Aug 012021
 

Outside… 
Right now it’s 77° but the high is supposed to be 93° and the humidity at 96%, so another hot and humid day

Reading…
How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan

Listening To…
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Pure by Danielle Steel

On TV…
Decided to watch some of the IMDb Top Rated Movies
I’m starting with #1, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) which I’ve already seen

In The Kitchen…
Spaghetti Pie Casserole
Sloppy Joes, Onion Rings, Baked Potato
Tacos
Pork Chops with Orange Rice

New To Me Stuff:
Golden Grahams TM S’mores Treats Bar
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Breakfast Bar

Both were really good

Today’s To Do List…
Going for a ride and stopping to get Chinese Takeout at our favorite restaurant

A Favorite Bible Verse…
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you
Matthew 5:44

From the camera…

This was in the area of the Chattooga River Rapids

 Posted by at 8:02 AM
Jul 312021
 
Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel

In this funny, lovely, moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives and howthey become part of the family.

We meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the bassethound who was steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer. We also meet Sweet Pea – unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband – andall those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other canines,and one potbellied pig. As Steel reflects on the beloved pets who have brought joy – and sometimes chaos – to her home through the years, she also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household,the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, and the losses we feel forever.

Filled with colorful characters (human and otherwise), delightful photographs, practical wisdom drawn from long experience, and brimming with warmth and insight on every page, Pure Joy is a love letter to this special relationship – and one of the most charming books yet fromthe incomparable Danielle Steel.

Thoughts
I LOVE animals, especially dogs and cats, so I knew as soon as I saw this book that I’d be getting a copy.

This book is filled with the love that Danielle Steel (and her family) has for dogs. She has had a lot of dogs over the years, even a lot at one time. She and her husband had their own as did all of her children. She shares many stories from them and they are full of every emotion a person has when they love a dog. They bring us so much happiness, laughter, companionship, and comfort. And when we lose one it is a tremendous ache that, for me, never goes away. I still miss all the dogs I’ve lost over the years, especially my childhood dog (an American Eskimo) and Patches (my soulmate dog) who I lost in 2015.

I enjoyed reading (listening) to this book and learned some things that I didn’t know, like the do’s and don’ts when flying with a dog, which I will probably never do but I enjoyed learning about.

I’ve been a fan of Danielle Steel books since the early 70’s and I loved getting to know the dog lover behind the books. I’ve read some reviews that stated this book wasn’t what they expected compared to her other books, but you have to remember this isn’t fiction, it’s a memoir about her life with dogs. I think anyone who loves dogs or animals in general will enjoy it.

This book is funny, touching, and also sad at times. I loved it!

 Posted by at 10:16 AM
Jul 252021
 

Outside… 
Hot, humid, big fluffy clouds, beautiful blue sky

Reading…
How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan

Listening To…
The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story by Joseph Fink & Meg Bashwiner

Books Reviewed Last Week…
None, I’m behind on a few books

Reviews Coming Up This Week…
Pure Joy by Danielle Steel

On TV…
Blackbird

In The Kitchen This Week…
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Beans and Rice
Pulled Pork w/coleslaw on buns & chips
Baby Lima Beans & Cornbread

New To Me Stuff:
Nothing

Today’s To Do List…
Will watch Blackbird and finish my current book so I can start How Ya’ll Doing? tomorrow

Question Of The Week…
It seems when I start taking vitamins I’m a lot more tired during the day, anyone else have that problem?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Psalm 51:10

From the camera…

This is another vacation photo, Chattahoochee River (Alabama side)

 Posted by at 1:15 PM
Jul 182021
 

Outside… 
High of 91°, humidity 89%, 50% chance of rain, but right now the sun is shining and the sky is clear & blue sky

Reading…
Before the Kids and Mortgage: One Couple’s Escape from the Ordinary by Eyal N. Danon

Listening To…
Falling by T.J. Newman: I”M LOVING IT!!!!

Books Reviewed…
None

On TV…
Big Brother
Barkitecture
Thanks A Million
A Street Cat Named Bob

In The Kitchen This Week…
Potato Soup
Chicken Street Tacos
BLT Salad Recipe
Hamburgers, Onion Rings or Fries, Baked Beans & Coleslaw

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good
Romans 12:9

From the camera…

There are more than 700 springs in Florida

This is a photo of  Madison Blue Spring State Park

We stopped there on our way home from our vacation last month

 Posted by at 9:51 AM
Jul 112021
 

Today is my Great Granddaughter’s First Birthday party!

