Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear Abby: Friday Fun

Dear Friends,

Hooray!  It's Friday.  I've looked forward to visiting with you here.  I have a couple of fun short questions to answer this week, and I also want to share a link with you.

This is a fun link that will cheer you up on a gloomy day.  There is an island off Japan that is populated by hundreds of wild bunnies.  I love bunnies!  I met a little neighbor girl's pet bunny and was friendly and sweet.  I love the pictures of the bunnies at this link, and thought you might enjoy them too:  Land of the Rising Bunny.  Thanks to my friend Dave for sending this link to me.

I also will share that I'm very excited because next week is my birthday ... that is always one of my favorite fun days!

Now on to our fun questions!

My friend Bob writes:  What is the proper way to ask for a belly rub? Should you wait for the human to offer or is it okay to just roll on your back and present your belly? 

Dear Bob,

I know you are a dachshund person ... so you know that for doxies there is no bad way to ask for a belly rub!   I am a great fan of them, and will roll over for extra attention at a moment's notice (see picture above).    As a matter of fact, I am thinking about doing this as soon as I finish writing this morning.

Love from Abby

My friend Ginger Rose (who is a beautiful dachshund) writes:  In the middle of the night this loud noise woke me up. I think the loud noise is called thunder boomers, and that made me angry. Each time it boomed I bark to tell it to stop and then Dad yelled "No Ginger" at me as if the booming was my fault. Abby, how do you feel about thunder boomers and have you figured out a way to get it to stop booming? 

Dear Ginger Rose,

That is an excellent question!   I do NOT like thunder boomers and would make them disappear forever if I could.  Has barking at them helped them disappear?  If it works, I would gladly join in.   I do not know how to get them to stop booming, but if you hear a magical secret, please let me know!

Love and hugs,

So friends ... you have it, two fun questions from good friends.   I would love to hear from YOU and answer your questions in upcoming weeks.  Please leave any questions or comments below.

Love to all,


Book Review and Giveaway: Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

Will Brianna and Colleen have the courage to stand up to their father's schemes to save their horse farm and instead pursue true love? Don't miss Irish Meadows, the newest book by Susan Anne Mason! As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, their father grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach? 

Book Review 

Irish Meadows is a historical novel set in Long Island, New York in 1911.  It is the story of two sisters.  Brianna and Colleen O'Leary grew up on a horse farm.  Their father was an Irish immigrant and the sisters have family pressure to marry prominent, prosperous men.  However, Brianna wants to go to college.  The sisters also find that there are two special men in the picture:  Gilbert Whelan, a former stable hand, and Rylan Montgomery, a seminary student.

Initially, I found Brianna a much more sympathetic character.  I usually prefer stories of intelligent, ambitious women, and I appreciated her desire to go to college.  As the book went on, I did come to like Colleen as well.  All the characters were well developed, and the dialogue (especially well written) moved the story along.

The historical details in this book are interesting, and the author evokes a nice sense of time and place.  I really like novels set in the early 1900's.

This is inspirational fiction and the characters' faith in God played a major role in their lives.   Fans of historical fiction and historical romance will enjoy this heartwarming novel.

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I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.