Unique Creations by Shari Denise

From Writing to Chickens with lots in-between, Creativity Abounds!


Fall, Football, Fiction & Goats

Fotor_140512329282858This weekend has been such a splendid autumn weekend here in the Smokey Mountains. Leaves are turning and falling. Temperatures are crisp during the day and chilly at night. All summer I’ve had the “wood pile” fenced around so my two pygmy goats could enjoy jumping on the hugh un-split logs while keeping the weeds and grass down chewed down. To make their pen even larger, I butted their PVC Corral up to the fenced in woodpile, giving them more room.

20141019_112250_Fotor_Collage_FotorWith the coming of chilly nights the need for the wood pile becomes vital and I’m proud to say, the goats kept the weeds and grass knocked down pretty good (Great Job Girls!) So, this weekend it was time to move their pen. I’ve learned that rotating pasture (and in our case, rotating pen area) helps keep the goats healthier and with winter coming on, keeping the goats closer to their Bedroom in the Cackleberry Inn is handier.

I enjoy books. I enjoy reading books, and I enjoy listening to books. I especially enjoy listening to a good book on a weekend filled with my hands busy with a task or project. It’s been a while since I’ve had a few hours to enjoy such. This weekend, as my hands took down and moved fence panels, then re-errected them in their new temporary location, my head was filled with an amazing story via my ear buds. I eagerly encourage each of you to read (or listen to) this incredible book.

alifeintercepted_hi__medium__medium-largeA Life Intercepted by Charles Martin was more than I anticipated it to be. If you like football, and you like a good fictional novel, then this is a MUST READ! As he acquaints football to a physical game of chess, Charles Martin brings more than the average to the storyline.

Football legend Matthew Rising had it all—married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks of all time, the number one pick of the NFL draft lost it all in an instant. In A Life Intercepted, New York Times bestselling novelist and former college football player Charles Martin beautifully tells the redemptive story of how one man had to lose it all to find it all.

Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, Matthew lost his reputation, his career, his freedom, and the love of his life to a 12-year prison sentence. Having served his time and never played a down of professional football in his life, Matthew returns to his hometown of Gardi, Georgia with one mission: to find his wife.

Convinced of his guilt, his wife Audrey sought refuge from the media in a convent where she grew close to an orphaned boy who possessed more talent and promise on the football field than Matthew had in his pinky finger, but lacked proper coaching. In an effort to regain her love and trust, Matthew agrees to coach the boy, violating the terms of his parole and risking his freedom for the chance to redeem himself to the woman he loves.

Having faced similar feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness once an injury terminated his own football career, Martin acknowledges: “I’d made an idol out of football and bought into the lie that I mattered to the extent that I was good at or somehow tied to the glory train that was football. When that crumbled, I found myself in a prison of my own building…

A Life Intercepted was born out of this messy emotional implosion: the exposure and failure of my own idol, the unexpected but much-needed healing of forgiveness offered, and then a soul-deep realization that Charles Martin was not born to simply live out his days as a football player.”

In a tribute to his best friend and an encouragement to root one’s identity in something deeper than football, Martin combines intriguing, emotive narrative with relatable characters worth rooting for, resulting in a classic story of love, loss, forgiveness and redemption in A Life Intercepted.      * From charlesmartinbooks.com 


Broken Spokes

Want to give a shout out for a friend. Facing a surgery soon, author Arlene R. O’Neil sure could use our help. Order her book and it’s a win/win. You get an incredible, inspirational treat when you read her book and the proceeds will help her pay her medical bills. See? Win/win! Come on friends! Let’s show this gal a little Warm Hug Love! (Thanks!)

Broken Spokes is an inspirational and moving story of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.



Blogging Gifts

Screenshot_2014-07-11-04-52-15Giving a heads up to my blog on blogger where I’ve picked back up listing my gifts (blessings) that I’m thankful for. Taking back up the challenge of Ann Voskamp to list a 1,000 gifts. You can find my blog of gifts at http://sharidenise1000.blogspot.com



Listen To This!

IMG_4708I love Books. I love reading books, I love writing books, I love listening to books. One of my favorite pastimes is listening to audio books while doing other things like working on a project, tending to my critters, exercising, or even driving.

Yes, driving. Over the years of commuting back and forth from East TN (where I live) to West TN (where family and home roots are) I learned a very valuable lesson. As the miles click off through my 5 1/2 hour, music would become so rhythmic, that it would nearly lull me to sleep. Not good when it is so vital to remain alert. While driving through Nashville I found some pretty cool talk radio station programs and that kept me entertained for a while. Then one day I tossed in an audio book CD. I was hooked. The storyline, the animation of the reader’s voice. It was like a movie in my ear as I traveled down the dreary, boring highway. Before I knew it my 5 1/2 hour trip was done. I realized I was more alert and handled the traffic much better than just puttering along to a rhythmic thump, thump, thump that put my brain in neutral. Now, I will admit, I only use one earbud while driving so I remain alert to surrounding sounds for safety.

Working on one of my Uniquely Creative projects is another time frame that I like to put my hands to work and my brain in a good storyline. One problem; I couldn’t haul my CD player around with me all over the house, yard, and farm. Then I found Audible.com. Audio books on the go. Anywhere I take my cell phone, I take my Audio books. A subscription, downloading an app to my iPhone and I was in heaven. I’ve listened to countless books and am always fascinated by the animation and talent of the reader. They really bring the story to life.

The photo shown here is my current setup. iPhone and earbuds. The perfect setup is a bluetooth synced to your cellphone. Frankly I despise to talk on, or to anyone using a bluetooth. Even with the best devises reception and clarity ranks right up there with fingernails on a chalkboard. However, using a bluetooth earpiece devise for listening to Audio books is the best ever. One ear for surrounding sounds and one ear for audio book and NO CORDS!

Listening to audio books is indeed a delight for me. That’s why I’ve taken the time to share this with you. If you find you don’t have time to read all those incredibly irresistible books out there, might I suggest my system to you. Audible.com makes it easy.

~ Denise