Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Roaring River State Park in Missouri

Check out their website:  Roaring River 




Roaring River is one of our favorite day trips.  These photos were taken during our anniversary weekend getaway.
;-)  -Marci 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LINK PARTY! Tuesdays with a Twist #54

Welcome to another fantastic party!

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We're your co-hosts:
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!
 My feature this week is...  (drum roll please)

Happiness is... Coloring Pages for Adults

I love it!  What do you think?
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci 

Link Party Feature

At the wonderful Tutorial Tuesday link party going on right now at Hope Studios,
my Bandana Dogs are being featured!  Thank you, Jennifer! 

;-)  -Marci

Monday, April 14, 2014

Literary Junkies {April}

Do you love books?  Please join the conversation by answering at least one of the questions in the comments below!
Marcie with a Book.

Everyone is also welcome to write a post and join the link party tomorrow!
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Here are this month's questions:
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman.  I've only just begun so don't really have a feel for it yet.
2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you've never read them which do you think you'd prefer?)
 Hmmm...  I have not read any of them, so not sure, but I love the idea of strong females overcoming obstacles.   I think each storyline holds its own appeal
3. TV Series Based on Books they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
 Isn't that what authors do as they write a series of books?  Everything evolves!
4. You've just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What's the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
My favorite book this year was The Girls of Atomic City.  The Untold Story of The Women who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan.  I would love to see their story in the movies.  Strong female actresses of all ages and races would be needed and only a few men.  I love Sally Field, Natalie Portman, Kerrie Washington, Amie Adams and Lucy Liu.  As for the men, they would be top bureaucrats and would need to be older.  I'm thinking Sam Elliott and Ed Harris.
5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I think this is such a remarkable time in history, most of it would speak for itself with minimal changes.  The book focuses on the work the women were doing even though there are a few snippets of how they meet their husbands.  Maybe I'd add some romantic details.
6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?

The card in my wallet I use the most is my LIBRARY CARD!  ;-)  I usually return the book to the library!

;-)  -Marci

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review: A Light in the Window

by Jan Karon
A Light in the Window
Here is a synopsis from Book Rags
Once again, as in Karon's previous novel At Home in Mitford (1994; see separate entry), separation and loneliness are underlying themes. Father Tim's restful vacation in Ireland with his cousins Walter and Katherine has given him time to think about his future in Mitford. Still not ready to commit to marriage, he intends to give Cynthia a Waterford crystal vase and maybe his mother's amethyst brooch and accept her invitation to "go steady."  However, Cynthia's career interferes with such a casual relationship. During most of the novel, Cynthia lives in a New York city apartment and keeps in touch with Father Tim through love letters.
My thoughts?  What a charming book!  I hate to tell much about it because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone interested in reading the series.  Cousin Meg though, completely steals the show in this book!  She is such a funny surprise character!  I so love reading about the daily trials and triumphs of Timothy.
What characters have surprised you lately?
;-)  -Marci

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Garden Guests: Photographing Critters

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I've begun a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 

If you would like to see more, check my Gardening Page!

As hard as I try to turn the knobs and push the buttons correctly on my camera, I must admit my photo sessions don't always go as planned.  About a bazillion pictures are taken.  The photos will be downloaded and I start looking through them for that ONE photo that will be just right. 

Not that one.

Umm... No.
All of these photos are of male cardinals.  Can you tell?  ;-)  Any advice on photographing critters?  I'd love to hear it!
Blogging music.  I love Joe Cocker's voice.  Here is "With a Little Help From my Friends".
 What's happening in your back yard?
;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Link Party Feature

Exciting news!  Home for 4 Sweet Home  is hosting The DIYers Link Party today!
Guess who is being featured?  ;-)
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My Interchangeable Wreath!   Thanks, Rea!
;-)  -Marci