Monday, November 18, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 11/18/19

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

Dreary.

The leaves are all gone.  It is gray.  Just plain dreary today :(
 

 
On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin, Vanilla Chai Tea

As I look around the house::::

The laundry is all washed and folded.  I just need to hang up a pile of clothes.

On today's to do list::::

I'll be hanging out with my little cousin, Damon, today :)
 
Happening this week::::
 
Devotions:  I've been reading in Mark and also studying Eve while working our way through the Bad Girls of the Bible work book.  Takeaway:  Don't try to cover up sin.  Repent, be forgiven and strive to do better!

WW:  I made it to my Workshop Saturday morning.  It was iffy for a few days as to whether I'd have a vehicle to go.  The hubby had to work and the Nitro was in the shop.  However, the Nitro was done being worked on Thursday evening and I was able to go to my Workshop.  I had a loss this week!  Yay!  Come back Wednesday for my Weekly Weigh In for more info on the new MY WW plans and which one I chose :)

Exercise:  I got my new-to-me treadmill on Saturday and walked on it Saturday and Sunday.  I'm on a roll!

Housework:  Pretty much caught up.  We still need to rearrange the Family Room and decide where the home for my treadmill and bike is going to be.  Right now it is sitting off to the side of the room but I'm not sure if I like it there...

Bills:  Not a pay week.

Doug:  The hubby is still working tons of OT.  He's also back on swing shift so he'll be working all 3 shifts on a rotating basis.  He doesn't mind 1st and 3rd shift but on 2nd shift he won't get to see the girls except for a few minutes before they head off to school.  He knew that when he took his new position this would be a possibility so we'll just have to deal with whatever may come.

Kaylee:  3 weeks to go in the Fall Semester and she is ready for break!  After taking a year off of school after graduating High School, this first semester College has been a pretty big adjustment for her.  She is doing so well, though!  She had all A's at midterm!

Laken:  Laken got her 7th grade pictures back and she looks adorable!  Other than that their isn't much new going on with her.  Just trying to keep her grades on track and reading :)


Currently reading::::
 
I switched books to keep my interest going.  I'm really enjoying "Keep It Shut".
 

 
I'll probably come back to "Taming the To-Do List" at some point and finish it.
 
 
Up next on my reading list is:
 
 
 
 On the TV::::

Home & Family
All the NCIS's
All Rise
Buff City Law
Stumptown
New Amsterdam


Listening to:




 
On the menu this week::::
 
Monday -  Cheeseburgers, Soup
Tuesday -  Chicken Biscuit Bake
Wednesday -  Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Curly Fries
Thursday  - Pizza
Friday -  Ham Pot Pie
Saturday -  Chicken, Buttered Noodles
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::
 
I've been working on a slouch beanie for Kaylee and a regular beanie for Laken.  I didn't get pictures yet though.  I'm not sure what I'm going to work on next.
 
Picture From the Camera
 

 
Devotion
 
 "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
 
Philippians 4:8 NASB
 
Colletta

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Scripture Memory Verse ~ 11/17/19



This Week's Memory Verse:

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!"
 
 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV


Colletta

Saturday, November 16, 2019

{Shop Updates} ~ 11/16/19

https://www.etsy.com/shop/collettakay

Below are some new and re-newed listing in my shop:  Colletta's Kitchen Sink .


I have relisted the Heather Gray Prayer ShawlPrayer Shawls are one of my favorite items to make.  Again, I offer a CUSTOM listing to make this item in any color you would desire. 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/731277498/heather-gray-prayer-shawl-ready-to-ship?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1

 
Next, I'd like to show you some more of the Messy Bun Beanies that I've listed.  I've added Flamenco Stripe, Fruity Stripe, Calm Fair Isle and Candy Fair Isle.  The ones linked are for the Adult size.  I can make these in any color.  I also have listings for Toddler Size (2-4 yrs) and Child Size (5-10 yrs).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/752255069/flamenco-stripe-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_10&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/738694412/fruit-stripe-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail?ref=shop_home_active_5&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/738459490/calm-fair-isle-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail?ref=shop_home_active_8&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/739291178/candy-fair-isle-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1
 

 I've also got the pattern for a regular beanie using the Criss Cross pattern from Loops and Love Crochet.  If there are any colors you'd like to see, please let me know :)
 
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Colletta

Friday, November 15, 2019

First Lines Friday, 56 and BBH ~ 11/15/19

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Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:


 
 
First Lines

I sat alone at a corner table in the sterile, gray, middle-school lunchroom fiddling with the peas and carrots on my mustard-colored plastic lunch tray.
 
 
 Page 56

 
Have you been talking too much or speaking too soon?  Did you answer before really listening or fail to remain silent when now you wish you had zipped it?


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

 Q.  Do you think that overall work morale would be improved by having a "book lunch", sponsored by the company, at least once a month, or perhaps once a week? (Participation would be voluntary.) (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)
 
 
A.   This would be such a fun event!  I'd love it and definitely think it would boost morale :)

Colletta 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thankful Thursday ~ 11/14/19

 
Here are some things that made me smile this week:
 
~My Mom's Birthday!  Today is my Mom's birthday.  I won't tell you how old she is even though I doubt she'd care!  She's not one to bemoan getting older.  We'll be celebrating her birthday this weekend as she came down with the flu yesterday and isn't feeling quite the thing yet.  Happy Birthday, MOM! :)

~Aunt Mary and the Girls!  My Aunt Mary and my cousins, Heather and Nikki, are flying up from Florida tomorrow for a long weekend visit!  We don't get to see them nearly as often as we'd like.  I'm really looking forward to spending some good quality time with them :)

~A Beautiful Fall Walk!  Before winter hit on Tuesday (lol), the weather was beautifully Fall-like.  Monday was gorgeous and I decided to get my tennis shoes on and go for a walk.  It was wonderful.  The sun was shining and the leaves were blowing (I like to crunch them under me feet!).  I was soaking it in because I knew we were to get a cold snap.  And we did (are) :)

~Criss Cross Messy Bun Beanie!  I found a new pattern on Ravelry for a Messy Bun Beanie that I am loving.  The pattern is from www.loopsandlovecrochet.com and she allows the items made to be sold.  I've been crocheting away with different colors and adding them to my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/collettakay .  I love how it works up  :)

~The Art of Racing in the Rain!  We rented this movie from the Redbox and I absolutely LOVED it!  I laughed and cried and cried some more.  If you haven't seen it, you should.  I actually wrote a Movie Review on Tuesday.  You should check it out :)

Colletta

Weekly Weigh In ~ 11/14/19

I'm a day late with my Weekly Weigh In because I really didn't want to admit that I gained over the last two weeks :(

I missed a Workshop on 11/2/19 and ate terribly over the following week.  Not to mention, nearly no exercise has been happening over here lately!

I really didn't want to face the scale this past Saturday, but I knew that if I didn't I would just spiral out of control and I desperately want to get back on track and lose weight.

So, I went to the Workshop and weighed in.  I gained 2.8 lbs over the last 2 weeks :(  What a bummer!  But also a wake up call.

At the Workshop, we talked briefly about the changes coming up in WW.  More will information is going to be given at this week's Workshop but WW rolled out the new Plan"s" on Monday.  I'll tell more about this next week after I've gotten to talk to my Coach and the Guide's on Saturday.  I'm really hoping to kick my rear in gear because I've gotten so slack with my exercise and tracking...

Now,

On to the weigh in:

Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 10/19/19 ~ 269.4 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 11/9/19 ~ 272.2 lbs

This Week's Total:  +2.8  lbs

 
Grand Total: -18.6 lbs


I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

 
Colletta

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movie Review ~ The Art of Racing in the Rain ~ RECOMMENDED!!!


I don't often write Movie Reviews but I couldn't let this movie go by unrecommended!

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" may be the best movie I've seen all year!  Here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure:



The hubby has been working a lot of over-time and I knew he'd just want to relax Saturday night so I picked up the movie at our local Redbox to have a nice quiet Family Movie Night.  I was very excited to see "Racing in the Rain" as an option!  I quickly snatched it up.

I really can't recommend this movie enough.  I laughed and cried.  I cried a lot actually...  My family thought I was over-reacting but I think I saw some other misty eyes.

It was so odd, but the entire time the movie was on our Chocolate Lab, Kona, kept coming up to me and putting her head on my leg.  Her sweetness probably made the movie even better for me.

I was very pleased with the how clean this movie was.  I think it is rated PG and it was definitely family friendly.

There was some custody drama toward the later part of the movie which could be confusing or maybe hit a little too close to home for some.  I just wanted to mention this in case you are going through anything similar or have littles who wouldn't understand.

So, definitely grab this movie if you see it out and about!  I may even buy it.  I loved it that much!


Let me know if you've seen the movie and what you thought.  If you haven't seen it yet, do you think you will?


Colletta

Monday, November 11, 2019

Flamenco Stripe Messy Bun Beanie!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/collettakay

I am so excited about the newest Messy Bun Beanie I added to my shop:  Colletta's Kitchen Sink .  I couldn't wait until my usual Saturday "Shop Update" to show you!

The yarn is RH Flamenco Stripe and I love how it worked up so much that I didn't add a bow because I don't think it is needed.  What do you think?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/752255069/flamenco-stripe-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/752255069/flamenco-stripe-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/752255069/flamenco-stripe-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/752255069/flamenco-stripe-messy-bun-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1

I can make this beanie in Adult, Child (5-10 yrs) and Toddler (2-4 yrs).


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Thank you all so much for supporting me on my blog and in my shop!  and EVERY item in my shop has FREE SHIPPING!!!
 
Colletta

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 11/11/19

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

Where has the Fall weather gone?  And why is it Winter already?
We had snow flurries all day Friday and it is supposed to be 17F Tuesday night!
 

 
On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin, Eggs, Vanilla Chai Tea

As I look around the house::::

I see dog hair everywhere!  I really must sweep the floors today...

On today's to do list::::

Sweep the above-mentioned floors, make a menu and grocery list, exercise.  The kids are off School for Veteran's Day so I'll be refereeing them a bit also.

 
Happening this week::::
 
Devotions:  I've been reading in Mark.  The Ladies' Bible Study Class is also going to start working through "Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs.  We'll be starting off with Eve.

WW:  I knew I had to face the music and weigh-in on Saturday morning.  I also knew I was going to have a gain and I was right :(  Come back on Wednesday for my Weekly Weigh In for more details.

Exercise:  I'm getting a treadmill!  And an exercise bike!  A lady the hubby works with is selling her gently used treadmill and bike to us for $100.  Can't beat that!  Now we just need to rearrange the Family Room so they can fit.

Housework:  The above-mentioned rearrangement of the Family Room.  It needs a good cleaning/sorting anyway.  I'm also behind on changing the bedding so I need to get that done also.

Bills:  I need to sit down to budget the next 2 weeks and write out the bills for this pay period.

Doug:  The hubby has been working, working, working lately.  Lots of overtime.  It will come in handy right before Christmas :)

Kaylee:  Kaylee is all set up for the Spring 2020 Semester.  She's only got 4 weeks left in this semester then a well-deserved break :)

Laken:  Laken has been bitten by the reading bug!  She's reading the "Heroes of Olympus" series by Rick Riordan.  She's already read the Percy Jackson series.  She's been spending all her spare time reading or watching Hallmark movies :)

Currently reading::::
 
You can read my review of "The Super Mom Myth" HERE!
 
 
I'm still reading "Taming the To-Do List" by Glynnis Whitwer but don't know if I'll get it finished in time to review for tomorrow.
 
 
Up next on my reading list is:
 
 
 
 On the TV::::

Home & Family
All the NCIS's
All Rise
Buff City Law
Stumptown
New Amsterdam

Movies:

The Art of Racing in the Rain
(This was an amazing movie!)

Listening to:
 



 
On the menu this week::::
 
Monday -  Pork Chops, Alfredo Noodle
Tuesday - Ham, Baked Potatoes
Wednesday -  Baked Rotini, Garlic Bread
Thursday  - Ham Pot Pie
Friday -  Applebee's
Saturday -  Veteran's Dinner (hosted and served at our Church)
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::
 
I've been working on Criss Cross Messy Bun Beanies to add to Colletta's Kitchen Sink Shop.   Right now I'm working on one in "Flamenco Stripe".  Here is a picture of Laken wearing a beanie with bow in Plum.
 
