Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Currently......









Outside my window...

Will spring ever come, we ask? We thought is was here and then this past Friday night it snowed. And the temperatures dropped down in the 20's! (And my furnace blew a fuse, although I didn't know that was the problem. A very sweet furnace guy came and changed the fuse without charge). Today we are partly cloudy and 65*. Will this last? Maybe. Only the good Lord knows for sure. Has spring arrived in your neck of the woods?



Pondering..

Today I am pondering on things the millennials are killing! I listened to a podcast recently that was talking about this. These are some of the things they said were being killed off because the millennials are no longer using them in a way that will allow them to stick around:

Malls
Hotels
Credit
Movie Theaters
Banks
Casual dining chains like Applebee's
Starter homes
Cereal
Napkins
Tissues
Bars of soap
Diamonds
Football
Marriage
McDonalds

According to a couple of articles I have read the generation called the millenials (those born from 1980's to the early 2000's) are not using banks, not shopping in malls, not going out to eat as much, not getting married and putting off buying homes until they can afford the more expensive homes. Many of them just stay at home with their parents. They are choosing unconventional stones for their jewelry; therefore the diamond industry is suffering. The introduction of the Internet has them doing all their banking online, checking football scores on their iPhones, watching movies on their laptops or tablets, and choosing to stay in B & B's over hotels. These articles even said golf is suffering as these kids are not into playing golf and the baby boomers are aging out. If you are interested in learning more you just need to Google "what millennials are killing" to find out. Fascinating! What are your thoughts??




Watching...

I'm watching The Voice, Survivor, and the last episode of Scandal this coming Thursday. What are you watching?

Reading...

Currently I am reading/listening to From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. This is a book about Italy during the Holocaust. I'm getting ready to start Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by. C. S. Lewis which is our May book club choice. I've been to the movie (with Johnny Depp) but never read the book.

Creating...


I'm not really being very creative right now. But I still am enjoying my Bullet Journal which allows for a bit of creativity.

Planning....


Prom is this weekend! So we are planning for that. And then graduation is right around the corner. We are planning for a small celebration following the ceremony. Paige will graduate the following weekend after Harley. Harley enrolled in our local community college to start in the fall. So, there's that!


What's in the kitchen...

This weeks meals will be on the simple side as the girl is rarely home. Probably sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, and such.


A quote to share...







A final thought...
 
I swear I am going to get up off my lazy butt and do something today. The laundry is always calling. I have a master bedroom that is need of some deep cleaning and de-cluttering. What are you putting off??





Monday, April 16, 2018

Getting Up To Date with Book Reviews

I haven't been doing a lot recently. It just seems like my get up and go is gone! Do you know what that feels like? But I have been delving into books. Mostly audible. I love listening to them. Most of the time. Sometimes I have to find my place if I have fallen asleep. But here are three I have finished recently.


 P. S. I still love you by Jenny Han is the second book in the trilogy written by Ms. Han. The first book, To All The Boys I've loved Before was a book club selection. And so is the book below. So I just had to read the middle book to stay up with the story. The stories are about a teenage Lara Jean and her life in high school. And the boys she shares her memories with. They are light reading. Not really my kind of books. But I found them easy to read and a good place to hang out for a time away from the stresses and dark days of life. Have any of you read them?  


Finally, there is The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. This is more along my line. It is a suspense novel. The characters are well developed and I liked most of them. Jacks was married for 8 years to a husband she was keeping a secret from. He wanted babies really badly. But she wasn't able to get pregnant. And then she received the news that he is dead. Killed in a car accident in Hawaii. But she thought he had been on a business trip in Kansas. And with him was a young woman who had left behind her own sad fiance, Nick. Nick and Jacks go to Hawaii together to find out why their partners were leaving them behind. The ending was a huge surprise to me. I really enjoyed the story. But then I usually do like these kinds the best. What do you think happened?

I also listened to The Tour by Jean Grainger. It is an interesting and very different book. The narrator is Irish. The book takes place in Ireland.(I thought of you Kwizgiver, my friend). The story is about a tour guide and his group from America who are touring Ireland. They are a motley crew to say the least. The story is fun and interesting. And a trip all it's own. This one is light and enjoyable. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Favorites

Ah the end of another (stressful) month at my house! But there is hope and spring in the air! So time to share with you some of my favorites for the month of March.

I can't help but start this favorites post with something good to eat. I got a bag of toffee in my monthly subscription box from a local boutique. This was a bag of awesome toffee from Toffee To go. Delicious! Was mouth-watering milk chocolate with toffee and roasted almonds and coverered with walnuts on top. I ate every single piece of it myself. Didn't share with a single soul!

I have used Clinique products for years. But I haven't tried this one before. It is also delicious. It is a moisturizer in the form of a gel that goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly. It is not greasy. A little goes a long way. A full size bottle of this is more than I want to pay at one time but I got a smaller size at Ulta for only $5. What a bargain.

