August Fun Holidays

I don’t know why I thought I had to know what fun Holiday was on August 20th but I did and my research found a whole list of fun Holidays for today and through the month. I’m sure there are more but below is a list of what Holidays I found.

FUN AUGUST 20TH HOLIDAYS

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    Cupcake Day

  2. National Bacon Day
  3. National Radio Day
  4. Virtual World Day
  5. Stay Home With Your Kids Day
  6. National Lemonade Day
  7. World Mosquito Day
  8. Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

MULTI-DAY EVENTS FOR AUGUST

  1. Admit Your Happy Month
  2. American Artist Appreciation Month
  3. Black Business Month
  4. Cataract Awareness Month
  5. Children’s Eye Health Month
  6. Fall Of Empires Month
  7. Family Fun Month
  8. Home Business Month
  9. Learn Japanese Month
  10. National Breastfeeding Month
  11. National Canning Month
  12. National Catfish Month
  13. National Children’s Vision & Learning Month
  14. National Eat Dessert First Month
  15. National Eye Exam Month
  16. National Golf Month
  17. National Immunization Month
  18. National Inventors Month
  19. National Napping Month
  20. National Parks Month
  21. National Publish Your eBook Month
  22. National Sandwich Month
  23. National Wellness Month
  24. Professional Speakers Month
  25. Psoriasis Awareness Month
  26. Romance Awareness Month
  27. Water Quality Month
  28. God’s Preeminence Day

AUGUST 22 & 28

  1. August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  2. August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

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**Please Note** There are other days but I Only listed a few.

Information gotten at: https://www.checkiday.com

 

 

 

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Turkey Playing In The Snow

No we don’t have snow. We have sunshine and are in the mid 70’s to 80 degrees right now. These pictures are from January

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Under Mother’s Watchful Eye

I thought I would show some pictures of fawns under mother’s watchful eye. Enjoy Everyone.

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Caturday Art

I wanted to do a lot of different things for you because they changed things. They put things in a different language not English and no matter How many times I pushed the button that said English it didn’t help. The slideshow I originally planned didn’t work because the thing that said create your slideshow would only take one picture. Well maybe we’ll have more luck next week. Any how, I eventually went with the bloggif photo effect called in my terminology the mirror effect.  Enjoy the photos.

As you can see I worked with Smalls picture this week and from left to right to bottom this is how they go. I mirrored Smalls picture with no frame(on left), Smalls picture mirrored with frame(on right) and the original picture of Smalls I used(on bottom).

CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE is joining ATHENA’S CATURDAY ART BLOG HOP. ATHENA CAT GODDESS has a website which is great and I hope you visit it. The link to her site is Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

WILDLIFE WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

No we don’t still have snow thank goodness. Our weather is crazy. One day it’s sunny the next day we’re getting thunderstorms. Below is the picture without being circled.

Below I’ve circled the bunny in purple so you can spot it better. Please caption the picture.

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We are joining Comedy-Plus for Wordless Wednesday.

 

End Of The Farmshow

Previously, I showed you some pictures that my sister and her family took that she sent me. The pictures are of their friend’s cows with Make America Great Again hats on the cows. If you haven’t seen the posts you can view and read them by going to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!! and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!. You will notice that I have made the links the same. That’s because they’re from two different sites. 

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MY NEPHEW WAS BORED SO HE PUT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HATS ON HIS FRIEND’S COWS AT THE BUTLER FARMSHOW.
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CLOSEUP OF MY NEPHEW FRIEND’S COW AT THE BUTLER FARMSHOW WITH A MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HAT ON ITS HEAD.

Below are more pictures of the farmshow since the end of the farmshow is Saturday, August 11, 2018.

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MY NEPHEW WITH ONE OF HIS BUNNIES AT THE BUTLER FARMSHOW.
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MY NEPHEW WITH HIS FRIEND’S COWS AT THE BUTLER FARMSHOW.
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MY NEPHEW TRYING TO DRINK ICE TEA WHILE GETTING KISSED BY ONE OF HIS FRIEND’S COWS AT THE BUTLER FARMSHOW.

