Saturday, December 9, 2023

Saturday 9 ~ Wildest Dreams ~ 12/9/2023



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Wildest Dreams (2014)

1) In this song, a tall, handsome man asks Taylor Swift to drive away with him to escape the crowds. Where were you headed when you most recently got behind the wheel?

I was actually headed home from the auto repair shop with my vehicle after it was repaired from hitting a deer while taking Laken to school.

2) She sings about memories of a romance that just "follow you around." Is anyone special on your mind this morning? (It doesn't have to be a romantic partner.)

My SIL is having some health issues and has been on my mind a lot lately.

3) The lyrics reference sunset. Now that it gets dark earlier, do you find yourself watching the sun set more often?

No, no really.  It is usually dark before I even realize it!

4) The video for this song takes place on a movie set. Swift said it was inspired by tales of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton embarking on a love affair while co-starring in Cleopatra. Elizabeth and Richard fell in love in Rome, while this video was filmed outside of Gaborone, Botswana. In your wildest dreams, which of these exotic locales would you rather visit: Rome or Gaborone?
 
Rome, by a long shot!

5) In homage to Elizabeth Taylor, Swift went from blonde to brunette for the video. Do you have an appointment with a stylist between now and year end?

I do not have an appointment with my stylist set up but I do need to call and schedule one as I'm due for a trim.

6) Both Taylors (Swift and Elizabeth) often wore the color purple. What color dominates your wardrobe?

Black and gray are the colors that most dominate my wardrobe although I have a lot of floral print blouses.
 
7) In the video, Taylor Swift's leading man is Scott Eastwood, son of Clint. Though not as famous as his dad, Scott works steadily and has more than 30 TV and movie credits. Can you think of another second-generation performer who followed his or her parent into show business?

Nobody is coming to mind at the moment, but I would definitely like to see more of Scott Eastwood.  I saw him in "The Longest Ride" and loved it!

8) In 2014, when "Wildest Dreams" topped the charts, Paul McCartney had to reschedule tour dates so he could recover from a bout with the flu. How are you feeling this morning? Any coughs, sneezes, sniffles?

My entire household is recovering from a nasty "virus".

9) Random question: How many different zip codes have you lived in throughout your life?

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Please leave a comment with a link so I can return the visit!


Colletta 

Thursday, December 7, 2023

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 12/8/2023


All things bookish!
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What I Read:

I haven't finished a book in a LONG time.  I have been reading my daily devotional which will be completed on December 31st.  I've also been reading one chapter of Luke each day during December as a count-up to Christmas.

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What I'm Reading:



Blurb:

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving—every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
- Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
- Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
- Design your environment to make success easier;
- Get back on track when you fall off course;
...and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

First Lines:

On the final day of my sophomore year of high school, I was hit in the face with a baseball bat.

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If you have ever wondered, "Why don't I do what I say I'm going to do?

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Many Christian women find great encouragement and joy in and through women's Bible studies. However, popular Bible teacher Jen Wilkin is concerned that sometimes we let our emotions rule our study of Scripture and forget that the Bible is primarily about God, not us. Challenging hungry women to go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will help you refocus your efforts on feeding your mind first and foremost. Whether you're young or old, married or single, this accessible volume will energize and equip you for Bible study aimed at transforming both the heart and mind.

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Book Haul:


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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Where do you like to read the most? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

A. I usually either read on/in my bed or at my desk.  In the summer months, I also like to read while sitting on my porch swing.  Reading beside the lake is also a favorite spot.

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

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


Tea Time ~ 12/7/2023


 
Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things about my life lately...

