Show and Tell Tuesday - August Edition!

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!  It's never too late to link up with Forever in Fifth Grade for:

Sparty, the GIANT Bernese Mountain Dog

When my brother and his family go away, I'm the trusted dog-sitter for my nephew, Sparty, who has managed to keep growing even at 18 months old!

Bernese Mountain Dog

Sparty is a gentle and playful dog who weighs in at 100+ pounds.  This time I made sure to use my right hand to hold his leash while walking my dog with my left because last time I ended up with a sore elbow due to being pulled.

The Second Mrs. Hockaday - Great New Historical Fiction!

If you like historical fiction and mysteries, this is the book for you:
Click on book to read more on Amazon!

This book is told through letters and journal entries both during the Civil War and the years afterward.  The second Mrs. Hockaday is a young woman who ends up marrying at a very young age to a man who goes off to continue his role in the Civil War.  In the meantime, Mrs. Hockaday finds herself a mother and the person in charge of the farm and its employees. 

Back to School Letters In the Mail!

I know that Back to School Time is right around the corner when I put these letters in the mail:

welcome back letter for students

In the meantime, I'm trying my best to enjoy every last day of summer.  Soon we're off to New York City to visit my daughter, Bethany.  On the way home, we're stopping in Mystic Seaport.

Whale, Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a beautiful dog! I love reading historical fiction, so I've pinned that to my books to read board. Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  2. Hi ya, Susan. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction so I Pinned. Friends of ours have a Bernese Mountain dog named Mojo and it is the calmest gentlest dog, even around their twin boys! And lucky you, off to NYC and Mystic Seaport. They have Del's Lemonade Stand there... we have pictures of our daughter Delaney holding a cup and making an eye roll face as we made her stand by the sign... ah, happy days of mothering teenagers :) See ya! Kathleen

  3. Hi Susan! I'm trying to enjoy my last moments of summer, too. We just returned from camping. Today we're off to the pond! Did you enjoy your trip? The kids and I love Mystic Seaport. Sparty is such a pretty dog, and BIG. I added that book to my Amazon wish list. Historical fiction is my favorite genre. Enjoy the rest of your summer! I go back one week from today.
    Laughter and Consistency

  4. My summer is already over - has been for 3 weeks in fact! But that's ok - we get our earlier too! I love seeing pictures of you big dog! We have a Great Dane and so I can understand what you mean about being pulled. :)


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