Sunday Salon – Home again, Home again, jiggetty jig


Scene: The sun is shining brightly.  It’s a little brisk but not too bad.

 Today’s Plan: A couple loads of laundry, cleaning up, Thanksgiving dinner at hubby’s family, early to bed for work tomorrow.

Drinking: water, I’ve been up working around here for hours

Listening to: The dryer and grandma talking to the dog.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice


This is our Soldier on the right end!  We are so proud of him. This past week was an amazing experience!

They threw out these smoke bombs and then came marching in formation out of those trees!

They in order by company and Jeremy was in F – Company… Way on the right end of the field.  I couldn’t get a picture of all six companies.

Tomorrow I will share graduation pictures! and catch up on my Giving Thanks!

November 11 – Google maps, I use this a lot when we take road trips.

November 12 – Sunrises.  With the time change I am getting to see the sun come up.  There for a while it was dark until I got into work or when I got up on the weekends.


Sunday Salon along with Days 11 and 12

Time: 7:15

Scene: It’s a cloudy morning.  The brown leaves on the trees are very still.

 Today’s Plan: I will be getting our bag packed to head out of here on Tuesday, laundry, workout, and making things ready for Grandma while we are gone.

Drinking: Coffee with salted caramel creamer.

Listening to: Grandma moving around in her room (just above me), the keys as I type, and my little dog roaming about on the hardwood floors.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Pondering: So, our daughter has done what I expected she would do; found a way NOT to go into the Air Force that makes it look like it’s not her fault.  She has a “knee injury”.  Don’t you actually have to be active to get an injury?  She’s very frustrating to us right now.  And of course we are “estranged” from her again.  Prayers please!? {{sigh}}

November 11 – Google maps, I use this a lot when we take road trips.

November 12 – Sunrises.  With the time change I am getting to see the sun come up.  There for a while it was dark until I got into work or when I got up on the weekends.

Sunday Salon – Turning the Calendar

Time: 7:18

Scene: The temps have come up a bit after a very cold week. (anything below 65 is cold! js.)  Sun is shining this morning but we have a great chance of rain this evening.  Sitting in hubby’s recliner in the basement family room with my coffee and laptop.

 Today’s Plan: My father had a massive heart attack Friday night.  I will be at the hospital most of the day. My sister from Utah is coming in today as well.  Our family could use prayer not only for my father’s physical healing but also for his walk with God and his relationship with my sister.  Neither are very good.

Drinking: Coffee with Pumpkin Spice creamer

Listening to: stillness.  I love this time on Sunday morning.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Pondering: My new book review blog for writing good book reveiws.  I have never claimed to be “good” reviewer but I do like to give my opinion on books that I read.  I’ll have a separate blog for reviews and link to them from here in my monthly nightstand post.

Sunday Salon – END of October!

Time: 7:24

Scene: It’s a beautiful sunny and crisp morning.

 Today’s Plan: Some laundry, workout, light shopping, dinner with sister in law, and .

Drinking: coffee with peppermint mocha creamer.

Listening to: the furnace, our little dogs nails clicking across the floor, my fingers clicking the keyboard.  Other than that, it’s quiet.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Pondering: I know I have made the comment about my husbands second adolescence but I have to say this is a very real thing for  most men.  In his mind I think he believes he is going to die in the next 30 days and must go and do all that he can NOW.  It’s wearing me out, just sayin’.  I hope this doesn’t go on for many many years! 🙂

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.


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.

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. 🙂

Sunday Salon – Dog Days of Summer

Time: 9:50

Scene: It a hazy warm morning.  The August heat has returned to the Midwest..

 Today’s Plan: Continue to work on the deck.  Cook a meal for grandma and Jeremy.  Do a load of laundry

Drinking: French Vanilla coffee

Listening to: a chainsaw run, FOX News, and the washing machine.


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 Time Traveler’s Wife

Pondering:  We have been working on the outside of our home now for over a month. Started with a new roof.  We had our patio poured this past week and worked on the steps out the door and the deck off our bedroom yesterday.  All must be in place before the siding goes on. The sliding door for the walkout basement has been postponed until Tuesday because of the Eclipse tomorrow, which was the original date.

  Our son only has 16 days before he leaves and we’re almost done in his room.  He will have to get packed and ready the week before.  It’s amazing how much he seems to have matured these past few weeks.
Some pictures of our outside work (more to come):

Sunday Salon – Weekend At Home

Time: 7:00 am


Scene: Its’ a beautiful Sunday morning!  The sun is shining and there is a cool gentle breeze.


 Today’s Plan: We worked on the house yesterday so we have some clean up and yard work to do today.  All my inside work was done yesterday while our son and hubby worked on the house.  Possibly take a bike ride later in the afternoon/evening.


 Drinking: That wonderful first cup of coffee with chocolate caramel creamer.


Listening to: The sound of silence.  Everyone is still asleep or resting quietly in their beds.



1) Solitude

2) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

3) Captivated

4) The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

 Pondering: All the reorganization that must be done around here.  When our son leaves his twin bedroom furniture will be given to a friend and I will fix his room up as an extra spare room.  Then the laundry room and pantries need to be cleaned out.  As you can see by the count down on my sidebar we are moving fast toward our son’s ship out date.  We still have some things to get ready for him to leave.  Anxious, excited, worried, happy… all these feelings are going through both hubby and myself.
Well, I’m off to enjoy this wonderful day outside.  Hope it is a great one where ever you are!

Sunday Salon – Sister Time


It’s early and it is already steamy outside.  The sun is shining very brightly.

 Today’s Plan:

Our three families are going on a float trip!  It will only take about five hours but we need to find a nice wet place to stay cool.  The kids need to get out of the house.  Then we will come home, clean up, and go out for MEXICAN (thanks for the idea Barbara!) for our sons 19th birthday!

Coffee with hazelnut creamer
Listening to:
I can hear a few stiring downstairs but other than that it’s pretty quiet.

Reading has been slow this summer.  Good thing I got a good jump on my yearly goal!


2)The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 All the things I need to do when summer is gone.  There is a ton of cleaning out and reorganizing that I need to do.  We don’t need to keep a big stocked pantry downstairs anymore.  We will be cooking very lightly for just the three of us.  I’m ready for this next chapter in our lives.
Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.  I am off to get the family ready for a day at the river!