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Book Review (Children)-Joyful Trouble: Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy-Patricia Furstenberg

Monday, April 24, 2017


What an absolutely delightful and gentle book!! It is geared for children 6 - 10 but most adults would love this one too. Read the author's synopsis below--it says it all--better then I ever could.

"It is a story about the meaningful relationship between dogs and humans, but also between grandchildren and their grandfathers. It is a look at life through a child’s eyes, but also through those of a grandpa."

There is so much love that shines through every page!! This book should be in every school library!!


About the Book: (from the author's synopsis)

Joyful Trouble is based on the true story of the only dog enlisted in the Royal Navy during World War II (here, in South Africa). It gently depicts how this gentle giant had found his true calling - and not the one you would expect from a dog. Joyful Trouble, a Great Dane, arrives in Simon’s Town where the Royal Navy headquarters are and before you know it he is friends with every seaman. The whole town loves this friendly and helpful giant except for the Railway Authorities because Joyful Trouble often rides the train without a ticket. You can chase a dog out of a train, but you can’t take the love of travel out of the dog - if help is not offered soon, the Railway Authorities will put the dog to sleep. Told from a witness perspective, now a loving and much loved grandfather to girl and a boy, the story has a surprising ending. It is a story about the meaningful relationship between dogs and humans, but also between grandchildren and their grandfathers. It is a look at life through a child’s eyes, but also through those of a grandpa.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the Book Here (the e-book is 1.24 at the time I am writing this--well worth the price!!)

About the Author: (from Author's Website)


Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents.

Patricia Furstenberg won two key legs (chapter six, “Someone is Missing” and chapter nine, “Reconstruction of the Crime”) of the Write Your Own Christie Competition and was runner-up for chapter four. The Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style” and congratulated Patricia on winning the penultimate chapter. “This was perhaps one of the hardest rounds of the competition and the judges felt that Patricia’s chapter was confident and intriguing.” The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense.”

The Judges were Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie‘s grandchild involved in publishing and promoting her books since 1960s, David Brawn, Agatha Christie’s Publisher at Harper Collins UK for the last 20 years and Daniel Mallory who works primarily with thrillers and crime fiction at Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read, drink coffee and listen to music.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.



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Power Air Fryer 3.4 Quart Air Fryer GA-1-US-Ends 5/7

Sunday, April 23, 2017


I really cannot eat fried or greasy foods. My gallbladder-which I decided to keep inside my body--will not allow it. If and when I do--PAIN--unbelievable PAIN. Of course I do love fried foods and now maybe I will be able to make and eat fried chicken without all the oil!! Click into Katrina's post and read what she thinks about it--then enter!!


Do you want to make fries, wings, chicken but don’t want to cook with a ton of oil and grease? The Power Air Fryer just may be the way to go for you. Katrina over at Top Notch Material just reviewed one and has made a few things including chicken wings, potato chips, a roast and many more. Take a look at what she thought and read her review.


 

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What Day is Today?


I am losing the days and probably my mind--I am losing it TOTALLY. Too much going on I guess. Here is what I have been dealing with since the beginning of the year----

1. My 94 year young Mom is getting old. She can barely walk and I won't tell you what I went through getting her to get 2 walkers--one for in her apartment -the other for downstairs. Let's not mention that I am petrified that she insists that she can make those stairs!!! (She does-but very slowly) Oh yeah--she was in the hospital again where they told us she had congestive heart failure--which it turns out she did not!! She had managed to dehydrate again. When she catches a virus she just lies in bed and doesn't move--doesn't drink and doesn't bother to get up and take her meds. Her pituitary has never worked and she has to take cortisone every day---or everything gets worse. Now--tomorrow--(Monday) I have to take her to a doctor appt where they will tell us if she can get a hip replacement (which is why they say she can't walk and why her knee hurts). She is in a lot of pain. I just wish they did stem cell (adult) surgery--a lot safer. Yes, there is a procedure--no--they probably won't do it---AND I have to work today (Sunday) because I will be taking her to the doc tomorrow!!

2. Although I am usually pretty healthy--my allergies are kicking in--which is affecting my breathing. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have an asthma attack. My legs have been aching--it is either poor circulation or spinal stenosis setting in. One of these days I'll go have it checked out. For now I find that if I drink water it stops hurting---But my biggest worry is my eyes. They get worse by the day. The doc has me on drops for pressure (to relieve it)--but those drops seem to make my vision worse--of course he won't believe me!! Attempting to keep up with my clients books--reading, so I can blog about it has been anything but easy.

3. For some strange and unknown reason my Alexa score has been climbing instead of dropping--no rhyme or reason for it. Praying people will click on and maybe even purchase from my affiliate links--

I'm not really complaining--just trying to let people know why it may seem like I have slowed down--I have no choice!! I keep hoping tyhat things will get better. Hope is my middle name after all.


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