Monday, September 3, 2018

Currently....








Outside my window...

Rain, rain, and more rain. That is what the weather has been like here the past few days. And that, with heat, makes humidity! I am ready for fall. Maybe! But not winter. Can we just skip winter please??


Pondering..

Always so much to ponder. Do you remember when I talked about my brother, Fred, who died in April 2017? Well, this past week his wife died. I haven't seen her much since Fred's passing. She has been sick and sounds like she was ready to meet Fred again. So we had a funeral to attend this past week. Attending these funerals makes one remember that we are now the older family members and each day is precious. Tomorrow is never promised. 

Watching...

Still watching Big Brother. Will be glad it is over. I have been binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I like the story-line but goodness there is way too much sex!! Can you remember back when there was never sex on TV. And NEVER, EVER between women....

Reading...

I am reading What Women Fear by Angie Smith. Good! And I am listening to The Restless Wave by John McCain. Parts of it are read by John but the biggest portion is read by Beau Bridges. This book covers from 2008 to the present. So sad to have lost such an American hero. I watched all of the funerals this past week. WOW! That is a lot to go through for his family. I don't think I would have ever made it through the week if I would have had to keep repeating memorial services over and over. But this American hero deserved this kind of send off. He gave so much for this country. He was not a perfect man and I wasn't on his political team but I respected him a lot!!

Creating...

I have been thinking about my fall mantle but haven't done much about it as of yet. So that creating is going on in my mind. 

Drinking....

Justin came over on Saturday and we went to lunch at the Cancun Mexican Grill. We decided to have a Margarita sampler. We each tried 5 different flavors of margaritas. And, oh yummy, were they good. We also had some really good Mexican food. And we both came home and took a nap. Really, those glasses were not all that big. But tequila in the middle of the day.....


What's in the kitchen...

I'm not really meal planning right now. I need to get back to it though. I eat better when I meal plan. I am still getting the Blue Apron meals once a month (which provides me with 2 varieties=4 meals) Yesterday I had a spicy chicken with couscous and green beans and tomatoes with Tzatziki sauce. It was very good. Spicy, but yummy!


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A final thought....

I have some company coming this month. That will keep me busy for a couple of weeks. And I am going to really force myself to get back to downsizing and working on the garage. After the weather is cooler. It is too hot to spend long days in a hot, hot garage. What are you guys up to? Looking forward to fall??








Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August Favorites

I had favorites in July. But I didn't write about them. What the heck??? But these are some of my favorites for August.

I have some new dish cloths to rave about. I love these  crocheted dish cloths. I'm sure you've all seen them. I bought a couple of them years ago at a craft show. And my mom had given me a couple. But I use bleach to keep them white, white, white. And eventually they wear out. This summer mine were so worn out that I started to need to find some more. I never go to craft shows anymore. But I have
a talented blog friend whom I met on line. So I reached out to her to see if she made them. If you don't follow her blog you should. It is called Laws of Gravity She made me my dishcloths and I am in love with them. She also has an Etsy shop called Zizi Rho Designs. I bought one of her adorable lip balm key chains for Harley last year so she could attach her lip balm to her book bag. She is still using it now in college. Might need to replace it soon. It is looking a bit ratty. 

I also got the cutest little salt grinder and love having it sit on my counter, by the stove. It is called the Kikkerland Rivsalt Grater Set. I will link you to Amazon to see it. Mine has the pink Himalayan Salt and I love using it. So cute. 

Have I talked about my new Bible? I don't think I have but I am pretty forgetful. I ordered it from Amazon too. As you know, I love adult coloring. And this is so beautiful. It is called the Inspire Praise Bible. It is the NLT edition. You can do Bible journaling as well because there are  blank, lined, pages as well as the ones that can be colored. I find coloring to be very relaxing. 
the edge is so pretty



Some of the pages I have finished


I  participated in an online Bible Study with a nice group of ladies. It lasted 6 weeks and was so fun. This is the book we used and it was amazing. It really links the entire Bible in a 'seamless' manner. Angie Smith is a fabulous author. She makes reading fun. I  used some of her You Tube sessions along with the study. Have you ever done any personal Bible studies on your own. I would love to hear about them. Right now I am reading Angie's book What Women Fear.I'm enjoying it as well. 


Have you ever used (and loved) Dove soap. I used to always use it to wash my face. But it leaves a lot of soap scum in the shower so I stopped using it. Recently I found Dove Beauty cream at Dollar Tree (you know this is my favorite store). And I am in love with Dove all over again. This little tub of lotion is all I use on my face right now. And the smell is so fresh. Smells just like the bar soap. 

A new wine I tried this month is from the Barefoot brand is the Pink Rose. I think I might have tasted Rose years ago but had forgotten what it tasted like. It's not dry and not overly sweet. But right in the middle. It has sweet cherries and watermelon. Who would have thought. I'm not really a wine connoisseur. But I like to drink it. I've enjoyed a bottle (or so) of this. I also like their moscato and their sangrias. Yummy. I might be having a glass later today. 

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Mine has been pretty uneventful. I'll be catching you up with a "Currently" pretty soon. Tell me what are your favorites this month? 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Curry Chickpea Salad

I have absolutely loved living on one-dish meals this summer. And salads are always big on my list. The idea of this salad came from one of my favorite You-Tube friends, Christopher Allen. I used his basic idea and then doctored it up to suit me. This is the first time I have ever used the spice, curry, and I love it!


Ingredients:

can chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
Celery
green onions
grapes, cut in half
green apple, diced
mayo
lemon juice
salt and pepper
Curry powder

I have made this several times this summer and I LOVE it. I have gotten brave and used more curry powder each time. It is my new favorite spice. Christopher eats his in a tortilla wrap, but I just like mine in a dish. 

What do you think of curry powder?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Book Reviews-The President Is Missing

I've been listening to books on Audible this summer. Mostly when I am going to sleep at night. I just set the timer to go off in 30 minutes and listen away.



The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton was one of those books. Talk about a couple of unlikely people getting together to write a book. It is a fictional thriller in which President Clinton collaborated to give the book authenticity. NO NATIONAL SECRETS WERE GIVEN AWAY. We've already seen these types of secrets on movies produced by Hollywood. But I am sure there will plenty of disparaging comments made. I, for one, love Bill Clinton. So nothing but praise here.

The book is about President Jonathan Lincoln
Duncan. He is preparing to testify before a congressional hearing that his staff is highly encouraging him not to testify in front of. (sound familiar?). There are a group of people who are very intent on impeaching President Duncan. President Duncan has been informed there is a terrorist group that is threatening to unleash a virus on the United States computer servers and all electronic devices. This will affect the country's power grids, medical records, financial systems and much more. (Now that is scary as hell, right??) 

The book is all about how the President and a select few heads of States and staff go about trying to keep this virus from affecting our country. 

The chapters are really short. That keeps it moving pretty fast. The Audible version had some questionable  voices, but not a lot, so I managed to get through it.

I liked the book. It wasn't a typical James Patterson book. Maybe that's why I liked it. Haha!. I give it a solid ***. That means it is a good story. It is also scary to think what a virus could do. Sure hope none of those Russians are reading.   

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What??? It's August already?








Outside my window...

We are now into the end of the first week of August. I have no idea where the time goes. I would like to report that I am busy, busy, busy, and getting lots done. But that wouldn't be true. The weather here in Kansas has cooled a bit. It is only 88* right now. Clear blue skies but I understand it will cloud up later. And barely a breeze. My kind of summer day.


Pondering..

I am pondering exactly what it will take to get me motivated again. Any suggestions? I'm game to hear all you have.

Watching...

Still watching Big Brother. But I don't seem to have my heart in it this summer. It has been pretty clear to me from the very first week that CBS has chosen Tyler to be this year's winner. And I have simply lost interest. Lots of bullying inside that house too. And on the Internet about the show. And how about the news about Julie's husband??


Reading... I'm still reading The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn. Not making much progress there either. You might start to notice a common theme here. I have been reading and learning about essential oils. And the Bible Study Seamless by Angie Smith. So there's that.

Listening....I'm listening to Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt. It is the first of a trilogy of books about a lawyer. So far, so good. 

 
Creating...My creative outlet is still my bullet journal. And I have been keeping notes on the Bible study and have been making them a bit creative as well. 

Learning...It has been interesting to see how all of the Bible fits together. It certainly does not go in chronological order. And to study the lineage of the people is fascinating too.

Planning....My plans, now that I am living alone, aren't made ahead of time. They follow more of a day to day basis. Sometimes even hour to hour. How do you plan?


Drinking....Still drinking lots and lots of water. Occasionally I will have a pop (coke, soda,what are they called where you live?)


What's in the kitchen...Recently I was offered a free week with Blue Apron. So I took them up on the offer. I got my first two meals for the week delivered, on the front porch, on a Thursday in mid-July. The first meal was Seared Chicken in Coconut-Peach Broth with Bok Choy and Jasmine Rice. I had never tried Bok Choy before. This meal was delicious. It makes enough for two. So I had one for dinner two nights in a row. Next meal was Beef and Mushroom Burgers with Roasted Onion and Marinated Cabbage. This was good too. And again....lasted for two meals. Have you tried any of these delivered meals?? I have now tried another week (at an introductory cost of $26) Still a pretty good price for 4 meals. I will let you know how it goes. I think these are pretty good options for a single person who doesn't mind trying new things. 


A quote to share...





On July 21 it was 4 years since Richard died



A final thought...It's been awhile since I have written anything here. And I have not been very loyal at following my friends' blogs. I usually slow down in the summer but I was reminded by a favorite family member that I may have slowed down a bit too much this summer. I will try to be better at posting regularly. Wouldn't want my family not to know what's going on, now would I??



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Currently.....









Outside my window...

It's summer! What more can I say about summer? Our temperatures hover in the upper 90's. We have humidity which comes and goes with whether or not we have had moisture. We had rain yesterday so the humidity today is higher. The skies are blue and the sun is shining. It is summer!


Pondering..

I ponder and ponder about the state of Washington D.C. Never in all of my 67 years on this earth have I been more ashamed of the actions and behaviors of our very own President. We would be screaming from the roof tops if other leaders from countries came into the United States and talked about our leader the way our President is doing on this NATO summit. It is embarrassing and so unnecessary. I have good friends and family members who support him and I ask myself every single day what is it they are seeing that I am not seeing. He is nasty. He is childish. And he is DANGEROUS!



Watching...

I'm watching Big Brother. It doesn't seem as good to me as in years past. I haven't picked a favorite yet. I know a lot of people like Tyler. I see Tyler a lot like I saw Paul these past two years. If you are obviously in control of the game this early on then there is a good chance you won't make it to the end. I liked Steve. But, of course, him being the oldest house guest he was voted out first. I thought Swaggy was playing a good game but his ego got the best of him. I can't pick a single girl that I will throw my support to yet. Like I said, just not feeling it. Are you watching? Do you have a favorite? Do you watch the live feeds? Or Big Brother After Dark on POP?


Reading...

I just finished (listening to) The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. I enjoyed it. I think I might have liked it better if I had read it instead of listening. I don't know. I'm pretty much over James Patterson books. The concept behind the book is scary. And it might just well already be going on here in America. A small part of it anyway. Look at how Russia has messed in our elections. Well, most of us believe they have.

Creating...

Taking down the Fourth of July mantle and decorating for the rest of summer. It will probably have a lot of sunflowers. Can you believe we are half-way through July already?


Learning...

I am going to be starting a new Bible Study tomorrow. It is called Seamless by Angie Smith. I am participating with a Facebook group. This study ties all the Bible together from Genesis to Revelations in one seamless story! I am looking froward to it. The study lasts for 7 weeks. 

Planning....

Not much going on here. I'm not really planning anything much at the moment. 


Drinking....

I just finished a wonderful summer cocktail that consisted of Vanilla vodka, orange juice with a splash of cranberry juice. Yummy good!



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A final thought...

Hope everyone is having a good summer. Life is good here. Things are happening but nothing worth sharing at this point. I'm enjoying the quiet and learning to love living alone. 




Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Favorites

I cannot believe we just completed another month in the year 2018. Time just keeps on truckin', doesn't it?

Oh let's talk about my favorites for the month of June. 

This month I have fallen into love with some of my old favorites. I have been eating more popcorn. Just the plain old microwave kind. Nothing new here. But I like a bowl of corn at bedtime. 



While shopping at my favorite place to shop, The Dollar Tree, I bought a package of Twizzles. No, not the strawberry kind. But the black licorice kind. Yum! In love all over again. 









I don't usually watch The Late Show with James Corden but I do love his car pool karaoke segments. A You Tube friend recommended watching this one. I grew up when the Beatles were getting famous in America. I wasn't a big fan then (because I was country, when country wasn't cool) but I do like them now. The older stuff. We got pretty good at singing along with the Beatles when we went through our Rock Band on the Wii phase at my house. Take the time to listen. I need some tissues!!!!



Years ago, on a Mother's Day, I was given a gorgeous orchid. And this year, on Mother's Day, Harley surprised me again with an orchid. And they are both blooming. And both are my favorite plants this month.

From years ago

From this year



I am so glad to live in a time where we have air conditioning. Aren't you? I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I am loving my A/C this month. And all the fans: ceiling and floor alike. But I dread that bill.

So as you can see there is not a lot of products in the favorites this month. More of falling in love (or staying in love) with old favorites. What are you enjoying right now? Do you have any new or old favorites?