Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Random Tuesday

I'll be linking my post with Stacy, but I think I need to rename it Insomnia Tuesday.  I had a feeling I wasn't going to be able to fall asleep.  I always have trouble with that.  And every so often, I just can't fall asleep.  Eventually I will get so tired I can't help sleep, but it can take a while.

My mind just races!  I have some health issues going on right now, and the upcoming wedding, and trying to help my son find a job with so much of the economy shut down.  Oh, and many other things to worry about.  I know it doesn't help to worry, but when I lie down to sleep, I can't turn it off.

And as if we haven't had enough to deal with in 2020, Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas early early this morning, and it's headed our way.  We've already had lots of rain, and of course more is expected, possible high winds, and all the goodies that go with a storm.  We are currently under a flash flood watch, and some areas of the city have already flooded, but I don't expect it to affect us as much as that.

I started a Bible study with one of my daughters last week, and I haven't finished my "homework."  That's what I should be doing now!  The study is called "Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today's Culture" by Jackie Hill Perry, in case you're interested.

And now...

I've been guilty of saying this!

Maybe inappropriate, but it cracked me up!

And last, but not least...
Have a great week!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

A Painted HouseA Painted House by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually love John Grisham's books, but I'm usually reading his legal thrillers. I have read a few that weren't thrillers including a nonfiction book and a comedy. I always enjoy his writing, even if some are better than others.

This is most definitely NOT a legal thriller. It's not nonfiction although it is semi-autobiographical based on Grisham's childhood

The main character is 7 year old Luke Chandler. The year is 1952. Luke lives on a rented (not owned) cotton farm in rural northeastern Arkansas in an unpainted house with his parents and grandparents and no indoor plumbing.  The big treat each week is to go into town, that is, after he has had his weekly bath. His uncle is away fighting in the Korean War. Luke is convinced he is going to grow up to be a St. Louis Cardinal. The Chandlers are poor, yet they are generous with what they do have. Every year, during harvesting time, they take on "hillbillies" from the Ozarks and Mexicans to pick cotton. They offer a small wage per pound of cotton picked. This particular year, there is a lot of drama among the hired help.

This is also somewhat a coming-of-age story. Luke sees things that a 7 year old shouldn't see and learns many secrets, some of which he will take to his grave. This is a season where Luke learns about life from the "hillbillies," the Mexicans, the neighbors, the town, and his own family.

Some people have said this book is boring. I disagree. Grisham tells a great story and develops complex characters

I think I liked it mostly because it reminded me so much of my father and his parents. My father, who quite suddenly passed away 16 years ago, was born at home in Oklahoma (Luke was born at home, too). My dad and his family later moved to Arkansas, and they were also farmers. Even though my dad was older than Luke by 10 years in 1952, Luke came to represent him in my mind, and his parents and grandparents represented my Arkansas relatives. So much nostalgia. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

My only complaint about this book is that it ended. Grisham chose an appropriate place to end the book, but I want more! I hope he decides to write a sequel so I can catch up with the Chandlers.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

13 Reasons

I know some people don't like cats, although I don't understand why.  I think it's because they have never met my cat!  So this is WHY I love my cat!  Click any photo to enlarge it.

Meet Lacy...

She is so super-soft.

I can feel my blood pressure going down when I'm loving on her.

She uses her litter box and doesn't make messes on the floor.

I love her beautiful green eyes.

The  papillae on her tongue tickles when she licks me and she makes cute noises when she is drinking water.

She sneaks under the covers and snuggles like a little burrito where she will stay for hours,

I love the white part under her nose and around and under her mouth.

She doesn't wake me up in the middle of the night or too early in the morning like my mom's and sister's cats do.

She can smell tuna a mile away (That's just a slight exaggeration).

She's fluffy.

She's a pretty kitty!

Cats' ears move independently of each other making for some really cute expressions.

I love the wispy hairs on her ears.

Bonus - I know she loves me as much as I love her!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Random Tuesday

Random Tuesday is hosted by my fellow blogger Stacyhttp://stacysrandomthoughts.com/

I'm revving up for a busy next two weeks!  New Bible study with one daughter starts, hair cuts for my twins, bridal and my alterations, reception "tasting," wedding design meeting, shower plans, two doctor's appointments, attending a couples shower, and final shopping trip for remaining wedding items.  Whew!  I get one more day off before all the fun starts!

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I'm so thankful I retired from teaching in December, just before COVID hit! Our district started in-person school today.  I wonder how it's going to go?  They have safety protocols in place, of course, but anyone who knows anything about children knows that the masks and social distancing are not likely to happen the way they are envisioned.  But I can say, unequivocally, that the average student benefits far more from in-person teaching than online diy lessons.  Thank goodness it's not my problem anymore.  I paid my dues!

I've been having so much fun watching Guy's Grocery Games! Have you ever seen it?  It's fast-paced and unpredictable, and each game is different than the last.  And I actually learn some cooking tips and meal ideas while I'm watching.  Watch is some time on Food Network and let me know what you think!

Moving on...


I just love puns!

I swear this has happened to me!

And I'll leave you with this bit of cuteness.

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Violated (Brandon Fisher FBI, #5)Violated by Carolyn Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher is one of the main characters of this series. This is the only book in the series I have read, yet I understood who everyone was and the relationships between the characters, possibly not as much had I read the first four books, but well enough to see character development. Not reading the first four didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I liked it.

Agent Paige Dawson, Fisher's former lover, heads to Valencia, California with her new boyfriend, but she's not there just for a vacation. She is there to exact revenge on the man who raped her friend 20 years earlier. The rape started a downward spiral and led to her friend's suicide. Paige says she just wants to talk to him. However, she can't because he has been murdered. Paige is arrested when a neighbor calls the police after she caught her going into the back door of the man's home.

Brandon and his team head out to Valencia to help prove Paige's innocence and to try to find the actual killer. As it turns out, they are looking for a serial killer with a very unusual condition. There are some twists and turns as they try to find the killer before someone else dies, and they think they know who that will be.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite, and it didn't blow me away, but I wanted to read to find out what would happen next. That's something a successful author should strive to create: keeping the reader interested. The only thing I didn't like is the back-and-forth from Brandon's point-of-view and Paige's point-of-view. Sometimes I could not tell whose perspective I was hearing or who said what. Otherwise, it was a good book

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

I love looking at the calendars that have those crazy, wacky special days like "pepperoni-pizza day" or "hug-your-pet day!"  Here are some special days coming up this month.
September 10 - Today is Sewing Machine Day.  Actually, there are 2 of these, today and June 13.  I recently started sewing again.  Did you know that the sewing machine was invented in France in 1830?

September 11 - 9/11 Remembrance Day.  I will never forget the World Trade Center attacks that killed so many and forever changed so many others.  I would love to visit the Memorial.  It was under construction when we were in New York.  It is reopening to the public on 9/12.

September 12 - This is my kind of day!  National Chocolate Milkshake Day!  I love, love, love chocolate milkshakes, and I make a really good one!

September 13 - National Grandparents' Day.  Sometimes I think this day was invented for Hallmark and American Greetings, but since 1978, it's been a day set aside to honor our wise and wonderful parents-of-parents!

September 16 - National Play-dough Day.  Who doesn't fondly remember playing with play-dough, either when you were a kid or when your kids were kids.  I did both. The only bad thing about it was it made the palms of my hands peel.

September 17 - Constitution Day. Did you know that Sept. 17 was the final meeting of the Constitutional Congress when our Founding Fathers signed this important document?

September 18 - National Cheeseburger Day.  This is another day I can truly support!  Check your local restaurants for deals today.  Red Robin, Smashburger, and White Castle are just a few who have had deals in the past.

September 20 - There really is a National Pepperoni Pizza Day!  My husband and I have a local favorite go-to for pepperoni pizza.  Yum!

September 22 - Autumnal Equinox.  Fall begins, although in our part of Texas, we'll be lucky if it's not still 90-something degrees outside.

September 23 - My birthday!

September 25 - National Comic Book Day - I loved comic books as a kid!  Archie, Richie Rich, Peanuts, Dennis the Menace.  I wasn't a fan of superheroes.  I'm still not!

September 26 - This is an unusual one.  It's International Rabbit Day (the fourth Saturday in Sept.). We had a rabbit named Bandit when I was young much like the one pictured here.  I say, "we." He was my sister's rabbit. Then during my son's sophomore year for FFA, he raised rabbits .  This special day began in the UK before spreading to the rest of the world.  Did you know that rabbits are the 3rd most popular house pet after dogs and cats? (Ironically, it's also National Hunting and Fishing Day.)

September 28 - National Good Neighbor Day.  This originally began in the 1980's, but in 2003, the US Senate actually passed a resolution making it a national, special day.  Our tax dollars at work!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some random thoughts.
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Yes, today really is Tuesday.  All day yesterday, being Labor Day, it felt like a Sunday even though I'm no longer working.  Since I retired in December, I still set my clothes out every night - they're just "different" clothes (sweats or yoga pants and tee shirts).  I feel like if I don't set them out, I might stay in my pajamas all day.  That has actually happened once in the last 8 months.

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I've been cooking at home so much since the pandemic started.  I've learned a lot of new techniques and tried some new recipes.  I feel like I make some really great sauces to keep our meals more lively.  Here's a hollandaise sauce I made. 
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One thing I made, since my son is doing the Keto diet, is this Chicken Parmesan.  It was delicious!  I also liked this Ground Beef Wellington with fennel seed (you might call it a meat pie.)
By far my favorite dish has been Chicken Florentine.
How have your dinner plans, cooking, or meals changed in the last few months?

I guess I've rambled enough.  How about some funnies?
Did you see two people?  I did!  If you look carefully, it's only one.
Appropo, no?

This cracked me up.

I love puns!

Can anyone else relate?
I totally saw the angry bunny first!
And, last, but not least...
This may be a little inappropriate, but it was so funny to me, And the cat was not hurt.  She is sitting in her bed.
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Have a great week!


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