Friday, February 28, 2014

6 Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments is hosted by Half Past Kissin' Time for bloggers to post a list of short things on their minds that aren't really enough for a whole post. I have a few this week:

February Favorite Reads

Gerard's was In The Blood by Lisa Unger, mine was "Independent Study" by Joelle Charbonneau.  We both read and liked both these books.  You can click the links to check out our reviews,  The first is a thriller with a surprise ending and the second is a YA dystopian fast read about leadership.  We read many good books in February so it was hard choosing just two favorites.  If you like to read, be sure to check out our book blog, Grab a Book From Our Stack.

Letting It Go

I found that just by giving in on a little thing can be a great stress reliever. By being willing to repeat a question during my review games in my Sunday School class, it has relieved tension. Sometimes, it's worth it to just lower my expectations so I can stay calm and carry on.  I am working on being more gentle to all and it helps if I don't expect people and technology to do what I think they/it should.


I am enjoying playing my brain training games at My favorite is the train of thought one but there are several others I really like too. It's fun to try to continue to improve and see how I compare to others. Hopefully, it will keep my mind sharp.


I have become a bit lazy with this blog because I have so little free time and I like playing the Lumosity games.  Also, I've decided not to worry about posting regularly on here so I can spend more time doing other things. Plus, it seems I have little to write about that I think my followers would be interested in. I don't want to post things just for the sake of posting something. The last few weeks, our pets have pretty much taken over the blog. I still post book reviews practically every day on our book blog. Any suggestions as to what you would like me to write some posts about?

Tax Time

I started on my tax organizer for our accountant but still have the charitable deductions to go through. That is the most time-consuming item. I always get in kind of a funk once I start on this and will be very happy when I can turn it over to the accountant to do all the forms. Hopefully that will be Monday.

Happy Things

I am so glad to see February end! It has been so cold with so much snow these last couple months. I think the "Survivor" show should have a series done in a cold snowy place for a change of pace. Wouldn't that be interesting to see?

Glad the Olympics are over too because I missed Parenthood.  I really like that show!

C'mon Spring!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

AWW Mondays with Spunky Doodle

 I like Saturdays because I get to jump inside the boxes after the groceries are unloaded.  Yay!

Joining in the AWW Monday blog hop.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Mischief: Putting My Wedding Dress to Use

This is my favorite closet because I love laying on mom's wedding dress--it's kind of krinkly and next to the warm sleeping bag.  Very dark and cozy except when mom comes with her little flash box.

I first had to tear my way through the bag.
Okay, okay, I'm coming out.

Joining in with Monday Mischief and Aww Monday hops.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Loving the Snow (UPDATED 2/13/14)

West Creek Park

Here's a good read for a snowy day:  Snowblind by Christopher Golden (click link to see Gerard's review):

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

I Wonder

We had about six inches of snow here yesterday and it was HEAVY.  Fortunately, I got out of work early at 3:30 and was home by 4:30.  I spent one hour of my free time shoveling while Gerard walked the dog.  Then he took over for another hour when he got back (don't usually get home until 6 p.m.).  There was A LOT of snow!  I sure got a good workout in that way.  Fortunately I did not get a heart attack!

I wonder if there will be snow in heaven.  I don't thinks it's mentioned in the Bible and even in the accounts I've read of people who died, saw heaven, and were revived never mentioned snow:  Flight to Heaven--A Plane Crash, Lone Survivor, a Journey to Heaven and Back by Captain Dale Black, Heaven is For Real For Kids as told by Colton Burpo, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarkey and Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.  Just beautiful bright flowers and colors, no snow.  Yet, I wonder if there may be a section of snow in heaven for those who like it.  I must admit it is pretty falling from the sky when it first comes and is kind of fun to walk in if it's not cold and windy.  I know one thing for sure, we won't have to shovel snow in heaven!  Yea!!!! 

I highly recommend all the books I've mentioned.  Click the links to see our reviews of them for further details.  Here are a few teasers I thought I'd share with you:

While everyone was talking about my not living, Jesus said to me that I would survive the accident.  He also told me I would breathe on my own after some time had passed.
From p. 30 of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey

Suddenly I found myself suspended in midair, hovering over the wreckage of my body.  My gray pants and short-sleeve shirt were torn to shreds and soaked in blood and fuel.
From p. 29 of Flight to Heaven (A Pilot's True Story)--A Plane Crash...A Lone Survivor...A Journey To Heaven--and Back by Capt. Dale Black

What do you think about snow in heaven?  What is something you wonder about concerning heaven?

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Monday Mischief: My Mom Is So Smart! (Vlogging Workshop)

Linking up with Mama Kat's Vlogging workshop--said we could link up any we haven't used yet so though you might enjoy this post. The video is at the end.
Spunky Doodle at the scene of the crime
Since I do not get much to eat because my mom wants to keep me at 10 lbs., my perfect weight, I get hungry and go looking for food.  I watched mom getting the wolfie's breakfast tray ready and it got me to thinking that I could get some of that during the night when no one would be watching me.  (Yes, I know God sees all, but He wouldn't care.)

Last Tuesday night I think it was, for the first time ever, I jumped up by that filled tray and manipulated the puzzle to get at some of Abby's food.  I thought that maybe if I ate dog food, I might become more dog like and Gerard would like me better.  He's always bragging about Abby but never really pays any attention to me, which I'm usually okay with.  I didn't eat it all, just the first row and some from one of the other bigger holes but in the morning, mom knew it was me!

The dog food was pretty good!

She saw the pieces upturned and the food gone and knew I had been watching her prepare it very closely the night before.  She is very good at reading my mind.  She also knows that I am the one who is always looking for something to eat.  If only I had just replaced those puzzle pieces when I finished, I could have done this every night and no one would ever have known!

She quickly came up with a way to keep me from getting at that food puzzle anymore by putting it inside the kitchen drawer after she fills it up even though the vet said it wouldn't hurt me.  Mom was surprised I didn't vomit it up because the pieces are about 4x the size of my cat food.  I hate it when she out smarts me and ruins my plans.

You stay away from my food, Spunky Doodle.  Thanks, mom!
As you can see from this video, I do not give up easily and still try to get some when mom fills the tray:

Joining the Monday Mischief, Aww Mondays and Cats on Tuesday blog hops. 

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