Book Review – August 2014

29 Aug

“Books serve to show a man that those

original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”

Abraham Lincoln

Whew – what a week, I feel like I’ve been behind every single day! Not a good feeling. And with so many library books, I’ve been reading like mad the past few weeks in order to get them all read on time. But, I finally conceded and gave up on finishing one, and never even started another.. . . For some reason I always feel slightly guilty getting a book from the library and not reading it. Like I’ve wasted its time or something. Am I the only one who feels that way? But then my friend suggested a novel to me and suddenly it wasn’t so hard to not read those biographies. I’ve decided that more than one biography at a time is too much. 

So, let’s get on with it shall we? ~~~~~

  • Boundaries in Marriage – by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend – I am loving this marriage book that i am reading for the book study i’m a part of- ( Meaningful Marriage Study). I am finally in chapter 6 and think that I am liking it enough to buy instead of just renewing it from the library. which reminds me, i think it is due soon.. shoot… So this book teaches you proper boundaries in your relationships , specifically your marriage. It teaches you why they (boundaries) are vital for a great relationship, how to protect your marriage from intruders (no matter what form they take) , how values form the foundation and walls of your marriage and why each partner needs to have personal boundaries…and much more. It is not a book focused on changing your spouse, but yourself. It is an absolute-must read. book review aug 2014
  • The Heart’s Pursuit – by Robin Lee Hatcher – this was a new novel for me!! i have never read a book by Hatcher that I didn’t end up loving and this one follows in that list. Wonderful. Wonderful. Silver Matlock is determined to find the man who left her at the altar – and stole all her family’s money. Jared Newman is on the trail of the man who murdered his family. For Silver to join Jared on the trail is to tarnish her reputation but they set off in the desert against all odds to find the two men. Along the way, they must learn to trust and forgive.  
  • Climbing the Mango Trees – by Madhur Jaffrey – This was a very good read. I enjoyed learning about another culture and world. Madhur grew up on a family compound – where forty of more family members were present for dinner – and climbing the trees in the orchard on their land.She was a curious, independent and sensitive child and loved to learn about her family’s history.  Not only does she share stories of her childhood (which are riveting) but also how food can bring back memories. 
  • Orphan Train West- by Jane Peart - a trilogy – bk 1 Homeward the Seeking Heart - I pretty much grew up reading this trilogy and absolutely love it. I haven’t read it for years so it is fun to have it be -almost-new again. Sadly, I had to put this one aside as I tried to catch up on my library books but I think I can finally start reading it again! yay! It is set in 1890 and focuses on three best friends as they leave an orphanage near Boston and  travel by train to be adopted as part of the “Orphan Train”. The girls – Toddy, Kit and Laurel – vow to be ‘best friends’ no matter where they are placed. The first book focuses on Toddy who gets adopted by wealthy Mrs. Hale who has a sickly granddaughter, Helene to be her companion. As Toddy brightens their lives with her optimism, she tries to hide the devastating fear brought on an angry maid’s words.  – side note, as i look online it says that H. the S.H.  is book number 2, while my personal book has it as the first. . .. sooo, who knows what is right. but it’s  a great trilogy either way!
  • Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed – by John F. Ross - This was the biography that I had to give up reading. Which was sad, because it was quite good and I was enjoying it. But, I figure I’ll get it again from the library and make it all the way through.. .. It is based on Eddie Rickenbacker (obviously) and how he became a national icon (i know, you’re like who??)  during World War 2. Starting out racing cars on the dirt tracks and becoming an ace pilot, Eddie was a confident daredevil, innovator and skilled aerial dualist and squadron commander. Part of why I enjoyed this book (what I read of it) was how it tells the story of the beginning of the automobile and the effects it had on life as we know it. Book review - aug 2014
  • As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto: Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece – by Joan Reardon -Now this is the one that I dived into whenever I got the chance. It was so fun reading the letters of these two women, one we obviously know, but Avis was a well-known player in her own part. There are over 200 letters between these two friends, who would have never met if not for Julia writing a letter to Avis’ husband about an article about knives in a magazine. They became best friends, pen pals, travelers together and Avis was the champion for the cookery-bookery (Julia’s words) that Julia (and Simca) were putting together over the course of several years. Full of every bit of life they cover politics, cooking and McCarthyism and so much more. If you enjoyed the movie, Julie and Julia, I encourage you to read this book. It shares so much more of the struggle they had of getting the thing put together and then getting published. 
  • The Merchant’s Daughter – by Melanie Dickerson – honestly, I am only on page 5 right now, so I can’t make too much of a review on this one other than I got sucked in by the first sentence. Which I LOVE it when an author can grab you that quickly. (does anyone else get annoyed by having to wait a few chapters before you’re really involved in the story?) It is a re-write of beauty and the beast as far as i can gather. Annabel is faced with an unexpected choice. She is the daughter of a once-wealthy merchant but now is the indentured servant to the beastly and reclusive, Lord Renulf. But even worse is the advances of the baliff. Thinking that a life as a nun is the best way to uphold her faith and get away from the baliff, she is surprised to find herself drawn to Lord Renulf during their encounters. She must decide to stick with her plans or to listen to God’s whisper on her heart. – Right??? I mean, man, i just want to pick it up and read. It has been a while (ahem, a few weeks) since I read a new, really good novel and I’m so excited. 

