Friday, September 22, 2017

Tea Time ~ 17th Anniversary and Kitten Update ~ 9/22/17

Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)


~Sunday was our 17th Wedding Anniversary!  We had a "date" on Saturday to celebrate.  We had the big debate over where to eat and finally decided on Cracker Barrel.  It was delicious!  I got my usual Grilled Chicken BLT (Minus the L and T).  Yumm!  We then stopped at a few stores just to browse and spend time together.  Ollie's and Dunhams it was :)  We're not fancy and it doesn't take much to entertain us.  We had a great time :)  Here's a little pre-date selfie...

~Kitten update!  I mentioned a while ago that we adopted 3 kittens.  Raspberry, Beethoven and PK are doing great!  They have all been to the vet (numerous times) and have gotten all their vaccines/shots.  Raspberry, the female, the very laid back.  The boys, however, are very rambunctious!  Even though PK only has one eye and can't see very well out of it, he doesn't let Beethoven get away with anything.  The hubby and the girls have spoiled them rotten :)

Kaylee and PK

Laken and Beethoven

~I saw my 5th Grade teacher at Wal-Mart!  This might not seem very special to some but Mr. Wagoner was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE teacher of ALL TIME!  He recognized me and even remembered my name!  Keep in mind that it has been 29 years since I was in his class.  I felt so special :)

~I decided on my Fall Goals!  If you're interested, you can check them out HERE :)

~I'm hosting a Saturday Weigh-In!  Each Saturday, I'll be posting about my weekly weigh-in and I'm hoping other will join in.  There's already been some interest.  I'm so excited :)  Click the pic for more info...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review ~ Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin by Pamela S. Meyers ~ 9/21/17

A young woman wants to work in a man’s world.

It’s 1933, the height of the Big-Band era, and beautiful Lake Geneva is already well established as a summertime playground for Chicago’s elite. Local girl Meg Alden works at the town newspaper, but she aspires to be a reporter—a job given only to men. When a position opens up, Meg spies an opportunity to break into the business.
That is, until Jack Wallace, the son of a big-city newspaper magnate, is hired instead. Jack is drawn to Meg and suggests they combine forces to uncover a local scandal. But how can Meg work with the man who stole her job. . .and makes her pulse race?  

My Thoughts:
I have loved reading the "Love Finds You" series.  I think I've read almost all of them.  Each one is unique and I've learned so much with each book.
This book takes place in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the 1930's and reminded of an old movie about reporters "pounding" out their stories on typewriters.  It was very interesting to read about the newspaper business.
I especially liked the fact that the author grew up in Lake Geneva.  How neat is that!
The characters were well written and very much in tune with what I would imagine living in the 1930's was like even the unfairness of how a woman was treated in a "man's world".
I enjoyed reading about Meg's family dynamics and was drawn into finding out how the rifts were to be healed.  Such a different day and age!
Another "Love Finds You" novel read and loved!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hodgepodge ~ 9/20/17
Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

My hubby.  He's the best :)

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Working at an Animal Shelter.  I would want to bring them all home!

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

A few weeks ago, I feel up the steps on my brother's back porch.  The toe of my flip flop caught and down (or up) I went.  These days I'm falling for Fall weather!

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

I have not been to any of the festivals listed but the one near Gettysburg wouldn't be too terribly far for me to travel to.

My hometown's "fall celebration" would be our Homecoming and I go every year.  This year, Kaylee is running for Homecoming Queen.  I'll keep you posted :)

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

It has been great!  See you next year!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ The Outlaw Takes a Bride ~ 9/19/17

My teaser for this week is from:

Early May 1885, Colorado Plains

Johnny Paynter slung his saddle over his chestnut gelding's back.  He and Reckless would work alone today, repairing the ranch's roundup pen.  Johnny didn't mind being up here at the line shack all alone--it was better than fighting for elbow room in the bunkhouse.  Especially when he was on the foreman's bad side.  Still, he couldn't help remembering that today should have been his day off.

Frantic hoofbeats pounded in the distance.  Johnny dropped the girth ring and walked around his horse to stare down the trail.  His friend Cam Combes was riding hard.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Goals ~ 2017

Whether we like it or not, Fall is upon us!

Personally, I love Fall!  I love each new season as it comes along.  I don't know if I could live where the seasons aren't remarkably different.

I feel like I get a new start with each new season, but especially Fall.  (Maybe because I'm a nerdy, school-girl at heart :)

I've seen a few people write a blog post regarding Fall Goals, so I thought "Why not?" 

So here's mine:

~Start each day with prayer
~Strive to have an attitude of gratitude
~Finish "Prepared:  Discovering What God Has Prepared for You" Ladies Bible Study

Prepared:  Disovering What God Has Prepared for You

~Take a Family Walk
~Have a Fall Family Movie Night complete with popcorn, Twizzlers and M&M's

~Lose 1 lb per week for a total of 13 lbs
~Track my food daily:  the good, the bad and the ugly
~Walk 5-6 days a week to get my 35 FitPoints per week
~Continue my "Saturday Weigh-In"

~Complete Financial Aid paperwork for Kaylee's College
~Finish expenditures for the Addition
~Create and stick to a Christmas Gift Budget

~Complete 1.5 books per week
~Get caught up on Goodreads Challenge (7 behind)
~Only read Inspirational/Christian books

~Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family
~Finish building and move into the Addition
~Finish Christmas Shopping by December 1st.

So there you have it.  My Fall Goals!

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Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 9/18/17


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The weather outside is::::

 Beautiful fall-like weather with cool, crisp temperatures.

On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
As I look around the house::::
There's a roof on the addition!  So exciting!  I can see progress being made.

On today's to do list::::

Work 8am-1pm
Pick up the girls from school and tennis practice.
Make Supper
WW tracking

Happening this week::::
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Work 8am-1pm, exercise, laundry
Wednesday... Work 11am-4pm, exercise, schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Work8am-1pm, exercise, Menu and Grocery List, Tennis Match
Friday...  Off Work, Weigh-in, exercise, Groceries.
Saturday...  Laundry, exercise
Sunday...  Church, Exercise, Youth Group

Currently reading::::


I picked this book up to be my next read.  I hope it is good!
On the TV::::

STEELER football, baby!

Image result for pittsburgh steelers

Listening to:

On the menu this week::::

Monday -  Chicken Biscuit Bake, Peas, Peaches
Tuesday - Stroganoff, garlic bread, broccoli, pears
Wednesday - BBQ, fried potatoes, corn, fruit cocktail
Thursday - Beef Stew, Biscuits, German Apple Cake
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast for dinner
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

My cross-stitch WIP is still a WIP...

Bible Verse/Devotional


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunday Post ~ 9/17/17
This is a post to recap the previous week here on the blog.
The Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Today is our 17th Anniversary!
We were married on a Sunday which people questioned but September 17th was my grandparent's anniversary and I wanted to pick a special day.
So, we snubbed tradition and attended Church services together at 10am and were married later that afternoon at 2pm at the very same Church.  It was the best day ever!

This is where I plan out the week ahead.

This week's Teaser came from
Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter.
This week's Hodgepodge was about Pictures or Words.
This week's Book Review was:
Some of this week's Tea Time smiles were about

Come see how I did this week on my
Saturday Weigh-In Plus an Invitation!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 9/16/17 ~ PLUS AN INVITATION!

I only lost 0.2 pounds this week :(

No excuses.  Oh I have them, to be sure!  But it all comes down to discipline.  Which I had none of this week...

I was expecting a gain so I'm "kinda" happy with losing 0.2 lbs this week.  Not excited.  Just not super bummed.  Just so-so.


I have a new accountability partner!  Stacy at Intentional Mommyhood said she is going to start a Saturday Weigh-in also!  I'm super excited about this!  Super-dee-duper excited!

So, if you'd like to join in with a Saturday Weigh-in or Any-day-of-the-week Weigh-in or any kind of Health/Fitness post, I'd be over the moon! 

You can write a blog post and leave a link in the comments OR if you don't have a blog, just leave your results in the comments.

If there is enough interest, we could always turn it into a Par-tay!

So whether you've got 100 (or more) pounds to lose or just 5.  Whether you've been weighing in for years or just starting.  Whether you do Weight Watchers or some other diet or exercise program.  Whether you are 65 or 25.  I'd love, love, love to have your support and friendship in this constant struggle which is weight loss/healthy living.

My week's stats:

Weigh-in:  -0.2  Total:  -22.4 lbs.

                 Sat:  30 minutes
                 Sun:   minutes
                 Mon:    60 minutes
                 Tues:    minutes
                 Wed:     minutes
                 Thurs:   minutes
                  Fri:      minutes
              TOTAL:  90 minutes = 16/35 FitPoints


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Tea Time ~ Teacups and Decisions ~ 9/15/17

Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)


~We're all healthy again!  After the sickness making the rounds through the family, everyone is feeling better and back at it :)

~Kaylee has made a few decisions about her future!  First, she has decided NOT to take a year off after graduating High School before going to College.  She wants to keep her momentum going.  Secondly, she has decided that she wants to go to the College I work at and take Multimedia Technologies.  (photography, audio/video, graphic design, etc)  She loves the creativity that it will allow her to use :)

~I signed up for The Enchanting Rose's Tea Cup & Mug Exchange!  I can't wait to see who I get to send a package to!  I also can't wait to see where my package comes from :)  Click the picture below to go sign-up !

 ~My hubby loves me!  I had such a bad headache on Tuesday evening/night that I pretty much just went to bed at 6:30pm.  My dearest hubby did his very best to take care of me by making me scrambled eggs and toast and also massaging my forehead.  I am blessed :)

~Kaylee is running for Homecoming Queen!  This is so out of her comfort zone and I'm so very proud of her for stretching herself to do something new :)
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review ~ One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong ~ 9/14/17

Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason–because it doesn’t change. After an engagement gone bad with a man who wanted to change everything about her, Sarah is more than ready for the town whose motto may as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. As the new owner of the Dip ‘n’ Dine, he’s shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his restaurant.
As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance–just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect.
With the same evocative writing and fascinating characters that won fans for her debut novel, Cathleen Armstrong invites readers back to Last Chance for a soul-searching, romantic story of two people navigating the twists and turns of small-town life.  

My Thoughts:
I read the first book in this series quite a while ago and really enjoyed it.  I was eager to dig into this, the second book of the A Place to Call Home series.
I found it very interesting that Sarah absolutely could NOT stand Chris in the beginning of the book.  I couldn't wait to see how the author was going to develop a love story when Sarah didn't even want to be civil to Chris.
Chris, however, was smitten as soon as he laid eyes on Sarah.  It made for interesting dynamics and storyline.  Add in a seven-year-old niece with abandonment issues and it made for a delightful read!
The third book in this series is about Kaitlyn, Chris's sister, who I really disliked in this book.  I'm excited to get my hands on the third book and read how the author brings about Kaitlyn's redemption. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Enchanting Rose's 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

I'm so excited to be participating in The Enchanting Rose's 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange!

Click on the picture below for more information and to sign-up!

Hodgepodge ~ 9/13/17
Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Usually, I would say yes, but...  pictures can sometimes be misconstrued and taken the wrong way.  And, with photoshop these days, you never know what is true.  But that can be for words also.  I DON'T KNOW!  It will be interesting to see what everyone else has to say about this question.

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?

Definitely on my bucket list but to this point the farthest west I've been is Ohio and I live in Pennsylvania!  I have been up and down the Atlantic Coast though.  At least from PA to FL anyway.  I'd also love to go up the coast to the New England states.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?

I love the changing of the seasons.  Every. One. of. Them.  The changing of the seasons make me feel like New Beginnings are just around the corner.  I do get seasonal allergies though so there is THAT!

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?

My birthday dinner is always Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes!  Yummy :)  I'm proud of my age.  Why lie?

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

Wow!  This is a hard question.  I usually don't even realize I'm learning the lesson until it is over and I have time to look back.  I guess, I've been learning to take one day at a time.  Tomorrow will have enough worries of its own.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

When I got to work this morning, a lovely co-worker had brought me in a delicious Peanut Butter Cinnamon Roll from his son's bakery.  Exactly the pick-me-up I needed this morning!  What an angel :)

Also, I've signed up for The Enchanting Rose's 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange.  Click below for more information and to sign-up!

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