It’s that time again when I meet up with friends over @ Jennifers for Share 4 Somethings. Each month, we share what we Loved and/or disliked, accomplished, some things we’ve improved upon, and/or that need improvement and noticed.


Okay, I don’t know about love, but how about highly like? So I decided to do a thing. I’ve got to tell you guys that every time I try to grow anything, I kill it. But I like plants and flowers as well. 

I decided to try my hand at house plants. I did some reading around, searching for low-light, easy-care house plants. So, I decided to go with a Pathos plant for my first go-round—we’ll see what happens. You can read my article about Pathos plants HERE.


My Grandmother’s Shadow: An utterly heartbreaking unputdownable historical novel based on a true story By Devorah Shafrir Keret

My Grandmother’s Shadow is a historical novel based on the author’s family history. It follows two main characters: Johanna Friedman, living through the horrors of the Riga Ghetto during WWII, and her descendant, Devorah, in the present day. The story explores the secrets and sacrifices of strong women across generations, all bound by a hidden past. As Devorah uncovers her family’s lineage, she sheds light on the resilience and love that endured even in the darkest times.

Spoiler Alert— You will cry. And it definitely is unputdownable.

The War Orphan: An unputdownable and heart-wrenching WW2 historical fiction novel (Women of War) By Anna Stuart

The War Orphan tells the story of Tasha, a sixteen-year-old girl who survives the horrors of Auschwitz. Separated from her mother in the chaos of liberation, Tasha clings to the hope of finding her again. With only a lock of her mother’s fiery hair, Tasha searches for answers amidst the devastation of war-torn Europe.

She is offered a chance to start anew in the Lake District of England, but the desire to reunite with her mother makes this a difficult decision. Tasha must choose between holding onto hope in a ravaged Europe or embracing an uncertain future abroad. This heartbreaking novel explores themes of survival, resilience, and the enduring power of love.

Spoiler Alert— You will cry. And it definitely is unputdownable.

The Girl in the Photo: A completely gripping and heart-wrenching World War 2 novel (Hanni Winter Book 3) By Catherine Hokin 

The Girl in the Photo is a historical fiction novel that delves into the enduring impact of World War 2. Years after the war’s conclusion, Hanni Winter, a former photographer, grapples with the haunting memories of her experiences. A seemingly ordinary act of sharing photos with her new husband, Freddy, drastically alters their lives. A single image of a resolute young girl with tear-filled eyes throws Hanni back into the chaos of war.

— This is indeed a gripping, heart-racing, unputdownable book.

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies By: Jean Kerr 

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies is a collection of humorous essays by Jean Kerr. It doesn’t follow a single story but instead uses a series of anecdotes to chronicle the Kerr family’s adventures in suburbia. The book focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising four rambunctious boys, all told from the perspective of a witty and exasperated mother. Published in 1957, the book struck a chord with readers. It was so successful that it was later adapted into a film and television series.

You can read longer descriptions of each book in my post  Between The Pages | April 2024 Reads & Recommendations


Hoss’s Steak And Sea House Restaurant

Improved On

A few months ago, I shared here that I needed to improve upon answering blog comments in a timely manner. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve been able to do just that.

Needs Improving

I have several email accounts, and I need to improve on keeping them clean out. I need to get rid of things that just don’t need a space there, and I also need to unsubscribe from subscriptions I find myself not reading anymore.

That’s A Wrap

With a new month on the horizon, let’s carry the spirit of sharing into May. Here’s to uncovering new joys and celebrating the little things, together.

As April draws to a close, I’m curious to see what May brings. What are you looking forward to next month?

I’m linking up this month with these AMAZING Blog Hop/Link-Up party hostesses!

 Senior Salon Pit Stop  Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy  Friendship Friday  @ Create With Joy #TellHisStory @Andrew’s InstaEncouragements   Let’s Have Coffee  #AnythingGoesLinky   Grace & Truth @Maree Dee’s    Hearth & Soul   Sweet Tea & Friends    #PoCoLo Happiness Is Homemade    Happy Hearts & Home   Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop  Crazy Little Love Birds Will Blog For Comments    The Happy Now Blog Link-Up     Dare To Share Saturdays Gr.ner.ic @ G’Ma’s Photos Traffic Jam Reboot Weekly Highlights @ My Full Heart   Funtastic Friday #Alittleabouteverything @Iveth’s Thursday Favorite Things @Katherine’s  Monday Morning Blog Club (#MMBC)Talking About it Tuesdays @Joanne’s Tuesday Turn About @Julie’s

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  1. I am not good with houseplants, either. I hope yours fares well! Your steak and seafood meal looks delicious. I don’t have many email subscriptions. I can’t stand them cluttering up my email. I have a filter for anything like restaurant and store ads and offers, and they go straight into the filter instead of my list of emails. Then if I am going to a store or restaurant, I can search through that filter.

    1. Huh… I never thought about adding a filter. Thanks Barbara. Lol.

  2. All of those books sound really good!

  3. Those books sound so good! I completely forgot about an old gmail account I had and when I finally went to look at it the other day I had thousands of unread emails! So I too need to get better about staying on top of that.

  4. I like your sentiments in the the wrap up section of your post! Celebrating the little things is a good way to live, I think ;). Hope your weekend is going well!

    1. Thank you Maria. Sending Happy May wishes your way.

  5. Your plants are awfull pretty for someone who usually kills them – lol! I could show you what the struggle looks like in a black thumb house:) Actually my two plants are doing rather ok – which makes me so happy!! Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend!

    1. That is my first house plant. The photo was two weeks after I got it. It was a sad thing on the bottom shelf at Walmart. ♥️

  6. Those books sound so good. “Please don’t eat the daisies” is the only one I’m familiar with–probably because it’s been around for a long time–but I haven’t read it before. I always appreciate good, clean book recommendations. And I’m with you on houseplants. The ones called “low maintenance” at the store are the only ones I go for any more. And I have 4 pathos plants. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post with all of us at the Will Blog for Comments #36!

  7. Good luck with the plants.
    That steak looks so good and I need to sort out my emails, especially unsubscribing to random things that I don’t need.

    1. Thanks Kim. It’s been so far so good with me keeping up with my emails. I’ve been unsubscribing to random things I don’t need either.

  8. Houseplants can be a challenge for me as well. Yours look like they are thriving nicely. I will say once I think a plant is happy where it is, I don’t move it. A few of mine need larger pots, and I will say, I dread doing them as I wonder if they will be happy once done. These monthly wrap-ups are such fun to read. I pray May will be a wonderful & blessed month for you!

    1. Sending prayers for a wonderful month your way.

  9. stickymudandbellylaughs

    Yay for having a go with the houseplants! I’ve just repotted some of mine.
    Your meal looks amazing. I love eating out, it saves me having to tidy up the kitchen after cooking!
    Have a lovely weekend Paula. 🙂 #MMBC

    1. Thanks so much Jayne. Sending have a great week wishes your way.

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