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The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi

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THEY WAITED AT BEDROCK.

Seven stories below the ground, seventy feed deep in the earth, they sat. On a bright spring morning, while flags flew at half-staff in the memorial plaza far above, some seven hundred had made the long descent to gather in this chamber. Together they met: strong and weak, mournful and hopeful, persistent and diminished. Families and firefighters, city officials and rescue workers, orphans and political leaders, they waited for the solemn ceremony to begin.

Jan 312017
 

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I met all my goals for January except for Tai-Chi.  I’ll be working this week on new goals for February. Any ideas for me?

My steps from the last week
Tuesday~ 1/24: 8,501 steps
Wednesday~ 1/25: 6,164 steps
Thursday ~ 1/26: 7,365 steps
Friday ~ 1/27: 9,431 steps
Saturday ~ 1/28: 10,083 steps
Sunday ~ 1/29: didn’t track
Monday ~ 1/30: 12,383 steps

On The Menu
Tuesday: Garlic Herb Grilled Pork Tenderloin, stuffing & pea salad
Wednesday: Baby Lima Beans & Cornbread Muffins
Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Friday: Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry
Saturday: Not sure. Either pizza, Mexican, or Chinese
Sunday: Ruby Tuesday
Monday: Austin Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday Reflections

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Jan 292017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
50°. Ridiculous!

Thinking…
I wish it would warm up 🙂

Thankful…
That my friend Donna’s back surgery went good and she’s back home

Reading…
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi

Watching…
So so so excited that Switched At Birth is coming back on Tuesday! Fans have been waiting since October 26, 2015 for the next season, wondering when it would come back on. Sadly, this will be the last season

Creating…
Not a thing

Hoping…
Our kitten Jaspurr calms down soon, she’s a tornado!

I am wearing
“All I Need Is More Coffee And Donuts” jammies

Fitness…
I worked 10 days straight, two of them doubles, so I got a lot of steps last week

In The Kitchen…
Taco Salad for lunch, pizza for supper

Today’s To-Do List…
Blogging, finishing my current read, some tv

One of my favorite things:
My son bought me a NES Classic Edition and I LOVE it! I loved playing these games when the kids were growing up

Pin It & Do It…
I want to make this Storage Crate Headboard as soon as we get moved

Looking forward to…
Warmer weather so I can go to the beach

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum 1:7

A favorite quote…
“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

From the camera….

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Jaspurr finally wound down

I ♥ Sweet Tomatoes

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Jan 282017
 

My daughter and I go on day trips once in a while. Two weeks ago we went to Lady Lake and stopped at Sweet Tomatoes, one of my top 3  favorite restaurants. For soup and salad, it’s #1. If you’re not familiar with Sweet Tomatoes, they’re a salad, soup, and baked goods restaurant. And their food is oh so yummy. I didn’t get a photo of the salad bar because we got there just as they were opening the door and there were a bunch of people waiting to get in. By the time I tried to take a photo, there were people on both side of the bar and I couldn’t get a good shot.  Next time. There are more soups and bakery items than in the photo, it was just hard to get a clear shot with the people standing in front of them. I know the restaurant isn’t in all states, but if you haven’t been to this restaurant, check to see if there’s one near you. Their food is so good!

 

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ST soup bar

Soup Bar

ST bakery bar

Bakery Bar

 

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Jan 262017
 

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-05-14
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him ‘the bitter neighbor from hell.’ But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

What I Thought
I started this audio book a few months ago but didn’t finish it. Then I started it again, and again I didn’t finish it. To be honest, Ove got on my nerves. I thought he was a grumbling grouch. I decided to give it one more try since I kept seeing so many 5 star reviews for it. This time, finally, Ove’s gruff personality didn’t seem so annoying. I actually started liking him. I laughed more than a few times at some of the things he said and thought. I especially thought the names he gave everyone were funny…the lanky one, the pregnant one, white shirt etc.

Poor Ove can’t stand things that are not what he thinks they should be. It truly angers him. He says “right is right and wrong is wrong” quite often throughout the book. And he can’t trust anyone who doesn’t drive a Saub, among other things.

I loved learning about Sonia, I liked her a lot. I felt bad for Ove because I know what it feels like to lose your spouse.

There a quite a few characters in the book, all personable except for two (not counting Ove), and I enjoyed each one of them. I loved all the different stories from Ove & Sonia’s past, and how Ove’s relationships with the other characters grew into something that surprised everyone who lived in his neighborhood. I was surprised too. I  learned that there was a kind soul behind all that gruffness. I loved how Ove fought so hard for the right thing concerning the people he cared about, just because “it’s the right thing to do”.

I’m so glad I gave this audio book another chance. It made me laugh a lot, and even made my eyes leak a few times.