 
 
Picture From the Camera
 
 
I rearranged my desk area and now have a working printer!

Devotion
 
"Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it."
 
Psalm 139:14 NLT
 
 
Colletta

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scripture Memory Verse ~ 11/10/19



This Week's Memory Verse:

"You may believe you are doing right, but the LORD judges your reasons."
 
 Proverbs 2:12 NCV


Colletta

Saturday, November 9, 2019

{Shop Updates} ~ 11/9/19 (Messy Bun Beanies!)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/collettakay

Below are some new and re-newed listing in my shop:  Colletta's Kitchen Sink .


First I want to show you the new Teal Prayer Shawl.  Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.   Prayer Shawls are one of my favorite items to make.  Again, I offer a CUSTOM listing to make this item in any color you would desire. 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/736767774/teal-prayer-shawl-ready-to-ship?ref=shop_home_feat_4&frs=1

Next, I'd like to show you the new pattern I found over at Loops and Love Crochet for a Criss Cross Messy Bun Beanie.  The pattern is free and I'm allowed to sell items I make from the pattern.  I've added a removable bow that can be worn in the front or the back of the beanie.  I can also mix-and-match the bow for matching or contrasting color.  So far, I have a Christmas, White, Plum, Gray and Light Brown Messy Bun Beanie.  I can make these in any color.  They also come in Toddler Size (2-4 yrs) and Child Size (5-10 yrs).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/737366972/plum-purple-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail?ref=shop_home_active_4&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/737366972/plum-purple-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail?ref=shop_home_active_4&frs=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/737362580/christmas-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail?ref=shop_home_active_9&frs=1
 
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/751231847/gray-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_7&frs=1
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/751226053/white-messy-bun-beanie-ponytail-beanie?ref=shop_home_active_12&frs=1
 

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Thank you all so much for supporting me on my blog and in my shop!  and EVERY item in my shop has FREE SHIPPING!!!
 
Colletta

Friday, November 8, 2019

First Lines Friday and 56 ~ 11/8/19

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Today's "First Lines" and "56" are from:

 
 
First Lines

Is it possible that I'm a procrastinator?  When this idea worked its way into my mind, I scoffed.
 
 
 Page 56

 
Sometimes we KNOW God is calling us to do something, but we drag our heels.



https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

 Q.  Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
 
 
A.  No, not usually!  Most of the time I MUST finish a chapter before putting my bookmark in place.  There are occasions when I'm interrupted and have to quit reading before the end of a chapter but I don't like it one bit! 

Colletta 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thankful Thursday ~ 11/7/19

 
Here are some things that made me smile this week:
 
~November!  Happy November everyone!  I always get so excited to turn the calendar to a fresh new month :)

~Eric and Erica!  My best friend from High School is Erica and her husband (ironically) is Eric.  I haven't seen Erica in a long time...sadly.  However, this week alone I saw her twice!  It makes me happy to catch up with old friends.  I truly need to give her a call and get together to spend some quality time :)
~Snow!  It was only a few flurries Friday morning at the bus stop but I'm claiming it as my "first snow" of the season :)

~Ladies Fall Gathering!  One of our local Churches hosted a Ladies Fall Gathering Friday evening.  It was so much fun to get together with our Christian ladies and eat, play games and have devotional time :)

~Kaylee's Spring Classes!  Kaylee wanted me to go along with her to schedule her classes for Spring 2020.  She is officially now enrolled as an Accounting student and has a class load of 13 credits for the Spring.  She is thrilled to be taking an Art class.  I just wish she were able to major in something artistic.  It is her passion but she doesn't think it is practical.  I'm just glad she is on track and ready for Spring :)

Colletta

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Weekly Weigh In ~ 11/6/19

No update this week.

I wasn't feeling well so I didn't go to my Workshop to weigh in and my scale at home quit working months ago.

Hopefully, I'll have good news next weigh in!

Now,

On to the weigh in:

Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 10/19/19 ~ 269.4 lbs

This Week's Weight ~

This Week's Total:  -  lbs

 
Grand Total: -21.4 lbs


I'll be weighing in on Saturdays and posting my results on Wednesday.  If you'd like to join in on the journey, I'd love to have some weight loss friends! 

 
Colletta