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Animals, Things I Love

The Most Expensive Rescue Dog

Look at that sad face. Oh, the poor baby! Let me tell you what happened!

The Ride Home This is what it looks like as we were driving home that morning.  I had just picked up the babies from the vet where they were boarded while we were at a business meeting.  More on the trip another time.

As we were cruising down the road headed to our humble abode, Mia, in all her excitement, accidentally pushed Gibbs out of the pick up window. I can’t imagine that it was on purpose!  I heard him yelp, and saw him hobbling on the side of the road. I slammed on my brakes, threw it into park and ran to him. As soon as I got to him I could tell that his leg was broken. I picked him up and loaded him back in the pick up. Then, I rolled up all the windows!!

We turned around and went right back to the vet. I had called them so they were expecting us. They did x-rays and referred him to an Orthopedic surgeon.  The next morning we picked him up, and took him to Oklahoma City for surgery. The photo with him in the cast on the red towel is a photo of us headed to OKC.  My friend, Brigitte sat in the back seat with him so he wouldn’t be alone. Can I get an “Awe” here?

BrokenXrayHere is the break.

Meeting the SurgeonHere we are waiting to meet his surgeon. He just moaned and groaned. He didn’t want me to move away from him.  Thanks for the photos Brigitte!

MetalXray2This is a photo of the metal plate they used to fix the break. Do you see the white line going out the top of the photo? Well, that is a rod that was placed to help with stability, and would be removed at a later date.

MetalXrayHere’s the other view.

The ConeThis is what he was wearing when we picked him up, The Cone of Shame. I have to say that we are rebels, and we corrupted him too.

Gibbs n Daddy We removed the cone before we were even out of the parking lot.  Doesn’t he look much happier? His daddy was much happier too!

Snuggling with GibbsWhen we first got him home, he wasn’t sure exactly how to snuggle with his hurt leg. But he wanted to be close to his daddy. Spoiled Daddy!

Will post an update on Gibbs soon!

 

 

Confessions, Read Eat & Be Yappy book club

Currently Reading – November 19, 2015

This week, I have literally curled up by a fireplace with a book and enjoyed every minute of it. We traveled to Colorado Springs this week for a business meeting for my dear husband. We drove into the Springs just before the blizzard hit the state of Colorado. Our kiddos, who live here in Colorado, received twenty inches of snow overnight. It basically just dumped right on top of them.

Let me tell you about the books I’ve been reading.

hidingplaces I’ve been taking my time with this one, and the only reason is because we have been gone so much. When we are gone on these business meetings, we are really busy every night. There are receptions and dinners, and then there are all the friends of ours that we only get to see at these meetings. So, reading seems to be put on the back burner.

But, I am liking this book a lot. I will be finished with it soon, and can’t wait to learn of all the secrets hidden in these chapters.

timebetweenI’m very excited about this book, and it isn’t because of the actual book.  Have you ever heard of a Traveling Book? Well, I hadn’t either until I joined in on this traveling book thing on goodreads.  Here’s how it works. First of all, you have to get a group of readers together that would be willing to read a book, journal about it, and then send it on to the next person on the list. I don’t know where all the book has gone, only because I don’t have the journal in front of me right now, but it is traveling around the United States.

I’m not far enough into this one to really make any comments on it. I will say that it is 626 pages! Wow! Books that are that long usually make me wonder if they can hold my interest that long. So, I will let you know.

Are you a member of goodreads? Be sure to check it out if you aren’t, and if you are, be sure to friend me.  It is a free website to keep track of all the books you have read, and want to read. You can rate the books that you’ve read, and see how all of your friends rate the books they read as well. This is a great way to communicate with your favorite authors, and even win titles that are on your want to read bookshelf. By the way, goodreads has no idea who I am and that I am writing this.

psalm91I told you a little about this book in my last Currently Reading post, and I feel horrible having to admit that I haven’t even opened this one since. I love the actual Psalm 91 in the bible, but I’m having a hard time getting into this book. I’m sure the right mood will hit me and I will finish it in one day.

whereyouleftmeHave I told you about the book club I joined?

Well, it is called Read, Eat and Be Yappy, and we have been meeting since January of 2014. We have a great group of ladies, and have read many good books. This book, Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, is what we are currently reading. I have downloaded it, and am trying to wait to start it when it is closer to the time for us to meet. I read so many books that I have to make sure the book club reads are fresh in my mind when we discuss it.

If you’d like to join our little book club, virtually, let me know. I can add you to our group on Facebook, and you can discuss the books with us there.

Until next time,

Julie K. McComas

Beauty, Things I Love

My Favorite Eyebrow Pencil – Ever!

This is absolutely my favorite eyebrow pencil ever! Ever! it brow pencilSeriously, let me share the product information with you.

Universal Eyebrow Pencil

If you have thin eyebrows, an eyebrow pencil is something that you cannot afford to ignore. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is meant for both thick and thin eyebrows. It manages to create natural looking and believable eyebrows. To control eyebrow hair loss, it uses a patent-pending blend of ingredients that not only beautify your eyes but also helps restore your brow hair follicles.

      •Sweat proof
      •Adjusts to all skin
      •Smudge-resistant

This eyebrow pencil is waterproof and does not come off even if you sweat more.

Just for you: Women

A Closer Look: It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil has eyebrow enhancing technology that helps to transform eyebrow hair color. The eyebrow pencil comes in a universal shade, which goes well with all skin tones and hair.

You Won’t Find: Paraben

Now, what do you think about that?

I have been using this exact brow pencil for approximately six months, and this is what I have found.

It is mostly sweat proof.  I honestly believe that they sent someone out into the sun, let them sweat, and then noted that it didn’t run or anything like that. I can tell you that if you sweat like I do while at the gym, then don’t wear it to the gym.  It doesn’t run down into my eyes, but my towel looks kind of gross after wiping the sweat off my brow.

It does adjust to all skin, and hair color. This just amazes me. But, if you have dark hair, like I do, then you have to press the pencil down a little harder to get the color you need. If you have lighter hair, then don’t press down as hard. Pretty simple.

Smudge-resistant? Yep! It is! Unless you are sweating like a pig in the gym, but we already covered that.

The product information talks about how it restores your brow hair follicles, but I have not noticed that yet. When I went through chemo, and lost all my hair, I lost a lot of my eye brows. Not all of them, but they certainly thinned a lot. This brow pencil is perfect for filling them in. If my brow hair follicles become restored I will most certainly tell you!

Share some of your favorite beauty products with me so I can try something new!

Reviews

Feathers – Faith in Flight Podcast

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Feathers Podcast by Amy J. Bennett

Let me just say that I feel like half of this post was written by Amy J. Bennett, because well, I have copy and pasted her words here to describe her podcast, #Feathers, as well as her little bio. Amy, I hope you don't mind.

Now, on to the good stuff!

I found Amy years ago, when she blogged at Permission to Peruse. Honestly, I can't remember how I found her (it's late and my brain just isn't working). But, I loved her immediately! She's one of those people that I could see myself hanging out with. Going to Women of Faith with, or SheSpeaks (I really want to go to SheSpeaks!).  After you check out Amy, her blog, and her podcast, you will love her too!

Amy J. Bennett – her bio, in her words.

I’m a 36 year old working mom of two daughters and one son.

I married my high school sweetheart Scott 16 years ago.  I graduated from college with a Computer Science degree 2 years later and have since been working with a large bank in Charlotte, NC as a developer.  I’m lucky enough that I get to work from home several days a week.  Scott began his dream job as a State Trooper 11 years ago.

We are in a suburb of Charlotte just inside South Carolina called Fort Mill where we both grew up raising our own family.

I started blogging in 2002 when I was pregnant with our first daughter Emma.  In fact, you might have passed through my old blog Permission to Peruse in the past.  In the Spring of 2013, I moved to this new home.

In short, this is a lifestyle blog written by a Christian mom in the Southern suburbs.  One of my favorite things to do is sit with friends over coffee at Starbucks right around the corner. Often, these posts are just what we’d talk about if we did the same.  So why do I share it in print and in public?  Well, I have a feeling we go through a lot of the same things.  I need to hear a “me too” more often than I’d like to admit and I’m sure you do too.  I’m hoping as I reflect on life, we both can grow together.

Feathers – Faith in Flight – the following are Amy's words.

Feathers is a podcast which shares stories of God speaking and His people having just enough faith to believe Him and obey.

Each week we interview one guest who shares their story of faith. Perhaps God called them to something which seemed scary or crazy and they had to trust Him and obey or perhaps God asked them to travel a difficult road and asked them to remain faithful to Him.

I hope Feathers inspires you and encourages you to take flight in your own faith.

If you click on the Feathers – Faith in Flight link then you will be able to see the list of women Amy has interviewed so far on #Featherspodcast.  Personally, her interview with Natalie Snapp is what encouraged me to start blogging again. Thanks, Natalie!

Doesn't Amy sound like someone you'd love to hang out with at Starbucks? Do me a favor…head over to her blog amyjbennett.com, and watch the video about her southern accent. You will love her even more after that.

Be sure to check out her Feathers story, their adoption story, and the 50 Random Acts of Kindness but don't feel like you have to stop there!

Now, with all good things it seems something bad comes with it. Not always, just seems to be common. So, let me just say that Feathers is on a brief hiatus. It's cramping my style, I'm not gonna lie. BUT, Amy said that it will be back. (I heard that in that crazy Arnold Schwarzenegger voice, did you?) There is more good here than bad! This gives you a chance to go through and catch up with all the earlier episodes! When you do, come back and tell me which one encouraged you!

 

 

PinTest, Recipes

Chicken Chile Relleno Cheese Dish

Chicken Chile Relleno Cheese Dish

Chicken Chile Relleno Cheese Dish

First things first, I found this recipe on Pinterest. I borrowed the photo from Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes. And lastly, I changed the name of the dish from Chicken Chile Relleno Casserole to Chicken Chile Relleno Cheese Dish. Long story short, my husband will not eat casseroles. His mom made casseroles all the time, and apparently, they weren't very good ones. Hence, Cheese Dish instead of Casserole. Crazy, but it's true.

Words cannot describe how yummy this dish is! And it's low carb!!!

To make this dish, you have to roast poblano peppers, and I hadn't done that before. It was surprisingly easy! The recipe calls for onions, and I don't do onions, so I left those out. I used more garlic than the recipe called for, and it turned out delicious!!

It has been added to our meal rotation, and we are looking forward to making it again.

Pinterest for the win, again!

Be sure to go grab this recipe at Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes!

Read Eat & Be Yappy book club

Read, Eat & Be Yappy Book Club

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Have I told you about the book club I belong to?

We call it Read, Eat, & Be Yappy.

We read just about every genre out there, I did say just about, so not all. But we do shake things up occasionally.  Let me see if I can think of some of the books we have read.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Divergent Series

The Giver Quartet

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

I've Got Your Number by Sophia Kinsella

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Selection Series

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Actually, I could be wrong, but I think this is our whole list. We love to read, and we love to talk about what we read.

Right now we are reading:

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Many of us have seen the movie several times, but most of the time the books are always better than the movie. We are banking on that with this one too.

You are more than welcome to chime in about any of the books I've listed, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

Are you in a book club? Do you have any book suggestions for our book club? Let's chat! See you in the comments!

Book Reviews, Giveaways

A Walk One Winter Night – Review & Giveaway

UPDATED! Winner Announced 12/11/13 Be sure to enter!

From the back of the book:

What started as a simple, late night stroll to clear his head from the pressures and hassles of life turned into a life changing moment.  

Are your eyes open to the wonder you might experience on a walk of your own?

Review:

This review has me bumfuzzled. Why?

I absolutely love this book! Love it!

So, why would it be so hard for me to write a review on a book that I really, really love?

I am afraid that I will not find the right words to express how I feel about this book, but I am going to try. Here goes nothing.

This book is just shy of being a 7-inch square hardback book. It has 96 pages, and some of the prettiest artwork ever. It is small and simple, but this little story has a huge impact!

Al Andrews wrote this story about a man taking a walk on a cold winter evening “to clear his mind of all the clutter and stress of the season.”  The man walks by a front yard that has the nativity scene displayed. He would normally walk on by, but on this cold and rainy night something caused him to stop.

I won’t tell you what he witnessed, or what he saw. You will have to get the book to see for yourself. But I will tell you some of my thoughts after I finished this book.

My very first thought was that I needed to share this book. I wanted my husband to read it, my mother, sister, grandmother, best friend, church family, everyone!

My second thought, I only have one copy and I can’t possibly pass it around to everyone by Christmas. I must buy several copies. Must!

My third and final thought, how in the world am I going to express to the world how much I like this book!

Below I am going to post a little more about A Walk One Winter Night, and Mr. Al Andrews. If you would like your very own copy of A Walk One Winter Night leave a comment on this post, and tell me one thing your read about Mr. Al Andrews.

Good luck!

 

A WALK ONE WINTER NIGHT INSPIRES DOVE-AWARD
WINNING ARTIST’S NEW CHRISTMAS SONG Two Christian music veterans unite to bring audiences a “real Christmas story”

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23rd, 2013—Prominent counselor to many artists and acclaimed inspirational speaker Al Andrews recently signed on with The Worthy Publishing Group to publish his latest title, A Walk One Winter Night: A Christmas Story (Freeman Smith, September 2013) based on a poignant holiday experience. Burnt out on the hustle, bustle, and expectations the holidays can bring, Andrews took a late night stroll and wound up rediscovering his real passion and the true meaning behind the Christmas season. This simple message has spoken to the heart of audiences, and will help readers rediscover the joy of wonder and what is real in the season.
Al sent his initial draft to a few trusted friends in the music business in order to get early feedback. As the written word so often does, the book struck a major chord with Dove-award winning recording artist and GMA female vocalist of the year, Nichole Nordeman. “Every once in awhile you come across a story that helps you tell your own,” said Nordeman,“From the very first page of A Walk One Winter Night, I recognized that the characters around the manger had become distant and no longer dear. Icons, not the fragile and weary souls they were. In this beautiful story, I saw them differently, maybe for the first time ever. And they jumped off the page and right into the music of my heart. ‘Real’ is a song that’s deeply personal for me. I hope it captures the same wonder of the beautiful book that inspired it.”
Nordeman will be performing “Real” throughout the fall tour of The Story, alongside artists Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Selah, and Rawsrvnt. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at www.thestorycd.com/tour/. “Real” will also be featured on Capitol Christian Music Group’s album WOW Christmas, available nationwide in October.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Al Andrews is a counselor, author, and speaker. He is the director of Porter’s Call, a non-profit offering counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists and their families. He is founder of Improbable Philanthropy, a charity that aids children in crisis through the sale of his children’s book, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind. To learn more about Al Andrew’s visit http://www.itsalandrews.com; follow his daily journey on Twitter @itsalandrews.
Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of three divisions. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.

Thank you to Worthy Publishing for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.