Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scavenger Blog Hunt featuring Garrison's Law by Mary Connealy -Review/Giveaway

Welcome to the scavenger blog hunt and giveaway for the Garrison’s Law contemporary romantic suspense series by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Tours!

At each stop, there will be:
-special content by the blogger, and
-a clue
Here is my clue

of justice

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On the last day, the final piece of the scavenger hunt will be revealed in a puzzle on JustRead’s (and JustCommonly’s) blog.

Title: Loving the Texas Mystery Woman Series: Garrison's Law, Book 5 Author: Mary Connealy Release Date: January 2019 Genre: Gothic Romance
A woman wakes up in bed with a dead man and no memory—at all.
A stranger drags her away and offers her an alibi. The trouble is, if he’s her alibi, then she’s his. And he freely admits he’s got plenty of reasons to want his cousin Victor dead.
She learns her name is Lanny Cole. She’s living in a derelict old mansion they call The Devil’s Nest, with a whole family full of people who look capable of murder. Her amnesia is caused by an ugly blow to the head. Whoever hit her, killed Victor, then tucked her into bed with the now-dead Victor hoping she’d be arrested for murder.
She is forced to trust her rescuer, Devereau Grey, her alibi…who is more family with the Garrisons than with the Devereaus. In fact, through Grey’s connections, Case Garrison is the law on the mainland nearest the Devil’s Nest.
Grey has come home to tear open the corrupt heart of his family and find who’s stealing money from the Devereau Trust. His main suspect is dead and every member of his family has a motive for the murder and the theft, including himself, and Lanny Cole, who foolishly took a job with the Devereau family’s cold, manipulative matriarch.
And then another body turns up, and another. They need to get away, but a hurricane cuts off the island roads to a port that leads to violent seas.
Grey and Lanny are trapped in the Devil’s Nest. While they fight for their lives, family history comes to light that provides a motive for killing Lanny, and her research…if she could just remember it…might reveal the hiding place for a three-hundred-year old chest of pirate’s treasure.

And I thought
I was excited to be offered the chance to join this tour.
I became a fan of Mary Connealy when I was offered to read books from a Historical series last year.
I have enjoyed each of the books that I had read and this one was no exception.
Mystery and Suspense is my favorite kind of book to 
read especially if there is some romance and a message
and is a clean read.
The main characters Grey and Lanny pulled me into the story.  They captured my interest and didn't let go!
There is lots of suspense between these pages that will keep you on the edge of your seat an turning the pages.
I will be reading the other books on the tour as soon as I get the chance.

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I received a complimentary copy


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Gown With The Wind-Book Spotlight-Great Escapes Tour

About the book
Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .
Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancĂ©e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.
But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .
And others are sayin'
 LOVE these characters . . . They are so colorfully written and have such amazingly created personalities.
~The Montana Bookaholic
I so enjoyed the characters, lovely setting, and the twisting plot with so many unexpected surprises.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

The pace never lets up and kept me turning pages faster and faster as jaw dropping events filled the story.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
This was a fun read!es My Reading Journeys
. . . there are a lot of clues sprinkled along the way, several suspects and red herrings to that this reader did not guess the culprit or the motive until the final reveal.
~Carla Loves to Read
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Spotlight-Steamed Open by Barbara Ross-Giveaway

About the book
It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?
Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.
And others are saying
Steamed Open is an upbeat cozy mystery that will have you yearning for warm days and sandy beaches with a cool drink nearby.
~The Avid Reader
. . . it was pure delight to read Barbara Ross’ STEAMED OPEN, with its likable characters (and a few not so, of course), a murder with far too many possible suspects, beautiful antique homes, and of course, Clambakes.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
This is an extremely well written cozy mystery that will draw you in so well that you will wish you could go on the clambake too since it sounds so yummy as well as fun. Absolutely perfect for fans of the genre.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday the post w/ no words.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Book Review-Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson-Just Read Book Tour

