Tuesday, November 28, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 11/28/17





Christmas books galore! Which ones should I choose to read this lovely season? How many can I read by the New Year (when I will switch to winter themes)?





It seems many Christmas books are on the short side, which I think is a good thing because then I can read more books from more authors. That's why I especially like Christmas novellas. One has the satisfaction of a full novel, but without all the extra details (not that I don't enjoy longer novels also).





Last year and this year I've been reading Christmas novellas by Victoria Connelly and have enjoyed every one. So far she's written four, I think, and I have read three (photos are links to Amazon).

The books in order (but it's not necessary to read them in order) are Christmas at the Cove; Christmas at the Castle; and Christmas at the Cottage (the latter has a wonderful dog, Harley). Each book stands alone and the main similarity is that each involves sharing the said cove, castle, or cottage with another party, whether expected or unexpected. Naturally, romance ensues. Connelly writes this type of story to great effect. Her full-length novel Love in an English Garden is another example of the shared residence theme.





Finally, I will be reading her Christmas with the Book Lovers later this week. I have read the first book in the series, The Book Lovers, but not the next two yet. However, I peeked and the Christmas book appears to focus on the same couple as the first book, so I don't think I'll be too lost. This book sounds a bit different for Christmas. I am eager to read it.






You can check out Victoria Connelly's Amazon Author's Page here; her website here; Facebook here; and Instagram with lovely photos here. There's even a free novella when you sign up for her newsletter! I've also written a previous post re Ms. Connelly here. I have read over ten of her books now, and they all have been clean and gentle reads.

Hope you enjoy reading a good Christmas novella this week,
Bess
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Word for Us on 11/26/17


The Rich Man and Lazarus (told by Jesus)

“There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption. A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep. All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.

“Then he died, this poor man, and was taken up by the angels to the lap of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell and in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham in the distance and Lazarus in his lap. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, mercy! Have mercy! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool my tongue. I’m in agony in this fire.’

“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented. Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’

“The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’

“Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’

“‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’

“Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’”

Luke 16:19-31  The Message

This is a story about Heaven and Hell and stubbornness. Are we going to let the Devil snatch away our eternal happiness? Are we adamantly refusing to discover God by refusing to read and study the Bible? Are we going to keep on letting the world and our flesh rule us ... and determine our destiny?

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! 

Open the door.

Blessings on you and yours,
Bess
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7th Blog Anniversary


Lefton China.





I can remember how thrilled I was to be starting a blog. I walked on air for weeks, almost, I loved it so much! Now ... it's kind of an effort, but we'll see how much longer I can hang in there.




In the early years I did a lot of collages, so I thought I'd share some of them today. I stopped doing them because they are a lot of work for teeny individual photos put together that one can no longer enlarge enough to see well (there was a time when Blogger allowed that). I think collages are pretty, though, so I hope you enjoy the ones I'm sharing.




Antique books, some in Swedish.


Paste jewelry; it has since been sold.














EIT English Ironstone.


Unless it has started up again, I don't think La Vie Claire is being published anymore.

Mikasa dish.

Rose Chintz.







Very intricate and detailed 1960s stamp art, made from cancelled stamps.






Noritake Nippon Toki Kaisha.



I believe a break is in order until after Thanksgiving. That will give me a little more time to read! :O)



Blessings,
Bess

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Word for Us on 11/12/17


I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:13,14

I'm getting where I can't recall if I've shared verses before or how long ago it might have been. But it never hurts to share again.

The above scripture has encouraged me many a time. In my opinion, it's actually a good definition of Hope. The first verse is obvious, and the second, Wait for the Lord, is a another way of saying "Expect the Lord to act on your behalf." 

In the midst of all our trials, we can have hope that something good is coming. 

God is on His throne.

Have a blessed start to your week,
Bess

Friday, November 10, 2017

Me Time


... I learned to take my vacations from the rat race a little at a time: two rows of knitting; a chapter of a book; a trip to a pretty gift shop or the library; a favorite television program; and so on. 
Over and over again through the years. 
From Can't Hardly Live Without Hope by Bess Andrewson


Hoping you can grab some good "me time" this weekend,
Bess



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 11/7/17


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


Among the many children's books I have read as an adult is sprinkled here and there the occasional picture book. Not including Beatrix Potter's books, today I'm sharing five of my favorites.


 

They aren't just for children!





