Sunday, December 31, 2017

Next Year I Promise To

New Year's Eve is when we take a look at some of the things we want to accomplish in the future. So I have decided to do the same. I thought it would be good for me to make a resolution that I am sure to keep.

But what to choose? There are the usual suspects. Loose weight, exercise, or get a new job. But they all seem so lame, or something that I don't want to do like find a new job. So this is my easy to achieve promise for the new year.

Next Year I Promise To Remain As Awesome As I Am Now!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Carousel

The other day a friend and I were looking for something very inexpensive to do. It also needed to be something that we normally wouldn't do. Not an easy task, but we came up with riding the carousel at the local mall. It was great. And indeed it only cost three dollars. I managed to keep my spending on that outing under $20. That includes one carousel ride and some nachos.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Pick The Right Balm

That dry weather that comes when winter arrives is here. Your skin is drier, and your lips get chapped. There are three things you should keep in mind when you grab that lip balm to soothe those chapped lips.

Skip The Flavor

I love flavored lip balms. But they can be a problem in winter months. The flavorful balms often make us want to lick your lips which can cause chapping. The drying saliva can irritate your lips.

Read The Label

I was surprised to learn that if your lips are chapped you want to avoid products with beeswax. Beeswax protects but it doesn't treat. Look for chopsticks with butters to soothe and heal your lips.

The Tubes Rule

There are lots of great products in little pots, but winter is cold and flu season. So you may want to avoid using these unless you have just washed your hands.

Remember these tips and you are sure to pick the right balm this winter.

Captain's Cookie Caper

This is Captain. I felt that I should share with you a recent event that occurred between me and my pet human. We recently celebrated Christmas at our house. It was wonderful. It involved a wonderous feast of salmon and catnip. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday that I spent with my beloved pe.

The day after Christmas a box arrived on our doorstep. I assisted with opening the package. As we opened the box, I was dreaming of what could be in there for the most important member of the household. For those of you who don't know who that is. It is me. I realized the box was from the pet's mother so I was convinced it was really for me.

At first it wasn't obvious. But as she went through the box, I caught a whiff of something. It was not catnip. But there was something baked in that box. I edged closer to get a better view. And an insult was thrown at me. My pet stated that's not yours. I thought how dare you. And I knew I would have to open the items in that box.

I decided to wait a little while before I made my move. In order for me to teach the human a lesson timing was important. I had to assure that it was not within her reach when I made my move, but it also had to be within her eyesight.

The moment arrived when the lid on the tin was ajar, and the pet was sitting in the room. I made my move. I reached up and flipped the tin. My pet looked up as the cookies hit the floor. I looked at her and let her know the cookies were mine after all.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Pecan Salmon With Lentils

With all of the holiday deserts. I decided that I really needed to try something a little bit more healthy. So salmon grabbed my eye at the store. And I threw together pecan salmon with lentils.

Here's What You Need

3/4 cup dried lentils
1 large garlic clove chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh dill leaves chopped
2 salmon fillets
1/4 cup pecans

Here's What You Do

Add the lentils, garlic to water in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the vinegar, mustard and tablespoon of oil. Then add the tomatoes and the dill.

Warm the remaining olive oil to a skillet. Add the salmon to the skillet. And place the pecans on top of the salmon. Cook for about five minutes. Then turn the salmon and cook for about another five minutes. Serve the fillets on top of the warm lentils.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Little Did I Know

Back in the 90's I was a huge fan of the X-Files. I loved that there were individuals really looking into unexplained events. I am a firm believer in the miraculous. I believe that sometimes we are just afraid of what we don't understand.

The show reminded me that there are some really strange things that happen in life. And yes, there are individuals who are just a little crazy in life, but it doesn't mean they are wrong about everything. Mulder was a crusader in the X-Files. Some of his beliefs were kind of out there, but he was able to convince Scully that it wasn't all crazy. It was a great show.

Then I listened to the news the other day. There was a story of how a credible individual reported that he had worked at a government agency that did investigate unexplained phenomenon. And I immediately thought of Mulder. What would he think of someone coming forward and admitting this on the news? Would he say he knew it all the time. I think he would.


Monday, December 25, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope today is finding you all enjoying time with those you love. And I hope that today is full of blessings for all of you.

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WELCOME to the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Here's a blast from the past. 

