Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Bachelorette: Tayshia: Week 4: Stop Stirring the Pot

I can not win for losing. I sit down just in time to start The Bachelorette, and ABC is not showing on my local station via DirecTV for some stupid contract negotiation. I use the stupid app they tell me to use, and still, cannot get the channel after activating on my computer. I have tried on both TVs that said it would activate and still no luck. Meanwhile 15 minutes of the most annoying "hold" music. 

So, I'll have to come back for the first 15 minutes when I can get it somewhere online later. I'll update the post then.

I join mid-date with Zac who has the first one-on-one. 


They do a photoshoot in bridalwear. They jump on a trampoline taking ridiculous pictures. Then, they have a picnic. 

Tayshia talks about it isn't the first time she wore a wedding dress since she has been married before (for about two years). Zac says he was married before for about a year. When he acts weird, he says it's because she takes his breath away. 

Zac is a lot of the things was looking for, older, more mature, close to his family. When they get to talking, he shares that as he was graduating college, he wasn't feeling well and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. he was introduced to pain meds and drugs. He was drinking and partying and made the choice to get married. His whole life wasn't pretty. After an arrest and a DUI, his wife left. It was pretty bleak for a while. He stole a check from his dad, and a bank teller called his dad to come get him. Zac had a moment of clarity after that and was in rehab for four and a half months. Years later, he's on the board at that rehab.

Back at the house, Bennett says he needs the one-on-one because he had no time at the rose ceremony. Noah says he doesn't want the group date basically because he's beyond it because it gets too competitive and he's over it. 

The date card reads, "Spencer, Ivan, Ed, Blake, Brendan, Riley, Demar, Bennett, Ben, Noah... express yourself."

That means Eazy will get the other one-on-one. 

Back on the one-on-one, Tayshia thanks Zac for opening up and gives him the rose. There's another surprise... a Ferris wheel. You know it has to be one of those trucked in temporary ones. I will ride large ones that are permanent in various touristy cities around the country, but I'm not riding a parking lot one assembled by traveling carnies. (The closing credits have Tayshia freaking out over it too.)

The next morning, Tayshia says she went to bed on a high, but woke up nervous. She's trying to make a breakthrough with some of the guys. She wants them to get creative. They are drawing nude models.

Now all the men are afraid they will be next. Blake hopes it won't be the third time this season for him. 


The men quibble over who is sitting where, and Bennett makes sure he gets a spot next to Tayshia. This annoys Noah. 

Some of the drawings are sort of interesting. Bennett shows his and says the setting in his drawing show there is always drama going on. Some kind of poke at Noah.

Next, the blindfolds come out and clay. Bennett takes the opportunity since everyone is blindfolded to kiss Tayshia. 

The men show off their blindfolded creations made with clay. Noah created breakfast in bed with Tayshia (a stab at Bennett during a previous date).



Bennett shows his three houses with Tayshia. Noah doesn't like Bennett floating his money. Tayshia picks up on the tension and it shows on her face.

Next step is self portrait. Ben can't get going. He's nervous to tell Tayshia about his life. 


Tayhsia calls Noah's Ying-Yang-ish portrait beautiful. Brendan created a frame and his story puts Tayshia in it. 

Bennett did a needlepoint and says he did not grow up privileged like Noah made a comment about earlier. 

Ivan talks about his father and his cancer.

Blake talks about monogamous turtle doves and how he didn't have a happy family growing up.

Riley has a long story about what he sees in his life... quality time with his family and daughter to come. He too talks about wanting a family he didn't have growing up. 

Ben still doesn't know how to talk about his family. Ben has to leave the room. He comes back in wearing a robe. How stripping down to tell his story helps, I don't know. He gives a little speech that tells no details. It does earn him a peck on the cheek. 

All this gets emotional for Tayshia. She's thankful to have men that can put themselves out there. She doesn't want to pick one man for the rest of the date. She wants to spend time with all ten. 

Later that night, after the toast, Riley takes Tayshia off first. Riley goes deeper into the conversation he and his mother had -- the one he talked about earlier during the self-portrait monolgues. His parents divorced when he was young and there were some issues. 

Back at the villas, Zac and Eazy await the next date card. Eazy hopes it's romantic. When there is a knock at the door, Zac goes to catch it. "Eazy, I hope you aren't scared of falling in love."

Back with the group, as Tayshia takes turns talking to everyone, it starts to get heated between Bennett and Noah. Noah says he can only take the chirpy comments for so long. 

Ben struggles with revealing his life which is different than most. He was the fat kid until he was 15 when he discovered girls weren't into that, then had bulimia for 10 years. The only person who ever knew was his sister. 

When Tayshia comes back to the group, she picks up the rose, comments about some men such as Riley, Brendan, and Ben. She gives Ben the rose. 

There's one more thing... Noah and Bennett... she's going to get to the bottom of what's going on with those two one way or another. The men yammer on as Tayshia walks away. Noah asks Bennett about how he talks down to people. Bennett asks if he has a problem with how he calls him "Young Noah." Noah says age doesn't always equate maturity. Bennett tries to act mature, but he doesn't pull it off well. 

