Family, Hiking

Forgot Sunday!

It was a whirlwind weekend!  Although we spent Friday – Sunday morning in a very relaxing lodge owned by hubby’s work.  We went hiking Saturday at Ha-Ha Tonka State park.  It was a beautiful day for that and gave us some much needed exercise! 🙂

Sunday we arrived home at noon.  Quickly began preparing for Jeremy’s Farewell party.  We grilled 24 brats, 18 hamburgers, 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 5 pounds of pork steaks, and a package of hotdogs, 2 – 3 pound containers of potato salad, and 3 large cans of baked beans.  For dessert we had watermelon, 48 mini cupcakes and 2 dozen cookies.  There were 50 people who showed up to wish Jeremy and Cheyenne well in their military ventures!

I don’t have pictures of the party yet but I do have some other things to share! 🙂




What’s On Your Nightstand? – August 2017

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.
Another slow month but I have achieved my Goodreads goal of 35.  I hope to make it 50 by the end of the year.  Not to put too much pressure on though.  This is the last Summer nightstand post!  Where has the time gone!?
For the month of May I have listened to:
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was a sad read.  A bad decision that affected so many lives.
Just a short story about one character in the Divergent series…
This one had me kind of confused in the beginning.  It kept switching from one group of people to another.  I finally caught on.
A lot of good information but a lot to take in.
This one had been on my TBR list for way too long.  It was a bit strange.  Had quite a bit of language.  But over all an intriguing story.

I’m currently reading:

I think I started this one too soon.  I have too many books going.  I will dig into this one very soon.
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

One Million Page Challenge update:

August: 2185

Year to date: 14,277

Challenge to date:84,099

Hope you are enjoying a Summer reading!


My Journey This Week…


This week took forever to get over.  We ended the week with dinner out with friends!


Hubby and son finished building the steps out the back door to our new patio.  It was a terribly hot muggy day.  I think hubby showered three times throughout the project just to get the saw dust and grit off of him.  I did laundry and cleaned up as they worked.  Did my grocery shopping.  We went to St. Louis for a nice dinner.  Yummy chicken and broccoli alfredo pizza…what’s left of it. 🙂


Started on the deck off our bedroom.  It’s not a big one but needed to be replaced before the siding goes up.

Monday, back to reality… Eclipse day!

I was very close to the dot showing St. Louis.

Not only was it Eclipse day it was my sister’s and my daughter’s birthday!  What display in the Heaven’s to celebrate!  Hot and humid again today.  At 12:45 we went outside to watch the moon move over the sun.  It was pretty amazing really!  The temperature cooled about 4 degrees and it got pretty dark.  There was a lot of hype about cell phones going down in our area and such but we didn’t have any problems. My actual picture below.  I put my glasses over the camera lens.

In the evening I cooked a couple of meals for the week and got a quick workout in.


I’m not sure why but today went faster than yesterday and every day last week!  I’ve decided to take off work Friday to head to the lodge with hubby and our very old friends.  He was the best man in our wedding.   Maybe only working four days makes it go faster? 🙂  We had a few things to do to make sure we were 100% ready for the siding/door crew that was to come on Wednesday.  We didn’t get to the gym until 7:30.  Now, I feel like I’ve already had a workout just helping outside!  I crashed into bed at 9:30!!!


Daughter called today.  She is going to MEPS on Monday and being sworn in on Tuesday!  I will be taking off work that day to go witness this monumental event!  I didn’t work out tonight because I spent 2 hours cutting grass, then fixed dinner, and cleaned up around the back of the house so that the siding crew could get to work.


No workout again tonight… Hubby had school board meeting.  Jeremy and I went and did the shopping for the party on Sunday and then there pulled a few things together for our trip this weekend.  No boating, just a nice quiet few days at the lodge owned by hubby’s work.  These pictures area ll from my old blog.  It’s been a while since we have been there.  It’s a very peaceful place.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend as much as I plan on enjoying mine.  I will try to get plenty of pictures of the party on Sunday to share with you next week.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – August 21, 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 still pretty dark.  I work 7-3 Monday through Friday so I get up at 5 to get ready.

