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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Books With Memories


     Hello!  Grace, here!  Fun fact about me... I love to read! I honestly cannot remember a time when I wasn't reading and though I have slowed down in the recent years, I cannot wait till my nephews are old enough to read so I'll be a very annoying Aunt. "Have you finished it yet?", What page are you on?" "Didn't you love that part? NO?????? HOW COULD YOU???? I MEAN... HOW...????", you get the idea! I have been rearranging my book shelf multiple times over the past few weeks, as I keep buying new books, lending out old books and getting them back... needless to say I am running out of room and it is VERY sad when you have to put a buying limit on .50 books because you have no room for them... VERY SAD. Anywho I was going through my books and realized that certain books have specific memories attached to them such as when I got them/ who gave them to me/ when I read them, and so here I am to share a few with you. 

Left Behind: The Kids Series
Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

     When I was about 12, I discovered this series and fell in love! Kinda weird, it being the Rapture, a serious subject, but they're really good books, fun, fast moving, and always had a horrible cliff hanger at the end of each book. Our local Library has a 10 book limit and back in the day when I had much more time to read, about 8 or 9 of those would be Left Behinds; mind you, they are very small books! Anyways, by the time I was at the book 27 or so, my mother bought a scripture memory CD that we played constantly and since I read mostly in the car (now I get carsick) when ever I hear the CD, I always think of those books! Specifically of Lionel falling off a cliff and getting his arm trapped under a boulder!

Wings Of Dawn
Sigmund Brouwer

     This book is one of my absolute favorites. Our friend Lee introduced it to us when we flew to her house in TX. They live about 3 hours from Dallas (where we flew in) so all the way home we took turns reading it and she kept asking "What page are you on? Tell me when you get to such and such part". We loved it so much that when we would call her, we would read it out-loud to each other like a script and dramatize our favorite parts!

The Brotherband Chronicles
John Flanagan

     A friend lent this to me over Sukkot (Festival of Booths) where we were sleeping in a tent on the back porch for a week. The dogs and cats love that holiday because they get to sleep with us in fluffy blanket heaven. One day I came out to get something and found that our puppy Teddy had chewed the corners off the book... that was not ours... so I had to buy her a new copy and I got to keep the gnawed copy and that is how I own it! P.S. Teddie's other escapades include chewing the corners off the library's copy of "How To Train Your Dog"!

Calico Captive
Elizabeth George Speare

     Okay, so I read this book a couple of years ago during my "American Indian Infatuation" and liked everything ,but the ending. If you have not read this book WARNING SPOILERS: At the time I read it I think I skipped the first bit and went right to the Indian part (cause as I said AMERICAN INDIAN INFATUATION), so I missed the whole ball scene in the beginning and therefore was very upset when in the end Miriam chose Phines over the trapper fellow (I cannot remember what his name is ... Louis? Phillipee?). I therefore did not reread the book for many years... until a few weeks ago! Now that the WHOLE book has been read and taken into account... I can see why Miriam was wise... but part of me still wants her to get with Pierre? Jacques? Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE the maypole part! It sounds like soooooo much fun!!!

The Andersonville Sentinals
Tracy Groot

I read this book on our way to Texas to visit our friends... in a truck... with a freezer full of frozen chickens in the back... over "undergoing construction" highway... in a truck with VERY good shock absorption springs! So the full story is, every year my family raises and butchers several hundred organic chickens for ourselves, our family and friends. Our good friends in Texas hadn't been able to make it that year, so we loaded a small freezer into the back of Dad's truck and filled it with their processed chickens and set out! As we went through Dallas, road workers were torn up the road for repairs, therefore the going was very bumpy in a normal car. Dad's truck has extremely springy springs on it, so we were bouncing all over the place, laughing our heads off and that is my memory connected to this book! Also it is a good book to read... I need to reread it to refresh my memory!

Two Girls of Gettysburg
Lisa Klein

Remember above I said I used to read mostly in the car? Well I did... unfortunately now I get carsick WAY to quickly... it's sad! Anyways I read this book out loud to Mamma and Katherine in the car and I remember at one point road workers had just put fresh gravel and oil down on the road we always take and so there was REALLY LOUD pinging against the car for quite a few miles. Now the logical thing to do was wait till the road ended and the noise subsided... but the book had to be back at the library in a couple of days, so what did I do? I shouted the next chapter over the clanging outside the car, much to the amusement of my family! *sigh* The things we do in the name of book reading! (This book is really good, by the way,...well, at least I think it is.  Katherine, on the other hand, has mixed feelings/opinions on the subject! Mayhaps, I shall review it in a future post!)

Well, that's all folks! Do you have any favorite or not so favorite books that have memories attached to them? I'd love to hear about them in the comment section, I am always looking to squeeze another book onto my shelf... does anyone have a bookshelf they want to get rid of???!!!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Passover!

     Happy Passover! Friday, April 19th marked the beginning of Passover, the biblical holiday that commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt, found in Exodus, chapter 12. Traditionally, the holiday starts off with a special meal called a Seder where the Exodus story is retold through the Haggadah (a special booklet of Scriptures and songs).  Each year we decorate the Seder table to signify some part of the Exodus Story.  Last year we made a parting of the sea similar to the one in the picture below - our nephews loved it!  This year it was Legos, plastic bugs, frogs, etc. to name each of the plagues - can you tell who set the table????

 No chametz, i.e. leaven, is eaten during the week of Pesach, per the Lord's command in Exodus chapter 12, so instead, unleavened bread is eaten.  In the days preceding Passover, a THOROUGH cleaning is done throughout homes, making sure any leaven, or leavened foods are removed.  Since chametz is also scripturally a symbol of pride/sin, as a person cleans out his or her physical home, they also have the perfect opportunity to look within to their spiritual home and recognize and remove any "chametz" that is in their lives. 

Passover is also mentioned in Luke 2:41-52, when Mary, Joseph, and Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Jerusalem for Passover and lost Yeshua in the Temple.

     Now, you may think that going without daily necessities such as breads, cakes, cookies, and pies galore would be difficult, but we actually look forward to eating our favorite Passover recipes!  You should taste our matzah pizza or better yet , our matzah toffee! Can you imagine a cake stacked with matzah soaked in grape juice and each layer slathered with chocolate ganache?   I can't either, but we're going to try it this year and see if we live!  We hope to share the delicious results with you later on in the week.   

But in the meantime, have a blessed day!.........Oh, wait!  You must watch the videos below, orchestrated by our favorite acapella group, the Maccabeats!  They have done a few Passover music videos that we love to listen to every year!  Enjoy!

Katherine & Grace


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not So Common Knowledge

     When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do was look through our set of encyclopedias. A to Z they were our first go to whenever we had a research question. While reading, I came across many interesting facts and people that spurred my interest of unsung heroes, little known facts, and interesting tidbits that blossomed into an interest of origins of words, sayings and why we do what we do. So here is an eclectic collection of historical, literary and diverting facts, for your reading enjoyment, that I looked up yesterday so I could write this post!! Here we go...

     President James A.Garfield was both ambidextrous and multilingual, and could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand... simultaneously!

     In 1942 Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and their best friend Christoph Probst, organized a student resistance group called The White Rose which published a series of leaflets condemning Nazi Germany. These leaflets circulated through their University (the University of Munich) and spread to different parts of Germany and Austria. They were arrested by the Gestapo on February 18th, 1943, tried 4 days later and sentenced to death. On February 22, 1943 they met their end bravely and calmly. Sophie is credited with saying this before she died: "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands are awakened and stirred to action?"

     The S.S Eastland, known as the "Speed Queen of the Great Lakes" claimed 844 passenger lives including 22 whole families, when it rolled over while docked at the Clark Street Bridge in Chicago.

     Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant disliked the Eiffel Tower so much he ate lunch in it every day, just so he didn't have to look at it.

     The expression "riding shotgun" comes from the term "shotgun messenger" which refers to the guard who sat next to the stagecoach driver. The guards would use a shotgun to keep criminals or outlaws away.

     Bubble wrap was first invented in 1957 in a New Jersey garage. The inventors were attempting to make an easy-wipe textured wallpaper.

     Charles Blondin crossed the Niagara Falls using a 1,000 ft. tightrope multiple times. Being a daredevil, he crossed in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, on stilts, blindfolded, in a sack, carrying a man on his back and cooking and eating an omelet in the middle!

     When Charles Dickens was trying to name his character Tiny Tim, he also considered the options of Puny Pete, Small Sam, and Little Larry! (Katherine says she is glad he went with Tiny Tim!)

      Well, there you have is; a mouthful of morsels to entertain you today. 
Do any of you have any morsels that have tickled your fancy? 
We love morsels, so please share them below!

~ Grace ~

Sunday, March 31, 2019


Good Mornin' Ya'll!

We want to thank everyone who participated in our 
Period Movie Quote Matchup!
We are so appreciative that you took the time and we loved reading your entries!

