Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween

Witches, ghosts, skeletons, mummies, werewolves, and goblins may grace your door this evening if you lights are on as Halloween is upon us. There might be many cartoon characters and super heroes as well. Whoever appears on your doorstep will surely want a candy or two unless you want to be tricked. 

Trick or treating is much different for those of us in the country. We never have goblins on our door and that upsets me because I miss seeing all of the different costumes and cute little ones that have decided to dress up and parade around. Our little one will be Little Red Riding Hood and she is a cute one! 

The weather forecast here is anything but pleasant. It is raining and supposed to rain most of the day with gusty winds and cold temperatures with possible snow flurries. 
So, I believe instead of photos like this one, we will see many coats, gloves, and maybe even hats and not many pretty dresses. I have even read that some cities are changing the trick or treat hours because of the weather. I find that a little ridiculous myself, but let's not upset our children and make them get wet if they want something. Please! I never wanted to go to work in the rain, but I have many times. 
I will leave you with this photo of three dogs dressed as ghosts and wish you a 

*None of these photos are mine, but downloaded from Pixabay

Friday, October 25, 2019

Saturday 9 - Miss Me More

Miss Me More

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Saturday 9: Miss Me More (2018)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
Chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more and spread the word that help is available.

1) This song is about a girl who ditched her high heels so she wouldn't be taller than her beau. Tell us about the most recent addition to your footwear wardrobe. Do you need to go shoe shopping? I bought a pair of  shoes at the beginning of summer, but I need to start looking at boots. 

2) She sings that she misses the sheets on the bed she made herself. As you answer these questions, is your bed made? No, my husband is still sleeping.

3) This video shows her in a ring. Have you ever worn boxing gloves? No, I haven't. I am not a fan of the sport either. 

4) This week's featured artist, Kelsea Ballerini, got married on Christmas Day in 2017. That makes their anniversary easy to remember. Are you celebrating any birthdays or anniversaries this month? As a family, we celebrated my father-in-laws birthday. 

5) Kelsea has been quoted as saying, "Perfect doesn't exist." She worries that we exhaust ourselves "trying to be something that isn't real." How about you? Do you believe your best is good enough? Or do you strive for perfection? My best is good enough. I am not perfect as neither is any human being. I like for things to be done correctly, but we all make mistakes.

6) One of Kelsea's tattoos is a square inside of a circle, aka a square peg in a round hole, on her left wrist. She says it's there to remind her that it's OK to "not fit the mold of what normal might be." Tell us about a time where you felt like a square peg in a round hole. Anytime, I have to do public speaking, I feel awkward. 

7) In 2018, when this song was popular, French President Emmanuel Macron lowered fuel taxes. When it's time to fill your tank, do you shop around for the best price? Most of the time, the station I prefer in town is the lowest between the three of them, but I am always wondering if I should wait till I get into a larger town to fill up. 

8) Also in 2018, Luxembourg made all public transportation free. When is the last time you rode a bus or train? My friends and I took a train ride this spring in Kentucky. It was a scenic ride, but it was so much fun. I would like to take more!

9) Random question: When did you most recently say, either out loud or to yourself, "I haven't got a thing to wear?" The last time I needed to dress nice for a party. I was fully aware that my dress pants were not going to fit and yet,I was hoping. I truly did not want to wear a dress, but I did not have a thing to wear. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

My Latest Venture

Hello! It has been a little bit since I have written here, but there is a reason for that and I am here to share some details with you all. I have decided that I am not busy enough. LOL!! Actually, I am just looking to do something new with some of my time and I am opening an Etsy shop with my daughter and we will be listing a multitude of items in the next few weeks for the holiday shopping season and I hope that you will each stop by, make it a favorite and mainly shop for your holiday gift lists!

We will both be attempting to earn a little money from this shop to help our families with expenses. I am still selling my Pink Zebra and she helps with that as well. Of course, most of my money goes right out to my sweet grand doll and so I know I will not be spending much on myself.

I opened the shop several years ago, but never really used it so I am attempting to revamp the shop and allow my daughter to work with it as well. She just recently began making items for sale.

The shop is BrownCountyNaturals. I listed a couple of things today and hope to make a few more items  to list tomorrow. I am sure by the end of the week, she will have several items for sale as well.

Please stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall Reading Challenge - Freedom - My Book Of Firsts - Jaycee Dugard ( Kidnapping Survivor)

This book review is another part of the fall reading challenge that I am taking part in. I am thrilled that I chose this book as one of my five that I intended to read! I am thrilled that I am finished with my third book out of the five and still have three books in my book bag to read before I make another trip to the library.  If you want to learn more about this challenge, please read my original post here.

TITLE- Freedom my book of firsts

AUTHOR- Jaycee Dugard

SERIES- No, but it is here second book. The first is called A Stolen Life

PAGES- 247


PUBLISHER- Simon and Schuster

   How do you rebuild a life? In the follow up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of making choices for herself. 
   When Jaycee Lee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. 
   A Stolen Life covered Jaycee's life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Now, she talks about what happened next. 
   In her own words, Jaycee narrates her journey from captivity to freedom. Life holds many challenges, but with humor she tackles each. From her first time begind the wheel to her first speeding ticker, from reconnecting to her mother, whom she thought was lost to her forever, to navigating the complicated world of friendships, Jaycee descries life through her unique perspective. She makes the ordinary feel extraordinary: her words remind us that each day is precious, that no moment can be taken for granted.
   Raw and inspiring, Freedom: My Book OF Firsts remind us that there can be, as Jaycee writes, happiness after tragedy- if we only seek it out. 

   I have been fascinated by this young lady since her rescue and reappearance into the world. She is one of the first missing children that I remember ever hearing about and I remember seeing her picture as that eleven year old girl that was gone. I remember wondering why someone would take a child from her mother and family. Never did I give a thought to the fact that she would one day walk away from the monster that had kept her for over 18 years. What a brave person she must be and what a sense of survival she must have had to keep herself safe all those years. 

 I read A Stolen Life when it was published and could not fathom going through the things that this monster done to her and how a "wife" could be involved in helping the monster. How could you not feel sorry for this young girl and not get her back to her family? How could she keep this young girl knowing what this monster was doing to her? She must have been as delusional as he was or even as demented as he was. 

  After, learning of Jaycee's rescue and learning that she had raised two children in the horrid conditions that she did and that they were well taken care and educated for the situation that they were in, I am absolutely amazed to say that Jaycee is more than just a superstar. She is one brave and exceptional survivor that lived through he!! and came out to stand and overcome the tragedy! 

  This book is a story of firsts that so many of us take for granted. Can you imagine being almost thirty and never being on a date, although at the time of this book, she still had not been on one.Can you imagine driving a car being such a big deal at thirty? Can you imagine what it would be like to take your first walk down the street? Most of us probably don't remember our first walk down a sidewalk alone, but I can say that she does. Can you imagine the fear that must come with that following her ordeal and yet, she done it and triumphed over the fear. 

Jaycee writes a very emotional story but stands out as one that will not continue to be a victim. She won't allow Phillip and Nancy to control another minute of her life. Praise God for this lady and the fact that she has learned to live her life her own way and be proud of herself and her children. Praise God that this man may have broken her spirit at one time, but he did not break her fight and drive to be a survivor! I highly recommend this book!!!!!

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