I am thinking: That my to-do list is getting longer all the time instead of shorter.  Preparing Jeremy for the Army is always in the forefront of our minds.  We still haven’t heard about our daughter and the Air Force yet.

I am thankful: That Jeremy has been accepted and his future is whatever he chooses to make it.

One of my favorite things: Celebrating our children.  Today our middle daughter, Cheyenne, turns 21!  And with the Eclipse to help her celebrate!

I am creating: Wonderful outdoor living spaces (in my head).  Next spring we will really work up the areas and make them livable.

I am wearing:  Olive capris, a maroon blouse, and sandles.

I am reading: Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

I am listening to: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I am hoping: That someone in my family will come and visit Grandma or at the very least call her!

I am learning: That people are all for themselves.  Even I am a little guilty of this quality.  I want to throw a fit about how unfair it is that in this stage of my life I am caring for an elderly family member when it shouldn’t be my responsiblity.

In my kitchen: I am still trying to dwindle down all the stored items we had from when we cooked large meals every single day.  Slowly getting there and reorganizing cabinets as they become less full.

Board room:  This is a vacation spot I found that I would absolutely love to go to!

Post Script:  Linda Stoll has posted a short list of some great reads!  I’ve added a few to my TBR list.  How about you?

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:  We are going outside at work today to witness this once in a life time event.

Closing note: For this week I will get to work out a couple of nights.  Then a couple nights I will be cooking meals, some extra for when I’m not here, laundry, and organizing.  Hubby has school board meeting Thursday so that gives me a night to get caught up around the house. Jeremy or I will need to cut the grass again soon too.  This next weekend we are taking our old friends to a lodge for a few days to get away.  They need some time away like we do.  Then we will come back Sunday morning to get ready for Jeremy’s farewell party!  All in all another busy week ahead of us but we will have a few days to relax and enjoy when it’s over.


Sunday Salon

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):
Family, Stuff


Wow, I did not realize I hadn’t been around for a while.  The days are just flying by and there is so much going on around my home!  I’ve been trying to keep up with all my friends and comment whenever I have a few minutes.  I really miss my knitting friends… knitting in general.  I haven’t had time since May to knit and I hope that changes for me really soon or my Christmas shopping list is going to have to grow.  I’ve started a few things and hope to finish them in time.


Since my last post:

  • We’ve made a couple of trips to the lake.
  • We celebrated hubby’s 49th birthday.
  • Packed our son’s room and working on getting him ready to go.
  • Prepared for our new patio to be poured (hopefully today).
  • Regular house chores.
  • Worked out, most days.
  • Planning a going away party for August 27th for two (please see below)

Our middle daughter called us last week and told us she has enlisted in the Air Force.  She is still in the application process but her’s won’t be as difficult as her brothers since she doesn’t have ADHD history to contend with.  She is currently in college and just not sure what she wants to do with her life.  She is looking at intelligence as her field.


Grandma continues to be a challenge but I thank Barbara for “encouraging” me even if she didn’t realize she was doing it with her post, It’s Not For Nothing.  She is looking really frail, her conversation is off the wall some times, and she is losing her will to go on.  I get it; who want’s to be here when most of her family is with the Lord!?   Her three sons very rarely come to see her.  The one that lives in our town, my d.a.d…. hasn’t been to see her since Memorial Day weekend because they don’t see eye to eye politically.  Really?  She’s 93 she’s entitled to believe whatever she wants.  She doesn’t even vote so I don’t understand what he thinks he has to worry about.  The other two boys rarely if ever call.  It’s so annoying!


Ok so now that I have ranted and go that off my chest… I’m off to do more living… 🙂  Hope to be back soon! Hugs my friends!


My Journey This Week…

My journey to finding myself is kind of busy right now.  I’m not doing many any of the things I originally talked about when I started back to blogging.  But my days are very full right now.  Finding ME is still part of the plan.


After working all day hubby and I went for a quick dinner on the bike.  It was a long hard week so we were in bed early, unusual for us on a weekend.


