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! 🙂



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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.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 11, 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: It’s another beautiful sunny day in Missouri as we remember those who perished on 9/11 and honor our First Responders.

I am thinking: About the awful thing that happened on this day 16 years ago. About the brave men and women who worked during the rescue/recovery mission. About our freedoms we take for granted. Those of living today do not know what it is to have war on our soil. Praise God!

I am thankful: For our First Responders!

One of my favorite things: Fall colors because I’m an earth tones kinda girl.

I am creating: Just new spaces. Nothing exciting like a knitting project!

I am wearing: American colors today! RED, WHITE, and BLUE: Blue pants and a red blouse and white shoes.

I am reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I am listening to: The 5 Love Languages. This is a really good book that I highly recommend.

I am hoping: That our costal states will avoid anymore hurricanes this year!

I am learning: That I don’t have other’s to schedule for, run around, or follow up on any more. It free’s up my brain to be used for other things. What, I’m not sure yet. I’m still kind of in a daze… 🙂

In my kitchen: There are much smaller meals being prepared. I am finding lots of things on pinterest to help me in this area.

Board room:

This looks like a great way to enjoy FALL!

Post Script: I’ve been all about feeding Grandma lately. Hubby and I don’t eat like we used to but I have all this food that we don’t eat that Grandma still does. Preparing a meal for her with some leftovers and some to freeze is where I’m at. The Seasoned Mom has some wonderful freezer meals that go right into the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours. After they are cooked I can freeze half for a quick meal later. And they aren’t fancy or expensive meals.

Shared quote: “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
― Winston S. Churchill

A moment from my day:

Having issues getting my photo to load. I guess I will keep trying and share it with you later.

Closing note: I heard from Jeremy briefly on Friday and Sunday evenings. Friday he let me know he was not going to be in the path of the storm and things were going well. Sunday he talked a little more. He’s very tired as they aren’t getting a lot of sleep. He shipped out this morning for base. Then I received a call from him that was like a recording… “I’m on base, this is where I will be for 10 weeks, don’t try to contact me, here’s my address”….. then he was gone. He sent me a text with the address in it but it’s kind of blurry.

Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Fallish feel

Time: 9:32

Scene: It’s a beautiful sunny morning!  The sky is the deepest blue! Can’t wait to get out and enjoy the day.

 Today’s Plan: Laundry, few outside chores, meal plan for the week, and maybe a bicycle ride.

Drinking: my first cup of coffee with peppermint mocha creamer

Listening to: Fox News coverage of Hurricane Irma.  Jeremy is no longer in the path of the storm.


1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – will have to pick this one up much later

2) Captivating – bed time read…crashing at night

3) The 5 Love Languages

Pondering: This strange feeling of empty nest.  Grandma is all we have left.  She isn’t really any trouble.  I just keep food cooked, medicine boxes filled, and have books and puzzles available for her.  You would think that I have a lot of free time but I don’t.  I am however getting to workout more often.  Holy cow!  three days a week!  I can use the washing machine any day of the week that I want to.  I don’t have to worry about anyone else getting their clothes washed.  I load my dishwasher as soon as I dirty a dish.  Grandma usually runs it when it is full.  All in all this is not as bad as it first seemed. 🙂


My Journey This Week…


I went to work for about half the day.  When I got home we had to get ready to head to St. Louis to the wedding of my husband’s cousin.  It was a small but beautiful affair.  It was nice to see some of the family again.


We left home about 8:00 am this morning for the lake.  It’s the last official summer weekend to run the boat. It was a nice trip and we spent all Saturday and Sunday on the water.  Ate at our favorite restaurants on the water and enjoyed the warm sunshine!





We got up early at the lake and headed home.  This is the day that we take Jeremy to the recruiter station where he is to catch the shuttle to MEPS.  It was an emotional day.  He was excited to be finally leaving.  We were excited for him but at the same time my heart was heavy with worry.  He had never stayed away from home before.  He spent three hours in holiday traffic getting to St. Louis where he just hung out at the hotel provided.


Cheyenne and I got to St. Louis at 8:30.  We visited with Jeremy a short time.  There were 80 folks shipping out and things were running a little behind.  I was kind of glad, gave us more time to visit with him.  Once he did the swear in we got to hug him good-bye and he was gone.  I had already done my crying yesterday when I dropped him at the recruiter.  Big sister and lots of unshed tears to let out.  He texted me at various stages of his trip; heading to the airport, on the plane, landed in Atlanta… and that was the last I have heard from him.


