Monday, December 9, 2019

Mailbox Monday - Dec 9




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.

Only a few more weeks until Christmas and my trees aren't even decorated. The kittens might have something to do with that.



The lights are now up, but they bit a bulb off last night and wound up locked in the crate until we found it.

This is the first thing that happens when I enter my bathroom each morning.


I can honestly say we have never had cats like these.

In the mailbox this week an Amish fiction collection arrived.


I also borrowed these two from the library. Not that I have had time to crack them open.





That's it from me. The work and personal schedule will get hectic by Wednesday, so we will see how much reading I get done. Hope you have a great week.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Task it Tuesday - Dec 3


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.

Welcome back to Tuesday. By the time this posts, I hope most of the snow is done. We had about six inches Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, and then a break until Monday evening when it started up again. We already have the two to three inches more they said we would probably get, so it can stop any time now.

With this being the last month of the year, I'm working on reviewing goals and finishing up what I can. I haven't felt much like working, but bills need to be paid so I'm forcing myself to stay on track. Here is what this week looks like:
    1. Read a chapter from the Gospel of Luke each day 
    2. Exercise twice 
    3. Get 6 hours of sleep at least 5 nights  
    4. Make 150 copies of Christmas ornament craft for charity event
    5. Keep editing the new manuscript
    6. Blog
    7. Complete four more pages of additional content for A Christmas Kindness 
    8. Write a chapter of Amelia's Mission
    9. Start 2020 Business Plan
    10. Submit Clever Tom and another idea to my publisher
    That's it for this week. I have a variety of meetings for work and a holiday event to attend at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday with my husband. I've been shopping a bit, so hopefully there won't be a mad dash at the end for Christmas preparations. The kittens are still attacking the tree multiple times a day, so we haven't decorated it yet. Not sure if the tree will have anything else but lights this year. Oh, well. 

    Hope you're having a productive week.



    Monday, December 2, 2019

    Mailbox Monday - Dec 2




    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.

    Happy Monday! It is a wet and white one around here. The first snowstorm of the season has arrived. It started Sunday afternoon and is supposed to go through Tuesday morning. Doesn't that sound like fun? At least it is pretty when it comes down.


    We celebrated a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday with family. On Saturday, we took in a Springfield Thunderbirds game. Then Sunday, we went and saw one of our church family play at the Festival of Trees.



    Sunday morning, we decided to test out how the kittens would treat the Christmas tree. A few hours later ...


    I may end up with a tree that only has lights this year.

    My physical mailbox didn't contain any goodies, but I picked up this Kindle freebie Friday.



    Now, if I could just find my Kindle Fire. I am sure it is here somewhere. See what happens when you clean. 

    What was in your mailbox? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving? Is your tree up yet? 

    Sunday, December 1, 2019

    Seasonal Fiction: A Country Christmas by Debbie Macomber


    A country Christmas might be the best Christmas of all…

    Return to Promise

    Rancher Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane—known as Dr. Texas—have recently separated, with Jane going back to her childhood home in California with their children. Now Cal, alone on his ranch, is forced to confront what he really wants in his life, what he needs. Jane is confronting the same questions. How seriously does Cal take his marriage vows? And how important is Promise, Texas, to Jane? Is there hope for a reconciliation—in time for Christmas?

    Buffalo Valley

    The town of Buffalo Valley, North Dakota—a community in farm country—is undergoing a revival. Vaughn Kyle, who’s just out of the army, is looking for a place to live, a life to live. While he’s waiting for his ambitious fiancĂ©e to make up her mind, he visits Buffalo Valley one snowy day and meets a young woman named Carrie Hendrickson. As they grow close, Vaughn has to question his feelings for the woman he thought he loved. He knows then that he wants to stay in Buffalo Valley, where life is about family and friends—not money and social standing. And not just at Christmas, but every day of the year…

    File Size: 1577 KB
    Print Length: 352 pages
    Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (September 24, 2019)
    Publication Date: September 24, 2019
    Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
    Language: English
    ASIN: B07L79LTRW


    Purchase here!

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    Task it Tuesday - Nov 26


    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.

    We are back to Tuesday. Thanksgiving is here this week, so there are a few things to accomplish for that. I'm looking forward to having family at our house. Here is my list:
      1. Daily Bible reading. 
      2. Exercise twice 
      3. Get 6 hours of sleep at least 5 nights  
      4. Start editing a new manuscript on Wednesday
      5. Blog
      6. Complete four more pages of additional content for A Christmas Kindness 
      7. Wash floors on Wednesday
      8. Make squash on Wednesday
      9. Thursday - Enjoy family and cooking
      10. Friday - Recover from Thanksgiving (LOL!) 
      11. Write a chapter of Amelia's Mission
      12. Start 2020 Business Plan

      So far so good on my list. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

      Monday, November 25, 2019

      Mailbox Monday - Nov 25




      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.

      Happy Monday, everyone! I hope all my USA friends are prepared for Thanksgiving. I made myself a promise to shop early so I can avoid the grocery store this week.

      With the work schedule slowing down a bit I was able to clean the living areas, put up some fall decorations, get some reading done, and enjoy lunch out with our church family. Since the church split up, we don't see one another as much as we used to, and we knew once the holidays are upon us we might not be getting together. What a tremendous blessing to see each other and spend a few hours catching up.




      I still haven't settled on a new church. Nothing has felt right yet. Part of that might be because the girls remain angry over what happened and refuse to attend a new church, so I go by myself or with my mother-in-law when she is here. I would love to attend as a family again. 

      My physical mailbox was empty, but I grabbed this Kindle freebie on Sunday. It is the first in a series. I hope I get to read at least one seasonal book before December ends. 


      I pray all of those celebrating Thanksgiving find it to be a day filled with happiness and blessings.

      Wednesday, November 20, 2019

      New Release: Forever Christmas by Cat Cahill


      A lonely cowboy. A young widow. A Christmas to remember.

      Elizabeth Hartley Campbell arrives at the Crest Stone Hotel, widowed and searching for the brother she hasn’t seen in seven years. Distraught to learn he’s left, she takes a job as a Gilbert Girl at the hotel’s restaurant. She quickly befriends the other girls and finds comfort in helping the hotel prepare for Christmas–until a wayward cowboy wanders in from the snow and sits at her lunch counter.

      Landon Cooper didn’t mean to stop at the hotel, and he certainly didn’t intend to stay longer than one night. After all, a job that will pay him more money than he could ever make as a ranch hand awaits him in Canon City–if he can stomach the thought of turning outlaw. But it’s hard to think straight when Elizabeth is nearby, and he finds himself hanging pine boughs and lugging a tree through the snow for her instead of riding away.

      Even though Elizabeth fears falling for another cowboy and Landon knows she won’t forgive him if she knew what he had planned, they find themselves growing closer. With a blizzard threatening on Christmas Eve, both Elizabeth and Landon will need to learn to trust in love, or be driven apart forever.

      Forever Christmas is the fifth book in the Gilbert Girls series, but can be read as a standalone novel. Like all of Cat’s books, this sweet and clean historical romance will warm your heart and fill you with hope.


      File Size: 3268 KB
      Print Length: 132 pages
      Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
      Publication Date: November 11, 2019
      Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
      Language: English
      ASIN: B07YX3DP7J

      Purchase here!