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Recent Reads

The Death of Lila Jane by Teresa Mummert (2016).  A sweet story about Kaden, a boy who has gone through a lot, and Lila Jane, a girl who has barely lived due to her sheltered life, going on the run for the summer.  I actually liked the (bittersweet) ending prior to the (too-sweet) tacked-on, jump-ahead-in-time pieces at the end of the book. 

The Hunted by HJ Bellus (2016).  Could not get into any character in this book, and that was before the over-the-top, twisted stuff at the end.  Waitress in a strip club, just saving to start college, falls for either the guy just out of prison or the preppy college boy, the one her best friend likes, or both.  Yuk.

Make Me by Tessa Bailey (2015).  Friendship that turns into more for a construction worker and a wealthy woman.  Two other couples provide for a nice supporting friendship circle.

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Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?