Eazy is ready for his one-on-one. The first night, Tayshia enjoyed her time with Eazy because he made her laugh. However, she's not really had movemet in the romance department.

For their date, they are going to a scary date. Eazy tries to find her, but she can't see. She scares him and she screams just exactly like she expected him to. They are going to go ghost hunting. As the story goes, the land the resort was built on was owned by William Morgan, and the ghosts of the Morgan family haunt the grounds today. They go in this villa they are supposed to, and he starts screaming like a girl for who knows what reason. They freak out over a doll, read a letter meant for Eazy, and hear a baby cry. From there, they head out in the deepest dark to the tennis courts where his Mrs. Morgan's body was supposedly buried. Legend has it, you can hear her crying. 

Now, they go to the haunted library. Their heat sensor goes off. 

Later on, as they recap their day, Tayshia talks about how scared Eazy was. Eazy says it was laughing. He was screaming because she was. That's how love works. 

Tayshia asks how it's going for him. It's all good as far as he is concerned. He's falling in love with her. Tayshia doesn't seem convinced.

The other men are talking, and Blake thinks Eazy is the one with the strongest connection thus far. 

Tayshia gives him a solid for always being himself and for being a good man, but she can't give him the rose because she is not where he is. She's going to send him home so he doesn't have to keep pouring himself out. As Tayshia walks him out, Eazy asks if this is real. 

The men are surprised when someone comes to get Eazy's bags. Eazy sheds a tear as he rides away. 

The day, the men are waiting for word about the cocktail party. They're still in regular clothes, so don't know why they are talking about it being late. You can tell from the windows that it is still bright outside. 

JoJo Fletcher comes in playing the role of Chris Harrison. She asks about the Bennett/Noah drama. Bennett says he doesn't have a problem. Lie. 


JoJo says it has become clear to Tayshia she can't keep both, so before the cocktail party, she will talk to the two of them first. Bennett gets dressed and prepares a gift. 


Noah isn't worried. He thinks he has something with Tayshia, but believes Bennett will cause hell on the way out. 

The gift is not for Tayshia -- it's for Noah. Supposedly {insert eye roll}, if he had known there was tension, he would have nipped it in the bud sooner. 

Bennett says he will explain the gift. He brings out the friendship gift -- a red bandana as he hopes there is no bad blood between them. Second, he offers moustache socks. Finally, he gives him a book on emotional intelligence. He goes on to explain the four parts of emotional intelligence. Bennett thinks Noah is deficient in three of four. Bennett says he didn't have emotional intelligence at Noah's age. 

How many seasons has emotional intelligence come up? It always comes out in between the two bickering parties. 

If anyone had intelligence of any form or fashion, they would know not to stir the pot. MYOB and don't target anyone else. You look like a fool either way. 

Bennett is smug. Noah obviously does not appreciate this. He says Bennett wouldn't say this in front of Tayshia, and if he did, Bennett would be going home.

Tayshia finally comes in. She likes both of them. Has feelings for both for many reasons, but they frustrate her. She's over the pettiness of the drama. Noah, playing the innocent also wants to get to the bottom. Bennett says he has no ill will towards Noah. 

Noah brings up a previous conversation, and Bennett, pleading innocent, asks for specifics. Tayshia says the way they are going on sounds like teenage boy drama. Tayshia asks Bennett, you do get that you are questioning my integrity, don't you...

Tayshia then sees the box and asks what's in it. That's the end of the episode. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Bachelorette: Tayshia: Week 3: You Snooze You Lose

I am admittedly several days behind on getting to this post. 

On Tuesday instead of watching, I worked late, trying to get some things taken care of before taking some time off this week. I never give myself time off, but it's a holiday week, and was going to make myself chill some.

On Wednesday night, I needed to work some on my Christmas tree which I started last Saturday. 

On Thursday night, I came home and crashed on the couch in pain because I ate too much and was oh, so sick.

On Friday night, I made myself finish all my decorating.

It's Saturday, I meant to start watching earlier, but wanted to also take photos of craft product to post on Facebook and sale. Then, I decided I wanted to make some more sports signs if I was taking the time to photograph after I got it all brought in. Then, then my white paint pens weren't cooperating for the basketball signs. Throw some other things in there, and here I am late into the night just starting. I think my laptop battery is going to die before I get through this post, but here I go giving it a try. As I push play, I also think I'm going to fall asleep. 

It's a new day! Chasen and Noah are lounging around, and Chasen congratulates Noah on his rose. 

Ben is pouting about not getting time. That's his own fault. No sympathy there. 

Chris Harrison arrives. He asked what is up with Noah and his 'stache. He points out to everyone that Tayshia likes bold since Noah won a rose on a date he wasn't even supposed to be on. 

Chris goes on to introduce the next date. For everyone not on the group date yesterday -- Bennett, Ivan, Blake, Kenny, Riley, Demar, Zac -- they are going to compete for the one-on-one date by writing an original love song and performing it for Tayshia. Whoever speaks to her heart the most wins the date. They have one hour. 

Everyone seems to be struggling except for Demar who is rocking his tambourine. Bennett works on rhyming skills (Harvard didn't help him here). Kenny sounds like he is writing boy band lyrics. It's what he knows. 

Tayshia says she won't be judging them too hard. 