Hubby and our son worked outside tearing off a deck that we will be replacing with a concrete patio.  I did laundry and did some random organizing.  You know, one kitchen cabinet at a time…  We were beat!  We did nothing this evening.  Too tired to even ride the bike.  (we will make up for it next weekend as we are going boating!)


We got up and did a few things this morning but early afternoon we got on the bike and went for a ride.  Grabbed a bite to eat at a quiet little touristy restaurant.  Trying to get ready to go back to work.

Monday, back to reality…

The last day of the month is a really busy day for me at the office.  But I managed to get everything done and out on time… I didn’t do the gym, our son went in my place.  The idea is to keep him active and I go tomorrow.


Gym night! 🙂  What a great way to relieve stress!  Hot wings afterwards, a hot bath, and a sound sleep!


Son had PT as is his Wednesday night custom.  Hubby had to work late so we didn’t get to the gym.  I did laundry, cooked a big meal that would make leftovers for grandma and our son, and started packing for our weekend get away.  Hubby’s birthday is Sunday and he loves running his boat so that is where we will be


For this being my Friday it was the longest day of the longest week I can remember in recent history!!!!!!!  Got my hair done, I’ll share pictures later.  Didn’t have much time since I have to finish packing and making sure everyone is taken care of.  I’m really in need of a longer get away.  You know like seven full days of no responsiblity.


Hope you all had a great week (some of you I know are in my prayers!) and that your weekend is a relaxing joy!


Sunday Salon

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!

My Journey This Week…


I left work a little bit early.  I would have overtime and we can’t have that where I work.  But not a big deal, my sisters came in very early this morning and I had yet to see them.


It was a wonderful day.  We (my family and both my sister’s families) stayed around my house so that extended family could come by and visit with them a little bit.  Then that evening the adults went to dinner and the kids stayed home and had pizza.  We stayed out later than intended but we had so much to talk about!


Today our son turned 19!  It doesn’t seem right.  We got up early and packed our coolers for a float trip.  It was a beautiful day; not too hot like it has been lately.  Just the right amount of sun and water!  After our float we came home and got clean up to go to the Mexican restaurant for dinner.  Since it was our sons birthday they sang to him in Spanish and did this to him!  We had a great time!  I really hated for the day to end because I knew everyone would be leaving the next afternoon and I had to work the next day.

Monday, back to reality…

I went to work for a few hours and decided to go home so I could be there when they all pulled out!  I had to give that one last hug to everyone.  Never know how long it will be before I see them again.

Hubby did his workout after work and I caught up on some things there at the house.  When he came home we scrubbed the facia on the house.  New roof on and new gutters coming soon.


Didn’t get to go to the gym tonight… hubby had to work all through the night.  So, I did more cleaning and catching up, took a bath, then did some reading!


Gym night!  Finally, I was about to lose my motivation!  Our son had training tonight.


I’m ready for the weekend!  I stayed home from the gym so that I could get caught up on laundry and meal prepping.  Something that keeps me from being tied to the home at meal time on weekends.  With everyone here last weekend I am way behind on domestic things.  We will be home this weekend so I will try to get ahead.  If that is even possible.


I hope you all have a great weekend doing whatever makes you happy!



What’s On Your Nightstand? – July 2017

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 great month of reading for me.  But then I knew once summer arrived my reading would slow down… A LOT!
For the month of May I have listened to:
I finished this one after my Nightstand post in June.  My first Grisham novel.  It was pretty good but way longer than it should have been.  I may try another one just to see if it was this one novel or if all his writings are like that.
The Two Towers.  Listening to these books has helped me to understand the movies a bit more.  Apparently I can’t sit still long enough to watch an entire movie and I missed some important details.

I’m still reading:

I may have to table this one.  I am not getting much time at work to read.  My breaks are quick so I can get back to my desk. {{sigh}}
What I am currently reading/listening to:
I have not started anything else yet.  I just don’t have time right now.
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
I’m on a Non-Fiction kick right now.  My soul and brain are so thirsty!

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John Eldredge (can’t wait to get to this one)

The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge


One Million Page Challenge update:

July: 662

Year to date: 12,092

Challenge to date: 81,914

Hope you are enjoying a Summer full of reading time!