I finally can do it

In all my years of working, both as a mom and secretary, one thing I always wanted to do was attend a book club/reading/author signing.  Of course, all the times I found them they were always held in the afternoon.  Working all day made it impossible for me to attend one.  There were some that were held in the evening, but that would mean getting home from work, feeding the family and rushing off to the meeting.

And so it was on my bucket list.

And then I retired.  My days have been busy but this month I decided I was going to attend a book club discussion and finally do what I longed to.  And of course it was in the afternoon at 12:30 pm.  Leaving hubby home, because he doesn’t read books; newspapers and magazines are his things.  The book in the club was The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich and the turn out for the discussion was over 70 women (there was one man thrown in there also).  The book was a historical fiction centering on Ida, the daughter of the artist, Marc Chagall.

The discussion took off and before you knew it we all threw in our opinions and love of the book.  Then lunch was served, (we were in an Italian restaurant) which was delicious and we got to mingle and talk with the other members of the club.  I really enjoyed this type of gala and am looking forward to the next discussion

That discussion will be on the book The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman, which I have already finished, and will be held in a mediterranean restaurant.  I am really enjoying my retirement, and doing whatever I want and also, things on my bucket list…..


Review: The Success Principles

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to BeThe Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now; and received it as a gift for my birthday. The basic idea in this book is to give you confidence to run your business, no matter what it is, and to succeed in the right direction.

Needless to say, it has helped greatly. The words have inspired me to put into practice many of the ideas…..and I am happily doing great and on my way to President’s Club in my business!

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Review: The Good Widow

The Good WidowThe Good Widow by Liz Fenton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacks and her husband had a good marriage, or so she thought. Unknown to her, he decides to have an affair….which ends up with a trip to Hawaii with his mistress. Thinking her husband was away on a business trip in Kansas, she is shocked to learn of his death in Hawaii.

In order to deal with this shock, she is approached by the fiance, Nick. He suggests they go to Hawaii to the scene of the accident in order to have some closure – and she agrees but only after a few days in Hawaii does Jacks find out more information than she wanted to know.

And only after they both return from Hawaii, does she find out the real truth. Amazing book, keeps you turning the pages – many surprises.

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This entry was posted on May 15, 2018, in Book Review.

They Came and They Went

I am sitting here, at the end of the day called Mother’s Day and contemplating how blessed I am.  My own childhood being a rocky one, up days and down days, I always longed for a large family and lots of hugs, kisses and love.

And so my dream comes true….blessed because I have 5 beautiful, loving children who are healthy and happy…they have given me their wives who are also loving and of course, a total of 9 grandchildren.  They came today to my small house (because when they all moved out, who needed a 5 bedroom house) but somehow we all fit in.  We would have used the back yard if it wasnt raining all day…..but that didnt make a difference.

We ordered out food, took pictures, had cake (oops diet, sorry) and there was lots of love, hugs and kisses to go around.  What more can a mom say other than she is very content to be one of the blessed ones.  And so they all left…..And now it is quiet….hubby is tuckered out and napping..think I will read some…..

Hope everyone’s Mother’s Day was great!

This entry was posted on May 13, 2018, in family.

Book Review: Her Last Tomorrow

Her Last Tomorrow


Her Last Tomorrow by Adam Croft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first book I read by Adam Croft was TELL ME IM WRONG and loved it. So thought I would try another one of his books. This one hooked me from the beginning – Question: Would you kill her wife in order to save your daughter?

Not a question we often ask ourselves, but then again why would we. And so we find ourselves with a kidnapping of Ellie, daughter of Tasha and Nick. Their marriage isnt going too well as it is and when Nick straps Ellie into the car and then runs into the house for something, leaving his daughter alone, he isnt expecting her to be gone when he returns. But then again it only takes a minute – or seconds for a child to be kidnapped.

And so the story begins with many mind boggling thoughts and insightful theories as to what to do to get his daughter returned. The cops do what they have to, even as far as suspecting the father….but not until Nick gets an email stating his daughter will be returned if he kills his wife.

Do they get their daughter back? Does Nick kill his wife? And who was the person who kidnapped little Ellie? Read the book, you will be happy you did!

This entry was posted on May 12, 2018, in Book Review.

Ever think of becoming a rep?

Ever think about becoming an Avon Rep?  Not sure what is involved?  Dont have the fee for the starter kit?

Well you can stop thinking and start doing because right now there is a deal you really cant afford to miss.

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This entry was posted on May 3, 2018, in Avon.