And there you go friends! I hope you find something worth trying out in this list! I am starting a series for the month of September called the  Blog-tember Challenge – where I am taking the challenge to blog every day! I am excited about it  so come back and see me often! 

 What books have you been reading this month??? 

~Laura

Pinterest Workout Challenge #2

27 Aug

 

Pinterest Workout Challenge

Well, it has been two weeks and I am a little disappointed with myself at how many days I have missed. =(  I would do good for a few days and then sleep in….. or forget…. Sigh. So I have made a little list of what I need to improve on:

~ have workout clothes ready for the morning 

~ workout even when my OH is home

~ Get up around the same time every morning

Honestly, I think getting up and working out when my OH is home is going to be the most difficult one! He is only home 3 days a week right now, so I always want to laze about with him instead of lacing up my shoes and working out. But I’ve simply got to. This week, my mom and I have been meeting each morning and walking with our dogs. We walk about 3 miles. Woot!  But I want to also do a workout. . . . I was thinking of continuing the leg workout, but how boring is that when I’ve got a bunch of different leg workout pinned? So, I am going to come back to that one some day and try this new one. 

Trim Your Inner Thighs in 15 Minutes

Ironically, this one has the same moves as the first workout I chose, with a few more added in. So, the goal is to do this before/after I walk with my mom! As this isn’t a stated ‘in 2 weeks’ workout, I am thinking I will set it a goal for myself. 2 weeks and stick with it. 

Are you joining me this week in the workout challenge? What workout are you doing? 

How to be a Professional Procrastinator

21 Aug

Seriously ladies, I am a procrastinator. With a capital P. I learned this from my dear mom ( you know it’s true mom) and it has ‘helped’ me along through college and now, as a stay at home wifey. I love finding lists of ways to be more productive, telling myself that I really will try some of them out and be better at getting things done in a timely fashion. But well, I never get around to it. So today, I  thought I would share a list of my own on how to waste time.=) 

how to be a professional procrastinato

take a nap. every day.

find an addicting video game on your smart phone. play obsessively.

find another game to play when you’re bored with the first one. 

over-request books from the library – get them all within a week – read constantly.

Watch favorite tv shows on Netflix.

Get lost searching new recipes on Pinterest. For hours.

Spend a few hours reading blogs.

Go to Portland with your OH (other half) every other week.

Go visit your mom.

Stare sadly into your mostly-empty fridge.

Make well- intentioned to-do lists.

Check your mailbox – at least twice each day. 

update reading status on Goodreads.com

Play with photos on picmonkey.com

Organize photoon Dropbox.

Play with your dog. If you don’t have one – get one.

Take another nap. 

Hopefully this helps you get into the oh-so-fulfilling life of the professional procrastinator. If not, there’s no hope for you. =)

What are your favorite ways to waste time?? Or,  what’s your best time-saving tip? 

Pinterest Workout Challenge Update

19 Aug

This is just a quick update on the Pinterest Workout Challenge from last week! I missed a work out day due to a brutualy painful migraine over the weekend, but have done good other than that! I am sore(!) from it! It doesn’t look like much, but wowzers, am I out of shape! 

Plus, I’ve been able to get out with my golden retriever and mom for a few walks too. YAY!

thanks for all the support and encouragement and I hope some of you join me! 

*thanks to pinterest for this image*

 

btw, I want this saying on a tank top for when I actually start running, anyone know where I could get one?

Civil War Reenacment Memories

15 Aug cw1

     I am super excited to show you some photos that I just received from Rose Lefebvre. She was at the same Civil War Reenactment as I was last year and took some phenomenal photographs! A friend of mine came across her blog and saw that we were in it and shared the link with me! Long story short, Rose was sweet enough to send me the photos that my nephew, friends, hubby and I were in! You must go check her out at Poet Rose 24

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Can I just gush about how handsome my honey looks? I wish he would dress like this all the time, I just love it!

     I simply loved my outfit for the day! I did chicken out and forgo the hoop skirt to make the drive there easier. This time period is one of my favorites, even though there were at least four layers under that heavy skirt! I would wear this outfit again in a heartbeat! My friends (who regularly take part in civil war reenactments) loaned me the outfit. such dears!

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Adorable nephew. He is in his element at these reenactments!

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a dear friend! Love that dress and hat!

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yes, I’m just sitting there while watching my friend work! it’s called “supervising”

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didn’t I tell you he was adorable? That’s his big brother on the right and my OH on the left

    Well, I hope you enjoyed these photos. And please please, go check out Rose’s blog! If you want to see more photos of our time at the reenactment, let me know! I’d love to share them, actually I might share them whether you want me to or not. hehe. It was so much fun and I hope we get to go again! 

Happy weekend and Shabbat Shirah!

Pinterest Workout Challenge

12 Aug lean and strong

14 day challenge

Today, I am starting a new series “Pinterest Workout Challenge”   Where I am going to pick from the numerous workouts on my Pinterest board and, well, do them! Because we all do it – we pin these great workouts that promise outstanding results and then. . . .look at them a few months later and think, “I really should do this.” So, while I’ve been thinking this series idea over, I hadn’t set a date of when to start it until I got up this morning and did this workout! 

14 Day Lean Legs Challenge

Now, when I was younger, it was rare to see me wear shorts. Ever. If I did, they were long…. to my knees. I hated my legs. They were/are blind-you-every-time-you-look-at-them white and the opposite of what my friend terms her legs as ‘chicken legs’. I have always been super sensitive about  the fact that I have stretch marks on my thighs and that when I sit down, my thighs look twice as big as they actually are. These past few summers I have gotten better about wearing shorts – realizing that I’m the only one who sees my legs in such a negative way.  Driving around with my OH over the weekend, I told him I want ‘runner’s legs.’ Now, while I had to explain what that meant to him, I’m sure all you ladies understand what I mean by that. Firm. Shaped. Fit. Tanned. I know I might have to give up that last description but that’s my goal!  I want to be fit overall but for this next two weeks I am going to focus on my legs. 

Our house has no carpet, only linoleum so I try to avoid workouts that require laying down. . .which limits me of course. But I am excited to commit myself to this challenge!  Check out the workout – it’s super easy – I will say I’m not too keen on some of the photos on this site (while they aren’t horrible, they show a little too much for my taste)  but I just scroll down away from the photo. 

To check out my pinterest board, click  here. If you want to join me, that’d be great! Ok, here’s the hard part, I’m going to show you a photo of day 1, so I (we) can see if anything changes by the end of the two weeks! Day 1

Boundaries in Marriage tidbits

6 Aug

i am back! did ya miss me? hehe. i had a great time on my trip – and then turned and re-packed my bag the next day to join my hubby for the week. I decided that seeing him for one day out of about two weeks wasn’t all right with me! 

As I said, I had a wonderful time visiting my friend and her little girl (if you follow me on facebook, you’ve seen a loooot of photos of the little one!). While I was out, I stayed mostly off ‘social media’ as I had planned. I even refrained from approving and replying to comments here on my blog! that part was rather hard, I will admit. But because of being off everything, and traveling, I stopped writing the last week of nanowrimo. I am bummed that i only made it to 5,000 odd words, but I learned a lot and plan on picking up the proverbial pen again soon and getting back into my story! 

