Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dear Friday

Are you as surprised as I am that it is already Friday?? I swear these days are speeding by faster than a speeding bullet. Or a speeding train. I wake up on Monday morning and the next thing I know it is Friday!! Sheesh!

Just offering up a few little notes to sum up my week....

Dear God:

I don't want to complain about the weather. I know that sometimes you just need to send us some rain, then some more rain, and then a few more sprinkles. But the rain mixed with this heat is making for some pretty brutal days. Now, I do like that our 102* temperature dropped to 72* this evening. It was so welcomed. But the humidity!! I heard it will be back in the upper 90's tomorrow.

Dear Tree Trimmer:

I saw you eyeballing my huge oak tree out front. I thought I would stop by and see what you were doing. Well it seems like the new neighbor wants to trim it up. That would be nice. I wouldn't mind. But the tree is on my property. I just thought it would be nice to point that out. The tree trimmer suggested I let them trim it and then let the neighbor know it wasn't their tree. I DON'T THINK THAT WOULD BE RIGHT. And I can't afford you at the moment. So please, step away from the tree! (P.S. he did)

Dear Harley:

You picked up your first paycheck today. What did you learn? Do you remember reading in your work manual that you would need a picture ID to get your check?? Good thing you had put Grandma's name down to be allowed to pick up your check too. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been very happy to have to drive all the way back home for your ID and then all the way back to pick up your check!! Congrats on that first paycheck though!~!

Dear Barnes & Noble:

Thank you so much for the deposit you made into my account on behalf of the class action lawsuit settlement over ebooks. I don't even know what it is all about and yet I am getting to share in the settlement. I am beside myself and so anxious to start browsing and seeing exactly what I can buy with the $1.57 I was awarded. Yippee!!

Have a great weekend you all!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thursday's Question

We are only given one life. One chance to get it right! Right?
But what if you were given an opportunity to start all over!
This week's question:
If you were given the opportunity to be born again, how would you change how you lived?

If you were given the opportunity to be born again, how would you change how you lived?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summertime Life Hacks

I love summer!! But it IS hot! What do we do when it is hot? I remember when I was young my mom used to hang up wet sheets and blow the fan through them. That was 'supposed' to cool us off! Maybe it worked? I can't remember feeling "all that hot" when I was younger. Maybe kids don't feel it the same as older people. Maybe it was because we didn't have A/C everywhere, so we didn't know what we were missing. 

How about some summertime hacks today. Things we can do in the summer to make life just a bit easier. And these are the BEST.

One Good Thing
My favorite is to protect the cell phones! Those darn gadgets are expensive. If we are going to be around water we stick ours in a zip-lock bag. We can still use the phone but no water will get to it!!

I haven't tried this hack yet but I think it is the smartest!! Cut the top off a sunscreen bottle, wash it out, use it to store your valuables when you are at the pool/beach. Everyone will think it's your sunscreen. Maybe they won't steal it! 

 Who doesn't like 'Smores? Don't have a fire-pit to roast those marshmallows. No problem! Line a terracotta flower pot with aluminum foil, insert charcoal briquettes, light the fire and roast away.

Another of my favorites is to keep the bugs out of my drink when I am sipping outside. Just plop a cupcake wrapper on top and stick your straw through it. Brilliant!! That mom over at is on to something. 

Do you have any 'summertime' hacks to share with us today?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Hot, Hot Life List


It is hot here in Kansas. Really, really hot. We have seen highs in the 90's and low 100's this past week. With lots of humidity. Doesn't look like we are going to get a break in the days ahead. This morning I was awakened when the power went off. NO power for a couple of hours made me pray for a cooler day. Thankfully they were able to get it back on. I suppose it is over-use that is causing the outages. For some reason we get them often here. 


Lately I have been thinking about parenting. Really! I'll bet you are all thinking it is about time I think about it!! I have been thinking about that sweet little boy in Florida that was killed by an alligator. And wondering if that could have been prevented by parents being more cautious. And thinking of the tyke and the gorilla. Was he being watched closely enough? Then I was remembering some of the times my own rambunctious boys would get away from me. How quickly it happens. And how lucky we were. Danger is lurking around all the corners of our lives. We have to be super vigilant! Don't we? 


