I’m Possible: Jumping Into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose

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

I just finished reading I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose by Jeremy Cowart. I found it very inspirational.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of The Book Look Bloggers book review program. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.
I was not familiar with Jeremy Cowart, but I chose to review this book because i enjoy memoirs. I think everyone has a story to tell that can contribute to improving the world. Jeremy Cowart is a photographer that uses his God-given talents to help others. He is not a typical rags to riches story. In fact, he grew up in a loving and supportive home in Hendersonville, TN ( fun facts: Johnny Cash used to live there and Taylor Swift went to high school there).  His grades in school were not great, but his Dad always reminded him of the biblical quote, ” You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”
Jeremy excelled at art despite his average grades. He was able to make a career with design, but was not happy in an office so he took a chance to start his own company. And later tires of that and moves on to bigger and better things. I like that he is willing to take that leap of faith so many of us only dream of doing- and it paid off. Along the way he met several people that mentored him along his path to being a successful artist.
He now uses his photography skills to help those in need. The book has a section displaying some of his collages and art which are all amazing. He has documented people in Africa. Haiti, and many other places after tragedies so they can tell their story. This has brought awareness to causes and helped raise funds for them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants more out of life or is still trying to find their purpose. I think it would make an excellent graduation gift too. I love when people use their talents to improve the lives of others and that is exactly what he does. I also enjoyed the inspirational quotes and biblical references.
I enjoyed it so much that I want to share it with someone so if you want to enter for a chance to win ( sorry, I can only afford to ship in the US) just say so in the comment section of this post before Tuesday at 9PM ( EST) . Winner will be announced Wednesday.

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Star Wars Giveaway

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade. We are having a Star Wars themed giveaway for May the Fourth Be With You Day!

I used Face In The Hole to make Sammy into Yoda.

And now for our giveaway-

We have a Star Wars themed catnip mat, 2 catnip mice dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader, a plastic Darth Vader head filled with our home grown nip and a Star Wars keychain. ( Sorry, Joanie is not included).To enter just leave a comment on this post by Monday at 9 PM ( EST). Winner will be announced Tuesday. Sorry I can only afford to send this in the US because the keychain is quite heavy.

And I have to show this old photo of Angel Lucy as Princess Leia. And yes, I ate the cookies. She peed on me that night too- the only time she ever did so I guess she was mad about this photo.

We will join Sabi Saturday tomorrow. Be sure to stop by to see our Kentucky Derby hats for Sunday Selfies.

PS: Don’t tell my Trekkie hubby we are having a Star Wars giveaway.

Penny’s Tips Volume 37

Hi everyone. Penny has a tip for you today, but first I want to apologize to all who tried to visit on Monday and couldn’t get to the post. I updated some plug-ins and something went wrong. GoDaddy was able to restore and get the blog back , but so far Monday’s post is missing. If it doesn’t return, I will redo it because I want all the letters for the A-Z challenge.

Now on to Penny. 

Hi everyone! I have a great tip for you today. You can use pennies to have a contest. You can fill a jar and have people guess how many are in the jar. I am having a contest today, Emmy said I can give away a copy of her book, I Am Not A Skunk. Whoever guesses how many pennies are in this sugar bowl is the winner. Sorry, my cheap mom said we can only mail in the USA. If more than one of you guesses correctly, I will draw names. You have until Friday at 9 PM ( EST) to put your guess on this post. I will announce the winner on Saturday’s post. Good luck!

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

And today is T day for The A-Z Blogging Challenge. T is for toys and to save money you can make your own.  As you know, I crochet toys and sew catnip mats, but you don’t even have to crochet or sew to make toys. You can take a sock, fill it with nip and tie the end. Check Pinterest for more ideas too.

 

Grateful American

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

I just completed Grateful American by Gary Sinise. It was fantastic!

*Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of The Book Look Bloggers book review program. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.

I haven’t seen a lot of Gary Sinise’s work, but what I have seen was excellent. I know he was the lead in CSI: New York for several years, but I never watched it. I did see Forrest Gump though ( is there anyone who has not seen it? ). As you all know, he played Lieutenant Dan. Little did he know when he played that role, it would set a course for his life.

Gary Sinise was already familiar with the plight of Vietnam vets, his brother-in-law was one. He also went through rigorous training to play that role. Once Forrest Gump was released, Lt. Dan became a symbol for vets. He received letters and was approached by many to praise him on the accuracy of his portrayal in the role. After that, he started to go to VA hospitals to meet injured soldiers. That snowballed into his band going overseas to entertain vets and he is now considered a modern-day Bob Hope. He is truly grateful to the soldiers who keep us safe.

I was amazed to read about all the humanitarian work he does. He helps raise funds to build smart homes for severely injured soldiers. His foundation has also helped children in war-torn countries by supplying them with school supplies. The list of things he has done is endless.

