Aug 082017


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog


prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Pick Two, Three Times A Week:
Tai Chi
Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Wall Sits
Building Strength with Susan
Moving With Susan
SparkPeople Workout Videos

Steps Last Week:
Tuesday~ 8/1: 7,916
Wednesday~ 8/2: 8,559
Thursday ~ 8/3: didn’t track
Friday ~ 8/4: 10,036
Saturday ~ 8/5: didn’t track
Sunday ~ 8/6: didn’t track
Monday ~ 8/7: didn’t track

I need to start tracking every day, not just the days I work

Tuesday: Smoked Sausage dogs with chow chow
Wednesday: Chicken, baked beans & cole slaw
Thursday: Soup
Friday: Corned Beef sandwiches
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Left over pizza
Monday: Chinese

Aug 062017

The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

File Size: 567 KB
Print Length: 145 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Indrajit GARAI (August 25, 2016)
Publication Date: August 25, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

This is a collection of three short stories and it only takes a few hours to read the book.

The Move: There was a lot of sadness in this short story, a father trying to save the farm his family had owned for years, and doing whatever it takes to try and make that happen. He also wants to protect his son from any hardships. Very emotional.

The Listener: A story about Matthew, a boy who didn’t have the greatest home life, but did find solace in a forest, especially from one tree. Then men start showing up, marking some of the trees, and those trees start being cut down. Matthew does not want to loose his tree so he sets out to make sure it stays safe.

The Sacrifice: This story was about a boy who’s mother is in a drug rehab so he goes to live with his grandfather. Each look out for the other and do what they can to make sure the other is ok. The grandfather is a writer who hasn’t had good luck with his last 3 books, but since Artur, his grandson has come to live with him his writing has produced a book that could be a best seller.

I really enjoyed this book, all three stories left a big impression on me. Although the last story is called The Sacrifice, they all could be named that because all three have characters that make sacrifices.

This book was an emotional read and the stories will stay with me for a while. The characters were “real”, some were good people and some were bad. And together they made really good stories.

Would recommend this book for anyone who likes something different and/or short stories.

Aug 062017

Sunday Stealing

Do You Have Freckles?

Do You Sleep With Your Closet Doors Open Or Closed?
Closed, open would be weird

Can You Whistle?
Nope, I’ve tried and tried

Did You Wake Up Cranky today?
I never wake up cranky, why would I?

Zodiac Sign
Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp

What Is Your Eye Color?

Take A Vitamin Daily?

Do You Sing In The Shower?

What Did You Have For Lunch?
Haven’t had lunch yet today, yesterday I had Taco Bell

Do You Watch The Olympics?

Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean?
Pool, but I’d rather be at the beach

Bottled Water Or Tap Water?

Do You Work Better With Or Without Music?
With, or listening to an audiobook

Can You Curl Your Tongue?

Is There Anything Pink Within 10 Feet Of You?
A Memo Cube Holder, the papers on top are pink

Have You Ever Caught A Butterfly?

Are You Easily Influenced By Other People?
Depend on what the subject is

Do You Have Strange Dreams?
All the time, I’ve woken up the whole house because I was laughing in my sleep

Do You Like Going On Airplanes?
Only been on one once, from Florida to NYC, but I LOVED it!!

Name One Movie That Made You Cry
An Affair To Remember which is my favorite “classic” movie, and The Notebook which is my “newer” favorite movie.

Peanuts Or Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower Seeds

If I Handed You A Concert Ticket Right Now, Who Would You Want The Performer To Be?
I’d want to see Bob Seger again. I saw him at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in ’83, best concert ever!

Are You A Picky Eater?
Not really, but I won’t eat organ meat, souse, or chitterlings, and a few other things

Are You A Heavy Sleeper?
No, the smallest noise wakes me up

Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning?
I couldn’t live in Florida if I did, it’s the lightning capital of North America

Do You Like Your Music Loud?
When I’m at work and sometimes when I’m alone

Would You Rather Carve Pumpkins Or Wrap Presents?
Wrap presents

What’s The Next Movie You Want To See In Theaters?

