Saturday, October 21, 2017

Shrimp Heaven Now

I was listening to a podcast earlier today. There was a story about a kid who was in a grocery store. He was sitting in the grocery cart. As his mother came up to the seafood section, he saw the shrimp. He exclaimed shrimp heaven now. Like any good parent she didn't purchase the demanded item.

But can you imagine hearing this coming out of a young child's mouth? Shrimp do taste good. And to this child they were definitely a divine creation. But how could you not laugh when you hear a child demand this?

They say kids say the darndest things. And in this case it was true. So maybe some seafood restaurant should name their shrimp platter shrimp heaven now.

Friday, October 20, 2017

It Didn't Work Out The Way I Planned

Today I woke up with plans. I actually made the plans yesterday. There' was so much I wanted to do. But I woke up later than I planned. I thought I can still get a lot done. But I realized I didn't have that much energy. I had to decide what I really wanted to complete.

The problem was what I was working on just didn't cooperate. I looked at the clock and thought I don't have time for this. I have to get ready for work. So it just didn't work out the way I planned.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


There is a place I've driven past for years. I've always wondered about it. There is never any activity. Nobody enters, and nobody exits. It is deserted. I have no idea what it once was. And I have no idea who owns it. I often wonder what its purpose is. The path to the door is overgrown with weeds and a tree blocking the entrance. Essentially the path leads to nothing. Or does it?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Get What You Want When You Shop

Have you ever gone shopping for a specific item, you just need one thing at the store, but you come home with bags full of items? Item happens to us all at times. You find that you have spent too much money, for items you don't really want, and you definitely don't need. But you can get exactly what you want when you shop if you follow a few simple rules.

Know Yourself

Keep your budget, lifestyle, fashion persona, sizes, and favorite brands in mind. We've all come home with that perfect dress. You know you should get because there MIGHT be a time when you will wear it. But then it sits in the closet, the dress doesn't really fit into your lifestyle. 

Shop With A List

Make sure before you go shopping you have a list of items that you need for your wardrobe. Are there items in your closet that could be repaired. Know what you need in other words. How many of you have gone shopping with friends, and wound up with a top that looks almost exactly like one that you have in your closet already. If you had looked at your closet before shopping, you might not have a double of that item.

Plan Ahead

Check to see if there are sales going on. Plan out which part of the store you want to go to first. This way you won't get tired or spend all of the money you have budgeted before you get what you need.

Shop With A Purpose

Go to shops that are you. Focus on what you want not browsing, when you are looking for new items. 

Follow some of these rules, and you will get what you want when you shop.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Long Week

Each week seems to have its challenges. But this week seems to have presented more than normal. My week starts on Friday. It all started when the neighbors began putting on a new roof last Friday. Most people wouldn't even have noticed. But I am a day sleeper. I was awakened to hammering and sawing. And the big one Mexican polka music. I got up because sleep was out of the question. And I thought to myself surely they will complete the roof today.

Saturday morning arrived and there were those sounds from the day before. Ugh, another day with no sleep. This was going to create a challenge. I would have to be careful. My temper flares easily when I am tired. But I survived with nothing upsetting me at work.

I prayed for rain on Sunday. And my prayer was answered. I got a good sleep. I went to work that night thinking this will be a normal Sunday. I was wrong. This seemed like a day that was the real catch-up day from the holiday the week before. There was a lot of work. There is some work at my job that I know how to do but I don't have to do often. Therefore I am not really good at it. Sunday night I got to do that work. And of course I was assigned the huge project of the day. I groaned and somehow survived the night.

Then Monday arrived. Monday's always seem to be horrific at work. There is always extra work that needs done. The evening started out well. There was a lot of work, but it has been worse. Then there was a point in the evening when I looked up and I realized there were only two of us doing the work. There are normally a dozen. There was no way we would get the work completed on time.

So this has been my long week, but there is an up side to all of this. Today is the last day of the work week so no matter what happens it's going to be a great day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

I realized this week that October is just a crazy busy month. There is always something going on. And I find that I have to make choices about what is most important to me at this point in my life. Unfortunately, this means that I mean missing a few bonfires because I need a paycheck this year. Alas, maybe I will ask for some over Halloween next year.

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Welcome to week#3 of the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
The Walking Community


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
October "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
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#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the September "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Inspiration for Clean, Bright, and Beautiful Linen Storage by From Play Dates to Parties
Find out key elements to creating functional and beautiful linen storage for your home, whether it's in a linen closet or open shelving
Trials of Chronic Illness by Homeschool Insights

Cuba- Day One, Havana by Not In Jersey
Havana, Cuba

10 Facts About Breastfeeding by Simple Indian Mom

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). 
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! )


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bad Monkey

I have to admit, if there a book or movie based out of the Florida Keys, I am immediately interested in it. It's because I spent a winter there several years ago. And these books and movies often bring back happy memories. So when I saw the book Bad Monkey, by Carl Hiaasen, I grabbed it.

The Story

Andrew Yancey is trying to get his job back as a detective in Key West. And he has found the perfect crime to solve which will make that happen. He just has to solve the crime of what happened to the man belonging to the severed arm that was caught by a tourist. Andrew is led on a wild chase around the Keys, up to Miami, and down to the Bahamas. There is everything that makes for a juicy story. There is goofiness. Andrew actually lost his job for assaulting a doctor with a vacuum. And then there is the question where is the rest of the murder victims body. And then there is a monkey, who comes to the aid of a kidnap victim. 

What I Think

I really enjoyed this book. It was life in The Keys. There is always some crazy event occurring. The area seems to draw eccentric individuals. So the crimes are often unique. But the book also brings up a problem that so many areas in the islands are facing. What is happening to the locals? Developers are coming into the areas and pricing locals out of their homes. It's a real problem in these areas. So these island paradises are loosing some of their character. And then I liked that the book also presents the problem of individuals who are scamming Medicaid, Medicare, and the elderly. And the author uses humor to make his point.

So, if you are looking for a fun, entertaining story Bad Monkey is the book for you.