I also cut about six inches off my hair a few weeks ago. Yikes. It was fun and something I didn’t plan on doing but while I am glad I did it, I have decided it is too short for me. I love long hair. long – as in halfway (or more) down my back. Part of the reasoning for cutting it though, was that my OH and I are planning on moving to Portland, OR in the near future and I knew it would be easier to manage the transition from dry desert air to humid valley air. 

I am enjoying being a part of the Meaningful Marriage Study – Amberly over at Life with Amberly and Joe started the group. I love love love her blog – marriage is a passion of hers and she shares and spreads that through her blog (and now the marriage study!) I feel that if we were in the same town and were able to meet up over tea (or coffee hehe), i would come away feeling so uplifted and inspired! Check her blog out, I know you will love it.  

We are reading Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Here are some of the notes that I’ve taken through my reading so far. (just to whet your appetite)

Boundary – ownership where one person ends and the other begins.  – — to me, this means that just because you are married, you are still you and they are still them. You know, how in high school, you’d hear about a couple that did everything together and seemed to become as if they were one person instead of ,well, two? yeah. unhealthy, that. 

“Boundaries help us determine who is responsible for what .If we can see that the problem is our problem and that we are responsible for it, then we are in the drivers seat of change.”  — if we are willing to let go of our pride and see that our actions/attitude/whatnot are part of the problem, then we are able to work to fix it. we are not left sitting and waiting and wondering why nothing is changing.

“Responsibility takes action. ” —- ditto to what i said above. 

“Marriage is based on a love relationship deeply rooted in freedom” — i love the last four words ‘deeply rooted in freedom’ . you must feel free in the relationship, free to state your opinion, your wants, your desires. Love exists only where there is freedom.

photo courtesy of unsplash

photo courtesy of unsplash

“The Triangle of boundaries — Freedom – Responsibility – Love” – — each must be free to not react to each other, each must take responsibility of their own problems/issues/stuff and they love the other person no matter what. once again, love exists only where there is freedom.

Some quick examples of boundaries: 

  • Words
  • Truth (Eph. 4:25)
  • Consequences
  • Emotional Distance (Prov. 4:23 -only with a pure heart)
  • Physical Distance (Prov. 27:12)
  • Other People

I hope you have picked up a few things to mull over through these notes. I do have more but don’t want to overwhelm you… =) I am a big note taker (but let me know if you would like more highlights of the book and I’d be glad to share them!) I highly recommend this book and look forward to finishing reading it. 

Book Review July 2014

24 Jul

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be given when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde

I am so excited, I will be taking a trip to go see one of my closest-I’ve-known-her-forever friends next week!!! We have been planning this trip for a few months now and I cannot wait to get there. I haven’t seen her daughter in two years, and it just so happens that I will get to help celebrate her third birthday while I’m there! We have some fun times planned already and then figure the rest we’ll figure out as we go! I am trying to plan what snacks and such to take – with my food allergies it’s always best to be prepared. (I really hope you read those last two words in a song from Lion King, because that’s how I typed it. only, I’m not planning on killing my brother, the king, in order to starve the whole kingdom… but anyway) 

So, because of the trip, I will be taking a week off from the blog. I have gone back and forth about prepping posts but I think it will be good to just take a break from so much time in front of this laptop of mine and enjoy the moments a little more. Although I am torn because I wanted to join the link up wit the flok

So, today we will have  our monthly book review a week early. ( and I hope you will forgive the lack of photos of the books I’m reviewing today, I have been in a lot of pain this week and do not have the energy to take the photos. enjoy this one from unsplash though!)

 

 

 

 

book review july 2014

 

Take Hold by Ariel and D’vorah Berkowitz –  has it really been three months since I started this book? oy! I am determined to finish it, no matter how long it takes. It is a super interesting book, apparently, the difficulty is in my actually picking it up…. This book teaches about the unity and equality between Jewish believers and non- Jewish believers through Messiah;  the inheritance of non -Jewish believers through the covenants of Israel. As the back cover states “What is your relationship to the Land, the People and the Scriptures of Israel?” 

