Friday, July 27, 2012

Learning to be a Mom

Learning to be a mom at 9 years old is a large learning curve.
You find that not everyone considers that your baby
needs certain items.

Yesterday, in the local Kroger store, Skylar wondered  where to find the kitten diapers.
The store employee looked at us a little funny, and said he didn't think they had any in stock.
I think he probably asked someone if there was any such item, as he walked away.

And we keep telling her he needs to be left out on the grass for awhile to do his business.
This morning, she took him out, came back in a few minutes and said he'd gone to the bathroom.
Well, a few minutes later she brought him to me, and I almost told her he needed to go back out.
Too late, he'd used his blanket as a potty, lol.  Which meant he needed a bath, and his blanket needed washed.
Then we took him out to let him nurse his mom, and Skylar found the rest of the litter down in the 4 wheeler tires that dh has stacked beside the woodpile.  She managed to get one of them, and I just flat told her no way would we consider 2 of them in the house.  Mom had raised kittens before, and she knew what she was doing.
I'm not so sure about that, but it's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I did give in and bring Fluff in last night when it was thundering.  Was afraid he would get wet, if it rained and get pneumonia... He's getting quite playful, and anything that moves, including your mouth, is attackable.
We did get about .3 inch of rain last night, enough to settle the dust.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Morning surprise

Hubby came to the house on Tuesday morning, and asked me to help him for a minute..

So I follow him down to the shop, and he asked me to move some things he had found.
Of course, Skylar grabbed as many as she could and brought them all into the house.They have teeth, and can eat soft food.
There are 5 of this color, some just a bit darker than the others.  
The one in the corner, mom donated  to the kids, lol.
She hid all the rest, and this one was left.  She comes back and feeds it
but refuses to take it to the new hiding place.

So 'Fluffy' gets to eat in the house, sleep in Skylar's shirt, and he now thinks she is his 'mom'.
She cried when I told her he could not stay in the house, as the dogs wouldn't allow it.
He's been known to sleep in the bathtub on a towel.
He still nurses when his mom comes to the house, to eat and feed him.
But he doesn't even try to follow her off.

Since I have lost Pink, who disappeared about 2 months ago, I think I'll keep this one to love on, if it is allowed.

BTW, Skylar 'spanked' mom for being mean to her baby, lol.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman

Six months after Jarrod Saunders was killed, his wife, Corrie, left Dallas Texas for the hometown of her late husband, Saunders Creek Missouri.  She and Jarrod had intended to fix up his grandparents' home, and live in it, since it had passed to him.  She had hired Eli, Jerrod's cousin, to do some repairs on the old house, and when he arrived , he found her asleep on the swing, where she'd fallen asleep the night before.
Eli is a minister, and he warns her that many people believe the house had 'spirits' and had seen and felt things in the house.  He tells her that whatever is there, is not from God.
When she feels the spirit, she feels it is Jerrod there to comfort and help her get through her grief.

This isn't my first Tracey Bateman book, and it won't be my last.  I read the first chapter online, and couldn' wait to get the book so I could finish it.  It is  spiritual and otherworldy at the same time, and until the very end, I wasn't sure what was going to happen.  I would love for this story to be continued in a 2nd book.

I was given this book to read and review from Waterbrook through their Blogger Review Program.  I was given no other compensation.  All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a positive review.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Don't spew food or drink

Get up from your computer, take any food or drink into the kitchen, and leave them, then come back.
You don't want to ruin your keyboard, or choke on something, my arms are not long enough to do the Heimlich  on you.

OK, Ready?

We decided to take a short trip to the next town, to a farm and household auction this morning, and neither of us was hungry, so we stopped and got some sandwich fixings and chips.  I took 4 liters of water, and some sodas, so we could stay hydrated.  Last time we went without taking drinks, the concession stand ran out of water, and we drank sodas, which don't do a thing for me.
You know what water does to you don't you?  For those that don't know, it runs downhill, and soon looks for an outlet.  And the only place to outlet was a 'port-a-potty'.  After watching awhile, it didn't seem to have many customers, so I eased that way, fussing at myself for having a small bladder.
In I go, making sure to lock the door, and easing myself over the stool.  All is quiet, I straighten up, and turn to pull my pants up, which were a bit hard, since it was about 98 degrees and water was running down my back, in a stream..  
About that time, the door rattled hard, and OPENED, I'm standing there screaming at some guy, I didn't see his face, but he got MOONED...He said you should have locked the door, I screamed I DID.
He did have the grace to leave the area before I came out of there.  I looked all around and saw no one staring, so I walked down and told Mrs. Miller that she needed to send someone up to fix the latch, because we'd just had a peep show...

No, there are no pictures,
and you can now go get your food and drink, as soon as you quit rolling in the floor....

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shakespeare's Lady by Alexa Schnee

Emilia Bassano was sent to court to be one of the Ladies in Waiting for the Virgin Queen.  She was given to Henry Carey, one of the queen's advisors, for his pleasure while he was at court. When she became pregnant, a marriage was arranged for her with Alfonso Lanier, a musician that traveled the country playing with his troupe.
Alfonso and Shakespeare were friends, and he came to their home to visit, and before long Emilia and William were having an affair, which lasted for years.

OK, so here are my thoughts on this book, it is well written, the author created a good story.  But, I felt it was a bit drawn out, and a bit too much was put into the affairs of court, and heart.

I was given a copy of this book by Guideposts to read and review, no other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a favorable review.  The opinions expressed here are my own, and may not reflect other readers opinions.

