Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Monday! What Are Your Reading? David Baldacci and Jim & Joyce Lavene

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is great fun to link to the others participating and see what everyone is reading. Fair warning though....it will add to your reading list!!


This week Mr Busy and I are listening to the next edition in the Shaw series. I think this is the last one, but I can't be sure. We have been working our way through the David Baldacci books that we can find on audio. It is a great way to listen, multi-task and share a good read. Our library has quite a few of his books on audio and if they do not have it they are willing to go to the inter library loan section and order it for us. They charge a minimal $2 fee, but that doesn't even cover the postage. So it is still a "good deal". 

I was loaned this Peggy Lee Garden Series by my daughter-in-law. She is an intense book lover like me and has shared many books with me. Now she is in college working on her undergraduate degree in English or Creative Writing, I am not positive exactly. But she is a talented writer and very much wants to get a novel published. I wish her well. This is the last in the trilogy and I have been reading in the car when we run our errands.  I just leave it in the car, seems every time we go out, Mr. Busy "needs to stop at the hardware store"...not my favorite place, so I stay in the car and read!
It is a fun story and I love all the gardening information at the beginning of each chapter. 




Until next time 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Non- Fiction Reading Challenge #5 and #6


I participated in this challenge in 2013 and wanted to do it again. When I signed up at The Introverted Reader the link did not link back to my sign up post. So I added a section to my 2014 Challenges page. I will keep a list of the nonfiction books I read and link back to my reviews. Hope this works. Challenges keep me focused!  You can join any time through out the entire year, so why not link up and see how many non-fiction books you can read this year.?



The Prescribed BurnThe Prescribed Burn by Laryssa Wirstiuk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We meet Veda in this collection of 15 short stories. I sort of feels like a novel because it involves the same main character and her family and friends. The stories are not told in chronological order, I am not sure why the author did that, but it doesn't detract from the reading at all. It's a bit like sneaking a peek in someones diary at various times and you just open it to a random page and sneak a read.

Veda's story is told with candor and open-mindedness. She is a young woman experiencing unthinking adults in her life, accepting her body as a young teen, her first boyfriend, being on the pill, having a job, trying to get her life in order ( whatever that means).
I enjoyed the reading of these short stories.

Laryssa Wirstiuk tells it like it is or at least was for her probably. To be able to go through these painful times in our lives and then write about it is a wonder to me. I hope Ms. Wirstiuk continues to write and be published. I especially like the bonus materials in this book. There are 15 color photographs, a crowd sourced story that is very interesting, book club discussion questions and creative writing exercises.  





The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small TownThe Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As non-fiction goes, this was ok. It was full of facts, but Grisham managed to make it sound like a story too. I was getting really upset with the way the judicial system was handled in Ada, Oklahoma. I hope that isn't the norm. My brother who has a degree in Criminal Justice and works in the system in our home town would say it most often works as it is intended.

John Grisham was a lawyer and he makes a statement at the end of the audio, explaining how he researched the details and how the Innocence Project works. I was glad to hear about that.




Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


A Celebration ! 90th Birthday!


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at  West Metro Mommy Reads. To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky (at West Metro Mommy). Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.


Last weekend we celebrated my MIL's 90th birthday. That is her in the middle in the aqua top. Four of her five children and their spouses were in attendance as were our daughter, her husband and both our granddaughters from Colorado. My SIL's granddaughter and her boyfriend came from North Dakota and as you can see there is a small boy on Grandma's lap. Her great great grandson, my great grandson from Colorado.  It was a great success and we had a wonderful time. 



This beautiful boy was part of the best part of the visit!. It was such a joy to have him at our house. His mom and dad also took him to visit his grandpa, great grandmother and great aunties in South Dakota, since they were so close. He did so well with all the attention and all the different people. He is almost 7 month old and I predict he will be walking soon. He is so strong.

Some of you will remember that I posted a picture of 4 1/2 generations at the baby shower last June. So now we have a real 5 generation picture.


My MIL, my DH, my daughter, granddaughter and great grandson. Wow, am I ever blessed!!!


Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy





Friday, March 28, 2014

Non Fiction Reading Challenge Entries #3 & #4

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Anne Lamott writes a frank nothing is sacred little book about the 3 essential kinds of prayer. She thinks that all prayer falls into these 3 catagories.  Help - Please, God help me get through this!
Thanks - Thankyouthankyouthankyou for helping me accept this situation.   And Wow!- I'm speechless, God, that sunset is awesome!

This book is not written just for Christians although Anne Lamott professes to be a Christian. She explores all types of higher power.

I grinned and really enjoyed this small easily read book. Yes, I agree, most prayers are Help, Thanks or Wow, but maybe I needed a little nudge to remember that I do pray all day. And that is the way, my God says I should.

I am glad I have this little book. I will re read it often.  I recommend this book to all who believe in some higher power, be it my Christian God, an agnostic's "somebody up there", or something else. 



My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I want to believe, I really do!
Dr. Alexander writes a compelling memoir of his 7 day coma, NDE and reawakening. He had awesome medical support and care at Lynchberg General Hospital in Virginia. He experienced and is able to articulate his experiences in a way we can all understand ( almost). Some of the medical jargon and the explanation of his NDE is hard to follow. But I know, somewhere in my deepest inner thoughts, that NDEs are possible. I am just finding it hard to fully accept. Not sure why, not sure I even want to know why. 








The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti


The Telling Room, A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and The World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paternitt.

From the Front Flap:
In the picturesque village of Guzman, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as "the telling room". Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets--usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine.

It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese.



My Thoughts:

The book started slow for me. I could not decide why on earth this young journalist wanted to write the story of a cheese maker from Spain. It didn't seem all that interesting to me. I mean, yes, it afforded him an opportunity to visit Spain. But he barely spoke or understood Spanish, so why put himself through that? Evan as I struggled to understand, I kept wondering Why? Who cares? What is interesting about a cheese and the man who made it in the small village in the Central Plateau of Spain.

Gradually as the book progressed, I came to understand that it wasn't just about the cheese. It wasn't even just about the the cheese maker. It was about this young husband and father finding his voice as a storyteller. And what a journey it was. He is passionate, articulate and able to humanize the everyday of life. He treats his subject with respect, curiosity and empathy.

This was the March selection for my local bookclub and I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more discussion. Most had not finished the book, so that may be why. I think it was a slow start for most as it was for me, and too, some had trouble finding the book. The library had one copy that was checked out and not returned on time. Our one and only bookstore did not have it in stock, but could order it by the end of March ( that would be too late). So in fairness, it was a difficult book to discuss.


Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday - The Telling Room




Every week Diane at Bermudaonion's Weblog gives us a place to share the new or interesting words that we have discovered on our reading. You can link up at her blog and then see all the other words your fellow readers are encountering. Join us. New words are the best part of reading.

These words came from The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and The World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti.



doppelganger - noun    looks like someone else; a ghost that looks like a living person

"Having seen Julian so completely as a doppelganger, Ambrosio lost his bearings."

I have seen this word used a lot in books and articles lately, and was not sure of the meaning. Glad I took the time to look it up.


alcazar - noun    Spanish fortress or palace

" May 1358-and Seville appears beyond the alcazar window, a city of orange blossoms and incense wafting on benevolent breezes, an oasis of abundance in comparison to the harsh Meseta."

A drawing of an alcazar from Webster's dictionary. 


 nogales - 1) walnut  2) Mexico- pecan trees.

"Nearby, sunflowers burst their yellow petals; a small hill rose with an ancient stand of majestic nogales trees."

I was excited to see this word. In our early years of marriage, my husband and I and our two children lived in Nogales AZ on the border to Mexico, while my husband worked in an electronic plant teaching the young Mexican men to machine their own tools.  I was told then that Nogales was named for the pecan trees that were prolific there. I had to go to the Spanish Central part of  the Merriam Websters online dictionary to verify.



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Intros Tuesday - The Astronauts Wives Club, Lily Koppel




Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website, link up with Mr Linky and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading. Today I am sharing the current month's read from my F2F  Book Club. 


