Sunday, April 30, 2017

Red And White Tulip

I was out and about today, and I saw a bunch of tulips. Someone tried to convince me the other day that the tulips were no longer in bloom, but I thought to myself, that doesn't seem right. And so here is the proof that they are still blooming.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Special moments of the week

Every week is special. Every has some moments that are just humorous. And then there are moments that are special moments. They are moments that have made us laugh, think, or just relax. Here are some of the special moments of this past week.

Seeing the sunshine after a thunderstorm. It was so bright against the sky. And it just reminded me that sunny skies are always just around the corner. You just have to wait it out sometimes.

The cashier at the store. He maybe shared a little too much information with shoppers, but he was entertaining. Over the course of a few minutes, I found out a lot about him. His mom was a truck driver. So he moved around a lot. He was from New York, Virginia, Florida, and pretty much ever where else someone named. He also informed me that Crystal Lite was his favorite drink. And he referred to his pen as a him. He had personality. I don't know if any of it was true, but it made for a much more interesting trip through the grocery line.

Binge watching The Mighty Boosh season 2. It is just as funny as the first season. I love the show! If you like quirky shows, then check this show out.

The fuzzy feeling when the cat decides to groom my eyelids. I think he means as a loving gesture. But it feels pretty strange. In a way good, and in a way bad.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Within A Captain's Power

Pirates are always romantic. And I have been given the chance to review the historical romance Within a Captain's Power. Keep reading to learn about the book, and what I think about it.

by Lisa Olech
PUB DATE: 4/4/2017
Genre: Historical Romance

Never underestimate the power of a pirate . . .

Captain James Steele is duty bound to capture the privateer Scarlet Night and bring her rebellious crew to England to hang. Then he will leave his majesty’s service, make an upstanding marriage, and join the landed gentry. But the winds of fate are blowing the straitlaced commander utterly off course.

Once aboard, James comes face to face with a pirate boy who is in reality fierce, desperate—and gorgeous—Samantha Christian, on the run from a sadistic Virginia plantation owner. With her identity unbound, the good captain dutifully takes her under his personal command, whereupon decorum goes out the porthole. But while his heart is lost to Samantha by the time they reach England, her noose still awaits. Now James’s sense of duty will be severely tested. As for Samantha, she has a plan, and a duty, of her own . . .

What I Think

This is a fun historical romance. I love stories about pirates, and I really like that the heroine Samantha is the pirate. It is a great twist. It shows that the author knows how to develop a unique storyline. Samantha is strong, and she knows what she wants out of life. And that is not to be in a marriage where she is not treated with respect. I like that about her. And the author does a good job of showing the attitude of the pirate. Freedom above all else. So if you enjoy historical romances. Or if you just dream about being a pirate check out this book.

Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 16

I don't know about you, but my vacation last week was great. I was able to do a lot of thrifting. I always find it fun to go thrifting in different towns. I don't know if it is just a change of pace, but it seems like even just a few hours away the items you find can be completely different. It's fun! Here are some of the finds for the week.

I found a really great little picture frame, and some gift bags. Both were perfect for a gift I needed to give. I loved the turquoise and satin fabric on that frame. Hopefully, my friend enjoys it as much as I like it. And those butterflies, are the perfect gift for a friend who is a butterfly freak. And of course, you can never have enough party dresses.

And of course there was a super cool little jacket in khaki, that I absolutely had to have.

And then there was a big score. A fabulously soft plaid shirt, and a cute little dress. At the top there is a super cute Hello Kitty hat. And I found some clothes with the tags on it. But there is my absolute favorite find of the week. The embroidered pillow case. I wish I had more talents in the needlework area.
I really love the flowers in the needlework.

So how has your thrifting gone recently?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I Wish Bobby Kennedy Would Have Won

I was sitting at the doctor's office the other day, and a gentlemen told me something strange out of the blue. Sometimes people strike up conversations that just surprise you. You wonder why are they telling me this. The other day was one of the occasions.

You see this gentleman told me I wish Bobby Kennedy would have won the election. I have to admit the very first thought I had was, does this man suffer from Alzheimer's? I mean Bobby was a candidate for president in the last century. Then he said that things would be different if Bobby was elected.
He told me that the world would be a different place if he had won the election. I thought to myself you are probably right in a way.

I wonder how he would have handled the issues revolving around Vietnam. Would it have become such a mess or would he have figured out a way to deal with it more diplomatically? I thought it still would be a mess. Maybe some of it would have gone a little different, maybe that awful picture of the helicopter on the embassy wouldn't exist. But it still would have ended badly. It just would have been how badly.

I wonder if race relationships would be different. He mentioned the speech that Bobby gave in Indianapolis when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. It brought some calm to a horrible event. So I thought to myself maybe this would be a little different. Maybe just maybe there wouldn't have been a Rodney King incident. I think that might be.

So we'll never know if Bobby would have won that election, but maybe the world would be a little different.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

That Reminds Me

Last year I took a short class in paper cutting. It was fun, and I thought to myself I need to do this more often. All you need is some paper, and a good pair of scissors. And there are a few really cool things you can do with it. I actually pretty much forgot about the class. And that I went down to the library the other day. I saw these great examples of paper cutting, and I decided that I need to practice so I can cut paper like this. My photos don't do justice to the artwork, but it gives you an idea of what you can do with it.

I think the kimono is my favorite, but it's a tough call. It's such a simple art, that turns out wonderful pieces. Let me know which one you like best.

Monday, April 24, 2017

You're The Star

Home sweet home! I love going away on vacation, but it is so great to return home. It was great to visit my mother last week. She is doing so much better, but it was nice to get back home and sleep in my own bed. This week's focus is home on the Star Hop.
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WELCOME to the April "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

A day at home isn't complete without some really great music. And you should check out my post on The Sweet Water Warblers. They are so great to listen to when you cleaning house or just relaxing.


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the April "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 March "You're the Star" blog hop)

Make Your Own Air Fresheners by Feathers in the Woods
Make you own air fresheners

 Easy S'mores Brownie Bites by This Autoimmune Life
Easy S'mores Brownie Bites

Easter Slime by Curly Crafty Mom

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

You're a STAR

We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )