Obsession with words

Obsession with words

I love to read and reading helps me to escape. I'm a book addict and currently fighting back the urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

3.5 Stars
What Matters Most
What Matters Most - Cynthia Victor

This book almost lost me at first. I was a little put off by some stuff in the beginning and I almost stopped reading it. It got better though and I had to know how it ended. I felt the ending was rushed compared to the rest of the book and could have been better. Still, I´m glad I finally read this book that has been on my bookshelf for over a decade. 

Lainey has been best friends with Farrell since grade school and she loves her kids, Riley and Tim. At a Christmas party at their house she admires the life her friend has. She finally gets a job offer to design her own cartoon character and her career is about to take off when she gets a call that rocks her world. Her friend and her husband have died in a freak accident and Lainey had agreed to be their guardian if anything happened to them. She never thought anything would really happen and realized she had been too quick to agree to just drop her life and take care of her friend´s children in their own home. She does love the kids though and she did her best to juggle her job and take care of them while they are going through the trauma of losing both parents but she notices some things that bother her. She starts to wonder if it was really an accident that took her friend´s life.

Life and such

Buddy the beagle just noticed a diamond shape on the linoleum and is trying to ¨dig it up¨.  The diamonds are all over but he only cares about that one for some reason.  I wish the floor had more texture so he could file down his nails some doing that.  


We are getting ready to go on our vacation to California tomorrow night and my husband caught the crud I had.  My son and I both had the stomach flu for a good week.  Yesterday was the first week I´ve been totally better.  My husband is just starting now and going to be stuck on a plane and traveling with that.  I´ll make sure he packs extra underwear and maybe some depends. My husband is going to hang out with us at his mom´s house and then he is going to fly to another city in California where a friend lives and then they are going to drive to Vegas.  I´ll stay with my MIL where I can be more comfortable.  We will have our own fun.  She will probably want to go play some slots there in Cali though and I find that really boring.  You don´t even pull levers anymore, just push the button, spin, bloopidee-bloop, nothing....push the button, spin...etc  I would rather go shopping since they actually have places to shop there.  


I´m excited to go though.  I can´t wait to see GREEN TREES and FLOWERS.  My MIL said there are some things blooming in her yard.  


My book is not making me happy.  It is in rough shape so if it doesn´t get better I´m tossing it.  

Currently Reading
What Matters Most - Cynthia Victor

I decided to finally read this book so I can lay it to rest.  It is in sad shape.  


Does anyone use the website www.paperbackswap.com? I have used it for years and love it.  I participate in a group there where every month they pick a book that has been languishing on their TBR list and read it and then post their star rating and review.  At the end someone else from the group can request a book from the list of reviewed books.  If a book is unpostable because of damage or whatever, according to the rules of the website, then we just write that it is unpostable and for what reasons and the other people can decide for themselves if they want it anyway.  Some people will send those books for free.  


I participated in that group for most of last year and moved a lot of books off of my TBR list and some of them I ended up loving. I also acquired a few good books too but I´ve been trying to make room on my shelves so I didn´t request many.  


This particular book is falling apart as I speak so I´m sure no one will want it but it looks interesting.  I´m just having a hard time getting the last book out of my head.  

0 Stars
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the narrator. I was frustrated with the main character because she seemed odd. If you only read the parts she spoke you would think she was mentally disabled. She stammered all the time and did not seem like the professional journalist she was supposed to be. Sure she was having trouble with anxiety but I don´t believe she would have been sent on this trip. She just didn´t seem capable of her job....or speaking. I did enjoy the book though and definitely recommend the audio book.


Lo wakes up one night and realizes something isn´t right.  She isn´t sure what woke her up but her bedroom door is shut and she didn´t shut it.  She opens it and sees a man standing there.  He has a mask on and surgical gloves and in his hands was her purse.  She is paralyzed with fear.  The man suddenly slams the door in her face and smashes the lock, trapping her in her room.  Her face was hit by the door when it was slammed and she is dazed and bleeding.  She can´t call for help since her phone was in her purse.  When she finally gets out she finds the intruder is gone and so is her purse with wallet and ID.  He also took her computer which had her banking into on it.  She puts on a brave face but inside she is traumatized.  She calls to tell her employer why she didn´t come in but she said she was fine for the cruise she was set to go on.  Lo is a travel journalist and excited to finally get a chance to prove herself.  The trip was going okay until she woke up suddenly.  She thought she scream and then she heard a big splash like someone someone falling into the water.  She looks out and thinks she sees a hand below the surface.  She called to report it but the chief of security doesn´t believe her... because no one was missing.  The person who was going to be in cabin 10 cancelled at the last minute.  But Lo talked to a woman that was in there and borrowed a mascara from her.  Now she is sure someone killed her and threw her overboard.  How could she get them to believe her?

5 Stars
The Silver Suitcase
The Silver Suitcase - Terrie Todd Wetle

This is such a touching story. I will be looking for more from this author. I especially loved the ending. The whole thing is well thought out.