The Astronaut Wives Club, A True Story   Lily Koppel 
  Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 
June 2013

1
Introducing the Wives

They had endured years of waking up alone, making their kids breakfast, taking them to school and picking them up, fixing dinner and kissing them goodnight, promising that Daddy was thinking of them all the time. There had been lonely nights when the fell asleep wondering how they were going to get by on their husbands' measly pay for another month. During tours of duty in World War II or Korea or both, their husbands had nearly become mirages. Navy deployments had taken their men away on six - and nine-month cruises to the far corners of the Earth. They'd each wait for half a year imagining their man, trying not to forget what he looked like, only to have him come home hungry and tired. They'd miss him even before he left. 

This year we have read several non-fiction books and this is another one. I am looking forward to reading this story. The cover is so cool , with all the full skirted shirtwaist dresses and pearls. Hands posed in laps, ankles crossed. I was in high school when the space program was just beginning and a young wife myself in the sixties and seventies. I still have the copy of Life magazine that was published when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The space program was a really big deal!. 




Until next time 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy





















Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Same, Same and some other stuff!



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. As she says, it's "a great way to plan out your reading week and see what other are currently reading as well...you never know where that next 'must read' book will come from!"

I am still reading The Land of Painted Caves by Jean A. Auel. It is 828 pages and I am still listening to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt it is 32 hours or 771 pages!


and 
 
but lest you think I have been lazy, these are  some other projects that I have been working on. 
 This is a small baby quilt for my newest great grandson who oddly enough lives in Arizona and who has a mom who is a huge Denver Bronco fan. It will go in the mail this week, I finished it last week, but with all the 90th birthday party plans going on this week, I did not get it in the mail. 
And this banner was completed just in time to hang on the First Day of Spring. Of course, we then got more snow, but it has just about all melted away and I hope it stays away. 

I am also working on completing a quilt top that I started just before I retired in October 2011. I thought I would have lots of free time to get it completed in record time.  NOT!!  I have challenged myself to get it ready for the quilter by the first week of May.  The pieced blocks are done, as is the applique, I have to put the blocks together and all the borders.  Alas, one of the borders is pieced too, so we will see. Here is the quilt in progress. 
It is on my design wall, the blocks are sewn in diagonal rows so that the blocks are on point . The colors are shades of  burgundy, green, gold, teal and cream. I like it a lot, but it sure has taken me longer than I thought. 



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, March 17, 2014

In A Rut? or Unmotivated?



Please join us as Sheila at Book Journey and the rest of us share what we are reading or hope to read in the coming week. But beware, your TBR list will probably grow to overwhelming!  But then, you will have a great selection of titles that others have loved, liked or at the very least reviewed. FUN!



The Whole Truth (A. Shaw, #1)The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicholas Creel and Dick Pender are two men bent on bringing the Cold War back. Creel is a multi-multi-millionaire who thinks he can have whatever he wants and Pender, the Perception Manager, hired by Creel wants to give it to him.

A. Shaw, a man with no first name and a very unusual past has a different plan. Shaw, reluctantly, works for or maybe more correctly is owned by a multinational intelligence agency. He is a stone cold killer, with a heart that has been touched by an extremely intelligent and beautiful German born woman who works for the Phoenix Group, a think tank in the US.

Add Katie James to the mix and you have a David Baldacci thriller that will keep you turning pages or in my case, putting the next disc in rather than eating. As usual there are twists and turns in the story that will keep you guessing right up to the very end. There are major villains, even a few minor ones ( like Frank). But the Good Guys always win and that's a good part of why I like Baldacci stories.


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This week I am still working on the same 3 books,The Telling Room, The Goldfinch and The Land of Painted Caves. And WE did finish listening to The Whole Truth by David Baldacci while he continued to build on an airplane and I continued to work on a quilting challenge. I will have pictures of both those things later this week.  I should finish The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti today. It is the selection for my F2F book club and we meet tomorrow night. We are sharing wine and cheese, and I am hoping for a good discussion.

Plans are shaping up for the big birthday celebration for this coming weekend. My MIL turns 90 and is living in an retirement community close to us. Our daughter , son -in-law, granddaughters, a grandson-in-law and a great grandbaby and a granddaughter's boyfriend are staying at our house. Can anyone say FULL HOUSE and smile???  Mr Busy's one brother and both his sisters will come to town too, but are staying in a hotel as are my sister and her husband. Whoo Woo, we will be busy!

And sadly I have a funeral to attend and provide a carry in for ( a friend's husband passed away after a short but brave fight with cancer) and another quilting friend is moving to California and we are having a going away gathering at Old Chicago on Wednesday. I don't see a lot of reading getting done this week.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday ~ The Telling Room

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Diane at  BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy. The following words are from one of my current reads, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti.


peregrinations:  noun from the verb peregrinate which means to travel especially on foot. 

pg 8  " The newsletter was a revved-up reflection of Ari's peregrinations, and such was never meant to be literature."


simulacrum: noun   image or representation; or an insubstantial form or semblance of something  TRACE. 

pg 32   A story is time itself boxed and compressed. It is the briefest entertainment and simulacrum of real life. 


lingam:  a stylized phallic symbol that is worshiped in Hinduism as a sign of generative power and that represents the god Shiva. 

pg 35    Constellated on the beach in front of the hotel was a whole galaxy of overripe topless European bathers and lingam-hugging Speedos that made us feel acutely American.

Peregrinations I should have been able to know had something to do with the foot, but I wanted to know for sure.  Simulacrum is pretty well defined in the sentence preceding it's usage  and I was sure I knew what the author was describing in lingam-hugging Speedos, but the word was absolutely unknown to me!


All  definitions come from the online version of Merriam Webster dictionary. The dictionary embedded in blogger doesn't much like "constellated", "lingam" or "Speedos"!!

Did you discover any unknown words to describe known objects or ideas in your reading this week?



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros 3/11/14



Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph or maybe two of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph (or2) of the current book you are reading.



Hopefully this week I will be able to get started fulfilling the Mega Mix II challenge on Goodreads. It is one I enjoyed in the past and am anxious to do again. There are 10 items on the challenge and it is not a timed challenge. The first one is :

1. Read 4 books from your bookshelf. We are going old school!  No e books, no audio books, no technology. The books I selected are Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs, Say When by Elizabeth Berg, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I shared the first chapter of Perks already. So here is the first paragraph from the first chapter of Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs. 

1
February 2006
Gus Simpson adored birthday cake.
Chocolate, coconut, lemon, strawberry, vanilla--she had a particular fondness for the classics. Even though she experimented with new flavors and frostings, drizzling with syrups and artfully arranging  hibiscus petals,  Gus more often took the retro route with piped-on flowers or a flash of candy sprinkles across the iced top. Because birthday cake was really about nostalgia, she knew, about reaching in and using the senses to remember one perfect childhood moment. 


So would you read on?  I am looking forward to starting this one. 

Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Monday, March 10, 2014

Two finishes and a new start 3/10/14


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!” You can join us at her blog, there are lots of participants and lots of books to peruse. 


Finished:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  You can read my short review HERE

King and Maxwell  by David Baldacci. This was the last in the series that Mr Busy and I listened to. I did a quick  review on Goodreads too. 

Started: 

The Telling Room : A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese. 



Last week on Tuesday I shared the First Chapter First Paragraph on Diane's Tuesday meme at her blog : Bibliophile By the Sea. I hadn't even received the book from Amazon at that time, so the first paragraph was shared from Amazon's website. The book arrived and I started to read. It is way better than the first paragraph led me to believe. 

From the front cover flap:  In the picturesque village of Guzman, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as "the telling room". Containing nothing bua a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets - usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine.

The author paints an amazing picture of the countryside of Spain and it's people. His writing is descriptive and colorful. I am enjoying the read immensely. 


This week I continue to listen to The Goldfinch by Donna Tart on my kindle and The Land of Painted Caves by Jean A Auel is still on my nightstand. 

Until next time,
Stay Busy and Stay Happy






Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Quiet!" I said " Be Quiet"

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though this isn't a book I loved, it was a good read. I was startled when at 78% my kindle said "you're finished!" It's not that it ends abruptly, it's just that there is a whole lot of acknowledgements, a large bibliography, and stuff at the end. Susan Cain certainly did her research.

I always thought of myself as an introvert, my sister doesn't think so. I used to think she was an extrovert, but she thinks she is an introvert. After reading this book, I have decided we are both right. We are a mix.

I enjoyed this book in the sense that it validated my feelings at times. That it is OK to want to work alone instead of always in a group. How it its important to have your own space. Something that is even more apparent to me now that I am older and spending every moment with my husband of very nearly 50 years.

Read this book, if you think you are an introvert. Read it if you live with an introvert. Read it if your children or loved ones are introverts. It is full of information, good information.


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wondrous Word Wednesday March 2014


Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words from some of my recent reads. 


Currently I have ebook on my Kindle, an audible book on my Kindle, a print book on my nightstand and an audio book in the player near my sewing room.Whew!



The Land of Painted Caves by Jean A Auel

lambent and peripatetic

Lambent is an adjective. Webster's New World Dictionary gives several definitions. 
1. playing lightly over a surface; flickering; said of a flame. 


"The fires lambent flames cast a comforting ruddy glow beyond the confines of the hearth." 


Peripatetic is an adjective also. Webster's New Word Dictionary has 2 definitions.
2. walking or moving about, not staying in one place; itinerant.

" After the first ceremonies that marked the initial coming together, the peripatetic summer life of foraging, exploring, and visiting would begin."


It is lot easier to make note of new and interesting  words from a print book. The ebook is fairly simple too, because I can highlight it and go back later. But the audible and audio books are more difficult. 


Quiet: The Power of the Introvert in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

Vitriol is a noun. The definition of vitriol is a sulfate of metal, or a very bitter feeling expressed in writing or speaking.


"Introverts maybe hesitant to cause disharmony but they should be equally worried about encouraging vitriol from their partner."




Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - 3/4/14






Every Tuesday Diane at  Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros.  You can share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon. Then click over to Diane's blog and link up with others who are sharing from their current book. Care to join us?


My pick today is a book that is this month's selection of my F2F book club. I tried to borrow it from our library, but I couldn't get a copy in time to read it for our March get together. So I logged on to Amazon and spent my birthday gift certificate. It should come in the mail today or tomorrow. 



We are going to share wine and cheese at our meeting. Hopefully a selection of unusual cheeses will be available.



1991
“It sat silently, hoarding its secrets”  This particular story begins in the dusky hollows of 1991, remembered as a rotten year through and through by almost everybody living, dead or unborn. I’m sure there were a few who had it good, maybe even made millions off other people’s misfortune, but for the rest of us there wasn't a glimmer. January dawned with tracers over Baghdad, the Gulf War. It was a bad year for Saddam Hussein and the Israeli farmer (Scud missiles, weak harvest), the Politburo of the Soviet Union ( dissolved),and the sawmills of British Columbia( rising stumpage fees, etc). An estimated one hundred and fifty thousand people died in a Bangladeshi cyclone. The IRA launched a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street, shattering the windows and scorching the wall of the room where Prime Minister John Major was meeting with his cabinet. (“I think we had better start again, somewhere else”, said the prime minister.)  In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupted, ejecting 30 billion metric tons of magma and aerosols, draping a thick layer of sulfuric acid over the earth, cooling temperatures while torching the ozone layer. 



I am hoping this book is uphill from here. I am hoping for an interesting read regarding fulfilling a dream and some really great cheese. 



Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Audio Marathon while working.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  As she says, it’s “a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”


Friday, Mr Busy and I went to the library and picked up another audio book to listen to while we worked in our hobby rooms. We picked another Baldacci and when we checked out, the librarian told me the "hold" was ready to be picked up too. So we came home with 2 David Baldacci stories. We started on King and Maxwell because it is the 6th in the series we have been listening to.

We also picked up a movie for my MIL to show at her independent living facility. We have picked up a few and she hasn't loved them. I will keep trying until we find one she likes. She turns 90 this month, and she hasn't had a lot of exposure to movies except the ones on Hallmark and maybe the old Turner Network, years ago. We tried Gone with the Wind, West Side Story ( she loves music) and The King and I.  All fails!   Any ideas?


Hope you all have a great week.
Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Snapshot Come On Spring



Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at  West Metro Mommy Reads. To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky (at West Metro Mommy). Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.


I am so ready for spring. This is a picture of a wild volunteer flower that appeared in my daughter's yard last summer. It makes me happy.

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy