Clear Your Shelf Giveaway

Clear Your Shelf August I Am A Reader, Not A Writer



It’s almost time to give some books away!!!

My bookshelves are overflowing and I’m feeling generous.

I’m giving away an autographed hardcover copy of:

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick


A hardcover copy of:

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell.

Both of these books are brand new and never read.

If you want a chance to win starting on August 20th simply enter below.

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The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald (A Review)

The Egg and I

The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald

Not only is Betty smart, hardworking, and hilarious, she’s also an amazing writer. You can tell she loves the written word as much as trees love sun and rain. She gets married to Bob and lovingly follows him on his quest. He wants to be a chicken farmer. That includes so much more than I ever thought it would.

The book is sectioned off in seasons, but Betty quickly describes her early childhood, and the important things she learned from her mother, father, and grandmother. But, no one warned her about how hard it would be to live on a working farm.

She and Bob buy a 40 acre plot with house, barn, etc. for only $450. That was a lot of money back then. They slowly added on to the property, which included chicken houses, and massive gardening. You can almost feel her aching muscles as she learns how to become self-sufficient.

The winter is a horrible time to be a farmer, and in Betty’s case, it’s even worse because she’s pregnant. In the spring things are no easier because she learns to hate even baby chickens. See chapter 9. She describes in verbose details weather, quirky people, gardening, pressure cookers, children, and wild animals. The 1930′s and 40′s were hard, and Betty is brutally honest in painting a picture of her life.

We have it so easy these days, with running water, toilets, heating, electricity, grocery stores, phones, and computers. We should never take these things for granted. If there is anything I learned from Betty it is definitely her work ethic and the ability to find the humor in any situation. She manages to look past the flaws in others and get down to business too. Keep everyone clean and fed. Read a few books. And don’t forget to take care of the chickens.

Read this book if you think your life is hard. It could be so much worse.



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Family Getaway in Seaside, Oregon 2013

Visiting Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

I love summertime. I love it more when we decide to go somewhere faraway. I love the beach too, and persuaded the family to go to Seaside, Oregon instead of Disneyland. My sister and her family were also traveling through the state and we got to hang out together. I took lots of pictures but […]

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The Mapping of Love and Death (A Review)


The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear This was the best Maisie Dobbs book so far. I think Maisie has officially grown up.  She’s a single woman in 1930′s London with a business, apartment, and car of her own. She’s worked very hard for her life too. It was a rare thing back […]

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds (A Review)

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! While it’s fresh in my mind I’ll write out a quick review. I don’t want to get into a detailed dust jacket synopsis and I don’t want to give anything away, but here are a few reasons why this book […]

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Latest Art Journaling Pages

journal art

These are my most recent art journal pages. I’m trying to do a page every day. Thanks to the inspiration I see on Pinterest there is always a picture, quote, or technique that I can use or try. I wish I could just create fun and crafty art journal pages all day long. Now on […]

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (A Review)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce My rating: 5 of 5 stars I devoured the words, climbed inside the scenes, and walked with Harold Fry every step of the way. This book has not made me tired though. It’s made me more alive. More able to see everything around me and appreciate […]

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Spare Time A.K.A. Crafting with Kids

decorating with kids

When I’m not reading or writing or cleaning, I’m crafting. Saturday mornings are the best time to craft with kiddies. Juliet and I put together these book paper flowers in under 20 minutes. I’m hoping to do 1 craft a month, and my Stuff To Make board on Pinterest is full of little project that […]

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Flourish- One Little Word- Art Journal

Humble Beginnings

FLOURISH I’m quite proud of my new art journal. It’s in the beginning stages but I love how my word turned out. I decided to make my own book and used Bo Bunny Misc Me paper and dividers and picture sleeves. I can add more later if I want. I was supposed to do a […]

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The Real Downton Abbey (A Review)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this book for a more in-depth look at British aristocracy and how they really lived.There’s a lot more interesting ‘TRUE LIFE’ information than the over-dramatized television show. (I have […]

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Speaking From Among the Bones (Flavia #5) A Review

Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley My rating: 5 of 5 stars Flavia de Luce is such a great character. She’s full of surprises. The fifth book in the series was, I’ll admit, kind of confusing at times but still entertaining. It’s definitely a cozy mystery that kept me guessing to the end. […]

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January- The Month of Finding Happiness, Knowledge, Faith, and Fun


I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013. So far this is what I’ve come up with for January. Find something that makes you happy. Some people exercise, some people cook, or sew. The act of writing makes me happy. I actually get paid to do too, which is nice. It’s fun […]

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If I Didn’t Have Bookclub I Would Die

book club may

Seriously, I love my bookclub. I’ve been going for 6 years now. The women I get to hang out with are the best. They’re so down-to-earth, groovy, sarcastic, and oozing with spiritual conviction. I’m so blessed. Here’s a picture of us last May… We just got done reading Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, and […]

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Self-Editing Saturday (I thought it would be more fun)

self-editing saturday

This is self-editing Saturday, A.K.A. How to Drive Myself Insane Day. I printed out all of my nanowrimo writings. It’s over 50 pages. I’ve begun the editing process and it’s going to kill me. I have a novel here somewhere. I know it. I just need to fine tune it. I thought editing would be […]

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My One Little Word and Some Little Notebooks

Simple Mini Journal

This is my first post of 2013. My goal for the year is to create at least 52 posts. That’s 1 post a week. It’s doable. I’m also going to participate in Ali Edwards One Little Word class. It lasts all year and I think it will really help me to keep writing. My fingers […]

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More Things I’ve Learned About Me and NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

There’s only 1 day left and I didn’t complete the challenge. I could blame that national turkey-infested holiday we just had but it will do no good. The bottom line is that writing is not easy. Here are a few other things I learned: 1. Researching is a big part of writing. But I can’t […]

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Little Things I’ve Noticed About Participating in NaNoWriMo 2012 (week 1)


1. I love writing. But writing over 1,600 word a day is not easy. Making up people, writing about places and emotions is making my brain mushy. 2. I decided to use the laptop this time, and made the screen size to 30%. Why? Because if I saw what I was typing I would be […]

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Still Trying to Find the Runner in Me (Book Review)

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall My rating: 4 of 5 stars Bookclub 2012 I wish I would have read this book a long time ago. It may have helped me to get past the pain of running. I’ve always seen running […]

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Why Do I Read Books Like This? Pendergast #4 (Book Review)

Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very grotesque and disturbing story. The whole time I was reading it I was asking myself, why do I like it. I kept on thinking it was like Goonies turned horror. Except the setting was landlocked Kansas and indian […]

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