Monday, December 16, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 12/16/19

 
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The weather outside is::::

We've had a very wet past few days.  The temperature has hovered just above freezing.  I can't imagine if all the rain we got would have been snow!  Yikes!

 
On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin, Eggs, Vanilla Chai Tea

As I look around the house::::

A cleaned out and organized desk!
Organized bills!
Laundry to be put away :(

On today's to do list::::

My usual Monday of menu planning and grocery list making.  I also plan on finishing Linda's Prayer Blanket.
 
Happening this week::::
 
Devotions:  I'm still reading in Luke.  I'm a few days ahead of the challenge to read 1 chapter of Luke a each day of December.  For "Bad Girls of the Bible" study, we learned more about The Woman At The Well this week.  Some take aways:  Don't be afraid to ask questions and Jesus knows everything about us.

WW:  It was icy on Saturday morning so I was afraid to make the 30 minute drive to my Workshop.  I have no idea if I gained or lost last week.  I'm trying to stay on track without feeling like I'm depriving myself of the Holiday festivities (cookies, fudge etc.)  I guess I'll find out this Saturday how I'm doing.

Exercise:  My Sciatica pain has eased up!  I'm so thankful!  I gave it a week to "heal" now my plan is to get back on the treadmill starting today.

Housework:  I've been on an organizing/decluttering frenzy lately.  We did the Family Room, the Bill Cabinets, my desk drawers and next on my list is the closet!  They might have to wait until after Christmas as that is where all the Christmas Presents are "hidden".

Doug:  The hubby had a nice week off to hunt and relax on the couch.  He also helped me with a few projects.  Now this week he is back to work on third shift for 5/6 days and then he'll be off until after the New Year!

Kaylee:  Kaylee has taken the past week to decompress from the Fall Semester.

Laken:  This is Laken's last week of school for the year.  She's excited for break to get here!  Thursday evening was her Christmas Band Concert.  It is amazing how much 1 year can make a difference in their musical abilities. 

Currently reading::::
 
 
 
 On the TV::::

We've been exploring Disney+ and all it has to offer.  We've watched so many movies and the hubby has started watching Mandalorian.  So far I think it is well worth the money for the subscription.

Listening to:
 
Another of my favorite Christmas Songs!




On the menu last week::::
 
Monday -  Steak, Cheesy Potatoes
Tuesday -  Out 
Wednesday -  Fish, Fries
Thursday  - YOYO
Friday -  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Saturday -  Sausage, Pancakes, Eggs
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::
 
My Winter 2020 Project #1, "Linda's Prayer Blanket" is almost finished.  I just have 4 more rounds on the border to complete.  I should have it done in plenty of time for Christmas :)
 
Picture From the Camera
 
 
I participated in a Christmas Gift Exchange hosted by Carol at Slater's Funny Farm.  These are the gifts I received from Patti at This Beautiful Life.  I'll show you what I got one day this week :)
 
Devotion
 
 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
 
John 4:24 NASB
 
Colletta

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Scripture Memory Verse ~ 12/15/19



This Week's Memory Verse:


"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
 
Romans 12:18 NIV

Colletta

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Mount TBR Challenge 2020

https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2019/10/mount-tbr-reading-challenge-2020.html
 
My Reader's Block is once again hosting the Mount TBR Challenge for 2020.
 
I decided to join in as I have way too many books on my TBR shelf and plan (at this time) to only read from those books this coming year.
 
Here are the Challenge Levels:
 
Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancounver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s
 
 
I decided to climb Mount Blanc at 24 books from my TBR shelf.
 
If I reach Mt. Vancouver or Mt. Ararat:  Yay Me!  But I'll stick with Mount Blanc for now.
 
 
Happy Reading!
 
Colletta

REMINDER!!! 2020 Pen Pal Sign Ups Ends 12/20/19



Would you like a pen-pal for 2020?
 
Are you willing to write and send a letter once or twice a month?
 
Would you like to make a new friend, maybe even for life?
 
Would you like to get something other than bills in the mail?
 
If so, I hope you'll join in!
 
