Vicki

Nov 182018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
77° now but a high of 80° expected around 2pm, clear skies and tonight’s low of 57°

Thankful…
that I have tomorrow and Tuesday off work

Reading…
Elevation by Stephen King

Listening To…
As soon as I finish The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani I plan on starting Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Watching…
Yesterday I watched the movie Wonder based on the book by  by R.J. Palacio, great movie!

Mind Body Soul…
A new website I really like – Mind Body Green

In The Kitchen…
Taco Salad

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning so now I plan to just relax with a tv show or two and/or a book

One of my favorite things:
International Delights Caramel Macchiato, it’s full of yumminess!

Looking forward to…
Spending Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family, my son in law’s parents, and son Anthony. Son Jeremy and his family are going to Pennsylvania (happy for them, sad for me)

Question…
Are you looking forward to a specific food on Thanksgiving?
My answer: Nope, I love it all!

A Favorite Bible Verse…

I saw this on FB. Sorry I can’t remember who posted it.

From the camera…

One of my favorite walking trails

Nov 162018
 
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Hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and  15andmeowing

1. I can’t wait to have turkey,  stuffing, & pumpkin pie with cool whip on Thanksgiving

2. I am thankful for my children and grandchildren, and my dog and cats

3. When it comes to pie, I prefer chocolate cream or pumpkin  

4. A feast is not a feast without turkey or ham!

Nov 152018
 

Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
Illustrated by Dan Williams
Hardcover: 105 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books
First Edition edition (September 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0525539094

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city’s swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Thoughts
This book is a short story that takes only a little time to read, but the message had a great impact on me. It’s written as a letter from a father to his son. The letter is about his own childhood, then the their life in Syria. It ends with his thought about what’s ahead of them as they prepare to leave their home to escape the horror of the war via the sea.

I enjoyed this book. I thought the story seemed so much bigger than the short page count. It made a big impact on me.

I loved the illustrations.

This book was written to honor all the families that had to flee their homes because of war. Author proceeds go to UNHCR and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

Nov 122018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Perched on the Edge: Poems and Songs for Everyday

Playing Upon A Word

The author lay upon the ground

She was bruised and shaken

She said that she was sorry, that it was really quite absurd

She fell, she said, while she was trying to play upon a word

 

Nov 122018
 
Readers-workouts-Joy
Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Food
I’ve found quite a few sheet pan recipes that I want to try and also have One Pan Wonders by America’s Test Kitchen on hold at the library.

Does anyone know of a really good vegetable sheet pan cookbook?

Steps Last Week
Tuesday: 7,429
Wednesday: 8,446
Thursday: 8,738
Friday: 8,418
Saturday: 7,803
Sunday: 7,945
Monday: 10,204

Tai-Chi/Chi Gong, Strength Training, Etc.
Every day

Nov 112018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Lately there have been a few tornado’s and one touched down near our house. There is a tree outside my bedroom that was planted just before we moved here in 1999 and it’s really tall. Limbs kept breaking off because of the high wind and some hit the roof and some fell to the ground. It was very loud, freaked me, my dog and cats out.

Thankful…
That there wasn’t any more damage

Reading…
Perched on the Edge: Poems and Songs for Everyday by Lowell a Anderson, a blogger buddy

Listening To…
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

Watching…
A Million Little Things which Paula posted about on her blog
Smidgens, Snippets & Bits-SO GOOD!

Fitness…
I’ve found some new recipes to try and since it’s cooler I’d like to start walking outside some and maybe talk my kids/grandkids into going to one of the local trails to ride our bikes

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv, snuggling with my animals, making a list of meals for the week

One of my favorite things:
Daylight coming early, yeah I know a lot of people don’t like it but I do

Looking forward to…
Picking up Elevation by Stephen King that’s waiting for me at the library  (it doesn’t have the highest rating but I’m still excited to read it)

Question…
What’s your favorite Christmasy book?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
bible-verses

From the camera…

 

Nov 072018
 

Our House by Louise Candlish
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Elliot Hill
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 08-07-18
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio

There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared, and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Thoughts
This is another 4⋆ for me. I can’t fathom what Fiona was going through. First there was the confusion of someone else moving into her house. Then there was the realization that her husband had all their belongings removed from the house and that HE actually sold it to the new owners. The book was one surprise after another with a lot of twists and shocking moments.

I had just resigned myself to everything that had happened and was thinking everything would be ok with Fiona, and then Bram’s last entry took me by surprise and shocked me so much my jaw dropped, and I knew it was not over for her. I’m really hoping there is a follow up book.

I loved that there was a woman and a man narrating the book. I’m not a huge fan of a woman trying to sound like a man or a man trying to sound like a woman. It made listening to the audio a lot more enjoyable. Both narrators did a great job.

