Hello strangers…

It’s Sunday evening, July 5th, and I am sitting here at the dinette in our fifth wheel, outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico. We lived here for 15 years, from 1990 to 2005, before moving to South Carolina. We were stationed here at Holloman AFB. Our youngest child, was born here. It’s been 15 years (this October) since we left and it is surprising to see how much has changed, yet how much has stayed the same in this time.

Of course, one of the first things we had to do was take a drive to our old house, and then see if we could find the houses of friends we hung with all the time when we were here. Our friends had kids the same age as ours, and on weekends, they were all at our place, or we were all at theirs. We played cards, had parties and generally just hung out. These were some of the best years of our lives, and I have never been able to have a friendship like that since. Of course, since we left the military, we have found that we don’t relate to a lot of people who never served. I’ve never really been able to figure out why.

I have gotten quite a bit of reading done this year…almost halfway to my 50 book goal! Yay. I haven’t read as much the past few days as I would have liked to, but there is still a few days left of this trip. The heat here, albeit a dry heat, has me ready to nap if we’ve spent the morning outside. Today we drove up to Cloudcroft, where the temperatures were 20 degrees cooler, and the views spectacular. Tomorrow, we are taking the dogs out to White Sands National Park (used to be White Sands National Monument) which was one of our favorite places to take the kids, and visitors, to go spend a little time enjoying one of this countries most beautiful sites. I am sure after being in the 100 degree heat, I will be ready for a nap and some cold ice tea.

In the meantime, I am still working my Avon business, even when I am away from home. I love that I can do that. I had been neglecting my Avon blog, but made a couple of posts on it today; advertising a sweepstakes and some beloved products. You can check it out here.

Until next time…stay cool, be well, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


The long and winding road…

We left home last week, and spent a few days with our trailer parked in my brother-in-law’s driveway in Michigan. He had 50 amp power and water for us, but we mostly just used the camper to sleep. The rest of the time we were visiting with family. We showered in their house and ate there as well, but this morning we headed north to Mackinac Island. The weather was gloomy and rainy. We did see a little sun, but not as much as I would have liked to. The sky was not too cloudy when we crossed the Mackinac Island Bridge, but I would have rather had seen sunshine because the views would have been far more spectacular.

I am not sure what the agenda is while we are here. Since we are travelling with two German Shepherd Dogs, we do have to take them into consideration. Well, that, and the weather, which is not looking favorable for at least the next 24 hours.

But, we made it. Longest trip in the rig so far. Have had a few minor glitches, and we are taking it in for warranty work when we get back, and are making a list of the things we need them to work on. Little things all of them, but still, all important.

Currently reading: “Reunion” by Hannah Pittard

Am I failing my reading goals for the year?

My annual goal of reading 50 books a year is looking like yet another miss…I just finished my 13th book.  I have a lot of reading to do to reach my goal by the end of the year, but I am going to keep plugging on.  Reaching the goal is a bonus to my enjoyment of reading.

I just finished “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon, which is part of her Mitford Series.  I have read almost every book  in the 14 book series, (I just realized I missed one, called “In the Company of Others”) The series is based around Father Tim Kavanaugh  who is an Episcopalian Priest.  The books are filled with small town country living; great characters and great stories.  This particular story is based on the wedding of Father Tim’s adopted son Dooley.

I was introduced to this series by the Reference Librarian at a library I worked at for a short time.  Her excitement for the books was infectious, and I began to look forward to their release and arrival in the library as much as she was.  I am not sure I would have picked them up on my own, as at that point in my life, I was not reading as much, and was mostly reading strictly books from Danielle Steel or Harlequin Series books.  I am ever thankful for the opportunity to work in a library, and the exposure to new titles, new genres and new authors.  I now read a much wider variety of books than I did before.

I love getting book recommendations and would love to hear what you suggest I put on my reading list.


My 2018 reading challenge…

Every year I set a goal to read at least 50 books during the year.  I track it over on goodreads now, but a few years ago, I did on another site, which is no longer in existence.  I finished a book today, and logged in it, then saw that I am 14 books behind schedule for my goal.  Ahhh…no that is not what I wanted to see.  I really don’t want to pick up short stories or quick easy reads just to tick another book off, but I might have to do that.  I don’t mind if I miss the goal, but I like to at least feel like I tried to make it.

The book I finished today was a heavy book….but relevant to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s, and it is the main cause I fundraise for every year.  My daughter and I participate in the Alzheimer’s walk when it comes close to us, and I always donate a portion of my Avon sales every July through September to the Foundation.  Today I finished a book by actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley called “Where the Light Gets in:  Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again“.  It was a great book.  I felt like Kimberly was sitting with me as she told her family’s story.  She covered the pain, joys, failures and triumphs that came with her mother’s disease.  I definitely recommend this to anyone who has been touched by Alzheimers/Dementia, and even to those who have not.

My mountain of books to read is huge….plus there are a bunch more on my kindle as well, and I need to decide what I want to read next.  It will not be as heavy as what I just finished though.

Forgive my neglectfulness…

Granted, i think I may have only one or two followers of this blog, but still, I feel bad that I have not written in sometime.

Life is, for lack of a better excuse, busy as all get out.  I never seem to have enough time in my day to finish everything on my to do list.  I am a little unorganized, okay, a lot, and I really need to get a grip on it.

I did get a wonderful visit with my niece and her husband and 2 1/2 year old son yesterday.  It was just what I needed.  I haven’t seen them in a while, and my kids had not seen them in a few years.

My pile of books to be read is growing quickly.  Will I ever catch up, I doubt it.  But the day I run out of books to read will be a truly sad day indeed.  Every time I am out and about I find more that interest me.  I take a photo of them and add them to my wish list at Amazon.  I don’t want to buy too many while I have so many piled up.  I will go to the library and borrow them when I can, or get them on my kindle.    And of course, people keep suggesting books for me to read too.  LOL.

Happy Fall…and I hope to get more organized AND write more often in here!



Keeping goals…staying focused…

I feel terrible when I log into my goodreads account and see that I am 15 books behind on my reading goal for the year.  How the heck did that happen?  I really thought I was doing better.  I know there is still plenty of time to redeem myself, but man, it’s discouraging to see that.  It’s not that I am not reading, it’s just that I am not reading as much per week as I need to be or used to.

But…I am currently reading the book, “Jonathan Unleashed” by Meg Rosoff which I got from my new Read Dog subscription service.  So far, I am really enjoying it, however, I am only 3 chapters into it.

If you are interested in what I have been reading, you can visit my Goodreads profile.

I was careless and got really sunburned over the 4th of July weekend.  I DID use sunscreen…an SPF 50 to be exact, but I neglected to put some more on before I started playing volleyball in the pool…now my face and chest are burnt…I go back to work tomorrow and I am hoping the discomfort is gone.  Today is better than yesterday, so my fingers are crossed.

I am not doing so well with my bullet journaling.  I need to find a layout that I like so I will stick with it.  I keep trying new ideas out.  And, up until this morning I needed to write 4  pen pal letters.  Now I only have one to do.  YAY!  I cheated a little and typed them up this time…mostly because I can type much faster than I can write, and my hands don’t cramp.  The letter I have left to do is part of a letter tag, and my pen pal sent me some stationary and stickers when she sent her last one to me, and I need to check to see if I have anything I can send back in exchange.

Hello world…how are you?


Music is a universal language

Everyone joins a band in this life, and what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world

That is one of the closing lines in The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.

I loved the fact that the story was narrated by Music itself..and delves into the chapters of our lives as if they were stanzas in music…as well as tempos.

Music tells us throughout the story that he gives a part of himself to everyone of us when we were born. Some of us, like Frankie Presto, BB King, Elvis, etc, get more of him than others.

I loved this story. Even though Frankie Presto is a fictional character, his story is intermingled with the best in the music industry. From playing with Elvis, to auditioning for KISS and many more great stories, it is a great story and you learn just how you impact everyone you meet in life, in some way.

This is book 5 in my goal to read 50 books in 2017 through goodreads.