Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review ~ Seven Brides for Seven Texans by Various Authors ~ 2/22/18

 
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Blurb:
 
Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children—until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance?  

My Thoughts:
 
It has been a while since I've posted a Book Review.  I thought I would try a book that was given to me and recommended by a friend.
 
I loved the premise of the seven brothers needing to get married in order to inherit their land.  I couldn't wait to get started into their stories.
 
All the brother had unique names as they were all named after historical Texans.  This made for interesting reading.  Some examples were Chisholm, Travis, and Bowie.
 
The brothers were all so different!
 
I couldn't wait to read Bowie's story, and don't you know they made me wait until the last story!
 
This was such a fun read!
 


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hodgepodge ~ 2/21/18

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
Why, to Blogland, of course!

 2. What's under your bed?
We have a handmade Captain's Bed, so there are drawers of "stuff" under our bed.

 3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?
Honestly, none of the above!  lol  I guess the only one I kinda like would be Sweet Potatoes.

 4. What are you 'snowed under' with right now?
Boxes.  Boxes.  Boxes.  Right now the Family Room is filled with boxes of the girls old keepsakes.  They really need to go through them and clear out some "stuff".

 5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?
~Prayer
~Exercise
~Diet Dr. Pepper
~Family Time
~Time alone with the Hubby

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

~Laken is feeling better, finally.  That 104* temperature really had me worried.  I'm still keeping her home from school today to let her recuperate one more day.

~Now Kaylee is starting to get a temperature.  It was 99.9* a bit ago.  Hopefully, she won't come down with the full-blown flu...


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ Thin Ice ~ 2/20/18


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 What was that odd shimmer in the night sky?

Christy Reed crested the hill on the undulating rural road and peered at the eerie dome of light above the trees in the distance.  On a chilly, clear November evening the heavens should be pitch black save for the starts strewn across the inky firmament, not tainted by unnatural illumination.

 
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/19/18

 


 
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Laken is officially sick with Influenza A. 
Please keep her in your prayers as we fight against this fever.

The weather outside is::::

Last Thursday it was 60*F and then on Saturday it snowed, snowed, snowed.  There was nothing and then within a few short hours, we had 5 inches of snow.
 


On my breakfast plate:

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
~The girls!  No school today :)

~Laundry.  I put it off on Saturday and not I have to play catch-up.

On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Laundry
Supper
Menu/Grocery List
Exercise
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Laundry, Schedule, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, RTW, Bills
Friday...  Weigh-in, RTW, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Movie Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I'm still reading 7 Brides for 7 Texans.  I've enjoyed reading half of the brothers' stories so far.  I should have it read and reviewed for Thursday.
 
On the TV::::

NCIS - binge watching to try to get caught up to the current season

Forever My Girl

Olympics

Listening to:




 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Pork Chops, Buttered Noodles, green beans, peaches
Tuesday - Ham, Fried Potatoes, peas, oranges
Wednesday - Chili, Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Chicken and Rice, Cole Slaw, Pears, Texas Sheet Cake
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

This is the Moogly 2018 Block #3 called Clown Car by Polly Plum.




I love Polly Plum Patterns!


Picture From the Camera

 


 


Bible Verse/Devotional




 
 
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 2/17/18

 
I'm not going to make a whole bunch of excuses, so I'm just basically going to report that I had a loss of 0.2 lbs this week.

I did manage to start exercising on Friday and hope to get into a routine.  My Mom actually exercised with me, so maybe if we can do it together I'll be more consistent.  Getting started is the hardest thing, but staying motivated is even harder!


How was your week?

My week's stats:

 
Weigh-in:    -0.2   Total:  -21.4 lbs. 

Exercise:  Friday:  1 mile ~ 15 minutes

              TOTAL:   1 miles ~  15 minutes





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Friday, February 16, 2018

Tea Time ~ Raspberry Truffle and Reese Hearts ~ 2/16/18


 
Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~We had a family night last weekend and went to Cracker Barrel!  I love Cracker Barrel!  Their mac-n-cheese is to die for :)

~We went Monday evening to get our taxes done!  The only reason this makes me smile is that we get a refund :)

~The hubby and I had our Valentine's Date on Saturday evening!  We actually went to see a movie all by ourselves.  We saw "Forever My Girl".  It was really sweet :)

~I colored my hair!  The color is called Raspberry Truffle :)

~The hubby got me a super sweet Valentine Card and Reese Hearts!  Love him and the Reese Hearts :)


How was your week?
 
