Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday


The Weather...
It's been a little warmer. Back in the upper 90's. Rain on Saturday and Sunday. 

On My Beside Table...
A vintage crocheted table scarf.  I've packed the lamp for the move.  YooWhoo!

On My T.V. 
Actually trying not to watch too much.  Moving in a few weeks and too much to do.  To my chagrin I was planning on Scandal and they are not coming back till January!

Thinking And Pondering..
What else?  The new house.  Plans, plans and more plans.
Stay tunes!

Listening To...
Peacefulness.  The Cowboy quietly snoring, the road traffic outside.  It rained last night I can here the cars driving through the wet parking lot. 

Favorite You Tube Video Last Week...
I really haven't gotten into this video thing.  How about a new fun blog...
Lisa at Re-Create Designs shared a tutorial for this
cool Fall wreath.  She linked at The Fabulous Fall 
Party over at my other blog.  Click Here to visit and link.

On The Menu...
Monday--Fried Fish, Salad, Clam Chowder (Cowboys homemade)
he cooks on Monday
Tuesday-- Beans and Cornbread
Wednesday--Chinese.  Shrimp Fried Rice (w/ a mix), 
Beef w/ Broccoli (recipe from pinterest) and Egg Drop Soup
(another pinterest recipe)
Thursday--Kid friendly making Blue Jello in GiGi's kitchen
Mac and Cheese.  Still have to decide what the adults will eat.
Friday--I miss date night
Chicken Breasts wonder if I can find a new recipe?
Saturday--winging it
Sunday--winging it

On My To Do List--
..Working on a fall quilt finish in a few days so I can be quilting it.
Most of the sewing room is packed just left out a few fall colors to work with.  
...Packing...most of the books are packed I'll have to count boxes.
Almost afraid to.  The Cowboy doesn't get my obsession with books. 
...Reading  I have a huge stack of books all scheduled in the next couple of weeks. This will be a review blog for awhile.

Looking Forward To...
Can you guess?

What I Plan To Do For Myself This Week
Finish my Fall quilt.

Favorite Photo...
Recent grocery shopping with my grandson


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Simple Sunday


Thursday, September 22, 2016

To Have And To Hold-3 Autumn Love Stories

Product Description

To Have and to Hold, Three Autumn Love Stories
Love Takes the Cake, by Betsy St. Amant
Will three wedding consultants find their own happy endings? Charlotte is always the baker, never the bride. 

The Perfect Arrangement, by Katie Ganshert
Florist Amelia and Nate are involved in a fender-bender. 

Love in the Details, by Becky Wade
Wedding coordinator Holly wonders if she should give her ex-boyfriend a second chance.
And I thought ...A lovely collection.  I enjoyed each story.  The stories take place in September, October, and November.  Truly making this a fun Fall read.  I enjoyed meeting these authors and look forward to reading more of their works.  
Each story is different and unique in it's own way.   I took a day read the entire collection.  They are fast and fun to read each feeling like a Hallmark Movie.    This book was published by Zondervan and each story has a faith element but it is extremely subtle not overbearing at all.  Anyone (any age)  that reads  Contemporary Romances would enjoy this collection.  
I can easily give this collection 5 Stars.  
I received a complimentary copy of To Have And To Hold from Book Look  in exchange for my honest review.   This review is posted on Amazon, CBC, Barnes and Noble.   This review is posted at My Reading Journeys,  Good Reads and Linked at blog parties.  
                                           The Fabulous Fall Party is Here
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Simple/Sweet Friday, Katherines Corner,
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday/Add A Caption


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Joining all my Wordless Parties:
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Wordless Wednesday @ Be There TodayWordless Wednesday @ Talbert Zoo

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday-On Tuesday

Welcome to my Tuesday edition of Happy Homemaker Monday.
My sister who lives in Washington state is visiting.  Yesterday 
I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family.  We haven't shared a Thanksgiving in over 15 years.  I wanted to make the meal traditional.  I am thankful that she is here for a few days.
And now on with my plans for the week. 

On the weather front::: Warmed back up to the 90's with Sunny and clouds for the weekPartly Cloudy
 We're supposed to have Thunderstormon the weekend. 

On my bedside table:::  A lamp and a vintage crochet thingy.  I don't read in bed because it is not comfortable so I don't have books or anything on my nightstand.

On my TV::: We watch Decades challenge old shows.  We watch Johnny Carson every night. 
Waiting for Scandal to start on Thursday. 

Thinking and pondering:. About our upcoming move.  

Listening to: total quiet ( I am home alone)

Favorite Youtube Video last week:::  I have joined a group that is De-Cluttering. 
This is the interesting method...
My KonMari Method by Marie Kondo Declutter & Organzing Home Makeover Before and After...

On the menu for this week:::
Monday-Thanksgiving Dinner w/ Family
Tues-Leftover Turkey, Dressings (stuffing), Mexican Shrimp cocktail, Zucchini Salad
Wednesday--Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots and Gravy and Green Beans
Thursday--Hot Dog for grandson--Mexican Turkey and Rice, Tortillas and Salad
Friday--Breakfast Sausage Casserole, Fried Okra, Salad
Saturday--Stew from left over Roast
On my To Do List:::
Blogging, Need to get a schedule posted for my linky parties for the next few months.
Packing.  We are moving.  We've found a fabulous house!
Looking forward to:::Moving into our new house

What I plan on doing for myself this week::--Begin an orange and black quilt.  This will be my 
last project before I completely pack up all my supplies.  :

Favorite photo:::
My little Ninja cleaner did my baseboards again.  This time I didn't have to pay for photo's. 
He didn't ask and I didn't remind him.  I did pay for the job!  Last time he told me it was $1.00 extra for photo's.

Lesson learned the past few days-It takes constant work to stay organized!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses

Sweet Blessings: Thanksgiving Scripture Writing:

That's my plans for the week.  I find I am much more productive by making plans.  Especially with my menu plan.  I waste alot 
less by planning left overs.  

Do you make a plan for your week? Or make a menu?  
You can Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday for inspiration. 

And one more thing to share.  Your invited to my linky party!
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Simple Sunday


Friday, September 16, 2016

Bossy Flossy-Book Review-Author Intereview/Giveaway

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About the book (provided by IReadTours)...
Flossy is the bossiest girl around. She's bossy at home and she's bossy in school. She's bossy to her friends and she's bossy to her cat. Sometimes she's even bossy to her teacher! Flossy doesn't understand why no one will listen to her. One day, Flossy meets Edward, a boy who may be just as bossy as she is. Has Flossy finally met her match?

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Author's Bio:

Paulette Bogan admits she was bossy as a child. She is the author and illustrator ofVirgil & Owen, which was chosen as one of Bank Street Best Children's books of the Year 2016, Virgil & Owen Stick Together, which won a Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal for Picture Books, and Lulu The Big Little Chick, which won a Children's Choice Book Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. They ALL think she is STILL bossy. But they've never told her to go to her room!

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

An interview the author...
1.    What genre do you write and why? 
I write picture books. Why? It seems to come naturally to me. I am an illustrator first and think visually, so I think that’s a big part of it. Someday I’d like to write a picture book with no words!
 2.   Do you try to teach a message in all of your books?
                 I never try to teach a lesson. An idea for a story usually comes to me, and I have to write about it. For Bossy Flossy the idea came from a number of places. I was watching a home video of my daughter Sophia when she was about six years old directing a play that starred her two little sisters and the dog. She was very bossy, but also very direct and concise about what she wanted. So when writing Bossy Flossy I tried to keep in mind her innocence, her directness, and her frustration as a child. If I switch into thinking like an adult when I’m writing I becomes too preachy and didactic.

3.  What  is the most frustrating part of creating a picture book?
Having a great beginning and a great ending, but no middle is the most frustrating. The middle keeps the story fresh and appealing. It keeps the story moving forward and reaching a climax before being resolved. It cannot be boring.

4.    Do you have any hobbies?
Crossword puzzles, but only easy ones, because I get frustrated very easily. I also love to read. I can’t go anywhere without a book. I used to surf, but then I broke my leg. Reading is safer.
5.   How many books do you read in a month?
I read about three to five books a month on average. I like to read at night before I go to sleep. Of course if it’s a really good book I have a hard time stopping!  Lately I’ve been in a slump and haven’t read much. I’ve been doing crossword puzzles at night and playing Words with Friends with my sister, Sandra. She always wins.
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And what I thought about Bossy Flossy . . . 
Charming.  Colorful. Delightful.  At least the moral was.  Flossy is a bit bossy.  She is bossy to her poor animals.  She is bossy to her cat and brother and mother.  And her friends at school.  And then one day she meets someone who bosses her back.  She's met her match and finds a friend.  And learns to be a friend.  
I enjoyed reading this sweet little book.  Well it's not little.  It's rather big.  Perfect for little ones. 
It's a book for parents to read and discuss with younger children.  Older children can read on their own.   
The illustrations are charming.   This is a fun book for everyone!  A great book to give to a child.  

I received a complimentary copy of Bossy Flossy from IRead Book Tours.
This review is posted at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Good Reads. 
This post will be linked to my favorite linky parties.  

