Daily Walk

 

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Daily Walk

 

Double Rainbow

It was late yesterday when Burger and I finally made it out for our daily walk, but it was totally worth it when we got to see this double rainbow!

Burger did some late evening swimming.

 

Late evening swim

 

There was some rain sprinkles, but it was warm and beautiful!  

 

 

 

 

We got out for a morning walk this morning.  The blueberries will be ready in a few weeks.

They still have a ways to go before they fill out and ripen.

Found this cute duckling swimming quietly beside us.

I loved the reflections in the little pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Later on in the day, my mom and I went strawberry picking!  The U-pick has been open for several weeks, today is the last day of picking.

The haul 🙂
Strawberries in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I hope you enjoyed the photos of our daily walk!  Do you like to take photos on your walks?   Post your your links in the comments so I can visit you!

Why a bad protagonist is actually quite good

 #writing #amwriting

I am a big fan of protagonists with dubious character traits. There is something about a blurry line that adds flavour and depth. In fact, if the protagonist was to stop and consider themselves, they might think they were on the wrong side of that invisible virtuous line.

So in short, I like my protagonists…to be bad.

Why is a less than perfect protagonist good?

If you are the kind of person who goes to the gym 5 days a week, then going 5 days a week is no big thing. BUT, if you struggle to go once a week, then 5 days in a row is pretty impressive! And so with our protagonist. The more reluctant they are, and the more doing something good or heroic chafes, the more interesting it is when they are finally forced to comply.

As a reader, the more confused you are about the protagonists virtue, the more the tension grows. Will they do the right thing? Are they capable of doing the right thing even? Or are they just too damn lazy?

And what about our antagonist? Are they wholly bad? Or do they have redeeming qualities? Do you empathise with them at any point in the book? Perhaps their behaviour has been abhorrent, and then you discover a terrible secret about their past that casts new questions onto everything they have so far done.

There is a certain fascination with a good guy who is not completely good.

And likewise with a bad guy who is not completely bad.

Real Neat!

Sonia at  Sonia G Medieros  shared the Real Neat Blog Award with me!  Thank you so much Sonia!  I appreciate you thinking of me!

If you haven’t checked out Sonia’s blog already, you should really check out her inspirational blog.  She is a wonderful writer and a musician, too!

I’ve been pretty slow at getting around to awards and tags, but I am slowly getting them done!  Yay!  Being on vacation last week didn’t help, and I do tend to be a bit of a procrastinator.

Okay, the rules for sharing the Real Neat Blog Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs.
  • Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love.
  • Notify the nominated folk.
  • Ask your nominees seven questions of your own.

Here are Sonia’s questions for me:

What is your favourite movie/tv/story genre and why?

My favourite genre…hmmm. I love a good thriller/suspense/mystery but I also love a good fantasy as well.  I’m thinking Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, even Outlander falls into that category.

If you had to be stuck on a deserted island, which tv/

movie/story character would you choose to be stuck with?

It would have to be with someone who is fairly intelligent, innovative, someone who knows how to provide shelter and food.  I might be showing my age but I’m thinking MacGyver.

He’s easy on the eyes, too so that helps!

In a zombie apocalypse, where would you head first?

I’d head for the harbour and take refuge on a boat, preferably a yacht!  That way, I could be far enough away from zombies, or I could sail around and find a safe island.

What have you always wanted to learn how to do but haven’t (yet)?

Well, I’ve always wanted to learn French, and I took lessons for a few years.  I got pretty decent at it, but I’d hardly call myself fluent!  I guess that’s a goal I’m aiming for.

Computer programming has always intrigued me, too.

What mythical creature would you want most for a pet?

A pegasus, of course!  Who doesn’t love horses?  And these horses can fly!  They can get you where you want to go.

What silly little thing always makes you smile?

My beautiful, goofy dog, Burger!

I’m not really sure what he’s doing in this picture, I think I got him mid-lick, but he’s just so darn cute!

 

 

 

 

If you could be anyone else for a week, who would it be?

My dog.  See above.


And, now for the nominations:

Susan Loves Books

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50

Bookneeders

Reactionary Tales

Steph’s Novel Fiction

Momentum of Jo

Read Rant and Rock and Roll

Diary of a Bookfiend

And here’s my questions for you:

  1. What is your favourite genre?
  2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it?
  3. Who is your favourite author?
  4. What keeps you from attaining your goals?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  7. How do you start off your morning?