I loved this book!

 

Counts toward the following challenges:

Audiobook

 

Nov 072018
 
Readers-workouts-Joy
Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

 

Food
I’m trying to eat less meat so I want most of my meals to be meatless.  I’m Searching for new vegetable recipes. I’m leaning toward sheet pan recipes. If you know of some good ones let me know what they are please and thank you!

Steps Last Week
Tuesday: 8,613
Wednesday: 10,776
Thursday: 8,406
Friday: 8,595
Saturday: 7,017
Sunday: didn’t track
Monday: 8,720

Tai-Chi/Chi Gong, Strength Training, Etc.
Every day

Nov 052018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

The Storyteller's Secret

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

JAYA
2000
ONE

I was five years old when I begged my mother for a dog. The breed or size didn’t matter. I just wanted something of my own to love and to hold tight. Mom surprised me with a puppy waiting on a leash three days after I asked. It was perfect. I took the dog everywhere and slept with it every night. A few months later, the dog got out of the backyard and was lost. I sat on my bed and cried for hours while my mother watched me silently from the doorway of my room. I finally fell asleep, exhausted from my grief. Only the next morning did I discover she had come in during the night to pull the blanket over me and turn off the light. She never said a word to me about my loss.

Nov 042018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
58° but the humidity is 88% so it feels like 66°,  expected high of 78°

Thankful…
that I got to spend yesterday with family

Reading…
Today I’m going to read a children’s book, I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Listening To…
I’m a little over half way through In Pieces by Sally Field

Watching…
Still watching This Is Us, one of the best shows ever!!!

Mind Body Soul… 
I’m loving Meditation apps

In The Kitchen…
Sirloin Tip Oven Roast, honey gold potatoes, carrots

Today’s To-Do List…
No plans today

One of my favorite things:
Nectarines, I love them!

A Favorite Bible Verse…

From the camera…

Oct 292018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

In Pieces by Sally Field

My Grandmother’s Daughter

I wait for my mother to haunt me as she promised she would; long to wake in the night with the familiar sight of her sitting at the end of my bed, to talk to her one more time, to feel that all the pieces have been put into place, the puzzle is solved, and I can rest.

Oct 292018
 
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Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

 

Food
Scrambled Eggs & Toast
BLT
Chicken Breast & Stuffing
Chicken Soft Tacos
Jersey Mike’s Sub

Steps Last Week
Tuesday: 10,676
Wednesday: didn’t track
Thursday: 8,938
Friday: 7,556
Saturday: 14,373
Sunday: 9,085
Monday: 8,645

Tai-Chi/Chi Gong, Strength Training, Etc.
Again, every day except one

Oct 282018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
73° with low humidity, loving this cooler weather

Thankful…
That I had last weekend off and got to spend time with my kids and grandkids

Reading…
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Listening To…
In Pieces by Sally Field

Watching…
I plan to start watching The Kids Are Alright today

Fitness… 
Would like to find something new to do, maybe kayaking

In The Kitchen…
Today it’s KFC

Today’s To-Do List…
Figuring out what meals to make this week

One of my favorite things:
A cold bottle of water

Looking forward to…
Having next weekend off

A Link I Want To Share
Attack Of The Cute

Question…
What did you do last weekend?
My answer: I went to Silver Springs

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
– Proverbs 3:5-6

From the camera…

Oct 242018
 

Whiskey in a Teacup

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Narrated by Reese Witherspoon
Listening Length: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: September 18, 201

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

Thoughts
I had seen this book posted about by a few bloggers and since I’ve been a Witherspoon fan for many years, I decided to get a copy.

I enjoyed getting to know Reese as she is in her personal life. She talks a lot about her grandmother Dorothea and the love she feels for her is apparent. She also talks some about her husband and kids, and it all was very interesting.

Reese tells us how she uses hot rollers for her hair, her family traditions, decorating for holidays, how she loves throwing parties, about food, and more, and I learned quite a few things about her.

Her narration is easy to listen to, and a few times she was very funny. I enjoyed listening to this book very much.

Counts toward the following challenges:

Audiobook
Non-Fiction

Oct 222018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
Illustrated by Dan Williams

My dear Marwan,
in the long summers of childhood,
when I was a boy the age you are now,
your uncles and I
spread our mattress on the roof
of your grandfather’s farmhouse
outside of Homes.

We woke in the mornings
to the stirring of olive trees in the breeze,
to the bleating of your grandmother’s goat,
the clanking of her cooking pots,
the air cool and the sun
a pale rim of persimmon to the east.

This is another book that I first saw when Diane posted a review. I couldn’t get it out of my head so I borrowed a copy from the library. Would you keep reading?