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sad Day Today

It's a very sad day.  I knew that Daisy was getting really old.  
      I just didn't see it coming.  She had a stroke last night.  
                                  I am just very sad today.  
                                  I will be away for awhile.  
I am still leaving the party linky up (HERE) but I won't be visiting and inviting for awhile.  
                                         Happy Fall      

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Back In The Saddle-Ruth Logan Herne

                                                                 #1: Back in the Saddle  -     By: Ruth Logan Herne
The cover got my attention! I totally enjoyed this book! 

What it's about . . . 

The Prodigal Is Coming Home 

Its been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Grays Glen, Washington. Hes broke, but not broken, and its time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again. 

He doesnt expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses theres more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and hes determined to find out what shes hiding...and why. 

Colts return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sams right-hand man at the ranch for years and isnt thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranchs contentious relationship with the citizens of Grays Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial districts wealth and poweror finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good? 

Check it out. Click here to visit the publishers website and download a chapter. 

What I thought . . . 

I was drawn in from the first few pages. I couldn't put it down. This was a very well written great story of romance family and faith. The story line was great. The author did a wonderful job of weaving together a romance along with a little real life struggles all interwoven into a story full of grace and forgiveness. 

I enjoyed the characters. I felt like they were all fully developed. 

I look forward to the next installment in the series. I always look forward to reading the stories of a sub-character in a book. 

The main characters Colt and Angelina are both well developed. Colt a is strong and dependable. Angelina is 

'spit fire'. Her character is cute, strong and opinionated. 

Angelina doesn't mind telling everyone what she is thinking and manages to help not only Colt but his father as well come to a closer relationship with God. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was difficult to 'put down' I would recommend it. 

My rating is 5 stars . . . 

I received a complimentary copy from Book Look and Multnomah

Wordless Wednesday

Joining Wordless Wednesday with a few precious pics . . . 
                     Big Equine, little girl in pigtails kissing her horse. She won a ribbon in a…:

Few will ever understand the connection between a little girl and her Horse:
Love at first sight! Horse and girl.:
Little Girl ever so Gently kissing her Beautiful Horse <3:
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Linking with: Wordless WednesdayCamera CrittersEileen's Critters Image-in-ing
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Good/Angry-David Powlison-Book Review

                                                         Good and Angry
About the book (provided by Cross Focused Reviews)...
Good and Angry, a groundbreaking new book from David Powlison, contends that anger is more than a problem to solve. Anger is our complex human response to things we perceive as wrong in a complex world, thus we must learn how to fruitfully and honestly deal with it. Powlison undertakes an in-depth exploration of the roots of anger, moral judgment, and righteous response by looking in a surprising place: God’s own anger.
Powlison reminds us that God gets angry too. He sees things in this world that aren’t right and he wants justice too. But God’s anger doesn’t devolve into manipulation or trying to control others to get his own way. Instead his anger is good and redemptive. It causes him to step into our world to make wrongs right, sending his own Son to die so that we can be reconciled. He is both our model for change and our power to change.
Good and Angry sets readers on a path toward a faithful and fruitful expression of anger, in which we return good for evil and redeem wrongs. Powlison offers practical help for people who struggle with irritation, complaining, or bitterness and gives guidance for how to respond constructively when life goes wrong. You, your family, and your friends will all be glad that you read this book.
a pen and highlighter while reading was good.  Each 

section/chapter the author points out areas or suggestions places to

 concentrate on.  Powlison provides thought provoking questions 

and suggestions to bring out get you thinking about what you are 

reading.  This was good for me.

The topic of Anger is powerful.  This is a powerful book and a 

good read for everyone.  Whether your struggling with real anger,

irritation or bitterness you'll find positive help and guidance.  This

book is filled with scripture reference and is biblically sound.

I recommend this book and give it 5 Stars. 

I received a Complimentary copy from Cross Focused Reviews 

in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This review will post at Amazon and Good Reads. 

This review will post at My Reading Journeys and will be linked 

at blog parties. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

House of Eire-June Gillam-Review W/ Guest Post and Giveaway

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About the book (provided by IReadTours)...
In House of Eire, Hillary Broome, a reporter-turned-ghostwriter from Lodi, California, and her detective husband Ed fly to Ireland—Ed for a gang conference in Dublin and Hillary to research her ancestors in Galway. Hillary plans to meet up with her friend Bridget, who’s pushing a greedy developer to include a memorial museum inside his proposed Irish theme park. As Hillary travels through Ireland and learns more about her friend’s crusade, she uncovers secrets and mysterious forces nudging her to fly away home.

And I thought...
The story was good. But it took me till almost the end to get really captivated by it.  By the very end I was wanting to read the next installment of this series. 

This was a long read. Over half way through I was trudging through read it.  And, I continued in order to write this review.  I received a complimentary copy of House of Eire from the author and 
I Read Tours

Along with the copy of House of Eire I also received House of Cuts and House of Dads (information about both books is at the end of this post)I was not required to read either of these books.  The other books in this series were  'gifted' to me to introduce the series. 

I chose not to read the first two books before I read House of Eire.   It is possible had I read them I would have been a 'bit' more interested in this book.  But honestly I sincerely doubt it.

I enjoyed the depth of research information that June Gillam did in writing this story.  The tour through Ireland made me feel like I was really there and had me wanting to go there. 

The story about the main character Hillary going to Ireland to research her family history really didn't develop.  The sub plot about an American developer planning to build a theme park took over the story.
The mystery developed when Hillary's contact is found murdered after receiving strange voodoo type dolls.  Frankly I wasn't really surprised to find out who was behind the murder.  I was surprised along with Hillary who was involved (by association) in the scheme. 

Overall I can say I thought this was a good book.  Not one that I would call great.  I am looking forward to reading House of Cuts and House of Dads and any additional installments. 

The best part about House of Eire was that it was a clean story.  There were a couple discreet bedroom scenes.  The mayhem was not graphic at all.  I would recommend this book for
any audience. 

I received a complimentary copy from IReadTours

This review will post at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and
Good Reads.
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About the author...
June Gillam teaches literature and writing at a Northern California Community College. She describes this series as psychological suspense novels in which Hillary Broome, reporter and ghostwriter, fends off complex villains of many kinds: a berserk butcher, a demented daughter and a haunted theme park developer.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~Facebook

Thoughts from June Gillam...
We all take many kinds of journeys. Some last for just a day and others for a lifetime. My writing journey started out with poems and journals—lots of them. Years and years of them, amounting finally to a creative writing Master’s degree from Sacramento State University in 1983, with a collection of poetry as my culminating project. Some of them were published and even won a few prizes—I still love writing poetry and that moment when the poem “arrives” into my heart and soul and I have to run catch it on paper so it won’t vanish in the midst of everyday practical business. Sometimes I’ve had to pull off the freeway to write it down. My poem “Shameless Hussy Looks Back” was published in the Winter 2015 Peregrine Magazine through the Amherst Artists & Writers Press.

Back in the summer of 1990, though, it had come as a shock to realize, while I was a student in a teacher’s writing workshop, that I didn’t know how to write a family story. I explored that problem over the years and finally came to understand that ours was not a storytelling family. My poems started to sound to me as if they wanted to become stories, but I had been raised in a sort of goodie-two-shoes home, where conflict was kept hushed up under our rugs. Of course, stories are nothing without conflict, so I began the long and expensive project of teaching myself how to gather what I needed—courage and companions—to learn to write stories that held the tension of conflict. That ended up being the subtitle of my dissertation: Women writing stories containing conflict.
It was published by an academic press, but they priced it way too high, and I couldn’t get them to lower the price so regular folks could afford it. So I started a new journey: becoming the publisher for my own works. Now I’m Gorilla Girl Ink—bold black and white words on the page. I’ve published a book of poetry, So Sweet Against Your Teeth, and three novels in the Hillary Broome Series—where I indeed show I’ve learned to create conflict on the page!
I love the journey of life and the gift of expressing the many pathways it can take on the pages of my writing.
What others are saying...Praise for Hillary Broome Novels

House of Cuts
A maniacal butcher, a journalist/teacher with a shameful secret, and a cigar-toting detective set the stage for this psychological thriller, the first in a series of Hillary Broome novels. Set in California's Central Valley, House of Cuts involves suspense, intrigue, and a burgeoning romance. My favorite things about this novel include the dialogue, the wonderful details, and its sense of place—from the lush walnut orchards of Morada, CA, to PriceCuts, what Gillam terms the "24/7 machine," the kind of superstore familiar to any modern reader. I also enjoyed the fact that eight of the fifty-one chapters are told from killer Melvin's point of view so that I was able to get a first-hand glimpse into his demented, mother-obsessed mind.
~Candace Andrews, author of High Tides: Wading Through Depression—Every Day

House of Dads
One of Gillam's strong virtues as a writer is her ability to enmesh you, the reader, in the many layered action of the story until you become that close and helpless bystander who must live every unspeakable thing out with the characters. Too bad about the hundred things and obligations with their gummy fingers on you. Too bad until the story is finished, for you are not free to return focus to your own life, not yet. When you close the book at last, it is with a sigh of relief and gratitude and satisfaction that YOU don't have to live out such things yourself as you and the characters have experienced together. Oh, but all will linger in your mind. And at the same time, you will already have an eye out for the next Hillary Broome adventure!
~Zoe Keithley, author of The Calling of Mother Adelli

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