Oct 162017

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-31-09
Publisher: Recorded Books
Charlie Gordon knows that he isn’t very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie’s brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life.

Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman’s narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

This book was required reading when I was in Jr. High. I really liked the book and never forgot about reading it so I decided to read it again, but this time I wanted to listen to the audio version.

I loved this book in school, and I loved it as I read it again. I felt for Charly. He was a kind soul who laughed along with everyone when they laughed at him, because he didn’t know they were laughing AT him. He didn’t have the best home life either.

Things started to drastically change once the experiment started and Charlie was able to read, write, and learn the way he had always wanted to. I loved that he finally knew what it was like to be “normal”, and even a genius.

I felt many emotions while listening to this book. Parts made me happy, some made me cheer for Charlie, and some made me sad.

It’s funny that the parts I remembered were of Algernon and Charlie, and had forgotten the relationships he had with the two women in his life. I’m a little shocked that this was assigned to us in Jr. High. I’m wondering if it was a “cleaned up” version. No, it wasn’t R rated, but for 12 year old kids back in the ’70’s, it was a bit risque.

The book is narrated by Jeff Woodman, and he did a great job. His voice made it easy to listen to.

This book was a great read, and listen, and I’m so glad I revisited it.

Oct 112017

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I live in Florida and it’s so hot and humid most of the year, but there are a few days here and there during fall when the humidity eases up a bit. I also like Thanksgiving, especially pumpkin pie. I’ve never tried apple cider but plan to try it soon.  When I lived in Ohio, I loved the changing colors of the leaves, but here there isn’t much of that. Hopefully I’ll find a colorful tree or two this fall.
Oct 112017
From this Side of the Pond

From this Side of the Pond

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.
I’d say a 9 because buildings get torn down and something else is built there. But you still have things you’ll recognize to let you know where you are.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)
In 1982

back east, down south, out west, up north
Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.
out west, because we were moving to California the last time I used a map

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical?
Doing more listening is typical for me.

Describe your yesterday in one word.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting?
I think time would be most accurate

What might you do to change that?
Stop binge watching The Gilmore Girls 🙂

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid?
Yes, we went camping at the lake and to Florida and a few other places

Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.
We always stopped at Stuckey’s on the way to and from wherever we were going. They have great food, and I love their Pecan Log Rolls. Plus my brother and I could get anything we wanted from the gift shops. Sadly, there aren’t as many of them as there used to be.

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow?
Longer legs

Because being 5’0″ is a pain sometimes

6. Insert your own random thought here.
The other night I was driving home from work and it was dark. I came around a curve on the road I live on, and my lights shined on an owl. Sitting in the middle of the road. An owl! Just sitting there staring at me. I slowed down and it flew off. Weird!

Oct 102017


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I got a new iPhone 8 and some the my step apps aren’t working right for some reason. They were, and then a few days ago they stopped recording my steps. I need to go see if I can fix them but just haven’t yet. So, some days I have no idea how many steps I got.

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each  (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

21-Day Relaxation Course

Still didn’t make a note on what we ate. I’ve been in a reading and tracking slump.

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/3: 8,201
Wednesday~ 10/4: 8,586
Thursday ~ 10/5: 7,846
Friday ~ 10/6: didn’t track
Saturday ~ 10/7: 17,448
Sunday ~ 10/8: 7,852
Monday ~ 10/9: didn’t track

Oct 032017


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So, it’s a new month and that means it’s time to mix things up a bit. I want to change a few things, delete a few things, and add a thing or two. I believe that to be healthy you have to take care of your mind, body and soul, so I’m adding a personal challenge for October.

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

21-Day Relaxation Course

I didn’t have any set plan for last week. I ate 2 sausage dogs one night, cereal another, 3 slices of  thin crust pizza last night, yeah, it wasn’t a very healthy week. I just didn’t feel like eating anything in particular and felt like cooking even less. Thankfully my son didn’t care much what we ate either. I plan on cooking and eating better this week.

