Sunday Musings: Feeling Hopeful and Enjoying Reading Again


”Sunday is the perfect day to refuel your soul and to be grateful for each and every one of your blessings.” – Unknown

The days are starting to change, bringing cooler mornings, the sun is rising later and setting earlier, and the sky is starting to have that crisp blue look.  

Fall is drawing near. I love fall, it is my favorite time of year and sometimes I miss the beautiful fall colors.  I am hopeful that this time next year we will be enjoying the fall colors back in Kentucky or at least somewhere else that has the four seasons. 

I can’t say I don’t like Arizona, I do. I love the sunshine and blue skies and the beauty that this state offers, but I miss the seasons, the green and southern hospitality. We have been here too long and we both agree it’s time for a new adventure. 

On another note …  

Last week I finished reading Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir.  I really enjoyed the first half of the book but not so much the rest of the book.  For me it seems like the last section was drawn out and then it was wrapped up quickly. But that’s just me and for that reason I will only give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.  

I have now started reading Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber, which for me will be a quick read.  I have loved all of Debbie Macombers books and so far I am enjoying this one too.  

Here’s a synopsis from the authors website 

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. 

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. 

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. 

I have been really enjoying reading lately and look forward to more reading this fall.  Sometimes I just need a break from other things in life and enjoy just the simple act of sitting out on our patio in the early morning with my cup of coffee and my book.  It’s refreshing and a great way to start the day.

I hope you are enjoying your day today and that fall is in the air wherever you are too!

4 thoughts on “Sunday Musings: Feeling Hopeful and Enjoying Reading Again

  1. Arizona living is a whole different thing. Having been raised in Kansas and living in PA and TX……it was something to get used to having only 2.5 seasons here. Of course, if we lived in the mountains here, we would have all 4 seasons. So, I can understand you wanted a change of scenery. My hubby is an Arizona native so he loves it here and thrives in all the sunshine. I too love Debbie Macomber books. I got hooked when I started reading her Blossom Street series many years ago. Now, I grab her books whenever she writes a new one.


  2. It really is! We have been here for a long while, with a few years away when we lived in Kentucky. We both came to Arizona around 1980, met and married when we lived in the White Mountains, moved twice to Kentucky and came back to Arizona due to family. The heat is starting to really get to us, and I miss the green. We have considered moving back to the White Mountains but it’s way too expensive any more. Yeah, another Debbie Macomber fan! I love her books 😊


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