Long summer nights, walks on the beach, sand in your toes... (Daydreaming) Oh, please excuse me. I was dreaming of the beach. With spring almost here, I know you're planning your summer vacation. Maybe a trip to the mountain, or the most favorite of all, the beach! I remember many fond family memories by the ocean. Actually that's where the love of coastal beaches, seashells, and beautiful blue waters began.  We must not forget the sunsets by the water too. Those are my favorite, and it's really nice if you get a oceanfront hotel room with a balcony. 
If you're in the midst of planning your gataway, here is a checklist so you don't forget something important.
Sunglasses and sunscreen is a must. I remember one time my brother and I spent the day out on the sand and by that evening, we looked like two lobsters. We even applied sunscreen too, but still managed to get crispy red. And boy did that hurt!  Books and magazines are a must too. I like to bring my Kindle alo…

Surprising Book Facts

Happy Friday everyone! For some, it’s been the busiest most stressful week, and others not so bad. I know you’re looking forward to the weekend, so I’ll make my post brief today, as you make your weekend plans. Here in Virginia, it looks like the wind is in everyone’s plans. Good book reading weather while you hear the wind howl. While browsing my Facebook feed this morning, I discovered something shocking. I wanted to share it with you and get your option. Interesting, isn’t it? 70% of adults haven’t been in a bookstore the past five years. Wow! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I visit a Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million. We have a local bookstore in my area, Chapter’s Bookshop, that I visit often. A shout out to Wendy and Sharon for keeping the shelves stocked with good books to read, and if you stop by their shop in Galax, Virginia, you’ll find my books there too. Let’s cover a few more shocking facts, shall we? 80% percent of US Families didn’t buy or read a book in the las…
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I love to read know.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Today on the blog I'm doing something a little different. I have a confession to make. When I was a child, I didn't like to read. Yes, I didn't like to read. You may be wondering, why is he an author if he didn't like to read? Honestly, I asked myself that same question. 
Through school, the only time I'd read a book if it was a requirement for one of my subjects or my parents made me. Luckily, during the summer my local Library hosted a summer reading program. Shout out to June Pike at Carroll County Public Libary in Hillsville, Virginia for hosting it each year, and the time and effort that goes into it. 
During those programs each year, she would arrange for different people to stop by. One day "the balloon lady" came. That was fun, and she could make all different kinds of art. Some were animals, and she even made balloon hats. I always enjoyed going to watch her perform and looked forward to seeing the different creations. …

Who's ready for spring?

If you're like me, you're counting down the day's til Spring makes its appearance. These colder temperatures come to an end and the warmer weather rolls in. Also, the leaves come to life and show their green color again. Spring means a lot of time outside, and endless household projects. Ugg. 

Sometimes change can be a good thing. I'll admit, I'm not much on change, but I do like to see the different seasons. From spring to summer, summer to fall, and fall to winter. I like to see families outside having picnics in the summertime. Evening rides on the back roads. And not to mention summer vacations. Days spent at the lake, long walks, and hikes. Oh, how I wish it was springtime! 

This picture says it all. Just a little longer and it'll be here. What's your favorite thing to do during the spring season? I like how the earth wakes up, the grass gets greener, the leaves return and the warmer days. One more thing I like about spring, is the birds return from t…

Oh, how I love snow days!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful but we really have no place to go. So let it snow let is snow let it snow! 
Do you remember as a child hoping you'd have a snow day so you could stay home from school? Us as adults wishing for snow days too so we can stay home from work. Isn't it nice to curl up by the ol' fireplace and watching the snow fly? This is definitely soup and chili weather, not to mention good reading weather. If you're like me, I always keep a stack of books on hand for weather like this. 

I live in Virginia and this is a picture of how our roads look today. Ugh, don't they look horrible? My driveway is covered and our county officials are encouraging people to stay indoors and don't go out unless you have too. Luckily, I'm off today and don't have to go anywhere til the end of the week. A good cup of hot cocoa is on my agenda for this evening along with a big bowl of soup. Yum! Yum! 
What is your favorite t…

California, we stand with you!

While watching CBS This Morning, I couldn't help but feel for the state of California. They've been through a lot in the last couple weeks, with wildfires and now the horrible mudslides. I can't imagine what the locals are going through. If their home wasn't burnt-up in the fire, now it's covered with mud. 

This is a picture of U.S. 101 in and around Santa Barbara. It doesn't even look like a road, but more like the floor of a river. By the news reports, this took place about 4 AM the other morning, a time where many residents were in bed asleep. If you think about it, at that hour there isn't much you can do. Some people say it sounded like a train coming, and managed to escape their homes safely. Others weren't that lucky. 
The death toll is standing at 17 this morning, and dozens missing. Let's pray for the first responders, police officers, and fire departments as they hurry to find these missing people. 

Imagine if your home looked like one bi…