This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Thursday, February 19, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY...and mice update...and stuff


You still have about 24 hours to enter the book giveaway.

Christian fiction. Suspense thriller. Legalese thrown in. Some nice romance.

Check it out. Leave me a comment on the review post if you want to be entered.

Oh...and the mice...arent' swimming in the dog's water bowl anymore. They've quieted down.

Mostly.

I am not jumping and screaming (go ahead--laugh at me) as much when the toast pops up from the toaster.

And my husband was amazed I would blog about mice. After 16 1/2 years you'd think he would know me better.

But he did come to my rescue when I fell down the stairs this morning. With a full cup of coffee in hand. That I was bringing to him. And the old cat's food dish in the other hand.

Eau de Café au lait. My new perfume and also the color of my walls.

I'm not making this up, people.

Register to win the book when you're done snickering.

What Color Are You?

Just for fun.

I will warn you that I wasn't impressed with all of the options, some were...ummmm...suggestive. Not terrible, but, I don't want my boys reading it. So there you have it.

But I liked the description.





VIOLET

You surround yourself with art and music and are constantly driven to express yourself. You often daydream. You prefer honesty in your relationships and believe strongly in your personal morals.

Find out your color at QuizMeme.com!




So...What color are you?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hate, Hate, Hateful...

Yucky, yicky, icky!!!

Stomping my foot and throwing a big ole hissy fit!

They're baaaaaaaa-aaak!!


And I'm not talking about him.



Or this.


And that is JUST WRONG.




I'm talking about this.



AGAIN!



They showed up here. Then I thought they went packing. But I was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG and the awful little nasty things invaded yet AGAIN!


Yes, I do realize I am shouting a little, teensy, weensy bit.

I hate, hate, HATE, HATE mice.

The only good mouse is a dead mouse.

Or these...they were cute. I even give them away sometimes. And people like them.

The cat is busy



I suppose at 17 he deserves some rest.


But did I mention I have MICE!!!


Almost as bad as the mice...were the ANTS!!

Sigh...I'm sure that's just around the corner.

Monday, February 16, 2009

President's Day





Day by Daybook...

FOR TODAY ...FEBRUARY 16, 2009...

Outside my window...sunny and chilly.

I am thinking...of all the places I need to go--six or possibly seven. Can I fit it all in?

I am thankful for...gas prices went down a little more. They could go down further, if you ask me!

From the learning rooms...going to see Firebird, Apollo, and Nine Sinatra Songs this week.

From the kitchen...I'm hoping for some inspiration.

I am wearing...pink pj bottoms, a white t-shirt, and a lime green sweater (classy, I'm telling you).

I am creating...jewelry this week in my "spare" time.

I am going...to Iowa this weekend.

I am reading..."...And Ladies of the Club" and Eragon (still). They are such contrasting books and yet have really touched me.

I am hoping...all of the illness that has plagued our house will be gone.

I am hearing...the dog snore, the clock ticking.

Around the house...I still have a lot of work to do, although I washed all the bedding over the weekend.

One of my favorite things...being in Church.

A few plans for the rest of the week:GET GROCERIES!!! I've been playing clean out the cupboards for as long as I can. Pack!! Run around like a crazy woman.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...


Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook to find more daybookers.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Memememememes....

I'm slowly catching up with some blogging blessings and blogging fun that have come my way.

lilly at Reading Extravaganza has tagged me for a meme:

The rules for the tag are simple.Link to the person who has tagged you.Write down six things that make you happy.Post the rules, tag six others and let them know you did it. Then tell the person when your entry is complete.

Six things that make me happy? Only six? Let's make it six things that make me happy with a book. 'K??

1) Books that capture my fancy within the first paragraph.

2) Characters that are so real I dream about them.

3) A book so rich I want to read it again.

4) Books with sequels that are already out so I don't have to wait two years for the next installment

5) New books (or previously undiscovered books) by a beloved author.

6) When I find a book on my list at the Half Price Book Store for $2 or less.

I will tag:
Barbara
Carrie
Mrs. Pogle
Esther
gemma

AND YOU!! If you haven't played it is always fun to think of things that make you happy.

You don't have to make yours about books--just things that make you happy. Make it fit you! Play only if you want & have time.



Barbara at Stray Thoughts also tagged me for The Bookshelf Meme

Tell me about the book that’s been on your shelves the longest... That's kind of hard to say because I have so many books. My father's copy of The Robe and The Silver Chalice are on my shelves. He knows that. We talked about them the last time he was here. There are a couple children's books called The Summerfolk and another called All Horses Go to Heaven (that's what it's called--not a theological opinion). They've been part of my personal library for forever.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)... Marguerite Henry and Walter Farley both wrote about horses. When I was growing up, I was as horse crazy as they come. I remember repeatedly, we are talking over and over and over, checking their books out from the library. I recently read Misty of Chincoteague with Boo and it took me back to the huge old library where I remember some of my happiest times. Walter Farley wrote The Black Stallion series; Marguerite Henry wrote about 40 different stories about horses; Misty had foals and they got stories, but it was from reading her books and Farley's that I traveled to other countries, rode on the backs of unrideable horses, cleaned stalls, groomed coats, picked hooves, drove carts and so many other horse experiences. I can still smell the horses and hay...

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity, in a used bookstore, prize, etc.)...
"...And Ladies of the Club.." by Helen Hooven Santemeyer is one of my all time favorite books. I first read it over thirteen years ago. Somewhere along the line I lost my first copy. I kept thinking..."Well, you already read it more than once. Why do you need to have it?" I wanted to read it again. And again. About two years ago I found a copy at a garage sale and since then have found a couple extra copies that I've been able to share with friends. At over 1000 pages it is a mountain of a book, but full of American history and memorable women.

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves... I picked up an old, old collection of Oscar Wilde's stories for $3 at (you guessed it) The Half Price Bookstore. It has The Picture of Dorian Gray, a story I've been meaning to read for a long time.

Tell me about a book that has been with you the most places... All of those books mentioned in the first question have followed me where ever I've gone. You can ask my family and friends--I don't travel light. My books go with me.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn’t fit any of the above questions...Oh, I can't write about just one!! But maybe a set will do. I have my mother's collection of "Amish" books; some by Beverly Lewis and some by Wanda E. Brunstetter. They are good books that are refreshing to read.

The Rules
1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…
5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.


I took long enough on getting these out that I'm not posting visuals. I am cross-posting this also at Joyful Days Reviews & Recipes.

I will tag:

Kim
lilly
Renee

Only if you have time and want to play!

Whew!! That was some mememememeing...

Daniel's Den

Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson


Edited to ad the book giveaway is closed. Judy of Apron Strings and Other Ties that Bind is the winner. Congratulations!!


Glass Road Public Relations sent me Daniel's Den for review at the end of last week. From press releases:

In this fast–paced thriller Daniel Borden, a young government accountant learns to trust God when his life begins to fall apart and unseen enemies pursue him with relentless zeal.

Borden is a thirty–year–old government accountant who lives a quiet life and plays by the rules. But when events transpire that shatter his orderly world and a team of assassins mark him for death, Daniel must flee for his life.

Laura Traynor had the perfect life until her husband's early death to cancer left her with a barely profitable bed-and-breakfast, a mountain of debt, and a young son to raise alone. Now she fights each day to stay afloat and to repel the man who keeps coming by and offering to purchase her place. Something about him doesn't quite seem right...

As they try to unravel the mystery that confronts them, they discover how tenuous life can be and how their very existence depends on the God who will never abandon them.

A perfect suspense tale for readers who love Dee Henderson, James Scott Bell, Brandilyn Collins, and James Patterson.




Dodson's attention to detail and descriptive style draw a reader into the scene quickly. His writing is fast-paced and moves you quickly from character to character.

Both Laura and Daniel have had great losses and lean years throughout their lives. They each reached a place where they thought they had it all. But will they have enough faith to carry them through danger, trials and a common enemy? Where is God in the midst of all this and will they find Him?

I was supposed to receive two copies of Daniel's Den,one for me and one for a giveaway but only received one. I'm offering the one I have for a giveaway. I'm posting the reveiw on my Joyful Days Reviews & Recipes blog also. Leave a comment on either post to enter the giveaway.

I will announce the winner Friday morning, February 20th.

Grains of Gratitude

I am grateful for:

Sunshine and sightings of spring!
A warm home with many luxuries.
Dishes that need done.
Food that needs put away for leftovers.
Bedding to wash. (I washed loads of it yesterday!)
Many diversions...I am never bored! Sometimes sidetracked, but never bored.
My family, my friends...
New friends, old friends, friends I've not ever "met."
My best friend, my husband.
My boys who are so patient with me.
My freedom to worship the way I choose.
My faith.
My God.

I was going to post this song for Sunday:

How Can I Keep from Singing?

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

Refrain
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that Rock I'm clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

Refrain

I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?

Refrain

Words & Music by Ro­bert Low­ry

I prefer to sing a more upbeat version (no one may like to listen to me) but for listening, Enya's version is lovely.




I was going to post that song...but then I went over to Barbara's Stray Thoughts and she had this song up and it made me think of this song...

So you get them both. And go say, "Hi!" to Barbara & read those lovely lyrics too.

What a marvelous piano solo!



I Must Tell Jesus

I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.

Refrain

I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.


I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
He is a kind, compassionate friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end.

Refrain

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior;
One Who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share.

Refrain

O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the victory to win.

Refrain

Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, music and words

What are you grateful for today?

Brady's Bunch is where Grains of Gratitude originated, home to Christine.

A Kind Award

Mrs. Pogle atMrs. Pogle's World. shared the "Lovely Award" and the Butterfly Award with me. Thank you for the sweet blessing!!

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

I'd like to share both these awards with :

Mrs. Pogle--right back to you (())!
Leah at South Breeze Farm
Jill at Quiet Needs
Irene at The Green Greek
Katie at Turning the Page
Buttercup Counts Her Blessings
Kim at Falling on His Grace
Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii even though I know she already has it 'coz she shared it with me.

Thanks Mrs. Pogle. Sorry it took so long, but know it really brightened my day!

Blessings,

Julie