Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gorgeous weather…..

I think we've been having our best weather of the entire year this week.  Everyday for the past week (and going into most of next week, I understand) it's been in the low 70s during the day with low humidity and high 50's at night.  The trees are beginning to turn colors and everyone is walking around with smiles on their faces.  Life is good!  Tonight we're celebrating with our neighbor friends by going to a local hamburger joint and eating outside on their patio for probably the last time this year.  We all know that winter is right around the corner.  Ugh!

Here are the envelopes for this week:






And then, naturally, I read a few books…….actually, only two:

THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING            by               Shelly King
RUNNER                                                      by                 Patrick Lee

And I bought a few books this week too:


Now, if I'd only get myself to read faster, I'd be all set!

Enjoy your week, my friends!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall is coming…..

Who can believe that the morning temps have only been in the high 30's here earlier this week.  E-gads, it's been so chilly that we even flipped on the furnace a few times.  I was sitting in my hoodie with socks and still shivering.  I sure hope we don't have a repeat winter of last year!  (Although from the Farmers Almanac, I understand that is what is supposed to happen.)  I think I need a Florida vacation for 3 months out of the year!!!  Wait until I tell hubby…………….lol!!

Here are the envelopes I mailed this week.  You'll note that two of my friends had birthdays.  The others went to my little girlies.






And then…………..this is unbelievable…………..I didn't even finish one book this week!  Yes, you heard that right!  I started and am still reading this:

SEVEN WONDERS                          by                  Ben Metrich

It's an adventure and mystery in the vein of Indiana Jones looking for the DaVinci Code artifacts, but obviously not as exciting as that might sound.  I'm only on page 109 out of 314, but I WILL finish it…(hopefully by the time I post next week.)  Until then, take care and enjoy all the sunshine you can before the big snows come much sooner than any of us want, I'm sure.  UGH!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

An exciting week……..

Things are pretty sad when the highlight of my week was the Tuesday release of Season 3 of  "Homeland".  My husband and I LOVE that series, but are too cheap to subscribe to Showtime, so we buy the DVDs when the season is over, and then watch the other seasons prior to the release to catch up.  You realize, I hope, that is like marathon viewing….but oh, how we love it!!  Two disks to go and the new season 3 will be done and then we'll have to wait another year.  One of these days, I might have to cave and call my cable provider…maybe??  At least just to check the price, huh?  Seems crazy though for only one show.

And here are the envelopes I sent out this week:     




I did manage to get a few books read too, believe it or not.  Although I wished I could have finished more:

THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS  debut    by      Gavin Extence
PERSONAL                                                          by       Lee Child
CAMP UTOPIA AND THE FORGIVENESS DIET    by      Jenny Ruden

The 2nd one is good (as are all Jack Reacher books), and #3 is a bit quirky, but being a bit "fluffy" myself my whole life, it's not as funny as I think it was meant to be.  I have gone through every diet on the universe too and I hurt for the 16 year old main character who's mother spent $5000 to send her to "fat camp" for 8 weeks.  I have about 100 pages to go so I'm hoping it improves.  AND….for all you skinny babes out there……I hate you!!!  lol  J/K

Of course, if I wouldn't make stuff like this, I might be a bit thinner:

QUICK CHICKEN TETRAZINNI

8 oz spagetti - cooked
2 cups cooked and diced chicken
10 oz can cream of chicken soup
10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Mozzarella - shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Combine all EXCEPT parmesan cheese.  Mix well and put in a 2 quart casserole dish.  Top with parmesan and bake 350 degrees 30 minutes.  Really yummy!!  (And fattening!)

Have a good week, my friends!  Happy reading……and eating!  lol
      










Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quiet times…..

Wow!  Since school started I can't believe how quiet everything has gotten (and I didn't even have any kids home to start with!  lol)  For some reason, even the traffic is lighter.  And in the grocery stores, you actually can hear a pin drop.  Funny that I never noticed it as much in years past.  OR….are kids just noisier now?  What do you think?

I did send off some envelopes (naturally) and I drew and colored quite a few more for the future too.  Now that I have two sweeties to send stuff to, I have to have quite a supply on hand.




The three of us are still enjoying the process and that's all that counts!!

Then, I need to show you the growing process in my yard.  If you remember, this is what our flowers looked like right after planting on Memorial Day:


And look at them now.  Eikes!  The basil has been snipped by all my relatives and still it's growing like weeds………good thing too because wait until you see my 2 tomato bushes.


Yes, my friends, the photo below is of my 2 tomato bushes………..a bit overwhelming!  I feel like I'm walking in the jungle when I'm searching for the tiny cherry ones.  We're getting a bowl full every day!


And then, I read a few books.  Only two this week though!  I was a slacker.

THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE           by         Karin Tanee
BINDS THAT TIE                               by         Kate Moretti

Both were good, but I did enjoy the first one more than the 2nd and they were both softcover and ones already in my bookshelf.  Yeah!

So, that's it!  Our weather has been wonderful these past few days.  Low 70's with very little humidity.  My kind of day, for sure!!  September is one of my favorite months!  Have a good week, my friends…..until next time!









Saturday, August 30, 2014

A different week…..

When I look back on the week, it sure doesn't seem like I did much, but when I get right down to it, I did have fun and isn't that what it's all about?  Monday I spent time with two of my special friends and we laughed like schoolgirls while we not only went to lunch but spent some extra hours just chatting.  (So good for the soul!!)  Then, I took two days and drew and colored extra envelopes for my little ones so that I would have them handy at a moments notice to send the weekly reading books.  (The USPS loves me, doncha know?  Each book costs me approximately $2 to send and I usually send 3 out a week.)  Luckily, I have gotten smart now and bid on ebay for "lots" of series books.  I just won 28 books of the "Magic Treehouse" series for $34.  Not bad!  I'm sure my little granddaughter will love them.  I heard that they are kids favorites, so hopefully she will agree.

I sent out these envelopes this week.  The first one went to friends who went out for pizza with us last Sunday.  We've all been friends for over 45 years and every time we get together, it's like 20 years are erased from our lives.  So cool to have such good friends for so long!!


These two went to the kids:



Then, I bought a few books from Amazon.  Note that there are only 4…….('course I won't tell you how many kids books I ordered in addition.  lol)

I only read two books this week and that was a struggle.  I sure wish I would find something really good again.  I'm getting discouraged and that's not good.  I still have about 46 on my to-read list which includes LOTS (probably at least 25-30) of my own books.

EVERY DAY NEEDS A DOG                  by              Bill Tiner
THE ART WHISPERER                          by              Charlotte & Aaron Elkins

(I'll try to do better next week.)  Stay tuned………...