Dec 192017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle
Eat a piece of fruit
Listen to your favorite music for 10 min.
Listen to a guided meditation cd

Plus
POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 12/12: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 12/13: 9,803
Thursday ~ 12/14: didn’t track
Friday ~ 12/15: 10,804
Saturday ~ 12/16: 9,281
Sunday ~ 12/17: 7,691
Monday ~ 12/18: 9,533

Dec 192017
 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
by Jessica Bruder

Chapter One: The Squeeze Inn
On the foothill freeway, about an hour inland from Los Angeles, a mountain range looms ahead of northbound traffic, bringing suburbia to a sudden stop. This wilderness is the southern edge of the San Bernardino Mountains, a “tall, precipitous escarpment” in the words of the United States Geological Survey. It’s part of a formation that began growing eleven milion years ago along the San Andreas Fault and is still rising today, gaining a few millimeters each year as the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other. The peaks appear to grow much faster, howeveer, when you’re driving straight at them. They’re the kind of sight that makes you sit up straighter and starts a swelling sensation in your chest, a feeling like helium crowding your ribcage, enough perhaps to carry you away.

Hosted @ Bibliophile by the Sea

Dec 172017
 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Narrated by Christina Moore
Newbery Honor Book

Listening Length: 54 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Recorded Books
Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2008

Never out of print since its 1944 publication, this tender story offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding. At its heart is Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, who is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all.

In restoring the reproduction of Louis Slobodkin’s artwork, this new edition recaptures the original vivid color. And to celebrate the book’s enhanced beauty, Helena Estes, the daughter of the author, has written a new letter to readers about the true story behind The Hundred Dresses.

Thoughts
I didn’t remember ever hearing about this before seeing it online, but have since learned that it was required reading in many elementary schools.

The book is really short, but it’s full of lessons every child should learn, like bullying or making fun of someone is not acceptable, and that if you see/hear anyone bullying someone you should say stand up for that person.

It also shows that even if you don’t believe what someone says, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It may not be exactly the way it sounds, but still it could be true.

The book also shows how important forgiving someone is. It makes you feel so much better than holding a grudge.

I loved this book and think it should be required reading for young children. Most adults will probably love it too.

Dec 142017
 

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, Rachel Agee, Gabe Wicks
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 10-17-17
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

Now a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Capital Gaines offers readers a ringside seat as Chip relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

Thoughts
I’ve watched Fixer Upper for a years and love not only the show but Chip and Joanna and their relationship. Chip never fails to make me lol and I enjoy the banter between the two of them. I also love the way they transform a so so house into a beautiful place to call home.

As soon as I saw this book I knew I wanted to read it. I learned a lot about Chip that I didn’t know. I learned about his childhood, that he owned a few businesses when he was young, and his love for family and friends, and so much more.

He takes you on a very interesting journey of his life and I enjoyed every minute of it. Whether you are a Chip fan or not, this book is so worth reading/listening to, a 5★.

 

Dec 122017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle
Eat a piece of fruit
Listen to your favorite music for 10 min.
Listen to a guided meditation cd

Plus
POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 12/5: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 12/6: 11, 201
Thursday ~ 12/7: 10,027
Friday ~ 12/8: 10,099
Saturday ~ 12/9: 8,676
Sunday ~ 12/10: didn’t track
Monday ~ 12/11: 10,230

Dec 102017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s a sunny and beautifully cold day & 39° after a low of 34°, it’s supposed to reach 57°

Thankful…
For a warm house and comfy blankets

Reading…
Today I’m going to read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a book I saw was a favorite of Janet @ Joyful Jottings

Listening To…
I have 2 more hours of Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones and I’m loving it, this guy is really funny

Watching…
Lots of Christmas movies

Fitness…
is going good, I’ve decided I want to lose about 10 lbs

In The Kitchen…
Steak & baked potato

Today’s To-Do List…
I’ve always loved just getting in the car and taking off for parts unknown, may do that today

One Of My Favorite Things:
Have you tried McDonald’s Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich? It’s SO GOOD.  The only one I could find online was on a McMuffin, but my local McDonald’s has it on a bun. Yum!!

A Website I’d Like To Share:
I love movies and A Good Movie To Watch helps you find one

Pin It & Do It…
I found a Simple BBQ Ribs recipe that sounds really good

A Favorite Bible Verse…

 

A Favorite Quote…
Image result for picture quotes

From The Camera….

Dec 092017
 

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January: Diversify Your Reading: Unashamed by Lecrae Moore

February: One Word:

March: Travel the World:

April: Read Locally:

May: Book to Screen:

June: Crack the Case:

July: Vacation Reads:

August: Award Winners:

September: Don’t Turn Out The Light:

October: New or Old:

November: Family:

December: Wrapping It Up:

Dec 082017
 

Murder on the Orient Express cover art

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 10
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 09-10-13
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again….

Thoughts
This is a whodunnit at it’s best. Poirot is my favorite detective, and Christie always does a great job with his character. He always makes me think one person is guilty, then makes me change my mind usually more than once, and then says who the killer is and it shocks me every time.

There were more characters than I normally like in a book, but the descriptions of them are so vivid that I had no problem keeping them straight.

There were so many clues, so much happening, and so many ways the story could have gone, but in the end it was one of the best endings I’ve ever read in a book.

The book was narrated by Dan Stevens who did a great job with all the voices.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all lovers of  this genre of book.

Dec 052017
 

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I’ve always believed we should not only do what we can to have a healthy body, but we should also work to have a healthy mind and spirit. I recently reviewed The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking so I was really excited Friday when I stumbled on this HYGEE challenge @ Albie Knows. You can join or just follow along using #25DAYSOFHYGGE on Instagram & Twitter. You can also check out her YouTube channel.

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Listen to a guided meditation cd

Week 1:
Week 2:
Week 3:
Week 4:

I’m going to do this challenge again this month:POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 11/28: 10,060
Wednesday~ 11/29: 10,409
Thursday ~ 11/30: 10,015
Friday ~ 12/1: didn’t track
Saturday ~ 12/2: 9,386
Sunday ~ 12/3: 8,809
Monday ~ 12/4: 10,034
Dec 032017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s a sunny and beautiful day, 78°, and the sky is pale blue with  a few fluffy white clouds

Thankful…
For the Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas Tree my son Anthony bought me yesterday. It even plays the Linus & Lucy song. We can’t have a big tree this year because we have a kitten who would love it a little too much, and so he surprised me with this tree. Jaspurr tried messing with it while I was putting it together, but hasn’t since I set it on a small table. I’ve watched A Charlie Brown Christmas just about every year since I was 8. I love my tree!

Reading…
Tomorrow I’ll be starting Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens Of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

Listening To…
Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book by Bobby Bones

Watching…
My son and daughter in law talked me into trying This Is Us, so I did. Wow! This show is amazing! I’ve got 4 more episodes to go and I’ll have caught up on seasons 1 &  2.

Fitness…
I’m going to do the POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge again this month

In The Kitchen…
I made spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread so we’ve had that the last 2 nights. Tonight I’ll probably make Salisbury steaks and baked potatoes

Today’s To-Do List…
Try to finish This Is Us and Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition by Richard Bach

One of my favorite things:
My Black & Decker Lids Off, which I’ve had for quite a few years. I have trouble with my hands and it’s hard to open jars. This is perfect for me and now I don’t have to ask someone to help me open lids. I love it!

A website I’d like to share:
Lifehacker

Pin It & Do It…
I found a Chicken & Waffles Casserole and really want to try it soon

A Favorite Bible Verse…
1 Corinthians 12:7-11

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

A favorite quote…

From the camera….

Dec 022017
 

Last weekend I needed to make some baked beans for a cookout and wanted to try a new recipe. I found this recipes for Anastasia’s Best-Ever Baked Beans, and thought it sounded good. My son who isn’t a big baked bean lover, loved them. He ate two helpings and then the next night ate the leftovers. I have to say I agree with him, they were really good.

Anastasia’s Best-Ever Baked Beans
5 cans of pork and beans (15 ounce cans)
2 medium or 1 large onion, chopped (yellow or sweet onion, not vidalia)
1 to 2 tablespoons butter (for sauteing onions)
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (use less for less sweetness)
6 to 8 slices uncooked bacon, each cut in half or thirds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees f. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Saute onions over medium to medium-high heat in butter until onions are tender and translucent.

Mix beans, sauteed onions, ketchup, mustard, molasses and brown sugar until blended well. Pour in prepared baking dish. Top with uncooked bacon in single layer. Bake on middle rack of oven uncovered for 2-3 hours. Beans are ready when the top is dark and caramelized. Serve warm. Enjoy!

TIP
These can also be thrown together and cooked in the slow cooker set on low for 6 to 8 hours as well. It won’t get that nice caramelize top, but it will still be delicious if you’re in a pinch for time. Be sure to saute you onions!

 

Weekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Dec 012017
 

Talking as Fast as I Can cover art

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 11-29-16

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”

Thoughts
I love Lauren Graham and I enjoyed Someday, Someday, Maybe. So when I saw this book I knew I wanted to read (listen) to it.

I learned a lot about the author that I didn’t know. One of those things was that she lived on a houseboat for a time while she was growing up. This resonated with me because my husband and I came really close to buying a houseboat when our kids were young. But in the end we decided not to because they didn’t want to leave their friends and live on the water. I know, what was wrong with them?

Lauren talks a lot about her years on Gilmore Girls, the show, the relationships with her co-workers, the emotions of everyone when the show was ending etc.  And of course those stories were my favorite part of the book. I also loved hearing the stories of her growing up, the years of trying to make it as an actor, and her dating life.

The book is very funny of course, and she gives the reader bits of advice that you may or may not take, but will enjoy hearing either way.

This is a short book and it is well worth the time. It’s interesting, funny, and informative.

The author narrated the book and I thought she did a good job, but at times I found her a bit over the top. But of course, that’s Lauren Graham.

Nov 282017
 

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I had Thursday off and I asked for Saturday and Sunday off, so that was an extra day off. That means less steps. That’s ok though, I rarely get Sat. & Sun. off and that was my birthday present to myself.

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
At Least 3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Week 1:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- grateful for time to take Kaiyo to the groomer, cooler weather, Starbucks Caramel ice coffee

Week 2:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- watched a documentary

Week 3:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- ate a piece of fruit

Week 4:
1- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
2- went to a park
3- listened to a guided meditation

Plus

POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

 

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 11/21: 7,639
Wednesday~ 22/8: 10,115
Thursday ~ 23/16: didn’t track
Friday ~ 11/24: 11,200
Saturday ~ 25/11: didn’t track
Sunday ~ 11/26: didn’t track
Monday ~ 11/27: 9,023