What’s On Your Nightstand? – April 2018

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.

This has not been a very good month of reading.  We have been working hard around the house and I have stepped up my workout routine.  Audio books are going to be my best friend in the coming months I believe.  With mowing and other outside things to do I can always listen to a book.

For the month of April I have listened to or read : (each title has a link to my review)

 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 I’m currently reading/listening to: 

What’s hanging out on my nightstand?

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

One Million Page Challenge update:

April: 844

Year to date: 5,654

Challenge to date: 98,887

 

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SWDB #15 – April 23, 2018

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: Mostly cloudy.  Trying to rain

I am thinking: I stayed up too late every night this weekend.  Including last night. (think I am holding off the coming of Monday! LOL!)

I am thankful: For a beautiful Saturday that I was able to cut my grass.

One of my favorite things: The smell of fresh-cut grass.

I am creating: nothing.  Just not feeling it.

I am wearing: blue jeans, pink t-shirt, pink Nike’s, and a black sweat jacket.

I am reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

I am listening to: On The Road by Jack Kerouac

I am hoping: to finish Murder at the Vicarage this week.

I am learning: to be comfortable in my own skin.

In my kitchen: much of the same.  Only healthy chicken and fish with green veggies.

Shared quote:  I feel this is true as long as you don’t come across as conceited.

A moment from my day: Took Grandma out for doctor appointments on Friday and we had lunch at Cracker Barrel.

Closing note:  Grandma got a good report from the Orthopedic surgeon on Friday.  He is very happy with how well she has done and does not need to see her again unless she has issues.  She is to continue therapy until they see no more progress but continue to use the walker at all times for added stability.  Her General practitioner said she looks good and vitals are all great!  Now her appointments will all come due in the spring and I won’t have to get her out in the winter months.  We also picked up her new hearing aids.  I’m so happy that she can hear again!  Conversation is so much easier.

It looks like I’m starting another new pattern… being late with my SWDB post!  I just don’t take the time to prep on Sunday and then Monday mornings I have been over sleeping.  Oh well, here is a post and I’m glad to be a part of this one!  Hope you all have a great week!

Sunday Salon – Reflection

Time:  7:15

Scene:  It’s actually a cozy morning here on the couch.  The birds are swarming an almost empty bird feeder.  We didn’t buy anymore because as you know it is spring and they should be finding plenty of food on their own.

Today’s Plan:  do a load of laundry, go to the gym, grocery shop, and rest this evening.

Drinking: Coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer

 Listening to: the quiet Sunday Morning!

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Pondering: Our furnace went out on the coldest day of last week.  {{sigh}} isn’t that they way it goes?  We couldn’t even burn wood because it requires the blower from the furnace to push the heat from the wood burning part of the furnace through the house.  We used a space heater in the bedroom and bathroom at night.  Luckily it didn’t stay cold or get cold enough that water pipes would freeze.  Our house is only 18 years old, very air tight and solid.  We survived our short term discomfort. 🙂

Plans this week:  I always see Grandma Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so that you will always see listed here unless there is a shake up that week.  Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday I will get to the gym.  Friday I have a doctor appointment in the City (St. Louis being the “City”).  Then I will get stop and get my manicure before heading home to visit with Grandma.  Saturday night we are planning on going to dinner with a friend of mine and her husband.  It’s her birthday!

Journal Prompt #11

The topic this week could be considered an “excuse” why one is not successful.  What is something that is holding you back?  Holding me back in what area is what is going through my mind at the moment.  I feel I am as successful at work as I will ever be.  I have no desire to go into management in the last five years of my career.  In my spiritual life I feel I am walking closer to God than I ever did while in an organized building.  My marriage is strong and growing stronger all the time.

The only area that I feel could be better is our my relationship with our kids.  As you all know our oldest daughter and my husband are estranged.  This in turn makes me estranged to some extent as well.  I will not go against my husband or speak badly about him for his “choice to stick to his guns”.  He has a different way of loving and motivating than I do.  I reach out to her on occasion but our discussion is never very deep.  All that I can do is keep praying and when I get that moment to interject with hubby I do.  There have been a couple of conversations with our daughter where I tried to explain how her dad loves and that his intentions are good.  But she doesn’t want to hear it.  It goes against the way she is choosing to live right now.

