Jun 202021
 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

Outside… 
High of 91°, 64% humidity with a few showers or thunderstorms, so it will probably be hot & muggy

Reading…
Humankind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time by Brad Aronson

Listening To…
Pure Joy by Danielle Steel

Books Reviewed Last Week…
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

On TV…
So I started watching Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar and didn’t even get 1/2 hour into it before I gave up. It was ridiculous and corny and I couldn’t take it anymore. But don’t not watch it because of what I thought, many people liked it and thought it was hilarious. Just not my kind of funny

I also watched When We Last Spoke (2019) with Melissa Gilbert, Corbin Bernsen, & Cloris Leachman, and I loved every second of it! It had all the feels

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; And his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

From the camera…

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Jun 182021
 
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Narrated by Oge Mora

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge Mora comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.

Thoughts
I loved reading about Mary Walker and her life. She was an amazing person and very determined to learn how to read and write.

Mary was born a slave on May 6, 1848 so she had a very hard life, and for a time was even a blacksmith!

Mary was emancipated at 15 yrs. old. She met a group of Evangelists and was given a Bible from a woman. She kept that Bible and wanted to learn to read it. Finally, after owning the Bible for 101 years, she learned to read and write at the age of 116. How amazing is that?

Mary was married twice, had 3 children, and she outlived them all.

I loved this book! The treatment of slaves was horrible, but Mary had a fighting spirit and her life was filled with so much more than she could have ever imagined.

I loved the illustrations.

This book should be in every elementary class room!

 Posted by at 5:26 PM
Jun 152021
 
Before the Kids and Mortgage: One Couple's Escape from the Ordinary

Before The Kids And Mortgage by Eyal N. Danon

Chapter One

The Love Boat On The Kali Gandaki

In a small apartment, the telephone rings. “Hello, I’m speaking with Eyal?” a man’s voice asks in English with a heavy French accent.
“Yes,” I reply. “Who is this?”
“This is Freddy, from the rafting trip in Nepal.”
“Freddy! How are you? Is everything all right?”
“Yes, yes, everything is fine. Can you come fetch me?”
“What do you mean, ‘fetch you’?” As far as I knew, Freddy was at that very moment in distant Brussels. “Where are you?”
“At your airport. I’m here, in Israel,” Freddy explained patiently in his nasally voice. “Don’t you remember? When we were in the Himalayas, I promised that if you two would get married, I’m come to your wedding.”

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Jun 132021
 

Outside…
Today is only supposed to get up to 86°, but that’s because there’s an 72% chance of thunderstorms 🙁

Reading…
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Before The Kids And Mortgage: One Couple’s Escape From The Ordinary by Eyal N. Danon

Listening To…
Pure Joy by Danielle Steel

Watching This Week…
Friends: The Reunion
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

In The Kitchen…
Easy Cheesy Baked Tortellini With Meat Sauce
Crockpot Chicken & Gravy
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas w/ham
Tacos

Looking forward to…
We’ve decided where we’re going on vacation, it’s somewhere we’ve been wanting to go for a while. I’ll post photos when we get back. I’m so excited!

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Jesus Christ was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification
Romans 4:25

From the camera…

 Posted by at 6:55 AM
Jun 062021
 

Outside…
Factoring in the humidity, the “feels like” temp is 101° and it’s not even the hottest time of the day yet

Reading…
My Life as a Dog by L.A. Davenport

Listening To…
The Invisible Husband Of Fricke Island by Colleen Oakley

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank

Book Reviews Coming Up This Week…
P.S. I Hope This Finds You by Chanel Hardy

My Life as a Dog by L.A. Davenport

On TV…
I found a new to me reality show called Race Around The World and I love it! I’m on Season 2 Episode 2. I’m watching it on discovery+

In The Kitchen This Week…
Tonight I’m making Hamburgers, Onion Rings
I’m not sure about the rest of the week but I found this site and am going to try a few recipes from it

New To Me Stuff:
When I was getting a grocery order ready a few days ago I saw these. I bought 2 different ones but haven’t tried them yet : Dole Original Acai Bowl, Frozen Acai Bowl with Fruit and Granola

Today’s To Do List…
mostly relaxing with a book and tv

Looking forward to…
Vacation coming up in 2 weeks

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

From the camera…

My daughter and I saw this at a restaurant in one of the towns we went to last week for her birthday

 Posted by at 3:05 PM
Jun 052021
 
Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank

Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank by Various Authors

In this warm and moving anthology, a group of best-selling authors and writers pay tribute to legendary, larger-than-life New York Times best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank and her literary legacy.

Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book – Reunion Beach – these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina – a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.

From Elin Hilderbrand, number-one New York Times best-selling author, a sequel to Summer of ’69.

From Adriana Trigiani, New York Times best-selling author, comes a heartwarming, humorous interview from the hereafter with Pat Conroy and Dorothea Benton Frank, two beloved icons of Southern literature.

From Patti Callahan, best-selling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, comes The Bridemaids, a story about a trip to the South Carolina beach.

From Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author, Mother and Child Reunion, a heartwarming story set under the warm South Carolina sun.

Reunion Beach also features letters, short stories, poems, and essays from:

Mary Norris, New York Times best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker

Cassandra King Conroy, best-selling and award-winning author of Tell Me A Story

Nathalie Dupree, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author

Marjory Wentworth, former Poet Laureate of South Carolina

Gervais Hagerty, author of In Polite Company

Jacqueline Bouvier Lee, Peter Frank, Victoria Peluso, and William Frank

Infused with Dorothea Benton Frank’s remarkable spirit, Reunion Beach is a literary homage and beautiful audio keepsake that keeps this dearly missed writer’s flame burning bright.

Thoughts
These stories etc. are a celebration of the late author Dorothea Benton Frank. I felt all kinds of emotions while reading the book, not only because of the content, but also because it is a great tribute to a woman lost too soon from those who knew and loved her.

I enjoyed the book and very much and would 100% recommend it. I also enjoyed the narration.

The fact that all of these authors wanted to contribute to this book is a testament to what kind of woman Dorothea was. After reading this I am sad that I haven’t read a book by her, yet.

 Posted by at 3:30 PM
May 302021
 

Outside… 
Today is supposed to be cooler with a high of 88° & a 59% chance of rain

Reading…
I’m going to start P.S. I Hope This Finds You by Chanel Hardy tomorrow for the 20 Books Of Summer Challenge

Listening To…
Going to start The Invisible Husband Of Fricke Island by Colleen Oakley tomorrow for the 20 Books Of Summer Challenge

Did I mention that both the books I’m starting tomorrow are for the 20 Books Of Summer Challenge? There’s still time to join!

Books Reviewed…
Didn’t get Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank reviewed so I’ll get that posted this week

On TV…
I LOVE This Is Us and am so upset that it’s ending! Why? Grrrrr!!!

In The Kitchen This Week…
Club Sandwiches
Hamburgers, Sliced Tomatoes & Cucumbers
Chicken à la King
Pizza
Pork Chops with Orange Rice

Today’s To Do List…
Yesterday a friend recommended the movie Greenland to me so I plan on watching it later today

Looking forward to…
My daughter’s birthday is Wednesday and we usually spend it together, we’re going out to eat, hopefully to the beach, and not sure what else

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you
Matthew 6:14

From the camera…

 Posted by at 12:27 PM