About the book 
A moving novel entwining the many faces of motherly love
Jillian Connors has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she’s an Olympic hopeful with a bright future. But when Gabby becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own secret past and hope the decisions she’s made don’t drown their whole family.
Gabby can’t believe God let this happen to her. She knew the risks, but who thinks about that when they’re in love? Now she has to face the consequences–and the disappointed stares from everyone who thought she was the perfect Christian girl. At least she has the baby’s father, Travis. Nothing can tear them apart, right?
Margaret Owens had determined dreams for her son. She’s furious that Gabby’s pregnancy jeopardizes his college baseball scholarship and terrified that Travis will be trapped in a life of struggle and poverty–the life she’s tried so hard to save him from. She’ll do anything to protect him–even if it means forcing him to leave Gabby.
Stacey Meyers is aching for a child of her own. But the son she was meant to adopt was taken before she could hold him in her arms. It feels like she’ll never stop mourning; even the move to this new town hasn’t distracted her from the pain. How can she and her husband find peace? Is there any hope of a family in their future?
And in the midst of all this . . . an unborn baby. Whose arms will hold him in the end?
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Margaret Owens
“What if I want to do something else? Did you ever consider that?”
His words yank me upright, bringing me to my feet. I cock my hip and jam my fists into my sides. This will not happen. “I think about it every single day. Don’t be a fool, son. We’ve worked too hard for way too long to walk away now. You have a chance here. Do you want to live like this forever?” I lift my hands and look around the shanty that I skimp and scrape to make rent for each month. Rolled up towels are taped to the base of the back door to keep water from coming in where the seal leaks. A blanket hangs over the front room window in place of curtains. If I only had the time or money, but I have neither.
Travis can have both.
“I know, Mom.” His hand is heavy on my shoulder. “It’s just, things aren’t working out how I thought they would. And this isn’t so bad.”
And I thought
A great read filled with emotion and strong characters.
This one was hard to put down.
This was different kind of read for me.  I was glad to get the chance to dive into this story.  A story filled with raw emotion at times as each of the characters find thier way seperately and with each.  
A beautifully written touching story that is filled with grace and redemption.

I received a complimentary copy.
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Sunday Supper Now Family Dinner

Welcome to my Sunday aftrnoon/evening post.  Some of my regular visitors might remember Sunday Supper posts.

As I wrote each of those posts I began to think about Sunday Supper and what that means.  For me as I wrote those earlier posts it meant supper at Grand Ma's.  I wrote a few reminescing posts.

 I shared a few posts about family dinner time and my thoughts about the importance of dinner as a family.

Now a days things are different dinner time, Sundays
and Sunday Supper is not what is used to be.  Things 
have changed.  Family units have changed.  

Ours has.

Most of our meals are cooked for 2.  But on ocassion we have a visitor.  And I get some help in the kitchen.
It's always nice to have an eager helper. 
And we learned something new The Cowboy told us if you put a wooden spoon on top of your pot it won't boil over!

We had the perfect kid friendly family meal.  Pepper and spices added at the end.

And after supper some great entertainment!

Mr. Ed followed by Pirates Of The Carribean.   It was a great evening. 

No matter the day supper with Family is a Blessing

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome to Happy Homemaker the post where I share what has been going on.

The weather
Can not ask for better! Mid 60's for the weekend and mid
50's all next!  Closer to Spring each day!

What I am wearing
Errands this morning so I am in jeans and  t-shirt and lite sweater.

Looking out my window
A blank pallet ready for Spring planting.

Today I am reading
I am enjoying this cozy read.  Finishing today just in time
to write a review for Monday.

Last weeks menu
Monday Tortilla Soup ✔
Tuesday Baked Fish Filets Crab Cakes Onion Rings ✔
Wednesday  Pork Fajita's leftover Soup ,Mexican Rice ✔
Thursday  Grilled Chicken Thighs Mexican Rice ✔
Friday Homemade Pizza ✔

On this weeks menu
Monday Mexican  Saddle Blanket Tacos
AKA Leftover Chili in a flour  tortilla with lettuce,cheese
Tuesday Ham/Bean Soup, Homemade Subs
Wednesday Chicken Parm, Salad Garlic Bread
Thursday Pork Chops,Stuffing, Green Beans
Friday Ham, Baked Mac/Cheese Green Peas

Fabulous Favorites
Each week I choose a couple posts that caught my eye over at The Fabulous Party.
A very pretty table setting over at Christines blog entry #10 at the party.

The Fabulous Debbie Dabble shared her Christmas home tour. Entry #6 at the party.

The party starts everyone Sunday morning you can link any day. 
Or you can link at Our Holiday Journey the begins on Saturday

In the garden
Clean up and prep. Got fresh compost on 1/2 of veggie garden yesterday. And I moved some rock to cover Dominos path to the door.

In the craft basket
I have had fun this week. . .
 I have found a few simple flower patterns. Testing them out for my favorite.
 Went shopping for yarn for the 2019 Crochet Along
Loved these colors from last year.  These will challenge me big time but this is a super sweet online group that will help me get through it.

Todays To Do List
Pick up a few specials at grocery store
Get butter and Worcestershire for Party Mix
Work in Garden prepping beds,move more rock
Make Sugar Cookies with grandson
Play Million Monopoly

My Ta Da Moment
Mix the dough for  Saturday baking ahead of time on Friday.
My goal this year be organized!

From the camera
The super cute Santa gift I made my Mother. A 4 pack of
Dr. Pepper. I took out 2 and put candy and this super cute sock monkey in the openings. She loved it.

