Dec 082018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

I enjoyed this Challenge and am so excited that Anna is hosting again in 2019. Join us!!! Sign up HERE


This month’s prompt is: SHINE/SPARKLE

When I first saw the prompt for this month, my first thought was diamonds. I think it is true that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Who doesn’t like diamonds? Even my Dad loved diamonds and would say they were an investment.

The second thing that came to mind was the sparkling and shining lights on a Christmas tree.

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And both these thoughts brought me back to the Christmas when I was 8 years old!

Under our tree were three brown lunch bags each tied with a bow. One for my Mom, another for my sister and the third bag had my name on it, all from my Dad. Of course, the three of us were curious, so when my Dad wasn’t around, we tried figuring out what could be in these brown lunch bags. We all agreed that we could feel walnuts. I remember my Mom saying, that she thought my Dad had lost it and had gone off the deep end.

Knowing that the three of us were anxious to see what was in those bags, my Dad prolonged the opening of the gifts for as long as he could. That year, the only presents we were truly interested in were those three lunch bags filled with walnuts and tied with a bow. I’m sure he enjoyed every second that went by aware that he was torturing us. I remember he had a huge smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.

Finally….he gave each of us the bag with our name on it. We were right, the brown bags contained walnuts. But the walnuts surrounded a small jewelry box. Each held a diamond ring. This is the ring that he picked out for me when I was just 8 years old.

I will always remember and cherish that Christmas, recalling his big smile, the sparkle in his eye and the sense of pride that he fooled the three of us. Sadly, 8 years later, right after Christmas, my Dad passed away.

A memory that I hold dear and is as vivid today as it was so many years ago.

Nov 242018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

November Books Read

I didn’t read as much as I hoped for this month

Click on titles below to either see my review or to check out the synopsis on GR.

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth
Comments: I really enjoyed this book.

25 TO LIFE by John Lansing
Comments: I was asked, and felt honored, to review the first draft of John’s upcoming novel. Put this one on your list for when it is published

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
Comments: Gripping read.

WHEN NEVER COMES by Barbara Davis
Comments: This book was extraordinary!

Current Read

BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward
Comments: I am enjoying this so far.

Upcoming December TBRs

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda
Comments: I follow quite a few book groups on FB and saw that this was a good read.

THE WAITING ROOM by Emily Bleeker
Comments: Same as above.

Your Turn

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
Nov 102018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Why did I choose this Challenge? Well, if you have followed this blog, you know that I love Challenges, even though I may not complete all the ones I sign up for. I just find it to be fun. Another reason I decided to do this Challenge, is that I realized it has been ages since I have actually blogged, other than posting reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. Over the past few years, being busy organizing VBTs, I have slacked off with one of the main reasons I joined the Book Blogging Community.

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This month’s prompt is: TRUTH

I’m a firm believer that the truth is always revealed, maybe not right away, but the truth always comes out.

I learned this the hard way during my teenage years. It never failed, if my parents asked me something and I lied, they eventually found out that I had.

Now that I am older and wiser, if someone lies to me, I can usually see right through it. And if a person lies every time they open their mouth, which we knew someone like that, nothing he said was ever believed plus we lost respect for him and questioned his integrity.

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Oh I know, everyone tells little white lies during their lifetime, and I am guilty of that. Especially in instances when someone asks my opinion if I like this or that, and I know the person really doesn’t want to hear a negative. I do, however, try my hardest that my wording is something as close to the truth as I can say. For example, when asked about a piece of clothing, I would say and have said: that is definitely your style, but I wouldn’t be able to wear it.

I also believe it is better not to lie, not only for the reason that the truth will come out, but you need a very good memory to remember those lies. And as I get older, I sometimes can’t remember where I put my glasses or phone and more often than not, my glasses are on the top of my head and I’m talking on my phone 🙂

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And for me, my greatest truth is in God’s words and my faith.

What are your thoughts on truth?

Oct 272018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

October Books Read

I was hoping to finish more books this month, especially since I am behind on my GR Challenge, but a virus came knocking at our door and my husband and I unfortunately let it in.

Click on titles below to either see my review or to check out the synopsis on GR.

AFTER NIGHTFALL by A.J. Banner
Comments: After seeing this title all over FB, I reserved it at my local library. I posted my review on Oct. 11th

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate
Comments: I also saw so many good things about this book, I reserved it and it it was a while before I got thecall. Review was posted on Oct. 16th

I KNOW YOU KNOW by Gilly Macmillan
Comments: Same with this book. My review posted Oct. 23rd

Current Read

THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous
Comments: Am enjoying this thus far.

Upcoming November TBRs

It’s been a while since being on NetGalley and requesting books but I have reinstated my account and was approved for the following. I am hoping that I get more reading done in November. However, this is the month I start my marathon cooking, making BIG batches of soups, Gravy with meatballs/sausage/pork, Beef stew, Stuffed Eggplant, etc. that I freeze for nights that I don’t feel like cooking and want comfort food. Plus my oldest son and his gf have put in their orders 🙂

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth
Comments: Approved via St. Martin’s Press

BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward
Comments: Approved via Harlequin

KEEP HER CLOSE by Erik Therme
Comments:
Approved via Boookouture

Your Turn!!!

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
Oct 132018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.


This month’s prompt is: Trees

When we purchased our home in 1985, we had a large oak tree in our backyard that gave us a nice amount of shade. However, we had it removed when we decided to put in a pool to get much more sun exposure plus it helped with the upkeep of the pool without having acorns and leaves falling in. The orange float is my reading float and please excuse the fence, a spring staining is on my husband’s to-do list.

One of the nice things about living in New England is that we get to experience each season by the trees. My favorite is Spring when trees start to bloom and then all the greenery of Summer.

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I also love the beauty of when Fall arrives and the leaves change to an array of color.

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Even the first snowfall can be stunning, but my least favorite is the Winter when the trees are bare.

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Do you have a favorite season in relation to trees?