First up is Zac. He pounds a drum as he sings. 

Kenny is next. His lyrics are bad. He tried to sing a line for every letter in Tayshia's name... "T is for..."

Blake should have never picked up the accordion.

Riley tries poetry sort of.

Bennett tries to rap. 

Ivan says this is so far outside of anything he has ever done. He asks her to come closer. It's kind of rap like, and he ends it with a kiss. 

Demar plays a guitar and compares her to a mocha latte. 

Tayshia picks Ivan as the one to join her for the rest of the evening. 

Tayshia thinks this date will be special because this is the kind of thing they'd normally do in the real world at her place.

They are going to order room service, so they have to make their way to her room to get the phone. However, they are going to play the floor is lava game to get there. They make their way to the bedroom, but she forgets the menu. He goes back for it, comes back, orders wine and in the process, she hits him with a pillow that looses all it's feathers. A messy pillow fight ensues. A game of Twister follows. 

They compare skin tones over their fake dinner. He's black Pilipino, so he's the first mixed race man her age she's ever been able to relate to. 

The men are gathered awaiting the last date card. 

Zac, Kenny, Demar, Bennett, Riley, Blake... How far are you willing to go for love?

So, this is the date for the people who didn't get the one-on-one. Noah whines about not getting to go on the group date or the one-on-one. Bennett calls Noah greedy, after all, he already got a rose this go around. 

Now, back to Ivan's date. They talk about their families. His father was 45 when he was born, so Ivan talks about him being an old man (73). Tayshia's dad isn't even 50. 

Ivan's younger brother is less than two years younger. Ivan did all he could to be a good example as his parents prodded him to, but his brother ended up into drugs and in prison. He talks about being another dad to his niece. His brother has been out about a year now. The conversation gets really serious talking about police brutality and such. 

After their emotional conversation, she gives Ivan the rose. They end the night watching a slideshow of photos from Tayshia's youth. 

The next morning, Becca and Sydney join Tayshia to help put the men to the test. It's going to be a game of truth or dare. 

There are dares set up around the resort. Each team has a map and a camera to document that they did their dares. Bennette and Demar, Kenny and Blake, Zac and Riley are the teams. 

At one station, they have to make smoothies with some gross ingredients and down them. Riley bites the bullet and drinks one with some cow intestines and water scorpions. 

Demar has to find Chris Harrison's villa and have him autograph his butt. 

I'd rather not describe what Kenny had to call up the resort PA system and do. Blake did that challenge next. The men not on the date think Blake has some demons. The girls got a laugh at it. 

Kenny downs some smoothie with chicken feet. Blake's had something worse. 

Chris signs more butts. Bennett's phone call with the intercom got weird. 

The last dare is each has to eat a habanero pepper and profess their love to Tayshia by fake proposing. It doesn't go well for Kenny. It makes him pretty sick. After everyone has their turn, they are sent off to get ready for the evening portion of the date where the truth comes in. 

I don't know what went down during the evening portion of the date. Thanks to thunderstorms in the area, there was coverage of the weather broken into programming. I'm having to bring this up online. I'll now point out that my low battery message just popped up. 

Bennett is up first. They talk about the engagement he broke off, then how much he was affected by the fake proposal today. 

Now my internet is stalling out on playing this back. I'm about to have to give up for the night, it seems. At least I just got Christmas purchased for my brother and his wife. My computer then turned off on me.

Blake's turn! Tayshia asks what his exes would say about him. He claims to have good relationships with all of his exes. 

Riley is asked about prioritizing his wife and family alongside being an attorney. 

Kenny talks about being a smart mouth and says he wouldn't be if he met her parents. 

Tayshia asks Demar about what his biggest fear about marriage was. Given his mother divorced twice, that's a concern of his. He doesn't want his own kids to go through that.

When it's time to get Zac to talk, she gets him in the hot tub. My online replay keeps glitching, and he's been watching her and what he's noticed is how she treats people, and I've heard that line line 20 times now. And time in the hot tub turns into what time in the hot tub always turns into.

Time to get dressed and rejoin all the guys for the date rose. She tells what she appreciates about several men. She does give the rose to Zac, even though she feels closer to all the guys. 

Meanwhile Ben whines about not having time with Tayshia. He doesn't want her to think he's the worse for not spending time with her. He goes off to sulk. 

Thankfully, I can now go back to the DVR. Ivan and Brendan talking about with 16 guys still left, they hope at the next rose ceremony she starts trimming the fat... but it's only her second rose ceremony. 

Ben decides he's going to sneak off to see Tayshia. It's been a couple of years since he's been on a covert mission (he doesn't strike me as an Army vet, but he is). 

Ed wants to do something above and beyond. He too decides to go off to see Tayshia.

Ed finds Chris Harrison at 2:30 AM. He went to the wrong room. Chris asks him what he's doing there, but invites him in for a drink.

Why Tayshia was up at this time, who knows, but Ben finds the right room. He apologizes "for making you disappointed in me." She tells him that this week has been about putting yourself out there, and he hasn't. He says he was trying to wait for the end of the night and thought he would have time. 

Their conversation seems really awkward, but not as awkward as Ed's with Chris Harrison. 

