Monday, September 25, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Can you believe it's Monday again? This week has been incredibly busy, and of course this is the last Monday of September. The first day of fall came and well, I do believe that it was the hottest day of the year so far. I have to admit I just don't understand the seasons too much anymore. But one of the great things about Monday's is it is time to share posts. So don't miss out on the chance to share what's going on in your life.

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WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
This is for all you who are looking for a great tasting, healthy after school snack. You should really try Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops you won't be disappointed in them.


WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the August "You're the Star" blog hop)

Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Bread by A Fireman's Wife

God and Creation by Narrow-Minded Woman
God and Creation

Party Invitations by Howling At the Moon

Plumeria or Frangipani by Comfort Spring

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR

We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Meditate On That

Meditation has proven health benefits. But most people believe that they have to set aside an hour to make it worth while. But that isn't true. Here are some little known things about meditation that may help all of those individuals who are passing up the health benefits because they just don't have enough time.

Five minutes is all you really need to gain some of the benefits of meditation. Even those individuals who suffer from that short attention span can manage that.

Prayer is a form of meditation. So those individuals who say meditation is all new age, it's not. You can gain benefits from praying for a few minutes a day.

Being mindful of what is going on around you is part of meditation. You aren't just clearing your mind. You are paying attention to the moment.

So meditate on that why don't you?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Places They've Been

Have you ever really looked at a set of suitcases? I mean some old ones. Not the brand new ones that are on the show room floor. But ones that have seen a little use? Have you ever wondered about the places they have seen, what they have carried? If you think about it each of them would have a different story to tell. If they could just tell us about the places they've been.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Good Neighbor

We all complain about our bad neighbors. The neighbors take action when someone moves into the neighborhood, and just doesn't comply with the rules. But what makes the good neighbor.

First, they are not overly nosy. There is a fine line between being aware of what goes on at your neighbors home, and knowing everything that goes on in their home. Good neighbors are aware of your routines, but they don't come visit every morning.

Second, they communicate with you. Recently, my neighbor was leaving for work very early in the morning. She saw someone walking across my backyard in the dark. This is a little bit unusual. She called me to let me know what she saw. It turned out that it was me walking across the yard. I had taken out the trash in the middle of the night. But what if it had been someone out to cause problems. Neighbor of the week award goes to her.

And lastly, they let the little stuff slide. Yes, if there are weeds a foot tall, that is a problem, but if the grass is a little taller than you like, let it go. Sometimes life just happens, and you can't get things done the way you need to. I work nights so I don't know what happens at my house in the middle of the night. My neighbor was the one who let me know last year. You have raccoons in your attic. That is one good neighbor.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Moonglow is the 2016 novel released written by Michael Chabon. I've read a couple of hhis other books, so I was really interested when I saw this title. Here's what I think of this book.

The Book

Every family has its secrets. And this book has the deathbed confessions of a grandfather to his grandson as the heart of the story. The grandfather tells about his life and let's out the stories about his exploits in the Second World War. He tells about his grandmother, and her life. And he tells about how his hero became someone he hated when he found out about some of his actions. His passions all through life are explosives and space. And he leaves you wondering are some secrets just better kept than revealed.

What I Think

I really liked this book. This is no surprise because I enjoyed some of his other work so much. But I liked that this story is about secrets being revealed. Are families what we think they are? Are people what we really think they are? The story focuses on the grandfather. I love that he was one of those individuals that just kind of got in a lot of trouble because he was bored. 

His hunt for Werner Von Braun was really interesting. He sees him as a kindred spirit as he begins his hunt. His love for rocketry, and their desire to visit the moon. But then he realizes that they aren't when he sees some of the lengths that were gone to make the rockets. 

And the grandfather was extraordinarily accepted of the grandmother. He took her for all of her faults, and didn't think twice of not being there for her no matter what. 

If you enjoy books that are about books that have a great story that will keep you wanting to read more, this book is for you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What's Brought A Smile To My Face Recently

I realized this morning when I woke up that I haven't shared some of the great things that have happened in my life recently. And it's time to share.


Last week was my mother's 90th birthday. The party was great, and I was so glad that I got to go to it. But the one down side to it was I had to exchange days off at work in order to get the days off I needed. It meant that I worked for seven days straight. I did survive! And here's to being able to survive and celebrate.

Great Customer Service

Last week I went to Arby's to pick up a sandwich. I decided that I didn't want to go through the drive-thru. There really seemed to be a long line. And I'm glad that I did go in. I placed my order. And while I was waiting an employee asked me if I wanted a free milkshake, they had prepared it for another customer. But the customer didn't want whipped cream on the shake. So, they gave it to me. Then as my order was being placed in the bag, they dropped part of it on the floor. I had to wait for more to be prepared. So they gave me extras of what I ordered. Sometimes it just pays to go inside doesn't it?

Korea Festival

Last weekend was Korea festival in my hometown. It was the first one ever held here. I just happened to come across it because I had to go to the library. And I'm glad I did. I got to make some origami, and they provided me with a calligraphy sample. It was pretty cool. And the rest of the demonstrations were pretty cool too. I hope they hold it again next year.

So what great things have been going on in your lives?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I Said No!

Someone recently told me a story about a co-worker of theirs that was so quiet and cooperative. And then there was this day, when another co-worker who was quite vocal about what they want. There was a day when this assertive individual approached the small quiet co-worker, and told them it was time to do something.

The quiet one said no. The assertive one repeated what she said, and the quiet one slowly reached out and place her fingertips on the co-workers should pushed lightly and said no.

Now the assertive co-worker ran to a supervisor and told them what happened. She wanted something done. The supervisor gave some excuse, and nothing was done.

Now there are many individuals out there who may say that the quiet one was in the wrong, but I disagree with that. She told the assertive one no, and the little push with her fingers was just saying I said no. And I wonder if she was thinking to herself, why didn't you listen to me when I said no the first time.

Anyway, that's my musing for the day. And let me know what you think of the situation.