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.



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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


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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.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

To Wash Or Not To Wash

Have you ever taken a look at your pillows and wondered should I wash that out or should I just leave it. But the truth is you really should wash your pillows. If you've ever taken a vacuum cleaner over a mattress you know that there is all sorts of wonderful stuff in that mattress. And your pillows collect the same dust mites, and other wonderful items.
So here's the scoop on washing those pillows.

Down and fiberfill pillows are usually machine-washable. Hurray! They should be washed two at a time. You want to keep your machine balanced. We've all heard the thump, thump of a washer having to work just a little too difficult. And if possible wash them vertically, have you ever seen pillows wrapped around the post in your washer. Make sure you use warm water, along with low-sudsing detergent. Then dry these pillows on a low heat, fluffing and turning them often.

FYI you can toss the pillows into the dryer for 20 minutes in between washings. This will help remove dust and other nasties from the pillow. Caution though only do this with a fiber filled or down filled pillow. Don't try this with your foam pillows.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Secret Chord

I recently picked up the book The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. I have read another of her novels in the past I can't remember the title right now, but I decided to try out this book.

The Story

This is a work of fiction based on the life of King David in the Bible. The story follows him through his entire life. It begins with his humble beginnings as a shepherd boy, through his years as an outlaw, and his becoming a king. It tells about his many relationships, and accomplishments.

What I Think

I think I expected something a little different from this book. Maybe a retelling of the story I am used to. In some ways the story was familiar. But Brooks has painted David as a manipulative bisexual. And I don't think I liked that. The book points out that even from childhood David was always looking for opportunities to take advantage of. And I didn't really understand why his relationship with Jonathan had to be sexual. It just didn't seem necessary. I think that the real hero of the book is David's son Solomon. I did like that the story was told from the point of view of the prophet Nathan. It was a different way of telling the story. And I liked that.

Overall, this book was okay, but I don't know that I would recommend it to others. It just didn't sit with me as one of the best reads in the world.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ten Beauty Commandments

We all know that times have changed, I recently saw a list of Ten Beauty Commandments from 1965. And I thought I would share them with you.

1. Thou shalt exercise faithfully and wisely at least once a day.
2. Thou shalt be ever fastidious and dainty in thy person.
3. Thou shalt be at all times groomed and prepared for public inspection.
4. Thou shalt strive for perfect of spirit and character, as well as surface beauty.
5. Thou shalt keep an open mind and weather eye for any and all new beauty secrets.
6. Thou shalt plan a day which provides time for personal care, abundant rest and proper meals.
7. Thou shalt make the most of thy attractive features and seek to improve defective ones.
8. Thou shalt seek professional guidance in selecting full foundation garments.
9. Thou shalt choose thy costumes to become thyself, and not according to style trends.
10. Thou shalt keep thy goal of perfection ever in sight. And work toward it constantly.

I have to admit I like commandment number six. I want to set aside a day for rest and personal care, but who on earth want to set a goal of perfection.

Let me know which of these 10 beauty commandments you would change?




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Crab Tostadas With Avocado and Queso Blanco

Easy suppers are what we are all looking for right? We want to be able to whip it up in just a few minutes. This isn't one of those meal items. It takes a little chopping and cutting before this will be ready, but these Crab Tostadas With Avocado and Queso Blanco are well worth the effort. There are three portions of this meal to prepare. If you do some of the work ahead of time it won't be nearly as time intensive.

What You'll Need

Salsa Verde
4 small tomatillos
1/2 avocado
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 clove garlic
1 jalapeno, seeded
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons lime juice

Pico De Gallo
1/2 ripe tomato, chopped
1 jalapeno chopped
1/4 cup onion chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon lime juice

Tostadas
8 corn tortillas
1 cup corn oil
fresh lump crabmeat
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced jicama
1/2 cup salsa verde
2 teaspoon lime juice
3/4 cups crumble Queso Blaco

For the Salsa Verde, remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and wash them in cold water. Spoon out the pulp of the avocado. Place all the items for the salsa verde in a blender or food processor and process until it is smooth.

For the Pico combine the tomato , jalapeno, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl.

Next fry your tortillas until they are golden brown. 

