Saturday, June 23, 2018

Song I'm Loving ~ Dream Small by Josh Wilson

This is such a novel concept in today's world.

Love it!



 
 Colletta

Sunday Post ~ 6/24/18

http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/
 
This is a post to recap the previous week here on the blog.
The Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 Song I'm Loving:
 
 
~~~~~~~~
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/what-im-reading-6418.html


~~~~~~~~
 


  
~~~~~~~
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/work-in-progress-6618.html
Nothing this week...
 
 
~~~~~~~
 
 
 
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-beneath-prairie-moon-by-kim.html
 
 
~~~~~~~
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/first-lines-friday-sea-rose-lane-6818.html

 
 
 
~~~~~~~~
 
 
 

~~~~~~~
 
Have a great week!

Please leave a link so I can stop by your blog :)


 
Colletta

Friday, June 22, 2018

Saturday 9 ~ Shut Up + Dance ~ 6/23/18



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 
 
Shut Up + Dance (2014)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This is about a man who meets the woman who is his destiny on the dance floor. Do you think we each have One Great Love preordained by fate? Or do you think life offers each of us many opportunities for romance?
I don't believe in "fate".  I believe that God has a plan for each of us.  I do however believe there are many opportunities for romance throughout our life.  Personally, I hope to continue with my "One Great Love" for the rest of our lives :)

 2) Lead singer Nick Petricca says this song is inspired by a true story. He was all keyed up and his girlfriend dragged him onto the dance floor, insisting that dancing would cheer him up. Therefore he considers this song an "anthem to letting go and having fun." Think of the last time you really had fun. Who were you with? What were you doing?
This is a hard one!  I've had many times of joy lately but outright fun?  I guess riding amusement park rides with the hubby and the girls a few weeks ago.

3) The dance floor incident that inspired this song took place in Echo Park, an LA neighborhood located near Elysian Park and Chinatown. Tell us about your village or city. Do the neighborhoods have interesting names?

Hollywood, Hogback, Frog Eye, Mortgage Row, Mosquito Flats.  There are some interesting ones around! 


4) Walk the Moon promoted this record by a performance on Good Morning America. Are you enthusiastic and energetic at 7:00 AM? Or do you hit your stride later in the day?
I'm usually, in the summer, just waking up around 7am.  I like to get out and take a walk before it gets too hot, although I haven't had to worry about the "hot" part lately.  What is with this weather?


5) "Shut Up + Dance" is the biggest hit by Walk the Moon. The bandmembers met as at Kenyon, Ohio's oldest private college. Tell us about something that's old and revered where you live. 
We have 'Olde Bedford Village" and also Fort Bedford in our area.  Both are from the Revolutionary War era.

 6) Walk the Moon took their name from the Police song, "Walking on the Moon." What's your favorite song by Sting and/or The Police?
Truthfully, I don't care for Sting and/or The Police very much....

7) In 2014, the year this song was popular, Robin Williams took his own life. What's your favorite Robin Williams performance?
Probably, Mrs. Doubtfire.  "It was a drive-by fruiting!"  lol

 8) Also in 2014, the Apple Watch was introduced. Are you wearing a watch as you answer these 9 questions?

Yep.  I wear my watch from the time I get dressed until the time I put my pajamas on at night.


9) Random question -- You must create a coat of arms for yourself, representing your life and spirit. Which of these items would you place at the center: a heart, a sword, or a pen?

 
I think I'll go with:  a heart :)

 
Please leave a comment with a link so I can return the visit!


Colletta
 


Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Lines Friday ~ 6/22/18

https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/


Today's "First Lines" are from:

 
 
How in the world had rain earned such a romantic rep?

Kate Walker tipped the collar of her jacket and burrowed her chin against the chilly afternoon's heavy breathing.  Chicago's usual sticky late-August warmth had gone into hiding--saggy clouds and a veil of gray creating the perfect backdrop for the swoon-worthy embrace playing out in front of her.

The dashing hero holding tight to his girl in the middle of the park, swinging her in a circle as she laughed with abandon.  Oblivious to the rainfall, the both of them.  And then...the most magic moment of all.

The kiss.
 
 
 
Colletta 
 
 



 
Also linking up to:

http://irbratb.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/
http://thepurplebooker.com

20 Books of Summer 2018 ~ Update ~ 6/21/18


Cathy over at 746 Books is hosting a summer reading challenge called "20 Book of Summer 2018".


 
This is just a little update of the first 5 books I've read toward the 20 Books of Summer 2018 Challenge.

I'm actually really surprised to have hit the 5 book marks already.

 

http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-youre-gonna-love-me-by.html



http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-sea-rose-lane-by-irene.html



http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-captured-bride-by-michelle.html



http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-sandpiper-cover-by-irene.html



http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-beneath-prairie-moon-by-kim.html
 
 
Have you read any of these books?
 
How are you doing on your 20 Books of Summer Challenge???
 

Colletta

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Menu ~ 6/19/18



For the Week of 6/19/18-6/25/18


Tuesday:            Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Green Beans, Peaches

Image result for lasagna

Wednesday:       Meatloaf, Buttered Noodles, Broccoli, Pears

Image result for meatloaf

Thursday:         Ham, homemade Mac-n-cheese, Peas, Strawberries

Image result for fried ham

Friday:               Thin Crust Pizza, Salad, Grapes


Saturday:           Kielbasa, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Apples


Sunday:              Church Pot Luck

Image result for pot luck


Monday:              Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Carrots, Oranges

Image result for chicken brest


What are you eating this week?

Colletta

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What I'm Reading ~ 6/18/18


Today I'm reading:


 Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?
 

What are you reading?

Colletta

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Review ~ Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 


 Blurb:
 
Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides.
 
Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?  

My Thoughts:
 
I so wanted to like this book!
 
The premise was hopeful but it just ending up being "OK" to me.
 
The heroine, Abigail, was so "hoity-toity" and extremely prim and proper.  To a fault, even.  At the same time, she was timid as a mouse and hid behind her employer, Mrs. Bingham.
 
Mack, the hero, was a bit too polished and precise to be truly believable in the setting.  He was even a bit anal himself.
 
The story was just a bit too slow-moving for me and I found myself wanting to skim instead really READ.
 
Oh, well.  On to the next book!
 
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/20-books-of-summer-2018.html
 
  

Colletta

Sunday Post ~ 6/17/18

http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/
 
This is a post to recap the previous week here on the blog.
The Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 Song I'm Loving:
 
 
~~~~~~~~
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/what-im-reading-6418.html


~~~~~~~~
 


  
~~~~~~~
 
