Another Hopping Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining three hops today, but first I would like to ask for purrs and prayers for our friend Astrid of Four-Legged Furballs. She had surgery on what was thought to be a benign tumor, but now needs more surgery because it is a malignancy. Her mom is very worried so please pray for her too.

First off is Joanie’s review:

I haz no time for review this week. Halloween only 2 weeks away and I needz costume.

Sammy and I thank Grammie for late birthday gifts. 

The book I am going to review ties in with my “Spark” for this week.

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy is an amazing book. The author was inspired by a letter that Einstein wrote to a man who had lost his son.She searches for the man and many others whose lives he had touched. Her search is only part of the book though, she also offers ways we can connect with our soul. One way is through meditation, she recommends just meditating on the word “husa”. I was not familiar with the term before reading this book. It means an artists love for his ( or her) creation even if it is flawed. Much like we are all flawed, but God still loves us. By meditating on this we will become more forgiving and soften our judgement of others and ourselves.

So my spark for the week is simply, husa.

I am joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays, Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? And Sparks by McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks is a new hop, this is week two. The goal is to make the world brighter by each posting a positive quote or photo.

 

 

Three Hops in One

Hi everyone! We have three hops to join today. Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?, Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader Sparks.

First off is Joanie’s weekly review.

Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche. I not drowning for anyone, I am glad my boyfriend, Simon is land lover like me.

Thank you Joanie. I actually loved this book. I am not sure why because I am not a fan of the ocean, I can’t even stand the smell. For some reason though this memoir pulled me right in. A 25 year old Australian girl spending a year in the USA meets a 30 year old man planning to embark on a journey around the world in his used yacht. When the time comes, they are still together and she joins him. It is quite an adventure with some humorous parts and some dangerous ones too.

I actually bought this at The Dollar Tree, the word memoir on the cover got me.Now that I have enjoyed it, I am going to give it away. If you want to be entered in the giveaway just say so in the comments. Books are heavy though so I can only afford to send it to someone in the USA, sorry.

My Spark for the week is: Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere.I saw that quote on Pinterest with no author listed. Emmy made a little twist on it.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading and Comedy Plus’ Awww… Mondays.

Joanie has a review prepared for today.

Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. Book tell me how to tame a gremlin, but not where I can get a pet one. Mumma just laughs and says if I get one not to feed it after midnight.

Me and Sammy had birfday on Saturday. We iz 12.

We had a pate cake And got a bag of Temptations 

Nothing from Grammie though.

Sammy wants to thank his friend Teddy for the nice card:

Thank you Joanie. I have two good books to recommend by the same author, Marianne Leone. She is an actress that played Christopher’s mother on The Sopranos. Her latest book is about the strained relationship she had with her mother , Ma Speaks Up: And A First- Generation Daughter Talks Back. In this book, she referred to her son that she found dead in his bed at the age of 17. She had written a book about him , Knowing Jesse: A Mother’s Story of Grief, Grace and Everyday Bliss.

Jesse suffered from severe cerebral palsy. Her book about him tells of all the struggles to get him a proper education. He was highly intelligent, but many couldn’t look past his disabilities to see that. The book includes many beautiful poems he had written.

I was reading this as I was watching Phoebe decline at a rapid pace. I was angry that God wasn’t going to give me more time with her, but reading this made me appreciate the 14 wonderful years I did have with her.

Tomorrow we have our Chewy review from September. Later in the week, one of the kitties will attempt to write. Phoebe chose Prancie as the new ruler, but I don’t know if she wants to write. We know that no kitty can replace Phoebe.

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awww.. Mondays Blog Hops.

Joanie has today off with pay because Phoebe told her that last Monday was a holiday and she should have gotten twice as many treats for working. They threatened to report me to NUCAT.

I just completed The Good Son: JFK Jr. and The Mother He Loved by Christopher Anderson. My mom has always been a fan of the Kennedy family and has read several books about them. This is my first one and I already ordered another one from the library. I found this book very interesting and sad. This family has had more than their share of tragedies. I admire that the whole family was so hard working and committed to public service. They were far from perfect, but they did help others.

Today is the two-year anniversary of Lucy’s passing. I miss her every day. She was my grumpy, yet affectionate girl. She always loved to be on my lap and she came running whenever I would blow my nose ( I think she assumed I was crying every time).

Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and Ten Things of Thankful.

   I made this on Photofunia to motivate myself to get back to decluttering this weekend. I was doing so well until July then I started bringing more items in then taking out. I blame the book sales, but also my IKEA trip and my birthday.