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Awww…Monday & Sparks

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Welcome to another positive week with Awww…Monday & Sparks. This week I put my Awww… Monday & Sparks image together. 

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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!

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MY NEPHEW WAS BORED SO HE PUT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HATS ON THE BUTLER FARMSHOW COWS.
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CLOSEUP OF A BUTLER FARMSHOW COW WITH A MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HAT ON ITS HEAD.

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Awww…Monday, Sunday Selfies & Sparks

SMALL’S STORY

No I didn’t get a new cat. The exact opposite actually. You see the cat you see to the left has a story to tell. I’m happy to say this story has a happy ending. This little kitty’s story all starts when she is walking along side of the road. How this cat there I don’t know. That will probably always remain a mystery. Then as fate would have it, two highschool graduates(my niece and her friend) were on their way home when my niece saw something moving. They stopped the car and found this kitten who could just barely hold its head up and they both knew they had to do something. They automatically ‘scooped’ the kitten up and took her to my niece’s house.

As it turns out the next step was to get this kitten to the vet and find out what’s wrong with it. Since my niece is an intern at a veterinarian clinic she took the kitten there and found out this dear little kitten was just full of fleas and other things I’m not sure of. Because there were so many fleas they had to get rid of the blankets they used. The vet took care of this kitten and the kitten is doing better.

When my niece and her family took the kitten in temporarily they thought it was a she and so they called it a she for the longest time. Then just the other day my niece took her to the vets and the workers just loved her but then found out it wasn’t a she but a he.  Well at least the name they gave the kitten fits both male or female. They named the kitten Smalls because he was so tiny. I’m happy and pleased to say Smalls is eating better and gaining weight.

Now the next things on the list is to get him neutered when he’s the right age and find someone to take him. Since the vet has estimated the age of the kitten at 10-14 weeks old, he has to be older to get neutered. However, finding someone to take this kitten was easier than anyone thought it would be. Yes that means he has his furever home. Yeah!!

Something to remember though even though this kitten was very fortunate and found a furever home quickly this doesn’t happen often. I hope other cats and other animals find their furever home soon.

 


SMALL’S SELFIES

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SPARKS

Sticking with the story about Smalls the kitten, I decided to do my Sparks relating to problems. 

We all have problems some worse than others. However some people just can’t see the positive side. Actually what we need to find out for ourselves is problems are just stepping-stones to our real destination. Always look on the positive side no matter how small it may seem. Like this kitten it kept moving with just a flicker of hope. That flicker of hope got the kitten a furever home.

So remember when your down in the dumps don’t Mope or have a pity party for yourself instead celebrate the fact you’re still alive and able. Another thing to remember is if a flicker of hope got a kitten a home imagine what a little bit of hope can get us. Look on the positive side and you will see the silver lining.

 

  

FLOWER FRIDAY

OUR YUCCA PLANTS IN BLOOM

Below are our Yucca Plants in flowering bloom. The pictures were taken before we went on vacation the middle of the month in 2018. Sadly their beautiful blooms have died off until 2019. Please enjoy the pictures. 

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OUR YUCCA PLANTS IN THE MIDDLE OF JULY, 2018. TAKEN ON REGULAR ZOOM.
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OUR YUCCA PLANTS BLOOMING IN THE MIDDLE OF JULY, 2018 BEFORE WE GO ON VACATION. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.