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Journal Entry ~ 2/14/18

Happy Valentine's Day!

It has been a busy, busy day.

~I had my yearly bloodwork and mammogram done this morning.  Apparently, I don't drink enough water and my veins weren't "well hydrated".  It took a while to get all the tubes of blood they needed to check whatever it is they are checking.  The mammo was fairly painless.  At least as painless as it can be.  I didn't stick around to get the results.  They'll be mailed to my house.  I pray all is well!

~I stopped by the mall to get my eyebrows done and decided to run into Wal-Mart and get some hair-coloring.  All the coloring that I had from before had grown out and too many grays to pull out were popping up.  The color I picked out isn't extremely different from my natural color.  It just has a bit of red tinting amidst the brown.  It is called Raspberry Truffle and I quite like it.  Now if this horrible hair cut would just grow out a bit faster..

~When I picked the girls up at school, Kaylee informed me that her ear was hurting.  I decided to take her to Med Express and get it checked out.  She does, indeed, have an ear infection.  They prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.  We got to the pharmacy and they had a 30 minute wait.  Ollie's is just down the road, so we decided to head there to kill some time.  I didn't see any books that jumped out at me and it is just as well, because I have a ton of books and haven't even been reading all that much lately.

~Doug went against our agreement and got me a Valentine's Day Card!  Unfortunately, I didn't know he was going to go against our agreement and I didn't get him one!  He also got me some Reese Hearts.  He knows Reese's are my favorite.  He has such a big heart.  Love him!

~The only things I didn't get to on my to-do list today are reading and crocheting.  Those two are always pushed to the back burner as they aren't "necessary".  The new Moogly 2018 CAL block #3 comes out tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll get some time either Friday or Saturday to sit down and crochet.

For now,

Colletta

Hodgepodge ~ 2/14/18

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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1. When's the last time you had a heart to heart talk with someone? A change of heart? Experienced figurative 'heart failure?'
~Doug and I had a heart to heart talk a few days ago about money.  Blah!

~I had a change of heart about working outside the home at the College.  I decided I didn't want to do it anymore, so I quit!

~I experienced figurative "heart failure" the other morning while putting Dex on the bus.  He went running and slipped on the ice and down he went.  Luckily, he hopped back up and kept on going!


 2. Champagne, chocolates, flowers...what's your Valentine pleasure? Any special plans for the day?
I enjoy chocolates and flowers but they aren't necessary to me.  For me some alone time with the hubby is what I crave.  We had our "Valentine's Date" on Saturday.  Doug took me to the movies and we saw "Forever My Girl".  It was the perfect Valentine movie :)

 3. Are you a hopeless romantic or do you fall more in the category of practical and pragmatic? What's a gesture you find romantic?
I'm a romantic but the hubby is practical.  Therefore, any kind of romantic gesture from him is well appreciated.

 4. Do you ask a lot of questions in life or are you pretty content with what you already know?
I'm a question asker.  I like to understand "things".

 5. Your favorite power ballad?



 6. Insert your own random thought here.

Why is it that when I have to fast, all I crave is a Diet Dr. Pepper?  I'm so thirsty!


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Journal Entry ~ 2/13/18

Today was a good day!

~I got Dex on the bus, took the girls to school and then hung out with Damon all day. 

~We all had our 6 month dental cleanings and check-ups at 3:30pm.  Doug was the only one that has to go back for dental work.  He has two filling that have chipped and need replaced.  The rest of us don't have to go back until August.

~Tonight was the Harvester's Meeting.  The Harvester's is the ladies group at our Church.  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month for a meal and a meeting.  The food is always wonderful and I am so full!

~I'm behind on my RTW Word reading.  I should take some time before bed to catch up.  I think I will do that.

~I have to fast tonight and in the morning.  Tomorrow I get my annual bloodwork and mammogram done.  My mammogram is scheduled for 9am.  I think I'll get the girls to school and go straight to the Diagnostic Center for my bloodwork before the mammogram.  I don't mind getting either one done.  I just hate waiting for results.  Even though I have no reason to really worry, I still do until I get the "OK".

~Doug and Kaylee are binge watching the show "Jericho".  I'm catching bits and pieces while I'm on the computer.  I might have to start at the beginning and catch up to them.  Right now I'm still trying to catch up on NCIS before starting to watch the new episodes.  I miss Tony and Ziva, but I am enjoying Quinn and Torres.

For now,

Colletta

Teaser Tuesday ~ 7 Brides for 7 Texans ~ 2/13/18


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My teaser for this week is from:

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 "Quiet down, now."  George Washington Hart put his hands flat on the dining room table and levered himself upright.  "I have something to say."

Deep voices stilled and masculine laughter died.

 
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Journal Entry ~ 2/12/18

I feel like there is so much that I haven't blogged about.  I've fallen into a rut of only posting certain linkups on certain days and that leaves out a lot about life.

Every now and then I'm going to start posting a Journal Entry.  It may be daily it may be weekly.  Who knows....

So for today:

~I've mentioned that I babysit my cousin's little one 3 days a week.  What I haven't mentioned is that I quit my part-time job at the College.  I just wasn't happy there anymore.  There wasn't anything in particular that was bad about the job, it just wasn't me anymore.  So, I'm babysitting and loving it!  I get Dexter onto the school bus then drop the girls off at school.  Then for the rest of the day it is just me and Damon.  Steph gets home just in time for me to pick the girls up at school and then we head home or to whatever activity we have on that particular day.  So far, so good...

~One of Kona's litter-mates passed away a few days ago from Parvo.  I don't understand how that would have happened when the puppy had the vaccinations.  It makes me worry about Kona.  She had her shots up-to-date when we got her and we were diligent about making sure she got all the vaccines and shots at our vet afterward.  I don't know much about Parvo, but should I be worried???

~We got our taxes done tonight.  It is always a love/hate time for me.  I hate paying someone to do the taxes but I do enjoy getting a refund!  I could try to fill out the tax forms myself, but it is just so much easier and quicker to go where we've been going for years.  They punch in the numbers and , voila, done.

~I need to catch up on my Read Thru the Word.  I'm 2 days behind.  I don't want to get any further behind than that because then it will be too hard to catch up.

~Once again, I didn't exercise today.  I just didn't have time and I'm just too tired now.  I need to get to bed.  4am comes early.

For now,

Colletta

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/12/18

 
 
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The weather outside is::::

Ice, ice, Baby!

It is so icy everywhere.  The driveway is treacherous but starting to slowly melt.
 


On my breakfast plate:

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
~We brought more boxes to the house to be gone through.  They are mostly the girls' things and board games.  Hopefully, they won't take long to purge.

~Laundry, laundry and more laundry.

~Pictures that I need to decide where to hang.


On today's to do list::::

Watch Damon
Read Thru the Word
Pick the girls up from school
Supper
Menu/Grocery List
Exercise
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, groceries, Dentist, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Yearly Bloodwork and Mammogram, Laundry, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, schedule, RTW, Moogly CAL
Friday...  Weigh-in, RTW, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Game Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I went from being ahead on my Goodreads Challenge to being 2 books behind schedule!  I just haven't had time to read.  I really should start setting aside 30 minutes before bedtime to read like I used to.  Lately, I've just been going straight to bed.

This book was given to me by a friend who really enjoyed it.  I love the premise of the book so hopefully, I'll get to read some this week.
 
On the TV::::

NCIS - binge watching to try to get caught up to the current season


Listening to:




 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Pork Chops, Buttered potatoes, broccoli, peaches
Tuesday - Ravioli, Garlic Bread, green beans, pears
Wednesday - Steak, Noodles, peas, oranges
Thursday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Apple Cobbler
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

This is the Moogly 2018 Block #2 called Gretchen Afghan Square by July Yeager.



I think this is the first Julie Yeager pattern I've made.  I really enjoyed making this square.  The pattern was great to read and I love how it turned out.


Picture From the Camera

 
 


Bible Verse/Devotional



 
 
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 2/10/18

 

I went to the dr. for my annual check-up yesterday.  According to their scale I was up 3.2 lbs from my last Saturday Weigh-in.  Sigh...

I know that it was a different scale and all that jazz but it still was sigh-worthy :(

I keep gaining and losing the same 5 pounds over and over and can't make any headway!

I'm not anywhere near where I wanted to be weight-wise by this time.  I only have a month until my 40th birthday and 6 months ago had big weight loss plans.

I can sigh and look back all I want, but that isn't going to change anything.  What will change is how I go from here on out.

How much do I want it?  So much!

How can I do it?  I don't know!

Any ideas?


How was your week?

My week's stats:

 
Weigh-in:    -+3.2   Total:  -21.2 lbs. 

Exercise:  
              TOTAL:   0 miles ~  0 minutes





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Friday, February 2, 2018

Tea Time ~ Groundhog Baby and a New CD ~ 2/2/18


 
Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~I hit 1,000,000 views on the blog!  I've been watching for weeks as it ever so slowly crept up and finally hit 1,000,000.  It only took me 9 years!

~I bought the LANCO CD!  I absolutely love "Greatest Love Story" so when I saw the CD at Wal-Mart it jumped into my buggy!  I've been listening and there are a lot of really good songs :)

~The Ravelry BAMCAL 2018 and Moogly released new crochet blocks!  Now to find some time to crochet :)

~We've been having a bit of a BBC Sherlock Holmes Netflix binge!  I'm on Season 3 and loving it.  It is suspenseful and funny at the same time :)

~Last, but not least, today is my Groudhog Baby's birthday!  Little Miss Laken turns 11 years old at 1:15pm.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  8*F and big, fat snowflakes were falling.  Happy Birthday, Baby Girl :)


How was your week?
 
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ For Love of Eli ~ 1/30/18


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My teaser for this week is from:

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 Taylor stood at the bottom of the stairs and held her breath.  It only seems like a hundred steps, she told herself.

As she planted her foot on the first tread, Eli whispered "You really goin' up there this time?"


 
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/29/18

 
 
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The weather outside is::::

It has been staying around 40*F but has been rainy off and on.  Which...creates lots of mud!
 


On my breakfast plate:

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
~I see laundry that needs finishing.
~I see that we finally got some gravel for in the driveway.
~I still see muddy paw prints.  As quick as I clean them up, there are more!
I see a soon to be 11-year old!


On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Work 8am-2:30pm
Pick the girls up from school
Supper
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, Menu and grocery list, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, laundry, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, schedule, RTW, Moogly CAL
Friday...  Laken's Birthday, Weigh-in, Work 8am-2:30pm, RTW, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Game Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I haven't had much time to read this past week.  I've been busy trying to adjust to a new schedule and have been so tired come bedtime, that I don't even need to read to relax.  I climb in bed and am out like a light!

I've barley got started on "For Love of Eli" but have really enjoyed the Quilts of Love series in the past.
 
On the TV::::

BBC's Sherlock Holmes
Safe Haven
No Reservations

Listening to:



I was so excited to see Lanco's album at Wal-Mart when I was there a few days ago.  I absolutely love "Greatest Love Story" and couldn't wait to hear the rest of the CD!  This is one of my favorites from the CD.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - BBQ Ribs, Mac-N-Cheese, peas, pears
Tuesday - Ham Bundles, corn, peaches
Wednesday - Chicken, Alfredo Noodles, broccoli, oranges
Thursday - Kielbasa, Cheesy Potatoes, green beans, apples
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

This is the first block of the Moogly CAL 2018.


It is called Flower Burst by Jessie at Home.  The pattern was great to read and make!

Picture From the Camera

 

I thought I'd show you my little blogging area of the Family Room.  The desk was my MIL's that I inherited when she passed away so it is special to me.  Behind my laptop is one of our wedding announcements that my aunt framed as a gift for our wedding nearly 18 years ago.  (How can it be that long ago???)  The rest is my just my "stuff".


Bible Verse/Devotional


 
 
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 1/27/18

 

This week has been long...

I already was working Monday, Wednesday and Friday at our local community college.  This week, I started watching my cousin's baby on Tuesday and Thursday.  So I'm essentially working full-time and have been adjusting to my new schedule.

I just could NOT make myself exercise this week.  I wrote last week that I was struggling with fitting exercise in and it did NOT get any better this week.  In fact, it was worse.  I didn't exercise even one time!  ugghhh!

I have been trying my best to stick to my diet plan though and I guess that is where my tiny little loss came from.

My goal for next week is to exercise at least 3 times even if I have to force myself!


How was your week?

My week's stats:

 
Weigh-in:    -0.4   Total:  -24.4 lbs. 

Exercise:   
              TOTAL:   0 miles ~  0 minutes

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Whether you've got 100 (or more) pounds to lose or just 5.  Whether you've been weighing in for years or just starting.  Whether you do Weight Watchers or some other diet or exercise program.  Whether you are 65 or 25.  I'd love, love, love to have your support and friendship in this constant struggle which is weight loss/healthy living.
 
So please leave a comment with a link to your fitness/healthy living/weigh-in post and let us be each other's accountability.
 



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