Sunday, April 15, 2018

Song I'm Loving ~ Grace Got You by Mercy Me

I love this song!  It is so much fun :)



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 4/14/18

I worked so hard this week at sticking to the Weight Watchers Program!  Even though I really worked the Program, I was still leery last night about weighing in this morning.

I gave myself a bedtime pep-talk.  I basically told myself that as long as there was a loss, I'd be happy.  I knew I had done all I could and it would all depend on how my body responded

Imagine my excited surprise when I got on the scale at the meeting this morning and lost...

4.2 lbs!!!!!!

In one week!

I could not be happier!

So in the last 3 weeks of being back at the full Weight Watcher Program, I've lost 7.8lbs!  So exciting!

I also got my 5 lb charm.  Gotta love some bling :)

My week's stats:

Weigh-in:   -4.2    Total:  -29 lbs. 

HW: 297.0
SW1: 285.4
SW2: 275.2
CW:  268.0

Exercise:  Saturday ~
                  Sunday ~  45 minutes Leslie Sansone
                  Monday ~
                  Tuesday ~ 45 minutes Leslie Sansone
                  Wednesday ~ 50 minutes walking outside
                  Thursday ~ 50 minutes walking outisde
                   Friday ~ 50 minutes walking outside

                   TOTAL:  240 minutes = 43/35 Fitpoints!!!

My Weight Watcher App upped my FitPoints goal to 43 for this week.  Check back next week to see if I make it!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tea Time ~ Puberty and Graduation ~ 4/13/18

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

~I turned 40-years-old a few weeks ago!  Whoohoo!  You can read more about it in my "Happy 40th Birthday to Me" post.

~Laken brought home the dreaded 5th grade "Puberty Education Program" permission slip...  How can my baby be of an age to be thinking about puberty?  It seems like yesterday I was giving birth to her!  She's growing up so fast!

~Speaking of growing up...Kaylee is only 35 school days away from graduation!  For the Graduation Ceremony they put together a slide show of the graduates.  I had to go through my pictures and pick out 5 that I would like to be featured of Kaylee.  (She had to approve them.)  Looking through the pictures of her through the years and seeing her grow-up into the lovely young lady she is made me very proud AND emotional!  Here's one of my favorites from her 4th grade Christmas Program:

~I got a new pair of walking shoes for my birthday.  I went for a two mile walk and my heel is now TORN up!  I'll spare you the gruesome details and definitely won't post a picture.  I'm sure you all know what it is like to have a horrible blister on your heel from a pair of new shoes.  Anyway, I've been putting Neosporin on it and a huge Band-Aid to protect it.  Needless to say, I haven't put those tennis shoes back on yet!

~The hubby has been a busy beaver and built our deck onto the addition!  I'm so excited to have my swing on the deck where I can just walk out and relax!  My Mom surprised me with a Welcome mat for on the deck.  I've been waiting to put it outside until the snow stops.  (Please stop, snow!)  I absolutely love the color pops!  And, yes, I'm wearing my flip flops.  See above about my heel :)

~And last but not least, I wanted to show you a picture of 2 of my favorite men.  The hubby and little Damon taking a nap while I worked on a blog post.  Aren't they sweet?

How was your week?
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Weight Watchers Freestyle

I mentioned in my "Happy 40th Birthday to Me!" that my gift to myself was starting back to Weight Watchers Meetings.

I had tried going to meetings about a year ago but then changed my plan to Online Only.  This means that I was still a member of Weight Watchers but I only had access to the Online membership which does not include going to meetings.

The reason I quit going to the meeting was NOT because I wasn't having success.  I was.  I had lost 15 lbs in my 3 month membership.  My reasons were more selfish.

~The meeting is at 8:30am on Saturday morning.
~The meeting is a 35 minute drive away.
~I was burnt out and wanted to sleep in.  So lazy!
~It was going to cost more after the 3 month introductory membership was over.


After a year of trying to go at it alone with Online Only (which I only would stick to for a week at a time) and just managing to maintain, I decided that I think I do indeed need the accountability of the meeting and weigh-in once a week.

I was nervous going back.  I don't know why!  Everyone was as welcoming as ever.

There had been some changes though.  They are now more digital with weigh-ins and keeping records.  And then there's....


Freestyle is Weight Watchers new plan.  They've added a ton of zero SmartPoint foods including some of my favorites:  eggs, chicken breast, turkey breast and even plain nonfact Greek yogurt; not to mention all the fruits and veggies (yuck) that have been added as well as those that had already been zero SmartPoints.

I'm so excited to start trying some new recipes and sharing them here on Colletta's Kitchen Sink.  I already went shopping for the ingredients to make 1 SmartPoint Brownies!!!  So excited!!!

Stay tuned!

If anyone has experience (good or bad) with Weight Watchers Freestyle, I'd love for you to share in the comments.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Haul ~ March 2018

Instead of doing a weekly "Mailbox" meme, I think I'll start doing a monthly "Book Haul" post.

While I've receive more than a few books in the mail during March, I have read absolutely nothing other than my Bible reading plan.  If you see a book in March's Haul that you think I should sink into, please let me know!

Without further ado:

Without Warning ~ Elite Guardians Book 2 by Lynette Eason:
Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.
Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers' emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth.
A Grand Design ~ Quilts of Love Book 20 by Amber Stockton:
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?
Still Life ~ Chesapeake Valor Book 2 by Dani Pettrey:
Work hits too close to home for crime scene photographer Avery Tate when her best friend disappears. The only lead is a chilling photo of her--apparently dead. As Avery, her boss Parker, and his friends dig into the case, she's forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous criminal.

Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter:

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Blue Ridge Sunrise ~ Blue Ridge Romance Book 1 by Denise Hunter:

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?

Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.

As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

Hope Harbor ~Hope Harbor Book 1 by Irene Hannon:

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans.

When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

...And that was it for March...


Movie Review ~ Paul, Apostle of Christ ~ Recommend!

Saturday afternoon we decided to take the family to the theater to see "Paul, Apostle of Christ".  We heard from some friends at Church that it was an excellent movie.

There was a bit of friction from Laken who really wanted to watch "Sherlock Gnomes" instead, but she understood that we were going as a family and were all going to watch the same movie.  I can understand this of an 11-year-old.

Here's the official trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Now for my thoughts:

Our friends from Church were right!  This was an EXCELLENT movie!  I was captivated from start to finish!

I really don't know how to describe the emotions this movie evoked.  It was a roller coaster.

There were some aspects of the story that weren't technically "BIBLICAL" as in they aren't recorded in the Bible.  But at the same time, the events were definitely things that COULD have happened.  I didn't really see anything that was "UNBIBLICAL".

Laken had lots of questions throughout the movie.  It is rated PG-13 and there were a few places that I worried that the movie might be too much for her but I'd rather her see a movie about Christians that is PG-13 than a secular PG-13 movie.  Overall, she handled it very well.

There were so many thought provoking moments in the movie.  I wish I could tell you how much it impacted me and has made me want to strive even harder to win the race.  There was so much to be encouraged by.

The ending of the movie was so emotional for me.  Tears were definitely falling.

I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone.  If you take kids, be prepared to answer questions so use your discretion on the age and maturity of the child.

So, let me know if you've seen the movie and what you thought.  If you haven't seen it yet, do you think you will?


Monday, April 9, 2018

Happy 40th Birthday to Me!!

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OK, so today is NOT my birthday...

In fact, I completely skipped over it during my blog break.

Never-the-less, I did turn 40 years old on March 24th!


That is NOT a typo!  40 :)

I don't know what I was worried about.  I had a great day!

The first thing I did was go to a Weight Watchers meeting.  I mentioned on my Saturday Weigh-in that I upped my membership from Online Only to Meeting and Online.  That was my birthday present to myself.  I'll share more about my Weight Watchers experiences in future posts.

The rest of the day was spent with family doing family things.  I love those kind of days.  Everyone was home and we got to hang out and have quality time.  Doug even chose not to work overtime that day.  That in itself was such a sweet thing and a great present!

So, overall, being 40 has been great so far.  I do still have goals and things I want to achieve, but I don't feel like I have a time crunch.  I can relax, work hard and enjoy myself.
It is going to be a great decade!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Song I'm Loving ~ "Meant to Be" by FGL and Bebe Rexha

I absolutely love music and have it playing from the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed.

Every once in a while, I'll be posting a "Song I'm Loving".  I might say a few words about the song or I might just let you enjoy the music without being wordy.

Today, I'd like to share "Meant to Be" by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha.  I had never heard of Bebe Rexha before this song came on SiriusXM The Highway but I am LOVING her voice.

Let me know what you think:


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ Weight Watchers ~ 4/7/18


I have decided that I DO want to continue with Saturday Weigh-Ins.

I'm still trying to lose weight and get healthier.  In fact, I recently upped my Weight Watcher membership from Online Only to Meeting and Online.  (More on that in another post.)

