Thursday, May 25, 2017

You Must Live a Different Life

I was talking to someone the other day. And they began joking about how difficult their life was. They asked me why I was so happy all the time? I informed them that something good happens everyday. The individual replied you must live a different life than I do.

I instantly thought I get so tired of all this negativity. But then I realized I don't live this person's life, and things can be much different from appearances.

And then I thought about all the good things in my life. And I thought about the times that I have had difficulties. I thought about how I made it through those difficult times. I thought about how I depended on thinking of the good things that happened each day. I then realized that why is it how difficult it is for us to see the great things that are going on each day in our lives.

I instantly felt sorry for the individual I was speaking to because I know something that she doesn't. I know that something good happens in everyone's life everyday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Zero And The One

Some friendships make our lives better. And there are some friendships that lead us straight into trouble. Often those friendships that cause trouble seem to be the best thing to happen to you when they start. That's the story of The Zero And The One by Ryan Ruby.

The Story

Owen is a bright young man who has the opportunity of a lifetime at Oxford. But if you are shy, and don't have much money, life at Oxford you can miss some of the fun of being a student at Oxford. But things change when he is paired up with Zach. Zach introduces Owen to the world that is at Oxford when you don't spend time studying.

Zach and Owen discuss their beliefs over the course of the friendship. And then a suicide pact is created.

And there is the aftermath of the pact, which shows that Zach's life before he met Owen had some twisted events.

What I Liked

This book is well written, and the story is interesting. But it's also a little disturbing. The book explores topics that aren't life. Suicide pacts and complex family relationships aren't always easy to think about. It is well written, and the book will make you think. That's what I liked about the book. But I also did not like the main characters of the book. Zach is arrogant, and Owen is kind of a wimp in my opinion. But I guess it is needed for the story.

If you enjoy books with some twisted and turns, then this book may be for you.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Just Chopped It Up

Once again I overheard an interesting conversation, and it made me wonder about people. There was a woman talking about hot tubs. She said that she used to have a hot tub. But she stated I just chopped it up. The other individuals she was talking to said what? You chopped up a hot tub? She replied yes. And she informed everyone that it was pretty too. It was a marbled green tub. It worked, but her husband refused to connect it. It sat out in her yard all ready for four years. She got angry at her husband for not connecting it, and then she just went out and cut it into bits and threw it away one day.

Then one of her friends told her that they need to take her down to social security tomorrow. When the woman asked why? The other one replied isn't it obvious you need a crazy check. The woman replied I know it's kind of crazy, but that is what I did. And I do crazy things like that when I get angry.

I thought to myself her friend is right she does need a crazy check, and I wonder what else she would be willing to chop up in life.

Monday, May 22, 2017

You're The Star Hop

Isn't spring just the greatest? I love that you can have a day where it is 90 degrees, and then the next day it 30 degrees cooler. You complain that it is a little cold today. And you realize that three months ago you would have jumped for joy at a day where it was sixty degrees. Hopefully, you all are having a great spring.

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WELCOME to the May "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Since I talked about spring and warm days, I thought I would share a link from the past that is perfect for a hot day. And it's healthy too!


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the May "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the April "You're the Star" blog hop)

DIY Metal Side Table by Wonderfully Made by Leslie

 The Ultimate List of Road Trip Food by Kapp's Kitchen

The Ultimate List of Road Trip Food (+ free checklist)

The Enchanting Rose 10th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR

We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 19

It's no surprise, but I went thrift shopping again this week. It seems like you all should know this is going to come up. I do it every week.  And I was lucky to find some really cool items. Here is what I found this week.
Here's the complete score. It wasn't too bad as far as finds go. If you saw my post Thrifty Finds Week 18, you already now what I have planned for the bear. I was fortunate enough to find a smaller version of the bear this week. How did that happen?
I also found a really great red leather jacket. And my favorite find of the week is the Fender guitar shirt with the angel on the front. It's a super score!
I also found an adorable pair of shoes made out of lace, and a heart shaped trinket box. The box has little roses on the top of it. It has such a romantic feel about it!
And last but not least, I found a trivia book. I have a friend who is a huge trivia fan. She loves it! It's perfect to add to a gift bag for her.

Happy thrifting to all of you. Let me know what you have found recently.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mandatory Vacation

Remember a few weeks ago, when there was a threat of a government shut down? We've heard that before. It doesn't really seem to amount to much. But what if it really did amount to something one day? What if there was a mandatory vacation month for all of the policemen nationwide? That month could be a little wild for some people couldn't it?

What would happen if you called 911 because there was a fight out in the street that was getting way out of hand? The 911 operator might just sorry everyone is on vacation can I redirect your call? But who would the call be redirected to?

Would there be riots in the streets, or would people just go along living life peacefully? This all will probably never happen, and isn't nice to know that there will be no mandatory vacations for all of those police officers we take for granted this year?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Interesting Moments of the Week

Every week is full of interesting moments. You know those little things you forget about soon, but just strike you as odd at the moment you see them. Then you randomly think about them at another time.

The first interesting moment was when I went out dinner with a friend. She wanted to celebrate her graduation with a really good meal. So we went to the dining establishment of her choice... Club Soda.
I'm not sure how long they had been a couple, but they really needed more time alone with the amount of feeling they were doing. Get a room, I just want to eat my lamb chops, which were delicious!

Once again it is graduation season. I saw this older lady who was dressed in her cap and gown. She was proud with her diploma. There were individuals taking pictures of her, and I look down and see she is wearing tennis shoes. This was not what I was expecting to see. But hey everybody marches to the beat of a different drummer.

I go into the local fast food joint. I just want to order a chicken sandwich. It was less than fast. I took my food home and realized that I had picked up the movie Founder, which is all about the founder of McDonald's. Is that ironic or what?