Monthly Archives: August 2012

June Words…

Okay, I know I’m down to my last few hours before September comes (and with it, hopefully, a break in this retched summer heat…can you tell I’m beyond ready for Fall???), & I’m absurdly behind on my blogs. What started off as every week, went to every other week, once a month….every 3months. I’d love to throw out a bunch of excuses, but I don’t have the energy to even come up with them.

June was an awesome (and sad) month. Awesome because it’s the month of my parents Anniversary (no big surprise party this year, that was reserved last year for the 30th), & also (sad part) the month of my baby brother, Luke’s, high school graduation.

Give me a few days (maybe weeks…can’t promise it won’t turn into months) to catch up on my summer list of quotes. We’re getting there!

6/5“No matter where you are on this Earth, His presence is only a prayer away-Joel Osteen-…I love this! What a great reminder that whenever we need a shot of strength, our Lord is right there to give it!

“Better not to give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart”-Finnick, from The Hunger Games-…and thanks to my friends; Heidi, Liz, Elizabeth, & Melanie, I jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon & became just as obsessed with the novels that they were (swallowing my pride after having made fun of them prior to reading the trilogy).

“Breakthrough’s happen because someone is scared to quit trying.”-Grey’s Anatomy-…must’ve been catching up on back seasons on Netflix. Smile

6/6-“If you want to know how a girl will treat you after marriage, listen to how she talks about her brothers.”-Sam Levenson-…good thing I’ve got great brothers & love them to pieces!

6/7-“You don’t have to hold on to the pain to hold on to the memory.”-Janet Jackson-…let it go!

6/8-“Sometimes the healing happens gradually & you don’t realize until months or years later that you don’t hurt anymore.”-Grey’s Anatomy-…yep, definitely watching the series!

6/10-“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”-Victor Kiam-..and really, falling isn’t as bad as it seems, as long as you get back up!

“Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack it.”-I wish I wrote down where I heard this from, such a great thought!

“There would be no sense in saying you trusted Jesus if you would not take his advice.”-C.S. Lewis-…sometimes this is tough to do!

“The question isn’t, ‘who is going to let me’, its, ‘who is going to stop me’”-Ayn Rand-…like this a lot!

6/12-“There’s always a way if your committed.”-Anthony Robbins-…not a big Tony Robbins fan (I think his smile is to “clownish” & clowns are creepy), but this is a good one.

“Meeting you was free, becoming friends was a choice, but falling in love I had no control over”-Brandi Carlile-…not sure who she is, I think I found this on Pinterest & it made me go, “awwwww”.

“I have to forgive because I’ll be a bitter bitch if I don’t.”-LeeAnn Rimes-…so, so true!

6/13-“Make sure you keep a clean conscious before God & be careful of how you treat people.”-Joyce Meyer-…throughout the day, in almost every decision where my morals could go the wrong way, I remind myself of this.

6/14-“You own everything that happens to you. Tell your stories.”-Anne Lamott-…its not much fun keeping things bottled up inside & ends up being destructive, so not worth it!

6/17-“You should live everyday like its your last day because one day you’ll be right.”-Ray Charles-…boy, do I love this & even have it wrote down in a few places to see throughout my day.

6/19-“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.”-Sydnee Rice-…absolutely right! Every decision you make can either have a good or bad outcome. Think it through!

6/21-“Take pride in how far you have come & have faith in how far you can go.”-Christian Larson-…good to remind yourself when you’re feeling defeated (and when scarfing down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s sounds like a great idea!)

6/23-“To say nothing, to do nothing, stops nothing.”-Roni McCall-…I saw this pinned to the wall of an animal rescue organization I was at. People may get tired of hearing you preach about your passions, about the need your defending, but keep at it.

6/24-“Everything in your life is a result of a choice you have made. If you want different results, make different choices.”-another one that I’m not sure where I got it from, but I think its just plain ol’ good common sense-

6/25-“The years teach what the days never knew.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson-…its tough to remind yourself, “I’ll get through this”, but one day you’ll look back & realize that you did!

6/26-“Right now, in this moment, is the oldest you’ve ever been & the youngest you’ll ever be. Make the most of it.”-my beautiful cousin, Allie…love her!



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Granny Dan

By Danielle Steel

Granny Dan

I’ll start off with the positives: the storyline kept my attention enough for me to finish the novel & I liked the epilogue.

That about sums up my positives.

I have a very, very hard time liking a novel where adultery is justified (if you’ve read my past book reviews you’ll notice a pattern concerning that topic). Even if the book is fantastic, when the author tries to convince the reader that the character’s love affair was okay because…such & such…it’s a deal breaker for me.

Having lost my own Grandma very recently, I loved the idea of your Grandma having a past before you came into the picture. Danielle Steel hit it right on the mark when she wrote that, “as grandchildren, you always think of your grandparents as old, you forget that they were young once.” So very true! This book is a good reminder to anyone that has grandparents still alive, to listen to their stories & find out who they were before even your parents were a thought in their mind. Once they’re gone, their stories are gone too.

I like Danielle Steel (obviously, I’ve read quite a few of her novels), but you can tell this was one of her earlier books. I know the novel wasn’t about the granddaughter, but I would’ve liked her character developed a little more. I didn’t get a “feel” for who she was before the novel jumped right into Granny Dan’s story & the only time she re-appeared was in the epilogue to sum up what happened after Granny Dan came to America. It was an easy novel to figure out, of course the prologue gave most of it away, but there wasn’t any big surprises. And I kind of like surprises in my novels.

Danina, aka Granny Dan, was more sick & needed more emergency doctor care than anybody I’ve ever heard of (I guess read of :)…every time you turned a page she was facing some kind of life or death medical disaster that needed her adulterous lover/doctor to come rescue her out of. That got annoying. And I’m so tired of reading romance-y novels where one character is being unfaithful to their spouse….seriously??? That must be the only way to be romantic nowadays is to be an adulterer. I found it kind of creepy that Nikolai kept talking about how beautiful & “childlike” Danina was (after all he was 20yrs older than her 19yr old self)…anytime a guy refers to his lover as having a childlike body & personality…creepy! Even if she is legal. And Danielle Steel wrote Nikolai’s wife to be so hard-nosed, boring, blah blah blah…in order to justify his affair with Danina, annoyed me! I was pretty much appalled by the whole situation.

Overall, I would not recommend this book UNLESS you enjoy reading fiction novels with the backdrop of wartime Russia during the early 20th century. Personally, I don’t know anything about that time period in Russian history so the political events, political figures & war battles that were taking place I had zero knowledge of & couldn’t even understand the big names, let alone pronounce if I had to, the names/events that were dropped.

3/5 stars…. 🙂 

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