Dear Santa __________________________________________________________________________

WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the December "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 
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 November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
 


How We Save Over $10,000 a Year! by Grandma's House DIY
How we save over $10,000 per year on insurance, electric bill, cigarettes, smoking, cheap, save money, frugal tips, car maintenance, household products


When God Says "Yes" by Living Our Days



DIY Hazel's Turned Leg Coffee Table by
H & G Designs
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Box Of Candy Canes

I am a firm believer that little things can often bring us great joy. This past week I purchased a box of candy canes. They were nothing special just those miniatures wrapped in plastic. They didn't really cost much. So it wasn't really a very big deal.

I decided that they would be a great thing for work. It just seemed so simple. And everybody needs a treat every once and a while don't they?

As I passed out these little treats, I noticed individuals who don't really smile often, nodded their heads and smiled as they took the candy cane. I was surprised. Everyone smiled. It's always nice to receive a surprise, and it was the perfect little surprise for a busy Monday. It often doesn't take much to make others happy. So don't be afraid to share just a little something with others this week.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 32

I got up the other morning, and I thought to myself. I want a new outfit. And while I wanted a totally groovy one, I didn't want to go to the mall to buy one. It was more money than I wanted to spend. So yes, I headed out to the local thrift shops. And this is the outfit I put together.

I found a teal blue corduroy skirt made by the Gap. I really liked the color so I decided to grab it. Then I found a striped sweater that had some really great colors in it. I decided that would match perfectly. And last I found some blue grey ankle cowboy boots. They were really nice. I thought they would look good, and add a little different touch to the outfit.

And I am also thinking of doing a DIY with the turtleneck. Those open turtle necks are all the rage, and they look like they might be pretty easy to do on your own. Let me know what you think of the new outfit, and what have you picked up recently?



Friday, December 22, 2017

Abundance

I visited the local international market the other day. I just wanted a change of pace, and I hadn't visited this store in a little while. It has a great little restaurant in it. The restaurant had expanded, and I was thought about purchasing some tacos. They have the best ones in town. But as I walked through the store, I thought to myself we really are blessed. There is such abundance. Not only in the amount of food that was available. But we are blessed with the colors, and richness of all the things available to us.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Five Must Have Tools For Beginning The DIY Lifestyle

I love DIY projects. Enough that I've begun tackling some bigger projects. I've also found that it kind of a lifestyle. But I've found that there are a few items I need before I can start some of the projects I want to tackle. Some of the items I had, but a couple I had to purchase. So here are a few of the tools that you will need before you really begin serious DIY projects.

The first one you will need is a hammer. I dug around the house, and found one when I need to pound a nail into board. And I found that the claw on the back of the hammer came in really handy when I was tearing about a pallet.
When I went to remove a broken section off a chair, I found that I had to have a screwdriver in order to remove the screw that was holding it together. I dug around the house, and found a Philips screwdriver. Actually it is handy to have a set of them. I am going to have to purchase a full set, because I have found that low and behold there are different sized screws.


I found a chair that I wanted to paint earlier this summer. And I found that in order to get that in order to paint the chair, and have the paint spread evenly. I need to sand down the chair so that the paint would adhere to the wood. I decided that sanding it by hand would be too much of a hassle. Imagine the hours it would take. So I traipsed down to the home improvement store and purchased a detail sander. It made the project much easier.
I also realized as I started my second big project that I needed a handsaw. I had to saw down a small piece of wood. And I knew it would work right if I just tried to break the wood. Fortunately, I had one in my garage.
Lastly, a socket wrench is so helpful. It makes it so much easier to reach some of those hard to reach spots that seem to show up in every DIY project I have ever done.


So what items are you your tool list?



Monday, December 18, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

This week has been a sad week for me. If you read my post, Take A Breath, you already know that a friend of mine passed away last week. And Friday was the viewing. It's always a challenge to go to these. You never know what to say, and I think we often say too much. And really there isn't a right thing to say on one of the worst days of someone's life. But we all muddle through them, and after all it is meant to be a measure of how much we care about the living isn't it?

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WELCOME to the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Christmas is the time for homemade sweets. And my post from a couple of years ago Candied Orange Peels is perfect for the holidays. It's easy to make and they taste really great.

