31 January 2012

God's Earth...

Winter storms and much rain have damaged some of our trees and so despite the heartache must be cut down...

'A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.' 
 (John Muir)

It feels always a little sad to cut them down, however much it needed to be done!

Just another day on this island...

Blessings to all,

30 January 2012

Updated Review Of The Big Book Of History

Book description:

Unfold 6000 years of history in a stunning chart that stretches 15 feet. Designed to share the most details in a colorful collection of important facts and interesting photos, this book is now available in HARDCOVER FORMAT!
The Big Book of History is the perfect way to engage your child in an adventurous trip through time - from the first Day of Creation to present day! Discover:
  • The birthdates of conquerors, kings, inventors, scientists, and famous men of God
  • Wars and wonders of the ancient and modern worlds
  • The 969-year-old man who shared the true history of the world with Noah
  • The first ancient inventions and discoveries of chocolate, yo-yos, batteries, movies, and more!

My (updated) review:

I recently reviewed this book in a different format (soft cover/envelope) (here) and received this hardcover edition to review as well.
Based on the Old and New testaments this is a 15 foot fold out book filled with wonderful photographs, timeline and colour charts taking you instantly to Biblical/Christianity/World events as well as Inventions, Technology and Civilizations/Empires.
Well conceived, this is a wonderful reference tool for any homeschool family or budding history major!
Recommended for age 7 thru 12, it is available now both in the soft cover/envelope original format and the hardcover and well worth a recommendation to anyone who needs a quick reference!

Worth 5 stars!

I received this book free from NEW LEAF PUBLICATIONS as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

29 January 2012

Sunday Morning And Time Machine...

Sunday morning... 
Another week gone by...

Letters to write...

And the end of the month being near...
Bills to pay...

Time...So precious...
Aristotle speculated Time was motion...
John E. McTaggart proposed that the passage of time is an illusion suggesting that only the present is real ...
Time...Something we shall agree we never seem to have enough of...or do we?...

"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."

~Jeremy Irons~

Blessings to all,

28 January 2012

World of Science, Book review

Book description:

World of Science explores Gods creation all around us, from the furthest star in the Universe to the smallest atom under our feet. Through six accessible sections, children will gain an understanding of the importance of science in our ever-changing world.
This book brings a fresh and engaging approach to all aspects of the subject, while a final section of practical activities and experiments makes the application of science fun and enjoyable.
- Over 800 illustrations and photographs
- Includes over 60 science experiments
- Ideal for home reference and school project work

My review:

"In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth."...
Bearing an holographic cover the World of Science is a record of fascinating facts, each section exploring God's creation and thus helping students to get a better understanding of the amazing world around us. 
I  should simply state this is a wonderful book and the perfect addition to any curriculum, leaving it up to you to discover!
With hundreds of illustrations, the World of Science is the perfect tool for teaching homeschoolers or any budding scientist wishing to learn just a little more about science and our ever changing world.

What makes our world so special? Who made these wonderful discoveries and when? And how do we convey to young minds the science revolving all around us?

Here are a few helpful facts included in this special edition:

- Section 1 deals with matter and chemicals and explains items from atoms. molecules, crystals thru composites.
- Section 2 deals with Energy, Motion and Machines.
- Section3 covers Electricity and Magnetism
- Section 4 explains Light and Sound
- Section 5 explains Earth and Life on Earth
- Section 6 covers Space and Time
- Section 7, also the final chapter, includes 60 experiments covering plants and animals, chemistry, air and flight, water, sound, light, energy, forces, electricity and magnetism. These experiments are sure to make class time very enjoyable (since I did not have this hands-on opportunity in school , I just might try a few of these!)

Basic scientific measurements, conversions and derived measurements including a glossary explaining a light year or what is a neutron for quick reference makes it a good choice for any teacher or student.

A World of Science was originally published in 2004, now a joint edition from My Fathers World and Master publications and an amazing way to explore the world of science for the curious mind!

