Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nineveh 90


I'm joining 9,000+ people in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima by participating in Nineveh 90. It began February 13 with a 54-day rosary novena. That is followed by a brief weekend rest, then the 33-day preparation for consecration to Mary of St. Louis de Montfort. Consecration day is May 13th, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the first apparition.

My personal program is not exactly as outlined at the N90 website. I've made modifications based on my circumstances. I do have an awesome all-mom accountability squad which meets once a week in person. That is a blessing.

My main resources for this are:

The Visits to the Blessed Sacrament book is not part of N90, but I find it helpful to use to complete a daily "holy hour," which for me is more like ten minutes. The N90 website has more resources and inspirational articles and videos.

Join us?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: Trick Question



★★★★

Trick Question is the third installment in the tales of hard-boiled New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet. Author Tony Dunbar weaves a tale that manages to be gritty, funny and full of NoLa food and culture.

Tubby is called in at the last minute as co-counsel for the defense in a capital murder trial. With a week to cobble together a defense, he enlists the help of his private-eye-on-retainer, euphemistically named Flowers, and his secretary Cherrylynn. The case is entirely circumstantial and Tubby pins his hopes, and the defendant's life, on cultivating reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors by offering  a selection of other people with potential motives to kill.

Sub-plots abound here. That, and the extra time spent on characterization and backstories, not to mention several loose ends untied at the end, hallmark this firmly as a serial tale. Dunbar evokes characters and places, and especially food, with skill. Don't dive into this read on an empty stomach. You've been warned. Although marketed as hard-boiled, Tubby hardly brings us out of the cozy genre. Some brief sexually descriptive scenes are here, but they have a purpose in developing one of the sub-plots.

This counts as a book for the Mount TBR 2017 reading challenge, as I downloaded this book in 2016.

Fine Print: I received an ebook version of this book as a free book from Amazon which I hunted down myself. I made no promises regarding reading or reviewing this book.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: The Lake House Secret



★★★

The Lake House Secret by Debra Burroughs is the first book in the Jenessa Jones Mystery series. It is set in a small town in Northern California and features a young protagonist who is an investigative reporter. Burroughs has experience as a romance writer, and her skill in that genre was evident throughout this book. It did manage to stay "cozy" with nothing explicit, just heavy on the romance, which I don't mind. The story was a bit slow to develop as we learned much about the main character, her family and her past. The murder in this book was an old one, only just discovered. This was more of a romantic suspense than a whodunnit, with the solution to the crime coming from a surprising source. Living in a small-sized city myself, many things about the setting, the interweaving of the lives of the main characters, and the way of life rang true. It might seem to be a stretch that Jenessa's father's biggest client owned most of the town, including the newspaper she works for, and that she had once dated his son. Since moving myself to a rust-belt, one-industry town on the Great Lakes my eyes have been opened to just how close-knot and interrelated a small town can be.

All in all this was an enjoyable light read. It wasn't a great puzzle or great literature, but a satisfying diversion.

This counts as a book for the Mount TBR 2017 reading challenge, as I downloaded this book in 2016.

Fine Print: I received an ebook version of this book as a free book from Amazon which I hunted down myself. I made no promises regarding reading or reviewing this book.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Daybook 2017.01.02

Outside my window...gloomy muddy  melty snow.

I am thinking...about a nap. That would be bad.

I am thankful...for all of the blessings received in 2016 and for each new day of life!


I am wearing...floral skirt, black tank, sweater, slippers.

I am creating...does updated this blog count?


I am going...to declutter my room today and tomorrow.


I am wondering...if I will ever be organized.


I am reading...The Young Widow


I am listening ...to Glory Days on iTunes. The Boss.


I am watching...Grantchester Season 2

I am hoping...for a quiet rest of the week.

I am learning...patience.

Around the house...post-Christmas sugar overload. And I gave up sugar again starting today.


In the kitchen...Nachos with guacamole before we go to karate.

I am pondering...writing. Story lines. Romance. Mystery. Still.

A quote..."My cake is dough." - Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Act V, Scene I.


A favorite thing...my spiffy car. Retro-wagon, really. Still

I am planning...the rest of the week while I wait for my 2017 planner.

A photo...


Linking up with The Simple Woman

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reading Challenge: Mount TBR 2017



Ha! I need this challenge. My To Be Read pile is daunting. So every time I knock off a book or ebook which I already own I'll post about it. I am aiming for twelve books off my TBR pile, which equates to Pike's Peak at the Mount TRB Challenge.
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