Monday, February 1, 2016

February Goals

It is a blog hop, so click on the Monthly Goal button and you will see those who play along post as well. Come join along!

The Monthly Goals: a Goals Linky Party at My So-Called Chaos and A Peek at Karen's World


  • Work on finishing pillow cases.  Failed...the fabric has been washed and ironed.
  • Paint the remainder of the Master Bedroom. Failed...did not even open the paint can.
  • Reupholster the chairs in the Kitchen. Failed...fabric has not even been purchased.
  • Read a book.  Success  ... Miracles From Heaven and nearly half of a second book. I will be participating in Literary Friday this week and the following week. 
  • Keep working on reading the Bible and doing my daily devotions. In Progress...better than the month before.
  • Keep working on getting healthier.  Success...discounting the last two days.
  • Complete the Seasonal Painting for real this time.  Failed...liked the bedroom painting, I did not even open a tube of paint.
  • Begin to research where to book our inclusive resort trip. In many decisions.
I have no freakin' idea what I did all month, obviously none of my goals.  Oh well, on to February.


  • Draw a template for my Mom.  I am drawing Woody Woodpecker's head on a piece of fabric a yard in length.  She plans to use this as a template for a quilt she is making.
  • Seriously complete the Seasonal Painting.
  • Read a book
  • Keep working on getting healthier.
  • Finalize destination for all inclusive resort trip.
  • Get a way for Valentine's Day
  • Celebrate my Mom's birthday.
  • Complete the pillow cases and order the headboard for the spare bed.
  • Reveal the make over the spare bedroom/toy room.
What type of goals do you have this month?


Sunday, January 31, 2016


Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love. She host this little party every Friday.

Forgive me, my friends it has been awhile since I have confessed AND it is not Friday.  My last confessional was December 5th.   Here it goes.

I confess...

I  began something new this month and it is working out great. We have Taj every other weekend which makes my weekly shopping a nightmare. I now plan our dinner menu for two weeks and shop two weeks at a time minus fresh veggies or additional milk.  I will pick them up on my way home. I drive by three grocery stores and a quick pick up is not bad.

I confess...

This weekend the stores were packed in preparation of the storm.

I confess...

My oldest has volunteered so many hours for the candidate of his choice. Almost as many hours as a full time job.

I confess...

He is very angry he will not be able to attend the Iowa caucus on Monday because he had to fly out to Las Vegas for a wok conference. He was informed a week after the deadline to sign up for absentee voting.

I confess...

I am ready for it to be over but it really is just beginning. I hate the annoying automatic calls to my cell phone, which I find ironic since it is against a Federal Law where one cannot automatic dial cell phones.

I confess...

I am NOT for Donald Trump but I am against those who threw tomatoes at him in my beloved city. It is not how we act.

I confess...

I love hearing the younger generation's excitement over the primary.  I will respect them all even if my opinion differs because they are doing what they should be doing by getting involved.  One of my co-workers I trained and he sits across from me since my promotion.  His excitement for Monday is so contagious and he requested to be off work early to attend.  I love his passion.  He posted this picture on Saturday and it is now his profile picture.  I can just hear him come Monday telling me all about it.  Look he is so happy in the picture.


I confess...

A major Winter Storm is head our way. Depending on what station we can have anywhere from a mixture of ice and snow from six to twenty inches.  The one  thing they all agree is blizzard conditions. The worse of it is supposed to be late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

I confess...

I hope the politicians get out before it hits or they can use this as their campaign theme song...

What do you have to confess about?


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book & A Cuppa Swap Show Off

It is time for Swap Show-Off hosted by Beth and Angie over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps.  

I was paired up with the wonderful Ricki Jill from Art@Home. I was super excited when I received my email because I think the world of Ricki Jill and I found a mug in the Pioneer Woman Collection I thought of her and was hoping to be paired up with her for a swap and Walla it happened.

Ricki Jill really spoiled me and knows me so well.  Here is what she sent me.

 The package was so pretty and I did not expect anything less from the fabulous Ricki Jill!
The card she sent me was so me.  The historical look and hidden bonus.
On the back is a book marker.  How cool is that?  Right!  Very Cool!
 She gave me some extra goodies to drink while I kick back and read or watch something
with my love on the weekends or take in my travel mug to work.
 French Vanilla is my favorite flavor of coffee. 
I had the Winter Blend Hot Cocoa was delicious.
The cone hot chocolate I will be sharing with Taj and Christian.
Christian was super excited when he saw it.
 Next I unwrapped my mug.
 I just love my mug.  I am going to be selfish with this one.
It will be mine only to drink out of.  This way it is not stuck in a boy's room.
Next was the books.  I loved how she wrapped each one in different paper.
The wrapping paper reminds me of her so much.  I also loved each of the tags.
 Each book was labeled which one to open first.  
It sort of reminded me of the labels in Alice In Wonderland.
 I was super excited when I revealed all three books.
I really scored, she bought me the complete set of the Kanin Chronicles
I plan on starting book one as soon as I am done with the book I am currently reading.  Punished (Crescent City Creatures Book 1) by Samantha Stone.  
The author is someone very special to my swap partner. 

Thank you so very much Ricki Jill.  You did a fabulous job and spoiled me.  Thanks again Beth and Angie for pairing us up and hosting another fabulous swap.

