15 December, 2014

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 80

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 80

By Amulbunny   
December 15,2014

Outside my window61º, partly cloudy and breezy

I am thinking the rain is supposed to start tonight.

I am thankful for a trip to look forward to.

From the learning rooms …  Car dealer service departments are PITA.

I can't believe . . . how close it is to Christmas.  

From the kitchen . . . biscuits.

I am wearing  sweat pants, long sleeved baggy shirt and slippers.

I am creating . . .my shopping list for Christmas dinner.

I am going   the doctor this week

I am reading. .  Written in My Hearts Own Blood by Diana Galbadon.

I am hoping to take a nap this afternoon.

I am hearing Channel 5 news at 1pm

Around the house… a 2 dogs, son, a niece and an extra boy and me

One of my favorite thingsknowing my daughter will be home for Christmas.

A few plans for the rest of the week
1.  Having the dealer pay for their mistake
2.  Bible Study if we have a car
3.  Get my shopping done.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing:

03 December, 2014

There's a new one coming soon

Just haven't had the get and go to do much but I'll fill you in on my awesome road trip (yes another one) and the real rat race here.

19 November, 2014

A True Look at the Hermit Kingdom- Without You, There Is No Us- My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Book Title:
Without You, There Is No Us - My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
Author Name(s):
Suki Kim
History - Korea
Additional Details:
Released: October 14th, 2014
304 Pages
$24.00 (USD)
I have just finished reading "Without You, There Is No Us" an account by journalist Suki Kim of her time teaching at the  PUST the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Kim was an English teacher who was actually a journalist undercover. The school surprisingly was run by Evangelical missionaries who were under the auspices of the DPRK's minders. She was teaching the sons of the elite members of the DPRK's ruling party. Sons who's lives have always lived under the dark shadow of the Great Leaders Kim Il-Sun and Kim Jong-Il. They worship them and study the great Juche. 

The places she talks about in her book, I've seen pictures of. Being an avid reader of foreign trip reports on airline message boards, there are a few interesting trip reports by inquisitive travelers who go to DPRK through foreign travel agencies. Their photos show stark streets with few people, immense monuments to the two Kims, propaganda billboards that urge the people of the country to work for the good of the nation. 

Kim speaks of bus trips with no other vehicles on the road, still subjected to military checkpoints, where skeleton like people walk along the side of the road like wraiths. In her opinion, the people who aren't privileged are either soldiers or slaves. The elite sons though are slaves to the blatant indoctrination that they have grown up with. Though the teachers aren't really allowed to talk about their world, Kim manages to impart truths about her life to the amazement of her students. 

I received this book for free from "Blogging for Books".

10 November, 2014

A ghost of a chance....

I was busy getting ready to go to church yesterday and I saw a shadow move across my field of vision, it ran right next to our futon and then disappeared. It was our cat Squeaks who's been gone for more than a year. It's not the first time I saw her and I hope it's not the last. She was a wonderful cat.

Good Packer game. We all wished it was like T-Ball and they call mercy when the score is so horrible. The Bears coach is not coaching. Sad.

Gonna go on a road trip. The cabin fever is getting closed in.



27 October, 2014

What I really want for Christmas is::::::::::


This one has no drawers I have to store bins around and under it. It's just not cutting it. 

Please listen to my cries. 
A new desk please. 

da sad bunny

26 October, 2014

Review: Thief of Glory

Book Title:
Thief of Glory - A Novel
Author Name(s):
Sigmund Brouwer
Fiction - Christian - Historical
Additional Details:
Released: August 19th, 2014
Trade Paperback
336 Pages
$14.99 (USD)

I thought I was pretty well educated on WW2, but now I see that I wasn't. The Pacific Theater and the actions of the Japanese Army against the Dutch citizens of Indonesia was horrific. 

Thief of Glory addresses the story of one young man and his trials and travail from 1941, right after the attack on Pearl Harbor till his adulthood in the United States after the war. The chase of a marble will lead him from the prison camps of Malaysia to the halls of Congress.  

He survived atrocities, deaths of family members and yet clung to one abiding hope: The goodness of God. He never let his faith in God desert him, nor did God. 

It was riveting, scandalous, heartbreaking and redeeming book to read. I reccomend it to anyone who's interested in more than known history of the Pacific Theater, the hidden one where women and children were forced to make decisions which would impact them long after their incarceration. 

I received this book free from Blogging for Books for review. 

25 October, 2014

Comments on comments


By the way, I won't entertain anonymous comments. If I put it out there you can identify yourself, this isn't a democracy, it's my little world. Deal with it. 

As my children are adults and can play video games as much or as less as they want, I find them to be more able to discern good from evil as well as any. 

Disrespect can also be learned from parents who think that every thing outside their walls will lead their children down the path of death and destruction.

 When a cycle of hopelessness and poverty isn't alleviated it is the responsibility of the social services and the state government to implement programs to remedy it. When a child is shot because of the colors she wore, that reasoning has to be stopped. Why do we pay taxes? To support wars in countries that don't want us. To feed the pockets of the oligarchs who run this country behind the scenes? It's been going on for 100's of years. 

 I taught public school and I saw the children of immigrants work harder than their peers because they appreciated the fact that they were allowed to go to school and learn. Americans should pay attention to that. 

If you don't trust your children, bully them and abuse them, you don't deserve them. If you teach your children to hate their siblings because they left the roost and found the truth, then you are as culpable as any abuser. When you get old and expect your children to wait upon you, you're going to be sadly surprised that they don't visit, keep their children from you, and hate you.

I just found out today the the father of one of my nieces abused her and her brother, sexually and held it over them. No wonder they can't trust their mother, who had 5 other children when they were nearly grown. May he rot in hell. 

Can you tell I'm in a shitty mood? Well I am. My arthritis is making my hands cramp, my shoulder is screaming in pain. 

I'm done and over. Timer's gone off and I'm ready to leave the burner. 

That's all folks. 

24 October, 2014

Somedays I can't bear to have the tv on

The last few days have been filled with children being killed by being shot, run over by ice cream trucks, car accidents after being hit by drunks. The shootings in Ottawa because someone thinks their God is better than anyone else's. Today a school shooting in Washington and now 2 Sheriff's are killed in northern CA. 

Why don't people care about other people? Things like this almost make me give up on God, because why are these horrible things happening? Did the parents of these shooters and drivers raise their children to be murderers? Does their hate overcome our love for our neighbor?

I guess all I can do is pray without ceasing. 

Michelangelo's Moses with Horns 
in the chapel of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome

13 October, 2014

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 79

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 79

By Amulbunny   
October 13,2014

Outside my window68º, light breeze, haze

I am thinking it would be nice if we actually got rain tomorrow.

I am thankful for being able to think on my feet

From the learning rooms …  I’ve voted and will mail tomorrow since there’s no mail today

I can't believe . . . how crazy people are over Ebola.

From the kitchen . . . grilled cheese and tomato soup

I am wearing  shorts, coke tee shirt, and slippers

I am creating . . .a special place to go and read

I am going   to tell the docs the steroids lasted 2 weeks.

I am reading. .  Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brower

I am hoping to find something to watch on my Kindle

I am hearing Dirty Jobs

Around the house…  2 dogs, son and me

One of my favorite thingsLooking at the webcams of the changing colors

A few plans for the rest of the week
1.  Bible Study
2.  Take Mom to get her flu shot
3.  Finish my book, do the review and get another one

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing:
The USS Endeavour at the
California Science Center
Totally RAD!!!!!!!!

02 October, 2014

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 78

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 78

By Amulbunny   
October 2, 2014

Outside my window84º, 1101, gonna be a hot one!

I am thinking I will be so happy when this heat is gone ( 3 weeks later and we’re back having heat)

I am thankful for being able to see the kiddo this past weekend

From the learning rooms …  Maybe El Niño?

I can't believe . . . my son turned 27

From the kitchen . . . The crock pot is waiting!

I am wearing  shorts, tank top, and barefeet

I am creating . . .a good and easy dinner tonight.

I am going   to have to tell the doctor’s that the 5 steroid shots didn’t work

I am reading. .  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I am hoping to find a cool corner and read today

I am hearing a news conference on domestic violence

Around the house…  2 lazy dogs and me

One of my favorite thingsPacker Football!!!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week
1.  Finish cleaning the kiddos room
2.  Church picnic
3.  Waiting on my new necklace

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing:

25 September, 2014

DRACHENFUTTER A Blogging for Books review.

This word is going to be stapled to my husband's head for the rest of his life.   8-)
The noun that means dragon fodder, a gift your husband gives his wife to make up for bad behavior. 

This book was enchanting. Lots of words to peruse and some, like the above, to bring into our lives. Being of Dutch, German, Norse, Welsh, Scot, and English background there were lots of words to like. 

Perhaps one day I can surprise one of my Filipino or Malaysian friends using one of my new found words.

If you need a book to just page through and put a smile on your face, then this is the book to do it. 

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

16 September, 2014

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 77

A Happy Woman's Life Book Page 77
By Amulbunny   
September 16,2014

Outside my window82º, slight breeze, humid @0845

I am thinking I will be so happy when this heat is gone

I am thankful for blessings that have come for us

From the learning rooms …  hydration is good.

I can't believe . . . how humid it is already.

From the kitchen . . . I have no idea. Maybe Ralph’s chicken

I am wearing  shorts, tank top, and flip-flops

I am creating . . .a good time to pray and thank God.

I am going   to have my 19th steroid injection this week

I am reading. .  Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I am hoping my new Kindle arrives on time

I am hearing the whir of my tiny desk fan

Around the house… a 2 dogs, son and me

One of my favorite thingsWatching Outlander on Starz

A few plans for the rest of the week
1.  Get flea pills at the vet
2.  Bible Study
3.  Use my TENS machine faithfully.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing:

08 September, 2014

Book Review: Girl at the End of the World - My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

Book Title:
Girl at the End of the World - My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future
Author Name(s):
Elizabeth Esther
Religion - Faith
Additional Details:
Released: March 18th, 2014
Trade Paperback
224 Pages
$14.99 (USD)

I've followed Elizabeth Esther's blog for many years and have had some interactions on Twitter with her as well. I read the blog as she struggled with the book and how she sweat tears and blood writing about her life inside the cult. Coming to this story as a cradle Lutheran, I was amazed at the restrictions and rules she had to follow as a member of the cult. 

She has emerged from the chrysalis as a butterfly who has found the sky to be enormous as the opportunity to chose how you fill your soul with the way you want to worship. Leaving a free form church to a liturgical one and finding her home there has made her a wholly new person. 

She doesn't talk about her daughter's aspirations to be a ballet dancer and how their family raised the funds to send her to ABT's summer intensive and how she prayed that Jewel would succeed. Her tears when Jewel went to summer camp and had a wonderful time, so unlike the memories of EE's summer camp experiences. 

I hope that in 5 years or so EE will write another book and talk about how her life is going, if she is still a Catholic and how her family has changed and adapted so far away from The Message.

Also, keep your Kleenex with you, there are parts that made me cry. 

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."