More Than Just Making It

 

Hi everyone. I have another book review for today. More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom.

Being that I stole Penny’s day, I thought I would let her pose with the book.

*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.

The author writes a blog, The Humbled Homemaker. She grew up middle class with frugal parents, but she always had enough. Her dream was actually to be missionary which she did do after college.with her husband. They thought they were making a wise financial choice when they purchased a home. Unfortunately, the recession hit  in 2009 when they both lost their jobs. They ended up owing more than the value of the house. They also had a little girl to provide for.

The family ended up moving in with the author’s parents temporarily. Her husband found a job teaching in North Carolina, but the pay was very low. She worked for the newspaper, but her salary varied monthly. She ended up having to apply for Food Stamps which she was embarrassed to do, but had no choice. She eventually realized that she didn’t have to feel ashamed because those services were there to help. It made her rethink everything she believed about government services. She always thought those on them were lazy, but she discovered that is not the case. Many are working poor that just can’t make ends meet.

Part of this book is her personal account of her family’ s continued financial struggles. These also led to marital problems, yet they somehow ended up having three more children since 2010 which made it even harder to make ends meet.Once she started making money on her blog in addition to her husband’s salary, they were able to get off of public assistance.

They have more money now, but still live frugally. They purchase all their furniture used and their vehicles too. Much of the book is about how anyone can live on less money. She writes about planning meals and saving money on them. She also explains that some have spending problems and others have income problems. They had an income problem because they did not earn enough to cover the basic needs. The only debt they had was their house.

I think this is a great book for anyone that has financial trouble, especially young couples. I did have one major problem with it though because for me personally, it was useless. My financial troubles are always around veterinary care for my 13 cats. They did not have a pet or write about anyone having one. I know it is my choice to have so many cats, but what would someone in their situation do if they had a dog or cat and it was sick? So many end up returning them to shelters or abandoning them when they can’t afford them. It would have been nice to read some solutions to these issues so people would not resort to that. Because of that , I am only rating it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Books, Mewsic and More

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?And we are also joining Mewsic Moves Me (hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.)

I am sure many of you have heard of the DJ, Bobby Bones. Apparently my head has been buried in a litter box for years because I just learned of him. I love to read memoirs and self-help books and he has published one of each.

I started with his latest book, Fail Until You Don’t. His mantra is “Fight, Grind, Repeat.” And that is what he does and has done his entire life.  He has gotten to where he is in life through hard work day in and day out his entire life. He even continued working when he had his impacted wisdom teeth removed. He would take pain meds because he didn’t want to be loopy so he just kept going like an energizer bunny.

Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book was published in 2016. He had a tough childhood, but didn’t let that stop him from achieving his dream of being on the radio. His father abandoned the family when he was young and his mom was an alcoholic who had him when she was age 15. Luckily, he had his Grandma and other positive role models in his life.  I was especially impressed that he doesn’t drink and never has. If you have heard of him then you probably love him too, but if not I highly recommend these two books. I am in awe of this man, I admire anyone who has a tough life and manages to succeed.

In addition to being an author, comedian and popular radio personality, he also has a band, The Raging Idiots, which is actually just him and another guy from the radio station, but they have raised a ton of money for charities Yes, he is a philanthropist too. So for my Mewsic choices I have some of their videos which are quite humorous.

1. Chick -Fil-A ( But it’s Sunday)

2. Friends In Low Places – Garth’s song, but he does a good job.

3. Hobby Lobby Bobby-

I hope Sammy posing with his book is Awww…worthy.

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.

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Caturday Saturday and Pet Photo Fails

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and The Pet Parade.

For our art, I used lunapic, fairy effect with a color tint oval border. This was out photo fail (see below).

I forgot yesterday was The Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop so here is mine:

The Great One was giving Joanie a birthday gift we wrapped in tissue paper.

 

 

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 124

Hi everyone. Before we get started, we want to give condolences to another blogging family whose kitty left for The Rainbow Bridge. Jan’s Funny Farm lost their sweet boy, Rusty, to visit click here

Now the Friendly Fill-Ins. Please leave your link (at bottom of post) here or at my co-host’s Four-Legged Furballs. You can also answer in the comment section.

1. A  ________________ will ___________________.
2. The best time of the day is __________________.
3. _________ is not my strong suit.

4. It’s all fun and games until _________.
My answers:
1. A cat will improve anyone’s life.
2.The best time of the day is the morning with my coffee and kitty cuddles.
3. Focusing is not my strong suit. ( I asked my hubby what I should put for that and it took him about 5 seconds to give me an answer).
4. It’s all fun and games until the bill arrives.
Joanie got to celebrate her birthday again with The Great One. We made another “cake” for her.

