Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #4

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday! Many of you are looking forward to the upcoming weekend due to being a holiday weekend that will give you a three day weekend instead of the normal two. What do you plan to do with that additional day off? Will it be a useful day or not?

It is hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us and that fall is near. I love summer, but I am a fan of fall as well. Spring used to be my favorite time of the year, but allergies seem to have taken some of that joy from me. I appreciate all of the wonderful scents that come along with fall and many of the activities that abound this time of the year.

I will be camping this weekend as usual. The horses will probably be fully aware that our riding time is winding down for the year and so I will be sure to get some time in for that. I also feel that my husband and I need a recharge towards getting ourselves ready for fall. I personally feel like we have wasted our summer and have nothing prepared for fall and winter here on the farm.

This has to be a short post as I am attempting to finish packing the camper and doing some online training for my home health job. UGH! It seems that all of the trainings that we have completed in the 7 years that I have worked for this company are always covering the same items. I need new material to learn!

Is there anything lovelier than a field of sunflowers to represent fall? I don't believe so!
This little guy is a great reminder to me of decorating for fall, which I fully intend to do some next week. I wonder if I can find a sweet scarecrow like this. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hello! Welcome Monday Morning! I have decided to take part in It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathyrn at Book Date. I recently discovered her blog by reading another friend's blog, Collettas Kitchen Sink. I highly recommend that you stop by both of these for anything literature related.

Now, I have never read books and got paid to review them or get free books to review, but it would be an awesome thing to do as I thoroughly enjoy reading most books. Some I find that I am just not interested in, but usually can read it anyway.

This week, I am reading The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry. It's an interesting read that deals with reflection, forgiveness, and has plenty of twists. Lena Donahue has experienced a betrayal that is almost unimaginable, but finds a way to move on and finally after much soul searching discovers what home truly means.
I got this from the library so it should be easy to locate it and I personally, have never read anything else by this author, but I am intrigued to see what other books she has available.

Indianapolis Colts Quarterback, Andrew Luck, Retires

Saturday preseason football in Indianapolis, Indiana brought a shock heard around the world as Andrew Luck was forced to an impromptu news conference to announce that he is retiring from the NFL. At age 29 and suffering many injuries the past two or three years, Luck has decided to move on with his life.

A news conference was planned for Sunday afternoon, but following a leak of the information from ESPN, Luck made his announcement following the Colt's loss to the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Fans booed as Luck made his way off of the field, as many are upset that the man that came from Stanford as the number 1 draft pick in 2012 and was regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the league was leaving just a few weeks before the season hits full steam ahead.

Luck says that the pain and injuries that he has suffered has taken a toll on him mentally and physically and that he feels that it is best to continue his life without football. He was married last year following football season and he and his wife are expecting their first child. You can watch the video of his news conference here.

Many fans understand why he has stepped aside, but the hurt is real. Many fans are very upset and I believe that it has a lot to do with the way that Luck was talked about before he was drafted by Indianapolis. People expected Luck to be in the ranks of quarterbacks like Manning, Brady, Brees, etc. Long term quarterbacks with records that others want to achieve. Instead, Luck has spent several weeks on the injured list and was looking at another season of not being in the game for a few weeks.

The Indianapolis Colts are left with their back up quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, who played for the New England Patriots and was traded in 2017 to play under Andrew Luck. Brissett started 15 games during the 2017 season, due to Luck being injured and unable to play. His record is not the best, but I believe that he has the capability to be a good quarterback. However, Indianapolis has lacked in defense for many years and they need to get something figured out there so that the quarterbacks are not hit as often and injured in the process. Protecting your quarterback in an important part of any football game.

I have never been an Andrew Luck fan as I felt that the Indianapolis Colts management done Peyton Manning so wrong by getting rid of him to bring Luck in and I was upset as to how he was constantly compared to Manning and Colts management made it sound as though he would be such a better quarterback, but I wish him the best as his life changes and he has stepped away from the NFL. Your life and career should not be spent in pain to do a job to keep others happy!

The Past - Andrew Luck

The Future - Jacoby Brissett

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Saturday 9: No One's Here To Sleep

Saturday 9: No One's Here to Sleep (2013)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is the theme of How to Get Away with Murder, the legal drama that premiered in 2014 and airs on Thursday nights. Are you a fan? No, I have never really watched it. I prefer Criminal Minds to most any crime shows.

2) The song's refrain says, "I'll never catch up with you." Behind the wheel, do you carefully observe the speed limit? Or do you have a lead foot, making it hard for anyone to catch up with you? I tend to have a lead foot!

3) How to Get Away with Murder is about Annalise Keating, a law professor at a top Philadelphia university. She has a reputation for being tough, demanding and able to turn her students into successful defense attorneys. Tell us about a teacher who helped prepare you for life after graduation.I believe that all of our teachers prepare us for this. I have several teachers that were stand out. One was Mr. Armor, 7th grade and Mrs. Poynter. 4th grade.

4) The students she feels show the most promise -- and are recruited to help her solve murders -- are known as The Keating Four. Did you ever sense that you were your teacher's favorite? No, I was never a teacher's favorite, but I was a good student.

5) Viola Davis was just nominated for an Emmy for playing Professor Keating. Ms. Davis was born on a farm in SC. Have you spent more of your life in a rural, suburban or urban setting? I have spent about half of my life in a rural setting and the rest in town.

6) Next to Annalise Keating, Viola Davis is best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Aibileen in the movie, The Help. Have you seen it? YES, one of my all time favorite movies!

7) In 2014, the year How to Get Away with Murder premiered, we lost two famous comedians: Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Who was the last person to make you laugh out loud? (This means actually, literally laughing out loud, not just keystroking LOL.) My grand doll. She makes me laugh daily.

8) The 2014 Olympics were held in Sochi. Have you ever been to Russia? If not, is it a dream destination of yours? No, I have some dream destinations, but Russia is not one of them!

9) Random question:
The sign on the railing says, "Wet Paint." Do you touch the railing to see if it's really wet?
No, I assume that it is wet paint!   

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fall Reading Challenge

Fall is around the corner and as I was working to catch up on reading all of the work that other blogs have done, I found a challenge that I am going to be joining. Colletta, from Colletta's Kitchen Sink has started a Fall Reading Challenge that I am taking part in. Here is the link to her page about the challenge. I would encourage all of you to take part in this.

The reading challenge will begin September 1st and run through Nov. 30th. You will decide how many book you want to read and what books. There are rules listed on her page and I highly recommend that you read them carefully and follow them.

For my part in this challenge, I will say that I will read 6 books and I will attempt to leave a review for each one. I am not choosing the books yet, as I believe that I will just freestyle this competition based on what I feel like reading at the time. I would love it if you would join me! Nothing better on a cool fall evening than sitting with a cozy blanket, a cup of cocoa, and a good book!

Will you be joining me? Please let me know!

Wonderful Wednesday #3

It's time for another post to help us all get through the week, just remember you are half way through. I am determined to bring the best that I can to these posts to encourage those that are troubled and just to give us all something bright to read about, as the news can just be so depressing.

Today, I have to mention that I am beginning a new adventure this evening and stepping out of my comfort zone a bit to do some volunteer work. There is a new music center opening near us and I have signed up to do some volunteer work. They will feature many types of artists and some that I am fairly excited about! I know that I would never pay to attend all of the shows, but I can work and get to hear them for free. I wish it was a paying position, but I will enjoy the volunteer work as well. It's nice to think that we now have such a venue for these events as a previous concert venue burnt several years ago and has never been rebuilt. The Brown County Music Center should bring in more revenue for the county as well, due to many visitors coming from other counties or even states to hear these concerts.
This is a sample of what it will look like .  Rustic look fits the town well and yet, this brings so much more to the area. I believe that it is exactly what we need in this town to boost the economy for the locals.

Another bright spot is that temperatures in our area are to be lower this weekend and fall is right around the corner. Now, I prefer summer over fall, but I am looking forward to the cooler days, bonfires, and the smells of fall. Although, I am not a fan of pumpkin, I might make a pumpkin pie soon just to ring in the season.

That is all I will share today, except I will leave you with a fall picture to make you smile.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #2

I am going to attempt to do a new type of post each Wednesday now and entitle it Wonderful Wednesday just because we all refer to Wednesday as Hump Day and I am a not a huge fan of that phrase and Wednesdays always seem to be the day that not a lot happens here so I am going to dedicate this day for a special and different type of post.

I will not always write about the same things or anything particular on Wonderful Wednesday, but I will attempt to remember to write each Wednesday. If anyone has a subject that they would like me to mention on Wonderful Wednesday, simply send me a quick message and I will do just that.

We have new piglets here on the farm!! I am super excited about them as I love watching them grow and watching the grand doll play with them. It is nice to have new life here considering we lost all of our ducks this week to a family of raccoons. I know it is their nature to kill chickens and ducks, but it had me so upset. The circle of life has came full circle this week though. Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the piglets yet, but I will share some. 
This is a photo of one of the other pigs that we have had here on the farm. I think he seems very curious in this picture. Maybe he is posing. LOL!

My life has been crazy lately as my mother in law is not doing well at all. She has infection in both of her feet and she is diabetic and those are not good combinations. She is on some very strong antibiotics and they make her sick and that makes her even more miserable. We meet with a podiatrist and special surgeon tomorrow to discuss doing more debriding on the wound. I hate the thought of doing that as it is only opening a larger area to get infection into. I seriously am worried that she is not going to come out of this well at all. 

Well that is about all I am going to share today. I hope everyone has a great day! 

Where You Lead - Saturday 9

Where You Lead

Welcome to Saturday: 9. I am thrilled to be back to participating in this and I am hoping that you enjoy reading these. Feel free to leave a comment and please follow others that might participate as well. 

Where You Lead (1971)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme of The Gilmore Girls, a TV show that ran  from 2000 to 2007. It recently enjoyed renewed popularity as a reboot. Were you a fan? No, I never watched this show. 

2) The show is about thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore, her teenage daughter Rory, and her parents, Richard and Emily. The four of them had dinner together every Friday night. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? What was on the menu? I always have dinner with my husband on Friday night. Last week, we had pork chops and fried zucchini. Not sure of what this week will be. 

3) Lorelai is outgoing and talkative. How about you? Are you seldom at a loss for words? I can be. Sometimes, I find that I am very quiet. 

4) Rory dreamed of going to an Ivy League school and then becoming a broadcast journalist. When you were in high school, what were your ambitions? I wanted to be a teacher. I have never worked in a school, but I did use my teaching for homeschooling both of my daughters and now beginning preschool with the granddoll.

5) Rory's grandfather (and Lorelai's dad) went to Yale and performed with the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's famous a cappella group. Have you ever sung in front of an audience? A long time ago when I was in the high school musical, "The Sound of Music" .

6) Rory's grandmother (and Lorelai's mother) Emily was very active in civic organizations and worked hard on the Hartford Zoological Society's Annual Silent Auction. Have you ever attended an auction? Many of them. I love estate sales and farm auctions. 

7) Alexis Bledel, who played Rory, went on to appear in Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale. Of these three shows -- Gilmore Girls, Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale -- which would you prefer to binge watch? I don't know anything about any of them really. I have heard great things about The Handmaid's Tale, so probably it. 

8) Carole King originally wrote this week's song, "Where You Lead," for her Tapestry album. Do you have a favorite Carole King song? I can't say that I do. I really don't know her music well. 
9) Random question: If zoo animals could talk, which animal do you imagine would be the rudest? Probably the lions. I truly don't know why I say that but I just thought that as my first answer. Everyone says zebras are really not friendly animals, but I love them so I can't say them. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

You Matter - A Serious Post

Is anyone here in my cyber world of friends, feeling alone, depressed, unworthy, regretful, or anxious? If so, first let me start out by saying you are loved! God loves you, a friend loves you, a spouse, parent or child loves you. You are not alone and if you are not close to a friend, spouse, child, or parent, there is still help. There is someone that is willing to listen to you and help you rediscover that you are important and worthy. If you are contemplating suicide, it is not the choice to make. There is help available!

I write this because of a tragedy that took place in a town near us last week and involved a lady that was just a year ahead of me in high school. She was popular in high school and was a cheerleader and played tennis. She seemed to remain friends with most everyone after school as well. She was very bubbly and seemed to have life together to those of us that encountered her even after all these years since school. She had talked with some people about her struggles, but most of us never seen the issues she was truly dealing with. She struggled with anxiety, depression, and I believe some mental health issues. Last week, this woman allowed those demons to take the light that she shone away as she drove to a local school parking lot and shot herself.

When I think of the things that must have gone through her mind on that drive and during those last few moments, I struggle to imagine the pain and anguish she must have been in and was too lost to reach out. How horrible to feel that death is your only release to the pain that you are struggling with.  I wonder- did she pray, did she cry, did she just feel so numb and helpless that she just had no emotion left as she drove? Why did she pick the school parking lot? Was it the place that she began to feel the anxiety and depression that she held so beautifully inside? Was she there to reminisce of the happy times in her life? Were they the worst years of her life?

Please if you find yourself struggling with these emotions reach out to someone- ANYONE! Please realize that you are loved and that someone considers you a friend. Your life ending is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and someone is out there to help you. Reach out, call someone, talk to a doctor or specialist, talk with a friend, walk into a nursing home and speak to residents there to brighten their day. Do something nice for a neighbor or friend, even a stranger and realize that you are important and loved! YOU MATTER!!!!!

Tomorrow is another day and there is a bright light to the pain that you are suffering. There is love in the world for you! 

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