30 Days of Giving Thanks – 7 and 8

I guess I’ll just be doing two days at a time!

November 7 – Delta Airlines.  They were able to divert my sisters flight home from Monday out of Chicago to today out of St. Louis.  I got to spend a couple evening with her…JUST ME!

November 8 – Leaf blower!  I will be blowing leaves out of the yard this weekend instead of raking them.


What’s on my needles…

I thought I would link up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and share the progress I have made on my baby afghan project.  I’m a lot faster at crocheting than I am at knitting and I need to get this one done quickly!  I don’t think Sis is going to go all the way to December 29th!

In this picture you can barely see the navy across the top.  I hope to get a lot further this week.  I want to mail it out to her by mid December.  I know that seems far off but with my crazy life I have to plan plenty of time and work as much at is as I can when the time allows.


Top Ten Tuesday

Joining The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten for this week.

This week the Top Ten topic is “Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)”. Oh boy!…

  1. Lindsay Boxer in 1st to Die would make a great Sergent in her police department.
  2. Alice in The Reading Promise would mae a great leader of a book club with her knowledge of so many great books.
  3. Harry Potter would make a great Headmaster.
  4. George Bailey for Mayor!
  5. Cynthia Kavanagh from Jan Karon’s Mitford Years series would make a good leader of a book club as she was an author of children’s books herself.
  6. Ebenezer Scrooge leader of the annual town Christmas celebration
  7. Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With the Wind would make a great leader of a woman’s church group.
  8. Isabelle in The Nightingale would be a creat leader of a Secret Service.
  9. Caroline in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter would be awesome at teaching and leading young people with Down Syndrome.  Very compassionate and understands the need for them to be as independant as possible.
  10. (my mind is numb and I can’t think of another great leader)

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 5 and 6

I guess I’ll just be doing two days at a time!

November 5 – My wonderful husband.  He was so awesome and “together” when I “lost it” Friday night when I heard Dad had his heart attach.  He is my pillar of strength!

November 6 – Reliable transportation.  We will be heading out for a road trip to South Carolina next week and I am so THANKFUL that I don’t have to worry about the state of my car.  For the first time in oh, 25 years I have a brand new car!  Even though hubby keeps up our vehicles very well I am a worry wort! 🙂

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 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.

Looking out my window: It’s a cloudy cool day.

I am thinking: about our trip to South Carolina next week.

I am thankful: That my father’s situation isn’t worse. He has been given a second chance to make right his relationships that are so terrible.

One of my favorite things: A day at home with a good book.

I am creating: A book review blog.

I am wearing: a cream colored sweater with jeans and brown boots.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

I am hoping: to decide which I REALLY want to do more of, reading or knitting.

I am learning: you aren’t promised tomorrow but if it comes you should embrace it with all your being!

In my kitchen: I did ZERO cooking last week.  I had plenty of frozen stuff and leftovers.

Post Script:  I’ve had no time to read many blogs this last week so I don’t have anything to share.

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day: There are days  weeks when I don’t even remember to take a picture!  This past week was one of those.  And then of course my weekend was chaotic so I didn’t get one taken then either.

Closing note: My dad is coming home from the hospital today.  My sister arrived today (the one from UT).  She was in Chicago on business and had her flight changed.  Dad will go back in a couple weeks to have another stint put in.  The 3rd vein/artery they said was too small and it would not work putting a stint in.  Thank you all for your prayers!  God is good!  Dad has a second chance!

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.

30 Days of Giving Thanks – 3 & 4

I’m a little behind so I will cover two days again.

November 3 – Seasons – I am thankful that the Lord saw fit to give us the changing seasons.  How boring this life would be if everyday were the same.

November 4 – Great medical care.  My father was flown to a heart trauma center last night after suffering a massive heart attack.  Those minutes are crucial when this happens.  One artery was 100% blocked and two are 80%.  They put a stint in the completely blocked one but he was too unstable to do the others.  At a later time.  Thank the Lord for this team that worked on him and the helicopter that got him there!