I began a scripture journal.  My goal is to read a devo. and write a scripture every day.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Flower Friday-Garden Plans

Good Morning. Welcome to Flower Friday.

I am already thinking about Spring.  Are you? I know
some of you love winter but it's actually my least  favorite season.  

Actually living in Texas sometimes we have very mild winters and I love that.  Next week upper 60's are predicted. 

I am hoping to get some seeds started in the greenhouse.
Saved my first O.J. carton for that purpose today.  I tried
egg cartons last but was not pleased the outcome. 

I didn't have alot of success with veggies last year but I am hoping and praying for a milder summer and longer spring.

I talked to my son the other day. I told him a little of my failures and he suggested crop  rotation.  Although I have only had 2 summers here I think he is rught.  

I realized the one huge tree we have plays a big part in my success.  Also we have  a huge Crepe Myrtle that is taller than the house!  It is not so much normal crop rotating but more realize where the sun covers my space.

I am replotting my garden.  And rethinking what to grow.  Tomatoes will go in the corner where I had the lettuce.  The lettuces will go on the edges of the flower bed portion because it gets more shade.  The green beans and cucmber will go where I the tomatoes last two seasons so that is a real rotation.

On the list:
lettuces, brocolli, kale, spinach 
green beans, tomatoes, corn
Sun Flowers

Last year I had great success with flowers so I will be doing several plantings of Zinnias, Impatients and more 
Sun Flowers.  All these I will grow from seeds.  The Zinnias  and Impatients seeds I got at Dollar Tree it was a box and had a very large number of seeds.  I hope they have them this year.  I will start looking soon so I don't miss them.

I will also and some bedding plants Pansys Begonias and 
 Geraniums.  I did not get to buy Geraniums last year.

I have Sun Flowers on my veggie list and flower list.  I have been learning alot about companion planting and the benefits.  I just thought Sun Flowers were pretty to look at.  I was sooo wrong.

Gardening is alot of work.  But I love to step outside for my produce!
 start  I almost forgot to mention the Herbs.  I have Rosemary and I still have Parsley.  I am sure we will have at least one freeze so I will replace the Parsley.  I have thought of digging it up and putting in a pot.  Maybe I will have a chance net week when we will have such nice weather. 
I will also plant Basil.  It is super easy to grow form seed.

I love my garden.  I am Thankful for the chance to grow things!

Do you have a garden?
When do you start thinking about planting?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thankful Thursday

  Welcome to my first Thankful post of 2019!
First  I am Thankful for a New Year! Another chance to 
"Get it right" 

To that end I began yesterday doing a morning Devotional and I am journaling scripture.

I also got a planner this year to use instead of a calendar.
I like to draw and doodle and I needed somewhere to 
write myweekly dinner menus.

I am planning on posting my menus on Mondays.
One of my goals this year is to stay on track with menus
and take more photos of our meals.

I also have a goal to get better with my photos and to add captions to them like this one.
I like how this one turned out.   I made the Hello January too. 

In case you missed it I am now working on a tablet.  The computer finally bit the dust.

I am thankful I/we had the tablet.  It has been a huge learning curve. I have had to google How To so many times I have lost count.  It is so different from a computer.

But I am Thankful I am learning something new.

I am Thankfuk I have had the last couple days off. I have beeen spending alot of my time trying to clean and organize my creative space  and get it operational again.  Today I cleaned up my papercrafting table, put away the post card making supplies and got a couple of paperswap packages ready to mail.

I will be starting on Valenties Day post cards this weekend.

Speaking of Valentines Day I am Thankful I have found some fun and easy crochet patterns.  I have made a bunch of flowers the last few days.  I need to get started on some hearts.

I am Thankful I have the time and the energy to enjoy my hobbies.   I know I have too many.   I know someday
I will have to make choices which ones I keep but for now I have the time and the space to do them all!

So this year I'll keep playing with paper and paint, sewing and quilting, crocheting, working in the garden and reading books.

And of course blogging!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Woof on Wednesday-Posts by Domino

Hi it's Domino again with my new weekly feature.
Mom said I could tell you albout what I have been doing!

The other day I was having fun playing in my yard.  I was running and running. I was playing hide and seek in
my bushes.

And then I thought of a new game called 'Catch me if you can' MaMa was calling me to come and sit by this flower but  I wasn't done running!

Did you know I can run really fast? Mom went inside and got my leash and so I decided the game was over.
She was so proud of her flower she only wanted me to sit beside it for a picture.

Then I was ready to goin for a little snooze.
But I heard sounds form the kitchen!
 I know that sound! My cookie jar! I came running!
Is there a cookie for me too MaMa?
Cookies for me too! 

I learned a lesson. Always dome when MaMa calls!
You never know when you might get a cookie!

See you next week!