Smile for the Joy of Others

Smile for the Joy of Others

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recent Reads

To know me is to know that I love to read. I love to escape in a page turning book and I love to read to learn.  If a book takes me through a gamut of emotions, it's going to get 5 stars from me.  Each book below got 5 stars from me but The Book Thief had the most impact. 

I finished The Book Thief about 12:30 one morning but didn't actually fall asleep till around 1:30. Why? Because I spent that 1 hour crying. Y'all, I have never cried so hard from a book. Crying from a book is typical of me...but only a handful have made me cry this hard. Now, it could be that I've been a little more emotional this past week and it was so late in the night. But the reality of this book just leaves mankind in tears and sadness. The historical value of this book is not even yet a 100 years ago. That perspective blows my mind. This book gives you a glimpse of Germany during WW II with death as the narrator. If what I read is just a glimpse, I don't think I could handle the whole picture.

I highly recommend the book even though there is a movie.  The book brings so much more raw emotion that a movie just can't capture. 

The other book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I know, odd name) gives a glimpse from England's side of the War, specifically from the English Chanel Islands.  Their story is not one you hear much about yet, their suffering was very real.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Fresh Bed

One of our most recent projects here at our home was to overhaul our front flower bed.  If you recall a previous blog post about the wasp, you will understand why our bed needed an overhaul.  It had become an over grown, wasp hoarding jungle.  So it was either overhauling it or putting up a sign "Welcome to the Jungle"...the latter would just be a mere attempt to justify the mess it had become. 

It took us using my dad's truck to pull up the juniper, Indian Hawthorn, boxwoods and lorpetlum.  We had to attach a chain from the truck to the bush and pull it out.  Any other way would have most likely resulted in broken bones, including our backs. 

After ridding the bed of all bushes...we now have a cleaner bed with dwarf gardenias, drift roses, fireworks and cotton candy grasses, variegated monkey grass and Shasta daisies.  We left my knockout roses that were Mother's Day gifts for the past years. 

I even tackled a Pinterest project you will see.  I spray painted flowerpots and then painted our address on them.  The wooden wagon they sit on, is a treasure I found several years ago on the side of road as someone's trash.

I have since enjoyed sitting and rocking on my front porch.  A simple pleasure I couldn't enjoy due to the invasion of wasps and the overwhelming view of jungle.

Before "Welcome to the Jungle"
Before "Wasp Haven"



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Be Back Directly

I know, it's been awhile.  Lack of time and a computer makes it hard to blog on a continual basis.  While time never seems to be enough, I finally have a new computer. 

But even now, as I have a few minutes and a running computer, I'm soon off to help campaign for a local running for Senator.  And while I'm doing that, hubby and one son is off to baseball practice. 

Until then, I'll be back directly to update our family adventures.