Saturday, February 4, 2023

15 Minutes to Stitch ~ 2/5/2023


One of my "plans" for 2023 is to spend 15 minutes a day stitching.  That might entail sewing, quilting, crocheting anything else I might come up with.  I'll be joining in with Kate @ Life in Pieces.


The past week or so I've picked up the Blue and White Quilt I've been (not) working on for my Mom for the past 1.5 YEARS!  I am determined to finish hand quilting it and finally gifting it to my Mom.  I would say I'm about halfway through the hand quilting.

Something new I've been working on is for another swap.  The swap is for 6 of the heart blocks below.  It is a centralized swap so I will be sending 12 blocks to the hostess and receiving 12 blocks of varying colors back.  I decided to sew my blocks using purples.  One down, eleven to go!

Below are some of the swap blocks I've made for the Friendship Block Swap.  I've sent them off to their owners.

What are you stitching this week?


Tea Time ~ 2/4/2023

Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things about my life lately...


~I've been contemplating my blogging schedule today.  I "might" change things up a bit but I'm still undecided.  Any suggestions?

~I hit 1.5 million views here on Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  To some that may not seem like a lot but it has been a long time coming!  I started blogging in 2009.  I've taken some breaks over the years, but always seem to come back to this space.  I love that I can look back and see my girls when they were little and what we were doing.

~Talking about when the girls were little...My babies have grown up before my very eyes!  Thursday, Laken turned 16 years old!  She has big plans to go Monday and take her drivers permit test.  I don't know if I'm ready for this!  We went to Cracker Barrel Thursday evening to celebrate the milestone and Laken got her complimentary Coca Cola Cake with ice cream :)

~The hubby and I have been watching a new TV show called "Alert".  Douglas isn't sure about it yet but I am anxiously awaiting the newest episode on Monday night!  Have you seen it?

~We're having a Family Movie Night tonight!  We're either watching "Disenchanted" or "Wakanda Forever".  If we have time, maybe both.  If you had to choose one to watch, which would it be?

So, what's new with you?s

Friday, February 3, 2023

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 2/3/2023

All things bookish!

What I Read:

I ended up "DNF"ing The School Mistress of Emerson Pass.  It started out promising but there were just too many triggers.  I do NOT recommend this book if you're sensitive to postpartum depression or bipolar disorder triggers.


What I'm Reading:


Sam and Brody remind each other of what they want to forget—bad relationships and broken hearts.

Sam lost her career and her boyfriend on the same day. Needing an escape, she makes a radical decision—leave the big city for a small town, get a regular job, and take a break from men and romance.

Brody is picking up the pieces after divorce. He’s hoping for a fresh start in the small community of Maple Cove. Instead, he’s forced to co-manage a failing animal hospital with Sam, who seems ready to hate him on sight.

Watch two people learn to face their fears and love again in this sweet, small-town enemies to happily-ever-after romance.

Small Town Shepherd is the first book in the sweet romance series Maple Cove Dog Lover’s Society.

First Lines:

Sam pushed through the door into the empty scrub room. The pale-blue walls and gray lockers might seem sterile and clinical to some, but the setting put her at ease.

56%/Page 56

Aramis was a joyful and spirited animal. She couldn't say the same when she finally looked up at the man holding his leash.


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation.

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy – a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city.

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down.

All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss… Is he still in Sandy Cove?

Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls. Part of Maeve can’t bear to leave Willow House and its rocky beach. Does she have the courage to leave the security of her old life behind, and put down new roots in Sandy Cove, or is that just a daydream?


Book Haul:


Book Blogger Hop:

Q. What was your favorite genre to read as a child? Do you still read that genre, or do you read something else now? (submitted by Mark @ Carstairs Considers)

A. I don't remember what I read as a small child but as a preteen I read books like "The Babysitter's Club", "Little Women" and the like.   As a young teen through my twenties I read what my mom calls "smut books"!  lol  I would say they were R rated but not X rated.  Think Mary Balogh and Johanna Lindsey.  Not exactly what I read now :)


Bookishly Yours,

Linking up to:

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Happy Birthday, Sweet 16! ~ 2/2/2023

Happy Birthday, Laken!


and THEN:

FYI, Tangled is still her favorite movie :)



Weigh-In Wednesday ~ 2/1/2023

January started off strong and dwindled from there.

However, it is a new month and time to get back on track.  I tend to get into an "all or nothing" mode.  I need to learn to do what I can do each day.  Persistence not perfection.

As always, my tracking week is Monday through Sunday.  Here are some stats:

Exercise Week #4:


This Week's Total:  0 minutes

2023 Grand Total:  240 minutes

Weigh in #4:

Highest Weight ~ 300.6 lbs

Last Week's Weight ~ 1/16/2023 ~ 287.2 lbs.

This Week's Weight ~ 1/30/2023 ~ 286.2 lbs.

This Week's Total:  -1.0 lbs

Grand Total: -14.4 lbs

Please let me know in the comments if you are on your own weight loss journey!  I'd love to follow along :)