Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 12


Today has been a pretty good day. I got to sleep in then had breakfast made for me. Since the weather was supposed to be nice my mom, daughter and I decided to do a girl's day out and we went to the zoo to take some of my daughter's senior pictures and then out to lunch. When I got home I helped my husband clean out one of our sheds and my dad did really good, he came out and helped by going through some of his old stuff and getting rid of it. Now I am sitting with my feet up and am going to do a little relaxing and reading. 

How did your Saturday go?

Friday, October 11, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 11


Thank goodness today is Friday and I have Monday off. This week has been a week of Mondays which has made the week very long. 

Since it is Friday I am going to talk about books as I plan on reading the weekend away. Right now I am reading A Wilder Rose by Susan Witting Albert. I will be posting a book review on my other blog later this weekend so I don't want to say much about it here other than it has been an interesting book that is about Rose Wilder Lane. 

I love looking for new books to read and put on a never ending book list. Here are a few that have caught my eye that I may want to read in the future: 

The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
The Queen's Governess by Karen Harper
Christmas at Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
The Seamstress of Jamestown by Barbara Hettwer

What are some books that you are looking forward to reading?

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 10


I missed yesterday's post so I am going to do it now. This post is going to be about Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by Laura. It is kind of hard for me to explain why I like her so much. I think the main thing I usually say about her is that she was a very strong woman and I love the time period that she grew up in. Another thing about her is that she is from the Midwest just like me. 

Laura as a young girl

Let me start by telling you a little about her. Of course I am sure everyone has heard of her or her Little House on the Prairie books. The first thing I want to say is that although the tv show was a great show it is not true, don't get me wrong there are tidbits of Laura's life throughout the show and the pilot is the closet to her life than the rest of the series. 

Laura was born on February 7, 1867 in Pepin, Wisconsin and this is where her journey and her memories begin. Charles Ingalls - Laura's dad had what I call a wandering foot and moved the family quite a few times. I believe he was just trying to do what was best for his family and to find a place that made him happy. This ended up giving Laura lots to write about in her later years. I think all the moving and things she went through is what made her a strong person. 

Laura as a young lady

Laura had to endure life on the prairie, the long winter where many died, Indians, bears, fires and much more and many of these at a young age. The Laura met Almanzo and after they were married she continued to move around the country to find the right place to settle that was good for Almanzo's health. They finally landed in Missouri. Laura had one daughter Rose. Rose helped Laura in her later years with her stories so they could be turned into a series of books for young and old alike. I don't think either of them thought the books would be as big of a success as they were. 

I personally have read probably close to twenty books about Laura and her family. I am always looking for new book to read about her. I have been to her parent's home in DeSmet, South Dakota and have been twice to Mansfield, Missouri. I would love to visit  the other sites where she lived. I will never have enough books about her. In fact I am reading one right now about her daughter called A Wilder Rose. 

Laura signing her books

If I could go back in time and meet one person it would have to be Laura. I also like reading quotes and helpful life tips from her. I think she was very wise. Again I don't really know how to describe what it is about her that I love but I just do. If there is anything that you want to know about her just ask. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 9


Here we are already at day 9. I know I promised my post of my idol today but we had a bad day at work today. All the work we put into our excel program for the last two days was lost so I spent the morning re-inputing info. Not to mention I am fighting an allergy or cold so I am just drained this week. 


I am going to talk about football today. This is one of my favorite sports to watch. Now I don't watch college football although I have been to a Nebraska Huskers game once, I choose to watch NFL football and The Green Bay Packers are my favorite team. The reason I chose to talk to about this tonight is that it makes me feel good watching a good game. 

Last night my husband and I watched a very good biography called the House of Manning. In case you don't know much about football this is about Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. I have to say this was one of the best things I have seen lately. My family is a fan of Peyton so of course we were drawn to the program, after watching it I know more about his entire family and what a great person his father Archie was and is. Archie made it a point to be a dad to his boys and do to the best at it and the be a football player second. Unfortunately Archie lost his father when he was a freshman in college and it was horrible for him so he wanted to the father he wasn't. I think he succeeded and after hearing his sons talk I think they would agree. This family is so humble that if you did not know them you would not know how successful they are at what they do. They are a very close knit family. He made sure to give his boys advice they could carry with them the rest of their life. 

Another football biography I watch recently was Tom Coughlin the coach for the New York Giants. I will be the first to tell you that I did not like Tom and could not stand watching him go up and down the sidelines But all that has changed. I watched his biography and my whole outlook on him took a 360 degree turn. I now tell people that you should watch his life story. He is such an inspirational man not only to his team but to his family. He too has a very good support group around him in his family. I was so taken by the things I heard him talking about and telling his team in this show that when I found he wrote a book I had to have it. Unfortunately, I have not read it yet as you all know I have tons of books on my to be read pile, but I will get it read soon. 

Even if you are not a football fan I recommend that you watch these two shows - I saw them both on the NFL network but I am sure you could find them online. 

Thank you for letting me ramble on again tonight. Have you seen a show or biography lately that has inspired you?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 8


Hello all - let's see what we can write about today. I am working on my post about Laura Ingalls Wilder and hope to have it ready to post tomorrow. There are just a couple of things I want to add to it. I am also thinking of some ideas to use for the rest of the month of writing without boring everyone too much. 

Today is my hardest post yet, I have done a couple of post with positive thoughts so I don't want to do anyone this week but I am having a hard time writing tonight. 


When I got home to day I had a good mail day as I received four books in the mail and only paid for one of them. The joys of winning books and reviewing them for others. My other blog Griperang's Bookmarks is where I post my reviews. I have the joy of helping a few authors to promote their books and to write fair and honest reviews in exchange for a copy of the book. Each day I also try to enter at least one contest to win books I want to read and it has paid off dearly. My love of books keeps me on my toes. 

What is a love of yours that you like to share with others?

Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 7


Warning !!! Tonight's post may be a little bit of me just rambling. Today was definately a Monday for me. It started by burning my thumb and just little mishaps all day continued. I did my best to not let it put me in a bad mood though. Those quotes I have put on here really helped as I kept thinking of them throughout the day today. So even though I had things that have happened I chose not to be in a bad mood. 

I always tell me kids when they are having a bad day that things will get better just you wait and see. I know things may not seem that way at the moment but trust that it is true. For my daughter a nice big hug always makes her feel better. For my son he is a lot like his mom and just wants some alone time to get over his slump. Another thing that always make me feel better is a big cry. Sometimes it just seems to make things go away. What do you like to help put you back in a good mood? A hug, a cry, or maybe quiet time. 

Tomorrow will be better. Now off the computer to do some reading as that always puts me in a better mood.  Here's to a good week to all. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 6


Hello all - today I am going to do another day of quotes. I promise tomorrow will be better. Thank you for sticking with me on this journey.


I wanted to start with this saying tonight as I think this is very important for everyone to read and live by. There is no need to compare yourself to others are you are great just the way you are. You never know the person you are comparing yourself to may have issues that you will never know about. The grass is not always greener on the other side. 


Here is another good saying that we could all use. I think this is a good challenge to do, in fact I will pick one day this week and try it and see if I can make it. People know me for complaining about things that I don't like, maybe by not complaining some of the negative will go away. What do you think, worth a try?


This is similar to the saying above but also different. We should each look for the good in each even if it is just one little thing, there is always something good in your day.  I challenge to to think of at least one good thing for each day and keep a note of it in a journal and at the end of the week, month, year look back and see how many good things you have. My good today - my daughter made supper for us all by herself for the first time and it was very good. 


On final thought here. This saying sums it all up. Learn to live by these sayings and life can only get better. I think I may have to print this out and put a copy of it on my desk so I can remember to live by these. 

Let me know your thoughts on my sayings this time around. Are you up for any of the challenges I mentioned?



Saturday, October 5, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 5


Today's is going to be a post about some memories of Halloween's past. It is nice to remember things. 


When I was growing up in Kansas we had one Halloween I remember well. One year the church I went to celebrated as a whole and even the adults got dressed up. My mom dressed up as a hobo and my dad dressed up as Dolly Parton. It was very funny to see your parents dressed up. We had fun that year and went trick or treating in the whole town as a group. 

One other Halloween that stands out for me is the year that we had so much snow and it was so cold in Nebraska that we did not think we could take the kids trick or treating. At the time the kids were only 3 and 6. So we found out that the local nursing home was offering trick or treating for the kids. I am not normally a fan of nursing homes but thought we would try it. Not many people were there so I was glad that we took the kids. The elderly love seeing people especially little kids. The smiles on the faces of the residents was enough to warm you. As for the candy the kids got more candy that year than they did any other time of trick or treating. 

After we moved to Florida for the first time we lived in a neighborhood that was just one street in and out. All of us got along and our kids enjoyed playing together even though Rachel was the only girl. Well one year we decided to have a block party for Halloween rather than to try and take the kids out. There were only six families including ours. The kids had a lot of fun at this party. We had apple bobbing as well as some other games and then one of the neighbors took his tractor and flat bed trailor and put some hay on it and loaded the kids up and took them to the next neighborhood over to trick or treat. 



I am glad that I was able to provide my kids with some good memories and that I have some from my childhood as well. 

What is a memory you have of Halloween?

31 Days of Writing Challenge - Day 4


I want to say I am sorry for missing day four so today I am going to do two posts to catch myself up. 

Yesterday was a work day for me then I had to go back to town as I forgot something and ended up having a nice little girls night out with my daughter and mother. After I got home I worked on the kindle I gave my mother in law. I loaded about 300 books on it for her. My grandma won a new kindle fire and gave it to my mom and therefore my mom gave me her kindle touch and in turn I gave my mother in law my kindle. 

I want to say a little about mother in laws. Most people have nothing nice to say about their mother in law's but I have to say that I happen to like my mine. We have a lot in common and get along very well as long as we don't live together. It is nice to talk to her and tell stories about my husband. I also like the way she talks about my kids - it makes me very proud. Another thing that I think it very nice about my mother in law is that when I call her she always asks about my family. She does not have to do that but she does. Thank you for listening to me tell you a little about my mother in law. I wanted to post something positive about something that most people usually have nothing nice to say about. 

So do you have in-laws? Do you get along with them? 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

31 Days of Writing Challenge- Day 3


Today's post is going to be a quick one. I want to tell you about doing a good deed. I say an elderly gentleman hit the car two cars ahead of me not once but twice. I rolled my window down to see if the lady needed help and she asked me to call 911. Then the guy started to back up and I thought he was going to hit my car. By this time I was out of my car, I told him to stop and he did not listen so I told him again to stop and that he needed to put his car in park then he said he was going to move so I told him again to put the car in park. By this time the police are on the way. I then called home to say I would be late and the next thing I know the guy is writing my license number down the next thing I know he is in my face and I mean so close that his nose was almost touching mine. I was on the phone with my husband so he could hear. The guy told me I was causing trouble and I said you better not hit me. Finally the sheriff came who moved us off the road while waiting for the city police to come. While waiting I found out the lady's husband had just passed away a month ago and her car was only two weeks old. She had no one so I am glad that I stopped and stayed with her as I normally don't stop. I gave her my cold bag to keep her ice cream cold so it would not melt in her car. She was very nice and very appreciative of all I did and felt bad for what the guy did to me. I think the man was confused about who he was and what was going on. 

I guess the moral of the story is you never know when just being there is what someone may need from you. So take the extra step once in a while and just be there for someone who needs it. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31 Days Writing Challenge - Day 2


Here we go for day two of my writing challenge. I came home from work sick so I am having a time of trying to decide what to write about today. I want to stay upbeat on my blog so let's see what we can come up with today. 

Ok I have decided I am going to pick out a few quotes and post them and my thoughts on them.


If we remember to start each day this way things would not seem so bad. By being grateful for the simple things in our life that can begin to outweigh the negative. I say think of at least two things each morning that you are grateful for. 


A saying like this seems so simple but it is so large. This is another thing you can challenge yourself to do, say one kind thing to at least one person a day. Remember when you make someone else's day you also make your own. 


What can you that is not already said in this saying? These rules are a good set of rules for everyone to live by. I know that they are sometimes hard to live by but I think we should each at least try to live by. 

What are your thoughts on these sayings I picked for today? Until tomorrow - I wish you all a sunny cheery day. 




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

31 Days Writing Challenge - Day 1


I found this project today and after much thought about it I think I am going to try and participate in it. It is 31 days of writing. My 31 days is going to be about staying positive, thinking good thoughts, and good memories. Some days my posts may be small and other days they may be longer, but I am going to strive to keep this goal. 


Today's post is going to be my favorite things. I found this idea on the Friendship Friday Post that I use on here from time to time. If you want to visit the site it is Create with Joy. When I first saw this idea the song from The Sound of Music movie popped into my head and it got me to thinking what are a few of my favorite things. 


One of my most favorite things is books. I love to read and will never in my lifetime have too many books. The other day I reorganized my bookshelves and when I was done I sad I needed yet another bookshelf because you know the four I have are not enough. Well my daughter said to me to take off the books you have read, I looked at her and quietly said I have not read any of these yet. Books are like a security blanket to me and I take them everywhere. I don't buy as many books anymore as I do many reviews and win some and if I do buy them - I buy used or at a cheaper cost. I will never stop buying books. 


Another favorite thing of mine is quiet time. I know many people like to listen to music or turn on their TV as soon as they open their eyes, but not me.  I prefer to have silence, so much so that when I leave work I turn my radio off in the car on the way home just to have quiet. If I am the first one up I do not turn the TV on for at least an hour as I want to enjoy the peace and quiet. 


Of course one of my favorite things of all time is my family. I enjoy just hanging out playing cards with them, watching TV or having a nice conversation with them. I also like to go on little trips with them and hang out at the bookstore then go to dinner with them. It is always fun to do things with your family. 


Some of my favorite things to collect are bookmarks and postcards. I have large collections of both of them. Everytime someone I know goes anywhere I ask them if they can pick up a bookmark or postcard. It is a cheap piece of memorabilia as well as does not take up much space. I have some of each from all over the world. I use each of my bookmarks at least once. I guess you could say I also collect pens and journals as everytime I see one I like I have to have them but don't always use them. I also like to collect lighthouses. They are intriguing to me as there is a lot of history and they are very beautiful to me. 


My favorite sayings are Keep Calm and Carry On and Live, Laugh, Love. There are different versions of each of these out there now and I enjoying seeing them. Now if I could only learn to live by the motto Keep Calm and Carry On. In my house I have many of these sayings around. 


Other favorite thing of mine are:

TV shows - Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Real Housewives and Football
Movies - Under the Tuscan Sun, Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and Titanic
Books - The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati's series, Nora Roberts - Bride Quartet and The Innboro Series, The Virgin River Series by Robyn Carr, The Emma Harte Series by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Color - Green mostly but I have started liking pink and brown as well as turquoise and brown together. 
Sports Team - Green Bay Packers

So after reading my list of favorite things - what are some of yours?