Friday, July 22, 2016

21st Anniversary with Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #182!


I'm sorry that I missed posting my weekend linky party last Friday. I'm also behind on answering comments, but I have been reading them and really appreciate them.

We had a full house last weekend with my son visiting from university and my mother-in-law also staying over. Our kids are all back at school and university. The break they had was their winter break and now they have begun term 3.

In winter, we get some sunny days and the other days are cold and rainy. It's nice living in a Mediterranean climate here in South Africa in the Western Cape! I don't miss winter in the States or Germany.

My big announcement is that Hubby (Robbie) and I are celebrating our 21st anniversary today!  We have made it this far, we have gotten past the worst (the first few years had some rocky moments), and I'm looking forward to the next 21+ years. We have been involved in Christian ministry for most of that time. In fact, we met on the mission field.


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This past year, Robbie has been volunteering twice a week in a pastoral capacity at a Christian drug rehab farm just outside of town. I visited for my first time on Sunday and I brought the Sunday message, which was based on Luke 16:10, "Whoever can be trusted with small things can also be trusted with big things. Whoever is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in big things too" (Easy-to-Read Version).

There was such a great atmosphere among the guys and afterwards they thanked me for the message, but I don't know who had more fun, me or them? Anthony Hall, the guy who runs the place, used to be an alcoholic and drug addict too. He lost his job, his family, everything. Now he and his wife, Karin, help others at R.A.E.L (Recovering Addicts Empowering Lives), which they founded in 2007.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Blue Skies and White Clouds with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #200!


I'm excited to see that today is my 200th linky party! I've been slow to respond to the comments on my blog, and I missed hosting my weekend linky last Friday, but I have been reading your comments and I do hope to catch up soon with my replies.

What have you been photographing lately? Be sure to link up your family friendly photo post below!

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View from our balcony

White Clouds, Blue Skies

Clouds in Black and White

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Gordon's Bay, Cape Town

I put a lot of time into today's travel post. It's been a very moving one for me and I hope you take a moment to check out Gordon's Bay, Cape Town.





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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jessica at MAC Cosmetics with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #199!


Jessica turned 18 last month during her midterm high school exams. It was a stressful time for her, so she didn't want to go out and do anything. At the end of her exams she organized two days in Cape Town with her closest friends. They went ice-skating, to the movies and more!

Then last week my mother-in-law took her for a belated birthday outing to Cape Town where she made an appointment for her at MAC Cosmetics to learn how to apply make-up and the right make-up for her complexion. The photo of Jessica above was taken by my mother-in-law at MAC. The two photos below are of Jessica after she applied her new make-up herself at home the next evening.

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On the Road to Gordon's Bay


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 5

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #181!


When we got Koda, he was a bit underweight. The people at the animal shelter where we adopted him were not too concerned. They have an on-sight vet who did Koda's sterilization, but since the shelter isn't close to us, we took him to a vet in our town to have his stitches removed. Our vet estimated that he's about 5 kilos underweight and suggested that we give Koda puppy food to help him bulk up. She said that we only needed one large bag to do the trick. Since Koda had a runny tummy when adjusting to a new dry food after being adopted, we decided along with the vet to mix the puppy food with his adult food. He is already looking better after a few short days and I think the puppy food was a great tip!


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Benny, Robbie, Koda and Amanda

We knew from the start that Koda walked well on a leash and we knew that he liked people and other dogs. Otherwise, there wasn't much else that we knew about him, because the shelter also didn't know. If dogs could only talk! Although, I might be upset if I learned how he came to be wandering the streets. He's such a nice dog!

Since no one knows his beginnings, no one knows what his real name is, so we've had to teach him a new name. For that reason, we've been cautious to just let him off the leash in case he didn't come back. Now we can let him off the leash and he walks really close beside us and only goes to sniff something a couple of feet away, but he doesn't wander. Not only is that a huge relief, but it also makes him more endearing. We still don't know what he would do if he is loose when other people or dogs are around, so we have tried his first couple of times off of the leash on a quiet dirt road.

Something else we've learned about him is that he seems to understand that the kitchen is mostly off limits and our family mealtimes gets him crazy excited. We don't want to encourage that behavior and he doesn't seem to understand why we're not feeding him from the table. We don't want him to be too confused, so we'll let him stay outside when we feed him until our mealtime is over. We are adding gravy to his dry dog food and, along with his delicious puppy food, he does enjoy his meals more. Benny is getting the same treatment, so he must be thinking that it's pretty cool having this new dog around, because he didn't need gravy to encourage him to eat!

I hope you've enjoyed this little series about our new dog, Koda! If you missed any of it, the other links are below.

Related Posts:
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 1
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 2
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 3
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 4


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Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 4

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Party Linky #198!

Koda meets Prince

We have had Koda, our German Shepherd from the animal shelter, for 10 days now. We have been really happy with our decision to adopt an adult dog. I've listed 5 benefits that have been true for us when adopting an adult pet on Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 3.

He's really been a great dog and he's settling into our home nicely. Our only challenge has been introducing him to our 2 adult cats. We are working on it and have made a bit of progress, but it will take more time. One article I read said that it can take 2 to 3 weeks. Here are 2 informative articles that I found online that give advice on helping to introduce an adult dog to cats:


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Amanda and Koda

Benny

Related Posts:
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 1
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 2
Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 3


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Angala Boutique Hotel Franschhoek


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Raising Sleeping Stones Review

Raising Sleeping Stones
The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One
middle grade fantasy by P.H.T. Bennet


About the Book:

Title: Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One) | Author: P.H.T. Bennet | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy | Number of Pages: 364 | Publisher: DreamKeeper Publishing | Publication Date: December 4, 2014


Book Description:
Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!

When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.




My Review

If you love adventure and strange new worlds, then you'll enjoy Raising Sleeping Stones, the first book in the Orora Crona Chronicles. P.H.T. Bennet expertly depicts a fantasy world with an oppressive culture where people are expected to work hard and not think too much. They work so hard that they don't even have time to remember their dreams from the night before and their culture teaches them that dreams are useless.

Kiva discovers that she and her little sister are in danger, for no apparent reason, and together they run away to safety. They are not safe for long and must keep on moving, but the sisters still don't know why they are being hunted. They are helped by adults who defy the accepted culture by believing in dreams and teaching the girls about the power of dreams and the DreamKeepers.

There is a lot to be learned through this exciting adventure story. It teaches self-confidence and creative thinking. It explains reasons for why we dream at night. It describes the value of the arts and the trades and how they intertwine. There is also an app to explore the story and have your own skills tested with over two hours of original music.

Raising Sleeping Stones is a middle grade fantasy story that even adults will enjoy. I recommend it for boys and girls from the age of 10 and up.


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What others have to say...


"Raising Sleeping Stones is a beautiful visual/musical tale about confidence and creative thinking." - Stephanie R. (Amazon)

"Great adventure tale that is both coming-of-age story and testimony to the power of dreams." - Thomas G. (Amazon)

"I was enthralled by this book from beginning to end. Truly connected with the intent and purpose behind the story, as well as the strong concept of dealing with dreams. I would definitely recommend this app..." - Amazon Reviewer

"Both allegorically and psychologically the author deftly explores the richness of young people's emotional lives. I read this story both in its app form and on Kindle. The book is beautifully illustrated and in its app form adds a great sound track. A wonderful book!" - Edward D. (Amazon)

About the Author:
P.H.T. Bennet


P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets.


Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 3

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #180!


Adopting an older pet can have its advantages. With Koda, we knew a bit about his character through the animal shelter. We also got to meet him and walk him on a leash. When we brought him home for the first time, we were impressed with his manners in the house and his laid-back attitude at feeding time. The only area that has been a challenge for us is keeping him under control around the cats, but I'll share more about that in my next post.

Here are 5 benefits for adopting an older pet.
I've chosen 5 from a list of 10 on the Huffington Post.
1. Older dogs have manners
2. Senior pets are less destructive
3. What you see is what you get
4. You can teach an old dog new tricks
5. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness

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Koda walks well on a leash.

Koda has good looks.

Koda is sweet and gives his paw when he sits.

Dogs Waiting for Adoption at the
Gordon's Bay Animal Shelter

There are a number of dogs and cats as well as puppies
and kittens to choose from at the animal shelter. Please
consider your local shelter when getting a new pet.





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Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

If you host your own blog hop(s), then feel free to
link them on my Blog Hops page!

I would love for you to follow me on

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  • Link up a post from your family friendly blog.
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