Sherry’s Shelves #134 – Hurricane Irma

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Sherry’s Shelves #134 is my weekly update from September 3– September 9, 2017.

Sunday Post #201 Countdown to Spring..

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Hi fellow bloggers. We will be heading out to the beach today, and Monday, to see what’s happening, and take some pics and videos. I love the water and to see it angry is amazing. Such force and power. I love to feel the crashing of the waves and spray of the salt water on my face, hear the thunderous pounding of the water, that lets us know who’s the boss. People should be afraid.

But, before we get into the hurricane, I want to congratulate the Pensacola Wahoos for their first Championship. The hurricane did impact the playoffs and some games were moved or cancelled, but the Pensacola Wahoos swept the series. Great job guys and look forward to seeing you next year!

 

 

 

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Some pics of me and Mr Wonderful in the press box. He directs the games, and sometimes runs a camera for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

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Here are the guys that work behind the scenes, making the game happen. They clean up good, don’t they?

 I want to congratulate and thank the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a wonderful season.

As Irma blows its way through many island nations and Florida, we are keeping up with the latest news and getting prepared. Here in the Florida Panhandle, Mr Wonderful and I think we will be spared, but are still diligent about staying informed. Ya just never know with a hurricane.

Irma is bigger than the width of Florida, a monster that shows no mercy to anyone or anything in its path. The only good thing about a Hurricane, is we do have ample warning to take measures for our safety and protection of life and property (sorta).

IRMA'S WORST-CASE SCENARIO POSSIBLE FOR FLORIDA

You never can tell exactly what a hurricane will do. I really have my fingers crossed that we don’t have to put the aluminum shutters up. Have never taken them out of the garage, but it will be hours of work if we have to.

So far it looks like we will face a tropical storm, with wind and rain.

Projected Path

Rainfall Forecast

Saying goodbye to summer is never a happy time for me, but it will be back. 🙂 

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MAIL CALL

I had received Huntress Moon (see my review) by Alexandra Sokoloff from Xpresso Tours for review and I told them I would love to review them all. They are my favorite type of reads. I received this fabulous package. Thanks so much to Xpresso Tours and S B Media.

I also won this fabulous package, a BluRay DVD and the novel, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Thanks so mych Beth Fish Reads and HBO.

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FOR REVIEW

I had finished all but one of my books for review…and then…I went crazy. 😆 

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Here’s a few others I couldn’t say no to.

Walden, Falling Fast and Phoenix Rising were free at the time of posting. Be sure and check for the “0”.

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LAST WEEK ON fundinmental

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THIS WEEK ON fundinmental

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  • Giveaway – Detective Knight Series by Carolyn Arnold
  • Review – Room For Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman
  • Friday 56
  • One Sentence Review – Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessy

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In Memorium – A Salute to the Blue Angels

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Memorial Day has come and gone, but I would still like to take a moment and thank all those who have served and sacrificed to preserve our way of life.

blueswatertower6516CRPensacola is the home of the Blue Angels, so they hold a special place in our hearts, here in the Florida Panhandle. I have seen their shows over and over again, from Flint, Michigan to Pensacola, Florida, and I never cease to be amazed at their skill and love of flying.

Unfortunately, accidents happen, whether during an air show or during a training mission and two such events are currently on the news. I am surprised that more accidents don’t happen, considering how often our service men and women are training or serving in one capacity or another. I think that says a lot about them and their abilities.

jeff kuss pilotA special thank you goes out to Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, 32, who has been flying as one of the two solo pilots for the Blue Angels. He paid the ultimate price when his jet crashed as the Blues were preparing for an air show in Tennessee. My heart goes out to his wife and children.

The last Blue Angel crash was in 2007 and to me that shows us how very good these men and women are at what they do. Not just anyone can become a Blue Angel. They have stringent requirements and qualifications to meet, but their biggest hurdle is the team, who are the ultimate power when it comes to choosing their teammates.

The Blue Angels shows have been cancelled for the foreseeable future and they will be missed.

Pensacoleans are showing their “colors” on the 17th Street Bridge, which is also known as Graffiti Bridge. The City allows its people to paint the bridge and most of the artists are very respectful. Every so often they paint over the bridge and the artists begin anew…painting everything in sight…from the rocks, to the poles, to the bridge itself.17thCR2

Mr Wonderful and I saw photographs on Facebook, honoring our fallen soldier, and we knew we had to pay our respects. So we hopped in the car and drove downtown.

In honor of Jeff Kuss…

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As we were driving home, the weather was warm and rainy and I marveled at the display that nature was providing. The sky is a wondrous place.

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Christmas Day at the Fundins

The weather here has been unseasonably warm and a bit on the stormy side.

