Sunday Salon: Blogging Break

I have decided not to blog or be on any device while on vacation.  I will return to blogging on Sunday or Monday of next week!  I will miss you friends! 🙂


Sunday Salon – The “Lover’s” Month

Time: 7:05

Scene: It’s a cold cloudy morning.  I have the woodstove cranking again.  Good day to stay in.

Today’s Plan: It’s goin to be a busy week with grandma going into the retirement home and I leave next Sunday for Mexico!  Laundry to do, packing for all of us, some cooking for the week, and make a shopping list of things grandma will need.

Drinking: Coffee with white chocolate creamer

 Listening to: nothing.  It’s quiet and everyone is still in bed. MY favorite part of the day!


Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William Anderson

Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Pondering: I’m almost done with this little scarf I have been knitting for my niece.  Wondering if I should start something else.  I don’t know how my time is going to workout after grandma is gone.  What I will be really wanting to do: workout more, stay home for extra reading/knitting time. Geez, what’s a girl to do!?

Sunday Salon – End of January already


8:05 am


It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday morning!  It’s still cool right now but it’s supposed to warm up into the 50’s again today! I hope they are right as they have been missing it the last few days.

Today’s Plan: 

Talk with Grandma about the Assisted Living arrangements, gym time, meal plan, and do some reading.


Coffee with White Chocolate creamer

 Listening to: 

Grandma puttering around in her room.


Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William Anderson

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


I’m really trying to focus on something other than Grandma and my hard feelings about the way she is acting and my decision to place her in an assisted living facility.  It’s hard though because I am a planner and I can’t move on until an plan has been seen through.  This one is going to take a few more weeks.  Maybe even a month.

Sunday Salon – Four day weekend

Time: 7:00 am

Scene: Much warmer that it has been for several weeks!  Woke up to 49 degrees and it supposed to be 59 today!  Cloudy though with rain moving in.

Today’s Plan: Maybe a load or two of laundry, read, shower, read… not a lot of anything.  I’m taking advantage of our relaxing weekend at home!

Drinking: Coffee with White Chocolate creamer

 Listening to: Spotify – relaxing piano music.


I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Pondering: This quiet weekend!  Oral surgery was the way to get a weekend at home!?  Well, that is not something I would want to do every weekend! LOL.  Hubby is also down with the flu.  We have officially passed it around to everyone in our home.  Now I hope that is the end of winter sickness! 🙂


Sunday Salon – From Branson…NOT

Time: 7:30

Scene: another freezing morning in the Midwest.  It’s overcast. Looks like it could snow!!! Geez, I hope not.  I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Today’s Plan: Continue to rest and get over this flu.  I do need to do a load of laundry and pay our bills (a chore normally done on Saturday mornings).

Drinking: Coffee with vanilla caramel creamer.

 Listening to: a quiet house.  Hubby is reading his news feeds and grandma is still asleep.


The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Great Convergence by Joseph R. Lallo

Pondering: My list of things I need to get done this week.  Since I was “out of commission” for almost three entire days I am behind on many chores.  I did get a little farther in an actual book because I laid around a lot.  Still didn’t get as far as I would like to have gotten on “The Mayor”.  This is a good story but Hardy isn’t an author I can just breeze through.  Which I normally like but I feel like I am under pressure already to read my January books!  I’m starting off the year way behind in my reading goal.  I do have all my February books so I can start on them as soon as I finish this one.  I will work in my January books throughout the year I guess.

Enjoy your Sunday!  I’m going to rest and enjoy my coffee for a little bit and then get started on my chore list.


Sunday Salon – baby it’s cold outside!

Time: 9:30

Scene: It’s a cold morning.  At least it has warmed up some. We have rain coming in today.  Now if it will only stay warm enough that this doesn’t turn into ICE!  I’m sitting in my usual recliner downstairs this morning.

Today’s Plan: laundry, cleaning up around the house, unload some wood and workout this afternoon.  We didn’t get home until almost noon yesterday so we didn’t get much done around the home this weekend.

