Thursday, May 19, 2022

{ Cosmic Queries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson - TLC Book Tour }

 

• Publisher: National Geographic (March 2, 2021)
• Hardcover: 312 Pages

In this thought-provoking follow-up to his acclaimed StarTalk book, uber astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world’s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science.

For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast.

In these illuminating pages, illustrated with dazzling photos and revealing graphics, Tyson and co-author James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia–How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone?–and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories.

Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining book will engage and inspire readers of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.
For all who loved National Geographic’s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and Space Atlas, this new book will take them on more journeys into the wonders of the universe and beyond.

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Neil deGrasse Tyson

Legendary astrophysicist NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON is the host of the popular podcast StarTalk Radio and Emmy award-winning National Geographic Channel shows StarTalk and Cosmos. He earned his BA in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia. The author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Tyson is the first Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Follow him on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and TikTok.

 
REVIEW:
My husband and I are huge, and I mean HUGE science nerds.  If there is a science related documentary, we watch it.  If there is a science fiction movie, series, special, book, you name it, we have probably watched it and read it.
 
We just love anything space related.
 
Watching Neil DeGrasse Tyson is something we became accustomed to.  Cosmos was one of our favorites to watch.
 
When I was given the opportunity to review his latest book, Cosmic Queries, I immediately jumped at it.  I could hardly wait for it to arrive, and when it did, I grabbed it out of the box and immediately showed my husband.  He stared at it (had no clue I was receiving it for review), and made a comment about how cool and how he couldn't wait to read it too.


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- ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ


This quote had me laughing so hard.  My kids thought I was crazy, but my husband got a good laugh out of it too.  I guess that's humor for nerds like us.  

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a very well known astrophysicist, and he has delighted audiences with his knowledge of the universe, how it was made, how it exists and everything and anything related to black holes and stars, galaxies and nebulas, so forth, and so forth.

In Cosmic Queries we are privy to a one on one lesson with Neil, the book is stunning in an of itself, beautiful photography, and some very interesting topics.  

He tackles the tough questions that so many of us have had.  Or maybe it's just me and my nerdy family.  But I have stopped many times to think about our life on planet earth and wondered what would happen if the gravity pull were altered by a mere second?

What if another planet hurled into ours?

How old is the universe?  How will it all end?

Albeit scary to even imagine, he gives us a pretty detailed explanation of how it all will come to a halt.  Reading through his description of the Sun's trajectory, it's life, what is going to happen to it.

In five-billion years, as the Sun beings to die, it's outer layers of glowing plasma will expand stupendously, engulfing the orbits of Mercury, then Venus, as the charred ember that was once the oasis of the life called Earth vaporizes into the vacuum of space.

If that is not a scary thought, I don't know what is.  But it is something that physicists have looked into and studied for many years.

If we stop and really think about the planet we live in, where it is situated in space, what is around us, and how absolutely amazing God is to keep it all moving and rotating in precise ways, we can be amazed.  The other side of that is realizing that one little shift can throw it all into chaos.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson breaks the book into categories, namely:

What is our place in the universe?
How do we know what we know?
How did the universe get to be this way?
How old is the universe?
What is the universe made of me?
What is life?
Are we alone in the universe?
How did it all begin?
How will it all end?
What does nothing have to do with everything?

 
This book is amazing, and I honestly believe that everyone and anyone who is even slightly curious about space and our universe, needs to have this one in their library.

I had a lot of questions answered within the pages of this book, but many more remain to be answered, not because Neil DeGrasse Tyson forgot to mention things, but merely because as he likes to remind us,
many questions about our own humble universe, remain to be answered.  

That's not really a bad thing, because it pushes us to keep asking, to keep looking up to the stars, and to keep searching.

The book also contains many of his twitter posts, with tidbits here and there and fun facts from our universe.

And.....I got to learn about Tardigrades.

Do you know what a Tardigrade is?  Let me show you.


They are also known as water bears.  I had never heard of them, where they lived or what they did.  In the book, I learned that they tolerate extreme conditions.  They can live in frozen polar lakes, boiling hot deep-sea vents and can even survive high doses of radiation.

They can survive without water for decades.  Just think about that.  By the way, they are microscopic.  Wow!

Cosmic Queries is so well written and so filled with information, that you'll spend hours just completely immersed within it's pages.  

5/5 stars

Monday, May 16, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/16/2022 }

Good morning my sweet friends.  Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.
 
Mine was good, albeit a bit busy yesterday, but we are thanking God for many blessings last week, namely the sale of my mother in law's house.  Finally, after almost a year of trying to finalize things, we were able to close.  Can't tell you how thankful and happy we are for that.  
 
I am now free of that stress, so able to actually start focusing more on my house, my homemaking and blogging.  I haven't even been on Instagram much either, just haven't had the time or focus for any of it.
 
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful blessed week.  Let's see what is happening in our Homemaker Mondays. 


 
♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
It's hot.....it is HOT!!!!  We had 104 degree weather this weekend and this coming week we are seeing triple digits for a couple of days.  Lord help us, we went from Winter straight to Summer.  Hahahahah 

Monday -  Sunny to partly cloudy, 90
Tuesday - Partly cloudy and windy, 103
Wednesday - Sunny and windy, 106
Thursday - Mostly sunny and windy, 107
Friday - Mostly sunny, 98
Saturday - Partly cloudy, 78
Sunday - Mostly sunny, 82



♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥
It is an absolutely gorgeous day.  There is not a cloud in the sky, the sky is a deep blue, and as a backdrop against the green of the trees, it surely looks like a painting.  
From my window, I can see the fields behind the property.  I love having this view.



♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
I am typing up this post, while listening to the trial on the TV.  I am also waiting to hear from the bank as to the house sale, so that we can go ahead and make some payments that need to be made. 



♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
About the goodness of God.  How faithful and good He is, all the time.  On this house sale.  Curt and I just need it over and done with, so we can get out from this financial strain we've been under the past 2 years. 
 
 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
A little tired, I was out of the door yesterday at 7am, and didn't sit down for the rest of the day, until 6pm. But happy and blessed, nonetheless. 



♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
I had some coffee and a cheese and ham sandwich. 
 


♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West
Remember whose little girl you are by Ellen Nicholas



♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Star Trek Strange New Worlds
Seinfeld
Trial
Homemaking vlogs
 


♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 
Y'all I got groceries on Friday, and oh my word, my budget has doubled, and I'm getting nowhere near the amount of food I used to.  Plus most of the things I need are not in stock. Crazy I tell you.

Monday - Ground Beef Stroganoff, Rice, Beans
Tuesday - Chicken and Sausage Ragu, Fried Cabbage
Thursday - Taco Stuffed Shells, Salad
Friday - Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche, Sauteed Collard Greens
Saturday - Chicken Bolognese, Garlic Bread
Sunday - Hubby's Birthday - Country Style Ribs, Baked Potato, Salad, Lemon Cake
 
 

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
It's quiet, all that we can hear are the birds outside in the yard.  The furry babies are sleeping.  I need to fold some laundry and put it away, and give the living room couches a tidy up, just fix the pillows etc. 



♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Water the veggie garden
-  Pay bills
- Prepare wire transfers
- Take meat out for dinner
 


♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
Last week I made a Zucchini Pizza Casserole.  The base is shredded zucchini, and oh my goodness, it was absolutely delicious.
 
I really need to get these recipes up on the food blog, just haven't had time. 
 



♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
We are guilty.  The cross purchased our forgiveness.  We are unable.  The Spirit gives us power.  We are foolish.  God's Word provides wisdom. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp
 


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

{ The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham - TLC Book Tour }

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About The Resistance Girl 

• Publisher: Avon (May 10, 2022)
• Paperback: 432 pages

Norway, 1942: She has lost everything to the Nazis. But now she fights back…

War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory.

One night, when he braves a storm to complete an ill-fated mission, Rumi’s fiancรฉ is lost to the dangerous waters. Broken-hearted, she withdraws from the clandestine group, vowing never to let her loved ones put themselves in the line of fire again.

But months later, Rumi stumbles across a Nazi secret that lays Hitler’s plans for Norway bare, and she knows she has no choice but to risk her life for her country once more…

Readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and anything by Fiona Valpy will love this heartbreaking tale of the sacrifices ordinary people made to keep friends, family, strangers – and hope – alive.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

About Mandy Robotham

Mandy Robotham is a Globe and MailUSA Today, and UK, Canadian, US and Australian Kindle Top 100 bestseller. She has been an aspiring author from the age of nine, but was waylaid by journalism and later enticed by birth. She’s now a former midwife who writes about birth, death, love and everything else in between. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. To learn more about Mandy, follow her on Instagram.

 
REVIEW:
This book was right up my alley.  I am a huge fan of WWII, so I am always drawn to stories or movies that focus on this time in history.

In The Resistance Girl, we follow the story of Rumi.  She is determined to do everything she can to help win the war against Nazi Germany.  Along with her fiancee and a group of other resistance fighters, she risks her life to smuggle British fighters, fugitives, supplies or anything else related, across borders and seas, to get them where they need to be, which is smack dab in the middle of conflict.

Much as she feels she is fighting for the right cause, Rumi also understands that every time she sets out on one of these missions, she may not come back, or even worse, one of her loved ones, could lose their lives.  And that is exactly what happens, when during one of these risky dangerous missions, her beloved fiancee is killed.

Rumi is devastated.  She knew the risks, she knew what was on the line, but she truly believed in her heart that everything would be ok.  She never dreamed that her own fiancee would be lost to this senseless war.  Caught between a sense of loyalty to the cause and her shattered heart, she decides to walk away.  She just can't keep going, and the pain she feels is too much to endure.

But, all that changes, when she stumbles across a secret.  A secret that can bring the war to an end, and stop Hitler in his tracks.  Much as she would rather not get involved again, she can't help but feel she must do her best and risk it all again.  In a way, it will make her fiancees death worth something.

I absolutely loved the story, loved the authors way of making you feel as if you were right there in the middle of the conflict.  I was on the edge of my seat at times, just hoping they wouldn't be caught, imagining in my mind what it would have been like to know you're doing the right thing, on the right side of history, but risking your life every second.

Rumi is such a strong willed woman, determined, brave, courageous, and she faces all the challenges thrown her way, making you admire her every move.

If you are a fan of WWII history, this story will have you turning the pages faster than your fingers can take you.

This was my first book by Mandy Robotham, but I assure you, it won't be the last.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy.



Monday, May 09, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/09/2022 }

 
Good morning sweet ladies, how are you all doing today?  Are you ready for a whole new week ahead?
 
I am praying and hoping for a good week for us.  My mammogram went well, and got a good report on that.  Unfortunately the house sale, was held up once again, so we've had to move it to sometime this week.  Not sure on the day yet.  At this point, I'm just riding it out and believing that God is in control and this will happen, in His time, when He wants it to.  
 
I have a pretty busy week ahead, lots of driving back and forth for appointments and so on, but will have a day off on Wednesday, which I'm very much looking forward to.  I'm hoping to finally get the recipes up on the food blog, and maybe a post or two here on the blog.  
 
I am wishing you all a very blessed week ahead, and a belated Happy Mother's Day to all my sweet mommas in here.  


 
♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
We hit our first triple digit temperature yesterday, and today we are headed the same way.  I love this time of the year, but the heat is not a friend to peri or menopause hahahah 

Monday -  Windy with sunshine, 103
Tuesday - Mostly sunny, 97
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 94
Thursday - Partly cloudy, 97
Friday - PM thunderstorms, 94
Saturday - Mostly sunny, 93
Sunday - Sunny, 91



♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
The wind is here, AGAIN.  It's just never leaving, we have wind at least once a day.  From my bedroom window I can see my veggie garden, which reminds me I need to get out there and water it this morning before the heat of the day sets in.  



♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
Sitting on the bed, the furry babies are asleep next to me, and I have a video playing on the TV.  I am typing up this post, sipping on my second cup of coffee, and trying to relax a bit before I have to go back out, come home, then out again.  *sigh* 



♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
On this house sale.  Curt and I just need it over and done with, so we can get out from this financial strain we've been under the past 2 years. 
 
 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
A little tired, but pretty good.  Truthfully, I wish I didn't have to go anywhere today.  Hahahah 



♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
I am on my second cup of coffee, and I also had a cheese and ham toastie.  
 


♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West
The Resistance Girl (book review)

(Nothing on this list has changed.)



♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Yesterday for mother's day, Curt and I just sat in bed practically all day, and watched TV together.  It was wonderful to be able to do that, have nowhere to go, just sit and enjoy time together.
We watched the first episode of the new Star Trek series, and really enjoyed it.
Also watched the movie Moonfall which was really good as well.
The rest of the day, we watched Seinfeld episodes.  
 
On the tv this week, every night before bed we watch one or two Seinfeld episodes.  We just pick a series and go with that until it's done, then move on to a different one. 
Youtube homemaking channels
 


♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 
Will start to work on the new menu throughout this week, but here's what we are eating the next few days. 


Monday - Crispy Cheddar Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach
Tuesday - Fold over Tortilla Bake, Salad
Wednesday - Baked Feta Pasta, Garlic Bread
Thursday - Chicken and Dumplings Casserole, Salad
Friday - *grocery shopping*
Saturday -
Sunday -
 
 

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
I still need to give my carpets a good carpet clean.  They're vacuumed but definitely need a good carpet clean.  I've opened all the curtains in the house, to let in the gorgeous morning sun. 



♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Water the veggie garden
-  Take Nick to get his military ID renewed
 


♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
My beautiful rose bushes are all blooming.  The pink one is the one I've had for 3 years now, got it from Lowes clearance sale as it was almost dead.  But, it's come back to life, tripled in size and gives out the most beautiful roses.
 
The red rose, I also got from a clearance sale, but from Atwoods about a month ago, it was also almost dead, but it's come back to life and has the most gorgeous red and white roses.




♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
I must always remember the grace I am daily given, and extend that grace to the people in my life. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp




Monday, May 02, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/02/2022 }

Good morning my sweet ladies, how are you all doing?
 
It is a cloudy and rainy morning, here in my neck of the woods.  I love rain, we need rain, and knowing that we are expecting it pretty much all week, makes me happy.
 
I've already gone out to get Jasmine to work, and I'm back home, have my breakfast with me and am now going to sit down and work on getting this post up.  I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead, full of blessings and miracles and everything good.  
 
Now, let's see what's happening around our homes.


 
♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
Super cloudy this morning.  It rained all night long, and we are expecting some more rain.  I don't like driving in it, but it's a small price to pay for the rain we so much need at the moment. 

Monday -  Windy, cloudy and a stray thunderstorm - 93
Tuesday - Partly cloudy - 69
Wednesday - Thunderstorms and windy - 77
Thursday - AM Thunderstorms - 81
Friday - Sunny - 88
Saturday - Sunny - 95
Sunday - Sunny/wind - 98



♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
Cloudy gray skies and lots of wind.  The trees are waving to and fro (these poor things have been getting a beating for months now, with these winds).  Everything looks so beautiful and green though, it's just stunning.
 
I'm so thankful that I can sit on my bed, look out the window and see nothing but green, fields and trees as far as the eye can see. 


♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
Having my breakfast, getting the furry babies to sleep, and working on this post.  I was just thinking the other day, how it feels like I have young toddlers in the house again.  These animals actually wait for me to put them down for a nap every morning.  Hahahaha 



♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
I have my mammogram on Thursday, so if you could send a prayer my way, I would greatly appreciate it.  Friday we are heading to Oklahoma to deal with the sale of my mother in law's house.  It's been bump after bump, wrench after wrench, obstacle after obstacle.  But I'm already thanking God in advance for this victory. 
 
 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
I'm doing quite well.  Yesterday my sciatica decided to rear it's ugly head, I think a combination of the temperature changes and me accidentally walking backwards into a door knob, right on the sciatic nerve.  
 
I had such a hard time walking and even driving yesterday, that I had to message Curt and ask him to come and pick me up for church service, because I couldn't drive.  That whole motion of  stepping on the gas and brake, was soooo painful.  Thankfully I am all good today!  


♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
Cup of coffee with Speculoos Creamer.  I'm not sure if I like it, will see how it goes.  I also had a toasted bolillo roll with ham and cheese. 


♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West
The Resistance Girl (book review)


♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
All done with Outlander, so just random things on TV. 
Youtube homemaking channels


♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 
Trying to make easy and inexpensive meals, and basically using what I have on hand.  I am trying to keep my meat and poultry purchases to a minimum, since it's all so expensive at the moment.  I only purchased one pound of ground beef and a bag of chicken legs.  All the other meat in the menu is from the freezer.  I started buying a little extra a few months ago, if something was reasonably priced, I bought one or two extra to pop in the freezer.  

Really glad I did that now.

Monday - Taco Bake, Salad
Tuesday - Portuguese Chicken Drumsticks, Spaghetti, Sauteed Squash
Wednesday - Goulash, Garlic Knots, Salad
Thursday - BBQ Country Style Ribs, Oven baked wedges, roasted corn
Friday - Zucchini Pizza Casserole, Salad
Saturday - Chicken blender pie, tomato/cucumber/onion salad
Sunday -BBQ Burgers, Potato Salad
 

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
I gave the house a really good clean this weekend, you can see on my previous post.  At the moment, I have my scentsy warmers on in the living room and dining room, it smells so good.
 
The house is quiet, both Elliott and Kaia are asleep on my bed.  Everyone else is off to work.


♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Zumba (I am restarting it this week, hopefully today if I have time, but definitely this week) 
-  Water the veggies out on the back porch
-  Work on a blog post with the upcoming period dramas
-  Post the cake recipe on the food blog
 


♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
I have to re-share this photo from the gorgeous sunrise on Saturday morning.  So beautiful, I am always in awe of God's beauty and attention to detail. 




♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
True, humble, joyful, and perseverant love is not born out of rare duty, but out of worshipful gratitude.  We love because he first loved us. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp
 


Sunday, May 01, 2022

{ My Saturday }

April 30
 
Hello friends, welcome back to my blog.  I know it's been a while since I've come in to chat, but I had some time today, and took a few pictures yesterday, so thought it would be great to come in and do one of my usual homemaking posts. 
 
For someone who used to blog daily, to go a while without an actual blog post, is a bit strange, and as time goes by I find it harder to get back into the swing of things.
 
It's almost like learning how to do it all again.  Where I used to come in and sit, open the editor and just start typing, I seem to draw a blank.  But, I did make an effort to take pictures of my Saturday for the specific reason of doing this post.
 
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My morning started with a huge cup of coffee and the most beautiful of sunrises.  Haven't been able to see many of these lately, with the clouds and the rain.  
 
If you've followed me for a while, you may remember how much I love sunrises and sunsets, matter of fact I used to take photos and share them with you daily, when we were stationed in Arizona.
 
So I stepped out back with Kaia so she could potty, and snapped some photos of the sky and of my beautiful rose bush, which is blooming already.  Just look at those gorgeous vivid pink roses.

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I got dressed and immediately started with my homemaking.  Curt started the yard work, and I began my chores inside.  Laundry as always is a priority and seems to be never ending.  I don't mind it as much, but I must say, the putting away is no fun.

I don't mind the washing and the folding though.

April 30

After a simple breakfast of coffee and toast, with Pumpkin Spice Apple butter, I continued with my to do list.  What I really wanted to accomplish was the kitchen prep, cutting veggies and fruits for the week, and leaving everything prepped and in the fridge.
 
It is something that takes some time, but it's so rewarding and makes life much easier during the busy week.

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Spinach and lettuce is something we use quite a bit of.  I do either a salad or a veggie with every meal, but I also use spinach for bulking up meat dishes, like spaghetti or lasagna.  The spinach also goes into smoothies for myself.

Having both the lettuce and the spinach packed in tupperware dishes, ensures that they stay fresh and crisp for a much longer period of time.  I've gone about 3 weeks with them still tasting and looking fresh.

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My garden is still producing green onions, like crazy.  I just cut them all down a week and a half ago, and my husband brought in another huge bunch, when he was out there.

The good thing about it is that I wash, cut and freeze these, so they last me a really long time, and nothing goes to waste.

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The fruit was also cut up, washed and is ready to be eaten.  If I leave it in the fruit basket, it tends to not even be touched, but when it's cut up like this, then it's seen and the hubby and kids actually eat it.
 
Also, it helps a lot in the summer when the heat is insane and the fruit flies start showing up.  This way the fruit lasts longer, it gets consumed and nothing is wasted.

April 30

Once the fruits and veg were done, I moved on to restocking the jars on the kitchen shelves.  It's something I try to do every weekend, or when I notice something is running low.

So pasta, rice, chocolate chips, coconut, raisins and so on.  I also try to keep a running list of what I may need to add to the grocery list for the next grocery pickup.  
 
Since I've been doing Walmart pickup for a while now (much as I love in store shopping, prices are ridiculous and I find I save a bit more buying online since there's no temptation to add unnecessary items to the cart), I also find it easier to quickly add items to my shopping cart as I go.  If I see something is running out or finished completely, I just open the site, add it to the cart and let it sit there.  It helps me not forget.

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Next I fed the furry kids, who are always under my feet, walking around, to the point where sometimes I find myself tripping over them.  Hahaha

They're sweet though, and they're doing very well together, quickly becoming the best of friends.  I know I promised you a post about Kaia and how she came to be the new family member, and I haven't forgotten, just haven't had the time to sit and write it up.  Hopefully this week.

April 30

I washed up after all the prep work was done, and then got some frozen pizza going for lunch, while Curt finished up outside.  I totally planned to go help him, because we have so much yard work to get done, but the winds picked up AGAIN, and there was no way I was going out there.  

Even being indoors, the winds kicking everything up outside sets my lungs off, and I'm left coughing and weezing.  By the way, can we please, please tell these winds to go kick rocks?

They are insane, I don't think I've ever witnessed such strong winds, and it feels like it's been a daily thing for months.

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Anyway, winds aside, I got the house all clean and tidy.  There's something so wonderful about walking through your house when it's clean, everything in it's place, and you have a wonderful candle lit making everything smell amazing.

I took a quick break to have some lunch and catch up on last week's Outlander, because I knew today was the season finale and wanted to be caught up.  Sat and relaxed a little, and then got back in the kitchen to whip up a cake for our dessert.

Every weekend I try to make some sort of dessert for us.  This time it was a Victoria Sponge which is like one of my favorite cakes, matter of fact I think I'll be making myself one for my birthday this year.

April 30

While the cake was in the oven, I got started on dinner prep.  I was making my Mock Jambalaya, and wanted a different side dish.  Don't know about you all, but I sometimes I get so sick of the same side dishes, so when I made the new two week menu, I tried to write in different ones to make.

This Broccoli Salad was one of those I jotted down, and I'm so glad I made it, it's delicious and just perfect for the warmer days.  But, it does have to chill for at least an hour, so I wanted to get it in the fridge as soon as possible.

April 30

Have  you ever noticed how homemaking is all about juggling different tasks at the same time?  It used to bother me when I first got married.  I couldn't understand just how I was supposed to get it all done.

I quickly learned to juggle, and to multitask and that of course, was a game changer.  

For example, while the cake baked I got the salad done, and then quickly loaded the dishwasher, pulled out the dinner items and got the chicken and sausage cooking, while I let the cake cool down so that I could get the cream and jam in the middle.

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Dinner was simple, as it's been lately while we try to make meals as cheap as possible.  A quick yummy and filling mock jambalaya, and the delicious broccoli salad.

To end the day, I had a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Got the laundry all folded and put away, took my shower and climbed into bed to do my devotional and Bible reading.  And so another day of homemaking came to an end.  A day where I got everything checked off my to do list, fed my family and pets, and ended the day with a smile on my face and thanks in my heart.

I know I didn't have anything exciting to share, but this is what happened around here and I'm just glad to be sharing with you all.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.  I am off to read a little, and then get to bed before a new busy week starts.

Have a wonderful night friends.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

{ At the Table with Jesus by Louis Giglio - TLC Book Tour }

 

About AT THE TABLE WITH JESUS: 66 Days to Draw Closer to Christ and Fortify Your Faith

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2022)

Paperback: 240 pages

At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sixty-six days of rich engagements with the Good Shepherd, providing deeper truths, power, and connection to walk through life’s troubles.  

Through practical daily devotions, At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sit at the table with the Good Shepherd, building a habit of living life with him. The journey starts in Psalm 23 but takes the reader throughout all of Scripture to build a stronger relationship with the God of the universe.

 

About the Author

Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and the original visionary of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion Conferences has gathered college-aged young people in events across the United States and around the world. Most recently, Passion hosted over 700,000 people from over 150 countries online at Passion 2021. Louie is the national-bestselling author of over a dozen books, including his newest release, At the Table with Jesus, as well as Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your TableGoliath Must Fall, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science, The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not but I Know I Am, and others. As a communicator, Louie is widely known for messages such as “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God.” An Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia State University, Louie has done postgraduate work at Baylor University and holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Louie and his wife, Shelley, make their home in Atlanta.

 
 
Review:
Last year, I was blessed with my first Louis Giglio book.  It was called  'Don't give the enemy a seat at your table'.  It was my first by the author and I knew from that moment on, it certainly wouldn't be my last.  

Louis Giglio has a way of writing and conveying his faith and his experiences, that make it feel like you're sitting down for a cup of coffee, with an old friend.  It just flows, and because of that style of writing, the words go straight into your heart and head, and remain there, nudging at you for weeks after you're done with that particular book.

In At the Table with Jesus, he takes us through 66 days of teachings, to draw us closer to God and really strengthen our faith.  I've struggled my whole life with Faith.  It is one of those things that seem to trip up a lot of Christians.  The following blindly, knowing and accepting that things will turn out fine, even when everything around you is pointing elsewhere, or seeming to be falling apart.

It is believing, without ceasing, without failing, without worrying.

I certainly need to strengthen my faith, and I think that Louis Giglio's book is a huge step in conquering the second thoughts, the doubts, the what if's that tend to stumble through my life, at times preventing me from just trusting and letting go.

The book is divided into 11 sections, which are the 11 foundational truths about who Jesus is....so the first category is titled Jesus is God.  Within those sections, we have 6 days, with each day giving us a verse, a small blurb from Louis, response questions to what we just read and a scripture memory. 

For example on the first day, the response questions are:

What risks are you taking when you acknowledge that Jesus is God?
What rewards will you receive by making that confession?

And the scripture memory is 1 John 4:15.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
 
Each section or category, focuses on the same memory verse, so 1 John 4:15 is the verse to memorize the first 6 days, and then next 6 days is John 1:14, and so on.  
 
The readings for each day are pretty short so you won't feel like you're being flooded with too much information, or you won't have time to read throughout the busy day ahead.  
 
Honestly, this book is a treasure to have.  I can see myself going back for many years, and re-reading each Day to solidify my Faith in Christ.
 
 
Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a review copy.


 
 

Monday, April 25, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/25/2022 }

Good morning everyone, welcome back to my blog, and to our Happy Homemaker Monday!  
 
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was good, albeit yesterday a bit rushed between church and a birthday lunch.  Speaking of birthday's, the lunch was for our daughter Jasmine who is turning 23 years old today.  23!!!!
 
Like, how is that even possible?  Nick just turned 19 two weeks ago, and now the little girl who made us parents, is turning 23.  I am not quite ready for any of this, but it's not like I can turn back time, so onward we go.  
 
I've had a pretty stressful week, culminating in my mom being taken by ambulance to the nursing home she will now be in.  It's a lot, it was stressful, and knowing that I am thousands of miles away and not able to be there in person helping, is so hard.  But, it will be ok, God is watching over it all.
 
Alright, let's get going with our post for today.  I really am hoping to put a few more posts up.  I know I keep saying it, and it's always with the best of intentions and then life interferes.  It's actually funny in a sense, how much more busier life is for me now that my children are fully grown, than when they were young and needing my full attention.
 
Have a wonderful blessed weekend, friends!!! 


 
♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
One word......WINDS!!!  Still!!!  We have also had pretty hot weather, and even got very much welcomed rain yesterday.  Winds!!!  Really strong winds.  I don't remember ever dealing with these kind of winds before, it's a bit strange.  Other than that, we have had beautiful weather. 

Monday -  Wind and sunny skies,71
Tuesday - Sunny, 74
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 78
Thursday - Partly cloudy/wind, 85
Friday - Thunderstorms/wind, 89
Saturday - Sunny, 86
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 84



♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
Green, green and more green.  I love Spring and seeing the trees turning from brown to vibrant green.  We never really pay attention to just how beautiful they are, during the late spring and summer days, but this shift from bare branches and boring brown to vibrant green produced by thousands of tiny leaves, always leaves me in awe.


♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
As always, I work on these posts while sitting on my bed.  Kaia is asleep next to me, Elliott was but has since left. 



♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
About my mom.  We don't have a relationship, and I've never really talked about it here, but she is my mom and I love her and care about her well being.  She is not well at the moment, and I just saw a video of her at the nursing home and broke into tears.  It was a shock to see her so frail. 
 
 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
Heading into that time of the month, that should say overall how I'm feeling  Hahahah
Also, really tired this morning, both Curt and I.  Remember I said I use Alexa from Amazon to play rain or thunderstorm sounds while we sleep?  She woke us up at 4:30 am  with a weird sound over the thunderstorms, it almost sounded like something on fire?  It was a crackling sound we couldn't understand.  We turned off the sleep sounds but then Kaia was ready to go potty and so started our day.   



♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
I've had a humongous cup of coffee with sweet cream creamer.  I am thinking of having some eggs and toast in about an hour. 



♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West



♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Outlander
Johnny Depp's Trial on TV (I've always enjoyed watching tv trials) 
Youtube homemaking channels


 
♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 
I'll start working on the new menu this week, but this is what we're having until Friday.

Monday - Sausages with gravy and mash, squash casserole
Tuesday - General Tso's Meatballs, Rice
Wednesday - Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
Thursday - Creamy Chicken, Potato Wedges, Steamed Broccoli
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -
 


♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
Have the usual daily cleaning to do, plus some vacuuming and dusting.  There are a few bags on the dining table, that Jasmine left on there last night when she got home from work, so I need to put those away.
 
Aside from that, I do hope to get a little carpet cleaning done.  New puppy......and I think that's all I need to say on that.  She's still learning potty training, so she has a few accidents inside, and I'm so thankful for a good carpet cleaner, because we immediately clean it.  But, I still want to run it over the whole carpet in the living room and office area. 
 
 

♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Vacuum and dust, also carpet clean living room
-  Water the veggies out on the back porch
-  Do a load of laundry
-  Make Jasmine's Birthday cake
-  Start meal plan
 


♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
I have a new recipe for your all, just need some time to get it on the blog.  I won't be able to today, but hoping for tomorrow.  
 
This is a 4 milk cake, very similar to the Tres Leches cake which is a 3 milk, this one has one more, which is coconut milk.  It is to die for and I think you will all really enjoy it. 




♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
Yes it is so easy to complain.  It is so easy to forget the daily blessings that fall down on each of us.  Our readiness to complain is another argument for the forgiving and rescuing grace that Jesus, without complaint, willingly died to give us. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp
 



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