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 9/26: 7,845
Wednesday~ 9/27: 7,170
Thursday ~ 9/28: 8,001
Friday ~ 9/29: 11,247
Saturday ~ 9/30: 8,209
Sunday ~ 10/1: 7,557
Monday ~ 10/2: didn’t track

Oct 032017

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

by Rick Warren, Daniel G. Amen, Mark Hyman

Chapter 1: How It All Began – Pastor Rick Warren

Wow! Everybody’s FAT!

That shocking thought kept reverberating in my mind one bright spring day as I was baptizing 872 adults.

I’ll admit it wasn’t a very spiritual thought for a pastor to have especially while baptizing! But I was getting tired, since our church baptizes the way Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River- by lowering people under the water, then lifting them back up.

That day, based on the average weight of Americans, I lifted more than 145,000 pounds!

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Sep 282017

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I work in the dietary department of a Health & Rehab center, and I love it! My favorite thing is all the exercise I get. It’s very fast paced. I get a  lot of steps and my arms get a great workout.

I like getting to know the residents. They are very diverse and most are friendly and some are very funny.

I also like my boss and co-workers. They are all easy going and fun to be around. And whoever is the cook that day is allowed to play music, and most of the time it’s loud. Music is healing and will always put me in a better mood.


Sep 272017

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Narrated by Anne Heche
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:12-16-99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Somewhere in New England, nine-year-old Trisha gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Her only comforts are the radio broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games featuring her favorite player, closing pitcher Tom Gordon. Lonely, frightened, starving, and cold, Gordon becomes Trisha’s imaginary companion – and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.

I’m a huge King fan but somehow I missed this book. When I ran across the audio version I decided to get a copy.

I can’t even imagine being 9 years old and being lost in the woods. Whenever I went somewhere outdoors or any place that was really big with my parents, they always told me that if I ever got lost to stay where I was when I realized I was lost and they’d find me. Thankfully I never got lost, but Trisha did while out walking with her mom and brother. And she didn’t stay where she was, she started walking and ended up in a completely different state.

She was lost, alone, scared, hungry, thirsty, tired and sick. A lot of things happened and she wasn’t sure if they were real or she imagined them. She did find a bit of comfort in her favorite Red Socks player, Tom Gordan.

Trisha is one tough little girl. I think she lasted way longer than most girls that age in that situation would have.

The book is narrated by Anne Heche who I thought did a really good job.

I was expecting a lot more scary than this book had, but it still was a good book and I’m glad I listened to it.

Sep 262017


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prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Monday: Tai Chi
Tuesday: 20  Squats, 20 Push Ups,  & 100 sec. Wall Sits
Wednesday: Upper Body Workout
Thursday: Tai Chi
Friday: 20 Squats, 20 Push Ups,  & 100 sec. Wall Sits
Saturday: Lower Body
Sunday: rest

And SparkPeople Workout Videos

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 9/19: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 9/20: 7,012
Thursday ~ 9/21: 8,091
Friday ~ 9/22: 10,829
Saturday ~ 9/23: 6,830
Sunday ~ 9/24: didn’t track
Monday ~ 9/25: didn’t track

I was going to start the 21-Day Relaxation Course  challenge on the 11th but then Irma happened and I was without electricity/internet for over a week. Even the wi-fi was sketchy. So, I decided to postpone starting it until Oct. 3rd.


Tuesday: Hamburgers
Wednesday: Chinese
Thursday: KFC Chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, coleslaw
Friday: Soup
Saturday: Nibbled on this and that
Sunday: Chinese
Monday: Nibbled on this and that

Sep 242017

Sunday Reflections

It’s 83° and slightly cloudy, high supposed to be 90°, 40% chance of rain

Cooler weather is coming soon,I will not sorry to see less humidity

Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward

Listening To…
The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

Gilmore Girls, Season 1, episode 11, loving it, why did I wait so long?

