Weekend Update – My November 2017 Could Do List

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

November 2017 Could Do List

I’ve seen a few bloggers post a monthly ‘Could Do” list and I think it’s a fun idea. Here are a few things I”d like to do in November. I might do them all but I don’t feel obligated to complete the list.

1.  Listen to Mudbound
I read it years ago but with the movie coming to Netflix this month a reread via audio would be good,. in it and having a fresh batch in the freezer before the cold weather hits would be a good thing.

2.  Make some Hot Buttered Rum Mix
The recipe I use has ice cream in it and having a fresh batch in the freezer before the cold weather hits would be a good thing.

3.  Take a day trip to the coast
We live close enough but don’t do it often enough.

4.  Do some jigsaw puzzles
I haven’t done a puzzle in a while and it’s a great dreary weather activity.

5.  Go to a movie
I think the last one we went to was Wonder Woman.

6.  Speaking of Wonder Woman – watch it again
I bought the movie on iTunes a couple of weeks ago so I need to get it downloaded to my ipad.

What’s on your “Could Do” list this month?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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Weeknd Update – The Things I Liked This Week October 2017 Edition

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 4 comments

The Things I Liked This Week September 2017

The Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing The Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

I know this feature used to be called Ten Things I Liked This Week but ten was feeling like self-imposed pressure so from now on it’s “however many things I choose to post that I liked this week,”

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. Reading on the porch in mid-October
The weather Sunday afternoon was simply delightful. Rain arrived later in the week.
Reading on the porch in mid-October

 

2. Kiko Alonso
This just made me laugh

 

3. Yep

Bookworms

Thanks to Iirisheyz77 for posting this on Instagram

 

4. The UPS dogs Facebook page
Whenever you need to smile go check this out. It’s photos of the pets (mostly dogs) who greet and ‘help’ their UPS drivers.

 

5. This Baby Emu
Just so excited

 

6. This Mug
I totally need one.
I will probably spill this

 

7. This
Now I think of this every time I see some fake spiderwebs.

 

8. Truth
mansplainer

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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October 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

October 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. Every once in a while I just can’t find a prompt that works for me that say so I give myself permission to tag whatever I do want to photograph. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for October:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my September 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Weeknd Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week September 2017 Edition

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week September 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Vacation in Reno
We had a great long weekend there last weekend.
Reno Arch

 

2. The View From Mt. Rose Highway

 

3. And Lake Tahoe at the other end
The surf was up on Lake Tahoe on Monday
Lake Tahoe

 

4. The Fiona Show
The Cincinnati Zoo has put together a video series about my favorite baby hippo. Heres the first episode.

 

5. This
https://twitter.com/DickKingSmith/status/910395612276957184

 

6. Rain
We desperately needed it to help with the wildfires.

 

7. A Bad Jokes
My inner 8 year old giggled.
https://twitter.com/techoglot/status/909537169995325441

 

8. I need this on a T-Shirt
Walk a mile in my shoes

 

9. SQUIRREL TOUCHDOWN
Turn on the volume. The play call is brilliant.
https://twitter.com/FOXSportsSouth/status/911642449847525376

 

10. My new iPad
We’re getting me a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today.
10.5 inch iPad Pro

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 4 comments

Five Books I Want to Read: Fall 2017

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I didn’t do so well with getting through my choices.

For Summer I picked 5 books and I finished two of them and I’m currently reading a third. Clearly I was little overambitious regarding my summer reading

The two I finished are:

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I let the Sherlock Holmes books drop off my radar a couple of years ago. It was good to get back to them and finally read this classic.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill
This was fun and interesting. I listened to the audio edition narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman.

The one I’m currently reading:

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
This history of all the Romanov rulers of Russia is quite interesting.

This Friday is the Autumn Equinox so it’s time to pick my Fall possibilities that I want to read before the Winter Solstice on September 22nd

The Five Books I Want to Read This Fall

I’m going to start with the two I picked for summer but didn’t get to because I still want to read both of them.

 

The Blackhouse by Peter May

The Blackhouse by Peter May

More and more people keep telling me that The Blackhouse by Peter May and the rest of the trilogy are excellent. I need to read it.

 

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor is fun time travel adventure. I need to read the next one up for me, Second Chance.

 

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

This book has been on my TBR list since it was released. It’s about time I read it. I have both print and audio out from the library but I haven’t decided which format I’ll read yet.

 

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Once I started listening to the audio editions of this series I knew I’d never go back to the print editions. I need to read this next one for me before I let too much time pass with this series.

 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

There was so much buzz about this one when it was released that I didn’t want anything to do with it. Now that there’s been a television adaptation starring Tom Burke (who I loved in The Musketeers), I decided it’s time to finally read it. HBO has the US rights to the television series but no US premiere date has been set yet

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for September:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my August 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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