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

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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.

Enter Giveaway

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

 

Sunday Selfies with Gremmie

Hi everyone! We are joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop. Joanie thanks you all for giving her some ideas to protect Grammie’s early when he skateboards.

The bowl is too small.The socks were too big.

And the bubble wrap is just right.

Last Sunday, we said we were going to start a giveaway for our book and then we forgot to do it. So here it is: To enter just say “count me in ” in the comment section of today’s post. The giveaway will close Tuesday at 9PM (EST) and we will announce the winner on Wednesday’s post. It is open to everyone. If you live in a country that requires you prove a skill to enter like Canada. Then please tell us the answer to  1 +1=

And thank you to all who have purchased our book. And to all that have written reviews on Amazon. I appreciate your help immensely.

 

 

The Hundred Story Home

We are joining McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks (even though she is on hiatus), Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? 

The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard is a touching memoir of one woman’s quest to make the world a better place.

*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.

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, happily married with four daughters when she felt what she described as an “insistent whisper”. At the time, she was volunteering at a local soup kitchen in Charlotte, NC. One day, while working at the soup kitchen she meets a man who was formerly homeless and later became a famous author, Denver Moore. He asks her one simple question that changes the course of her life. “Where are the beds? ”

Prior to that , Kathy thought the soup kitchen was doing a great job serving the homeless of Charlotte. She had never given a thought to where they go after they eat. This one question inspires her to quit her job so she can find a way to create homes for the homeless.It takes a lot of work, prayer and donations, but she finds a way.

Throughout the memoir, she revisits her childhood. Until she was six, she had a fairly normal life with two sisters and her parents. Eventually, her mother’s bipolar disorder takes her away from the family for years.The author realizes now how easily her family could have become homeless because of this. So not only does she provide homes for the homeless, she finds a way to keep them stable once there through medical and psychological care.

Unfortunately, her focus on helping the homeless takes her away from her family and even when she is with them, she is not giving her all. It takes finding a letter of despair her college aged daughter wrote to make her realize this. Eventually, she finds a happy medium between work and family, but it takes a lot of effort.

I highly recommend this book as an inspiration to anyone that feels they are not living the life they were meant to live. Kathy Izard says, ” I wrote The Hundred Story Home not to convince you to help solve the homelessness in your community but to help solve the homelessness in you. ”

This book also has a reader’s guide and FAQ from readers at the end. I think it would be perfect for church groups or book clubs. It would also be a great gift for a friend that needs a little push to living their dreams.

I am going to spread the joy and give this book away so if you are interested, just tell me in the comment section. We will announce the winner on Wednesday’s post. I can only afford to mail it in the USA though, sorry, but books are heavy.

 

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Cat It All Review and Giveaway

Hi everyone!  This is a wordy Wednesday. We have some fun products to tell you about today along with a giveaway for one of them.

*Disclaimer -we received 4 items from CatItAll in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are our own.

CatItAll.com is an online store that has everything you can think of for your cat as well as cat themed items for you too. They have toys, grooming products, carriers and more for your kitty. And for you they have jewelry, posters and so much more. Their prices are great and everything includes free shipping.

The interactive rotating butterfly toy was a big hit. It is only $8.15 and ships for free. To order your own, click here.

Did you know you can massage a cat? I was not sure about this item ,but it is a cat massage roller. .

Sammy loves it. There is a cute video from catitall’s website that shows another cat enjoying it as well. To see it, click here.

We also got some catnip sticks and balls with bells. I only let them use those items with supervision.

Now for the giveaway part, sorry, they only ship to the US, but if you are not from the US, you can still enter. If you win, you can choose a friend in the US. All you need to do to enter is comment on today’s post. You have until Saturday night, 9PM (EST) to enter. We will announce the winner on Sunday.

We are joining XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday Blog Hop. It is a blog hop for giveaways, you should check it out.

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Trouble’s First Selfie

Hi everyone! We are joining The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop. This is my first selfie, I am wearing the hat my mom crocheted for me. I think it is a little plain, it needs a bow or something- don’t you agree?

I also get to announce the 2 winners of our A-Z Challenge giveaway. And the winners are- Marvelous Marv and Valentine (Noir Kitty News).