Thursday, October 22, 2015

Self-Care - The Circle Link Up

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends, too. As C.S. Lewis wisely wrote, I want more bloggers to have this feeling: "FRIENDSHIP IS BORN AT THAT MOMENT WHEN ONE PERSON SAYS TO ANOTHER: 'WHAT! YOU TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE.'"

The Circle Link-Up is hosted by In Its Time Blog along with a different co-host each month. She will send out an email each month with the topic for that month. This month is Self-Care and the co-host is Sometimes Photo Jenik. If you would like to participate and link up please go here

Since this month is about self-care it seemed to me as if that would be hard for me to write about. I know how to take care of myself and I am positive you know how to take care of yourself right? But after thinking about it and reading some of the other posts it is more about how you take care of yourself on a day to day basis. Self-care can be how you take care of yourself mentally as well as physically.

One way to take care of yourself is to find something that makes you feel good and do it often. Find a way to relieve stress, have fun and enjoy life even in the midst of all the chaos we all call life.

One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is to read. I am an avid reader and books are my lifeline. Books to me are like a security blanket to a child. When I am upset, scared, or even sad I turn to my books to take me on a journey when I have no place to go. There are so many types of books to choose from for this from self-help books to humorous books.

Another thing that helps me when I am down is to just spend some time with my husband. It may be going out for dinner or lunch, or just taking a ride to get away from it all. Although my best time is to take a day or two and go on a small trip and forget everything. This is not always possible for us so we take whatever moments we can get to spend with each other alone to restart our moods back to where we want them to be.

A guilty pleasure of mine that I like to do when I am having a bad day and just want to relax and enjoy myself is to watch my favorite tv shows. I can watch The Property Brothers and Real Housewives all day long and just forget about life.

Another way to take care of yourself is to always have dreams and never let go of them. Dreams are a way to know that you have something to reach for. Your dreams can be as small as you want or as big as you want. I have a dream to write a book and to travel to Europe. These are two dreams I think of often and of ways to make them come true. 

Journaling is a great way to take care of yourself. For me it is a way to write down my feelings and to get them off my chest when I can't really say what I want to say. Sometimes people will upset me but I am not able to tell them what I really want to say as it would cause more problems then it is worth so I journal about it rather than keep it bottled up. If I tend to keep things bottled up then I tend to feel worse. 

One last thing that I want to mention that I use for self care is a long hot bubble bath. This is a great way to relax, let things go and just enjoy some nice relaxing quiet time. I am always looking for new soaps, bubble baths and melter cubes (candles). I love all the scents they have out there. When I find one I love and have it going while enjoying my bath it helps me to say "Calgon take me away"(in case you don't know this saying it is from a commerical for Calgon bubble bath). A nice candle burning also helps me to relax as the scents I pick for me just seem to help me think of other things. My favorites are fresh or fruity smells. I especially love all things lavendar. Some other scents I like are lilac, fresh cut grass, pine, apple, cinnamon, patchouli etc. 

What are some things you do to take care of yourself?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Currently - September

This blog post is brought to you by Kristin at Rukristin (click here to visit). I like her idea of telling your story one week at a time. I am going to tweek mine a little and tell you my story one month at a time and give you a recap at the end of the month.

I found a few new shows to try out during the month of September. My daughter and I have started watching The Bastard Executioner - it is ok but not great. I am hoping it gets better. We also found a couple of new real estate shows. Next Step Realty which is a show about young real estate agents in New York who are helping people find apartments to rent. The other is called American Rehab. We have watched Detroit, Charleston, Virginia, Victoria and now Buffalo is starting. This show is about someone who takes a house and restores it back to new. Most of them are restoring the houses back to how they were orginally. I love shows like this. 

In the month of September I read Sherlock Holmes for the first time ever. I read the first two books in the series. They were ok but not for me I do not think I will read anymore of those books. I also read Nora Roberts' Dark Witch which is the first book in her Cousins O'Dwyer series. It was a good book and I am looking forward to finishing the series. I also read the second book in the Assassin's Creed series by Oliver Bowden: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one. Lastly I read Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay the newest in her Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series. This is one of my all time favorite series to read. 

