Book Reviews

A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this second book in the Blossom Street series. I like the way Debbie Macomber develops her characters.

Pilgrimage and Exile: Mother Marianne of MolokaiPilgrimage and Exile: Mother Marianne of Molokai by Mary Laurence Hanley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this biography of St. Marianne Cope. It was the story of her dedication and care of the lepers in Molokai. I was interested in her because she was recently canonized and was in the order of nuns I had as teachers when I was in elementary school. These nuns were the most wonderful women I have ever known. St. Marianne truly lived the philosophy of St. Francis.

Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third in the Blossom Street series. Well actually the 4th. The third one is on hold at the library for me. I really like this series. Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of wrapping the lives of her characters around each other with unexpected twists. Looking forward to the rest of the books.

Book Reviews

PHOTOGRAPHY: James Carren's Ultimate ALL-IN-ONE Digital Photography Box Set!!! (Photography, Photoshop, Dslr Photography, Digital Photography, Photoshop cc, Photography Books)PHOTOGRAPHY: James Carren’s Ultimate ALL-IN-ONE Digital Photography Box Set!!! by James Carren

So far I find these books helpful and easy to read. I have read other books on photography, but they were more difficult for me. I am hoping to improve my photography. I love taking pictures, but have not discovered all my camera can do for me. I think my progress will be slow since I am experimenting after each book.

Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum NovelTricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love these books! I started reading them because I lived in Trenton, NJ and I am so familiar with the setting. And they make me laugh. Not just a little chuckle, but an outright laugh out loud kind of laugh. Looking forward to #23.

The Shop on Blossom StreetThe Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do enjoy Debbie Macomber’s books. This is the first of another series by her. I love how the characters develop into a group of friends, not just members of the same knitting class. I belong to a knitting/crocheting group at my church and a quilt guild, so I can relate. I have started the second book in the series and am not disappointed.

BQ Guild Day

Yesterday was the Community Outreach workshop for my quilt guild. Myself and Janet are the co-chairs of this committee. I usually handle the baby quilts and Janet handles the rest. But we do work together on everything. The baby quilts are separated from our other charities because the kits take a long time to put together. My hubby Gary helps me in making them. There were 43 of us there to work on the firehouse program quilts. We created 185 strip blocks. Janet furnished lunch. We had salad, French bread and home made manicotti. There were a few treats for after lunch too.

Our county has decided that in each fire district, one firehouse will be manned 24/7. We are making quilts for the beds for the firefighters.
I am excited about this project because I don’t think firefighters get the recognition or the thanks they deserve. I know that I could never walk into a fire and these people do it on a regular basis. They are heros!

Review: The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem, 1692 The Witches: Salem, 1692 Stacy Schiff
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have given up on this one. I just couldn’t get into it. The subject matter interests me, but I am not a fan of the author’s style. I know that this is basically a history book, and usually I can persevere through anything, but not this time. Too much I want to read that I know I will enjoy to keep struggling with this.

Works Of Mercy


  Pope Francis has declared this the Jubilee Year Of Mercy.  He calls us to be merciful with our neighbor.  To see Jesus in everyone we meet.  To joyfully serve.

  “Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.”  This is a quote from Pope Francis in his Message For Lent released on January 26th.  He calls us to task especially in this Jubilee Year Of Mercy.

  Giving our neighbor a hand with a project, or helping with a food drive are just simple ways we can live our faith.  Giving of our self in the neighborhood school or church.  Visiting the sick or shut-ins. Praying for the souls in Purgatory or for the victims of a natural disaster.  Volunteering at a homeless shelter or hospice.  Doing our daily chores and offering the merit of them for those in need.  These are such simple acts that we can do which will have an amazing effect on our world and our spiritual health.

Isabella Update

  Well my Bella is doing very well.  I wish I was in Miami right now.  We had to postpone our trip for a while.  But my son is being such a good son and calling everyday to face time so that Pop Pop and I are getting the newborn experience.

This was from yesterday.  She looks so big here.  
This is from today.  

A Prayer For Lent

  During Lent we attempt to become closer to God.  This small prayer to our Heavenly Father expresses that attempt succinctly.  Without grace we cannot live the life God created us to live.  
  Prayer, abstinence, fasting, and corporal works of mercy strengthen our spiritual being which opens the floodgates to mercy.


  I am so happy!  I have become a really big fan of racing and have my favorite drivers.  Last evening was the first practice for the Sprint Unlimited which will run tonight.  And today there are two practices for the Daytona 500 next Sunday.  I’m excited for Kasey Kahne to have a really good year and get some wins.

I Forgot A Review

I was just updating my reading data and I realized I never posted this review. 🙂

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually listen to audio books when I go to bed. This was a good choice for bedtime listening. I thought the book was OK. I guess if I had read all of the series in order it might have been better for me. Just giving it 3.5 stars.

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