Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 12/11/17

 



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The weather outside is::::

Baby, it's cold outside!  So very cold!

We had some snow but nothing that lasted.
 


On my breakfast plate:

Hot Chocolate and Toast
  
As I look around the house::::
 
The drywall in the addition is done!  Now we need to spackle and paint.  We've been discussing flooring options but haven't decided on which type to go with yet.  I'd say we are NOT going to get it done by Christmas.  There is just too much work to do and too many obligations this time of year.  Good obligations, but they take time that we could be working on the addition.  I want to enjoy the Christmas season but it is a bit disappointing to be behind schedule...


On today's to do list::::

Devotions
Work 8am-2:30PM
Pick up the girls from school
Make Supper
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Off, groceries, laundry, Kona to Vet, Ladies Group Christmas Dinner
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Off, laundry, Andrew's Christmas Program
Friday...  Work 8am-2:30pm,
Saturday...  Housework/Addition
Sunday...  Church, Youth Group-Play Practice, Choir Practice

Currently reading::::

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When perusing my bookshelf to pick out my next read, I wanted something set in the wintertime to get me in the "spirit".  Luckily, I love Denise Hunter and had this book on my shelf waiting for me to read.  I have high hopes for this book.
 
On the TV::::

Holiday Baking Championship
Hallmark Christmas Movies

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken, alfredo noodles, peas, apples
Tuesday - kielbasa, fried potatoes, corn, grapes
Wednesday - Soup, Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Pork Roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli, oranges
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - bacon, pancakes, eggs
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I've been working at a leisurely pace on Laken's Afghan using the Redheart Ombre yarn I wrote about last week.  I'm loving how the colors are changing and the giant granny square is turning out.  I've just gotten started, so it doesn't take too terribly long to finish a round but as it grows it is taking longer and longer.  I'm enjoying this project.

Bible Verse/Devotional

 
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Tea Time ~ Christmas Cards and Decorations ~ 12/8/17


 
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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~The girls and I wrote out our Christmas Cards this week!  We started out with Laken picking out which card to give and I was writing the signature and address.  Pretty soon, Kaylee came out of her room (Shocker!) and wanted to help.  I ended up supervising and refereeing while Kaylee and Laken finished the cards.  I kinda wanted to do it myself, but I decided if they wanted to help, I wasn't going to hinder them :)

~The building inspector came on Monday to inspect the wiring.  While here, he also OK'd the drywall!  Now we only need the final inspection after all the little things are tweaked and finished before moving our things into the addition.  So excited :)

~Laken has a part in the Christmas Play at school.  She is Dolly Holiday and elf who is supposed to portray Dolly Parton's character.  She is all beside herself because she has to tell a boy elf "I will always love you"!  Too funny :)

~A package we ordered on Black Friday finally came!  We thought it had gotten lost because the tracking said it had been left by the front door but there was NO package to be found anywhere at ANY of the doors.  Last evening the UPS driver came to the door with not 1 BUT 2 packages!  Yay :)

~My Aunt Sherry always bakes goodies for our Wednesday Evening Bible Study at Church!  This week she made those little yummies with a pretzel, a Hershey Kiss and an M&M.  You know what I mean don't you?  Laken asked Aunt Sherry for the "recipe" and I laughed and laughed :)

How was your week?
 
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hodgepodge ~ 12/6/17

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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 1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
"Hurry Up and Wait"

 2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
The most common thing microwaved in our house isn't done by me.  The girls are constantly microwaving their little snack sized frozen dinners.  They are quick and easy snacks for after school.
 
I remember when we got our very first microwave.  Who knew we would become so dependent?  It would be difficult to get along without one now.

 3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?
THIS rendition of Jingle Bells.  It makes it sound so romantic....sigh....
 
 


 4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.

I'm going to say it was my first date with the Hubby.  I was so nervous (he was too)!  But I knew forever was in the making and was so, so, excited!

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I really don't want anything other than to have the addition on the house finished.  We are so close!

6. Insert your own random thought here.
 
My youngest has a room full of clothes.  NO kidding!  And yet, she NEVER has anything to wear.  Anyone else have the same problem?  She's my little fashionista.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ Rival Hearts ~ 12/5/17


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Molly Henderson forced herself to remain still, even though every fiber in her being wanted to scoot to the end of the chair and rattle off at least twenty questions that came to mind.  "A challenge?"

Her boss, imposing as he sat in his leather chair behind an enormous mahogany desk, steepled fingers under his chin.  Self-satisfaction curved his lips.  "Let's call it a little in-house competition between you and Ben.  The winner will be editor-in-chief of my new magazine, American Legend."

 

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 12/4/17

 



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I've been MIA lately.  Things have just been a little bit crazy around here.  I'm trying to get back into a good schedule and blogging may or may not happen regularly.

The weather outside is::::

Chilly.  Just as it should be :)
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
Since, last I blogged, the insulation is done and the wiring is waiting to be inspected as I type.  We've started putting the drywall up where there was no wiring to be inspected.  We're SOOO close!  I really want to be moved in by Christmas but I just don't know if that is going to happen.... :(  So much to do!  So much to do!


On today's to do list::::

Devotions
Work 8am-2:30PM
Pick up the girls from school
Make Supper


 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Off, groceries, laundry
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, schedule for next week, Dr. appt., Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Off, laundry, Family Dinner
Friday...  Work 8am-2:30pm,
Saturday...  Housework
Sunday...  Church, Youth Group

Currently reading::::

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Still no reading going on here :(  I finished a large crochet project, so hopefully now I'll get some reading time in.  I've always had good luck getting sucked into the Quilts of Love Series, so I'll give this one a try.
 
On the TV::::

Holiday Baking Championship
Hallmark Christmas Movies

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken, Fried Potatoes, peas, oranges
Tuesday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, corn, apples
Wednesday - Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad, Fruit Cocktail
Thursday - Weiner Winks, French Fries, broccoli, peaches
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Ham Pot Pie, Green Beans, Grapes
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I finished the top-secret project a whole 25 days ahead of Christmas!  I worked my fingers to the bone to get it done so I could just relax until Christmas.

I've already started my next project which is using Redheart Ombre yarn that my youngest daughter picked out.  I'm using 3 different colors and soft white to make a giant granny square afghan.  Pictures might come later :)

Bible Verse/Devotional

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
 
 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 11/13/17

 


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The weather outside is::::

Around 40F.
Fairly seasonable.
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
The siding on the addition is up and painted.  We're in the process of putting the insulation in.  Then the wiring needs done.  We've been looking at what type of flooring we want to install.  Fun stuff...


On today's to do list::::

Devotions
Work 8am-2:30PM
Pick up the girls from school
Make Supper


 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Off, groceries, laundry, Ladies Meeting
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Off, laundry, Senior Parent Meeting
Friday...  Work 8am-2:30pm, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Housework
Sunday...  Church, Youth Group

Currently reading::::

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I haven't read in WEEKS!  I just haven't had the urge.  I'm going to try to start this book and get back in the groove.  No promises, though :)
 
On the TV::::



I've been watching Hallmark Christmas movies while crocheting.  I really enjoyed Finding Father Christmas and the sequel, Engaging Father Christmas.

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken, pierogis, peas, oranges
Tuesday - Ladies Meeting Potluck
Wednesday - Ham, Au gratin potatoes, green beans, grapes
Thursday - Beef Stew, Biscuits, Birthday Cake
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes, corn, peaches
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I've been crocheting each day.

I'm working on a top-secret Christmas present for a special person.  I don't think they read my blog and I could probably post a picture, but my luck it would backfire!


Bible Verse/Devotional

We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
 
1 John 1:4 NLT
 

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Keeper of the Stars ~ 11/14/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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September 30

An unusually cold wind cut through the Kings Meadow Cemetery on the day they laid Penny's brother, Bradley Evan Cartwright, to rest.  It felt as if it cut through her heart as well, slicing her in two.  She would never again see her little brother's sweet smile.  She would never again hear him laugh.  She would never again have to be on the alert for one of his practical jokes.

"And I'll never get to tell him I'm sorry for the things I said in anger."

 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Review ~ When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren ~ 11/9/17

 
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Blurb:
 
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Maxwell Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

My Thoughts:
 
Susan May Warren!
 
Seriously, if you haven't read any of her books, you don't know what you are missing out on!
 
This book is the third book of the "Christiansen Family" series and I've loved all three of them.  I cannot express how much I've enjoyed reading them and how excited I am that there are more books to the series!
 
The majority of this book takes place in Hawaii.  Susan May Warren does an amazing job creating the setting and describing so vividly the surroundings.
 
One of the main scenes for the book is a cooking class and competition.  I love a good cooking show so it was right up my alley.
 
Grace and Max were perfect for each other but it took them a while to realize that they could fully give in to those feelings and that God had a plan for them.
 
This book was AMAZING!  I loved it.  Every bit of it!
 


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book Review ~ No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer ~ 11/2/17

 
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Blurb:
 
Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight--and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's plea arrives, he bolts to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My Thoughts:
 
It took me a while to read this book.  Not because I didn't like it but because life kept getting in the way! 
 
I really liked how the story starts out with Mal and Emma as children and the bond that they formed at a young age.  I thought it was so sweet that they wrote to each other all those years and became like family.
 
The romance was tender, sweet and yearning and I loved it all!  Mal was so committed to making sure Emma and "the aunts" stayed safe that he was willing to risk his own life.
 
The plot of a colony for women was interesting but I'm glad at how the book ended. 
 
This is the first book in the Harper Station series and I look forward to reading more about the women I got to know in this book.
 


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss TX ~ 10/31/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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Trans-Pecos Territory of West Texas, 1874

Only the army would think a place like this worth defending.

Priscilla Hutchens clamped her teeth together to keep them from rattling right out of her head.  Grabbing the wagon bow, she sought to find an ancho as the converted military ambulance jounced up a slight rise.

 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 10/30/17

 


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The weather outside is::::

It is raining, raining, raining!
With a chance of snow!
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
The siding on the addition is ALMOST done.  The sliding glass doors have been installed and we got a large delivery of insulation to start working on indoors.  So excited to be able to see the somewhat in sight :)


On today's to do list::::

Work 8am-2:30PM
Pick up the girls from school
Make Supper
Blog

 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Off, groceries, exercise, laundry, Parade
Wednesday... Work 8am-2L30pm, exercise, schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Off, exercise, Menu and Grocery List, laundry
Friday...  Work 8am-2:30pm, Weigh-in, exercise
Saturday...  Housework
Sunday...  Church, Exercise, Youth Group

Currently reading::::

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I really haven't been reading much of anything the past few weeks, but hopefully that will change this week.
 
On the TV::::

We had family movie night and watched the new Wonder Woman movie.

I've also been watching some HGTV and Beach Bargain Hunters.

I'm planning on sitting down and watching the new Hallmark Christmas movie, "Marry Me At Christmas" that is DVR'd.


Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Apples
Tuesday - Hot Dogs, Mac-n-Cheese, Broccoli, fruit cocktail
Wednesday - Ham, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Oranges
Thursday - Chili, Corn Bread, Pears
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Ham, Bow Ties and Green  Beans, Peaches
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I've actually been crocheting lately!  I know, I'm getting my crojo back!

I'm working on a top-secret Christmas present at the moment.  I'll show pictures when I can :)

Bible Verse/Devotional




Photo:



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Tea Time ~ Kona Mae ~ 10/27/17


 
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 mentioned on the blog that I've been having some issues with that pesky Anxiety/Depression.  Add to the mix:  a sinus infection and bronchitis and I've been pretty miserable.  (Don't worry!  I'm being treated on all fronts!)

My smiles this week are going to be all about:

KONA MAE

There is just something so comforting about a sweet animal, especially a puppy :)

As you can see, she's taken a liking to our bed!



Resting with Daddy :)


Taking over :)


She's ready for her close-up :)


Middle of the night snuggles :)
 

 
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Review ~ LFYI Pendleton Oregon by Melody Carlson ~ 10/26/17

 
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Blurb:
 
Native American beauty Sunny Westcott is not one to let her hair down. But her friend Aubrey manages to drag her to Pendleton, Oregon, and the pair arrives just as the hundredth annual Pendleton Round-Up begins. Sunny is surprised by how much she enjoys watching the rodeo, riding horseback, and getting to know Aubrey's family--particularly a handsome cowboy named Cody.
 
Pendleton is also home to the Umatilla reservation where Sunny's ancestors once lived, and the trip gives her the chance to do some digging into her family's history--a topic she knows next to nothing about. But will Sunny like what she finds? And how will skeletons from the past compete with the current drama unfolding in Cody's own family? 

My Thoughts:
 
I, in general, have loved the LOVE FINDS YOU IN series because with each one, I learn so much about history, cultures and different places that I'll probably never see.
 
This book had all that.
 
But...the romance left a lot to be desired.
 
Seven-eighths of the book was about Sunny learning about her heritage, which was great.  However, the romance was VERY rushed.
 
We're talking about Sunny and Cody spending one afternoon together, if that and then all of a sudden they are in love!  A bit unrealistic for me.
 
So, great story for the history and culture but not so much in the romance department.
 


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