Posted in Book reviews, Books, Pictures, reading, Up North, update, Writing

July ’18 Recap

Ah, a rather boring title, but logical. ;)



I find it both crazy and a tad bit thrilling to see July pass by. It actually went quite fast, which brings us one more step closer to fall! ;) And the latter half of this month has actually been manageable weather-wise. The first half was ridiculously hot and humid and yeah. But lately we’ve had some cooler days, which is surprising for July, but I’m not complaining! In fact, one day last week was 65 degrees. Sweatshirt weather. The mornings have been chilly as well. I know August is still to come, and with that more hot hot hot weather, but I’m enjoying this respite for now. ;)



In life updates….



We had to clean the tubs of the butcher chickens and transfer a few over to a new, less crowded one. And let me tell you, the smell was nasty. Like, horrible. Sometimes I think  still can smell it…And then another week later they were all transferred again to the larger pen, which is more spacious and nicer, and easier to feed them in. Whenever you step in there though, your feet are swarmed and pecked at because that’s how they are. XD I used to wear jean shorts to do chores in the hot weather, but now it’s long jeans only because eww. XD
And we also added 8 new layer chickens to our flock (except one disappeared and became some predator’s dinner, very sadly).
I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that my favourite mail carrier might just be done delivering our mail and I need to adjust to our new one. Yes, mail is a bit of a big deal to me. Our old MC was very orderly and always placed the mail in a nice stack, with any letters that might be addressed to me sitting on top. Packages arrived in a careful manner. ‘Twas nice.
But now…So sad. I do actually quite like our current mail carrier; she’s very nice. But maybe not as OCD me when it comes to mail ;)
In July our town has a bit of a celebration thing with various events. We went to the kiddie parade (for my nephews of course ^.^), the book sale, and the regular parade. It was all quite a bit of fun!
Also in July, we made a day trip up north and it was fabulous. an almost 4 hour car ride both ways, but so good to get up there and see my grandparents if only for a few hours.




I’m sure other stuff happened this month (in fact I know it did), but I’m moving onto the book section of things because I like books. ;)



These are the ones I read this month:


The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers  Midnight Comes by S.J. Blasko  Picking Daisy by Valerie   Howard  Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan  The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright  A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter


By clicking on their covers you will be brought to my reviews of the books. :)



And these are the books I acquired:


july books (4)



And let us not forget my new book cozy!







Other posts of this month include….



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How was your  July? Have you read any of the books I read or received this month? Any recommendations? :)

Posted in Books, cover reveal, Random babblings, reading, Up North

September 2017

Hello :)

Such an un-clever post title, I know. I’m not really feeling super creative at the moment though, so it’ll have to do. ;)

This post is going to be kinda full, and while you don’t have to read it all (I really don’t care if you don’t want to. Do what you want. XD), I DO recommend at least scrolling to the bottom where I am posting some exciting news!! Please do at least read that. :)


I hope everyone had a nice September! I love Fall so much. We had a week or two of really hot weather, but for the most part September was lovely weather, and October is proving to be thusly too. :)

We did some canning during the month, I continued to attend physical therapy for my ankle and it is doing very well. Almost back to normal. :) I still have to wear a brace, but I am successfully walking without crutches now!! Praise God. And I can go up and down stairs fairly well too, which is so nice. I’m just very thankful for how it’s progressing, and each week I get a bit better. :)

At the end of September, so just last weekend, my Mum, sister, and I went up north to visit my grandparents whom we hadn’t seen in quite a while. Poor Dad had to stay home to take care of all our animals, but we weren’t gone too long. And he gets to go up north more than we do. ;)

We had a very nice visit, and it was such a good time. The scenery was gorgeous – so many fall colors! And the weather was splendid. Chilly but nice. I did a ton of walking – and I do mean a ton – but it was good for me and my ankle seemed to handle it very well. I’d only use the crutches in the evening if I had to at all. It was just so nice to spend time up there with my grandparents, and enjoy the trip. Because of my ankle, I couldn’t do ALL the things I would normally do when we go up there (traverse rocky paths, rivers, etc.), but still enjoyed the views, and experiences, and the whole trip. God is good.


As for my month of reading….



Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful  Freedom's Ring  When Dimple Met Rishi  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck  A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog  The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letter #2)  The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise  (The Caselli Family #1)

I LOVED “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors (you can click on the covers of each book to go to my reviews of them, if applicable), enjoyed “Freedom’s Ring” by Heidi Chiavaroli, started and skimmed “When Dimple Met Rishi” but stopped reading it because Dimple was very disrespective/rebellious, God’s name was taken in vain a lot, and there were other swear words, and so I just didn’t think it was worth my time. I really enjoyed “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck”, the “My Vinyl Record” notebook is splendid, “The Promise of a Letter” by Kathleen Fuller was an enjoyable read, and “The Pretender” I am still very much torn about. Review to come on the 9th.


I acquired numerous books as well, just like usual.  I won some fun books, and wish I had pictures, but I’m still not quite back to picture-taking ability. I’ll share the couple pictures I did take over the month though…


This was to feature the journal I received from Blogging for Books, and I just love how it looks. ^.^

And then this next picture…well, I’m aware there might be some snickers out there, but go ahead. Laugh if you’d like. I giggled like crazy upon receiving it, and I am not much of a giggler/fangirl. But this….


This is worth being excited about. The Best of Michael Nesmith Songbook. With some of our Monkees trading cards in the background. :)  So, why is this so exciting, you may ask? Well because 1. It’s Michael Nesmith. 2. It’s a songbook of some of his greatest songs. 3. Here’s the big one…it’s SIGNED TO ME!!!! By Mr. Nesmith himself. Wowza, huh? Definitely one of my best purchases ever. Ever.

Am I a little embarrassed by my “fangirling” over this? Maybe so, maybe so. But I’m okay with that. Because everyone’s gotta be allowed a little bit of fangirling. So what if it’s over a group/singer from the 1960’s? That’s okay.  I didn’t do a lot of squealing or fangirling in my teens. Guess it’s just catching up to me now. ;)

But really, the songs this book has…they’re some of my favourites. And having it signed to me feels pretty priceless.


Here’s a picture of some of my current review books:




I’ve already read and reviewed “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck” by Bethany Turner (so cute), and am almost done with “Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano. I took that book up with me on our recent trip north, and got a lovely picture of it:





And before I go, I have some very, very exciting news!!!! If you’ve followed this blog long, you might recall the name MacKenzie Morganthal – she’s the author of the amazing book “Not Abandoned”.



Okay, so the exciting news is….The SEQUEL IS RELEASING SOON!!!!! I am SO thrilled. It’s been in the works for about 2 years, I believe, and it’s just so exciting. I’ve read this upcoming book twice now was I’ve pre-read and edited, but can hardly wait to read it a third time! It’s so good. Would you like to know what it’s called? What the cover looks like? When the release date is? I can share all that info right now!! Whoohoo!!

MacKenzie recently did a facebook-live to announce the news, and watching that was loads of fun. You can check that out on her page HERE, but for now, here is the sequel to “Not Abandoned”…….







!!!!!”Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal!!!!!

She has cleverly come up with the Series title, “Mission for Freedom”, which is so fitting and I love. So yes, “Out of the Dark”, book two in the Mission For Freedom” series, by MacKenzie Morganthal. This will be a three-book series, and waiting for the third book is already hard, and “Out of the Dark” hasn’t even released yet!! Oh, that reminds me…you’re probably curious about WHEN “Out of the Dark” releases! Drum roll…..

October 27th, 2017

Soon!! Yay!!

Which brings me to another thing…would any of you like to be apart of the blog tour she is putting together? I know she would really appreciate that, and I would do! Just like with “Not Abandoned”‘s release, my blog here will be hosting MacKenzie Morganthal for this new release too – it promises to be lots of fun. If you would like to be apart of the tour, and receive more information on that, please either comment here and I will pass along your contact info (privately) to her, or you can contact her yourself on her facebook, her website, or even her twitter.


You can also find out more about her upcoming book on her facebook. :)


I hope everyone has a great October!! And thanks for reading through this long post. ;)


Posted in Books, Give-aways, Up North, Writing

Wanted to let you know…

….that there is a give-away for a fantastic-sounding book, here:

It does really look like a good book, and I’m definitely interested in reading it.

