Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why We're The Ocean State...

East Beach, Charlestown, East Matunuck, South Kingstown, Blue Shutters Beach, Charlestown


Kites - Brenton Point Park, Newport RI

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beautiful Jamestown/Chasing Sunsets

Jamestown is one of my favorite places in Rhode Island.  My husband and I go to a restaurant every year on our anniversary called Simpatico.  Best chowder! We celebrated 29 years this year.  After dinner we took a ride because I wanted to chase the sunset.  Here are the results:

29 Years & Counting

    July 3, 1988 at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford RI

What I Read: June 2017

June was a good reading month.  I read an interesting assortment of books.   I highly recommend The Sun is Also a Star👍, This is How It Always Is👍and The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (if you enjoy YA)👍
I was underwhelmed by Hillbilly Elegy👎 and Before the Fall👎

Currently Reading:  The Garden of Small Beginnings and Listening to:  Exit West 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Favorite Reads (SO FAR) of 2017

It is the midpoint of the year so I'm sharing my favorite reads (so far) of 2017.  These were all rated 5 or 4 on Goodreads.  

Can't wait to see what the second half of 2017 brings!!  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Summer Bucket List 2017

1.  Go to  Rhode Island Beaches (at least 10 times and 2 new ones)

2.  Fireworks at Ocean Beach Park Summer Entertainment 
     (June 30, 2017)

3.  Car Show 

4.  Farmington River Tubing

5.  Visit a Museum Free Fun Fridays  
     July 14st (Edward Kennedy Institute)
     July 21th (Museum of Fine Arts),  
     July 28th (John F. Kennedy Museum and Library)

6.  Attend a Waterfire

7.  See a movie at Misquamicut Drive-In

8.  Go to a Pawtucket Red Sox Game

9.  Visit a Newport Mansion

10. Celebrate our 29th Wedding Anniversary at Simpatico

Monday, June 12, 2017

NYC Weekend - Dale Chihuly Exhibit NY Botanical Garden

Master of Glass - Dale Chihuly

Sapphire Star

Red Reeds on Logs

Blue Polyvitro Crystals

Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower

This is a great article on Chihuly and the Botanical Garden Exhibit
Are There Glass Snakes in Dale Chihuly's Fragile Eden?

Monday, June 5, 2017

What I Read, May 2017

Hi Reading Friends.  
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my May Reads:

1.  The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg - Quick read.  I was able to learn a bit about the "hygge" lifestyle.  It sparked my interest!  3***

2.  Thinking Differently - This was a very good resource of information for parents who have a child diagnosed with a Learning Disability.  I learned more about Dyslexia which helps me in my job as an education advocate.  Highly recommend to families new to the journey. 3***

3.  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - I loved this book!  This is a book lovers dream.  Lots of books mentioned throughout.  It is a story with twists and turns though which keeps your attention throughout.  4****

4.  The Most Beautiful - WOW this book surprised me.  I didn't really know what to expect.  I have loved Prince's music for a long time.  When Mayte talked about seeing Prince on stage I related.  I was lucky enough to see him during the Seven Tour years ago and it was amazing.  Mayte shared her heart and information about their relationship in a respectful and loving way.  5*****

5.  They May Not Mean to But They Do - Interesting story about siblings dealing with the aging of their parents.  It was a tough topic but the author made it very readable and relatable.  I am at this point with my own parents and I totally connected to this book. 3***

6.  The Magnolia Story - I enjoy the show Fixer Upper.  It was interesting to learn more about Chip and Joanna's history and how the show came to be.  There were some parts that dragged for me but overall a fun read.  3***

7.  Ginny Moon - I was on the fence with this book honestly.  I have two young adult sons on the autism spectrum and I was confused about Ginny's character.  It seemed as though she was more impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than Autism. She was a quirky character you wanted to root for.  Just wish there was a little bit more happiness in the story for her.  3***

Coming up in June:  A Sun is Also a Star, This is How It Always Is and One True Loves

Linking Up With:


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day, May 29, 2017

 “Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial” 
Roger Williams Park

Sunday, May 7, 2017

What I Read April 2017

I had a pretty good reading month.  Work does pick up this time of year but I continue to stay on track and enjoy my reading time.  My husband and I are still reading one book a month together and that has been fun!  

I participated in Erin's 6.0 Challenge from January to April reading 10 books that fit into specific categories.  It was fun and I look forward to the next challenge.  

1.  What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast:  by Laura Vanderkam - 3 stars.  

2.  Grandma Gatewood's Walk:  The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian
     Trail by Ben Montgomery - 4 stars.  (Library-Overdrive)
3.  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - 4.5 stars.  This was the book my husband and I
     picked to read together this month.  (Own-Hardcover)

4.  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - 3 stars.  This was a short book of poetry. (Library-Overdrive)

5.  One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes - 3.5 stars. (Own-Paperback)

6.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 3.5 stars.  (Library-Overdrive)

7.  Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel 3 stars.  (Library-Overdrive)

8.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 4.5 stars.  (Library-Overdrive)

9.  It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover - 3.5 stars.  (Library-Paperback)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What I Read March 2017

March was a very good reading month for me.  I read 5 books and listened to 7.
Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

These were my favorites out of the bunch:  These all rated a 4.

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger
Columbine, by Dave Cullen
The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

What I'm currently reading:  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

What I'm currently listening to:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

If you want to join in on the book sharing fun:  I'm linking up with


I also link up with:  http://modernmrsdarcy.com/quick-lit-april-2017/  Modern Mrs. Darcy's Monthly Quick Lit

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: Open When... Letters to Lift Your Spirits

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 I loved the size, artwork and uniqueness of Open When. If someone you love has been sick, had a new baby, graduated from school, gotten married, or you need a way to say "thank you" Open When would make a sweet gift.  I enjoyed opening up each letter and reading through the special messages.  
 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What I Read - February 2017

Anne of Green Gables - listened to this version read by Rachel McAdams - 4*
Miss Jane - read a library copy - 4*
A Walk in the Woods - listened to audio reserved through Overdrive - 4*
The Nine of Us - read a library copy - 3.5*
Fish in a Tree - listened to audio reserved through Overdrive - 3*
All the Light We Cannot See - read a copy I own - 5* Best of the Month
Where'd You Go Bernadette - read a copy I own - 3.5*
Being Mortal - listed to audio reserved through Overdrive - 4*

Reading in March?
Peace Like a River 
Listening in March?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February SNOW!!!

February 12, 2017

This has been a very mild winter.  We traveled to Florida for two weeks in January and missed one major snowstorm.  But February has arrived and it seems like we have had snow every day!  Last week on Wednesday it was mid-50's and the next day we received 15 inches of snow.  Today starts another round.  As New Englanders we have to expect a little bit of snow. It is beautiful to photograph.  Hopefully this snow will wind down and spring will be on it's way soon!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What I Read - January 2017

January was a good reading month.  We were on a road trip/vacation for two weeks.  I was able to listen to several books on tape and read a few as well.  There wasn't a bad one in the bunch.

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin - This was a very interesting book about life, death and reincarnation.  The main character, a 4 year old boy, is troubled, and keeps asking for his "other mom".  His real mom gets help and guidance from an experienced doctor in the field.   Interesting, relatable characters make this a good solid read.   3.5

The Great Hurricane of 1938 by Cherie Burns - We listened to this on our drive to Florida.  This book surprised me.  I had picked it for a Reading Challenge (Erin's 6.0) for the category a book related to your state (Rhode Island).  This book was packed with stories and details of the Hurricane.  It described events leading up to the the storm and contained many personal stories of those affected by the storm. It explained weather conditions in detail and the devastation this "surprise" storm left in it's path. I highly recommend this book.  4

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - I enjoyed reading this book.  This one was about a young girl who was relocating and reinventing herself after a bad breakup and business failure.  She meets many interesting people (and a puffin) along the way.  She learns about herself, love, heartbreak and life on a small island.  I have picked up the sequel Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery to read on the beach this summer.   3.5

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - I loved listening to this book.  The writing and narration by Jacqueline Woodson, was smooth.  The book is actually poetry.  It  is the story of growing up in South Carolina and New York in the 1960's/70's as a young African American girl. Close ties with her grandparents and a confusing relationship with her mother are themes. This book is short but oh so sweet.  4

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - I saw this book recommended on a blog and thought I'd give it a try. I listened to the audiobook. It is about teenagers living in Alaska in the 1970's.  The author kept all the teens' stories separate until the end where they all met and overlapped. This story is about young love, financial insecurity, living off the land and dealing with mental illness of a parent.  3

The Martian by Andy Weir - My husband and I have started a book club.  Each month we pick one book we both read.  Our pick this month was The Martian.  Mark Watney, an American astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after an extreme dust storm and is left for dead by his crew.  Watney must improvise in order to survive. This book had a ton of scientific information but it did not deter me at all.  It is suspenseful and interesting to see how or if Mark survives.  Highly Recommend.  4

Currently Reading - All The Light We Cannot See, Listening to Anne of Green Gables

Friday, January 13, 2017

Edgewater, Florida Sunrise January 11, 2017

What I Read: December 2016

What I Read:  December 2016

Had some good reads in December:

*The Road by Cormac McCarthy (3.5) -  My husband and I read The Road at the same time.  It was a very dark, compelling read about a father/son traveling in the post apocalyptic world.  I recommended it to my son (26) who is reading it now.

*The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (3.5)  I enjoyed this book about a young woman who heads out on an adventure after her office is downsized.  She needs to find a new job.   This book involves books, trying new things, and meeting interesting people.

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (3)  I listened to this seasonal treasure.  I have seen many versions of the story in movies but hadn't actually read it.  It was a quick listen and it helped me get into the holiday mood.

*Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (3.5)  I listened to this book as well.  I really enjoyed it.  The storyline a father/daughter find a baby in the snowy woods near their home; kept me engaged and wanting to know what happens next.  I will definitely be reading more as I know Anita Shreve has many.

*From Mom to Me Again by Melissa Schultz (4) - I enjoyed and could so relate to this topic.  When our Children leave our nest what do we do?  This book gave lots of recommendations and advice plus Melissa's own journey.  I have been recommending this book to my other "empty nester" friends.

What's Next in January?  The Little Beach Street Bakery (another of Jenny Colgan's), The Forgetting Time and Eight Hundred Grapes