Gonna Talk About My Favorite Books

I’m starting a new series of posts. New Category too. Right now I’m not sure what to call it. Favorites? Best Books? Books I like? What do you think?

I’m gonna talk about the books I loved as a kid. Books I loved as a teenager. Books I loved as a young adult. Books I love now.

They are NOT the same lists.

I loved comic books at one time. The horror ones, not the super heroes. Why? I have no idea.

Stopped wanting those during my tween years.

Went through a period where I loved romance. That was ALL I read during that time. Weird.

At least it seems weird now.

I still love romance but not all the time. I like to read different stuff. This week I seem to be into adventurous/military type stuff. A couple of weeks ago it was mysteries.

Who knows what next week will bring?

I’ll probably post these on a rotating basis, once a week or so.

I’m open to suggestions. Please. Help.

Take A Deep Breath

Now take another deep breath. Do you know how wonderful it is to be able to do that?

Breathing is amazing. Most of the time it happens without you even paying attention. You don’t have to think about it. You can just go diddy bopping along, and not worry about it at all.

And you don’t worry about it. Or even think about it. Till you can’t do it. Then it becomes the most important thing in your world, and it is really hard to pay attention to other things.

Most of the time I’m fine, and only have a problem if I try to walk too fast or something.

The last few days though with all this rain, the humidity is high, and that seems to make it worse. Just breathing is work. Doing anything else doesn’t seem worth it.

Right now I’m on Advair which helps a lot. So long as the insurance covers it. If the insurance stops covering it like they did the Dulera that I was taking before, then I’m pretty much screwed.

Anyone without insurance or a lot of money is in that situation, because all of those medicines seem to be hugely expensive.

So just take the time to stop and breath every now and then. Maybe smell some flowers, or coffee, and just appreciate how blessed you are.

Bench my father made out of a log.

What Do You Want???

Sound a bit querulous do I? That’s nothing compared to how I feel.

Picture me sounding like a 2 year old. Or are 4 year olds worse? Whichever.

You hear me whining? Tell me, tell me, tell meeeee! What do you waaa–aant???

Question Mark I drew.

I am gonna have to cut down on the giveaways. Unless you guys want to send me some contributions, ’cause I’m all out of money.  I have two going live tonight but that is gonna be the last one for a while, unless I get sponsors.  I do have a (tentative) sponsor for a Valentines Hop next month, but so far that is it.

I am also getting sort of tired of reviewing small products. Besides that my house is getting full. So I’m gonna slow down on those. Now if anyone wants to send me BIG items, or expensive items, I’m all for that.

Of course if they just want to sponsor a giveaway that is different. It doesn’t require me to find a spot to store the item (or figure out how to use it).

So what do you want? From me, that is.

Do you know what you want? Do you want anything? Would you just as soon not even bother coming here? Would it be a relief not to have to visit another blog?

You may need a break worse than I do. But before you go, got any suggestions? Tips? Questions? Prompts? Snide remarks?

Let’s hear ’em! See ’em? Whatever. Leave ’em in the comments.

That will give me something to write about. If I’m not locked in a padded room by then. I don’t think they let you have computers in there do they?

Thank you. :)

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If you can’t wait to see if you win you can buy it here. I believe it is well worth the money(you can now read my review).

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I received a free product to review.

Do You Really Need To Explain?

Picture of Question Marks.

Seriously. Do you really need to explain everything to everybody? Why?

This bugs me. It bugs me when my husband does it. It bugs me when my mom does it. It bugs me when my dad does it. It really bugs me when I catch myself doing it.

But. But. BUT.  To really really really bug the hootie out of me you have to be in a long line at the pharmacy.

I mean like in front of 10 other people who are all just wanting to get their meds and get out of there. Well ok…some of them might not have had anything better to do than stand in line at Wal-mart.  Some of them may even do that sort of thing for fun. There are a lot of weird people in this world.

In any case…does the pharmacist (or the checker) really need to know everything the doctor said during your exam? Do they really need to know why you finally decided to go to the doctor after feeling bad for 6 months?

Of course this sort of thing happens everywhere. Do the tellers at the bank need to know exactly why you are taking out that money and what you are gonna do with it and a word for word recounting of the arguments with your wife? Really??

Maybe if there were no other people in line…or if I wasn’t in a hurry.

Then again maybe I should just adjust my life so there isn’t ever any hurry…I could hear a lot of interesting stories.

But if I listen to you…you have to stick around and hear about my hemorrhoids. Deal?


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Respect Has Changed, Or Disappeared

Picture of a cemetery.

My father-in-laws funeral was Monday.

