Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome

This summer I picked up a book called The Lemon Jello-O Syndrome. It wasn't a book that was recommended to me. I hadn't read anything by the author, Man Martin, before this book. It simply caught my eye, and I thought try it out.

The Story

Bone King has a slight disability. He is unable to walk through doors. And it becomes a serious problem in his life. He receives treatment from a strange doctor, who doesn't recommend medicine. He recommends square dancing. But the treatment doesn't always work. And Bone finds that he has to decide who he can trust in life, and what he is willing to do to get well.

What I Think 

I liked this book. Bone is an odd character. He is writing a book on grammar, and he is working on his doctorate. But he is one of those individuals who doesn't have a lot of common sense. In some ways he is likeable, but in others he isn't. He just seems to get a little lost in life. And I actually like the character of Dr. Lemongello. I found that his unusual bedside manner was a breath of fresh air. And then there is that twist in the book, that makes you think about how do we trust the experts?

So, if you are looking for a book, with an unusual character, this book may be for you.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 24

Summer is just a great time for thrifting isn't it? I mean there are sales everywhere. You don't have to depend on the tried and true thrift stores. You can just go down the street, and you will find something for sale somewhere. So since there is an abundance of items this time of year. I decided to present some of my finds in a collage as a change of pace. Let me know what you think of the layout.
I was so glad to find a My Little Pony book. Those ponies are just adorable aren't they?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today I Am Grateful For

Earlier this week, I posted a picture of some of a flower I saw on a walk I took at a preserve. It made me think about gratitude. And what am I grateful for in life? I was reading a list of some items someone else was grateful for, and the list included a color.

And I thought to myself, what color am I truly grateful for?

Anyone who has been around me for any length of time knows that my favorite color is blue. Shades of blue are pretty prevalent in my life. I have a blue room in my house. I gravitate toward blue jewelry and clothing. It just relaxes me to see the color blue. But I'm not sure if this is the color I am most grateful for.

I thought that I really like bright pinks. You know the Hello Kitty Pink. It's bright. It's cheery, and it's cute. But that's not the color I am most grateful for.

I green sometimes. It depends on the shade. And maybe on my mood. But that's not the color I appreciate most.

The color I appreciate most is the one in this picture. The yellow orange in the flower. It makes me feel warm when I feel that shade of yellow. I think of the carefree days of summer. And I think of walks in nature.
So now you knw the color I appreciate most, what color are you truly grateful for?

Monday, July 17, 2017

You Are A Star Blog Hop

I once heard someone say that when things are the most difficult you are closest to getting a reward. I reminded myself of this the other day. Things aren't real difficult for me right now. but there are moments when I just get tired of doing the right thing. But thankfully this saying came to mind the other day when I just about had enough of what has been happening recently. I remembered that doing things the right way does pay off in the end. It's just when does the end of a cycle come?

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Welcome to week#3 of the July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
July "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
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#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the June "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Homemade patriotic Popsicles by A Fireman's Wife

Realities About Cellphone Radiation by Simple Indian Mom

10 Mom Night Out Ideas by Wife Mommy Me

How To Create a Strawberry & Lemon Mojito by Claire Justine

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). 
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, July 16, 2017

Ice Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ronald Reagan did something very important during his presidency. Really, he did! He declared July 17th as National Ice Cream Day! It's hard to believe that we had to wait until 1984 to have this declared, but there are things that have to be recognized at some point in time.

So I hear that there are a few ice cream giveaways around the country this year. The first one is at McDonald's. Check to see if your local McDonald's is participating in the promo. If it is, all you have to do is download their app, and you could get a free vanilla ice cream cone that day.

Next, Baskin Robbins is giving away a free slice of their Polar Pizza between noon and five on July 14th.

So there you have it two freebies to celebrate our love of ice cream.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunshine Flower

Sometimes you see a flower, and it reminds you of everything summer is about. It has the color. It has the attitude, and most importantly, it's just there. When I saw how bright and carefree this flower looked the other day, I just had to get a picture of it. And I thought I would share it with all of you.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Simple Tips on Getting A Good Nights Sleep

I work third shift. And anybody who has worked third shift knows, everything in life revolves around sleep. When am I going to sleep? How do I keep the light out of the room when I sleep? Will someone call me on the phone while I am sleeping? But we all know that a good nights rest is actually the best way to make sure that you start your day out right.


Creating a healthy sleep schedule is important. Your body needs to know when it is going to rest. That's why setting a bedtime for children is so important. But it's not just important for children, it's important for adults too. I always feel better when I stay on a sleep schedule. I go to bed around 6:00am. Yep, it's enough time to wind down when I get home from work, and I let myself wake up naturally. It's usually 2:00pm or before. I'm right on schedule for that seven to eight hours of sleep that is recommended. My body just knows what it needs.


I try to get up and spend a little time outdoors each day. The human body really does crave some sunshine.  It helps with mood and energy during the waking hours. And once again it helps maintain the important sleep schedule.


Over the counter meds really aren't as helpful as they might sound. I've found that often I get one really long sleep period, and then the next day, I don't sleep at all. It's weird and it can screw up your sleep patterns. Avoid them unless you are really ill and need extra sleep.


Your body will sleep when it needs to. I have found that there is just a da every once and a while where I sleep almost all day. I'm not kidding. But for one reason or another, my body needs to catch up on rest. Let your body do it. If it is occasional it's healthy. If it is routine then it's a problem.