Been On The Computer For 5 Hours Straight?
Many times

Do You Like Meeting New People?
Depends where and why

What Are Three Things You Did Today?
Said my prayers, read today’s scheduled Bible verses, cuddled with my dog

What Do You Wear To Bed?
Light PJ’s, it’s hot and humid in Florida

Do You Wear Jeans Or Sweats More?
Jean capris, don’t wear sweats at all

Name Something That Relaxes You
Being at the beach and snuggling with my cat and dog

Aug 052017

Healthy Five Ingredient Recipes: Delicious Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less

Healthy Five Ingredient Recipes by Hannie P. Scott

File Size: 2949 KB
Print Length: 68 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546720464
Publisher: Hannie P. Publishing (May 15, 2017)
Publication Date: May 15, 2017

Healthy Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less!
Are you tired of complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients? Are you looking for delicious and easy recipes with only a few simple ingredients? Now you and your family can eat healthy meals with simple and delicious five ingredient recipes.

Healthy and wholesome ingredients Easy to understand, step-by-step directions 50 healthy recipes in 5 ingredients or less
Less is more because you will be spending less time shopping and cooking, and more time eating healthy foods with your family!

This cookbook was created out of necessity. I was tired of searching far and wide for ingredients that I would only use once every six months. Who wants to spend all that time and money on complex recipes you will never even cook? That’s what led me to create this cookbook full of step-by-step recipes that are easy to follow and simply prepared. Most importantly, they are healthy and your family will love them. All of the recipes only require 5 ingredients or less!

Check out some of mouth-watering recipes:
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Buffalo Chicken Pieces
Grilled Orange Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Zucchini Fritters
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
White Chicken Chili
Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup

Full-Time Mom, Best-Selling Author, and Lover of Food, Hannie P. Scott is a best-selling author that knows a thing or two about cooking! Cooking and experimenting with foods is her life passion. Driven by her desire for cooking for others (and herself), Hannie spends a lot of time in the kitchen. She enjoys sharing her love of food with the world by creating “no-nonsense” recipe books that anyone can use. You can find cooking tips, advice, and recipes on her blog.

FYI: The book is now on sale at Amazon for .99¢


This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve seen in a while. I love that there are only 5 ingredients or less and just a few simple steps.

At the beginning of the book there is a list of abbreviations, conversions, and an introduction.

Then this quote which I love:
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating”
Lucino Pavorotti

All the recipes sound good, but here are two that I want to start with:

Pineapple Salsa Chicken
Servings: 6

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 16oz. jar of tomato salsa
1 20oz. can of pineapple chunks in 100% juice, juice reserved
3 medium zucchinis, diced

Place chicken in your slow cooker and pour the salsa over them

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours

Shred the chicken

Add in the pineapple with 3/4 cup of the canned juice and the zucchini

Cook for another 30 minutes


White Chicken Chili
Servings: 4-6

6 cups chicken broth
4 cups cooked and shredded chicken
2 15oz cans of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups salsa verde
1 tbsp ground cumin

Place all of the ingredients in a medium sausepan over medium high heat

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat and simmer for 20 min.

Note: You could also do this in the slow cooker using raw chicken.
Cook for 4-6 hours on low and shred chicken before serving

Thanks to the author for the review copy

wkendcookingWeekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Aug 032017

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:06-13-17
Publisher: Penguin Audio

The Marsh King’s Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature – fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than 20 years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King – because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book like this, and I’m glad I chose this book to get back into the genre.

I liked Helena, who has for years lived a normal life with a husband and two girls. Her husband had no idea about her childhood or who her father was, until the police came to their house.

I thought the book was going to focus on the hunt for her dad, but there was so much more to it. We learned about her mother’s abduction, her years in the Marsh and how her father taught her to fish, hunt and survive. Helena and her mother weren’t that close, because her father didn’t want them to be. Helena learned from her father and didn’t treat her mother very good, and her mother wasn’t affectionate to Helena. At times her dad treated Helena and her mom in horrific ways, but he was everything to her as a small girl.

There are some really white knuckle moments in the book, and some that made me cringe. But it all made me not want to stop listening.

This book was very good. It kept me excited to see where the story was going to go and how it would end. It was everything I wanted it to be, only better.

The way the author described the marsh and everything that happened was so vivid that I could see it in my mind like I was a bystander.

The book is narrated by Emily Rankin who did a great job! Her voice was calm and soothing and gave a great balance to the harshness of the story.

Aug 012017


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog


Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s August already! I’m sticking with the same goals I had for July, with the addition of  doing a few video workouts a week.

