$280 Amazon Gift Card Contest

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Through an author’s newsletter who I follow they were advertising this fantastic $280 Amazon Gift Card Contest. We all know how this would help any of us go on a well deserved shopping spree. To enter please use the following link. The link is: $280 Amazon Gift Card Contest Rafflecopter Link .

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

 

 

3 Month Wrap-Up

MAY

No I’m not leaving WordPress. The last 3 months just have been busy and hectic. In May my nephew went to Trump Tower(not allowed inside), My first niece graduated college and entered the Doctorate Program at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and my fourth niece graduated highschool with distinctive honors. This was all over Mother’s Day Weekend. Below is a picture of the outside of Trump Tower.

PICTURE OF THE OUTSIDE OF TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK.

JUNE

June is my busiest month. I start with my youngest sister’s wedding anniversary, My niece’s highschool graduation party(which I was unable to go to), My Mother’s birthday and  My parents’ wedding anniversary. Below is a Picture of my Mother’s Birthday cake.

MOM’S BIRTHDAY CAKE IN 2018.

JULY

I went to the doctor, Went on vacation with my family and Won a book called SWEET BREATH of MEMORY by ARIELLA COHEN. Fantastic book. I took an unexpected break from WordPress because I was recovering from being sick(almost 100% but not quite). Feeling better so I’m not going back for my follow-up appointment unless I have to.(Please Note follow-up appointment not scheduled yet). My one sister who is a fraternal twin(not to me) just starting to have problems with her toes. I would show you the picture she sent but because of how bad it looks I’m choosing not to show you. I hope you all understand.  When It rains it pours doesn’t it?

 

MAP OF AMBERLEY. PICTURE TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.

I Won: Book Review – Part 2

WELCOME

Once again. Welcome to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. No we are not just a photo-blogging site but the site is about Animals, Photos, Blogging, Country Living, Family, Poetry And Much, Much More. I will be doing a book review on the book I won, SWEET BREATH of MEMORY by ARIELLA COHEN.

AUTHOR’S BOOK SYNOPSIS

With its tree-lined streets, vibrant downtown and curbside planters of spring bulbs, Amberley, Massachusetts, seems a good place for Cate Saunders to start over. It’s been two years since her husband, John, was killed in Iraq and life has been a struggle. Her new job as a caregiver doesn’t pay much, but the locals are welcoming. In fact, Cate has barely unpacked before she’s drawn–reluctantly at first—into a circle of friends.

There’s diner-owner Gaby, who nourishes her customers’ spirits as well as their bodies; feisty Beatrice, who kept the town going when its men marched off to WWII; wise-cracking MaryLou, as formidable as Fort Knox but with the same heart of gold; and, Sheila, whose Italian grocery is the soul of the place. As Amberley reveals itself to be a town shaped by war, Cate encounters another kindred spirit—a Holocaust survivor with whom she feels a deep connection. When revelations about John’s death threaten Cate’s new-found peace of mind, these sister-in-arms’ stories show her an unexpected way forward. And Cate comes to understand that although we suffer loss alone, we heal by sharing our most treasured memories.

MY HONEST REVIEW

I won this book and got it in the middle of vacation. I got the book on Monday, 7-16-2018. I took the book back with me and started reading it that afternoon. I loved the book so much I hated to put it down it was that good.

Usually when I read a book with a lot going on its just hard to follow but Ariella Cohen pulled everything together fantastically. I got this book on Monday and had it read by Wednesday. I now follow her blog and found out she has a sequel planned to the book SWEET BREATH of MEMORY. I can’t wait. There is so much I could say about this book but I’ll put it in a few words instead. The book is fantastic. I look forward to the sequel. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ariella Cohen is a graduate of Barnard College, the Hebrew University and the University of  Michigan Law School. Her short fiction appears in A Cup of Comfort for Couples, Heartscapes, and Flashshot. Although she makes her home in New England, her dream self resides in County Mayo, Ireland. 

