don’t want to take away from your reading experience.

If you are a fan of Fredrick Backman and haven’t read this book I urge you to get a copy. It’s a short read and so very good.

 Posted by at 4:21 PM
Apr 032021
 

Outside… 
It’s been windy on and off for the last few months, I don’t remember it being that windy for that long. Right now it’s 52° but it’s supposed to get up to 77° with only a 6%chance of rain.

Reading…
In April May, since I forgot about it until yesterday: The 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge

Listening To…
Lost Found, and Forever by Victoria Schade

Books I Need To Review…
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover
The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Today’s To Do List…
It’s Easter but nothing is planned due to Covid. I need to check my bird feeders and clean the bird baths and give them fresh water, figure out what I’m going to make for supper, and try to finish my current read

On TV…
Thunder Force starring Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! starring Jamie Foxx

The Wolf Of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio

The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio

In The Kitchen…
Walnut-Crusted Chicken with Basil Pesto Sauce and Green Beans
Pizza
Sun-Dried Tomato Pork Meatballs with Parmesan Asparagus
Chinese
Spicy Boom Boom Chicken with Teriyaki Broccoli and Peppers
Baby Pinto Beans & Cornbread
Crispy Onion Chicken with Hatch Chile Sweet Potato and Corn Gratin

New To Me Stuff:
Ultimate Chicken Club at Sonics (couldn’t find a link at their site)
This was SO GOOD!

Today’s To Do List…
Nothing planned due to Covid so just lazing around the house

Looking forward to…
So many things, including spending a day with my daughter

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
1 Corinthians 13:7

From the camera…

♥ Jensen is a trip! She cracks me up ♥

 Posted by at 7:23 PM
Mar 282021
 

Outside… 
It’s supposed to get up to 89° which is a bit cooler than it was yesterday

Reading…
In April: The 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge

Listening To…
The Other Emily by Dean Koontz

Books Reviewed Last Week…
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Books I Need To Review…
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover
The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Today’s To Do List…
Work and then home, do some laundry, read and watch Hope Gap

Looking forward to…
Going somewhere other than work next weekend, not exactly sure where yet

A Favorite Bible Verse…
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”
1 Peter 4:8

From the camera…

 Posted by at 5:10 AM
Mar 252021
 

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop: A Novel

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg (Author, Narrator)

Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop with his mother, Ruth, church-going and proper, and his aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town’s popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its fun and famous fried green tomatoes. And as Bud often said of his childhood to his daughter, Ruthie, “How lucky can you get?” But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and Whistle Stop became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see what has become of his beloved Whistle Stop. In so doing, he discovers new friends, as well as surprises about Idgie’s life, about Ninny Threadgoode and other beloved Fannie Flagg characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, that change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you really go home again?

Thoughts
I recently read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg and I loved it, so when I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it also.

This book continues the Fried Green Tomatoes book and I may be in the minority here, but I really think I liked this book more. I loved learning how Stump’s (Buddy Jr.) life was as an adult, and about his daughter Ruth. This book answered all the questions I had when I finished the first book. I was so excited to see what would happen next and I was never disappointed.

There was a surprising twist of new friendships that added so much to the story, and a few more “predicaments” that added a bit of excitement. I totally loved this book!

I plan on reading another Flagg book soon!

 Posted by at 1:47 PM
Mar 182021
 
Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  WestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.

Thoughts
The best kinds of book for children in my opinion are ones that comfort/calm/ teach, or show them how to be a good person. The book will comfort and calm your child.

The story is about each child having a Guardian Angel from the time they are born that will watch over them. It will help them not be afraid of the dark or going to bed alone, etc. and give them a sense of safety. That’s very important, especially with all that’s going on in the world right now.

The words are very easy to read. They are black on a white background and in a box with a beautiful border. The illustrations are beautiful also.

This is a perfect book for all moms-to-be as a baby shower gift. I wish I’d had a book like this when my children and grandchildren were born. I plan on giving this book to my great granddaughter.

The book isn’t listed as a Christian book, but it does have a Christian theme. Still, I think every parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, etc. would love this book and want to read it to the little ones in their life.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

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West Bow Press ~ Nancy Diedrich
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Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a
counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 – My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
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Mar 152021
 

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 26, 2021!Book Details:
Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Release date:   January, 2021
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

 

Book Description:
The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli
Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

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Thoughts
This is such a cute book with a very important message. It lets kids know that it is not nice to bully someone, and that if they see someone being bullied, they should let the bully know that it isn’t right. It also suggests that you might be afraid to say something on your own, but it’s the right thing to do and it would be a lot easier if you were to do it as a group.

The illustrator did a great job with the pictures. The colors are cute and bold and easy to see. The author wrote this book with humorous words that makes such a serious subject not so hard for little ones to take in.

I enjoyed this book and think other adults will too, and enjoy reading it with their children. Children will enjoy it also, I’m sure. This book should be in every kindergarten & first grade class.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

Meet the Authors:

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording
artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the
puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success
of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun
off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s
entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets
in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and
Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger
audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg
and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having
written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery
Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show,
The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave,
along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank
TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL
Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky
Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs,
videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream
Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book
series.

connect with the authors:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram
 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Mar 12 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 15 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Mar 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 18 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Mar 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Mar 25 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Mar 25 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 26 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

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