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~Before the "sickness" hit the household, we went to a Christmas tree farm to get our Christmas tree. It was so strange picking out our tree in unseasonably warm weather.  Laken's boyfriend, Nate, came along for the experience with us.  We haven't put the tree up and decorated it yet but at least we have it for when we feel up to decorating :)



~I don't think I've posted about Nate, the boyfriend, here on the blog yet.  He and Laken have been together for well over 8 months now and we adore him!  He treats Laken like a queen.  He plays soccer and is an actual honest-to-goodness Eagle Scout!  Here are some pictures:)



~Kaylee and Shawn are doing well.  This is a picture of them from our summer trip to Black Water Falls in West Virginia.  They've been married for over two years now and are the absolute cutest :)


~I have gotten very little (almost no) Christmas shopping done at this point :(  To be honest, we're giving gift cards to a lot of people this year.  I don't really like doing that but I'd rather give a gift that is going to be liked and used than something that is just going to sit and not be used.  We weren't very creative this year.  I do plan on getting some Christmas cards sent out before the weekend though :)

~So much has happened since I've last shared a Tea Time post that there is no way to catch up on it all.  I basically wanted to give a little update on the family.  My mom and dad are doing well even though under the weather a bit right now.  Hopefully, I'll be posting more often and staying up-to-date better with the happening as I do enjoy looking back at our adventures and misadventures.


So, what's new with you?
 
Colletta

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Happy Homemaker WEDNESDAY??? ~ 12/6/2023


Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 
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Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

Once again, I feel from the face of blogland.... BUT, I'm back and what better way to come back then to be a Happy Homemaker?

The entire household is down with a sickness "that shall remain nameless".  We're all in varying stages but I think for the most part we're seeing the light of day and coming out the other side.  While I'm feeling fairly well, I'll get to posting ;)

The weather outside is:

Snowy today but the rest of the week ahead doesn't look bad.  At least the rain is backing off from Saturday onto Sunday.  The Christmas parade in our little town is Saturday evening and our Church is having a float in the parade to sing Christmas Carols and hand out candy.  



On today's to-do list: 

Well, much of the day is over so this will be a bit of a re-cap.  I didn't do a whole lot as I've been feeling like my sinuses are about to explode but I did manage to straighten up the Family Room and sweep up the mess that our puppy Harley made of the hubby's slipper!

Happening this week:

Recuperation, I hope and pray, before the weekend!

Currently reading:

I'm currently reading "Atomic Habits" by James Clear.  I've been trying to read a bit each day and am slowly making progress through the book.  I'm finding it interesting so far.



Watching:

Christmas Movies, of course.  My new favorite streaming channel is FRNDLY!  We're still watching Hallmark too but I'm loving FRNDLY :)

Listening to:

I just heard this song and thought it was too good not to share.  I love the group "Cain" and hope that this song brings you as much peace to your heart as it did mine.


On the menu today:

Nice and easy:  Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

In the Craft Basket:

I finished a crocheted blanket a few weeks ago and for once, I have no intended recipient.  I'm thinking of gifting it to someone for Christmas but I'm still unsure as to who I want to give it to.  I haven't even taken pictures of it yet!

I started on a new granny square blanket using turquoise, purple and white.  I haven't made much progress on it lately though.  And again, no pictures!  Hopefully next week I'll be able to show you...


Picture from the Camera


I don't think I've properly introduced our new puppy, Harley Grace.  She's a cocker spaniel-corgi mix and isn't very "grace"ful at all, hence the middle name.  She was such a good pup for the first 3-4 months after we got her.  Now she's a chewing maniac!  The picture above is her personality in a nutshell!


But, I must say, what Harley doesn't have in the intelligence department, she makes up for in love.  She is the most loving dog and does EVERYTHING with enthusiasm!


Bible Verse

 "If the LORD delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand."  Psalm 37:23-24

Have a great Wednesday!

Colletta

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Tuesday Tunes ~ To Not Worship You by MercyMe ~ 10/24/2023

 

During this uncertain time of my life, I'm going to keep on worshiping the One True God.  After all...who am I to not worship Him.

Enjoy!


What tune(s) are you listening to today?

Colletta

Monday, October 23, 2023

Sunday-ish Reflections ~ 10/22/2023

 

I know, I know.

Technically, it is Monday, but since I haven't been to bed yet it is still Sunday to me.

I've been having trouble sleeping the past night or two.  So much is on my mind.  

At the forefront is my youngest daughter, Laken.  She had surgery on Friday the 13th (she was not thrilled about the date!) to have her gallbladder removed.  She will be 17 in February so she's young and this was her first surgery.  The surgery went well and her recovery has been pretty standard.  She's without pain medicine now and is moving so much better.  The pain from her icky gallbladder is gone but she is still feeling some nausea.  I'm hoping it is just her system still adjusting.  We are headed back to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh tomorrow (or today...Monday) for a follow-up appointment with her pediatric gastro-enterologist.

