Day: January 15, 2023

the Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances

by Rachel Anne Ridge

Eh, I waffled between giving this book a 2 or a 3– I did like reading it and it kept me turning pages, but once done I find I have very little to say. I actually finished it several days ago, in between some of those Wings of Fire books. It’s a memoir about this author’s life full of work, kids, everyday stressors and insecurities etc- very familiar stuff. Coming home from a long tiring work day, she and her husband find a donkey blocking the road. They struggle (for hours) to get him into their pasture, hoping to find his owner the next day. Nobody ever claims the donkey. Eventually the family becomes attached to him and decides to keep him, even though he’s just there. He never works or is trained to do any tasks, but the family members find his presence comforting and take inspiration from things he does. Some of this seemed like a bit of a stretch, honestly. It was charming and sweet, but I wished there had been more about the donkey and less about the author’s struggles to expand her business. Plus her religious musings. Almost every chapter ends with scripture quotes, thoughts about God and faith, and little inspirational sayings the author extracted from something the donkey did. With encouragements for the reader to apply these “lessons” to their own life. It was just a bit much in that regard.

Rating: 3/5

made in China ~ artist Abraham Hunter ~ 500 pieces

I did it! I finished all ten puzzles from the box. Completed several days ago, actually.

I had left this one (untitled) to do last, as it looked hardest. And my guess was correct. All those lovely, soft colors make for a very difficult puzzle! I feel like I got all the sky and water in place correctly, but the trees on the sides was a different matter. Very tricky, with all those pieces the exact same shape, and the detail so random. I became tired of it in the end, knew I had a few pieces in wrong places, kept going, got far enough to count how many pieces were left (about thirty) and realized one was probably missing. Then I just didn’t care anymore. I put them in more or less the correct area, and yep, one piece short. This was one of the puzzles that hadn’t been opened in the box yet, still sealed in plastic. It’s possible I lost a piece on my bed or on the floor, but I looked carefully, shook out all the blankets, swept the floor, nothing. Oh well! Moving on.

Here’s all ten puzzles laid out on my table boards.

Assembly of the final one:

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