Ben said from here on out, he will always grab her hand first. She says she forgives him, but he needs to show up. He wants to kiss her. They are mid-kiss when there is a knock on the door. 

Room service arrives with champagne and strawberries. 

Evidently, Ed never finds his way. 

The next evening is the cocktail party and rose ceremony. 

As soon as Tayshia makes her toast, Ben takes her off to prove his point. To me, he's as boring as it gets. 

Riley makes a boyfriend/girlfriend contract that has to be sealed with a kiss.

When Noah has his time, he stirs up trouble saying all the men said he got the rose for show and shares the trash talk. He says the men said by giving him the rose, Tayshia wasn't taking it seriously. She doesn't like her integrity being questioned. She wants him to name names. He says she should quiz some of the guys.

Tayshia goes back in to confront the guys. She doesn't want her intentions questioned. She is not trying to start drama in the house, and can make her own decisions. If they question her, she can walk them outside. She says she will see them at the rose ceremony bringing an end to the cocktail party. 

The men are confused. Someone has to know something. They start questioning who the last guy to talk to her was. Noah has to fess up.  

Bennett and Noah are going to get into it because Bennett thinks Noah is a baby. 

I don't know that Noah was being honest. I think they were giving him grief about being obnoxious, but I don't know that they thought Tayshia was being questions in the way he said they were. 

They all start railing on Noah. Eazy, Ed, Jordan. About half the men hadn't seen Tayshia yet at the party. Bennett says it's like arguing with a 14 year-old. He tells Noah that he owes everyone an apology for taking their time. 

It's time for roses...

Ivan, Noah, and Zac have roses from dates.

  1. Ben
  2. Eazy
  3. Riley
  4. Brendan
  5. Bennett
  6. Blake
  7. Demar
  8. Spencer
  9. Ed
Going home Kenny (who should have gone long ago), Jordan, Joe (who had so much class as he left), and Chasen. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Bachelorette: Tayshia: Week 2: An Obviously Scripted Episode

Hey! I actually quit work, ate and was ready to start on time tonight. That's an achievement. 

I'm hoping this goes by quick.

The second group date of Tayshia's first week is with Montel, Ivan, Demar, Ben, Chasen, Ed, Joe and Bennett. It's the first time for these guys to really see her since the first night. 

Two of Tayshia's friends lined up today's date, so supposedly, she doesn't know what is happening. They are in what looks like a classroom. They are going to do a Grown Man Challenge. Ash Kardash and her man Jared are leading the challenge. 

Tayshia is looking for a smart man, so the men will be tested in math and spelling. The first question calculates time. Bennett went to Harvard and thinks he is smart, but gets the first question wrong. And the second. He argues the wording of the word problem. Next is spelling. Limousine. Bennett can't spell either. Demar went to Arizona State and did better. That was his point, not mine. Nothing against ASU. 

The next challenge is tug-of-war. Man vs. man match-ups. Bennett claims an old football injury and doesn't participate. Between that and the math test, Tayshia's interest in him has waned.

After that, they do a breakfast in bed challenge where they make Tayshia breakfast in bed. Chasen needs some help, so instead of breakfast, he calls himself breakfast and takes off his shirt. Bennett in his robe tries to lay on extra charm. He feeds her, earning some points back. 

The man child of the evening has to carry a doll that cries, etc. Ed has to carry this around as long as Tayshia so desires. 

The Grown Man of the evening goes to Bennett, thanks to the last round evidently. He goes in for a kiss, and this ticks Chasen off. He thinks it's playing games and Tayshia doesn't appreciate it. I think she found it funny. 

Bennett brings his diploma with him and is still wearing his robe for the cocktail party. Chasen asks about his not competing in a physical challenge. Bennett retorts that he didn't even participate in one challenge and still won it. Chasen calls the kiss cringey like the robe Bennett's wearing. He makes a comment about dressing up for a cocktail party. Chasen is wearing a t-shirt.

Bennett tries to take Tayshia out first, but she wants to say hello to everyone first. Chasen ends up stealing her off first. Chasen talks about his little sister who is married and pregnant. 

Bennett and Ed muse over what Chasen is probably saying. Ed thinks Chasen is an actor. Granted, he's saying this holding his doll.

Tayshia's guard goes up around Ben for some reason, or so she says. She asks him why he's still single. Blah, blah, blah. He asks to kiss her. She is smitten by him. She calls him trouble. 

Ivan wins some points too. He blindfolds her, feeds her strawberries, and then goes feeds her his tongue. 

Bennett calls Chasen out on some stuff with Clare. Ed calls him a bad actor. I doubt getting into it with Chasen is going to serve him well in the long game. 

When Ed gets his time, he laughs off the baby. He says that he is 36 and wants kids. That's why he's hear. He's hear for the right reasons. He can't keep his mouth shut and brings up Chasen. He accuses Chasen of wanting Instagram followers. Back with the group, Ed admits he brought Chasen up to Tayshia and that he did tell her that he didn't think Chasen was there for the right reasons. 

Chasen's turn to defend himself. Tayshia, in fact, says he seems a little defensive. Chasen asks what was said. Mainly, that he was using the same words to describe Tayshia as Clare. After she sends him off, she needs a moment. Chasen goes back out and confronts Ed. Chasen calls himself a grown man. Actually, there's another descriptor in that title. 

