Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 29

Did you know the German word for thrifty is sparsam? I thought that might throw many of you. But it kind of made sense to me when I looked at the word. It looks like there is a version of the word sparse in it. And that made me think of meager amounts of money. Thus, the word sparsam. I know that reminder is for my English speaking brain, but it worked out for me. Now it's time to see some of those recent finds.
It's a small group of items, but oh, these items are precious. And I did get a great score this week.
This is the awesome find of the week. Okay, so it might be awesome find of the month. A pair of Dr. Marten's how often does that happen? They are in great shape too!. Unfortunately, they were too big for me, so I am gifting them to someone. I mean come on who isn't happy to receive some Doc's?
Honestly, I could not decide whether or not I actually wanted to purchase this. It looked interesting, but then again it didn't look interesting. I thought it was something that could be fixed up easily so I got it. DIY project here I come.
Lastly, I picked up this cute little skirt. I like the colors in it. And the picture doesn't do it justice.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Destination Unknown

Some mornings you wake up, and you know that you need to see something different that day. You need to be someplace other than where you are. But where do you go? That's what happened to me today. I woke up with a destination unknown, and I decided just to get in the car and go where the road leads.

I drove and this is some of what I saw when I reached Winona Lake, Indiana.

So tell me what you've seen today?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Avoid Cheesy Engagement Photos

There are few things more painful than looking at an album of awkward engagement photos. The memories of this exciting time in your lives together should make you tear up with joy, not cringe and run for cover. Don’t worr
y! You can take these necessary steps to avoid cheesy engagement photos.
Hands!
Be aware of the positioning of your hands. Even the most innocent of poses turns embarrassing if it is perceived as inappropriate. You could be off by just an inch or two and turn a “wow” photo into an “OMG”. Spare your parents the humiliation and give them photos they can share with their friends (and your grandmother!) – watch your hands!
Relax.
The cheesiest engagement photos can be traced to one overwhelming factor – the couple just cannot relax. Tension changes posture, facial expression and even the way you relate to each other. Whether you need to stop for a glass of wine before the shoot, or bring someone with you who can make you laugh at the drop of a hat, you want to be your most relaxed, natural selves.
You Do You.
The latest engagement photo craze might be to take a photo in a canoe, or to hang glide together with your favorite pet, but those scenarios won’t work if they don’t reflect you. Don’t feel obligated to incorporate everything you find on Pinterest into your engagement shoot. Think of settings and activities that are natural reflections of your story as a couple. If you share a favorite place or a favorite hobby, make it the starting place for your session.
Get to Know Your Photographer.
Building a rapport with your photographer is important. You have to trust what he or she tells you to do, and that your vision for your photos is clear. Have some coffee and get to know each other. Not only will you end up with better engagement photos, but the relationship will give you the best chance at amazing wedding day images too.
If All Else Fails…
If you tried everything, but ended up with awkward engagement photos worthy only a deep drawer somewhere they will never be found, don’t panic. If there is time for a second engagement session, you could try again. If not, schedule a post-wedding session.
A post-wedding shoot not only allows you to redo your engagement shots, but you can incorporate some more portrait time in your wedding dress and tux, or even hold a dress session if you really want. If your bridal party is close by, they might even want to put their bridesmaid dresses back on for some post-wedding photo fun. The important thing is that you are taking opportunities to preserve the memories of your time together. It just takes some couples longer than other.
Your engagement photos don’t have to be cheesy! Just let these simple steps guide you and you’ll enjoy your beautiful, natural and completely memorable engagement photos for generations to come. Which tip do you think will make the biggest difference in your engagement shoot experience?

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Author Bio
Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Azazie who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Wendy frequently writes about the latest wedding trends world on My Wedding Tips.


Monday, September 25, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Can you believe it's Monday again? This week has been incredibly busy, and of course this is the last Monday of September. The first day of fall came and well, I do believe that it was the hottest day of the year so far. I have to admit I just don't understand the seasons too much anymore. But one of the great things about Monday's is it is time to share posts. So don't miss out on the chance to share what's going on in your life.


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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:
This is for all you who are looking for a great tasting, healthy after school snack. You should really try Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops you won't be disappointed in them.



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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  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 &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, 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)

Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Bread by A Fireman's Wife


God and Creation by Narrow-Minded Woman
God and Creation

Party Invitations by Howling At the Moon


Plumeria or Frangipani by Comfort Spring

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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, September 24, 2017

Meditate On That

Meditation has proven health benefits. But most people believe that they have to set aside an hour to make it worth while. But that isn't true. Here are some little known things about meditation that may help all of those individuals who are passing up the health benefits because they just don't have enough time.

Five minutes is all you really need to gain some of the benefits of meditation. Even those individuals who suffer from that short attention span can manage that.

Prayer is a form of meditation. So those individuals who say meditation is all new age, it's not. You can gain benefits from praying for a few minutes a day.

Being mindful of what is going on around you is part of meditation. You aren't just clearing your mind. You are paying attention to the moment.

So meditate on that why don't you?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Places They've Been

Have you ever really looked at a set of suitcases? I mean some old ones. Not the brand new ones that are on the show room floor. But ones that have seen a little use? Have you ever wondered about the places they have seen, what they have carried? If you think about it each of them would have a different story to tell. If they could just tell us about the places they've been.


Friday, September 22, 2017

The Good Neighbor

We all complain about our bad neighbors. The neighbors take action when someone moves into the neighborhood, and just doesn't comply with the rules. But what makes the good neighbor.

First, they are not overly nosy. There is a fine line between being aware of what goes on at your neighbors home, and knowing everything that goes on in their home. Good neighbors are aware of your routines, but they don't come visit every morning.

Second, they communicate with you. Recently, my neighbor was leaving for work very early in the morning. She saw someone walking across my backyard in the dark. This is a little bit unusual. She called me to let me know what she saw. It turned out that it was me walking across the yard. I had taken out the trash in the middle of the night. But what if it had been someone out to cause problems. Neighbor of the week award goes to her.

And lastly, they let the little stuff slide. Yes, if there are weeds a foot tall, that is a problem, but if the grass is a little taller than you like, let it go. Sometimes life just happens, and you can't get things done the way you need to. I work nights so I don't know what happens at my house in the middle of the night. My neighbor was the one who let me know last year. You have raccoons in your attic. That is one good neighbor.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Moonglow

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.

Survival

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.



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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 décor, 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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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, 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 worked with in the past. 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


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

You're a STAR

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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.


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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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