Saturday, May 26, 2012

OWH Memorial Day Bloghop

First of all, I want to thank all our servicemen and women for all they have done and continue to do to serve and protect this great country we live in and call the United States of America. God bless you!!

It's been awhile since I've participated in any OWH bloghops. I've been making cards for OWH since July 2007. Where has the time gone?!

Here is my card based on Sketch #69:

I tried and tried, without success to get the eagle to link but it won't!!

Thanks for stopping by. Now, its time to continue Hopping....

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Little Update

It's been a couple months since I've blogged anything. I see there have been some changes made to Blogger! It's taking me a little while to figure things out but as with anything new, I'll get it figured out sooner or later!

What have I been up to since March? Well, let me see. I finally got my veggie garden all started. This year I planted spinach and radishes (which I've already harvested), pepper plants including one jalapeno for my SIL, tomatoes, green beans, corn, basil, lettuce and cucumbers. The peppers, basil, lettuce and the tomatoes I bought from Birdsong Hollow Farm in Woodbury, TN. They grow varieties not normally found in say, Walmart or Lowe's or any place like that and maybe not even in a real garden center. A lot of their stuff is heirloom. This is my first year of growing plants from BHF and heirlooms. I'm looking forward to harvest time!

Besides working in the vegetable garden, I've been busy weeding, planting and transplanting in my flower beds. Weeding never seems to end and especially after it's just rained for a couple days!

I've been doing a LOT of reading! I love my Kindle. When I first got it, I wasn't so sure but it's so easy to always have a book on hand to read. I had a friend ask me today when I find time to read. Well, I always spend some time each day reading. I read while I eat breakfast or lunch, if I'm by myself. In between chores I read. At night I read instead of watching TV. For me, there's nothing much of interest on TV to watch, so I read.

During April and so far in May I've read 21 books. Some of those I especially enjoyed are "River's Call" by Melody Carlson. This is the second of a series she has written. I read "River's Song" back in March and look forward to the next one.

"In Name Only" by Ellen Gable was a good book, too.

I really enjoyed reading "Promise Me This" written by Christian author, Cathy Gohlke (my daughter interviewed her on her website last month, I think this book would make a good movie.

Though I don't usually read mystery genres, for book club I read "Heat" by Stuart Woods and was surprised that I enjoyed it even if at times I was a bit nervous! I actually had a hard time putting it down.

Last night I finished "Dunaway's Crossing". This is Nancy Brandon's first novel, which was just published in March. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. 

I keep track of the books I read on Goodreads. For 2012 I've challenged myself to read 100 books. So far, I've read 45 books and I'm eight books ahead towards my goal!!

And, speaking of books, my daughter, Erica, is writing a book herself. Right now she's entitled it "Broken" but that's subject to change by the time she finishes the book! Her sister, Dawn, and I are two of her beta readers, along with several other family members and friends.

I can't say I don't watch TV at all. I do occasionally like to watch "Chopped" and believe it or not, "Storage Wars"!! My BIL got me hooked on these shows last summer when he was visiting. I don't watch either one on a regular basis but when I'm looking to veg out I'll see if either one of these shows is on. Occasionally I will check Xbox for a good documentary or movie to watch. Of course, when the granddaughters are here I have to watch "Sponge Bob", "Scooby-Do" and other kiddie shows!!

There are a couple things coming up that I'm looking forward to and will, hopefully remember, to blog about. Later this month, OWH is having a Memorial Day Sketch Bloghop. Haven't done one of those in quite awhile so decided I'd sign up. In June, Erica and I are going with the LSS, Sassy Scrapper, on a weekend scrapping retreat. The end of July, our friends, Bernie & Ray from NJ are going to Cincinnati. Since it's only five hours from here we are going to go up there for a couple days to see them.

Now it's time to get back to my Kindle and find another book to read!! Til next time....