Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring 2016 updates, it has been a while...

Since my last blog entry, several months ago, a few things have happened.
The most exciting news is that I am now the proud grandmom of a beautiful baby girl! My oldest daughter had her in March 2016 and both are doing great! I am not allowed to post photos of the baby's face, but will put some of her with me on occasion :) She is such a cutie, and yes,I know I am biased as her grandma, but really- she is adorable!
I was not really excited about the thought of being a grandmother, mostly because it confirms that I am, indeed, getting older.. no matter how badly I want to ignore it.
The other smaller event was my turning fifty. woohoo..yippee :/ whatever. It was a long year from 49-50. I was and may still be somewhat depressed. My hormones are up and down, hot flashes occur at any given time and my mood swings are lots of fun(Not)!
Since it was such a big turning point for me,  I was really hoping my family would have a celebration of some sort, as most of my friends' did. I went out dancing with friends for theirs,too.
I was expecting my family would do a small party or dinner, at least a cake.
Nope. They did say happy birthday, and a few friends posted facebook greetings. I guess it should have been enough, but I felt greatly let down.
 Anyway, turning fifty and becoming a grand parent are enough, but my middle child graduated from college and now my baby boy is finishing elementary school and going into middle school! Geez! They sure are growing old ;)  My son is not very enthused about it because he will be attending a smaller,private school in town and not public with most of his friends. It is going to be good once he settles in, but he isn't so sure just yet.
 My middle kid is moving from our home to her sister and brother in law's house.She babysits for them, so maybe now she will be on time in the morning ;) They were all living here from October 2015 til the baby was born. They just bought a house and are settling in to the every day task of keeping their head above the red- line water, known as homeownership. I wish them the best and they know we are right down the road if they need anything <3
 One thing my husband went through is having an eye stroke. I never even heard of such a thing until it happened to him. He has been having extremely bad headaches for several years, no known cause at this time, but they have been wicked bad for him to live through. He was sleeping and woke up to literally a blinding pain in his left eye. In the morning he realized he couldn't see in his left eye. He went to have it checked out and was told he had an eye stroke. He has peripheral vision but not central. They gave him steroid injections right into the eye ball,which helped minimally, but not a lot. His headaches are currently being held under control mainly by Excedrin migraine pills and indemethicin.  If he forgets them he knows by the slamming pain in his head.
 My worst ailment is being allergic to things, such as menthol, mint, latex, coconut, tree nuts, and a few other things. I will be having allergy testing to find out more, just what I need..more of life to avoid. sheesh.
 Thanks for keeping with this post the whole way through, and as a special treat for continuing on, I will post a photo of me holding my grand baby =D

See.. I told you she was adorable! <3

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Captive Official Trailer, with review and giveaway (2015) - Kate Mara, David Oyelowo Movie HD

The book, ‘Captive’, is a fast paced story about a woman who
was abducted at gunpoint. She was held captive in her own home by a desperate
man who had just killed four people and seemed on the edge of making her number
five. What she chose to do was stay calm and talk to him about her life. She
talked about her past and how coming to terms with mistakes helped her move
  In the book, she recounts
the perilous moments in detail and how she was able to keep calm in the midst
of facing terror.
 I had not heard of
the story before, so it was interesting and I wasn’t sure what was going to
happen.( Though, it was obvious she was going to live and write about it)
  The story is also a
new movie, being released this week.
If you would like a copy of the book, please comment below
and I will have one sent to you.

Here are some informational links of the book and the movie.


Official website


Sound bite from author  (Audio excerpt from the audio book format of CAPTIVE (chapter 1), read by the author, Ashley Smith.)

I did receive a copy of the book to review, but the comments and review are my personal opinion.

