Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Delicious veggies

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Alice Network



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 118 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn:

I thought back to Eve's haunted whisper when she'd quoted  that bit about how death awaited the enemies of Germany. Something about her said combatant to me. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Patience

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Thi speaks to me on so many levels and for many reasons. It is just what I needed for this day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Alice Network

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I am loving this book! I especially enjoyed reading it poolside at my in-laws' this afternoon! If you like historical fiction, books set in either World War and strong female characters then I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Alice Network



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Alice Network by Kate Quinn:

"You don't need my father's consent. It's my name on the account. It was arranged that I would have access to it when I turned eighteen, and I'm nineteen. You don't need anyone's consent but mine."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Musing Monday: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I can't wait to get a copy of Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery. It comes out tomorrow and I have been really looking forward to it! The only thing I'm undecided about is whether to purchase the paper or electronic version. I'm leaning toward the paper version because she is one of my favorite authors. Also, I love the cover. Tulips are my favorite flower and they're definitely displayed on the cover of the book. Okay, I'm decided: the paper version of the book it is!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hot weather dinner

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When we're in the midst of a heat advisory I REFUSE to turn on my oven or stove. So tonight I made fruit salad then chopped up a bunch of veggies and called it dinner. We all loved it and we're full so win-win!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Audio books

I recently began listening to audio books. I've listened to one by Susan Mallery and The Magnolia Story by Chip and Susanna Gaines. They were wonderful to listen to and I got to listen to books while also doing other things like crocheting, doing dishes and organizing my desk.

Strangely, it didn't occur to me to try listening to anything by Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb. I was reading another opinion on audio books the other day and the writer said that she LOVES the In Death series on audio and especially the way the audio reader does Roarke's voice. THAT is what had me finally running to the library today to get the fist book Naked in Death. I can't wait to hear how the story is read and how Eve, Roarke and the other characters are brought to life!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

When I lived in Boston in the mid 1990's one of my favorite things to do was go to the 4th of July events on the Esplanade of the Charles River. It was an all day event and we'd get there early to claim our chunk of grass on the riverbed and enjoy the day. We'd be with friends. have a picnic, talk, laugh a lot, share ice cream and thoroughly enjoy the summer day and night celebrating our freedom. The night would be capped off with the ever amazing 4th of July show by the Boston Pops. This is something I would love to share with my family someday. For now, we'll enjoy the show in another way - like through YouTube.

I hope everyone is having a lovely day - wherever you are - and for m fellow Americans, stay safe and Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the Boston Pops 4th of July show from 1993!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Musing Monday: Release dates

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


This week's random question: Do you follow book release dates and eagerly await a new arrival? Or do you just kind of check things out in a more casual manner?

I follow release dates and eagerly anticipate them for my favorite authors: Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith to name a few. Other than those I am more casual but every now and then I get excited about an upcoming book and pay attention to the release date. For example, next Tuesday, July 11th Susan Mallery's latest Secrets of the Tulip Sisters comes out. Another book that I learned about recently called The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry is coming out on the same day. I am excited about both of those books and can't wait to get my hands on them for summer reading. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A place of beauty

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I find nature so beautiful and inspirational. This picture of the Rocky Mountains really speaks to me. It looks so cool, refreshing and full of possibility. I especially love the reflections on the water.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hello July

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Is it really July already? Yes it is and I have to say that I am feeling a bit of shock over 2017 being halfway done. I've been living it - thankfully - but still we're halfway through this calendar year! Here's hoping for love, peace and good health to all for the remainder of 2017 and always! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

The glory of a good tale...

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I LOVE this quote from Stephen King! I also happen to agree with it. In addition to a good tale belonging to each reader, I believe the tale can speak to a reader differently each time she or he reads the tale. This has been true for me on more than one occasion.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Words are magic

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This week twenty years ago Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in the United Kingdom. I, for one, am so, so grateful for the magic that J.K. Rowling created with her Harry Potter series. I clearly recall hearing all sorts of excitement and buzz about a Harry Potter book. When I did the second book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was either about to come out or just had. So of course I grabbed the first book and read it. I have never looked back and waited with excitement and some impatience for the release of each new book. I went to midnight release parties and introduced many friends to the books.

