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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Outdoor Wednesday

Welcome to the first day of May!
I am back to using the tablet to post.  It is definitely a challenge so this will be a short post.
I just wanted to share the story of this photo.
This bloom appeared in January.

April showers did bring some pretty blooms but I have not be able to take photos.

I am praying May brings us all a month of sunshine and beautiful blooms!


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Something Fun to Share-Happy Mail


A few weeks ago I stumbled across a group on Facebook of people that journal in their Bibles. 
A sub group is called Happy Mail. I joined and was given a swap partner.  I mailed her a nice package last week.  Yesterday I received a very nice package in the mail . . . 

There were stickers for journaling or other projects.  The cute little purse was filled with more little treasures.  I am saving it to send to my grand daughter . . .
There were some cute little cards for journaling . . .
Stickers and a glittery Gold Journal . . . 
Some more journaling cards in pretty little envelopes. 
A shopping bag . . .
I pulled this paper from my stash as a background.  It was 
The Best Day receiving all these goodies.
This was a fun 12x12 scrapbook page that was embellished. 

This was my first time to participate in the Happy Mail swap. 
The next swap begins on May 1.   I am looking forward to 
getting a new partner!  

If your interested look on Facebook for Happy Mail.  It is a fun group!


Monday, April 29, 2019

Meet Lola

In the midst of pain and sorrow (see these posts here and here) and sadness last Friday we added to our family . . . 

Meet Lola

Lola in the Humane Society Green Bandana with her new 
Sissy Domino
I texted the neighbors and told them they weren't seeing double!
She is so sweet and cute.  Look at the paw print on her back!
She is fitting in and loving it as part of our family. In this photo
she is sitting on my daughters 'so ugly it's cute' little pull out 
sleeper.  It was originally in my Outdoor room.  It's in my craft
room now.  Both dogs love looking out the window. 
Domino loves to look out the window too. 
She's the one with the Heart on her back.
She also has a heart on her shoulder. 

Our days are filled with sweetness.  Once I am back to normal this might become a Dog blog after all!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

No Family Supper Tonight-A Different Kind of Family Gathering


Hello Friends.  I know it's been awhile.  And I apologize for my neglect.  
The last few months have been difficult and I have had a hard time putting into words.  
This morning I saw this on FB.  I gasped when I began to read it and then weeped when I read it to The Cowboy.  
Yesterday we attended a Memorial for his brother who passed away a few weeks ago shortly after my mother passed.
Below is the most precious rememberance shared by my daughter. 






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As I read this on my phone unable to really see it well I did not realize at first she had written it.  Because we 'share' alot of other peoples horse stories.  The photo's are hard to see and I didn't even know that she still had these.  It wasn't until I reached the third line and mention of NYC I realized what I was reading. 
Here's her beautiful story . . . 
I’ve ridden a lot of horses in my life and I’ve owned a few that make my heart leap. 
But this story is about a horse named Bach. He was a big bay thoroughbred gelding and he lived at Claremont Riding Academy just blocks away from Central Park in NYC. I rode him once and the memory will be forever etched my mind.
Back before I had FB, an iPhone and before I’d ever even taken a selfie I rode Bach.
You see, my uncle invited me to visit him in NYC back in 2002. For the first time I rode in a taxi, aabnd the subway, I ate sushi (and I liked it), I saw where the Twin Towers had been, I saw Times Square, I ice skated in Rockefeller Center, I ate the best bagels and pizza I’ve ever had...and I rode Bach. My uncle had made reservations for us to ride through Central Park.
He knew I LOVE horses. (He did too)
My uncle spent the afternoon riding with me in a setting that I won’t forget. It was like a movie. Little kids saw us and said “mommy, look horsey!”. We waved and smiled. Our horses knew the path, they were well seasoned at carrying riders thru the park. 

Bach was a beautiful horse and I felt special to share that time with my uncle. The way to this girl’s heart is thru horses-he knew that.
The Claremont Riding Academy was such a neat place. I’d never seen a barn right in the middle of a busy city. There were multiple levels; one for stalls and an indoor arena. When you go for a ride they send your horse down a ramp to you so you can catch the reins. It was so foreign to me, so different than riding in TX where we have plenty of space.
At that point in my life I had already been more trail rides than I could count and even competed in different states but I gotta say riding Bach in Central Park still ranks as one of my best riding memories.
Uncle Bruce, thank you for the ride. This memory won’t be forgotten, it’s ours.
I’m still riding and I hope you are too; heaven is paradise so there must be horses there.
 —

Please forgive my absence.  I am trying to get back to a routine.  

