Monday, October 9, 2017

Goat Playground Expansion! :)

Hubby scored me three free small spools...put it with some free barn wood from my parent's barn and instead new addition to the goat playground!  
And when they push each other off, there isn't far to fall! LOL!
Goats make life better! :)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This was my Book of the Month Club pick for last month.  I truly am at a loss for how to describe it.  Except I know I gave it a 5 star rating on goodreads.  I can't stop thinking about the characters.  It isn't a thriller or a mystery, but more of a story about the lives of people and how we interact with each other.  It makes you think about right and wrong.   It is, in my opinion, worth the time to read.  I think it may be a young adult novel...but there are some teen issues that may be a bit graphic depending on the age of the teen (abortion).

Summary from
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 
Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. 
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder

So, this week I traveled back in time to one of my favorite places!!  I think this book needs no introduction or summary.  I think just seeing that title gives most of us a warm happy feeling and brings back memories from childhood.  Who didn't love Laura Ingalls?  And Charles...and Mr. Edward!  This week my book fair had some hardcover anniversary editions for sale and I just couldn't resist a good re-read of a classic.  Love, love, love! :)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

What a WEEK!

This week was consumed by BOOK FAIR FUN!!  Wow!  What an amazing week!!  I love the book fair, but it is also exhausting!  This fall's theme was western themed so that was easy! LOL!  
I love the barn that one of the PTA mom's made for me!! :)
We played a "book walk" with book covers from the fair and prizes!  The little kids (K-2nd) also got to wear bandanna's while they were browsing and playing the game!
We had a super long day on Tuesday.  I left my house at 6:30 am and didn't get home until about 7:30 pm ... only to get up and cowgirl UP for grandparents day the next day!
Grandparents day was spread out over 2 days, so we had a few days of grandparent shopping.  It was a great success!!
The best part for me was having HELP for the first time!!  Major help!  How many volunteers does it take for a Kindergarten class? A LOT!
Today was declared a day of REST!  Another book fair comes to a close and a successful one at that!

Now...back to normal! Please! :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

At the beginning of the week, I had picked a different book and I could not get into it no matter how hard I tried.  So, I went back to my "to read" book shelf and pulled this one off.  I read it in two days.  Couldn't wait to get home today to finish the last 70 pages.  I was clueless until the very end on where this ride was going.  And it grabs you from page 1.  Dead husband at the bottom of the stairs...girl on the run.  Read it!

Summary from
“Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing the events that first sent Tanya/Amelia on the run, while pouring threats on her gritty heroine’s increasingly tenuous bids at survival. Binge-worthy fare, especially for those drawn to strong female protagonists” (Booklist, starred review).

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekend Getaway!

We have zero free weekends for awhile, so we decided to hitch up the camper and go to a campground that we somehow haven't been to since we got the big camper.  I don't know how we've stayed away so long.  It's quaint, never busy and has great trails to hike.  We got a prime camp site this time.  Our view was beautiful!
Somehow Rex hasn't had a turn to go camping in a LONG time either, so he got to escape for some one-on-one special treatment.  He's worn out though and has slept since we got home! LOL!

Best part of weekend = NO cell signal!! :)

After breakfast on Saturday, we decided to head into town for the morning and go to a flea market.  And...our timing was spot on!! We stumbled upon a town parade with tusk leading the parade!!  How fun is that!?!

After exploring the town, we headed back to camp and took a good two hour nap!!  Bliss!!  We also got to enjoy a campfire that night.  One of my favorite things is sitting around a campfire and talking.

Sunday morning after breakfast, we went on our hike...that darn near killed me and Rex! LOL!  
This hiking trail starts out so easy and nice and the next thing you know, you are climbing a mountain and don't think you will ever make it to the top! 
The views are gorgeous though!!  And stopping for pictures helps you catch your breath and your heart to stop racing! LOL!
All in all, it was a most relaxing weekend with no technology!  
Hopefully we can get one more weekend in before winter. :)
Lake Sylvia - site 8 - September 15th-17th

Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I think this is a light read that anyone can enjoy.  And it honestly got me to thinking about society and some of the choices people are forced to make due to their circumstances.  This book kind of reminded me of the feel of "A Man Called Ove"...if you enjoyed that book, I think you would like this one too.

Summary from
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

This was my Book of the Month Club pick last month and I really liked it!!  An interesting story line and once I had time to sit down and read, I basically finished it in 2 days.  I'm on a roll for good books! :)

Summary from
Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.
     For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happiness is...

...a Sunday afternoon on the farm with these guys & gals and a good book!

Beautiful weather!!  Soak it up!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Farm Hop :)

Yesterday, we hopped over to my parent's farm. I love that they are only an hour away now.  I also LOVE their land.  60 acres of gorgeous and peace!  My dream is to retire at the end of a dirt road just like them!  Serenity!
We started the day by taking my parents out to eat for their birthday's.  Then, we had to visit the farm to see what all they had worked on lately.  Having land means constant projects.  It's fun to show off the updates.  
Me and mom:
Mom's pets are bigger than mine! LOL!


And ole Dipstick has been around for as long as I can remember!! He's still going...and he can barely see over his stall door.  I couldn't resist a selfie with Dipstick! LOL!

Country days are the best!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Artsy Craftsy

Have I mentioned I am LOVING my new job?  LOVING IT!!!!  My mental health has improved by a trillion percent! :)
So...a few school projects have occurred.  One being this old 70's looking book cart.  Drab!
Before I spent $400 on a new colorful one, I thought I would try spray painting it first.  Score!
Then I thought, "Wouldn't it be cute to add some vinyl words to it?"
After that success, I decided to tackle an old podium.  I didn't get good "before" pics.  But I had to clean up the top of it.  It had writing all over it.  Then, I brought it home to paint the back of it with chalkboard paint.
It really made the rope trim pop.  I love it!  
Love my job!

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

LOVED it!  Finally - a book that I couldn't put down! I had two different people recommend this to me and it did not disappoint.  Now, I couldn't find it at B&N, so I did have to order it from Amazon (just FYI).  If you like books that take you on a wild ride of roller coaster proportions, grab this book!  I read it in 2 days.  Couldn't stop. :)

Summary from
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Big Bear's Bees

 Sunday was bee day at the farm.  Big Bear wanted to examine his hive and to add some beetle jails.  He noticed beetles the last time he was in the hive.  
After talking to another beekeeper with extensive knowledge, Big Bear decided to go ahead and add a honey super to his hive.  This means the bees may be able to produce some honey this year.  We can always hope for honey the first year.  The hive is doing really well!

I'm chicken crazy...he's bee crazy! LOL!

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

I have all 3 of this authors books and was only disappointed in The Woman in Cabin 10.  This one was back on track in my opinion.  I was intrigued throughout.  I liked the characters dynamics.  Overall a good read and worth your time.

Summary from
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.