Drinking: Coffee with hazelnut creamer.

 Listening to: Kenny G on spotify via earbuds as everyone is still alseep.

 Reading:  The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Pondering: Over at my book review blog I have a once amonth Sunday Post.  It’s entirely about books and nothing else.  I’m really enjoying doing my review on blogger again.

Sunday Salon – New Years Eve

Time: 7:22

Scene: It’s been a very cold week!  There is frost on the ground and it is

 Today’s Plan: I’ll make a taco tray for our son to take to his aunt and uncles for New Years.  Hubby and I are going to dress up fancy and head to a very high-class restaurant in St. Louis where we will spend the night.  We’ve never done this sort of thing before but now that we don’t really have anyone home we thought we would give it a try.

Drinking: Coffee with Bailey’s white chocolate and peppermint creamer

Listening to: The wood furnace running.  I got the fire going again first thing.


The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Chosen by Ted Dekker

Pondering: a quiet 2018.

Sunday Salon – Christmas Eve

UPDATE!!! Right after I post this morning it started snowing… it’s still snowing at 11:15 CST!!!  A white Christmas!!!


Time: 7:05 am

Scene: Cloudy and cold Sunday morning!  The fall weather left on Friday and brought with it frosty coldness for Christmas.  The remnant of early Saturday morning snow on the ground. My birds are happy at the feeder!

 Today’s Plan: laundry, cook a nice dinner, workout, and spend time with Jeremy.

Drinking: Coffee with peppermint mocha creamer.  I shouldn’t have bought such a large bottle!

Listening to: Stillness.  I love these mornings.


The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Book of Deacon by Joseph R. Lallo

Pondering: Future Christmas’s… how long is the Lord going to have me wait for my kids to grow up and be part of our family again? And my husband to stop being so “hard” against their actions?  I will wait, not because I am patient but because I have no other option.

Sunday Salon – Winter days

Time: 6:50

Scene: I’m sitting down in the family room.  It’s cloudy and looks like it might snow.  It must have rained already as the patio is wet.  I haven’t been outside but it appears to be COLD.  Think I will sit right here for a while.

 Today’s Plan: need to get stocked up on groceries, do a load of laundry, gym time, crochet, and rest a bit… work tomorrow.

Drinking: coffee with peppermint mocha creamer…again.

Listening to: Quiet.  The furnace occassionally kicks on…


The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Pondering: My workout goal.  I have five months to get the really toned arms and back; not to mention the thighs and backside… that I want for those summer clothes.  I’m working out four days a week now but I may need to step it up to five days.  I can see results but I’m afraid it won’t be enough by June 1st.

Sunday Salon – Merry Time of Year

Time: 7:25

Scene: Sun is shining this morning.  Everyone, including grandma, is still in bed.

 Today’s Plan: do a load of laundry, take a walk because this is the warmest day since last Monday!, clean the bathrooms, and rest for the week!

Drinking: coffee with peppermint mocha creamer

Listening to: Quiet.  The furnace occassionally kicks on…


The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Ripper by Isabel Allende

Pondering: Not a lot these days.  Just trying to get through my work week and enjoy my weekends.  I used to really like winter and the holidays.  Now I can’t stand to be cold and the holidays seem lonely.  I long for the sunshine and warm temperatures.


Sunday Salon – A Month of Gratitude

Time: 7:12

Scene: It’s a bright sunny morning.  My downstairs family room is bright and where I am sitting in the sunlight it is nice and cozy.  Very crisp outside this morning.

 Today’s Plan: my main goal today is to get our bags completely packed and ready for our Mexico trip. We leave very early Wednesday morning.  Other than that I need to plan ahead meals for grandma and make sure “daycare” hasn’t forgot that this is the week I need them.

Drinking: Coffee with Pumpkin spice creamer

Listening to: nothing, enjoying my nice quiet morning.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card




November 25 – because that is where we get some really great deals so we can go more than once a year.

November 26 – Youtube because I have learned so much about knitting by watching videos there!

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!