Monday, January 7, 2019

Currently.....2019








Outside my window...

Believe it or not we all made it to 2019 with little lost! HaHa! Outside my window we are having spring-like weather. I don't know whether to be happy or be fearful of what is down the pike in the way of winter. It is only early January after all!!.It is currently sunny and almost 60* here today. A beautiful clear blue sky!


Pondering..

The thing I am most pondering is one of the things I most HATE to do. And that is take down all the Christmas decorations. I am not really fond of putting them up either. Next year I might just be really sparse. But in 2018 it was very much necessary to put them up. Because Darian came home and spent three weeks with me. His first time home since he left for the Army almost two years ago. He is still living in Tennessee. Still single! Still working! Still acting like a kid. But he will turn 21 this month! It was good to have him home. (And just as good to see him leave. LOL)

Watching...

I have been watching a lot of You Tube videos. I can learn so much in little 30 minute chunks of time. Do you watch You Tube? I have some favorites I follow and then I just like to brown. 

Reading...

My reading has almost ceased to exist. I need to pick that back up in 2019. I tend to listen to more audio books now. And I enjoy that for the most part. I can't listen in the daytime. My mind wanders too much. I just finished listening to The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I am currently listening to Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter. I am also reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This book is written so you read a little bit each day. And it is a huge lesson in gratitude. Which is very good for me. So that sums up my current reading. I reached my goal of 45 books in Goodreads. Actually I read 53. So I have upped my goal this year to 50. Do you do Goodreads to track your books? If so I would love to be your friend!

 
Creating...

Not doing much creating here. I did not hardly touch my bullet journal while Darian was home. So I hope to get into it again. Whether it helps me stay on track or not I couldn't tell you. But I like working on it.

Planning....

We will be working on wedding plans slowly. They have changed the date again. It is to be sometime in the fall of 2020. This coming weekend we are going to a Bridal Expo in Wichita. She is looking forward to it.



What's in the kitchen...

I have not jumped back into menu planning. I am still getting Hello Fresh once a month. My new shipment just arrived so I do know what I will be eating in the next couple days. I got a new crockpot for Christmas. I just finished a big pot of Vegetable beef soup which was amazing. It is so hard to cook for ONE!


A quote to share...





A final thought....

I hope to be back into blogging on a more regular basis in the coming months. What have all my friends been up to so far this year?


Thursday, December 6, 2018

I'm still Alive.....

Just a little note to let you all know I am still alive and well. Just doing some reflections on life and deciding what I need to get back to blogging about. Hope all of you are well. The holidays are upon us!!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Currently.....








Outside my window...

Today is a gorgeous autumn day in Kansas. The wind is blowing a bit but that is not unusual here. The sky is blue and there is some coolness in the air. It is currently 59*. We have more rain moving into the area. But today is beautiful. 


Pondering..

I have been doing a bit of pondering lately. I have cleaned out my social media of people who I feel are toxic to my well-being. (I know some of you will go look to see if you are still on my list) Some are family. Some have been long time friends. Who needs it?? Life is too short for me to continue to hope you will see me as 'good enough' to be a part of the group. Just too short. 

Watching...

I have finally gotten caught up on A Million Little Things and New Amsterdam. Both really good new shows. Both emotional. But who doesn't need a good cry now and then?


Reading or Listening....

I am listening to a freebie from Kindle Unlimited (well since I pay for Kindle Unlimited I guess we can't call it a freebie) The Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell. I am enjoying it. It is the tale of woman who has lost her husband and all three kids in a plane crash. While on her way to end her own life she comes across a reclusive older gent who has his own deep mystery. 


Creating...

There is nothing much creative going on around this house. 


Planning....

I really don't have much in the plans either. (I must be boring). I sent out a text to all my family recently that I was not going to host a Thanksgiving dinner this year. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) there was not much push back. It is hard to get a day that agrees with everyone so I just decided I didn't want to try. I hear Swanson's has a good turkey TV dinner. LOL!


Drinking....





What's in the kitchen...

I have been using what I have in the kitchen and today I am going to the grocery store. So I plan to make some stews, soups, and chilies. That is how I roll in the winter. I am still loving Clicklist, so I just need to drive up and wait for them to load it up. Then drive home and unload it. They have finally started doing delivery here but it is $11.95. I can drive there and back many times before I use that much gas. But, I'm not ruling that out if the weather outside gets frightful! 

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Photos to share...
The road I walk 2-3 times a day 


My house

This quirky  little fellow




A final thought...





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

My Current Favorites

Can anyone believe it is Halloween 2018? I know I talk about this every month, but the older I get, the faster time seems to fly by.
Anyway I have some new favorites to tell you about.


This is a new cleanser I tried from Grove Collaborative. This is where I get a lot of my cleaning products from. In full disclosure this was a freebie. I haven't decided if it is something I will order again as it is $9.99 and I find that to be a bit much. But it is the coolest thing. It pushes up like a deodorant. It is very hydrating and the coffee is supposed to be energizing. It is a real treat to use. And my skin feels so soft afterwards. It's like a coffee break for your face. Ha! Ha!

I also ordered a KonJac Sponge from Grove to use when cleansing my face. I purchased the charcoal one because it is for sensitive skin. My sponge is black. It comes very hard and you have to soak it in warm water to soften and then use. It has a little thread attached and I hang it on the faucet when I am finished using it. This little sponge is made from the root of a Korean plant and it is great at exfoliation. I use it along with the cleanser above but you can use it alone. I swear the texture of my skin is improving. (and I'm not being paid to say this) 

Also, this month, I tried the Hello Fresh.
These were the two meals I received and they were both delicious. If you want to try them you can send me your email and I will be able to offer you a $40.00 off your first delivery. I also have 5 free boxes of Blue Apron to give away. I just need your email address. Let me know. My email is on the side bar.  

Honey Glazed Chicken

Grilled Mediterranean Steak

I've also been trying some snacks that are delivered from Graze. The first box was free. I got 4 snacks to try and I liked them. My first monthly box was $13.99 and I got 8 snacks. They are packaged in the perfect size for one person. That is $1.75 a snack. So far the ones I have tried are: 1)Grilled Cheese Crunch which had poppyseed onion sesame sticks, almonds, Gouda puffs,and ranch half popped kernels. 2)Natural Vanilla Seeds which included Vanilla pumpkin seeds and vanilla sunflower seeds. These snacks are calorie controlled and very nutritional. I'll let you know if I continue with this box. This is perfect for a single person who does not want to buy large bags and boxes of snacks that I will eat all by myself. Do you know what I mean??

My new favorites TV shows and Netflix binges are: 1) Dancing with the Stars (of course)
     2) A Million Little Things (oh my gosh another tear jerker)
     3) Shameless (I'm deciding on when to start season two)
     4) This Is Us (not new, but still a favorite)
     5) Survivor

I am also wanting to watching the back episodes of New Amsterdam so that I can start watching it each week. And I am hearing The Making of a Murderer on Netflix is really good. I will have plenty to watch. What are you watching?

Are you all ready for all the spooks and goblins to arrive on your doorsteps tonight? We don't get many in our neighborhood anymore. We are more a neighborhood of older people without kids. But I have a few treats on hand just in case.

Happy Halloween guys!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Currently....









Outside my window...


See that beautiful red bush in my neighbor's yard
My Oak tree last week

My oak tree today

Pondering..

I'm pondering whether or not to replace my goldfish. The one I have had for the past few years died last week. RIP Goldie 2! I spent the weekend cleaning the aquarium. There is still a Plecostomus living in a log inside the aquarium. I enjoy the fish! They are calming to watch. So I might make a trip to Walmart and get a couple small ones. I like the goldfish because they like cold water and I don't have to run a heater in the tank. That is why I'm not so into tropicals. It's just such a balancing situation. 


Reading...

I'm reading/listening to In Pieces by Sally Field and enjoying it. She had a tough childhood, like so many of us did. I am still planning to get back to Ghosted by Rosie Walsh.  

Creating...

I am creating a home for this little guy. He belonged to my brother Fred and his wife. They have had him since he was a baby, 12 years ago. You will remember my brother died in 2017 and his wife died in August. This little guy went to live with their grandson but that did not work out for a couple of reasons. (Mainly because they have a feisty dog and a even more feisty son) So Meet Beetle Bailey. We call him Bailey. He's very timid and shy. He has never walked on a leash, so we are learning how to do that. He is used to a doggie door but I do not have one (or a fenced yard). But I have a lot of love to give him. So we will work on all the other issues. I think he is getting used to living here. We take little walks 3 times a day. He's old and so am I; so we break them down into little walks. 


Beetle Bailey and the stuffed dog Fred bought me when I was wanting a little Yorkie!

Learning...

I have been learning all about Yorkies. Yesterday I gave him a bath. He didn't much like me for awhile afterwards. But he is okay today. I will probably have him groomed every few months and maintain him in between. This is the first in-door dog I have had in more than 40 years. So there is a learning curve here. LOL!

What's in the kitchen...

Today I am making Spicy Shrimp Pasta for my dinner. It is a Blue Apron dinner. On Saturday Justin and Paige came over and we went out to eat at Olive Garden. I made Justin a Shepherd's Pie to take home with him.

A quote to share...






A final thought...


Today, we are wishing this guy a very happy birthday. 43 years young! I love you Justin!



Monday, October 15, 2018

Currently.....It's Cold!!








Outside my window...

The sun is shining!!!! Yes! It has been a dreary few days with lots and lots of rain. And I mean lots. We have had much flooding. I live higher up than the town so it was only in my ditches and yard. Harley had to take a longer way to work because the main road to the nursing home was closed due to water over the road. And then the water went down. And yesterday it snowed. According to the National Weather Service it was 1898 the last time it snowed this early in Kansas City. We are a ways from Kansas City but I don't remember too many snows this early here in Hutchinson. The ground was covered (didn't stick to the streets) and it's all melted today. The temperature right now is 44* with a light wind. Cold!!


Pondering..

My youngest son has found out he has 5 bulging discs and servere spinal stenosis and a cyst putting pressure on his nerves. They are going to try some compression therapy and PT first. I hope no surgery. All prayers and good thoughts appreciated. It's always something, isn't it? 



Watching...

I have binge watched Season One of Shamless on Netflix. Not yet sure if I like it enough to watch 7 more seasons. Time will tell. What I have been loving is You Tube on my TV. So much better than watching on my phone or my desktop. I bought FireStick from Amazon and I am trying it out to see if I can get rid of Cox cable TV. (I will have to keep it for my Internet). Do any of you have experience with Firestick? With Hulu? Sling? All advice accepted.


Reading...

I finished Between Black and White by Robert Baily *** and started (again) Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh. I decreased the speed of her reading to see if I will enjoy it more on Audible. I also just downloaded In Pieces, by Sally Field to listen on Audible.  

Planning....

I don't have many plans right now but some coming down the road. I think!

What's in the kitchen...

Tonight, I have some leftover Taco meat and I will be making myself a Tostado for dinner. Thursday will be my Blue Apron delivery so that will take care of a few days. Otherwise, I am going to take it one day at a time. 




A quote to share...










A final thought...

As many of you know, I had a stillbirth. Yesterday she would have been 44 years old. I took a trip to the cemetery and had a peaceful few minutes of remembrance. I left some pink and purple flowers and a birthday crown on her grave site. Tonight I will light a candle in honor of her and all the other babies amongst the stars. You can read my first blog post about Elaine here if you are interested. 



Friday, October 12, 2018

No one Asked me, But, yes, Harley is Getting Married


For all of you who did not know: Harley is engaged. This happened in July. They now have plans for a fall 2020 wedding. No exact date yet set. We are planning a wedding! 






great acting


Will you marry me?


She  said yes!