I have never seen the television show This is Us, but I enjoyed This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Todayby Chrissy Metz. As many of you know, she is one of the stars of the show. She did not have the best childhood, but she certainly has gotten past that. I am amazed at what a kind person she is despite her past. I could relate to her weight struggles too.
I usually don’t read fiction, but I was pulled in by the cover of Talk to the Paw by Melinda Metz. I was pleasantly surprised, it is a fun romance. And the cat is the main character, he works hard to bring people together even if it requires some cat burglary on his part.
My Spark for today is to tell you about a blog that started this year, The Gateway to Enlightenment, always has positive quotes and stuff to brighten your day.
Here is my awww…Mondays photo. Pardon the clutter, how many of my black cats do you see in this photo?
I just finished Trooper: The Bobcat Who Came in from the Wild by Forrest Bryant Johnson. In 1987, the author found a baby bobcat trapped in a cactus plant. He rescued him and kept him for many years, until Trooper died of old age. I found this book fascinating, I enjoyed reading of the special bond these two shared. Trooper is such a sweet cat that he even befriends a stray cat and brings him home to share dinner. He ends up joining the family too and spends all his time with Trooper.
Trooper lived in Nevada where people can own bobcats, well, back then they could, the laws could be different now. They had a large kitty door put in so he was able to come and go as he pleased. I think you will all love this book as much as I did.
Our spark today is from Trouble, take time to stop and smell the flowers, just don’t eat them because they could be poisonous.
River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hopeby Naomi Judd with Marcia Wielke was excellent. I have read all her previous books and admired her honesty in telling all the details of her life, mistakes and all. This book is the same as she gives all the details of her severe depression including being so desperate that she endured electroshock therapy. It seems hard to believe that someone so successful could get into such a deep depression, but heredity plays a role in this too.
I’ve Been Thinking . . .Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Lifeby Maria Shriver is also well worth reading. Each chapter tells a lesson she has learned in life as well as a prayer or meditation at the end to tie in with the lesson. I have always admired the Kennedy family’s dedication to the service of helping others less fortunate.
My spark for today is a quote from Maria Shriver, “Time is our most precious resource, but very few of us use it as wisely as we could. We rush around so much that sometimes we forget to actually live. ”
Joanie was not particularly cooperative for her photo shoot.
Penny will be here tomorrow with one of her tips and Wednesday we will be showing photos of Moo’s first stop.
*Disclosure: I received a free copy of Purrfection How to Achieve Balance and Happiness Through Your Cat in exchange for a fair review.
I let Penny pose with the book , but she is still mad that she didn’t get to do her Penny’s Tips this week.
Purrfection How to Achieve Balance and Happiness Through Your Cat by Sophie Macheteau is a fun book that covers everything from cats in history to making your own feline totebag. . There are also instructions to make a cat notebook and t-shirt as well as toys for your cat.
I know you are all eager to find out about Joanie’s cow. I recently read a new book titled The Milk Lady of Bangladore: An Unexpected Adventure by Shoba Narayan. It is a memoir about a woman who moves back to India after 20 years in the United States. One thing we learn is that cows are sacred in India. People pay money to have a cow walk through their new home because it is good luck.
Joanie decided she would like to get a cow and send it to her friends so they can have good luck too. This cow is going to travel like Phoebe’s shades and bikini did. The stuffed cow will travel in the United States. We will be making a flat version to travel to Canada and everywhere else in the world. If you want a visit from Moo ( Joanie named her) just let us know in the comment section and we will contact you for your address.
My Spark is a quote from Louise Hay: “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” I think I will give it a try and I hope you all do too.
About a month ago, I told you about a memoir I read by Joyce Maynard titled The Best of Us.I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read another memoir of hers published 20 years ago. At Home in the World was also a great book. When the author was only 19 years old, she had a one year affair with JD Salinger. After reading this, it is clear the Salinger was an egotistical—— ( words I can’t write on my blog). This only covers a small part of her memoir, but I found the entire book interesting.
Joanie hasn’t shown her tummy in quite a while so she thought you may all want to see it.
Joanie is modeling my N creation, a necktie. I had made a nectarine, but it was basically a small orange ball so I decided to make this instead.
My Spark for today is a quote I found on Pinterest, but it did not list the author. ” We are stars wrapped in skin-the light you are seeking has always been within. ” So lets all shine 🙂
Today’s Mewsic Moves Me is our choice for a theme so I chose songs with the word Star in the title.
Bad Company : Shooting Star (1975)
2. When You Wish Upon A Star (1940)-Pinocchio movie
3. Madonna’s Lucky Star ( 1983)
I am reading a sad memoir by Joyce Maynard titled The Best of Us: A Memoir. She is a famous author who was single for many years after divorcing her first husband. She finally meets and marries her true soul mate, but their time is cut short when he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is very sad, but reading about the start of their relationship has reminded me of my own and how much I love my husband. Please don’t misunderstand me, I always love him, but sometimes life gets in the way and it is easy to take someone for granted. This is a great reminder to not do that.
For the letter H, I made a hedgehog, but you need to use your imagination because it didn’t come out exactly as I had hoped it would.
My spark is a quote from William Arthur Ward. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ” Remember to always express gratitude.
I have been reading the memoirs of Reynold Price. I started with A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing which was his third memoir. He was a fiction author that survived cancer of his spinal cord that left him a parapalegic. This memoir was about that ordeal, I enjoyed his writing so much that I got his other 3 memoirs out of the library. Ardent Spirits was about his time at Oxford University which was also interesting. Once I get through the other 2, I may look into his fiction. Has anyone ever read his books?
This week for Mewsic Moves Me has Easter songs for a theme.
From The Passion of the Christ Film, Brad Paisley and Sara Evans-New Again.
2. Cat Stevens -Morning Has Broken (1976)-Not an Easter song, but I think it is appropriate.
The Matzah Ball Fairy by Carla Heymsfeld is the perfect book for Passover. It is a cute picture book about the Matzah Ball Fairy who gives some special powder to a woman whose matzah balls don’t float. She ends up using too much and everyone that eats one ends up floating.