Sunday, February 28, 2010

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

This book has a very simple story line where tragedy happens and Carley Marek is forced to take a holiday. She decides to stay with an Amish friend. Then another tragedy occurs. This is where Carley meets Dr Noah and soon they fall in love. It is quite predictable and in line with what you’d expect from classic romance novels.

What got me was how Beth Wiseman drew me in. I was completely absorbed by the book until I turned the last page! There were many ups and downs that I didn’t see coming which intrigued me and had me turning the pages with expectation.

I found some of the thoughts and language used for the men a little unrealistic, although I have never met an Amish man so I could be very wrong in thinking that.
There is a thread in the book about a letter that Dr Noah sent to his brother. This thread was beautifully woven in and out of the story line and only revealed at the end with great effect.

This book has a great message about simplifying things a little and following your heart. A good romance novel that isn't too sappy.



This book was provided for me to read (free) and review by Thomas Nelson Publishers through BookSneeze


You may have noticed I have a donation box on the left hand side. On the 17th of April the kids and I will be walking 5 kilometres to raise money for Teen Challenge. The See Her Live Free program is building a home to house young women suffering from life altering problems. It’s a place where they can go to get back on their feet – there is no home like this in Queensland. Please sponsor me… I’ll love you forever if you do!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

'Wilted' has been posted

Soft Whispers is an online magazine showcasing writers. Pop over there to read my poem 'Wilted' and many other poems, photos and stories.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Excerise and Weight Loss V Your Wildest Dream

Last year I noticed I’d gained a couple of kilograms over winter, it was no big deal and I knew it would go within a few months. But then, I was tempted when our church ran a 12 week challenge. It wasn’t just a weight loss challenge but a body shape change challenge, with the winner walking away with $2000. Our senior pastor was encouraging everyone to get fit and healthy for summer which I think was a great idea.

On the last sign on day when I realised it wasn’t just weight loss but they’d take into consideration your size etc I signed up. I can get pretty focused when I want to and I had that money spent in my head by the time I signed my name.

I know how to lose weight the very unhealthy way by starving or chucking. I starved myself in a variety of ways for 7 or 8 years then I discovered how easy it was for me to vomit and took that on as a way of life for the next 9 to 10 years. That whole stage of my life is a blog in itself that I will share another day.

So here I was, 37, 4 children planning to lose 10 kgs in a healthy way. I did a resistance exercises for 20 minutes 6 times a week and I jogged 15-30 minutes on my rebounder 6 times a week. I cut back to no processed foods, no rice/pasta, no sugar. Fruit and vegetables were me!

After one week my muscles were sore and I was tired – everyone told me that I’d get over that soon and feel heaps better. I increased my protein, gave myself a day off with the resistance training so I was now training 5 days but still my muscles were tired and I didn’t feel great.

I lost 5 kilograms in around 4 weeks which meant I was on target lose 10.

At that point in time, my muscles were still sore and I was tired. Then, I was temped with something else NANOWRIMO - National Novel Writing Month. I dumped the weight loss challenge to write a novel.

Truth was I was happy with losing the 5kgs. I cringe every time I see the Biggest Looser ads. I don’t think the show is in any way healthy – read The Biggest Loser a Danger to Health. I didn’t feel like I was treating my body well, even though I was eating well and exercising.

I have 4 children which equals a lot of washing, a lot of picking up, a lot of running around, a lot of a lot of things. I often wear a pedometer and on my average day I do over 10000 steps. If it means putting my body under pressure to look a certain way, is it really worth it? I just don’t think it's what God had planned for us. Our body is our earthly vessel. We need to respect it and treat it well in order to live our lives to the fullest while on earth.

I don’t think joining a gym is naturally healthy. If you enjoy going to the gym do if for enjoyment. I read about Jesus in the Bible – he didn’t spend hours lifting weights – nor was he lazy. There are many ways to be fit and healthy. Not everyone has a size 6/8 (Aussie size - not sure what that is in other countries) body and no matter how much exercise we do, the body shape we were born with is the body shape we will die with.

About that 12 week challenge last year – the female winner only lost 6 kgs, and is about my size, so I could have won but I did something that has always been my wildest dream – I wrote a novel instead.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Moments...