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the December "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 November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Victorian Romance in the Dining Room by Debbie-Dabble Blog

DIY Faux Shiplap Walls by Junque Cottage
behr marquee cameo white
Deer Art For the Holidays by Comfort Spring


Sweet Potato Crisp Casserole by The Blended Blog





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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Your Teen's First Smartphone

It's a big purchase for you teen. The cell phone has been replaced by the smart phone. And it is an important part of life anymore. But when do you get your teen's first smartphone?

Studies have shown that smartphones are contributing to depression in teens. But like all things doesn't have to be that way. Moderation is the key. Experts recommend a half hour to an hour a day on the precious device. But that doesn't answer the question when do you provide them with the phone?

And experts are recommending that fourteen is the golden age when teens are able to handle the stressors that can come along with owning a phone. This allows them to communicate with friends and family. And they are able to learn about the world around them.

But I really like the suggestion one individual I know provided in order to monitor their child's smartphone use. They disabled the social media on the phone, and only allow their child to participate in these activities on their family computer at home.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

I was contacted a week or so ago, by a company named Maple Holistics. They asked if I would be interested in doing a review of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I visited their website and I thought oh, yeah. This sounds like something I need to try out. They sent me a free sample of the product. And I'm going to tell you about it, and what I think of it.

The Product

According to the Mapleholistics website the shampoo may help improve scalp and hair health. And it may even encourage hair growth. It is cruelty free, paraben free, GMO free, and gluten free. And it is currently selling for $8.95 for an 8 oz. bottle. 

The bottle comes with a seal on top so it is difficult for the product to leak. And the outside of the bottle has a purple background. It has a picture of white tea branches. 

The ingredients are clearly listed on the back. And as I read the list I realized that I really did need to learn more about the names of some of the ingredients. But overall, it looked like a earth friendly list.

When I opened the bottle the shampoo has a pearly color, and it had the scent of tea tree oil.
 
And when I used the shampoo on my hair, it lathered well. I scrubbed the shampoo into my scalp, and it rinsed out well. 

What I Think

I liked that this shampoo was easy to use. My scalp did feel clean and while I used the shampoo, I did not have problems with dry scalp. I don't have trouble with dandruff, but in the winter my scalp and hair do get a little dry and itchy. The shampoo did help with this, so I was pleased that it did what it claimed to do. 

Tea tree oil is not my favorite scent, and I was worried that the scent of the shampoo would linger in my hair after use. This wasn't a problem. My hair simply smelled clean. 

I like that the shampoo was so easy to rinse out. Sometimes soap clings to my hair, and it can leave it looking a little waxy. Perhaps, it was the tea tree oil in the shampoo. Anyway, I like the look.

I like that that Mapleholistics products have a free sample program. You can actually try the product before you purchase it, and hey who doesn't like freebies? Make sure you follow the link to get your sample.

There was one thing I didn't like about the product. The original price of an 8 oz. bottle of shampoo is $25.00. I felt that was a little steep, but it is currently on sale for $8.95, which is a great deal. 






Friday, December 15, 2017

The Stars Are Fire

The Stars Are Fire is a novel by Anita Shreve. She is also the author of the bestselling book The Pilot's Wife.


The Story


Fire comes to a small town in Maine. Grace finds her life turned upside down. She looses her home, she looses her baby, and her husband doesn't return from fighting the fire. She finds that she must figure out a way for her children and mother to survive. Grace goes to her husbands childhood home, with her family. She finds that someone has squatted there. And he is a pianist. He is much different than her husband, and they soon fall in love. But it isn't meant to be at this time.

Grace's husband returns, he was in a coma after being severely burnt during the forest fire. He is angry, and extremely difficult to get along with. Grace decides that she must get her family out of this situation. Where will this decision lead her is the big question though.

What I Think

I did enjoy reading this book. Grace is one of those characters I really felt sorry for. She is trapped in a marriage she really isn't that happy in. And then she feels like she is going to be set free. She begins a life where she is independent, and she is able to survive. And then when her husband returns she must give up all of the new found independence. I can't imagine what that must have felt like. I absolutely disliked her husband. Even in the beginning of the book, and the author meant for that to happen. And I was glad that the author showed that there were good kind men in this world Grace lives in. I was glad that it showed the angry man as the exception and not the rule. 

This book is a true romance, so spoiler alert, it does have a happy ending, but Grace has to work to get there. 

So if you are a fan of romances, this book will be one that you will enjoy.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Be Fearless

Have you ever had a time when you worry about a new situation? Maybe you are starting a new job. Maybe you are going to a different school. There are things you are worrying about. Your imagination is running wild. Here are a few situations and a few suggestions on how to deal with those situations.

