Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ Lunchtime! ~ 4/6/2021

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This week the topic is lunch..

1. Lunch can be either glorious or bland, hard to choose or easy. Which is it for you and why?

Lunch for me is usually quick and easy.  Maybe a bowl of cereal or a grilled cheese sandwich.  Our main meal is "supper" :)

2. What are your choices for a nice lunch?

I kind of already answered this, oops!  Leftovers are also a good option for lunch.

3. Is lunch a big meal or a light meal for you?

I already answered this one too!  lol  Lunch is usually light.  Except for Sundays.  On Sunday we always have a potluck at Church and it is the main meal of the day.

4. "Let's do lunch" has become a funny phrase used in movies and jokes and usually just a throw away kind of thing to say.   Do you organize lunch with friends or family often? Do you eat out or in? If you eat out what is your favorite place to go?

Most of the time, lunch is just a throw it together kind of deal.  It depends on who is home and what time they had breakfast as to whether we eat lunch together.  We always sit down to supper though as a family.

My favorite place to go out to eat lunch would be anywhere that serves breakfast all day.  I love breakfast foods :)


Colletta

Monday, April 5, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 4/5/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday!


The weather outside is:

Beautiful!  And the week ahead looks great :)



On today's to-do list: 

I'm getting this post up late so I'll tell you what I've already done today.

Laken is on Easter Break until Wednesday but she had Track & Field practice this afternoon.  While she was at practice, the hubby and I went grocery shopping for the week ahead.  The first bill for our new-to-us Nissan Rogue came in the mail so I spent some time setting up the banking information and making that first payment.

I still need to read my devotions and exercise...

Happening this week:

Tomorrow is Laken's first T&F Meet.  I appears that she will be on the throwing team with the discus and the javelin and possibly the shotput.

Wednesday evening is a Parent's Meeting for all the 8th grade parents to discuss scheduling for next year.  I can't believe my baby is going to be in High School!

The sale at Kaylee's work is over and so is the overtime, I think.  She enjoyed her long weekend.

The hubby is on third shift this week.  He managed to somehow tweak his knee putting together a swing set for the kids at Church.  He has no idea how he did it...  Hubby also finally goes to the eye doctor for new glasses on Thursday.  He's overdue.

Currently reading:

I'm still getting ready to start reading "What to Do With a Mad Marquess" by Ivy Hart.



On the TV:

We started watching the series "Clarice" and are enjoying it.  We're anxiously awaiting new episodes of The Prodigal Son.

Listening to:

This week I featured "Hold On To Me" by Lauren Daigle on Songs on Sunday.

On the menu week:

Monday ~  We grabbed Burger King
Tuesday ~ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes
Wednesday ~ Pork Chops, Alfredo Noodles
Thursday ~  Ham, Fried Potatoes
Friday ~ Pizzaroni, Garlic Bread
Saturday ~ Grilled Cheese, Soup
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

"Linen" Granny Squares.  16/35 squares completed.  I didn't even pick up my hook this week...

Memory Verse

"For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf."  2 Corinthians 5:14-15


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 4/2/2021


All things bookish!
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What I Read:


Review coming soon!

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Helen Jardin has a rebel's heart. True, she isn't entirely sure how to go about being rebellious, but enthusiasm should more than make up for wisdom where scandal is concerned... even if said enthusiasm has left her in a seedy gaming hell, surrounded by men who seemed determined to make her be more scandalous than she'd like to be.

Thank goodness Isaac Mayfield, penniless marquess and family friend, is there to rescue her. Not only is Isaac trustworthy enough to confide in, he certainly won't tell her family about her plans to be disreputable - especially if she threatens dire consequences for his precious etchings. In fact, upon further consideration, he's just the person to aid Helen in her quest.

But scandal's a funny thing. Courting danger with a pleasant companion is very close to... well, courting. And as Isaac becomes kinder, wittier and more handsome by the minute, is Helen in danger of losing her heart rather than her reputation?


First Lines:

Helen Jardin hadn't known what to wear to a gaming hell, so she had erred on the side of caution.

56%/Page 56

"Thank you." Isaac's shoulders sagged with relief.  He'd been so worried about her refusing--but why had he been so worried?

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Jane Jardin is frustrated. Desperate to find herself a useful occupation in life, she finds herself unable to do anything thanks to her position. The sister of a duchess is meant to sit in drawing room, embroider fire-screens and wait patiently to be married - and despite spending her entire life being quiet, modest and meek, Jane can't bear to be so thoroughly useless.

After a disastrous interview for yet another occupation she's deemed unfit for, she's ready to run away and hide forever. But a chance encounter with Peter Graves, a blinded soldier in need of assistance, leads to a sudden, surprising affinity - and a deception more audacious than anything Jane has undertaken before.

She soon grows close to Peter, and to the enchanting cottage where he lives. She's allowed to be as useful as she wishes. But this fairy-tale existence can't possibly continue - and when Peter realizes that Jane isn't who she claims to be, he's going to be heartbroken...