We are also joining Create With Joy’s Friendship Friday and Feline Friday currently hosted by Comedy Plus.


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Remember Me Thursday

HI everyone! Today is a very special day, Remember Me Thursday. Now in the sixth year, it is a day to remember all those pets in shelters. Our friends at Lola The Rescued Cat and Three Chatty Cats are hosting the blog hop.

Three of my current kitties came from shelters, everyone else was given to me or just showed up.

Back in 2010, I went to adopt Sammy not knowing he had a sibling. The minute i saw her, I had to adopt her too. It still bothers me that their 3rd sibling had already been adopted. They had been together for almost 5 years at that point and it breaks my heart to see families separated ( human and fur).

My KaChoo went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2010 and I wanted another mitted tabby so I searched Petfinder and found Little Tiger in 2012. I renamed her KaTwo. I know why she was at the shelter for 2 years, because she has feline hyperesthesia. She can seem a bit scary when she is having a fit, chasing her tail, but most of the time, she is very sweet and loving.

My Angel Snowball also came from the same shelter. I saw her in 2012 and kept checking on her and was finally able to adopt her in 2013. Sadly, she had congestive heart failure and left us last year. She was from a hoarding situation and not into people, but she loved her Phoebe.

We are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop I am thankful for all the kitties I just wrote about and all that I have been blessed with.

Here is my poem for Sammy’s Poetry Day to go with this photo:

In this photo we see an older couple,
perhaps their bodies are no longer supple.
If you ask him what he sees, his eyes will open wide
and he will tell you that is his young bride.
If you ask her about her mate
she’ll tell you from day one she knew it was fate.
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. A  ________________ will ___________________.
 
2. The best time of the day is __________________.
3. _________ is not my strong suit.
4. It’s all fun and games until _________.
And the winner of Prancie’s Prayer is Laila! I am having a Goodread giveaway starting on the 29th, I will post a link soon.

Remembering Madi

Hi everyone! Today is a special day to remember everyone’s BFF, Madi. We are joining the Come Laugh With Us Blog Hop

We remember when Flat Madi came to visit us in 2015. She went with me for my pedicure- can you guess what color nail polish she insisted I get?

And now a joke from Emmy-What is red and moves up and down?A tomato in an elevator 🙂

We are keeping the giveaway ( see Sunday’s post) open until Wednesday at 9 PM ( EST) because I lost several comments yesterday when I had a wordpess 500 error. Apparently something went wrong when I updated my plug-ins, luckily Go Daddy was able to restore my site except for some comments. I apologize to anyone whose comment got lost or couldn’t get to my site. Thank you Jan for letting me know.

Penny’s Tips Volume 25

HI everyone! I will let Penny give her tip in a minute. Today is the one year anniversary of Phoebe leaving us. We miss her every day, the house just isn’t the same without her. Her little harness dress still hangs on the hook by the door like Tiny Tim’s crutch.

I have been saving this story for today. Last year, when I kept bringing Phoebe to the vet for fluids and checkups, her vet was expecting a baby. Guess what she named her daughter? When I was there a few months ago she told me that when I kept coming in with Phoebe it struck her that should be her baby’s name.

Now time for Penny’s tip-

Hi everyone! Mom paid me in silvervine so excuse my pose, she caught me rolling in it.

My tip is if you don’t have a ruler, you can use pennies to measure. There are 16 pennies in one foot ( each one has a diameter of .75″ ).

Do you like Mom’s ruler? It is a Peanuts one that she has had since she was a kid.

Tomorrow we will be participating in Madi’s Come Laugh With Us Blog Hop.

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Don’t forget you have until 9 PM (EST) Tuesday to enter to win a copy of Prancie’s Prayer. Rules are on Sunday’s post.

Thank you to all who have helped promote by sharing, purchasing, reviewing and for all your kind comments of support.

Mewsic Monday

We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?And we are also joining Mewsic Moves Me (hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.)

The theme this week is a tough one, things you like about autumn. I love everything about it, apples, Halloween, colder weather and more, but I had a tough time finding songs. The words to the songs don’t fit, but the titles do and I like all the songs so here they are:

  1. Autumn in New York ( Frank Sinatra)-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmrb29W_Ktk

2. Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day)-https://youtu.be/jVO8sUrs-Pw

3. Colder Weather ( Zac Brown Band)-https://youtu.be/oouFE51HcqM

 
Penny is in deep thought. She is thinking of a tip for her post tomorrow.

If you haven’t already entered our giveaway for a copy of Prancie’s Prayer  you can visit yesterday’s post for instructions on how to enter ( it is really easy).

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.