August  Goals:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

A few times a week:
Tai Chi
Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Wall Sits
Building Strength with Susan
Moving With Susan
SparkPeople Workout Videos

Steps Last Week:
Tuesday~ 7/25: 7,692
Wednesday~ 7/26: didn’t track
Thursday ~ 7/27: 10,220
Friday ~ 7/28: 9,189
Saturday ~ 7/29: 7,073
Sunday ~ 7/30: didn’t track
Monday ~ 7/31: 9.261

Jul 302017

Sunday Reflections

It’s 79°, and supposed to rain on and off all day. Don’t know if the lawn will get mowed or not today

About what colors to paint the inside of the house when it’s ready to be painted

That I had both Saturday & Sunday off, my son Anthony and I went to Clearwater yesterday to Skyline Chili and then to the Clearwater Beach. There was more people than I’ve ever seen there before and we had to weave in and out of them to walk down the beach, but I still loved being there, and the waves were higher than I’ve ever seen them too. It was a great day! The beach is my happy place!

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

Listening To…
Almost finished listening to The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

We switched from Hulu to Netflix, so I decided to binge watch Grace And Frankie. I’ll be starting season one today

Nothing right now

To get the grass mowed either today or tomorrow

For the last few months I’ve been realizing that I like lighter, smaller meals now

I’ve been slacking on everything except walking and strength training, and I need to stop it

In The Kitchen…
Salisbury Steak, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans

Today’s To-Do List…
Mowing the grass if possible, a few loads of laundry, a few movies, some reading, starting Grace And Frankie, and Big Brother.

One of my favorite things:
Days like yesterday

A website I’d like to share:
Don’t know what to make for supper with the ingredients you have in your fridge? Try My Fridge Food

Pin It & Do It…
Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Chops

Looking forward to…
Going to Fred Howard Park Beach with my daughter and 2 of my grands

A Favorite Bible Verse…

A favorite quote…
“Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Eliot

From the camera….

See how crowded Clearwater Beach was yesterday?

I’ve been going there for over 30 years and have never seen it so crowded!

Jul 282017

Hosted @ McGuffy’s Reader & 15andmeowing


1. As a child, my favorite playground activity(ies) were Four Square & Tether Ball.

2. For breakfast, I have Greek yogurt with blueberries or strawberries, avocado and dry steel cut oats all stirred together.

3. An instrument I would like to play is drums.

4. I always try to be friendly to everyone because you never know what they’re dealing with in their life.

Jul 262017
From this Side of the Pond

Hosted @ From This Side Of The Pond

We’ve reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what’s your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?
Yesterday at 3:15 I was getting ready to go to work, which isn’t typical. Usually I have to be at work at 7:15 am, but once in a while I have to be there at 5:00 pm. Energy level at 3:15 pm is usually between 4 and 6. I exert a lot of energy at work

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball…which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.
How about none of the above? Sorry, but none have recently been thrown or thrown at me

3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.
A vacation, new kitchen appliances, & a pile of money. Why? Because I need a vacation, I don’t want to take the appliances we have where we’re living now, and because remodeling is expensive.

4. Do you think you’re strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?
Yes, I do think I’m strong. I’ve been through a lot in my life and I survived some things I didn’t think I would. After God, my kids and grandkids make me strong. Without their love and support, I would be lost.

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What’s your favorite book set sometime in the past?
I don’t like historical fiction much at all, so it’s funny that one of my favorite books is an historical fiction. When I was younger and hooked on Danielle Steele, she came out with an historical fiction, Zoya. I didn’t want to read it because it was an hf, but decided to because it was written by Steele. I LOVED IT! After all these years, it’s still one of my very favorite books ever.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Not a thought, but a question. Would you rather go on vacation to Japan or Ireland?

Jul 252017


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

Tai Chi
Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Wall Sit
Building Strength with Susan
Moving With Susan

Tuesday~ 7/18: 10,625
Wednesday~ 7/19: 10,477
Thursday ~ 7/20: 8,210
Friday ~ 7/21: 7,788
Saturday ~ 7/22: 7,818
Sunday ~ 7/23: 7,764
Monday ~ 7/24:8,001

Last Week’s Food
Chicken, Coleslaw, Potatoes
Fish, Coleslaw, Brussels Sprouts
Ham Sandwiches with Colby Cheese & Tomatoes
Leftover Pizza

Jul 242017

Walking with Miss Millie Audiobook

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy

Narrated by: Catherine Taber
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Genre: Middle School Fiction
Release Date:07-04-17
Publisher: Listening Library

A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South.

Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia – a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together.

Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet a mix of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.

Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.

Oh my goodness, how I loved this book! I fell in love with Alice, Millie, and Clarence. I loved how their friendship grew and how they ended up depending on each other’s company.

I felt for Alice, she really didn’t want to move from her home and friends, but Millie made that move turn into something wonderful and gave her memories she’ll never forget. There were some sad parts in the book, but mostly it was filled with kindness and love.

Millie also taught Alice some history and told her about her life in the past.  I loved listening to every minute of it.

Pam and her brother Jake were also characters I fell in love with. Pam was a kind girl and became friends with Alice and her brother Eddie. She wanted to learn sign language so she could communicate with Eddie, who was deaf. Jake was also a good kid, and he too became friends with them and learned some sign language. Pam and Jake’s other brothers were not so nice.

This is a feel good story about life in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It was short at just over 4 1/3 hours, but it’s really good and I’m sure I’ll listen to it again in the future.

It is narrated by Catherine Taber who did a great job with all the voices. I especially loved Pam’s voice. She made me laugh more than once.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Jul 232017

Sunday Stealing

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
I usually go to bed around 11:00 pm and get up at 5 or 5:30 am

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?
chicken & dumplings

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.
I love a big walk in

Parlor: favorite party or board game?
I love so many, but I think my favorite is Charades

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?
Play card/board games and watch movies

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?
A huge turkey

Garden: favorite tree? flower?
Tree: Palm Tree, Flower: Shooting Star

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?
My dog Patches’s ashes and favorite ball

Library: favorite book genre?
Women’s fiction, True Crime

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Crime Scene Investigation

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?
I used to love slumber parties and sleepovers. I think the first one was in 4th grade

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?
all of the above

Pantry: favorite meal to make?
Taco Salad, sooo goood

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?
Favorite: unloading/loading dishwasher, Least favorite: vaccuuming & mopping

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?
flying, my 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?
When my son Anthony was sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. That went on for 2 years

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look?
I used to never open the front door without makeup on, but when I met my husband he didn’t like me wearing it so I stopped

Jul 212017

Hosted @ Coffee Addicted Writer

Have you ever read a book or books you would consider ‘toxic’ because of the effect it(they) had on you? If so, which 
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. I couldn’t get it out of my head and for a while, everytime I went to IKEA, I was expecting something to jump out at me or be standing down the aisle somewhere. Still, it was one of the best books I read that year.


Hosted @ McGuffy’s Reader & 15andmeowing

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is cuddling with my dog and cats.

2. My least favourite thing on my daily to-do list is deciding what to make for supper.

3. I could really do without this rain and humidity.

4. I would love to have more money of course.


Friday 5

How confidently could you turn a cartwheel right now?
Not even going to try that

How (physically) flexible are you?
I’m pretty flexible, except for my left knee. It’s barely flexible at all

How are your Frisbee-throwing skills?
Haven’t thrown a frisbee in years

Which carnival game do you have the best shot at winning?
Basketball toss

How good are you at toss-the-paper-in-the-wastebasket?
So accurate you wouldn’t believe it even if you saw it

Jul 182017

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-02-17
Publisher: Listening Library

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nurtured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in!

Unfortunately, Nora’s mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter – and her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed. Nora couldn’t feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they’ve ever been. But seconds after saying good-bye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: “Wait! Stop! I’m coming with you!”

And…they’re off.

I enjoyed getting to know Nora, her mom Alice, and the other characters. I enjoyed the story and following along with them as they toured Europe, especially Ireland.

What I didn’t enjoy was the relationship between Nora and Alice. Nora wanted to be on her own, feeling grown up. Numerous times she screamed at her mother “this was supposed to be MY trip.” The relationship between them was awful. I felt bad for Nora since it was indeed supposed to be her trip, but I felt worse for her mom since she was going through a very hard time in her life and just wanted to get away for a while, and Nora was always mad and/or yelling at her.

There were a few times here and there when they did get along pretty good, but the whole tantrum throwing Nora did got on my nerves.

The book was narrated by Lauren Fortgang who did an good job with the voices, although I thought she made Alice’s voice a bit too hoity toity. I have the audiobook The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry which is narrated by Lauren Fortgang, and am looking forward to hearing how she does with the narration.

Overall, I’m glad I listened to this book, which is the author’s debut novel. I would like to read more from her.

Jul 182017


Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

I’ve been sick the last few weeks. Coughing, sneezing, weak, and feeling blah, blah, blah. I’m just starting to feel better so I’ll get back to a menu plan next week of what we ate this week.

prayer & meditation
deep breathing
80 oz. water

A few times a week:
Tai Chi
Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Wall Sit
Building Strength with Susan
Moving With Susan

Steps Last Week:
Tuesday~ 7/11: 11,647
Wednesday~ 7/12: 6,969
Thursday ~ 7/13: 8,329
Friday ~ 7/14: 8,208
Saturday ~ 7/15: 11,997
Sunday ~ 7/16: didn’t track
Monday ~ 7/17: 7,304

Jul 162017

Sunday Reflections

The sun is shinning, it’s 90°, feel like temp is 101° because of humidity, & low chance of rain

It’s a good day to mow the yard and wash the cars

For incense, especially lavender

I have    waiting for me at the library but can’t pick it up until Tuesday

Listening To…
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Playing House, this show is hilarious!

To decide on a date for our vacation soon

That eating healthier can be very yummy

Stepz app helps me reach my step goal easier

In The Kitchen…
Not sure what we’ll eat today for supper

Today’s To-Do List…
Do some laundry and relax the rest of the day

One of my favorite things:
I found  a new favorite bread, Eureka. I buy the Grainiac. It’s full of seeds and 18 grains. I keep mine in the fridge but a lot of people keep it in the freezer. Makes great tasting toast and sandwiches

A website I’d like to share:
Hometalk, a DIY site

Looking forward to…
A surprise my son Anthony has planned for me on our vacation

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18

A favorite quote…
“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”
Andre Maurois

From the camera….

Jul 162017

Sunday Stealing

First Job: Baby sitting and then working at a dairy queen type place

First Real Job: Banquet plant

First Favorite Politician: Kennedy

First Car: Chevy Malibu

First Record/CD: Probably CCR

First Sport Played: Baseball

First Concert: The Jackson 5 or The Osmonds when I was in elementary school

First Foreign Country Visited: none 🙁

First Favorite TV Show: Other than all the 60’s cartoons, Lucy’s Toyshop (loved Mr. Tree) and Flippo The Clown

First Favorite Actor: Chuck Connors on The Rifleman

First Favorite Actress: Frances Bavier on The Andy Griffith Show

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: a boy named Scott

First Encounter with a Famous Person: Chuck Yeager is my dad’s cousin

First Brush With Death: born @ 2 pounds

First House/Condo Owned: A 3 bedroom house on an acre of land

First Film Seen: The first one I remember was Cinderella

First Favorite Recording Artist: CCR

First Favorite Radio Station: WCOL – Columbus, Ohio. It didn’t used to be, but now it’s a country station

First Book I Remember Reading: Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog: I don’t remember the name, the host doesn’t do it anymore

Jul 142017

Hosted @ Coffee Addicted Writer

What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?
I rarely drink anything but water, and don’t snack while reading. Wow, I sound boring.


Friday 5

Why are waffles better than pancakes?
Because the syrup puddles in the little dents and they are crispier

What’s something you remember about being 11?
Getting dropped off at the mall on Saturday mornings with my two bff’s Melody & Sheila. We’d spend the day shopping, going to a movie, eating big soft pretzles, and then get picked back up when th mall was closing

What experience do you have with role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons?

How do you feel about carnival rides that make you go upside-down?
Love love love them, I especially love roller coasters

You’ve seen Matthew Modine in more films than you realize (which he famously admitted during his opening monologue when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1988) (filmography here). Which have you seen, and which was the best?
The only movies I can remember him being in are Full Metal Jacket, Notting Hill & Flowers For Algernon, and my favorite was Flowers For Algernon

Jul 092017

Sunday Reflections

Sunny, 85° , and the birds are singing

I need to either wash my car or take it to get detailed in and out

That Jaspurr is back to her happy, mischievous self

The New Old Me by Meredith Maran, still

Listening To…
And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz & narrated by Lauren Fortgang

Downward Dog – I’m binge watching the first season & I love it! I’m sad that ABC cancelled it after the first season. I’m hoping another network picks it up

Starting a Clean Eating 2 week plan, as soon as I feel like going grocery shopping. I probably won’t stick to it 100% but it’ll be close

In The Kitchen…

Today’s To-Do List…
Rest, watch some movies, listen to my audiobook or read

One of my favorite things:
My little car which I love love love

A website I’d like to share:
Cozi Family Organizer, been using it for about 2 years and love it! I use the iPhone app

Pin It & Do It…
“Happy Home” Wood Panel, since we’re downsizing by 1/3

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The Godly Will Rejoice In The Lord And Find Shelter In Him
And Those Who Do What Is Right Will Praise Him
Psalms 64:10

A favorite quote…
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”

From the camera….