So, this morning was my weekly WW meeting.  Bright and early...

This is my third week to be back to meetings.  The first week was my official weigh-in.  The second week I lost a whopping 0.6 lbs.  (So disappointing).  This week I lost:

3 lbs!!

I was so excited!  For like a minute.  Then all the doubts started flooding in.

~I have so far to go...
~What if I quit again...
~What if I have a bad weigh-in next week...

etc., etc., etc!

I had to immediately change my mind set to positive thinking and kick out the negatives. 

~I have a plan.
~I'm going to stick to that plan this week.
~Just think about this week.
~Stay on plan today.

If I'm brave enough, I think I'm going to start posting my actual weight.  This would be a big step for me.  Let me know in the comments if you think I should.

My week's stats:

Weigh-in:   -3.0    Total:  -24.8 lbs. 

Exercise:  Saturday ~ 30 minutes walk outside
                  Sunday ~
                  Monday ~ 45 minutes Leslie Sansone
                  Tuesday ~ 45 minutes Leslie Sansone
                  Wednesday ~ 30 minutes Leslie Sansone
                  Thursday ~
                   Friday ~ 45 minutes walking outside

                   TOTAL:  195 minutes = 39/35 Fitpoints!!!


Friday, April 6, 2018

A New Direction ~ 4/6/18

Hi, Everyone!

In case anyone has noticed, it has been a little while...

I got to the point with blogging that I really wanted to take a step back and evaluate if I even wanted to keep blogging.  I got tired of doing the same routine each week with the same weekly linkups, memes, etc.

After giving it a great amount of thought, I need something different.

I even thought about starting a brand new blog, but I really like this space.  Colletta's Kitchen Sink is almost 10 years old!  Can you believe that?  I have 1169 followers and have surpassed the 1,000,000 views milestone so I really didn't want to just turn away from that progress.


I decided to just head my blog in "A New Direction".

I'll be posting about a variety of topics that are of interest to me at this point in my 40-year-old life.  I'm not even going to promise to post on certain days, but I will try to post at least a few times a week.

If you're still reading my blog, I hope you'll stick around to see where it goes :)

Also, if you have any suggestions on what you'd like to see on my blog, please leave a comment.  (Heck, I'd love for you to leave a comment so I know people are still reading!)


Friday, March 9, 2018

Tea Time ~ Scholarships and Spring Training ~ 3/9/18

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

~The Hubby and I spent Saturday morning sorting through and cleaning our bedroom and Family room.  Things accumulate so quickly!  We cleared the tops of our dressers, changed the bedding and I swept the floors.  Now to do it all again tomorrow :)

~We had another Family Movie Night and rented the movie "Coco" from the Redbox.  I wasn't really all that into it but the family liked it well enough.  It seemed very similar to "The Book of Life" for me to get into it.  Now, I do really want to see "Ferdinand"!  It looks so good :)

~The girls are learning how to cook.  Slowly but surely, one-at-a-time, I'm teaching them how to make different meals.  Kaylee is now proficient at making Ham Pot Pie.  She isn't to the point of making homemade noodles, but for now bow-tie noodles will do :)

~Laken decided that she wants to learn to crochet!  We had our first lesson this week.  We started with how to hold the yarn and I tell you when I tried to show her, I really had to think about it.  I'm so used to just picking it up and holding it that when I tried to explain to her it was harder than I thought!  Next, we went on to a simple chain.  She spent a few happy hours making chain after chain :)

~Kaylee brought home some scholarship papers.  I can't believe everything is coming up so quickly!  Now, she will have to take the time to sit down and write the essays that are required to be considered for the scholarships that she qualifies for.  My baby girl is growing up!

~I watched the PIRATES play yesterday!  And they won!  Whoohooo!  That means it is Spring Training time.  That means that it is almost SPRING!

~Speaking of SPRING:  Don't forget to SPRING the clocks forward Saturday night before you go to bed!  I'm so excited to be getting longer evenings.  Now if the weather would just cooperate...

How was your week?
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Review ~ Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey ~ 3/8/18

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

My Thoughts:
 Dani Pettrey's first series, Alaskan Courage, was amazing!  If this book is any indication of the Chesapeake Valor series, it is going to be just as amazing!
 I loved that the book starts out at the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania.   Being from Southern Pennsylvania, this is a place that I've visited many times.  The first time I visited was for a Fifth Grade Field Trip :)
There were a lot of characters to meet and get to know in this book.  Unlike other series that I've read, pretty much all the main characters for the series were met and learned about in the first book.  Therefore, I would definitely recommend reading this book first.
You won't want to miss it!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Movie Review ~ Wonder ~ 3/7/18

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Rated:  PG
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

My Thoughts:
This is one of the very best movies I have seen in a long, long time!
My brother and SIL had taken my nephew and Laken to see it at the theater.  When it came to the Redbox, Laken was so excited to rent it.  I knew that it had gotten good reviews and Laken really liked it, so I was excited to see it.
We settled in with our M&M's and Dr. Pepper and I was mesmerized!
There were so many heart-warming, touching scenes that I can't even start to pick a favorite but one does stick out to me as a Mom:  It was on Auggie's first day at "school" and her first day of not home-schooling him.  The family saw him off to school and then the Mom (Julia Roberts) went home by herself and sat in their home-school room.  Oh, my heart!
I enjoyed how the movie featured the lives of the different characters.  It gave a different perspective and answered a lot of questions.
You should definitely watch this movie with your family!
So good!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ Cold Shot ~ 3/6/18

My teaser for this week is from:


 Fog wafted over the silent hilltop, dancing in eerie waves amidst the centuries-old trees, the weathered trunks the sole markers of the lost graves littering the grounds surrounding them.

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3/5/18

Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

The weather outside is::::

It was SO windy a few days ago.  I actually had a dream that there was a tornado!  The temps haven't been too bad, hovering around 35*F.  We're supposed to get some snow over the next few days though.

On my breakfast plate:

Granola Bar
As I look around the house::::
~We're down to three boxes left to sort through and put away!  So exciting.  I can't stand the clutter.

~Trim is going up!

On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Menu/Grocery List
Happening this week::::
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Laundry, Schedule, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, RTW
Friday...  Weigh-in, RTW, Family Dinner, Bills
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Date Night, Spring Clocks Forward!
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::


I loved Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series.  This is the first book of her new series Chesapeake Valor and takes place in Gettysburg.  As a Pennsylvania girl, I am finding it fascinating!
On the TV::::


GAC Top 20 Countdown


Listening to:

You've GOT to watch this video!

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham Pot Pie, Green Beans, Apples
Tuesday - Steak, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Peaches
Wednesday - Potato Soup, Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Chicken, Augratin Potatoes, Broccoli, Oranges
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

For some reason, my camera won't load the pictures I've taken onto my computer :(

This week, I worked on the Ravelry BAMCAL 2018 February Block from Helen Shrimpton called Star Crossed.

I like how the pattern looks, I just wish I would have placed my colors a tiny bit differently.

Sorry for not having a picture!

Picture From the Camera

 Nothing new this week due to camera malfunctions.

Bible Verse/Devotional


Friday, March 2, 2018

Tea Time ~ Mammograms and Dr. Seuss ~ 3/2/18

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

~It is officially my BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!  I love turning the calendar over to March.  This is a big year for me.  4-0 !!!  I'm excited!  To celebrate, I got a manicure with my favorite turquoise polish :)

~I got the result of my annual mammogram in the mail.  I'm glad to say that I'm good to go for another year!  Everything looks good :)

~I also received the results of my annual bloodwork.  Everything came back good except for my Vitamin D.  Even though I take 2,000 units a day, I just can't seem to get my numbers to come up.  My doctor is prescribing and additional 50,000 units per week.  Hopefully that will do the trick...

~The Subaru once again has low beams!  Both low beams blew out within days of each other.  The thing with our Subaru is that it isn't a simple bulb change.  Basically, the whole front has to be taken apart to get to the bulb.  I called the little garage we go to and they were able to schedule us to bring the car in on Monday afternoon.  I'm glad to not have to give people high beams anymore!

~Saturday evening we had a Family Movie Night!  We stopped by the Redbox and rented "Wonder" and "Daddy's Home 2".  "Wonder" was wonderful!  "Daddy's Home 2" was hilarious!  Hopefully, I'll write up a Movie Review for each soon.  We had a nice time together complete with M&M's.  The Dollar General was all out of Twizzlers!  Can you believe that???

~Mom and Laken made Chocolate Chip Cookies Tuesday evening.  Yummmmm....

~We had a Senior Parent Meeting last evening.  I can't believe Kaylee is graduating.  In a way, I can't wait for it to be over.  We were handed a whole list of things that are going on in the next few months.  It is a little bit overwhelming.  Senior pictures, senior trip, baccalaureate, due dates, etc.  So much!  It is no wonder Kaylee is feeling overwhelmed also.

