Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Summer Is All Booked!

 A lot of my Summer Reading time has been devoted to the Neapolitan Novels. I have had them on my To Be Read List for quite some time now, written in Italian, translated into English. (I feel smarter already, don't you?) Having finally assembled all 4 in the series, I determined this was the year I would read them. But I have to admit I'm not loving them. Though they, in theory, are everything I usually love about Books . . . Set in Naples Italy, the 4 Books follow 2 Girls who meet in the 1950's throughout their life time. The ups & downs of female friendships through the years & in this case decades. They started out strong for me as these two little girls meet & it's their shared love for the Book Little Women that binds them together, and makes them want to be writers when they grow up! (Be still my Feminist, Little Women Loving heart!) But they are some of the most violent I have ever read. Set in the streets of a very poor neighborhood in Naples. The third book is my favorite so far & I've yet to read the last in the series. It's so heart breaking when a Book doesn't live up to it's potential for me. Though many people all around the world love these books & they are pretty highly rated. They are just not my cup of tea.

Here's one that did live up to it's potential for me; The Boston Girl! I'm finding that I'm liking Historical Fiction more than I thought I did. And anything that makes you see from a different point of view is very interesting to me. And this protagonist was ahead of her time! And I'm glad I found her in mine! It's an easy read & well worth it!

 And what would a Summer Reading List be without an Elin Hilderbrand Book?! The quintessential Summer Read! Her Books, always set on Nantucket, and this one about Identical Twins very different from each other & from most characters you read about before is a fun one!

Look at this a male Author! :) I am a John Grisham fan! But this one isn't his typical Court Room Drama, of which I've read many & really like. Camino Island is set in Florida about an Author, a Bookstore, and a Crime. It's different for him and I really enjoyed it! If you love Books, you will like this one! The Perfect Beach Read!

Okay, so I didn't read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society this Summer, I read it a long time ago. But Netflix just came out with an Original Movie of it, staring Lily James, who is also in "Mamma Mia Here We Go Again" this Summer. And you have to see it! (And you also have to see Mamma Mia!) So Good!! 

I hope you are having a fun filled Summer, complete with good Books, good Movies and great Memories! And as always, let me know what your Reading & Watching in your Booked Summer!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


28 years ago today;
You made me a Mother.
Such a Beautiful Boy.
With the Personality to match!

 Always such a fun kid!
And to this day, still the Life of the Party!

 Always so Creative! 
And on Trend.

 Never afraid to say "I Love you Mom"
even in front of your high school football teammates!

 So Giving and Caring,
Smart & Funny.

 A Superhero to all who know you!
Full of Imagination.

 Getting to watch you become a Father 
this past year has been nothing short of Amazing!

 Being your Mom may have had it's challenges at times,
but I have always loved having a front row seat to your life.

Happy Birthday!
I Love You Son!

Friday, January 12, 2018

My First Glamma Photo Shoot

Of course I had to have my first "Glamma" Photo Shoot when both my babies were here together.  My favorite find on Black Friday was at J.C. Penny's this T-shirt that reads "Love My Tribe" along with the babies onesies that say "New To The Tribe". Here are some samplings of the pictures taken by my talented daughter Erica;

Friday, December 8, 2017

Season's Readings!

 There is a special place in my heart for Books set at Christmas time!
I read some every year!!
 I have an entire "Bookshelf" set up on GoodReads dedicated to Christmas Books! 
It's my favorite Website! Find me & Friend me here: GoodReads 

And this year my  
Season's Readings 
are . . .
 The Reading Group by; Elizabeth Noble
It follows a group of Women of different ages & stages in life, 
set in England, throughout an entire year of Life and Book Club Selections!

A Carol For Christmas by; Robin Lee Hatcher
 A heart warming Christmas Novella,
of Love and Music.

 Winter Storms by; Elin Hilderbrand
 The third book in the Winter Street Series.
By an Author I enjoy.

The first one Winter Street was good,
The second, Winter Stroll, was just okay.
And there is one more: Winter Solstice, I'll read next year! :)

Talking As Fast As I Can by: Lauren Graham
I read it earlier this year, and it isn't necessarily a "Christmas Book"
but it just won the 2017 GoodReads Choice Award for Humor!! 
So If, like me, you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, you will enjoy it! 

And I'm always looking for good suggestions, 
so what are you Reading this Christmas Season?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Another Grand Baby!

Our second Grand Baby has arrived!
And you know how much I Love being a Glamma!

 6 pounds, 13 ounces
20 1/2 inches

 And we couldn't be happier!!
Or prouder!!

We had a scare & some difficulties, 
but Mommy & Baby are now doing good!

 Cousins, just 3 months apart.
Met for the first time over Facetime!

 Meet Walter Jay!
(Jay is after my Father)

 He's just the sweetest little guy. 
And we're so happy he's here!

 Welcome to the World,
and to our Family!!

For you I am so Thankful!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday: My Family!

 This Thankful Thursday is saved for what I'm most Thankful for: 
 Today and Everyday; I am Thankful for my Family!

 I have always loved being a Mom!

 We have 4 really Wonderful kids! and I've enjoyed every stage!

And, I'm Thankful our Family is growing! :)

From our Family to Yours;

 Happy Thanksgiving!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Daughters-in-law

We've all heard that old saying; 
"A Son is a Son, till he takes a Wife, a Daughter is a Daughter for the rest of her Life!" 
As a Mother of Sons, that's a scary thought.

 Well, I am Happy to report, it is not the case! 
My son's wives have become an important part of our family!

Today is Kendra's Birthday!
She is Fun, Caring, and has given us the gift of our first Grand baby! :)

 Katie's Birthday was this month as well.
She's Smart, Loving, and will soon be bringing our second Grand son into the world!

Both of my Daughters in Law are Beautiful and Funny, 
Sweet and Strong Women.
(It's almost as if I raised them myself!) :)

I am proud to have them as part of our Family!
And for them, I will always be Thankful!