Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

I just finished reading The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal. I thoroughly enjoyed the book – a 5 star read for me.

Elsa, the main character, a minister, has lost her faith and has taken a sabbatical from her church. Throughout the book she interacts with so many interesting characters – from Father Jack to Deacon and her sister.
She has many discussions and meditations on faith. One phrase still resonates.
Do what is yours to do

It got me thinking – what is it I am supposed to do? For 30+ years, I was a teacher and loved being one. When I retired, I had plans to volunteer, to write, to create and for several years I did. Then my hubby’s health deteriorated and slowly those things slipped away. I wrote a bit, created a bit, but I had to give up my volunteering at a school.
I just renewed my teaching certificate. I can’t imagine not having it – even if I don’t teach. It is a solid reminder of what I was.

what is mine to do now?
What do I want/need to do?
What is being asked of me?

Like Elsa, I have to reach deep and seek out new answers. I want to believe the answers are there and that I will find what is mine to do.

Tuesday Slice of Life


Today is Tuesday Slice of Life – the weekly writing challenge hosted at ”Two Writing Teachers”

Hard to believe that it is almost the end of February and in just days we will starting March SOL
I am actually excited to begin – although I am nervous. I am needing a big nudge to resume a daily writing practice. For some time, even a weekly writing practice has been a challenge.
I have decided to once again use the Encyclopedia of Me to write a daily passage and to write in alphabetical order.

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This is a guided journal created by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hope to finish the journal this year and share it with my children.
Amy has been an inspiration in many ways, It is still hard to accept that she is gone and that it has been almost two years since her death.

I decided not to be a part of the Welcome Wagon this year. I needed to focus on my writing and visiting blogs as I am able. I have enjoyed the times I was part of the welcome wagon but do need a break.

I look forward to Friday as we begin another month of writing and sharing our slices. Hope it is a memorable month for all of us!

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two writing Teachers”

Last night, when I just couldn’t get to sleep, I began to think about the future and how many years til I’m 70, 80, 90.
I used to play the age game with my children – we’d all say how old we’d be in 30, 40 and 50 years. After each new age, they’d laugh and laugh.
At 40 though, thirty years til 70 was a long way off. Now it is only three years away.
It got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in three years. That made me think of the 101 in 1001. I have done this challenge once before, fairly successfully, but hadn’t done it in a while.
I began to sketch out 101 things I wanted to accomplish in just under three years (about 2.75 years.) I finished the list today and actually feel better. I know there are still many things I want to and can accomplish the next three years.
Here are a few of my idea:
9. Organize all my photos!
24. Write a memoir.
33. Volunteer for organ donation.
42. Watch whales
69. Act in a movie or play.
74. Create mosaics
101 Do as many firsts as possible!

My starting date is Fri. Feb. 15 and I finish Fri. Nov. 21, 2021

Here’s a link to the 101 in 1001 website.

What would you want to 1001 days?

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of life Tuesday – a writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

Today is the beginning of Chinese New Year and it is Year of the Pig. I hope this prediction about this auspicious year is correct:
“According to Chinese astrology predictions, the year of the Earth Pig 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest. 2019 is an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.”

When I taught, Chinese New Year was always a favourite unit of study. We:
-read many stories. For example:
*Lion Dancer by Kate Waters
*Cat and Rat by Ed Young
*Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn

-wrote dragon stories

-studied the traditions that were practiced

-created dragons, lanterns

It is important for children to learn about other cultures and be exposed to the importance of other traditions.
I still enjoy reading my Chinese horoscope. As a January baby, my animal is the Rabbit. (One has to be careful to choose the correct animal as dates do not follow or months exactly)
According to the horoscope, this should be a good year as the rabbit connects strongly with the Pig.

What zodiac animal are you? Check your horoscope here.

Gong hei fat choy


Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – that time of the week that we share a slice of our life with the supportive community of “Two Writing Teachers”.

I can’t believe how difficult it has bee to actually read Pride and Prejudice. Several times this month, I have picked it up, read a few pages and then put it down. I read a lot this month – just not this one, the one I needed to read for a challenge. A challenge I started.
I decided the end of December that 2019 was the year that I finally conquered my Austen phobia, by creating a Jane Austen Reading Challenge. I have never finished any Austen novels, so this challenge was to force me to do so. As well, I wanted to read other novels influenced by her books.
Yet here it is, January 29 and I still haven’t finished Pride and Prejudice! Accountability apparently isn’t working!
But I am determined to read this book = I do have two days left after all. I can do it. I will definitely do it.

What is your favourite Austen novel?

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

I have just started following the PBS program “The Great American Read”. It is so interesting to see what makes a book special to each person. Each gives a sales pitch for their book.
I’ve checked off the books I’ve already read (38) and I have already voted for my most beloved book, even though there were several I could have chosen (“To Kill a Mockingbird”)
There is such a range of books and genres – from the classics like “Jane Eyre” to fantasy books like “Harry Potter”. There are favourites from my childhood, like “Anne of Green Gables”, as well as thrillers and time travel (“Outlander”).
I’ve decided to take on another reading challenge – one that will undoubtedly take me awhile to complete – to read this list of 100 books. There are many I’ve planned to read (Jane Austen, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) but have just not made the time.

Be sure to check here for the list (and quiz to see how many you have read)and here to vote for your favourite.

What is your most beloved read?

Slice of Life/TOP TEN Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “two Writing Teachers”

Hard to believe that summer is only a week away. 2018 has just flown by.
As I was checking blogs this morning, TOP TEN TUESDAY posts kept popping up in my feed. The topic this week really appealed to me – and it is definitely timely.
I keep a yearly journal and usually start the year with a list of books I want to/plan to read. I have not made much of a dent in this list, so I am moving most to this summer’s TBR list!
Here are my TOP TEN TBR books for summer – I am determined to finally check them off my TBR list once and for all!

1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny. (I have thoroughly enjoyed her series – I have delayed reading this one so there won’t be too much delay to the next one!)
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
3. Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
4. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Open Heart, One Mind by Clara Hughes
6. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
7. The Hobbit  by Tolkien
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
9. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
10. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Many of these are books I started but haven’t finished. There are a range of genres and both newer and older books.

I am participating in several  Summer Reading  Challenges:

Goodread’s Ultimate Summer challenge

Summer 2018 Reading Challenge – read any 7 of 20 listed themes

Early Bird Summer Reading Challenge – read 6 books from listed topics

here – check it out here.
What books are you planning to read this summer?


Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

I saw a post by Wendy at Falconer’s Library and was intrigued by the idea about answering questions about one’s reading. It has been making its way around the blogosphere. Wendy answered 20 questions – I am choosing ten of these.

Ten Questions answered by This Reader

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
It really depends on the series. I have read :  Sue Grafton series – which is 25 books;  Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series with 13 books and Charlaine Harris’s 13 books of the Sookie Stackhouse series. – to name a few.

Often there is a trilogy and although I try to read all books in a series, sometimes the second just doesn’t grab me (as the second book by Brittany Cavallaro). I find that when a character grabs me, I want to read more, so a trilogy is just right.

2. Hardback or paperback?
I will read either – which ever I can get. I prefer an actual book to an ebook, but I have been enjoying the free books from Freebooksy – to check out the first in a new series, or an author or for just a fast read.

3. Favorite book?
Right now, my favourite book this year has been Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.
But other 5* s lately have been:
Fantasy books by Jaleigh Johnson
The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

Favourite picture books this year have been:

You are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear

And Middle grade/YA books:

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Fantasy Books by Cecil Castellucci, and Jaleigh Johnson
4. A book you’re currently reading?
I just finished Mr. Maybe by Jane Green today (and enjoyed it) so  I’m struggling a bit over what to read next. It will either be The Storefront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene (have started it tonight) or The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (It was a finalist in “Canada Reads 2018″)
I have started several books and need to finish:
Leonard by William Shatner
The Hobbit by Tolkien
The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron

5. Last book you recommended to someone?
That’s easy – Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

6. Favorite author?
I have many – Louise Penny, Susanna Kearsley, Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis, Sherryl Woods, Mariah Stewart to name a few novelists.
And there are so many picture book and MG authors! – too many to list!

7. Buying books or borrowing books?

I buy too many books – but I tend to frequent thrift shops and yard sales when I can. (I will buy books of favourite authors or special art books though – usually I can’t wait til it is at the library!)   My bookshelves are crammed with books – my TBR list is huge. But now that I am retired, I am slowly working my way through it!
I am always reserving books at the library though – and am there several times a week picking up books.

(I will buy books of favourite authors or special art books though – usually I can’t wait til it is at the library!)

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8. Can you read while hearing music?

I can read through almost anything. Once I am deep into a book, I am deaf to what is going on around me most of the time. I read in the car, on planes and trains, in lines, while waiting for appointments. I can really read anywhere.
I do prefer music in the background though if possible.

9. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
I enjoy both.

10. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It really depends on the book and the time I have available. If I start a book in the evening, I often will read til I am finished, whether it is midnight or 3 in the morning.


Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

This was week six of our Diabetic Fit programme through the YMCA and today we had a tour of our local supermarket with a dietician.
Half of us are prediabetic and the information was very beneficial. Most of it I had read or already knew, but the woman phrased it in new ways. Like talking about insulin as a key that will unlock the door to our cells so they can use the glucose but if it can’t unlock the door, the glucose stays in the blood.
We went from the produce department, to seafood, to bakery, and finally to the pharmacy. We compared products and talked about how different ones could be used. We checked out calories, carbohydrates, sugar, satured fats, and fibre and discussed what we should be eating daily.
Even though I was familiar with reading the info on packages, it made me realize that we really haven’t been keeping track of carbohydrates as we should. Time to buckle down and really take charge of our diet and meal planning. I’m glad we went.
At the end, the dietician prepared a delicious salad for us, with avocado, peppers, red onions, tomatoes, chopped lettuce, with a lime, oil dressing. YUM! I then made it for supper. I will definitely be making it again.

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today id Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

As we drove home this afternoon, I shut the book and already regretted finishing it so quickly.
I had been waiting and watching for “Bellewether” by Susanna Kearsley for months and months. (She’s a Canadian author)

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I have read all of her previous books and loved them, many are a combination of historical and contemporary fiction, with a love story.
So, on Saturday, when I finally saw it in Costco, I had to buy it .I vowed, though, that I would stretch it out and savour it. Normally, I would read a book late into the night, finishing it often at 3 or 4 in the morning. This time, I forced myself to stop at 1.
I read a bit on Mother’s Day, a bit more on Monday. Then today, with only about a quarter of the book left, I took it with us in the car and read in between our stops. And then, I finished it.
What a consummate storyteller Susanna is. The back and forth between present day to 1700s America was so well done, with  so many connections. I highly recommend this book – and all of her others.


Check here for a review from Goodreads.