Sunday, January 29, 2012


I saw this on Pinterest and just had to repost it.  I definitely think that this is what is happening to me.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bra Shopping

Yesterday, I was talking with our daughter, Bridgett.  Some how or other, we got on the subject of bras and how we hated shopping for them.

Bridgett asked me, how come I always had my Mother take her and Mandy bra shopping.  I had completely forgotten about it.  Yet, as I got to thinking about it, I began to realize the reasoning behind my madness.

My Mother was the "Queen of bra shopping".  I come from a family of rather big busted women.  So it was always important to my Mother that she bought us good bras.  I remember going into J.C. Penny's with her and looking at the bras and finding ones that I would like.  Now do you think that I got to try them on?  Of course not!  The ones that I wanted were pretty and the ones my Mother bought were practical!

Now this was just for the starter bras that we went shopping for here.  When we girls got past the starter ones, then the bra lady came to us.  Now that you have gotten up off the floor and have composed yourselves, I will go on.  What?  You have never heard of a bra lady?  Well, they have their own measuring tape and a suitcase full of bras.  And if she did not have one that would fit you, she was sure there would be one in her car that would. By the end of the session, you would have your own tailored bra.

Before, I go on, I will tell you, we called her the "Figurette Bra Lady".  These lovely bras had no padding and of course no push-up.  Bras were only to help support you not for others to see. You would begin with being measured around, not once, but twice.  After she had your size, then you would bend at the waist, take the bra and hook it around.  The wonderful thing about these lovely bras, was that they had a hook at the top.  While you were bent over, you would pull your breast through and then pull the lace up over each breast and slide the hook in.  Doesn't this sound wonderful? And the name of these wonderful bras were called "Figurette".

Looking back at my experience, I am so glad that my Mother was the "Queen". Thank you so much, Mother, for caring enough about your girls and granddaughters to ensure they had good bras.

So now, to get back to Bridgett and her trips with my Mother.  She was telling me that her Mamaw would tell the girls to go the dressing room and then she would go and pick out the bras that would be good for them.  I had to laugh, when Bridgett told me that she never got a colored or padded pad, until she got older.  And now that she can choose the style she wants, she is too large to wear the push-ups or really cute ones.  But she can say that she will never have saggy breasts.

Her last question to me was, "Why did I not take them to get their bras?"  Because, I knew that with my Mother, the  girls would not argue, fuss or complain.  And I knew that my Mother was the "Queen" and did her job of bra shopping without a fault.  Yes, they may have come home with only plain white bras, but I got the satisfaction of knowing that my girls would grow up to have beautiful breast as they grew into adulthood.

Now, I can tell you for sure, that my "Mandy" is stepping right into her Mamaw's footsteps.  She has got all the right techniques down.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


My girls are now past the age of this style of book, but I wish that they weren't.  I was given this book to do a review on and I was excited.  They have taken the stories of the Bible and have broken them down to the point that young children, that can read will enjoy reading God's Word.  Not only will they enjoy reading, they will learn the Word and realize,  at a young age the importance of having God's Word, a part of their daily life.

I loved the way that they introduce each story with a "What's Up".  Then at the end, they have a "Now What?"  This is like a conclusion of the story and how it applies to their life.  If my grandchildren were smaller, I would buy each of them one of these.  Each story even has a cartoon and what child doesn't like cartoons.  I think that this would be a great book to give as a devotion.

As I mentioned, I was given this book by Tyndale House to do a review.  I was not required to give a positive or negative, but my honest opinion.  After going through the book and seeing the book for what it was intended to be, I am excited to give the book a 5 star rating.  I love books that let our children know how precious they are in God's eyes.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


As we have progressed through to the end of 2011, I want to thank you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.
I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.
I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.
I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone I s picking one’s nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of Trans fats I have consumed over the years.
I can’t touch any woman’s handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.
I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.
ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.
I can’t have a drink in a bar because I fear I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.
I can’t eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.
I can’t use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
THANKS TO YOU I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.
I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.
AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.
I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.
I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan .
THANKS TO YOU I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.
AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE I can’t ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.
I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.
If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend’s beautician.
Oh, and by the way…..
A German scientist from Argentina , after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late.
P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.
P.P.S – Thanks to the lovely Jackie Clagett for providing this chuckle for today.




Six months ago, Alexander Cooke's life was wrecked.  His wife was
killed, his workplace was robbed...and the evidence pointed to him.  He
saw one way - out he grabbed his daughter and ran.  Now he's got a
new life.  Yet even with his new identity as Greg Bond, he's still looking
over his shoulder.  Still waiting for danger to reappear.  The he meets
charming schoolteacher Lisa Jacoby, and forgets to keep his distance
or protect his heart.  When the killer returns, Alex won't run again. He's
found a love - a family - he'll face anything to protect.


  Alexander Cooke, better known today as, Greg Bond, has no idea, why someone is out to hur him and his family.  He had no idea if his wife is alive or dead.  He only know that to save his daughter, he had to leave and take on a new identity and new life, for them both.

