Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A place for Everything!

I wish!

My husband and kids can tell you that there is a phrase I love to quote (but only now have bothered to find out who said it).

Every time I can't find something I always say 
                                                    "someday I will have ........... "

Each time we have moved house I have said  
                                                    "this time I would love to have .......... "

When a cupboard or a room is in a mess I say  
                                                    "this wouldn't happen if there was ........... "

So when I started doing this online graphics course and saw that they were talking 
about putting quotes on pictures I immediately thought 
I should do one for my favourite quote.

So what kind of picture would I use, would I go to a site of free pictures and try to find something I liked or would I take a picture myself or would there possibly be a picture I had already taken that I could use - long shot this last idea!

But when I looked on my ipad camera roll, there it was, a picture of our garage. 
My kids will love this I thought so I decided to use it as a family joke and put it on our private family blog.




Of course there is a story that goes with this as well.

We have lived in our current house in Banbridge, Northern Ireland for nearly 3 years but had never put the car in the garage.
We put the cars in the garage when we lived in the US and also while we lived in Belgium but mostly not while we have lived in the UK.  So a few months ago we decided we were going to tidy up the garage, get an automatic door put on and then we would be able to put the car in at least for the winter months.
On the day the new door was fitted, my husband straight away drives the car in and I take pictures to post to our private family blog so the kids will know about it.  Then he reverses the car out again because we were going out about an hour later and he knew we would be in a hurry.

Now you have probably guessed the end of the story........
                                                        It hasn't been inside the garage since!

However I am very thankful for the fact that we made the effort and now have a better organised garage and we can put the car in if we want to.

Ok is that just us or are there any others out there like this too?











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Monday, 21 October 2013

Little Joe - Book Review


I was privileged to get an ebook reader copy of this book from the publishers and read it during the past week.

Synopsis:

When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins to see that his new home offers the comfort and love he thought was lost forever.


Set against the drama of World War II and the first sparks of the civil rights movement, Little Joe’s new home is a microcosm of America in the 1940s. A frightening incident with a Chinese motorist traveling on the wrong side of town, the migration of troops across the countryside, and a frank discussion of Jim Crow laws are just a few of the local events mirroring the radio broadcasts that bring the news of the day into his grandmother’s kitchen.


Little Joe begins a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee.




Well the first thing I need to say is that to start with I thought this was not really my type of book but wanted to read something a bit different from usual and so I was prepared to read this over a longer period of time than normal and probably read another book at the same time but boy did I get a surprise.

                I was hooked from the first few pages.

This was so well written and descriptive that I was in that farm alongside them, loving the characters and laughing at the events that took place. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

The book brought real life to life, not skipping over the sad areas of life and not making everything work out perfectly but showing the true love of family for each other and care and responsibility towards friends and neighbours.

I read it in just 3 days, and would have finished it all in one day except I did have other things that needed my time.

I am already looking forward to the next book in the series and will review that later too.

Go on and try it, its a relaxing and enjoyable read but at the same time will make you think about life today.


Little Joe  by  Michael E. Glasscock  III     http://www.michaeleglasscockiii.com/

Book 1 in the Round Rock Series
Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press  
Released in June 2013


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thank you God.

The first thing I thought as I wrote the title for today's post was
                             "okay that will probably put some people off reading this post"

But I really hope that it would do the opposite and entice people in because what is better to write about than something which makes you say
"Thank you God"

It all started with me wanting to do this online graphics course and with all that I had learned so far I decided it was time to create a unique picture for my Facebook Timeline.  (if you want to learn more about making better pics for your blog then see the link in the side bar)

     So that was my little project yesterday.

I had already found a nice picture free to use by anyone from a site called Pixabay a few days ago and had downloaded it to my computer knowing I would use it for something.  So today I thought of it and set to work to resize it to be the right size for a timeline pic and crop it to get rid of a piece I didn't want in it.

Then I had to think what I wanted to write on it and where to put this text etc.

Well looking at the picture just one thing came to mind and so I proceeded to finish my creation which you can see below.


To me it was obvious with the rainbow reminding me of the promises of God and His love, that the only thing I could write was 
"Thank you God"

What do you think of when you see a rainbow?


Maybe it's because I collect things to do with arks (that will have to be a blog post sometime too).
Maybe it's because I have led children's meetings for many years and we would often sing the song "Mr Noah built an Ark" which has as the end of the chorus the words
"So whenever you see a rainbow, remember God is Love"
Or Maybe it's because I believe the Bible story of Noah and the Ark with the rainbow as a sign of God's promise to the world.

      But whenever I see a rainbow 


I see the beautiful creation of God and know that He loves me 
and I believe that He keeps His promises. 

And there in that alone I have 3 reasons why I say

 "Thank you God"






Monday, 14 October 2013

Chicken Crunch

I decided I wanted a recipe app on my ipad to keep my recipes in
(not really interested now in looking for more recipes but might be later).

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So this week I am trying out a free app called "Recipe Pad" and so far I like the look of it and the ease of putting in the quantities and the step by step instructions.

Below is a picture I edited myself from a screenshot of the result of my first recipe to be added.
That is another thing I am doing this week, learning to edit my own pictures 
for my blog and other things.

