Thursday, March 5, 2015


just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!

Looks like the cats are ripe and ready to pick and take home

but he followed me home!

Titled: Cat was so cute, I took a photo. Then I noticed she was actually watching my burning charger . . .
bookshelves I don't have room for . . .

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson
illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: August 2003 (reprint)
genre: picture book

32 pages
age level: 3-7

format available: hardcover, paperback, audio, board book. And a coloring book! :-)

author's website

back of book:
The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

My Thoughts:
The witch looks like a witch. She's got the black cape, black pointy hat, cauldron, cat, wand, and a wart on the nose. Except the cat is not black, there is a yellow polka-dot bow in her hair and a smile on her face. Of course, you'd be smiling too . . .
How the cat purred
and how the witch grinned,
as they sat on their broomstick
and flew through the wind.
Sounds perfectly delightful until the wind blow her hat off. Luckily, every time she loses something, someone is on the ground and finds it for her.

The scary part is not the hungry dragon. Sure the dragon breaths fire and hold a limp witch in his arms as he gets ready to feast but the scary part is
From out of a ditch
rose a horrible beast.
It was tall, dark, and sticky,
and feathered and furred.
It had four frightful heads,
it had wings like a bird.
And its terrible voice,
when it started to speak,
was a yowl and a growl
and a croak and a shriek.
It dripped and it squelched
as it strode from the ditch,
And it said to the dragon,
"Buzz off!--
And a picture to go along with the text. Of course, if you've been paying attention, you'll notice that these are the witch's friends all covered in mud. :-D

Then after a bath and a spell, the witch had

"Yes!" cried the witch,
and they all clambered on.
The witch tapped the broomstick and
whoosh! they were gone.
and yes, it was a truly magnificent broom with room for everyone.

Cute book with a bit of scary that can be made more scary as your child gets older. I really enjoyed this book although I've only read it three times. There are no kids in the house to ask for repeated readings.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book myself. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the author and amazon.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Favorite Seasonal Recipe - Cassie's Cranberry Salsa

My brother went to an RV park on vacation. He already had a space number so he parked his 5th wheel and walked up to the office to check in. By the time he got to the back of the park where he was parked, he had made five new friends and had two dinner invitations.

I thought the story was funny and was sharing it with other family. My daughter starts laughing and her boyfriend is going "she does that". Daughter is all "I make friends in the line at the grocery store" and my husband points to me and says "so does she!"

After that, you should understand when I say that I wanted to share a recipe with the waitress from dinner tonight. I gave her my blog address and told her I'd just post it figuring she wouldn't want to give me her email address.

The recipe may look familiar to some of you as I'm sure I posted it somewhere on here, I just didn't label it well. I also used it for the Christmas recipe exchange last year. Dang, I'll need a new recipe for this year.

My niece (not SIL) made this one year and it was fabulous. My husband has taken it to work functions and the foodie in the group raved. She served it at a party and loved watching everyone try to figure out what was in it. No one guessed the red was from cranberries, it isn't overly sweet and the jalapeño gives it a nice kick. It is super simple and no cooking! I've started grabbing a bag of cranberries as soon as they show up, just in case. And if . . . . "gosh darn, I've got to use these up before they go bad" happens, well, they're good.

I'm not a food blogger and the picture is crap. Plus cranberries aren't in season so I can't have a do-over.
recipe as I got it . . .
Cassie's Cranberry Salsa
Chop and mix together:
1 package fresh cranberries
1/2 Jalapeño, without seeds
1/2 bunch green onion
2-4 tsp cilantro

Stir in:
1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 cup sugar

Mix well and serve over Cream Cheese and eat with crackers.

My adjustments:
I've used a blender and food processor to chop stuff up. The blender needed a little water, my food processor didn't get small enough pieces. Now I have a NutribulletRx and I love it!

The salsa comes out the color of the cranberries so you'll want to make sure they're a nice red (my bag of old berries came out dark, I haven't tried frozen ones). I add more jalapeño, without seeds, skip the green onion and cilantro.

The NutribulletRx still needed a little water but that might be a layering problem. I just threw everything in (no more dicing peppers!) and ran it through a cycle. I'm going to go ahead and throw the green onion in next time and experiment with the layering. None of us like cilantro so that will still be left at the store.