Maybe I should just reach out and talk without letting “dad” or circumstances cloud our conversations. 🙂  I’m really glad I was forced to think this through.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining Jana for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week the Top Ten topic is “Freebie (create your own topic)”.  Hmmm, what shall we do???  I have 128 books on my to be read shelf on Good Reads.  Here I am going to list and date the 10 oldest books that are there.  I really need to get these 2012 items off my list.  Preferably by reading them!

  1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – May 17,2012
  2. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – May 18, 2012
  3. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks – May 18, 2012
  4. Polyanna by Eleanor H. Porter – July 18, 2012
  5. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgeson Burnett – July 18, 2012
  6. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck – August 16, 2012
  7. The Crucible by Arthur Miller – August 16, 2012
  8. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx – December 13, 2012
  9. The Peaceable Kingdom by Jan de Hartog – October 17, 2013
  10. Thorn In My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs – November 21, 2013

 

SWDB #14 – April 16, 2018

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: Sunny and cold!

I am thinking: about gardening a little bit again. Because I love fresh produce.

I am thankful:for a restful weekend overall.

One of my favorite things: Being at home.

I am creating: going through pictures of many years… we are going to make come collages.  Hubby loves this kind of thing.  I bet he would be a good scrapbooker!

I am wearing: blue jeans, maroon and cream long sleeve cotton shirt with sneakers.

I am reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

I am listening to: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I am hoping: to get my grass cut this week.  It looks shaggy.

I am learning: to use the new air fryer!

In my kitchen: This past week I made salmon, cornish hen, brussel sprouts, shrimp, chicken wings, asparagus, and sweet potatoes in my new air fryer!  It’s wonderful!

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: 

Some pictures finally put into place.

Closing note: I’m late today!  This has been a very productive yet relaxing weekend.  I worked hard Saturday then worked and relaxed a bit on Sunday.  Most of my house is in order.  I can live without stressing when I walk into a room.  Hope you all have a great week!

Sunday Salon – Rainy days

Time:  6:50

Scene: It was beautiful all week when I was sitting at my desk at work.  Come Friday when I get to be off for three days it begins to rain!  Today is much the same.  Cloudy with a chance of meatballs! 🙂  It’s pretty dark in the house because it’s so cloudy outside.  I just haven’t turned on any lights while I sit here and have my coffee and blog surf.

Today’s Plan: I’m sure hubby has a work plan for us today.  There is still much to be done around here.  Mostly in the garage, shop and shed now.  The inside is pretty well pulled together.

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer.

 Listening to: The furnace.  It’s still pretty cold this morning.

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pondering: I’m really loving these evenings.  We come home from work.  Grab an energy bite and head to the gym.  When we get home we shower and get comfortable.  We’ve been playing a round of pool and shooting some darts.  I’m enjoying these because I know when the weather gets better and it’s light much later we will be outside working on our yard.

Journal Prompt #10

Every week we put a quote in our Simple Woman’s Daybook.  It’s usually something that I found on pinterest the previous week.  But if you ask me what my favorite quote is I would have to say it’s one that I look at every single day.  It’s on my bathroom wall in big letters I love it that much!  It’s a reminder to me that God is in command and that I need to stop and let Him be God!  You know how I often say I like to take things in my own hands and be in control.  Well, when I feel overwhelmed I sit in my bath and see Psalm 46:10 on my wall.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining Jana for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I should never brag about how many weeks in a row I have join in on this meme!  I seem to slip up the very next week.  Any way…This week the Top Ten topic is “Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read”.  This one is an easy one because I have way too many books on my list to be reading even my favorites again.

  1. The Madman’s Daughter Series by Megan Shepherd
  2. Namaah Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
  3. The Ascendence Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
  4. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
  5. The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
  6. Martyr’s Fire by Sigmund Brouwer
  7. A Man Calle Ove by Fredrik Backman
  8. I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  9. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

 

SWDB #13 – April 9, 2018

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: It’s starting to lighten up earlier again.  It’s cool this morning but we are supposed to warm up into the 50’s today.

I am thinking: I like having Fridays off in April but I dread going to work on Monday.  I will start my week very much behind and spend the next four days trying to catch up!

I am thankful: Spring will be showing herself this week!

One of my favorite things: My to-do list for Grandma checked off!

I am creating: a cozy comfortable Master bedroom.

I am wearing: blue jeans, spring-ish sweater, loafers.

I am reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

I am listening to: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I am hoping: to improve my reading this week!

I am learning: to let go of things that aren’t really necessary.  I’ve kept things over the years that don’t really mean anything.  At least they don’t now.  And some of it I can’t remember why I kept it to begin with.

In my kitchen: we have eaten out too much this past week.  I really need to start cooking something here at home.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: We started feeding the fish in our ponds last Thursday.  The catfish are starting to move about!

Closing note: The yard is starting to green up.  Remember that we fertilized and seeded the yard a few weeks back.  Now I am looking forward to these trees greening up.  There were tiny purple flowers in the field the other day.  Then we had some snow.  How confused our trees must be! 🙂

Sunday Salon – State of Confusion

Time:  7:00

Scene: cold and cloudy this morning making it dark in the house.  We are expecting snow showers today.

Today’s Plan: I have been working on rearranging our bedroom and moving my clothes to grandma’s old closet.  Hubby and I are really cramped in our room so we are spreading out.  Yet another project that we need to complete.  Maybe the gym if the weather permits.

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer

 Listening to: The wood furnace blower! 😦

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pondering: State of Confusion… I’m not really sure what season it is anymore.  We have had some freezing temperatures, sleet, snow, hail, rain, warm temperatures.  Thursday evening we brought in enough wood to get the fire going and warm this house up for the weekend.  Didn’t want too much extra wood in the house when it warms up this week.  I’m ready to wear shorts and sandles with sunscreen!   Hope you all have a blessed day!

Journal Prompt #9

There is an old saying that you are never to old to learn or that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Considering both of these sayings I would go with the first.  Everyday I pick up something whether big or small.  But there are still some “bigger” things that I would like to learn.

There are many hobbies that I am very interested in learning.  Most of you that have visited around here much at all know that I like to knit and would love to get really good at it.  But alas, I’m just a beginner.  The basics are about all I know right now.  When we get our home lined out and everything done the way we want it, probably next fall, I should have time again to sit and practice my knitting.  Learning new steps in the art.

The second thing I would like to learn is writing.  Even though I make an attempt here I know there are many mistakes that I make in writing my posts.  Years ago I took an Intro to College Writing but only a few things have stuck with me.  You know like starting a sentence with “I”.  It’s a big no-no.

Then there is billiards.  As you know we recently bought a pool table.  It’s a beautiful piece of furniture in our family area.  There is a lot more to shooting pool and I truly want to learn the in’s and out’s of it.

There are a few other things that I have done over the years but never got very good or knowledgeable about them; like keeping chickens, gardening (both vegetable and flower), gourmet cooking, and food preservation.  Most of these things are really important to us anymore as we don’t have a big family at home to provide for but I still would like to become proficient in these crafts.

As you can see there is much this middle-aged woman in Missouri would like to learn.

SWDB #12 – April 2, 2018

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: It’s still dark but I can tell you it is very wet and cold.

I am thinking: I am not ready for the week to start!

I am thankful: for four day weeks in the month of April.

One of my favorite things: hugs from Grandma

I am creating: a schedule for my Fridays in April.

I am wearing: still in my bathrobe.

I am reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

I am listening to: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

I am hoping:  for some sunshine this week.

I am learning: to TRUST (it’s my word of the year)

In my kitchen: we bought an air fryer.  Also known as a greaseless fryer.  I love it!  I made wings for hubby and his co-workers last Thursday and they turned out great!  I can’t wait to try fish in it.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: they are all the same lately.  Working on projects around the house. I haven’t had time to take any pictures either.