Mix the crabmeat, onion, jicama, and Salsa Verde together in a bowl. Then add the lime juice.

Preheat the broiler on high. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet, then divide and mound the cheese on top. Broil until the cheese melts. As soon as you remove it from the oven mound the crabmeat mixture on the cheese. Serve it with a spoonful of pico on top.

You can make rice and beans to accompany the meal.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Songs In The Key Of Kristen

I don't usually think of comedians as musicians. But when I picked up Kristen Key's CD Songs in The Key of Kristen, I realized I was counting out a large group of performers in my listening routine.

The Music

This CD is fun to listen to. In her first studio comedy album Key presents some really witty songs. The first song on the album is Road Trip. In the song she accurately portrays what  happens during pretty much any road trip. It's fun, and you will be able to relate to it. And the song Love In A Reptile Store shows just how strange relationships can begin. It's crazy, but there are relationships that have started this way I'm sure. If you grew up in the 80's or 90's you will relate to many of the songs that refer to so many events of that time frame.

What I Liked

I love her sense of humor. I liked that she looks at the world around her, and takes the situations from everyday life. Who hasn't had times when they just want their neighbors to leave them alone? You know when you are in a rush to get to work and your neighbor catches you as you are getting into your car? Songs In The Key Of Kristen makes me want to see her live because if her live performance is half as funny as the CD it will be worth it.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 28

Yes, another week of thrifting has occurred. I had several birthday gifts I needed to look for along with all of the other items I can use in my daily life. So here are a few of the items I picked up this week.
This is the haul. Pretty good items were found this week. 
And all of them will be put to good use.
I found a cupcake hauler. I do not plan to use it to transport cupcakes, I thought it would be a great place to store and transport my bath bombs. It's a dry and has room for at least 24 items. This was a major find for me.
I found a bag full of Yankee Candle votive candles. There are a variety of scents so I am stocked up on candles for a little while.
The find of the day was a book on The Beatles. It's a perfect gift for a friend of mine. She is a huge fan of The Beatles, and you can never go wrong with anything related to them as a gift. 

So please let me know if there are any great thrift stores I need to check out in your area of the world. You never know, I just might be able to make a road trip there to check it out.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Cat Parade

Yes, I have not spoken recently on this platform. I have just been feeling lazy. It is summer time, and I am enjoying dozing in the sun on the porch. But I feel that it is time for me to share some important information with my fellow felines. It is how to properly implement the cat parade.
The cat parade is the way that we felines lead our pet humans to prepare our breakfast. The first thing that must be done is too get the attention of your human. Most humans go into the bathroom first thing in the morning. So first follow them into this room. Make your presence known by rubbing against their leg. You don't really have to talk to the if you don't feel like it. But it can be helpful with some humans. 

When you see that your human is ready to leave their throne room, make sure that you are in front of their walking path. This is key to the success of the cat parade. Lead them out of the bathroom. Stop a few steps along the way and look back. When you look back, make sure that you make eye contact with that human of yours. This is very important. Then begin walking again. Lead them to your dining room, and sit in front of your food bowl. Most pets will understand what they are to do next. They will place the food in your bowl, and of course they will present you with fresh water. 

I assure all of you felines that your pet can be trained to take part in this parade, and it will be an enjoyable morning ritual.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box is the new book that is co-authored by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. It's a Stephen King book so of course, I had to read it.

The Story

Gwendy is a young girl who receives a strange gift from a stranger after completing her run up the Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock. She receives a button box that is able to provide some great gifts. Gwendy accepts the gift, and she finds that the box has many things to offer. It can provide fabulous gifts or it can provide some of those gifts we would rather never receive. It's a big responsibility for a young girl. Will Gwendy rise to the occasion?

What I Think

I liked this book. I liked that this book. Some gifts come with a price. And Gwendy is a good recipient of the box. She takes her responsibility serious. She accepts the gifts it gives, and she finds out just what the consequences can be if she uses the box without thinking. I like that this book encourages young adults to think through their decisions. Gwendy isn't perfect, but she learns from her mistakes. And each time she is presented with a decision to make they become more sound. It's a good thing to teach individuals. I also like that while there is some violence in the book, it isn't crazy violence. There is a fight where Gwendy defends herself. And of course it wouldn't be a King story without a weird destruction occurring. 

