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. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Circle - Summer Staples

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 Summer Staples. This is all about what you need to survive the summer.  If you want to link up just stop by In Its Time.

I know I am late in getting this post up but I have been stuck in a rut and just have not know what to blog about so I just did not do anything. So I am trying to get back into the swing of things here. 

We are in the thick of summer here in Florida and let me tell you it has been extremely hot and humid here. So much so that you don't even want to go outside. In the summer I don't really do anything special or different than I do the rest of the year so I will make an attempt at listing my summer staples. 

Summer in Florida means lots of sunburns if you can't handle to sun so a big staple when hitting the beach or spending the day outside is sunscreen. 

Another big staple here in swamp land is mosquito spray. I for one hate bug sprays, they way they smell and the way they feel, not to mention all the chemicals they have in them. So I have been doing my research and have found that lavender repels mosquitoes. In fact I have read some reviews that JR Watkins Lavender Body Oil Mist works. I love the smell of lavender so I jumped right on ordering some of it. The true test for me to see if it works will be this weekend when we have a cookout. I sure hope it works. 

My biggest summer staple is books to read. This should have probably been at the top of my list as it is the thing I need the most to survive. 

What do you need for your summer staples?