Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Good Stuff ~ A Grandpuppy! ~ 10/21/2021


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As the caption reads, I'm getting a Grandpuppy!

That is right!  Shawn and Kaylee will be adding this cutie pie to their little family.


This precious puppy is a little girl and is only 4 weeks old at the moment :)

You might be thinking that she looks older than 4 weeks as I did.  That would be because she is a GREAT DANE!

A girl (woman) I went to school with has both the father and the mother and are Great Dane lovers.  When my friend had 3 of the ELEVEN pups come available again, Kaylee and Shawn knew with a certainty that they wanted this little (big!) girl.

They can pick her up on November 20th and Kaylee is already chomping at the bit :)  She's so excited!

The have a whole month to puppy-proof and get ready for the little miss.  They are going to wait to give her a name and I can't stand the suspense!

Looking forward to some puppy kisses :)

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

Colletta

Monday, October 18, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ October ~ 10/19/2021

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


This week, let' talk about October. Toni sure enjoyed facts about the months and questions on that topic too.




1. What are your feelings about the month of October? Does it bring anything special to mind for you? Do you have memories to share?

I've always loved Fall!  Some of my favorite memories are of being newlyweds in October as we were married in mid-September.

2.Have you ever gone apple picking? Pumpkin picking? Any kind of picking including banjo picking at all? Do you bake pies with those fruits?

I've been strawberry picking and berry picking but not apple or pumpkin picking.  I've been to the orchard for apples but they were already picked, thank goodness!

3. What is autumn like where you live? How about when you were a child?

Seeing as I live where I did as a child, the weather here is usually the same in Autumn.  Chilly mornings, warmer days (but not too warm), crisp air and warm smelling candles!

4.Autumn is not the same as Fall. Fall is the time when the leaves are actively falling.  What activities of Autumn/Fall do you enjoy?  Do you decorate your door or home for the season?

I did not know that!  lol.  I've always been under the impression that Autumn and Fall were synonymous.  I don't decorate much other than one or two pumpkins and some mums on the porch.  But I do start burning the yummy smelling candles I mentioned above .



Colletta

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 10/18/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday !

The weather outside is:

I love FALL!!!  The temperatures are truly feeling very autumnal.  Actually, it has been downright chilly the past few mornings :)



On today's to-do list: 

Grocery shopping was on the list for today but my parents went for us so I crossed that one easily off the list.  Other than that it was a pretty low-key day.

Laken goes tomorrow morning for a COVID test as it has been floating around again and she's not feeling very well.  Prayers appreciated!

Happening this week:

I guess that COVID test will tell me what will be happening this week...

Currently reading:

I started reading Glimmer of Darkness by Robin Patchen one evening last week.  I just can't seem to get my reading mojo going.  Seeing as how my Friday post has been "My Weekly Bookishness" for ages, I was wondering if you have any ideas for a new Friday feature post?  I'd love to hear your ideas!


On the TV:

We watched "Free Willy" last night!  Laken hadn't seen it which isn't surprising because it came out in 1993.  WAY before her time :)  I guess the second and third movies are on the list to watch.

Listening to:

This week for "Songs on Sunday" I featured "Until Grace" by Tauren Wells.  I hope you'll check it out :)

On the menu week:

Monday ~  Irish Stew
Tuesday ~ Chicken, Noodles
Wednesday ~ Creamed Chipped Beef over toast
Thursday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes
Friday ~ Pizza, Salad
Saturday ~ Soup, sandwiches
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

I'm still working on the new baby's I-Spy Quilt.  I'm well over halfway there!



Picture from the Camera

Nothing new this week :(

Memory Verse

"Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord."   Psalm 27:14


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Songs on Sunday ~ Until Grace by Tauren Wells


I'm so very thankful for GRACE!

Enjoy :)


Colletta

Monday, October 11, 2021

Tuesday 4 ~ Blogging ~ 10/12/2021

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1.  How often do you blog? What helps you blog.. what hinders you?

I try to blog everyday.  Having a "schedule" helps me.  Lack of time hinders me.
 
2.  What benefits do you get from blogging? Are there any?

I think there are many benefits from blogging.  The one I truly started my blog for was the sense of community.  I was a young mom with young girls when I started blogging.  I found many new "friends" in the blogging world :)

3.  Have you ever changed your blog theme? 

Not really.  My blog has always been "Colletta's Kitchen Sink".  It has evolved over the years but I wouldn't say it has changed completely.

4. Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?

Like I mentions in #1, I have a schedule that I pretty much follow every week.  Most of my "ideas" relate to the post theme for that day.


Colletta

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 10/11/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday !

The weather outside is:

Another BEEEAAUUTIFUL week ahead :)



On today's to-do list: 

Other than my normal day-to-day routine, I'll be grocery shopping with Kaylee.  She is off work offered to go shopping with me.  Now that she has her own house, I expect that she will do some shopping of her own :)

Speaking of Kaylee having a house of her own, I also want to hem a curtain that she asked me to shorten for above kitchen window.  That is also on my to-do list for today.

Laken is off school, but has some catch-up work to do for a little bit.

The hubby is on third shift this week so he's getting ready for work as I type this Sunday evening.

Happening this week:

I'm working on getting my morning and evening routines to where I actually accomplish them!

Other than that:

Monday:  Groceries and curtain
Tuesday:  Annalea and next week's schedule
Wednesday:  Laundry, weekly cleaning
Thursday:  Annalea, Bills
Friday:  Catch-up day and menu/grocery list for next week

Currently reading:

I'm really looking forward to "trying" to read "Glimmer in the Darkness" by Robin Patchen this week.  My goal is to actually have a review posted on Saturday.  (Don't hold me to it!)


On the TV:

Not much.  I've not watched much lately other than youtube videos.

Listening to:

This week for "Songs on Sunday" I featured "Even at My Worst" by Blanca.  I hope you'll check it out :)

On the menu week:

Monday ~  Kielbasa, Cheesy Potatoes
Tuesday ~ Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Wednesday ~ Creamed Chipped Beef over toast
Thursday ~  Breakfast for supper
Friday ~ Pizza, Salad
Saturday ~ Soup, sandwiches
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

I'm almost halfway done with hand-quilting the I-Spy Quilt for my Cousin's baby due at the end of December.  The Baby Shower is December 4th, so I think I'll have plenty of time...  I hope!



Picture from the Camera

Nothing new this week :(

Memory Verse

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, So that you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a person’s heart, But the advice of the Lord will stand."   Proverbs 19:20-21


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Songs on Sunday ~ Even at My Worst by Blanca


I've heard a few songs from Blanca.  Have you heard of her?

Enjoy!



Colletta

Thursday, October 7, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 10/8/2021


All things bookish!
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What I Read:

Unfortunately, I didn't finish reading anything this week :(

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Nothing could get her home…but this.

Cassidy Leblanc worked hard to shake off her tragic childhood. As a foster child with a mother in prison for murder, she was an outcast in her small New Hampshire town until she met James. But she and James’s sister, whom she was babysitting, were kidnapped. She escaped, but Hallie didn’t survive, and everybody assumed Cassidy killed her. Like mother, like daughter, after all. With public opinion and the authorities united against her, young Cassidy fled. Now, a decade later, another little girl has been kidnapped, and Cassidy may be the only person who can find her.

He doesn’t know who to trust.

James Sullivan never believed that Cassidy killed his sister, no matter what the authorities said. When his best friend’s daughter goes missing a decade after Hallie's murder, James keeps his opinions on the matter to himself. But when he finds Cassidy sneaking around his property, his thoughts turn dark. If she’s not behind the recent kidnapping, what is she doing back in Coventry? Her answer—that she’s returned to find little Ella, and she needs his help—has him reeling. Can he trust Cassidy, despite what the police tell him? If there’s any chance he can save Ella, he has to try.

Danger lurks on the mountain.

Together, they search for the elusive cave where Cassidy and Hallie were taken, but somebody will stop at nothing to make sure they don’t find it or, if they do, that they don’t come out alive.

First Lines:

My name is Ella, and I am precious.

56%/Page 56

"Cassy!" James's shout reverberated off the narrow stone passageway as he crawled out.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

She's just his secretary…until he needs someone on his arm to convince his mother that he can take over the family business. Then Callie becomes Dawson's girlfriend—but just in his text messages…but maybe she'll start to worm her way into his shriveled heart too.

Callie:
Dawson Houser makes sure everyone who comes into the office knows I'm "just his secretary."

Heck, I've even said it to suppliers and CEOs when they smile knowingly at the two of us during business meetings. He scowls and grumps around the office afterward, as if the two of us dating is the most ridiculous thing on the planet.

Dawson can handle them. I can handle them—and him too, once they leave. And he's no picnic, let me tell you.

Who can't we handle?

His mother.

When Lila Houser comes to town with her faux furs and fashion sunglasses, she only has one question for her spoiled rotten son: When are you going to get married, Dawson, darling?

I expect him to laugh and tell her he's never getting married. I mean, I've heard those exact words come out of his mouth.

Instead, he pulls me to his side and says, "Maybe sooner than you think, Mother."

Oh, that Lila Houser can make a woman feel two inches tall with a simple up-down look. I think I'm a pretty good catch...no matter what my last three boyfriends say.

When Lila says, "I thought Callie was just your secretary," I suddenly want to prove her dead wrong...