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

A Tribute To MaMa-

 
Before I begin my post this morning I have some sad news.  It is hard to put into words.  When I looked at my blog and saw this photo I felt like I should tell ya'll my blogging friends about MaMa
I got the little Welcome sign I used in the above photo at her
apartment when we moved her into a nursing facility. 
Over the last year I was able to take a lot of photo's when I visited her almost everyday. 

I shared old memories with her like this one she is holding a photo of my son when he was 10.  
 
She enjoyed my visits.  I wonder why?

She loved Pink Do Nuts

I tried to keep her active and doing something. 

My son and his family came from Missouri to visit and spend a few days.  
Domino visited.  Domino enjoyed it more than MaMa I think. 

Last night we took Domino for one last visit.  She laid beside 
MaMa on her bed.  

MaMa isn't tired anymore
From Corinthians 15:57. Click for 100+ more bible verses for funerals to use in a eulogy, sympathy card, or to read at a funeral service for a Christian loved one.

Simple Sunday- The Fabulous Party

Good afternoon everyone.  I hope your day is going Simple, 
Fun and Fabulous.
Please forgive the delay in posting today.  The version of 
Chrome I had on my computer expired.  And I was not able to 
get it fixed.  Just now fixed and back. 

The Fabulous Party is over at the original Blog/Party page today.
I'll try this evening to add here a well. 

I am off to the garden while there is no rain so I can plant. 

Have a Happy Day
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Like A Tree A Davis Morgan Mystery- Great Escapes Tours- Review/ Giveaway


About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
he movie industry spreading across Georgia has finally made its way to the little foothill village of Adairsville. Bookseller and police chaplain, Davis Morgan along with a young female clerk discover the body of a member of the movie company on a historic site at the foot of a large oak tree. Davis, despite his promise to his wife, cannot resist investigating the mystery. He and his young pal, policeman Charley Nelson, quietly dig into the case even though it is officially under the jurisdiction of the county sheriff. There is no shortage of suspects: the mysterious red headed man, sister of the victim, the fiancée and others. During the investigation an already troubled Charley is framed for a drug crime, and Davis receives word that an old enemy is on his way to Georgia after escaping from prison to make good on a threat against him. Late one afternoon it all comes to an astonishing conclusion beneath the same sprawling oak where it started.

And I thought
A page-turning thrilling mystery.  This is one that you won't want to put down.  Like A Tree is book 4 in the Davis Morgan Mystery series.   
The authors husband and wife team have developed the characters through this series as well as woven story's and plots that keep the reader interested and turning the pages all the way to the end. 
I have enjoyed the characters in this series and liked that Charley was brought into focus on this one.  
All the characters are likeable and add to the story. 

If your looking for a good mystery that is clean check this one out.

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on Amazon, Good Reads and my 
book blog My Reading Journeys.  
  
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Simple Sunday-the Fabulous Party

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Happy Homemaker in Texas




I love my Saturday posts
Happy Homemaker is a fun party hosted by Sandra
Sandra provides the prompts.
I add a few of my own 
Because
This is my blog!  

Doing it a a little different today

The weather (Sandra's prompt)
Spring time in Texas doesn't get much better.  70's to me is perfect weather.  Occasionally some rain and clouds but otherwise beautiful weather. 

Looking forward to (Sandra's prompt)
My daughters Birthday.

On my reading pile (")
book cover of The Egyptian Antiquities Murder
Reading this one for the author.  One of my favorites.  I'll be reviewing soon. 
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Can not wait to read this one.  Lauren Carr is my absolute 
favorite author.  This one is on pre-order.  I-Read Book Tours is promoting it soon!  Click here to visit Lauren's site and pre-order.

I am reading now (Mine)
Taken by the Highlander: Book 2.5 (Conquered Bride Series 6) by [Knight, Eliza]
Not my typical read.  I don't really care for Historical Romance but I got the offer to read this one for free so I thought I would try. 
So far it is a page turner.  Not sure if MaMa would approve.  I'm in 2/3 in and no bedroom scenes.  We'll see what develops. 
I finished and enjoyed this one.  As the cover might lead you to think there's a little Romance.  One bedroom scene (wedding night) personally   I think they could have kept the door shut but that's me. . .   and a couple of kisses.  MaMa would be blushing but the Jazzy grandma would reach for her fan while turning the pages.

On my 'To Do List' (Sandra's)
Work in garden 
Work on quilt
Clean house it needs a good Spring Cleaning
Clean refrigerator

A few plans for the week (")
-Our daughters birthday is Sunday.  Finishing up her present 
and planning to take her to lunch.
- Need to make an April photo for the blog 
- Work outside when I can

Something fun to share (mine)
April Prayer Journal Prompts from Loving Christ Ministries
I wanted to begin this in January.  Looks like this is the month to start.  Want to join me?  Click here for the prompts. 

My Ta Da moment (mine HeHe)
Not mine.  Our son and his family.  They built a barn last week and moved their horses home.  He is starting his own business from home.  Training horse and teaching lessons!  Ta Da!  My 
D.I.L. says he was meant for this! Praise The Lord.
  
It's rough and still a work in progress but at least they got all the horses and a cat home before the 1st!

On the menu
Monday- Navy Beans/Ham, Fried Potato's, Corn Bread
Tuesday- Time again for Taco Tuesday
Wednesday- Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread (I use the leftover Taco meat.  We love the flavor)
Thursday- Pork, Scalloped Potato's, Green Beans
Friday-I sure would like a Steak, A Baker, and a good ole Caesar Salad.  Yum.  Sounds like date night!

Last week's menu-What worked/What didn't (mine too!)
  Actually what we ate.  I didn't get a menu done! 
Monday- Beef Stew, Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits.  
Tuesday-Hamburgers, Onion Rings (The Cowboy complained I marinated my onions in Guinness...he doesn't know I used it in the stew last night)
Wednesday- Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
Thursday- Shrimp Scampi w/Angel Hair, Salad, Shrimp Toast
Friday- Rotisserie Kielbasa, Fried Potatoes (from l/o Bakers),
Salad

✔'s every night except the Pork which was bought at Kroger. 
It had water added to it.  Who would have thought that a good ole pork chop needed water added.  We have two left I'll cook this week see how they turn out. 

In the craft basket (originally Sandra's but she changed the name
My crochet is coming along.  
I hope to work on the quilt today.  Here's what I have done so far.
I think I have 8 houses so far.  And the 4 small trees.  I'll draft 
a larger tree to go between house.  I also want to make a row of taller houses as well. 

A few of the fabrics I have left to make houses from. 
The top one was my inspiration piece.  There is only a small amount.  I hope to incorporate it somewhere in the quil. 


The Fabulous Party Features (Mine...It's my party)
Each week I choose a couple links/post that caught my eye.
Carol offers her readers some great prints for Holidays.  
Click here to visit. 
Debbie-Dabble wrote a great post about blogging and what people think about it.  You must check out this post.  Click here

In the garden (Mine I think)
Big changes.  No veggies this year.  I am just too busy and tired to plant.  I am turning the tomato area into another flower bed. 
I bought one of those rolls of seeds at Tuesday Morning the other day.  In my original flower bed I used one and it worked great. 
I'll be planting Zinnia's and  Sun Flowers. 
I am planting some tomato's but that is it for the garden. 
Well I might plant some Okra too!

From the camera (Sandra's)

Our local Lion's Club has fairs every few months.  I've always wanted to go in the evening to take photo's of all the lights. 
Maybe next time.  This one was taking while I was driving. Opp's.
Actually I had just come up to a red light so I was stopped!

Scripture/Devo/
Thought For The Day
Bloom Where Your Planted

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Review- Chutes And Ladder by Marc Jedel - Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway



About the book 
Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?
Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.
Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.
As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.
Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?
Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.
And I thought 
This is a fun and funny series that litterally takes you on a humorous ride!  The story/series centers around Marty who works for a car service called Rover. (a high tech Taxi)

Chutes and Ladder  is book 2 but it is written as a standalone.  The author weaves the story well and the reader has no problem stepping in at book 2. 

The main character Marty is a bit of a 'mess' an engineer that has 
a bit of Sherlock Holmes in him.  But he's a little more Barnie Fife. (the old Andy Griffith show.  If your old school you'll get it)  He's kind of a stumble bum but with the help of a police detective that just tolerates his investigating and his co-worker
Raj who I just love he manages to figure out the crime(s) and who did it.  

Chutes and Ladder is the 2nd book in the series.  All the characters from book 1 reappear in book 2 making me think they are all a continued part of the series. 

The author hinted at book 3 at the end.  

This is a fun series and I am looking forward to the next one!  

I author provided a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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