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!

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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!

Journal Prompt #7

As you can see by the count down on my sidebar I still have five years to go before I can retire.  But there are things that I can do right now that will help me as I get closer to that point in my life.  There is a lot of preparation that can be done to get ready.

This past fall we did do something things that needed to be done before retirement and are long lasting.  We put a new roof on, resided the house, poured a patio, and put a new deck off the bedroom.  All of these out of materials that will last the rest of our life.  Well, maybe the roof would need to be redone…

There will come a time when some things will be difficult for our older bodies to do.  Like cleaning out all the nooks and crannies that have been packed with junk stuff.  Things that our kids should not have to deal with.  They aren’t appreciating us right now because we are calling them and telling them to come and get their stuff that we’ve held onto.  I can’t believe all the stuff I’ve kept.

There are a few things that are almost paid for; our Kubota actually.  It was a farm purchase.  Not a large payment but a payment none the less.  We are planning on building a shed or “cover” for our camper (which we don’t have yet), the boat, and a truck.  This shouldn’t take long to pay but it is something we have needed for a long time for farm equipment and such.

As I mentioned we also want to have a fifth wheel camper to do some traveling in retirement.  It will more than likely be next year some time before we start looking for that purchase.  These are just a few things that we are working on now to get us where we want to be in life.  Retired!

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining Jana for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I’ve missed a few weeks due to all the crazy projects going on around our house.  I hope to be getting done soon and back to my regular blogging.  It’s hit and miss right now.

This week the Top Ten topic is “Books on my Spring TBR list”.

  1. The Canterbury Tales
  2. Hard Times
  3. The Waste Land
  4. Memoir of A Geisha
  5. The Moonstone
  6. Lord of the Flies
  7. Murder At The Vicarage
  8. The Brothers Karamazov
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  10. Kidnapped

 

 

SWDB #10 – March 19, 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: I’m tired of saying that it’s dark. Will be glad when it’s light at 6:00 am.

I am thinking: that spring starts tomorrow and the rains have started.  We will have a rainy week here in Missouri!

I am thankful: That the true winter weather is over.  If we get anything white it won’t be much.

One of my favorite things: being at home.  Doesn’t happen much but I hope when our spaces are all done hubby will like being here more as well.

I am creating: other than our living spaces… nothing.

I am wearing: my normal work day attire… blue jeans, blouse, and comfortable sneakers.

I am reading: Anges Grey by Anne Bronte

I am listening to: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

I am hoping:  Grandma continues to do well.  She has been amazing through all this.

I am learning: She’s a stronger woman than I ever thought.

In my kitchen: a bomb has gone off again.  A lot of stuff has founds its way to all the flat surfaces in my kitchen.  Though this is temporary it drives me crazy.

Shared quote: This weekend I packed up almost 300 books and donated them to churches and the library.  This is so true for me!

A moment from my day: 

Closing note: I’m glad grandma is in our town and I don’t have to drive 50 miles one way to see her every day.  It’s not my favorite facility but we can get through these short 3 weeks and get her back to her home.  Please continue to pray for her full recovery.

Sunday Salon – Simpler times…

Time:  9:53

Scene: It’s a cool cloudy morning.  There are no lights on this morning.  It’s a relaxing atmosphere. 😀

Today’s Plan: Grandma is leaving the hospital and come to a nursing home in our town where she will have physical therapy for 3 weeks.  Today I will work around the house, do a little shopping, go meet grandma, and of course laundry.

Drinking: I’ve started on water.

 Listening to: Chip and Joanna Gains.  I love this show.

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Pondering: We slept in today.  With everything that’s been going on with Grandma I haven’t had much sleep.  Had breakfast and coffee first thing.  Hubby went to help our renter move a truck, I’m starting laundry, drinking my water, going through stuff.  We are almost done “repurposing” our family room area.  It will be more fun for grown ups.  Our kids are “grown ups” and I know they will appreciate this new area.

 

 

Journal Prompt #6

Everyone has something they don’t like about themselves.  Most of the time it is a physical trait of which you can’t change without surgery.  But the thing that I don’t like about myself is something that I could change if I could just set my mind to working on it.  Worry!  Why do I keep doing it?  Why do I keep bringing to mind the things that upset me and make me worry?