This was the first book I’ve listened to that is narrated by George Newbern. I’m very picky about narrator’s, but I thought he did an amazing job with all the voices. He made the book very easy to listen to.

Although it took me a few times to start enjoying the book, (I don’t think I gave it enough time the first two times I started it), I ended up loving it, and I even ended up loving Ove.

I highly recommend this, both print and audio.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Jan 252017
 
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1. “The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea.” (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has ‘cured’ you most recently?
I totally agree, the sea is always a good choice!

2. What’s something you can’t eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all? 
Potatoes, tomatoes, and avocado.  I love them, but they’re so much better with salt. And I eat a lot of tomatoes and avocado by themselves, so they need some salt. Other than that I don’t salt anything, and I haven’t used salt when cooking for years.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand…which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now?
Draw a line in the sand

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?
Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?
I ran my day. I got a few things done that I’ve been putting off. It felt good to git er’ done.

6. You’re on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?
In a beach chair, listening to, watching, and smelling the sea

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?
Our loved ones

8. Insert your own random thought here.
My bedroom is next to the road. All night long cars speeding up and down the road would wake me up. And then the guy across the road thinks he has to rev his car up for a few minutes before peeling out of his driveway. Even with the fan on (I’ve slept with a fan on since I was about 6, quiet is so loud in my head it drives me nuts) I was still waking up. So a few weeks ago I was telling my son I was so aggrevated about being woke up so many times a night. He told me to get a sound machine. I did, and I love it! I usually listen to the rain or white noise and I’m sleeping so much better. Do you need noise when you sleep?

Jan 242017
 

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Still behind on Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong 🙁

Do everyday
Pray/Meditate: 23
Deep breathing: 23
Stretching: 23
80 oz. water: 23

At least 12 times this month
Strength train: 21
Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong: 3

During the year I want to
Try new things: Ø
Eat more meatless meals: 4
Lose 12 pounds: Ø

My steps from the last week
Tuesday~ 1/17: 5,882 steps
Wednesday~ 1/18: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 1/19: 7,120 steps
Friday ~ 1/20: 7,997 steps
Saturday ~ 1/21: 7,385 steps
Sunday ~ 1/22: 8,879 steps
Monday ~ 1/23: 8,688 steps

On The Menu
Steak, Baked Potato, Brussels Sprouts
Garlic Herb Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Campbell’s Sauces Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Campbell’s Oven Sauces Classic Roasted Chicken
Campbell’s Oven Sauces Chicken Pot Pie

Jan 232017
 

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In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons?
In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.

What I Thought
My favorite show growing up was The Carol Burnett Show. Every week she made me laugh until my sides hurt. I never got tired of seeing Carol and her cast mates get into all kinds of funny situations. I loved the different characters they played. Mrs. Wiggins & Mr. Tudball were my favorite, and anything with Tim Conway. Everything he did cracked me up. Vicki Lawrence did an amazing job in everything she did, and grew so much as an actor. I loved seeing Tim Conway and Harvey Korman do skits together. They had such a hard time not laughing, and failed quite a lot. And then there were The Old Folks and The Family. I’ll never forget “Went With The Wind” when Carol wore the curtain dress, The Pigeon Lady, and As The Stomach Turns. I really miss this show and wish I could watch re-runs on tv. It never got old.

This book brought back a lot of memories, and now I’m jonesing for a Carol Burnett Show fix. I might have to go buy the series on dvd.

Whether you were a fan of this show or not, or even if you’ve never seen it (why haven’t you?) this book is quite entertaining. I loved it, and would recommend it 100%

Sunday Reflections

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Jan 222017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s 73° right now, calm winds and a bit overcast. Later it’s supposed to get windy and there’s a 95% chance of rain

Thinking…
I wish our cat Jaspurr was more like Boots. Jaspurr is really hyper and Boots is laid back and calm

Thankful…
That my daughter and I finally made it back to Sweet Tomatoes, I love their food!

Reading…
Starting this today: The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi

Watching…
Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root

Hoping…
The weather doesn’t get too bad today, the worst part is supposed to be while I’m at work and I don’t want to drive 1/2 hour in really rainy & windy weather

Website I Love…
Scribd

Fitness…
Walking a lot, but still not doing so good with the food side

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Not much, I have to go to work at 5

One of my favorite things:
Taco Bell’s Fiesta Taco Salad

Pin It & Do It…
Wall Key Holder

Looking forward to…
A day trip with my daughter to Mount Dora

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum 1:7

A favorite quote…
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus

From the camera….

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Kaiyo & Jaspurr

Jan 202017
 

 

Paula Deen’s Crock Pot Potato Soup

1 bag (30 oz) frozen hash-brown potatoes
2 cans (14 oz ea) chicken broth
1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup
1/2 C chopped onion
1/3 tsp ground black pepper
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

Optional Garnish: minced green onion, shredded Cheddar and bacon

 

In a crock pot, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours.

Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined.

Garnish with green onion, and/or Cheddar and bacon if desired.

 

Thoughts
I’ve always made homemade potato soup using my mom’s recipe. This time I thought I’d look for a recipe online and see what I could find. I found this recipe by Paula Deen and thought I’d try it.

I wondered how the ingredients would work since I’ve never used cream cheese, chicken broth, or cream of chicken soup. It was easier than easy to make, and the ingredients didn’t cost much.

The soup was good, but I think I’ll stick with my mom’s recipe most of the time, and use this for when I’m not feeling like peeling a bunch of potatoes.

As you can see, I took the photo without the optional garnishes. It was fine without them, but they do add a bit more flavor.

 

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Jan 182017
 

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1. ASAP typically stands for ‘as soon as possible’. What else could it stand for in your life right now?
Always Say A Prayer. I believe in prayer. I pray at least twice a day, giving thanks for everything in my life, and praying for big things and small things. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) Pray without ceasing.

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?
Depends on the subject. I’m more passionate about some things than others. I think it’s a good thing.

3. What do you remember best about being 12?
Being dropped off at the mall with my 2 BFF’s and spending all day there, by ourselves, having a blast. We loved looking through all the stores, finding great stuff to buy, seeing a movie, and we always bought a big hot pretzel from the pretzel cart. I still buy one when I go to a mall that has them. My favorite store was Spencer’s. Now it’s not a store I even want to walk past. It went from G rated to almost X since I was a kid. I miss the days of not having to worry about kids going somewhere alone or not having to lock your house/car doors.

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you’re stumped go here for inspiration.
My very favorite character from WTP is Gopher, but he is not as well known as the other characters. I love him so much that my son bought me a stuffed Gopher from the Disney Store. I love him! This is what the quiz said:

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5. What’s an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?
Cozi. I love it!!! You can keep track of upcoming events, your grocery list, things to do, recipes, notes, journal, contacts, birthdays, and more. It’s amazing!

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)…you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?
San Juan, because I’ve been to all the other places.

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?
I can’t pick just one. Any Classic Rock song takes me back to my teens. I loved growing up in the 70’s. I also loved Seals & Crofts, a soft rock group, and Carole King.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The weather has been crazy for the last few weeks. A/C is on during the day and the heat is on at night.

Jan 172017
 

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I’m doing pretty good, but for some reason my weight keeps going up and down. I need to work on that.

Do everyday
Pray/Meditate: 16
Deep breathing: 16
Stretching: 16
80 oz. water: 16

At least 12 times this month
Strength train: 11
Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong: 3

During the year I want to
Try new things: Ø
Eat more meatless meals: 4
Lose 12 pounds: Ø

My steps from the last week
Tuesday~ 1/10: 6,968 steps
Wednesday~ 1/11: 7,808 steps
Thursday ~ 1/12: didn’t track
Friday ~ 1/13: 8,667 steps
Saturday ~ 1/14: 7,237 steps
Sunday ~ 1/15: 10,895 steps
Monday ~ 1/16: 13,584 steps

On The Menu
Baked Cod with Pineapple Avocado Salsa
Paula Deen’s Crock Pot Potato Soup (didn’t make last week)
Rotisserie Chicken, Sugar Snap Peas, Deviled Eggs
Ham, Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts
Hamburgers (wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun)

Mailbox Monday

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Jan 152017
 

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Mailbox Monday

This was a win from Pat @ Posting For Now. Thanks Pat!
Leopard At The Door by Jennifer McVeigh
29940520 After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.

As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.

 

I bought this book from the library for $2!
Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd (didn’t know she had wrote a fictionbook)
7169276 The New York Times bestselling author and country music sensation presents her heartwarming debut novel.

Success on the musical stage is all Destiny ever wanted, and when she finds it, she feels as if her dreams have come true. But with the exhilarating rush of success comes a price-and a battle to recapture the traditions that were her foundation. Struggling to reconnect with the things that matter most, Destiny is putting an unexpected new spin on her own career-one that will redirect her professional and personal life in ways she never imagined. Written with genuine heart and emotion, Wynonna Judd’s accessible debut novel is a celebration of family and friends, of love and loss, of success and surrender, and of one woman’s inspiring path of self- discovery.

 

I bought this book via Amazon Prime
(I’m a long time follower of Tuna. I just love him!)
Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite by Courtney Dasher
51ORCt5YwsL._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_ This charming and unconventional pooch has his own book, filled with more than a hundred all-new photographs and witty commentary to give fans an intimate and hilarious look at the internet’s most prized pup.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-flavoured) prize.Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing box ties, playing with toys and melting hearts.

Simple BBQ Ribs

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Jan 142017
 

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This is #1 of 6 recipes for my Pin It & Do It Challenge

The reason I chose this recipe instead of the one of the many others on the web, was because it has a 5 star rating from 1038 reviews. How could it not taste good with that kind of rating?

Simple BBQ Ribs
2 1/2 pounds country style pork ribs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup barbeque sauce

Place ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover.
Season with garlic powder, black pepper and salt.
Bring water to a boil, and cook ribs until tender.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Remove ribs from pot, and place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Pour barbeque sauce over ribs.
Cover dish with aluminum foil

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Changes I Made
I didn’t follow this recipe exactly. Instead of bringing the water to a boil, I turned the burner on low and just let the ribs cook for about 4 hours. I also poured a whole 18 oz. bottle of Stubb’s Hicory Bourbon BBQ Sauce over them instead of 1 cup.

What I Thought
WOW, these ribs were so tender! I’ve never had ribs that were that tender before. They tasted really good. We loved them and I’ll definitely make them again. I’ve added this recipe to my list of favorites. The next time we have a family get together, these are definitely going on the menu. Best ribs I’ve ever had!! There were a few ribs left, so the next day I made a sandwich with colby/jack cheese and pickles. Yummy!

This counts toward my Pin It & Do It: Food challenge

 

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Jan 132017
 

A little over a year ago my son Anthony talked me into looking for another dog. I had recently lost my husband and my dog Patches (who I’d had for 18 yrs.). I really didn’t want to get another dog but he said a dog would keep me company and help me heal. Finally he convinced me it would be a good thing. So, we looked every day off that he had from work, for months. I was looking for a dog that was medium size so I could take it on walks with me around the neighborhood when we moved to Zephyrhills. I just could not find the right dog for me. We looked and looked. We looked at every dog shelter within a few hours drive. I kept telling Anthony that when I saw the dog I was meant to have I’d know it. One day we ended up in Sarasota. As I was walking, looking at all the dogs, I came to a pen that didn’t have a dog in it but I looked at the photo. I knew the second I saw her photo that she was was my dog. She was nothing like what I’d been looking for all those months. She was tiny, only 9 pounds. She was a smushed face dog (I never thought I’d have a smushed face dog). And she was long haired and looked like she need a good grooming. But that dog was mine the minute I saw her photo. I told my son to go find out where she was and prayed she was still available for adoption. He headed for the door to find someone who worked there & I read her info. It said she was a puppy mill survivor. I got the leaky eyes.

As soon as he got to the door a man walked by. He had her in his arms. I told him I wanted her. He said that the person who was supposed to adopt her that day had just called to let them know she had changed her mind. Perfect timing. While we were filling out the papers to adopt her they put her back in her pen, and there were 3 other people that wanted her.

“Sorry, too late. She’s mine!”

We took her home and the next day took her to the vet to make sure she was ok. She’s a Japanese Chin and they are supposed to have long hair, but I wanted it short since it’s so hot and humid in Florida, so we took her to the groomer and got her fur shampooed and cut. She was adorable with her new fur-do!

She wasn’t housebroken even though she was 2 years old. She was shaky and nervous. She had a few teeth missing from not being taken care of. She wouldn’t go through a doorway unless yo backed away from the door (I’ve been told that this was because she’d had doors slammed on her), and she didn’t know that she was supposed to play with toys, she’d just look at them and then forget about them. She wouldn’t walk with a leash, as soon as I put one on her, she froze. She’s over come most of those things, but we’re still working on a few of them. Now she is a happy little dog that loves to eat, loves making her toys squeak, and loves cuddling.

Kaiyo is such a Blessing to me. She helped me heal (Anthony was right), and I helped her heal. I still miss Patches, I’ll always love and miss her. But Kaiyo is my baby too and I know Patches would approve.

Kaiyo

Happy One Year Anniversary Kaiyo!

♥ And thank you Anthony, without you I wouldn’t have her! ♥

Jan 122017
 

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Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan

Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrations)

There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ships bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.

What I Thought
I had no idea that a beam from one of the World Trade Tower was used as the USS New York’s bow. How amazing is that?

I can’t remember the blog where I first saw this book, sorry. As soon as I read what it was about, I knew I wanted to read it, and I’m glad I did. The story is full of information about how the beam became a ships bow and the illustrations are great. I loved reading how that beam traveled from New York to a foundry in Louisiana and how all the different workers tuned it into a bow for the ship. I learned about that many workers lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina, and how Kamp Katrina allowed them to finish the job.

This book brought back a lot of memories and gave me the leaky eyes. But that’s ok, I want those memories to stay with me. So many lives were lost or changed forever that day. This country came together like I’d never seen before and haven’t since. This book should be required reading for elementary schools. The target reader is Grades 3-5, but I highly recommend it to anyone of any age.