Thursday, March 27, 2014

Women Who Read

I thought this was pretty funny and wanted to share.  A friend sent it to me.


One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"

"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")

"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her.

"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading."

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"For reading a book," she replies.

"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her again.

"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading."

"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with Sexual assault," says the woman.

"But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden.

"That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."

"Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

Never argue with a woman who reads.

It's likely she can also think.

Bloggiesta - Spring 2014

Ooooooo..this looks like such fun.

I never knew about the Bloggiesta until today.

My List:
  • Fix my sidebar so things are in the order I really want them
  • Make headers for sections if need be
  • TRY to get more books read
  • Visit EVERY blog in the list - I love to make new blogger friends - I have visited 18 blogs so far.  Found a few new blogs I never knew about. :)
  • TRY to make a moving avatar through MegaPhoto - if anyone knows how to do it, please HELP me.
  • Add my "Reading Now" book to Shelfari - DONE.  :)
  • Learn how to put Disqus comments on my blog - can anyone help??

That's all for now, but I am excited to be participating.


Monday, March 17, 2014

45 Life Lessons to LIVE BY

45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old Woman"

People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age.

Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humor in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched.

Whatever her age might be, these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what’s important in life.
  1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  36. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
If you want more inspiration from Regina Brett, check out her personal website!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My Father - March 11, 2014

We are so very sad about dad.  He was a wonderful, talented man and a terrific father.

NAME: Ralph Coscarelli
AGE: 91
DATE OF DEATH: died peacefully in his sleep after a long illness on March 11, 2014

DATE OF BIRTH: November 6, 1922
CITY OF BIRTH: New Kensington
PARENTS NAMES: the late Frank and Elizabeth (Bruno) Coscarelli

SPOUSE NAME: Mary Jane (Greco) Coscarelli

DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS:  Besides his parents, a brother, Frank Coscarelli and a sister Claire Zuclich

CHURCH: Mt. St. Peter R.C. Church, New Kensington

OCCUPATION:  He owned and operated Ralph’s Cabinet Shop in New Kensington from 1952 to 1967.  He then took up work with P.W. Campbell Contracting as Superintendent until retiring in 1985 due to illness.  Mr. Coscarelli served in the Army during WWll from June 1943 to March, 1946 in the Chemical War Service attatched to the 87th. Division of General Patton’s 3rd. Army, serving in the European Theater of Operations.

He was a member of 7th. St. Sportsmans Club, New Kensington,  Lower Burrell Veterans of Foreign Wars, and New Kensington American Legion. His enjoyment was hunting, fishing and repairing old antique furniture, and spending time with his family.
SURVIVORS:  Wife, Mary Jane (Greco) Coscarelli of 67 years, New Kensington, 4 Sons,  Ralph (Ruth Ann) Coscarelli Jr., Natrona Heights, Daniel Frank (Diane) Coscarelli, New Kensington, Michael (Valarie) Coscarelli, Cranberry Twp. and Frank (Carol) Coscarelli, Lower Burrell, 4 Daughters, Kathleen (Edward) Wall, MD, Elizabeth (Andrew) Petrovich, Lower Burrell, Jane (Daren) Kissenger, MD, and Claire (Brian) Hall, MD, 15 Grandchildren and 3 Great-grandchildren.  Also surviving him is a Sister, Joan Henry, Fla. and many nieces and nephews.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

Anahita and Princess Indira became inseparable after Indira wanted Anahita to live with her family at the palace.  THE MIDNIGHT ROSE tells their marvelous, admirable story.

How lucky could a girl get?  Moving from a small village to a palace to be friends with a Princess. Was it lucky forever?

THE MIDNIGHT ROSE moves from present day back to a diary that Anahita kept of her life in India as well as her life in England. 

You will feel badly for Anahita and feel her shame and pain.  Indira is a character that you want to dislike at times because of her selfishness but can't.  Donald will make you mad as well as feel sorry for.

THE MIDNIGHT ROSE is different from Ms. Riley's other books, but equally as good.  It took a few pages to get into the gist of it, but once England meets up with India and the story of Anahita’s life is revealed, THE MIDNIGHT ROSE will have you quickly turning the pages to see what happens next.  The secrets rolled off the pages and made THE MIDNIGHT ROSE a book you won't want to put down.

THE MIDNIGHT ROSE allows these secrets to be revealed through Anahita's diary.  Diaries and digging into family history is one of my favorite things to read about.  The reader will be transported back and forth from present day to life in an English household in the 1920's and then back to India.  

THE MIDNIGHT ROSE also allows you see the inner workings of the lifestyle of a wealthy English household along with a beautiful love story.  The descriptions of India's beautiful landscape and the lifestyle of its residents was amazing and takes you to India’s abject poverty as well as the oozing wealth.

Don't miss this new book of Ms. Riley's. Even though it takes a few pages to get involved, the storyline is amazing and the ending pages of Anahita's diary are superb.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Friday, March 7, 2014

We Interrupt This Winter for A Summer Beach Break Event With Prizes!

As always, another fun event hosted by Sheila from Book Journey.

Join Silver's Reviews as well as other bloggers for a Summer Giveaway to CHASE this snowy, very cold winter away.

I am ready for beach weather, how about you?

A winner has been chosen:

#6 - Anne

CONGRATS, and thanks to everyone who entered.


And for my beach giveaway.....

I am giving away a used, paperback copy of Elin Hilderbrand's book, SILVER GIRL.  I read the book back in 2011.

Best of luck in the contest on my blog, and have fun visiting the other blogs for a chance to win their "Chase Away Winter" Giveaway.  

USA Entries only please.

Click here for the entry form.