This memoir also included very personal details of his life. I admire his honesty at telling his wife’s battle with alcohol and how it affected his children. I enjoyed reading about how he started his acting career in high school and moved on the theater in Chicago. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes memoirs, especially grateful Americans.

I enjoyed the book so much that I want to share. I am going to give it away, I can only afford to mail it within the US though. If you want to enter for a chance to win it, let me know in the comment section before Wednesday at 9PM (EST).

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Caturday Saturday- Dr. Seuss Day

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade. We are also joining the Dr. Seuss Blog Hop hosted by LLB Our Backyard.

 

I thought we would do another giveaway with the mat I made on Monday. Penny wanted to keep it, but I convinced her that she has more than enough mats. To enter, leave a comment on this post by 9 PM ( EST) on Sunday. Sorry I can only afford shipping to US residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head wanted in on the fun too. I made a puzzle of them, click below to play.

 
preview120 pieceDr. Seuss Day

Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone! We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.I am thankful that I got a new sewing machine for Christmas so I can make catnip mats.

Emmy is posing with the Dr. Seuss catnip mat I just made. We are having a giveaway -the winner will receive the catnip mat, 3 fish toys and the hat that Emmy is modeling (sorry, Emmy is not included). We can only offer this to US residents because of the cost of shipping-sorry.To enter, just leave a comment on this post by Saturday 9PM  (EST). Winner will be announced on Sunday. Hopefully the prize will arrive to the winner in time for Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd.

Here is my poem for Sammy’s Poetry Day based on this photo prompt:

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “First Signs of Spring,” 1947. Oil on canvas, 22″ x 17″. Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” March 22, 1947. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections, gift of Ginny Severinghaus in memory of Nelson “Ben” Severinghaus. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

You reap what you sow,
if it is grass, you’ll have to mow.
Wait until after the last freeze
to plant your peas.
And if you want your greens,
plant spinach and beans.
now the most important we must address
it to be sure to plant seeds of kindness.

Here are the Friendly Fill-Ins for tomorrow. Mom came up with the first two and our co-host, Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs came up with second two.

1. I believe ____________.
 
2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my _________________________.
 
3. It does no good to _________.

4. I find _________ to be a walk in the park.
*If you are not familiar with Marie Kondo, it basically means. what do you need to declutter.
We are also joining XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday ! Giveaways– you should check it out, there are links to several giveaways.

 

 

Thanksgiving Giveaway

Hi everyone! I had forgotten that I bought a catnip turkey for a giveaway. Joanie is posing with the prizes. A turkey print catnip mat, a stuffed catnip turkey and a crocheted drumstick.*

*Joanie does not approve of this post. She is hoping The Trout Towne Tabbies forgive her for posing with turkeys.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post by Thursday at 9PM (EST)-winner will be announced on Friday. Sorry this one is only open to USA residents, you can still enter if you are from another country and choose a friend in the USA to claim the prize.

Comedy Plus’ Wordless Wednesday

Create with Joy Wordless Wednesday

Be There 2Day Wordless Wednesday

#WW Curious as a Cathy

We are also joining XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday! It is a blog hop with all giveaways, you should check it out.

Thankful Thursday

Hi everyone! We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

Trouble is thankful that we now know it was Sammy that knocked the haunted house down. She did get caught on top of the grandfather clock though which explain why it is running fast.

I am thankful to all who have purchased my book, reviewed it , shared it, etc. All your support means the world to me.

Dezi and Raena are currently hosting a giveaway for a copy of Prancie’s Prayer. Click here.

And don’t forget that I have a giveaway on Goodreads too that goes until October 29th.

 

We are skipping the poetry today out of respect for The Trout Towne Tabbies because it is bird themed. Actually, as many know I am superstitious and birds in the house are bad luck so I have taken it to an extreme and don’t want a bird photo on my blog. Yes, I am crazy- you had to have figured that out by now 🙂

Here are the Friendly Fill-Ins for tomorrow. I came up with the first two and our co-host, Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs came up with second two.
1. My favorite font is___________________.
 
2. October is perfect for _________________.
 
3. Where I live, _________.
4. I feel very _________ this time of year.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Prancie's Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch

Prancie’s Prayer

by Ellen J. Pilch

Giveaway ends October 29, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Sunday Selfies

Hi everyone! We are joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

If you follow me on Facebook then you saw this yesterday.

This is what she did to the haunted House scratcher. I wonder what will happen to the Christmas Tree this year as it will be her first Christmas with us.

In her defense, Sammy decided to take a wall out, not realizing it was load bearing.

Next Sunday we will start our Tocktober selfies.

I am having a giveaway on Goodreads for Prancie’s Prayer. Thank you to all who have done reviews and helped spread the word, I truly appreciate all your help.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Prancie's Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch

Prancie's Prayer

by Ellen J. Pilch

Giveaway ends October 29, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway