Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Small Things

I am once again joining Rachel Ann from Home Sanctuary in an attempt to bring some peace, order, and beauty to my home and life.

In reference to being organized she says,

"If you struggle to stay organized at home, part of the problem isn't so much with YOU.
It's with your tools.
You've GOT to have the right tools, or it will always feel too hard to do anything...
Today's Small Thing is to take stock of your cleaning supplies.  
Make a list of the things you need, and have them ready to go...by next Wednesday."
She recommends keeping the cleaning supplies near the area where you will be using them.  For example, get a plastic container or some kind of organizer in each room, particularly under each sink in your home.  She suggested this years ago when she was blogging about "small things" to do, and I did it.  I love having my cleaning supplies under the counter in each bathroom and the kitchen, right at my fingertips. After taking stock, I realize I need Comet and cleaning wipes.  It's a great tip and makes cleaning easier.
You can read her entire blog post here.
Happy organizing!


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Monday, January 09, 2017

Home Sanctuary

A few years ago, I participated in a project on Rachel Ann Ridges' blog known as Home Sanctuary, and she has graciously invited us to join her again.

At this time, I only know that Monday's theme is "peace."  I'm including a poem.

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Best wishes!
Forgetfulone


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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Fighter planes doing a fly-over at the Abilene Christian University Homecoming Parade October, 2015

Linking up at Wordless Wednesday and Image-in-ing

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunday Synopsis

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Happy New Year!

Instead of a synopsis of one book, I'm going to break down my year in reading.

In 2016, I read 37 books +; I didn't log each children's book I read in class this year.

Of those 37 books,
29 were fiction
5 were historical fiction
and only 3 were nonfiction (looks like I need to improve in this genre)
Of my 37, 11 were young adult novels

I abandoned one novel:  Still Alice
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I may go back to it, but it's a difficult read for me, depressing, about early onset Alzheimer's.  I haven't seen the movie and likely won't.

My least favorite book this year, the much anticipated and most disappointing, was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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I should have listened to the warnings not to ruin my memory of Harry Potter by reading this script, which was not actually written by J. K. Rowling.  Too late.  It wasn't true to the characterization and history of the series.  I know some people liked it, but I'm entitled to my opinion.

My favorite series was The Selection by Kiera Cass, a young adult series that I usually describe as being a cross between the Hunger Games and The Bachelor.
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It's definitely not as violent as the Hunger Games, but it's a very similar dystopian society.  And there is plenty of PG-rated romance and "girl drama."

I am currently reading Me Before You.

I have not seen the movie, and I'm not sure I will.  I am enjoying the book more than I thought I would.  I put off reading it because I thought it would be too sad or too mushy, but I'm finding it to be a study in human nature, and I'm liking it so far.

I've been sifting through the 105 books I have in my "to read" list on Goodreads.  There are books on there I had totally forgotten about such as Wake by Lisa McMann, A Truth Worth Tellin' by Toni Teepell, and The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.

My favorite book of the year was The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, a historical fiction piece centered around Katherine of Aragon and her relationships with Prince Arthur, Henry VIII, and Our Lady the King's Mother.

The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Philippa Gregory does it again! I adored this book! The characters just come to life, and the one you don't like from a previous book is the one you root for in whichever book you are currently reading. Gregory has a way of doing that. She uses rich, historical details, not just events, but culture, allowing the reader to vividly picture the scenes and actions in the book. The only thing I did not like about this book is that it ended with her in court without the result, likely because it's an event in a different book, but I literally gasped at the end of this amazing novel.

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If you have suggestions about books I should read or a review you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments.  Thank you for visiting, and Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Sights and Sounds

I'm linking up with Thursday Thirteen for the fist time in a long while.

Christmas is such a magical time of year.  I love the sights and sounds, the activities, the meaning, the cherished memories of Christmases past, so I am sharing parts of my Christmas that were and are special to me this year.

1.  Shopping - I love trying to find the perfect gift for family and friends.  Here I am outside of the mall near my home.


2.  Wrapping Presents - I found this cute Elf paper!


3.  And speaking of Elf, my favorite Christmas movie, I watched it again as well as a few other holiday classics and a lot of new holiday movies on Freeform, Hallmark, and Lifetime.  For example, this one:
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4.  Looking at Christmas lights was so much fun this year.


5.  Having lunch with friends I don't see often.  Here I am with "Three Sides of Crazy" from the blog Savory Kitchen Table.

6.  And look at these homemade goodies she brought me!

7.  And speaking of goodies, seeing my children creating their own Christmas goodies was pure fun.  My son made a baked cheesecake from scratch, and my daughter made her "famous" cake balls.  Wish I had pictures of them!  They were gone fast!

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8.  I love attending Christmas Eve service at church.  This year we went to Gateway Community Church at 4:PM.

9.  Spending time with family is so important at Christmas.


10.  Decorating the tree.

11.  Hiding the pickle ornament.  Are you familiar with the Legend of the Pickle?


12.  Christmas music!  This is my favorite song.




 13.And the best thing to happen this year, our Christmas miracle, began as what seemed like a tragedy.  My father-in-law was taken to the hospital on Christmas Day, and family was told to say their goodbyes.  Four days later, after surgery and lots of prayers, he was moved from ICU to a regular room and is expected to go home, perhaps by the new year.  That's what I call a Christmas miracle!

I hope all of you had the merriest Christmas!  Wishing you happiness and health in the coming year.

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