It is worth 5 stars in my book (no pun intended!)

I received this book free from NEW LEAF Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

27 January 2012

And The Winners For the Remembering You Holiday Meme Giveaway...

Remember the 'REMEMBERING YOU HOLIDAY MEME GIVEAWAY posted on this blog last Decembre? 
Well, I have just received Tricia Goyer's January 2012 newsletter and you will find the link for all winners names (here).

And a big thank you to Tricia Goyer for the opportunity!

P.S. If you have not yet done so, sign up for her newsletter and more giveaways!

26 January 2012

Where Wildflowers Bloom, Book review

Book description:

The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg-- as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns to town, Faith allows herself to hope that her dreams might come true. Does he truly love her? Or could another man claim her heart? Will she find that following her dreams may not mean leaving home after all?

The characters in
Where Wildflowers Bloom jump off the page and into the reader's heart. Author Ann Shorey infuses her characters with the virtues and quirks that bring them fully alive as they search for contentment and love.

My review:

'Where Wildflowers Bloom' is the first book in Ann Shorey's series called 'Sisters at Heart' and since I like a good Historical novel, wildflowers and dreaming, the perfect choice for a rainy day!

Faith Lindberg lost her father and brother and lives with her Grandfather who owns a Mercantile shoppe. Faith hopes to sell the business, hopefully at a profit of course and move West. She dreams of starting afresh.
The story is set just after the end of the Civil War and I found the added characters of a field nurse as well as a scarred veteran just the right touch for this novel to be a little more than just a lovely romance. 

Ann Shorey pens an interesting portrait of a MidWest town, and takes us on a stroll around the dusty boardwalks to the shoppes, local eatery, blacksmith shop and livery, sheriff's office, clapboard houses and the little white church with its spiked roof, not unlike time traveling in your armchair. 

The mercantile shoppe comes to life with her detailed description of the stock with its many shelves of goods.  I could almost feel the heroine's pain when she inadvertently drops the lovely china she'd hoped to sell and make a profit to boost sales. The fact that women rarely worked outside of home is once again the perfect detail to make this an interesting story!

With just the right eloquence Ann Shorey infuses readers with a sense of what life was truly for the settlers who made their homes in places such as Noble Springs, Missouri and the gossiping and sometime meddling of a small town. 
She does not stop there however and you discover the past is not to be shrugged off easily, especially for the men who came back from war, some broken, many scarred.  
With a burglary and even mysteries, the entire story evolves in just the kind of entertainment you need to relax!

A very nice story which earned 4 stars!

About Ann Shorey:

Discover for yourself this author who writes about Yesterday's Women - Today's Issues and likes to be called 'Annie' by family and friends, her love of books and even a GIVEAWAY at her website (here).

 “Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from BAKER REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

26 January...AUSTRALIA DAY!

26 January happens to be AUSTRALIA DAY so to all readers Down Under, G'Day Mate!
And for all of us who know so little of this magnificent country, read a little of its history right here!

Blessings to all,

24 January 2012

The Sweetest Mail Or Shall I Say Royal Mail...


It is a wonderful feeling when you pick up your mail and there is a little something special beside bills and ads! You just feel... on top of the world!

Today I received a small parcel bearing the Royal Mail stamp and discovered the special touch of Mademoiselle Poirot!

If readers will remember, I won Mademoiselle Poirot's giveaway a little while back and she graciously posted it and voila!

I could not resist taking a photo (or two!)

With her usual flair and elegance, Mademoiselle Poirot personalized my gift with a lovely handmade set of tags tied with a little bow to my new set of writing notes - notice the colour of the stenciled flowers, my favourite! 
There is always a little 'Je ne sais quoi' in everything she puts her heart into and shares with others! MERCI!!!! 
(Check out her Weekend Market post here - just heavenly!)

We have already lost the power once and wind velocity is to reach 50 miles/hr tonight...Closing and wishing everyone a good (safe) night!

23 January 2012

So Many Books, So Much To Choose...

I like to keep up with (some of) the latest gadgets if only not to sound like a complete nincompoop! I should amend this with a clarification: anything that has as few buttons as possible (I am electronically impaired!).
The era of computers opened doors in an amazing way and no doubt we shall agree, our world will never be the same for it. Where would we be without Internet for i.e. (or blogging)?

Like so many other inventions however, there is some good and bad in technology. The Internet and computers have enabled most of us to discover an amazing world of information at our fingertips! Then again, the accessibility of certain materials is sometimes unsuitable for a tender age! I will certainly not get into the availability of material NO ONE should be able to retrieve! 
As my children often point out, I am very naive and I would  therefore prefer to hang on to my daydreaming!

So this morning as I was browsing my favourites blogs I noticed 'Little Birdie Blessings' post about E-books.
Since I yearn for an E-book (one of these days I will get one) I read thoroughly each sentence and I agree wholeheartedly (see post here). 

There are countless downloads available to the masses yet it is a little like couponing! 
Why purchase an item simply because you have a coupon for it?
It makes no sense if your family will not use this particular brand so why not use the same reasoning  when downloading a book/article?
And why would we debase ourselves in selecting a title in contradiction to our standard or belief?
Whichever faith we choose to follow,  let's retain GOD in our day to day dealings!

The information we store and read on our e-devices
affects how we think.

Our thoughts affect the way we feel.
Negative thoughts, untrue thoughts,
all lead to stress and anxiety.
I know……..I’ve been there!  
 You’ve been there!

Finally, no one will doubt our love of books once you enter our home. There is something magical in opening the pages of a good novel or article and discover a whole new world, tucked in a comfortable armchair by the fireside. 
Perhaps when I have an E-reader will I also feel the unexplained thrill of such a vast world of knowledge at the mere touch of a button (as long as we retain energy to upload)! 
In the meantime there are many sites with free downloads available which I would like to share and you will find them listed here (see info).

So for now I will continue to cherish my books and try to choose wisely...

 (Watercolour by Van Gogh)

22 January 2012

Sunday Prayers


In the still small voice of the rain,
in the wind of the sea, and the warmth of sun
in the deep of night and the heart of day
when we least anticipate it, God calls.

(The rest of this beautiful prayer can be found here)!

Sunday, a day for resting and praying...

Blessings to all,

21 January 2012

Unveiling The Kings of Israel, Book review

Book description:

Unearth the history of the small nation of Israel - the troubled and devastating periods of loss and exile - once lost to time. Far from being a book of myths, the Bible is an amazing historical record, and each year, more archaeological discoveries continue to prove its validity and significance. Follow the intriguing clues found buried in ancient cities, on the walls of early monuments, and in the written records of our world’s oldest civilizations. Walk the ancient streets, explore the distant temples, and unearth the compelling history that continues to resonate with the world today. 

My review:

Unveiling the Kings of Israel is a fascinating compilation of archaeological history and together with great photos and detailed records, this is a great addition to any library. The author David Down is well known for his knowledge of History. Together with the Israel Antiquities authority he is regularly involved in new diggings in Israel and is a respected field archaeologist. 

In this book David Down starts with an outline of the authority of the Bible and discusses the various points of view of other archaeologists including the type of historical information they use. He then shows there is a definite archaeological evidence for biblical accuracy. Beginning for i.e. with Genesis the author shows us that Noah's Ark may not have landed on Mount Arafat (Turkey) as most of us have come to believe but rather in a much more likely place. With clear evidence of a world wide flood, David Down discusses the possibility of Noah's descendants spread throughout the globe.

With fascinating facts and solid evidence supporting biblical stories including detailed maps, local legends and scarcely known details of the early history of Israel, David Down shares his extensive archaeological experience and his discoveries. I must concede it is very hard to make justice to this amazing book! Read it!!