Chasen is arguing with Ed when Tayshia starts coming back on the scene. It's rose time. She compliments Ben and Ivan. Ultimately, the rose goes to Ivan. 

The next night is the cocktail party and rose ceremony. Before Tayshia arrives, Chasen gives a speech saying he doesn't want any drama tonight. He gets into it with Ed again. Chasen admits that he did use one word to describe both Clare and Tayshia, but his new word is "smokeshow." Tayshia is a smokeshow.

Every man makes a face not knowing what the heck that meant. 

Ben in his awkward way gets his kiss during his time with her. He is really nerdy.

Joe brings some food. Someone brings popsicles. Demar reads a poem. 

Ed is going off to whoever will listen. Bennett cracks a joke about Chasen not being able to come up with a new adjective and instead creates a noun.

During Ed's time, he talks about Chasen being a bully the night before. Tayshia is over this drama already and calls Chasen out to talk. Chasen asks why they can't talk about this like a man instead of pointing fingers. It's so petty to her. 

Chasen comes back and calls Ed away. He admits he got over aggressive. The rest of the men can hear the whole conversation. Zac and Kenny go break it up. 

Then, Zac gets some time. He says he tries to stay out of it all. He's not there for He-Said/He-Said. Tayshia finds him more mature than some of the others. 

Chris Harrison comes in to break up the party. Tayshia has to go consider roses, so leaves the men to stew some more. 

I need a commercial to walk around so I don't fall out asleep at what a snooze this all is. 

Rose time!

There are 19 men... the ones with roses are Eazy, Brendan and Ivan. 

  1. Zac
  2. Riley
  3. Kenny (Why is he still around?)
  4. Ben (Thank goodness no more voice overs from him.)
  5. Demar
  6. Bennett
  7. Spencer
  8. Jordan
  9. Noah (He needs to shave his stupid looking lip worm.)
  10. Joe
  11. Blake
  12. Ed
  13. Chasen (You knew that was going to happen. Had to keep the drama around for the producers.)
Going home: Montel, Jay (who I keep confusing with Zac when I see him), and Peter. I couldn't figure out what his name was since he just got there last episode. She's already dissed two of the four guys that joined post-Clare. 

Chasen gives the toast. He annoys me. Why does he keep calling her a smokeshow? I'm so old and out of it, I had to Google to see if Chasen make up the term. 

It's a new day. Chris Harrison comes in with the date card.

"Eazy, Brendan, Joe, Jordan, Spencer, Ben, Ed, Chasen... I am looking for my perfect match." 

Someone thinks they know what the date is. Someone lamely says, "Puzzles." Someone else, "Wrestling." This idea amuses Eazy. Everyone knows it will be Ed vs. Chasen. 

Sure enough, wrestling. Tayshia thinks this will help with the tension. Badly scripted show. With the help of two female pro wrestlers, they will get some coaching. 

Tayshia thinks Chasen and Ed need to stay in their lanes. Joe is worried about the ex-NFL player (Eazy), the collegiate baseketball players... Joe was just all-conference volleyball in high school.

Chris comes out ringing his bell. Enough warm-ups. It's time to go prime time in front of an audience tonight. The winner of it all will win time with Tayshia. 

Oh, I forgot to mention in between all of Chasen's smokeshow references, he also references himself as the Wolverine.

He's going to take Ed out. 

How many people quarantined at this resort? Wells (the bartender from BIP) is there to commentate with Chris. 

Before they get started, the men have to oil up. 

First round... Eazy vs. Joe. The NFL player Joe was scared of. Eazy wins.

Brendan vs. Jordan. Nerd round. Jordan wins.

Spencer vs. Ben. It gets pretty rough. It is called a draw. Ben is bleeding and has to be tended to before the big round.

Chasen vs. Ed... because this whole show is scripted. Ed wants to talk to Chris first. His shoulders dislocate easily, and he doesn't want to end up in the hospital, so wants to back out of this match. Chasen hopes Tayshia sees that Ed is scared. Uh. 

Chris asks if any of the other guys want to fight for Tayshia. Noah jumps the fence and gets oiled up. Wells too thinks that Noah's moustache is ridiculous. Chasen looks like he's throwing punches, not wrestling. Chasen is uber aggressive. The referrees call Chasen the winner. 

Chasen is deemed winner of the night. Chris sends the men not on the date home. He was going to send Noah home, but Tayshia asks Noah to join them. 

A few men aren't so pleased about Noah crashing the party. Even more so when he takes Tayshia away first. He asks what she thought when he jumped the fence. She said it was bold. He's going to be himself. If it works out, great, if not, it's not meant to be. Tayshia says there's one thing... He answers, "You don't like moustaches?" She tells him to shave it. She wants to see what he looks like without it. Off he goes to do it. 

The rest of the guys muse how they don't think Noah is a threat. Ben's plan is to go last and take her a fresh drink for a nightcap.

Brendan talks to her about dating again post-divorce. Snooze. Tayshia kisses him to make him stop rambling. Her word. 

After a while, Chasen wonders where Noah is. Did he get sent home?

