Jan 222018

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

The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story Of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

In the six months since the November day that his wife, Nola, was buried, Arthur Moses has been having lunch with her every day. He rides the bus to the cemetery and when he gets there, he takes his sweet time walking over to her plot: she will bee there no matter when he arrives. She will be there and be there and be there.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

Jan 192018

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Narrated by Amanda Prowse
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 9 hours and 31 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: August 22, 2017

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina’s life of luxury quickly disappears and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate – and the sister – she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed – her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this tale of one woman’s loss and love.

The book is sad and I felt for Nina and her boys. I can’t imagine having that kind of lifestyle and then losing it within a few days.

I liked Nina. She didn’t know how she was going to take care of her family, but she figured it out while trying to make sure her boys were ok. I liked her youngest son Declan. I thought for his young age he handled things really well. Conner on the other hand did not. And even though I understood, I still wanted Nina to handle him differently. She just took all his crap. She didn’t tell him the truth at the beginning. She let him blame her and talk awful to her. Thankfully he let the anger go towards the end of the book.

I liked this book a lot. It was nice seeing Nina and her boys go from such a great life, to an awful life, and then finding peace with their new, comfortable life.

The author did a great job with the narration. It was easy to listen to.


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Jan 162018


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately
I’m blaming it on the cold weather that doesn’t bring me any snow

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

At Least 12 A Month 
Light incense or a candle when you get home: 5
Take a walk outside
Watch a food/health documentary
Listen to a guided meditation/favorite music: 1
Watch a comedy tv show/movie: 2

Meals Last Week
Meatloaf, okra & tomato mix
Grilled Cheese
Ribs, potatoes, corn
Chicken wings, salad

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 1/9: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 1/10: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 1/11: 11,500
Friday ~ 1/12: 8,057
Saturday ~ 1/13: 9,387
Sunday ~ 1/14: didn’t track
Monday ~ 1/15: 10,939

Jan 152018

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

High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Collins, Danielle]High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy #1) by Danielle Collins

Lucy Hannaford was in the middle of racking her brains for what she would do next when her husband John came home from work. He worked as a tax attorney for the city of London- the least glamorous job anyone could possible have. She didn’t envy his work. He came home weary, his head down, his back hunched over. He went straight for the armchair every day, not even bothering to change his clothes. He pushed his shoes off his feet, then scrounged around for the television remote.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

Jan 142018

Sunday Reflections

53°, sunny, beautiful cloudless blue sky. The dog next door is running around sniffing a trail of something. We live at the edge of the Withlacoochee State Forest so it could be a Fox, Raccoon, Opossum or Bobcat who knows what

The Story Of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg is waiting for me at the library so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow

Listening To…
Still, The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

I want to watch New York Underground, recommended by my son Jeremy

For spending yesterday with family for son Jeremy’s 40th birthday surprise party. I ♥ my family!!!

Looking forward to…
Going to Disney World in March with my two sons, DIL, & my 2 oldest grandkids

Wish I lived in town so I could join a yoga & tai-chi class

In The Kitchen…
Grilled Cheese for lunch and tonight we’ll be winging it today. Son Anthony wants me to make Johnny Marzetti this week.

Today’s To-Do List…
A few loads of laundry, tv, reading

One of my favorite things:

♥♥♥♥  I love my Kaiyo! Every time I see her little face I smile! December 31st was her 4th birthday and yesterday was our 2nd “Gottcha Day”! She brings so much happiness into my life and I am so glad I kept searching, saying “when I see the dog I’m supposed to have, I’ll know it”. It took 4 months and driving all over west central Florida, but I finally found her  ♥♥♥♥

A website I’d like to share:
Dark Sky, just put the name of the place you want to see in the search bar and it will show you what the temperature is there

A Favorite Bible Verse…

A favorite quote…
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From the camera….

I spent last Tuesday with my daughter Kilah. We went shopping, out for lunch, and then stopped by a park and enjoyed some time at the water.