Something else that is on my mind is that I am now (for the time-being) a SAHM again.  I had started looking for a new job a few weeks ago and then decided to go ahead and resign the week before Laken's surgery so that I could be available to care for her through and after her surgery.  It was something I prayed and prayed about and just felt like it was the right thing to do for me and my family.  Now, I am job hunting.  I've had a few interviews but haven't heard anything back from anyone yet.

I've been struggling a bit lately with finding my groove and routine.  Of course, it has been stressful knowing that Laken was getting surgery and then caring for her as she healed.  (I still feel like I am right where I am supposed to be though.)  Now that she is pretty much self-sufficient again, I'm a bit at a loss of what to do with myself.

I was really stressing over finding another job RIGHT AWAY for financial reasons, but I know that God has a plan for me and that I need to be patient.  I've decided to go about my life fully trusting in Him.  Whether that means finding another job or being a SAHM for the foreseeable future, I'm not sure.  So, I pulled out my old routine and am going to try not to stress.

It isn't working so well for me tonight, however.  That would explain the 1AM blog post.

I am finally feeling a bit tired and think I'll try to sleep now that I've written out some of my thoughts and concerns.

If you've made it this fair, thank you!  I truly appreciate you :)

Blessings,

Colletta

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

What's Up Wednesday ~ 10/4/2023

 

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

The weather outside is:

It has been crazy lately.  One day is cool and very fall-like and the next we're having 82F temps.  I'm looking forward to some cooler temperatures coming this weekend.



On today's to-do list: 

~Grocery shopping
~Sweep and mop the floors

Happening this week:

Saturday is my Alma mater's Homecoming.  Our ladies' class has a booth so we're making pies on Thursday and Friday.  We usually do very well with asking for donations instead of putting a price on the pies.

I have some other BIG news but I think I'll save that for my Tea Time post.

Currently reading:

I haven't read anything in AGES!  I picked this book up at Ollie's last Saturday evening and had to buy it.  The blurb on the back sounds amazing and I am looking forward to eking out some time to read.  Hopefully!


Watching:

We recently got rid of DISH and now have youtubeTV, FRNDLY and some other streaming channels.  We watched a Hallmark movie with Lacey Chalbert where she is in Venice trying to sell her recruiting pitch to an Italian chef.  It was called something along the lines of "A Very Venice Romance", but I could be totally off on that title.  If you're interested, I can definitely look it up and find out the exact title.

Oh, and we've also been watching The Voice.

Listening to:

Amazon Music.

On the menu today:

Salisbury Steak, Noodles, apples and a veggie of some sort

In the Craft Basket:

I actually started a new crochet project!  I'll get some pictures and share more about it later :)

Bible Verse

 "So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom."  Psalm 90:12 NKJV

Have a great Wednesday!

Blessings,
Colletta

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Sunday Reflections ~ 10/1/2023

 

I've been away from the blogging world for MONTHS!

A little over a year ago, I started working outside the home full-time.  Ever since, I've been struggling to find a balance between the time I spend working, doing the necessities of life and finding time to have ANY hobbies.  This includes blogging, crafting, reading...anything really other than trying to rest for the next day.

I've let myself get into a major rut!

I recently switched my schedule up (thank you, work-life-balance policy).  I was working five days a week and then trying to squeeze everything into the weekend.  Now I'm working four ten-hour days and taking Wednesdays off.  Those ten-hour days are a bit tiring but I think it will be worth having three days off per week.

I think it is important to try to incorporate some "fun" back into my life.  So, I'm here!  In this space once again!  A space that I seem to come back to time and time again even though I've taken many blogging breaks over the years.

So, here's what I'm thinking about for a blogging "schedule" (subject to change :)...

~Sunday will be a time for Sunday Reflections.

~Wednesday will be a What's Up Wednesday type of post.

~Saturday will be a weekly recap with Tea Time.

I wanted to hop on here today to get started.  It is a new month after all and I love new beginnings.

And to add a little bit of fun to this post, I'm sharing a song that I love.  (Music has been a constant over this past year)  I hope you'll take the time to listen and enjoy!

