Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Wandering Camera

 Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

I thought I would share a few pictures from my travels last month. I found this linky on Whims and Fancies.  

So here goes -

Taking to the skies, looking back on my beautiful Florida coastline.

Bordered by snow, we traveled up to Hocking Hills in Ohio.

A warm and cozy fireplace where we snuggled in for a three day retreat.

 A snow capped view

I think this horse knew I was going to snap his picture. He seemed to pose.

An orchid show in Columbus.

This last picture made me think of a happy little face.

And then, home again, home again.

To the most beautiful Florida sunset.

Thanks for letting me share. Happy Wanderings.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Won't you Be Mine?

  What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than a quiet breakfast for two.

"Be Mine" by Sandra Kuck

Rembrandt China 
I hope you have lovely plans to spend time with your special Sweetheart.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016


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Somehow, because I am not a computer geek, I seem to be late to the party. You see, Google has been shutting down a lot of their previous services. One of which is Google Friend connect. Okay, so I started noticing that some of my followers were going away. Why is that, I wondered? Then I saw a post on another blog stating the same thing.  Well, what do you know? It's really happening. Here is what was posted on Google.

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.
As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.
We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.  
So the story goes, if you do not have a Google account, you won't be able to 
follow me.  I think! 
You can follow me by email, or bloglovin, but there will no longer 
be GFC for non Google accounts. Sad, so sad. Why do they have to 
change things when everything is going so well? 

I really don't want to lose any of my followers, and I hope that you 
will get this message before everybody goes away. 
Does everybody know about this already?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Undaunted Hope - a book review


 I love a story that draws you into the lives of the characters. So it is with Undaunted Hope.
Undaunted Hope is the story of a young woman who, desiring to make a new life, finds herself in the upper Michigan wilderness. Applying for the position of teacher in a coal mining village, she is at once scoffed at being a woman. Once the weather has locked the community in, Tessa Taylor finds she must make her way, refusing the advances of the town superintendent and chief mine clerk. Realizing this man holds the town in his grip, Tessa longs to free the people from the evil and cruelty. Tessa is drawn to the lighthouse keepers assistant, Alex, who tries to woo her, but Alex finds he is fighting a losing battle when his brother and his children stake a claim on Tessa's affections. Who will win her heart?

I've read two other novels by Jody Hedlund, and I think I enjoyed this one the most. I would suggest reading the novella Out of the Storm, as there are parts that introduce and intertwine much of the story line. Jody Hedlund is an excellent author. She gives each of her characters so much heart and brings them to life. She excels in her research which gave me new insights into the lives of lighthouse keepers and those who lived by mining.

This is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series, but I would recommend it as a stand alone novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.