To join, please email me the following information to collettaskitchensink@yahoo.com .  I promise, the only person I'll share your information with will be your new pen-pal.
 
~Name
~Blog address (You don't have to have a blog)
~Mailing address
~Age
~Hobbies
~Would you like an international pen-pal?
 
 
Sign-ups will end on December 20th so that I can match you up and get your pen-pal's information to you before the New Year starts.
 
Please only sign-up if you are willing to participate.  I would hate for someone to be paired with a pen-pal who isn't going to keep up their end of the deal.
 
I can't wait to get started!

Colletta

Friday, December 13, 2019

First Lines Friday, 56 and BBH ~ 12/13/19

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


 
First Lines

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
William Shakespeare 
 
 Page 56

 
We are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT


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 Q.  Is there a specific genre you like to read during the Winter? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
 
 A.  Not really.  I do like to read a few Christmas books during December but this year I've been in a fiction funk and have been reading nonfiction instead.  I'm hoping the desire to read fiction will be rekindled sometime soon!

Colletta 

https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2019/11/2020-pen-pal-sign-ups-ends-122019.html


P.S.  I'm hosting a sign up for Pen Pals for 2020.  Click HERE for more information!

Also linking up to:

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http://thepurplebooker.com

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thankful Thursday ~ 12/12/19

 
Here are some things that made me smile this week:
 
 
~Oranges and Cookies!  The hubby told me that when he was young they always got oranges at Christmas.  We have mandarin oranges on a regular basis but he doesn't like them so when I went to the grocery store I bought him some naval oranges as a surprise.  I also made a cookie that he requested:  Reese's Pieces Cookies!  They are super yummy :)

~Disney+ !  The hubby also decided that for his Christmas present he wanted a PS4.  The PS4 also comes with the Disney+ App.  As a surprise for the family, I went online and purchased a subscription for the Disney+!  The first thing I watched was The Sound of Music but the hubby and girls have been watching Star Wars Rebels :)

~Winter 2020 Project #1!  I finally decided to use the yarn that I bought for my first Winter Project to make a Granny Square Afghan for my daughter's boyfriend's Mom.  Her name is Linda so I'm calling it "Linda's Prayer Blanket".  I'm not sure if I'll have it done in time for Christmas but I'm giving it a go :)

~Christmas Tree(s)!  We put a tiny table top tree up in the Family Room for the girls to put their ornaments on.  It is so cute!  We also went out to a tree farm on the top of a mountain to get the real Christmas Tree for downstairs.  It was freezing and muddy and snowing and so much fun :)

~Harvester's Christmas Party!  Tuesday evening we had our Church Ladies Group (the Harvester Class) Christmas Party.  Each month on the second Tuesday we have a potluck, devotion and meeting.  However, in December, we treat ourselves to a meal out and exchange gifts.  This year we picked a steak house to make reservations for our party.  The food was good.  The company was good. And did I mention presents?!?!?   :)

What made you smile this week? 

Colletta

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Weekly Weigh In ~ 12/11/19


Another week.  Another gain :(

This time it was a 1.2 lb gain :(  Sigh...

I noticed that while on the Green option of MyWW, I was eating a lot more unhealthy foods.  Even though I was tracking, I was still gaining.  So, I decided to go back to Blue (Freestyle).  I talked it over with one of the Guides at my Workshop and she agreed that I should try switching to Blue and see what happens.

I've been eating a lot of eggs this week as they are a zero point food.  Our Workshop was all about utilizing zero point foods especially during this Holiday season.  I can have 2 eggs and an English Muffin for only 4 Points.  Not bad for a breakfast or lunch.

I still am holding out hope for that 25 lb Charm before Christmas, but it seems elusive.  I'll give it my best!


