Saturday, January 29, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I read this book and just could not put it down. It is a very easy read with great depth, and the dialog is good and the story really moves very smoothly with no long slow areas.
It is set in the golden age of Newport, Rohode Island. 1899 sees this local filled with ladies of leisure, sleek yachts and beautiful vistas. With "Dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them. " This story is about a young woman who bucks the tradition that a woman's work is in the home buy writing "Dime Novels" a disreputable professing that is not fit for a lady of her social stature. You will follow her through the ups and downs of hiding such a secret and how she learns to trust the ones around her with this knowledge. The premise of standing up for what you believe in no matter what the cost is seen throughout this book. It is a great read and I know that you will enjoy this light and airy read. This is the first in the series and I am planning on purchasing the rest, because this one was so well written. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I have not made a finished page for this sketch yet and I would love to put out the challenge to my readers to create a page with this sketch. Please post a link in the comment section to your page if you make one. The circle elements that the bottom of the page can be for photos or for some sort of embellishments. I can’t wait to see your creations. If you do create a page from this sketch please link back to this post so that I will know. I hope you enjoy this sketch.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It has been crazy around here for the past few day. Last week it was getting back into the groove of going to work everyday. Over the weekend I was working to create a couple of tutorials, I purchased a Barnes and Noble Nook E—reader and have been working on a tutorial for the cover that I made for it. I hope to have it posted in the next couple of days. Well It might be up today If I can get the pictures out of my camera. I can’t seem to find the thumb drive for my camera phone so now of the pictures from there will be loaded right now, unless I take them from my Facebook page. This week has been 2 snow days in a row. The picture above is from today. All the beautiful snow you see is no longer the fluffy white stuff it is a solid block of ice, but it is still beautiful. This GA girl loves to see the snow because we don’t get it that often. My girls have spent every min that they have been allowed outside, and are enjoying the second day out in a row. I have enjoyed all the time I have gotten to spend reading. If you don’t have a Nook yet go and download the free Nook for PC app and start enjoying all the free books. When you do purchase a Nook the books will transfer to it seamlessly. I did this before I made my purchase and I now have over 100 books that I have gotten for free and a lot are new fiction as well as all the free books from Kaplan publishing that are free until Jan 17. These include all their Test Study guides, and business books as well as a few great teaching titles. I know that I have multiple ads on my blog for the Kindle, but I made the decision to purchase the Nook after comparing them both and deciding which one was right for me. I will be posting a few book reviews as well this week. I have been able to read a lot more books faster because I am able to make the print to large that it is easier to read a book with out having to struggle to see the print.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
2010 is over and it was a very hard year for most, but sometimes I think that people let the calendar dictate their lives, they don’t just watch the clock but they let the calendar dates tell them when they can make a new start. Each year on this day lots of people make resolutions, wither it is to lose weight, be a better person, or change other things in their life. I think that if we have to wait on a certain date on the Calendar to start over then we are deceiving ourselves about the changes we have planned. If you really want to make changes to your situation you can do it right when you think about it, in that moment when first imagine it, and not wait until some date in the future.
Real change comes when we determine in our hearts that some things are needed and then decided to take the step in that direction. We have to pursue the change with our heads in the direction that our hearts lead us.
When we wait to make a change most of the times it never happens because we have put it off once and then unconsciously we feel it can be put off again.
I have made a list of things that I want to do or do differently during this year, but I did not make them on New Years eve. I made them on My Birthday Oct. 21. I made a list of 32 things that I wanted to do while I am 32. This list was not just things that I might want to change but things that I want to do with my girls, places that I want to see, and other things. On the night before my birthday I made a list of 31 things that made my year unique. I used this as a way to reflect over the past year and to prepare for moving on to another year of my life.
I have made other list at different times during the year that I wanted to have happen before the end of the year, or before my birthday, and these list have a way of getting completed. I find that writing a list, I mean really writing it down with pen and paper, really helps to make it more real, and not just in my head. I am surprised sometimes when I look back over the list, and see that most if not all have been accomplished. I have made list in my journals and never looked at them again until months have passed and realize that I have completed the list without even realizing it. This amazes me that my mind has determined to complete what I started.
I guess the point I have behind all this rambling is that we should not be dictated by a date on a piece of paper as to when we can make a change. We should begin each day as if it is the first day to make a difference; the first day to make fulfill our dreams.
God has placed each of us here for a purpose and we need to find what his purpose for our lives is and make sure that we stay on the path that will lead us to the fulfillment of that purpose.
I read something this morning that struck a cord with me, it said: “We need to remember the core of who we are is a sprit born in the image of Christ who is sent here to fulfill a purpose before going back home.”
I hope that each of you take a moment to reflect on the purpose that you were put here for and let God show you where He wants to lead you and which path to take toward fulfilling that plan. Have a wonderful day and a Happy New Year.
*The Scroll art is from the Shabby Princess Harvest Spice Collection