Jan 072019
 

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Tuna’s cartoonish looks—with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck—are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavored) prize.

Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing bow ties, playing with toys, and melting hearts.

Packed with witty and endearing images of this ridiculously adorable pup, Tuna Melts My Heart is sure to delight the underdogs in us all!

Thoughts
I’ve been a fan of Tuna for many years, following him on FB & Instagram. Even if I’ve had a bad day he will make me smile, laugh, or both.

This book is “a day in the life” story with cute photos of Tuna and Courtney’s commentary of them which is very funny. I hope there are more books to come.

This is  a quick read but it will put a big smile on your face and make your day brighter. I’m sure I’ll pick this book up again and again whenever I need something to lighten my mood,

I LOVE this book!

Jan 062019
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
63° with a slight breeze and a clear blue sky. High is supposed to be 71°

Thankful…
That my sister in law is healing from her surgery quickly

Reading…
The Lido by Libby Page

Listening To…
Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani, may be a DNF, haven’t decided yet

Watching…
After I got my fill of Christmas movies I started binging season 1 of The Big Bang Theory and am now on season 2. I’ll keep watching it but now that my regular shows are back on I’m also watching them

Body Mind Spirit…
I’m still working on a health/fitness plan

In The Kitchen…
This week we’ll be having BLT’s, almond crusted pork chops, meatloaf, chicken curry with lentils

New To Me Stuff:
I tried  Goldfish Cheddar Crackers and they were pretty good so I want to try the other flavors too

This Week…
I have next Sat., Sun., & Mon. off so this week I’ll be thinking about what I want to do

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let all that you do be done in love
1 Corinthians 16:14

From the camera…

Manatees at Silver Springs

 

Jan 042019
 

Hosted @ Christmas Spirit

Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books
1. The Christmas Forest by Rebecca Boxall
2. The Nöel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
3. Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay
4. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
5. Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Tim Curry (Narrator)
(I just realized as I was listing the books that I didn’t review this one)

Fa La La La Films:  watch however many you want
1. Angela’s Christmas
2. The Christmas Project
3. One Magic Christmas
4. The Truth About Christmas
5. A Christmas Carol
6. Christmas Inheritance
7. Every Other Holiday
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
9. I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown
10. The Christmas Chronicles

Dec 312018
 

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

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Chapter 1: Wakey Wakey

Good morning Tuna! I realize that you must be incredibly comfortable lying there in the covers. Trust me guy, I really hate to disrupt your slumber, but it’s time for you to get up.

Dec 312018
 

Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
Narrated by Shannon McManus

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: January 9, 2017
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English
ASIN: B01N9OOXCJ

Kim Brewster’s ill-fated marriage was annulled so quickly that she thought she could keep the whole thing a secret…until she found out she was pregnant. But before her confession can blow a hole in the seemingly perfect lives of the Brewster women, her great-grandmother, Hannah, drops a bomb of her own. She’s selling her hotel and moving to a farm in Oklahoma—and all the Brewsters are coming with her. Kim is sure her grandmother, Karen, and mother, Sue, won’t go along with the plan, but Hannah can be very convincing. Soon the women are working the farm, selling their wares from a roadside stand, and finally feeling like a family.

And as the Brewster women’s lives take shape in ways they never expected, Kim may have found another shot at love. Luke thought he’d washed his hands of women, but when he stops by the vegetable stand and meets Kim, he’s instantly smitten. To find love, though, they’ll both have to dig past their hidden secrets.

Thoughts
I love books about family, especially if it’s about the females in a family. This book had a great grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter.

The relationships of these women were good but grew as the book progressed. By the end their bond was as close as it could be and was unbreakable.

The story-line moved along at a good pace and there were a lot of surprises. The narration was very good, especially considering how many female voices there were.

This is a story about the bond women have through thick and thin, and how you can reach the happiness you desire no matter your age.

I loved this book!

Counts toward the following challenge:
Audiobook

Dec 302018
 

2019

First Book Of The Year

This is the 6th year Sheila has hosted this event!