 If you are like me (and many older women) you have disappearing eyebrows. Mine are due to years and years of plucking them into a really find line. Which is no longer in style. (not that I give a hoot about being in style). I've tried many brow pencils, powders, and creams over the years but this simple little cream has become my current favorites. Plus I got it at the Dollar Tree. So it only cost me....wait for it...a buck. Yep. And it stays in place all day long. Goes to prove you don't need to spend a lot to look fabulous.

Justin
Spring brings back the birds. And this month I have two favorite pictures of birds. The one on the left is a picture of Justin. He is on duty. They found this bald eagle while on patrol. It had an injured wing and couldn't fly. So they rescued it and called in Wild life specialists to repair the wing and allow it to heal before being released. The wing span is 8 feet. Can you imagine. Justin says he's playing "dead" in this picture, but he is very much alive. Cool, huh? 

Then there is this darling little
From the spirit world

guy who flew onto my back patio and spent the day pecking at my window. Have you heard the legend of the Cardinal? Supposedly they are bringing messages from the sprit world. Brought me comfort anyway. 


Last, but not least, is my Spring/Easter mantle. It has brought me much joy in the month of March. The top picture is a Happy Easter wooden banner that I bought at Target (we no longer have a Target store in Hutchinson...it closed) last year for $3. The little blue ball lights I have had for a couple of years. They, too, came from the Target Dollar Spot. I think they were $5. I bought the wooden spring and Easter words at Target this year. $3 each. The adorable little teddy bear was a birthday gift from Justin many, many years ago. The ceramic bunny is from the Dollar Spot last year ($3) and the bowl of eggs with spiky sweet gun balls sit in the middle of my dining room table. Harley and I gathered the little gum balls from my cousin's sweet gum tree while we were in Oklahoma for spring break. Love them. 

That is my favorites for the month of March. What has been your favorites this month??

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

An American Marriage-A Book Review

I listened to this book with my Audible subscription on my phone app. I absolutely love Audible but I am thinking of dropping the subscription because I can get so many books with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and I don't really need two subscriptions. The Audible one is $14.95 a month. 

This book was narrated by Sean Crisden and Elisa Davis. Both had strong, rich African-American voices. (Is that still politically correct to call them African-Americans? To me they are just 'black' but I don't want to offend anyone in our easily offended culture we live in today).

This book is one of Oprah's Book Club selections, which I don't normally like to read, because she selects such dark books. An American Marriage was not really that dark.

The story starts out with a young, newlywed couple who are living the American dream. She is an artist and he is a rising young executive. They have had the normal tensions in the beginnings of married life. One night, while staying at a hotel, their door is kicked in by the police and Roy is arrested for the alleged rape of a fellow guest in the hotel. He is not guilty of the crime but he is found guilty and sent to prison. While he is in prison, his wife, Celestial, takes comfort in the arms of her childhood friend,Andre.

After five years, Roy's sentence is overturned and he is released from prison. While in prison he meets his real father and loses his mother in death. When coming out of prison he has to face the fact that his wife moved on even though she did not divorce him. 

The characters are well developed. Most of the story revolves around Roy, Celestial, and Andre and each chapter reflects the story from their point of view. The plot is a timely plot but doesn't really dwell on the facts of prison life. More about the feelings between the characters.

I was pleased with the ending. It left me happy for the characters.

I want to read other books by this author. I will give this book ****. I don't think I will forget their story. .  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Currently








Outside my window...

Outside my window is a gray, gloomy day. But I am not complaining. We need the rain and we have been getting a bit. The sun will come when it is ready!


Pondering..

I am pondering what makes family be the way family is. If anyone can answer that question for me you will win today's prize. Those of my family who are reading today might (or might not) know what I am talking about. Enough said.



Watching...

I missed my favorite TV shows this past week due to our road trip. I watched Survivor yesterday (On On Demand). Any Survivor fans out there?? Today I hope to catch up with my favorite Thursday night shows.


Reading...

I am reading a YA book, P. S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han . It is the middle book of a trilogy. My book club read the first book last year. We are reading the third book in April. So I am trying to get the second one done before I start the third one. I just finished listening to An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It was a good book. I will review it for you soon.  

 
Planning....

I'm still thinking about a road trip in June. Haven't yet decided on days. I'll probably go by myself as plans with the cousin is not going to work out. And I haven't heard whether I will have company yet, or not. 


What's in the kitchen...

Monday...Chicken Cordon Blue
Tuesday...Beef Pot Pie
Wednesday...Tomato soup & grilled cheese
Thursday...Chicken and stuffing casserole
Friday...Salad
Saturday...Yet to decide
Sunday...Depends


A quote to share...








Photographing...

One of Harley's senior pictures

A selfie from Darian

Trying on this year's prom dress

Water tower in Lamont, Oklahoma








Thoughts...

