Showing posts from March, 2020

Book Review - House of Eire by June Gilliam

I have recently discovered a new site that I am becoming very active on and is allowing me to read some books that I might not have discovered otherwise. I am sure many of my readers are aware of it, but I just needed to share that I have now had my first book review posted and I am thankful for that. I am sharing the review here and I hope that many of you will take the time to read it. The site is and my username there is Carolreads30. Here is my  review . I will tell you that I gave the book a 3 out of 4 stars because I felt that the story was a little hard to get interested in during the beginning, but overall, the entire book was excellent. A mystery combined with Irish history made for good reading. I will be looking to read more books by this same author. Can you imagine how something that you believe in could lead to your death? Neither did Bridget in this story. Could Hillary imagine that her honeymoon vacation could lead to the death of her best frie

Sunday Blessings #5

( Loving this picture from Pixabay)  Welcome to my Sunday Blessings Meme where we can all share what we are thankful for or blessed by . Many of us are feeling stressed and this might just help each of us. Feel free to link to this post and share with your friends as well.  Today, I am writing in the midst of a pandemic that we know as Co-Vid 19. Many of us are under shelter in place orders by the state government and it can see hard to imagine that we can count our blessings, but what else will get us through this other than sharing our blessings with others. I have done a lot of thinking this week and truly thought what I am blessed with at this time and so here is my list. (Now, you don't have to make a list on your post- just share your blessings) 1. My little hobby farm. I have been blessed to be out with the horses this week and enjoy a little time with them as the weather has been better. It has been warmer, but still muddy! I have been able to be outside and

Home on The Farm

How are you all surviving the corona virus, especially if you are under a stay at home order, like we are? Are you enjoying the time you have at home without the daily stress that comes with being at work? Are you spending quality time with your children? Are you in contact with children and/ or grandchildren that you are not able to see? Are you staying safe? I personally am still seeing my grand doll daily as I live next door and if I have been exposed, I am sure she has as well. I am scared following the news today that 10 people at the senior living facility that my daughter works at has 10 confirmed cases of the virus. I hate that my husband is such a high risk for this illness as he had health issues- diabetes and lung issues. I also hate that my oldest daughter has chronic neurological Lyme and this scares me that she might be susceptible as well. Life on the farm is about the same though. I am still able to walk to the barn daily, enjoy the few flowers that are blooming and

Sunday Blessings #4

Good Sunday Morning to each of you! In this time of uncertainty that many of us are now facing due to Corona Virus or CO-VID 19, we need posts like this to remind us that there are things to be thankful for and that we are blessed more than we can imagine. Are you well? Do you have food on your table? Are you loved by someone? If so, you are blessed? The small things can mean a lot at this time. I am recommending that we all do something kind for someone else this week. It might be a card, a phone call, check on an elderly neighbor, leave a thank you note for your mail carrier, etc. Just be kind and thoughtful! Onto my blessings! I am thankful this week that I live on a farm and that I have food and shelter to bless us during this time of uncertainty. I have been blessed this week by a dear blogger, Linda, who was kind enough to send a game that she played with her grandchildren to my grand doll and I. Thank you so very much! Your kindness is contagious!! I have been able to sp

Low Carb Steak and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

I mentioned in one of my other posts that my husband and I are learning to eat less carbs due to his diabetes. On my search for new recipes, I found a book at the library that was a Keto diet book. I decided to check it out and I must say I am loving the Keto Sheet Pan dinners that I am making. Here is a good one that I found in the book and was able to change it up just a bit in order to make it fit our food choices. 1 flank steak or cubed steak, cut into strips Vegetables of your choice - Peppers, onions, mushrooms, and asparagus are the ones I used Olive oil ( about 3/4 cup) Soy sauce (about 3/4 cup) Seasonings - salt, pepper, steak seasoning Sliced Mozzarella, Havarti, or your favorite cheese ( I use Havarti, it's my husband's favorite) Place the strips of steak onto a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. Cut vegetables into strips or small pieces and lay at other end of pan.  Season with salt, pepper, steakhouse seasoning

