Friday, August 7, 2020

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 8/7/20



All things bookish!
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What I Read:

The review will be up soon!

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Lord Morley's life will change forever when he wins a game of cards and a family of sisters to go along with it.

Miss Standish in none too pleased to have become the responsibility of yet another Lord, even if he is full of charm and goodness. Her responsibilities are to her sisters first.

With the repairs on the castle moving forward nicely and concerted efforts in a season in Bath made to find suitors for them all, Miss Standish and Lord Morley must determine where duty stops and matters of the heart take over.


First Lines:

Morley stared at his best friend, waiting for the man to look up from his cards.  Gerald was losing terribly.

56%/Page 56

June hadn't considered marriage to be much more than a business arrangement, one she hoped her heart would be engaged in.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:



She was hiding from her past…
When a local woman goes missing and Sheriff Blake Jenkins delivers her blood sample to DNA expert Emory Steele for analysis, Blake discovers Emory is a dead ringer for the missing woman. Blake’s gut says the woman is related to Emory. But Emory rejects the notion, requiring a DNA test before she’ll concede that she does indeed have a twin sister she never knew about.

Now she’ll do anything to see it come to light.
Emory joins Blake in a search for her missing sister, but when an attempt is made to abduct Emory as well, they begin to think the abduction is related to Emory’s birth parents. Blake vows to keep her under his watch until they discover what this maniac is looking for and bring him to justice. But Emory balks at him wanting to keep her under constant surveillance as she’s struggling to come to grips with a former brutal attack, and she wants nothing to do with a man who might want to get close to her. When it becomes clear that Blake is the only one who can keep her safe, will she let him get close enough to do so?

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Book Haul:

Nothing new this week...


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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc)? If yes, do you have any book recommendations? Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

A.  I tend to read books of different genres but most are within the Christian/Clean categories.  I used to read mainstream on a daily basis but throughout the years I've weaned myself of the addiction.  Now I tend to read wholesome books that I don't have to be ashamed of if my mom would catch me reading it!   And I'm 42!  lol

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Bookishly Yours,

Colletta

Linking up to: 

   
https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/

https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

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

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thankful Thursday ~ 8/6/20



 
Here are some things that made me thankful this week:

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~ A Clean Family Room!  We worked all day cleaning and re-arranging the Family Room to function a little bit better.  I'm ashamed at how much dog hair had collected under/behind the couches since last time they were pulled out for cleaning.  We took down Kona's "bed" (crate) and are going to try trusting her to behave while we're away from the house.  So far so good :)

~Cleaning the Church Building!  Today was my last day to clean the Church Building.  I don't mind cleaning it when it is my turn but it always is a relief to pass the duty on to the next set of volunteers.  We sign up for a monthly rotation and it seems like my cleaning partner and I always get July when life is crazy hectic.  I think my next "turn" isn't until January...
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~A "Non-Planner" Day!  My old planner ended on Saturday, August 1 and my new planner didn't start until Monday, August 3.  Therefore, I went a whole day without looking at a planner!  It felt very odd...  Thankfully I didn't have anything out of the ordinary going on that I would have to remember :)

~Laken's 13 Year Checkup!  Monday Laken had her checkup with the pediatrician.  Her asthma is being treated and managed fairly well.  She also got her Sport's Physical paperwork completed while there.  Now she can officially play Volleyball when "official" practices start.

~Cooler Weather!  It actually felt like Fall today.  The temperature was in the 60F's this morning and only go up in the 70F's.  It felt glorious to sit on the porch and feel the cool breeze :)

~No More Vet Appointments!  Lilah had her last vet appointment today for her eye.  The vet said that as long as she doesn't scratch at it she should be good to go!  Not to sound harsh, but weekly vet appointment were getting expensive!

 
What are you thankful for this week? 

Colletta

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wondering Wednesday ~ Favorite Snack ~ 8/5/20


Welcome to Wondering Wednesdays hosted by A Baker's Perspective, a weekly post to learn more about me and other bloggers.

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Today’s questions is – What is your favorite snack?


My Answer - What a loaded question!  If I'm being honest and I am, I'd say Doritos or Oreos and milk.

However, I'm TRYING to be healthier.

White Cheddar Poppables are yummy but very addicting.  They are very WW (weight watcher) friendly though.  So if I can limit my consumption they are a healthy snack.

I wish I could say my favorite snacks were apples and carrots.  I like apples but I can't say I crave them or that they satisfy me when I'm looking for a snack.  As for vegetables....YUCK!

I do like cheese and crackers.  I guess that would be mid-way between healthy and unhealthy.  In moderation.


What is your favorite snack?


Colletta

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

#FitReader ~ August Goals and Check In ~ 8/4/20





#FitReaders2020 is hosted by Felicia the Geeky Blogger and Jen from That's What I'm Talking About

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JULY 2020 GOALS:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day

~Lose 5 pounds


How I did this week 7/27/20-8/2/20:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day  4/7

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week  1/4

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week     14/25

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points : 

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day  5/7

~Lose 5 pounds   -0.5/5 
  
Some things I learned:  

~I did horrible this week with exercise but not so bad with the eating!  Again, I need to get the two to come together...
~It was an up and down month with a total loss of 1/2 lb.  Not as much as I wanted but better than an overall gain...
~I need to reset and work hard.  My Dr. Appt is August 24th!



AUGUST 2020 GOALS:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day

~Lose 5 pounds

I'm keeping my goals the same for August.  Hopefully I'll improve on them this month :)



*I'll be checking in on Tuesdays but my exercise week runs Monday through Sunday.*

Colletta

Monday, August 3, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 8/3/20


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

The weather outside is:

It is 81F Sunday evening at 8pm.  Our electric bill is going to be sky-high from running the a/c so much!

On my breakfast plate:

This morning I had a Special K Bar and my daily dose of caffeine.


On today's to do list:

~Today my little cousin, Damon, turns 3 years old!  Happy Birthday, Damon!
~Laken has her yearly checkup and sports physical at 11:30am.
~Grocery Shopping

Happening this week:

Another busy week ahead.  I don't know what I'd do without my weekly planner!  I'm going to be on the road everyday so I'm going to have to carve in some downtime somewhere for sanity's sake.
 
~Monday:  See above.
~Tuesday:  Volleyball Open Gym
~Wednesday:  Lilah Vet appt; Kaylee Checkup
~Thursday:  Volleyball Open Gym
~Friday:  Wyldlife Adventure Day for Laken; Doug Dentist appt


Currently reading:

I'm reading "The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler.  I joined a Jane Austen Book Club on facebook and this will be our first book to read together.


On the TV:

Scoob!
Pacific Rim
Rio 2

Home Town
Maine Log Cabin Builders

Listening to:

Klove
The Message
The Highway


On the menu week:

Monday ~ Lumberjack Snacks (local food truck)
Tuesday ~ Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Wednesday ~ Fish, Fries
Thursday ~Cheddar Bacon Potato Soup
Friday ~ Chicken, Cheese Potatoes
Saturday ~ Waffles, Sausage, Eggs
Sunday ~ Church Potluck

Picture From the Camera:




Bible Verse/Devotional

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Blessings ~ 8/2/20


What better way to bless and be blessed than with scripture.

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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Psalm 119:105


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Blessings,

Colletta

Saturday, August 1, 2020

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 7/31/20


All things bookish!
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What I Read:

(Click on the cover to read the review)

I haven't read anything in a month!  How can that be?
It has been a busy summer but I need it to slow down just a bit!

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What I'm Reading:

I'm reading this book as part of a facebook "Jane Austen Book Club"!  This is our first selection :)



Blurb:

In California's central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

First Lines:

We sat in a circle on Jocelyn's screened porch at dusk, drinking cold sun tea, surrounded by the smell of her twelve acres of fresh-mowed California grass.

56%/Page 56

She was a dental hygienist, but not a passionate one--she'd chosen it because it seemed like a job that would allow her time to write.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Lord Morley's life will change forever when he wins a game of cards and a family of sisters to go along with it.

Miss Standish in none too pleased to have become the responsibility of yet another Lord, even if he is full of charm and goodness. Her responsibilities are to her sisters first.

With the repairs on the castle moving forward nicely and concerted efforts in a season in Bath made to find suitors for them all, Miss Standish and Lord Morley must determine where duty stops and matters of the heart take over.

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Book Haul:



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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   If you haven't read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

A.  If it was a very memorable book, yes.  If it gets bogged down in my mind with other books, then no.

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Bookishly Yours,

Colletta

Linking up to: 

   
https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/

https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thankful Thursday ~ 7/30/20



 
Here are some things that made me thankful this week:

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~ Camping!  We went camping for three days and two nights at our local State Park Campground.  We had a great time as always even though setup and tear down are hard work.  We had some of Laken's friends over to the camp on Friday and they had such a good time together. :)\

~Good Doctor's Appt!  The hubby had a yearly physical (first one in 13 years!).  He needed refills on his inhaler that he got at MedExpress and also some spots on his back looked at.  Thankfully, the dr. doesn't think the spots are of any concern!  Just some old sun damage.  Doug also agreed to get some bloodwork done.  I'm praying that he doesn't pass out! The dr. told him "See you next year!"