I have felt nervous and excited in the month of September. Let's start with nervous. I got a call to do an interview for a job I applied for at Michael's Arts and Crafts. I am always nervous when I go on interviews. Well it went well and I got the job. I work on what they call the replenishment team which means I stock shelves. I work from 5am to 10:30am which is fine with me but it is nerve wracking starting a new job and learning how places do things. I have also been excited as my mother in law and grandma are coming to visit next Tuesday. We have been looking forward to this trip for awhile now. We can't wait to see them. Another thing that made me nervous this month was that my daughter had gastric bypass surgery at the beginning of the month. It has been a learning experience for me but it is something I had no control over. 

This last month seemed to fly but which I am thiking is a good thing as then you do not have the time to worry about things. I have been grateful for all the pen pal letters I have received during the month as they just brighten my day. I am grateful that my daughter's surgery went well and she is healing nicely. Not only is she healing well but her self esteem is greatly improving. I am grateful that my son is still doing well at his job and is maybe looking at getting a promotion. Last but not least I am grateful I have a job even if it may be a seasonal job. I am happy to be able to get out of the house. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The job I wish I had ...

Do you have your dream job? Do you wish you would have chosen a different career path then you did? Well you are not alone. Many people myself included think you want one job take that job and then find out that is not what you wanted to do or maybe you had to take the job that was available to you at them so you could make a living. So I got to thinking about this and what job or jobs I would have liked to do instead of what I chose. 

I chose to be a paralegal because for one I wanted to be a person who did research in a law office to help the attorneys and for two I thought the law was an interesting field but I knew I was not cut out to be an attorney. So I chose the next best thing. Now 20 plus years later I wish I would have chosen something else. 

My first choice of a job that I wanted to be was a mechanic like my dad. But I saw my dad struggle financially through my childhood and thought a paralegal would be a better paying job. It would be if you live in a large city or landed the right job. I was not so lucky to get the right paralegal job. I liked the idea of being a mechanic as I enjoyed being around cars and all things about them. I grew up going to cars shows, my dad raced the family car when I was very young, my mom's cousin had a drag race car so for me cars were in my blood. 

My second choice of a job I thought about when I was deciding what to do was a teacher. There were a few things that kept me from pursuing this choice. The first being I did not have the funds to go to school for that, I was married with a newborn and this was just not an option for me at the time. The other reason being that I did not want to be told what part of history I had to teach. The main thing I wanted to teach was history as that is a love of mine, but then I thought I could teach little kids but then just did not have the confience to pursue it. So that dream kept on being a dream in my head. 

Now that I am older there are a few other jobs that I would consider a dream job but would not have thought about them when I was younger. I guess my interests have changed in life. 

I was watching a show about the Luisatana one night and listening to the archelogist. I have also seen other shows where archelogist have dug up historical artifacts. For me this would be a cool job it not only satisifies my love of history but the joy of finding treasures and the fun of traveling to many parts of the world. Of course I know there is more to this job than just digging in the dirt but these are the parts of it that are appealing to me. 

One of my interests that have changed in life is that I find interior decorating and designing very interesting. It would be nice to spend other people's money to go shopping to buy nice things to make houses into inviting homes. I really enjoy watching the shows on HGTV where they redesign, redecorate and restore the homes. Some of my idols from these shows are Nicole Curtis, Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Property Brothers. I also get their magazine and like to dream about the things I would do to houses. 

Another job that sounds fun to me is a wedding planner. Just imagine you getting to makes women's dreams come true. The downside to that job for me would be dealing with all the bridezillas and working nights and weekends. It is still fun to dream about. 

The last job that I am going to talk about but certaintly not the least in my book is an author. This is a job that I am in the very near future will be working towards. My love of books will be helping me with this goal. I have always wanted to write a book and I think it is time for it to happen. 

What are some of your dream jobs?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Circle: There's No Place Like Home

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends, too. As C.S. Lewis wisely wrote, I want more bloggers to have this feeling: "FRIENDSHIP IS BORN AT THAT MOMENT WHEN ONE PERSON SAYS TO ANOTHER: 'WHAT! YOU TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE.'"

The Circle Link-Up is hosted by In Its Time Blog along with a different co-host each month. She will send out an email each month with the topic for that month. This month is There's No Place Like Home and the co-host is Sunshine to teh Square Inch. If you would like to participate and link up please go here

There's No Place Like Home

I live in Florida at the moment but I will always consider Nebraska my home. In the words of Rodney Atkins: These are my people, this is where I come from. Florida is a nice place to visit but I do not care for living here and in the near future hope to move back North. 