It’s a heart/mind thing.  My heart knows that the Lord has this certain issue and that it will workout.  But the Mind!  oh my goodness the mind just won’t give it a rest!  Constantly my thoughts go to the reason that something is going on in my life and how I should “fix it”.  Take control of the situation and make yourself happy but make everyone else involved upset and miserable.  It usually happens that way when I jump in to fix something instead of letting it take its natural course (you know THE LORD fixing it).

Above all else I really wish I could be one of those people who don’t worry about anything.  Takes life as it comes and doesn’t fret about the issues of the day.  It’s something I am praying about.  Something that I know can be fixed if I would only concede by willful mind!

SWDB #9 – March 12, 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: dreary day.  Cloudy and cold.

I am thinking: my weekends are too short!

I am thankful: for a new found service.  A local pet boarding service.  Since there is nobody to stay at home with our house dog over night I must take him somewhere.  And we go a lot during the summer.  I tried it for an over-night stay this past weekend.

One of my favorite things: shopping for new flowers for our pots.

I am creating: nothing much right now.  Just the same old “new spaces”.

I am wearing: blue jeans, sweat shirt, and sneakers.

I am reading: Anges Grey by Anne Bronte

I am listening to: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I am hoping:  to be done with this one soon.  I’m having a hard time focusing on it.

I am learning: to not waste my time worrying about things I have no control over.

In my kitchen:  it’s a more organized space and I have a new coffee maker!!!

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: 

We bought a pool table last weekend and have spent an entire week setting it up and changing the felt from green to black.  We actually finished it shortly after I took this picture.  I was too tired to think about taking another one…

Closing note: It’s just another week of the same.  I have more to do that I can get done.  I hate to do it but I think I will have to stay home from the gym to get caught up this week.  I can always do a quick workout at home before I start my work.  SO, let’s get this new week started shall we?!

Sunday Salon – Resting day

Time:  7:22

Scene: It’s another cool and cloudy rainy morning.  The birds aren’t even at the feeder. My dog babies are laying around with me this morning.  I enjoy a Sunday morning like this.

Today’s Plan: this is going to sound like I have lost my mind but, I’m not going to do anything today!

Drinking: coffee with hazelnut creamer

 Listening to: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Pondering: Who am I kidding?!  Of course I’ll do something.  It’s not in my nature to do “nothing”.  TAXES, I MUST GET THEM DONE!  But I’m going to laze around the house in my pajamas all day while I do them. LOL!

Journal Prompt #5

You’re going to think that I have nothing in my life very exciting.  You might very well be right about that.  Right now I am ok with no excitement as I have had my share in the past six months or so.  When it comes to thinking on the best thing that happened to me this week I struggled.  But then I think of the small things and how blessed I am.

The best “little” things that happened to me this week were: a clean kitchen counter, 2 out of 3 days at the gym, dinner and a movie Sunday night, some boxes of donations packed up, a nice soaking bath, and getting to bed before my goal of 10:00 therefore getting up on time.

I’m not really a hard person to please.  The Lord knows what I want and what I need and I know he is listening to my prayers.

SWDB #8 – March 5, 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 cloudy and raining.  Looks pretty windy too. 

I am thinking: That the chaos is never going to end.

I am thankful: some one of our projects is completed.

One of my favorite things: manicures.

I am creating: Organized finance books/files for this new year.  Maybe I won’t be so late getting my taxes together next year.

I am wearing: blue jeans, black hoody, sneakers

I am reading: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield so close to being done!

I am listening to: classical piano music on spotify.

I am hoping:  To get a full week of working out minus the Wednesday I will go see Grandma.

I am learning: eat better.

In my kitchen: PROTEIN… lots of protein and very few carbs.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: 

My sister and her new baby!  He’s so sweet!

Closing note: It was a very busy weekend.  I hope to get more accomplished this week so that next weekend doesn’t seem so crazy.  I hope you all have a great week!

Sunday Salon – Day light!

Time: 7:10

Scene: The sun is shining!  The days are getting longer and I am so happy about that.  It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful day in Missouri.

Today’s Plan: Do a few loads of laundry this morning and then hubby bought a pool table for our downstairs family area so we will go pick it up this afternoon.