SWEET BREATH OF MEMORY(FROM GOODREADS)

SWEET BREATH of MEMORY IS “…a heartwarming story of survival, foregiveness, and moving on.” – Booklist. The novel is available in trade paperback, ebook and Large Print hardcover.

Ariella believes in the healing power of cat purrs, coffee, Vivaldi and almond cookies. During the last summer Olympics, she felt compelled to run into the garden and prove she’s still a gymnast. It wasn’t pretty. Ariella lives in New England but her dream self resides in County Mayo, Ireland. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, Colombia University, and attended the Hebrew University as a visiting scholar. Her three years in Jerusalem were magical. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, she somehow passed the NY & NJ bars.

WHAT IS SAID ABOUT THE BOOK

“A storyteller at the top of her game.”  

                                            —Jacqelyn Mitchard,

                                            New York Times

                                             best selling author

“Filled with compassion, humor and honesty, Ariella Cohen’s Sweet Breath of Memory is a powerful story of forgiveness…Through food and friendship, a community releases its long held secrets, and Cohen provides solace for her characters and her readers.”

—Karen Brown,

author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

“Ariella Cohen spins a tender yarn about the enduring nature of love, the importance of friendship and the eternal longing for a place to call home. Every page brims with warmth, wisdom and compassion.”

—Yona Zeldis McDonough,

author of You Were Meant for Me

MAP OF AMBERLEY

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MAP OF AMBERLEY. PICTURE TAKEN ON REGULAR ZOOM.
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MAP OF AMBERLEY. PICTURE TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.

 

LINKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POST

  1. Ariella Cohen
  2. Two Gals and a Book
  3. Goodreads Profile
  4. Goodreads Site

BLOG NOTE

*The book SWEET BREATH of MEMORY was not given to me for this honest review but I won the book. Also, permission was given to take as many pictures as I wanted. Many thanks to Ariella Cohen(Author of SWEET BREATH of  Memory) and also to Two Gals and a Book. 

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I Won: Book Review – Part 1

DSCN0653INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

Hi readers and welcome to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. Daisy Mae has taken a few days off while I write this post. So she is not with me for this post. Also, most of you know Daisy Mae is my cat so she does what she wants(what a surprise). As many of you know I had to take a break from my WordPress blogs unexpectedly and just got back. Part 1 of this post will tell you How I got the book. Part 2 of this post will be the book review. If I did this post all in one it would be long. I hope you enjoy it. I’m so happy for all my followers and readers and yes I do appreciate you.   

WHAT I DID TO WIN

The first thing I did to win this book was read a post about the book and then there was Rafflecopter giveaway. To be truthful, I had mixed feelings about entering this giveaway. I finally decided and told myself you like to read so why not? Yeah Why Not. I deserve 1 of 3 signed copies as much as anyone.

HOW I FELT  WHEN I FOUND OUT I WON

 So when I received an e-mail I won 1 of 3 signed copies  of SWEET BREATH of MEMORY by best-selling author ARIELLA COHEN I was excited. No, I was more than excited, I was surprised and shocked. When I came across ARIELLA COHEN’S blog it was actually through another blog, Two Gals and a Book. Knowing ahead of time what it was about and the post title was descriptive too. When I checked her blog out I was impressed.

WHY I WAS THERE?

I was at ARIELLA’S blog for multiple reasons. What are the reasons you’re probably wondering and asking yourself? The reasons are: 1.) My curiosity was peaked through Two Gals And A Book that I had to check ARIELLA’S blog out. 2.) There was a giveaway on a signed copy of a book I hadn’t read(that I probably wouldn’t win but thought what the heck I’ll enter anyway—more on that later). 3.) I like to read. 4.) Lastly, I had multiple other reasons but listed are my top 3. If you want to check out ARIELLA COHEN’S BLOG it can be done by going to ARIELLA COHEN. This link will take you to her blog site.