So here are the correct answers:

#1- "The Bishop is coming!"
Thomas Brown in Lark Rise to Candleford

#2- "That ceiling is very crooked!"
Mr Palmer in Sense and Sensibility (2008)

#3- "I would marry the lowliest girl in
 the village if I loved her!"
Dick Dewey in Under the Greenwood Tree

#4- "Isn't it a tidy sum?"
Sir Louis Scatchard in Dr. Thorne

#5- "You are a very difficult woman!"
The King of Siam in The King and I

#6- "I'm not saying she was very silly, I'm saying one of us was very silly, and it wasn't me."
Squire Hamley in Wives and Daughters

#7- "I see now what begins as a dream can end as a nightmare!"
Marguerite St. Just in The Scarlet Pimpernel

#8- "It looks like rain!"
Leonardo DaVinci in Ever After

#9- "This is very bad wine."
Monsieur Rigaud in Little Dorrit

#10- "I hope you know that any foolish passion on my part is entirely over; I'm looking to the future."
John Thornton in North and South

#11- "Isn't butter Divinity?"
Amy March in Little Women (1994)

#12- "I wouldn't marry a man that was really wicked, but I think I'd like it if he could be wicked and wouldn't."
Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables the Sequel

#13- "No! I don't like fairy beasts!"
Bertram Potter in Miss Potter  

Well, that's all, folks! Thank you so much for your....Oh yeah, there is a winner, isn't there?....well, that doesn't really matter does it? We're all winners these days, right? WRONG!!!!!!

The winner is...


(Tee hee hee) IS....

Sid Hughes!!!!!!
(aka. AlwaysAbby!!!)

Congratulations!  We will contact you directly to deliver your prize, my dear!

Again, thank you all for you answers!

We really enjoyed hosting this giveaway, and are already planning another soon, so stay tuned!!
Let's charge into this new year prepared for adventure!!!

Fare Thee Well!

Grace & Katherine

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Good Afternoon, everyone! 

Here's a quick reminder that this is the last day to enter in the giveaway!  
Make haste, make haste!  Take that quiz matchup!  

You know you want that dreamy Paris water flask!!....and the lovely, pink trinket!....Oh, and let's not forget our dear Mamma's soap!!

You have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT of today, March 28th!!  The clock is ticking!  Scroll down to the comment section of the Blogiversary post and win yourself this giveaway!!

Farewell to all!


Friday, March 22, 2019


Greetings, everyone!  
It has just come to our attention this afternoon that we made some mistakes in regard to the Blogiversary Period Movie Quote Matchup.  Some of our movie pictures were not the right versions of the movie we took the quote from, etc.  So please, re-read our freshly edited Blogiversary post!
We apologize for this faux pas, and if you wish to re-enter your answers, feel free to do so!

Thank you and we're so sorry for the mixup

Katherine & Grace

Thursday, March 21, 2019


     Greetings and salutations one and all! We are here, on this festive occasion, to announce that it is our first Blogiversary!!!!!! 

Can you tell we're excited!!!!!

To celebrate we wanted to do a GIVEAWAY!!!!! (Oh yes, we are determined to do this right!!!) But you see, I (Grace) thought we needed more of a reason for said giveaway, so
our very first

To enter the giveaway, take the quiz in the comment section down below, answering which quote goes to which movie from the provided list. Hopefully this will be semi-challenging for you; we tried to put in a few obscure quotes and some we just think are hilarious for no apparent reason. The quiz will be open for a week starting March 21 and ending midnight March 28th, so if you wish to enter our giveaway, it would be most beneficial to do so during that period of time! We will announce the winner a few days after the contest has ended.

The Grand Prize

The grand prize consists of: 
A small trinket for your jewelry box
Some of Mamma's finest soap
A Paris water flask

And so without further ado...

The Quotes

#1 "The Bishop is coming!!!"
#2 "That ceiling is very crooked"
#3 "I would marry the lowliest girl in the village if I loved her"
#4 "Isn't it a tidy sum?"
#5 "You are a very difficult woman"
#6 "I'm not saying she was very silly, I'm saying one of us was very silly and it wasn't me"
#7 "I see know what begins as a dream can end in a nightmare!"
#8 "It looks like rain"
#9 "This is very bad wine"
#10 "I hope you know any fooling passion on my part is entirely over; I'm looking to the future"
#11 "Isn't butter divinity?"
#12 "I wouldn't marry a man that was really wicked, but I'd like to marry a man that could be wicked and wouldn't."
#13 "No! I don't like fairy beasts!"

The Movies

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(Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel)

Sense and Sensibility: 2008 Movie Adaptation « Mansfield Park

Thank you all so much for reading our ramblings and making our days with your comments! We very much enjoy blogging and look forward to another year of fun!
Au Revior
Katherine and Grace