Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

November 15, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

New Crayons!

Do you remember the thrill of brand new crayons? This set recently came into my home and I’m enjoying the newness as if they were mine!

crayons

New 2020 Planner!

I bought my 2020 Planner for planning blog content! Do you have your 2020 Planner? Does a new planner bring you joy? This is a small planner because it’s exclusively for blog planning and I love that I can tuck it in my purse for planning on the go!

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Books to Movies!

Does the prospect of your favorite book coming to the big screen bring you joy?! These are a few of the movies I’m positively looking forward to in the near future! Have I missed any movie adaptations that you are excited about?

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    The movie, December 25, 2019 trailer
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
    The movie, December 25, 2019 trailer
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (MG)
    The movie, May 29, 2020 trailer
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (MG)
    The movie, Apr 15, 2020  trailer
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (MG)
    The movie, Aug 14, 2020
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
    The movie, Dec 25, 2020 
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    The move, date TBD, 2020
movie night

National Kindness Day!

This week included National Kindness Day, and I have a heartbreaking and inspiring story for you! Early this week, a member of the bookstagram community posted that she had received a few unkind comments on her post that featured a selfie in which she promoted her current YA read. Several unkind commenters expressed their rude opinions that she appeared too old to be posting selfies or to be reading YA. She was shocked by the age discrimination and deleted these hateful and hurtful comments. Now, the positive part of the story! The bookstagram community rallied to support her by posting selfies to show that social media is comprised of all ages (great literature is ageless!). The public support and solidarity were inspirational and heartwarming! It demonstrated that we all need to speak up and stand up to bullying and unkind behavior! I’m proud to be a participant in the inclusive and supportive bookstagram community! @readingladies_book_club

choose love

kindness day

Spiritual!

Steadfast love of the lord



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



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Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

October 25, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

New Baby!

Our extended family enjoyed a sweet celebration for our eagerly awaited and already treasured newest granddaughter!

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Baseball: U.S. World Series!

The Washington Nationals win the award for the most fun and positive dugout!!! Click to watch an example of one of their great team celebrations! Even if you don’t follow baseball, it’s entertaining and inspirational to watch their dugout shenanigans!

This is guaranteed to bring a smile!

 

World Series 2019

Dog of the Year!

My sister is a diabetic and she has worked hard to train her beloved German Sheppard to detect high and low blood sugars. He doesn’t leave her side and is always on alert. Such a good boy! Dogs are amazing companions!

Jax

Currently Reading!

Ah! It’s a treat to turn to the first page of a new and highly anticipated histfic release! Kate Quinn signed my copy of Ribbons of Scarlet!

Spiritual!

This is the day



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

October 18, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

Positively Inspirational!

The #positivitypost this week is a spotlight on authors!

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending an awesome author event! It was a delightful day in the company of other readers and gifted authors! Every time I read an unforgettable book and am transported to different places and cultures and meet memorable characters, I ponder how thankful I am for authors and their talent!

authors spotlight

author panel 5

Fifteen authors were at the event sponsored by Adventures By the Book, Novel Network, and Friends of the Corona Library.

Author List:
Huda Al-Marashi
Jeanne Blasberg
Julie Clark
Matt Coyle
Amy Mason Doan
Loretta Ellsworth
Zohreh (Zoe) Ghahremani
Jan Moran
Kristin Rockaway
Ona Russell
Katrin Schumann
Stephanie Storey
Kate Quinn
Abbi Waxman
Gwendolyn Womack

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Panel 4

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Panel 1

author panel 4

Keynote Speaker: Kate Quinn

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Panel 2

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Panel 3

One more highlight is that four Southern California Bookstagrammers were able to meet up for the first time! Jeanne Blasberg (center) was kind to be in our group picture!

bookstagrammers

L to R: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark @booksnbikram@jeanneblasbergauthor @bookishinmidlife @readingladies_book_club

author event lunch

We enjoyed a scrumptious continental breakfast and a substantial lunch! The day was even more special when Kate Quinn joined our table!

Ribbons of Scarlet cover

Each person received a free book! Ribbons of Scarlet

signed copy of Ribbons of Scarlet

Signed by Kate Quinn!

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QOTD:

What are you feeling Positive about today?

Have you attended an author event?

Other posts about author events I’ve attended at the Corona Library are here and here.



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

October 11, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

Positively Delicious!

Enjoyed a giant bakery peanut butter cookie this week!
What is your favorite cookie?

peanut butter cookie

Great TV!

U. S. “World Series” Games

Even though the Dodgers lost, I enjoy baseball playoff season…..especially cheering for an underdog!

World Series 2019

Blog Stats!

Last month, I celebrated a record number of views! Thank you so much for following, sharing, and reading! I appreciate each of you! Your views and comments mean so much to me and give me a great deal of encouragement! THANK YOU for your support!

thank you

Book to Movie News!

One of my favorite books is becoming a movie!
News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Have you read it?

Tom Hanks is in New Mexico filming News of the World!
December 25, 2020 release!

