Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ Greeting from the Flipside ~ 1/23/18


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My teaser for this week is from:

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 "Suck it in.  Come on, suck it in."

"My stomach is on the other side of my spine," Hope wheezed, barely enough air in her lungs to finish the sentence.  Becca tugged and jiggled the zipper while trying to maintain a smile for the crowd of elderly residents who'd gathered around for the fitting.  Normally Hope would be leading them all into a bingo hall, but today was different.  Special.  There was a certain excitement on all the faces of those who'd managed to stay conscious.  "Are you sure you gave them the right measurements?"  Hope whispered to Becca.

"Are you sure you haven't been eating cheese?  Or Popsicles?  Both?"
 

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/22/18

 
 
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The weather outside is::::

We had a beautiful weekend weather-wise.  It makes me long for Spring!
 


On my breakfast plate:

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
I see a new TV hanging in the Family Room!
I see that the girls' rooms are really starting to come together!
I see that boxes are dwindling slowly but surely!


On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Work 8am-2:30pm
Pick the girls up from school
Supper
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Babysit Damon, Menu and grocery list, groceries, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, laundry, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Babysit Damon, schedule, Bills, RTW
Friday...  Weigh-in, Work 8am-2:30pm, RTW
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Date Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I'm still ahead of schedule on my Goodreads Challenge!

This is another book that I unpacked from a box in storage.  I'm excited to get started :)
 
On the TV::::

Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix
The Dark Tower
Dunkird
The Mountain Between

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes, peas, pears
Tuesday - Pork Chops, noodles, broccoli, peaches
Wednesday - Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, oranges
Thursday - Soup, grilled cheese sandwiches
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

This is another Ravelry BAMCAL square but it is from the 2017 squares.

The square is called Moon Blossom by Karen Smith.

 
I love how the flowers stand out in the middle :)

Picture From the Camera

 

Laken received a set of Hot Curlers for Christmas so we played "Beauty Salon" and did her hair.  It turned out really cute!  She's as bad as her big sister at keeping her eyes open when the camera flashes!

Bible Verse/Devotional

 
 
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 1/20/18

 

Big sigh of relief over here in Southern Pennsylvania!  New batteries are in the scale and guess what???

I lost 2.8 lbs this week!!!  Whoohoo!!

I didn't do very well on the exercise front this week and only laced up my tennis shoes 1 time for concentrated exercise.

I must have done something right with my eating to lose the weight.  I tried to stay on track as best as I could.

Now to just get that exercise in.  I know I would feel better physically and mentally.  I always feel better when I'm exercising consistently.  Any tips to make it happen?



How was your week?

My week's stats:

 
Weigh-in:  -2.8     Total:  -24.0 lbs. 

Exercise:    Saturday:  1.25 miles ~ 15 minutes


              TOTAL:   1.25 miles ~ 15 minutes = 3/35 FitPoints

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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.
 
So please leave a comment with a link to your fitness/healthy living/weigh-in post and let us be each other's accountability.
 



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Friday, January 19, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins ~ 1/19/18

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1. I have never been able to    roller skate.  I just can't do it!  I'm too afraid to let go and just skate.  I'm a life-long wall-hugger ;) 

2. I wish I could still 
 fit in my clothes from 20 years ago.  That would be awesome! 

3.    Snuggling up on the couch with my hubby and kids while watching a movie  is my ideal winter night. 

4.    I love Doug  and   Kayle and Laken!


 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hodgepodge ~ 1/17/18

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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1. What keeps you blogging?


I've often pondered this question and sometimes I've taken blogging breaks, but always come back to this space to write.  I think it is because this blog is something all my own.  It is a way to be creative, write and have interaction with people from far and wide.
 
2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 


I've never beach to the beach in the winter.  Am I missing out or what?  All of those listed appeal to me.  I could make a list of the next 10 vacation I want to take from this list!


 3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?
 
The Barney theme song.  But, doesn't everyone know that one.  It is short and sweet and we had to listen to it over and over when my oldest was little.  I still remember some of the other songs from Barney as well such as the one about brushing your teeth!  lol

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?
 
Just plain being an adult!  Sometimes it stinks...

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

"If God is all you have, you've got all you need."


 6. Insert your own random thought here.


I thought it would be interesting to see where everyone who reads my blog is from.  Please leave a comment with your state, territory, etc.


I'd love to return the visit!  Please leave a comment and a link!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ Tide and Tempest ~ 1/16/18


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My teaser for this week is from:

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 "Captain Morgan?  Sir?"

Keondric Morgan glared over his shoulder at the deckhand waving furiously at him from the bow of the Caitriona Marie.  He slowed his steps, halting the rhythmic cadence of his feet against the gangplank.  "What now, Donal?"

His fingers beat with irritation against the pouch strapped to his side.  He had somewhere to be, and if he had to mind every move his crewmen made, he'd never get there.
 

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/15/18

 
 
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The weather outside is::::

This weather has been absolutely crazy!

First we had negative temperatures.  Then we had 60*F and rain.  Then, we had sleet and snow.

I'm ready for Spring!
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
I see mud being tracked in from the dogs.
I see boxes that still need to be sorted.
I see my afghans on the couch.
I see my things about me :)


On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Work 8am-2:30pm
Pick the girls up from school
Supper
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Menu and grocery list, groceries, laundry, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Off, laundry, schedule, RTW
Friday...  Weigh-in, Work 8am-2:30pm, RTW
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Family Movie Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I'm ahead of schedule on my Goodreads Challenge!  So far, so good :)

I was unpacking my boxes of books and got so excited to see that I had this book already.  I didn't remember having it but I've read the first 2 books of the series while this one was packed away.  It went straight to the top of the TBR list!
 
On the TV::::

Kids Baking Championship
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
King Kong
King Arthur

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Oranges
Tuesday - Vegetable Soup
Wednesday - Smothered Chicken, Noodles, Peas, Pears
Thursday - Chili, Cornbread, Peaches
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I decided to join in the Ravelry group BAMCAL 2018 to use up some stash yarn.
 
This square is the square that was voted on by the members for January called Sunrise Beach by Jen Tyler.  This picture shows as the pattern is written (plus a few of my mistakes along the way).  I still need to add a few rounds to get it up to 12 inches but I haven't decided what color to use.  I'm thinking cream and then use cream to join the squares as well.
 


I'm not going to sugar coat it.  This pattern was a bit difficult to read and took some concentration.  I'm so happy with the result though!  It is so pretty :)

Picture From the Camera

 

I made Kaylee some curtains for her bedroom using the pictured Solar System fabric.  I had enough left over to make a throw pillow for her bed.  After many tries to take a picture without her blinking this is the result!  hehe  (Don't tell her I put this on the blog.  She doesn't know :)

Bible Verse/Devotional



 
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Weigh-In ~ 1/13/18

 
I promised I was going to share the good, the bad and the ugly on my Saturday Weigh-In post.

And this week was ugly!

It was as if I've already forgotten my goals.  Arrggghhhh!!!!  I had absolutely no exercise logged and I didn't track my food.

All that after having a loss last week.  You would think it would have motivated me to stay strong instead of slacking off.  But that is what I did:  I slacked!

Even though it was a rough week, I was going to weigh-in.  I hopped on my scale ready to be devastated only to find that the batteries must have died.  It has just been that kind of week...

So, this coming week I'm going to strive to get on track.  I've already scheduled my exercise days:  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  I've also added a line on my daily schedule to remind me to track even if I go way over my daily points.  And I'll be getting new batteries for my scale.

Hopefully I'll have better news next week.  Until then...

How was your week?

My week's stats:

 
Weigh-in:       Total:  -21.2 lbs. 

Exercise:    


              TOTAL:   0 miles ~ 0 minutes = 0/35 FitPoints

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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.
 
So please leave a comment with a link to your fitness/healthy living/weigh-in post and let us be each other's accountability.
 



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Friendly Fill-ins ~ 1/12/18

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1. I would like to ask   Jesus  why   He loves me ?  I know He does, but sometimes I don't understand why He would.  Maybe it is just my own insecurity.  Maybe it is because I know how much I mess up and don't feel worthy...  Maybe I just need reassurance sometimes.  Pretty deep, huh?

2. My favorite fast food restaurant is   Wendy's .  I love their burgers and fries.  Especially when they are paired with a Frosty :)


3. If I could go to any concert of someone still performing, it would be   Lady Antebellum .  I would actually have a REALLY hard time picking just one concert.  It has been so long since I've been to a concert that I'd love to go to just about any :) 

4. My Winter pastime is usually    reading and crocheting , because   they are very relaxing and can be done indoors where it is nice and cozy!

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review ~ The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter ~ 1/11/18

 
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Blurb:
 
She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left.

Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancĂ© Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again.
  

My Thoughts:
 
I've now read the whole "Summer Harbor" series, but not in the right order :)  I read the last book first and then the first book and then the second book.  And I loved them all!
 
Basically, anytime I read a Denise Hunter novel, I can count on it being a good read.
 
I absolutely adored all three of the Callahan brothers.  I don't think I could pick a favorite if I wanted to.  Luckily, I don't have to pick.
 
I loved the storyline of this book.  I got to know a bit about Zac in book one of the series and was really excited to read more about him.  I was intrigued by the fact that Zac had no clue where Lucy went or why she left.
 
The book starts out with Lucy having absolutely no idea where she is and has lost 7 months of memory.  So, even she didn't know why she left Zac!
 
I was very excited to find out the where's and why's.
 
I'm a bit sorry to have read the last book set in Summer Harbor but I'm feeling very accomplished at having gotten my hands on all three novels and finishing the entire series :)
 


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hodgepodge ~ 1/10/18

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?
 
I would consider my Mom to be my mentor.  She has taught me everything I know about being a wife, a mother, a homemaker and a Christian.
 
I don't know if I would consider myself a mentor but I do have daughters that I hope look up to me and I try to teach them like my Mom taught me.  Being a mom rates a 10/10 for me!

 2. What current trend makes no sense to you?
 
Filling out those questionnaires on Facebook.  You know, the kind where you tell 100 things nobody knows about you or "Hey, get your kid to answer these questions about you".  I just don't have time for that... 

 3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?
 
These examples made me chuckle because almost all of them make me happy.  I don't see how cleaning the dryer lint screen would make a person happy but to each their own, I guess!
 
As for what makes me happy that isn't on the list:  getting snail mail that isn't a bill!  So much fun to open the mailbox and see something not a bill!

 4. What's the last good thing you ate?
 
I literally just ate a Golden Oreo.  I can't say that I prefer them over the original Oreos, but it was tasty :)

 5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.
 
I got married and had kids.

 6. Insert your own random thought here.


Now that the holidays are over, I need something to look forward to.  Last week, I mentioned that we were starting to think about a summer vacation.  But...  I need something a lot sooner than that to look forward to.  Maybe a date night.  Or a family movie night.  Any ideas????


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Goodbye Bride ~ 1/9/18


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My teaser for this week is from:

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Lucy Lovett had barely opened her eyes when she took notice of the pain hammering at the back of her head.  She groaned, her fingers finding the tender spot, a lump that pushed up through her thick brown hair.

She closed her eyes again as other details registered.  Her cheek, pressed to a cold, hard surface.  A girdle-like squeeze in her middle.  Pinched toes.
 

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/8/18

 
 
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The weather outside is::::

Absolutely freezing!  I mean really.  Negative temperatures can go away! 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
  
As I look around the house::::
 
Boxes, boxes and more boxes.

I've been trying to go through each load that we bring into the addition as we go, but there is just so much STUFF!

Our bedroom is pretty much situated.  The family room is getting there but we still need to move the couches in.

The girls are SO HAPPY to have their own rooms once again!  Kaylee (16) has been very responsible about setting up her room and organizing it and decluttering.  Laken (10) however, is happy to live in chaos.  We'll be "motivating" her this week and helping her come up with the best layout and organization.


On today's to do list::::

Read Thru the Word
Work 8am-2:30pm
Pick the girls up from school
Supper
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... See above.
Tuesday...  Menu and grocery list, groceries, laundry, exercise, RTW
Wednesday... Work 8am-2:30pm, Prayer Meeting, RTW
Thursday... Off, laundry, organize boxes, RTW
Friday...  Work 8am-2:30pm, RTW
Saturday...  Laundry, RTW, Family Game Night
Sunday...  Church, RTW

Currently reading::::

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I am so happy to be through with The Negotiator!  It just wasn't for me.

I'm also so happy to be reading The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter.  I've read the other two books in this series (our of order) and am really excited to be reading Zac's story.  So far, I'm really liking it :)
 
On the TV::::

Kids Baking Championship
Arthur
Leap

Listening to:



 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Fish, French Fries, Peas, Oranges
Tuesday - Vegetable Soup, Noodles, Apples
Wednesday - Beef Stew, Rolls, Peaches
Thursday - Ham, Buttered Potatoes, Green Beans, Pears
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Breakfast
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::


I've gotten 8 squares crocheted for the afghan to go in my bedroom using Redheart Ombre in Spearmint.  I love how the same yarn can make two squares that have different colors.  So easy!  I'm  really looking forward to seeing how they all come together.  I'm going to be making a total of either 70 or 80 squares for this afghan.  I'm still trying to decide whether to go 7X10 or 8X10.  What do you think?  Is bigger better?  My bed is King sized...




Picture From the Camera


Seeing my two pups, one old and one young, resting together made my heart smile :)  Kona is on the left and Lilah is on the right.

Bible Verse/Devotional


 
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