I'm learning that I worry just as much about my grandchildren as I used to worry about my boys. Especially when they are driving. Paige drove over from 


The grand girls and I are going to create a Fairy Garden. Have you seen them?? So cute. Here's a link to get you started. How To Start A Fairy Garden

This would look perfect in my Gerber Daisy Bed. I have been gatering ideas for awhile now. See my Fairy Gardening Board on Pinterest for more ideas.


I am reading Windfallen by JoJo Moyes. Just started and having some trouble getting into it so far!


Harley and I watched Tuck Everlasting Saturday. Was a cute movie about a family who drinks from a stream and achieves immortality. Have you seen it? I think she told me it came out in the early 1980's.


Right now I am hearing Pirates of the Caribbean on TV. Harley is IN LOVE with Johnny Depp. Eh! 


This photo is not currently on my camera, duh! But I recently ran across it when looking for other pictures. This picture with my siblings and I was taken in the later 1960's. Brother Chuck was home on leave from the Navy. Mom had made the sailor tops for my sister and me. Oh so many, many years (and miles) ago!


Harley just brought me a tall glass of iced tea. Brewed today with Luzianne Cold Brew Tea bags. I usually buy Lipton but decided to give these a try. Guess what?? I like these better. Such a pure, crisp tea flavor.,


Monday...Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday...Spaghetti Pie

Wednesday...Sloppy Joes

Thursday...Mexican Beef $ Rice Skillet

Friday...Hamburger Casserole

Saturday...Roast, potatoes, carrots

Sunday...Grabbing a burger out (maybe)


Isn't this the truth?


In my continued effort to look forward this year we are cleaning out some things in the hall closet that belonged to Richard. He was such a collector of 'stuff'. All kinds of stuff!

Happenings in my backyard...

We have had so much rain lately. So the grass is constantly growing and needing mowed. That will be one the list this week. Two nights ago I was up in the middle of the night and paused at the dining room window to watch two small deer grazing in my garden area. They were quite small but probably were mama deer. We've seen the red fox a couple of more times. And on her way to the mailbox last week Harley took a picture of a prairie dog in our front yard. Sadly, she deleted the picture. Wish it was that easy to delete the prairie dog!!

A peek into my week...

Another busy week for this taxi driving granny. Harley will have basketball and weight lifting a couple of times. She works every day for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Darian is Cross-fitting (I'm too nice to let him run to the gym which thankfully is not very far from our house. He's also working out with the Marine Poolees. We have a Basketball fund raiser on Saturday! Do you think I'll be ready for school to start? Or find the funds to get a second car so Darian can do the driving back and forth??

A final thought...

Today we had a great Father's Day. Justin and Paige came over. We hadn't seen Justin in two weeks. We cooked steaks on the grill, roasted potatoes, broccoli with cheese, salad. And had New York Cheesecake for dessert. Who can be cranky when you have good food like that. Paige's job (and boyfriend) will probably keep them away more weekends. So we will be happy with the time we can spend with them!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday's Question on Friday

This is one of those issues that bugs me. I'd like to seek others input. So I am going to pose it as my Thursday's Question. Except it is Friday. So it is going to be Thursday's Question on Friday.

This is all about activities for school age kiddos. In my case these kids are in high school. Occasionally the school will have an activity for the kids that costs money. Most of the time it is just a dollar or two. But there have been times when it is more than $20. It doesn't happen very often at school, but it happens!

 What even gripes me more than is the youth group at the kids' church. They ALWAYS have activities going on that cost money. Sometimes it is around $10 each (which is $20 for us) but sometimes it is as much as $325 for a week helping churches and people in other states. Called a Mission Trip. The money helps to pay for the food, transportation, etc. during that week. They need extra money for meals while on the road. Many of the 'extra' activities during the school year involve extra money. They will have movie and a dinner night ($20. each) or a trip for snacks (suggested amount $10 each) I have voiced concerns with these types of activities and have heard "if we don't offer special kinds of things the teens won't come to church". Sadly, I expect that is true.
So they have Mission Trips, Ski trips, Summer Camp, Dinner/Movie nights, Fast Food lunches in the summer (one day a week), trips to other cities and it goes on and on and on.  

Now for my question....

What is your opinion on activities that cost money? And what if you can't afford it? Do you make your kids skip? Or would you allow them to use the "offered scholarship" for the poor kids?? My inquiring mind would like to know!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Keeper of the Spirit-A Book Review

Overview From Barnes and Noble

Minnesota lumber baron Tyler Wilkins knew he needed to come to grips with the death of his wife. Little did he understand that his business trip to New York would be the beginning of a journey to find peace within himself and a love that sometimes happens twice in a lifetime.
Beautiful Emma Sanders has her entire world mapped out. Being the daughter of one of the richest shipbuilders in New York in 1880 guaranteed her a life of leisure. It also guaranteed the option she'd chosen-to remain single and manage her father's company someday. That is, until Tyler walked into her father's study and turned her world upside down. Crossing paths with this one sad man would change the course of her life forever.
The mysticism of an old Indian brave...a forgotten evil that lurks in Emma's tragic hour in their lives, will all combine to lead them to a future filled with trust and understanding...and the discovery of peace and love that a man and woman can share.

A good book! If you like love stories with happy endings then this book is for you! But, there is trouble along the way. And a pretty nasty rape scene which results in a miscarriage. The author writes well. You will get to know the characters of this story well. You will fall in love with Tyler and wish he could cross paths with you. You will love Emma and wish she were your sister. Or your best friend. You will hate Samuel and wish that you could be the one to kill him. This is the first book in a series. I actually downloaded loaded this as a Friday Freebie sometime ago. Glad I wandered into my Nook Library and took it off the shelf!

A good strong *** three stars.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Fatherly Hodgepodge!

Time to join Joyce From This Side of the Pond for another Hodgepodge. She posts the questions. We supply the answers. Here we go for this week. 

1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why?

My Favorite lake is in the San Isabel National Forrest in Colorado. Lake Isabel. This is where Richard and I were married in 1996. Before that this is where we took the boys on most of our vacations together when they were growing up. There is a family-owned cabin there. Looking across the lake at those pine trees...that is where we were married. 

2. What's your favorite 'fruity' drink? 

My favorite 'fruity' drink always involves a lime. I love Fresh Lime lime-aids. Lime slushes. And oh how I love a Frozen Margarita. Yep, the lime is my favorite fruity drink companion. 

3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simplify your life. They were-

clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead

Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?

I am a "clean as I go" kind of girl. Especially in the kitchen. My kitchen is so small it would soon be taken over if I didn't clean along the way. I need to clean up my computer again. Get rid of un-wanted emails. Clean up my blog-reading list!

4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school? 

The summer after I graduated from high school I was working as a secretary to a man who owned a big shoe store. And planning for my December wedding. Oh, to only live those days over again. And know what I know now!

5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite?

I do like podcasts. I haven't found many that have become my favorite. I like the Nom Nom Paleo podecast. 

6. Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?

I think today's fathers have come a long ways from the past. Those fathers used to come home, sit in their chair, and wait for dinner to be served. Or at least that is what I saw I TV. I grew up without a father in our home so I am not really sure what the role of a father was supposed to be. Richard said that his mom used to threaten them with "wait until your Father gets home" so he was always afraid of his father. Today's dads seem to be more involved in the lives of their kids. I think that is a good thing. But I also think that with the 'helicopter' parents of today many kids are not growing up to be as self-sufficient as earlier generations did. 

7. Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?

My father was an alcoholic. I am not in anyway like him. My father died when I was only 7 so I am not sure if I even know what traits of his I might or might not possess. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Father's Day is Sunday. I want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there. We are not big into celebrating Mother's Day or Father's Day. These were never big holidays when I was growing up and we never made them special while I was raising my kids. I know they are Hallmark holidays. I am not much for Hallmark holidays. 

Interesting facts I found, however, are:

 1. Mother's Day spending in this country last year was close to $21.2 Billion. Father's Day was $12.7 Billion. 

 2. Most people find buying for mom to be easier than buying for dad.

 3. Dads don't really like those crazy ties you bought him. He's just being nice! Really!

 4. Dad is much happier if you just want to spend time with him. Mom would rather have a gift! Flowers and chocolates will always wow her.

 5. Most kids will tell their dad Happy Father's Day on Sunday. And Dad is okay with that. Dad's don't really expect a gift!