Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thursday's Question

Time for this nosy old blogger to ask you a question! One that might make you think a bit! Or one that you know the answer to straight off the bat! I just like to hear your answers.

If you were given a choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose?

A Book Review-The Husband's Secret

Overview From Barnes and Noble

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read...
My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died...
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

I finished this book last night. Just before we lost power due to a very powerful thunderstorm. (I remembered to unplug the computer as I haven't yet gone out and purchased that surge protector). I am a bit familiar with this author as I have read her book What Alice Forgot, which I really enjoyed.
This book involves the lives of three women: Cecilia (a successful Tupperware lady married to John Paul), Tess, (a young mother whose husband falls in love with her cousin) and Rachel (a middle-aged woman who cannot get past the murder of her young daughter, which took place 20 years in the past). The letter, written by Cecilia's husband, ties all of these women together in one way or another. I don't think I could have kept the secret (or stayed with the man) and what Cecilia does with the secret was interesting.
And appalling, as far as I'm concerned.  In the end this book's lesson is once Pandora's box is opened, chaos ensues. Or the lesson could be that everyone has secrets and what you do, or don't do, with them can send your life into different directions. I didn't think the characters were likable at all. I found all the women to be rather pathetic for one reason or another. I have read many reviews on this book and people thought the secret was predictable. I didn't find that to be so. The secret is told early in the book. Dealing with the secret is what the book is all about. And in the end Karma sucks!! Big time for one little girl!

This book gets a solid *** stars from me. A good book; just not a great book. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Kitchen Scissors Life Hack

I like doing things the easy way! Who doesn't? Something I learned along the way was how handy a pair of scissors are in the kitchen. I don't go out and buy those special kitchen scissors (have you seen them?) I just put my old scissors in the kitchen cutlery drainer when they don't cut paper well anymore. And throw away the old pair that's already there.

I use scissors, in the kitchen, for lots of things. I cut open packages. Much easier than following that little "tear Here" nonsense. I use them to cut up chicken into bite size pieces. Just be sure to wash them really well with soap and hot water after you are done. I use scissors to cut up bread, hot dog buns, hamburger rolls, and throw the pieces out back for the birds.

But my favorite use of my kitchen scissors is for salads. I don't have the  patience to doing all that fine chopping that is necessary for a good chopped salad. So I use my kitchen scissors. I buy bagged salad most of the time. And they cut it into big pieces. I like my salad more chopped. So I dump it into the bowl and start chopping with my scissors. I cut up the onions, peppers, and even the tomatoes with my scissors. Yep, I do.

Do you use kitchen scissors? How do you use them? Please share!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

My Life List


It is Sunday evening at my house. I would like to say it is quiet. Justin and Paige left a couple hours ago and the kids' boy/girlfriend arrived. Harley and Josh are hanging out in the reading room and Darian and Kat are watching a movie on his laptop in the other room. I don't know about this life! I wish we could skip the whole dating scene. No, I really don't wish that! It is just different and I will get used to it. Maybe! Anyway back to looking out my window. It is cloudy. Looks like rain. We haven't had but seconds of sunshine all week. I hope this coming week brings more sunshine!


Recently I was on the blog of a friend, Life & Faith in Caneyhead, and she was talking about the number of posts she had on her blog! I never knew where to look (at the top of the dashboard). I am shocked to find that I have 1746 blog posts. Wow! I have had a lot to say! Also, I recently learned from another blogger friend, Lynda Grace An Hour Away, about a place you can use to print your blog, Blog2Print. I plan to spend some time on that site seeing what I can come up with. Wouldn't it be fun to see some of your blog posts gathered into a little book?


This is the final week of memorizing Matthew 6. I have kept up pretty well. I think I can recite it all (with some little hints). I have truly enjoyed memorizing this verse. And I am keeping this old brain of mine active.

Matthew 6:33-34

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."


I need to make a trip to the plant nursery so I can create some flower pots to take to Grandma and Grandpa's grave sites. I promised Richard I would carry on with this. My mom and step-dad were cremated (and so was Richard) so we have no graves to decorate. We usually do a balloon release for them on Memorial Day. And on their birthdays. And other special days when we want to remember them. So off to get some bright red geraniums this week. Richard's favorite!


I am reading The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty!


We are watching Billboard Music Awards! And Harley is in heaven! She loves these music awards. (boyfriend went home).


Unfortunately I am hearing Justin Bieber! What a spoiled brat boy singer!!


This weeks pictures came from Harley's camera! They are a fishing excursion she went on with Darian at the nearby Dillon's Nature Center (just across the road from us)


Right now I am drinking an ice cold Pepsi. I don't have pop very often but tonight we had pizza for dinner and a Pepsi sounded good.


Monday...Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday...Breakfast Casserole & Toast

Wednesday...Elvis Burgers & Fries

Thursday...French Onion & Chicken Casserole


Saturday...Chicken Kabobs & Rice

Sunday...Salisbury Steaks & Mashed potatoes


This is very hard to do. But I am sure it would be worth the effort to practice!


The birds are coming! So far I have seen Orioles, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Robins, Doves (a couple of varieties) and black birds. We also saw a red fox this week. In the daylight! Wonder where he is living!


This week will be pretty much the same everyday. Get up early and drive Darian to work. On Monday he wants to go to the bank and open his checking account. Then I will pick him up each day as well. Harley and I will begin to clean out his closets so we can start the painting process. (The one I have been putting off for almost two years).


Just in case you did not see this on the Internet this past week, I am going to share it here. Harley and I found it to be so hysterical and I can't quit laughing. I think we all need a good laugh as a final thought today. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dear Friday

Dear Friday:
I am sorry to tell you this, but for the next few months you won't be as important as you used to be. School is out. Everyday will feel like Friday to us. (We are sorry Darian, we mean us girls) But I will be looking forward to get reacquainted with you come September. Love, Granny

Dear Family and Friends:
Thanks to all of you who made Darian's high school graduation special. To those of you who drove a distance (Oklahoma) to those of you who drove across town to share the day with us. To all of you who sent him cards with gifts and well-wishes. To all of you here on my blog who offered him your congratulations. This part of his life (and mine) is now in the past. On to the future! A great big world out there for him. Love, Paula

Dear Car:
You are my one and only! Yep, the only car I have! So you have to be reliable. And on Wednesday this week you weren't. No problem when I took Darian to work at 7:30 a.m. But when I went to pick him up at 4:30 p.m. you wouldn't start. Just click, click, click. I was pretty sure the battery was dead. A quick call to Darian and he found a ride home. Another quick call to Marvin (adopted son-in-law) and he came over. We couldn't find the battery. Not under the hood of the car. Grabbed the car manual and found that it is located under the back seat. I think I remembered this from an episode years ago. Something Richard handled and not me! One of those things he probably wanted to teach me, but I didn't want to learn. Anyway, battery removed (discovered it was purchased in 2008) so Marvin recommended just replacing it. And off he went to purchase one for me. Yikes $140.00 for a battery! I was thinking maybe about $75. You start now!! But, what the heck is that whining noise you are making????
Respectfully, (not going to say love tonight) Paula

Dear Weekend:
WE still love you! But now it feels like most everyday is a weekend day. Well, to Harley and me it does. Darian is a working man now. From &7:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. This Friday (today) he is taking another trip to the MEPS (Marines) in Oklahoma City. This time for what they call a Moment of Truth! Time to fess up if they told any lies on their paperwork. Dumb!!! Boys games at their best, I say! Have fun and a good weekend to all.

This was taken at Piper's Graduation from 8th grade
on Monday evening!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thursday's Question

If you know me then you know I like to ask questions. That is how I get to know you. And believe me I want to get to know you. And you! And you! So, every week, on Thursday I like to ask a question. And you, my friend, get to give me the answers!! Okay!

Are You a Rule-Follower?
Or do you like to bend them?
Or break them?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Extension Cord Life Hack

I love life hacks!


"noun-a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way"

We all use life hacks everyday, don't we. Now we just need to share them and make sure everyone knows!!

This is one of those magical little things I learned from my dear husband, Richard. I was outside using our electrical leaf blower one day, getting very frustrated with how many times I had to stop and go back to plug it back into the extension cord. When coming to the rescue was "Super Husband" to show me what to do. So simple! And I never had it become unplugged again. I use this 'life hack' all the time! Do you do this?

And for those of you who are wondering what became of our Whole 30 you can check out my other blog OUR ADVENTURE INTO WHOLE 30 AND BEYOND.  We are currently on a tiny break and then we will start into our next phase to see where it will take us!