Now,

On to the weigh in:

Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 11/23/19 ~ 269.6 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 12/7/19 ~ 271.6 lbs

This Week's Total:  +1.2  lbs

 
Grand Total: -19.2 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



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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Book Review ~ Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke

 
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Title:  Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke
Series:  N/A
Pages:  224
Date Published:  April 3, 2018
Publisher:  Bethany House

 
 Blurb:
 
If asked, most of us want to make a difference, to live and love generously. But we get caught in the crazy rush of household routines, work demands, cranky attitudes, difficult people, exhaustion, worry, and pride, and once again we fail to love the people around us at all--let alone well. We too easily default to focusing more on self than on others, on receiving more than giving, in ways we don't even recognize. We dream of reaching out. We just . . . forget. Or don't have the energy.

Using relatable stories, discussion questions, and careful application of God's Word, author and speaker Becky Kopitzke gives you the inspiration and practical tips and ideas you need to see the opportunities around you, to reach out, to live generously, and to love others bravely and selflessly. To bless and be blessed is to actualize the joy of Christ--and to propel love forward.  


My Thoughts:
 
This is my second read from Becky Kopitzke, the first being The SuperMom Myth which I loved!  When I saw Generous Love on sale at www.christianbooks.com I snatched it up.  Well, added it to my cart :)
 
The subtitle is:  "Discover the Joy of Loving Others First" and that is exactly what the author shared in this book that was well written and chock full of Scripture.
 
Becky goes over what a blessing is, a blessing toolbox and the Four P's of Blessing:
 
1.  Presence
2.  Possessions
3.  Perspective
4. Prayer
 
She even talked about what do to when others are hard to bless and poses the question:  "Are YOU hard to bless?"
 
This book reminded me of a saying my Grandmother used to always say, "You will receive a blessing!"  It was her way of saying "thank you" when doing a kind act for someone else.  Such a sweet memory and a saying that we still teach OUR kids today :)
 
I really enjoy this author's voice and am definitely going to be looking for more read by her.
 
Please see my header for the "Way of Salvation!"
  

Colletta
 
 
 
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 12/9/19

 
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I've been working on my 2020 Goals and Budget.  I think I'm going to use some free printables I've found to make myself a budget binder.  How do you keep track of your finances? 
 
The weather outside is::::

Dreary.  Just plain dreary.  I heard that we're supposed to get some snow this week.  Maybe that will get me into a more festive mood??? 

 
On my breakfast plate:

English Muffin, Eggs, Vanilla Chai Tea

As I look around the house::::

A newly arranged family room!  Yay!
Christmas Presents are wrapped!  Yay!
Our little, mini Christmas Tree is up in the Family Room!

On today's to do list::::

My usual Monday of menu planning and grocery list making.  I also want to get the pillows made that were on my to-do list for last week.
 
Happening this week::::
 
Devotions:  I'm still reading in Luke.  Is anyone doing the "Luke Challenge" for December?  If you're not familiar with this, it is reading one chapter of Luke each day of December to read the entire account of Jesus by Christmas.  I know a few people that are doing this with their kids/grandkids.  What a great idea!  This week's Bad Girl of the Bible is going to be the "Woman at the Well".  I haven't done the lesson yet but will be working on it this week.

WW:  I had another gain and decided to change my plan option back to Blue.  I'll be writing more about this on Wednesday.

Exercise:  I've had some major Sciatica pain so I haven't been doing much concentrated exercise :(

Housework:  Family Room rearranged.  Check!  Christmas Tree up.  Check!  Christmas Cards written.  Check!  Laundry put away.  I don't want to talk about it!  hehe 

Doug:  We made it through a week of the hubby working second shift.  I'm excited that he is on vacation this week.  He then works one week of third shift and then is off until the New Year!  We don't have any major plans other than family time and maybe going to the movies.  The hubby is planning on hunting too.

Kaylee:  Kaylee is DONE with her very first semester of College!  She is so relieved to be done and on break.  She did very well and I'm so proud of her :)

Laken:  Laken is a bit jealous that she has school while the rest of us are at home this week.  Her Christmas Band Concert is Thursday evening so she is excited for that.  We had to go shopping to get her proper Concert attire:  black dress pants and white button up shirt.

Currently reading::::
 
I finished "Made Well, and posted the review!
 
 
I also finished reading "Generous Love" by Becky Kopitske.  The review will be published tomorrow.
 
