Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.      Grab your current read
2.      Open to a random page
3.      Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.      BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.      Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Trying to pretend she wasn’t bothered by his late appearance, she turned and smiled. “Oh, that’s okay. We’ve been doing fine without you.”

Hometown Promise
By: Merrillee Whren
Page 49

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Stepping It Up

I read a great article over the weekend on blogging and forgot to bookmark the website! Even though I can’t share the link, I can let you know what it was about. The main concept of the article was blogging on a regular basis and developing a plan for blogging. If you don’t keep your blog up to date, why would anyone want to visit? It’s true.

Up to this point I haven’t really been sure what or how often to write. Now I have an idea and it really inspired me to set a plan for my blog.

One of the ideas was to take part in the Friday 56, which I’m definitely going to incorporate. So, watch for that feature this Friday to learn more about it.

While researching the Friday 56, I came across Freda’s Voice. She has some fabulous blog activities that I’m going to join in. It also gave me some ideas of my own.

Here is a basic plan of what I hope to achieve with this blog.

              Sunday                  Serenity Sunday

              Monday                 Random Thoughts

              Tuesday                 Teaser Tuesday**

              Wednesday           Writing Corner

              Thursday               Book Reviews

              Friday                    Friday 56*

              Saturday                Quote It Saturday*

I will have some other things pop in from time to time, too.

*Friday 56 & Quote It Saturday are weekly memes hosted by Freda @ Freda’s Voice.
** Teaser Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Winter’s End" By Ruth Logan Herne

Immediately upon reading the back cover’s description of Kayla, a hospice nurse, caring for Marc’s father, I felt drawn to this book. I have not had an experience with home hospice care, but I do have experience with hospice care. My grandfather passed away 5 years ago this past March from COPD/Emphysema while in the hospice. He suffered similarly to Marc’s father who is dealing with lung cancer caused by so many years of smoking. My grandfather smoked for almost 50 years and quit on the day he retired. By then, the damage was done.

I thought how amazing for Ruth to take on such a heavy issue in this book. Then once I started reading further, I realized this wasn’t the only heavy topic she covers. Also included in this tale are mental health issues, adultery, abandonment, abuse and more. Wow! This is some strong stuff. Ruth does a lovely job in delving into these topics without getting horribly descriptive. She tells you enough to know what is going on in a tasteful way.

Kayla is a strong character who I cheered on instantly. Having gone through so much in her life and now in an occupation that carries so much stress. I really commend all nurses and especially those who deal with death on a regular basis.

Marc is facing the time when his father will no longer be with him. He will be left alone to take care of his teenage sister. A hard task for anyone, but especially for a single guy who is in charge of running two businesses.

Both have issues dealing with the events in their past and must learn to deal with them before they can accept each other’s love.

This is a story that will reel you in and take hold of your heart.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Frustration. That is what describes my past month. Not necessarily about writing, just everything in general. Life, work, health, sleep, weather and so on.

In my personal life, there are some issues that have been causing quite a bit of anxiety on my party and I could really use your prayers. Reading in God’s word has been a great blessing. I read a blog posting earlier this week that really helped to put everything into perspective. It gave me some good scripture points to look up and helped me to realize that I need to bring this issue before God and focus on Him.

At work, we are so busy. That could definitely be an understatement. Everyone is working overtime which leaves little time for much else in the evenings. So, everything that you need to do at home? All crammed into the 2 days you have off. I’m very thankful for my job and love what I do, so no complaints there at all. It will be a nice break though when everything gets back to some semblance of order.

My health? In the big picture, good. It’s just this little cold keeps hanging on. <cough, cough> My poor son got this cold a couple days before his birthday. A week later, I had it. A couple more days, my husband had it. Unfortunate for my husband, his went to bronchitis. My son and I were spared that. However, it lasts forever!  My son is now at the 4 week point when symptoms appeared and he’s down to just a few coughs a day. I still sound congested and have quite a bit of a cough. <cough, cough> My husband is in the same boat, but a little worse than me. I will be happy to be completely over this soon.

Since we have had one of the rainiest April’s on record, we haven’t gotten out much. The few days we had sun – sicker than dogs! There have been a few days in a row this week with no rain! But we’re all sick and are still limiting our outdoor time. We do know the continuous days of nice weather are coming though.

So, frustration is definitely how I’ve been feeling over the past month. Yes, I have complained and possibly whined a little, too. But above all this, I’m so thankful to my God for everything. Even though we have issues at home, He has promised he will provide for our needs. Even though I’m overloaded with work, I’m so amazingly grateful to have a good job. Even though I’m experiencing a long lasting cold, I’m overall in good health.

There are so many things to be thankful for and the list could go on and on… for all of us. Just remember during those times when things aren’t going the way you’d like, He is working it out and we are loved. 

Romans 8:28, 37-39
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.