Sheila says:
The first book of the New Year should be:

A. A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time

B. A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again

C. Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year

My first book of 2019 was supposed to be The Lido by Libby Page because I ran out of time to read it earlier this year, but I didn’t get to the library to pick it up this week before it closed for New Year.

So I decided to read Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher because I bought a copy when it was published but still haven’t read it.

Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite

If you aren’t familiar with Tuna, check out his FB page. I LOVE him!

What will your first book of 2019 be?

Dec 292018
 

Not In Any Particular Order:

Best Day Ever: A Psychological Thriller, Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

 

The Upside of Falling Down

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

 

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

 

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

 

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Our House by Louise Candlish

 

The Storyteller's Secret

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

 

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Dec 272018
 

Twas the Night before Christmas (Enhanced Edition with Original Illustrations): Magic Winter Literature

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Series: Holiday Classics
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544325249
ISBN-13: 978-0544325241

Everyone knows the famous beginning to this beloved holiday poem: “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .” Clement Moore’s poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.
This lovely tale is now a part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover and full-color illustrations throughout. A beautiful and affordable edition of a classic, this book deserves a place in every child’s library!

Thoughts
I remember one of my parent or one of my sisters reading this book to me every Christmas when I was young. I still can recite it from memory. To me, it just didn’t seem like Christmas without this book and a few movies that we watched every year like Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This is a short book that can be read in just a few minutes, and even though it’s geared toward children 4-7 years old, I’m sure many adults would love it. I love the cover and illustrations.

For me, this is a must read for Christmastime.

Counts toward the following challenge:
2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge

Dec 242018
 

Merry Christmas, Little Hoo!

Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

File Size: 5150 KB
Print Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Xist Publishing (December 1, 2014)
Publication Date: December 1, 2014

It’s Christmas Eve and Little Hoo should be sleeping. But there are so many interesting noises! Are there reindeer on the roof and elves in the kitchen? Join your favorite owl and find out in this Christmas story that will make December bedtime more fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even big kids who can’t help but believe in Christmas magic.

Thoughts
This is such a cute little book. The story reminds me of my kids when they were little and so excited that Santa and his reindeer were coming to bring them presents.

The author did the illustrations and did a fantastic job! Very bold and cute.

This would be a perfect book for little ones. She also has some other books and I’m adding them to my list.

Counts toward the following challenge:
2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge

Dec 222018
 

Everyday Matters Bible for Women

In 2019 I’ll be reading the Bible in chronological order

[ ] Day 1 – Genesis 1-3
[ ] Day 2 – Genesis 4-7
[ ] Day 3 – Genesis 8-11
[ ] Day 4 – Job 1-5
[ ] Day 5 – Job 6-9
[ ] Day 6 – Job 10-13
[ ] Day 7 – Job 14-16
[ ] Day 8 – Job 17-20
[ ] Day 9 – Job 21-23
[ ] Day 10 – Job 24-28
[ ] Day 11 – Job 29-31
[ ] Day 12 – Job 32-34
[ ] Day 13 – Job 35-37
[ ] Day 14 – Job 38-39
[ ] Day 15 – Job 40-42
Day 16 – Genesis 12-15
Day 17 – Genesis 16-18
Day 18 – Genesis 19-21
Day 19 – Genesis 22-24
Day 20 – Genesis 25-26
Day 21 – Genesis 27-29
Day 22 – Genesis 30-31
Day 23 – Genesis 32-34
Day 24 – Genesis 35-37
Day 25 – Genesis 38-40
Day 26 – Genesis 41-42
Day 27 – Genesis 43-45
Day 28 – Genesis 46-47
Day 29 – Genesis 48-50
Day 30 – Exodus 1-3
Day 31 – Exodus 4-6
Day 32 – Exodus 7-9
Day 33 – Exodus 10-12
Day 34 – Exodus 13-15
Day 35 – Exodus 16-18
Day 36 – Exodus 19-21
Day 37 – Exodus 22-24
Day 38 – Exodus 25-27
Day 39 – Exodus 28-29
Day 40 – Exodus 30-32
Day 41 – Exodus 33-35
Day 42 – Exodus 36-38
Day 43 – Exodus 39-40
Day 44 – Leviticus 1-4
Day 45 – Leviticus 5-7
Day 46 – Leviticus 8-10
Day 47 – Leviticus 11-13
Day 48 – Leviticus 14-15
Day 49 – Leviticus 16-18
Day 50 – Leviticus 19-21
Day 51 – Leviticus 22-23
Day 52 – Leviticus 24-25
Day 53 – Leviticus 26-27
Day 54 – Numbers 1-2
Day 55 – Numbers 3-4
Day 56 – Numbers 5-6
Day 57 – Numbers 7
Day 58 – Numbers 8-10
Day 59 – Numbers 11-13
Day 60 – Numbers 14-15; Psalm 90
Day 61 – Numbers 16-17
Day 62 – Numbers 18-20
Day 63 – Numbers 21-22
Day 64 – Numbers 23-25
Day 65 – Numbers 26-27
Day 66 – Numbers 28-30
Day 67 – Numbers 31-32
Day 68 – Numbers 33-34
Day 69 – Numbers 35-36
Day 70 – Deuteronomy 1-2
Day 71 – Deuteronomy 3-4
Day 72 – Deuteronomy 5-7
Day 73 – Deuteronomy 8-10
Day 74 – Deuteronomy 11-13
Day 75 – Deuteronomy 14-16
Day 76 – Deuteronomy 17-20
Day 77 – Deuteronomy 21-23
Day 78 – Deuteronomy 24-27
Day 79 – Deuteronomy 28-29
Day 80 – Deuteronomy 30-31
Day 81 – Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 91
Day 82 – Joshua 1-4
Day 83 – Joshua 5-8
Day 84 – Joshua 9-11
Day 85 – Joshua 12-15
Day 86 – Joshua 16-18
Day 87 – Joshua 19-21
Day 88 – Joshua 22-24
Day 89 – Judges 1-2
Day 90 – Judges 3-5
Day 91 – Judges 6-7
Day 92 – Judges 8-9
Day 93 – Judges 10-12
Day 94 – Judges 13-15
Day 95 – Judges 16-18
Day 96 – Judges 19-21
Day 97 – Ruth 1-4
Day 98 – 1 Samuel 1-3
Day 99 – 1 Samuel 4-8
Day 100 – 1 Samuel 9-12
Day 101 – 1 Samuel 13-14
Day 102 – 1 Samuel 15-17
Day 103 – 1 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 11, 59
Day 104 – 1 Samuel 21-24
Day 105 – Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52
Day 106 – Psalm 56, 120, 140-142
Day 107 – 1 Samuel 25-27
Day 108 – Psalm 17, 35, 54, 63
Day 109 – 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18
Day 110 – Psalm 121, 123-125, 128-130
Day 111 – 2 Samuel 1-4
Day 112 – Psalm 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21
Day 113 – 1 Chronicles 1-2
Day 114 – Psalm 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87
Day 115 – 1 Chronicles 3-5
Day 116 – Psalm 73, 77-78
Day 117 – 1 Chronicles 6
Day 118 – Psalm 81, 88, 92-93
Day 119 – 1 Chronicles 7-10
Day 120 – Psalm 102-104
Day 121 – 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12
Day 122 – Psalm 133
Day 123 – Psalm 106-107
Day 124 – 2 Samuel 5:11-25; 2 Samuel 6:1-23; 1 Chronicles 13-16
Day 125 – Psalm 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68
Day 126 – Psalm 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132
Day 127 – 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17
Day 128 – Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, 39
Day 129 – 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18
Day 130 – Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75