If you are ever interested in joining in with the swaps and getting to know others, check out Chaotic Goddess Swaps.  


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Random Ramblings~ More Sports, Grandson, Winning

It seems I am at it again rambling randomly...


What a season so far for the state of Iowa in basketball.  Iowa has three Universities, yes three.  Most people know of only two, Iowa State (Cyclones) and University of Iowa (Hawkeyes) but we also have University of Northern Iowa (Panthers).  This year all three teams beat the number one team when they played the Iowa team.  November 21, 2015 University of Iowa beat North Carolina.  Next came University of Iowa on December 29, 2015 beating Michigan State.  Finally, Iowa State beat Oklahoma on January 19, 2016.  What a great feeling.  Could the state of Iowa be the graveyard for number one ranked teams?  ha ha ha...nah!  But our Hawkeyes are ranked number 3 right now too.

The Hawkeyes are great at wrestling and right now they are ranked 2nd.  I am in hopes maybe next year we can try to go to the NCAA wrestling tournament again.  I joined Todd several years ago and it was great!

The Hawkeyes are having a great year in sports!  Proud to be a Hawkeye here in Hawkeye Nation.


We had Taj this past weekend. It is always a pleasure to have him but it is also wearing on both Todd and I.  I still would not change it one bit.

Saturday we took him to a Jim Gill concert.  We arrived early and was in the front row which gave Taj plenty of room to dance around.  He made a new friend and cried when they had to depart from one another.

 Above: The boys playing on the floor before the concert
Below: They were sharing a share. 
(I purposely chose blurry pictures of his new friend
since I did not have permission to post his photo.)
Above was a picture of his last freeze pose
from the song in the video.
(Notice Taj towards the end telling me to stop recording him. ;P )
After the concert we walked up the street to an ice cream shop to buy a little more time for the two new friends.  It was so funny the two were saying good-bye and telling one another they can spend the night with each other.  Sadly we do not live in the same city.
Sunday was just fun and play at the house.  I love listening to Todd and Taj playing.


I am super excited to see the reaction to the person I was teamed up with in the Cup a Book Swap.  I was lucky to be paired up with Art@Home.  I had so much fun shopping for her.


I won a door prize at the Holiday Party...$50 gift certificate to Brush and Barrel.  Yay Me!
Above: I was ready to go and Christian just told me 
my hair looked like I stepped from the 80's.
Truth be told, it was closer to the 70's.
Below: Close up of my eye make.  I just love Printcess mineral make up.
I was wearing Manuscript all over, Sultry on the outer corners blended
with Direwolf in the center of the lid.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This Week's Random Rambling

This is going to be a very Random Rambling post.  Ready? Set. Go!


2015 was a very good year for the house's favorite teams.  Our Cubs went further than expected.  They finished the season with the third-best record in baseball and won the 2015 National League Division.  They made it to the National League play offs but did not fair well.  The Cy Young Award went to Jake Arrieta who also pitched a no hitter this year. The Rockie of the Year Award went to Kris Bryant. Joe Maddon won Manager of the Year.  That is three of the four major awards going to the Chicago Cubs!   Next year's team should be good as well, please stay healthy.

Iowa Hawkeyes Football team had a very good year too.  They went 12-0 during the regular season and won the Big 10 Western Division lost the Big 10 championship in the last few seconds of the game.  They were ahead nearly the entire game.   Our boys did not play their best at the Rose Bowl.  I am not sure what happened but they did not come to live until the 4th quarter.  I am still very proud of this team.  They had an excellent season no matter what the press said about them.

Speaking about the Rose Bowl, the Stanford Marching Band totally disgust me.  I would not be proud one bit having this marching band with my school name.  They are band from flying and now band from away games for awhile and should be.  They did not uphold the Rose Bowl's prestige one bit and the way they made fun of the state of Iowa and farmers, just sickened me.  It not only did it anger Iowans and farmers but even ESPN had enough and pulled away from their performance.


I am really enjoying my new position so far.  I just love where I work and it makes me so happy.  I do have a few more stressful days since the promotion but it is still rewarding.  This weekend is our Holiday party and I cannot wait. 


I struggle with Christian (a.k.a Noah) from time to time.  Last night was not pretty and lead to only two hours of sleep.  It is so hard to look at a child you love with your entire heart and know you cannot trust him and that he chooses to have basically no relationship with you.  I think he is definitely my most challenging child and test every part of me as a mother and as a person.  I hope he is able to figure this out one day.  I really do worry about him.


Todd and I have gone to three movies in the past few weeks.  We typically do not go to the movie theater often due to the cost.  The first one was opening weekend for Star Wars Awakening I really enjoyed it and it reminded me of the first three movies.  Next we saw Hateful Eight again I enjoyed this one.  I love Quentin Tarantino movies, there is something about them.  Finally we took Taj to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip I enjoyed it and it was a cute movie but I think Taj became bored with it although he talks about it still.  He loved it when Dave yells, "Alllviiiiiin!"  

Todd and I are also watching The Americans on Netflix.  I am surprised how much I like this show.  I find myself thinking about it every now and then during the day.

Well I think that is enough of my ramblings for today.  I hope you all are staying warm because it is freezing here in the Heartland. 

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