We are having a beautiful, almost fall-like, day here in Kansas. The current temp is only 74* What?? It's August mother nature. Have you forgotten. They skies are partly cloudy. Thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday. YaY! Love that free water for the lawn. *I started this post yesterday Pondering.. I am pondering the week ahead. We are going to take a little road trip on Monday to eat dinner with Justin. Paige is coming over on Tuesday to spend the night. She starts school on Thursday. (her senior year too!) On Wednesday Harley's youth group at church will be having their Back 2 School paint party. (where they paint each other) and Friday is Harley's first day of the last year of high school. Is that a YaY? Or sad? Can't decide. Watching... We joined the millions of people who have Netflix and I have been binge-watching Scandal. Love the show. But I have only watched it the last few years. Also, have Grey's Anatomy on my check list. And I even made a spread in my Bullet journal to keep track of my watching. Now to limit my time in front of the TV. LOL! Not gonna happen.
Reading... Still with the same books and audios from last week. Reading Drawn by James Hankins. And I am determined to finish listening to Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos on my Nook audio before I move on to anything else. I am enjoying the book. I just don't make time for listening and I need to remedy that! Creating... Creating bullet journal spreads. And loving the fun of pencil and paper. Do any of you like to draw, color, paint? Learning... I haven't yet learned this but I need to. I have to create a schedule for myself that I am willing to follow. It is so easy to keep putting things off for tomorrow. Drinking.... The store was out of Turkey Hill Peach Tea this week so they substituted my order with Snapple Peach tea. Not the same but it will do. Harley says she likes it better. She said it tastes like "sucking on a peach." What's in the kitchen... Monday....eating in Wichita with Justin Tuesday...Paige will be here Wednesday...salad Thursday...Ham and cheese sandwiches Friday....Crunchy Taco Casserole Saturday...TBA Sunday...TBA A quote to share...
On my camera...
getting senior pictures started
Heather took this picture
as we left the field
it is now my screensaver
On my dining table
A final thought....
I am sad about this last week in our great country. We need to find a way to accept EVERYBODY. We need to avoid war at all costs. I hope we will soon see a President that will try to unite this country and stop
provoking people to hate and fight in wars. God Bless America!!
So good to see you again. You come often to visit and we enjoy you. Soon we will enjoy you even more. Harley goes to school for the first day this next Friday!!
Dear Bank Fraud Department:
Imagine my surprise on Monday morning when I received a text from my bank's fraud department. And it was so early. I almost ignored it. Thinking it was a hack. Then I checked my emails and saw that I had an email as well. Plus almost $200. worth of charges to iTunes! What the heck. I rarely use iTunes. And never to the tune of $200. So I quickly called the number they provided me with and my debit card was blocked. Then I had to make a trip to the bank. I wasn't the first customer of the day to fill out fraud papers against someone buying from iTunes. Kelsey at the bank was very gracious. She helped get the proper paper work done and a new debit card made and I was on my way in under 30 minutes. It took a few days for the money to be returned to my account. But all is 'almost' back to normal. Still waiting on a $35 refund. I am so grateful for my bank being on top of these kinds of things. I DO check my account everyday and make sure the charges are all mine. But they beat me to it on Monday!!
Dear High School:
Thank you so much for on-line enrollment. So much better than back in the day when I had to go to the school and walk down a long line of tables filling out papers and paying fees. Hasn't it been wonderful to have the INTERNET in our lives? (Well except when someone is frauding my bank account).
We are already at the end of the first week of August! Here are a few of my favorite things from July.
I jumped on the 'essential oils' bandwagon in July. I bought three. Lemon, grapefruit, and eucalyptus. I've used both the lemon and the grapefruit in my drinking water. I have put lemon in my Scentsy warmer. And I love them. Especially the grapefruit in my water. Oh so refreshing. I'm learning what these three are about before I move onto buying more. Did you know that grapefruit essential oil can stimulating the immune system, curb sugar cravings, and help with weight loss? I didn't know that either. And I'm not sure I totally believe it. But I'm going to research and do my own testing. I bought mine through Grove Collaborative because I get an order from them every three months or so. The brand is Aura Cacia. More affordable than some of the higher priced brands out there.
My favorite drink in July has to be the Cherry Limeaid. McDonald's put out a fairly decent one this summer. And Harley would make sure I got one at least once a week. But I also tried a new cocktail when I was out to dinner with Justin one evening. Watermelon Sangria! Oh my goodness. So delicious.
