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Summer is here…

WOW…it arrived so quickly!

Looking so forward to all my weekends and vacation time to enjoy this Summer.

My first major accomplishment to start the summer is being mosquito free . We had our yard treated so myself (the human sugar cube) and the rest of the family can stay outside for more then 10 minutes before getting eaten alive.  I would so HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that is even thinking about doing it. GO FOR IT! By the second day we were able to sit out on the back deck and eat a nice dinner without any insects eating us for dinner.  Haven’t been able to do that in some time and it was great.  Too many more of those nights.

Second accomplishment ( I know two already and it’s not officially summer yet) is to a healthier, fitter me.  I can’t believe it myself, but one day it just clicked that it needs to be done. Within a month and a half I have already lost 22 pounds and looking ahead to keep it coming off!  What a feeling to be eating healthier and wanting to go out each evening to walk.

Third accomplishment…my own pair of cowgirl boots! Oh yes, very much needed so I can do all those awesome country line dancing nights. Now just to get those free nights to be able to do that.  Working on it as I type.

Summer brings so many great unknowns…beach trips, hanging at the pool, backyard hang outs, vacations near and far, day trips, theme parks, watching the newest movies and the list goes on and on.  I am actually looking forward to all the above and am finding as I get older that planning isn’t as much fun as going on a whim.  I am liking the whim and it seems to hold some interesting summer endeavors.

Still working toward becoming more knowledgeable in my wine…so I have the summer to visit some wineries and local liquor stores to learn what I really like and dislike.

HEARS TO SUMMER AND ALL IT HAS IN STORE!

WHAT PLANS OR WHIMS DO YOU HAVE IN STORE?

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About halfway through 2018…

I made a few resolutions for this year (2018) and for the first time I (proudly) have kept through with them.

I vowed that I would read more books this year and set my goal for five.  Well I have hit that mark and am moving on to ten before the year is done. If you’d like to take a peek at the first five books I have read (I would recommend them all!) they are on here in one long blog post.  I think I will change that up for the next five though. My new favorite part of reading is being able to sign-up for free books or advanced reader copies.  When doing so I am choosing one’s that interest me and they end up surprising me for I may have never chosen it at a library or book store. Two of my first five came about that way and I loved them (How Hard Can It Be and The Other Woman).  It also helped to be part of an online book club and I chose Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. Reese has shared some great picks which I have one of my very first five being from her book club (The Last Mrs. Parrish).  I am hoping at some point I will be able to find a book club close to home.

I’ve said I would post more on my blog and so far I think I am accomplishing that.  It’s a bit of a learning curve being just on the basic plan and what type of stuff you are going to write about.  No upgrade in the near future for me until I have a steady blog presence. I thought I would write about life events, share what I was reading and also my pup.  Right now its just a bit of everything till I find my true nitch. I hope the nitch hits me sooner than later 🙂

I’ve been taking better care of myself with more walks and learning to eat healthier and happy the family has joined me on this one.  The healthy eating has been the most interesting part of it so far.  Couldn’t just do it on my own, so with the help of my niece “L” I have been using Arbonne to keep me balanced.  Only in my second week and it’s definitely a learning curve, but opens up the eyes and ears to make more sensible eating choices. There are carvings, but water is my solution…no cheating here!

Even my pup is part of the many walks…here she is hanging at the park!20180514_192258

For my “Learn Something New This Year”, it shall be wine tastings and  winery vists. I think it would be good to know what I really like and really don’t like. Summer’s right around the corner…I’ll save this one for another post!

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Blogging Help Question

Anyone able to help me out with WordPress blogging?  I understand the blog part to a degree… when I continue on a blog that I am updating that blog post goes to the bottom instead of showing at the top and keeps the original posted date.

Thank you from a newbie!

Posted in Books

Update>>>Now going for 10 books…(I update this post after each book, but posts go to the bottom…)

I know everyone has resolutions and sometimes they can change from year to year or even stay the same year to year.  I have been one to do both and even though I make a list there is always that great chance that not one item is ever completed. So here we are in 2018 and I have made it my GOAL…to read 5 books before December 31, 2018.

Yes, it seems like such a low number.  In order for me to accomplish this for 2018 it seemed like a REASONABLE number to start out with. Being a mother, a wife and working full-time I am sure that something will come up that I won’t be able to read for a month here or there and those alone times are far and few.

So when to start and for that matter where to start?

RIGHT NOW (yes, I already started and in January…YEAH!!!) and then search everywhere (book clubs, Google, book sites, etc.) or visit your local library. I don’t think you really need to know what you are into at first, just go with your gut and the the first one you pick up that sounds interesting GO FOR IT!

I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted to read but I had been following Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram and saw that she had a book club…I FOUND MY 1st BOOK

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*WOW…this was a page turner that kept you coming back to see how it would end. I highly recommend this book. My word for this book…SPICY!!spicey

My book was done and I was so ready to find another. When using the local library and you put books on hold you are at the mercy of the library as to when they are ready for pick-up and when they are due back.

*NOTE – If you checked out a newer/popular book, you will not be able to re-check out for another round, for it’s on everyone else’s hold list…BIG BUMMER

I tried this with my next pick for book number two, ” A Wrinkle In Time” since it will be out soon in theaters.  I had it in my hands, in my house, carried it around and that time issue crept up on me and before I knew it, it was due back to the library.  Back on the list of what to read.

It’s funny…once you start looking for interesting books you can go from zero to at least 15-20 on your TOO READ LIST.  I use Goodreads.com to keep the list at bay without having little pieces of paper all over with book titles on them.

Recently I had to go to the local library with the kid and I walked in saw this book out of the corner of my eye…read the summary and off to check-out (5 minutes flat).  FOUND MY 2nd BOOK

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Just started, but I will be sure to return – 1 Down and 4 To Go

Finished book #2…I really enjoyed it and it ended up being more than I expected since it was an on the whim pick.  I do wish that the author went a few more chapters to not leave the ending in limbo.  My word for this book…SISTERS!

Since I enjoyed reading book #2 I decided to go with the author’s other book. MY 3rd BOOK…

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I hope it’s as good as book #2.  I’ll let you know.

It’s 3/26/18 and I finished this book over the weekend.  I enjoyed the book even though it had a bit of going back and forth in time, but in the end all made sense.  The author does follow through though on her endings in that a few more chapters would of made it feel complete instead of using your imagination to what may have been.  My word for this book…FAMILY.

So I need to keep on reading and already have my next book. At this rate I may need to update my 2018 Reading Goal to 10+.  I received this book as an advance copy to give my opinion on it once done. So to not delay I have MY 4th BOOK…

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Well it took a bit over a moth to read this book, partially due to tax season was coming to and end and free time was scarce.  It was a very good read, a bit slow in the beginning and placed in Britain so the language used was a bit to get used too. Overall, I would recommend this book to mothers for most can relate to the happenings, but I am sure everyone can relate to my favorite character throughout “Roy”.  So if you get a change definitely pick up a copy of this book.  It would be a great summer read by the pool or at the beach for it comes out June 5th, 2018. My word for this book…MOTHERS!

So since I started to read more I have been getting ahead of myself with books I want to read after I finish my current book and boy does that list grow fast.  I haven’t needed to go to the library lately for found some sites here and there where you can receive advanced copies of books due to come out. Yup…that’s AWESOME!

So while reading book #4 and halfway through book #5 arrived in the mail. Now today is 4/29/18 and not even halfway into the year yet and LOOK I AM ALREADY AT BOOK #5.  Don’t worry I was sure to give myself a pat on the back for the GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT!  So without further adieu MY 5th book is…

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Time to read…Well this book took no time to read for I just needed to find out what happened and BOY WAS I WRONG IN HOW IT WAS GOING TO END!  PAMMIE, PAMMIE, PAMMIE…that’s about all I can say to not give anything away.  In all it was a great book and look forward to reading more from this author.  My word for this book…MIL.

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Can’t believe Easter is this weekend…

I do like that it’s also on APRIL FOOL’s DAY which I can play with a bit this year. Maybe the baskets not in the usually spot…pondering. A big shout out to my oldest sister who’s birthday is also the same day…Happy Birthday Cindy!

I feel incomplete this year for I don’t have most of my decorations up or for that matter all my goodies for the kid’s Easter basket.  I need to get a move on it for sure…I did do some shopping, but find the selection of candy very slim at my local stores and as the kid gets older what’s the one big thing to go in the basket besides tons of candy?

Last night was all about the eggs…we dyed them many different colors so the inside of my fridge looks nice and colorful.  I hope they get eaten this year or made into egg salad in enough time.

Here’s what we ended up with (loving the shine):

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We used the following Pinterest site: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/Ae8ZjzEUZpk-tDX8-WmKCKRD1rNGzb7GKdh3YCGjXjFawMlnyq4DpBY/

These are by far the best eggs the kid and I have done!

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Really…

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It’s Monday, February 19th and a bit over a year since my last post.  How terrible is that and to think an idea has been loading for that long to be able to share. Actually, it has all to do with slacking at WordPress.  To all that has happened in the past year (all good) seems so irrelevant to even go back on.  I guess moving forward is the only option and to get to know my WordPress a bit better.