Friday, January 12, 2018

365 Questions - January 12

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.  I moved this month's questions over to the sidebar.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.
January 8 - The Sausage, Egg, Spinach, and Mushroom Casserole I made was the last "good" thing I ate as it was healthy and delicious.
January 9 - I'm not snacking on the Whole 30 right now but if I were snacking, I'd choose pretzels.
January 10 - I smiled when I woke up to find Vic touching my forehead to make sure I didn't have a temperature after my colonoscopy procedure yesterday.
January 11 - My favorite accessory is my Michael Kors electric blue Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Travel Tote which holds everything!
January 12 - I can't think of anything to be mad about today!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

365 Questions - January 11

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.
January 8 - The Sausage, Egg, Spinach, and Mushroom Casserole I made was the last "good" thing I ate as it was healthy and delicious.
January 9 - I'm not snacking on the Whole 30 right now but if I were snacking, I'd choose pretzels.
January 10 - I smiled when I woke up to find Vic touching my forehead to make sure I didn't have a temperature after my colonoscopy procedure yesterday.
January 11 - My favorite accessory is my Michael Kors electric blue Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Travel Tote which holds everything!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 on the 10th - January


I'm linking up with Erin from Perfectly Port Family for 10 on the 10th.  This month's prompt is 10 Random Facts About Me.

1.  I am a memory-keeping-aholic.  I have been a scrapbooker for almost twenty years and have recently delved into the world of digital scrapbooking to use templates and overlays on my photos.  I loved Ali Edwards' December Daily project and look forward to One Little Word in 2018.

December Daily 2017 - an album full of fun and great memories

2.  I am also addicted to planners and planner stickers.  I love to be organized and my planner is such a creative outlet for that.  It's part calendar, part journal, and all fun!

Love my Erin Condren planner!

3.  I am a virtual traveler.  I have friends and family all over the world and I love to see the places they live and visit.  I am constantly Googling new destinations and saving details in my favorites for trips of a lifetime.

4.  I love England and all things English - cups of tea, afternoon tea, the Royal Family, the history, the countryside, the coastline, the mountains, the lakes and lochs, say or show me anything English and I am happy.

5.  I am longing for our forever home.  We have been a Navy family for almost 24 years with constant travel and I am so looking forward to the day when I can set up house and have it stay that way.  That being said, my parents were a military couple as well and they didn't stop moving even after their Army days were over.  We'll see what retirement brings for us.

6.  I also love Christmas and so happy to be a part of a group of fellow Christmas-lovers - Magical Holiday Home.  It's amazing how friendships are formed over the Internet.  I would love to meet up with some of the members of this group one day.

7.  I don't think I could live without Excel.  I love spreadsheets and use them for just about everything - budgeting, keeping lists, making timelines, you can do just about anything with Excel.

8.  A fellow blogger posted this quote "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince" and although I didn't kiss a LOT of frogs, I did wait until I was 32 to find my handsome prince.  Vic and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary this year - it's been an adventure from day one.  Take a loving-everything-about-Christmas woman and a man who had never had a Christmas tree before, a shopper and a saver, I could go on and on with the differences between us, two people who perfected the art of compromise to make an amazing marriage.  Our friends always remark that we have so much fun together.

I wanted the perfect shot of us with our holiday drink cups so I slipped off the sleeves.  Vic started to make a ruckus because the cups were really hot and he was burning his hand and I started to giggle and that was it, we both burst out laughing.  This is so much better than that perfect shot I'd envisioned.

9.  My favorite meal to prepare is afternoon tea.  I love to make or source the tiny sandwiches, scones, and miniature desserts.  We are on the hunt for the perfect tea room wherever we live or visit.

10.  I'm a city girl at heart.  Give me a loft in the middle of New York or San Francisco (or London or Paris) and the budget to live that lifestyle and I'd be in heaven.  However, I am a realist and I know that I am happiest with my family wherever we are.  I don't really consider myself a homemaker because there are lots of things about being at home that I don't really enjoy but making a home for my family wherever the Navy sends us is exactly what I want to do.