~It is Dr. Seuss Week for Laken.  She's had fun participating in the themes for the days.  Her favorite so far was Thursday.  They were to dress as what they want to be when they grow up.  Laken wants to own a bakery, so her costume consisted of an apron and the Chocolate Chip Cookies mentioned above!

How was your week?
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review ~ Thin Ice by Irene Hannon ~ 3/1/18

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

My Thoughts:
This book sucked me in and kept me there until the very end!
I remember liking Irene Hannon's writing and this one solidified that for me.  This is the second book of the "Men of Valor" series.  I haven't read the first book YET, but didn't find that it hindered my enjoyment of Thin Ice.
I really enjoyed getting to know Lance and Christy.  Even though it seemed a bit "love at first sighty", the romance wasn't cheesy as they were adamant about keeping their relationship professional until the case was closed.
I had no idea how this book was going to end or who the culprit was until the author revealed it.
Very enjoyable read!  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the first and third books of the series and reading more about the McGregor brothers.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Pelican Bride ~ 2/27/18

My teaser for this week is from:


 Massacre Island
Mobile Bay, 1704

The fifty-six-gun frigate "Pelican" lunged as Genevieve Gaillain dropped six feet over its side before the canvas sling jerked her to a stop.  Clutching the sodden rope above her head, she looked up at the dark-skinned mariners straining to keep her from plummeting into what they charmingly called "the drink".  The sling swung with the motion of the ship, setting the sky tilting overhead in rhythm with the ocean's slap-slosh against the hull.

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/26/18

Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

The weather outside is::::

A beautiful, sunny 55*F today.  No snow in sight :)

On my breakfast plate:

Toast and Chocolate Milk
As I look around the house::::
~The girls are both in school!  Laken is finally better and back to her normal self.

~Stuff.  We were working on unpacking the few remaining boxes and things got taken out of boxes and are just laying on the coffee table, floor, etc.  Ughh...

~Laundry.  I put it off on Saturday and now I have to play catch-up.

On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Menu/Grocery List
Happening this week::::
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Laundry, Schedule, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, RTW, Senior Parent Meeting
Friday...  Weigh-in, RTW, Family Dinner
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Movie Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::


I started reading The Pelican Bride by Beth White.  It is set in Louisiana in the early 1700's.  It has been a really long time since I've read a book in this time period.  I really can't even remember what it would have been.  So far, it is very interesting.

Side note, my puppy Kona decided to get the book off my bedside table and chew it.  Luckily, she only got the bottom corner and it is still able to be read.
On the TV::::

Daddy's Home Two

Listening to:

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Broccoli, Apples
Tuesday - Steak, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Peaches
Wednesday - Chicken, Augratins, peas, pears
Thursday - Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, green beans, fruit cocktail, dessert
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

Maybellene by Polly Plum is the February BAMCAL on Ravelry.

Another great pattern by Polly Plum!

Picture From the Camera

 Nothing new this week.

Bible Verse/Devotional


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review ~ Seven Brides for Seven Texans by Various Authors ~ 2/22/18

Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children—until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance?  

My Thoughts:
It has been a while since I've posted a Book Review.  I thought I would try a book that was given to me and recommended by a friend.
I loved the premise of the seven brothers needing to get married in order to inherit their land.  I couldn't wait to get started into their stories.
All the brother had unique names as they were all named after historical Texans.  This made for interesting reading.  Some examples were Chisholm, Travis, and Bowie.
The brothers were all so different!
I couldn't wait to read Bowie's story, and don't you know they made me wait until the last story!
This was such a fun read!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hodgepodge ~ 2/21/18
Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
Why, to Blogland, of course!

 2. What's under your bed?
We have a handmade Captain's Bed, so there are drawers of "stuff" under our bed.

 3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?
Honestly, none of the above!  lol  I guess the only one I kinda like would be Sweet Potatoes.

 4. What are you 'snowed under' with right now?
Boxes.  Boxes.  Boxes.  Right now the Family Room is filled with boxes of the girls old keepsakes.  They really need to go through them and clear out some "stuff".

 5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?
~Diet Dr. Pepper
~Family Time
~Time alone with the Hubby

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

~Laken is feeling better, finally.  That 104* temperature really had me worried.  I'm still keeping her home from school today to let her recuperate one more day.

~Now Kaylee is starting to get a temperature.  It was 99.9* a bit ago.  Hopefully, she won't come down with the full-blown flu...

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