It was a great day!

Jan 092018


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

I did good last week but didn’t get as many steps as I did the week before

I have some fitness videos that are included with my Amazon Prime that I plan on doing a few times a week

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Total Of 12 A Month 
Light incense or a candle when you get home: 3
Take a walk outside
Watch a food/health documentary
Listen to a guided meditation/favorite music
Watch a comedy tv show/movie: 2

Meals Last Week
Ribs, mashed potatoes & corn
Fish, fries, & cole slaw
Steak, baked potato, mixed vegetables

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 1/2: 8,877
Wednesday~ 1/3: 10,199
Thursday ~ 1/4: 9,458
Friday ~ 1/5: 9,149
Saturday ~ 1/6: didn’t track
Sunday ~ 1/7: 8,558
Monday ~ 1/8: 8695

Jan 082018

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

The Art of Hiding by [Prowse, Amanda]

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Nina caught the red light only a spit away from the entrance to the boys’ school. It was a regular frustration at the beginning of the day and something she tended to see as an omen.

Green light, good day. Red light, bad day.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?



Jan 082018

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

1h 59min
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Dwayne Johnson
Kevin Hart
Jack Black
Karen Gillan
Rhys Darby
Bobby Cannavale
Nick Jonas

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

I didn’t have to work Saturday so my son Anthony asked me if I wanted to do something. We decided we’d go out to eat and then a movie. We asked my other son Jeremy and his wife Susie if they wanted to go with us and ended up going to Outback Steak House and then to see Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. My grandson Jordan went to Outback with us but then had to go to work.

I saw the first Jumanji years ago when it came out and liked it so I figured I’d like this too.

I didn’t just like it, I loved it! It started out good and just kept getting better. I loved the actors and they all did a great job with their characters. It was really funny but also had some white knuckle moments, and I enjoyed every second of it. I think it was a lot better than the first one.

This movie is so good that I plan on buying it so I can watch it over and over.

Have you seen it? If not I recommend you do. Fantastic movie!

Jan 072018

Sunday Reflections



That it’s warming up today and the rest of the week

The Reminders by Val Emmich, it’s really good!

Listening To…
The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Ellen’s Game of Games. Have you seen this show? It is HILARIOUS!

It’s warm Tuesday or Wednesday so I can go to the beach

Not walking as much since my hours are back to normal at work

In The Kitchen…
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & corn

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv/movie, maybe a nap

One of my favorite things:
I love love love Avocados

A website I’d like to share:
Two Foods, a site where you can compare the nutritional info for two foods

Looking forward to…
Having Tuesday & Wednesday off at work

A favorite quote…
“I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell” ~ SNL

A Favorite Bible Verse…
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From the camera….

Jan 062018

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come And Get It by Ree Drummond

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; First Edition/First Printing edition (October 24, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006222526X
ISBN-13: 978-0062225269

Crazy delicious recipes for a crazy busy life from the #1 New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star.

For home cooks, nothing beats spending a long, relaxing day preparing dinner for your family, savoring every flavorful step. But few of us really have the time to do that anymore, with school, sports, work, and appointments keeping us running and pulling us left and right. What busy home cooks REALLY need are FAST, EASY, and DOABLE solutions to solve the challenge of feeding their families quick, easy, wholesome food that tastes great day after day, week after week—without falling into a rut and relying on the same handful of meals.

Ree Drummond transforms taking it easy in the kitchen into an art, giving readers her very best make-it-happen strategies, pulled from her own non-stop life as a devoted wife, mother of four, food lover, and businesswoman. Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes for a Crazy Busy Life includes more than 125 of Ree’s best food solutions for making filling, nutritious meals with minimal fuss, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

With a mix of flavors and dishes that will please everyone, Ree makes it easy to whip up delicious, simple, down-home recipes that go from stove to table in no time!

