Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Miss Buncle’s Book” by D. E. Stevenson

Miss Buncle BookI found this book on a list of books to read, so ordered it through my local used book store. Looks really entertaining:

Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos? Barbara Bunde is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara”s bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel … if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It”s a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde”s world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art? A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with Miss Buncle”s Book , crafting a highly original and charming tale about what happens when people see themselves through someone else”s eyes. ”Love it, love it, love it” ”There are no vampires, no faeries, no weird creatures, just a sweet story about real people living in a world I”ve always dreamed of.” – Reader Review

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Day 190 – Getting Used To Them Growing Up

Getting Used to Them Growing UpMy kids are growing up. Really growing up.

My youngest has traveled the world in the last year, having been to Argentina, Germany and Hong Kong!

My oldest moved out.

And guess what? They both managed to do these things without me and were quite happy to do so.

So at first I was struggling a bit with all this. How come my boys are so independent? Why do they seem so happy to be away from me? What have I done wrong?

But it was actually my youngest who said to me that it was actually because I had done a good job. That they were confident to jump into the real world. So that is a good thing. I have to keep telling myself that.

I have also found something else pretty cool.

I am really starting to enjoy their independence. I look forward to my son coming over to visit, but I don’t feel anxious about him not being here at home anymore. It actually becomes special knowing he is coming over, so I don’t take it for granted.

With my youngest travelling so much in the last month, my husband and I have been empty-nesters quite a bit. Interestingly enough, we managed just fine. We actually did have things we could talk about. And boy was it ever easier to cook for just the two of us.

So I can see that the panic I was feeling about my kids growing up too fast is starting to dissipate. Just in time.

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Spectacular Dance Compilation

Dance CompilationWhile I have highlighted this song today in the music club, I had to show this awesome dance compilation video that has been put together using the song. It is a bunch of dance scenes from movies. So fun.

Watch the Dance compilation

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Day 189 – Gifts of Compassion

CompassionToday I had a stream of meals being delivered to my house by various parents of the rugby team I manage.

Not for me. I was just the coordinator.

The meals are for one of the families on the team whose father is ill. It took one email out to all the families and I had a freezer full of meals.

It made my heart sing.

Because I truly believe that if you, as a parent or an adult around children and teenagers, show compassion, it will rub off on you them. They will see how we act and will hopefully mirror these acts of compassion in there lives.

It may not have an immediate impact, but some day they too will become adults who influence children and they will think back to what they remembered.

I am so sorry that we do have to make meals. I would rather everyone was healthy and the need was not there. But it is. And it is so sad. But hopefully at least our act of compassion will bring some joy and happiness to our friend.

Because it is pretty special to know so many people care. It warms the heart and helps bring happiness to a family going through a tough time.

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Sticky Coconut Chicken

Sticky Coconut ChickenMy only problem with recipes like this is that they require marinating and I never seem to remember until it is too late. But this one looks really good.

Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen

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