Sometimes when you are going through hard times it helps to read about someone else that is going through harder times and still keeping their head up through it. Cornelia lost her mother on her 12th birthday and she hates God for taking her away. She keeps that inside though and doesn´t tell anyone. She just keeps writing in her dairy. When she is older a young man named Henry from the city comes to spend the summer with some family and help on their farm. Henry and Cornelia fall in love and everything seemed perfect until Henry decides to join the military. Cornelia is heart broken when he is killed in an accident before he even makes it to the war. Things get even worse for her but something unexpected happens and changes her perspective and that helped her through the toughest and loneliest times. This story has a ripple effect and Cornelia´s legacy affects many others, including me.

Happy 2018!



I had a great new years eve - NOT!  I got so sick and was stuck in the bathroom and I don´t even drink.  My son has been sick with a stomach bug and I guess I got it.  He works at Walmart so he gets everything.  I really hope I am not sick as long as he has been.  


I really wanted to get my total reads up to 80 so I had a stack in my room to read but I didn´t get very far with all the toilet runs (pun intended).  


My goal for this year is pretty simple.  I am going to continue what I was doing last year and beat my book total of 75. In 2017 I started working on reading books I already had and passing them on to make room for the books I have on my shelves.  I made pretty good progress but I also acquired some more books and won a couple giveaways.  In December I did cull a bunch of books to donate so that helps some.  This year I am going read at least 40 physical books I already had at the start of the year and pass them on.


I hope everyone has a great new year and many new exciting things happen.  I hope the bad things are few a far between and don´t slow us down too much.  



Celtic New Year



RIP Sue Grafton

The Silver Suitcase - Terrie Todd Wetle
Had they really buried Gram yesterday? And now life was supposed to return to normal, with breakfasts and laundry and grandmothers with grandchildren.
You know what I meant to say...

I just had the most confusing conversation with my son.  Have you ever said something but it didn´t come out exactly like what you were thinking?  I bought both of my son´s robes for Christmas and stuck hooks on the back of their bedroom doors and the bathroom door.  My goal is to stop streaking in public spaces.  That is mainly an issue with my younger son though.  He sleeps in the buff and sleep walks.  So when I can´t sleep and I´m sitting on the couch at 2 am knitting or reading I sometimes see shocking things.  We have had a convo about this though so hopefully it won´t happen again.  uh hem.  So, I was talking to the older son and told him to get his new robe and hang it on his closet door.  I have no idea why said ¨closet door¨ since I meant his bedroom door where I placed the hook.  He thought I said to hang it on the closet door knob and he gets really serious thinking about that.  He said, I don´t think I´ll hang it on the closet door knob because it is long and it will be on the floor.  I, not realizing I misspoke got frustrated because he wasn´t going to do what I wanted.  My hackles went up and I started to insist he hang the robe up.  His eyebrows are knitted together and his nose is twisted into a corkscrew.  He finally holds up his hand hip high and says, ¨my closet door knob is this high off the ground and my robe is this long (he holds his hand up to his neck). 


Oh..........  yeah, that isn´t what I meant.  I have no idea why I was saying closet door.  There are new hooks on the back of their bedroom doors at the right height to hang their new robes.  Now, there shall be no more full moons in the hall.  I guess I better tell my husband that too.  

16 Festive Tasks Tracking Post



Point total: 20




I´m using these icons to mark my card in pickmonkey.  The book for the books obviously and the T for tasks.  They are at the bottom of the post.


  1. Holidays ///  Completed Books or Tasks


Square 1 Task 1 / Book 1 / Book 2 / Task 2

Square 2 Book 1 / Task 1 / Task 2 / Book 2 (Updated 12/14)

Square 3 Book 1 / Task 1 / Book 2 / Task 2  (Updated 12/23)

Square 4 Book 1 / Task 1 / Book 2 / Task 2 & Bonus Task

Square 5 Book / Task / Bonus Task (Updated 12/25)

Square 6 Book 1 / Task 1 / Book 2 / Task 2 (Updated 12/25)

Square 7

Square 8

Square 9

Square 10

Square 11

Square 12

Square 13 Book (Color of Magic by T Pratchett)

Square 14 Book 1 (Updated 12/16)

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Tasks for Bodhi Day


Tasks for Bodhi Day:  Perform a random act of kindness.  Feed the birds, adopt a pet, hold the door open for someone with a smile, or stop to pet a dog (that you know to be friendly); cull your books and donate them to a charity, etc. (And, in a complete break with the Buddha’s teachings, tell us about it.)  –OR–

Post a picture of your pet, your garden, or your favourite, most peaceful place in the world.


Okay, I did this a few days ago.  I make blankets and things to donate to the hospital/ER.  They always have people come in there with sick children but no warm clothes for them.  I crochet, knit or sew blankets, hats and other warm stuff.  I just sent over enough children´s blankets and hats to fill two kitchen trash bags.  


I used to run a Project Linus Chapter here but I couldn´t keep up with my health problems and didn´t have enough volunteers to keep up with their quota.  I´ve had several years off from that now and I miss it but no one would take over the Chapter so there isn´t one here.  I just decided to do my own thing.  I have a whole bunch of fleece still that I bought to make Project Linus blankets but now I´m going to make blankets for all ages and send them anonymously.  I can also make whatever I want and how I want since I no longer have all the rules to follow.  I can make lap blankets for the people in the nursing home, tiny blankets and hats for the NICU and whatever is needed at the ER.  I made up an anonymous email address and had a stamp made so the nurses can send me requests.  They know better than anyone what is needed.  I am using the name of a fairy godmother on the email addy.  I just have to be sneaky so they don´t figure out who I am.  I love being sneaky.  


I also got a smaller tree this year so it won´t be so hard for me to decorate it. I cut my decorations in half and donated 2 large boxes full.  They are coming back on Tuesday for used clothing, toys and household items.  I´m going through my garage.  I can´t believe I still had toys in my garage from when my kids were really little.  I had a ton of those large lego blocks for toddlers.  I´m also donating a huge box of books that were in decent shape.  


I wanted to post a picture of my doggie but he´s too fast and they were all blurry or he gets too close and I can´t get a picture.  Maybe I´ll get one later when he´s sleeping.


Okay, stand back.  In 3 seconds this post will self destruct.  Don´t tell my secrets or I´ll have to kill you.



Advent Bonus Task


Bonus task:  make your own advent calendar and post it.


Funny poem for St. Nicholas


Tasks for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: Write a witty or humorous poem to St. Nicholas


Dear ol´ St. Nick,

Do you want me to scratch an itch?

I´ll do anything to get

Everything on my wishlist.


Just head over to Amazon and you will see

Everything I sincerely need

and desperately want

so you can order with ease


It isn´t really all that much

You could do it easily

Just click add to cart 

and have it mailed direct to me.


Amazon is great

You don´t have to worry about tipping

You can even save money 

with Amazon Prime Shipping!


I´ve been good, as I´m sure you know.

I made your favorite cookies 

and even got some whiskey to warm your toes

Just please be careful and watch where your sleigh goes


Tell Rudolph he has to be your DD

But he will get his reward

I made him a batch of reindeer brownies

with enough Viagra to keep him going for a week.

Next year all the Reindeer will be calling him Daddy!



Task for Advent

Tasks for Advent: Post a pic of your advent calendar. (Festive cat, dog, hamster or other suitable pet background expressly encouraged.) –OR–

Tell us: What in the immediate or near future are you most looking forward to?  (This can be a book release, or a tech gadget, or an event … whatever you next expect to make you really happy.)


In early January my husband and I are going on a trip to California.  We are going to visit his mom near Sacramento.  I´m limited in what I can do but so is my mother in law.  She also has Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain.  My husband will meet up with a friend and then they are going to Vegas.  I´ll stay with my mother in law and do some fun things there.  I am sure she will want to go play some slots there in Cali.  I would rather go shopping but we will do that too.  We don´t have many stores here where I live and I hate running into someone else wearing the same outfit so I don´t want to shop here.  I also want to go to some cemeteries there where family is buried so I can take pictures and get info for my genealogy research.  I know, so exciting, but that´s my thing.  Maybe I´ll see a zombie there.  At least I know I will be able to stop and rest when I need to because my mother in law understands and will need to rest too.  Mostly, I am looking forward to seeing beautiful trees, flowers and NO SNOW.  Hopefully, I will be able to find a postcard there for my postcard collection.  I´ll have to mail it to myself to get it properly marked and traveled.  


Thanksgiving Day Tasks


Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for –OR–

Post a picture of your thanksgiving feast; or your favourite turkey-day recipe.  –OR–

Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book and post a picture of it.

Bonus task:  share your most hilarious turkey-day memory.


  1. I am thankful for:
  2. My wonderful family
  3. Friends
  4. A wonderful home
  5. My dog
  6. My books


Bonus Task: My most hilarious turkey-day memory.

I remember this one Thanksgiving when I was a kid where my sister called and told my mom about cooking turkey´s in a brown paper bag.  My sister is always trying to get people to try recipes.  The problem is my mom isn´t the best cook.  She usually cooked everything the same way, rolled in flour, salt, and pepper and then fried on the stove top.  Things were usually a degree of burnt which we were used to and learned to like.  So my sister talked my mom into trying this bag thing which might have worked out better if my mom had the full written out recipe instead of just the bits my sister told her.  I remember when my mom took the turkey out and sat it on the table.  It was very dark and several sizes smaller than it was originally (like the Grinch´s heart).  My mom took a knife and tried to cut it and it sounded like she was sawing on plastic.  Then she pushed a little harder and the top layer broke and inside it was hallow.  You could see rib bones laying in a dark turkey cave that we were shedding light on.  It is funny now but at the time my brother and I were scared to make a sound.  My mom was devastated but we knew my dad was going to erupt and complain about the wasted money.  I can still see my little brothers face and I´m sure mine looked the same.  


So does this count as 2 points?


2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Donna has read 1 book toward her goal of 80 books.

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Donna has completed her goal of reading 40 books in 2017!