Weird.  It was very quiet this morning.  Usually Jeremy would be up getting ready for work at the same time I was.  But he’s not here.  After work hubby and I did some outside stuff.  There were lights to put and caulking to be done.  We are giving Jeremy’s twin bedroom suit to our renter so we moved some of that to his home.  We didn’t work out because we are both so sore and needing to get things done around the house.






Another uneventful evening.  Had my first oil change in my new car.  Hubby went to the gym while I waited for my car.  Can life be any more exciting?!  Still no news from Jeremy.  I hope they let him contact us soon.


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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – September 6, 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.  When I remember!!! LOL!

Looking out my window: .The sun is shining brightly and it is a cool 70 degrees this afternoon.

I am thinking: My heart is too heavy for much blogging!

I am thankful: That Jeremy has begun his life/career.

One of my favorite things: Crisp cool mornings.

I am creating: new organized spaces.

I am wearing: blue jeans and a hoodie.  It’s cool out.

I am reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I am listening to: The Count of Monte Cristo

I am hoping: That our oldest and hubby continue to work on their relationship.  They did some talking last week but still have a lot of issues.

I am learning: I am not as in control as I thought I was.

In my kitchen: .Very little cooking.

Board room:

I hope to have one of these pictures some day… not looking good right now. click on the picture for the link.

Post Script: I haven’t been visiting much the last week.  I’m sorry.  I hope to be back out there again soon.

Shared quote: “It isn’t what you say so much. It’s what you mean when you say it.” – Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook’s Hill

A moment from my day:

Shipping out day!

Closing note: Son left yesterday for basic training in South Carolina.  Middle daughter is waiting for her depart date.  Oldest is still somewhat at odds with her dad.  This mother’s heart is broken.  It seems there is always something that is keeping me from being happy for one or the other.  I am looking for some new routine.  Something that will help me not to feel so empty.  I feel abandoned.  I know all of this will be fixed in the Lord’s time but it doesn’t keep me from these feelings now.  I may be missing for a time as I try to adjust to this weirdness I am experiencing.




I was browsing my old blog the other day and found this really great “Bookish Survey”.   I discovered this survey at Smiling Shelves who found it at The Perpetual Page Turner.   I thought I would give it another try see how my answers have changed.  Here is the link to my original post!

A to Z Bookish Survey

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

Jan Karon (19), L. M. Montgomery (9), Jane Austen (7), J.K. Rowling (7), Charles Dickens (6), Francine Rivers (4), and Janette Oak (4).

Best Sequel Ever:

The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn sequel to The Centurion’s Wife

Currently Reading:

The Count of Monte Cristo

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Since most of my reading is done in the evenings I drink a caffeine free hot tea in the winter months and usually just water in the summer months.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I love to turn the pages of a REAL book.  To hear the crisp “swish” when I turn to the next page and feel the cover in my hands is just very exciting!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

My answer is still the same as last time… I only dated my husband so this is a hard one!  Hard because I can’t imagine anyone else!  Gabriel Oak in Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  He was loyal, hard working, and kind.  All the things that my husband is! 🙂

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

Divergent.  Took me a long time to even look into this one.  Glad I did.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Alchemist

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I reach my goal for the year early!

Just Finished:

The Nightingale

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Science Fiction (tried them but didn’t really care for them)

Longest Book You’ve Read:

War and Peace 1,392 pages

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

The Woman in White by Wilke Collins

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Three (if you count one on each side of the fireplace and one down stairs)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I haven’t made it through all I want to read yet to start over but I would read Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers again.

Preferred Place To Read:

Same as last time…

Summer – by the pool
Winter – snuggled up on the couch by the fireplace.

Quote That Inspires You From a Book You’ve Read:

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”  Henry David Thoreau quoted in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Reading Regret:

Solitude: A singular life in a crowded world.

Series You Started and Need To Finish:


Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Nightingale

Wild at Heart


Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Thomas Hardy

Very Excited For This Release More Than All the Others:

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon coming September 19th!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Getting too many going at the same time.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Your Latest Book Purchase:

7 good used books from

Zzz-Snatcher (last book that kept you up way late):

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown


Cheyenne’s Journey

Yesterday Cheyenne began her journey with the Air Force!  She did very well on her ASVAB.  There are many good job opportunities for her with that score.  Since she has two years of college she will be going in as an E3.  No issues with her medical.  There were 37 there to enlist and only six were sworn in due to issues they have to take care of first.  Been there, done that!  Her shipout date has not been set but is tentative for November 7th.  She was sent home to get with her recruiter on career counciling.  We could not be prouder of these two kids of ours.  They have come a long way after a very rough start in life.