Mar 282017

12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Written by: Solomon Northup
Narrated by: Louis Gossett, Jr.
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:09-06-13
Publisher: Audible Studios

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

Shipped to New Orleans, he endures the life of a slave in Louisiana’s isolated plantation country. For twelve long years, he endures the unimaginable brutality and inhumanity of daily life, while keeping his dignity intact and dreaming of one day returning home to the arms of his family.

Twelve Years a Slave is soon to be a major motion picture, starring Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.

What I Thought:
This was very hard to listen to. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to someone to be born into slavery. But imagine being born free, and then as a married adult with children, being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Some of the things Solomon and the other slaves had to endure at the hands of their master, and that they were forced to do to other slaves, were so horrible that I literally cringed. This was the first time I heard of a slave owner forcing a slave to harm another slave. What Solomon was forced to do to a female slave was shocking. No, it wasn’t sexual.

I can’t wrap my head around how someone could treat another human being that way.

I teared up many times during this book, especially when Solomon was finally rescued. I’m sure there were parts in the book that told of some of good times the slaves had, but honestly I don’t remember any specific thing. The torture the slaves endured is what I remember.

The audiobook I read was narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr. and I thought he did a good job, but his voice was so deep that at times the last word or two of a sentence was hard to understand.

This book will stay with me for a very long time.

Mar 282017

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
It’s been exactly a month since I posted a Readers Workout. First I had modem problems and then I transferred my blog’s domain and had a few problems with the transfer, but with the help of my son Jeremy my blog is back and I’m a happy blogger again!

I’ve been doing good with my walking etc., but didn’t keep track of anything other than my walking and cardio. I’ll start tracking everything else after I make new goals for April.

Tuesday~ 3/21: 7,194 steps
Wednesday~ 3/22: 9,182 steps
Thursday ~ 3/23: 8,372 steps
Friday ~ 3/24: 11,371 steps
Saturday ~ 3/25: rest day
Sunday ~ 3/26: 8,197 steps
Monday ~ 3/27: 7,605 steps

Cardio/Strength Training: 
Tuesday~ 3/21: 90 minuets
Wednesday~ 3/22: 90 minuets
Thursday ~ 3/23: 120 minuets
Friday ~ 3/24: 60 minuets
Saturday ~ 3/25: rest day
Sunday ~ 3/26: 120 minuets
Monday ~ 3/27: 120 minuets

On The Menu
Tuesday: Fish and veggies
Wednesday: Campbell’s Sauces Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday: Taco Salad
Friday: Left over Taco Salad
Saturday: ?
Sunday: ?
Monday: Stacked Enchiladas (my mom’s recipe)

Mar 042017


I love soup and this is one from my cookbook

Gooseberry Patch 101 Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches

This was so easy to make, it only took a few minutes to get the ingredients in the pot and it was done in about 15 min. I didn’t eat cornbread with it like Katie French ,the woman who sent the recipe to Gooseberry Patch, recommended. I used croutons instead, and was very happy with that decision. This recipe will go into my rotation to be made every so often. It is really good!

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Se that soup cup? I bought 4 at Publix  and wish I’d bought more. I love them! They’re oven, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher safe and have lids.

This counts toward my Pin It & Do It: Food challenge

Weekend Cooking

Souper Sundays