Thursday, June 22, 2017

Color play

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I had way too much fun playing in my yarn this afternoon. I was deciding on the colors I want to use for the Attic24 Summer Harmony Blanket. I've started making the little first rounds of each square already and can't wait to get back to this bright and cheerful project!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Colorado sunset

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Photo credit goes to my mom. 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Wicked Duke



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter:

Then it was over and he was kissing her. The bright fog disappeared, leaving her in front of a crowd of strangers being kissed by a duke who was, unbelievably, her husband. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Musing Monday: The Wicked Trilogy

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading historical romances by Madeline Hunter. I've read her in the past so I knew I liked her style. However, for some reason it had been a long time since I'd read a historical romance. I decided I was in the mood for one but didn't know which one I wanted to read. So I went to the library and came across The Wicked trilogy by Madeline Hunter. I've now read the first two books in the series: His Wicked Reputation and Tall, Dark and Wicked. They were both fantastic, entertaining reads for me. In fact, I gave Tall, Dark and Wicked a 5 star rating on Good Reads. Now I have begun the third book in the trilogy The Wicked Duke and I am already enjoying it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stairs

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.These stairs - and two other sets similar to this one - are at a park near my house. My husband has been climbing up and down them as part of his exercise regime for a couple of weeks now. He challenged me to do them and I accepted. It's 416 steps round trip. I walked from our home to the park, went up and down theses stairs and walked home. It was a heck of a workout that I am still feeling the day after! I can't wait to do this again - probably tomorrow. 

Happiness

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I love this quote. I know sometimes it can be hard - like when my kids are having their umpteenth fight of the day or traffic is so hideous I want to pull out my hair or someone I love is having a scary health issue - but I do think it's possible to find something positive in every day. I think the positive and often the small things make for the big and happy. That makes life enjoyable. Don't you think?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Quiet the mind

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Iwas looking at images of mandalas earlier because honestly I'm a little bit addicted to them right now! They are all so gorgeous and intricate! I wish I could draw one but that is not where my talent lies - at all. I am happy that I can crochet them, though. While I was looking at the images I came across this one with this quote and I love it! 

"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak."

I believe this to be true even if it's a somewhat difficult thing for me to achieve. I have been on a journey of mindfulness - for a while really but intentionally for about eight months. I have a ways to go but am happy to make progress each day. 

Mandala progress

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I love this mandala more with each round that I complete! Part of me is tempted to finish it right at this point because I love it so but I am going to finish it. I love the look of the finished mandala. It'll probably be done in the next couple of days because I am a little bit addicted to making this right now. Plus, I want to make another one for a special person as a gift and I'd need to get on that rather quickly. Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

New bookcase

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My husband bought me a new bookcase. He even put it together for me! Then I organized my books and loaded this case with my favorite books and favorite authors. There's also a shelf on the bottom that has all of my writing resource books, crochet books and biographies - basically nonfiction. 

Now I can see exactly which books I have by my favorite authors and which ones I still want to get. Yay, for organization and books. All the books! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Tall, Dark and Wicked by Madeline Hunter:

"Miss Belvoir, I am not here for anything having to do with me. I am concerned for you. There may be more to all of this than either of us knows."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Moon

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I took this picture of the moon this evening. I thought it looked so haunting yet beautiful. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Beautiful mandala

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I am so in love with this gorgeous mandala and this is only one-fourth of it! I'm kind of addicted to making it at he moment! I'm already imagining it in other colorways (although this one is perfect as it combines my favorites colors along with those of my daughters!). I'm also playing with the idea of making gifts. I'll be sure to share it again.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A billion bad words

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I love Ray Bradbury! He has/had awesome writing advice that agree with. This quote helps me to remember to persevere, to hang in there. I'll keep going, keep following my path and chasing my dream. I will succeed!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I finished a square

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LOL! This is the first twelve inch crochet square I've completed since January. I love it!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June

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HOW is it June already? Seriously, 2017 is flying by! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE June and I am happy that it is here. It means summer vacation, trips to the beach, a more relaxed schedule, my wedding anniversary, lots of swimming and sleeping in. Summer means a more relaxed schedule and the vibe is pleasant. Oh, June also means a lot more reading for my kids and I. I'm happy June is here it just seems like it happened REALLY fast!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Love Actually 2



I LOVE this SO MUCH! Love Actually is one of my all-time favorite movies! I was ecstatic with joy when I heard they were making a sequel. Then I was a little sad to learn that it was just a short. However, I am so over that sadness because this is for charity plus it's EPIC! If you haven't seen it - enjoy! If you have - well, feel free to watch it and enjoy it again!