 

 

 

 


No pressure to accept and share the award, by the way. But, if you do, please leave a link in the comments so I can check out your post.

Summer Vacay and Glad to Be Back!

I’m back!  

At the beach!

I was on a camping vacation with the fam for the past week and it was awesome!  We went non-stop and had an amazing time.

How did it feel to sleep in my own bed last night?  Better than awesome!  There are no words!  It feels so good to be home!

We went to beautiful Prince Edward Island.  Natural beauty, beaches, theme parks.  Everything one could want in a vacation! 

My oldest son had to work so he couldn’t make it, but my 13 year old brought his best buddy along.

Lots of farmland on Prince Edward Island!

So, one of the things this campsite advertised was free wifi.  Good, I thought.  I can discretely keep up reading my favourite blogs and I can even post everyday!  Pictures, if nothing else!

Technically, there may have been wifi but did it work?  shakes head no

No wifi.  No reading my favourite blog posts.  No posting.  sigh

When you have lemons you make lemonade, isn’t that what they say?

I enjoyed the beaches.  I enjoyed the water park (I’m sure most of PEI heard me screaming going down the water slide), I relaxed by the campfire and I read books.  I also ate a ton of ice cream.  PEI is home to COW’S, the very best ice cream ever!

Aaand, I had another birthday.  Yep. I try to run away from my birthday every year but it always finds me!

The campground advertised a paint night which just happened to fall on the same day as my birthday, July 17th.  I thought, how serendipitous!  I love to paint!  And I really loved the painting that was going to be done that night.  

I was going to register for it before we left, but I hesitated.  I was worried about committing to something only to discover we were having fun somewhere else and have the boys be disappointed about leaving.

PEI Preserve Company Gardens

When we got to the campgrounds, and decided to actually commit to going to the paint night, I had to go online to book.  No internet.  Ugh! 

 

The office said we could use one of the two computers they had set up for public use.  I looked where they had pointed to see a huge “OUT OF ORDER” sign on one.  Not a good omen, I thought. I sat down at the one that was supposed to be working.  No internet.  No luck!

Drinking tea at the PEI Preserve Company

The morning of my birthday, my husband and the boys took me out to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company for a birthday breakfast.  A definite treat!

We had an delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes, the boys had lemon raspberry tea served in fancy teapots.  I stuck with my usual coffee, which was delicious, by the way!  The grounds were exquisite, the gardens phenomenal.

Not only that, they had free wifi.  Paint night…booked!

Paint night with hubby!

I plan on catching up on my blog reading and posting this week!  Aaand on another note, I’ve started the Atkins diet so my clothes will fit me again after all that ice cream.  Wish me luck!

Have you taken a vacation this summer?  What’s your favourite thing to do?

 

Daily Walk July 14, 2017 and Mystery Plants!

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Burger and I went on a different route today!  We usually reserve this area for when its raining.  And, even though it wasn’t raining today, I felt like I needed a more intense walk than I get at the dog park.  So, off we go!

The trails here are beautiful, and follow a pretty stream for pretty much the entire 3km trail.

 

Trees form a huge umbrella over the trail for the whole route which is why its so great when there is rain.  It’s more protected than the open field at the dog park.

The only disadvantage here is that Burger has to be on leash the entire time.

 

 

He’d much rather run and tear and just be a goofy puppy!

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what kind of fungus this is!  Looks like a monster with really bad oral hygiene.  I’ve never seen anything like this before, have you?

I’ve tried doing a little bit of research to identify these little berries, but I came up empty handed.  They look like raspberries, but the plants are so tiny and low to the ground, the leaves don’t look like raspberry leaves either.

These are wild blueberries that are due to ripen around the end of July or early August.  If you’d like to see them when they were flowers, you can see that post here.

This beauty was on the screen of my gazebo when I got home! I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure it’s a One-Eyed Sphinx.

I love seeing photos and glimpses into the lives of other blogs, and these are a few that I’ve come across and I thought I’d share for others to enjoy as well

My Window Miriam shares photos and a poem during her morning retreat.

Invisible No More Not a walk, but gorgeous photos of step by step apple pie.

Growing Self Roda’s photos: Nature’s collage.

Friday Post: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Another Friday is here!  Bring on the Weekend!

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough


I’m a little more than half way through this YA.  It’s not too bad, I’m intrigued by what is going on with the murders.  I’m not sure how realistic it is with high school teachers who can do DNA testing and kids who are into forensics but the story is holding me and I keep reading to see what happens next.

