Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Blogging Challenge ~ Best Part of Each Season ~ 6/16/2021


This week's topic is:  

The Best Parts of Each Season:

First:  Happy Soon-to-be-SUMMER!!!!

I assume that is why we are talking about the seasons today.  It should be interesting to read everyone's different view points on this topic!

Winter:  Christmas is of course a big deal in Winter.  I love Christmas but am in no hurry to get there.  I'm already seeing people posting how many days until Christmas on Facebook!  Another favorite aspect of Winter for me is Groundhog's Day.  Not because it is when good ole Phil comes out to see us but because it is the day my second baby girl was born in 2007 :)

Spring:  Spring USUALLY means the beginning of nicer weather.  (Not so much this year.)  However, MY birthday is just a few short days after the official first day of Spring so I always look forward to that.  I'm the kind of person that LOVES my birthday :)  (The hubby and Kaylee were born in the first part of June, so technically they are Spring babies also, but I always think of them as being born in the Summer.)

Summer:  Ahhh....Summer!  We've made it through another long Winter and crazy Spring.  Always such a good feeling.  One of my very favorite days of Summer is the Fourth of July.  I love the cookouts and fireworks and spending time with family celebrating the birth of the U.S.A :)  I can't wait!

Fall:  I absolutely adore Fall.  It might even be my favorite season of all.  I love crisp air after the suffocating heat of Summer.  I love the coziness of a wearing a sweater around a campfire.  AND our Wedding Anniversary is in the Fall.  (at least I consider September 17th the Fall).

So, what do you think are the best parts of each season?  


Colletta

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 6/11/2021


All things bookish!
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What I Read:

Just when I decided to commit to the "20 Books of Summer" challenge, life went haywire.  Crazy haywire.  Therefore, I haven't kept my goal of reading daily.  I really do want to get back on track with my reading goals though.  So, I decided to post today even though it is very similar to the last time I posted a  "My Weekly Bookishness".  I hope you don't mind a few repeats now and then...

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What I'm Reading:



Blurb:

A local island B&B owner hates the swanky high-rise hotel down the beach...but not the billionaire who owns it. Can she deal with strange summer weather, tourists, and falling in love?

Stacey Stapleton owns the premier bed and breakfast on Hawaii's big island, and she's not happy about the new twenty-eight story monstrosity disguised as a luxury resort just down the beach. When she books a night to find out what the rooms at Sweet Breeze are like, she's impressed with the amenities, the view of the bay...and the tall, dark, and handsome room service attendants.

But she's sworn off men and is focused on her own B&B, her Women's Beach Club of friends, and living up to her grandfather's legacy.

Fisher DuPont is the billionaire owner of Sweet Breeze, his first solo business venture since finally leaving his father's company, and he's been moving through each department as an undercover boss. So he's the one behind the room service cart when Stacey opens the door. When he runs into the sassy, gorgeous redhead three more times that day, he takes it as a sign to get to know her better--and reveal his true identity.

As Stacey and Fisher spend more time together, she learns he's absolutely brilliant, unusually kind, and incredibly hardworking. He's impressed by her grace under pressure and dedication to clients, friends, and family when a storm hits the island. Can Stacey and Fisher leave their past heartaches where they belong to build a new future together?


First Lines (Chapter seven:

'Nine-one-one?"  Esther's voice on the other end of the line was partly asleep and partly pissed off.

56%/Page 56

Before she allowed herself to take a quick cat nap, she dialed her mother one more time.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.
 

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What I Can't Wait To Read:



Blurb:

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

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Book Haul:

  

After reading the first book of this series, Laken absolutely HAD to have the second and third books.  As I haven't been reading much the past few weeks (months) I'm getting my book buying thrills through her ;)

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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   What's your opinion on love triangle plots? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

A. This is an awesome question!  When I was younger (before getting married) I loved love triangle plots.  I loved the thrill and excitement of not knowing who was going to end up with who by the end of the book.

Now, however, I like to know from the beginning (or almost the beginning) of the story who I am supposed to fall in love with character-wise.  My reading likes/dislikes have changed so much that I almost can't abide love triangles.  I hate routing for the wrong person and then "hating" the book!

I'm a bit fickle, I guess.

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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/

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ Simply the Best ~ 6/1/2021

https://mytuesday4meme.blogspot.com/

Head over to Tuesday's Place for the questions and to visit everyone's answers!


This is an older Tuesday 4 from Toni:

This week's answers are courtesy of the hubby :) 

1.   What was the best thing you have ever bought?

The hubby said that the best thing he's ever bought was my engagement ring!  Isn't that sweet?!?     

2.   What was the best book you have ever read?

White Fang by Jack London

 3.   What is the best food you've ever eaten?

All the food at Disney World.

4.   What was the best movie or TV series you've ever watched?

Dukes of Hazzard

This was a fun one!

Colletta

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 5/31/2021


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

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend :)


The weather outside is:

The weather over the weekend was chilly and rainy.  I was hoping for the nice weather that was predicted for today so that we could celebrate Memorial  Day and remember those who died so that we could have our freedom.  I'm looking forward to that 80F weather come the weekend.



On today's to-do list: 

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

We spent the morning getting laundry finished, cleaning the family room and bedroom, going out to eat for lunch, relaxing and going to the Lake in the evening.

I started a Summer Self-Improvement Challenge today that lasts until Labor Day.  It is hosted by Diva and the Divine over on youtube.  Click HERE for the details.  I met all my daily goals for the challenge!  Yay, me!

Happening this week:

Kaylee and Shawn's wedding is fast approaching so I want to get all the invitation sent out this week.  The majority of them will go out Tuesday but we still need a few addresses.

Laken is out of school for the Summer!  Wednesday was her last day as a Middle School Student.  She is now in High School!  I don't know how the time flies so quickly...

The hubby is working first shift (daylight) this wee and had a nice long weekend that was much needed.

As for me, I'll be watching Annalea from 8am-3pm and then working to meet all my above-mentioned Summer Self-Improvement Challenge goals :)

Currently reading:

I started "Aloha Hideaway Inn" by Elana Johnson today at the Lake.  One of my goals for the Summer is to get back into reading.  I picked this book to kick things off because it is set in Hawaii :)  So far it is intriguing and the writing is very good.



On the TV:

I haven't watched TV in weeks!  That will change this coming weekend because "Raya" is coming to Disney+ on June 4th.  We opted not to spend the extra money to watch it as a premiere so we're looking forward to seeing it this Friday or Saturday.  It has been a long time since we've had a Family Movie Night.  Too long!

Listening to:

This week I featured "Help Is On The Way" by TobyMac on Songs on Sunday.  I love this song and have listened to it over and over :)

On the menu week:

I haven't made our menu yet...

Monday ~  Subway
Tuesday ~ 
Wednesday ~ 
Thursday ~  
Friday ~ 
Saturday ~ 
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

I haven't been crafting a lot lately.  I did manage to tie the ends in on Kaylee's and Shawn's Afghan that I'm making for the Wedding Shower.  But that was only on the 17 squares I have completed.  I still need to crochet 16 squares, crochet them all together and then crochet the border.  All before the shower in July!

Picture from the Camera


Memory Verse

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord."  I Thessalonians 4:16-17


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 5/28/2021


All things bookish!
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What I Read:

I haven't read anything in weeks.  Possibly even months.  BUT...I'm joining the "20 Books of Summer" with a goal of 10 books so I'd really like to get back to reading just a little bit every day.  I'm starting fresh!

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What I'm Reading:



Blurb:

A local island B&B owner hates the swanky high-rise hotel down the beach...but not the billionaire who owns it. Can she deal with strange summer weather, tourists, and falling in love?

Stacey Stapleton owns the premier bed and breakfast on Hawaii's big island, and she's not happy about the new twenty-eight story monstrosity disguised as a luxury resort just down the beach. When she books a night to find out what the rooms at Sweet Breeze are like, she's impressed with the amenities, the view of the bay...and the tall, dark, and handsome room service attendants.

But she's sworn off men and is focused on her own B&B, her Women's Beach Club of friends, and living up to her grandfather's legacy.

Fisher DuPont is the billionaire owner of Sweet Breeze, his first solo business venture since finally leaving his father's company, and he's been moving through each department as an undercover boss. So he's the one behind the room service cart when Stacey opens the door. When he runs into the sassy, gorgeous redhead three more times that day, he takes it as a sign to get to know her better--and reveal his true identity.

