Vicki

Aug 212021
 

Outside… 
High is supposed to be 93° which is cooler than it has been, and a 52% chance of rain

Current Books…
Audio: Giving People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry another try

Print: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman

Kindle: Spud #1 & Spud #2/Tornado by C. T. Raye, and Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood

Books Reviewed Last Week…
None, I went on a tv binge

Watched…
I watched 4 movies on Hoopla TV last week
The Perfect Wedding Match: 2021
The Best Of Me: 2014
Just For The Summer: 2020
Miss Potter: 2006
And I watched Yes Day on Netflix
I also watched Big Brother and a lot of the Beach Hunters on Discovery+
All were very good

Menu Plan For This Week…
Arby’s Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad it’s SO Good
Keto Mexican Cheesy Chicken Skillet
Stuffed Sausage, Baked Beans & Coleslaw
Spaghetti Pie Casserole
Quick Chicken A La King

New To Me Stuff:
My daughter in law made Blueberry Zucchini bread and it was yummy!

Today’s To Do List…
Work in the morning and then home to relax since I got all the laundry etc. done yesterday

Looking forward to…
The return of all my favorite shows

Question Of The Week…
How would you compare Audible to Scribd? I have Audible, Prime Reading, & KU but I’m thinking about not renewing Audible and getting Scribd. My Audible books have been skipping the first word in most sentences and it’s so aggravating.

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

From the camera…

 Posted by at 8:21 PM
Aug 142021
 

Outside… 
We’ve been having several thunderstorms daily with a lower humidity so it’s been a bit cooler and bearable. The high is expected to be 89° with an occasional thunderstorm

Reading…
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

Listening To…
I tried over and over to get into Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber but it just wasn’t working for me, so I switched from reading How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan to listening to it

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Falling by T.J. Newman – SO GOOD!

On TV…
I added the Hoopla app to my tv and I’ve been watching some very good movies. I haven’t listened to any books from the tv but I have sampled a few and think it’s very neat.

In The Kitchen This Week…
Spaghetti Pie Casserole
Chicken Burrito Skillet
Brunswick Stew

Looking forward to…
Spending Wednesday with my daughter, going to my favorite beach in St. Pete

A Favorite Bible Verse…
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: Make known his deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:1

From the camera…

Jaspurr

 Posted by at 4:20 PM
Aug 112021
 
Falling: A Novel

Falling by T.J. Newman

You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are 143 other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that 30 minutes before the flight, your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.

Thoughts
This book had me hooked from the very first sentence. I actually paused the audiobook and just sat there thinking about what I had just heard. WOW! Best first line of any book I’ve ever heard/read. Seriously! I kept listening as long and as often as I could, I did not want to turn it off and turned it back on as soon as I had time to listen to it.

This book is full of everything that scares you about flying, (I love flying btw). My emotions were on high alert from the first sentence to the last word.

To be honest, It’s taken me a while just to start my review. I didn’t want to give any spoilers but also wanted to let you know my feeling about the book. For me the book was one intense moment after another, with very little down time between.

I read that this book was turned down by 40+ publishers before it got published, but when I read the synopsis it grabbed my attention enough that I still got a copy, and after finishing it I don’t understand why so many passed on it. I thought it was a 5* book from the beginning. If you check the Amazon reviews, 6% of the reviewers (last I checked) didn’t like it. I don’t understand that either. My suggestion is to read it for yourself and decide.

The book was narrated by Steven Weber (Wings sitcom) and he did a great job!

I loved this book and it will definitely be on my “Favorites Of 2021! This is Newman’s first book and I hope she writes another. If you haven’t read it yet, GET A COPY NOW!

 Posted by at 9:10 PM
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 Joy 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