Drinking: Coffee with hazelnut creamer

 Listening to: The quiet morning.  Hubby is still in bed.

 Reading: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Pondering: I’ve tried to quiet my mind so there isn’t much that I am allowing to “ponder”.  I’m trying to get things together at this house so that life just flows more freely.  All the projects pending have me going out of my mind… again, “stop thinking about it!”

Journal Prompt #4

Celebrating seems to be a thing of the past here at our home.  I have had to think long about how I was going to share this week with you what the last thing we celebrated was.  There have been a few holidays and many birthdays but I am going back to a wonderful event in our son’s life last year.  He was accepted into the Army!

Jeremy has always kept us on our toes and we wondered just where his future was.  He didn’t really like school and college was not going to work.  Having had ADHD but learned to manage it in high school he went off his medication at the end of his sophomore year.  We celebrated his successful graduation from high school.  Then four months later we celebrated the fact that he was leaving for basic training by throwing a big party and inviting everyone who knew him.  Not only were we very proud of him but thankful we had three children on a good path.

Then a couple of months later we celebrated his successful (timely) graduation from basic training.  We drove 900 one way to be a part of this monumental day in his life.  Basic Training is not an easy thing to do for anyone.  We drove him to his next assignment before coming on home.  Now we are waiting and praying for a successful graduation from his job training in Information Technologies.  He’s having a time of it so I know it will be huge reason to celebrate.

Taking Stock: February 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: new spaces
Cooking: is a rare thing around here anymore.
Drinking: water, water, water…
Reading: some great books this month!
Trawling: Pintrest… need I say more?
Wanting: to be done with this house project.
Looking: at options for our dog babies…
Deciding: that we are enjoying empty nest more than we thought we might.
Wishing: I could snap my fingers and have some of these projects done!
Enjoying: our new hot tub.
Waiting: for Spring
Liking: these warmer days we had in February.
Wondering: are we getting all our spring rain in February?
Loving: these quiet nights at home.
Pondering: little things in life
Listening: to the furnace run!  It’s still sett kind of high.
Considering: turning it down a degree at a time.
Buying: things to decorate our space with.
Watching: birds at the feeder
Hoping: to get back into shape soon.
Marveling: How quickly I lose my tone when I don’t workout
Cringing: News media…
Needing: a personal assistant! LOL
Questioning: why we have kept so much junk over the years.
Smelling: vanilla caramel spice sentzy
Wearing: my house robe
Noticing: it’s getting late I need to get going.
Knowing: Tomorrow is a clean slate…
Trouble-shooting: taxes.!
Thinking: I should have been done with this chore already.
Admiring: a couple finished projects.
Getting: a lot of donation bags together.
Bookmarking: decorating ideas
Opening: a new book!
Closing: boxes for the attic
Feeling: nostalgic as we go through things
Dreaming: of retirement!
Hearing: my dog baby pacing around.
Celebrating: Grandma’s successful move!
Pretending: that spring is going to start tomorrow! 🙂
Embracing: Empty nest!  Have I said that already?

What’s On Your Nightstand? – February 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.

I thought this would be a great month of reading because I would be in Mexico on vacation.  Didn’t turn out that way this time.  I did zero reading while sleeping on the beach this time.  I just was to exhausted that I couldn’t make myself do anything I didn’t absolutely have to do.  Then I came down sick the day we got home.  Took 8 days to get over that crud.  All better now but really got a lot going around the house… more on that another time.  For now this is what my February in reading looked like.

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

  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William Anderson (for the LIW Challenge)
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

I’m currently reading/listening to: ONLY ONE! Can you believe it?!

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

What’s hanging out on my nightstand?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

One Million Page Challenge update:

February: 1,701

Year to date: 3,299

Challenge to date: 96,532

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining Jana for Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl.  I missed last week because I was sick so I’m very happy to be back again this week with this list of great books!

This week the Top Ten topic is “Books that I could reread forever”.  Some of my choices are series.

  1. The Mitford Years series by Jan Karon
  2. Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
  5. Return to Me by Lynn Austin
  6. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austin
  8. Acts of Faith series by Davis Bunn
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner