Christmas Favorites Sunday!

Happy Happy Christmas Everyone! πŸ™‚

I grew up in the north. I like snow. Shocker! Snow has always had a magical quality to me. I think the wonder and magic of snow became a part of me while I was a child, and it has stayed with me. I do NOT like wind chill. Wind chill is just . . . I am speechless. I don’t even have a word that describes wind chill. Brrr. But, I digress a little. Getting back to snow. I love snow. Seriously! πŸ™‚

Okay, prepare yourselves, I did live in Hawaii. Now I live on the North Pole, haha, but I did live in Hawaii. That’s right nice temperatures, no wind chill, sandy beaches, palm trees, aloha, hula dancing – all that stuff. The north is not Hawaii.

So, when I was living in Hawaii, I missed the snow. I wanted a white Christmas. Well, one year, I was in the hospital. My sister did not know I was in the hospital. I didn’t tell her. She contacted me asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her I wanted snow. A few days later I received a package in the mail from my sister. She sent me this ~

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As you can see, it’s a watercolor, framed picture of snow. This is one of the most meaningful Christmas gifts I have ever received. I love it! I have it displayed in the bedroom. That person walking through the snow has to be me! πŸ™‚ Not only did she send me snow, the package arrived while I was in the hospital. Merry Christmas!

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Top Ten Reads 2015

I thought I would give it a try! Making a list of the top ten books one has read – for the year – is difficult! Which is the reason why I have only accomplished this task once or twice in times past. πŸ™‚ So, here it is! *Applause Applause* These are listed alphabetically according the title of the book.

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~ “Airs Above the Ground,” by Mary Stewart ~

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~ “In Honor Bound,” by DeAnna Julie Dodson ~

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~ “Kiss of the Jewel Bird,” by Dale Cramer ~

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~ “Motherless,” by Erin Healy ~

The Blue Castle

~ “The Blue Castle,” by L. M. Montgomery ~

The unexpected guest - Agatha Christie:

~ “The Unexpected Guest,” by Agatha Christie ~

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~ “Thunder on the Right,” by Mary Stewart ~

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~ “This Rough Magic,” by Mary Stewart ~

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~ “To Win Her Favor,” by Tamera Alexander ~

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~ “Wildfire at Midnight,” by Mary Stewart ~

Thank-You!

Recently, in celebration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday, http://www.classicsandcraziness.wordpress.com had a week long celebration. When she announced she was going to have this fun week, I decided to join in the celebration. I had a great time. There was something different everyday and I participated the entire week. Well, at the end of the week, they had a prize to give away. I don’t know how they selected the winner, but I won! The morning I discovered I was the winner, I was so delighted and surprised I almost squealed. But, I remained quiet. My husband and our dog were still sleeping.

I want to encourage everyone to participate in these blog activities. Even if you don’t win a prize, it is so much fun and the experience is staying with this participant for a long time. I loved it. I have included a picture of the prize I won.

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It’s lovely and I plan to display it as soon as I frame it.

THANK-YOU!

 

“Nick of Time,” by Ted Bell.

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Our border collie, Rowdy, agreed to pose holding the book, while I take a picture. That was very nice of her. πŸ™‚ *ahem* Thank-you Rowdy.

OH MY GOODNESS! “Nick of Time,” is a great adventure story for Middle school! Junior high school! Tween! Boys! Oh yea! I liked it.

Nick is the twelve year old son of a lighthouse keeper. His dad flew a Sopwith camel during WWI. He was shot down, survived, however, he walks with a limp and the help of a sturdy cane. Nick is very proud of his father and seems to believe his dad is the poster boy for all heroes! Nick really wants to be a hero. I mean, this boy is biting at the bit to be a hero. He’s a sea worthy young fellow and can handle his sloop in the English Channel as well as any adult!

The reader is only allowed a short time to become acquainted with Nick’s mother, but I did like her. She’s a sturdy hearted woman and knows how to handle males. And then we have Kate, Nick’s little six and 3/4 year old sister. This little gal is a heroine in her own right. πŸ™‚

Oh my goodness. I don’t want to forget Jip, Nick’s dog. He’s a good dog too. A sea-worthy dog. Anyway, Nick, Jip and Kate are unexpectedly thrust into an adventure when they discover a chest washed ashore. And what an adventure! Nick actually travels through time! That’s right. This is a time travel story! Yes! So, be prepared to read back and forth from one time period back to another. There’s nothing like a good time travel adventure! And! For your reading enjoyment, there are a few illustrations in the book.

I give this book 5***** riveting, captivating, adventurous stars!

Be prepared to enjoy words like ~ mainsail, halyard, gunwale, quarterdeck, midshipman, foremast, yardarm, ratlines, Β and mizzenmast!

Have a great time reading this one!

Sidekick? The Unsung Hero/Heroine! Part 10!!!

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They sent for a boy . . . Β the rest is history. They needed her. She needed them. So many fun times and great memories.

Ooooo. I love Matthew. He’s one of my favorite characters and an unsung hero. πŸ™‚ I was not happy when he died and I’m getting all choked up thinking about it. *sniff* He loved Anne the moment he saw her and he understood her. Kindred Spirits.

And of course I need to include Marilla! πŸ™‚ She loved Anne so much! Marilla was just different. πŸ™‚ I’m chuckling at the memories. Good good stories.

Matthew and Marilla are my choices for unsung heroes this Tuesday. Read again and Enjoy!

 

 

Come on in and meet blogger Irene!

Don’t be shy. Come on in, grab a Christmas cookie and a steamy cup of your favorite hot drink – it’s cold outside – and visit with Irene! You can find Irene at ~ http://www.athoughtreflected.wordpress.com

1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?

I started blogging (With some very shaky starts!) in May of 2014, so I’ve been blogging for a year now. I blog because it’s a fun way to express things I love, and it’s also the perfect avenue to share them with fellow readers and bloggers.

2.) What is your favorite genre?

Christian fiction, without question! Although Historical fiction definitely comes in as a close second.

3.) What are you reading right now?

I tend to read more than one book at a time, so I’m currently reading three books: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron, Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, and Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta.

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4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?

What a fun question! There are two fictional characters that I’m having a tug-of-war over choosing. Nancy Drew ~my childhood favorite~ is someone I would love to sit down and have coffee with! I would love to talk about found clues, and get the chance to reminisce about old cases, specifically The Clue of the Dancing Puppet.Β And then there’s Sherlock Holmes,Β a character I’ve recently come to love, largely because of the new BBC version. Meeting him at a coffee shop (even if he did prefer tea) would be an awesome experience! Just think how thrilling the conversation would be! And of course Dr. Watson would be more than welcome to join us! I think meeting with either of those above mentioned characters would be awesome.

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5.) If you could live inside a fictional story which book would you live in and why?

Ahh, the possibilities! I would have to choose Here To Stay by Melissa Tagg. It’s one of those reads that I wouldn’t hesitate to visit, or even live in. Mainly because it is such a sweet and fun book. And of course, the characters are simply great.

6.) Has one fictional character ever inspired you? Who was the character and how did he or she inspire you?

Yes! More than a few actually. But to name one Lydia Pallas from Elizabeth Camden’s Against the Tide. Her story inspired me in a million different ways, that I can just read it over and over again and never get tired of it. I love how she persevered throughout the story, despite the forces that came against her. And, as a language lover, I couldn’t help but be inspired by her linguistic skills.

7.) You are stranded on the North Pole for one year. You have plenty of food, shelter, water and warm clothing. You are allowed to have one fiction and one non-fiction book. What two books are you going to take with you to read on the North Pole for that long 365 days?

Hmm. I’ve always wanted to visit the North Pole! The non-fiction book I would take along would definitely be my Bible (Couldn’t live without it!), Β but as for the fiction book I’ll take . . . that’s hard to decide! Maybe Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, or Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz.

Thanks so much Irene for the visit. It was fun and I enjoyed chatting with you. Merry Christmas!