Day 131 – 2 Sam10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20
Day 132 – Psalm 65-67, 69-70
Day 133 – 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20
Day 134 – Psalm 32, 51, 86, 122
Day 135 – 2 Samuel 13-15
Day 136 – Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55
Day 137 – 2 Samuel 16-18
Day 138 – Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64
Day 139 – 2 Samuel 19-21
Day 140 – Psalm 5, 38, 41-42
Day 141 – 2 Samuel 22-23; Psalm 57
Day 142 – Psalm 95, 97-99
Day 143 – 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalm 30
Day 144 – Psalm 108-110
Day 145 – 1 Chronicles 23-25
Day 146 – Psalm 131, 138-139, 143-145
Day 147 – 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127
Day 148 – Psalm 111-118
Day 149 – 1 Kings 1-2; Psalm 37, 71, 94
Day 150 – Psalm 119:1-88
Day 151 – 1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 72
Day 152 – Psalm 119:89-176
Day 153 – Song of Solomon 1-8
Day 154 – Proverbs 1-3
Day 155 – Proverbs 4-6
Day 156 – Proverbs 7-9
Day 157 – Proverbs 10-12
Day 158 – Proverbs 13-15
Day 159 – Proverbs 16-18
Day 160 – Proverbs 19-21
Day 161 – Proverbs 22-24
Day 162 – 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chronicles 2-3
Day 163 – 1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4
Day 164 – 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5
Day 165 – 2 Chronicles 6-7; Psalm 136
Day 166 – Psalm 134, 146-150
Day 167 – 1 Kings 9; 2 Chronicles 8
Day 168 – Proverbs 25-26
Day 169 – Proverbs 27-29
Day 170 – Ecclesiastes 1-6
Day 171 – Ecclesiastes 7-12
Day 172 – 1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9
Day 173 – Proverbs 30-31
Day 174 – 1 Kings 12-14
Day 175 – 2 Chronicles 10-12
Day 176 – 1 Kings 15:1-24; 2 Chronicles 13-16
Day 177 – 1 Kings 15:25-34; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 2 Chronicles 17
Day 178 – 1 Kings 17-19
Day 179 – 1 Kings 20-21
Day 180 – 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18
Day 181 – 2 Chronicles 19-23
Day 182 – Obadiah; Psalm 82-83
Day 183 – 2 Kings 1-4
Day 184 – 2 Kings 5-8
Day 185 – 2 Kings 9-11
Day 186 – 2 Kings 12-13; 2 Chronicles 24
Day 187 – 2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25
Day 188 – Jonah 1-4
Day 189 – 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26
Day 190 – Isaiah 1-4
Day 191 – Isaiah 5-8
Day 192 – Amos 1-5
Day 193 – Amos 6-9
Day 194 – 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12
Day 195 – Micah 1-7
Day 196 – 2 Chronicles 28; 2 Kings 16-17
Day 197 – Isaiah 13-17
Day 198 – Isaiah 18-22
Day 199 – Isaiah 23-27
Day 200 – 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48
Day 201 – Hosea 1-7
Day 202 – Hosea 8-14
Day 203 – Isaiah 28-30
Day 204 – Isaiah 31-34
Day 205 – Isaiah 35-36
Day 206 – Isaiah 37-39; Psalm 76
Day 207 – Isaiah 40-43
Day 208 – Isaiah 44-48
Day 209 – 2 Kings 18:9-37; 2 Kings 19:1-37; Psalm 46, 80, 135
Day 210 – Isaiah 49-53
Day 211 – Isaiah 54-58
Day 212 – Isaiah 59-63
Day 213 – Isaiah 64-66
Day 214 – 2 Kings 20-21
Day 215 – 2 Chronicles 32-33
Day 216 – Nahum 1-3
Day 217 – 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35
Day 218 – Zephaniah 1-3
Day 219 – Jeremiah 1-3
Day 220 – Jeremiah 4-6
Day 221 – Jeremiah 7-9
Day 222 – Jeremiah 10-13
Day 223 – Jeremiah 14-17
Day 224 – Jeremiah 18-22
Day 225 – Jeremiah 23-25
Day 226 – Jeremiah 26-29
Day 227 – Jeremiah 30-31
Day 228 – Jeremiah 32-34
Day 229 – Jeremiah 35-37
Day 230 – Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74, 79
Day 231 – 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36
Day 232 – Habakkuk 1-3
Day 233 – Jeremiah 41-45
Day 234 – Jeremiah 46-48
Day 235 – Jeremiah 49-50
Day 236 – Jeremiah 51-52
Day 237 – Lamentations 1; Lamentations 2; Lamentations 3:1-36
Day 238 – Lamentations 3:37-66; Lamentations 4; Lamentations 5:1-22