My cracker of choice is Wheat Thins. I grab a second set of ingredients if I'm making this to take somewhere, just in case we eat the first batch.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.  ;-)

Don't forget to link up your list

~ here are the newest review books in my house ~

~ here are the newest books in my house ~
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens
Cynster, 2015, mass market paperback

Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Garrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family's estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside--where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he's adamant is not for him.

Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers--her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she's is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different Path? She's determined to fight for their future, and while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to weild when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick.

The Skystone by Jack Whyte
The Camulod Chronicles, 1996, mass market paperback

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him? 

How did the legend really come to pass?


I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added a couple a day from amazon's free bestseller lists. I've pinned them here.

Happy Reading!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Have a Plan . . . . life goals for March

I've joined two non-reading challenges and have a goal deadline coming up so I've got to get off the computer and starting working!

1. #FitReaders
2. 91 Day DeClutter Challenge
3. 50 lbs by 50 years
4. several ARCs
5. even more reading challenges

I'm crossing my fingers that this will give me some accountability and motivation. If it works, I'll do an April plans/goals too. Wish me luck ;-)

Sleep - I'm getting enough sleep, just at the wrong time. Goal for March is working on getting up by 11:30 a.m. (April will be up by 8:30 a.m.). My current sleep is 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and it isn't as wonderful as it looks. It would be nice to be awake for church again, that's my May goal.

DeClutter - The challenge starts Monday with the Master bedroom. I've got several boxes that I need to consolidate so we can get a new mattress. After the mater bedroom, I'd do the hall bathroom and the library/guest room-to-be.

Weight - I still have 22 pounds to go and only eight weeks to get there! Plans include food tracking, healthy food choices, at least 20 minutes 5 days a week (bigger goal at end), and more water. I've already given up soda but my water consumption has decreased with the weather temps.

ARCs - I've got too many to list but these are the most recent . . .
  • Before I Fall by Jessica Scott
  • Win Friends and Customers Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging by Lawrence J. Bookbinder Ph.D. - spotlight post
  • Echo Lake by Carla Neggers - spotlight post
  • The Bishop's Wife Mette Ivie Harrison - spotlight post 
  • Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton - spotlight post
  • The Sixteen by Ali B. - spotlight post

Reading Challenges - I've got over 30 reading challenges but one is over at the end of the month and I've read 71 out of 72 books for it! Gosh, would you look at that, I could read one of my ARCs and cross off TWO items!
  1. one more title with a Y word to complete a challenge (by 3-31)
  2. one title from the perpetual list
  3. one non-fiction
  4. one fantasy (from list)
  5. one library book
  6. one from my tbr pile
  7. finish one book every week

Blogging Challenges -April is coming and there is an A-Z blogging challenge coming up that I'd like to do again this year. For March, I'd like to post Purrsday every week.
  • Monday - Where are your reading? and Reading Monday
  • Tueadsy - Teaser Tuesday and 1st Paragraph Intros
  • Wednesday - Weigh-in Wednesdays
  • Thursday - Cat Thursday and Purrsday
  • Friday - #FitReaders

Exercise - Wish I'd made note of where I found it but . . . "Moderately active consists of walking 1.5 to 3 miles daily at a pace of 3 to 4 miles per hour (or the equivalent)." My March goal is 1.5 miles everyday at 3 mph plus weights 3 times a week. I've got the gym membership, just need to get back to using it!

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Fitness Friday (late ) - #FitReaders check-in

#FitReaders Challenge

hosted by The Geeky Blogger and
That's What I'm Talking About
for monthly links, click here 

started FitBit in February, joined challenge Feb 17th

Feb 20: 18,870 steps
Things I've learned this week. Tracking food is hard. The tortilla at Chipotle has 300 calories! I don't I eat enough calories and when I do the "enough" isn't good calories. 

Feb 27: 7,189 steps - NOT a misprint, I've done horrible!
My sleep needs to be a priority, it messes up my food and exercise! I had a doctor appointment this week and got refills on my medication. I've got two important ones and ran out of one of them too long ago to tell you.  Joined WW and after 3 days, my account wasn't being recognized. grrrr

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Guess what I'll be doing for the next 13 weeks?

Hosted at Mary Organizes
details here

I've run out of room for my books so not only do I need to weed my library, I need to reduce my belongings in general.

Wish me luck!
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