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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Five on Friday - August 12, 2022

It's Friday!  This week has been a whirlwind so I'm ready to welcome in the weekend.  I do love weeks like this one though - full of travel, friends, and fun.  Now let's take a peek at my five for this week ~

1.  Perseid Meteor Shower
Look up to the sky early on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronomers call the Perseids one of the best this year.  
The Super Moon that's happening at the same time could hinder the view a little, but I'm thinking it's still worth getting up extra early to see what's happening in the sky.  NASA says we could see between 50 and 100 meteors per hour!  

2.  Mack & Rita
Diane Keaton's newest movie releases today and it's definitely going on my want-to-see list!  We've seen the previews and it looks pretty funny.  Here's the summary from Rotten Tomatoes ~
When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released -- literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: "Aunt Rita" (Oscar®-winner Diane Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people's expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparks a tentative romance with Mack's adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan). A sparkling comedy with a magical twist, Mack & Rita celebrates being true to yourself at any age.

I paint my own fingernails and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail helps my polish last the entire week.   On weeks when my time is tight, this is a real life saver!  It's super fast-drying, which is great when I'm trying to get my nails done right before bed.  The shiny, glossy finish makes your nails look like you just stepped out of the salon.  Seriously, I can't say enough about how wonderful this product is!

4.  Pumpkin Spice Oreos
I'm not quite ready to let go of summer, but Nabisco is pushing us into fall!  Their limited-edition pumpkin spice Oreos are hitting the shelves on Monday.  The pumpkin spice version of the Oreo is golden wafer cookies filled with rich pumpkin spice flavored creme.  Get while you can because they won't be around for long!

5.  Go which way?

Have a fantastic weekend!  We are getting up at the crack of dawn tomorrow (hopefully will see some of the meteor shower) to drive to the Missouri State Fair.  We're picking up my parents on the way and I'm looking forward to spending the day with them.  Eric's never been to the Missouri State Fair so it's a momentous day!  Pop in next week to see what he thought of the Show-Me state's fair.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 11, 2022

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I talk about something on my mind and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm doing a little catching up.  I had every intention of doing a weekending post because we had such a wonderful, action-packed weekend.  But life happened and the post just never came together.  I'm thinking about the weekend today and am going to get you caught up on my activities!

We were planning to go to my hometown for the annual picnic on Saturday and we were flying out on Sunday, so Friday night was my time to play catch up.  Practically every major appliance was whirling around Friday night as I tried to catch up on laundry and get all the dishes clean.  

Saturday morning we were up bright and early so we could arrive at Old Settlers in time for the parade.  We literally got there just as the first police car came leading the parade down the road! Our niece was crowned Old Settlers Princess last year, so she had a prominent spot in the parade lineup.

This picnic has been going on for 141 years.  I have so many wonderful memories of this event.  It touched my heart to see my dad talking to two of his friends from high school that had traveled in for the weekend.  This is what it is all about!  Hats off to the group of people who work tirelessly to make sure this event happens year after year.

We spent the day enjoying visiting with friends, strolling around the cakewalk, playing bingo, and watching the kids play games.  Amazing day!  And our little princess did a fabulous job turning the crown over to this year's winner.

On the way home, we stopped for dinner with our son and daughter-in-law to celebrate Kayla's birthday.  She's such a beautiful person both inside and out.  I'm so grateful to have her in our family!

Sunday morning we finished packing and headed to the airport.  We were flying to Phoenix for a few days.  I had a work thing and Eric was coming along to provide some company.  When we landed, it was HOT!

As soon as we landed, we headed straight to the Desert Botanical Garden.  They have some Chihuly glass installations and I have a thing for Chihuly glass!  One of these days, we are going to make it to Seattle to see his studio. #bucketlistitem

I'll have a lot more on our short time in Phoenix later.  We crossed off a bucket list item by taking a hot air balloon ride!

One other fun thing that happened - on our way home we ran into Jacob from The Bachelorette at the airport!  I just had to snap a pic.  He was so gracious and kind about it.  Rachel and Gabby might have messed up by letting him go.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - August 10, 2022

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Five on Friday - August 5, 2022

Happy Friday!  Glad you stopped by for Five on Friday today.  

1.  Back to School Tax Holidays
Back to school is right around the corner.  Several states are hosting a tax holiday to help save on all the items you might need like computers, clothes, and school supplies.  In Missouri, you can even get your graphing calculators (up to $150) tax-free!  Check your state's department of revenue website to get all the limits and details.
2.  Bullet Train
Brad Pitt's latest movie releases today and it's going straight on my watch list.  We've seen the previews and I'm more excited about seeing it than Eric is, but I'm sure he'll be happy to go with me.  Here's the summary from Rotten Tomatoes ~
In Bullet Train, Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe -- all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives -- on the world's fastest train. From the director of Deadpool 2, David Leitch, the end of the line is only the beginning in a wild, non-stop thrill ride through modern-day Japan.

3.  National Friendship Day
Sunday is National Friendship Day!  Make it a point to let your friends know how much you appreciate them.  A simple text is enough to brighten someone's day.  Here's a little history of this holiday ~
National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. However, by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually, it died out completely. Then, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. In April 2011, the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!
This week I purchased a set of Bedsure Satin Pillowcases from Amazon.  I kept seeing things about how satin pillowcases are so much cooler and better for the skin on your face.  At a weak moment, I put a pair in my Amazon cart and checked out before I changed my mind.  I'm not going to lie, I love them!  They are truly cooler and if I'm getting any benefit with my skin that will just be an added bonus.  Definitely don't have buyer's remorse on this purchase!

5.  Something to ponder...

Let's get this weekend started!  On Saturday, we are going to my hometown for the annual Old Settlers Picnic.  While there we will enjoy playing bingo, walking the cake walk, and watching the kids in the pedal tractor pull.  Sunday we're going on a little adventure.  Pop in next week to read all about it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What I Read in July

Happy August!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something I'm thinking out loud about and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm reflecting on the books I read in July.

In July I discovered Colleen Hoover.  I honestly don't know how this author never made my reading list before now.  I read two of her books last month and can't wait to read more!  The first one was Reminders of Him. It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited, but even if I would have paid for it the book would have been worth it.  I had a hard time putting this one down!  Warning: there are a couple very steamy parts, so heads up if that's not your thing.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.

The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.


The second Colleen Hoover book was Regretting You.  This one was free with Kindle Unlimited too!  Again, this book held my interest and I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  Here's the summary ~
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris―Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

Our library book club selection this month was The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe.  I say this all the time, I love being in book clubs because it forces me to read books I typically wouldn't have even picked up.  This is one of those books.  It was an interesting take on depression and how people inflicted with this disease see things.  John Moe had a podcast talking about this same subject so you might have heard of him.  Here's the book summary ~
For years John Moe, critically acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others, including high-profile comedians who’d struggled with the disease. Moe saw that there was tremendous comfort and community in open dialogue about these shared experiences and that humor had a unique power. Thus was born the podcast The Hilarious World of Depression.

Inspired by the immediate success of the podcast, Moe has written a remarkable investigation of the disease, part memoir of his own journey, part treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights drawn from years of interviews with some of the most brilliant minds facing similar challenges. Throughout the course of this powerful narrative, depression’s universal themes come to light, among them, struggles with identity, lack of understanding of the symptoms, the challenges of work-life, self-medicating, the fallout of the disease in the lives of our loved ones, the tragedy of suicide, and the hereditary aspects of the disease.

The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.

This program features podcast interviews with Maria Bamford, Guy Branum, Neal Brennan, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho, Ana Marie Cox, Whitney Cummings, Mike Drucker, Solomon Georgio, Chris Gethard, John Green, Gary Gulman, Hannah Hart, Jenny Jaffe, Jen Kirkman, Jenny Lawson, Aimee Mann, Rhett Miller, Reggie Osse, Kryssy Pease, Andy Richter, Peter Sagal, Scott Thompson, Paul F. Tompkins, Jeff Tweedy, Baron Vaughn, Wil Wheaton and Mara Wilson.

Lastly, I listened to Mitch Albom's The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.  Mitch Albom's books always make me reflect on my life and this book was no exception.  Many musicians are woven into the story, which made it fun to read.  
Narrated by the voice of Music itself, the story follows Frankie Presto, a war orphan born in a burning church, through his extraordinary journey around the world. Raised by a blind guitar teacher in Spain and gifted with a talent to change people’s lives—using six mysterious blue strings—Frankie navigates the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from the 1950s jazz scene to the Grand Ole Opry to Elvis mania and Woodstock, all the while searching for his childhood love.

As he becomes a famous star, he loses his way, until tragedy steals his ability to play the guitar that had so defined him. Overwhelmed by his loss, Frankie disappears for decades, reemerging late in life for one spectacular yet mystifying farewell.

Part love story, part magical mystery, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is Mitch Albom at his finest, a Forrest Gump-like epic about one man’s journey to discover what truly matters and the power of talent to change our lives.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - August 3, 2022

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Weekending - July 29, 2022

We sent July off with a final weekend of fun.  Here's the rewind ~

Friday night we crashed on the couch with takeout as soon as we got home.  It had a full week and we were ready to do nothing.  We started watching the Hulu series called The Dropout and binge-watched until way past our normal bedtime.  Have you seen this show?  It's the story of Elizabeth Holmes and her rise, and fall, from fame.  Amanda Seyfried earned her first Emmy nomination for her role as Elizabeth and I can totally understand why.  She did an amazing job!

Saturday morning I spent some time getting ready for my niece to be's shower that was coming up on Sunday.  I love showing up with a pretty wrapped gift!

The afternoon was spent at a friend's house enjoying her pool with other friends from our church group.  Not a single picture was snapped!  The hostess had a delicious spread of food for lunch and then we floated around in her pool catching up.  It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

That evening we caught the most spectacular sunset from our patio.  Great ending to a wonderful day!

Sunday was my niece to be's shower and it was lovely!  We are so excited to be welcoming Kristian into our family!

My dress is from Amazon.  I picked this up at the beginning of summer for a rehearsal dinner and it's become my go-to dress.  It's been washed several times and still looks as good as the day it arrived.  Maybe it's time for me to get it in one of the other many colors it comes in!

Sunday night we finished The Dropout and got ready for the week ahead.  It's hard to believe we are in August already!  Hope you were able to end July on a high note!