Bye House

Today is the beginning of our new adventure. After camping out in our house for the last week I decided we needed a couple nights in a real bed. We are moving out of the empty house, deflating our air mattress, folding up our camp chairs and going to a hotel in Eagle River. We can be close to the kids there and can help them with the last of their packing.

It is kind of sad saying goodbye to the house we thought we would spend the rest of our life in. You never know what might change in your life even at our age, 64 and 70. We are lucky that we can actually make this trip and have such loving children that want to take us with them.

This is the first day of the rest of our life.

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I’m Back!

I know I have been gone for quite awhile but it was due to surgery on my right hand. Do you know how hard it is to type with the pecking style? I was taught on an huge electric typewriter with no letters on the keys, so this causes problems for me when I can only type with a finger. This means I have to look at the keys because I am not sure where the letters are when I have to do it that way. Anyway I got my cast off and am supposed to start working my hand and wrist. What better way to do that than to blog!

Well if I haven’t said anything we are moving to York, Pennsylvania with my daughter, Heather, and her family. Heather got a great job down there and is taking us with them because we help with the twins or is it because they sold our house? Either way we get to go.

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Can a Chicken Live Without Its Head?

I know that this is a strange question but the saying is, “Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.?”  I don’t know if you have ever seen this happen but it is pretty funny.  I have to tell you a little story about this before I continue on with my point I am getting to.

Years ago I had a friend with a bunch of chickens that needed to be butchered.  We had a friend who was a really city girl.  She wanted to help.  Her job was to hold the chicken while I chopped its head off and then she was to hold it over a trashcan to let it bleed out.  Don’t want to have blood all over the yard because that will bring the bears into your yard.

She is holding a chicken as I grab its head and stretch out its neck then chop it off. When the body of the chicken starts wiggling in her hands she drops it and it starts running around.  My other friend and I are laughing so hard we about pee ourselves, which doesn’t take much because we both had a bunch of kids.

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Crazy Life

How is your new year going?  Mine has been a little crazy but I have been getting things done.  I kind of fell off track a few times at the end of the year with all the kids here.  I am now back on track and have accomplished many things.  See what I have done this first month of the year.  Read on if you would like to know Continue reading “Crazy Life”

The Last Few Days

I have been babysitting my twin granddaughters, Becca and Kate, for the last few days.  I love getting to do this.  They are 9 months old now.  They are totally different.  I love watching as they get their own personalities.  It is so wonderful to see the ways they are to be able to watch as they learn new things.  To see the little smiles on their faces just melts my heart, so yes I am going to show you more photos that I took of them.

 

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Review of Daughter of Moloka’i

This review is for a book I read on NetGalley.  I really enjoy getting new books to read for free.

This is what they said about the book.

Description
The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka’i

Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.
The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.
Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.

This is one of the best historical fiction I have read lately.  I really enjoyed this book.  As you follow Ruth through her life you see the many hardships she encounters like not being adopted because of being half Japanese and half Hawaiian. You also follow Ruth through the good things that happen to her.  Ruth also learned that there are always people who have gone through worse things than she had.  This is a lesson I think we could all learn from.

I now have to read the first book Moloka’i. You can get either or both of these books by following the links to Amazon on my page.

Has anyone read these books?  If so let me know what you thought.

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A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park who is a Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard.  This book is based on a true story.

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

This was a wonderful book that I think is good for children to read.  They can see how life is in some countries with luck they will learn to appreciate what they have.  The story is about two children who the main thing in their life is survival. You read what they have to do to get water and food to survive.  I think it is good for people to see that this still goes on today.  It is a must read so you can find out how Salva’s life intersects with Nya’s.

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Sticking to Your New Life Change

How many times have we tried to change something in our lives and fell off the horse?  Why didn’t you try getting back on?  It takes time to change a habit in our life; whether it be eating, smoking or exercising.  I know I am bad about this.  I read today that it takes person 66 days to change a habit.  I would think it would be the same with changing to a healthier lifestyle.

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