Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Natchez Burning

I recently picked up a copy of Greg Iles book Natchez Burning. I don't remember reading any of his other books, but the book looked interesting so I gave it a read.

The Story

Penn is from Mississippi. He grew up in Natchez, and his father is a well respected doctor. But Mississippi has some dark moments in its history. And it seems as though nobody is left untouched by those moments. Penn learns that the past can come back and bite you in the butt when you least expect it.

What I Thought

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is interesting. The author brings back to life times when life was really dangerous for those who were trying to change the culture during the civil rights movement. I liked how it showed that there were good individuals, who somehow did many of the right things. But even good individuals has faults. And there are always those who exploit the mistakes of others. Penn's father Tom learns how true this can be. 

I also like that this book explores how difficult it can be to do the right things in life. It doesn't matter how bad you want to, there may be something holding you back.

And I also like how this book explores what motivates us to do things. Penn's girlfriend is a reporter. And I like how the author brings out through her, that even though we say we have certain motivations. We may claim that our motivations are pure, but when we take a deeper look at them they are not what we originally thought them to be.

Parts of this book are very depressing. And there is a certain amount of violence, but it fits in with the story. It is well written, and you want to learn more about the characters.

If you are looking for an interesting read then this book is for you. But it is not a quick read it is quite long, so plan on investing some time in the book.
 



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 20

Memorial Day weekend is a huge weekend for sales at thrift stores. So many of them have 50% off everything. Who can resist a sale like that? I mean you can find great finds. And all sorts of items that you can put to good use. Here are my finds for this week.
Here are the finds. It was a good group of goodies. All of them are things I can put to use.
I found an extremely cute little skirt. It's lacy and romantic. And I think it will produce a great little outfit for summer. I also found a top with stars on it. It's a dark color so it is perfect for work. And that wooden box actually contains two other boxes. It was a big score. 
The tin will be put to use as a planter. If you want to learn how to turn those tins into planters check out my post Thrifty Planters . I really liked the pattern on this tin. So I thought it would make an excellent planter.

Let me know what you think of my finds for the week.





Monday, May 29, 2017

A Star Blog Hop

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the blogging world. Memorial Day is the traditional kick off for summer activities. I feel really bad for the people that live in my area. Many of them own lake cottages. Due to the recent heavy rains, all of the lakes in the area are restricting activities on the water. Some great kick off for their summer huh?
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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Since we are focusing in on gardening this week, I thought I would share with you my post on thrifty planters. I don't know about you, but gardening supplies can get pretty pricy. So check out my post.



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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the May 2017 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Bee Yard Apiary by Gwin Gal Adventures


Canned Chicken Soup by Candy's Farm House Pantry
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 Simple Upcycled Plant Labels by A Green & Rosie Life


7 Ways to Add WOW To Your Garden by Comfort Spring
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

I hope that all of you are able to celebrate this holiday weekend with individuals you care about. Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

It Just Brought A Smile To My Face

There are times when things you hear or see just bring a smile to your face. These are a few of the moments this past week that have brought a smile to my face.

The ongoing battle I have with my cat Captain. The battle involves his sleeping on the pillow. I have to admire his tenacity. He seems to keep coming up with new ways to find ways to sleep on the pillow while I am trying to sleep. You can read more about his belief that he should be able to sleep on my pillow in my post Captain's Compromise.

Being able to recognize that I have a really good life. I hear so many individuals complain daily about all the horrible things that are happening in their lives. They seem to never say anything good. There are times when you have to look for the good, but it's always there. And once you find one good thing it's so easy to find more. I was reminded of this earlier this week when someone told me so many of these people seem unhappy. I had to chuckle and thought they seem to make themselves a little more unhappy than they should.

Viewing the holiday list at work, and realizing that my name wasn't on it. I actually get my holiday off. It's a minor miracle. I was so excited. But you have to be careful about sharing that joy at work, there are a lot of individuals who didn't get the holiday off. I was all smiles after viewing that list. It was such a great surprise.

What has brought a smile to your face this week?



Friday, May 26, 2017

A Touch Of Red

There are times when you have to create something a little different in your life. And so you break out the hair dye. And create a little different look for that night out on the town.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You Must Live a Different Life

I was talking to someone the other day. And they began joking about how difficult their life was. They asked me why I was so happy all the time? I informed them that something good happens everyday. The individual replied you must live a different life than I do.

I instantly thought I get so tired of all this negativity. But then I realized I don't live this person's life, and things can be much different from appearances.

And then I thought about all the good things in my life. And I thought about the times that I have had difficulties. I thought about how I made it through those difficult times. I thought about how I depended on thinking of the good things that happened each day. I then realized that why is it how difficult it is for us to see the great things that are going on each day in our lives.

I instantly felt sorry for the individual I was speaking to because I know something that she doesn't. I know that something good happens in everyone's life everyday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Zero And The One

Some friendships make our lives better. And there are some friendships that lead us straight into trouble. Often those friendships that cause trouble seem to be the best thing to happen to you when they start. That's the story of The Zero And The One by Ryan Ruby.

The Story

Owen is a bright young man who has the opportunity of a lifetime at Oxford. But if you are shy, and don't have much money, life at Oxford you can miss some of the fun of being a student at Oxford. But things change when he is paired up with Zach. Zach introduces Owen to the world that is at Oxford when you don't spend time studying.

Zach and Owen discuss their beliefs over the course of the friendship. And then a suicide pact is created.

And there is the aftermath of the pact, which shows that Zach's life before he met Owen had some twisted events.

What I Liked

This book is well written, and the story is interesting. But it's also a little disturbing. The book explores topics that aren't life. Suicide pacts and complex family relationships aren't always easy to think about. It is well written, and the book will make you think. That's what I liked about the book. But I also did not like the main characters of the book. Zach is arrogant, and Owen is kind of a wimp in my opinion. But I guess it is needed for the story.

If you enjoy books with some twisted and turns, then this book may be for you.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Just Chopped It Up

Once again I overheard an interesting conversation, and it made me wonder about people. There was a woman talking about hot tubs. She said that she used to have a hot tub. But she stated I just chopped it up. The other individuals she was talking to said what? You chopped up a hot tub? She replied yes. And she informed everyone that it was pretty too. It was a marbled green tub. It worked, but her husband refused to connect it. It sat out in her yard all ready for four years. She got angry at her husband for not connecting it, and then she just went out and cut it into bits and threw it away one day.

Then one of her friends told her that they need to take her down to social security tomorrow. When the woman asked why? The other one replied isn't it obvious you need a crazy check. The woman replied I know it's kind of crazy, but that is what I did. And I do crazy things like that when I get angry.

I thought to myself her friend is right she does need a crazy check, and I wonder what else she would be willing to chop up in life.

Monday, May 22, 2017

You're The Star Hop

Isn't spring just the greatest? I love that you can have a day where it is 90 degrees, and then the next day it 30 degrees cooler. You complain that it is a little cold today. And you realize that three months ago you would have jumped for joy at a day where it was sixty degrees. Hopefully, you all are having a great spring.

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

Since I talked about spring and warm days, I thought I would share a link from the past that is perfect for a hot day. And it's healthy too!

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

DIY Metal Side Table by Wonderfully Made by Leslie




 The Ultimate List of Road Trip Food by Kapp's Kitchen


The Ultimate List of Road Trip Food (+ free checklist)

The Enchanting Rose 10th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past




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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 19

It's no surprise, but I went thrift shopping again this week. It seems like you all should know this is going to come up. I do it every week.  And I was lucky to find some really cool items. Here is what I found this week.
Here's the complete score. It wasn't too bad as far as finds go. If you saw my post Thrifty Finds Week 18, you already now what I have planned for the bear. I was fortunate enough to find a smaller version of the bear this week. How did that happen?
I also found a really great red leather jacket. And my favorite find of the week is the Fender guitar shirt with the angel on the front. It's a super score!
I also found an adorable pair of shoes made out of lace, and a heart shaped trinket box. The box has little roses on the top of it. It has such a romantic feel about it!
And last but not least, I found a trivia book. I have a friend who is a huge trivia fan. She loves it! It's perfect to add to a gift bag for her.

Happy thrifting to all of you. Let me know what you have found recently.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mandatory Vacation

Remember a few weeks ago, when there was a threat of a government shut down? We've heard that before. It doesn't really seem to amount to much. But what if it really did amount to something one day? What if there was a mandatory vacation month for all of the policemen nationwide? That month could be a little wild for some people couldn't it?

What would happen if you called 911 because there was a fight out in the street that was getting way out of hand? The 911 operator might just sorry everyone is on vacation can I redirect your call? But who would the call be redirected to?

Would there be riots in the streets, or would people just go along living life peacefully? This all will probably never happen, and isn't nice to know that there will be no mandatory vacations for all of those police officers we take for granted this year?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Interesting Moments of the Week

Every week is full of interesting moments. You know those little things you forget about soon, but just strike you as odd at the moment you see them. Then you randomly think about them at another time.

The first interesting moment was when I went out dinner with a friend. She wanted to celebrate her graduation with a really good meal. So we went to the dining establishment of her choice... Club Soda.
I'm not sure how long they had been a couple, but they really needed more time alone with the amount of feeling they were doing. Get a room, I just want to eat my lamb chops, which were delicious!

Once again it is graduation season. I saw this older lady who was dressed in her cap and gown. She was proud with her diploma. There were individuals taking pictures of her, and I look down and see she is wearing tennis shoes. This was not what I was expecting to see. But hey everybody marches to the beat of a different drummer.


I go into the local fast food joint. I just want to order a chicken sandwich. It was less than fast. I took my food home and realized that I had picked up the movie Founder, which is all about the founder of McDonald's. Is that ironic or what?






Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cracking Up

I was walking along today, and I saw a crack in a small wall. It was one of those walls you see along sidewalks. Small, but it serves a big purpose. It keeps all of the dirt in the yard from eroding. It was cracked. And it wasn't a small crack either. I thought about the phrase cracking up. And how it means you're falling apart. I thought about the phrase that cracked me up. And how it means you laughed. And I wondered who came up with those expressions.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Captain's Compromise

I have discussed my concern about my pet human showing an lack of willingness to share. Most importantly the human is not willing to share the pillow when she sleeps. It is most concerning. So I decided it was time to work my skills in compromise when it comes to sharing the pillow.

Now, I prefer to lie across the entire pillow. I believe that there is still room for my pet to place her head. But she doesn't agree. The pet will often pull the pillow out from underneath me. I give her the look. And I shortly return to the spot I was in. This is unacceptable. So I often place my paw across her head and move it to a place that makes my comfort maximized.

But I have decided that in the feline human relations, that I would begin to sleep with my head across the back of the pillow. I will place my chin on my humans forehead and then place my paw across her eyelid. I am therefore shading the sunlight from her eyes while she is sleeping. I believe that she will find this to be in her best interest.

Felines, please let me know the compromises you must come up with in order to live with your pets.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Thrifty Planters

A year or so I was in line at the local thrift store sale. It was long and so everyone in the line was chit chatting. A lady saw that I had some tin canisters in my overloaded cart. She asked what do you do with those? I replied it's a really inexpensive way to create a planter for your garden. She looked at me as though I was brilliant. I thought to myself it's about time I got some recognition. And she reached out a snagged a tin off of a shelf. She told me I'm going to try that. So if there are any of you out there that haven't made your own tin planters. Here's the instructions.

Here's What You Need

Tin
Plant(doesn't that plant look like it needs repotted?)
Potting Soil
screwdriver or hammer
screw

Here's What You Do

Flip your tin over like this.
Now, take that screw and screw a couple of holes into the bottom of the tin. This will give your planter the ability to drain water.
Next, take that plant that desperately needs repotted and place it in the container. I had used an ice cream container to start this plant. So I cut down the sides and placed it in the tin. I packed it full of potting soil. And now my plant has much more room to grow.

This is a great DIY that you can personalize. You can either leave the design on the tin as you find it or you can paint something truly wonderful onto the tin.




Monday, May 15, 2017

The Star Hop

This week has been full of shopping and not getting enough real work accomplished. But I am so excited that it is actually time for the hop, and time for me to see all of your wonderful posts. Please share away.

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Welcome to week#3 of the May "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
I thought that since we are focusing on family this week. I would share my post Special Moments from a week ago. Family and enjoying those special moments in life is what makes us who we are.
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
May "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
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 April "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Earning Your Children's TRUST by Love My Big Happy Family
Getting Your Child to Trust You


3 Ingredient Homemade Microwave Energy Bars by Mila's Little Things
3 ingredient homemade microwave energy bars. Healthy, gluten free snack idea. IBS friendly. Banana and oats.   


6 Ways To Share Jesus with an Autistic Child by A Mama's Story
6 Ways to Share Jesus with a Child Who Has Autism 


Paris in Bloom - An Enchanting Book Review by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue is a novel by Melanie Benjamin. And it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The Story

Finding your true soul mate is difficult for most people. And it can be even more difficult in the 1950's world of New York high society. Babe is the queen of this world. She is beautiful, and she is married to a filthy rich man. But is her life what she really needs it to be? She discovers that it isn't when she strikes up a friendship with Truman Capote. They are soul mates. Even though it is a match than can't be, it's one that makes for the perfect friendship.

What I Think

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is centered around the world of fashion and literature. It's fictionalized, but it does show just how Truman Capote just appeared on the scene. I loved how the book points out that we don't really know what we are missing until it shows up in our lives. And I love that it shows just how valuable a true friend is. The world Babe and Truman live in is one we all think we would like to join, but in reality it may not be. It's a world where just going to a movie is kind of an oddity. And you never share your secrets with others. If you are a person who enjoys literature, or the 1950's society life then this book is one you should check out.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 18

This past week was the 50% off sale at most of the thrift stores in town. Why do these stores have all of their sales on the same day? There are literally too many places to visit. Anyway, here are a few of the finds I made this week.
The picture is kind of bland. It doesn't really show how great these finds were. As usual, I found a couple of shirts, and then some pieces that I can paint.
My absolute favorite find of the week was this necklace. It's adorable. It's so kawaii. And it goes perfect with a top that I purchased.
I loved the doves. They reminded me so much that spring is here, and that it's time to enjoy it! I was also reminded of a conversation I had with a friend one time who kept doves. She told me that they really are stupid birds. I thought that was kind of a harsh statement, and then she explained it to me. She told me that they don't build very good nests, they will take a twig and maybe a piece of string to build with. And then they seem amazed when their eggs fall out. If that is true, they are kind of dense, but they are beautiful.
This shirt is full of those patriotic patches. And that is why I bought it. I wanted to use those patriotic patches to upcycle some shorts that I purchased over the winter. Perfect for July the fourth parties. And I thought the buttons were super cool.
And I couldn't resist the paper mache teddy bear. I see something really cool in his future. I believe he might become a really scary teddy.