Jan 202020

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

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Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

It was late in both day and season for planting, but she had no choice in the matter. Her husband hadn’t understood the urgency, having never nurtured a garden. Nor did he hold an appreciation for its bounty, and as a result had been gently irritable with her that morning. Wishing she would focus on more important tasks instead, of which there were many, as they’d moved in only the week before. It was true much of the garden could wait – little happened during these later months, as bulbs rested dormant, waiting for the rain and warmth of spring. But this particular plant, with it’s bell-shaped flowers plentiful, would not be so patient. Besides, it was a gift and came with specific instructions, so there was no alternative but to get it in the ground. Today.

Jan 152020

It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Original recording
Publisher: Audible Original
Audible.com Release Date: August 1, 2019
Language: English, English

Close your eyes and get ready to see the world in a new and more positive way. As a child in Toronto, Molly Burke was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and became completely sightless as a teenager. Now an award-winning YouTube star and global Influencer, Molly shares what it’s like to be a purple-haired, pink-obsessed fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world. She speaks with authenticity and candor about how she tackles the preconceived notions we have around blindness; Molly has made it her mission to make us see her – and ourselves- in a wholly empowering way. Learn about her struggles with bullying and anxiety, her quest for inclusivity, how she built a successful Influencer business (with more than 1.8 million followers), and what it’s really like to travel with the true star of this audio, her service dog, Gallop.

I had never heard of Molly Burke before seeing this Audible Original. After listening to it I subscribed to her YouTube channel.

Molly tells us what it was like loosing her site from a young age and up to the time she wrote the book. I learned alot about what it would be like to loose your site slowly, after years of being able to see. She is brutaly honest about many things, and talks about her fears, accomplishments, family, friends and what it was like to be bullied for being blind. That part upset me a lot. Bullying is just plan wrong in any circumstance, but especially so when the person is disabled in any way.

I really enjoyed listening to Molly talk about her service dogs, her love for them was evident in her voice. She talked about how people can make it so hard for someone who depends on a service dog, and what is ok and not ok to do when you see someone with a service dog.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, the author did a great job with the narration. I would recommend it to everyone.

2020 Diversity Challenge

2020 Non-Fiction Challenge: Medical Issue

2020 Audiobook Challenge

Jan 132020

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

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:
The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Invitation
Would you like to meet the tiger
Who lives there in that clock?
Or see that Eiffel Tower
And hear a French man talk?

Would you like to use a telephone?
It’s a tin can on a string
That lets you reach the castle
Where a most majestic king
His Majesty King Friday
is in charge of everything!

Jan 092020

Regretting You audiobook cover art

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Lauren Ezzo
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-10-19
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

This book had my feelings all over the place. At first I was thinking “this book is so good! I love Morgan, Chris, Jenny, Jonah and Clara”. Then I was thinking “Morgan and Clara are so aggravating. What in the world is wrong with them?”

Then slowly, things happened that made me like them again. And I loved Johna, Miller and his gramps all the way through the book.

This is a book that took me on a roller coaster of feelings. I laughed with them, cried with them, and felt their pain. And in the end I loved them again.

The two narrators did a great job!

This is the first book I’ve read by Hoover, but I plan on reading more from her. This book was outstanding!

2020 Reading Challenge Month-by-Month

2020 Audiobook Challenge


Jan 062020

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

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Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by [Lefkowitz DVM, Laura]

Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by Laura Lefkowitz DVM

Chapter 1
Night Of Traumas

Summer is the busy season in the veterinary ER business. Dogs and cats are fighting, animals bolting in front of cars, and garbage cans are being knocked over, their contents scavenged. Grass awns are finding their way into our animals’ eyes and ears. Owners are camping with their dogs who are drinking stagnant water, eating poisonous mushrooms, and riding loose in truck beds. Hunting dogs are nosing up to venomous snakes, or cornering sharp-toothed animals, or overheating in the excitement of the chase. Disease-carrying ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are biting through the protective fur of animals’ coats. Unvaccinated puppies are sniffing virus-laden feces in the park. Cats are scrapping over their territories and arriving at out hospital with nasty wounds on their bodies. Every summer the veterinary business booms.

Jan 052020

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Today’s high is expected to be 61° with sunny skies, my kind of day!

That I got to spend Christmas with my 3 kids and their families, and the families of my son in law and daughter in law

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

Listening To…
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Books Reviewed Last Week…

My kids have talked me into watching The Mandalorian on Disney+, so I’ll start it today

Steps Last Week…

In The Kitchen…
Hot Dogs topped with leftover Chili

New To Me Stuff:
Instant Pot™ Omni Plus Toaster Oven
Air Fry, Dehydrate, Toast, Roast, Bake, Broil, Slow Cook, Proof or Reheat, Convection, Rotate

Today’s To Do List…
We were going to go to IKEA to get a few more shelves for food and small kitchen appliances but decided to wait, so it’ll be the usual for me, laundry, tv, reading

Looking forward to…
The return of Virgin River on Netflix

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38

From the camera…

December 31st was Kaiyo’s  5th birthday!

Jan 042020


I got an Instant Pot™ Omni Plus Toaster Oven for Christmas

It’s functions are Air Fry, Rotisserie, Dehydrate, Convection Oven, Toast, Roast, Bake, Broil, Slow Cook, Proof & Reheat

It is just over 27 qts. and has 11 Smart Programs


Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Care Kit


Six new coffee cups, there were 2 Reese’s cups 🙂

All were gifts


I  bought 3 of these ceramic tumblers at Publix and I love them!

Weekend Cooking

In My Kitchen

Dec 302019

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

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Narrated by Tanya Eby & Lauren Ezzo

Chapter One

I wonder if humans are the only living creatures that ever feel hollow inside.
I don’t understand how my body can be full of everything bodies are full of – bones and muscles and blood and organs – yet my chest sometimes feels vacant, as if someone could scream into my mouth and it would echo inside of me.

I’ve been feeling this way for a few weeks now. I was hoping it would pass because I’m beginning to worry about what’s causing this emptiness. I have a great boyfriend I’ve been dating for almost two years now. If I don’t count Chris’s moments of intense teenage immaturity (mostly fueled by alcohol), he’s everything I want in a boyfriend. Funny, attractive, loves his mother, has goals. I don’t see how he could be the cause of this feeling.

Would you keep reading?

This is my First Book Of  2020 so I’ll be starting it 1/1/20

Dec 302019

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Feels Like Falling

2020 Reading Challenge Month-by-Month

Hosted by author Kristy Woodson  Harvey

January: Book Related to Your New Year’s Resolution
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

February: Biography or Memoir
Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise

March: Book in a Series

April: Try an Audiobook

May: Feels Like Falling! & Join Us May 15 for a FB Live Discussion

June: Classic Beach Book

July: Thriller So Scary You Have to Read on the Beach in Daylight

August: Historical Fiction

September: Book That Has Been in Your TBR Pile Forever

October: New Release Impulse Buy

November: One of Your Family Member’s Favorite Books

December: Holiday-Themed Book


All books linked must feature a book about food

1. Recipes For A Perfect Housewife by Karma Brown


Two updates:
June 30
December 15

I’m going for: Stenographer: 10-15

1. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
2. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke
3. Recipes For A Perfect Housewife by Karma Brown
4. Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life by Randy Travis


No levels but there is an optional Mini Challenge for each month

January to March Link-Up HERE
It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

April to June Link-Up HERE

July to September Link-Up HERE

October to December Link-Up HERE



Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category

My Categories (Books Subject To Change)
1. Memoir:
Brother & Sister by Diane Keaton

2. Disaster Event:
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by Garrett M. Graff

3. Related to an Occupation:
Doggy Defenders: Willow the Therapy Dog by National Geographic Kids

4. Medical Issue:
It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

5. Nature:
The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben

6. True Crime:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean


Purring – Read 1-10 cat mysteries

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Level 1 – Read 6 books

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1. Doggy Defenders: Willow the Therapy Dog by National Geographic Kids




January – March Quarterly Link Up
April – June Quarterly Link Up
July – September Quarterly Link Up
October – December Quarterly Link Up
1-9 – Rookie Status

Dec 162019

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

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The Family Journal by [Brown, Carolyn]

The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown

Chapter One
When you come to the end of the rope, it’s time to tie a knot and hang on. Lily Anderson had reached the place where there wasn’t even enough rope left to tie a knot. She’d thought about her problem for a whole day, made a few phone calls, and now her mind was made up. She was moving her kids out of the city of Austin and to her hometown of Comfort, Texas – population a little more than three thousand.

Would you keep reading?

Dec 122019

An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward.

In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relief from the chaos, Lucas takes long, meandering walks, and one day he veers into the woods.

There he discovers an isolated cabin and two huge dogs. Frightened, he runs. And the dogs run with him. Lucas finds unusual peace in running with the dogs, and eventually he meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore. Closed off and haunted by a tragic past, Zoe has given up. She doesn’t want to be saved. She wants out. But Lucas doesn’t want her to go, and he sees an opportunity to bring more than one friend back into the light. It’s either the best or worst idea he’s ever had, but Lucas isn’t giving up on Zoe or Connor.

Their unexpected connection might be the saving grace that Zoe thought she’d lost, that Connor needs, and that Lucas has been running toward.

This is the sixth book written by this author that I’ve read, and like all the others, I loved it.

This book starts with Lucas who is now in his 60’s, remembering his life as a child. He remembers it wasn’t as good as he’d have liked it to be. His brother is fighting in Vietnam and his parents fight all the time. His friend Conner’s parents don’t talk to each other and he is pretty much isolating himself.

One day as Lucas is walking in the woods he sees a cabin and the two big dogs that live there. He’s afraid they might attack him so he starts running and the dogs run after him. Soon he realizes the dogs aren’t going to hurt him, they just want to run with him. So he goes back every day and the three of them run which helps him get rid of a lot of the stress he’s carrying.

Along the way he meets the characters in this story, and they were all interesting. Through them Lucas learns that what you see isn’t always what you get with people, and everyone has something to offer whether it’s friendship, a lesson, or something else.

Another winner from this author.

Giveaway: Sorry, US only
If you’d like a chance to win this book, leave a comment letting me know
Giveaway ends 12-19


Author Bio
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.

Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) for its Best Book for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.

More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch ReviewMichigan Quarterly ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewPloughsharesGlimmer Train, and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in The Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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Dec 092019

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

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An Heirloom Christmas: A Small-Town Christmas Romance Novel

An Heirloom Christmas:
A Small-Town Christmas Romance Novel by Megan Squires


“I’m not sure I want this masterpiece hanging on anyone’s door but my own!”

Doris lowered her tortoiseshell reading glasses to peer over their rim as he held her wreath at arm’s length to survey her craftsmanship. Predictably, she’d opted for a coffee theme this year, with plastic mugs adhered to the floral wire and letters that read ‘But First, Coffee!’ arching over the top. Given that Doris Beasley and her husband, Earl, owned the only coffee shop in Heirloom Point, it was an expected choice.