This book is fun to read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories that are a bit twisted.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Anyone In God's Green Earth Can Do Someth'n

Gunsmoke isn't one of those shows that I seek out on the video channels. But I remember the reruns from my childhood. And Festus was one of those characters that brought some unique quotes to life.



It was one such quote that I came across the other day, "Anyone in God's green earth can do someth'n."

The quote made me think about all of the individuals with disabilities I thought about how proud they were when they got jobs. They all stood a little taller, and they showed off their first paychecks like it was the biggest accomplishment ever.

I thought about how there were individuals in the past who had discounted so many of them. And how they were surprised when these individuals with intellectual challenges accomplished great things.

So, I thought to myself, Festus was right, "Anyone in God's green earth can do someth'n."

Monday, September 4, 2017

Whose The Star Blog Hop

Happy Labor Day faithful readers! I hope that everyone is safe and spending time with those they care about! And my thoughts are going out to the people that have survived the hurricane and flooding.

The effort to cleanup and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey will take an unknown amount of time and money.  If you feel so led - please donate (click button below):
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Welcome to the second week of the September blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
In honor of Labor Day here is a post that goes out to the laborers of the world.
Labor Day Letter 

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel


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#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the August "You're the Star" blog hop)

DIY Custom Fabric Rug by Penny's Vintage Home






Tanzmariechen Marie Crochet by Frau Tschi-Tschi




"Under the Sea" Ornaments by Debbie-Dabble Blog





Star of Felt by Hobby e Creativita
Star of felt


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Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
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Movies Worth Watching In September

It has been a while since I shared movies that I have enjoyed. Here are a few of my recent views, that some of you might enjoy.

Paper Towns

This is a movie from 2015, about a young man who ends up searching for the girl he has a crush on in high school. The search ends up lasting a lifetime. Margo is the girl, and she does love her mysteries. She decides to become one. And this is the reason for the search Quentin, who is the main character of the movie, begins. The movie is one of those that reminded me that I should enlarge my comfort zone in life.


The Hollars

This movie didn't receive great reviews, but I really liked it. It's all about how crazy things get when a parent has a serious health issue. And boy do things get crazy. There are moments when I laughed in this movie, and there were moments when I wanted to cry. While some of the situations seem a little far fetched, family crisis always brings out every kind of emotion. It's worth watching if you are looking for a good flick.

What If

This movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, is pretty much your standard romantic comedy. Radcliffe's character, Wallace, has given up on love. He has a best friend that is female, and well you can guess the rest of the story. They are perfect for each other because they are such great friends. It's not award winning material, but it is pleasantly entertaining. Pick it up if you are in the mood for a lighthearted predictable movie.

Wishful Drinking

Most people I know were sad when we found out Carrie Fisher died this year. She had her ups and downs in life. And this comedy special is funny. At least I thought it was. Carrie tells about her life,  the child of  stars, Princess Leia, and an alcoholic. She is honest, and she has a sense of humor. It got mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe it's because I am such a huge Star Wars fan.


The Red Queen

If you are a vintage clothing fan then this may be a show you would be interested in. I found it on Amazon Prime. It's all about the fashion industry in Moscow during that time frame. It was released in Russia and Ukraine in 2015. You have to read the subtitles, but it is a well worth the work. And here's the spoiler, there is no happy ending. Keep that in mind when you watch it.

So does anyone have any movies they recommend? I'm looking for some movie that are worth watching. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September Goals 2017

It's hard to believe that August has come and gone already. The days are getting a little shorter now, and that is a sign that summer will be coming to a close in a few weeks. Last month I had some goals that I actually did fairly well on. Let's take a look at those.

My first goal was to sand and paint this chair I have. I did it. I think the chair turned out fairly well. Let me know what you think of it.


The next goal involved updating my About page on my blog. I did this too. I'm on a roll. Two goals met so far.

I took a day trip with my friend while I was on vacation in August. I talk a little bit about the trip in my post Angel's Hand. If you are in Indiana, and you enjoy visiting cemeteries then you should really check this one out.

My last goal was to paint a portion of the basement. Well, I did work on this, there is just a lot more work that needs to be done in the basement. How does all this work pile up?

Now, it's off to what I want to accomplish this month.

Make Signs

My friend and I have started a little business. It's selling items we have created. I realized that I wanted some nice little signs for the project. I want them to be a little bit sturdy, and I want them to be portable. This month, I am going to make those little signs. It should be a fairly easy project to complete I think. I just have to do it.

Spelling

I have never been a good speller. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Thank God, for spell checker. I would look like such a fool without it. But I have realized that some of my titles have some typos or misspelled words. Mainly misspelled words if I am honest. My goal is to correct some of those this month.

See A Band

I love live music. But I haven't gone out to see anyone play for the past couple of months. I just realized this the other day. I miss seeing the bands play, and they always make great conversation pieces. This month it is going to happen.

Clear Out The Junk Box

There is a box in my kitchen that has a lot of junk in it. I can't even remember what might be in the bottom of it, but this month I want to get that box cleaned out. This may actually be the most difficult goal of the month for me to complete. I just put off this type of thing all the time. So you guys have to hold me accountable.
So what goals do you all want to accomplish in September? 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Tips Real Dancers Use For Fuel And Recovery

Dancing is good for every part of the human body. It teaches self-control and discipline. It shows how incredibly wonderful y9ur body is and it teaches health and balance.

In other words, dancing can serve as a way to improve your body, keep your mind sharp, improve concentration, and stay healthy. But it requires a lot of effort and dedication on your part.

We will share with you some tips that dancers all over the country successfully use.

Before you begin

Put in the right clothes. Professional dancers usually practice in dance tights. Wearing leotards for girls, and dance clothes that are made for dance signals your brain that you are getting to work. The special dance clothes keep the body comfortable while providing support. Your body will recover much faster if your dance clothes work with your body. You will go through a lot of dance clothes so take advantages of discounted prices where you find them

By eating foods that are good for you and drinking lots of fresh water and wearing the right workout clothes, you are prepared mentally and physically for your dream of dancing.

Fuel

A well-balanced diet is essential for any dancer. Because the dancer uses a lot of fuel, he or she will need three balanced meals per day as well as two healthy snacks. Carbohydrates convert to fast fuel but be careful not to overdo it, or you will experience an inevitable crash.

Never eat on the run. Your body needs recovery time. Always keep some high-quality protein powder for recovery with you at all times. This will stop you from eating things that are just not good for you  When you stop to eat, you need to stop and allow your body to recover as it is refueled. Before you eat, sit quietly and take 5 very deep breaths to get your blood circulation going,

Many dancers make the mistake of eating whatever they want, because they know it will burn off. That is true, but as you are consuming those empty calories, your body is not getting the tools it needs to maintain optimal health. If you do not fuel your body properly there will come a time when you will wish you had.

Water is very important. You must keep your body and your muscles hydrated.


As you incorporate dance into your new lifestyle, learn to listen to the things your body is telling you. Soon you will know by the way you feel, behave, and concentrate is something is off balance. As you grow into a healthy dancer, you will be glad you learned to act like one.

Sleep

Sleep is the most important part of our healthy lifestyle.  Sleep is the prime time when our bodies repair itself. Certain areas of the brain do not function when you are awake. You may have taught yourself to function on less sleep, but that does not equate to a good thing for your health. In order to perform your best and feel your best, you must sleep.

Taking care of your body is more than skipping dessert or eating salad. You must see a doctor and discover what is best for you.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Remembering Those Moments With Nature

I really enjoy nature. But like most people I just don't have enough time t spend a lot of time out in the wild. So I have to take what comes my way. I have found that I have to push myself to open my eyes and see what is going on around me. But when I push myself to do this, I have some really great memories of nature.

Recently, I had an experience with lightening. No, I wasn't struck by lightening. But it struck close to the area I was in. It made a big impression on me, and I wanted to remember the moment. I wanted to remember how it looked and felt when I saw that flash come from nowhere. And I realized there are loads of ways I could do that. I decided to stretch myself a little, and write a poem. I am no poet, so I am not going to share this poem with you. But it did help identify and put down what happened in those moments.
So what moment in nature do you want to remember?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Innocent Victims

Have you ever wondered about those individuals who were falsely accused of crimes? Or more specifically, the ones who are convicted of crimes. The book Innocent Victims by Minette Walters is about two crimes from the past that show that there really are innocent victims in the world.

The Book

This book is the story of two crimes. It's actually two novellas. The first is the story of a chicken farmer, who has a love triangle that goes a little wrong. He falls in love with one woman, but he isn't able to end it. But he meets another, and realizes that she is who he truly loves. The story is fiction based on fact.

The second story in the book is about two women who are murdered. The story is about the social outcasts of the village. nd the person who is defending them. There are twists and turns, and the defender finds that she must confront some nasty truths about individuals she is defending.

What I Think

I really enjoyed reading these two stories. Why? They took loads of twists and turns. You thought you knew what was going to happen. And you knew things weren't going to turn out well, but there were surprises in the end. I can't decide which story I enjoyed more. There are things about the first that really appeal to me. A slightly unhinged woman, who just can't let go in the first story. And then there is the family of outcasts in the second story who get their revenge. Two great tales of murder and mystery. 

So who should read this book? Fans of murder mystery will enjoy this book. But fans of true crime stories will also appreciate it. The stories are a little twisted especially that first one. So you murder mystery fans go out and pick up a copy of this book.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I Need To Destress Again

A while back, I share some super easy ways to relieve stress quickly. Here are three other ways you can relax .

Laugh 

They say laughter is the best medicine. And it really is a great way to relax. How does it work It temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, and then when they drop you feel relaxed. So the next time someone tells you to be more serious, tell them I'm laughing for my mental health.

Help Out

It just feels good to be helpful. There are people who spend hours volunteering, and we all admire them. But the simple acts of helpfulness can give you the helpers high. That feeling that I did something right. It makes you feel better about yourself, and the stress runs away.

Walking

Have you ever experienced that endorphin high after a nice walk. You just feel at peace with the world around you don't ya? Imagine being able to increase that feeling. You actually can, if you walk with a friend, you get an added high.

So what other ways do you use to get the stress out of your life?

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Star Blog Hop

I recently checkout this phone app called grateful. It's pretty cool! You are able to list something that you are grateful for each day. It doesn't take long, just a minute or two, but I love it. It reminds me that no matter what has happened throughout the day there is always something I can be grateful for. You should check it out, if you want to be able to do something really quick that will let you have a more positive outlook on life. 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:
I thought I would share a post about a recent dining experience on this weeks hop. Check out 2,000 calories.


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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the August 2017 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Beautiful Surprises in a Small Suburban Yard by Run Ran Fam


The Serpentine Style of Garden Design by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past








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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! )


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Just Leave Me Alone

I'm one of those people that likes people. I like them a lot, but that doesn't mean that I want to spend a lot of time with a crowd. And there are just times, when I all I can think to say is just leave me alone.

I really do enjoy spending time with others. I like to talk to people, and get to know them. But after a certain amount of time, I just have this need to do something different. I just need for things to be quiet!

I often find myself seeking this solitude after a long work week. I work with a group of individuals who have known each other for years. They are good people, but like any group of people that have been together for a long time, they know each other a little too well. After the squibbles and squabbles of a work week, I just don't want to deal with people at all. So at the end of the week, I just want to relax for a few hours, and not listen to anyone.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 27

Traveling through the thrifting world, I have found not all thrift stores are created equally. Some have great deals, and some well, they don't have deals at all. There is one local store that I absolutely love. I always find loads of nick nacks at great prices. I went there recently, and these are my thrifty finds for the week.

Here's the big picture. It's a pretty sweet group of items. And they all jumped off the shelves into my cart.
The picture frame was actually my favorite find of the week. I loved the doves at the top of the frame, and I'll show you how it looks when I'm finished with it. I think it will look great.

Gifts for mom are something I always try to snag up. My mom loves history, and she loves to read. So this book was a must have.
A pair of Smurf shorts are always something to add to the wardrobe.
Funko toys! were my big score of the week. And a super deal, they were .99 cents a piece.

So you now know my thrifty find of the week what were yours?