Who Has The Key To Your Happiness?

lovesunday

Busy, busy reading and writing day today. So of course the Sun is shining brightly through my office window practically begging me to come sit in the sunshine.

The mess from the storm has been picked up and I made my bed so it’s a good day.

This has been one of those weeks where I needed to take stock, as my Grandpa says. Take stock of the people and things that have inched their way into my world. Not necessarily bad although some have been a bit scary.

I like being alone. I’m not lonely. I just prefer to be alone. My therapist asked me if I thought it was because I can better control my anxiety alone. But that’s not it. I just have a long list of things I want to do, read, experience and I don’t like having to check in with people to make them feel better. I come, I go. I talk, I don’t talk. I am very comfortable alone.  Someone sent me a quote recently that said ” You come home, grab a book and a cup of tea. You decide if that’s lonely or perfect.” It is perfect. For me and this girl I am in love with, who looks a lot like me!

 

xx Good Reading!       thespy2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SLEEPLESS NIGHTS and KISSES for BREAKFAST: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by [Bussola, Matteo]

I think we are all happy this book was translated from Italian!  While we often see books about mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, this one is fathers and daughters!

This #1 Italian bestseller, offering a father’s observations of the everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, has struck a chord with readers around the globe.
Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.
As Matteo says, “Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania are the lens through which I observe the world. . . . My daughters remind me that being a father means living in that gray area between responsibility and carelessness, strength and softness.” Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is an eloquent memoir by a gifted storyteller.”

Mr. Bussola is a born storyteller. He tells us the story of his adjustments to parenthood and raising his three daughters. As he says, he sees the world through their eyes.

When I started laughing out loud after just a few pages, I was hooked. I was impressed with the  way he uses words that are so descriptive he paints a picture in your mind. And it’s really written simply, but with big impacts with his little stories and discussions with the girls.

I think my favorite little tidbit was this one;

“So love is like music, Daddy?”
“Sort of, yes. But you can’t feel it through your ears.”
“Well, how then?”
“Well, through everything. Even your nose. Yours Hands. Your feet.”
“No way! How can you feel it with your feet?”
“I’ll give you an example. You know hat girlfriends do to their boyfriends, to test whether they really love them? Your mom always did it to me.”
“What?”
“At the beginning, when I used to go to her house, or she would come to mine, and she slept over, your mom would always put her freezing feet on my back or my legs.”
“And what did you do?”
“I left them there and warmed them.”
“But didn’t they make you really cold?”
“A little, sure.”
“So when Mommy put her feet on you, you heard music, Daddy?”
“Always.”

The girls are charming as are his reactions to them.

Does it sometimes read like his blog? Yes. Maybe a bit scattered, but it’s still a lovely story of a father being really present in his girls lives. How important active listening is and how important a father is in a girls life.

Thank you Netgalley and TarcherPerigee (Penguin). This version comes out May 9,2017.

You can preorder Here

Books,Books and More Books!   XX Patricia

Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane Release Day!

Beastly Lights

Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world’s resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.

Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn’t extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn’t know how much.

Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man want to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind.

Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow.

Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching?

 

What an enoyable read this was! A mystery with siblings estranged, parents killed and everyone pointing the finger of blame. At themselves mainly. A romance with two completely opposite lovers. A suspenseful read with more than one plot line!
The characters were all flawed but in a way that made you hope they could figure things out and be okay again. The hot rock star is hard to resist and was a hot mess! And Freya is a talented artist who doubts just about every move she makes. What is she so afraid of? Who and what is she running from?

A lot of hope, love and misunderstandings about life, and loss. Everyone was only seeing what they perceived to be true. I loved the hopefulness and the characters in this loveliest of love stories!

This will not be the last one I hope!

Spring is busting out!🌷🌷🌷

Spring is making herself known all over! My Winter Teas have been stashed and all of the lighter ones moved to the front.

Tulips,daffodils,and hyacinth are everywhere. Spring wild onions. The herbs are up and Lavender is knee high and even wisteria is sitting lazily on the fence.The smells are pure bliss!

Chicks are here along with the ducklings.

When you are an overprotective parent you bring your babies to work.

All girls. This is still such a miracle to me!

xx Patricia 

Emotional Reading on a Monday

Some of the things I’m reading.The first one Sing,Unburied,Sing by Jesmyn Ward is making my heart bleed right now. It really is difficult to read about certain times in the history of our nation and this book is one of those. I have a feeling this one is going to be big!

Have yourself a Happy Little Monday!

xx Patricia   dec123

As Lovely As You

moodboard by audrey:

As lovely as you! It has been an insane week. Some ups and some downs, but all in all, enlightening. Have you ever gotten  to the point where you are praying the phone doesn’t ring with more sad news? That is what this week was like. A lot of calls and me yelling at the universe ‘Are you Kidding me???’ So the anxiety level has been off the charts.

Trying to be very Zen today and reading a book about a nasty serial killer…hmmm, what does that say about me??

xx Patricia

 

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman

The Hope Chest

The most recent book from Shipman, following close behind the best selling The Charm Bracelet is as brilliantly done as The Charm Bracelet was.

Shipman is so good at weaving themes into his writing. Hope, Love, Faith, Kindness  and Family. This particular story was beautiful. And sad. And hearbreaking. It was also full of hope and love and family and how important they are to us all.

We begin in the present with Don and Mattie Tice packing up all of their belongings from their home on the lake in Michigan and getting ready to move into town. Mattie has ALS and has advanced to the point where she is wheelchair dependant. As Don packs everything up, Mattie relives all of the wonderful memories she had in this house. With her parents, and then Don. It’s where her heart is. She never thought she would leave it. Hope Dunes is in her heart and soul.

As they settle into the house in town, Don is to the point where he knows he needs help with Mattie and here we meet Rose and her young daughter Jeri. Rose has her own problems and one is keeping her family home from being sold. She needs a job now.

When Don and Mattie meet Rose and Jeri they all know it’s a perfect match. And the book bounces between the past and the present, as they go through all the memories in Mattie’s hope chest.

All the special things that would have gone to Mattie and Don’s daughter if they had been blessed with children are taken out and stories told and new memories are made.

What a moving and lovely story this was. This is a book with a lot of feeling. And yes, there was some crying, but laughing too.

Thank you Netgalley and St.Martin’s Press for this early copy. The book is available on March 21, 2017.

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