Harley and I went on a road trip last week during her "final" spring break from high school. We drove to Oklahoma to visit my cousin and his family. We left on Tuesday and had brunch with Justin, Heather, and Paige in Wichita before hitting the road. It is a four hour drive and the day was nice. We went out to eat in Muskogee that evening for dinner. A Chinese buffet that proved to be very good. On both Wednesday and Thursday we shopped the thrift stores. Fun!! On Friday we went to a huge Dollar Tree (ours here is small) and the Mall. And Saturday we headed home, stopping again in Wichita to eat dinner with Justin, Heather, and Paige. We had a good time. It was good to get away from home. Now looking ahead to a birthday, prom, and two graduations. Plus, helping Harley move!! Good times ahead. What have all of you been up to these past few weeks?? 


Happy Easter!!






Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Currently on a Tuesday









Outside my window...

A few days ago we were sure spring was here. A beautiful, sun-shiny kind of day with a temp of 70*. The the north winds kicked in and today it is only 52*. That is how spring is in Kansas. Up and down until summer....

Pondering..


I'm thinking about my dinner. Harley is gone today so I can eat whatever I want. I am having baked roasted garlic, butter salmon (she hates fish) a baked sweet potato (she doesn't like these either) and steamed cauliflower (she does like this, but too bad) I have poured myself a glass of Saracco Moscato D'Asti wine while dinner cooks. Yum! A happy granny here.(This was on Sunday and it was delicious)  

Watching...


Sunday I was watching a NCIS, Los Angeles marathon. Most I have seen. Some I have not.

Reading...

I'm still working my way through Into the Water. It has finally picked up and I am enjoying it very much. I finished The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons on Audible. It was very good. The story is about the disappearance of Suzanne Lombard, ten years earlier. Suzanne was the daughter of a United States Senator, who is currently the Vice President of the United States who is running for the office of President. To Gibson Vaughn, Suzanne was like a sister. He is now an ex-Marine and an Internet hacker. He is asked by the former head of the senator's security detail to look into the death on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance. It is fast moving and very well written. These are my kind of books. Check it out on Audible! I had the book with the Audible so if I feel asleep I could find where I last remembered.



Creating...

An Easter mantle







Planning....

Don't you just love spring. So much to plan. A road trip or two. Some flowers for outside. Some cleaning and organizing for inside. So much to plan. 


A quote to share...





Photographing...

Practicing her prom makeup

my March bouquet





A final thought...

Spring brings hope, doesn't it?
Hope things will get better!
Here's hope for all my family and friends!




Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Currently....








Outside my window...

Oh my gosh is it windy today! The sky is clear and a beautiful blue. But the winds....
We are having wind gusts up in the 50 mph range. I have had two bird feeders blow down. And a stray black basket blew into my backyard. I chased it down and will find its owner when the winds die down. It is kind of scary because it was just a year ago we had wild fires all around us. So I hope people are really paying attention to burning, welding, cigarettes, and etc. 


Pondering..

I could go on and on with my ponderings this week. Will we ever see an end to stupidity in the White House?? I think I will just leave it there for now.



Watching...

I've been watching The Voice. I have not quite figured out what it is all about but I am learning. And I downloaded the iPhone app so I can play along. (Like I need another time-waster on my phone). I love Blake Shelton. I'm all about his team. What's up with Kelly Clarkson? I'm not a fan. She seems a bit on the fan-ish side to me. Anyway, are any of you fans of The Voice. 


Reading...

I'm still reading Into The Water. I am listening to The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons. I mostly listen to Audible at night when I am going to sleep. I have learned to set my sleep timer for 30 minutes and then it will automatically shut off. This way I don't have far to look to find where I last listened. Works for me!!

 
Creating...

I'm working on my mantle for spring and Easter. Easter will be here before we know it. Can you believe how fast this year is already zooming by?


Learning...

I have signed up to get some vitamins in the mail. I'll tell you more about it later (after I have been taking them for a bit) So I have been studying a bit about different herbs, plants, and vitamins. You go to the site and tell them about yourself and they pick what vitamins and herbs they think you need. You can check it out here. I had a coupon code for 50% off or I probably wouldn't have tried it out. Do you take vitamins or any kinds of herbs?


Planning....

Harley and I might be going on a road trip for Spring Break. We haven't decided yet. She is just a couple of months away from high school graduation. I might be taking a road trip in early summer with my cousin too. Things are in the planning stages at this point. I think it will be fun. 


A quote to share...




What's on my camera...

I cannot believe I have nothing to share from my camera. I need to take some pictures!




A Final thought...

I am thinking about getting a dog. Don't know yet what kind I will get. I want a little bit of a bigger dog. One that I can walk on a leash. One that won't potty in my house. A girl, I think. Not crazy about those boys and the leg heisting. One that doesn't shed tons. I'm just in the thinking stages. I'll soon be going through the empty nest syndrome again. So maybe it is a dog I need! Thoughts??

That is Paige with her dog and the others are pictures from Real Simple.
I would love to have a dog like those
But they are $700 each
Yikes!!