 

Here’s the Book Beginnings for You:

I soothe my forehead against the icy car window and breathe out a path of fog.  If I squint one eye, the neon splashed across the rain-slicked street forms a wide, cruel mouth.

It’s after 2:00am and we’re just pulling up to the police station.  They took me to the hospital first, even though I swore that not a single drop of blood all over me was mine.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56:

The area at the bottom of the cafeteria stairs gets a lot of foot traffic during lunch.  The fact that Spam and I are engaged in a mild tug-of-war over the sleeve of my jacket in this spot attracts even more attention.  She’s trying to pull me away from the spotlight, while I want to walk straight over to the quad and confront Journey Michaels right where he sits.

Finally, I pull away from her and when I turn, there’s Journey Michaels standing right in front of me.  Towering over me, actually, with fists clenched and a murderous look on his face.

What do you think so far?  

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late. (less)

Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret
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When I first heard about The Husband’s Secret, (thank you Stephanie!) the premise behind it really intrigued me, so when I saw it at the grocery store I threw it right in there next to the paper towels!

I found the story was a bit confusing starting off.  Short chapters with the introduction of multiple characters and their spouses, children and parents, it was tricky to keep track of them all.

It was well worth continuing on because it ultimately all came together in a powerful way.

The Prologue opens with the story of Pandora’s box and what is unleashed when she opens it, a little hint of what is to come.

The story toggles between the characters, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel.

It starts off with Cecilia, mother and Tupperware entrepreneur. She accidentally finds a letter from her husband that was only to be opened in the event of his death, only he was very much alive at the time.  

She struggles and worries with what could be contained in that letter.  She thought she knew him so well and agonized over whether she should open it or not.

Tess experiences the ultimate betrayal in discovering that her husband and cousin/best friend have fallen in love with each other.  She is understandably shocked and distraught and leaves with her young son.  They go to another city to be with her mother.

Rachel’s is still grieving for her daughter who was murdered decades ago.  She is convinced that Connor Whitby, the current PE teacher at the school where she works, is her killer.

What I liked about it:

I enjoyed the characters. I felt sympathetic toward them as they all had a relatable, sad story and really came to life for me, in particular Tess and Cecila.

The book is well written and hard to put down. There were lots of twists and turns and ethical questions as well.

 What I didn’t like:

The only thing I can say here was that it was hard to get my head around all the characters and keep their names straight.  That was only in the beginning, though.

All in all the author did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters together into one final moment that affected them all.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Have you read the Husband’s Secret?  If so what did you think?

If you found a mysterious letter only to be opened on the death of your spouse, would you open it?

Liebster #2

First, a great big thank you to Destiny at Howling Libraries for nominating me for this award!  I’m a little slow getting around to it, but here goes!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

11 Questions that Destiny had for me:

  1. When did you start to enjoy reading?

I can remember sitting on my sofa, (that old brown ugly one in the pictures!) and reading Dr. Seuss books.  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish comes to mind.

Later on, I spent hours and hours reading The Wonders of Nature.  I thought it was the biggest book ever, with lots of pictures of animals, some of which I’d never heard of and little descriptions about them. Later I would use that book for drawing references,

2. What are your favorite and LEAST favorite aspects of blogging?

I really enjoy when a post comes together.  Sometimes the words just seem to flow, I know the content is good and it’s aesthetically pleasing, with lots of great pictures.

I enjoy doing my Daily Walks and sharing photos.  The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings is fun, too.  It gives a good taste of what the book is like and how it reads.

My least favourite?  That would have to be when self-hosting goes wrong and WordPress goes all wonky! lol  Usually its a mistake that I made but sometimes it’s a plug-in problem.  It can be very frustrating trying to sort it out!

3. What genre of music do you hate?

Grind, hardcore punk, extreme metal, industrial and noise rock.

4. If you could make any mythical creature real, what would it be and why?

I was going to say dragon, but that might get a bit dangerous, so I’ll go with a unicorn instead.  They’re beautiful!  Why not?

 

5. What movie have you seen the most times?

Harry Potter or possibly Star Wars.

6. What book character is your twin?

 

Claire Fraser from Outlander.  She and I love medicine, we’re stubborn as hell,and were both married to a Scots.

 

 

7. What book/series would you make everyone read if you could?

Harry Potter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. What is your favorite gaming console? (You can’t say PC!)

 

My son is always trying to get me to play PS4 or XBox.  Not happening, kiddo.  I can’t work dem buttons!