A must have for homeschooling or any family library the book also contains 4 appendices of Tabernacle Life, Solomon's Temple, Dead Sea Scrolls, and individual tables for the Patriarchs, Chronology, and even Jewish Weights and Measures.

Definitively to be brought to your local library's attention as well, this is 5 stars material!

About the Author:

At 86 years old Australian missionary and archaeologist David Down's life is as fascinating as his books!
He describes his passion for archaeology started when his uncle asked him to a public meeting in Melbourne, Australia, during World War II.

For more, read (here)

 I received this book free from NEW LEAF Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the 'A Mile In His Shoes' DVD GIVEAWAY is...

The movie sounds like a good one, we are a family that loves baseball and we love an inspirational move.

Congratulations Sherry! I will contact you shortly for your snail mail address and will forward it to the Sponsor!
Thank you for your participation!!

20 January 2012

Snow, Ice and Power losses

We seem to loose power every so often and sometime for hours so this is to be a very short post!
Blesings to all from our very chilly, snowy, icy tiny island on the Pacific NW coast!

Keep warm!

19 January 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa, Book review

Book description:

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action,
Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers' adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on--and the runners are playing for keeps.

My review:

The Mona Lisa's smile is a powerful attraction and I am certain Leonardo de Vinci himself smiles from above at the extent of our curiosity. I must admit I was very intrigued when I read the resume and it seemed to be just the novel for a long winter night. 

Tricia Goyer was a factor in my choice since I have very much enjoyed her talented writing in 'Dawn of a Thousand Nights' and 'of From Dust and Ashes'.  Readers find a talented storyteller in this author whose extensive well known fiction and non fiction work involves much research and a good amount of faith!

Chasing Mona Lisa's era alone should have held my interest but after a few chapters I puzzled at this particular novel's plot.
Leaving aside the improbable, albeit interesting historical possibility, it read very much like a 7th grader history lesson in internal French conflicts during Liberation and its questionable heroes and an art pamphlet! 
Still, the Mona Lisa was stolen once before and we all know how much priceless artwork was appropriated by the Occupying Forces so why not her after all? 

However not withstanding the baffling editing, i.e. one incident calls for a Ost soldier appearing yet two seems involved in the scuffle (?), the large Camembert (not even black market in 1944 could have produced this in the middle of the City of light) and the three pain rustique, reminiscent of the biblical multiplication of fish and loaves (?), you find yourself wondering if perhaps this novel was just aimed at young adults.

I had difficulties in visualizing any area of the Swiss border unchecked in 1944, a stupendous work of art hanging in a chateau's child room (do you really think such a possible billet for the Wehrmacht or Gestapo would not have been checked over if not appropriated?), or an airfield allowing Allied Forces to land and store aircraft in wartime Switzerland! (see here for info)...

This read very much like lots of facts thrown in for authenticity including the well documented OSS Colt .45, a smattering of French words and a detailed Swiss road map, all built around a plot which seems to leave characters (and readers) in confusion. 

In the end, this book only brought a big yawn and raised eyebrows.

As co authors in Chasing Mona Lisa, Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey just do not appear to have a winning combination. This is their second book, 'The Swiss Courrier' being the first of their cooperation. For readers who are interested, some of the characters of Chasing Mona Lisa appeared in The Swiss Courrier.

I rate it 3 stars!

“Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
I received this book free from BAKER REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Let It Snow. Let It Snow. Let It Snow...

I must have been living under a rock lately, because I did not know that SOPA and PIPA are all the rage...
So at my children's urgings I am posting these few photos AFTER the blackout! 
NO posting on the 18th of January 2012 I was told, absolutely NOT!

Wow! There is something new to learn everyday about blogging! I would truly miss it!

So here are a few photos to showcase our island snow fall...

I could not think of anything else to feed my Blue Boys (Stellar Jays)...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
Back to my rocking chair, hot cocoa and a good book...

Blessings to all,

17 January 2012

Not The South Pole Yet...

We are promised snow...a little or a lot depending on which part of the Pacific NW coast you live!

Logs are stacked nearby for the wood stove, bird feeders refilled, suet and peanuts hanging for my Blue Boys (Stellar jays), assorted emergency supplies readied, including the generator (in case we lose the power...yet again), oil lamps checked, candles just in case...
Suddenly it feels like our cabin in the mountains...

A white Christmas would have been a nice touch...This, I am not so sure about it! Sigh...
The only excited member of our little family is the Corgi! As for me, I made sure hot cocoa is ready and a nice stack of books awaits by my rocking chair!

Today is the 100th anniversary of Captain R. Falcon Scott's, leader of the Terra Nova Expedition, arrival at the South Pole. Along with two other men, he survived cruel weather conditions and deprivation during those long months only to find out Amundsen had beaten him to the goal by 33 days. 
The ill-fated trio never returned. Captain Scott and his team left us however with notes and letters and incredible photos! His last entry read: 

“Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more. R. Scott. For God's sake look after our people.”

One of those letters will be displayed in Cambridge today...I only wish I could see that!

Note: The Scott Polar Institute exhibition runs until 5 May in Cambridge!

Be sure to look at the amazing photos at the following sites:


 Blessings to all,

16 January 2012

A Mile In His Shoes, DVD review And GIVEAWAY!

Movie sypnosis:

Only a miracle can help baseball coach Arthur 'Murph' Murphy (Dean Cain) and his losing minor league baseball team. As Murph sets out to recruit new talent for the team, he stumbles upon Mickey (Luke Schroder), a young farmer with an incredible pitcher's arm. However, Mickey's parents are reluctant in allowing him to join the team because he has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. 
Murph convinces Mickey's parents that life in the minor league will benefit their unique son, but he doesn't realize just how much his new recruit will help the team's game and, more importantly, their spirit. 
Based on a true story, Thomas Kinkade Presents: A Mile in His Shoes is an inspirational film that celebrates faith, determination and the power of friendship. 

My review:

When Saturday night comes, grab a bowl of popcorn, gather everyone in the family room and put this movie on! This is a winner

Based on 'The legend of Mickey Tussler', a novel written by talented Frank Nappi, 'A mile in his shoes' is the story of a remarkable young Ohio farmer with a sensational pitcher's arm. 
Mickey is undeniably warm and caring and has a remarkable memory for numbers. He also suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of Autism.

Wonderful quotes from the movie: 
 'You'll never know what's possible until your learn to believe in yourself' and 'Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them and late in the game'.
What better messages to pass on to our children?

A presentation of Thomas Kinkade the Painter of Light, this movie is directed by William Dear (remember Harry and the Hendersons?) and stars actor Dean Cain with the million dollar smile as the friendly Coach with a past. 
Luke Schroder also makes his acting debut and gives us a heartfelt performance you will find endearing!   Luke's tasteful rendition of 'Mickey' reminds us of his famous Dad, Rick Schroder. A quick look at the Special Features explains also Luke's respect for the character he plays in the movie and how he came to study the part. A young actor with much promise! 

This is is a movie the whole family can appreciate and worth 5 stars!

For more information visit:

This DVD was released 10 January 2012!

And now for the GIVEAWAY:

The  sponsor has kindly offered a copy of this movie for giveaway so here is your chance to own a copy of this warm story!
Simply place a comment on this post and don't forget to include your email address for contact (i.e. angel123 at yahoo period com to prevent spam!) 
Sorry, US and Canada entries only due to format!

This giveaway will be open until Friday the 20th of January at Midnight
Then using Random.org I will select one (1) winner and the movie will be mailed to you by the Sponsor! 

I received this DVD free from PROPELLER as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Blessings to all,

15 January 2012

24 Hours With Island Residents... Sunny Saturday, Wintery Sunday...

 Sunny Saturday stroll for the King of the island...Truly majestic!
Never far from sight...This is a tiny island, he will soon be back...
Wintery Sunday...Snow!
A little bit of Heaven when you are a snow baby...
More snow play...This happens only once a year...
Got it! Cold...No! Frisbee...YES!
Moi? In the snow?? Not likely!

Blessings to all,

13 January 2012

Neighboring On The Air or Radio Homemakers...

A few years ago my family and I purchased a little piece of Heaven, 20 acres and a small cabin in the Mountains...and this city girl discovered a whole new world!  
Endless vistas, fresh air, wildlife, no water?? We decided to remedy that part immediately albeit it took 306 ft of hard drilling through glaciers! We now have a solar powered well and I am glad to say the money was worth it! 

The wildlife part took a little getting used to...Elks, mountain lions, brown eagles (nasty), coyotes and wolves lives in these parts and prints and scats are evident, particularly in the wee morning! We quickly realized a stroll through 'our' woods was not to be undertaken lightly unlike a leisurely stroll in the downtown park! 
Realization came fast when a black bear visited us one evening... We both spotted each other and had pretty much the same reaction:...AAAAAHHHH!!! before he/she scampered  into the woods and I quickly locked the cabin door!
I rather enjoy the antics of tiny red squirrels, chirping chipmunks and comical prairie dogs on our land and I am still hoping to get a glimpse of that elusive elk (he/she tantalizes me with a few hair hanging on the siding!)

We have a generator of course, a wood burning cook stove and use oil lamps just like the Amish. It is cozy and we love the peace and quiet (generally disrupted only when some lone coyote howls in the night or some idiot discharges his shotgun...).

Without telly or computer however we rely on a small transistor for outside world news and entertainment. This means the local radio station broadcasting from the valley, including an oldie program which brings back many memories, an heavenly half hour of Songs of Praises on Sunday mornings and a Saturday Party Line...
I had never heard of such a program but it sounded very much part of the West so I often put it on for a glimpse of life in these lonely parts! 
It took a moment for me to realize the man who stated he and 'Bertha' needed to part from each other after 3 years meant Bertha the sow, was now for sale...

What must it feel to live miles away from every amenities (21 miles down a steep mountain to reach the only general store/gas station) and another 6.5 miles to the nearest town? Going off once or twice a month for supplies? (wait... we do the very same on the island?!)

For decades 'neighboring on the air' by Radio Homemakers was the answer! I first heard of this program through 'The legacy of Home' thanks to Mrs. White. Take a moment to check out the video she uploaded and you will quickly understand what I mean! 

In 'Neighboring on the Air' you will discover the original blogging system! Today Bloggers across the globe uses the Internet to reach out readers and share their thoughts and ideas, crafts, good times and bad ones, often sprinkled with much wit and a good dose of wisdom! 

Radio homemakers such as Evelyn Birkby provided practical information designed to help day to day activities, offering companionship and inspiration on all sorts of areas such as recipes, biographies and household advices and best of all, still applicable today! 

 For a few examples, Page 66 yields a great Hand lotion:

1/2 pint glycerin
1/2 pint bay rum
1 pint rosewater or rainwater
1/2 ounce tincture of Benzoin
1 large TBSP quince seed (soak in rosewater 24 hours and strain)

To make: Mix all together and use each time after having hands in water!

And try Quick Fondant Easter Eggs on page 130 (Martha Bolhsen's recipe and a delight!)

'Neighboring on the Air - Cooking with the KMA Radio Homemakers' by Evelyn Birkby is a wonderful insight in Americana, and a tribute to the amazing women who reached out over the air to isolated US homemakers! 
Worth every cents I paid for (Thank you again Mrs. White!) and a keeper!

Note to readers: All opinions expressed are entirely my own!


12 January 2012

The Keeper, Book review

Book description:

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding--again--she knows who is to blame. Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet, Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin' Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul's cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.
Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

Full of the plot twists and surprises her fans love,
The Keeper is the first in a new series by bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Through touching family relationships and trials of the heart, Fisher's vivid characters grapple with yielding to God's will when it doesn't match their own.