Here are my 10 Thankfuls

  1. Being able to call the vet in the morning and get an appointment that day.
  2. Our walks with Phoebe and seeing how much she enjoys exploring.
  3. Sweater weather.
  4. My great-niece is 1 yr. and 10 months old and knows her colors.
  5. Getting to spend time with my Mom, we went shopping and to lunch on Thursday and I brought her and my great-niece lunch on Tuesday and Friday.
  6. Thankful that there was no email when I was in college because I still have several letters from my great aunt who passed away at the end of my freshman year in college. It is nice to read them and still feel that love.
  7. Thankful that I got to go to college and get the dorm experience.
  8. Thankful my niece went to college and I got to help her move in and move out which gave me the parental view.
  9. Zucchini still coming in ( we have a 2nd planting so we will have it through September).
  10. Free Kindle books-Today only ( Saturday 9/2) you can get The Chattere Trilogy by Jeanne Foguth. It is a great Science Fiction collection for teens and adults. I wrote a review last year for Star Bridge, the first book in the series. To read my review, click here.

To go to Amazon for your free copy, click here.

Joanie sends thanks to all who complimented her acting in The Codd Mother. She is hoping to win an Acatemy Award.

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 69

Hi everyone! Time for the Friendly Fill-Ins. Be sure to add your link at McGuffy’s Reader. You can also out your answers in the comment section. Thank you to all who participate.

1. My favorite fictional character is ______________________-.

2.  A new tv show or film I am looking forward to this Fall is ____________________.

3. One of my very favourite books is                       .

4. The best time to                        is                        .
My answers:
1. My favorite fictional character is Sheldon on Big Bang Theory.
2. A new TV show or film I am looking forward to this Fall is Young Sheldon on CBS.
3. One of my very favourite books is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I think it should be required reading for high school students. This book really changed my life and how I think. One of the agreements is “Don’t take anything personally “. I know it is easier said than done, but you will save yourself a lot of suffering by realizing this.
4. The best time to tell someone you love them is right now.
We are joining Feline Friday which is being hosted by Comedy Plus.
Joanie didn’t do a book review this week because she was busy making her acting debut in The Codd Mother, you can see it if you click here.

 

It’s Monday ! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi eveyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday ! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awwww….Mondays Blog hops.

Joanie is going to start with her review.

  Mom claims to be half French, she is either fibbing or this book is not correct.

Thank you Joanie, even though you just insulted me. I am still reading the Hemingway Biography and not liking him too much, but I am determined to read about his cats.

I won a book on Goodreads called The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to enjoy their life and be less busy. She offers great tips on simplifying your life and doing what you enjoy. We all have to do some things we don’t want to do in life, but your life shouldn’t be just those things.

I just finished To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir by Madeleine Blaise. I enjoyed it despite all the name dropping of the rich and famous that stayed at their Martha’s Vineyard family home over the years. She tells of the home her in-laws owned on the island for over 50 years and the sadness of having to let it go.

Thank you for all the purrs and prayers and hee-haws for Phoebe. She actually ate quite a bit on Sunday ( knock on wood, 3 times). The combination of pepcid and anti-nausea meds may be the magic potion needed. I finally gave in and let her go outside in the covered blueberry patch.

  We created a monster because as soon as we brought her inside, she kept going to the door and windows meowing to go back out.

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? Blog Hops today.

Joanie still has a little boo-boo, but she still wanted to write a book review.

How to Be Here is the title- Where the heck else would I be? Why I need a book to tell me that?

Thank you Joanie. I actually like this book because unlike cats, us humans sometimes can be in a place yet our mind is somewhere else. This book is filled with short chapters to guide us on our own path and stop comparing ourselves to others.

I am also reading Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn. I know he was a cat lover so I thought it would be interesting. I haven’t gotten to his love of cats yet though.

Be sure to comment on Sunday’s post for a chance to win an IKEA mouse.

 

Awww…….Mondays

Hi everyone! We are not joining the book blog hop because I haven’t read anything worth recommending-unless the new IKEA catalog counts. I have spent way too much time with that. Joanie still wants to do a review though and she is joining Comedy Plus’ Awww… Mondays Blog Hop.

This book is stupid. The author let someone move his cheese. If I had some cheese no one would move it because it would be in my tummy.

Thank you Joanie for that interesting review. This is actually a classic that we own although I have yet to find any cheese 🙂

Make sure you comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win this shark themed catnip mat. Phoebe will announce the winner tomorrow.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! Thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday, I am thankful for all of you.

We are joining Book Date’s It’ Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awwww… Mondays blog hops.

Joanie enjoyed her week off and is ready to review Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog!

How am I supposed to eat frog when this book don’t tell me how to catch it or cook it? I don’t recommend it.

Sorry Joanie, I thought it was pretty good. It tells how to stop procrastinating and start making goals. It is common sense, but so few actually do it, myself included.

I always use my Barnes and Noble Mastercard at the vet so I ended up earning a Barnes and Noble gift card. I got myself a birthday gift with it- Rescued Volume 2. I loved the first one and so far , I am loving this one too. I have only had time to read the first few stories, but they were all heartwarming. One is by Allie of A Tonk’s Tail, she had a very sad start in life, but I am glad she ended up with a loving forever home.