Monday, September 17, 2018

My Longest Journey

My journey in losing weight has been a long one.

I have been on a diet all my life. I have lost and gained many times and most of the time I have gained. But I have finally come to terms with my weight and started on the road to recovery.

Joining Weight Watchers was the best thing ever. Losing slowly I finally found a way to come to realize that I can do this. It is a life sentence I will follow for the rest of my life. Sometimes I will hit my goals and sometimes I will fail.  But all times I will pick myself up and brush myself off and begin again.

Just the other day I planned to eat out with family. Restaurants are hard for me because I order everything from soup to nuts. So I planned the day by eating light for breakfast and lunch and leaving most of my points for dinner. I still felt guilty because I ate food I haven't had in a long time including that apple pie. But I enjoyed it, even had my wine.

And so the next day, as I stepped on the scale I was again hit with a gain.  But I let it go and got back on the wagon watching what I ate for the next day or two.  Have already lost a pound.  I really dont feel guilty about the slip,  it's the way people usually eat.  Then they work it off, or watch their calories.  And so I feel I did it, enjoyed the meal and the company and now back on the road.

It may take another year for me to lose all the weight I want - but each day brings me closer and closer to that final goal.

How about you?  How are your weight loss journeys going?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I am not ready.....

I love the summer.  Yes, I know some of you hate that hot humid weather, but I really dont mind it.  I tend to feel cold all the time, although not on blood thinners like hubby, I am still at the feeling of never getting warm.  I wear a sweat shirt in the house because of the air conditioning and love to go out in the hot weather.  I sometimes sit on the patio to read and warm up.

And so now we are having loads of rain and my days of sitting on the patio are out.  But it is not the end of summer and I think we will have more days of hot weather.  Even though Fall is around the corner and I do love Fall.  I am still not ready to give up my summer.

How about you? What season do you love?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Tear Me Apart

Tear Me Apart Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A powerful story of a mother's love and what she would do to protect her child. Lauren's daughter is a super-star skier and on her way to the Olympics. She takes a big fall and comes crashing down. In the hospital, they find she has leukemia which can only be treated with a stem cell transplant.

It is then they find her parents are not a match - Mindy is not their daughter. The story has you hanging onto every word and surprises keep popping up as we find out the real story behind the lives of this family. Lies, betrayals and murder find their way into the families surrounding Mindy.

Never disappointed in a J.T.Ellison book; thank you NetGalley for this amazing book.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review: A Year of Extraordinary Moments

A Year of Extraordinary Moments A Year of Extraordinary Moments by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She did it again. Bette Lee Crosby took us back to Magnolia Grove and the Briggs family. Where Tracy is getting her life on track,taking care of her hearing impaired son and running the family business. But just when everything is going great, up pops her ex to wreck havoc on her life.

I have always enjoyed Ms. Crosby's books, having read so many of them, and this one is no exception. The loving family story behind it, the way she makes her characters fill your heart and soul, has only made me wanting to read more and more of her books.

Bravo...looking forward to a book #3, because I have a feeling it's not the last we see of Dominic!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Review: The Other Woman

The Other Woman The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Did not see that coming. Without giving the ending away, I must say this book kept me engrossed with a love/hate relationship for Emily's almost mother-in-law. It seems Pammie (MIL) was always on Emily's case where her son, Adam was concerned. She actually didnt want them to get married and did everything in her power to break them up.

I sometimes wanted to ring Pammie's neck myself. But Adam and Emily trudge on to make their relationship work even when little baby Poppy comes along. You will love this book and not want to put it down as you follow this weird relationship of the Banks family.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Another Block Party

Ever since I moved into my house 14 years ago, there has been a block party.  In fact the first day of moving in, one neighbor offered me water to drink while another came over to welcome us and ask if we would be interested in joining in the block party that year.

Since I formerly lived on a busy Avenue, I was delighted to be able to say yes and realize I would get to know all my neighbors.  This has been a great block full of loving neighbors and helpful ones.  Anything I need help with they have been there for us....snow, shopping, light changing etc.  We take in each others packages when one is away; we are always exchanging pleasantries and so I really am happy to be living here.

So this past Sunday we had another block party.  Some family friends could not make it; some could but we were worried about the weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms.  We got up in the morning, set up the chairs, tables, tents, refreshments and waited.  Company came, the kids were happy with rides, and water slides, later music and glow bracelets.

And then - this happened......

Rain and thunderstorms with wind so bad we had to hold the tents from flying away.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: After Nightfall

After Nightfall After Nightfall by A.J. Banner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading books by A. J. Banner because I could never figure out the ending. The who-done-it always escapes me. And so the books starts off with Marissa getting engaged and inviting a long time friend of hers which whom she had had a falling out years ago. But they come together to patch things up.

But the night ends with tragedy, when her friend is found at the bottom of the cliff and we dont know if she fell, jumped or was pushed. Marissa is not content with letting the police do their job and goes on to do some of her own investigation. As the story goes on we find out more and more about the lives of her friends, her new fiance and of course her future step-daughter and mom.

Love when books hold your interest all the way to the end. This one is one of those books.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Review: Pretty Ugly Lies

Pretty Ugly Lies Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book starts off with the killing of a dad and two children. And the first impression is -the mom did it. It then goes back to before the killing and covers the lives of three women who each have problems of their own. So the book takes you back and forth into their everyday thoughts and daily living and secrets.

Each woman deals with family matters like a child kidnapped, a cheating husband, an autistic child, a bipolar mother and an unrequited lover from days past.

It is only at the end, when it all comes together do you have the story behind it and the connection these women have with each other.

A great, fast moving, gripping story.

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Friday, August 10, 2018 you read them?

Growing up I wasnt much of a book reader.  We lived in an area close to the beach and everyday meant playing outside.  We were never in the house from early morning to sunset.  Everything was done outside.  We could have read outside I suppose, but it was more fun playing or bike riding or going to the beach.  We were outdoor kids.

It wasnt until I was a teenager did I discover books.  The first one I read was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  I just downloaded it to my Kindle to read it again.  (Among my many TBR list)  But since then I found the time to read and found I loved the escape into other lives and while I still played outside I did my reading at night before bed.

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Now I am never without a book.  Of course reading has become easier since the Kindle.  I carry all 1700 books with me everyday.  It is always in my tote bag because you never know when I will have to wait for something (doctors office, airport, in car waiting for grandson to finish his classes, or just sitting on the patio relaxing before company).

I read in the morning during breakfast, take a break in the afternoon and of course at night when nothing else is planned.  And I still read before going to bed.  There are days that no reading gets done because life isnt all about reading.  

So, books - do you read them?  And when?