Your Older Dog  by Jean Callahan – I got this book because I realized, that yes, Lady Abigail is getting old. Once I read the chapter on signs of aging, I saw that a lot of her behaviors that she has recently ‘picked up’ are because she is old, not just being a pill. slow response times, sleeping a LOT more, wears out quicker on walks, etc… she’s old. The book had some great information in it, if you are thinking your dog is being a brat and she’s getting close to age 10, you might wand to grab this book! 

DIY Dog Grooming by Jorge Bendersky - I really only read one chapter of this book, but I did like that in the opening chapter it helps you determine what type of hair your dog has, so you can know how to properly groom them. For some reason, it took me a while to figure out, according to the book, what type Lady had…. Good book. Cover is a little off-putting. 

A Tiger in the Kitchen by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan – This was a ‘food memoir’ that i found at the library. it was very well written and interesting. She is Singaporean, so the food that she learns to cook is very different from what I grew up eating. I did a more thorough review in last month’s book review – book-review-june-2014

Finding Betty Crocker by Susan Marks -What a fun book! This is the one I kept by my bedside to read each evening. It contained recipes, photos of ‘betty crocker’ and her kitchens through the years and it was very interesting  to read how this person that transformed so many people’s lives, came to be! 

A Captain for Laura Rose by Stephanie Grace Whitson - I loved loved loved this novel. Laura Rose White grew up with her brother on the Missouri river in a steamboat captained by her late father, who taught her how to pilot the steamboat. But, in 1867, a female pilot is unheard of so Laura struggles with only being a ‘cub pilot’ to her brother, Joe. But, when tragedy strikes, Laura must make the two month journey in order to save her home and her family’s legacy. The only way to survive, is by having her brother’s friend, Finn MacKnight, pilot the steamboat. The only problem? Laura fears he is still the drunk laze-about that he used to be before the war. —there is a lot more to the story of course, but hopefully that whets your appetite enough to get it and read it! I loved the twists and turns of this novel. Whitson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend - These two doctors show you “Why boundaries are vital for a thriving, productive marriage; how to protect a marriage from intruders, whether other people or personal idols ; why each partner needs to establish personal boundaries, and how to go about it ; how to work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries – and how to work with one who doesn’t.” This book has so many pearls of wisdom in it that I am taking notes as I read it. I am only in the 3rd chapter but already I think any marrieds’ should read this! I joined a marriage book study club on facebook  -meaningful marriage book study – and this is the first book that we are going through. And, apparently my OH has their book titled, “Boundaries”, which I have on my to-read list! 

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun - Adam was on the road to wealth, when he decided to live for purpose, rather than money. He started a non-profit called The Promise of a Pencil, after having traveled and asking a child “if he could have anything in the world, what would it be?”, and the boy answered, “A pencil.” That started a dream to build a school, and it  turned into a thriving organization that stretched around the world. He was only 24 years old when he started and he encourages everyone to not let age stop them from doing what they want to change the world. -this book was such a wonderful read! I read 3/4 of it yesterday alone. It reminded me of the book I read months ago, Kisses From Katie (link to review I did of it in February). But somehow, this one was easier to read. Maybe because there was less heartbreak in it… For whatever the reason, I strongly recommend this book! It is very inspiring as well, so be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled.

The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher –  “A jilted bride, desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice – or redemption.” Silver Matlock (great name for a woman in western times, I love it!) and Jared Newman travel together to meet their own end goals even though they knew it was a bad idea. Supplies dwindle, suspicions arise as secrets emerge and they end up at odds with each other when they need the other the most. The pair must learn to trust and face the question they haven’t asked yet ‘what happens next?’  – now, i’m only 3 pages in to this book , so i can’t tell you my opinion on it yet except that : i love the story line, i love the cover, and i haven’t yet read a book that Hatcher has written that I haven’t proclaimed to be on my favorite’s list. 

Climbing the Mango Trees  by Madhur Jaffrey - a memoir of a childhood in india. “Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners at which forty or more members of his extended family would savor together the wonderfully flavorful dishes that were forever imprinted on Madhur’s palate.” I have actually not even started this book yet, but I know i’ll be starting it next week!  I’ll let you know next month what I thought of it, but i am excited about it as it is another food memoir!!!

