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 (")
Reading this one for the author. One of my favorites. I'll be reviewing soon.
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)
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)
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
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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/
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!
From the author of the award-winning Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series comes the Male Housekeeper Mysteries, focusing on charming characters, snappy dialogue, eclectic murders, and cunning confidence schemes. To his mind, Cam Reddick has failed—as a husband, as a father, and as a professional. After recognizing that his vanilla credentials didn’t stack up in a big city brimming with overachievers and toiling in drudgery for half of a decade, an emotionally raw Cam returns to his childhood hometown—the quaint and quirky village of Rusted Bonnet, Michigan. He’s determined to resuscitate relationships marred by youthful immaturity, most importantly those with his ex-wife Kacey Gingerfield (who doubles as the village’s Deputy Chief of Police) and their first grader, Emma. Armed with striking looks and an endearing proclivity for mixing metaphors, but saddled by “momma’s boy” tendencies, Cam takes the helm of his mother’s housekeeping business—Peachy Kleen. Access to homes across the village facilitates Cam’s penchant for amateur sleuthing as Kacey’s aide-de-camp. Surrounded by Kacey, his sophisticated mother Darby, garrulous senior housekeeper Samantha, and recuse fish cum confidant Bait, Cam’s circuitous journeys to solving murders and unravelling complex cons hasten his struggle down the path of self-healing to self-respect. And there’s hope that—just maybe—he can rekindle the romance he once had with Kacey.
In An Au Pair to Remember, Cam’s plan for a quiet return to Rusted Bonnet is dashed when a beautiful German au pair, Greta Astor, is found dead in Dutch McRae’s foyer with all signs pointing to a hastily disassembled trip wire at the top of the stairs. When Kacey learns that Cam was cleaning the McRae home the previous afternoon, she confides to him that Chief Bernie Leftwich is set on arresting Dutch for the murder—either alone or in tandem with Greta’s bartender boyfriend. But she worries that Bernie’s been duped. And later, when his mother Darby becomes a suspect, Cam inserts himself into the investigation and stumbles through a series of ostensible incongruities—a thief swallowing a cache of stolen diamonds, a snack food distributor laundering money, and a Cash-for-Gold scam. Meanwhile, Peachy Kleen’s young African housekeeper has disappeared with one of the company vans. All the while, Cam finds himself flirting with his new neighbor and struggling with his complicated feelings for Kacey.
And I thought
I was intrigued by thetitle and the synopsis. I was wondering how
this one would turn out and if I would 'like it' and 'like' Cam.
I thought 'What is up with this guy?' He cleans houses. . . hmm.
In fact he begins cleaning houses when he takes over his mothers
cleaning business. He not only cleans but he runs the show.
Cam is a good guy trying to make up for a few mistakes. Mainly
the mistake of marrying too young and then leaving town and running from marriage and family.
He's now back in town and trying to make amends.
The ex Kacey is a big surprise. The ex that forgives (mostly) and
allows Cam into his daughters life which helps Kacey out when there is a murder in town and she has to investigate and she needs a sitter.
There's alot going on in this plot and it took me awhile to read keeping up with the suspects and twists and turns.
Cam gets in a bit of hot water as he begins to do his own sleuthing with the help of his next door neighbor.
Is there some romance kindling there? Or is he going to make a
second play for Kacey. Hmmm...I'll not spill it.
I will share that Cam turns out to be quite the sleuth.
I am looking forward to the next installment in this series now that I realize I really like Cam. An Au Pair To Remember is a good clean Cozy with no language and no bedroom scenes. Mama might even like this one!
If your looking for a good cozy mystery check this one out.
I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads and on
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Book Title: The Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter Illustrator: Teri Rider Category: Middle-grade Fiction, 210 pages Genre: Children's Fantasy Publisher: PartnerPress Release date: August 2018 Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy) Will send print books out: USA Tour dates: March 11 to 29, 2019 Content Rating: G (This is a clean children's book with no expletives, violence, sex or drugs.)
Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.
A few others are saying
Subtle themes help children rethink the meaning of “despised” creatures, who are symbols of society’s marginalized people. This is especially prominent as the Pope addresses Wil and other “despised and hated animals” visiting him in Rome:
"We are connected as creatures to live together on this planet, and I will continue to help you all by preaching ... that we must share our gifts fairly among us all. This way, you will not have to live in fear."
I enjoyed the delightful and inspiring The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale. I love the lessons young readers to learn from. Such as, it really is okay to be different and still have overwhelming respect for others around you.
Amy @ Locks,Hooks and Books Blog. Click here to read the review.
And I thought
Can a rat be charming? Not usually but in this case Wilhelm
is just that. The Adventures of Wilhelm is a fun tale filled with some great insights for children.
This is one that I hope to have the chance to read along with my grandson.
There is a wholesomeness about the tale that is inspiring to me as a grand parent.
This book would be great for teachers and home school parents. As a chapter book it would make a great read-a-long for the family and the classroom.
I enjoyed this one alot and look forward to reading again.
I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on Amazon and on my book blog
Each week I try to plan my menu on Saturday and add it to my Happy Homemaker in Texas post.
Here are my plans for the week Monday - Beef Stroganoff, Green Beans, Salad Tuesday - Taco Tuesday Wednesday - Pork Chops, Fried Okra, Scalloped Potatoes Thursday - L/O Stroganoff Friday - Chicken Enchilada Soup, Sub Sandwich's So is that how you spell Stroganoff...Anyway you get the idea. Actually I am not sure I will get it done. I've bought the noodles but that is all. Hopefully when I stop at the store tomorrow I can get meat and sour cream.
I am looking for a good recipe on Pinterest. Do you have one? The Cowboy suggested a Chuck Roast instead of stew meat because it is cheaper? What do you think? I sure hope I cook it on Monday since I am planning on L/O on Thursday. If not I'll be winging it. On Friday I am planning Chicken Enchilada Soup. I have the Chili's Recipe. I got it back in the day it was in the newspaper.
I don't make this soup often because it calls for Maseca but the Cowboy bought this huge bag for a Fried Chicken recipe so I have plenty and I love this soup! I have a couple Avocado's I bought today that should be perfect for soup day!
BTW the Fried Chicken recipe wasn't a keeper!
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I hope you have some wonderful yummy meals with your family!