Apr 072013

Hosted by Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer

From Kathy’s site:

Each week I will pick 5 questions off of my author interview lists to answers.I invite you to share your answers to these questions as well.  You can share them as a comment on this post or share them on your own blog and link up to this post.

This Week’s Questions:

What is your favorite flavor of jelly beans?
I love, love jelly bellys!! And favorites? Can I answer all of them? Picking one flavor would be like choosing what child you love more.

What size shoe do you wear?

What is your favorite cereal?
Honey nut Cheerios

Have you ever cut your own hair?
I once tried to trim my bangs, when I had them, but never did that again because of the outcome.

Do you sing in the shower?
No. I can’t even hum.

Mar 232013

Hosted by Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer

I thought this would be a fun meme to participate in.  So here goes…my first time joining in.  Care to join me?  Click above.

From Kathy’s site:
Each week I will pick 5 questions off of my author interview lists to answers.
I invite you to share your answers to these questions as well. You can share them as a comment on this post or share them on your own blog and link up to this post.

This Week’s Questions:

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
I have been blessed in this area.  There have been so many times, that family and friends, have been kind to me that it would be unfair if I just named a couple.  However, I will mention one that happened recently, which brought me to tears.  As some of you know, my youngest son is getting married  this year, which is taking place out-of-state.  A few weeks ago I received a surprise text from my future d-i-l.  When I opened it, it was a picture of her trying on wedding gowns and asking what I thought.  The fact that she thought of me in wanting to share this special day, brought me to tears.  She is going to make a beautiful bride.
What is most memorable about your high school years?
Being with friends, my 11th grade English teacher (we had to read/review a book every week), travelling abroad twice, getting my driver’s license.  However, there was an event that overshadowed my HS years, and that was the loss of my father.
Have you ever gotten up early for a “black Friday sale”?
LOL…never have..never will
Were you named after anyone?
Would you bungee jump, skydive or something similar?
Another LOL…since I have a fear of heights, that will never happen!

May 262012


Hi Everyone!  Wishing you a very Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!!

Saturday Snippet Soapbox

I saw something this morning as I was visiting my daily routine stops and it really bothered me.  I have talked about it briefly in the past but thought I would get on my soapbox and discuss it today with y’all.  Hoping we can have a discussion and/or you will share your thoughts on the subject.

What was it?  This:

Seeking a reviewer
Hi, I offer professional reviews on Amazon.com. I have review other books on religion and Christianity. I do this for a fee. I also offer… more »(source LinkedIn)

My Thoughts:
I understand the majority of us, in the book blogging community, are not “professional” reviewers but ordinary every day consumers who share our opinions of books we have read.  Some do or do not have degrees in English Literature and/or writing, but we do have opinions.  A great number of book bloggers write great reviews, another one of my opinions.

I came on the scene a bit late so maybe I shouldn’t be taking on this subject, but then it has been 2+ years so I think I can speak a little about the neighborhood.  My TBR list has tripled because of your reviews and I thank you, I think lol, for that.  I value your honesty and respect your opinions or my TBR list wouldn’t be the size it is.

Over the past 2+ years, I feel and sense that we are taken more seriously as to our feelings on books.  If not, I don’t think authors, publishers, publicists, etc would contact us for reviews.  We no longer are “just mommy blogs” or people who just blog as a hobby.  I think, again my opinion, that the majority of us take reviewing seriously.  Most bloggers conduct and maintain their blogs in a professional, credible, with integrity, serious and more as a job than a hobby fashion.

My questions regarding paid reviews:  Are they really going to be honest?  If one is writing a review that has received payment, are they REALLY going to write a soso review or worse?  How can that be an honest and credible review?  Some of us post our reviews on Amazon, B&N, and other sites and now our reviews are going to be lumped together with “paid for reviews”.  I will be honest, I do read reviews on those sites, however, I won’t be taking any of them seriously now.  I will stick to those bloggers that I know are credible and  who I have to thank for my TBR list.  But what about the average consumer that don’t know about the book blogging community and honest reviews?  Is that fair to the reading public and to those that decide on a purchase due to paid reviews?

I will now step off my soap box, refill my coffee cup and move on to my next stop, my google reader to see who has written reviews on books that I am interested in and to see if they get added to my TBR list.  What are your feelings, thoughts and opinions on this?   Am I wrong in my thinking on this matter?  If I am misunderstanding this, then would greatly appreciate your comments to better understand.  Criticism accepted lol.

I have not paid for any comments left. If there are responses, they are the honest opinions of those who took the time to leave their opinion.

Mar 102012


It’s that time again, spring ahead!!  Even though we lose an hour of sleep and it takes me a few days to regulate my internal body clock,  I look forward to this.   It also means, I will now be turning on my computer with coffee mug in hand at 5am instead of 6am.  Even today, I planned on sleeping an hour later, but the internal alarm clock went off at 6am.  Personally, I wish the clocks remained on Daylight Savings Time throughout the year, but I understand why it can’t.    Especially, in this day and age, and the little ones waiting for their buses in the dark.

I was watching the news last night and they interviewed a doctor as to how changing of the clocks affects one’s body and found it interesting.    Two of the items (that I remember lol…senior moments were not one of them) were:

  • The Monday morning  rush hour traffic, following the changing of time, is the day of the year with the most traffic accidents.
  • There are more heart attacks seen in ERs 3 days following the changing of time.

I don’t know if it’s just psychological but I tend to have more energy and look forward to the longer days with sunlight.    I love seeing my perennials start to bloom and knowing that the warmer weather is right around the corner.    However, here in New England, I can’t complain as to the weather.  It’s been a very mild winter with hardly any snow, even my daffodils are confused, they started sprouting a few weeks ago in February!!   

What about you?   Does the time change affect you in anyway?   How long does it take you to readjust your body’s internal clock.   What are your thoughts about changing the time?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

Sep 102011

Hosted by Crystal at I Totally Paused!

From Danielle’s blog:
We all leave our “footprint” on the world, in one way or another. We each, individually, do something or are someone that makes the world a little better just by being here. I created this weekly meme to get to know the blogging community I love just a bit better. To know what makes them tick, outside of books, that is. Each week I will post a question to be answered in the following week’s “A Bit of Me(Me)”. Check back each Saturday to get the info for next week’s post and link up with your current post right here.
This week’s question:  What is your fall favorite? Share a fall recipe, activity, memory, or any other fall favorite! (Remember, next week will be hosted here!!!)

Years past, I would look forward to fall.  Seeing the beautiful scenery of leaves changing colors, the nippy chill in the air, start my fall cleaning and starting to cook in bulk what I call cold weather food.  
However, due to my physical limitations and responsibilities, I may not be able to accomplish all of that this year, but I am going to try to do what I can.  There is nothing more comforting than walking into a house, and smell the aromas coming from the kitchen.
I like to cook certain foods in bulk and freeze in portions so that if some nights I don’t feel like preparing, it is already done.  I will usually double my portions of chicken soup, meatballs and gravy (us Italians call it gravy, others call it sauce),  another gravy recipe that was passed down from my grandmother, home made apple sauce and even fresh vegetables.  
And just the other day I started to prepare for the fall.  I ordered my Yankee Candle Fall Scents to burn to make the season complete.
What about you?  What is your fall favorite?