~New Planner!  I'm getting lots of appointment cards piling up for after January 1st so I decided to look for a new planner so I can write them in.  I found one that says "Life is a beautiful ride" and the main color throughout is my favorite: turquoise.  I can't wait to start writing in it :)

~Lilah's Eye is Healing!  We had Lilah to the vet for another recheck of the ulcer that formed on her eye.  The vet said that the ulcer is almost healed and that it will get even better with continued use of the eye drops.  We need to take her back to the vet once more just to be sure it is still on the mend and then she should be good to go.  Or stay.  At home.  Where she likes it :)

 
What are you thankful for this week? 

Colletta

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wondering Wednesday ~ Summers as a Kid ~ 7/29/20


Welcome to Wondering Wednesdays hosted by A Baker's Perspective, a weekly post to learn more about me and other bloggers.

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Today’s questions is – What did you do during the summers as a kid?


My Answer - Summers in the country is how my love of reading came about!

There weren't any kids around to play with and there really wasn't much to do, so I found new friends in books :)

Every Friday we would go to "town" for groceries.  I would beg my parents to stop at the library each week where I would stock up about 10 books per week.  Believe me I had no problem reading them all.

I stayed up late reading and would also pick my book back up first thing in the morning.

I can't tell you how many times I got in trouble for sneaking away to my room to read when I was supposed to be helping my Mom with dishes, laundry, etc., etc., etc,.

So...During the summers as a kid I read :)


What did you do during the summers as a kid?


Colletta

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

#FitReaders ~ Check In ~ 7/28/20





#FitReaders2020 is hosted by Felicia the Geeky Blogger and Jen from That's What I'm Talking About

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JULY 2020 GOALS:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day

~Lose 5 pounds


How I did this week 7/20/20-7/26/20:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day  4/7

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week  7/4

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week     45/25 ~ Blew the doors off this one!

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points :  Camping!

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day  6/7

~Lose 5 pounds   +2/5 :  I gained :( :( :(
  
Notes:  

~I did fairly well eating for most of the week but didn't track while camping.  I guess those smores and mountain pies sneak up on a person!

~We hiked the trail at the State Park where we camped.  It was 3.4 miles!  I didn't know if I was going to make it the whole way around the lake but :  Mind over Matter!  I did it!  And...had somewhere around 13500 steps for the day :)

~Time to put the eating and the exercise into motion TOGETHER!  If I could just get them in sync...



*I'll be checking in on Tuesdays but my exercise week runs Monday through Sunday.*

Colletta

Monday, July 27, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 7/27/20



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

The weather outside is:

It is 80F Sunday evening at 8pm.  I heard today that August is supposed to have record high temperatures.  Lord, preserve us all!

On my breakfast plate:

This morning I had an English Muffin and my daily dose of caffeine.


On today's to do list:

Kaylee has a hair appointment at 10am but before that I need to go to the bank and the post office.  After Kaylee's hair appointment, we're going to get groceries before she has to go to work.

Happening this week:

This week isn't going to be any more relaxing than last week.  We have hair appointments, doctor appointment and vet appointments to go to.  Laken has volleyball Open Gym 2 days and I have a crap-ton of laundry to wade through.  I'm still putting things away from our camping trip this past weekend.


Currently reading:

I'm getting ready to start reading "The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler.  I joined a Jane Austen Book Club on facebook and this will be our first book to read together.


On the TV:

Pure Country
Hallmark

Listening to:

Klove
The Message
The Highway


On the menu week:

Monday ~ Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday ~ Ham Pot Pie
Wednesday ~ Fish, Fries
Thursday ~Spaghetti, garlic bread
Friday ~ Pizza, Salad
Saturday ~ Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Sunday ~ Church Potluck

Picture From the Camera:



Bible Verse/Devotional

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of  God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:6-7 NIV


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sunday Blessings ~ 7/26/20



What better way to bless and be blessed than with scripture and prayer.  The following are taken from Serenity for a Woman's Soul 2020 Creative Planner for this week.

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"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV


May my heart and my mind and my very soul be so like that of Jesus that others will see my Savior in me.

Thank You, Father.

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Blessings,

Colletta

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thankful Thursday ~ 7/23/20


 
Here are some things that made me thankful this week:

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~ 7/16/20 ~ Good Dental Checkups!  Kaylee and I had our dental checkup and cleaning today.   We both had good reports and were told to keep up the good work.  But...we're supposed to floss more...  lol

~ 7/17/20 ~ Highlights!  I made a hair appointment and got in right away for highlights!  I needed to change it up a bit.  I love it!