To ride my bike now that the weather is cooling down

Want to start eating healthier, maybe cut way back on meat

In The Kitchen…
Today it’s pork chops &  red potatoes

Today’s To-Do List…
Laundry and just relaxing

One of my favorite things:
Netflix, so many great shows, movies, and documentaries

A website I’d like to share:
The Peace Of Heaven

Looking forward to…
Spending tomorrow with my grandson Harley. Going to see The Lego Ninjago Movie and  to Chucky Cheese’s

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Romans 1:17
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

A favorite quote…
“Yelling doesn’t get your point across, it only makes it louder.”
― Grant Hill

From the camera….

Sep 212017

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Audible.com Release Date: July 25, 2017
Language: English

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she ll go to to protect him
The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours the entire scope of the novel she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself from its tender moments of grace to its savage power Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?”

I was really excited to start listening to this book since I’d read a lot of positive reviews.

While I enjoyed the book very much, there was a lot of time spent on the layout of the zoo. I did like that Joan had taken Lincoln to the zoo so often that she knew where she could keep them safe.

I liked all the characters. They all made the book exciting and I thought they were perfect choices for the book. The author was very descriptive, so even after a few weeks, I can still “see” some of the scary scenes in my mind. I can’t imagine being in that situation, especially with a young son.

The book was really good. I liked the relationship between  Joan and her son Lincoln. I liked how close they were and how well behaved Lincoln was. They listened to each other and the love they shared was obvious.

If I had to say something negative about the book it would be that I thought the ending was a bit too abrupt. I would have liked more closure.

The book was narrated by Cassandra Campbell and I enjoyed listening to her.

Sep 192017

I’m so thankful Hurricane Irma wasn’t as strong as they predicted for our area. Only minor damage where we’re living now, and one tree down at the house in town. We did loose everything in our fridge/freezer and another freezer. Tons of food gone to waste 🙁

I didn’t  read or listen to my current audiobook. No blogging or visiting blogs, so it will take me  few days to catch up. Also none of my dvr shows got recorded so I have to find them On Demand.

We stayed with my son Jeremy, daughter in law Susie, Arianna and Jordon, since they live in town and only a few minutes from work. (Thanks so much for inviting us to stay with you. It was very much appreciated!) The first few days were bearable because there was a breeze, but then the wind stopped and it got HOT! Thankfully my son and daughter in law found a generator in a town about 50 minutes away, so they drove there and bought it. It felt so good to have a/c again! Let me tell you, nothing was easy to find after the hurricane hit. The grocery stores and gas stations finally got up and running but lines were really long and they ran out really soon.

Publix opened up as soon as they could but ended up having to close in a short time because they sold all their food. I love Publix, Here is one of the reasons why. Make sure you read the article after watching the video.


Our electricity where we live finally came back on we were able to go back home on Sunday.

The Withlacoochee River is flooding and many houses are in water. We live about a mile from the river, but thankfully it hasn’t reached us.

My daughter Kilah, son in law Harley, Alecia, and Harley Jr.  stayed with Harley’s brother. They are all ok.

Thank God Maria is headed out to sea!

My prayers are with everyone who has suffered from the hurricanes, fires, floods etc.

BTW: I’ve lived out in the country for over 30 years which means well water. You need electricity to use well water. When I found out Jeremy & Susie still had water, I was shocked. I had forgotten that with city water you still had water, it just can’t be heated. I loved still being able to take a shower, but doing it by flashlight and only cold water isn’t something I’d recommend. Especially having to wash your hair in cold water. Brrrrrrrrrrr

Sep 192017


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I missed posting last week since we were without electricity. I didn’t really get anything done since it was so hot without a/c.  I did get some steps in  at work. I didn’t track food.

I didn’t get to start the challenge I had planned so I’ll be doing it next month.


Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 9/12: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 9/13: 6,948
Thursday ~ 9/14: didn’t track
Friday ~ 9/15: 13,466
Saturday ~ 9/16: 7,136
Sunday ~ 9/17: 7,611
Monday ~ 9/18: 9,650