 
~~~~~~~
 
 
I had 3 Book Reviews this week:
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-sea-rose-lane-by-irene.html
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-captured-bride-by-michelle.html
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/book-review-sandpiper-cover-by-irene.html
 
 
 
 
~~~~~~~
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/first-lines-friday-sea-rose-lane-6818.html

 
 
 
~~~~~~~~
 
 
 

~~~~~~~
 
Have a great week!

Please leave a link so I can stop by your blog :)


 
Colletta

Song I'm Loving ~ What a Friend by Matt Maher

I'm so loving this song right now!

Enjoy!





 


 Colletta

Friday, June 15, 2018

Saturday 9 ~ Cat's In the Cradle ~ 6/16/18



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 
 
Cat's In the Cradle (1974)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? 
I am horrible at poetry.  I remember having to write a poem in English Class.  I wrote about ice-cream.  Horrible!


2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was?

I vividly remember having to go to bed at 9pm.  I was probably about 10 or so.


3)  When did you go to bed last night?

Around 11pm-ish.


4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.)

No.  I'm sure at one point I had to learn them all but I have long forgotten the memorization.

 
5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for?

 
I always get my Dad his fishing license so he can go out and enjoy spending time fishing.
 

6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library?
I just went to the my neighborhood library on Monday :)
 
7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver?
 I'm reluctant to jinx myself, but yes, I think I'm a goo driver :)

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip.

The hubby is in charge of the car maintenance in our family.  My best tip is "Don't run out of gas!"

9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? 

 
Ohhhh....  That would be a toss up between Wild Cherry and Butter Rum!
 
Please leave a comment with a link so I can return the visit!


Colletta
 


Book Review ~ Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

 Blurb:
 
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance.


Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.

My Thoughts:
 
Sigh.....
 
That is how this book left me feeling!
 
I absolutely adored reading Sandpiper Cove, the third book in the Hope Harbor series.  I've read the first two books of the series within the past few weeks so the characters and the setting were fresh in my mind.
 
While I believe this book can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading the series from the start.  You will have a much better grasp of the characters involved throughout the series as well as the community of Hope Harbor.
 
I have to admit, I didn't know how a romance between a police chief and an ex-con would play out.  And that intrigued me!
 
The author does a wonderful job of creating Adam Stone's character into being one to fall in love with even though he has a checkered past.
 
Lexie has secrets of her own that haunt her past and she has to work through them as well.
 
This is a wonderful book and a wonderful series.  I can't wait to read more!  I believe there are a few more books to the series :) 
 
 
http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/20-books-of-summer-2018.html
 
  

Colletta

Thursday, June 14, 2018

First Lines Friday ~ 6/15/18

https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/


Today's "First Lines" are from:


 
 
Not again.

Adam Stone slammed the door on his decrepit Kia, expelled a breath, and surveyed the damage.

The rustic, one-room cabin he called home appeared to be untouched this go-round.  But it would take some serious sanding to get the profanities spray-painted on the small outbuilding that housed his woodworking shop.

At least the vandals hadn't broken any windows this time.

But where was Clyde?
 
 
 
Colletta 
 
 



 
Also linking up to:

http://irbratb.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/
http://thepurplebooker.com