No Friends

This is a common fear. Most people don't like being the outsider. The easiest way to start a conversation with someone you don't know is to pay a genuine compliment. Tell someone how much you like their shoes or necklace. Most individuals smile when you compliment them and you may hear a story about this person.

Rejection

Everyone has had a time when they have tried something and it didn't work out.  One way to overcome this fear is to picture yourself doing what you want. If you are worried that nobody will come to that holiday party you are planning. Picture yourself talking to your guests and your home full of merriment.

The Schedule

You are worried that you won't be able to get everything done. When you start feeling a little overwhelmed with the new things you are faced with take a deep breath so you can think clearly again. I had a job where where we had papers that would be handed to us. There were days when the stacks seemed like mountains. I would take a breath and grab one off the top. Before I knew it the stack of papers would be gone. Digging into the situation and seeing it get finished made me worry much less about big projects in the future.

So go out there and be fearless.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Killer Confidence

There are days when I have to boost my confidence. You know there is just something a little off and you don't feel as good about yourself as usual. Here are a few ways you can get back that killer confidence you normally have.

Wear It

Put on that outfit that makes you feel and look great. You know the one that everyone compliments you on. Then add a twist mine is use a new lipstick. I love lipsticks and lipgloss. And a new color just makes me feel like new.

Keep It Going

There are times when you are just feeling a little shaky. You are ready for something new. Start dreaming bigger. Remember there is always more to see and do in life.

Make It Happen

Say it out loud. Say something good is going to happen to me today. It just creates a positive feeling. And when you say it you will believe what you are saying.

So do you have suggestions on how to get killer confidence?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Take A Breath

I want everyone to do something right now. It's a simple thing. Everyone right now take a deep breath. Make sure it is the type of breath where you feel your lungs with air. The type of breath where you feel your entire chest expanding. That was easy wasn't it?

But there are individuals out there in the world who struggle with this. Have you ever seen someone with pneumonia or asthma struggling to catch their breath? It's kind of scary isn't it? But while these are scary and dangerous these conditions are treatable.

But there are a few conditions out there where taking a deep breath is not easy and it will get worse. People like my father who died from ILD. And this week my friend Brian.

Brian and I weren't close he was a friends boyfriend. But he was still a friend. I saw him struggle to walk up stairs at a wedding. He got up the stairs, but he was winded. I heard my friend's fear when she found out they were going to put him on a ventilator. And that final text about how Brian was doing that just stated "He's gone."

I remember feeling so sad for my friend. But I was so thankful that I could take a breath without struggling.

Monday, December 11, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

This past week I have been reminded that I need to be thankful for one of the things we all take for granted. My good health is what I am thankful for. I have a couple people in my life who are facing major health issues. And it hit me, you need to be more thankful for the fact that you are healthy. And I am. I am thankful that I am able to move around without any paint. I am thankful that I can breathe freely. All of these are things we often take for granted, but we shouldn't.
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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Santa's Suit

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
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#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
 

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex
20 Minute Home Core Workout
8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up


How to Organize Your Home for Good


4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Than A Weed

I was out the other day. It was afternoon, I looked over and saw some weeds. The sun was shining on them. And I noticed the detail in the weeds. It was a strange detail to notice, but I did that afternoon. And I remembered how even though we view something as unwanted in life, it often has a certain beauty to it. And while we are constantly trying to remove the weeds from our yards. The fact is, they really are intricate and beautiful.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Curried Coconut Chicken

Cold weather always makes me want food that has a little spicy kick. I wanted something a little different than I would normally make. So I decided that curry would be the ingredient that would add that something to the chicken I had on hand.


Here's What You Need

3 tablespoons curry powder
4 stalks lemongrass stalks, bottom two thirds, bruised and cut into four inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup canola oil
3 pounds chicken thighs
8 small shallots
1 small red onion quartered
5 garlic cloves
six 1/4 inch slices of fresh ginger
3 macadamia nuts
chili peppers
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons shredded coconut\

Here's What You Do

In a bowl, combine the curry, lemongrass, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, turn to coat and refrigerate for 4 hours.

In a food processor, puree the shallots, onion, garlic, ginger, nuts and chilies.