Day 239 – Ezekiel 1-4
Day 240 – Ezekiel 5-8
Day 241 – Ezekiel 9-12
Day 242 – Ezekiel 13-15
Day 243 – Ezekiel 16-17
Day 244 – Ezekiel 18-19
Day 245 – Ezekiel 20-21
Day 246 – Ezekiel 22-23
Day 247 – Ezekiel 24-27
Day 248 – Ezekiel 28-31
Day 249 – Ezekiel 32-34
Day 250 – Ezekiel 35-37
Day 251 – Ezekiel 38-39
Day 252 – Ezekiel 40-41
Day 253 – Ezekiel 42-43
Day 254 – Ezekiel 44-45
Day 255 – Ezekiel 46-48
Day 256 – Joel 1-3
Day 257 – Daniel 1-3
Day 258 – Daniel 4-6
Day 259 – Daniel 7-9
Day 260 – Daniel 10-12
Day 261 – Ezra 1-3
Day 262 – Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137
Day 263 – Haggai 1-2
Day 264 – Zechariah 1-7
Day 265 – Zechariah 8-14
Day 266 – Esther 1-5
Day 267 – Esther 6-10
Day 268 – Ezra 7-10
Day 269 – Nehemiah 1-5
Day 270 – Nehemiah 6-7
Day 271 – Nehemiah 8-10
Day 272 – Nehemiah 11-13; Psalm 126
Day 273 – Malachi 1-4
Day 274 – Luke 1; John 1:1-14
Day 275 – Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38
Day 276 – Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52
Day 277 – Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
Day 278 – Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51
Day 279 – John 2-4
Day 280 – Mark 2
Day 281 – John 5
Day 282 – Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6
Day 283 – Matthew 5-7
Day 284 – Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7
Day 285 – Matthew 11
Day 286 – Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11
Day 287 – Matthew 13; Luke 8
Day 288 – Matthew 8:14-34; Mark 4-5
Day 289 – Matthew 9-10
Day 290 – Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17
Day 291 – John 6
Day 292 – Matthew 15; Mark 7
Day 293 – Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27
Day 294 – Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62
Day 295 – Matthew 18
Day 296 – John 7-8
Day 297 – John 9:1-41; John 10:1-21
Day 298 – Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42
Day 299 – Luke 12-13
Day 300 – Luke 14-15
Day 301 – Luke 16; Luke 17:1-10
Day 302 – John 11
Day 303 – Luke 17:11-37; Luke 18:1-14
Day 304 – Matthew 19; Mark 10
Day 305 – Matthew 20-21
Day 306 – Luke 18:15–43; Luke 19:1-48
Day 307 – Mark 11; John 12
Day 308 – Matthew 22; Mark 12
Day 309 – Matthew 23; Luke 20-21
Day 310 – Mark 13
Day 311 – Matthew 24
Day 312 – Matthew 25
Day 313 – Matthew 26; Mark 14
Day 314 – Luke 22; John 13
Day 315 – John 14-17
Day 316 – Matthew 27; Mark 15
Day 317 – Luke 23; John 18-19
Day 318 – Matthew 28; Mark 16
Day 319 – Luke 24; John 20-21
Day 320 – Acts 1-3
Day 321 – Acts 4-6
Day 322 – Acts 7-8
Day 323 – Acts 9-10
Day 324 – Acts 11-12
Day 325 – Acts 13-14
Day 326 – James 1-5
Day 327 – Acts 15-16
Day 328 – Galatians 1-3
Day 329 – Galatians 4-6
Day 330 – Acts 17; Acts 18:1-18
Day 331 – 1 Thessalonians 1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3
Day 332 – Acts 18:19-28; Acts 19:1-41
Day 333 – 1 Corinthians 1-4
Day 334 – 1 Corinthians 5-8
Day 335 – 1 Corinthians 9-11
Day 336 – 1 Corinthians 12-14
Day 337 – 1 Corinthians 15-16
Day 338 – 2 Corinthians 1-4
Day 339 – 2 Corinthians 5-9
Day 340 – 2 Corinthians 10-13
Day 341 – Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3
Day 342 – Romans 4-7
Day 343 – Romans 8-10
Day 344 – Romans 11-13
Day 345 – Romans 14-16
Day 346 – Acts 20:4-38; Acts 21; Acts 22; Acts 23:1-35
Day 347 – Acts 24-26
Day 348 – Acts 27-28
Day 349 – Colossians 1-4; Philemon
Day 350 – Ephesians 1-6
Day 351 – Philippians 1-4
Day 352 – 1 Timothy 1-6
Day 353 – Titus 1-3
Day 354 – 1 Peter 1-5
Day 355 – Hebrews 1-6
Day 356 – Hebrews 7-10
Day 357 – Hebrews 11-13
Day 358 – 2 Timothy 1-4
Day 359 – 2 Peter 1-3; Jude
Day 360 – 1 John 1-5
Day 361 – 2 John; 3 John
Day 362 – Revelation 1-5
Day 363 – Revelation 6-11
Day 364 – Revelation 12-18
Day 365 – Revelation 19-22

Dec 212018
 

Just Because
Plant A Tree
Random Acts Of Kindness
Volunteer

Fun
Go Kayaking
Get In The Car And Start Driving – No Destination In Mind
Go Camping
Go On A Girls Weekend
Go On A Cruise
Go To The Florida Keys
Stay In A Hotel At A Nearby Beach For A Few Days

Health
Eat Less Processed Foods
Eat More Fruit And Veggies
Deep Breathing Every Day
Sleep At Least 6 Hours A Night

Dec 172018
 

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

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry audiobook cover art

A Christmas Carol by: Charles Dickens

Marley’s Ghost

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signted it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon “Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Dec 172018
 

The Nöel Diary

The Nöel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
Narrated by Richard Paul Evans

Audio CD
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (November 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508238219
ISBN-13: 978-1508238218

In this new holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past.

Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics.

But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.

Thoughts
I love Richard Paul Evans books and this is no exception. The author narrated and did a great job. I liked that he used his regular voice even for the females and just stated “Rachel (or whichever woman was talking) said”, etc. It was so much better than a male trying to speak in a female sounding voice, or vice versa. It rarely works well.

I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones who only showed up once or twice. Evans is a wonderful story teller! The book has an even flow and I never got bored or tired of listening to it.

This is book #1 in a three book series, of which #2 is also available now.

Counts toward the following challenge:
Audiobook
Monthly Motif
2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge

Dec 162018
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
The high is supposed to be 68° with a 10% chance of rain. I hope it doesn’t because we’ll be outside a lot today

Thankful…
We didn’t have any flooding like was predicted

Reading…
The Christmas Club by Barbara Hinske

Listening To…
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Tim Curry

Watching…
I’m still hooked on Christmas movies

Fitness…
Trying to find some online challenges, not having much luck

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today but tomorrow I’m making BLT’s

Looking Forward To…
My work Christmas party is on the 18. We drew names and I still haven’t bought a gift

Today’s To-Do List…
My two sons, my daughter in law, and maybe my two oldest grandkids are going to Disney Springs

One Of My Favorite Things:
I tried Taco Bell’s Power Menu Bowl  for the first time today and  it was so good that I know I’ll be eating it a lot

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee
Isaiah 26:3

From the camera…