Let's remember how truly BLESSED we are, even in the busy times!

Blessings,

Colletta

Saturday, February 4, 2023

15 Minutes to Stitch ~ 2/5/2023

 

One of my "plans" for 2023 is to spend 15 minutes a day stitching.  That might entail sewing, quilting, crocheting anything else I might come up with.  I'll be joining in with Kate @ Life in Pieces.

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The past week or so I've picked up the Blue and White Quilt I've been (not) working on for my Mom for the past 1.5 YEARS!  I am determined to finish hand quilting it and finally gifting it to my Mom.  I would say I'm about halfway through the hand quilting.

Something new I've been working on is for another swap.  The swap is for 6 of the heart blocks below.  It is a centralized swap so I will be sending 12 blocks to the hostess and receiving 12 blocks of varying colors back.  I decided to sew my blocks using purples.  One down, eleven to go!


Below are some of the swap blocks I've made for the Friendship Block Swap.  I've sent them off to their owners.








What are you stitching this week?

Colletta

Tea Time ~ 2/4/2023


 
Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things about my life lately...

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~I've been contemplating my blogging schedule today.  I "might" change things up a bit but I'm still undecided.  Any suggestions?

~I hit 1.5 million views here on Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  To some that may not seem like a lot but it has been a long time coming!  I started blogging in 2009.  I've taken some breaks over the years, but always seem to come back to this space.  I love that I can look back and see my girls when they were little and what we were doing.

~Talking about when the girls were little...My babies have grown up before my very eyes!  Thursday, Laken turned 16 years old!  She has big plans to go Monday and take her drivers permit test.  I don't know if I'm ready for this!  We went to Cracker Barrel Thursday evening to celebrate the milestone and Laken got her complimentary Coca Cola Cake with ice cream :)



~The hubby and I have been watching a new TV show called "Alert".  Douglas isn't sure about it yet but I am anxiously awaiting the newest episode on Monday night!  Have you seen it?

~We're having a Family Movie Night tonight!  We're either watching "Disenchanted" or "Wakanda Forever".  If we have time, maybe both.  If you had to choose one to watch, which would it be?

So, what's new with you?s
 
Colletta

Friday, February 3, 2023

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 2/3/2023


All things bookish!
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What I Read:


I ended up "DNF"ing The School Mistress of Emerson Pass.  It started out promising but there were just too many triggers.  I do NOT recommend this book if you're sensitive to postpartum depression or bipolar disorder triggers.

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Sam and Brody remind each other of what they want to forget—bad relationships and broken hearts.

Sam lost her career and her boyfriend on the same day. Needing an escape, she makes a radical decision—leave the big city for a small town, get a regular job, and take a break from men and romance.

Brody is picking up the pieces after divorce. He’s hoping for a fresh start in the small community of Maple Cove. Instead, he’s forced to co-manage a failing animal hospital with Sam, who seems ready to hate him on sight.

Watch two people learn to face their fears and love again in this sweet, small-town enemies to happily-ever-after romance.

Small Town Shepherd is the first book in the sweet romance series Maple Cove Dog Lover’s Society.

First Lines:

Sam pushed through the door into the empty scrub room. The pale-blue walls and gray lockers might seem sterile and clinical to some, but the setting put her at ease.

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Aramis was a joyful and spirited animal. She couldn't say the same when she finally looked up at the man holding his leash.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation.

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy – a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city.

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down.

All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss… Is he still in Sandy Cove?

Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls. Part of Maeve can’t bear to leave Willow House and its rocky beach. Does she have the courage to leave the security of her old life behind, and put down new roots in Sandy Cove, or is that just a daydream?

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Book Haul:


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Book Blogger Hop:

Q. What was your favorite genre to read as a child? Do you still read that genre, or do you read something else now? (submitted by Mark @ Carstairs Considers)
 

A. I don't remember what I read as a small child but as a preteen I read books like "The Babysitter's Club", "Little Women" and the like.   As a young teen through my twenties I read what my mom calls "smut books"!  lol  I would say they were R rated but not X rated.  Think Mary Balogh and Johanna Lindsey.  Not exactly what I read now :)

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

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