Closing note: Grandma update: It’s a very long story… Nursing home took her to the doctor without letting me know last Wednesday because her incision was infected.  When I found out Wednesday evening I moved her out right away.  Not only did they not care for the wound but she only had one bath a week since being there.  She was miserable and felt like a prisoner.  I called the assisted living facility and told them I wanted to get her back as soon as possible.  She said, “we’ll come get her tonight!”.  SO, I helped them move her and her clothes back over but I had a few words with the staff before I left.  They tried to tell me that she hadn’t been released by the doctor.  I told them I didn’t need a release to take her out of there.  She is much happier and I have contacted the surgeon about getting physcial therapy started at her home.  I’m so happy she is happy!

Sunday Salon – Resurrection Sunday

Time:  

Scene: dreary day.  It’s dark inside because there is no sunshine.  Calling for snow showers today.

Today’s Plan: To stay home and relax.  It was a crazy week.  (More on that later)

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer and then on to water.

 Listening to: the furnace running.

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Pondering: We quit calling it Easter Sunday a long time ago instead opting for what it really is, Resurrection Sunday. Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. According to the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary says: “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.” (sourceI don’t believe that JESUS dying on the cross has anything to do with a goddess of spring.  Hope you all have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

Journal Prompt #8

There are a lot of people in my life that I absolutely love.  I could list them in this post but I’m supposed to write about someone in particular that I love.  You may all expect me to write about my hubby or my kids but I’m going to go with someone who has been dear to my heart much longer than all of these.  No, it’s not my own mother.  Maybe next time.  But I feel like time is growing short and I want to put down how I feel about my wonderful Grandmother.

As far back as I can remember we have spent lots of time with Grandma.  It didn’t matter what she might have going on in her life she dropped it to take my  sister and me in for the weekend, the week, or even the summer.  From my earliest memories she was a wonderful Christian role model for young girls.  She taught us to be loving and kind, to share our things (what little we had) with others, to be mindful of our tongues, and to go to church and serve Jesus.

Grandma was a lot of things but she was not a fancy lady.  She didn’t wear make up or spend a lot on her hair.  Living through the depression she learned to make due and use up what she had.  But we never wanted for anything.  What our parents couldn’t or didn’t supply Grandma and Grandpa always stepped up and provided.

Some of my fondest memories are just playing at the table with scrap paper to color on or cut up in designs.  We often made decorations for the cedar Christmas tree cut on the farm.  Often we played old games that she had or she would make a game; a connect the dot, make a square kind of game. Every single night she would tuck us into the twin beds and read to us from our favorite story book.  The Little Rooster That Would Not Listen and The Monkey and the Crocodile were a few of our favorites!  When the house was full Grandma would make the most wonderful pallets on the couch and two livingroom lounge type chairs pushed together.  We never went to bed dirty or hungry.   Baths every night after dinner because we played outside all the time back then and if it was much past dinner we got a bowl of cereal.

There is no guessing why I have had her living with me these past seven years and why now I am her biggest fan and caretaker!  She cared for me and I cannot do anything less!  She deserves every ounce of energy I can give her!  I love her with all my heart.  Though I know she loves me she longs to be in heaven with Jesus and Grandpa.  There will come a day soon that I will have to let this sweet lady go.  But I will always have these fond memories of her and she will always have my love!

Taking Stock: March 2018

I’ve decided to do this “taking stock” post that I found here… at the end of each month.   Please don’t think I have jumped off the deep end.  Some of my answers are pretty raw and sound hopeless but I know who had me in His hands! 🙂

Making: Summer plans
Cooking: lots of chicken and fish
Drinking: more water daily
Reading: more of the classics
Trawling: VRBO
Wanting: to get away for a long weekend
Looking: at all the messes I have around here
Deciding: what to do withe these piles of mess
Wishing: my girls would come and go through this stuff
Enjoying: New spaces
Waiting: on the Lord
Liking: my quiet evenings
Wondering: if Spring is every going to really get here.
Loving: quality time with hubby
Pondering: our retirement years
Listening: to an audio book
Considering: my reading goals
Buying: things for our new spaces
Watching: The grass turn green ever so slowly
Hoping: the flowers will start coming up soon
Marveling: at Spring = New life
Cringing: the chucksters on my reading list!
Needing: to workout more!
Questioning: my dedication to my workout right now.
Smelling: the lemon sentzy
Wearing: jeans and a blouse with boots
Noticing: my hair growth
Knowing: That we are almost done with all this house work is putting me at ease.
Trouble-shooting:
Thinking: I should go visit our daughter who doesn’t come around.
Admiring: the cardinals at the bird feeder.  yes, it’s still up.
Getting: caught up around the house!
Bookmarking: decorating ideas
Opening: a new coffee creamer
Closing: another month in  2018!
Feeling: over whelmed by the amount of stuff that we have given away this month. (will I need it someday?) sounds crazy I know.
Dreaming: the warm sun!
Hearing: the news on.
Celebrating: taxes being done!
Pretending: that my kitchen is back in order…
Embracing: new spaces!

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining Jana for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I must be on a roll!  Two weeks in a row that I’ve made it back! 🙂

This week the Top Ten topic is “Books That Take Place In Another Country”.  That’s kinda crazy!  Almost all the books on last weeks list would apply but I’m going to give different answers this week!

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude – South America
  2. The Thirteenth Tale – England
  3. The Women in the Castle – Germany
  4. A Ma Called Ove – Sweden
  5. The Old Man and the Sea –  Cuba
  6. Island Beneath the Sea – Haiti
  7. The Bonesetter’s Daughter – China
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo – France
  9. Dracula – Romania
  10. War and Peace – Russia

 

What’s On Your Nightstand? – March 2018

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.

It’s been a rough month for reading.  With everything we have been doing its been hard to keep my mind on an audio book while working and I sure couldn’t pick up an actual book and relax with it!  So it’s slim here this month.  Glad I had a jump on my goal and there is plenty of time to make up the loss.

For the month of March I have listened to or read : (each title has a link to my review)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (AKA:Alice in Wonderland) by Carol Lewis
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (review coming soon)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hard Times by Charles Dickens (review coming soon)
 I’m currently reading/listening to: 
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares

What’s hanging out on my nightstand?

One Million Page Challenge update:

March: 1,511

Year to date: 4,810

Challenge to date: 98,043

 

SWDB #11 – March 26, 2018

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: It’s cold an rainy!  We are under flash flood warnings today. It’s spring… Kinda.

I am thinking: That today is my mother’s birthday!!!!

I am thankful: for her quick recovery and her determination to get well!

One of my favorite things: The hope of Spring.  It may be here on the calendar (the hope) but it’s not quite here yet.

I am creating: nothing different from last week.  Although we are almost completed with our repurposing our rooms.

I am wearing: blue jeans, a light blue blouse, and sneakers.

I am reading: Anges Grey by Anne Bronte

I am listening to: Hard Times by Charles Dickens

I am hoping:  to hear from our son soon.  Since entering AIT (his training) we don’t really hear much from him.  An occassional text message and that’s it.

I am learning: to TRUST (it’s my word of the year)

In my kitchen: the temporary mess from the explosion is still there.  Hope we get it completed this week.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: 

Part of my Saturday

Closing note: My weekend was very busy.  I over slept this morning and didn’t get my daybook post up early…  We limed, fertilized and reseeded the lawn, I went to the laundry mat to wash blankets and comfortors, visited grandma.  I did not get to the gym once!  This tends to make me feel discouraged.  I won’t get there tonight either due to visiting grandma again and hubby has an emergency school board meeting.

Sunday Salon – SPRING I think!

Time:  7:43

Scene: The sun is trying to peek out of the cloudy horizon this morning.

Today’s Plan: Work a little around the house, laundry, workout, nothing very exciting today.

Drinking: Coffee with hazelnut creamer.  I’m not very adventurous with my creamers!

 Listening to: the furnace running.

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Pondering: Grandma’s progress has been so amazing!  She has been walking around like nothing every happened since Tuesday evening.  It’s amazing to me but then I don’t know why God’s wonders take me by surprise!  Because it is God’s hand that has seen her through this event in her life.  She’s had lots of visitors in the nursing home.  It’s located in our town and easy to get in and out of so more people are willing to take 30 minutes out of their day to stop in.  Her home is about a mile out of town and not really easy to get to in ones daily routine.  Anyway, the meals are satisfying and she seems happy enough.  Thank you all for your prayers!  They mean so much to Grandma and me!