Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 10/22/16

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
This week I added the following to my shelf:


When Rachel Johanssen dared Beth Morgan to answer a personal ad in The Rancher’s Journal, she never thought her citified friend would become a bona fide rancher’s wife. Now Rachel, too, is falling in love with the glorious valley…as well as with Dirk Tanner, a rugged rancher who makes it his home.

Rachel isn’t the only San Franciscan newly drawn to the Elk Horn Valley. Jake Rierdon, son of a San Francisco client, has taken a shine to ranch life too--and to beautiful young Emily Walker. But will threats from the present and the past destroy any chance the couples have to build a future?  



After inheriting her family’s lighthouse and mansion, heiress Julia Rierdon--sister of Jake Rierdon (Refuge)--travels to the coast of Maine to restore the estate and turn it into a lavish inn. Temporarily separated from her wealthy fiancĂ©, Julia turns to a mysterious stranger for assistance.

Motorcycle-riding handyman Trevor Kenbridge is gorgeous, infuriating…and just the man she needs to help her prepare her inn. Could he also be the right man to claim her heart?
Also linking up to: The Sunday PostMailbox Monday

Happy Reading!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Feature & Follow ~ Qualities of a Hero~ 10/21/16

Q: What are the most important qualities of a book boyfriend?

I like when the hero of a book is masculine yet romantic.

But not so romantic that it seems fake and makes me want to punch my husband for not being romantic at all!  Does anyone else have that problem or am I the only one????

Have a great Friday!

Tea Time ~ District Chorus and Fall Flowers ~ 10/21/16

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

~Kaylee tried out for District Chorus and was selected!!!  Way to go, Kaylee :)

~I've been going for walks in this lovely Fall weather!  I love crunching on the leaves :)

~The leaves are really changing and falling!  Here's a picture of the beautiful mountains :)

~Fall flowers are such a beautiful surprise!  Here are some pictures I took on my walk :)

~My dad and I are teaching Kaylee how to play Gin Rummy!  It is a slow process :)


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thankful Thursday ~ The Church ~ 10/20/16

Thankful Thursday
Today I am thankful for:

I couldn't possibly write too many "Thankful Thursday" posts before telling you how thankful I am for The Church.  First and foremost for Salvation through Jesus Christ but also for the extended family that I've found.
I grew up in the Church that I attend now.  I'm so blessed to have known some of the people my whole life.  (In fact, I met my husband in Church!)
As I've grown older, I can say that my best friends are people that I attend Church with.  These people have been a constant in my life through the ups and downs.  (And there have been many downs!)  Some of these friends are much, much older than me and some are younger.
I've learned so much from the older ladies, some of whom have passed away over the years.  I hope that I am a role model to the younger generations as those before me have been.
I'm especially thankful for the group of women that meet at 8 am every Sunday morning for Bible Study before Sunday School and Church Services.  We call the group "First Place".  Our goal is to put God first place in our lives, others second and ourselves last.  We've been through so many good times and so many hard times together.  I can always count on this group of women to lift me up.
I can't imagine my life without Christ and His Church!
I am truly Thankful and Blessed :)

Book Review ~ To Write a Wrong by Robin Caroll ~ 10/20/16

In Angola State Penitentiary, a man is serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Riley Baxter is an eager reporter desperate for a story to make a name for herself. When she stumbles upon the daughter of the incarcerated man, Riley sees a little too much of herself in the teen, and vows to help prove her father’s innocence.

At the same time, Hayden Simpson has his hands full with keeping his little sister in line, worrying about his job as Police Commissioner, and dealing with his past emotional baggage. The last thing he needs is someone blowing the lid off his emotional bucket. But when Riley Baxter storms into his life, struggling to understand why God would let bad things happen to good people, Hayden has no choice but to follow his heart.

Now, Riley and Hayden must work together to uncover the truth of the past . . . before someone shuts Riley up for good.

My Thoughts:
I met Riley and Hayden in Book 1 of this series, Injustice for All.  Riley was a bit of a brat and Hayden was absolutely scrumptious!
This made it a bit hard for me to see them getting together in this book.  I wasn't sure I would like Riley as the heroine and wasn't sure how the author would bring her character across as changed.
However, Robin Caroll, is a masterful story-teller and managed to make me like Riley and love Hayden even more.
I'm loving this series of murder mystery/romances.  I can honestly say that I didn't figure out who was the mastermind behind it all until shortly before it was revealed.  I liked that there weren't so many hints that it was easily figured out from the beginning.
Lucky me, I have the third and final book of this series on my bookshelf!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hodgepodge ~ 10/19/16

Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

This is a hard one.  I believe we take our senses for granted.  My strongest definitely is NOT sight.  My eye glasses will attest to that.  I guess, I'd have to say either smell or hearing.

2. Do you believe in the idea of a 'sixth sense'? Why or why not?

I honestly don't know.  What do you think?

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

While getting the kids up for school in the morning.  I let them sleep as long as possible but then when I say "it is time to get up" I mean it!  We allow just enough time to get out the door.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

I can say that I have NEVER worked in a restaurant.  If I owned a restaurant it would be a bakery, no doubt about it!

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

My Mom is hugely into geology.  When I was young we spent many Saturday afternoons/evenings at different historical societies.  I think this is partly where I got my love of history.

Something interesting:  One of my great-greats, Honora O'Flynn, was kidnapped off the coast of Ireland and brought to America as an indentured servant.  I find that vastly interesting!

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

When I was a small child, I had to share a bedroom with my brother.  After my parents built my homeplace, I then had my own room.  It was (and still is) dusty rose with mint green accents :)

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love_______________________?

Douglas, Kaylee, Laken and REESE CUPS.   :)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of childhood bedrooms....  Next spring we are building a bedroom and family room onto my parents' house.  We're going to be multi-generational home.  My old bedroom will become my youngest daughter's bedroom.  I can't wait to get started on the process.  For that reason, we'll probably have the longest winter EVER!


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WWW Wednesday ~ 10/19/16

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


• What are you currently reading?
I'm just getting ready to start this book but I know I'll love it because the author is Elizabeth Camden.  I've loved all her book so far!

• What did you recently finish reading?

This was the first book in the "Full Circle" series.  It was basically a 2-in-1 and I got to read both Rachel and Emily's stories.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is the 2nd book in the "Full Circle" series.  I look forward to reading it :)

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Teaser Tuesday ~ Refuge ~ 10/18/16


My teaser for this week is from:

~"...and if you weren't heading off to some crazy mountain town, you would be here helping me."~


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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 10/17/16

Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
The weather outside is::::

 Chilly!  But it is supposed to warm up this week into the 70's again.

On my breakfast plate:
Slim Fast Shake.
As I look outside my window:::
I see my van and am reminded that it left me with a dead battery yesterday!  Apparently there is a short in the wiring to the lights and they weren't going completely off when I shut the van off.  What a pain!
As I look around the house::::
I've changed up my laundry days from Monday to Thursday.  So I don't see a pile of clothes that need washed!  Yay!

On today's to do list::::
  Clean house.
Happening this week::::
Monday....Clean, work on Demelza, watch Poldark.
Tuesday....Me Day, Work on Demelza.
Wednesday... Baking day with Mom, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday.....Menu and grocery list, laundry, work on Demelza .
Friday....Grocery Shopping
Saturday....Schedule for next week, bedrooms.

Currently reading::::


This is the first book in the "Full Circle" series.  I just started it and so far it is a bit slow moving.  I'm hoping that it picks up soon.  Maybe I'm just used to the "Justice Seeker" series where it was action from page 1.  I'm planning on giving a fair shake though because I have the whole series on my shelf.  Here's hoping that I love them all!

On the TV today::::
Poldark wasn't on PBS last week because they aired the debate.  I mean, seriously, if I wanted to watch the debate I would tune into the channel it was airing on.  I WANTED to watch POLDARK!
I watched a few episode of Heart of Dixie on Netflix.
I also started watching a new show that we DVR'd called "Timeless".  I've watched the first 2 episodes and really like it.  But then again, I LOVE history. 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Cheesy Potatoes and Smoked Sausage, Corn.
Tuesday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup
Wednesday - Ham, Fried Potatoes, Broccoli, Pecan Pie Bars
Thursday - Dan's Day (My brother will bring something home, so no cooking!)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, bacon, toast
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment:::: 
I have 3 out of 4 blocks completed for Part 4 of the Demelza CAL.  I'm hoping to finish up the fourth today after cleaning the house.  Hope I get time!  I really love the center flower :)

Here are all four components of Demelza so far.  Please excuse all those ends that still need to be tied in.  I'm hoping to get them done before Part 5 of the CAL comes out this Thursday.

  BTW, this CAL is going on in the Pippin Crochet Club group on facebook.  Come join us!
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer."

Psalm 19:14 NASB
Linking up to :What Are You Reading,  Art of Homemaking, Make Your Home SingMenu Plan Monday , Yarn Along, Keep Calm Craft On, Linky Ladies, Pieces by Polly , Homemaking Linkup, Homesteader Hop.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Songs on Sunday ~ Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson ~ 10/16/16

This is one of my newest favorite songs!



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Friday, October 14, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 10/15/16

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
This week I added the following to my shelf:


Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself her is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana."


Laken added the following to her shelf:


Emery Mason hates the holidays. She’s so over tinsel, secret santas, and excessive cheer. To make matter worse, her parents are forcing her to work—as an elf!—in their Santa photo booth at the mall. Then she meets Alejandro Perez, who works at the hot cocoa shop next door. He’s so annoyingly full of the holiday spirit he should be the one wearing elf get-up!

 But the more time Emery spends with Alex, the more she realizes she might not be the Grinch she thinks she is. When a Secret Santa surprise turns her world upside down, will Emery finally embrace the magic of the season? Or will she miss her chance to kiss the perfect boy under the mistletoe?
Also linking up to: The Sunday PostMailbox Monday

Happy Reading!

Feature & Follow ~ Character Names ~ 10/14/16

Q: What are some of your favorite, hated, or memorable character names?

I LOVE names!  I've been known to frequent just to vote on "Name of the Day" even though my youngest daughter is 9 years old.  This questions is a great one!

Off the top of my head, I can think of one very overused name.  "RAFE".  I recently read a book where "Rafe" was the hero.  It was by no mean the first time I've read a book with that name.  Come on writers, think up a new hero name!

One name that annoyed me while reading was "JESSAMINE".  It just didn't flow and they NEVER called her "Jess" to make it a bit less stuffy.  I think it is a pretty name but not when you have to read it 50 billion times over the course of a book.

One of my favorite names was "COLLETTE".  I'll admit that it was because the name is SO close to mine and I never, I mean NEVER see anything with my name on it.

I can't wait to see some of the other blogger's hated names :)

Have a great Friday!

Tea Time ~ A Dapper Man and His Girls ~ 10/14/16

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

~The hubby wore a full out suit for the first time since our wedding to escort our daughter to the Fall Foliage Festival Queen crowning!  Doesn't he look dapper ?  :)

~Even though Kaylee didn't win Fall Foliage Queen, she was beautiful!  It was a great experience for her :)

~Of course, Laken had to get in on the action!  She's a goof :)

~Even though it was a miserable rainy day, we a good time!  Love my family :)

~After the busyness of the Fall Foliage Festival, it was nice to have a quiet Sunday afternoon!  I love a good Sunday afternoon nap :)

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What made you smile this week?

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