Teaser Tuesday: His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 8 of His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter:

She scolded herself for inventing ghosts. Her current mission made her nervous, that was all. SHe should not have this painting, and guilt made her overcautious. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Words are magic

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I'm in a bit of a writing slump. I find it frustrating but am also trying to cut myself some slack for it. Words are magic and hold a lot of power so I want to use them use them wisely rather than carelessly. I hope their magic begins to flow for me again very soon, though. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

LEGOS house

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I love the hours and hours of joy that LEGOS have brought my kids! I also love that I know it's vacation time - in this case summer - when the LEGO creations begin! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The end of the school year.

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The sun is setting on this school year and we are SO ready for summer vacation! My kids had a great year and were fortunate with their teachers but there is something so special about summer vacation! We out for lunch this afternoon and my oldest asked me if I'd turned off the alarm clock for tomorrow morning. It made me laugh even as I said no I hadn't but then made sure to turn it off at once. With today's ever-changing and fast-moving pace I think the simplicity of summer, the more relaxed schedule and just being able to sleep in a bit arr so important! We do have a couple of things planned for the summer but mostly we'll be relaxing, swimming, hitting the beach, going to the library and getting lots of books to read and spending more family time together. It sounds blissful to me!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 45 of Jenny Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner:

"Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it; but if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out to be full of regrets." 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cover love

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I try very hard not to judge a book by its cover. However, I have been known - on more than one occasion - to buy a book because I love the cover. That is exactly what happened with The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. It did help that I also loved the description of the book, which is:

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

I've started the book today and there is a quote in the front that I LOVE:

""Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

VOLTAIRE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

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Thank you #stmartinspress for the ARC of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. It's a really good Romantic Suspense story that comes out on May 30th. The romance between the main characters is leisurely but worth it. The suspense portion of the story is definitely dark and difficult in some places. However, the story is so well written by Nora Roberts that I kept anxiously flipping pages.

I will post a full review in a couple of days. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wild Blueberry smoothie

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This smoothie is delicious and good for you! Also, with only five ingredients it is really quick and easy to make, too! I originally got the recipe from the Medical Medium blog.

Ingredients:
1 cup wild blueberries
2 bananas
2 dates, soaked
1/2 lemon
1 cup of water


Directions:
Combine the wild blueberries, bananas, dates, and water in the blender. Add the juice from half a lemon. Blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined. Serves 1-2


I double the entire recipe so it will serve four. It is DELICIOUS and good for you! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 334 of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts:

It matters, Callen, what you feel. Not just to me, but it sure as hell matters to me. They're options, and all of them good. Why shouldn't what you want count?"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rio - by Duran Duran


In honor of the fact that the Rio album was released 35 years ago this past week - here is the excellent video for Rio!

Love Actually 2 "red Nose Day" trailer


I adore the movie Love Actually! So when I heard they were doing a sequel for it I was thrilled! Then I heard it was only a ten-minute short to catch up with the lives of the characters. At first I was disappointed in this but now that I know it's for charity I am super excited to see this small, catch-up piece. Plus, I've watched the trailer and it looks rather adorable! I'm really looking forward to this and expect I'll quite enjoy it!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday vibes

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It's been a cool and pleasant day so far! I'm hoping it stays this way! I love the jacaranda trees and their pretty purple buds. The green and purple of these two trees in the gray morning light struck me as so peaceful. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 112 of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts:

Alone with the horses, Callen gave some thought to bitter young boys - he'd been one - and to a father who'd never been mean, but weak enough to lose everything. Including his son's respect.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books begins

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The Bout of Books readathon begins today, May 8th and goes through Sunday, May 14th. There are challenges, Q & A's and other fun things to do over the course of the week but reading is the main goal. 

I'm still listening to Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. It's good, really good and grips my attention while I'm listening. I'm also reading a Nora Roberts book. I'm also reading the latest Land of Stories book to my kids. So, hopefully I can finish these three books (at least the two I'm reading for myself only) this week and star ton something new.

What are you reading? Are you taking part in Bout of Books?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Healing Eczema and Psoriasis

I know this is a rather off post for my blog but I feel compelled to share this information! I have suffered with eczema all of my life! I can go a long time with a flair up but then get hit by eczema really hard! I've always thought it was hereditary but I've learned that it is not! This soundcloud recording by Anthony William is LOADED with information on the history and the WHY of eczema and psoriasis. He also tells HOW we can heal from it with FOOD!

If you or anyone you care about suffers (and it is suffering!) with eczema or psoriasis I highly recommend this podcast!

Healing Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne

Sending love into the universe

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I think this is beautiful and so needs to be shared! We need love and blessings in our lives! So, love and blessings from me to all of you!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Crochet every day

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This picture came up in my Facebook memories today. Since I still agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly I thought I'd share it (again?) here, too? I'm so glad I took the time to teach myself how to crochet. Now that I think about it I started in February 2011. So I've been crocheting for six years. I do crochet nearly every day, too. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 397 of The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer -

Conner tried summoning his magic like he summoned his creativity. It started in his imagination, not his heart. He visualized magic as an idea for a new story. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bout of Books

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Yes, I am posting about another readathon! Bout of Books is a week long readathon that I've heard about in the past but usually after it has begun. This time I remembered it in time to participate. Here is the official description from their site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If this sounds like something you'd enjoy sign by May 8th.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Crock pot lasagna

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Yesterday during Dewey's 24-hour readathon I made crock pot lasagna for dinner. It turned out deliciously but we knew it would because we've had it before! It's so easy. You make and layer your lasagna as you would if cooking it in the oven EXCEPT you use raw noodles rather than cooked noodles. That way the noodles cook while they're in the crock pot. All together, prep and cook time it takes about three-and-a-half hours.

I managed to finish one book yesterday. I got through about a third of Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith and read by Robert Glenister. I'm really surprised at how much I am enjoying listening to an audio book. although I guess I shouldn't be because my kids and I have enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter books. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's 24 hour readathon and an audio book

26877849 Today is the day - Dewey's 24-hour readathon is on! As usual, I got started late but that's okay! I decided to try listening to an audio book as I did some chores and got dinner in the crock pot for my family. We'll be having lasagna this evening and my kids are delighted! So am I, as it happens. Crock pot lasagna is amazingly delicious!

Anyhow, listening to Career of Evil has been quite enjoyable! I believe I may have struck on a way to read (hear) more books while still getting things done - like writing, blogging and crocheting. Of course, I am also able to do chores, as I did this morning, not nearly as fun as writing or crocheting, but still a necessity. I have liked listening to this book. The story is written by Robert Galbraith and it's being read by Robert Glenister. I love his English accent and the timing and his cadence in telling the story are fantastic!

Okay, I'm off now to continue listening to te book and get some writing done.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Choices for tomorrow's readathon

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So looking forward to tomorrow! I'll read what and when I can - along with my kids - and call it a win! :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour readathon

 The next installment of Dewey's 24-Hor readathon is this Saturday, April 29th! It's a fun-filled event of reading, cheering, eating, drinking, doing challenges and basically sharing the love of books with others who feel the same about them! Of course, you don't have to do all of those things I just listed. You don't even have to do them for the twenty-four hours - I never have. My start time is %;00 a.m. and I just can't make that work on a Saturday morning! That being said, this event is something  really look forward to participating in the two times per year that it happens. I love the reading I'm able to get done. I love spending time with my kids reading - alone and together. We love the snacks I buy for it and the overall camaraderie of book lovers! If this sounds like fun to you, too, sign up here!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 49 of Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts:

Why did men think they could soften up a woman with a flower? because they could, Natasha admitted, biting off a sigh as she glanced toward it. That didn't mean she was going out to dinner with him. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bullet journaling anniversary

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I realized the other day that I have been Bullet Journaling for a year! It has been such a great organizational tool for me. I can't imagine going back to a tradtional calendar or planning sysyem. The flexibility and creativity (and for me the simplicity) of it are amazing!