Get ready to laugh out loud in this hilarious, sweet workplace romantic comedy! The romance is clean, the jokes witty, and the office grump swoon-worthy.

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Book Haul:

 

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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  What spooky creature and/or setting do you never get tired of reading about? (submitted by Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books)

A. I'm going to be the odd woman out this week!  I do NOT like ready spooky things of any kind especially those that involve creatures.  I do like a good suspense though :)

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   


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


The Good Stuff ~ 10/7/2021


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It has been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't blogged in almost as long.  I enjoy focusing on good stuff so here we go :)

~All Moved!  Kaylee and Shawn all basically all moved into their new house.  They are so excited!  We've been helping them move their things, paint and do minor updates.  It is all bitter sweet for this mama.  I'm so happy for them to be becoming "adults" but at the same time, Kaylee will always be my little girl.

~Sewing Area!  Now that Kaylee's art desk, art supplies and computer desk are moved out of the Family Room, I once again have a space to set up a sewing area!  I can't remember if I mentioned on here that the hubby got me a new sewing machine for our Anniversary, but I spent all day Wednesday working on setting up my area.  So exciting!

~Quilting Again!  Now that I have my sewing machine all set up (and don't have to put it up and down whenever I want to sew), I'm getting my quilting bug back :)  I've already pieced an I-Spy Quilt that I'm currently working on hand-quilting.  I also have turquoise and red fabrics cut out to make a quilt for the back of our couch.  I've never made myself a quilt so I'm excited!

~The New Testament!  My aunt, my mom and I are reading through the Chronological Bible in 2021.  After reading in the Old Testament for 9 months, we finally made it to the New Testament!  I can't believe we only have 2 1/2 months left of this year!

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

Colletta

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 9/27/2021


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Hello, and Happy Monday !

The weather outside is:

I'm absolutely LOVING this weather!  The cool, crisp air is my favorite :)


On today's to-do list: 

Kaylee and Shawn are moving into their new house this week.  We'll be helping them transfer belongings, paint and whatever else they need us to do this week!

Happening this week:

See above :)

Otherwise it is a pretty normal week.

We do have a wedding to attend on Saturday.  A cousin on my Dad's side of the family is getting married at a Farm wedding venue.  I'm pretty excited to check the place out!

Currently reading:

Nothing.  I've been intending on reading at least 30 minutes a day for the past month and I've read nothing at all.  Things have just been so up in the air recently and I haven't been in the head-space to dig into a story.

On the TV:

Turner & Hooch (the series)
Doogie Kamealoha (new series on Disney+)

Listening to:

This week for "Songs on Sunday" I featured "RATTLE! by Elevation Worship.  I hope you'll check it out :)

On the menu week:

Monday ~  Ham, cheesy potatoes
Tuesday ~ Chicken & Gravy, biscuits
Wednesday ~ Pancakes, Sausage
Thursday ~  Pizza, Wings, Salad
Friday ~ Pork Chops, Au Gratins
Saturday ~ Wedding Reception
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

In my very literal "craft basket" is the I-Spy Quilt I am making for my cousin's baby due in December.  I have all the charms sewn together and am in the process of hand-quilting it.  The parents-to-be aren't telling anyone the name of baby girl, so for now I'll be just call it the I-Spy Quilt.



Picture from the Camera


What a difference new bedding does for a room!

Memory Verse

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Hebrews 10:30-31


Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Songs on Sunday ~ RATTLE! by Elevation Worship



Since when has impossible ever stopped YOU?

Enjoy!



Colletta

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Good Stuff ~ Before and After Master Bedroom ~ 9/23/2021


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We're getting ready to do a deep clean and decluttering in our Bedroom and Family Room.  The hubby bought us a new bedding set as part of our Anniversary gift and I couldn't wait to put it to use.

Here's the before:


And after some decluttering of the headboard and changing of the bedding, here is the after:


I just love our new quilt and shams!


I can't wait to crawl and and sleep tonight  :)



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

Colletta

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Blogging Challenge ~ What Makes Me LOL ~ 9/22/2021


This week's topic is:  

What Makes Me LOL?:

This is an easy question.

The Hubby makes me laugh out loud every day!

Don't get me wrong.  His sense of humor can sometimes be quite irritating but for the most part it makes me laugh :)

So, what makes you LOL?  


Colletta

Monday, September 20, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Fall 2021 TBR List ~ 9/21/2021


I've been in another reading slump.

The past 2 years just have not been good for my reading!

I'm hoping that this list will help me get my reading "mojo" back :)

Wish me luck!


Books on My Fall 2021 To-Read List:


One


Two


Three


Four


Five


Six


Seven


Eight


Nine


Ten


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Please leave a comment with the link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can return the visit :)