Sunday, October 14, 2018

{ Trip to the bookstore - Blogtober 2018 }


Ever feel like a sermon was made for you specifically?  Like when the Pastor was getting ready to work on his message, God popped into his mind and said "this one is for Sandra, she NEEDS to hear this week".

I swear there are days that I feel just like that.

As I always do, every Sunday morning, I begin my day with coffee, my bible, my notebook and Pastor Furtick's live sermon.

Today's sermon wasn't by Pastor Furtick, but by Pastor Jonathan Josephs, and it was so good too.  The message today?  Changing our minds, renewing our minds and how to change the way we think to align our thoughts with the Lords'.

I know I've mentioned it before and invited you all, but if you feel led, every Sunday morning, afternoon and night, the Elevation Church broadcasts live on Youtube so that everyone around the world can join in and listen to the word.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

{ Another rainy day - Blogtober 2018 }


Well, another super dark and rainy day.  Both hubby and I were surprised at just how cold it felt this morning, we both had on sweat pants and long sleeves and sweaters.  It was that much of a temperature change from the usual hot weather around here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

{ Reminded me of living on base - Blogtober 2018 }


40 degrees, rainy, dark, cloudy and gloomy and everything that makes me happy.  Kinda weird saying that isn't it, like how many people admit they like gloomy days? 

Usually people will say "it's a beautiful day", when referring to blue skies and hot weather. 

I'm the opposite, I see rain and dark days that only illuminate with candles and I get the warmest and happiest of feelings. 

{ A Tall Dark Cowboy by Maisey Yates - TLC Book Tour }

Mass Market Paperback: 496 Pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (October 1, 2018)

It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy!

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About Maisey Yates

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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My thoughts:

It's that time of year to start getting into the Christmas Spirit.  I know, we haven't even had Halloween or Thanksgiving, but truthfully for me, when it gets midway through October, I go full Christmas mode.

Just in time for that, I got Maisey Yates newest Christmas romance "A Tall Dark Cowboy". 

It's everything you could ask for in a romance story, filled with holiday cheer and very handsome cowboys.

Here we have the quintessential romance characters.  Both been through rough patches in their lives, both discouraged, and both not looking for any long term commitment, but, there's that nagging chemistry and the attraction between two people who would rather be anywhere but near each other.

It's the usual romance story that I absolutely love, and no matter how much I know the ending, or what is surely to come, I still can't help reading, and loving every moment, and falling in love with the characters and their antics as they try to avoid what they both know is going to happen anyway.

Super cute story that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit :)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

{ I forgot how much I loved knitting - Blogtober 2018 }


I always tell myself that this day and that day, I'm going to do nothing, just relax and not get off the couch.

And then that day comes around, and no matter how awful I'm feeling, I get up and get moving, because that's just how I am.  Or maybe that's how us women are?  I mean, I can only speak for myself, but this seems to be the norm, feeling guilty for taking some downtime.

Anyway, I had every intention of doing nothing, but guess what?  I didn't Hahahah

{ Lady of a Thousand Tresures by Sandra Byrd - TLC Book Tour }

Hardcover: 464 Pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 9, 2018)

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry–the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust–who in her life is false or true, brass or gold–and what is meant to be treasured.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

{ I didn't even take a picture - Blogtober 2018 }

It was one of those days where I was so busy with house cleaning and cooking, that I didn't even get a single photo taken, of anything, other than the chicken I was making......and well, that's not exactly what I wanted to show on today's post.

But I guess there will be days like these, where the need to get things done, far surpasses the need to snap pics while I'm doing it. 

I gave the bathroom a good clean, and as always when I am scrubbing bath tubs, I end up with a sore shoulder and back.  Par for the course.

{ Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners - TLC Book Tour - GIVEAWAY }

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (October 16, 2018)

A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel

Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet’s carefully constructed world.

In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year’s Baumgartner holiday letter…

Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

{ Life moves on, whether we're ready to or not - Blogtober 2018 }


One minute you are living life as it is, comfortable, normal, familiar, then in just a split second, it changes.

I was thinking about this very thing, the fact that something heartbreaking happens, something that hurts so deeply that you feel like there is no way you can get past it.  You question how people can continue like nothing happened, wanting them to understand the pain you are in, but the truth of the matter is that life does go on.

The world doesn't stop spinning and things remain the same.  The house looks the same, the routines stay the same, you still need to cook and clean, do laundry, go to work, go to school and so on.

Monday, October 8, 2018

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/08/2018 }

Good morning friends.

It is a cloudy and cold, rainy day here in North Texas.  The house is still fast asleep, my husband is off work today so he is getting some much needed extra sleep.  He is very much struggling with the loss of Bella, obviously more deeply than the rest of us are and that is understandable.  Just hurts to see him this way.

We always look to our husbands as the strong guys, the ones in charge, the ones who can get through anything, and when we see them down, emotional, vulnerable, it's quite hard to deal with it.  I'm letting him grieve however he needs to, sometimes offering advice or help, but for the most part, I'm supporting him without being overbearing, and that is exactly what he needs at the moment.

The house feels so empty without Bella, especially when we walk through the office, which was her special place to be.  But, such is the cycle of life and we have to push through and continue on with one foot in front of the other.

Thank you all for the comments, they mean the world.  I know for some people out there, it's just a dog, but for dog lovers such as us, it's a member of the family.

Anyway, let's move on and see what is happening in our Happy Homemaker Monday's.

{ The Impossible Girl - Book Winner }

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for a chance at winning a copy of Lydia Kang's Impossible Girl :)

I used to pick the winner, and the result was:

Comment #5 - Danielle

Congratulations Danielle, I've contacted you through email, please respond within 48 hours :)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

{ We lost Bella - Blogtober 2018 }

I wish I had the words right now to say how much my heart is hurting.  But I don't, and I don't want to even try to express it here because I believe that, when you love a pet as much as we love ours, you understand all too well the pain of losing them.

Twelve hours we watched her slowly fading away, there was nothing more that could be done for our Bella and we chose to let her go peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family.

It was excruciating at times and even though we knew it was coming, and we had prepared ourselves for it, the moment it happened, our hearts shattered.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

{ When things start falling apart but you push through - Blogtober 2018 }

Oh friends, my heart is so sore.

Our dear Bella is not doing well, and we are watching her fade away right before our eyes.  I find myself going between wanting it all to just end so that she can be pain free and at peace, or wanting her to stay with us longer.

It's excruciatingly heartbreaking witnessing a pet go through this.

Feels like the past two days we've received blow after blow.  At times like these human nature wants you to yell out and blame or question God, but if there's one thing I have learned is that, it is never the solution, and so instead of questioning or flailing my arms in despair, I thank God even in these dark moments.

We are going from minute to minute, hour to hour, just pushing through, just making it.

I'm sorry if I don't have anything else to share with you, or a long post about my day, my heart is just not in it.

I'll keep you all updated though, and I'm sure by tomorrow or Monday I'll be back to normal blogging.

Have a blessed night!!!

Friday, October 5, 2018

{ Prayers needed - Blogtober 2018 }

Bit of a hard day with a few things going on.

First and foremost I would like to ask you all for prayers for my mother in law Pat, she has been fighting breast cancer for so long, and is faced with yet another hurdle.

Secondly, our Bella hasn't been doing well and we fear she may not make it the next few days.  It's always so hard watching a pet slipping away.

I will be back tomorrow with hopefully a better post for you all, but for the moment, we are just struggling with a few things and holding onto the Lord's hand quite tightly.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

{ Typical day and a mug cake - Blogtober 2018 }

I thought I would start my post a little differently than usual today, by actually showing you a little clip of the view out my kitchen window.

When I sit and do dishes, I almost always have my window wide open, so that I cansit and listen to the birds and look out at the trees and the alpacas across the road.  I'm often in awe of God's creation, the colors, the thought that went into every single thing, whether animal or plant.

It's absolutely incredible!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

{ New cookbooks and the usual pottering around - Blogtober 2018 }


My mornings tend to start in the same fashion, well at least the past few months.  I get up at 6am, make Curt's coffee and lunch, and then see him off to work.

Marley and I will then head back to the bedroom and climb back into bed.  I don't sleep, I just pop on the telly and catch up on some Youtube vlogs for about an hour or so.

But just that hour of quiet, the house still fast asleep, the sun just starting to rise and the day slowly coming to live, does wonders for my soul.  It really helps set the pace for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

{ October 2nd - Blogtober 2018 }


Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog :)

First I want to congratulate myself for actually sticking to and blogging, for the whole month of September.  I didn't think that I would be able to do it, if I'm to be honest with you.  I've tried before to get back into blogging and it didn't work, and I think it didn't work because it wasn't meant to and I wasn't in the right frame of to speak.

I'm so happy and proud of myself for not falling off the wagon though :)

And since I've been daily blogging, it has made me fall in love with my blog all over again, which means, I don't want to stop blogging or go long periods of time again without posting.  I'm sure I'll be able to stick with it, but just in case I don't, I have given myself another goal and that is to do a Blogtober through every day this month.

Monday, October 1, 2018

{ The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang - TLC Book Tour and GIVEAWAY }

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 18, 2018)
Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.

Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.

Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought after as an endangered prize.

Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.

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{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/01/2018 }

Good morning everyone, and Happy October!!!

Yes, October, can you believe it?

I'm switching up the Happy Homemaker Monday button to a more Fall like one, feel free to use in your own posts this month.

I woke up with a headache after a night of no sleep....again.  But, what can you do, it seems to be a common occurrence as I've gotten older.

Anyway, let's get right on to our post for today, I have a TON on my to do list and not sure if I have the energy to get through it, but I'm certainly going to try.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

{ A day for running errands }

Yesterday was one of those days where I was out for a while and didn't get to do much at home.

I don't mind a day like that, once in a while, but those kind of days always seem to reiterate the fact that I'm a homebody and that is where I like to be.

Housework was done in the morning and then at noon I had a hair appointment.

I was thinking about growing out my hair and actually planned on doing just that, but when I got to the hairdresser, I changed my mind, as I often do.  What happened was a choppity chop like I haven't had in many many years. 

I think the last time I had my hair this short was back in Arizona.

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook then you probably will have seen my newest cut.  I'm still getting used to, it's a bit shorter than I wanted but it's hair and it will grow out.

Friday, September 28, 2018

{ Kitchen day and a little change in publishing posts }


Good morning everyone.  It's a gorgeous day here in North Texas, there is not a single cloud in the blue sky, 63 degrees and just beautiful. 

Yesterday was a kitchen day for me, and I'll show you below what I did, but I first wanted to talk about the blog posts and when I'm putting them up and so forth.

First and foremost, I have to say I'm so proud of myself for sticking with the daily posting all month long.  I didn't think I could do, it's been a while since I've deliberately taken the time to sit down and put up and update every day, and you know how it goes,w hen you lose that habit it's quite hard to get back into it.

But I pushed through, the first two weeks were the hardest, I would sometimes get ready for bed and realize I didn't get the post up so quickly get back up, turn the computer back on and edit photos, post and so on.

I'm happy I did though because I have the love for blogging back and I'm enjoying the daily blogging again.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

{ Cool temps and another dark rainy day }


Ok, I have been wanting cooler temps, but I wasn't expecting to feel cold last night and all day today.  I actually put on my robe on top of my clothes, halfway through the day. 

The high temp today?

59 degrees!!!! 

Yes, yes, yessss.

{ Lone Star Christmas by Delores Fossen - TLC Book Tour }

Series: A Coldwater Texas Novel (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (October 1, 2018)

A family crisis brings him home…
Just in time for Christmas
Cattleman Callen Laramie has no intention of returning to his hometown of Coldwater, Texas, until a Christmas wedding and a family secret convince him he has no choice. And when he’s reunited with his childhood crush, the girl who’d always been off-limits, Callen knows leaving might not be so easy this time.
Shelby McCall is as pretty as a Christmas snowfall, and Callen wants to kiss her under the mistletoe…and the Christmas tree…and the stars. But once Shelby knows the whole truth behind this homecoming, will their holiday fling come to an abrupt end? Or will she accept the gift of his heart?

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About Delores Fossen

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.

Connect with Delores

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My Thoughts:

You know those quintessential feel good romances that we all grew up reading?

The ones where you know the ending but you still can't help diving into the story and giving it your full attention?  Yes, those.  That is what you can expect from Delores Fossen latest romance Lone Star Christmas.

Of course the fact that I live in Texas makes the title even more relevant to me, but that's besides the point.

The story follows Callen who left his town of Coldwater, Texas behind and moved on with his life elsewhere.  When a wedding brings him back to the town he would rather have forgotten, he knows that it's inevitable that he may run into the woman that he has always loved but never been able to have.

The rest, well, you know what is going to happen so need for me to tell you, but really truly, you have to read this cute Christmasy romance, it will make you smile from beginning to end.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

{ Dewy mornings, butterflies and preserving gourds }


The past few mornings, we've woken up to foggy car windows, and gorgeous dewy grass.  It's a sure sign that Fall is upon us and the mornings are getting cooler.

I love sitting out back in the early morning and watching the sun shining on all the dew drops, it creates such a beautiful backdrop.

Monday, September 24, 2018

{ Usual Monday }


I always find that my Mondays are pretty much the same.

The weekend means relaxation, taking it easy, not being so on top of putting things away immediately or tidying it all up and so forth.

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/24/2018 }

Good morning, welcome back to the Happy Homemaker Monday.

Woke up feeling as if I could sleep at least another 2 or 3 hours, it's been a very busy weekend and I didn't get any time to sit down and relax, but never mind that, it's full steam ahead with the last week of September.  Can you believe that???

Before we know it Thanksgiving will be upon us and then Christmas and we're heading into 2019.   Somebody make it slow down hahah

Anyway, let's see what's happening in our households this week!!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

{ Weekend in review }

Oh my friends, it is the first time this weekend that I'm getting a spare moment to come in and put up a post. I don't have very long however, because the family is coming over for dinner at 6 o' clock and it's already after 3.  This weekend has been a whirlwind and I'm a bit frustrated that it's already halfway through Sunday and I haven't had much time at all to relax.....but, that's ok.

I haven't even taken pictures of any kind the past two days, I haven't had the chance to pick up the camera, but I'll tell you real quick what I've been up to.

Friday, September 21, 2018

{ Scariest moment of my life and prayer request }

You guys, I can't even begin to tell you just how scared I was last night.

If you follow me on Instagram then I'm sure you've seen by now, if not, then I'll point you in that direction so that you can see the video I posted last night.



My day started out like any other, the sun was shining, there were hardly any clouds in the sky, and it was just a nice cool fallish day.

{ The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore - TLC Book Tour }

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 14, 2018)

International bestselling author Santa Montefiore continues the story of the Deverill family in the third book in her beautiful and moving Deverill Chronicles trilogy—perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Beatriz Williams.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

{ Cooking Thursday - Beef Casserole }

Hey everyone :)

It's been quite a while since I've done a Cooking Thursday and I've quite missed them, so here I am with a recipe for you today.

Beef Casserole, well actually it's a bit like a cottage pie but instead of mash we use cubed fried potatoes.  It is a nice change to the usual cottage pie though I still really do love that comforting dish on a cold winter day.

Right, let me show you how to make this delicious dish for your family, and as always, if you do try it, won't you let me know how you liked it, or how it turned out?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

{ What I watch on Youtube }


I'm often asked what I watch on Youtube, because I usually mention that I watch quite a few vlogs.

Instead of replying individually to one person at a time, I think it will be easier if I just make a post on it, share my faves and maybe you will find a new favorite to enjoy from my list, who knows.

My Youtube tastes have changed a bit over time, but for the most part, 99% of my Subscription list is vlogs from the UK.  I know, we live in the US, but I don't really enjoy the local vloggers as much as I do the overseas ones.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

{ The Removes by Tatjana Soli - TLC Book Tour }

About The Removes

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (June 12, 2018)
As the first wave of pioneers travel westward to settle the American frontier, two women discover their inner strength when their lives are irrevocably changed by the hardship of the wild west in The Removes, a historical novel from New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Tatjana Soli.

Spanning the years of the first great settlement of the West, The Removes tells the intertwining stories of fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, frontierswoman Libbie Custer, and Libbie’s husband, the Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer. When Anne survives a surprise attack on her family’s homestead, she is thrust into a difficult life she never anticipated?living among the Cheyenne as both a captive and, eventually, a member of the tribe. Libbie, too, is thrown into a brutal, unexpected life when she marries Custer. They move to the territories with the U.S. Army, where Libbie is challenged daily and her worldview expanded: the pampered daughter of a small-town judge, she transforms into a daring camp follower. But when what Anne and Libbie have come to know?self-reliance, freedom, danger?is suddenly altered through tragedy and loss, they realize how indelibly shaped they are by life on the treacherous, extraordinary American plains.

With taut, suspenseful writing, Tatjana Soli tells the exhilarating stories of Libbie and Anne, who have grown like weeds into women unwilling to be restrained by the strictures governing nineteenth-century society. The Removes is a powerful, transporting novel about the addictive intensity and freedom of the American frontier.

Monday, September 17, 2018

{ A cleaning day }

Hi everyone :)

Today was a cleaning day for me, as Mondays usually are.  I got right to work at 8am and didn't stop until 1pm., but I was on a mission to give everything a really good, deep clean.



Woke up this morning to foggy fields.  I couldn't believe my eyes at first, because this really only happens when Fall has surely come around.  Sure felt good to feel those lower temps though :)

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/17/2018 }

Good morning everyone and a very happy Monday to you all :)

Are you ready for the new week ahead?  I'm kind of on the fence, I am and I'm not.  I think the weekend went by a bit too quick for my taste, if I'm being honest, but I am also looking forward to a week of homemaking, and whatever else comes my way.

Now let's get right into our Happy Homemaker Monday, shall we?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

{ A lazy Sunday }


I love weekends when I just stop trying to stay busy, and give in to the laziness that my body is wanting and needing.

Usually, the minute I even think about being lazy, my mind immediately tells me that it's not a good thing, and that I should get up and do something productive.

Thing is, I do productive things every day of my life, and sometimes, I just want to veg out on the bed surrounded by comfy crochet blankets, and my doggy and some random thing on TV.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

{ A day of pawn shop hopping }

My family and I love thrift stores and pawn shops, and not even so much to buy anything, but just looking around and seeing what kind of fun things we can find.  It's amazing the treasures you end up discovering in the back of the shelf, right down there at the bottom.

Today though, my husband and son had a specific goal in mind, they wanted to see if they could track down any of games for the old systems like Nintendo.

Nick lately has been enjoying playing on all of the old consoles, and he has quite a nice set up going on in his bedroom, I'll have to take a picture and show you.

Anyway, they wanted to go check out a few pawn shops and I just decided to go along for the ride, literally.

Friday, September 14, 2018

{ A yarny kind of Friday }


I often get asked how I managed to do get my housework done and still have time for crochet or watching a show or doing the things that I enjoy.

It's not the first time that I've talked about this, but it has been quite a long time ago so I thought I would quickly mention it again.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

{ A new crochet project and a busy schooling day }

Ubuntu CAL

Hi everyone :)

Come on in and sit with me a little, won't you?

I am currently sitting on my bed, already showered, got my Tens unit going on my back and some Youtube vlogs on the telly.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

{ Fall Crafting - Pine Cone Swag }


Hey everyone :)

Today's post is going to be a short, quick tutorial for a fun and pretty inexpensive DIY, that is just perfect for Fall.

I don't know about you all, but I always have pine cones on hand.  We have 3 acres of land, and a lot of different trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.  One of the biggest trees in our back yard, is a gorgeous pine.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

{ Change of plans and some Fall DIY }

Yesterday, I told you that today I would take you for a walk around my property and see how Fall was starting to show it's face, as well as gather some Myrtle Crepes and other plants, foliage so that I can make some cute arrangements inside.

I fully intended to do that until I woke up and was faced with cloudy skies and intermittent sprinkles of rain.


I should have realized by the way the house seemed so dark, more than usual at this time of the day.

Monday, September 10, 2018

{ A Slow Monday }


6 AM came around pretty quick this morning.

The alarm sounded off and both Curt and I sighed and groaned, not ready to get out of bed, to get the day started or the week for that matter.

The weekend went by way too fast for us both, and it didn't feel like two days of sleeping in past 6AM, was nearly enough for how tired we felt.  Honestly, it didn't help that we both seemed to be tossing and turning all night, not quite able to fall asleep or stay asleep. 

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 09/10/2019 }

Good morning everyone, hope this post finds you doing well on this beautiful Monday morning :)

The rain has finally left us and we were greeted with warm shining sun and gorgeous blue skies, with not a cloud in sight.

I woke up this morning with my back feel 90% better, and I have to attribute that to the Tens Unit we got yesterday.  My goodness, what a difference it has made, wish I had gotten one sooner.

I'm looking forward to another week of homemaking, some crafting, some more Fall decorating and who knows what else.

Wishing you a beautiful, blessed weekend, and thank you once more for always being here to participate in this feature and leave me such sweet comments.  I'm trying my best to continue posting daily, as well as come by and say hi to you all :)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

{ A quick hello....}

I promised that I would post every day in September, and I'm determined to stick to it, so even though nothing of substance or interest happened today, I still needed to come in and say a quick hi :)

My back is feeling a little better today, but it's still very much sore and tight.  Sitting makes it worse, I don't feel the pain while seated but if I stay more than 5 or 10 minutes, when I get up to walk, it is excruciating.  It actually feels like someone has a hand on my lower back and is squeezing tight.

Because of that pain, I've taken it extremely easy today.