 Love and blessings,

Lori LC

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"90 Minutes in Heaven" Book/movie review and *Giveaway*

   90 Minutes in Meaven is a captivating story about a man who died in a car crash, yet lived to tell about it.
 Don Piper gives an account of his ordeal when he was in a terrible car wreck with a semi, got crushed to death, and found himself at Heaven’s gate. He tells of the brilliance and beauty he saw while there, then the agonizing return when he was told it was not him time to be there, yet. The story centers on his recovery, the family and friends who help him through it all, and his growing faith in the God who he realizes has never left his side.
  I recommend the book and movie to anyone who wonders what a near death experience was like, as well as those who love a good story.
I have a copy of the book to give away, just leave a comment below to be entered. The informational links and movie trailer are also listed below.
 Have a blessed day!
 Love, Lori LC

Monday, August 24, 2015

My summer 2015, fun but too quick..

This summer was busy for me and the family.
It started with a birthday celebration for my oldest and youngest children,27 and 10 years old now! My oldest daughter drove up from South Carolina with her husband as a surprise for her brother.
 He really was surprised and elated when she said they were staying for nearly an entire week!
You are staying for a week?!

We visited family in RI, ate ice cream, went strawberry picking ( way too many berries!)
Strawberry picking

 and ended the week with a big birthday party for the kids and a friend.
 My son was into Minecraft, so that was the theme. We made a creeper piƱata,
Creeper pinata.

 pin the tail on the pig and a bean bag villager toss game.
 It was a lot of fun, but the best part was the awesome water balloon fight; everyone got soaked!
 We used more than just balloons, as I got drenched from a bucket of water after soaking others with the hose and cups of cold tap water.It was a fun ending to a great week.
My daughter and son in law had to head back home, but I am happy to say they will be back soon, October actually. They are moving back to NH to a nearby town!! I am beyond thrilled about it =D When they start a family I won’t have to worry about being so far away and his parents also plan to move to New England so they will also be closer. I am one happy mama <3 !
Here are a few photos of their visit:

fun with the girls
Sparkler writing
Birthday messages

The kids' last night together.

July was busy with me working summer school with the student I was a Para educator this past year. It was just mornings, but it was really hot and muggy :/
My mom came up for a visit from Georgia about the same time. She is 74 now and has a few health issues, such as diabetes, neuropathy in her feet, hypertension, Barrettes esophagus, and a few other problems I forget now.  
  We had dinner with family in RI
Family reunion pic

We went out for ice cream about every other day, for three weeks. I tried reminding her she should watch her sugar intake, as well as carbs,etc but she said she was doing alright and 140-160 was her normal. she is my mom and in control of her choices.
Mom and I both love ice cream

Three generation pic

Mom and me

I spent part of summer at a farm called Future Apples. Our friends, David and Kellie Collise bought an apple orchard in Newport,NH and are constantly making changes and upgrades to the land. They have apples, berries, a high tunnel with different plants, chickens, ducks, chickens, and pigs. I enjoy spending time there; it is the most relaxing place I visit. They allow me to walk around and photograph anything and everything.

 I will write a separate blog about Future Apples and their memorial fund for their son Karl, who died in a drowning accident <3

 The last thing I did was spend time camping with my husband and son. It was a primitive camp ground, meaning no running water or electricity hook ups. We rented a camper and drove to George Washington State Park in RI.

It would have been a great week, except for the really hot and humid temps, with no a.c. to cool down with. Sleeping was rough. I was so glad my son got to swim in the lake everyday. We hiked the two mile trail and spent evenings around the camp fire.

It was not a bad week, but it sure was good to be home again!
My next post will be about the beginning of school. That sure was a quick summer!
 How do you spend your summers?
Love and blessings,

Friday, June 12, 2015

Pirate's Code DVD Trailer and review!

My ten year old son and I watched this movie and we  both were engrossed in it the entire time.
It was creative and entertaining, but mostly suspenseful and funny!
  My son's comments at the end were, "That was awesome!" and "I liked the parts with the cool boats and the cool gadgets they used! I liked the whole thing!"
 The synopsis is: 

'With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.  '
 Christopher Lloyd still has it when it comes to supporting roles,and we liked his role in this one,too.

Watch the trailer and know the movie is much more than this snippet :)


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  opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
 I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Spring has arrived!

I have been enjoying the last week's weather of warmer temps and more sunshine. Nearly all the snow has melted from our yard and I am able to get out and take walks after dinner, which is also my favorite time to photograph landscapes. I have been taking an online photography class and learning to shoot almost completely o manual mode, except for some auto focusing because wearing glasses is difficult when using the view finder.
 Here are a few pics taken this week while walking to the park in the neighborhood. I hope you enjoy them, and keep in mind that I am not a professional just a hobbyist who loves photography :)
I also posted some of the same on my photo blog,but added a few more here that are more recent.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 5 Love Languages for Men, book review

 The 5 Love Languages for Men, by Dr.Gary Chapman, is a book all couples can benefit from.
It contains keys to unlock the potential for a really good, happy relationship. This book focuses mostly on showing men how they can improve the love in their marriage. Each chapter has ways to love your wife in ways that fill her 'Love bucket' in a specific manner.
 My husband volunteered to review this book with me and give his honest opinion of it.
I was pleasantly surprised at his response and remarks. We read it together most of the time, but he also read it on his own, and he has been using some of the suggestions to fill my love bucket, which has made me want to fill his in return
 Here are his remarks about this book:
  "The 5 Love Languages for Men was new and exciting! Eye opening. He showed me how to get out of the woods and I didn't even know I was lost. You will find the path to victory in your relationship in this book. Even if you have read the 5 Love Languages before, it will be a good refresher."
No matter how long you have been together, you will find something to help you strengthen the bond between you. We have been married over 23 years and are still learning ways to love each other.
 We recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to speak their spouses love language and build a stronger marriage.
Dr. Gary Chapman has also created a FREE Men’s Study Guide to go along with the book:

Here is his Facebook page:

And the link to his Book website:

I thought I’d add the Amazon link, in case you want to order one for someone you know could benefit from reading it

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


In the movie, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, we follow the story of music legend Glen Campbell and his final fare well concert series in 2012. Glen Campbell has been widely known for both country and contemporary music entertainment and has won  multiple Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.
 When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, he wanted people to know why he was slowly fading from the music scene. He went on a“Goodbye Tour,”with his family and put on quite a show. We see the behind the scenes look of how the love and support of his family helps him continue forward. It shows Glen and his wife, Kim, and their story of love, resilience and the power of song.
  The movie is coming out this month . You will  not be disappointed!

Here is a link to more info about Glen Campbell's...I'll Be Me:

There are also many videos of Glen Campbell, which I recommend to all who enjoy fine music!
Love and Blessings,
Lori LC

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Friday, October 17, 2014

"the hardest peace", by Kara Tippetts. Book review and give away

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for a copy of Kara's book, the hardest peace.

expecting grace in the midst of life's hard
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 Kara Tippets’ book, the hardest peace , is written by a woman whose faith has grown stronger in the face of adversity. Her life has been a series of struggles and triumphs which have helped her faith become stronger and her outlook on life positive, yet realistic
 Kara was diagnosed with stage- iv  cancer around the age of 36. This is her open and honest story of what she and her family have endured from that time.
 I felt a connection several things she talked, such as how she hid her feelings while growing up, then rebelled when a teen. And how she felt trying to live up to failed expectations. Yet, through all of it, she has learned to understand grace.

 While Kara is still fighting the cancer meanie, her outlook and outreach to others continue to show her inner strength. Her open and caring ways of speaking to her children about everything show how important it is to be honest with them. 
The questions posed at the end of each chapter made me reflect and reach within myself to see the truth in what she is asking. The hidden and hurting places, experiences and things held onto. Have I truly forgiven those hard places, and am I someone who can be a safe place for someone else who is hurting?
 Her blog is also open and shows her raw emotions of how grace, her husband, and the support of those around her have helped her through the toughest of times.

..’living in peace when life screams something different.’
Jason tippets
 She blogs faithfully at .

About Kara:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and are planting a church in Colorado Springs, CO. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. 

Link to her book on Amazon: the hardest peace
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Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”