Secondly, I will not be posting anything this week, as we shall be visiting my grandparents up north. Greatly looking forward to this trip.
So, this post must be short and end here, as I need to finish packing everything!
Cheerio, and don’t forget to check out that give-away! =)

Posted in animals, Give-aways, Reviews, Up North, update

Something to look forward to.

That sentence actually gives excitement, doesn’t it? :)
I wanted to give a little up-date here…Sometime soon, I shall have a product review to share with you all, and not only that but also my first…give-away! So that’s super exciting!! Something to look forward to, indeed. I think ye will like the give-away too. It’s a good ‘un.

We went to the MN zoo on Monday. That was so fun, and I did get some good pictures. I would like to share them, but I don’t know where that camera is… :D
Lots of fun animals there. I looooovvved the cows. We got to watch them milk one (it is a one parlor milking station; not by hand) and the guy explained everything; it was really great and interesting. I love cows. :)
Oh, and I got to wear Elias in a wrap for a little while too, which was really neat. (It’s called baby-wearing – you wrap the baby/toddler on your front, back or side, with the wrap which is a long piece of woven fabric, and it holds the baby securely without using you arms or anything. It’s amazing.)

We are going up north soon, so that’s exciting. We’re going to pick out a kitten to bring home for inside. For Noah =) Lots of fun!

God brought me through some things yesterday while praying and it was amazing and so good. He even used the book I am reading in parallel. It was so neat. I’m still working through a few things, but He is a great God! My Abba Father.

Okay, so look forward to a review and give-away soon!!

Posted in Christmas, Pictures, Up North

The Hobbit, Duluth, pictures, and more :)

Good Sunday morning to ye all!

With The Hobbit movie out now, I’m sure many of you have seen or even possibly own your own pair of elven ear cuffs, or other beautiful styles of ear cuffs. I saw one on a gal’s blog as I was passing by, and absolutely fell in love with them. After seeing them, I went on Etsy and found many beautiful, and elegant ear cuffs ( the elf style particularly caught my attention!) I am hoping to review a pair very soon, and share pictures of them if possible, to show you all how gorgeous and fun they are, and to make you want some too! :) They truly would be a fun accessory for anytime wear. At least I think so! I was thinking how neat they would look when I wear my long green shimmery cloak :) See, can’t you just imagine elven ears to complete this look?:
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So, check back, and hopefully (God-willing!) I will be able to share photos of the gorgeous elf ear cuffs!

Now on to recent news…

We just took a trip up to Duluth to visit family for an early Christmas, and I did actually get some photos of BentleyVille – which is a festival of lights – and also of a lady’s house on the Point whose yard is all decorated with lights as well. So, I shall try to share some in this post!
Before I do that, I wanted to say quick, that I know I mentioned in my last post that I was hoping to share my thoughts on the movie, The Avengers, but I have decided not to do that at this point, because everyone has a different opinion on it, and it often ends up in an argument of opinions, which is never a favourite of mine… :)
Okey-dokie, here are the pictures now :)
First we’ll start with pictures from BentleyVille – I have more of those, because we did that first, so by the time we got down to the house on the point we were all really really cold!






And here are photos of the house on the Point:


And that is all for pictures. Like I said, I didn’t get many on the Point because it was so cold. :)
Our visit in Duluth was nice, as always. I do so love Duluth. At my grandparents house there are many critters, mainly because my grandma feeds them, and so while up there we got to see two large deer right in her driveway, eating out of a bird feeder, as well as rabbits eating bunny food that my grandma leaves for them ^.^ We almost came home with a stray cat she has tamed, but it didn’t work out.
Anywho, there are the pictures!

Posted in Give-aways, Up North

Good day to ye all; giveaway anyone?

Yep, I’m posting about another give-away! It is at Shining Stars Magazine blog, and the give-away is… the book, “Set Apart Femininity” by Leslie Ludy. It sounds so good, and I definitely want to read, whether I win it or not :)
You can enter this wonderful giveaway, too:


oh and before I forget – I will not be online much at all from Wednesday-Friday. We’ll be in Duluth. Yay!!! I am really looking forward to going; it’s been too long. We’ll be stopping at Lake Superior on the way up (normally, we just head on straight to my grandparents, and do Lake Superior one of the days we’re up there).
Dad leaves today, and Mum, Noah and I leave tomorrow. “See” you soon! :)

Posted in Church Functions, Random babblings, Up North

A notice


I hope you are having a good week. Ours has been quite busy. This week was our church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) and not only am/was I helping in 4th grade (with my Mum) I was in the skit/drama. We all had really little time to memorize (there are two other participants in the skit besides myself), but it has all gone off good. I do have some photos of the outfits I wore to share, but I can’t load them onto the computer until I get the cord from my elder sister.
I was a rapper/hip-hop star. The one and only MC CiCi ;) The little kids really think I was famous, and I’d get waves and hugs etc. all the time. It’s adorable.
Tonight is the last night, the end program. Should be good. I think we’ve got the skit down.
It’s been a little…hm…”difficult” because the boy who plays the DJ, has an obvious crush on me, and it’s a little odd, we’ll put it that way.
God has been teaching me plenty through this week, reminding me how I need to lay down *my* image, and take up *His*. “I die daily”. It’s a hard lesson with all the details and all, but a good one.
Last night was cool, because I was really tired, and wiped out, but God just refreshed me during the end singing. Watching all those children dancing and praising God, jamming, getting down, etc. was so great. The Lord is good!
I can’t think of much details…
Last night, I was running things here and there from our group (gathering the completed crafts and putting them in our pew, taking the name tags that were missing, etc.) and so I kept running into a guy that is there with his family (he’s a teen and not in the VBS classes. Just hanging out), but this time he had the camera. I swear he took a dozen or more of just me. It was a joke, but I just hope they don’t make it to the big screen XD

Now, come Monday, I may not be around. It is a possibility that my family and I are going up north to a cabin that my grandpa’s family owns. If that is the case, and I don’t have the cord to our camera, you won’t get to see the photos of my drama outfits until after I get back. Not too big of a loss though :)
If we go, we’ll be back on Thursday.
This weekend I’m doing chores along with my elder sister and her hubby, for the gal that keeps her horses here. And I’m also dog-sitting tomorrow for a “neighbour”.

Well, I need to get off now, but I wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

Posted in Up North

You took my toothbrush?

Hola, I’m home! And have been since Sunday night.
Duluth was grand. There was flooding up there…but thankfully it was done by the time we got there – I mean, you could still see the effects of it, but it wasn’t raining hard or anything while we were there.
I may or may not update more on the whole trip soon…as of right now, I just don’t feel like it…

Posted in Random babblings, Up North

Home again, home again.

I am home now. Which is very nice. But not. Because I don’t want home to be here. This trip, coming home was harder than normal for me. I don’t know how to explain it, but something changed, and my desire to move up there has changed – deepened, and become more realistic. I can honestly say it pained me to leave. We did look at two homes for sale up there, but one was absolutely out of the question after thinking on it. It was 80 acres, which was very nice, but the house, barn and sheds would have to be torn down – there was hardly anyway to redo them. Plus the house was so tiny. I mean so so tiny. It was a kitchen, a living room, and a little off room, which looked to be a bedroom at one point but was opened up. Anyway, then there was an upstairs that we didn’t even dare ascending the stairs…
The barn was an old one. Which would’ve been so lovely if it were fixable. And Dad said there was a slight chance for that to happen, but it’d be slim. We can’t really go through the whole process again – it has taken us nine years to get our house into the shape it’s in.
The second house is still in consideration actually. The price is more than decent, there is 22 acres, and room for pasture land, it’s in the town we so badly want to live in, and it’s on a dead-end road, that goes onto a paved road that is quiet. But…the house would also have to be torn down most likely. There is think/high black mold in the basement, and so it would have traveled upstairs as well. Plus the home is a split-level, which is not something we want. The land was gorgeous though…Again, this is still in consideration and most importantly prayers.

Our trip in general, was wonderful. I was out of it for most of the trip, but that’s okay. I couldn’t focus often…I believe that was due to lack of sleep for so many nights. I had to sleep on the floor, which did a number on my back, and kept me from much sleep. But it was fine. I could’ve changed that – but by the time we figured out a better arrangement, there was only like two nights left, and I did not want to blow up the freaking blow-up mattress for two nights.
We went up on Wednesday, and Dallas and David came up on Thursday – late. Like at 9:00pm.
On Friday, we went to the Aquarium for Noah’s birthday, which was lots of fun. I felt like I was five again or something :D Yes, I played with the boats on the Lake-table. It was great fun. And I figured, if a 26-year-old guy can do it, than so can I. David and I ‘played’ with the boats and such more than anyone else…
The green screen was a hoot as well. We all got involved with that one – even Dad. It was really a fun day. We got to watch the Otters play and get fed, which was grand. I touched a Stingray, talked to a magpie (whom I named as well), fed some ugly fish, and all that good stuff. We were there from..10:20am till like 2:45pm. We took like 45 minutes there to go eat lunch though.

Saturday we went into Duluth again, went to the Dollar Tree (by Noah’s request. It was her birthday after all.) She wanted some balloons. I got some cute stickers, a writing pad, and a bouncy-ball that has the world on it.

We arrived home yesterday, late afternoon, around 3:20pm. Mum and I had like 30 minutes before we left again, this time for town – for the first practice of the yearly Easter Choir thing. I was so exhausted, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Then we got home an hour and a half or so later, I checked my emails, did my chores, came in and finally took a shower. Oh that was nice. The shower up at my grandparents is so ridiculously tiny. And I’m a short person. I don’t know how every body else manages it. I skipped out on a shower while I was up there, and just took one when I got home. My hair was so icky and oily/greasy Saturday-Sunday. I did take a shower once while I was up there, and my hair was still a mess – snarls, and all that good stuff. Plus it was on the ‘fluffier’ side, which is oft untamable..

Oh and I didn’t get to see my (yes, my) Lake Superior. :( Well, I got to see it out of the Aquarium window…but that was it, which is very sad. Just wanted y’all to know that.

Okay, well I shall depart now, and leave you with a long post :P

Posted in animals, Random babblings, Up North

Happy Valentine’s Day XP

D’ya got a sweet-heart you’re going to spend the day with? D’ya have any plans for the day?
I do. Packing, and cleaning a guinea pig cage, or two, as well as a litter-box, (oh joy) and possibly a date. With the movie “Persuasion” :D And then Noah’s got a piano lesson this afternoon, and we’ll have some more stops to make, as I need lettuce for the time being that we’ll be gone, as well as other things. Then I get to come home and pack bags of lettuce and hay/carrots. Lovely way to spend the day huh?
But silly me. I have not said where it is that I’ll be gone to. Though I’m sure you can guess. :)
Yes. We are finally going up to Duluth. I am looking forward to it so much. And it will be a long visit. Five days. Though really, four days and an evening. Oh I am so glad we’re finally getting to go! It was November last time we were up there. We shall be going to an Aquarium up there on Friday, for Noah’s birthday (though her b-day isn’t till Saturday) and it shall be grand, I’m sure. David and Dallas are coming up as well, but not till Thursday. Our friend, Brenda will be here taking care of all our (erm…my) animals.

Now more on the tune of Valentine’s day. If I still had it, I’d dig out my card I got so many years back from a Secret Admirer. Yes, I have in fact received one or two of those in my life-time. :D I never did find out who that card was from, but I have a guess.
I wish I could get what I got last year on Valentine’s day….my “Knights of Arrethtrae” books. But that is highly unlikely ;)

Have you ever had a dream that was so real-like and wonderful at the time being, you wish it were real? And could actually happen? I had one of those last night. It was grand, yet waking up I came back to my senses and knew that would most likely never happen. And if it did, I’m not sure I’d want it. *sigh* Dreams are as much as an enigma as guys sometimes. XP Haha.
As for right now, I am still pretending I live in that dream, and am living in the moment by listening to first “Vanilla Twilight” and then “Deer in the Headlight” by Owl City. Oh please do not scream. I know. I have talked to myself many a time on the subject. Why in the world am I listening to Owl City? *whispers* I like it. Oh well.

Let me remind ye, I am human. Why should I remind you? Because I just felt it needed to reminding. And now I shall stop confusing you will off-subject sentences.

Well, I hope you have a most wonderful Valentine’s day! May Jesus be your sweet-heart always <3