Back to Grove Collaborative I forgot to mention the Lavender Room spray they sell. I love it. I spray it in my room at night and on my pillow and blanket. And it smells like a tiny bit of heaven. It doesn't take but a tiny mist and it only cost $4.99 for an 8 ounce bottle. Love it! I had two favorite books. One I read and one I listened to. I have reviewed them both on my blog. You can find the reviews by clicking on these titles. The Dry by Jane Harper and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Both really, really good books. But what I have spent most of July loving has been my new 'hobby' the bullet journal. If you are interested in finding out more about bullet journals visit this blog : Boho Berry. She does some amazing layouts. I'm not nearly that talented. But I am enjoying finding my creative side. I am a list maker and using a bullet journal really allows me to do this. So far in July I have researched moon phases, cleaning challenges, and the Miracle Morning. I use my bullet journal to take notes and see how I can incorporate some of these into my life. Here is just a sneak peek at what I have created thus far.
And finally who doesn't like to eat salads in the summertime? We eat them a lot. And I have my favorites. Here is one of them.
I adapted the recipe and made it my own. I found the original on Taste of Home which has some fabulous recipes. But here's how I make it.
1 (pan) cornbread cubed 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 bag mixed salad 2 large tomatoes chopped 1 (15.5-ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15.5-ounce) can sweet corn drained 1 (8-ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium purple onion diced 8 ounces Bacon Ranch Dressing 4 green onions thinly sliced (optional)
Layer a large bowl with half each of cubed cornbread, lettuce, and next five ingredients; spoon half of dressing evenly over top.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients and dressing. Garnish with green onions is optional.
Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Before serving toss gently or serve layered.
We eat ours as soon as I put it together. I don't like for things to get soggy. But it would probably taste good chilled first.
Hope you enjoyed my July favorites. Did you discover anything new in July that became your favorite??
Many of those around me are anticipating the weekend. So many fun things to accomplish. Resting and relaxing from their busy schedules. Not me. No siree! All my days are like Friday now. Or Saturday and Sunday. I'm retired and that is one of the benefits of being retired. One of the much anticipated rewards! So there! Dear Creators of EZMoves:
Such a brilliant creation. Harley and I deep cleaned her room this week. We purchased a little vanity table for her and we needed to make room. So the dresser (which started out many, many, many years ago as the dresser for Papa's baby clothes...yep, old) is going to find a new home in my dining room. But that thing is really heavy. And just Harley and me were home. Then I remembered my cousin buying me these awesome little foam sliders. And biz, bang, boo that dresser became the easiest thing in the world to move down the hallway and into the dining room. Now to repaint it and make it into a cabinet for my craft supplies. Thank you creators of EZMoves. Dear Mother Nature: I feel like I write a letter to you every week for one reason or another. But today's weather is W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. At 10:00 a.m. it is only 66* outside. And that, my friend, is great. And it really is August. Thank you Mother Nature. Dear Producers of Big Brother TV Show: This is the worst season of TV bullying I have seen ever. I cannot believe someone hasn't stepped in and put a stop to it yet. And I can't tear my eyes away from the train wreck of a show. I guess that is why it is still so popular. To all my fellow BB fans, what say you? Looking ahead to Sunday!
This is my kind of book. I love a good mystery. I had never heard of this author but he came recommended by my friend Wendy. (check out her blog) The writing of this book was really, really good. Charlie Beckham is a rising assistant district attorney, getting ready to prosecute the biggest case of his career. But as he is hurrying to court on the first morning he passes a homeless man. He has seen this man before and never paid much attention. On this day the homeless man looks up at Charlie and says "Hi Wiley". No one has ever called Charlie "Wiley" except for his brother, who has been missing for 13 years. Charlie blows his first day in court. All he can think about is finding the homeless man. Together Charlie and Bonz chase the story of why Charlie's brother went missing 13 years ago. And find themselves deep into the Italian mob. As they run for their lives to bring justice for Charlie's brother can they become friends. I've read a little bit about the author and he says this story came to him as he passed the same homeless man on his way to work everyday. One day he wondered how creepy it would be if the man called him by name. The two main characters of the story are well developed. And I fell in love with both of them. Even though there is a lot of horrific crime I was happy with the ending. There were times I wondered if it would turn out well. Love this author. I have purchased another of his books today.