Happy Memorial Day!

We had a cook out yesterday for Memorial Day. Dottie had to work but later we played cards. I am pleased to say I am now up to 17 games won. I don’t think I have won a total of 17 games in all the years I’ve played.

I finished another book last night.

A Discovery of Hope (Coming Home Again #3)A Discovery of Hope by T.I. Lowe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one. I love Christian Fiction and I love stories about angels. love T.I. Lowe’s writing style too.

I usually get my ebooks from the North Carolina Digital Library, but recently I have had to wait a very long time to get them. I signed up for a couple of newsletters that have free and budget books for kindle and I have been impressed with the quality of the books.

Today we hit the outlets and I picked up some new no show socks to go with my new sketchers. We also ran over to Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine for Mass at noon. I took some close ups of the individual sculptures on each of the doors. I’ll get them edited and uploaded later. Right now we are going to play cards.

Catching Up On My Book Reviews

  After taking a break from reading while in Miami. After all I had a baby to keep me busy. She is soooooo cute! My wonderful granddaughter. Anyway, now I’m in Orlando and since my girlfriend works I started up again. So I decided it was time I add my most recent reads to my blog.

Dead Girls Don't Blog (Murder Blog Mysteries #1)Dead Girls Don’t Blog by Pamela Frost Dennis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was based on a real crime that had taken place. A young girl was raped and murdered and her attacker was up for parole. The blogger finds out about the parole and starts a petition to keep him in prison. This causes some interesting situations for Katy. She ends up in a serious situation and solves a cold case in the process. It was an easy read.

Three Girls and a Baby (Three Girls, #1)Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story about three friends who live together after college. Ginny gets pregnant by her ex boyfriend Josh after a one night stand. She has no idea what to do. Her room mates Annie and Jen support her through this ordeal all the time telling Ginny that she needs to tell Josh she is pregnant. Ginny is reluctant to tell him because she doesn’t want him to think she is trying to trap him into marriage. The three girls decide they don’t need Josh to help raise baby, they will do it together. Annie and Jen continue to tell Ginny she needs to let Josh know about the baby. Ginny runs into Josh’s mother at the OBGYN’s office and she realizes she is pregnant. An easy read. I really enjoyed it.

Sharpe Edge (Maycroft Mystery Series)Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun easy read.

The beginning was a little disjointed to me, but I am glad I read on. The heroine, a school teacher turned reporter/amateur sleuth, gets involved in solving the suspicious accident of one of the towns elite residents. The daughter of the dead woman is her brother’s girlfriend which is how she is how she gets involved. A fun easy read with a few surprises.

Watching Willow WattsWatching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An easy read.

Set in a small village outside London with a quirky group of people. But maybe they just seem quirky to this American. Complete with a villain. A bit far fetched concept, but cute.

Murder Vows (Storage Ghost Murders, #2)Murder Vows by Gillian Larkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love cozy mysteries and ghost stories

This fit the bill just right. I really liked the storage wars concept. Will definitely look for other books in this series. Well written, but did have a few editing errors.

The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop (Sweet Cove Mystery, #1)The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop by J.A. Whiting

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun easy read. Sometimes you just need a feel good story

Frank: The VoiceFrank: The Voice by James Kaplan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting behind the scenes biography of Frank Sinatra. He’s always been one of my favorite entertainers.

Courting CateCourting Cate by Leslie Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lancaster County Pennsylvania Amish

My husband was born in Litiz and he has family that remain in Lancaster. I always love to visit when we go back to Pennsylvania. I have always been fascinated with the Amish. This was an easy and fun read with a romantic twist.

Another Cancer Saint

  When I went to confession the other day Father Huttle gave me a pamphlet about St. Michael of the Saints who was a Trinitarian priest in the 1600’s.  He has had numerous miracles attributed to his intercession.  Many of which were cancer patients. I had never heard of him.  I always used  Saint Peregrine as my go to guy for cancer intercessions.  I have recently been told my cousins husband Joe was diagnosed with cancer.  Also my friend Dottie’s husband has cancer.

 I am beginning a Novena to him and Saint Peregrine today and ask anyone who feels moved to do so to join me.

Saint Michael of the Saints
Trinitarian Mystic and Cancer Patron
Novena Prayer

We praise you, Most Holy Trinity, for having sent us St. Michael of the Saints to be our friend and intercessor in the fight against cancer.
Grant us, we pray, a humble faith that we may follow in his holy footsteps and believe without a doubt in your generous gift of healing.
With humble and childlike trust, we ask your Divine help through St. Michael of the Saints in this urgent necessity.
May this gift of bodily health bring us peace and joy which are but a foretaste of heaven, and may we be counted one day among your saints in glory.
Father, your world is ill with cancer and frightened.  We pray you ease the suffering of those afflicted, give loving hands to those who care for them, and light the way for those who seek its cure.
Merciful Father, extend your healing hand so that we may cry out: A cure, at last!
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Prayer For Cancer Patients

Most Holy Trinity, You who gave us Saint Michael of the Saints as trusted friend and intercessor, and as patron of those afflicted with cancer, look with kindness on Thy servants who this day invoke his name.
Through his intercession, comfort those in distress, confirm those in doubt. Satisfy their spiritual needs from the treasury of Your grace.
Remember all those who call on Your help, but be especially solicitous of [Mention Name]. Restore health to this person and to all who are sick. 
Sanctify those who endure pain with Christ-like acceptance and grant to all of us a just reward in the life of glory to come.
In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Holy Door of Mercy Mary Queen of the Universe National Shrine, Orlando, Florida.  
(To see a close up of the doors click here.)
  Yesterday I was blessed to visit this beautiful shrine of  Our Lady.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I  been visiting my dear friend in Orlando and I had asked her how close the shrine was to her.   Dottie had never been to the shrine herself and was happy to take me there. I was anxious to first visit the shrine and then to walk through the Door of Mercy located there.  
  The doors to the basilica are beautifully carved.  They depict scenes from the life of Christ, Mary and tell stories from the Old Testament.  Catholic churches around the world have been designated to have special doors denoted as Doors of Mercy during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy in the church and are pilgrimage sites for the faithful.  
  Confession is offered daily and Mass is said twice daily.  I met the most wonderful priest, Fr. Richard Tuttle.  He is a retired professor from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  After hearing my confession we sat and talked for quite a while.  Whenever I visit a shrine I usually obtain a rosary from the gift shop.  I finally got my Irish rosary and stopped back to have Fr. Tuttle bless it for me.  
  I came away with the most wonderful peaceful feeling I have ever felt.  
  Here is a link to information on the Doors of Mercy and a world wide list of which churches are paticipating.  Holy Doors of Mercy

Mary Queen of the Universe National Shrine

Holy Door of Mercy Mary Queen of the Universe National Shrine, Orlando, Florida.  
(To see a close up of the doors click here.)
  Yesterday I was blessed to visit this beautiful shrine of  Our Lady.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I  been visiting my dear friend in Orlando and I had asked her how close the shrine was to her.   Dottie had never been to the shrine herself and was happy to take me there. I was anxious to first visit the shrine and then to walk through the Door of Mercy located there.  
  The doors to the basilica are beautifully carved.  They depict scenes from the life of Christ, Mary and tell stories from the Old Testament.  Catholic churches around the world have been designated to have special doors denoted as Doors of Mercy during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy in the church and are pilgrimage sites for the faithful.  
  Confession is offered daily and Mass is said twice daily.  I met the most wonderful priest, Fr. Richard Tuttle.  He is a retired professor from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  After hearing my confession we sat and talked for quite a while.  Whenever I visit a shrine I usually obtain a rosary from the gift shop.  I finally got my Irish rosary and stopped back to have Fr. Tuttle bless it for me.  
  I came away with the most wonderful peaceful feeling I have ever felt.  
  Here is a link to information on the Doors of  Mercy and a world wide list of which churches are paticipating.  Holy Doors of Mercy
  After we spent such a lovely day at the shrine.  We were off to Animal Kingdom for a cast preview of new features that will only be seen at night.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the park will be open until 11 PM.  There were shows, parades, a night safari and a new light feature displayed over the tree of life in the center of the park.  We had ice cream and two more rides on the Everest roller coaster.  We had one good time.  🙂

Still In Orlando!

We are still in Orlando at my friend Dottie’s.  We have had a wonderful time playing cards.  For the first time in over 40 years I have won more than one game in any session we have played this game.  I have won 9 games!!!  When I spoke to my mother in law and sister in law they could not believe it This is my in laws favorite card game and after introducing it to our friends this is all we play.  We were calling it the New Game, but I have been told it is called 3-13.  What ever it is called, we love to play it.

Dottie works at Disney Animal Kingdom.  Needless to say we have done some shopping at her employee center.  The baby is in for some cute Christmas presents.  My son just loves Disney.

On Tuesday May 17th  Dottie and I spent the day at Animal Kingdom.  We had a wonderful time.  We rode the Everest roller coaster three times in a row.  What a blast!  I got some good shots of the animals on the safari ride.  Which, by the way that’s why we went to the park.  We couldn’t resist some of the other fun things to do.  Just like when we were in our teens.  We have been friends for almost 50 years. Wow! That makes me an old girl then huh?  We met in our junior year of high school.  I am blessed to have such a good friend.

Isn’t this guy awesome?

On Thursday May 12th  we took a river dinner cruise on a paddle boat up the St. Johns River.  The scenery was beautiful and the river was so calm.  This is a family business and most of the staff are related by birth or marriage.

While we were waiting to board the boat, I noticed a couple of anoles chasing each other.  I walked over closer to them and realized they were mating.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture.  After all, how many chances do you get to see anoles mating?

We started out with fruit, pasta salad and home made sticky buns.  The sticky buns are the owners grandmother’s own recipe.  I had prime rib and it was absolutely delicious.  Everything is cooked on the boat except the desert which is done by a bakery in town.  There is nothing better than a good meal and good company.  It was the perfect day.

Dottie, Gary, Me and Frank.

Dottie has really spoiled us this trip.  On Thursday May 5th she took us to dinner at the Polynesian Restaurant “Ohana”. It was absolutely wonderful!  We were even treated to the Disney fire works show during desert.  The waiters come around to your table with skewers full of steak, chicken and shrimp. You can eat till your hearts content.  Vegetables are served family style.   You can be sure no one left hungry.  🙂

We were going to head home today, but the weather forecast is not conducive to travel.  So we are staying here for a few more days until the weather clears up along the coast.  I’m not complaining.  I get more time with my dear friend.