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Friday, June 22, 2012

Wind turbines or NOT?



The first time I saw these majestic 'towers' I was driving down the highway, turned a corner and BAM...there they were.  I literally gasped.  


I had heard about them but never saw them.  I didn't have an opinion because I knew nothing of them.  


Then a project was proposed to build several of them in a town nearby.  A friend told me about a tour that was being offered to residents of the town and adjoining towns to educate them of the uses.  I was intrigued so I signed up.


Driving by miles away was awesome, BUT standing directly under one....there's not a word to describe...these things are MASSIVE:




I learned they are springing up all over VT and NY.  The opinions are varied. Some do not want the aesthetics of the scenery dotted with them.  OR they cry for the birds that may fly into them and die.  Cost is an issue too.  


Others think this is the future of energy.  America producing their own energy.  More jobs. Cleaner energy.


Maybe this is was a debate when electricity poles and lines began to show up across America....or even the railroad....


All I know is-in my little world this is a HOT topic...


What do YOU think?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Speed of Light Review



I'm not much into Sci-Fi or fantasy, really.  Yet, this book really does grab the reader's attention and holds it to the end.  


When a book is a good read I have to read it in one sitting.  I think of it as a movie...I don't watch an hour or less of a movie, shut it off and finish it the next day or whenever.  NO! I watch it to the end.  That is how I was with this book.  I just HAD to finish it, which I regretted the next day when I was so tired from staying up reading :)


Lee Baker is a masterful writer.  I could picture the scenes in my mind as I followed Pierce Black on his journey with light.  Hoping that he would discover what was 'behind' the death of his loved ones and who was after him.


I thought I had it all figured out....but I didn't.  Another reason why this was a good book.




Monday, June 11, 2012

My Big Bottom Blessing Book Review & Giveaway



The title of this book intrigued me when I was asked if I'd be willing to review it, so I said, "Sure!"


The first couple of chapters, Teasi Cannon, explains her battle with weight.  "Oh well," I thought, "I guess this book is not for me".  As I have never had a problem with weight.  But I kept reading, after all I did say I would write a review.


But this book is not just about weight, it's about self-image.  We all have areas of ourselves that we despise and wish we could change.  Not only wish we could change, but would do ANYTHING to change.  


I enjoyed Teasi's style of writing.  She uses humor to talk about the topics that are not easy to discuss. Throughout the book she introduces the reader to the 'people' within herself that she would have conversations with...like: Trainer, Reflection, Self-pity, Fat Christian Woman to name a few.  I could so relate to these conversation even though I've never struggled with my weight,  I have had and still have problems  with self-esteem or the "I wonder what that person thinks of me" syndrome.   But the only opinion I should care about  is my heavenly Father!  And He loves me...so much He sent His Son for me. 

THAT, my friend, is the reason for this book.  It challenges us to look at ourselves through the eyes of Jesus....really the rest doesn't matter.


Each chapter ends with soul-searching questions, an encouraging word or poem, and scripture to help to reinforce the lesson learned.


Click here to read the first chapter.


If you like what you've read and you want more....enter below to win your own copy of


My Big Bottom Blessing : 
 How Hating My Body Led to Loving my Life
 by Teasi Cannon

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*I received a complimentary copy of My Big Bottom Blessing from Worthy Publishing for my honest review.





Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Fit review

My favorite time of year is almost upon us  


SUMMER

I've been trying to get 'fit' for summer doing the 30 Day Shred and now pilates.  That's the physical fit that is necessary.  But we all need to keep mentally fit, too.

I know as a homeschool mom it is difficult to begin school again in the fall.  Somehow the students forget much of what was learned the previous year.  Therefore, we have to spend the first month just getting their minds back into the learning mode.  To me that is such a waste of time.


That's why I recommend Summer Fit workbooks for everyone.  I reviewed these for the first time last year...read about them here.

These are a wonderful resource for all children, not just those that are homeschooled.

This year MediaGuests sent me the P-K workbook.  This book will get your child ready for preschool or even kindergarten.  You may be wondering why I choose this level as my children are way beyond P-K age.  My daughter is a nanny for children in this age group, she was looking for something to do with them.  I felt this was the perfect fit!  She did too :)

Here's a little promo video from Summer Fit (I thought it was lame, but I'll bet your little ones will like it)


You can keep up-to-date on what is going on at Summer Fit by liking their Facebook page.

Now go have a great summer getting fit mentally, physically and socially WITH your kids!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Who would have thought....

that after 30 years I would still be married to the same man, have 5 children and one son-in-law, live in a huge log cabin (which is now empty), have survived brain surgery, suffered through menopause, wish I could turn back time, etc, etc.


It all seems  like someone else lived it, but nope, it was me.  Very hard to remember it all, sometimes I wonder if I've only been dreaming, or having a nightmare ;)


Last Tuesday was my 30th anniversary.  I'll admit that it has not been easy to stay married for 30 years.  I have said often that if it wasn't for our love and commitment to God, we would never have lasted.  HE has kept us true to our commitment to each other.  Thank you, Jesus!


My hubs surprised me with an impromptu visit to where we went on our honeymoon in the White Mountains region of NH.  He also surprised me by replacing my lost wedding band with a new one and fixing  my engagement ring.


I guess I'll keep him :)


THEN


NOW