Ben is still waiting to be last. He thinks he has a better chance of getting the rose being a fresh memory. 

Every man goes off. One by one. 

Noah does come back and interrupt, then has Tayshia shave the moustache off for him. Tayshia thinks the kissing is much better now. 

Once Tayshia goes back to the group, she's ready to call it a night and hand out the rose. This is when Ben decides he wants time. Too late. Tayshia says she's done. Then she gives the rose to Noah. This really makes everyone mad as in my opinion they should be for the date crasher. 

That is where we end the night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Win a copy of Ottoman Dominion by Terry Brennan

Over the next few weeks, my blog tour team is reviewing Ottoman Dominion, the final book in the Empires of Armageddon trilogy. 

Learn more about this new release and the series, and while you're here, enter to win a copy of your own. 

About the book:


Diplomatic Security Service agent Brian Mullaney wants out. He's been drawn against his will into a dangerous international mission with world-ending implications--and his final assignment is going to pit him directly against the terrifying, evil entity known only as the Turk.


But when the Turk's minions breach the US embassy in Israel and the American ambassador disappears, Mullaney has no choice. He must accept his role as the final guardian of a mysterious box, his only weapon against the powers of darkness bent on preventing the second coming of the Messiah, no matter who or what they annihilate to accomplish their goal. Can this man who's already lost so much find the strength and faith to save the world--and fulfill the prophecy of peace?


The final volume of the Empires of Armageddon trilogy will have fans of Joel Rosenberg, Ronie Kendig, and Frank Peretti on the edge of their seats up to the final page.


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About the author:

Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher, The Brotherhood Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code, the three books in The Jerusalem Prophecies series. His latest series is Empires of Armageddon, which includes Ishmael Covenant, Persian Betrayal and Ottoman Dominion. 

A Pulitzer Prize is one of the many awards Brennan accumulated during his 22-year newspaper career. The Pottstown (PA) Mercury won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a two-year series published while he led the team as the newspaper’s Editor.

Starting out as a sportswriter in Philadelphia, Brennan became an editor and publisher for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York and later moved to the corporate staff of Ingersoll Publications (400 newspapers in the U.S., Ireland and England) as Executive Editor of all U.S. newspaper titles.

In 1996, Brennan transitioned into the nonprofit sector, spending 12 years as VP Operations for The Bowery Mission and six years as Chief Administrative Officer for Care for the Homeless,  both in New York City.

Terry and his wife, Andrea, now live in Danbury, CT.

More on Brennan can be found at www.terrybrennanauthor.com. He is also on Facebook (Terry Brennan) and Twitter (@terrbrennan1)

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Join the Roots of Wood and Stone blog tour!



Join the blog tour for Roots of Wood and Stone by debut author Amanda Wen. This book releases January 26 from Kregel.

The tour dates will be January 26-February 9. I'll be sending out emails about who made the tour around December 11.

The day before the tour starts (January 25), I will send out more details, including a book giveaway, an author Q&A, and the form for you to submit your tour links.

Click here to claim your copy!


About the Book


This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . . and their hearts

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn't expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary. Now she's on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother's historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer's, he can't afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who's fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love--and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God's plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.


About the Author


Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest, among others. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.

Amanda is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog, and is a regular contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on January 26, 2021.

In addition to her writing, Amanda is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team, as well as serving as a choral accompanist. She’s also been spotted onstage with the worship band at ACFW conferences. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Amanda currently lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

Learn more at www.amandawen.com, and follow her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen), Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

What do you pray when you don’t know what to say?

Part 2 of an Interview Stacey Thacker,

Author of Threadbare Prayer

What do you pray when the words just won’t come? When you’ve been on your knees in prayer and your jeans start to show wear, what else can you possibly say? Sometimes we can be worn to the point we simply don’t have the words to express our pain, worry or fears. Those are our threadbare prayers.

Stacey Thacker started writing her own threadbare prayers in her journal during her Bible study time. The prayers were very personal, but as she began to share them on her blog and social media, her friends and readers encouraged her to turn them into her next book. Throughout the pages of Threadbare Prayer: Prayers for Hearts that Feel Hidden, Hurt, or Hopeless (Abingdon Press), readers will see glimpses of some of the authors most threadbare moments. Through these 100 short but heartfelt devotions readers will find inspiration and words to pray during difficult times.

Q: How is it possible to pray when you don’t have words?

One of my favorite verses is found in Romans 8:26 and it says that “...the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” The Spirit knows our hearts, and we can trust Him to “tell the Father” on our behalf. That gives me freedom to know if I can’t call up the words, He is not speechless. The threadbare prayer in this verse, “Lord, I don’t know what to pray, but you do,” says it all.

Q: Threadbare prayer happens in the wilderness. Is there any way to prepare for those wilderness times?

I think the best way to prepare is to be in the Word, pray, and find deep fellowship with other believers. I have also learned that nothing prepares you for the wilderness like the “other” wilderness times.

When I lost my dad, God was preparing me to walk through the valley of the shadow of death with my husband. So even when we are threadbare, we need to take those wilderness times and listen to what the Lord is saying to our threadbare hearts.