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While I was cleaning the leaves from the pool I broke a sweat, so I decided to take a dip.

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Mr Wonderful decided to join me.

swimmingIt is so nice to live…

WHERE THOUSANDS LIVE LIKE MILLIONS WISH THEY COULD!

Mr Wonderful also prepared us a wonderful holiday meal, a turkey with all the fixings. I am so lucky to have a husband that loves to cook and does all the grocery shopping.

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Now…on to the New Year.

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Giveaway and Review of Untouchable by Lindsay Delagair

I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful tour brought to you by CBL Book Tours and Promotions.

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Untouchable (Untouchable, #1)
 Book Info:
• Title: Untouchable (Untouchable #1)

• Series or Standalone : Series, Untouchable is the first book in the Untouchable Series

• Author: Lindsay Delagair

• Release Date: July 30, 2011

• Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis: 

Picking a boyfriend can be murder, but for Annalisa Winslett, it might end up being the literal death of her.

No one at Pensacola High School suspects the girl they know as Annalisa McKinnis to be a wealthy heiress in hiding, but things begin to unravel when two new guys enroll. Both guys are gorgeous, and both are trying to win her over. The only problem is that one of them has a million dollar contract to put a bullet in her.

This book is the beginning of a wild ride in a trilogy that will make you wonder if the power of love can truly conquer all.

When her pure and innocent heart is offered to him, will this cold and empty hitman fall, or will he remain untouchable?

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•  Follow ups in this series :
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Unforgivable (Untouchable, #2)
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Untraceable (Untouchable, #3)
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MY REVIEW

When my grandpa died, my mom thought he was murdered. To keep Kimmy, my sister,  and I safe, she sent us here, to Pensacola.

Jewels and I were sitting in her car with the radio blaring when he pulled up in his 370Z.

I was used to guys hitting on me at my old school, but I never knew if they were after me or my money. At my new school, I downplayed myself and tried to stay under the radar. He seemed interested in me for myself. I was drawn to Evan, but I had no intention of getting involved with anyone from Pensacola. I would be going home as soon as we straightened out the mess back in Palm Beach.

I left school, only to find my car wouldn’t start . I was going to  be late picking up Kimmy at her school. I panicked. Evan told me he could give me a ride, but no way was I going to let that happen. I didn’t want anyone knowing anything about us. I saw he was getting very angry and I began to feel the first inkling of fear. The custodian came and saved me. He popped the hood and saw the battery cable was loose. I know that doesn’t just happen by itself.

The next day at school I saw we had another new addition, Ryan. He was hot and, even though it was obvious Jewels was interested in him, he seemed more interested in me.

I finally broke down and invited Evan to church. I ended up blurting out my whole story. Still something about him scared me, made me not trust him. Then why did I tell him my secrets? Could it get me killed?

Which guy was good and which was bad, Evan or Ryan? Who cared for her and who wanted her dead?

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4 STARS – Would Highly Recommend To Others

The cover is deceiving. When you read the book, it will become obvious why it was chosen, as will the title.

I was drawn to the book because it mentioned Pensacola High School. I thought, cool, I know Pensacola very well. I was curious to see if I traveled the same roads as Annalisa. We drove down Cervantes and Fairfield, the scenery very familiar to me.

The book started out like I thought it would. A lot of teenage angst. A menage a trois. l never saw the twist it took coming. Caught me by surprise, but drew me deep into their story. I began developing my own hopes and dreams for them. Then I began racing through the pages, eager to see what would happen next.

Annalisa was not a big risk taker. She was secretive. No one at school was wise to her capabilities; but she knew martial arts and could drive the wheels off most any car. She thought her mom was going crazy. She didn’t believe that her Grandpa had been murdered.

She had a voice like an angel. She sang Christian rock. I always think that is odd, Rock n Roll bands and church. But why not?

Evan was hot, but he seemed older than a high school student should be. More than once, Evan said something that would puzzle and scare her, but she never took the time to think it through.

Ryan was hot, too. She was suspicious of him, because he knew about rich people and Palm Beach. Did he know who she was?

Mentioned Hoobastank on the Ipod he sent to her. “The Reason” was the only song on it. I saw them at Amos Studio, at Pensacola State College. I had never heard of them before then and the first song they sang was, you guessed it, “The Reason”. I thought, small world.

This is an awesome book. I loved it. I thought the premise was ridiculous, at first. Then I thought of all the Criminal Minds I have watched. Didn’t seem so ridiculous then, because I love Criminal Minds and some of their storylines are way out there.

I read the Prologue for unforgivable. Now I have to know what happens. A must read for me. I am so hooked, even though I feel the journey they take would never happen in real life, only through the author’s words. But that’s cool. It is a book after all, fantasy and fiction.

I can’t give it a five, because of too many editing errors.

I received this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Quotes

“Life is a dally experience. God gives us a fresh chance every morning to discover what’s out there.”

FOTM – Flavor  of the Month

“Maybe the old saying about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer came about because your enemies could sometimes be more interesting.”

“This could get ironic, the hitman gets emotional and the victim goes cold.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lindsay lives in Florida on the west coast.  She is married and has three children.  Although she holds a degree in technology, writing full-time (someday) is her dream job.  She enjoys different genres, but always comes back to writing romance.

Novels:

Heart of the Diamond (published)
Untouchable Trilogy:
Untouchable – Book 1
Unforgiveable – Book 2
Untraceable – Book 3
Kingdom Hill
The Substitute (novelette)
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Lindsay enjoys hearing from her readers.
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There are two Giveaways for this Tour, so be sure to enter both.
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 Giveaway #1

taiwan flag smiley animated gif Pictures, Images and PhotosLindsay Delagair  is offering  for the Giveaway 1 (one) ebook copy to a lucky commenter. International. Easy entry as always, just leave your email address and answer the question:

I love cars, especially fast cars. If you could have any car, money no option, what would it be? 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THE WINNER IS “JESS”.

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 Tour Wide Giveaway #2

The tour wide giveaway is for 3 x signed paperback copies of Untouchable. (US ONLY)

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Tour  Schedule

 

1. Feb 26th :: Coffee, Books & Lipgloss – Review Post 2. Feb 26th :: Italian Brat’s Obsessions – Promo Post
3. Feb 26th :: i love lady porn – Review Post 4. Feb 28th :: Book addicts not so anonymous – Review Post
5. Feb 28th :: Our Reading Worlds – Review Post 6. Feb 28th :: Bookaholic Corner – Promo Post
7. Mar 1st :: M&M Book Blog – Review Post 8. Mar 1st :: MyBookMuse – Review Post
9. Mar 1st :: ReadingRenee – Review Post 10. Mar 1st :: Globug & Hootie – Review Post
11. Mar 2nd :: SIK Book Reviews – Promo Post 12. Mar 3rd :: The Boyfriend Bookmark – Review Post
13. Mar 4th :: Wicked Wolves & Dreaming Dragons – Review Post 14. Mar 4th :: Charlie, Coffee and a Good Book – Review Post
15. Mar 5th :: For The Love Of Film And Novels – Review Post 16. Mar 5th :: Pamela Foreman, Published Author – Review Post
17. Mar 5th :: Hardcover Therapy – Review Post 18. Mar 6th :: Confessions of a Book Addict – Promo Post
19. Mar 6th :: Along The Road – Review Post 20. Mar 7th :: Crystal’s Random Thoughts – Review Post
21. Mar 7th :: Fundinmental – Review Post 22. Mar 7th :: YA Book Addict – Promo Post
23. Mar 7th :: Sab The Book Eater – Review Post 24. Mar 7th :: Romance Addict Book Blog – Review Post
25. Mar 7th :: Two Girls Reading – Review Post 26. Mar 8th :: Book Nerds Anonymous – Review Post
27. Mar 8th :: Prosperpine Craving – Review Post 28. Mar 9th :: Lounging With Lindsey – Review Post
29. Mar 9th :: A Bookish Escape – Review Post 30. Mar 9th :: Reviews by Tammy & Kim – Review Post
31. Mar 9th :: Jein’s Journey – Review Post 32. Mar 9th :: Romance is in the Air – Promo Posts
33. Mar 9th :: Tiffany Talks Books – Review Post 34. Mar 9th :: The Book Diaries – Review Post
35. Mar 9th :: Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Promo Post 36. Mar 9th :: Blakely Bennett’s Blog – Review Post

Blue Angels Homecoming 2012

The Blue Angels Home Base is Pensacola, Florida. We love and support them whole-heartedly!

Blue Angels Homecoming 2012 by Sherry J Fundin

Blue Angels Homecoming 2012 by Sherry J Fundin

It is amazing to see them lined up, waiting for their pilots and crew to come to them.

Fat Albert, the workhorse that goes everywhere the Blues go. Photo taken by Sherry J Fundin

Fat Albert, the workhorse that goes everywhere the Blues go. Photo taken by Sherry J Fundin.

The Blue Angels by Sherry  J Fundin

The Blue Angels by Sherry J Fundin

Blue Angels Homecoming 2012 by Sherry J Fundin

Blue Angels Homecoming 2012 by Sherry J Fundin

I have been shooting the Blue Angels here in Pensacola for many years and this is the first time I have captured this.

This is one of the most amazing photos I have taken of them as they come through at low altitude, screaming and creating an amazing vortex of speed and condensation.