What is my favorite part about home? I am going to answer this in two parts. First what I love about my home as in the home I live in is my family. My husband and kids (even though they are adults now) are my pride and joy, my life, my everything. I do what I can to make them happy and feel loved. Another thing that makes me feel at home in my house is my books, if I did not have my shelves of books I would be lost. Then you must add in the furbabies - the two dogs and five cats a house is just a house without them. They each have their own personality and can make you smile when you are feeling down. 

My son Matt and our dog Sissy

My wall of books

My second part of my answer of what I like about home is about Nebraska. In Nebraska things are still done at a slower pace, people still wave when driving down the country roads, only takes minutes to get to where you want to go not hours, the views of the countryside are beautiful not full of buildings, most of my family is there, you have four seasons not two (hot and hotter), people want to be outdoors and get together and last but not least and the most important to me it is full of memories. 

Fall in Nebraska

Winter in Nebraska

Spring in Nebraska

Summer in Nebraska

No matter where I live in this world Nebraska will always be home and I will see the above scenes in my mind for the rest of my life. And always remember this about Nebraska:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

One Little Word (DREAM) - August and Grateful 3

Image credit to Ali Edwards. You can check out her website and learn more about One Little Word by clicking here

For the month of August our activity revolved around gratitude. This is something that we should all think of more often - what are we grateful. 

What is the thing I am most thankful for in my life right now?
I am thankful that I have a husband and kids who support and love me no matter what is going on. I am also thankful for my health. Some people have more struggles and worries than I do so my everyday life is something to be thankful for. I have a home, income, food to eat and entertainment in the form of a phone, books, TV and a computer. 

What is something silly I am thankful for?
I am thankful for my books. My books are more than just entertainment to me. They allow me to travel to far off places and times when I have no where to go. They give me comfort when I am scared. They give make me feel better when I am having a bad day. They generally give me a feeling of security. They give me enjoyment when I look at my full shelves. 

What is something I'm experiencing right now that is challenging or hard that I can express gratitude for as a means of growth?
This is a hard one but I am going to say that living with my parents is a big challenge. I am thankful I still have my parents and am grateful that they are here to help us out when we need. I need to look past mom's negativity and dad's annoying quirks and remember the good things. At times it is hard but with work I can learn to overcome this and always look for the good. 

Who specifically in your family can you be thankful for right now? Has someone extended themselves recently or shown you a kindness?
The first person in my family I am thankful for is my grandma. She may have passed away nine years ago but I was close to her and now I feel even closer to her. I talk to her everyday to help me understand things and to be able to talk about things that are bothering me. The other person I am thankful for is my daughter. SHe has shown me what a great young woman she is becoming by setting some goals for herself that were not easy, made some hard decisions and is sticking to them. I am proud of her. I will always be thankful for my husband as well as he is my biggest supporter. My sister has shown me a kindness by helping out financially without being asked, I am grateful for what she did for me this month. 

What is an everyday thing in your line of sight right now that you are thankful for?
Since I have already mentioned my books I will say my TV and computer. Both of these provide me with entertainment as well as teach me things. I have shows I watch for pure entertainment but I also watch a lot of things on HGTV, History Channel and the Discovery Channel all of these have shows that can teach while entertain. As for my computer I use it for communication with family, friends and for business. It is also used for entertainment when going on social sites. When I was young we did not have home computers, the internet was not heard of and satellite TV was for the wealthy, now we "can't" live without them. 

What are some other things you are grateful for?
I am grateful for this project to help me to take a deep look into my dreams and live to see what they each mean to me. 

I am grateful that we are allowed to follow our dreams and to change the way we think to make them come true. 

I am grateful for the many great childhood memories I have. When I am having a down day it is a good thing to look back on to bring me back up.

I am grateful for my pen pals. They allow me to be myself, voice my opnions and talk about what I want to without judging me. I am also getting to learn about new cultures and customs as most of my pen pals are from foreign countries. For me this is a great way to make friends as I tend to be an introvert. 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

I am going to join in on Ember Grey's linkup where you write what you are grateful each day this week. Be sure to stop by her site if you would like to join in.

Today I am grateful for the couple of hours that I will have to myself. The kids are sleeping, Scott is at work and my parents are in town at an appointment. Sometimes I just like my alone time to de-stress. It helps me to relax and just enjoy the quiet which I crave on a daily basis. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

One Little Word (DREAM) - July and Grateful #2

Image credit to Ali Edwards. You can check out her website and learn more about One Little Word by clicking here

The task for July is a hard one for me as I am not really into music. So this makes it hard to find songs that fit my word for me. I know there are plenty of songs that have dream in them but I have to find what works for me. 

The first song that comes to mind that would be a fit for me and my word is God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton. This is connected to my word as it reminds me of how much Scott is there to help me with my dreams and how encouraging he can be. I love this song because it makes me smile when I think about Scott and how we feel about each other. This song generally makes me feel happy and proud of my marriage. 

'Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt

As much as I do not want to admit it as I am not on the Frozen bandwagon the song Let It Go seems fitting after I read the lyrics. I felt as if this connected with my word because it is telling you to let it go, be who you are and follow your heart all things you need to remember on your journey to fulfill your dreams. I liked this song because it helps me to know that I can do this and let all the doubt go. This song makes me feel alive. 

It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I'm free

The next song that I found that I thought was fitting is Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. This song connects with dream because it reminds me to hold my head up and to keep moving towards my dreams. I like this song because it reminds me of the time when I met Scott and soon after married. For me this song helps me to remember to feel positive and encouraged. 

Hold your head up
Keep your head up, movin up

The last song that I found that was fitting for me is I Have a Dream by ABBA. I feel as if this song connects with my word because it reminds me to think of my dreams night and day. This song makes me feel good about having dreams to reach for. 

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while

Even though this was a hard activity for me I am glad that I did it as it opened my eyes to a couple of songs I would not normally listen to. 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

I am going to join in on Ember Grey's linkup where you write what you are grateful each day this week. Be sure to stop by her site if you would like to join in.

Today I am grateful for my podcasts. When I am working on the computer, driving alone in the car or writing pen pal letters I like to listen to podcasts. In case you do not know what these are they are like talk shows and I find them fun and interesting. Today I am starting a new one to me and it is called The Pen Addict - I love pens and these two guys love talking about them so this should be a good fit.

Some of my other favorites are in no particular order:
The Art of Simple (talks about living life simply)
Book Club Girl (talks about books)
The Sarah R. Bagley Posdcast (talks about perfectionism and  how to overcome it)
Happier with Gretchen Rubin (talks about how to be happier in your life)
Ben Franklin's World (talks about history)
Paperclipping Roundtable (talks about scrapbooking)
Elise Gets Crafty (talks about crafts, small business and life)

I am always looking for new podcasts so if you have a favorite I would like to hear about it. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Currently - July and August Updates and Grateful #1

This blog post is brought to you by Kristin at Rukristin (click here to visit). I like her idea of telling your story one week at a time. I am going to tweek mine a little and tell you my story one month at a time and give you a recap at the end of the month.

My kids and I have been on a Game of Thrones kick. I am new to this show and we are now on season two and I am really enjoying it. The more I watch the more I am sucked into it. I also have been watching Beach Flip on HGTV and I am happy that the team I was going for won, I loved their house. Flea Market Flip is another shop that I watch as much as possible. I like to see how the teams take junk and turn them into treasures. I also watched the mini series Tut about King Tut - it was not a bad show. Next up was the mini series The Making of the Mob - New York - this too was a good show and told the history of the old mafia members. One day I binged watched Rachel v. Guy: Kids Cook Off - I was so amazed at how well these kids can cook - the show just sucked me in. I also have been watching the new season of Who Do You Think You Are - this is where people help stars trace their family history. I only wish my family history was as easy to find as their's is. Some of them have some great stories. 

The last two months I have had been able to read a lot of books, most of them good a couple not so much.

In July I read -  A Wedding on Primrose Street by Sheila Roberts - this is the newest book in her Icicle Falls series. I have loved each of the books in this series. The Newcomer and The Hero by Robyn Carr - these are two books in her newest series - Thunder Valley - she is one of my go to authors. To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino - this is the second book in her Southold Chronicles and a very good historical fiction book. Paris Letters by Janice Macleod and Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Verant were both very good memoirs about finding love in Paris. The Seakeeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate - this is the third book in her Carolina Heirlooms series - I have loved each of these books and they are some of the books I would highly recommend. The books in this series can be read as stand alone books. 

In August I read - The Great Estate by Sherri Browning - this is the third book in her Thornbrook Park series and a very enjoyable romance series. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel were both disappointing books for me. Room for Improvement by Stacey Ballis - this was a fun chick lit book. Murder She Barked by Krista Davis - this is the first book in her Paws and Claws cozy mystery series and a cute book. Klondike Medicine Woman by Linda Ford - this was an ok historical fiction book. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright - this has to be one of the best books I have read. 

The last two months have been very stressufl and at times I have almost felt overwhelmed. Finances have been tight which always causes stress. My daughter is getting ready for surgery which has caused worry for me. On a good note my son's job is going well, my husband escaped layoffs at work, my daughter turned 20, my niece celebrated her first anniversary and we have our health. So there are have also been some joys this month. 

In the last couple of months I have enjoyed looking at other's coloring in a new adult coloring group I joined on Facebook so that has got me motivated to do some more coloring of my own. I also joined a group on Facebook for pen addicts and I have enjoyed seeing other's collections and now know my collection is not as bad as some others is. I have been trying to find more family time with my kids and have been enjoying the time I have been spending with them. As adults your kids don't always want to do things with mom but I am glad my kids still do. I am also enjoying seeing all the back to school pictures of family and friend's kids. 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

I am going to join in on Ember Grey's linkup where you write what you are grateful each day this week. Be sure to stop by her site if you would like to join in. 

Today I am grateful that Hurricane Erika has disbanned and is now just a tropical storm. So instead of getting hurricane force winds and rain we are just getting thunderstorms. I do not like storms and did not want to have to go through a hurricane. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Little Word DREAM - June

Image credit to Ali Edwards. You can check out her website and learn more about One Little Word by clicking here

I let myself get a couple of months behind with my One Little Word project and it was because I let stress get to me and therefore just let this project fall by the wayside. Instead I chose to do more reading and less writing or working on my project. For awhile I felt as if I chose the wrong word and was thinking about choosing a new word and therefore start the entire project over. Then I decided that even though life has thrown some curve balls at me I really want to stick to my work as it can really be a sort of therapy to me to remember that I can still have dreams, focus on dreams and work towards my dreams even though I have stressful things going on around me. I can use this as an escape. 

The month of June's activiity is to fill out a question and answer worksheet. I feel confident that this will be just what I need to get back on track. 

In one or two words your OLW experience so far has been - 
When I first started this project I was so excited and felt as if I was actually getting more out of it this year than I did last year. Then I took a break. I was able to follow one dream and thought it would lead immediately to another which it did not for two reasons. Life got in the way and my self confidence was not where it should be. So now I am back at it and feel as if the whol experience has been fulfilling and good for me. 

What has surprised you most so far this year?
The fact that I have been able to dig more deeply to connect with my word (Dream) than I have in the past. 

What are you most proud of related to your word?
The fact that I was able to follow a dream that took some courage for me. I dreamed of quitting my job as it was not a good place for me to be emotionally. It was a place that really brought me down and was a very negative atmosphere. I was afraid if I quit I would be a failure and my family would suffer due to the lose of my income. My family actually helped to encourage me to leave the job as they could see what it was doing to me. Since leaving we have adjusted to the income change and now I am here when my family needs me and this year it has been a lot. So I am glad that I made the decision to leave a negative environment. 

Three things you've enjoyed about this word:
- learning to follow my dreams
- deciding what my dreams really are
- being open to new journeys

Three challenges you've faced related to your word: (what's been difficult, what's been toucher than you expected)
- having the courage to follow a dream
- keeping on track to follow the dream
- remembering that all will be ok and work out for the best

Has this word had an impact on your relationship with others? (family, friends)
Yes my word has had an impact on my family especially. They stood behind me in my dream to quit my job, support me while I look for a new job, and encourage me to follow my other dream of writing a book. I would have to say it also impacted one friend. At work I had become very good friends with one lady. In fact it was someone that I felt close to and actually was the only reason I looked forward to going to work was so we could visit. When I left my job she talked about how we would stay in touch and get together occasionally. Well that has not happened at all. I have tried contacting her more than one time and she does not respond. She has a couple of times sent me a message and when I respond to her she does not respond back. So I have lost what I thought was a very good friend. 

Often in his process there are companion words that join us on our walk with our words. Are there any specific words that keep popping up in your journey this year?
I have a few companion words that I think about often. In fact I have thought about doing this project for those words as well. If nothing else one of these words may be a word for a future year. My words are: focus, courage, happiness and positivity. 

Have you developed any specific practices related to your word? Do you have something you say to yourself over and over or an action you take to help your actions in alignment with your word?
I  find myself thinking of my word quite often and how I can use it use it every day. One of my dreams I really want to do is to write a book. I have not started yet and I htink it is a feat thing, but I keep telling myself that I can do this. I just need to have the confidence to start. I buy books to help me find inspiration and encouragment as well as I am always looking on the internet for things to help me out. I keep telling myself you can do this - you got it. 

What is stopping you from fully embaracing your word and your intentions for yourself this year?
The biggest thing for me is a fear of failure. I think that if I do not follow my dreams the right way things will not turn our. I also think I need to learn to have more confidence in myself to do all I want to do. 

What one specific action will you take this month to move you forward?
Listen - Listen to my heart, listion to my mind, listen to all who are encouraging me. Once I start listening then I can start doing the things I am dreaming of. 

Three things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year:
- begin writing 
- find a job I like
- have more confidence in myself

Anything else you want to document about your word right now. 
When I first started on my journey with the word dream I was not sure what to expect but I knew I was excited that this word chose me. But as I have progressed on this journey I feel as if this word has made me look deeper at things I want to do in life. 

Other thoughts to consider-

What are you currently feeding yourself - emotionally, visually and by your senses?
I would have to say I try to feed myself positive thoughts and sayings. I am also feeding myself with doses of encouragment whether it be by telling myself I can do this or by just talking about it and having others give me encouragement. 

What limiting statement are you repeating and what can you replace those with instead? (replace the negative with the positive)
I think what if no one likes what I write when I should be thinking about what if people like what I write. I think what happens if our move does not happen and should be thinking I can't wait for this move to happen. I think I can't when I should think I can. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hurricanes - Not a fan

This weekend we are preparing for the possible hit by a hurricane. At the very least we will have high winds and lots of rain with possible flooding. For me I tend to get a little stressed out wondering how bad it will. Scott on the other hand says oh it will not be bad. Luckily we are able to get good weather reports from his job and it does look like it will just be the high winds and rain. I still am not happy. 

So what do you do while you wait for a hurricane - you prepare. There are many different ways to prepare for it. You need to make sure you have water, flashlights and non-perishable foods. For me I also want to make sure I have plenty to read. 

This is one of the few reasons why I do not like living in Florida. Normally you do not have many hurricanes but there is always that chance. Our hurricane season runs from June to November so you are always on the look out during that time. 

So until the time I am forced to stay put in the house due to weather I am going to get out and run some errands and get prepared both phsically and mentally. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Today is a day I am going to sit down and do some writing. I am going to start by responding to my pen pal letters so I can get them in the mail tomorrow. Then I need to do my Happiness Journal for the day. I am also thinking about catching up with my One Little Word project. While I am doing my writing I like to listen to podcasts so I am also catching up on them. This week I found a new podcast that I want to try out - The Pen Addict. Yes it is what it sounds like a podcast talking about pens. Today is going to be a good day. 

It is a lot of fun when you go to your mailbox and see letters from pen pals around the world. Other countries has such neat stamps with beautiful images compared to the stamps we have to use for our international letters. I would love to have choices for international stamps. I don't know why but I just do not like the stamps I have to use. They just seem so plain to me. 

Today my letters I am sending out will be going to Arizona, Australia, Canada and Norway. Well on to writing for me. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about a lot of different things. Do you ever have times where it seems that you are deep in thought more than normal? I think that it is a good thing to take time to take the time to think things through. It can be a good thing to think before you say or do that way you do not say something you regret or doing something the wrong way. Whenever I have a quiet moment especially at bedtime my mind seems to wander. What have I been thinking about you ask?

One of the things that I have been thinking about the most lately is my Grandma Mayberry. I lost her nine years ago and it still seems as if it was just yesterday. I have taken to talking to her each night before I go to sleep. When she was still with us I would go to her house just to visit. We would talk about books, TV shows, family or whatever but I was able to talk to her about anything. So I have been using this time to get things off my chest and not hold things in so much. It has really helped me with stress and I find myself looking forward to the end of the day so I can tell her about things that are bothering me or that I am excited about. Do you have anyone that you wish you could still talk to?

I recently read a book call The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright and in it the character wrote a letter every Wednesday to his wife. This has got me to thinking I would like to do this. But who do I write the letter to, I want to write to my grandma and my husband so do I do both? For me I think I am going to do the letter in a journal and I am going to do it on a Monday or a Friday.  I think if I use one of these days then I can give a recap of my thoughts for the week. Also I think by writing them in a journal will be good so they are all in one place. The letter writing format to me I think will make the journal writing even easier. 

Another big thing on my mind is moving. As a family we have been discussing moving to a new state. We are not happy living here in Florida anymore for a number of reasons. Therefore we are looking at a few different places we would like to live. The top three choices are Alaska, Colorado and Northern Georgia. We have a few criteria that we are looking at for our big move. Mine are I want four seasons, a place to do outdoor activities, a minimum of three bedrooms (prefer four) and two bathrooms. Scott wants to move where he can do gold prospecting. The kids are good with what we chose as they just do not want to live here. We are also looking at the cost of living and the availability of jobs and the rate of pay. So we have been doing a lot of research and thinking about what would be best for our family. 

Lastly I have been just thinking about life in general. We seem to have some things stressing us lately and we are trying to work through them. The big one is money and jobs. I have been trying to look for a job a little more and money seems to have been a big issue lately. My mother in law, grandma and sister in law are coming for a visit in October and I have been thinking about what we are going to do when they are here. My anniversary is in December and we have been deciding what we want to do this year. Rachel is having a surgery in the next month or so and I keep thinking and worrying about that and how it will effect her life. I think of things I need to do - what to have for supper, doctor's appointments that needs made, pen pal letters to write, etc. It is a good thing for you to take a few minutes each day to think. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Circle - Blogger Introductions

I have been missing The Circle Monthly Linkup hosted by Kiki at In Its Time and it is time I get back in the groove of things. This month's theme is Blogger Introductions. I don't like talking about myself or my pictures but I am going to be open minded here and participate anyway.  If you want to link up just stop by In Its Time.

After about five tries I finally settled on this picture of me. I am not one that likes to have my picture taken so this is hard for me. My name is Angela a wife, mom, book lover, and blogger. Not only do I have this blog I am a book reviewer on my other blog Griperang's Bookmarks. I am from Nebraska but moved to Florida in 2005 for the second time. My heart will always be in Nebraska and in the next two to three years will be leaving Florida for a new home. I have been married for 25 years to my husband and we have two kids, five cats and two dogs. I am the oldest of three kids and have nine nieces and nephews. I have been a paralegal/legal secretary for over 20 years and am currently a housewife looking to change careers. My dream is to write a historical fiction book and to travel to Europe one day. I collect bookmarks, postcards, pen, journals/notebooks and lighthouses. 

My husband Scott and I celebrating out 25th wedding anniversary in Key West on December 15, 2014. 

My kids and I - Matthew 23 and Rachel 20 - we were on a replica of the Pinta

I am also a list maker like Kiki so I am going to end with a list of things about me.

Favorite color - green
Hobbies - reading and writing pen pal letters
Favorite food - cajun shrimp linguine 
Favorite drink - iced tea
Favorite movie - Under the Tuscan Sun or Gone With the Wind
Favorite book - I have many but one of my favorite series is The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Favorite TV show - Again I have many but Downton Abbey and Big Bang Theory are two of them
Favorite idol - I have two Laura Ingalls Wilder and Helen Keller
Favorite sports team - Green Bay Packers
Favorite flower - Lilac
Favorite scent - Lavender and/or Lilac
Favorite dessert - cheesecake 
Favorite musician - Tim McGraw
Favorite saying - Keep Calm and Carry On and Live Laugh Love
Favorite magazine - HGTV

Currently - Month of June recap

This blog post is brought to you by Kristin at Rukristin (click here to visit). I like her idea of telling your story one week at a time. I am going to tweek mine a little and tell you my story one month at a time and give you a recap at the end of the month.

Here lately we have been watching a lot of shows on Alaska. Alaskan Bush People, Living Alaska, and Building Alaska. We have also been watching Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunting. 

In June I read A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart, Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay, Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth, Gilt Trip by Laura Childs, Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy  and Becky Hepinstall, Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay, and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Most of this month has not been bad. There are times of stress with trying to catch up finances. Times of worry as we have decided to move in the next three years and we are trying to decide where we would like to move. Times of Joy when I get to see pictures of my nieces and nephews or talk to them. 

This month I have purchased some adult coloring books and I have been have fun with those. I have also found a new puzzle book called Remind that is really neat.