 
Currently I'm reading "12 Ways to Experience More With Your Husband".  I'm just getting started so I'll let you know later what I think.
 
 
 
 
 
 On the TV::::

Steeler Football!

Catching up on ALL the shows

Movies:

The Sound of Music

Listening to:
 
Another of my favorite Christmas Songs!
 




On the menu last week::::
 
Monday -  Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Tuesday -  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday -  Chinese, Rice
Thursday  - Steak, Baked Potatoes
Friday -  Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes
Saturday -  Bacon, Pancakes, Eggs
Sunday - Potluck at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::
 
My Winter 2020 Project #1 is going to be "Linda's Prayer Blanket".  I wrote a post about it on Saturday :)
 
Picture From the Camera
 
 

New arrangement of the Family Room!
 
Devotion
 
 "God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control."
 
2 Timothy 1:7 NCV
 
Colletta

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Scripture Memory Verse ~ 12/8/19



This Week's Memory Verse:


"For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin."
 
Romans 6:6 NIV

Colletta

https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2019/11/2020-pen-pal-sign-ups-ends-122019.html


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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Work In Progress ~ 12/7/19

 

 
Time to start a new project!  This will be Winter 2020 Project #1 :)
 
Once again, I'm using RH Ombre but this time in Anemone, Anthracite and Deep Teal.  I am loving these colors together!
 

I'm crocheting granny squares using Anemone and Deep Teal and bordering them with the Anthracite.  I decided to do a granny square afghan because they are very relaxing and I can crochet away while watching TV without the concentration needed when crocheting from a pattern.


I do have to deal with all those pesky ends that need to be tied in though :)


The good thing with doing solid squares is that there aren't TOO many ends.  I do love a little pile of cut ends, don't you?  hehe



I also love when the blocks are nice and tied off in a pile.  Even better is when they are crocheted together into rows!  Two rows down, 5 more to go!


I've decided that I'm going to be gifting this afghan to Shawn's Mom, Linda.  Shawn is Kaylee's boyfriend of going on 5 years now!  (Wow, the time has flown!)  Linda has heart problems for being such a young woman.  As I'm crocheting this blanket, I will be praying for Linda.  She is such a sweet lady and has raised an amazing young man.

I think I'll just be calling this afghan "Linda's Prayer Blanket".   She doesn't know that I'm making it so I hope she likes the colors!

What are you working on?

Colletta



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Friday, December 6, 2019

First Lines Friday, 56 and BBH ~ 12/6/19

https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/


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

 
First Lines

I'll never forget the day I was cleaning out my top dresser drawer and found a treasure.  I almost threw out the stack of aged, yellowed papers, weathered by time and slightly torn on the edges. 
 
 Page 56

 
Whether it's weekly or once a month, we purposely set aside a night to go out just the two of us.


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 Q.  Do you keep your TBR stack on a separate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
 
 A.   I don't keep many books after I read them, but if I do keep it then it goes on a different shelf from my TBR stack.  Mixed books just would be weird :)

Colletta 

https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2019/11/2020-pen-pal-sign-ups-ends-122019.html


P.S.  I'm hosting a sign up for Pen Pals for 2020.  Click HERE for more information!

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http://thepurplebooker.com

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thankful Thursday ~ 12/5/19

 
Here are some things that made me smile this week:
 
 
~Shopping and Wrapping!  Did you go Black Friday Shopping?  We did, the hubby and I.  We went out Thursday night, Friday and Saturday!  I am shopped out!  Thankfully, we are done with all our Christmas shopping except for my brother.  I just don't know what to get him this year.  How about you?  Are you done with your Christmas Shopping or just getting started?  The hubby and I even started wrapping presents before he went to work Wednesday afternoon!  I feel calm and relaxed so far this Christmas Season :)

~Christmas Music!  I have been informed by the hubby and my girls that it is now appropriate to listen to Christmas Music!  I was surprised that there wasn't much Christmas Music being played over the weekend in the stores.  It just wasn't the same to be Christmas Shopping without Christmas Music!  What is your favorite Christmas Song?  :)

