Thursday, September 21, 2017


Moonglow is the 2016 novel released written by Michael Chabon. I've read a couple of hhis other books, so I was really interested when I saw this title. Here's what I think of this book.

The Book

Every family has its secrets. And this book has the deathbed confessions of a grandfather to his grandson as the heart of the story. The grandfather tells about his life and let's out the stories about his exploits in the Second World War. He tells about his grandmother, and her life. And he tells about how his hero became someone he hated when he found out about some of his actions. His passions all through life are explosives and space. And he leaves you wondering are some secrets just better kept than revealed.

What I Think

I really liked this book. This is no surprise because I enjoyed some of his other work so much. But I liked that this story is about secrets being revealed. Are families what we think they are? Are people what we really think they are? The story focuses on the grandfather. I love that he was one of those individuals that just kind of got in a lot of trouble because he was bored. 

His hunt for Werner Von Braun was really interesting. He sees him as a kindred spirit as he begins his hunt. His love for rocketry, and their desire to visit the moon. But then he realizes that they aren't when he sees some of the lengths that were gone to make the rockets. 

And the grandfather was extraordinarily accepted of the grandmother. He took her for all of her faults, and didn't think twice of not being there for her no matter what. 

If you enjoy books that are about books that have a great story that will keep you wanting to read more, this book is for you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What's Brought A Smile To My Face Recently

I realized this morning when I woke up that I haven't shared some of the great things that have happened in my life recently. And it's time to share.


Last week was my mother's 90th birthday. The party was great, and I was so glad that I got to go to it. But the one down side to it was I had to exchange days off at work in order to get the days off I needed. It meant that I worked for seven days straight. I did survive! And here's to being able to survive and celebrate.

Great Customer Service

Last week I went to Arby's to pick up a sandwich. I decided that I didn't want to go through the drive-thru. There really seemed to be a long line. And I'm glad that I did go in. I placed my order. And while I was waiting an employee asked me if I wanted a free milkshake, they had prepared it for another customer. But the customer didn't want whipped cream on the shake. So, they gave it to me. Then as my order was being placed in the bag, they dropped part of it on the floor. I had to wait for more to be prepared. So they gave me extras of what I ordered. Sometimes it just pays to go inside doesn't it?

Korea Festival

Last weekend was Korea festival in my hometown. It was the first one ever held here. I just happened to come across it because I had to go to the library. And I'm glad I did. I got to make some origami, and they provided me with a calligraphy sample. It was pretty cool. And the rest of the demonstrations were pretty cool too. I hope they hold it again next year.

So what great things have been going on in your lives?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I Said No!

Someone recently told me a story about a co-worker of theirs that was so quiet and cooperative. And then there was this day, when another co-worker who was quite vocal about what they want. There was a day when this assertive individual approached the small quiet co-worker, and told them it was time to do something.

The quiet one said no. The assertive one repeated what she said, and the quiet one slowly reached out and place her fingertips on the co-workers should pushed lightly and said no.

Now the assertive co-worker ran to a supervisor and told them what happened. She wanted something done. The supervisor gave some excuse, and nothing was done.

Now there are many individuals out there who may say that the quiet one was in the wrong, but I disagree with that. She told the assertive one no, and the little push with her fingers was just saying I said no. And I wonder if she was thinking to herself, why didn't you listen to me when I said no the first time.

Anyway, that's my musing for the day. And let me know what you think of the situation.

Monday, September 18, 2017

You Are The Star Monday Blog Hop

It's Monday again. It's funny how that happens. Last week I had to switch my days off with a co-worker so I could attend a birthday party. It was an important one, and I needed to travel to get to it. So I am glad that I was able to switch, but the down side of it is I have to work seven days in a row. Last night was my fifth day into the stretch, and I was tired. And there was loads of work. How is it, when you have to stay and work an extra hour at work you are always paired with the slowest workers in the office? It's not really true, but it felt that way last night. I just wanted to go home, and of course it took us an hour to complete the project we had to complete. But I'll be happy when I receive that pay check with the overtime on it. Now, on to the hop.

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WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Something a little different this week. Check out my post Breaking Into Song. And of course let me know which songs you would include.


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the September "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 August "You're the Star" blog hop)

Easy Barn Wood Book Shelves by Grandma's House DIY
Easy do it yourself diy inexpensive cheap frugal barn wood book shelves with hidden hardware wood working
July Thrift Polish Share by A Vintage Green

Sweet Balsamic Chicken Skillet by Living on Cloud Nine

Two End Tables Get a Sweet Country Makeover by Grandma's House DIY
Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

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, September 17, 2017

Pat Martino East

I have to admit, I am not very knowledgeable about jazz. I only know a couple of the big names. And then that is it. When I was looking for something new to listen to I just kind of picked the name Pat  Martino and his CD East. It isn't a new CD in fact it dates back to 1990. And Martino isn't a new musician. I just never listened to any of his music in the past. And I have been missing out.

The CD cover stated that he had gone through a lengthy illness, and he had to restart his career. This really sparked my interest. So many musicians struggle to get going and never make it. It has to be doubly difficult to start again. But he did, and I'm glad.

When I went to his website, I found that he had lost his memory after brain surgery. Imagine that happening to you.

But what did I like about the music, The title track made me think of a trip to the East. And even though Martino is a guitarist, not all of the music centers around the guitar. The piano and all of the instruments are heard in every piece. So he really does work well in a group of musicians. And Park Avenue Petite was my favorite song on the CD. So listen to the music, and let me know what you think of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Walking Community

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. She recently made a trip out of town to a large city. She remarked that you didn't really see people walking anywhere there. I was a little surprised. I thought that the walking community was a national trend. But maybe I was wrong.

I thought about this for a second, and I thought that there are two reasons that this is important. One is the health benefits of walking. Yep, it just makes you a little healthier to take a stroll outdoors. And second, the environmental benefits of walking.

So I thought to myself, what is a walking community? It's one that is designed so that individuals can walk on a regular basis. That doesn't mean just walking for the fun of it. It's making walking part of everyday life.

I looked around my neighborhood, to see just how suited it is for the pedestrians. And it is kind of a good place. There are some sidewalks for individuals to walk on, but many of them are in disrepair. So individuals simply walk down the street. I'm not sure that is the safest thing in the world, but people are moving around.That's good for the exercise bit of this.

Now, is it environmentally friendly? Fairly, environmentally friendly too. There is a grocery store within walking distance, a few restaurants. That means I wouldn't have to drive to the store all of the time. Now, I need to actually put all of this into practice. Maybe I just need to start walking to the grocery store to take advantage of the walking community I live in.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Natural Horns of Northwest Ohio

Earlier this month I set a goal to go see some live music. I planned for it to be a new band I never heard of. And well it worked out that way. There was a musical group called Natural Horns of Maumee Valley that came to the area to play. I kind of planned to see a rock band, but I thought to myself. The goal is to see a band play, and this one costs you nothing.

So I got up and went to see them. I wasn't sure what to expect. From the picture I thought they were just French horn players. But when I arrived and started to listen to them play I realized these aren't French horns. They are something different.

They look different, and they sound different. They look like this.
There are no valves. They simply move the tubes around to make them sound different. And the horns were pleasant to listen to. Maybe it was because it was a new experience, but as I listened to the music. I realized that it had a less tinny sound than most horns. And that I liked the sound.

The group gave a little history of the horns, and it all made sense. These horns were the precursor of the valved horns we know now. And they were often used for hunting. So they could produce a lot of sound.

So take a listen to what these natural horns sound like, and let me know what you think.