As Stacey and Fisher spend more time together, she learns he's absolutely brilliant, unusually kind, and incredibly hardworking. He's impressed by her grace under pressure and dedication to clients, friends, and family when a storm hits the island. Can Stacey and Fisher leave their past heartaches where they belong to build a new future together?


First Lines:

Stacey Stapleton replaced the phone in its fancy-pants cradle, casting it a glare as if it had done her a personal wrong.

56%/Page 56

"I'll have the pastries!"  Stacey hung up and left her suite, the cold stones of the hallway welcome against her feet.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.
 

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What I Can't Wait To Read:


Blurb:

Members of Hanger's Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they'd deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he'd nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society's mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes--ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?
 

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Book Haul:

 

Laken actually bought this one at Barnes & Noble this past week.  I'm looking forward to reading it after she is done :)

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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   Who is your favorite character...of all the books you've read? Why? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

A. I have to go with a tried and true Jane Austen character.  However, I can't choose just one.  It would either be Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet.  You pick!

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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/

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Good Stuff ~ Engagement Photos ~ 5/27/2021


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The past few weeks have been super busy with wedding preparations and house hunting for the soon-to-be newlyweds.  Now that most things are in place or at least in motion, it is time to enjoy some of gorgeous weather we've been having.

A couple weeks ago, Kaylee and Shawn had an engagement photo shoot with the Wedding Photographer.  They had a fun time and got some amazing shots.

The following photo is by far my favorite!  We even used it on the wedding invitations.  Isn't it amazing?


I also love this black and white photo because it shows their true relationship.  Smiles and giggles all around :)


Here are a "few" more for your viewing pleasure :)






(BTW, the photographer is Angela Ramsdorfer Photography )

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

Colletta

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Blogging Challenge ~ My Fantasy Vacation ~ 5/26/2021


This week's topic is:  

My Fantasy Vacation:

My ultimate fantasy vacation would be a long, extended trip to Hawaii!  I think the whole summer would suffice. :)  However, that isn't going to happen any time soon.  Maybe one day...

I'd also like to visit Australia someday.  Probably won't ever happen but a girl can dream.

Oh!  And then there's Ireland and Scotland!  Again, I would probably need a whole summer to explore.  Again, probably won't ever happen for this Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania girl.

So, for now, I'd just be completely happy with a cabin by a lake :)  Any cabin.  Any lake.

Until then, maybe I can escape reality in a good book.  Any suggestions?


So, what is YOUR fantasy vacation?  


Colletta

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ Spending Time ~ 5/25/2021

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Head over to Tuesday's Place for the questions and to visit everyone's answers!

This week let's talk about spending time

1.Are you currently reading a book you'd like to tell us about? Maybe a TV program you can recommend to us?

I haven't picked up a book or my kindle in what seems like months.  Things have been so busy with wedding planning and babysitting Annalea!  I haven't been watching much TV either but I would recommend The Prodigal Son if you don't already watch it.  Amazingly captivating show!

2. Are you a Jane Austen fan? So many seem to be. If you are what is your favorite book and who is your favorite character.  If you aren't a fan, is there an author you especially like to read? Favorite character..etc?

I am a Jane Austen fan!  I think Pride & Prejudice would have to be my favorite Austen book as it was the first one I read as a young girl.  And like many, I swoon for Mr. Darcy :)

3.  How do you spend your time during the day?  Do you set apart time to read, watch TV, study?

After getting Laken off to school (which tomorrow is the last day of for this year), I watch Annalea my cousin's almost 3 month old until around 3pm.  Then it is time to make supper.  I try to set aside time to read my Bible Study and I'm joining a Summer Self-Improvement Challenge  and the 20 Books of Summer so I plan on trying to read SOMETHING this summer!  I just have to set aside the time to do it...

4. Have your beliefs changed in your life time? New religion.. new politics? Or are they the same as they were growing up? Do you spend time thinking over the important things of life to take stock in your life?

My beliefs are pretty much the same only deeper and more solidified.  Sometimes I think that I spend too much time thinking over things instead of just enjoying life.  I'm still searching for a happy medium.

Colletta