Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday Scribbles Vol 21

Happy Saturday my friends. Today our nation celebrates its birthday. I don't really have anything planned to do today. I might watch a movie later. But I don't really have any patriotic ones. So we will see.

I remember one year when my family spent the 4th at Fort Hood. My grandparents lived in Killeen and my grandpa was retired Army. But the base really did a pretty good celebration. I mean there were tours of the tanks and things like that. If I remember correctly, the fireworks were pretty spectacular too. Other years we watched them in one of the suburbs of Houston.

How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your favorite memory of the 4th of July?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I've Read (So Far) in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

This week the topic is the top ten books I've read so far this year. That's HARD! I mean, I've already read 86 books so far this year. So here goes. In no particular order. And they are not all books I rated five stars, three were re-reads, one was a library book, and the rest are all review copies.

1. Juliet by Anne Fortier
2. Married Til Monday by Denise Hunter
3. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
4. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
6. How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
7. Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
8. Roses for Mama by Janette Oke
9. Together With You by Victoria Bylin
10. Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

What's on your list today?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday Scribbles Vol 20

Happy Saturday my friends. My week has been rather intense this week. I taught my first class at my new job, an Excel Level 1 class. The students in it were all from where I used to work. So it helped that I knew them all. But even if I hadn't, I still would have done well. They all gave me glowing evaluations. And my boss was thrilled. I'm co-teaching another computer course on Monday and a workshop on Wednesday. Then my next solo class is another one for Excel. Only this time it's Level 2. It should also be pretty easy as once again, I know the participants.

But this week, I took a journey. A Journey Off the Map. You see, my church has had Vacation Bible School all week. And the theme has been a journey to draw closer to Jesus. I'm not in the classroom with the kids. My strength is working registration. And this year, I'm checking the 1st through 3rd graders. There were a couple of times when it got a little crazy, and one of the other leaders commented that they didn't know how I did it. I laughed and said that I was used to it. After all, I do the same thing in AWANA. Only difference is that I have help at VBS (3 tables, one for Nursery-Kinder, one for 1st-3rd, and one for 4th-6th). With AWANA, it's just me. And no, the Nursery-PreK is not open to everyone. Just the workers' children. So those classes are small.

It's been quite fun to be up there every night. Even with Mary Kay end of the year and working hard to meet some of my goals. The church is decorated in a jungle theme. We even have LIVE reptiles. Snakes, dragons, frogs, etc. We have one volunteer whose sole job is to manage the reptiles to ensure that the kids aren't causing them to be nervous. No, I've not handled any of the snakes and I had no intention of it. But I did hold the gecko and the bearded dragon. I make a wide berth around the snakes when I walk by.  When I walked in on Sunday holding my friend's baby, the reptiles weren't there yet. But her eyes got huge when turned down the hallway with the children's classrooms. Because that entire hall has been turned green.

But it's still been a fun week. Even if I come home exhausted. I figure that I can nap later. Like over the weekend.

One of the volunteers makes sure that the workers get a chance to have dinner. She has organized meals for each night (Monday - Pasta, Tuesday - hot dogs, Wednesday - sandwiches, Thursday - Mexican, Friday - Potluck). I'm a picky eater, especially when it comes to sandwiches. I like meat, cheese, and bread. Or peanut butter and jelly. So she made sure that there was a special ham & cheese sandwich just for me. I found out though, that I'm not the only one who requested something special. Some requested a chicken salad without onions/pickles. Others requested crackers instead of bread. And this volunteer has had the monumental task of doing what she can to accommodate the workers.

My poor kitty. I'm home for all of about 5 minutes before I leave for the church. That's usually just long enough to feed her. And when I finally arrive home in the evening, she wants to be cuddled. So of course I oblige her.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday Favorites over the past 5 years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & the Bookish

This week's topic is about the TTT anniversary at the Broke & The Bookish. Evidently it's been going on for the past 5 years. I only discovered the feature LAST year. So my list only includes the ones I participated over the last year. And I have to say it was rather fun to search through my posts and see which ones would make this list. 

Here are my top ten (in no particular order) and linked to the original post:

So it's 11 really. But I did find it hard to narrow them down. I'm awfully glad that I labeled posts so that I could easily search. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Taken - A Review

Published - May, 2015, Bethany House Books
Author - Dee Henderson
Title - Taken
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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Eleven years ago Shannon Bliss was abducted. Now she has returned. And she needs help easing back into her life as well as putting those who abducted her in jail. Shannon seeks out Matthew Dane, a PI from Boston, because of the situation he went through with his daughter. Under Matthew's care, Shannon begins to share about her time in captivity. As she shares, Matthew realizes that Shannon is the key in crippling a very large crime family and wants to make sure that the authorities have what they need to stop that family's activities. But his biggest concern is Shannon. With each new revelation and piece of evidence coming out, Matthew sees how she draws into herself. Will she be able to have a normal life?

I've read every single one of Dee Henderson's books. While my favorites, and in my opinion her personal best, remain the O'Malley series, I did find that this book was very good. Unlike her other more recent novels, I didn't feel bogged down in details. The story in this book moved along at a pace similar to her O'Malleys.

I liked Shannon. I liked how what she went through turned her into who she is. I liked how Matthew was patient with her. I liked how he was able to relate to Shannon because of what he went through with his daughter. I LOVED seeing Rachel and Cole from the O'Malleys in this book. Catching up with Paul & Ann and Bryce & Charlotte was nice too.

The story drew me in in a way that her more recent books hadn't. I was glad to see a lot of action and things moving quickly. There is a romance element in it, but it's more implied than flat out specified. Because this story isn't truly a romance. It's more about helping the woman feel safe in her new world.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? No. But I liked it well enough. I'd probably reread it at some point. It's not the O'Malleys, and it won't be.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason

Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Desperate Measures - A Review

Published - June 2015, Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Series - Port Aster Secrets Book 3
Author - Sandra Orchard
Title - Desperate Measures
Format - ebook, paper
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Kate Adams has finally identified the plant that is responsible for tearing her family apart. Yet someone else doesn't want her research into it to go any further than it already has. With Kate staying with her injured colleague, she hopes she's out of danger. And that's what detective Tom Parker hopes too. Yet a runaway case he's working keeps entwining with Kate's penchant for being in danger. Only this time, they seem to be related. Will Kate ever be safe?

This is the conclusion to the Port Aster series. Trust me. This is a series that needs to be read in order.

I thought that it was just ok really. First of all, I have read the prior books. And I enjoyed them. I enjoyed this one as well, but I felt that things got tied up too nicely. And too conveniently. I'd figured out about halfway through that one of the characters wasn't a suspect.

But still, reading Kate's romance with Tom was pretty fun. And learning about some of the different plants and their antidotes was interesting. I thought that the epilogue was a nice touch.

I'd say that those who enjoy cozy mysteries would really enjoy this book.

I received the Kindle version of this book from Revell books via NetGalley for free for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to like this book, only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of cozy mysteries, Love Inspired Suspense, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon

Rating - 3.5 stars, which will be 3 stars

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday Scribbles Vol 19

Happy Saturday my friends!

I was thinking about legacies earlier this week. And what sort of legacy I'd want to leave. You see, this train of thought was brought on by the death of probably the best Sunday School teacher I've had in my adult life. And so I got to thinking.

I started to think about my family and the legacies my father and grandparents have left. Those who know me, know how dad shaped my life. And how I am probably more independent than most women. Yet my faith was also shaped by my parents and grandparents. You see, my grandfather on my mom's side was a man of faith. And he raised his children that way. And they in turn are raising (or have raised) his grandchildren to know and understand what it means to be a Christian.

There are both good and bad legacies to leave. The question is, what do you want to be known for? Do you want to be known for what you do for the kingdom of God? Or maybe you'd rather be known for your stand on something else? If you've not thought about it, think about it. What are you doing today that will impact future generations?

By the way, Happy Father's Day out there.
My Daddy