OTHER FLOWERS IN BLOOM

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8 CACTUS FLOWERS ON ONE PLANT. THESE FLOWERS ONLY LAST 24 HOURS. TAKEN ON 7-16-2018. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA.
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THIS IS A PICTURE OF 8 CACTUS FLOWERS AND LAST YEARS AMARYLLIS. TAKEN ON REGULAR ZOOM WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA.
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8 CACTUS FLOWERS TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA. I TOOK THIS PICTURE WHILE STANDING AT AN ANGLE TO SHOW THESE FLOWERS FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE. THE YELLOW FLOWERS ARE DAISIES PLANTED AROUND OUR BACK DECK.
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THE AMARYLLIS AND ELEPHANT EAR PLANT BOTH SURVIVED THE WINTER IN OUR BASEMENT. TAKEN WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA ON REGULAR ZOOM. TAKEN ON 7-16-2018.
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THE AMARYLLIS AND ELEPHANT EAR PLANT IN THE PICTURE BOTH SURVIVED LAST WINTER IN THE BASEMENT. TAKEN WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA ON REGULAR ZOOM. TAKEN ON 7-16-2018.
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ELEPHANT EAR PLANT AND AMARYLLIS THAT SURVIVED THE WINTER IN OUR BASEMENT. TAKEN ON 7-16-2018 WITH MY NIKON COOLPIX CAMERA ON MEDIUM ZOOM.

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**Please Note** All pictures were taken by Crystal Stewart. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Deer Family Photos(25 Photos)

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SUNDAY SELFIE

SQUIRREL????

I got this picture of what looks like a squirrel looking into the trail camera. I showed it to both Mom and Dad and got two different opinions. What a surprise. Mom agrees with me it’s a squirrel and dad doesn’t agree it’s a squirrel. What do you think? I personally think it’s a cool picture either way. I would sure love to know what you think. Please let me by putting your opinion in the comment section or by using the contact form provided below. Below is the Picture. **Please Note that the time is 9:37 PM Eastern Time*. Odd Hah?

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Caturday Art

Welcome Everyone to another edition of Caturday Art. Daisy Mae and I are joining Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. Daisy Mae and I had fun playing around on GIF again with making her picture into art. Below is the Results. **Please Note** The small pictures are exact size even though captions may be hard to read and the resized pictures will be easier to read.

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EXAMPLE OF CREATING A SMILEY GIF WITH LOVE BEAR. CORNERS CUT OFF FRAME.
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EXAMPLE OF CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING LOVE BEAR. CORNERS CUT OFF OF FRAME AND IT IS RESIZED.
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PICTURE OF CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING LOVE BEAR. FRAME HAS ALL CORNERS.
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PICTURE OF CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING ALL CORNERS OF THE FRAME.
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CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING HELLO KITTY. FRAME IS SQUARE.
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CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING HELLO KITTY. FRAME IS SQUARE. PICTURE IS RESIZED.
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CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING LIPS. CORNERS CUT OFF FRAME.
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CREATING A SMILEY GIF USING LIPS. CORNERS CUT OFF FRAME. PICTURE HAS BEEN RESIZED.

 

 

 

My Vacation Pictures

A little over a week ago I went on vacation with my family to Treasure Lake up at Dubois, PA. I had so much fun I didn’t want to leave. Below are some of my vacation pictures. ENJOY!!

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POOL AT CAYMAN LANDING UP AT TREASURE LAKE IN DUBOIS. CAYMAN LANDING IS A CAMPGROUND THAT’S NOW UNDER KOA.
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PICTURE TAKEN AT MARINA AT TREASURE LAKE, DUBOIS. TAKEN OFF OF WALKWAY.
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PICTURE TAKEN FROM DECK OF MARINA.
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PICTURE TAKEN OFF OF DECK OF MARINA. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.
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PICTURE TAKEN FROM DECK OF MARINA. PICTURE IS OF THE LAKE AND WHERE THE BOATS GETS THEIR GASOLINE.
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PICTURE OF SOME OF THE BOATS. TAKEN FROM THE MARINA DECK.
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FOUNTAIN AS YOU COME IN THE GATE.
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PICTURE TAKEN OF FOUNTAIN. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.
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FOUNTAIN AT FRONT GATE. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.
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TREASURE LAKE SIGN AT FRONT GATE AS YOU COME IN.
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CHECK IN/CHECKOUT PLACE. TAKEN ON REGULAR ZOOM.
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CHECK IN/CHECK OUT PLACE. TAKEN ON MEDIUM ZOOM.

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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?

 

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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

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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

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*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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