Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Sunday and I'm Smiling

It's been a couple of weeks since I shared some of the things in life that have truly made me happy. And shouldn't Sunday be a day that we share these things?

Being able to breathe easier because my cold is gone. They say summer colds are the worst, and I believe it. I've been coughing and sneezing for over a week. And it has finally broken up. Hurray!

Lush products! Aren't they just the greatest? I'm currently loving their perfume Karma. It just has a wonderful earthy scent. I love it!
The festival season has arrived. Ribfest, Germanfest, Greekfest, they are all so much fun, and well the food is awesome at each festival.

That totally awesome feeling you have when you realize that you don't have to prove you're right about something. Knowing that you are right is simply enough. And okay, there is a specific person I know that this applies to. Why does that person have to argue about everything?

That mini series The White Queen has drama and beautiful costumes. It will definitely remind you to be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

What are you thankful for this week?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Make It Shine Part Three

We've talked about gold, we've talked about silver. Now we are going to talk about those pearls that have lost their luster.
Pears loose their luster fairly easily because they are so porous. It doesn't matter if they are real, cultured, or faux, you must clean them with care. The first step to cleaning those pearls is placing them on a soft cloth. Next, take a clean make up brush and dip it in warm water and a little shampoo. Go over each pearl with the brush. Finish it up with rinsing the pearls with a clean well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.


Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bone Tree

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the book Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I liked the book, so I picked up the next book in the series. The book is The Bone Tree, and here is what I think of the book.

The Story

Penn Cage is caught in the deviousness of The Double Eagles. He finds that his father is still in danger from the group, that he realizes he cannot make deals with. The Bone Tree is the big mystery of the present. Where is it? And how many crimes can its contents solve. Penn's fiancé is able to locate the tree, but it costs her dearly. And while a mystery is solved in this book, one that goes to the heart of the conspiracy about JFK's murder, other questions are asked. And are the losses worth the answers?

What I Think

I liked the book. Did I like it as much as Natchez Burning? Yes, I did. While you are pretty sure you know what direction the book will go, there are plenty of twists and turns. I basically like the character of Penn. He is looking for the truth, but he finds that it is so confusing getting to it. And I like how the book shows just how human he really is at the end of the book. He is an understandable hero. 

And I found that I really want to know where the story is going to go next. So I plan on reading the next book in the series.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Asparagus with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

You want a healthy appetizer for this July the fourth. There will be burgers, there will be deserts, but do you really need the same old veggie tray. Asparagus can be a change to the celebrations. Here's a fabulous appetizer to feed your family this fourth.

Here's What You Need

Grilled or steamed asparagus spears
1/2 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of fresh chopped chives
2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons grated and peeled fresh ginger

Mix the last five ingredients in a bowl. And place it in a serving dish as your dip for the asparagus.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Did You Catch That?

I was speaking with someone the other day. He asked me have you ever noticed that people either let out positive or negative energy? I asked him what he meant. And he told me there are some people that it doesn't matter what you just don't feel sad or bad when you're around them. Those people let out positive energy. And then there are some people it doesn't matter what happens you just don't feel energized when you are around them.

I told him yes, I do understand what you mean. Sometimes it feels like I really absorb a person's mood that I am around. If someone is angry, I sometimes have to work a little harder to not allow myself to get angry because they are. As we were talking I wondered what kind of energy I emit. And he told me that I was one of those positive people.

He told me people just like you because you see the bright side of most things. I told him it's not that things don't bother me. It's just that if it is something I don't have any control over, I remind myself the only thing I have control over at the moment is my actions to the situation. And it usually works. And I find that I am less frustrated about other things.

So have you ever caught someone else's mood?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lost Crayons

When you are out walking, you never know what you will see. I was out for a walk the other day, and this is what I saw. I saw some crayons, a pencil, and a marker lying in the grass. They had obviously fallen out of someone's book bag. I wondered if they noticed that these items had fallen out when they got home. Or were they simply castaway school items? What do you think?

Monday, June 19, 2017

You're The Star Again Blog Hop

Have you ever had times when someone says something to you and you say wait a minute that makes absolutely no sense? I had one of those moments this last week. The rules for working for my employer are weird. We have a complicated bidding process in order to place you in a job. And like many employers they are trying to make that system meet their current needs. There are constantly rumors that jobs will be eliminated, and often it is more than a rumor. But one rumor just was crazy this past week. I just had to tell the person who told me. No, that isn't how the system works. Think about what you are saying. This person is intelligent, but she listened to someone who is just making things up. She normally isn't like that. But it reminded me how easy it is to fall prey to the rumor mill. Enough of that, it's time for everyone to share those wonderful posts in the blog hop.
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WELCOME to the June "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Here's a great salad that you can all prepare for those July 4th cookouts that will be coming around before you know it. 


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the June "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the April "You're the Star" blog hop)

The Patio Project by Debbie-Dabble Blog

Cinnamon Clouds by Reviews, Chews & How-Tos

Super Easy Hummus by Kapp's Kitchen
Super Easy Hummus

Vegetable Kofta Curry by A Crafty Homemaker
(I was unable to paste pictures from her blog here so please visit to view)

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR

We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )