Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flowers and Sunshine with #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #108!

Amanda and I took Benny for a walk.
It's springtime here in South Africa.
You'll be seeing more flower photos
with the beautiful weather we're having.







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Check out the neat photos
and YouTube video on my
latest post on 1camera1mom


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My posts from this week:

A series on my Home Decor


A guest post from NanaHood


A book review on Dragon's Debt


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guest Post from NanaHood

An American Grandmother
Teresa Bell Kindred

Collage by Christina Morley
Motherhood

From the moment my first child was born in 1981, I realized I was going to be juggling work and family. What I didn't fully comprehend at the time was that with each child the juggling act would become more complicated - there was more joy, more laundry, less money and more work! My husband and I eventually had 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. The last pregnancy (when I was 36 years old) resulted in the surprise package of identical twin boys!

I was a high school teacher, but when the twins came along, I decided to take some time off. There were times when I worked outside of the home and times when I didn't. Motherhood (and life in general) was more complicated than I ever imagined it could be.

Eventually, my husband went back to school. He was working full-time when my mother became ill and I was needed to help care for her. Sadly, she passed away from advanced colon cancer at the age of 51. A short time later my father became ill and again my help was needed. Raising 5 children and caring for sick parents while my husband worked and went to school was not easy, but we made it.

Nanahood

Now I look back at those years and I'm amazed at how quickly they went by. Our 5 children are now grown and 2 of them have children of their own. Instead of hearing childish voices yelling for "Mommy" I hear them calling for "Nana." I find myself on the second half of the motherhood journey, what I call nanahood.

NanaHood.com

My first grandchild was born in 2005 and I couldn't believe how quickly I fell in love with her. As the mother of 4 boys and 1 girl, I was delighted to welcome my first granddaughter. It had been a long time since my arms had held a baby girl. That little girl, Abigail Elizabeth, inspired me to start blogging. I loved being her "Nana," and I wanted to share the joy of being a grandparent with others.

NanaHood.com is now 5 years old and Abigail (Abby as we call her) is 9. My husband and I have 4 more grandchildren and I couldn't love them more. My grandchildren are growing and so is my blog. I've learned a lot about social media and how it works. NanaHood is now on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Pinterest. I love connecting with other grandparents from all over the world and with other bloggers. I frequently have guest posts for a series I do called, "Bloggers Around the World." It's so much fun learning what life and blogging is like in South Africa, England, Austrailia and other places.

I also frequently blog about cancer. Not only did I lose my mother to cancer, but my first cousin Martha has been battling breast cancer for several decades. She has 8 grandchildren and is one of the strongest women I know. I use my blog to advocate for awareness, to encourage those who are fighting cancer and to comfort those who, like me, have lost loved ones because of it.

Teresa - with her Nana diaper bag and motorbike
Then and Now

There is a lot of difference in the world today and the world my grandmother lived in. I think of my grandmother as the perfect role model. She was soft and cuddly and her lap was always available for a grandchild. She lived on a farm and raised her own vegetables and poultry. She went to church every Sunday, unless she was ill, and lived independently until the last few years of her life.

Today in the United States there aren't as many grandmothers like mine as their once were. It once was uncommon to find multi-generational homes in the U.S. Today some 5 million American households include 3 or more generations. My grandmother was a baby-sitter for many of her grandchildren. Today's grandmothers often have to work, either to keep their health care or just to pay the bills. Several of my friends who are my age or older would love to retire, but are afraid to do so in this tough economy.

That doesn't mean that today's grandmothers aren't involved with their grandchildren, it just means we have to find new ways to connect with them. I have one friend whose daughter lives far away and so she communicates with her granddaughter via Skype. Many of my friends text their older grandchildren and find that pre-teens and teens often respond quicker to a text than a phone call.

The Common Thread

What hasn't changed over the years is the way a grandmother feels about her grandchild. For me, I find that I am less stressed than I was as a mother and that enables me to enjoy my grandchildren more. Being a Nana is simply more fun and less responsibility, although I do try to be a hands-on grandparent and help whenever I can. Recently, I filled out paper work to be a volunteer at my oldest granddaughter's school. I keep my daughter's 2 children one day a week and I visit with all of my grandchildren on a weekly basis. I consider myself blessed that they all live within a short distance.

One of the best things about being a Nana blogger is meeting other grandparents and getting to know them. My dream is to connect with other parents and grandparents around the world and form an organization that donates to charities who support children. Because, when it comes right down to it, the children of the world are the hope of tomorrow and they are the ones who will create the world our grandchildren and future generations grow up in.

I would love to hear from you where ever you live! Please feel free to reach out to me at my blog NanaHood.com. You can follow me there on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram or LinkedIn. Teresa


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Home Decor 3 and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #98!


My Living and Dining
Room Decor - Part 3


We bought two African style vases and an African style candle holder to decorate the top of our TV cabinet (pictured below). Over time, both vases came to their demise. The cats knocked over the one and the wind the other.


We then placed two photographs that were in the kitchen on top of the cabinet. They are black and white photos of Margot Werner, my grandmother's late cousin. She was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1937. She began learning ballet at age 5 and became a principal ballet dancer in 1957 at age 20. She branched out into television and singing, producing over 20 albums. She died in Munich, Germany in 2012.




Margot Werner dancing & singing
with Klaus Kinski on the
Margot Werner Show, 1975

Austrian entertainer, Margot Werner, died on Tuesday aged 74.
Source: DW

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dragon's Debt by H.L. Burke

Dragon's Debt by H.L. Burke
Book Two in The Dragon and the Scholar



Shannon and the Dragon-Prince Ewan have been traveling together for a year. Their blissful companionship is interrupted when they receive a cryptic message from their friend Martin.

Come to Westshire. Edmond needs you.

Drawn to his brother's aid, Ewan finds himself hunting an elusive monster. The winged beast kidnaps young women and steals their memories. Its latest victim is the Princess Brighid of Westshire, the very girl Edmond has recently fallen for, to the disapproval of her temperamental father, King Riley, and stoic brother Prince Ryan.

Ewan is determined to rescue his brother's beloved, no matter what the cost. But when Ryan's eyes fall upon Shannon, the dragon realizes the cost might be greater than he is willing to pay.


My Review

Dragon's Debt is the exciting sequel to Dragon's Curse and you can read my review of the first book here. The author, H.L. Burke, creates a seamless transition from book one to book two. Both the old and new characters are just as interesting. The dialogue and banter continue to be well developed, even causing a smile to cross my face involuntarily at times. (It's fine when you're alone, but if you're in a room with other people, then it's a little embarrassing.)

Shannon, the main character in both books, is caught up in a new adventure fraught with peril. What choices will she make and at what cost? What choices will Ewan, the dragon whom she loves, make that will affect both their lives?

This is a romantic fantasy adventure with a clean story-line. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up, including adults. I always enjoy a good story, especially if it can transport me to an exciting make-believe world where dangers abound.


ABOUT H. L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

For information about H. L. Burke's latest novels, author news and events, or to contact the writer, go to the H.L. Burke author website.


Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy for my honest review.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our Week in Photos with #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #107!


Peahen and Prince
Prince just watched her

Amanda -
peanut butter cookies

Amanda's latest art project

Jessica and Samantha
It was "Super Hero Day" at their
high school. They could create
their own Super Hero persona.

Reading at the Blind Institute -
I volunteer 2 - 3 days a week


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Our recent trip to Cape Town
on my blog, 1camera1mom.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

September $229 #Giveaway!


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Home Decor 2 and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #97!


My Living and Dining
Room Decor - Part 2

I mentioned in Home Decor 1 that our walls are red brick and pale yellow. Today you can see the other side of our Living and Dining Room and the red brick walls. The photos below are of the pictures on this side of the open-plan living space.



We originally had the metal lizard (pictured below) above the indoor BBQ (it's a South African thing to be able to BBQ all year round in winter and in summer), but we changed it one year for the painting of the wine bottles, which really brightened up the space. The lizard joined its friend above the outdoor BBQ on our thatched-roof balcony.


The outdoor BBQ


The painting of the calla lilies is on the brick wall behind the tree. You can't see it in my first photo, but it's not so hidden. If you were to visit, you'd see it clearly enough. We don't have the most expensive art in our home, but I find that hand-made and hand-painted art mixed with "made in China" art that is mass produced and sold cheaply can all have a great impact in any home.

Can you tell which of our art is "made in China" and/or mass produced and which aren't? You will need to visit Home Decor 1 to compare all the art and make an educated guess.

I have an interesting story to share in Part 3, so please join me again next week and link up your family friendly posts while you're at it!


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Check out my latest book review:
Prince of MalornAnnals of Alasia
Middle-Grade Fantasy Series

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All family friendly blogs are welcome!

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I would love for you to follow me on

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