It has been six months and the news has come out that his wife has been found, dead. The problem, is that his prints are found and fresh flowers are at the place where his wife was found.  How can that be, when Alexander is far away.  With a childhood friend helping to clear his record, will time run out before the autorities find them?  Or will Alexander be able to catch the killer before he harms anyone else close to him?

I love the quick pace of this book by author, Pamela Tracy.  It had all the qualities that make a great mystery.  Everytime I thought I might know who did it, I was found wrong.  I will enjoy sharing this book with my daughter.  I would give this book a 4.5 star rating.

SHADOWS at the WINDOW by Linda Hall

From the back cover:

I wasn't always the law-abiding, churchgoing young woman I an today.
Not too long ago I did shameful things and then ran ran far away.  Not
even my beloved fiance, youth minister Greg Whitten, knows the truth
about my past.  But now my worst nightmare has cone true.  Someone
has pictures of the old me and is sending them to me to Greg, to the
church.  And if I want to live happily ever after - if I want to live at
all - I'll need my newfound faith and Greg's love more than ever.

My Review:

     Lilly had left a life that she never wanted to return to.  Moved miles away, changed her appearance and turned her life around.  Now, someone from her past is trying to hurt her and those that she loves.

     Believing, that the man she was told was dead, is the one that is trying to hurt her, has Lilly's world turning upside down.  Happy and engaged to Greg, now she is afraid that if he finds out the truth about her past, she will lose him.  

     Can Lilly find out the truth behind the emails, the accidents that seem to be happening, before someone really gets hurt?  Can Greg get past her life before she met him or will it be too much?

    The author, Linda Hall, has written an adventure ride that takes the reader on a journey of secrets and what happens when we think that our past can be hidden.  I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends.  It is a book that I picked up one evening and was through the next evening.  I would give this book a 4.5 star rating.


The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight

From the back of the book:
"Are You My Dad?"

The You Boy's question shocks Sloan Hawkins.
Until Sloan realizes he is this child's father.
Years ago, the former bad boy was run out of
Redemption, Oklahoma, where, ironically, he
 was thought unredeemable.  The only people who
believed in him were his beloved aunt and
Annie Markham the girl he loved and left
behind.  Now Sloan is back is back to face his past and
and help his aunt's cherished garden thriving.
But when he discovers his secret child - and that
single mother Annie never stopped loving him -
he's determined that a wedding will take place in
the garden nurtured by faith and love.

My Review:
     The night of the senior prom, Annie Markham was all excited to share her secret with the love of her life, Sloan Hawkins. Yet, all she got was stood up.  
     Now twelve years later, Sloan has shown up on his aunt's doorstep. His aunt is dying and Annie is not sure if she can keep her continue to keep Sloan at a distance. When all she wants is to feel his arms around her.

     Sloan may have been gone for twelve years, but he has never gotten over his, Annie.  Now that he knows that they have a son together, can the past be mended.  Could there be a chance for them to be a family, even though Annie's father hates him.

    This is just one of the books that are in the "Redemption River Series" by Linda Goodnight. I loved it.  I enjoyed the way that the author brought the characters together not as fiction, but as real life would be.  Life is not always a fairytale, but with the Grace of God, we are able to walk through the valleys and mountain tops that we are faced with in life.

    I would gladly give this book a 5 star rating.  I know that most of the books that I have read lately have been given this rating.  I try to be as honest as I can.  This book was easy to read.  One that you could pick up for the week-end and finish.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

I loved this book from the first page until the end.  I read this book on my Kindle over the holidays.

Mattie had always dreamed that she and Gideon would get married as they got older.  That all ended the night that she walked in on him holding another girl in his arms.  An Englisher at that!  Mattie left to live with relatives in another county and started her own bakery shop.

Now it has been three years and Mattie finds that she is headed home, after a fire has started in her shop and destroyed it. It will not be able to be rebuilt for months.  Mattie has not seen nor heard from Gideon for years.  Will Mattie be able to see Gideon without her heart breaking again?  Will Gideon finally tell Mattie the truth behind what she saw and believed, or will Mattie return for the Christmas Singing as she promised her fiance?

The author, Cindy Woodsmall shows the reader that the Amish women are strong in character and are able to have a business.  Yes, there were trials and tests that Mattie and Gideon had to go through, just like we do today.  Yet, with God's strength and family, they were able to meet life's challenges. 

I have read a number of Cindy Woodsmall's books and have enjoyed each one and have shared them with my friends.  I would give this book a 5 star rating.  It was so easy to read, that I found myself thinking of the characters after I closed the book.

Disclosure:  I was given this book from Waterbrook Press in the form of an e-book to read and to do a review on.  I was only asked to read and give my honest opinion.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Giveaway for an Apple iPad (16GB)

 I love entering giveaways.  Especially, since the Rafflecopter has come into being.  Now entering numerous giveaway is a cinch.

 Rafflecopter is going to give an Apple iPad2(16GB) to the person that comes up a new name for the Rafflecopter.  If you want the chance to win, hop on over to  You only have 30 more days left to enter.


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