~7/18/20 ~ Working at the Church!  Doug, Laken and I worked on building a playground for the littles at Church.  We have a playground for the bigger kids but we've been blessed with some toddlers in the congregation and they needed a space of their own to play where they wouldn't get run over by the "big kids".  It was so hot but we got it put together for the most part!

~ 7/19/20 ~ Treadmill!  I am so thankful to have a treadmill on days like today.  It would have been WAY too hot to walk outside!

~ 7/20/20 ~ Progress on Laken's Room!  Laken wants to redecorate her room into a "teenage room".  Doug is on vacation the week and one of his projects is to work on Laken's room.  It isn't a painless process to be sure!  Laken is a hoarder and doesn't want to get rid of anything.  Any progress is better than none!

~ 7/21/20 ~ School Board Meeting!  The School Board for Laken's school met this evening.  I haven't heard yet what they decided to do for the Fall but at least they have to be making progress.  We have no idea what to expect so far!

~ 7/22/20 ~ Lilah's Eye Getting Better!  We had Lilah back to the vet for a re-check of her eye and it is making progress in healing.  The vet added a second eye drop that will hopefully help it heal all the way.

 
What are you thankful for this week? 

Colletta

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wondering Wednesday ~ 2020 Goals ~ 7/22/20



Welcome to Wondering Wednesdays hosted by A Baker's Perspective, a weekly post to learn more about me and other bloggers.

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Today’s questions is – What is one non-reading goal you’ve set for 2020?


My Answer - Sigh...The never ending struggle to lose weight!

I have struggled with my weight my entire life except for a few years between 17 and 23 years of age.  For those short 6 years, I was a healthy weight because I made it my main priority.

Then came marriage and then came the baby carriage!  And motherhood!  And Post-Partum Depression!  And antidepressants!  And a diagnosis of Bipolar II!  And everything else that life throws at a person!

Needless to say, I haven't quite achieved this goal.

But...

I'm not giving up :)



What is one of your goals for 2020?


Colletta

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

#FitReader ~ Check In ~ 7/21/20




#FitReaders2020 is hosted by Felicia the Geeky Blogger and Jen from That's What I'm Talking About

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JULY 2020 GOALS:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day

~Lose 5 pounds


How I did this week 7/4/20-7/11/20:

~Track my food and exercise using myWW every day  4/7

~Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times per week  3/4

~Make myWW FitPoint goal of 25 per week     25/25 ~ I made it but barely!

~Stay within my Daily/Weekly WW Food Points :  I was terrible this week!

~Drink 4 tumblers of water each day  5/7

~Lose 5 pounds   0/5 :  I gained back the pound I lost last week :(
  
Some things I learned:  

~I'm the only one that can choose my health and fitness!
~I need to be consistent!
~I have 1 month until my next doctor's checkup and I'd like to make some progress by then!



*I'll be checking in on Tuesdays but my exercise week runs Monday through Sunday.*

Colletta

Monday, July 20, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 7/20/20


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

The weather outside is:

It is almost 9pm Sunday night and it is still 89F!  It has been so hot and our A/C in the vehicle needs charged.  Everywhere we go, I become a sweaty mess!  


On my breakfast plate:

This morning I had an English Muffin and my daily dose of caffeine.


On today's to do list:

On Monday's to-do list:  Exercise, Weigh-in, Take Kaylee's tags to the dealership to fix, and Laken has volleyball camp.

Happening this week:

This week is as busy as last week!  We have a vet appointment for Lilah who has an ulcer on her eye and has to wear the "cone of shame".  This will be a recheck so hopefully cone can go after her appointment.  We're going camping so I have to get all the laundry done and buy camping food.  Then a few short days of relaxing at the campground :)


Currently reading:

I did not even pick up a book (or kindle) this week!  I am reading my daily devotions most days though.  I'm going to take my kindle with me camping and maybe a paperback to try to get some reading by the lake in.


On the TV:

Troll's World Tour...Don't bother!

For some reason, "Hot Mess!" wasn't on this week...

Home Town
Making It Home

Listening to:

Klove
The Message
The Highway


On the menu week:

I didn't make an official menu this week.

We're using up meat from the freezer until we go camping.  Then regular camping foods.


Picture From the Camera:


My Girls eating cotton candy ice cream :)


Bible Verse/Devotional

"Don't be selfish; don't try to impress other.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in other, too."  Philippians 2:3-4 NLT


Have a great Monday!

Colletta