 

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See you in August friends! And thanks for stopping by!

 

What have you been reading lately??

Sister’s Quilt Show part 3

22 Jul 2014-07-12 14.07.06

This is the last post of quilts, I promise! I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of them! (Just be glad I didn’t photograph every single quilt….)

my mom and aunt checking out the quilts

my mom and aunt checking out the quilts

two wonderful women in my life - my aunt and mom!

two wonderful women in my life – my aunt and mom!

I loved the creativity of this sign. =)

I loved the creativity of this sign. =)

My late grandma used to make hats for this ranch

My late grandma used to make hats for this ranch

Sister's Quilt show part3

a quilt of the view on the way to sisters. love it

a quilt of the view on the way to sisters. love it

A sculpture made in Sisters

A sculpture made in Sisters

Sister's Quilt show part3

i love the colors - and the hexagons!

i love the colors – and the hexagons! I think this is vintage too!

another Owl quilt!

another Owl quilt!

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pink ribbon for cancer survivors

pink ribbon for cancer survivors

 

The quilt show was so much fun. I encourage everyone to go next year! we also stopped for lunch at The Porch and the food was delicious. Sadly, they did not have much to offer someone with multiple food allergies but I was still very impressed with the quality of the food and service. 

God bless friends and thank you for stopping by!

~Laura

Sister’s Quilt Show part 2

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I promised you more quilt photos and here they are! I love how unique each one is – ranging from vintage to kids’ focus to … well, the last one. you’ll love it. There were SO many more than I took photos of, but there will be one more slew of them next week, I tried to get a wide range of styles. Enjoy!

 

i love the little owl on this!

i love the little owl on this!

 

i love the vintage look of this one

i love the vintage look of this one

This was so cool! stickers were placed where everyone was from! ALL OVER folks!

This was so cool! stickers were placed where everyone was from! ALL OVER folks!

cute teacups!!!

cute teacups!!!

yes, i took a photo of a very cool car. what's a quilt show without a few classic cars?

yes, i took a photo of a very cool car. what’s a quilt show without a few classic cars?

this daisy is 3D. I think it was the only quilt with that idea. very unique and they nailed the center of the daisy.

this daisy is 3D. I think it was the only quilt with that idea. very unique and they nailed the center of the daisy.

this one is super cute with some of the squares being farm animals. super  cute for a little one's bed

this one is super cute with some of the squares being farm animals. super cute for a little one’s bed

shot of Sister's with the TONS of people

shot of Sister’s with the TONS of people

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side of the quilt shop in Sisters with quilts hanging. very cool

side of the quilt shop in Sisters with quilts hanging. very cool

favorite - hexagons. and gray as a background color. i adore this quilt

favorite – hexagons. and gray as a background color. i adore this quilt

I believe this is the one my aunt said that is made - always - by hand. all those hexagons.....

I believe this is the one my aunt said that is made – always – by hand. all those hexagons…..

Yes, this is a Beatles quilt. how cool is THAT?

Yes, this is a Beatles quilt. how cool is THAT?

close up- Beatles "Yellow Submarine" - if you don't know this song....  I have a link at the bottom, you must listen to it! classic.

close up- Beatles “Yellow Submarine” – if you don’t know this song…. I have a link at the bottom, you must listen to it! classic.

the Beatles - gotta love it

the Beatles – gotta love it

 

Yellow Submarine by the Beatles (as promised) – Yellow Submarine

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Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

Jane Austen's World

This Jane Austen blog brings Jane Austen, her novels, and the Regency Period alive through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th C. historical details related to this topic.

Spilled Ink

Where Ink is Splattered All Over the Page...

Sugar Cane Allergy

Living Safe in a Processed World

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Gluten Free Recipes & Tips

housesandbooks

Thoughts about houses and books

Watching The Photo Reels Go Round And Round...

Snapshots of a self-taught photographer's photographic journey and process..."I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round, I really love to watch them roll... People asking questions lost in confusion, Well I tell them there's no problems, Only solutions..." --John Lennon

Daisy and the Fox

All things fun and beautiful

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Top Health & Beauty Tips

Tori Teaches Fitness

Home workout videos and all things health

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