We drove from the funeral home out to the cemetery. Most folks going the other way still pulled over or stopped but a few did not.

Not too long ago it would have been every single one of them.

And even twenty years ago people would not have even thought about going to a funeral without dressing up.

These days no one seems to care.

It used to be seen as a sign of respect. For the dead and the mourners. I guess these days you are supposed to assume that everyone has respect. Or maybe just assume that they do NOT respect anything.

The lack of respect seems to be the most likely explanation. Most folks don’t dress up for church or lots of other special occasions either.

The few weddings I have attended even had a few folks show up in jeans and t-shirts. One of the brides was definitely not happy with that…the other didn’t seem to care.

The times have changed and are still changing. I think they have changed for the worse.

What do you think? Do you dress up for funerals?

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A Flower Bed

Picture of a baby bed made into a Flower BedMy grandmother did this. She saw one somewhere and had to have one of her own.

This is the second one. The first was made with an old metal bed frame. This one is a baby bed.

She had flowers in them and they were really pretty.

That one got taken up again later and was given to someone who actually needed a baby bed.

My grandmother loved outdoor decorations. Especially if they were a bit odd.

I miss her.

Old Wagon Wheel Makes A Great Decoration

IMG_0161I’m not sure where she found it but my mom has had this wagon wheel for a long time.

She painted it red and it was on that pole in the yard for a while.

I’m not sure why it got moved but when my dad bought the land next door and build his “barn” on it he took this wagon wheel and chained it up over the door of the building.

I’ll try to get out there and take a picture of it. I’m not even gonna try while there is ice on the ground. That hill is slippery. I have no desire to fall on my butt and slide all the way down the hill.

Mainly because I’m not sure I could get back up!

We have a couple other old wagon wheels around here too…but the wood part of those is rotted and falling apart. This one only lasted because she painted it good I think.

It is pretty. What do you think?

Practicing Procrastination

I love to procrastinate. Especially if it involves dusting or dish washing.

That is mostly laziness right there. Other procrastination involves boredom…or fear.

Sometimes I’ll have a book review and it turns out that the book was harder to get into than I expected or wasn’t quite what I thought it would be…and then I tend to put off finishing it and the review.

And sometimes when I know darned well I NEED to get a post written….I just don’t think there is anything to say that anyone would want to read. My mind is blank or what is on my mind doesn’t seem that important.

So basically I’m afraid to post some things.

The weird thing about that is that some of the blogs I really love to read are only about everyday things like cleaning a kitchen or weeding a garden.

So I guess it isn’t really the subject matters that I don’t think are worth the effort…but that I don’t believe I can make those subjects seem interesting.

So I put it off. And some never get done at all.

I’m working on getting over that. I don’t think I’ll ever give up procrastination completely though.

So do you procrastinate?

Be sure and check out the other posts in the Because Prompts Are Fun link up at Tales From The Nursery.

It Is Good To Be Home Again

Me and my husband had to take a trip up to Michigan again. We rented a car from Enterprise for the trip as my car is almost 20 years old now and about to fall apart.

The car was a Chrysler 200 and it was a really nice car. It took some getting used to though as it is a bit bigger than my little Toyota.

We left on Wednesday and got more than halfway before we stopped for the night. We stayed at a Hampton Inn again this trip. It was not quite as nice as the one we stayed in before. Read my review of the Hampton Inn in Roseville, MI for more info.

The one were in before was almost brand new. This one was older but was very clean and the folks there were extremly helpful and all very polite. The breakfast was good too.

We went the rest of the way up to Livonia, MI on Thursday and stayed at another Hampton Inn off Haggerty Road. It was very nice too and the breakfast was ok.

The traffic was horrendous. I think all city people must be at least slightly insane.  The ones who drive anyway. You have to be a bit nuts to keep putting up with all that traffic.

Of course I don’t like driving at the best of times. Even here in the country I would rather not and in heavy traffic I like it even less. I’m amazed we came through there without getting into an accident.

We came back on Friday. This time we drove straight through and got home about midnight.

And of course my stepkids are mad at us because we didn’t drive on up to Flint and visit them. They were going to have the grandkids there but not till late in the afternoon on Friday. We had to have the car back by noon Saturday or we would have to pay exta.

We don’t have extra. We spent a lot more money than we should have on the trip as it was. And my chickens would have run out  of food too.

I think there was a lack of communication there between my hubby and the kids as to planning. If they had talked more we might have changed things around before we left. Too late now.

I’m glad to be home anyway. I will get back to my regularly scheduled blogging and tweeting and facebooking over the next few days.

I have to clean up the mess the dogs made of the house first!



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