In a deep skillet, heat the remaining oil. Fry the chile paste over moderate heat. Stir until the paste is brown. Add the chicken with its marinade and cook until the chicken is browned and nearly cook through, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk, honey and coconut. Simmer until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.





Friday, December 8, 2017

I Know It's Christmas When

Everybody has things that remind that that the Christmas season has begun. Some people have some of the same things on their list of items. And some people have truly original ones. Here are some of the things that make me know it's Christmas.

For years the city I live in has thrown a party around the lighting of the big Santa sleigh display on the side of a wall of the building. Every time I drive past that display I think Christmas and I smile.

There are bell ringers at the stores you go to. Yep, those bell ringers from The Salvation Army are a sure sign of the holiday. And if any of you have had the pleasure of bell ringing, you know that you dream about all sorts of bells the first time you do.
The temperature dips significantly, and the threat of snow is in every weather forecast. Yep, the temperature was 26 degrees when I left the house today. Christmas is coming.

Realizing I need to do more than take an inventory of the Christmas paper I have. I actually have to start wrapping those presents. Yes, the work must begin sometime.
I feel a need to stock up on hot chocolate and candy canes. Can you ever get enough of them? 

And lastly, when the Christmas packages begin to arrive, instead of being items being ordered. 

How do all of you know that the Christmas season has arrived?



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recent Moments In Life

Seeing all of the Christmas sweaters. In particular, I saw a girl walking around with a pink sweater with a cat on the front, and the cat had a red sequin Christmas bow around it's neck. You only see that during the holidays. You have to smile when you see something like that.

Driving  around town in the evening during the holiday season is a treat. It's fun to see all of the houses lit up with lights. And I can never figure out which one is my favorite.



Those pop up sales. They are so much fun. It's great to buy from the smaller companies. It's a great way to find those unique gifts.



The smell of cinnamon in the house after you've done some baking. It just smells good. It's like one of the best air fresheners you can get. And you don't have to buy it in a can.

What moments have been great in your life recently?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What Did They Do To The House?

I drove past the house I lived in while I was in high school the other day. It was a two story home with bushes around the front. Pretty much a typical home. But I always thought the front yard was a little bland. And apparently my father felt the same way. He decided to plant a couple of trees.

They were maple trees. And they were scrawny when he first planted them. Just sticks in the ground with a few leaves. After a couple of years they sprouted up. And they began looking like real trees. They were maple trees, and like all maple trees the leaves looked wonderful in the fall. They had that red, yellow and orange coloring. The tree add something to the house.

But when I drove past the house the other day, I asked myself what did they do to the house? They did the unthinkable. They cut down those trees. I was insulted. Those were my dad's trees. And I felt that these people had committed a major crime. They had removed my father's addition to that yard. But then I realized. It wasn't our house anymore. And they could do anything they wanted to it. But why did they take down those trees?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boxers

I recently picked up the book Boxers by Gene Luen Yang. So once again you get to hear what I think of this book.

The Book

This book is about the boxer rebellion that took place in China between 1899 and 1901. It's a graphic novel so it is really easy to read. The story focuses in on a young man who has grown up loving Chinese opera. He loves the characters, and he loves the stories. The problem that is occurring in China at the time is there are foreigners taking over the country. And they are not treating the common people well. Little Bao sees what happens to his family members as he is growing up. And he decides to do something about it. 

As he fights the power of the opera heroes join him, which makes him and his co fighters super heroes. They actually turn into these characters. 

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read since it was in a graphic novel form. And the illustrations added to the story. I was able to take a look at what China may have looked like around the turn of the 20th century. Little Bao is a good character he is kind of an underdog at the beginning of the book. And I loved how his love for the opera characters is incorporated into the story. I think it was a great way of adding a super hero feel to events that really did occur in history. If you want an interesting graphic novel to read this one is for you.


Monday, December 4, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop


Monday has rolled around again. And I'm glad. It's always marks that the work week will be winding down. It also is the day I really start dreaming about the what I will do on those days off. But let's enjoy the hop.
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Welcome to the second week of the December blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Time management is always a great source of discussion. How can I can more done in less time. Here's a post with some great suggestions
Time Management Tips



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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the December "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

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 November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Camila Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern by Lilia Craft Party



Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments by Magical Mama
magical mama blog christmas tree cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Decorating Pumpkins With Non-traditional Colors by Purple Hues and Me




Fall Herbal Centerpiece by Gwin Gal's Inside and Out Adventures

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

You're a STAR

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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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