365 Questions - January 10

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.
January 8 - The Sausage, Egg, Spinach, and Mushroom Casserole I made was the last "good" thing I ate as it was healthy and delicious.
January 9 - I'm not snacking on the Whole 30 right now but if I were snacking, I'd choose pretzels.
January 10 - I smiled when I woke up to find Vic touching my forehead to make sure I didn't have a temperature after my colonoscopy procedure yesterday.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

365 Questions - January 9

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.
January 8 - The Sausage, Egg, Spinach, and Mushroom Casserole I made was the last "good" thing I ate as it was healthy and delicious.
January 9 - I'm not snacking on the Whole 30 right now but if I were snacking, I'd choose pretzels.

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #85


Happy 36th Birthday to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge seen here with Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh on their walk to church services at Sandringham last Sunday.  You can read more here.

Monday, January 8, 2018

TBB Asks - January 2018


This looked like fun - I can handle a monthly meme a lot better than I can a weekly one since I have quite a few regular features of my own.  Check it out here.

1.  Resolutions or No Resolutions?
I usually make resolutions although this year, it's more of a major project.  I'm participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word, memory-keeping for 2018. and I chose {change} as my word.  I want to change the path my health is taking, we will change our family dynamic this year when we have a college graduate in the family, no longer a college student, and we face major changes in our lives with Vic's orders to Okinawa.  Much is to be determined.

2.  Love snow or no snow?
I love the snow, but I would prefer it in an area that knows how to cope with it.

3.  Name a new place you want to go this year.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  We didn't make it at Christmas but we will make it before we leave the East Coast.

4.  Would you rather have a new hair cut or a new hair color?
A new hair cut.  I have never, ever colored my hair in any way and I'm not about to start now.

5.  Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year.
Drop at least two dress sizes.

6.  Least favorite thing about January.
It's so bare everywhere when all the Christmas decorations are put away.

7.  Most favorite thing about January.
It's usually the coldest month and if that means some snow, I love the Winter Wonderland look.

8.  When do you take down your holiday decorations?
Usually shortly after Christmas Day.  As much as I love to have the house decorated, once the packages are gone and the stockings are empty, it's time to get back to normal.

9.  Do you diet in January?
Yes, always, not very successfully.  This year, however, will be different.

10.  What area of your home do you want to organize the most?
The craft room.  It needs a total overhaul.

11.  Favorite Winter Comfort Food?
Beef and Vegetable Soup - it's a made-up recipe, a little of this and a little of that and it tastes amazing.

12.  Favorite Guilty Pleasure?
Starbucks.  It became more of a guilty habit in December so I'm saving it this year for very special occasions only.  One Pumpkin Spice Latte on the day they debut, one Holiday drink on our annual major craft fair outing (oh my goodness, can I stop at just those two?)

Life Last Week January 1-7, 2018 and 365 Questions - January 8


I'm revving up the Life Last Week feature for 2018 - it's a take on Diary of a Stay at Home Mom's Happy Homemaker Monday but it's for last week not the coming week.

The weather:::

17 degrees right now but there is a high of 44 forecast for today.  Bombogenesis, the White Hurricane (sounds like something out of Game of Thrones), swept through here last Wednesday night and although the snow stopped falling about noon on Thursday, the secondary roads are still in very bad shape and the residential streets have not been touched.  Everything shut down on Thursday and Friday - military bases open to mission essential personnel only and schools, government offices, and most businesses were closed - and the schools will most likely be closed until Wednesday.  Southeastern Virginia cannot cope with snow.

On my reading pile:::
I am still reading Part Four of Keep the Home Fires Burning.

On my TV:::
Over the New Year's holiday weekend, we binged our way through all five seasons of A Place to Call Home, what a fabulous series, how had we not found it before?  I forgot to cancel our free trial of Sling TV so we're in for another month of HGTV and The Food Network.


