Vicki

Apr 182021
 

Outside… 
It’s 85° right now but with the humidity it feels like 90° with a little bit of a breeze and a cloudy sky

Reading…
The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt

Listening To…
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Love, Clancy: A Dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover

Books I Need To Review…
The Diary by Eileen Goudge
Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories by Patricia Scanlan

Movies Reviewed Last Week…
Thunder Force

On TV…
Binge watching Friends

In The Kitchen…
Still trying out Home Chef and liking it. I’m on the Fast And Easy Plan and it takes so little time to put the meal together.

New To Me Stuff:
Nothing last week

Today’s To Do List…
Nothing planned

Looking Forward To…
Taking a few days off and going to somewhere new to me

A Favorite Bible Verse…
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mark 1:4

From the camera…

 Posted by at 2:35 PM
Apr 172021
 

Thunder Force

Director: Ben Falcone
Writer: Ben Falcone

Stars:
Melissa McCarthy (Lydia Berman)
Octavia Spencer (Emily Stanton)
Jason Bateman (The Crab)

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

Thoughts
I’ve loved everything I’ve seen with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, & have been a fan of Jason Bateman since I first saw him in Valerie in the late ’80’s so as soon as I saw this movie advertised I knew I wanted to watch it.

I really love that the two main characters are women and that they are a force to be reckoned with. The movie was like a roller coaster. One minute I was laughing, the next I was watching an action scene that I couldn’t have taken my eyes off of if I’d wanted to. The action was amazing!

The movie was well written (by Melissa’s husband, who also has a small role in the movie) and the dialogue was as entertaining as the action was. It was good enough for a book that would have held my attention from start to finish.

This is one of those movies that I will want to see again and again. I’m putting it up at the top of the list with Twister, which I’ve seen over and over and…

Also want to share that Melissa & Ben’s daughter plays Melissa at the beginning of the movie when they are in school, and she did a great job!

Remember, this is supposed to be a less serious superhero/comedy movie, so keep that in mind.

If you like superhero movies that are also funny, check this movie out.

Just so you know, some people are saying they didn’t think this movie was funny. I guess that depends on which category of humor you like. I like the category that thinks this movie was funny.

 Posted by at 1:17 PM
Apr 132021
 

Hosted @ Socrates’ Book Reviews

 

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