I think it is going to be a busy week with those plans and also the fact that our son's wedding is two weeks from today!!!!!


This recipe was given to me by a friend from Northern Ireland in 1993 when we were living in Delaware and she was living in New Jersey. I am not sure therefore whether it is an American or Northern Ireland recipe originally but tend to think it is probably American because of the sour cream.
              Am I right?

Our family all like this and because it is so easy to make I tend to make it for dinner guests who are coming to our home for the first time and also I often make it for church gatherings etc. as it is reasonably easy to transport.

Of course you may already know and love this but if not why not give it a try and let me know if you enjoy it.


For a few more recipes click on through to my Recipes Page





Thursday, 10 October 2013

As I sit at my Desk.

What view do you have as you sit at your computer?

Maybe you have a window to gaze through, maybe you have a wall with a family picture or some other nice thing to look at or maybe you have different views each time because you sit different places to work on a laptop.

I have a hutch shelving unit as part of the back of my desk and on the top of it I have a variety of notebooks kept in place by a set of teddy bear bookends, a picture frame and some videos between a set of bookends which have sections for notes and odds and ends.

I looked up from my chair today and was struck by what I saw (and I have seen this over and over again but today it just stood out more probably due to the way we had been praying at the church prayer meeting last night) so I really had to take a picture of it.



A bookmark I had received some years ago on a Christmas card just saying MIRACLE and a little bit behind it a greeting card from which I had torn off the front part because it has a picture of Noah's Ark (and I love arks).
So today I was gazing at the phrase Wishing you a miracle and then there in front of it was that plain statement of fact in the bookmark.

How encouraging and inspirational is that to have to look up at as I sit at the computer?

I am just a bit disappointed that so many days & weeks had already passed and I hadn't been struck by those two objects being so close together until today, but I'm thankful I noticed it now.

Now I am waiting to see what the miracle (or miracles) will be,

                             because I do believe God can and does do miracles.


 Do you? 


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A VERY IMPORTANT POST-IT!

I have a small post-it sticking to the bottom left hand corner of the second computer screen in my study.


Just as a reminder any time I feel like a snack.
You see little snacks like an aero biscuit, small fudge bar, breakaway etc. are all around 100 calories and if I succumb to one of these then it would take me 2,000 steps to burn it off.
Even little tubs of ice-cream and mousses from Weight Watchers are around the same amount of calories so again I would need to walk 2,000 steps to burn those off.

I like to read & at the same time walk around my kitchen which I'm very thankful is long enough to do this and not be going round in circles and getting dizzy (which can happen to me easily and then set off my vertigo).  So one day I thought I should just work out how long it takes to walk 2,000 steps to burn off my 100 calories.

This is what I found

100 steps takes 1 min
so
200 steps would take 2 mins
so
2000 steps would take 2 x 10 = 20 mins

provided I don't get interrupted or get tired of walking or come to the end of a chapter (when I often think I should now go do some housework  -  this doesn't actually make me stop too often) .

So just think  20 mins of walking to get rid of those calories you ate in that little snack

Of course you could do it in 15 mins if you walk very briskly but I don't want to do that while I'm reading.


I am always reading that we should walk 10,000 steps per day just to keep at our present weight.

So for me

That would be 20 x 5 = 100 mins of walking every day

I'm trying to do 12,000 steps a day plus some exercise because I want to continue to gradually lose weight.

So every day I would need to spend 20 x 6 = 120 mins walking

That is 2 whole hours taken up walking every day

The Big Question then is   -   Is it Worth it?

You see I use this time each day to read my bible and other Christian novels and uplifting books.

SO

I say YES!

And a very cheap form of exercise too!


          Would you say YES?

This is the start of a new month, maybe you would like to start walking too?  and reading?

Or maybe you have a very important post-it too?



Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Misery Loves Company - Book Review

I was privileged to get an ebook reader copy of this book from the publishers and read it during the past week.

Synopsis:


        Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.

Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . and recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.

And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith. 


While I was reading this book I thought I couldn't relate the title of the book to the story I was reading but as at other times I know that I may have to wait until I finish the book and then I get it!
       And yes I got it!

Not having read anything by this author before, I knew I would not be expecting a certain type of writing style or plot formula and it was nice to just read and enjoy the story as it developed in the way the author had intended it to and not the way I would be expecting.

Some of the characters were a little typical but not one-dimensional and the development of the storyline in the two separate ways within the story worked quite well.

Twice I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was wrong so definitely not a predictable storyline.  I enjoyed the book as a relaxing read but also in parts of it I found I was drawn in to consider how I would react if I had to face some of the issues presented.

Taking into consideration the fact that this was written by a woman and the main character is a woman I needed to decide if this was going to be a book that would only be categorised as a women's book.  It is not action packed but action and suspense are there and the fact that the rest of the main characters are male I have to say that I would not categorize it as such.

Within the storyline the subject of happy endings or real life, possibly unhappy endings came up but I will not give spoil it by telling you what type of ending this resulted in, just read it and see for yourself.

Misery Loves Company  by  Rene Gutteridge  www.renegutteridge.com
Published by Tyndale  www.tyndale.com
Released in August 2013