Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Yesterday I got to attend my first author presentation & book signing!!  I was giddy!  I am intrigued by WWII historical fiction & this author is from Arkansas and has a new release out based on WWII.  My principal asked if I wanted to go and I jumped on the chance!  So, I now have my first real signed copy of a book and started the book last night.  Love that in the first night, there was a reference to Newport (my hometown) and the White River Monster (a local tale).  I loved the authors sense of humor and hope his way of "talking to an audience" carries over into his writing.  Don't worry, I will let you know! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekend Farm News

Saturday it rained ALL day AGAIN.  I don't know how many days in row this made.  It rained all week and last weekend and maybe before that.  I can't remember a day without rain.  My outside babies and I are sick of it!!
Goats HATE rain.  Poor babies.
Look closely...can you see Crackle's little beard?  So cute!
Not a great picture, but Snap has figured out my hips make good leverage for reaching branches! LOL!
Sunday, we just rejoiced that there was NO RAIN and the SUN was SHINING!! 
Bubba was feeling better today too.  He was out in full force.  Using his back leg and running!!  He is on the mend!
And these two...oh my goodness, they make it hard sometimes to get anything done.  They love some cuddle time on my lap!!  Meanwhile, the inside cat hates us! LOL!
Today was also Jethro's 2nd birthday!!!  We didn't have a birthday hat so we improvised with daddy's cowboy hat. :)  
Elly May is not one to be left out...
And that's a wrap on a peaceful day!  Hopeful for more sunshine this week!!
The boys:

In a Dark, Dark Wood

I started this book Saturday morning and finished it by Sunday mid-day.  Enough said.  Read it. :)
Oh, and I saw where Reece Witherspoon is going to be the producer of the movie.

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This was my August Book of the Month Club pick and I loved it!  I probably never would have chosen it if it hadn't been a selection of the B.O.M. club.  It is considered science fiction and that typically isn't my favorite genre, but the story intrigued me.  I can easily recommend this book even if you aren't comfortable with sci fi, give it a try.  

Summary from barnesandnoble.com:
Are you happy with your life?” 
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. 
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”  
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chicken Run Redesign

Since we expanded the chicken run into a big pen, the ladies aren't stuck inside the covered run except at night & early morning.  I had a perch for them that made it difficult to reach the feeder.  So, I shifted and made a small perch in the corner and they still have their ladder.
And now I can walk straight to the feeder without having to go under a board!! Yay!  Our house sitter will be glad too! :)
And I took the board that was across the run and made them a perch out in their big pen.  Win Win!  
 I love our cute coop!!  Big Bear did a good job!!  Maybe I will get a 2nd coop some day! LOL!
15 chickens and counting... :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I have read 3 other books that I absolutely loved, What Alice Forgot, The Husband's Secret, and Big Little Lies.  So, I was excited to see she had a new release.  But this book didn't live up to the others in my opinion.  It is very slow paced and pretty anti-climatic.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.  I read one review after that said it was an ok plot with ok characters for an ok story.  That pretty much sums it up.  

Summary from barnesandnoble.com:
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.