~We Rearranged the Family Room!  After being on my to-do list for weeks, we finally decluttered and rearranged the Family Room!  It flows so much better now but we have to get rid of the corner couch that goes to our sectional.  We just don't have enough room and don't really use it anyway.  The room has a much more "Home Theater" vibe to it now :)


~Decorating the Church!  Sunday evening during Youth Group hour, the Youth Group decorated the Church Building for Christmas.  I'm a Youth Group "helper" so I got to play along.  It was a bit of a struggle getting the kids interested at first but once they got going they got into it and took off with the bins of decorations.  It looks very nice and tasteful.  Just the right amount of decorations :)

~Skipbo!  You can see in the picture above of the Family Room that we now have room for a Game Table!  Kona's bed resides under it but when we want to play games all we have to do is slide the table over and put out some folding chairs from behind the couch.  We made use of it to play Skipbo! Out of 3 games, I won 2!  Laken won the 3rd game!  So, tell me:  What is your favorite Board/Card/Family game? :)

What made you smile this week? 

Colletta

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Weekly Weigh In ~ 12/4/19

I had a small gain this week.

I think it was a combination of Thanksgiving, eating out on Black Friday and slacking on tracking.

Thanksgiving was great.  I didn't do too badly but I did get seconds when I really wouldn't have needed to.

Black Friday the hubby and I have a tradition of going shopping and then getting breakfast.  We went to Denny's and I had a Moon Over My Hammy!  So good but I imagine chock full of points and the it being the day before weigh in couldn't have helped.

As for slacking on tracking, I didn't track Thursday or Friday.

All that being said, I only gained 0.8 lbs last week.  I was still bummed because it threw me back up into the 270's.  Again!

However, I'm still really close to the 25 lbs charm and I want to get it before Christmas.  I really, really want to get it before Christmas!

So what have I been doing this week?  I've been tracking.  Everything.  And I've been walking either in the stores or on my treadmill.  I'd really love a Fitbit for Christmas so I can count my steps.

And...I'm back to participating in the Facebook Group "WW Challenge Squad" 's 3% Challenge for December.  I'm hoping it will help keep me motivated during this month of the usual splurgings.  My 3% goal is to lose 8.2 lbs in December.  Totally doable.  I hope!

Now,

On to the weigh in:

Starting Weight ~ 7/27/19 ~ 290.8 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 11/23/19 ~ 269.6 lbs

This Week's Weight ~ 11/30/19 ~ 270.4 lbs

This Week's Total:  +0.8  lbs

 
Grand Total: -20.4 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



P.S.  I'm putting together Pen Pals for 2020.  If you are interested, please check out THIS post :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Review ~ Made Well by Jenny Simmons

 
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Title:  Made Well by Jenny Simmons
Series:  N/A
Pages:  197
Date Published:  October 10, 2016
Publisher:  Baker Books

 
 Blurb:
 
From the woman fighting cancer to the man who has lost his child to the girl sinking into depression, so many of us are engaged in daily battles as we long for healing. When he walked the earth, Jesus said to an unwell man, "Do you want to be made well?" His invitation stretched beyond physical healing--he sought to restore the soul. The same invitation stands for us today.

For anyone struggling on the journey toward wholeness, singer/songwriter Jenny Simmons offers a resting place and a friend along the way. With personal insight into emotional pain, she invites readers to encounter a God who is working out their restoration--often in surprising "half-baked" ways. Her humorous and inspirational prose lights a path toward wholeness. Anyone trying to find their way to spiritual, mental, and emotional healing will benefit from Jenny's vulnerable and compassionate stories of being made well in the midst of a messy life.   


My Thoughts:
 
I don't know what to make of this book...
 
Some stories were poignant, insightful and encouraging.  Others were just plain strange:  such as eating scabs and grief being a little girl in the woods.
 
It seemed disjointed in some ways and I found myself just wanting to get done with the books so I could move on to the next read.  I admit to wanting more from this book based on the title and subtitle.
 
The author is/was (?) a member of the band Addison Road.  I thought I'd leave you with the song that is referenced in the book:



  

Colletta
 
 
 
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