20 April 2018

Book Review: The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser

We love history. We love to study genealogy. The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser is chock full of both.

We learned so much about history that we never even knew existed from this book. Not only did we learn about early America, we also learned about England, the Netherlands, and a little about Scotland as well.

The Mayflower is very well-written and extremely well-researched. We give it all five stars. This is one of those history books you just don’t want to put down because, not only is it interesting history, it is very readable. We learned more at every turn of the page.



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Here are the fill-ins:

1. New ________________ are ________________.

2. I love to ___________ on the ____________.

3. When I was a child, I loved to play _____.

4. One _________________, I ________________.

Here are my responses:

New clothes are just too much of a pain to shop for. New candy is another story entirely. :)

I love to sit on the carport hallway step and watch the birds and squirrels and the occasional squirrel and kitty.

When I was a child, I loved to play hide-and-seek. I still do!

One day, I will figure out my life’s purpose and talent and I will excel at it, whatever “it” is!




Have a blessed weekend, y’all!




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19 April 2018

Book Review: PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose

PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose

Our kids hate it when we say, “It is what it is.” In this case, that phrase works. The name says it all, BASICs. PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose is really designed for the person who is somewhat computer savvy, but just does not have much experience with PowerPoint.

The author assumes the reader knows some basic concepts like how to drag a file.

This book is well-written and has some basic illustrations. Some less experienced Office users may find themselves still confused once they read the book. However, once they sit down at the computer and actually follow the steps, most readers will find that they actually can make a basic PowerPoint presentation.

We use PowerPoint all the time. We have found it to be a great tool for editing videos as well as making slide presentations. It also makes a pretty good photo editor.

We give PowerPoint Basics all five stars with the caveat that the reader should be a little familiar with Microsoft Office before they use this book to learn PowerPoint.

Good luck with your presentations.

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Book Review: Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

Texit : Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,  

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

By now you know that, just like the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America says, it has become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which connect us to the United States of America.

We just finished reading a media copy of the book Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller. This book will be available 21 April 2018.

We have to say that Miller answers most, if not all, of the questions we had regarding what will happen when we Texans decide to vote to leave the union of states. Not “IF”, “WHEN”.

Texit is very well-written and very well-researched. Miller is right there in the middle of the debate and has heard the inevitable questions that one asks themselves regarding Texit and how it will work.

No matter which side, if either, of the issue of Texit one falls on, they owe it to themselves to read this book to learn more about what is going on in Texas.

Texit is easy to read and well thought out. It is a good source for talking points and answers a lot of the questions of why?

Most Texans would love to have the Ten Commandments back on the court house grounds. We could put them back after a Texit.

We were told we had to allow TSA agents to pat us down and take liberties no one should take with any other person. We actually proposed a law here in Texas that made it illegal for strip searches and pat downs by TSA. The U. S. government then informed us there would be no flights into or out of Texas if that law were passed. I am really surprised we didn’t pass it anyway.

There are so many reasons for Texas to leave the union and no good reasons to stay. No matter what you believe on the issue of Texit, you need to buy yourself a copy of Texit.

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18 April 2018

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern

Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern

If you work on your own, or are thinking about striking out into the world of self-employment, even if just on a part-time basis, you need to read Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern.

Once upon a time when a person said, “I am a consultant” or “I freelance”, that really meant “I am out of work with no hope of finding a job.”

This is not true in our new economy. The author explains how this world has evolved and some of the possible changes that might be made in the future based upon changes in the political environment.

We give Thriving in the Gig Economy all five stars. This book is very well-written. The author has years of experiences dating back to before there was such a term as “gig”.

Everyone who intends to earn enough money to make ends meet in the future should seriously think about the gig economy. This book will help you to know more about it.


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Wednesday Hodgepodge


The Questions and the Answers
  1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.
Ok, here are three things from my pretend bucket list:

Take the ultimate spring wildflower photograph for National Geographic and/or Texas Highways magazines. This would be just totally awesome, but is third in this list of priorities.

Move way out into the boonies and have a very prolific garden. This one would be the best for my health overall.

Find my maternal-maternal-maternal 2nd great-grandmother’s maiden name. She had three daughters that survived to adulthood. I’ve never seen the obituary for the middle girl, and the obituaries of the older and younger daughters have different maiden names listed for this grandmother. This has been on my list the longest.
  1. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?
There are two places that are usually restful for me, at least mentally. One is my bird watching spot between the carport and the patio. A cemetery is the other place. The last time I sat in my bird watching spot was yesterday evening, though it wasn’t for as long as I would have liked. I can’t remember the last time I had a leisurely stroll through a cemetery. Connecting with the ancestors, feeling like I’m in a huge family hug, is very restful for me mentally and emotionally.
  1. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes?
I like all of the veggies named. I think my granny’s dressing had celery in it, so I’ll pick that as my favorite dish made with celery. On the veggie platter, I would likely go for the tomatoes first.
  1. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day
How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

I don’t have a dishwasher, so I can strike that one off the list. I put drinking water off as long as possible, so strike that one, too. The last few days I’ve gotten my Bible read before 6am and the same for a load of laundry. I know what we’re having for dinner, and I’m as dressed as I plan to be for the day.

So, I guess that leaves a thankful list, weighing on my mind list, and to-do list (which generally becomes a didn’t get done list!). Add the daily thankful list would probably be the most beneficial.
  1. Describe the view from your window.
I see the patio, with food & water platforms and feeders for the birds. The squirrels enjoy the bounty, too.
  1. Insert your own random thought here.
Twenty-five years ago started the worst three months of my life. My precious grandma passed away, alone in a nursing home, 18 April 1993. I was supposed to visit with her that morning, but had stayed up all night doing laundry and chatting with a neighbor. I was too tired to go visit Grandma, 45 miles away. I remember my aunt’s phone call like it was yesterday. I was in the kitchen stirring spaghetti. Three months and three days later, our baby Dorian went to Heaven to be with Grandma. Those three months seem forever ago, a lifetime ago, but like yesterday. Folks say time heals all wounds. I think those folks have never lost a loved one. But, I know that I will see them and hold them again someday. They are safe and no hurt can ever touch them again. Who could I possibly ever choose as a better babysitter than Jesus and Grandma?


Have a blessed day, y’all!





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