 

 

9. What percentage of your personal library is composed of ebooks?

Maybe 20% or so.

10. What is your favorite creative outlet?

Painting.  I painted using watercolour for twenty years or so and in the past five switched over to acrylic just to change things up a bit.

I also love to write, it’s more of a challenge than painting, so it is less relaxing for me.

11. What is a series you won’t finish?

Will anybody ever finish the Game of Thrones series?

Okay! So here are my 11 questions for my nominees!

  1. What’s your favourite genre to read?
  2. What other hobbies do you like to do besides reading and blogging?
  3. What is your ideal vacation?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. What is the last movie you saw?  Did you like it?
  6. How long have you been blogging?
  7. What is the best book you’ve read in 2017?  What is the worst?
  8. What book character is your twin?
  9. Do you prefer to swim in a pool or the ocean?
  10. What is your favourite genre of music?  Favourite musician/band?
  11. Do you prefer the country or the city?

My nominees:

Caterpillars 2 Butterflies

Read Rant and Rock and Roll

Raising My Book

Once Upon a Spine

Annie Likes Words

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

YA and Wine

The Darque Dreamer Reads

Sonia G Medeiros

The Introverted Book Nerd

Books, Vertigo and Tea

 

 

 

The Unique Blogger Award!

Both are wonderful people with great blogs that have amazing content.  If you don’t follow them already, please go and check out their sites!

 

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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Here’s Stephanie’s Questions:

What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read or movie/tv show you’ve ever watched? Or both?

That would have to be either Seinfeld or the Office.


What is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but never have?

That’s a tough one! I’ve always wanted to go on a lengthy retreat  of sorts, perhaps hiking the Appalachians or a meditation retreat in Glastonbury.  I can’t seem to convince my husband of how much fun that would be.


What author, living or dead, would you like to spend an entire day with? Why?

JK Rowling!  She is an amazing lady and an inspiration to me.  She’s incredibly talented and wrote one of the world’s favourite stories under such difficult circumstances.

 

Norikos questions:

 

Out of five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), what is the most important to you and why?

I’m going to say sight!  I think I could handle losing taste, or smell.  Touch and hearing I would miss dearly, but I think I could function. Sight?  Nope, I feel like I’d be missing to much if I was blind.

I love art, and colour, and I love watching people around me smile and be happy.

If you could recreate one food from your favorite books/films/TV shows etc., what would it be and why?

How about some Turkish Delight?  It was good enough for Edmund in the Chronicles of Narnia!

 

What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school and why?  

My favourite would be Biology or Chemistry.  I really loved those sciences!  And least favourite would actually be English!  Which is odd considering how much I love writing!

 

My Nominations:

The Nice Life Blog

Never Not Reading

Life Plan

Birdie Bookworm Blog

Jo’s Book Blog

Secret Library

Books and Munches

Momentum of Jo

The Bookish Wanderer

Too Much of a Book Nerd

Lost in a Story

A Dance with Books

Living vs. Existing

Here’s my 3 Questions:

  • What do you like to do when you are not reading or blogging?
  • Name one thing on your bucket list that you want to accomplish.
  • Who is your favourite author?  Why?

 

 

Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

This is slightly different from usual book tags – sounds so much fun and perfect to shed some lights to bloggers’ unknown facts and tastes!

Thank you so much for tagging me, Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend!  If you haven’t already checked out her blog, please do!  She has wonderful posts on daily musings (which I love!) as well as her book reviews.  Noriko is wonderfully friendly and is a super nice blog friend!

The Rules:

  • Link back to Bookbum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

 

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

You can bring 5 albums – what are they?

I have pretty diverse interests in albums, thanks to being a teen in the 80’s and having sons with pretty interesting tastes in music.

Plus, you have to take music that can suit any mood, right?

Abba-Super Trooper

    • Brand New-The Devil and God Raging Inside Me
    • Muse-The Second Law

 

  • Live-Lightning Crashes
  • Enya-The Memory of Trees

 

 

 

 

You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!

Okay, I’m going to reread the Mists of Avalon.  Again!  It’s a huge volume, so it will take a while to get through.  And there’s always stuff I might have missed the first couple of times through, right?

 

You can have one luxury item (it had to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

A hammock.  I can read, relax, sleep there, even.  A practical luxury!

 

I tag:

I have tagged some of my newest followers!  There’s no obligation to do the tag, but if you do, it’s a fun one!

Thanks so much for reading!

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