Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Task it Tuesday - Dec 11


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

What a productive week I had. The dumpster is full and will be picked up today. The big areas of our house: shed, bonus room, and basement have been cleaned up to a degree that I can stand it. The outside Christmas lights are hung and the large tree for the family room is in position waiting for me to fluff it and get the lights and ribbon on. Not bad considering I have three listings due to hit the market this month.

For this week, I know what I need to accomplish. It is going to be tough with my schedule, but I will give it a shot.


  1. Tidy up the few remaining messy spots on the second floor to get the house ready for decorating.
  2. Organize the gifts I've bought to make sure I haven't missed anyone. Then finish shopping.
  3. Get groceries for Christmas dinner.
  4. Compile and send out the annual Christmas letter--which hasn't gone out in the last three years, but I am determined to get out the door.

What is on your to-do list this week?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Mailbox Monday - Dec 10



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here we are back to Monday. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I worked my tail off, which is worth every aching muscle, because the dumpster leaves today and my house is much cleaner for it. Between donating things and tossing stuff, our house is definitely more organized. I am looking forward to getting this place ready for Christmas. That was made a bit easier when I won this beautiful wreath at our work holiday luncheon.



Trying to read, but I've got a lot going on here. These are two I am trying to finish up:




My physical mailbox was empty last week, but I picked up these two books that were Kindle freebies. 




What was in your mailbox? Hope you have a blessed week.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

New on PBS Kids: Let's Go, Luna!: Luna's Christmas Around the World Premiers Tomorrow


I just got a chance to preview the new Let's Go, Luna!: Luna's Christmas Around the World episode that will air tomorrow on PBS KIDS. When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way. This is a one-hour special event.

What a fun show that is educational and entertaining. I wish my girls were still little, because they would love it.

Let's Go, Luna!: Luna's Christmas Around the World premiers Monday, December 10, and will also air December 12, 14 (on PBS KIDS Family Night), 20, 24, 25. Check your local station for times.

Here are some other holiday favorites airing in December:

Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Airs December 10, 11, 14 and 21 (on PBS KIDS Family Night), 24, 25

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
Airs December 10, 12, 14, 18, 21 (on PBS KIDS Family Night) 24, 25

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Airs December 10, 13, 17, 21 (on PBS KIDS Family Night) 24, 25

Peg + Cat + Holidays
Airs December 10, 13, 14, 24, 25

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Airs December 10, 12, 14, 19, 24, 25










Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Task It Tuesday - Dec 4


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

It's been a while since I posted a Task it Tuesday. There are still lots of tasks, but not a lot of posting time. I really need to time block my calendar better and more often.

I'm still focused on cleaning the house. That dumpster needs to get out here. Problem is I have so many work appointments I am rarely home. Hopefully, next week will start a slow down in the work schedule, but it's not looking promising.

There are two things I want to finish by this weekend:


  1. Cleaning my office: the closet and supply cabinet are all that is left. Then I need to clean the bonus room so I can move the boxes of unread books from my little office into that room.
  2. Put up some Christmas decorations. The kids are eager to get this place looking seasonal, and I truly enjoy doing it. We bought new stockings and a new Christmas tree skirt this year, so I would love to see how it looks.
What are some tasks you would like to tackle this week?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sifting through Memories

As part of project Get Rid of the Clutter, I cleaned out the shed this weekend. I had forgotten how many playthings were in there from the girls' younger days: sand toys from the boat shaped sand box, the Barbie® jeep they and their friends drove around the cul-de-sac while playing tunes on a battery operated radio, a myriad of water guns that no longer work, and tiny bicycles that have long since been outgrown. So many memories and so many treasures.

I was able to part with most things, but couldn't quite let go of these:




The twin shovels the girls used to help Paddy clear the snow. That usually lasted five minutes before they wanted to come in for hot chocolate with marshmallows in front of the fireplace.




The bird house the Lil' Diva made on a school field trip and the training wheels off her bicycle when she finally felt brave enough to ride on her own.

As I tucked away the remaining gardening tools in a cleaner shed, those memories brought a tear to my eye. Those days will never come again. But with God's grace, new adventures and fond memories are in the making. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review: Going for Broke by Shannon Medisky

Are you looking for a book that can help change your perspective? Then Going for Broke: How to Suffer Well by Shannon Medisky should be on your list.

Medisky has spent the last ten years learning a lot about suffering, but her book isn't going to be about how to get out of it or how to avoid it, because she knows that God allows us to suffer, but also "meets us in our mess." In those moments when life just "sucks," she encourages us to face suffering in "anticipation of meeting God personally in brand new ways."

Providing a fresh perspective on how God called Noah and Moses and what they suffered through, along with sharing her own journey, the reader is inspired to accept suffering, but not be defeated by it. She boils it down to three easy-to-remember steps to help you and guide you to intentionally lean on God in meaningful ways.

I loved everything about this book; especially because Medisky's style of writing makes the reader feel like she is speaking solely to her. I'll be on the lookout for more of the author's work, and have visited her website to check on additional resources.

Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 14, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1986546292
ISBN-13: 978-1986546294

I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way. 



Monday, November 26, 2018

Mailbox Monday - Nov 26



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

With the crazy weather around here, I might have to switch my fall mailbox to a winter one soon. Gosh, we didn't even get a chance to pick up our leaves before the first storm hit us. Right now it looks like we will have rain instead of snow this week. There are still some frozen white mounds hanging around, but the snow is mostly gone. Sounds like the Midwest got slammed with the white stuff and high winds this past weekend. Are we ready for this?

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. The family was here, so that was nice. Project Get Rid of the Clutter isn't even close to done yet, so the house wasn't in as good of shape as I wanted. Hopefully, I'll make a dent in my office this week. The kitchen is done and two closets. The living room was cleaned this week and the new couch arrives today. The Lil' Princess made a huge dent in her room this weekend. Any progress is good progress as far as I am concerned.

I am reading, but haven't received anything new lately. That's okay with me. I have six boxes of unread books and a huge pile on my floor yet. I think that will keep me busy. LOL!

Hope you'll share your new arrivals with me. Have a great week!