Q: What are some of your favorite Bible verses that spoke to you during times spent in the wilderness?

Psalm 23:1 – “Lord you are my shepherd and I lack nothing” was the first.

2 Chronicles 20:12 – “Lord, I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you” is one I say over and over.

Psalm 116:2 – “Because he bends down to listen I will pray as long as I have breath.” (Lord I will breathe out constant prayers, because you are listening.)

Psalm 91:1 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’” (Lord, you are my secret dwelling place.)

Q: How is the best way to minister to a friend or family member while they are going through a threadbare time? Is it better to try to offer encouragement or simply a listening ear? 

Prayer and presence are so encouraging when possible. You don’t have to say anything really. Just pray, lend the strength of your presence, and do simple things for them. Bring them a coffee, a meal, watch their kids, send a note. I also think this is the type of book you can give to a friend who is hurting. You can mark a prayer and say, “I’m praying this for you.” It will mean so much.

Q: Could you say a prayer for someone reading this interview to help them find the words they need?

Psalm 68:19 says, “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.” Lord, in the midst of all that comes against us, remind us that your power and your promises persist as well.

We may be:



battle weary.

You are:




Lord help us to remember that when we need shelter you cover us. When we need daily bread you are able to rain it down from heaven. If we need a defender, you come quickly to protect us. It doesn’t matter what we need, you can provide it. It is amazing to think that you do all of this while you tenderly carry us in your arms.

Focusing on your daily care is such a comfort to our threadbare hearts because nobody cares for us like you do, Jesus.

So we will praise you Lord, because you carry us every single day.


Visit Stacey Thacker online at staceythacker.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@OfficialStaceyThacker), Twitter (@staceythacker), and Instagram (@staceythacker).

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Bachelorette: Tayshia: Week 1: Let's Start All Over Again

This post is actually a day late because I wasn't home to blog when The Bachelorette was home. It's after 9 PM now, and I was ready for bed an hour ago, so let's see if I make it through this mess tonight. (I'm also sidetracked with updating some things on The Crafty Dad and Daughter site because it hasn't been updated in a while, so it's like 10:15 after only watching about 10 minutes of the show.)

The men are wondering who is next up now that Clare is off the scene. 

The men all rise as Tayshia enters the room. Eazy has to pick his jaw up off the ground. Some of the men definitely have no issue with this change whatsoever. 

Tayshia says a week ago she never would have imagined being there, but you know she was quarantined longer than that. 

There are 16 men who have stuck around...

Ivan is who we see Tayshia taking off first. Do we know Ivan? I don't really recall Ivan because he's not Dale. I think Ivan is definitely more into Tayshia than Clare. 

Riley is ready for his turn. He too seems to be more into Tayshia. A lot of these guys are younger, so the age is a better fit. There are also more men of color left around than usual, especially at this point. Just the diversity of the cast, seems a little stacked in a way that seems Tayshia and her preferences may have been cast. 

Blake who was really upset about Clare's exit is feeling more connection in meeting Tayshia once than Clare in four meetings.

Jason had feelings for Clare, but he knows he's still there for the right reasons. 

Tayshia talks to a few more men before Chris Harrison comes and interrupts, taking Tayshia away. Chris breaks the news that she's not just going to meet 16 guys tonight. There's more coming in the limo pulling up.

The guys that have been through the Clare ordeal are deflated to say the least. Kenny is full of rude comments and angst. If Clare had paid any attention to him, she'd have kicked him off already. He's a jerk. 

Given how they were quarantining, you have to be stupid to not think this was all planned from the get go. 

Doing this intro part just means a lot of pausing and unpausing, adding to the time spent on tonight's blog. Sigh. Finishing this tonight doesn't look good.

Spencer - 30 - Water Treatment Engineer - La Jolla, CA -- I don't mind looking at him. Maybe this isn't so bad. Tayshia thinks he's hot. He walks awkwardly in the room. He asks which one of them scared off Clare. Obviously, he hasn't gotten the 411 on what happened before he arrived.

Montel - 30 - Gym Owner, Boston, MA -- He keeps saying, "Nice to meet you." 

Peter - 32 - Real Estate Agent - Framington, MA -- Just a hello before he pops inside.

Noah - 25 - Registered Travel Nurse - Tulsa, OK -- The guys inside aren't worried about him for some reason. He pulls out a stethoscope and has her listen to where his heart is from the start.

Tayshia comes back in. Is that it? The four new guys are going to have a tough time meshing in. The old guys are annoyed that she's getting time and intros to the new guys coming in given they have been there. 

Spencer of the new group pulls Tayshia off next. 

Chris Harrison pops in to leave a first impression rose. 

Now back to some of the other guys talking to her. Who knows anything about some of these guys? She finds Zac C. interesting. I don't know why. 

Peter is one of 11 kids and has a twin brother. 

Another guy dances with her, someone plays corn hole.

It is time for the rose. Tayshia pulls Spencer away and tells him that her heart skipped a beat when he came out of the limo. Oh goodness, here we go again. SERIOUSLY? That's how it started with Dale!

There's about to be a rose ceremony. This is going to stink for some people. Oh wait! Change of plans! No rose ceremony. She's going to cancel it. She sent Chris Harrison packing. I bet that was planned all along too. 

We now interrupt Tayshia's journey to find love so that Chris Harrison can sit down with Clare and Dale to get the real scoop on how the two fell in love in two weeks, or did they have contact before the show started? Chris is going to get answers. 

Chris is going to talk to Clare first. It's been a dream come true for her. 

They go back to the first night when Dale came out of the limo. It was love at first sight. 

Thankfully the chat is short (because it's boring) before Dale comes out. Chris asks Dale if it was love at first sight. He says it was for him too. Though they didn't know it, they were on the same page all along the way. How many times they can say "Show up for me" I don't know. It's overkill. 

So, let's get down to the question about previous interaction... had they communicated before filming started. Oh, my. It hurts Clare to be questioned. It hurts to her core. She denies lying to Bachelor Nation. Dale agrees they never texted, messaged, anything. He never had her number until after they were engaged and he was going back to him home. 

Clare said she followed a lot of guys on social media to see what they did in their down times. Dale was the one being strong, open, and vulnerable on his Instagram or at least according to Clare.

What is coming up? Clare says, "Baaaabiiiiiiieeees." 

Now, back to Tayshia. 

Tayshia is a little concerned some of the guys are still hung up on Clare. 

The men are awaiting the date card. Chris brings it. The good ness to start... everyone is getting dates.

"Blake, Riley, Zac, Jordan, Noah, Peter, Kenny, Jay, Eazy, Spencer -- Here's to a second shot at love."

Tayshia emerges from the pool in that signature move that's been in the commercials. The men take off their shirts to dive in. Kenny evidently can't figure out how to remove a shirt without being awkward. 

Chris comes back out to announce a competition. He divides the men into two teams and sends them to locker rooms to get dressed. Speedos. Here we go again. I'm sure Blake isn't pleased. 

It's Splashball time! basically water basketball. 

Riley elbows Spencer when the game gets intense. Riley doesn't like Spencer's attitude, and he tried to make out like it was accidental, but it wasn't. 

The blue team of Spencer, Eazy, Zac, Noah, and Jay (I think that's right) get to have a BBQ with Tayshia. 

Blake does the walk of shame back home with his green team (along with Kenny and Riley). They miss the BBQ, but will come back later for more time with Tayshia. 

Meanwhile on the other side of the resort, Jason tells Joe that he's not sure how much fight he has in him because he had feelings for Clare. He fears the one-on-one.

The rest of the the guys await the next date card. A knock. Here it is.

"Brendan - Let's start our journey to fall in love."

Back to the date. 

Eazy tells Tayshia she makes him nervous. He uses the line that he feels like he may have just met his wife as corny as it sounds. 

Tayshia is really into Zac C. Loud smacky kisses. I don't see it, like I didn't see the Dale thing. 

She and Riley talk about how many kids they want. 

Spencer and Riley get into it a little bit about their confrontation during the game and cracked ribs.

Kenny calls Spencer out for being obnoxious.

Some of the other men agree. 

When it's Spencer's turn, she gives him an ice pack for his lip. She asks if there is some animosity with Riley.

Time for the rose... Comments to Spencer, Zac, and Eazy. She gives it to Eazy. 

After the date, Jason decides he's done. Zac tells him he's a stronger man walking out than he was walking in. Jason goes to find Tayshia and tell her. 

Jason tells her that he is happy she is there. He let his walls down, and he fell for Clare. She deserves someone amazing and all in, and he just can't do it anymore. 

She tells him this is a fear of hers. Probably more than really caring if he leaves, Tayshia probably wonders what the other guys think. Jason assures him the other 19 are there for the long haul. 

The next morning, Tayshia comes in on one horse and guiding another along for Brendan. 

He tells Tayshia her look, her style, her energy is right up her alley. Kiss up much? Oh, and he can't wait to kiss her. 

It's a small, small quarantined world, so they run into Chris Harrison who serves them margaritas for their ride. 

Chris then runs off to the other side of the resort to interrupt them again and again. What else is there to do? 

After a while on the horses, to the pool they go. Pool makeout time, of course.

Onto fake dinner. Brendan needs to tell her he has been married. It was his early 20s, it was his high school sweetheart he'd known since childhood. There wasn't any cheating, but it counseling didn't work. She thought children weren't really in their future, but he wanted kids.

Randomness here... A few weeks ago, I was trying to figure out who this guy was at a rose ceremony. Early in the season, I refer back to the cast page on the Bachelorette website. This guy, in his promo picture has mop hair which he does now too, but in his cast photo, he has bright blue eyes. His photo looks very different from the other guys. This guy sitting her talking, eating fake dinner most definitely has brown eyes. Other than a version of moppy hair, he doesn't really look like his photo at all. 

Now, carrying on. Tayshia wants to know if he wants to know what she thinks. She's more understanding than he may think. She also got married at a young age. They met in college, but there were issues. So, she's not going to kick him out the door for it. She felt like she wasn't alone. They had a bonding moment. She does want kids (5 in fact) in the future. She gives him the rose and they watch fireworks. 

She calls her day magical. 

The men are jealous about the fireworks even though they can see them from where they are. ;)

No rose ceremony at the end of the episode. I don't recall when we had one last.