She will be 1 on the 16th

Outside… 
86° but with the humidity it “feels like” 94

Reading…
Before the Kids and Mortgage: One Couple’s Escape from the Ordinary by Eyal N. Danon

Listening To…
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

Books Reviewed Last Week…
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

On TV…
Binging Community ~ It’s hilarious!
Hurricane on the Bayou

In The Kitchen This Week…
Tacos
Sausage Steam Pot with Potatoes & Cabbage
Chicken & Yellow Rice
Enchilada Casser-Ole!

New To Me Stuff:
Slim Jim: Dill Pickle flavor Good
Sonic: Strawberry Limeade Didn’t like the taste of the Limeade in it but loved the strawberry flavor and chunks

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

From the camera…

Kaiyo, snuggling with her monkey

 Posted by at 12:19 PM
Jul 102021
 
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island Audiobook By Colleen Oakley cover art

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

Sometimes all you need is one person to really see you.

Piper Parrish’s life on Frick Island—a tiny, remote town smack in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay—is nearly perfect. Well, aside from one pesky detail: Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When Tom’s crab boat capsized and his body wasn’t recovered, Piper, rocked to the core, did a most peculiar thing: carried on as if her husband was not only still alive, but right there beside her, cooking him breakfast, walking him to the docks each morning, meeting him for their standard Friday night dinner date at the One-Eyed Crab. And what were the townspeople to do but go along with their beloved widowed Piper?

Anders Caldwell’s career is not going well. A young ambitious journalist, he’d rather hoped he’d be a national award-winning podcaster by now, rather than writing fluff pieces for a small town newspaper. But when he gets an assignment to travel to the remote Frick Island and cover their boring annual Cake Walk fundraiser, he stumbles upon a much more fascinating tale: an entire town pretending to see and interact with a man who does not actually exist. Determined it’s the career-making story he’s been needing for his podcast, Anders returns to the island to begin covert research and spend more time with the enigmatic Piper—but he has no idea out of all the lives he’s about to upend, it’s his that will change the most.

Thoughts
When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought “Wow, that’s different, I want to read it!”, so I got a copy of the audio and patiently waited until it moved up my tbr list. It was SO worth the wait!

I loved everything about this book. The storyline was creative and very different from anything I’ve ever read. Each character was well written and played an important role in the book. There wasn’t one character that I didn’t like. Yes, I liked some more than others, but they were all very interesting.

The book led me to believe that the story was going in one direction, but nope, it went somewhere else. I loved that, it kept me engaged in the story, trying to figure it out.

The ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was very close. And after thinking about it, I decided it was an ending that could make it possible for a book #2. I would love that!

This was the perfect book to bring me out of my last reading slump. I’d recommend this to all my book loving friends!

 Posted by at 2:08 PM
Jun 272021
 

Outside… 
Today’s high is expected to be 90° with a humidity of 97%, UGH! I don’t have any plans to go outside thankfully

Reading…
The Little Dog That Had to Learn to Bark (Foster Tails Book 1) by Barby Keel
Will You Love Me?: The Rescue Dog That Rescued Me (Foster Tails Book 2) by Barby Keel

Listening To…
Pure Joy by Danielle Steel
Up next: The Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown

Books Reviewed Last Week…
I had planned to finish my audiobook and read a few shorter books last week but I was in vacation mode and never got around to reading or posting anything

Watch List…
Queen Bees
Luca
Blue Miracle
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In The Kitchen This Week…
Field Peas, Cut Fresh Tomatoes (thanks to Tina), & Corn Bread
Spaghetti
Chicken and Veggies Ramen Noodles Skillet
Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Applesauce

Thinking…
I’m ready for cooler weather already

New To Me Stuff:
On our way to Georgia for our vacation my son saw a sign for Buc-ee’s and said he wanted to stop. I had never seen one before but he said they are HUGE, and it was! They had everything I could think of you needing on a road trip, and then some. I just found out yesterday that there is one in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. I’ll be visiting those the next time I’m near them. It was way cool!

We went to Stone Mountain, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Chattahoochee River (Alabama side), Blue Spring State Park, and we also saw signs for some small towns on the way back home & went to a few to check them out. We did so much walking, and Stone Mountain was all up and down, barely any flat walking, and my legs were so sore beginning on the first day. I’m used to a lot of flat surface walking, but not walking up and down. We rode the Sky Ride up most of the mountain but had to walk the rest of the way and it was very uneven. But it was so worth it! Great views!

Looking forward to…
Going on another day trip with my daughter, plus my oldest granddaughter is in Puerto Rico with her boyfriend visiting his family, I can’t wait to see all the photos and hear about their trip

Question Of The Week…
What is your favorite vacation destination?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
1 Chronicles 16

From The Camera…
We also went to Cairo 🙂

 Posted by at 7:45 AM
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…

 Posted by at 7:26 AM
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