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What I Can't Wait To Read:


Blurb:

Molly McKenzie's bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a big paycheck each month. When her manager-turned-boyfriend says she has an audition to appear as a host on a makeover show that nominates underprivileged youth, her dream of further fame seems to be coming true. There's just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

When her manager-boyfriend convinces her to partner with a local organization, she begins volunteering with a summer youth program. The program's director, Silas Whittaker, challenges her at every turn, but she swiftly grows more attached to the kids--and him--every day.

As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she's known, she wrestles with the lies she's been believing about herself for years. She thought she knew what mattered most in life, but maybe she's had it wrong this whole time, and there's more to being truly seen than what she's built her entire life on.

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What I Was Reading 5 Years Ago:

Originally a feature called Last Year I Was Reading created by Maria from ReadingMaria
Literary Feline liked it enough to continue, but has tweaked it
 to feature Five Years Ago I Was Reading. 



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Book Haul:

 

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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   Do you think you will ever get tired of blogging? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

A. Every once in a while I do grow a bit tired of blogging.  When this happens, I take a break.  Inevitably, I come back to the blogging world though.

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   
https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

http://www.fredasvoice.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Blogging Challenge ~ Binge Watching TV ~ 3/31/2021


This week's topic is:  

TV Shows I Binge Watch(ed):

The hubby was on second shift last week so I did a lot of binge watching my favorite TV shows that had begun piling up in the DVR.  Here are a few of my favorites :

Prodigal Son!

This is probably my favorite show!  It is in its second season and I haven't missed a single episode.  Technically I don't really binge watch this show because I watch it soon after it airs.  Best show ever!

NCIS!

This show I ended up binge watching about 4 episodes in a row to get caught up.  The original NCIS (the one I'm talking about) is my favorite.  I've tried to get caught up in the other NCIS spinoffs but Mark Harmon remains my favorite :)

FBI!

I think this is the second season for FBI.  Maybe the third...  I had around 6-7 episodes to watch.  It took me two evenings to get caught up.  I love Maggie and OA's characters as well as Jubal and the JOC.  Love this show :)

FBI:  Most Wanted

This show is a spin-off "FBI".  I still have a few episodes to catch up on.  I like "Most Wanted" but I like the original a tad more...

A few more:

There are a few new shows that we have DVR'd but haven't started yet.  They are "Clarice", "Debris" and "The Equalizer".


So, what are some TV shows that you binge watch(ed)?  


Colletta

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ Books and TV ~ 3/30/2021

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This week let's talk about books and TV programs you enjoy.

1. Are you enjoying a book right now and would you tell us about it?

I've hardly read the past few weeks.  So much going on.  I did start reading "What to Do With an Eager Earl" by Ivy Hart.  It is a novella so hopefully I'll be able to get it read quickly :)


2. Do you have a list of books you are looking forward to reading in the near future?

I solely read on my Kindle these days.  I have Kindle Unlimited and have the maximum number of books borrowed right now.  They include the rest of The Jardin Sisters series.

3. What's on television (or YouTube, etc.) at your house?

Last night we started watching "Clarice".  Oh my!  So creepy...but fascinating :)

4.What series have you followed religiously and why? (can be TV or book series)

Tomorrow's post is all about my binge watching habits so I'm not going to go into detail but I've followed the following current TV shows:

The Prodigal Son, NCIS, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and now Clarice!


Colletta

Monday, March 29, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/29/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday!

Check out my "The Good Stuff" post from last Friday!  Kaylee is getting MARRIED!!!!  No definite plans are in place yet but I'm so EXCITED :)


The weather outside is:

The weather is looking quite lovely for the week although it is a bit cooler toward the end of the week.  The wind has been outrageous.  I guess March is going out like a lion!




On today's to-do list: 

The usual suspects.  Groceries, devotions, exercise, blogging and catching up from the weekend.

Also today (Monday) is my little cousin Dex's 9th Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Dex!

Happening this week:

It is a pretty ordinary week ahead.  Laken is playing catch-up with her school work after missing a few days due to being sick.  Kaylee is still working overtime due to REI's annual sales.  The hubby was off last Thursday and Friday and off again this Friday for Good Friday.  Laken will be off Thursday through Wednesday for Easter break.

We'll be coloring eggs and getting candy this coming weekend.  I can't wait for the Carrot Cake :)

Currently reading:

"What to Do With an Eager Earl" by Ivy Hart. 



On the TV:

FBI
NCIS
Walker
Hallmark

The Croods "A New Age"

Listening to:

This week on Songs on Sunday I featured "Truth I'm Standing On" by Leanna Crawford.  Go check it out :)

On the menu week:

Monday ~  Chicken Parmesan, Noodles
Tuesday ~ Pizzaroni, garlic bread
Wednesday ~ Ham, Fried Potatoes
Thursday ~  Pork Chops, Alfredo Noodles
Friday ~ Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes
Saturday ~ Chili, Rice
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

"Linen" Granny Squares.  16/35 squares completed with ends all tied in :)

Memory Verse

"My salvation and my glory rest on God; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God."  Psalm 62:7


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Songs on Sunday ~ Truth I'm Standing On by Leanna Crawford


I've missed a few week of Songs on Sundays but here we are :)

Enjoy!


Colletta

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Good Stuff ~ Kaylee Said YES! ~ 3/26/2021


Here are some things that made me thankful/smile/excited this week:

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After 5 1/2 years of dating, these High School Sweethearts are engaged!!


Shawn took Kaylee on a hike where they used to go for walks and gave her a note asking her to marry him.  It was the very same way he asked her to go out with him.   Complete with "Circle Yes OR No"!  Isn't that so sweet?!?!

And look at this ring!  Gorgeous!!  (Good job, Shawn!)


They are both walking on clouds :)


What are you thankful for/smiling/exited about this week?  Tell me all the good stuff! 

Colletta

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/15/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday!


The weather outside is:

Not QUITE as warm as last week but I'll take it!  I'll also take the extra daylight in the evenings :)



On today's to-do list: 

The usual suspects.  Groceries, devotions, exercise, blogging and catching up from the weekend.

Happening this week:

I need to stop by our accountants office and pick up our tax papers.

In other news:  Laken starts Track & Field Monday.  She is very excited as last year they only had 2 weeks of conditioning and then everything was shut down for the first quarantine.  She wants to compete in the Long Jump and and Triple Jump and then when she is old enough Pole Vaulting.  Heaven help me!

Kaylee will be starting to work overtime.  Her company is starting to have sales for the outdoor equipment they sell.  She's almost been working at REI for a year!  Hard to believe...   How does time fly and stand still at the same time???

Currently reading:

I actually didn't even pick up my Kindle this week so I'm still getting ready to start reading "What to Do With an Eager Earl" by Ivy Hart. 



On the TV:

We're slowly getting caught up on our DVR'd shows.  This week we watched some NCIS episodes.  Being that the hubby is on third shift this week, we'll probably get some TV time in before he leaves for work in the evenings.

Listening to:

KLOVE
The Message
The Highway

On the menu week:

Monday ~  Lumberjack Snacks
Tuesday ~ Irish Stew
Wednesday ~ Salisbury Steak, Butter Noodles
Thursday ~  Ham Pot Pie
Friday ~ Cheeseburger Pasta
Saturday ~ Subway
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

"Linen" Granny Squares.  9/35 squares completed.

Memory Verse

"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they do not make you useless nor unproductive in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."  2 Peter 1:5-8


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Good Stuff ~ Annalea ~ 3/11/2021


Here are some things that made me thankful/smile/excited this week:

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This was a fairly good week with lots of good stuff happening.  However, by far the BEST thing that happened was:


Baby Annalea Marie decided to make an appearance a whole month early!

For those that don't know, Dex, Damon and now Annalea's mommy is my first cousin Steph.  She is like a little sister to me.  I was 10 years old when Steph was born and she has always had a special place in my heart as do her boys.  Now, LITTLE Annalea has captured my heart as well.

Annalea was born Saturday, March 6, 2021 in the early morning.  She only weighed 5 lb 10 oz at birth and measured 17 inches long.  She is a TINY LITTLE one.

Welcome to the family Annalea!  We love you so much already :)


What are you thankful for/smiling/exited about this week?  Tell me all the good stuff! 

Colletta

Blogging Challenge ~ Best Non-Book Gifts for Readers ~ 3/10/2021


This week's topic is:  

Best Non-Book Gifts for Readers:

I think the answer to this question depends mostly on the reader in question.  So, I'm going to answer this question as if it pertained to me :)

Tea!

(Because I don't like coffee!  Yuck!)  I especially love Vanilla Chai Tea.  I also enjoy a tried and true Orange Pekoe :)

Stationary!

Along with my love of books comes a love of all things paper :)  Whether it be cards, note books or a plain old ream of computer paper, I don't care.  I just love me some stationary!

Pens!

Pens kind of go with stationary but I count them as a completely different item.  I love a good pen that writes smoothly and dries quickly.  There's nothing worse than a smeary pen!

Time!

There is no better gift than the gift of time.  Just spend time with me.  We can have a cup of that tea I was talking about and chat about the weather.  We can go for a walk and talk about how much weight we need to lose.  Or we can just sit together and watch an episode of Prodigal Son.  Time is precious :)


So, would you say is the best non-book gift for readers?  


Colletta

Monday, March 8, 2021

Top Ten ~ Spring Cleaning ~ 3/9/2021



This week's topic is a Spring Cleaning Freebie.

I already cleaned out my physical TBR shelf a while ago and took the books to my Church's library to share with other inspirational fiction lovers.  Since then, I've been reading solely on my Kindle.

I decided for today's Top Ten to share with you the books I have borrowed at the moment from Kindle Unlimited.  I love being able to carry all my books with me wherever I go and trying new-to-me authors!

Books on my Kindle Unlimited:


Click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page!

One


Two



Three


Four


Five


Six


Seven


Eight


Nine


Ten



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Please leave a comment with the link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can return the visit :)