This week Mr 9 helped Daddy mow the lawn for the first time.


















Miss 2’s eczema is a lot better though it is still there so I need to remember to keep cream on it.



There were some daytime storms, the lightning kept the kids out of the pool 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Get your hands on Harry's Rocky Road!!

I love chocolate - yeah, nothing too out of the norm.


I actually think of chocolate as a friend... yeah, OK getting a little weird.

I bought tonnes of Harry’s Rocky road for Christmas presents… of course I gifted some to mwah me myself and hubby!!!

BUT... Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I’ve just discovered that someone… Monique over at Your Cheeky Monkey, is giving some away. It seems she's playing the 'Generosity Game'

Does it get any better?

Delicious, luscious, gourmet rocky road… FREE!!!

[Aussie only comp]

You can check out Harry's Rocky Road HERE

Saturday, February 20, 2010

An interview with Miss 6

So now that I've interviewed Master 9 and Miss 8 it's time for me to introduce you to Miss nearly 6 - nearly 7 (57 to go - she's been counting down the days since there were 80 to go)
Please copy this and add your own questions - I really enjoyed doing these interviews.

1. What do you want to do when you grow up? Don’t know

2. How old are you? 6

3. How old am I? 37 [wow she got it right first go - the other 2 didn't - miss smarty! ]

4. How old is Dad? 36

5. What do you like most about doing school at home? Having lots of breaks

6. Who is our Prime Minister? I don’t know

7. What do you like to do outside? Hide and seek,scooters

8. What do you like to do inside? Play games, watch tv

9. Do you have a favourite TV show? no

10. What time do you usually go to bed? 7.30

11. What time do you wake up? 5 or 6 [with the odd sleep in]

12. Anything else you’d like to add? no

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Electronic Brain

This year we have registered with a distance ed college after spending last year unregistered (well kind of), free falling and unsupported. We did really well without the support and although I don't think we need it I do love the resources they offer us, and having a teacher ready to assist is comforting. This was our first taste of what they have in the library.


The Electronic Brain Box.


I love it because it’s science in a box.



The kids learnt all sorts of interesting circuit information through playing.


They loved it so much that I’m thinking about purchasing one. But I guess then the novelty would wear off. Maybe I’m better just to keep borrowing from the DE library now and then.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons......


… set up a lemonade stand!!!!



My sister is so sweet giving me this lovely award. You can find her over at Do I Really Wanna Blog.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!



So now I get to pass it on to 3 (only three) fellow bloggers who have great attitudes that shine through on their blog.



Congratulations…

Embracing My Blessings

Writers n Writers who also runs the Soft Whispers blog

Jo- Princess Warrior

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the Winner is....

Last week I started a little give-a-way. You see I had found two 'James and the Giant Peach' books on my book shelf. This was the book that inspired me to read more and to become a writer.
The winner of this amazing book is.... Paula.

Paula please email me here with your address so that I can post your lovely used but wonderful book to you.

Love hope and grace

Michelle

Saturday, February 13, 2010

An interview with Miss 8

Last Saturday I interviewed my eldest, my son. This week it's Miss 8's turn.

1. What do you want to do when you grow up? Work at Seaworld [that's new it used to always be 'an animal worker'!]

2. How old are you? 8

3. How old am I? 40 dunno 34

4. How old is Dad? 36 - oh but you're older than dad [ I think she confused herself ]

5. What do you like most about doing school at home? Mum teaches us

6. Who is our Prime Minister? Don't know

7. What do you like to do outside? Trampoline, hide and seek

8. What do you like to do inside? play [she still does lots of imaginative dolly play but doesn't like us talking about that!]

9. Do you have a favourite TV show? no

10. What time do you usually go to bed? 7.30 [ or earlier if she is tired and cranky ]

11. What time do you wake up? 5am [ or earlier - this is our early riser ]

12. Anything else you’d like to add? no

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cold Good-bye

Friday Flash Fiction

When all was left and nothing had been overturned, Justin closed the door as he left. He walked out into the promise of a new day. He let the sun warm the coldness that had blanketed him.



It had been a rocky start, a volatile middle and a cold ending. He knew he lacked emotion, he felt nothing. He became her punching bag.


Last night when she said she wouldn’t be there in the morning, he heard the words. They fell asleep, so he thought, but now that he thought, maybe she waited for him to go to sleep and made her exit.


There was no good-bye. There was no good night. There was nothing but a cold ‘I won’t be here in the morning.’


He woke with the alarm and she was gone. He checked the house and nothing had been overturned, nothing was taken. He knew that she was gone for good.

Straight from the shelf

Have you ever stopped to remember which book it was that caught your attention? A book that you couldn’t put down, a book that perhaps gave you the desire to become a writer. Has there been one special book that triggered your desire to read?


Recently over on Tabitha Bird’s blog she asked a similar question.

I was filled with pure innocent joy when, for the first time, I read a book that brought words to life on paper, it was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

It just so happens that I have two copies on my book shelf so I’m giving one away to one of my lovely followers…

You get the gist? If you are a follower leave a comment answering one of my questions above and I’ll use random.org to decide on the winner. ( you are welcome to become a follower if you aren’t already) It’s that easy!

Yes this is a well read book, yes it has writing on the front cover, yes the pages are yellowed and yes it has that delicious old book smell mmmmmm

This absolutely amazing give-a-way will close at 6pm Sunday night (Queensland, Australia time) and I will announce the winner on Monday 15th.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Moments...

The view from my desk until I dress the sliding door



Miss 2's eczema got infected last week - I felt like a bad mummy :-(



Kids had fun in the warm summer rain.




I thought I 'd change my template - what do you think ? I was trying to capture something more about who I am.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

An interview with my oldest - my son...

I read a lovely posting on Crystal Jigsaw where she interviewed her daughter, which I thought was a great idea, so over the next 3 Saturdays I will post an interview of my older 3 children I think Miss 2 would say no to every question so not really worthwhile posting an interview with here yet.
Please copy this idea – I’d love to read your results.


1. What do you want to do when you grow up?  Play AFL [Australian Rules Football]

2. How old are you?  9

3. How old am I? 36..... 37

4. How old is Dad? 35 - hang on that was last year go back and change it. 36

5. What do you like most about doing school at home? You don’t do as much school as you would in a school and you get more breaks [that's his perception]

6. Who is our Prime Minister? Kevin Rudd [he was quick with that one]

7. What do you like to do outside? Swim, hide and seek, trampoline, scooter, green machine, play with sisters

8. What do you like to do inside? Hide and seek, play wii, play ds

9. Do you have a favourite TV show? Total Drama Island

10. What time do you usually go to bed? 7.30 or 15 mins later [or an hour later!]

11. What time do you wake up? 5am to 6am

12. Anything else you’d like to add? Ah nah

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Classroom Renovation

We have finally renovated our classroom/office/laundry.




Day 1 We cleared the room – Oh where to move everything in a small house? Most of the furniture was pushed over to the walled side to allow room for our builder to come in and cover the bricks



Day 2 The washing machine was moved for the first time in about 6 years… nasty

          The walls started going up



Day 3 Public holiday but our wonderful builder friend dropped in for an hour to do a bit more.



Day 4 Last bits of wall went up and gaps were filled.



Day 5 At 3am – crazy storm hit and ruined my old childhood desk sitting outside under our patio. Miss 6 is happy, she'll be getting a nice new desk soon.
         Plastering and sanding – eek the dust!



Day 6 Painting! I love the colour it’s a really light yellow – quill.



Night of Day 6 Computer was reconnected. Furniture moved back in.




Day 7 First load of washing in a week… rain rain rain – fits of laughter

Day 8 Rest

Day 9 Back to school!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Daddy Date

My short story 'Daddy Date' is up at Soft Whispers.
I love you to pop over and read it there. :)

Thanks

Michelle

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's a pretty special circle



This is such a lovely award. I am so very thankful to Laura Eno and Amy Taylor for passing this one on to me.

So the deal is I'm meant to pass it on to 5 people. I know I have more than 5 to pass it on to but I will stop at five. Thank you to everyone who reads and comments - you are all appreciated.




To you my friends - I present you with 'The Circle of Friends Award'

Kelly @ Be a Fun Mum
Thea @ Do I realy wanna blog?
The farmers wife @ Farmers Wife
Cassandra @ Moonboat Cafe
Paula @ Paula's Sharing Spot