Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I'm A Piglet Hodgepodge

My first Hodgepodge of 2017! Go over to From This Side of the Pond and join the group.

1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now? 

I love acronyms. For me, right now, the acronym ASAP is going to mean:
Always saying, Always praying. 

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

I am much more verbal in small groups. I don't like to speak up if the group is outside of my tribe. But I am very verbal with my tribe. LOL! And it is a good thing. Believe me!!

3. What do you remember best about being 12? 

I don't remember much about being 12. Many of the memories from my childhood are scarce. I don't know why. When I hear my siblings talk about things I often wonder if I was even there. I just don't have the memories they have. Mine are scattered!

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration. 

I feel like I am most like Piglet. Piglet is anxious but loving and caring. He is the voice of reason. I think he would be the designated driver. (Which is what I would be now. Not in my younger days, though) Piglet has hidden courage and will help others even when he is afraid. That's me!

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way? 

I have mentioned before that I use Cozi! I love the Cozi calendar!

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL) have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

I have been to all of these places except Sanibel, Florida. So I would take a long weekend and see what Sanibel is all about! Why not? Anyone want to go with me?

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?

The very first time I moved away from home I would hear the song Snowbird by Anne Murray on the radio. When I hear it now the song always takes me right back to my first apartment away from home. "spread your tiny wings and fly away" It doesn't make me want to go back to that place. It just reminds me of that time!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

January always makes me yearn for new beginnings. It is a new year. We will get a new start. Let's make it the best we can! Don't you ponder what might lie ahead? Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let The Sun Shine Life List


The sun has set. All the ice from the past few days has melted. We did not get anything bad. We kept our power the whole time. We did not leave home for 3 days! (Today is another day...and the sun is shining!!!)


As I ponder the Presidential inauguration, coming up this week, I think about how divided this country is. More divided than ever. And social media brings out the nastiness in people. I know we need to support this guy as the President of our great country. But, I don't have to LIKE him. And I won't quit criticizing him if he goes around acting like a spoiled child who has to jump on everyone who displeases him. We need to all step up and show HIM how Americans act. There are so many more of us who know manners, who know political correctness, who know how to love and not how to hate. We can overcome and show the world we are great! So let's all get behind the President and show him the proper way to handle himself in office!! I know we can do it! 


I have, once again, joined with the Do Not Depart group to memorize verses in the Bible. We are memorizing Psalm 121:1-8. Here is this week's verse:

"A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." 


Winter mantle

Be Mine!


I am reading Still Life by Louise Penny. I have heard so much about this author. I am still listening to Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I only listen while I clean. So I need to get busy cleaning so I can hear more of this book!


I have been watching Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence on Investigation Discovery channel. It is narrated by Martin Sheen and one of the investigators is Derrick Lavesseur (former winner of Big Brother). It is a six-episode true-crime series which points the finger at Jason Simpson, OJ's son. I watched the entire OJ Simpson trial on Court TV (I loved that channel). I was one of the few (okay, I may have been the only one) of my friends and family who believed OJ was NOT the killer. That doesn't mean I believe he was completely innocent. I just don't think he was guilty of murder. 


My house is currently silent. That doesn't happen very often. The only thing I can hear is the bubbling in the fish tank and the clacking of the keys as I type. Perfect!!


Beef Stroganoff
Sleeping while the ice forms
Ice on the polycart

ice on the Locust tree

ice in the yard


Monday... Tonight we had leftovers

Tuesday...Mexican Chili Mac

Wednesday..Granny is on her own

Thursday...Soup and Sandwich Day


Saturday...Green Bean Soup

Sunday...Chicken-Broccoli Casserole



Today I begin my fight with clutter!

A peek into my week...

Just another week of taxiing my girl to and from work. I am going to de-clutter the linen closet today. Why do we keep so many towels and linens. Not anymore!! I am down-sizing!!

A final thought...

She's been shopping for a prom dress. She was asked to go to prom by a friend at church. It is not her school but another school here in town. She is excited. She purchased this dress from a friend! It is a Sherri Hill dress. If you are not familiar with Sherri Hill go check her out. She is a fabulous designer with ridiculously high priced dresses. All the girls know who she is. Harley got a GOOD deal on this dress which has been 'gently worn'. We won't show the front until prom. Stay turned!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Year of Yes-A Book Review

The story is about Shonda Rhimes, the writer of all those wonderful Thursday evening shows: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and (as a producer) How To Get Away With Murder. It is my favorite night of television. So I expected to like the book. 

It is a 'tell-all' about how she changed from an obese, extremely shy, down-trodden lady to the fierce black woman she is today.

I didn't much like it! I read it for a book club I belong to. I wasn't sure they would want to hear my thoughts until I chatted with some of the ladies in a Facebook group and found many of them felt the same. (However, the majority of the group l.o.v.e.s. the book).

Reasons I didn't like the book were: for a writer of great TV shows, she can't write a very good book. The book rambled and rambled and hardly ever made it to a 'point'. 

She insisted throughout the book that she doesn't like talking about herself yet she continually pats herself on the back and tells us how wonderful she is. I found it really hard to relate to her. She is filthy rich, has kids, no father for these kids, a housekeeper and a nanny. Nothing at all that I can relate to. Nor do I want to!

For me it just didn't make it! I will only give it ** two stars!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Struggling with the Winter Blues

Winter is always a struggle for me. I tend to hibernate. I don't like to leave home. I wrap myself in a blanket and stick my nose in the TV. I can't even seem to get lost in a book right now. It is cold outside and it will get colder.

Old Man Winter

The weatherman is forecasting an ice-storm for the weekend. We had an ice storm here a few years ago which took out our power for a week. I cannot deal with that again. I hope all the cutting on the trees that was done last summer will spare us from another year like that. Even though the days are shorter they seem so much longer.

Do any of you deal with being down in the dumps in the winter? 

I was reading an article about "winter blues" the other day and one of the things which was recommended was to get outside. What??? That is why I hate winter. It's cold out there. But they said, "get outside, stay warm". I have to admit that I laughed out loud. But I'm sure they know what they are talking about.

Other things that were advised is to eat healthy. I try to do that all the time. But I guess now it is really important. I love to eat. But I need to try to be more healthy. I will work at eating more salads. We don't think about eating fruits and vegetables in the winter, do we?

Okay that is enough whining for the day. I'm going to get off this office chair and pour myself a glass of wine. (Not whine). Slice myself a bit of cheese. And I'll get back with you soon.  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like January


Currently it is dark. I am waiting for Harley to get off work so I can pick her up. It is cold, but not as cold as we have been. And we will see a warm-up this week. All the way up to 56* on Wednesday. I won't be complaining!


This past week I have been pondering the liturgical year. I grew up in a religion that celebrated Easter and Christmas and that was pretty much it. I am finding it very intriguing to be learning about the liturgical year.  


And that is what I am learning!


In my mind I am creating my Valentine's mantle and home decor. 


I am still reading A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I still listening to Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I have also been reading Living The Christian Year: Time To Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross.Along with that I have started my yearly journey through the Bible. This year I am reading front to back through the NLT Bible. Since I have been reading the Bible through in a year I have been chosing a different Bible each year. I really, really enjoy the NLT version. So, I am doing a lot of reading!!!


Over the past week I 'binge' watched Too Close to Home on TLC. I am caught up with all of the first season and watched the first episode of this (the second) season. Is there anyone else that is watching this show?


Right now I am hearing Sister Wives in the background. 


Tomorrow, January 9, will be Richard's Birthday. We released balloons today while Paige and Justin were here. Sadly, Harley and Darian were missing but we released balloons for them too.

We struggle with how to treat holidays without Richard here. We talked about it and Justin wanted to get balloons to release like we did last year. So that is what we did. We all wrote a message on our balloon and we sent them off towards Heaven!

Happy Birthday Richard! I miss you and wish you were here.

Paige and Harley squishing their faces


Monday...Leftovers from the weekend

Tuesday...Chili Dogs & Chips

Wednesday..Granny is on her own

Thursday...Mexican Chili Mac

Friday...Soup and Sandwiches

Saturday...Beef Stroganoff 

Sunday...Chicken and Broccoli Casserole


We are struggling with change once again at our house. With Darian gone we are finding our new groove. Also, Harley's working hours have kept her away from home a lot in the evening. I am learning to deal with the meal issue and a lot of time alone!

What I am fighting for this week....

I am fighting my way through the Christmas decorations. Packing them up and putting them away! I thought I was going to down-size but this is not the year. I can't part with them yet!

A peek into my week...

Harley works everyday but Wednesday and Friday so I will be taxiing a bit. And I am planning to buy some paint. And some organization baskets at the Dollar Tree. 


A final thought...

Life is tough and change is hard. But I will get up everyday and keep going!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What I Am Fighting For in 2017

Hello January! After several months of being busy with holidays and family gatherings we arrive in the month of January with not so much to do. Well, not at this house anyway. I hope all of you are finding time to snuggle under a warm blanket with a good book, a hot cuppa whatever it is you like to sip on and an empty page to fill with your hopes and dreams for the coming year. 

For the past few years I have made goals in January. And shared them with you here and here and here. This year I am going to do things a bit differently. I am still going to work on the same basic things I always have. But I am going to go about it a bit more creatively.

I tend to always write goals to cover five areas of my life: mental, physical, Spiritual, Home & Family, and financial. I usually do pretty good with attaining my goals but after about three (maybe four) months I quit focusing on them. This year I want to FIGHT to maintain the focus. 

So, using my word for 2017, FIGHT, I will be thinking a little more realistically  about how I want to achieve these goals. What is worth fighting for?

1) I need to fight to forgive more and worry less. That will mean working on my attitude towards others. I need to fight to become less stressed and enjoy life more.

2) I need to fight the urge to talk negatively to myself about my weight and my lack of exercise. I need to find a positive way to deal with these. It is time to stop treating myself as a negative.

3) I will fight for my spiritual life. I like to read the Bible. I am not ashamed to tell anyone that. I believe in God and in the Son he sent here to die for my sins. I will fight to continue to pray to Him to help me with understanding and forgiveness. He is the ONE that always has my back! 

4) I am going to fight the urge to acquire more things and fight to get rid of the excess I already own. I need to be ready to move into a smaller house when the time is right. I will fight to become and stay organized. And I will fight hard to teach my family (meaning you, Harley) how we are going to achieve this.

5) And last, but not least, I will fight to stay within my budget. I need to get my taxes caught up and get my savings re-built. By winning this fight I will feel less stressed, more hopeful, and better prepared to face the future. 

So how about you, friends and family, what is on your list for 2017? What are you going to fight for?