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hello! Welcome to the latest post of Happy Homemaker Monday. Please feel free to join in with  Sandra at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom to write your own Happy Homemaker Post. **THE WEATHER**         It is cool, but supposed to warm up a little today. I think we are to have rain some this week as well. I am ready for some upper 60's and lower 70's. **HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING**        Bummed! It seems as though we are going to have to cancel our trip to Alabama due to this corona virus outbreak. Every time my husband and I have a trip planned something happens. We are staying in a friends' condo, so I was not worried about our lodging, but I am worried about food, gas, etc.  **ON MY MIND**        This virus and how our country has reacted to it. I wonder if we will see this happen more and more as other flu outbreaks in the future. I am worried that my husband could suffer from this if he was to get it and he is with people on a daily basis. I am worried w


GOOD SUNDAY MORNING TO EACH OF MY FRIENDS AND READERS. I think I have finally figured out the widget for this link up party. I will include it at the bottom of the post. I would love for each of you to join me on Sunday mornings to share your blessings. The current Co-Vid 19 or Corona Virus has many people in the United States and other countries scared of what is going to happen. Grocery stores are being ransacked of food and supplies and many businesses are closing or limiting hours. We need to remember that God is in control of the situation. We still need to be thankful and share our blessings to encourage others. I thought this church photo from Pixabay was  a perfect addition to our Sunday Blessings posts so feel free to share it on your post as well. It looks weathered and in the midst of a storm brewing, so our lives may feel at this time.  My blessings for the week:  I made an unexpected $50 this week, which truly was a help with bills.  I survived a trip to the

Saturday 9: I'll Take You Home Kathleen

I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen Saturday 9 is a series of questions asked each week by our friend, Sam. Please stop by her  blog to see how this works, read posts just like this by other bloggers and maybe even join in.  I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1975) Chosen because St. Patrick's Day is Tuesday.   Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here . 1) This week's song is widely considered a traditional Irish ballad. Are you of Irish descent?   No, I don't believe that we are.    2) It's a song from a groom to his homesick bride. Who did you most recently serenade? (Yes, "Happy Birthday" counts.)   My grand doll as she sings Happy Birthday to me each day and I return the song to her. It is cute that she thinks everyday is my birthday.  3) Kathleen considers "home" her mother's cottage. How about you? Is "home" where you live now, or is it where yo

Grand Doll Update -Our Journey With Blounts Disease

For those of you that have read my blog or followed me along for a few years now, you are aware that the grand doll has had two surgeries on her legs now and we are awaiting a third one which will remove the pins and plates from her left leg. For those who aren't aware of this, you can read more about it  here . We had yet another follow up this past Monday and it was our usual trip to the children's hospital, sign in, go to x-ray and then to the doctors' office. We rarely see the doctor when we are there, but an assistant. She is very friendly and helpful though. She took a peek at the x-ray and showed us that the leg is still straightening, but that it needs more time. It was the worst leg, so I understand that it is taking longer, but I so want this journey to be over. The more time goes by, the older she gets, the more scared she will be for the surgery and the harder it will be on me. ( I don't deal well with her having surgery as you will know if you read the po

Happy Homemaker Monday - Mar. 9,2020

Good Morning everyone! Sorry that this is late, but I just have been so busy and falling behind on so many things that I refuse to let this one pass by without getting a post written. For those that might not know what Happy Homemaker Monday is stop and see Sandra at  Diary of A Stay At Home Mom . Now let's get right to this post.  **THE WEATHER** …         The weather here was nice, but windy, yesterday and now it is raining. We are in for a week of mid 50 temps with lows in the 30's and 40's, but rain most of the week. That makes for a grumpy grand doll and Mammaw.  **HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING**…         I am feeling okay this morning. Quite tired actually. My days have been rather hectic lately and I would like a day to just rest, but that will not happen today with the grand doll here.  **ON MY MIND**…        There are many things on my mind this morning. My husband and I leave for a vacation in two weeks and I know there are many things I ne

Sunday Blessings #2 - 03/08/2020

Good Morning! It is a beautiful day here and I am thankful that the sun is shining and it is to be in the mid 60's later today. We are blessed by a God that creates such beautiful landscapes and every living creature and yet, we can take so much of it for granted.  I am blessed beyond measure as I have great friends, children that I speak to on a regular basis, a husband that provides for us, a nice farm to live on and great friends here in blog land. Praise God the blessings are flowing! I am also blessed with salvation and the knowledge of a Heavenly home when God calls for me.  “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ” 1 Peter 1:3 (KJV) This is the Bible verse that I read this morning on my devotional time and it goes along quite well with my Sunday Blessing post. I pray that you all have a Blessed Sunday and