Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo
Love this author (Roland Merullo), and I liked this book, but I didn't love it.  About a carpenter/artist who falls in love with a woman who has cystic fibrosis.  The plot was interesting, the characters were likable, but the ending was very abrupt and left everything open.  It counted as 'a book you got from a used book sale' for the 2017 reading challenge.

Lucinda's Solution by Nancy Roman
I have followed the blog of Nancy Roman (author) for quite awhile.  I liked her first book.  I loved this one.  I'm not much of a crier, so if a book can move me to tears I count it as strong writing.  This one had me tearing up several times.  I believe the author based it on family history.  I don't know how much poetic license she took to flesh out the story, still it makes me think she comes from a very interesting family!  

The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
I am down to the final category of the reading challenge.  I thought it would be an easy category to choose a book for, but it proved quite troublesome for me.  'A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile.'  

I think I took this category too literally.  There are not that many books that I want to reread.  In fact, when I rate books on my 1-to-10 rating scale I only give a 10 if it is a book that I might want to reread someday.  When trying to select one of that short list for this category, I could think of only one that made me smile due to its humor...alas, I just haven't been in the mood to reread it this year.  So I decided to take the category prompt a bit more figuratively.  

The Diary of Mattie Spenser is the first book I read by Sandra Dallas, and I did rate it a 10.  I have since read the majority of her titles, and they brought me many hours of reading pleasure.  So in that way, yes, the thought of spending time with this book again does make me smile.  I started rereading it this morning.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today is Tuesday...

toilet paper snowman - consumable gift everyone can use

Today I...

...saw the sun come up

...ran the cleaning cycle on the counter-top ice maker...repeatedly...then wiped it down inside and out

...did some laundry...but there is still more

...braved the hordes and shopped for Thanksgiving groceries...I forgot the red grapes

...put the groceries away

...ran the dishwasher

...took a nap

...had a nice long phone chat with my sister

...caught myself using the phrase 'hoity toity'  

...assembled a box full o' fun gift

...did some more laundry...but there is still more

...cleaned the bathroom sink/vanity

...had a nice long phone chat with my bff

...made ice 

...searched my craft stash for some clear bags for a craft project

...actually found said clear bags, and more than enough for project!!!

...used Paint program to draw/print snowman face for project

...assembled and photographed a prototype of project...see effort to gift consumables that will not be clutter for recipient (and with a sense of fun)...I'm pretty sure everyone could use this...thanks Pamela for the inspiration link in your Christmas in July

...cleaned up Rudy tummy expulsion...he took my tp gag gift literally  :(

...washed my hands several times

...cleaned out fridge

...took out garbage

...put new trash liners in all the waste baskets

...emailed a friend some requested information

...emptied dishwasher

Friday, November 17, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 46...

1.  Carey worked a couple of extra days this week.

2.  I worked yesterday.

3.  I received an email notification from my grocery store of special digital coupon savings for the upcoming holiday.  We only have one local grocery (well, we have a Wal*Mart but I rarely go to it, and almost never for groceries).  I loaded my phone with digital coupons for grocery shop.

4.  I'm going to the city for some Christmas shopping this afternoon, and I am picking up a reserved library book on the way.  I've been putting off the library trip till I had another reason to be in its vicinity.

5.  I've been saving water by not doing laundry.  :)

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday supper at Kasey's
Monday:  Pasta Fagioli
Tuesday:  Meatball Stroganoff over noodles
Wednesday:  Spanish Rice w/ black beans and corn
Thursday:  Dublin Coddle
Friday:  *pizza

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

When I put library ebooks on reserve, they all seem to become available at the same time.  I laid aside Bettyville from last week for awhile since I needed to get some library ebooks read so I can turn the wifi back on to my Kindle.  (When the due date gets close for library ebooks, I turn off the wifi to my Kindle.  The books will get returned from my Amazon account, but the books stay on my Kindle and are readable until wifi to Kindle is turned back on.)

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

Caroline: Little House, Revisited is a retelling of the Little House story from Caroline Ingall's point of view.  It was authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust.  I could always sort of take or leave the Little House stories, but I do like the idea of reworked books, and this one seemed to be well researched and it was very well written.  I enjoyed it.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

I wanted to read Our Souls at Night before I saw the Netflix original movie, but I broke down and watched it recently and enjoyed it.  I picked up my Kindle this morning and started the ebook, and made it halfway through, so it's a quick read.  The movie does very well at sticking close to the book.  Robert Redford and Jane Fonda did a great job, and I recommend the movie as well as the book.  I will probably finish the ebook tonight.  Then I need to get back to my 2017 Reading Challenge books.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 45...

1.  I don't normally feel moved to complain to a home office regarding unsatisfactory conditions at a restaurant.  In fact, I have done so only once before in my life; now twice.   After visiting a well-respected family restaurant chain on our vacation, I emailed through their website with a concern.  In my snail-mailbox yesterday was a letter of apology and a gift card for dinner-for-two at one of their locations near us.  The formal letter of apology was a pleasant surprise, and restores my faith in the company's commitment to customer service.

2.  I worked a half day on Wednesday.  On Thursday the same branch phoned me and booked two more days for next month.

3.  I used another token at Sonic for a free medium soft drink.  On the receipt it showed a $0.00 charge and had a survey request at the bottom.  The survey requests only come up occassionally, and normally I just ignore them, but this time I called in and completed the survey, so now I have a future free large soft drink to look forward to.

4.  I called and booked an appointment to get my eyes checked before the end of the year, so I can get it done before we have to start meeting deductibles in the new year again.

5.  I've tallied up the gas/lodging/food bills for the trip.  They came in at 2/3 of what I had budgeted and socked away in savings for it.  Granted there were some expenses that didn't get tallied like spending money, etc., but definitely not enough to break the budget.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  bagel and cream cheese
Tuesday:  *fried chicken
Wednesday:  late lunch, skipped dinner
Thursday:  goulash and garlic bread
Friday:  pork chops, mashed potatoes/gravy, broccoli

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman

Almost done with this one.  Usually love this author, but this is not my favorite.

Bettyville by George Hodgman

Next up will be Bettyville.  It will fulfill the 'book you got from a used book sale' category of the 2017 reading challenge.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Decisions, decisions...

I couldn't motivate myself to pull fabrics to try out for borders.  Frankly if I pulled even one fabric right now a stack of junk would probably fall over on me.

So the lazy way was to take the photograph of the squares and doodle on them in different colors.  I'm still leaning towards the blues, but the black and the yellow in the top photos are not bad.

Vote for your favorite, please.  :)

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