Jan 272020

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Quite A Ways To Go

It might sound silly, but to William “Scoob” Lamar, the WELCOME TO ALABAMA THE BEAUTIFUL sing looks…well, beautiful. Not as beautiful as his best friend Shenice Lockwood in her yellow sundress, but beautiful enough to make Scoob tip his head back, close his eyes, and sigh into the breeze blowing through the open passenger-side window of G’ma’s Winnebago.

Jan 262020

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

It’s still dark out, it’s 41° right now, but the high is supposed to be 68°, low of 50°

Calico Confusion (Marjorie’s Cozy Kitten Cafe Book 1) by Katherine Hayton

Listening To…
Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Books Reviewed Last Week…

So glad A Million Little Things is back on!!!

Weekly Steps…
My steps were down last week because I had to go to Ohio for my brother in law Eddy’s funeral. I only track my steps when I’m at work and I only worked 3 days, my steps were 34,124

In The Kitchen…
This week I plan on making a pot of Vegetable soup, Sloppy Joes, something with chicken, and homemade pizza

New To Me Stuff:
I thought I’d give this a try and it’s really good!

Today’s To Do List…
Work this morning then my son Anthony and I might go do something, if not I’ll just hang around the house

Looking forward to…
I don’t have any plans, yet, for this week

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Thou shalt have no other gods before me
Exodus 20:3

From the camera…

Silly Jaspurr curled up in her cat tree

Jan 242020

Instant Pot White Beans with Smoked Sausage
(I moved the sausage out of the way so you could see everything else better)

2 tsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage cut into 1/2 inch disks, pork or turkey
1 small onion finely chopped
2 carrots diced
2 celery stalks diced
4 cups chicken broth (low-sodium), warmed
1 lb dried small white beans rinsed and picked over, like navy beans
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme OR 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
When oil gets hot, brown the cut sausage on both sides. Transfer browned meat to a shallow dish and cover loosely with foil.
Add onion, carrots and celery to the pot and saute until onion is soft, 3-4 minutes.
Add broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
Put the sausage back into the pot, add sorted and rinsed beans and stir to combine.
Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/-keys and program the Instant Pot for 60 minutes.
When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
Serve hot, alongside fresh cornbread (optional).

This was quick and easy meal to make. I left the celery out because I didn’t have any and I used Cajun seasoning because I love it and anyway I didn’t have any fresh thyme.

My son doesn’t like his food very spicy so I thought using 1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning might be a little too much for him but decided to give it a try. When I asked him if he liked it he said it was a bit spicy but really good.

My favorite thing about making this recipe in the Instant Pot was that I didn’t have to boil the beans and let them sit for an hour or so. Just pick, rinse, and add to the IP. So easy! So good!

Weekend Cooking

Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays

Jan 202020

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

It was late in both day and season for planting, but she had no choice in the matter. Her husband hadn’t understood the urgency, having never nurtured a garden. Nor did he hold an appreciation for its bounty, and as a result had been gently irritable with her that morning. Wishing she would focus on more important tasks instead, of which there were many, as they’d moved in only the week before. It was true much of the garden could wait – little happened during these later months, as bulbs rested dormant, waiting for the rain and warmth of spring. But this particular plant, with it’s bell-shaped flowers plentiful, would not be so patient. Besides, it was a gift and came with specific instructions, so there was no alternative but to get it in the ground. Today.

Jan 152020

It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Original recording
Publisher: Audible Original
Audible.com Release Date: August 1, 2019
Language: English, English

Close your eyes and get ready to see the world in a new and more positive way. As a child in Toronto, Molly Burke was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and became completely sightless as a teenager. Now an award-winning YouTube star and global Influencer, Molly shares what it’s like to be a purple-haired, pink-obsessed fashion and makeup lover in a seeing world. She speaks with authenticity and candor about how she tackles the preconceived notions we have around blindness; Molly has made it her mission to make us see her – and ourselves- in a wholly empowering way. Learn about her struggles with bullying and anxiety, her quest for inclusivity, how she built a successful Influencer business (with more than 1.8 million followers), and what it’s really like to travel with the true star of this audio, her service dog, Gallop.

I had never heard of Molly Burke before seeing this Audible Original. After listening to it I subscribed to her YouTube channel.

Molly tells us what it was like loosing her site from a young age and up to the time she wrote the book. I learned alot about what it would be like to loose your site slowly, after years of being able to see. She is brutaly honest about many things, and talks about her fears, accomplishments, family, friends and what it was like to be bullied for being blind. That part upset me a lot. Bullying is just plan wrong in any circumstance, but especially so when the person is disabled in any way.

I really enjoyed listening to Molly talk about her service dogs, her love for them was evident in her voice. She talked about how people can make it so hard for someone who depends on a service dog, and what is ok and not ok to do when you see someone with a service dog.

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, the author did a great job with the narration. I would recommend it to everyone.

2020 Diversity Challenge

2020 Non-Fiction Challenge

2020 Audiobook Challenge

Jan 132020

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:
The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers’ Invitation
Would you like to meet the tiger
Who lives there in that clock?
Or see that Eiffel Tower
And hear a French man talk?

Would you like to use a telephone?
It’s a tin can on a string
That lets you reach the castle
Where a most majestic king
His Majesty King Friday
is in charge of everything!

Jan 092020

Regretting You audiobook cover art

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Lauren Ezzo
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-10-19
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

This book had my feelings all over the place. At first I was thinking “this book is so good! I love Morgan, Chris, Jenny, Jonah and Clara”. Then I was thinking “Morgan and Clara are so aggravating. What in the world is wrong with them?”

Then slowly, things happened that made me like them again. And I loved Johna, Miller and his gramps all the way through the book.

This is a book that took me on a roller coaster of feelings. I laughed with them, cried with them, and felt their pain. And in the end I loved them again.

The two narrators did a great job!

This is the first book I’ve read by Hoover, but I plan on reading more from her. This book was outstanding!

Krisy Woodson Harvey’s 2020 Reading Challenge Month-by-Month

2020 Audiobook Challenge


Jan 062020

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by [Lefkowitz DVM, Laura]

Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by Laura Lefkowitz DVM

Chapter 1
Night Of Traumas

Summer is the busy season in the veterinary ER business. Dogs and cats are fighting, animals bolting in front of cars, and garbage cans are being knocked over, their contents scavenged. Grass awns are finding their way into our animals’ eyes and ears. Owners are camping with their dogs who are drinking stagnant water, eating poisonous mushrooms, and riding loose in truck beds. Hunting dogs are nosing up to venomous snakes, or cornering sharp-toothed animals, or overheating in the excitement of the chase. Disease-carrying ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are biting through the protective fur of animals’ coats. Unvaccinated puppies are sniffing virus-laden feces in the park. Cats are scrapping over their territories and arriving at out hospital with nasty wounds on their bodies. Every summer the veterinary business booms.

Jan 052020

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Today’s high is expected to be 61° with sunny skies, my kind of day!

That I got to spend Christmas with my 3 kids and their families, and the families of my son in law and daughter in law

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

Listening To…
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Books Reviewed Last Week…

My kids have talked me into watching The Mandalorian on Disney+, so I’ll start it today

Steps Last Week…

In The Kitchen…
Hot Dogs topped with leftover Chili

New To Me Stuff:
Instant Pot™ Omni Plus Toaster Oven
Air Fry, Dehydrate, Toast, Roast, Bake, Broil, Slow Cook, Proof or Reheat, Convection, Rotate

Today’s To Do List…
We were going to go to IKEA to get a few more shelves for food and small kitchen appliances but decided to wait, so it’ll be the usual for me, laundry, tv, reading

Looking forward to…
The return of Virgin River on Netflix

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38

From the camera…

December 31st was Kaiyo’s  5th birthday!

Jan 042020


I got an Instant Pot™ Omni Plus Toaster Oven for Christmas

It’s functions are Air Fry, Rotisserie, Dehydrate, Convection Oven, Toast, Roast, Bake, Broil, Slow Cook, Proof & Reheat

It is just over 27 qts. and has 11 Smart Programs


Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Care Kit


Six new coffee cups, there were 2 Reese’s cups 🙂

All were gifts


I  bought 3 of these ceramic tumblers at Publix and I love them!

Weekend Cooking

In My Kitchen

Dec 302019

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Narrated by Tanya Eby & Lauren Ezzo

Chapter One

I wonder if humans are the only living creatures that ever feel hollow inside.
I don’t understand how my body can be full of everything bodies are full of – bones and muscles and blood and organs – yet my chest sometimes feels vacant, as if someone could scream into my mouth and it would echo inside of me.

I’ve been feeling this way for a few weeks now. I was hoping it would pass because I’m beginning to worry about what’s causing this emptiness. I have a great boyfriend I’ve been dating for almost two years now. If I don’t count Chris’s moments of intense teenage immaturity (mostly fueled by alcohol), he’s everything I want in a boyfriend. Funny, attractive, loves his mother, has goals. I don’t see how he could be the cause of this feeling.

Would you keep reading?

This is my First Book Of  2020 so I’ll be starting it 1/1/20

Dec 302019

Click on the buttons to go to the sign up pages and get details


Feels Like Falling

2020 Reading Challenge Month-by-Month

Hosted by author Kristy Woodson  Harvey

January: Book Related to Your New Year’s Resolution
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

February: Biography or Memoir
Brother & Sister: A Memoir by Diane Keaton

March: Book in a Series

April: Try an Audiobook

May: Feels Like Falling! & Join Us May 15 for a FB Live Discussion

June: Classic Beach Book

July: Thriller So Scary You Have to Read on the Beach in Daylight

August: Historical Fiction

September: Book That Has Been in Your TBR Pile Forever

October: New Release Impulse Buy

November: One of Your Family Member’s Favorite Books

December: Holiday-Themed Book


All books linked must feature a book about food


Two updates:
June 30
December 15

I’m going for: Stenographer: 10-15

1. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
2. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke


No levels but there is an optional Mini Challenge for each month

January to March Link-Up

April to June Link-Up

July to September Link-Up

October to December Link-Up

1. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke


Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category

My Categories (Books Subject To Change)
1. Memoir:
Brother & Sister by Diane Keaton

2. Disaster Event:
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by Garrett M. Graff

3. Social Science

4. Related to an Occupation:
Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by Laura Lefkowitz DVM

5. History:

6. Feminism:

7. Psychology:

8. Medical Issue:
It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

9. Nature:
The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben

10. True Crime:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

11. Science:

12. Published in 2020:


British Crime Classics Challenge

No levels

1. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie



No Levels


Purring – Read 1-10 cat mysteries


January – March Quarterly Link Up
April – June Quarterly Link Up
July – September Quarterly Link Up
October – December Quarterly Link Up
1-9 – Rookie Status


I’m going for: Peckish – 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries