Sunday, February 20, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday - 2/21/2022


I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

Before I begin, I had a really great surprise on Friday.  My boss called me and told me that my yearly raise is 3x bigger than I thought it was going to be.  I was also given a promotion.  AND my yearly bonus is going to be larger than anticipated too!  Good news is few and far between lately! So I had to share.  I am always talking about the negative (since that is all there has been for a long time) so time for some happier things. 

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I was up all Friday night with my bum shoulder. (SEE?  There's that bad stuff I"m always talking about lol)  I can't describe the pain - but it is up there with child birth and gall stones.  I finally fell asleep around 11 a.m. and slept til 6 p.m.  So Saturday was pretty much gone.  Sunday I worked OT for 4.5 hours, moved the furniture around, swept the living room and dining room, picked up in my office a bit.  Did some reading.  

The weather:::   

 We had a nice ice storm with a few inches of snow on top, then a crazy cold windy day, and today - 50.  More roller coaster to come. 

On my reading pile:::   

 Please see my READING POST for a complete update!  The short of it is I'm listening to a couple of serial killer books and reading "Persuasion".  
On my TV:::   
**Friday Night Lights
**Book Tubers
**The 1995 version of Persuasion on BritBox
On the menu for this week::: 

Some do-overs from last week that we didn't get to because of the ice/snow storm.  
Monday -   Big Mac Salad 
Tuesday -   Tacos and Spanish rice 
Wednesday -  Making dinner for Dad - fried chicken, green beans, baked potatoes, salad
Thursday -   Shrimp and broccoli fettuccini alfredo 
Friday -  Chipotle-type bowls - chicken, rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, etc. 
On my to do list:::   

  • Mail out my Poshmark packages
  • Grocery shopping 
  • Work T, W, F
  • Take my sister to her 6-month appt at University of Michigan Hospital on Thursday
  • Go to Trader Joe's while in Ann Arbor for said appointment 
  • Wednesday evening at my Dad's for game night and dinner 
What I am planning/journaling/writing:::  
 More studying of Rahab.  From what I've found on the web, the walls of Jericho fell around 1400 BC, but Rahab is said to have lived from 1213 bc - 1113 bc.  I need to reach out to a pastor or do some more digging, but something isn't adding up here! 

Also - there are two trains of thought as to who she married (if at all).  Salmon (as in she is the mother of Boaz)  OR she married Joshua himself.  There are also some who believe that Salmon was one of the two spies!    

Looking around the house:::  

I took a que from Sandra and changed around my living room and dining room.  We RARELY use the living room.  But it has three gorgeous windows, a beautiful fireplace, and my grandmother's armoire. 

I moved the dining room table and chairs in there.  It will be a lovely place for Bible study or research on my book.  I put my classic book collection on the armoire. I have some nice decor pieces in there I can enjoy.  
From the camera::: 


What I sold on Poshmark this week::: 

This is a very good week for me!  
  • Beatles Abby Road jacket
  • Jojo Siwa t-shirt and GAP jean skirt 
  • Pink faux-Ugg Boots
  • Patent leather shoe-boots 
  • Lily Pulitzer Sandals  
On my prayer list::: 

 My Dad.  Still coughing.  Doctor is prescribing meds to treat the symptoms, but not doing anything to get to the cause of it or help to eliminate it.  He hurt his back and now his leg.  He has started counting the bad things that have happened to him since he had COVID.  He's up to 18.  :(  

I'm praying there is no war between Russia and the Ukraine.  Because if there is, that could mean we could be at war too - and our world does NOT NEED A WAR.  We have been weakened by this world-wide pandemic.  The president is meeting with Putin - so I am praying that by the grace of God there can be a peaceful solution. 
Bible verse, Devotional::: 

Following the "Unfailing Love" Bible Study by Heather Baxter Ministries.  This week she shared Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Sunday Post and It's Monday - What Are You Reading?


I am joining in with Kimberly @caffeinated book reviewer for the Sunday Post 

I am also joining in with The Book Date for "It's Monday! What are YOU Reading?"  


                              NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG:
This week I plan to post this post, of course, along with my weekly Happy Homemaker Monday and I hope to do a review of "Evelina" and perhaps another weekly meme if I can find one that applies to me! 

Last week I finished:                  Too Late by Colleen Hoover 

I love Colleen Hoover - but I did not love this book.  Too many "F" bombs and too many unneeded sex scenes for my taste.  Still give it *** for the story. 

From Amazon:  

Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves.
And she does, every single day.
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she's able to find a way out.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he'd say he's the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan's disapproval of Asa's sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.

I enjoyed this one immensely.  There are some really great moments of hilarity and a lovely main character.  Written in letter form, this is an enjoyable read, especially if you are a fan of Jane Austen-type novels. **** Stars

From Amazon:  

First published in 1778, this novel of manners tells the story of Evelina, a young woman raised in rural obscurity who is thrust into London’s fashionable society at the age of eighteen. There, she experiences a sequence of humorous events at balls, theatres, and gardens that teach her how quickly she must learn to navigate social snobbery and veiled aggression. Evelina, the embodiment of the feminine ideal for her time, undergoes numerous trials and grows in confidence with her abilities and perspicacity. As an innocent young woman, she deals with embarrassing relations, being beautiful in an image-conscious world, and falling in love with the wonderfully eligible Lord Orville. Burney gives the heroine a surprisingly shrewd opinion of fashionable London. This work, then, is not only satirical concerning the consumerism of this select group, but also aware of the role of women in late-eighteenth century society, paving the way for writers such as Jane Austen in this comic, touching love story.

Really good action book series.  For what it is, I give it ***.5 stars.  If you like family drama/murder/detective/strong woman main character - give this series a go.  It's offered on Kindle Unlimited. 

From Amazon: 

The discovery of human remains unearths another nightmare from Sheriff Bree Taggert’s past in a bone-chilling thriller by #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.

Twenty-seven years ago, Sheriff Bree Taggert’s father killed her mother, then himself. Now Bree and her younger brother, Adam, find human bones on the grounds of their abandoned family farm. The remains are those of a man and a woman, both murdered in the same horrible way.

When the investigation determines the murders occurred thirty years ago, Bree’s dead father becomes a suspect, forcing Bree to revisit the brutal night she’s spent most of her life trying to forget. The only other suspect is an unlikely squatter on the Taggert farm who claims to know secrets about Bree’s past. When he mysteriously disappears and Bree’s niece is kidnapped, the cold case heats up.

Bree has stoked the rage of a murderer who’ll do anything to keep his identity—and motives—a secret. To protect everyone she loves, Bree must confront a killer.

Right now I am starting:  The Village by Caroline Mitchell 



This week for the Classics club I am reading Persuasion by Jane Austen 

                             AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: 

Have you read any of these?  Have any of them on your TBR?  

Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday for Valentine's Day 2022


I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

The weather:::   Still awful and boring.  Ranging from upper 20s to upper 40s.  A little rain.  Cold enough to keep the sidewalks icy so I can fear for my life. 

On my reading pile:::   I finished the audio book Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine.  It was gory and serial killerish but awesome.   

What I did not finish::: Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney.  I listened to about 25% of the audio book (a good two hours) and could NOT get into it!  

Current Audiobook:::  Colleen Hoover's "Too Late" 

On my TV:::   We watched the 80's version of "Anna Karenina" with Jacqueline Bissett and a young, handsome Christopher Reeves. It was REALLY good.  I plan to read the novel over March and April and plan to watch all 3 movie adaptations that I know of beforehand. 


On the menu for this week::: 

Monday -   Potatoes, onions and sausage with a side of green beans 
Tuesday -  birthday dinner for Emily - she wants DEL TACO  lol 
Wednesday -  birthday dinner #2 for Emily at my Dad's house - my guess is Chipotle 

Friday - Vegetable spaghetti with garlic toast and steamed broccoli
Saturday - rotisserie chicken, pasta salad, green beans 
Sunday - big pot of chili
On my to do list:::   

  •  working some overtime this week, but only on Monday, Thursday and Friday 
  • Tuesday Jeff has a doctor's appt, so I will pick him up in Toledo and we will go to his appointment and then take Emily out to lunch 
  • I also promised Emily a thrift shopping trip on Tuesday to a new-to-us place right by the house - after that she wants to go to Marshall's or TJ Maxx (I raised a price conscious/thrifter gal!) 
  • Post office a couple of times to ship out Poshmark orders (praying I get some!)
  • Uploading 3 new items to my Poshmark closet every day 
  • Need to repot my ficus as it has outgrown another pot (makes me happy) 
  • The normal laundry, straightening up, paying bills etc
  • Clean out my car! 
What I am planning/journaling/writing:::   I am still working on researching Rahab for the month of February.  I think I will do a post each month with what I've learned about each woman of the Bible.  God has prompted me to put together my own study and He has given me so many ideas.  I'll share more about that next week! 
Self Care for the Week:::   I am adding this category because I desperately need it.  Being sick pretty much ALL of 2021, I let myself go.  I also made disastrous choices with my hair (went from a blonde to a red-head to almost black)  My skin is dry, I haven't been keeping up with my skincare routine.  I don't do my nails anymore, never wear makeup.  So this will be the place where I make a goal every week to do SOMETHING for myself.  This week it is going to be moisturizing.  Because my skin is dry and itchy and TERRIBLE.  I will get myself a luxurious bottle of lotion or cream and treat myself and my skin!  I work HARD and deserve a little something now and again! 

What I sold on Poshmark this week::: 

 Only sold one thing this week *sigh*  A pair of Minnetonka fringe ankle boots!  If they would have fit me I would have kept them!  I found them brand new in a thrift store for a few dollars.  
On my prayer list:::  
  • I still have my Dad in my prayers.  He is FINALLY showing some improvement after five weeks of a horrible cough and congestion.  Once he is well he will be scheduling his cardio version
  • I'm also praying for Jeff's mom who has ongoing health issues. 
  • Prayers for Lexi Reed (fatgirlfedup on Instagram) who is recovering from near death at only 31 years old.  You can read about it here
  • I also pray for the unrest in the world.  COVID to end.  Our country to have a leadership that will be strong and lead us in the right direction.  Inflation to ease up.  (Groceries and gas are killing me!) 
Bible verse, Devotional:::   I am participating in the HB Ministries monthly Study "Unfailing Love".  Researching Rahab.  Reading through Proverbs (albeit slowly)

Sunday, February 13, 2022

The Sunday Post and It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I am joining in with Kimberly @caffeinated book reviewer for the Sunday Post 

I am also joining in with The Book Date for "It's Monday! What are YOU Reading?"  


                              NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG:
  • Happy Homemaker Monday
  • The Sunday Post and What Are You Reading
  • Book Review of "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover (see below) 


Last week I listened to the audio book "Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover" 


Right now I am reading   "WHO PUT THIS SONG ON" BY MORGAN PARKER. 

Right now I am listening to the audio book: "Too Late" by Colleen Hoover


This week for the Classics club I am reading "Evelina" by Frances Burney.  Most likely this will take me until the end of the month. I'll do a full review once I'm done. 

This week I plan to finish the book above and make headway on Evelina.  I also plan to listen on audio to: 

                             AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: 
Bookish: Not a blog but a video - Carolyn Marie Reads on YouTube - 2022 Reading Goals 

Friday, February 11, 2022

F is for Friday 2/11/22


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Back to the Classics


Before I begin - CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS BOX OF VINTAGE BOOKS WAS PURCHASED FOR $15 IN 2021????????  Unimaginable! 

I am delving back in to the Classics Club.  I joined back in 2018 and was not in the right frame of mind.  My mother had just passed, my sister had a near death illness, I had depression.  More recently I had COVID and long lasting aftereffects, heart issues, and 2 surgeries.  

HOWEVER!  Now I am ready to give my full attention to these amazing books!  I'm finally of the mind of quality over quantity.  

I started reading Evelina by Frances Burney a few nights ago after a rave Instagram review by @a.literary.lady I am enjoying it so far.  It is a bit reminiscent of Jane Austen. 

I am not going to rush or put a time frame on any of the classics.  If it takes two months to read one book - it does! 

I work from  home doing computer-type work so during 9-5 I will listen to other genres on audio.  I may read a couple books on Kindle as well.  But I want REAL Classics!  I want to build up my collection this year as well.  I live about 2 miles from one of the best used bookstores around.  For my birthday I plan to go and find a couple of beautiful copies of - well - whatever ones catch my eye! 

I'm really excited to get started on this journey! 

New Master List of Classics TBR

 This is my NEW UPDATED master list of the 52 classics that I plan to read between January 1st, 2022 and December 31st, 2026. The ones marked with a * will be rereads.  Some I read as a child/teen and a couple are my favorites that I would love to re-read with fresh eyes! 

Classics Club 

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  2. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte*
  3. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll*
  4. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank*
  5. Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
  6. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
  7. Tess of the D'Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy
  8. The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne 
  9. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  10. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  11. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  12. Selected Poems by Langston Hughes, Langston Hughes
  13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nests, Ken Kesey
  14. The Call of the Wild, Jack London* 
  15. Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
  16. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
  17. Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery 
  18. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
  19. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  20. Lark Rise to Candleford, Flora Thompson
  21. Katherine, Anya Seton *
  22. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain*
  24. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
  25. Anna Karenina Tolstoy - CURRENTLY READING: STARTED 5/4/2022
  26. Olliver Twist - Dickens
  27. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  28. Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
  29. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  30. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  31. A Circle of Quiet, The Crosswick Journals, Madeline L'Engle 
  32. Evelina by Frances Burney (FINISHED 3/1/2022 4/5 STARS) 
  33. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  34. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
  35. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  36. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 
  37. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  38. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe 
  39. The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov
  40. The Bible* 
  41. War and Peace Tolstoy
  42. Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz
  43. Dr. Zhivago by Pasternak 
  44. The Swiss Family Robinson, Joann David Wyss
  45. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  46. Ben Hur, Lew Wallace 
  47. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  48. Emma, Jane Austen
  49. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen 
  50. Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare 
  51. Little Dorrit, Dickens
  52. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (FINISHED 5/3/2022 5/5 STARS) REVIEW