On the menu last week:::
I got a little lost with the menu planning and quite honestly, can't exactly remember what we ate on what night but it was something like this:

New Year's Day - Leg of Lamb with Carrots, Turnips, and Cabbage - some people eat Black-Eyed Peas for New Year's, we eat Carrots and Turnips
Tuesday - Bubble and Squeak - the leftovers from above tossed in a frying pan and fried up until they are crispy on the bottom
Wednesday - Lamb Korma (I cut the boneless leg of lamb in half - half I roasted on New Year's Day, the other half I cubed and used for korma
Thursday - Salmon,  Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday (our third day housebound after the blizzard) - Leftovers again
Sunday - Beef and Vegetable Stew for Vic and I was on the Low Residue Diet (pre-colonoscopy prep) so I had a piece of baked white fish


Checked off the list:::

  • Picked my One Little Word for 2018 - change
  • Bangs trim
  • Sat in on the gift shop board meeting for the spouses' group President as she had to work
  • Nine days into the Whole 30 and still going strong
  • New phone for Vic - iPhone 8 Plus - his phone has had a hardware problem for some time that meant apps would jump from one to another at random, so annoying, but his phone died its ultimate death when it fell into the toilet.  Note:  Back pocket of jeans is not the place to put your iPhone when you're doing your business.  Pants down, pants back up, iPhone popped right out of the back pocket.


Crafts roundup:::
Finishing up my December Daily and moving on to One Little Word, started 365 Questions here on the blog, set up my Erin Condren planner for the first three months of 2018.

That's it for Life Last Week January 1-7 and I'll add today's question to the list below.

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.
January 8 - The Sausage, Egg, Spinach, and Mushroom Casserole I made was the last "good" thing I ate as it was healthy and delicious.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

365 Questions - January 7

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!
January 7 - Yes, I believe that, with determination and support, people can change.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

365 Questions - January 6

Check here to see the full details on 365 Questions - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.
January 6 - I could not live without my reading glasses!

Friday, January 5, 2018

365 Questions - January 5


I was searching on Pinterest for blog ideas and I came across these monthly journal prompts.  The credit goes to Tami Taylor - 365 Questions and to Debbie Hodge at get it SCRAPPED and they are prompts for a 5-year journal program.  Tami's link is broken but Debbie's post is very interesting - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.
January 5 -  My last major accomplishment was a trip to the dentist which left me not afraid to go back again.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Wonderland


Our view this morning after Bombogenesis (the white hurricane) swept through southeastern Virginia overnight.

The military bases are open for mission essential personnel only, government offices, schools and most businesses are closed, and the roads are a mess.  Staying home, warm, and safe.

365 Questions - January 4


I was searching on Pinterest for blog ideas and I came across these monthly journal prompts.  The credit goes to Tami Taylor - 365 Questions and to Debbie Hodge at get it SCRAPPED and they are prompts for a 5-year journal program.  Tami's link is broken but Debbie's post is very interesting - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.
January 4 - My best memory of last year was on August 20, the day we picked Sophia up from the airport after not having seen her for nine months.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

365 Questions - January 3


I was searching on Pinterest for blog ideas and I came across these monthly journal prompts.  The credit goes to Tami Taylor - 365 Questions and to Debbie Hodge at get it SCRAPPED and they are prompts for a 5-year journal program.  Tami's link is broken but Debbie's post is very interesting - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.
January 3 - I have the freedom to volunteer, pursue my interests, and be at home when Vic's traveling gives him time off so yes, I am content.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

365 Questions - January 2


I was searching on Pinterest for blog ideas and I came across these monthly journal prompts.  The credit goes to Tami Taylor - 365 Questions and to Debbie Hodge at get it SCRAPPED and they are prompts for a 5-year journal program.  Tami's link is broken but Debbie's post is very interesting - one line a day, every day, for five years.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.
January 2 - I am most grateful for the love of my family.

Monday, January 1, 2018

365 Questions - January 1


I was searching on Pinterest for blog ideas and I came across these monthly journal prompts.  The credit goes to Tami Taylor - 365 Questions and to Debbie Hodge at get it SCRAPPED and they are prompts for a 5-year journal program.  Tami's link is broken but Debbie's post is very interesting - one line a day, every day, for five years.

I'm participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word memory-keeping project and my word is CHANGE.  There are a lot of things that will change, that I will change, that we as a couple and as a family will change this year but my number one goal is to change the direction my health is taking.  Healthy eating, a better exercise program, less stress, more sleep - all of the above.

January 1 - I want to change the direction my health is taking.

Happy New Year!