Sunday Salon – Fall Festivals

This weekend has been our local Fall Festival.  I was really to busy to go yesterday and the weather doesn’t look promising today.  Guess I missed out.  But then I didn’t “have” to attend due to kids playing in the band.  (just for the record, I enjoyed every minute of it)

Time: 8:21

Scene: It’s has been raining this morning.  At the moment it is overcast and not a tree leaf is moving.

 Today’s Plan: Since it is raining I will be grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, and changing the sheets on the bed.  We have sold my Corvette so we are going to clean that up today and get ready for it to leave this week. Then I will probably go to the gym afterwhich I will lay around and do some reading.

Drinking: Coffee with peppermint mocha creamer

Listening to: the dryer.  I put a load in before I went to bed and got a load going early this morning.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

1st To Die by James Patterson

Pondering: All the “homey” things I would love to be doing; If I could only keep my husband from “going” all the time.  I think he thinks if he doesn’t keep moving moss will start to grow on him or something. 🙂  Which is why I love these kind of days.



The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 16, 2017

Linking up with our friend Peggy to share my week. It seems like my life is so busy that the only way I am going to be able to blog and stay on course is to get back to my Daybook; with prompts to help me out. Instead of monthly I will go back to weekly for now.

I was so worn out from our weekend at conferences that I didn’t get my Daybook posted last week. Makes me sad that I can’t even commit to 3 posts a week and stay on task!

Looking out my window: It’s just getting light.  Fall is definitely here. We are still in Eureka Springs Arkansas.

I am thinking: How much I miss those summer days but then I remember what I used to love about these short fall days; being on the couch with a good book or knitting while darkness hovers just outside.

I am thankful: That hubby and I could get away on the Harley this weekend.  There aren’t a lot of these nice weekends left.

One of my favorite things: time to read.  I read a lot while hubby was in meetings.  Now that we are home its snippets here and snippets there.  Taking forever to get through a book!

I am creating: still haven’t started that baby afghan that I need to get done before December!

I am wearing: sweat pants.  I should be getting in the shower so when hubby gets up we can go eat and I can have some decent coffee!

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: My Grandmother asked Me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman

I am hoping: For a good workout week.  Three days would be GREAT!

I am learning: be more open with my feelings.  I have always been one who swept them under the rug and ignored them for the sake of others.  Open communication from here on out!

In my kitchen: Nothing exciting.  Although it is hard for me not be in there cooking up wonderful fallish dinners!  I made a good pot of white chicken chili this past week.

Board room: 

This looks like a great idea for meals for Grandma!

Post Script:  

I love how most of the blogs I follow are really ladies sharing their lives and not a “platform”.  I am not saying that these wonderful ladies don’t often share something that is really amazingly awesome to me but to be honest I have not been reading much due to our activity level this fall.  As it gets colder I will be back around more often.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

The days are starting to run together.  They are all the same really.  Work at my job, workout or stay at home and work, read a bit, fall into bed dead on my feet… Nothing interesting to report in my day this week.  Later I will have some pictures of our motorcycle weekend to share with you!

Closing note

Heard from our Son last weekend.  He had to call me Friday night to tell me he had an ear infection but he was alright. He could not talk and hung up!  That is a very frustrating call for a mamma!  He called the next night and read from a form letter telling us how they were all getting on.  Said good-bye and hung up!  GEEZ! REALLY????  Am I every going to get to talk to our baby again?  🙂  We will go to South Carolina for his graduation on November 15th.  That’s not really all that far off when you think about it.

Sunday Salon – Hello October?

I originally titled this post Hello October!  but so far I have missed most of OCTOBER!!!  SO, here I am half way through it already and boy does time fly!

Time: 7:15 am

Scene: I’m in Eureka Springs Arkansas!

 Today’s Plan:  We road our Harley down on Saturday morning and we are going home tomorrow.  Today we are going to ride the Pig Trail!  It’s a curvy road that is going to be tons of fun riding!

Drinking: Black hotel room coffee! 😦  Soon we will go to breakfast.

Listening to: hubby breathing! LOL!


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

Pondering: October is my favorite month of the year.  The days are usually very nice.  Not too hot, not too cold.  The leaves are changing colors and/or falling to the ground.  The smell is so different in the air.  It’s the time of year I love sitting around the fire pit enjoying the quiet of the country with a nice hot cuppa… tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee… a glass of wine.  Sweaters are brought out of storage, shorts are put in storage. I add the extra blanket to the bed.  Attend a couple of arts and craft festivals, hayrides and Halloween parties.  Maintenance and put away the mower and weed eater.  Bring out the chainsaw… 🙂  Yep, I love this month.

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten for this week.

This week Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)  This is a very difficult one for me as I haven’t read many books with “attractive to me” kind of men…

  1. Rhett Butler
  2. Gabriel Oak in Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  3. Jack Carstares in The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
  4. Atretes in Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
  5. Aragorn in Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  6. Edward Rochester in Jany Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Legolas in Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  8. Tobias in Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. David Tulloch in The Cottage by Michael Phillips

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 2, 2017

Linking up with our friend Peggy to share my week. It seems like my life is so busy that the only way I am going to be able to blog and stay on course is to get back to my Daybook; with prompts to help me out. Instead of monthly I will go back to weekly for now.

Looking out my window: I am noticing that it is still pretty dark out for this time of morning!  The days are getting shorter

I am thinking: That today is going to be a great day.  It’s my birthday and I have no expectations.  Just going to live each day that I can to the fullest.

I am thankful: for my husband.  I don’t think I have said that often enough lately.

One of my favorite things: Spending time with my hubby.

I am creating: a baby blanket for my new nephew that will be here around Christmas time.

I am wearing: White pants, aqua blue shirt, with Keds sneakers.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: Silence.  Hubby is gone to work and grandma is still in bed.

I am hoping: that we have lots of bicycle riding time this month!

I am learning: to push myself at things I really want to do but have not had the courage to go for it.  Like the bicycle riding, the running, the high intensity aerobic workouts… ENERGY is what I am hoping for.

In my kitchen: Low carb HIGH proteins

Board room: Not had any time to look around this week.

Post Script:  Sorry, not much blog reading either.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

This is why I didn’t get my Sunday Salon post up yesterday.  We hit Lowe’s and the local nursery early and worked on the outside of our house.  Made new shutters, planted two Rose of Sharon bushes/trees, and some mums.

Closing note: No time for deep thoughts this morning.  I am running late because I spent too much “leisure” time this morning.

Taking Stock: September

I’ve decided to do this “taking stock” post that I found here… at the end of each month.  It’s just another meme to keep me blogging with out really having to “create” deep posts right now at this stage of my life. 🙂

Making: New fresh spaces.
Cooking: Three good meals a week for Grandma. Freezing some of it so that there will be days that I won’t have to cook.
Drinking: Coffee with café mocha creamer.
Reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.
Trawling: New blogs.  Like I don’t have enough to read as it is. LOL!
Wanting: To get back to knitting.
Looking: At patterns for baby blankets.
Deciding: To start taking more alone time.
Wishing: I would hear from our son more often.
Enjoying: My new bicycle.
Waiting: for that next letter.
Liking: The workout schedule I have going.
Wondering: where in the world did September go!?
Loving: being outside.
Pondering: this empty nest…
Listening: to a lot of reteric in our country right now.  I am actually kind of tired of all the crap.
Considering: a trip to Kansas City.
Buying: nothing major right now.
Watching: squirrels running around the back yard.
Hoping: our daughter starts communicating with her dad soon.
Marvelling: How the home feels with just the 2 of us (plus grandma).
Cringing: At the thought of cold weather.
Needing: clean, uncluttered spaces
Questioning: my co-depencency…
Smelling: café mocha coffee
Wearing: the warm thick robe I swore I would never wear again after I son was gone.
Noticing: that I should probably start journaling again.
Knowing: That change needs to happen but not able to take that step to make it happen.
Trouble-shooting: nothing.  All seems to be in order at the moment.
Thinking: That people judge us on what we read or watch on television.  I have lately not shared EVERYTHING that I have been reading.
Admiring: the beautiful sunshine this morning
Getting: “brassy” in my old age.
Bookmarking: Bably blanket patterns
Opening: October!  It’s one of my favorite months of the year!
Closing: Summer.  It was officially over on the 21st. I am moving forward.
Feeling: That September was an especially hard month.
Dreaming: that my house is all in order!  bwahahaha!
Hearing: Grandma moving around upstairs.
Celebrating: My birthday in a couple days.
Pretending: That I don’t care what others think.
Embracing: my age. My birthday is Monday.

What’s On Your Nightstand? – September 2017

This is one of my favorite link ups that I have always taken part in.  I couldn’t not blog and read and not join in with everyone at 5 Minutes for Books.  It occurs the last Tuesday of every month.  You share what you have been reading, what is still hanging out on your nightstand, and what you plan to read if you like.
For the month of September I have listened to:
 I’m currently reading/listening to:
Four: The Traitor by Veronica Roth
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge
Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteru of a Woman’s Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

One Million Page Challenge update:

September: 2,623

Year to date: 16,900

Challenge to date: 86,722


Top Ten Tuesday…on Wednesday?

Well, I’m a day late but I just found this meme at The Broke and the Bookish and wanted to jump in and gets started.  Next Tuesday is my regularly scheduled Nightstand post so I will skip TTT.

This week we are to list the Top Ten books that are on my TBR Fall list.  Hopefully this list will keep me focused on what I want to get completed this year.

  1. The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemmingway
  2. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
  3. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  4. I Heard the Owel Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  5. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  7. The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge
  8. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
  9. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  10. This Life I Live by Rory Feek

A New Nephew Coming Soon!

We still have three months before our new bundle of joy will join our crazy little family.  He is supposed to be here December 29th.  I’ll bet you anything he comes early!  So I really need to find me a pattern for his blanket.  I have made all my nieces and nephews afghans as part of their “arrival gift”.

The first one I made for a little girl.  BOY were we surprised when SHE was a HE!  I had to hurry and make the same blanket in boy colors.  That was five blankets ago and how the colors have changed for babies.  No pink or light blue or even the light minty green.  The colors my sister is choosing looks like this…

I am not crazy about this crochet pattern.  I would prefer to knit the next blanket. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate!

I would like to use her colors though.  Oh these millennials! 🙂



The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 18, 2017

Linking up with our friend Peggy to share my week. It seems like my life is so busy that the only way I am going to be able to blog and stay on course is to get back to my Daybook; with prompts to help me out. Instead of monthly I will go back to weekly for now.

Looking out my window: Dreary, rainy day.  Wish I were home on the couch with  a good book!

I am thinking: about fall and getting cozy in my sweaters and warm socks, drinking some hot tea and reading a good book!

I am thankful: For the little bit of rain we are getting today.

One of my favorite things: Quiet days in the office.

I am creating: I am in search of a baby blanket pattern for my new nephew that will be here in December.

I am wearing: Pink tee, blue jeans, and pink Nikes.

I am reading: … nothing at the moment.

I am listening to: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkein

I am hoping: Our middle daughter makes a decision to move home for the time she has left before basic.

I am learning: or maybe I should say RElearning… to wait on Him!  I always want to jump out and take care of things myself and I have a tendency to mess things up.  May I learn (again) to wait.

In my kitchen: I have been cooking 3-4 days for grandma and this gives her plenty of leftovers for lunch and days that we aren’t home on the weekend.

Board room:

I will be trying to create THIS backyard atmosphere.

Post Script:  My friend has been MIA for about 7 months and has returned to blogland.  She could use your prayers if you care to visit.

Shared quote:


A moment from my day: I am getting my hair done on Thursday.  I don’t like the blonde that I had put on the ends…  Going back to something like this

Closing note: Grandma will be 93 on Sunday.  Again I hold my breath hoping that many family memebers will call her.  I’ll probably turn blue and pass out because it won’t happen.