30 Days of Giving Thanks

I used to host an event to encourage others and myself to give thanks the entire month of November.  I was just not with it this year to get it worked up.  Linda reminded me that I had not begun my Giving Thanks yet!  So I had better get started.  Here is day one and two

November 1 –


Since I had my hysterectomy two years ago I struggled with hormones.  Feeling completely zapped of energy, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats… You know the drill.  This summer I started BioIdentical Hormone replacement.  It has been amazing.  I feel like I’m 30 again.  I’ve not been sick either.  I have energy to workout and get through a long day at the office.  I’m very thankful that I have good health.


November 2 –

My job

I think I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my Daybook post that I was thankful for this.  There is no place in our area that I could work and make a good living in the environment that I have.  My office is quiet.  Sometimes it’s a challenge but I really need that once in a while.  It keeps my brain working.  I’m also lucky to have two very nice bosses.

What’s On Your Nightstand? – October 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.
I haven’t completed a lot of books in October because the one book that I actually picked up was over 900 pages!  Because I have always enjoyed Halloween I picked up an old Anne Rice novel… It was as good as I remembered it and it didn’t scare me to death!
For the month of October I have listened to:
A short story from part of the actual Divergent series.  Gives more detail and insight on the character Four.
 Of course we all know that this is a prequal to The Lord of the Rings.  It seems to always make more sense when you reat the prequal.  (as in the Star Wars books!)
This was a great little story about a father and daughter who made a promise to read for 100 nights and it just didn’t seem right to stop so they continued for over 3000 nights!
This was a story about an little girl and her wonderful Grandmother.  Grandmothers aren’t always the best “mothers” as this book comes to show (and I know that of myself!).  Not what I expected it to be but I liked it.
A good murder mystery solved by a detective, medical examiner, journalist, and prosecuting attorney… All women who formed a club to solve this murder.  It was pretty good.  Had some language in it that might offend but it was “real”.
 I’m currently reading/listening to:
So far I haven’t figured out where this story is leading.  Hope it picks up soon.
 Still working on this one…It’s taken me all month!
What’s hanging out on my nightstand?
The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of by John Eldredge
Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteru of a Woman’s Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

One Million Page Challenge update:

October: 2010

Year to date: 18,910 (second most productive year since 2012 and I still have 2 months to go)

Challenge to date: 88,732


The Simple Woman’s Daybook – October 30, 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: Sunny and cool.  I think our warm days are behind us.  Coat weather for sure.

I am thinking: That I might actually be done cutting grass.  There will still be leaves to pick up off the yard though.  TONS of them.

I am thankful: for my job.  It may be a very busy and sometimes stressful job but it pays well and it keeps my mind sharp!

One of my favorite things: a fall bonfire!  We went to my husband’s cousin for a bonfire on Saturday night.  It was fun!

I am creating: baby afghan.

I am wearing: blue jeans, black boots, and a black and red flannel top, you know the kind with the shoulders cut out.

I am reading: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

I am listening to: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

I am hoping: for some time at HOME… are you tired of me whining about this yet? LOL!

I am learning: to really listen.  Not with the intent to respond but just listen.

In my kitchen: This past week I made chicken & herb tortellini with broccoli and then Ham and beans with cornbread.  Those are the only meals I cooked.  Everything else was leftovers or meals that I had frozen.

Board room: This is the pattern I decided on for my new nephew.  Colors are navy, grey, and white.

Post Script:  

Not a lot of profound reading last week but Crystal at Homemaking on the Homestead had soup week.  I gleaned five new soup recipes!

Shared quote: 

A moment from my day:

We attended hubby’s aunts 96th birthday party Saturday!  She is an amazing Godly woman!

Closing note: It was a great different kind of weekend.  We celebrated this wonderful lady and then mourned the sudden passing of my step-mother (kinda step she is married to my ex-step dad… don’t ask it’s complicated).  Had dinner with hubby’s sister and family last night.  It’s been a long time since we have gotten to visit and share a meal with them.  My sister (via my ex-step dad) is in town to be with her dad during this very hard time.  We will be traveling early this week to see hubby’s boss.  He is about to pass and hubby really needs to be with him for a time.  They were very close.  Other than these “big” events there isn’t anything else going on around our place.  Hope you all have a peaceful and calm week.  A few of you remain in my prayers this week!