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Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review - Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review of the book
This is my very first review for Bethany House Publishers. 
This book is the last in a series of books by Leslie Gould.  It is written in the "First Person" style of writing which is something that I normally don't care for when I read a book.  However....once I got started in the story I became more interested in the characters rather than the style of writing.
Bea and Ben are the two main characters of the story.  They have been friends and rivals in school for many years but are now grown up and finding themselves at a crossroad in their relationship.  Will love bloom between them or will they go their separate ways? - This is an Amish Fiction story and while I've read other Amish fiction this was my first by this author.  I did enjoy the story and how the author wove the characters "past" in with the present.
I thought the author did a great job in describing the characters and their feelings and what was happening throughout the story.  There were little "subplots" woven into the story as well which held my attention because I wanted to find out how they were resolved.
One thing that did bother me somewhat was that the author used words from the Amish language or way of speaking that I was not familiar with.  Some I could figure out because of the context of what the author was writing about but it would have been easier had she explained what they meant.
I would recommend this book if you enjoy Amish fiction or even a love story.   I would suggest reading the other books in the series first though as characters in this book were introduced in previous books so it might help you to know who they are before finishing up this series.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - October 19, 2014

Welcome.  I hope you've all had a great week.  Let's finish it up by having a great hunt with Ashley (Ramblings and Photos) for SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY.

This weeks prompts were:  Book, Mail, Star, Saturated, and Wall.


I knew I didn't want just any shot of a book for this prompt so I drove the 17 miles needed to snap this little book reading frog at the Public Libray in Milton-Freewater, OR.  Isn't she cute.


Our cat, Snickers provied the perfect "mail" shot the other day when she hopped inside this box that was laying on the floor.  Would you like to receive this in a package?  (If you hate cats feel free to not answer).

STAR:  -  I think he pretty much was a "Star."  -  Elvis lives on.

This mural is actually pained on a stone wall so I could have used it for both prompts. 

Saturated:  So I looked this up to make sure I had the right idea.

sat•u•rat•ed (ˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd)


2. thoroughly soaked with moisture; wet.
3. (of colors) of maximum chroma or purity; free from admixture of white.
So I'm actually sharing photo's for both definitions:
The fountain on Whitman campus is certainly "saturated" with moisture and overflowing.
I'd say these Oak leaves are "saturated" with color, wouldn't you?
WALL:  Here again you'll be getting a bonus photo.
This stone wall is a few blocks away from our house but I just love it.  It makes a great backdrop for taking photos and I like the design of it too.
So remember the Elvis wall above....this is also painted on a section of that wall along with another picture of Elvis which I didn't post this time.
So that's it for my part of the hunt.  Be sure to check out Ashley's blog and the other participants.  If you want to join in next week here are the prompts:
1. Paint
2. Pumpkin
3. Family
4. Looking Cute
5. Photographer’s Choice



Friday, October 17, 2014

6 Words, Willy-Nilly and a Cat

Time for some Friday Fun once again.  Let's get started with Six Word Friday hosted by Adrienne (My Memory Art). 

 This weeks word,  Leave(s) -  Showcasing a few shots of the Flame Maple that is just around the corner of the block.  These are all taken on the same tree.


                 Joining in now for Willy-Nilly Friday 5 hosted by Tanya (Around Roanoke).

1.  We went to the local Corn Maze this past Sunday night.  I didn't take the camera along since we always go when it's dark and pictures don't turn out.  So here's a photo of the Maze from the Newspaper.

One Giant Spiderweb that made for a super hard maze.  We ended up having to have someone help us find our way out this year.  Hubby's leg/back were hurting so we opted to get help out.

2.  Speaking of Spiderwebs....I'm always trying to get a cool looking shot of a web like I've seen others do.  This seems to be the best I can find around here though and they always look like the spider has pooped (sorry) in the center of the web.

3.  Coleen got a "glow stick" at the corn maze.  She was twirling it around the other night and I decided to try and take her picture while she was twirling it.  The results were pretty cool.  Granted my camera doesn't take great night shots but I still think this is really fun.

4.  I like squirrels, they really can be quite entertaining.  Saw this little guy at the park and had to snap his photo.  The expression on it's face is so funny.

5.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love seeing the decorations people put out.  Coleen and I spotted this one while out walking the other night.  Looks like this witch had a rough day.

You know I just can't pass Friday up without my (Cat) photo so here it is.
Joining Steve (The Burnt Food Dude) for Feline Friday.

My other cat, Piglet who lives with my mom.  I don't often get photos of him because he's always trying to get me to pick him up so he won't sit still long enough to let me get a photo.  I feel a little like this picture today.  To busy of a week and I'm tuckered out.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good Fences - October 16, 2014

Welcome.  Won't you join me on a tour of fences as we join Theresa from (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for

A couple of weeks ago I posted some fence shots taken at Bennington Lake.
You can view that post HERE

Coleen and I went back to the lake again last Thursday while she was on break for school Conferences.  I took more fence shots and thought I'd share them today.

We walked up the trail to that bench that was featured in the previous post.

 Here is Coleen sitting on the bench and there is a hint of a barbed wire fence in the background of the shot.

Further up the trail I took these shots.

Coming back down the trail.

Later in another section of the lake I spotted some runners heading towards a small bridge crossing.

I like this shot because of the way they were lined up going down the trail, the guys shirt saying and the fact there are fences in the background.

I caught them just as they started across the bridge - That counts as fencing doesn't it? Edited:  I just noticed that the runner wearing the shirt with the saying is not the same runner that is on the bridge now.  I caught 2 different groups of runners crossing the bridge. 

Finally a stand alone shot of the fence railing across the little bridge. 

That's it for this edition of Good Fences.  If you stop by Theresa's blog you'll find links to many more great fence shots.  Have fun.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Black and White Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday

Happy "Hump" day.  Joining in today for these two Memes.

Joining Ramona (Create with Joy) for Wordless Wednesday


Also joining Adrienne (My Memory Art) for Black and White Wednesday

A water fountain in Rooks Park.  -  Because I enjoy seeing life in color too I'm sharing both shots.  -  Which do you like better and why?