News of the World

Spiritual!

Steadfast love of the lord



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



 

Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

October 4, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

Panera Bread Autumn Squash Soup!

Yes, my favorite Panera Bread soup is in season!

autumn squash soup

Great TV!

PBS Documentary, History of Country Music

Even if country music isn’t your favorite, you will appreciate this well-done documentary and its content comprised of fascinating narrative, historical facts, and famous artists! As soon as my husband and I finished, we exclaimed, “Let’s watch it all again!”

Johnny Cash

Bookstagram Buddy Reads!

If you don’t have a book club, consider joining with bookish people on Instagram for buddy reads! There are plenty of opportunities to join book chats or create your own! I just finished buddy reads for The Vanished Bride and If You Want to Make God Laugh. Right now, I’m in a buddy read with @fictionophile56 @cometreadings and @nurse_bookie for an ARC of The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae.

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

Six Years Old!

When it’s your six-year-old birthday, you win the positivity and excitement award with your new riding toy! Six-year-old birthdays are the best!

Spiritual!

do not fear quote



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

September 13, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!


Today, September 13, 2019,
is National Positive Thinking Day!


Yes, there literally is a day for everything it seems!

So, I’m encouraging you today (and this weekend) to do something to spread the positivity wave! Buy someone a coffee, send an encouraging note or a thank you, phone or text your best friend, smile at a stranger, extend a compliment…. SHARE THE POSITIVITY!

Here is a set of positive quotes to celebrate National Positive Thinking Day!



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 

What do you do to maintain a positive attitude?



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

September 6, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity among all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration! Tina at Reading Between the Pages Blog joined the wave today!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

New Vehicle!

I don’t purchase a new vehicle very often (I previously owned a classic 2002 Ford Excursion!), so I’m thrilled with my new GMC Yukon!

Yukon

Air Conditioning!

Every day I’m grateful for air conditioning and it’s essential to the “positivity wave” around here!

a dog and a fan

IN-N-OUT! IN-N-OUT!
That’s What a Hamburger’s All About!

If you live in or have visited California, you know!
IN-N-OUT was a frequent dating destination for my high school crowd back in the day.
Now, every trip to IN-N-OUT is a trip down nostalgia lane for me!
Have you enjoyed an IN-N-OUT burger and fries?

in n out burger

Family Parties!

The longer I live, the more special family parties become!
Bio family and/or found family ….. draw a wider circle!
Heading to a family party tomorrow!

Rogers family quote

family quote

Spiritual!

Think on these things!

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QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

August 30, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity amongst all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

Mild Summer!

I’m grateful that so far we’ve experienced a mild summer in my neck of the woods! No extreme heat waves…YET! I haven’t resorted one time to posting this favorite summer cartoon!

it's hot outside popcorn cartoon

Celebrating a Birthday!

Birthdays are always fun for the young and young-at-heart!

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Fall TV!

It won’t be long now and new fall programming will commence! Do you have favorite television programs? A few that I look forward to including This is Us (I love this show because it’s structured like a multilayered, complex, literary family drama!), Blue Bloods, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, NCIS, The Rookie, The Crown: Season 3 (Netflix), and, of course, Jeopardy (for the nerd in me!).

fall tv

Back to School

The bittersweet aspect of retiring from teaching is missing out on the “back to school” anticipation and vibe! I love “back to school” supplies, planners, new outfits, and the excitement of learning! I definitely don’t miss the early wake-up call!

back to school cartoon

teachers

Spiritual

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

give thanks to the lordThis is the day



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today? 



Check out other bloggers participating in the #PostitivtyWave

Chocolate’n’Waffles (host)
Blue Mood Cafe
Reading Between the Pages
The Secret Library Book Blog
Carla Loves To Read
Zooloo’s Book Diary
One More Word
FromBelgiumWithBookLove
The Reading Closet
Chat About Books



Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave

August 23, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday!

For the first time, I’m joining with Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles to spread some positivity amongst all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta at The Blue Mood Cafe for the inspiration!
#positivity #gratitude

Positivity

Gratitude and Positivity are FREE and make every day BETTER!

Family Swim Day!

I’m grateful for every opportunity to spend laughing, playing, and loving with FAMILY! We enjoyed a swim party this week, and “Cooper” is an integral part of the family fun!

family swim day

Dove Chocolate Covered Raspberry Sorbet Frozen Bars

Trust me! For 150 calories, this is a perfectly satisfying snack.

dove bars

Support!

A blogging highlight of the week was an opportunity to be “blog of the day” on @The_Writereads’s Twitter account. Their support is so appreciated, and it provides a chance to interact with the blogging community!

the write reads twitter post

A Highly Anticipated Read

Louise Penny’s new release is in my NEAR future! Four more sleeps until I can immerse myself into the world of Three Pines and check in on Inspector Gamache and the gang.

A Better Man

Spiritual

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This is the dayThis is the day



QOTD: What are you feeling Positive about today?