My review:

Two things called my attention to Suzanne Woods Fisher latest novel. The first was 'A family, a farm, a heart...All in need of repairs' and the second, 'The Keeper' is a keeper!
I wholeheartily agree and yes, (once again) I found a little spot on my shelves...No surprise there, Susanne's books are worth tucking in here and there (maybe build a new shelf?).

There is something special in this author's books and I always enjoy a little guessing work at the beginning of each of her novels just to see later on if I have guessed correctly.  I like to just snuggle up in a chair, a cuppa nearby and discover a whole new story about the Amish. You might say reading her latest novel is a little like meeting an old friend or a good neighbour at the kitchen table!

'The Keeper' is a journey of discovery of young love amidst a world that somehow always fascinates of course, one we never seem to grow tired of. It is also about choices! Each character is certain to pull at the strings of your heart as we have learned to expect from Suzanne's books!
In this first book of 'The Stoney Ridge Seasons' it is a toss to whom of these characters's antics you will laugh the hardest and love the most! My favourite is M.K.! 

Like a beautiful quilt, stich by stich, 'The Keeper' reveals a heartwarming story rich in lively colours, humour and a good dose of wisdom. Suzanne's exquisite rendering of  finding the courage to say hello and goodbye when the time comes ultimately makes this yet again, a beautiful story of love, hope and faith in the Lord's guiding hands. It will make you cry and laugh and will create a few sighs in between...

This is one story you will have a hard time to put down and worth 5 stars!

Suzanne Woods Fisher needs no introduction but if you are not yet acquainted be sure to check out her blog (here)!

Be sure to check out Suzanne's "Honey of a deal' Giveaway on the 17th of January 2012 on Facebook! See details (here).

Notes to Readers

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from BAKER/REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

And for a twist...Is anyone familiar with this recipe? It is called the Beehive Bread! ( recipe here)

10 January 2012

Getting In The Swing Of Things...Knit One, Purl One...

The week started in a lovely way...I WON! Yes, it might seem silly to some, but I was elated and found myself dancing around the room with the Corgi...
What can I say? It just feels good to be 'The' One!
So what exactly did I win? Well, check out Mademoiselle Poirot's exquisite site and you will see for yourself!
I am so looking forward to find my gift in the post that I just might beat ex-RAF hubby to the mainland!

I then checked out a comment on the site and discovered 'London Catwalk' 'Glamourous photos'...
Oh dear, stunning comes to mind! Photo # 6 with the lovely red pardessus with its bow -instead of martingale- and basket just called to me!
And I think after reading Patti's post on 'Pretty versus Hot' I am (almost) ready to throw off tweeds, brogues and trousers...

Time for a little beauty in my life...A string of pearls perhaps? A new pair of pumps? Purse? (a weakness!) Scarf? (my favourite!)...

I also found myself humming (if I burst in a song the Corgi runs away!) a lot the last few days...Spring fever?
Maybe, as I have gone over the house with the dust rag and washed china, nick knacks and moved potted plants here and there for more light...
My favourite Charity shoppe also yielded a lovely set of Filandia plates, an inspiration emanating from my constant browsing at Madelief's...
And yes, I threw the windows open (at least in the bedroom!)...for a bit of fresh air...

It's the New Year and it is time to get in the swing of things...
I found myself staring four times in the last week at knitting posts... A sign? Inspiration?
O course visiting Dance With Wool is always an inspiration! I think that little bunny is perfect for Madeline!
I have not knitted in a long time...A year in fact!
Back in the saddle...
Knit one, Purl one...

In betwixt I will continue to read...No one can doubt I love to read of course and write to the Troops!
As a Soldier's Angel I have been matched with yet another soldier, this time a young man who loves Toselli, Locatelli and Scarletti... 

May No Soldier Go Unloved! 

With the holidays behind us, it is easy to forget yet a small parcel or a letter is sure to brighten a young service person's day! Please don't forget them!!