RESULT

I won 1 of 3 signed copies of the book SWEET BREATH of MEMORY. I was ecstatic. I read the book on vacation and finished it within a week. I do

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MY GOODREADS ACCOUNT

I do have a Goodreads account, however due to unforseen problems with getting my books to show on my Goodreads Widget so my Goodreads user profile link is Goodreads Profile . Remember if you check my link out, I just got a Goodreads account but I have read several books that I haven’t put on my shelves yet.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WON THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018!!

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Daisy Mae All Stretched Out Showing Off Her Grey And White Belly.

INTRODUCTION:

Hello Everyone, can you believe 2017 is gone and 2018 is here already? I can’t. This is my first post of the year for this site.

Did any of you make New Year’s resolutions? Sister Crystal doesn’t believe in making resolutions and honestly I don’t either. This way nobody can blame you for breaking your New Year’s resolutions.

Sister Crystal started  the new year off right by getting nominated for two awards by MABEAUTILITY . The awards Sister Crystal received were the The Don’t Hate, Appreciate Award: G❤❤d Vibes Only – My First Post Of 2018 and WINNING THE LIEBSTER AWARD – MY SECOND AWARD OF 2018.  I think it’s just great that she won these awards and I want to thank her for giving me equal billing for this site and she allows me to post on the other site too.

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Now onto my award. That’s right, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). Thanks WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)

RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and encourage them to accept this award for blogging.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them.

WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) QUESTIONS TO HER NOMINEES(MY ANSWERS WILL BE IN ITALICS):

  1. What is your favorite pet and/or animal? Cats
  2. What is your job and why do you like it or dislike it so much? I’m unemployed-enough said.
  3. What is your favorite sport and why? Don’t have a favorite sport anymore. Why? Since the kneeling during the National Anthem deal I have become less interested.
  4. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so what were they? Don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions. I take each day one day at a time plus nobody can say I broke my New Year’s resolutions.
  5. What did you like most about 2017? Christmas, my birthday and Thanksgiving.
  6. What did you like least about 2017? Mom being in the hospital.
  7. What is your hobby besides blogging? I used to cross-stitch. 
  8. What did you like most about Christmas and New Year’s? The fact our family got together and we had kids laughing and giggling in the house. Take note that the kids I mention are ages 21 down to 15.
  9. What is your blog about? My blog is about photos, blogging, country living, animals and much, much more. Every-Now-And-Then my cat will do some posting too.
  10. What would you like to share about yourself to introduce yourself to the readers? My name is Crystal Stewart and my cat’s name is Daisy Mae. I just had my 50th birthday in December and I enjoy being 50. I enjoy blogging and meeting new people/animals. I like to read too mostly mystery/suspense books but I’m open to all genres.
  11. How did you create the name of your blog? I thought about it and went with CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE that I just changed to CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. The only thing was that I wanted my site to be more than just photos, I wanted to blog on that site too. Daisy Mae officially became part of the website as of January 1, 2018. I had so many ideas for a name.
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Daisy Mae All Stretched Out Showing Off Her Grey And White Belly.

MY NOMINEES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018:

  1. RoseyToesMeows
  2. Cats and Life
  3. The Recipe Hunter
  4. simple Ula
  5. FreeCatlady
  6. Claire Yang Writes
  7. TANGLEWOOD KNOTS
  8. The Veiled facet
  9. KittyClysm
  10. The Introverted Book Nerd
  11. Claire93’s Blog

Please don’t judge me for not nominating your blog! If I could I’d nominate all of you because I know how much time and effort you put into your blog posts. I appreciate all my bloggers.

Congratulations to my nominees.

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

Please Answer The Above Questions Which Are The Same Questions I Was Asked To Answer. I Thought The Above Questions Were Good And I’d Like To See Your Answers To Them.

Have Fun Answering them Nominees.

A HUGE BIG THANK YOU TO WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING).

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