IN TOO DEEP by Mary Connealy

Audra Gilliland had been married and had small children, when her husband died.  She and her stepdaughter were raising the children, when Julia met a neighbor man, Rafe Kincaid and they married.  Audra felt as if she was interfering in their life, so when Ethan, Rafe's brother, asked her to marry him, she said yes, and they moved to the Kincaid farm.  Along with Ethan, and Rafe, there was Seth, a brother who was a bit addled, after serving in the war.  His memory wasn't great, and though he loved the kids, Audra didn't feel that they were safe with him.
When men started showing up, looking for the money her deceased husband was supposed to have made away with, it put the whole family in danger.  The caves on the property that Julia and Rafe lived on, became a hiding place, even though Ethan was afraid of them, because of what had happened when he was a child, in them.
I really enjoyed this book, though I wasn't too sure when I first received it.  There is a book #1-Out of Control, that tells the story of Rafe and Julia.  And I suspect there will be a #3 that delves into Seth Kincaid, and the secret of his life.  I want to read them when I get a chance.

I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishing to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own, and I am NOT required to give a positive review.

Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson

When Lily Corbett graduated medical school, she was offered a position to 'shadow' a retiring doctor in the coal mining community of Skip Rock Kentucky, not too far from where she grew up.  When she arrived, she found that the doctor had died and that the people didn't 'take' to a woman doctor.  A mine collapse, and saving the leg of her patient, helped some, but not a lot.  A strange man in town drew her attention, he didn't want her to know who he was, since he had known her as a child, when his father had kidnapped her.  He didn't think she would keep his secret, that he was working to get the mines safer for the workers.

When I started reading this book, some of the story seemed familiar.  Then I realized that I had read the story of Lily as a child in STILL HOUSE POND.  And I still have that book, because it is one that I want to pass on to my granddaughter when she is a year or so older.  Now I have a 2nd book to share with her.

Another great book from Tyndale Publishing and Jan Watson.

I received this book free, to read and review from the publisher, no other compensation was given. I'm not required to give a favorable review, an     d all opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

  When Annie and her mother had words, her mother sent her to spend time with her grandfather. Her grandfather sent her to help the neighbors who owned a cafe that he had part interest in, never thinking that a Mennonite would fall in love with an Amish man.  Annie and Aden had known each other for years, but now that they were older, the attraction began to worry both his parents and her grandfather.Annie and Aden would meet in the cherry orchard at night, and walk through the trees.  Aden's twin, Roman, was disabled from a farming accident, and he expected Aden to stay with him and help him navigate life. 

I really enjoyed this book, Cindy Woodsmall put a good twist in this story, and I had no idea where it was going until the very last.  I kept wondering how she was going to end this story, as I could not figure out a solution to the Mennonite/Amish problem. I give this book a 5 star rating.

I received this book from  the publisher to read and review. I recieve no other compensation for my  honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own, and I am not required to give a positive review.

Amazon post of review.

Thursday, July 12, 2012  
cooper 105.5

My grandson has set up his own radio station online, he has 1 advertiser and 211 followers...And for his 200th follower, that person got to rename him for 3 days.  It turned out to be one of his friend's mother, and she renamed him Sweet Cheeks   He's on for 30 minutes at a time, and has 20 hours air time free.  After that, he'll  need to pay $10 for a years air time.  I'm thinking of paying it, but then, that means my computer is tied up while he is broadcasting, or poppy's....
He plays Christian music, have you heard of 11th hour?  How about His Song?  Both are groups that we've had at our church, and both are quite good


I'm waiting until grandson figures out how to sing and play live online, too.  He plays guitar and sings quite well.  He's part of a quartet at church, their ages range from 12 to 4 years old, and none of them are afraid of a microphone.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Dogs Cats and a Kid

I'm using green, because we don't have much of it here, with the 100 degree heat and no water falling from the sky.
A few days ago, Skylar decided to show off, 
how short she is, so she put a wig on, that I found in some 'stuff' from an auction...

Then she coaxed Huckleberry to sit still
and model the wig.  He is a grouchy almost 13 year old dog, but he puts up with her foolishness without complaining.
I finally coaxed this silly thing
to sit still long enough to show you 
his stripes.  His dad must be a 
Siamese because his mother is a 
Red Tabby.
Look at his ice blue eyes.
The backs of his ears are the tabby color, too.  He wouldn't turn his head afraid I might
grab him, and I would, if I had on heavy leather gloves and lots of band aids.
And last but not least, is BuddyBoo
the miniature Doxie eating watermelon.
not a great photo, but it's hard feeding him and getting a good shot at the same time.

BTW, the cats had just been eating corn on the cob, before I started snapping photos.
Around here, you never know what they'll eat, and this was some corn someone else fixed, and it was not as sweet as the Candy Corn we like to eat.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

LEGACY ROAD by Graham Garrison

Published by Kregel Publications
215 pages

This is the story of secrets, each person in this story has a secret, whether small or large.
Wes Watkins is a free lance reporter, who is in his late 20s and unmarried. His parents had divorced when he was young, his father had ended up in prison.
He is dating  Emmy Stewart, a nurse who is in the service, and will soon go back to training to return to Afghanistan for another tour of duty.  When Wes asked her to marry him, she wasn't ready.  She had not yet told him her secret.
Janet, Wes's mother, also has a secret, which she hopes Wes never finds out about.
Ron, Wes's father has also been keeping a secret, but he wants a reconciliation with his son, to make up for the time he's spent in prison, and not been a father...

This is not a story with one main character, but a story where all of the characters interact, and keep you guessing about what is about to happen.
There are very few books that I would read again, but this is one of the few that I will.
It is very  intriguing, and I think anyone who loves a believable story, would really enjoy this book.   I could have sat down and read it in one setting, it is that good.

I received this book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a positive review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.