I’m a big fan of Ree Drummond’s books and tv show. She’s a loving wife and mom, has some fantastic recipes, funny, and I love they clothes she wears! So when I saw this book was available at my library I put it on hold. Two days later I had it in my hands.

The contents are:
It’s A Crazy Busy Life
My 20 Favorite Pantry Items
My 15 Favorite Freezer Staples
My 12 Favorite Fridge Staples
My 10 (Okay, 12) Favorite Cuts Of Beef

Then there is:
Lunches On The GO
Apps and Snacks
Under 40
Under 20
Take Your Time
Sheet Pan Suppers
Meatless Marvels
Sensational Sides
Bread, Baby!
Sweets, Glorious Sweets

Acknowledgements, Recipes For All Occasions,Universal Conversion Chart, & Index

There are photos and stories of her, her family & pets, and The Merc. The recipes have photos of each step which I really liked. I do wish the book included the nutritional info for each recipe though. Many of us are restricted on the amount of salt, calories, carbs etc. that we can have each day and that would make it easier to decide whether to try the recipe or not.

Speaking of recipes, a few I want to try are Overnight Muesli, Orang-Vanilla Monkey Bread, Tai Chicken Wraps, Pretzel Coated Fried Goat Cheese, Dinner Nachos. I also want to make many of the Take Your Time (slow cooker), Sheet Pan Suppers and Meatless Marvels recipes.

I love this book so much that I renewed the hold so I could keep it longer, and plan on buying a copy.

If you love Ree, recipes, or cookbooks, check this book out.

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Foodies Read


wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Jan 042018


Unashamed by Lecrae Moore

Narrated by: Lecrae Moore
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
Release date: 05-03-16
Language: English
Publisher: Christianaudio

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be Christian in a secular age.

This is the story of one man’s journey to faith and freedom.

I’ve never been a fan of  hip-hop and had never heard of Lecrae Moore before seeing this book. To be honest, I never really gave Christian hip-hop a chance because of the few times I’ve heard secular hip-hop. Don’t like it at all. But, I’d be more open to listening to Christian hip-hop after listening to this audiobook.  Each chapter began with a sample of one of his songs. Because of the messages  in them, I think I may enjoy it.

Anyway…Wow! What a great testimony! Lecrae had a tough life and had to grow up way faster than he should have. He finally got the life he wanted, but it was a long hard battle, sometimes he hindered himself.

Whether you like Christian hip hop or not, this is an interesting book. It’s short, but his story is huge! And even if I never become a fan of Christian hip-hop, I am a fan of Lecrae Moore!


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Jan 032018

Not In Any Particular Order:


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas


The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick



Beartown by Fredrik Backman


Walking with Miss Millie Audiobook

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney


Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam


Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore


Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines


Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book

Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones

Jan 022018

Thanks to Dianne @ Bibliophile by the Sea for all the years she hosted
and for allowing me to take it over

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

The Reminders

The Reminders by Val Emmich

Dad forgot me.

I’m waiting with my guitar on the hard steps and there’s an ant by my sneaker. She’s just a tiny thing, but I’d rather be that, a tiny thing that no one notices, than a real girl who everyone sees but isn’t worth remembering.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

Jan 022018


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

How did I miss posting a RW  last week?

Brrrrrr, it’s cccccold here in sunny Florida! Yeah, I know, many states are a lot colder and have a bunch of snow, but it’s expected there. And truthfully, I wouldn’t mind lower temps if there was snow involved. I really miss the snow. And I’d have warmer clothes if I lived up north.

For January I want to focus more on
eating healthy and getting back into a yoga/tai-chi routine

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Total Of 12 A Month
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Take a walk outside
Watch a food/health documentary
Listen to a guided meditation/favorite music
Watch a comedy tv show/movie

Monday: Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 12/26: 18,714
Wednesday~ 12/27: 17,871
Thursday ~ 12/28: didn’t track
Friday ~ 12/29: 8,757
Saturday ~ 12/30: 10,677
Sunday ~ 12/31: didn’t track
Monday ~ 1/1: 9,428


Jan 012018

1. Go On A Cruise
2. Go Ziplining
3. Go Horseback Riding
4. Tour a Vineyard
5. Hike at least 4 State Parks
6. Complete a 1000+ Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
7. Watch the sun rise and set on the same day
8. Attend a Murder Mystery dinner
9. Be a tourist in your own city
10. Go to a comedy club
11. Give up meat for a week
12. Go to the horse or dog races
13. Host a theme party
14. Decorate yard for a holiday
15. Join a book club
16. Send a post card to Post Secret 
17. Start learning a new word every day
18. Ride in a horse drawn carriage
19. Leave books I own in public places for someone else to find and read
20. Try a new ethnic food

Jan 012018

I decided to join Sheila for the First Book Of The Year 2018

For my first book I chose The Reminders by Val Emmich

Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple’s home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now, Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan.

Joan, the family’s ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase “it never fails” in the last six months (27) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are half a dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it.

Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she’s convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo sets off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney’s final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future.

Told in the alternating voices of these two irresistible characters, The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship and renewal.

What is your first read of 2018?

Dec 312017

1. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come And Get It by Ree Drummond
3. The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
4. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
5. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
6. Who Doesn´t Like The Dark? (Danny Dinosaur) by Peter Alex
7. The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
8. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
9.  Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
10. Cooking That Counts by The Editors of Cooking Light
11. 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

Dec 302017

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Narrated by Kate Rudd

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 7 hours and 12 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Listening Library
Audible.com Release Date: October 10, 2017

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

Aza has mental health issues including OCD and anxiety and can’t stop thinking about getting C Diff. That’s a big part of this book.

Aja and her BFF Daisy are investigating the disappearance of Russell Pickett, the father of Davis, one of Aza’s friend from a few years before. There is a huge cash reward to anyone who calls the police with a clue that leads to him.

I liked Aza, Daisy, Davis, & Mychal. I felt so bad for Davis’s younger brother.

There is a lot that happens. Good things and bad things, and it all makes this a fascinating book. The whole story about the tuatara was great, even though some of it left me shaking my head.

The book is narrated by Kate Rudd who did such an amazing job with all the different characters, even the men. I really don’t know how she did it, but they all had their own unique voice.

The ending came sooner than I was expecting, but it left me satisfied. I would love a sequel to this book.

Dec 292017

Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book

Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 6 hours and 28 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: HarperAudio
Audible.com Release Date: May 17, 2016

A touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio, the host of The Bobby Bones Show, one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation.

Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out—a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones, while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ. Bobby’s passions were pop, country music, and comedy, and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry, heard by millions daily. Bobby broke the format of standard country radio, mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.

Yet despite the glamour, fame, and money, Bobby has never forgotten his roots, the mom and grandmother who raised him, the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world, and the good values that shaped him. In this funny, poignant memoir told in Bobby’s distinctive patter, he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio. Bobby doesn’t shy away from the curves he continues to navigate—including his obsessive-compulsive disorder—on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family.

Funny and tender, raw and honest, Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones—surprising, entertaining, inspiring, and authentic.

I had never heard of Bobby Bones before seeing this book, but it sounded good so I decided to get it in print and audiobook.

The book is very interesting, he tells the story of what his childhood was like, and how he fought his way to making it big. He had a lot of struggles and the odds were against him, but he made it. BIG time.

He almost sabbatogged himself a few times, but things always worked out in the end.

I started with the audio and didn’t ever start the print because I loved listening to Bobby. He did a great job with the narration. It was like listening to him talking to his friends.

I am now a huge fan of Bobby Bones. If you aren’t familiar with him (I can’t be the only person to never hear of him before can I?) check him out on the radio or pick up a copy of this book. It’s very interesting and he holds nothing back. A few times he gives a little tmi, but he’s very funny. Loved this book!