My very favorite:






A fun picture book:




Do you have a favorite picture book?

Happy reading,
Bess
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Word for Us on 11/5/17

A corner of my world, date of photo unknown.








For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

I think I shared this verse not too long ago, but it's been on my mind so I'm sharing it again.

We people and our beliefs are fascinating. 

One person, perhaps with a very high IQ, believes that the concept of God and his creation is utterly ridiculous.

Another person, perhaps with a very high IQ, believes that everywhere he or she looks there is evidence of a Master Designer, of God and his creation.

For myself, all I have to do is go to ZooBorns daily to see God's brilliant designs. Or to look at photos of birds, of flowers, of trees, of insects ... of mankind. All intricately designed and created.

Even as I write, my backyard is full of earthworm mounds. Poor things, why haven't they evolved into something more appealing?

I'm not a scientist, but in my heart of hearts, and in my head, I know life on earth could not have "just happened."

And that's why I believe in God. I believe the Bible, and in God's Son, Jesus. I believe most of the Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and that the remaining ones will be.

A November 2014 late evening sky.

I became saved in 1970 while gazing at a breathtaking evening sky filled with magnificent "God Light." The utter beauty of it made me suddenly know and convinced ever since that God exists. My Damascus Road moment.

But I also have studied quite a bit, off and on, since then, and nothing has made me change my mind. As Joyce Meyer says (and I very loosely paraphrase), if believers are wrong, big deal; if non-believers are wrong, they are up one long creek without a paddle.

And for the record, if you're curious and if it matters to the impact of my words (which it shouldn't, really), I have a Mensa card. (Yes, it's largely a result of the ability to take a test well at a given point in time.) Having said that, I will no doubt do something stupid within the hour! :O)

Jesus doesn't want any one of us to perish. Please, please read your Bible (get one if you don't have one), and let Him speak to you through His word ... and through His creation.

Many blessings, my friends,
Bess

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pearls of Wisdom






People often disbelieve the simple truth whereas if you tell them a thumping lie they will swallow it whole.
from Five Windows by D E Stevenson

I'm almost finished reading the book Five Windows by D E Stevenson. It's another wonderful book about five stages of a young man's life, and it's full of lessons on living, aka pearls of wisdom (such as the above quote, which I thought aptly sums up a major problem with politics these days).

Ms. Stevenson must have been concerned about the care of pearls because I've come across virtually the same caveat in two of her books. Below, from David's mother in Five Windows:

"Pearls get sick if they're shut up in the dark;
it's good for them to be worn."

Then also as in this post about pearls, where I share almost the same quote from Stevenson's book Gerald and Elizabeth.

Recently, my handsome son and lovely daughter-in-law gifted me with a pretty strand of Honora multicolored cultured pearls (a twisty double bracelet) for my 65th. They will go beautifully with fall and winter clothing. Thanks again, Dear Ones! I'd share a photo, but today is thickly overcast and the colors wouldn't appear true. Hopefully they'll appear in a future post! :O)

But maybe we ladies ought to follow Ms. Stevenson's advice and wear our pearls as much as possible!

Have a great start to your weekend!
Bess
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

For Your Reading Pleasure 11/1/17


I've recently become aware of the author Martin Meadows, which is a pen name. One of his books came as a suggestion in the BookBub emails I receive, and I wound up purchasing it for my Kindle PC. The book is entitled This Time Will Be Different: A Short Book on Making Permanent Changes. It's been on sale for 99 cents, but I don't know how long that will last. (My links will come up for the paperback; if you want the Kindle book, make sure you click the Kindle option and are on the correct page and price before purchasing.)

Looking through his ebooks, he also had two available for free (even without Kindle Unlimited). I downloaded them, as well. I've now read Confidence: How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals. It was very good (I highlighted passages that spoke to me so that I can review his points quickly as desired.)

The other freebie I downloaded is called How to Think Bigger: Aim Higher, Get More Motivated, and Accomplish Big Things. I've only just begun to read it, but my guess is that I'll be reading more of Meadows's books in the future.

Meadows writes clearly and concisely, giving examples and pertinent quotes. He has done his research and appears to be living what he is sharing with his readers. You might go to his Author's Page on Amazon because he's written around fifteen books or so and it's easier to scan through the titles there.

If you need some encouragement to meet your goals or make changes in your life, give his books a try and see if they don't give you a boost in the right direction.

Happy reading!
Bess
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