My husband and I were coming home from our honeymoon when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released. He immediately drove us to Borders so I could get my book and we enjoyed the midnight release together. Our kids attended the last two release parties with us. They don't remember that, of course, but they do remember going to the midnight release party of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last summer. So yes, Harry Potter has meant the world to them through their childhood. In fact, my oldest is currently reading through the books on her own and loving it. To say this franchise has been important in my life over the last twenty years would be an understatement. I am eternally happy and grateful for the fact that J.K. Rowling created a series of books about The Boy Who Lived and shared him and his friends with the world.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas:

Nick Gentry, risking his life for someone else... it was difficult to imagine. How much easier it would have been to think of Gentry as purely a villain. One could ruminate about him for weeks and still not come to a definite conclusion - was he a good man acting as a bad one, or a bad man acting as a good one?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Reading equals breathing

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Musing Monday: Poolside reading

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


This week's random question: What is your favorite spot to read during the summer?

I love to read poolside during the summer! I thoroughly enjoy reading whatever book I'm engrossed in - either before or after I swim - while still being with my family and hearing their continued joy. It's peaceful and I feel quite content while reading outside by the pool.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A new way of editing

I have heard time and time again that it is helpful to print out a physical copy of something when editing. I was reluctant to do this for a long time because of the cost involved. However, this past week, thanks to a friend sharing her discount, I printed out my entire manuscript, had it three-hole punched and put it in a binder. When I sat down to revise I started at the beginning again rather than about one-third of the way through it where I was. It's amazing but I immediately found things I wanted to change that made the story better and perhaps even stronger.

I've heard that the eye sees things it misses while reading a paper copy rather than reading and trying to edit on a computer screen. I have absolutely no idea why that is and the opinions about it seem to be varied. However, I can say that editing on paper is definitely working for me. Even more of a revelation to me is that I am actually enjoying the editing now. Hopefully that continues and I can get through the revisions more quickly then get this manuscript finally submitted.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Journal supplies

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There's a stationer's store in Seattle called J.B. Welly. They sell incredible journal and art supplies. Someday when I go up to visit my family I am going to visit their physical location, as well. In the meantime I order from them online store. Their supplies are gorgeous and I've gotten Leuchtturm1917 journals and Pilot Metropolitan pens. The customer service is amazing, the prices are fair and my orders have arrived quickly. As a bonus, they always wrap their products in beautiful, luscious paper! It is like Christmas morning or my birthday each time I receive a package from them! It's not a necessary detail but it is one that I appreciate SO MUCH! If you're interested they have an online store at http://www.jbwelly.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Color play

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I had way too much fun playing in my yarn this afternoon. I was deciding on the colors I want to use for the Attic24 Summer Harmony Blanket. I've started making the little first rounds of each square already and can't wait to get back to this bright and cheerful project!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Wicked Duke



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter:

Then it was over and he was kissing her. The bright fog disappeared, leaving her in front of a crowd of strangers being kissed by a duke who was, unbelievably, her husband. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Musing Monday: The Wicked Trilogy

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading historical romances by Madeline Hunter. I've read her in the past so I knew I liked her style. However, for some reason it had been a long time since I'd read a historical romance. I decided I was in the mood for one but didn't know which one I wanted to read. So I went to the library and came across The Wicked trilogy by Madeline Hunter. I've now read the first two books in the series: His Wicked Reputation and Tall, Dark and Wicked. They were both fantastic, entertaining reads for me. In fact, I gave Tall, Dark and Wicked a 5 star rating on Good Reads. Now I have begun the third book in the trilogy The Wicked Duke and I am already enjoying it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stairs

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.These stairs - and two other sets similar to this one - are at a park near my house. My husband has been climbing up and down them as part of his exercise regime for a couple of weeks now. He challenged me to do them and I accepted. It's 416 steps round trip. I walked from our home to the park, went up and down theses stairs and walked home. It was a heck of a workout that I am still feeling the day after! I can't wait to do this again - probably tomorrow. 

Happiness

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I love this quote. I know sometimes it can be hard - like when my kids are having their umpteenth fight of the day or traffic is so hideous I want to pull out my hair or someone I love is having a scary health issue - but I do think it's possible to find something positive in every day. I think the positive and often the small things make for the big and happy. That makes life enjoyable. Don't you think?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Quiet the mind

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Iwas looking at images of mandalas earlier because honestly I'm a little bit addicted to them right now! They are all so gorgeous and intricate! I wish I could draw one but that is not where my talent lies - at all. I am happy that I can crochet them, though. While I was looking at the images I came across this one with this quote and I love it! 

"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak."

I believe this to be true even if it's a somewhat difficult thing for me to achieve. I have been on a journey of mindfulness - for a while really but intentionally for about eight months. I have a ways to go but am happy to make progress each day. 

Mandala progress

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I love this mandala more with each round that I complete! Part of me is tempted to finish it right at this point because I love it so but I am going to finish it. I love the look of the finished mandala. It'll probably be done in the next couple of days because I am a little bit addicted to making this right now. Plus, I want to make another one for a special person as a gift and I'd need to get on that rather quickly. Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

New bookcase

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My husband bought me a new bookcase. He even put it together for me! Then I organized my books and loaded this case with my favorite books and favorite authors. There's also a shelf on the bottom that has all of my writing resource books, crochet books and biographies - basically nonfiction. 

Now I can see exactly which books I have by my favorite authors and which ones I still want to get. Yay, for organization and books. All the books! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter:

"Miss Belvoir, I am not here for anything having to do with me. I am concerned for you. There may be more to all of this than either of us knows."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Moon

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I took this picture of the moon this evening. I thought it looked so haunting yet beautiful. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Beautiful mandala

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I am so in love with this gorgeous mandala and this is only one-fourth of it! I'm kind of addicted to making it at he moment! I'm already imagining it in other colorways (although this one is perfect as it combines my favorites colors along with those of my daughters!). I'm also playing with the idea of making gifts. I'll be sure to share it again.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A billion bad words

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I love Ray Bradbury! He has/had awesome writing advice that agree with. This quote helps me to remember to persevere, to hang in there. I'll keep going, keep following my path and chasing my dream. I will succeed!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I finished a square

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LOL! This is the first twelve inch crochet square I've completed since January. I love it!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June

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HOW is it June already? Seriously, 2017 is flying by! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE June and I am happy that it is here. It means summer vacation, trips to the beach, a more relaxed schedule, my wedding anniversary, lots of swimming and sleeping in. Summer means a more relaxed schedule and the vibe is pleasant. Oh, June also means a lot more reading for my kids and I. I'm happy June is here it just seems like it happened REALLY fast!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Love Actually 2



I LOVE this SO MUCH! Love Actually is one of my all-time favorite movies! I was ecstatic with joy when I heard they were making a sequel. Then I was a little sad to learn that it was just a short. However, I am so over that sadness because this is for charity plus it's EPIC! If you haven't seen it - enjoy! If you have - well, feel free to watch it and enjoy it again!

Teaser Tuesday: His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 8 of His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter:

She scolded herself for inventing ghosts. Her current mission made her nervous, that was all. SHe should not have this painting, and guilt made her overcautious. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Words are magic

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I'm in a bit of a writing slump. I find it frustrating but am also trying to cut myself some slack for it. Words are magic and hold a lot of power so I want to use them use them wisely rather than carelessly. I hope their magic begins to flow for me again very soon, though. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

LEGOS house

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I love the hours and hours of joy that LEGOS have brought my kids! I also love that I know it's vacation time - in this case summer - when the LEGO creations begin! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The end of the school year.

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The sun is setting on this school year and we are SO ready for summer vacation! My kids had a great year and were fortunate with their teachers but there is something so special about summer vacation! We out for lunch this afternoon and my oldest asked me if I'd turned off the alarm clock for tomorrow morning. It made me laugh even as I said no I hadn't but then made sure to turn it off at once. With today's ever-changing and fast-moving pace I think the simplicity of summer, the more relaxed schedule and just being able to sleep in a bit arr so important! We do have a couple of things planned for the summer but mostly we'll be relaxing, swimming, hitting the beach, going to the library and getting lots of books to read and spending more family time together. It sounds blissful to me!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 45 of Jenny Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner:

"Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it; but if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out to be full of regrets." 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cover love

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I try very hard not to judge a book by its cover. However, I have been known - on more than one occasion - to buy a book because I love the cover. That is exactly what happened with The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. It did help that I also loved the description of the book, which is:

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

I've started the book today and there is a quote in the front that I LOVE:

""Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

VOLTAIRE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

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Thank you #stmartinspress for the ARC of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. It's a really good Romantic Suspense story that comes out on May 30th. The romance between the main characters is leisurely but worth it. The suspense portion of the story is definitely dark and difficult in some places. However, the story is so well written by Nora Roberts that I kept anxiously flipping pages.

I will post a full review in a couple of days. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wild Blueberry smoothie

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This smoothie is delicious and good for you! Also, with only five ingredients it is really quick and easy to make, too! I originally got the recipe from the Medical Medium blog.

Ingredients:
1 cup wild blueberries
2 bananas
2 dates, soaked
1/2 lemon
1 cup of water


Directions:
Combine the wild blueberries, bananas, dates, and water in the blender. Add the juice from half a lemon. Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined. Serves 1-2


I double the entire recipe so it will serve four. It is DELICIOUS and good for you! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!