Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 5/23/17

Today I'm sharing about the Miss Julia series by Ann B Ross (photos are Amazon links). Probably many of you have read these books, but I didn't read my first one until maybe four or five years ago. Eventually I read the next two books in the series, and after that I took a long break from them, only recently reading the fourth and fifth books. I think there are nineteen, so I have many yet to read.

I was slow to get into these books, and I didn't think they were all that great at first. They were borderline for me, I guess. But something made me decide to read another one, which was Miss Julia Hits the Road, and I really enjoyed it! I just finished Miss Julia Meets Her Match and liked it, as well.

I guess that might be an advertisement for giving authors or series another try when they seem just so-so to us. I definitely think our moods and circumstances can affect how much we enjoy a book. Or sometimes a series just doesn't suit us. Especially not until the main characters begin to feel like old friends. Maybe reading just one more book will help us know for sure.

Miss Julia takes some getting used to; at least she did for me. She's a modest woman (love that) of a certain age (65-70?), a Southerner (love that, too), and she's sassy and sarcastic, although I don't think she realizes it. Her mainline church plays a fairly big role in the books, but that's where a lot of the humor comes in, and sadly, a lot of truth. Readers just might empathize with or at least recognize certain stereotypical church members. The books are written in the first person point-of-view, i.e., Miss Julia is constantly telling the story.

When all is said and done, Ms Ross has created a character whose heart is generally in the right place and as big as all outdoors. Now that I've become better acquainted with Julia Springer, I find I like her very much.

What say we get off our computers and go immerse ourselves in a good book of our choice! Enjoy!
PS: I am an Amazon Associate. Thank you so much for looking at these books (and you can always check with your local library). If you do enter Amazon and buy anything at all via one of my links, it costs you nothing extra and gives me a little credit for buying books for myself. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I Love Me Some New Journals

My son and d-i-l sent me two journals from Papyrus for Mother's Day. I love them! They are "deconstructed." Not sure what all that entails, but they lay open flat and are 6.5 by 8.5 which is a nice size for writing or art journaling.

As I told my son, I would keep them in my "journal drawer," and one day, probably before too long, they will beckon to me and I will know just what I want to use them for. Could be as a commonplace journal or an art journal or a scrapbook or a Bible scripture journal or ...  (If you are interested, you can check my sidebar for a couple posts on my journaling.)

You might notice the dying maple leaves on the ground, a gift from our recent hailstorm. We have a man who takes care of our yard because neither my brother (obviously!) nor I are in good enough physical condition to mow and rake. Although I did do it for years. It's just too risky now however. Our yard man is kind enough to come only every other week since our budget is limited. He is a huge help to us. But as it's his week off, the leaves will be with us awhile longer.

My yard has dandelions and other weeds, and I am so thankful it does (this is more so in my backyard, than the front). I think of it as a little nature preserve and am constantly blessed by visits from rabbits, large and small; squirrels; local birds; and birds just passing through. My desk faces out from my bedroom to the backyard, and I love watching all my critters. Most of the neighbors have more pristine yards than mine, but that's OK. I'm glad my yard isn't full of fertilizers and herbicides. In fact, I hope to, someday, make it a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per Brenda's post from Cozy Little House, here. I must wait until I can earmark the funds for the few things I'd need to complete the requirements, but I've got a good start!

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath
but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:9

I hope you have been experiencing a most enjoyable weekend! We are having a gorgeous day after a stormy week. Lovely, lovely, lovely.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Before the Wind and Hail


I took these photos early yesterday afternoon, before we were in our basement in the late afternoon due to tornado warnings. We had a lot of hail, and now the flowers are in pretty bad shape. But they were enjoyed while they lasted! 

Alas, today I found a dead robin amidst all the downed leaves. Wind and hail is awfully hard on little critters.

That's all I have today. If you are in the path of severe storms, please, please always take any warnings seriously. It is not "uncool" to do so; it is lifesaving.

Be blessed always,