Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Week's Wins

This week I won a book Julie and Julie from a blog (I still haven't seen the movie, so can't wait to read the book). I also won a laptop desk from a blog. The other two books on the left will be reviewed and given away soon. They were sent by Thomas Nelson book Review Bloggers.


Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

My first Book Review - "Diamond Rio Beautiful Mess"

I was accepted as a reviewer with Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers, and this is my first review.

I have liked the music of Diamond Rio for years, and jumped at the opportunity to read this book.
The Story of Diamond Rio by Diamond Rio with Tom Roland is about the country music band Diamond Rio. It begins with a concert in 2005 that went very wrong leaving the band, as well as several other people, thinking that they were at the end of the road. The book takes you through the beginning of the band at Opryland theme park to present day; a twenty year span. Well-written and thoughtfully laid out, the book dives into the lives of the six band members. It suggests throughout the book that Marty Roe has vocal problems, but keeps you waiting until the end to tell you about it.
The original name of the band was the Tennessee River Boys and to be honest it was difficult to get through the first two chapters for me. Finding the right combination of group members was difficult and a mess itself. But after that, I couldn't put the book down. I learned things that I never knew about this wonderful group such as all their charity work. What a great example these guys have set by helping others and staying away from the typical pitfalls of being a superstar.
This book was such an inspiration to me because it showed me how there is always hope, and if you are at the bottom, you have no place to go but up. I also liked this book because it is packed with the history of country music. If you are a country music fan, I would recommend this book. If you are not, then this is probably not the book for you. If you know a Diamond Rio fan, this would be a wonderful gift for them."It's the journey, not the destination". This saying by country music group, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander, sums up this book and the members of the band.

* I was sent this book to give an honest review and was not paid for my review *
You can purchase the book HERE

Food 4 Thought Friday

A little feast without the calories!!!

What is your favorite Halloween costume that you ever wore? (add a photo if possible!) No pics of me in a costume...I know BOOOOO! This fat chick don't do costumes. What would I be, a sheet? I don't think so.
What are you going to do on Halloween? I am going shopping to buy a gift for my daughter in laws baby shower, then come home and start a Christmas project, then give candy to small people, lol.

Are you a lover or hater of scary movies? HATER!!!!

Midnight Snack
What kind of treats (or tricks) are you handing out this year? I am a treat giver, not a trickster. I am giving out candy, I know, I know...not at all healthy, but hey, it's Halloween!

Recipe of the Week (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for this week?)

Friday 5 for October 30: At the Movies

1. What’s your favorite sports movie? The Rookie

2. What’s your favorite romantic comedy film? My Big Fat Greek Wedding

3. What’s your favorite animated Disney movie? The Lion King
4. What’s your favorite non-Disney movie musical? Mama Mia

5. What’s your favorite stranger-in-a-strange-land / fish-out-of-water movie? Kate and Leopold

Friday Fill-Ins

1. It was a dark and stormy night, like almost every night in Arkansas lately.

2. He was caught out in the storm and couldn't get home on time so I offered to take the books myself..

3. Rushing out, I forot my umbrella and got soaked.

4. SSHHHHH.I think I heard a howl!

5. Shhhh... _Did you hear that? Listen!

6. Trick or treat, smell my feet give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching my shows on tv, tomorrow my plans include going shopping and later giving candy to strangely dresssed kiddos and Sunday, I want to bake a ham and relax with hubby!

SkyWatch Friday

It seems to always be cloudy in Arkansas recently.
We need SUNSHINE!!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Thunks - the Halloween Version

1. So Halloween is this weekend, if you haven't heard. Are you gonna open your doors up or not?
Of course I am, it's Halloween silly!

2. You better open 'em cuz I'm coming... what are you putting in my treat bag? cheap crappy candy

3. Since October is the bestest month for television (well for cable & dish subscribers it is) and there is a horror movie on at any given time of the day - are you sick of them yet? VERY sick of them..I don't do horror movies!

4. Which one of those movies can you watch over & over again? none

5. Tell us about a Halloween scare you've had.... I had an egg thrown at me when I was about 8 or 9, scared me to death. I wanted to go home after that.

6. Did you watch the old Casper cartoons when you were a youngin? Well, back then they weren't old I suppose, but I'm sure you still understand my question. Yes, I loved casper the Friendly ghost!

7. Have you ever found a four-leaf clover? no, must be what is wrong with my life, lol.

8. Haunted Houses... you know, the kinds you pay to get in and they chase you with chainsaws and severed heads.... do you like 'em? not going to them, but being part of them, yes

9. Do you use cute cartoon type wrapping paper for Christmas presents or the not cutesy paper? Or are you one of those gift card and/or gift bag people? cutesy paper for the kids, not cutesy paper for adults

10. How long do boiled eggs need to stay in the boiling water before they become hard boiled eggs? for me, about 5 minutes

11. Jason is coming in through your front door... Freddy is coming through your back door... zombies are at every window of the house and Norman Bates is calling to invite you to dinner... what do you do? I'd be dead, because I would have had a heart attack before I got the call

12. Did you know that the scariest part of Halloween is giving all of your Reeses Peanut Butter Cups away? yes, i do know that

13a. If you were to play a part of a haunted house (not the ghosts in the attic kind), what would you want to be? I have many times, and I love it all.

13b. Have you ever played a part in a haunted house? Yes, duh, didn't I just say that?

14. If Thursday Thunks had a Halloween party, what do you think Kimber & Berleen would come dressed as? Who?

15. Do you cook a turkey for Thanksgiving? every year

16. Have you ever read a book that scared the pants off of you? nope

17. Whats the predicted high temperature for today? 74 and raining

18. Have you ever howled at the moon? no, but it might be fun

19.You are in an alley and a werewolf and a vampire are coming at you - one of them has to win. Which one do you want to bite you? oh, the vampire.. I don't like hairy men.

The Princess, the Frog, and a Witch

The girls went to Trick or Trunk last night in their hometown. They had a lot of fun and got a lot of goodies.

Kenzie is 'The Witch"

Maddie is "The Frog"

Lily is "The Princess"

What are your kids being for Halloween this year?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Most of you that know me know my passion for reading. I have loved to read since I was in elementary school and I'm now 55 and the passion just keeps growing.
I got approved with a book group, and may soon be able to receive new books and share them with you. That means book Giveaways!!!!!
Will know more soon.
I am currently reading "Beautiful Mess" with Diamond Rio, and will write a review this week.
What are you reading?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction? I do not have a favorite as I DO Not read horror books.

2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy? The Alien movies
3. Who is your favorite monster? Frankenstein

4. What is your favorite Horror movie? Don't watch horror movies either...ever.

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills? ALL of them

6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play? Geez this is not a good week for me, as I hate horror films. So my answer is none.

7. Freddy or Jason? Jason is scarier

8. What is your favorite Halloween treat? snickers

9. Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts...not afraid of ghosts, but those darn litle goblins could eat me alive.

10. Friendly-faced jack-o'-lantern or scary one? Friendly

11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal? Paranormal is not scary to me.. After my Mom died, I would get chills and feel something touch my hair... she loved to play with my hair. have had several encounter of that kind.

12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? Yes I do, because I do believe our spirit can be here on Earth ..or maybe I just watch too much 'Ghost Whisperer'.

13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho? GEEZ..neither....I'd rather br a better 'ME'.

14. Favorite Halloween costume? anything cute and not scary for children...something sexy for the hubs for me to waer.

15. Best thing about Halloween? the happy childrens faces when they come to the door

16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)? my hubby

17. Are you superstitious? a little bit

18. Share an unusual Halloween story. The only unusual story I have would be the year it was like 70 degrees on Halloween night and it is usually in the high 50s to low 60s. Just didn't feel like Halloween.

19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid? dressed up... and back then you made your costumes from your parents or siblings clothes... and went trick or treating

20. What's the best Halloween party that you've attended? A friend of ours lives in the country and had a great party about 10 years ago, complete with hayrides, scary things in the forest, people jumping out at you, haunted house, lots of great food and music.. It was a blast.
Sorry I didn't go so well with this week's theme, because I do love Halloween, just not horror. Everybody have a great week!

Unconscious Mutterings #352

  1. Redskins :: Washington

  2. Show :: 'n tell

  3. Smoker :: Jerry

  4. Bad movie :: Coco Before Chanel

  5. Play :: children

  6. Jaguar :: Jacksonville

  7. Click :: Clack

  8. Production :: Factory

  9. Sand :: Beach

  10. Foreign :: Country

  11. Just click on the UM banner above to play!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

This Week's WINS and Halloween Swap

This week I won a skateboad ($89) from and a coupon for a Free Cook's Ham ($30) from a blog.
Shannon over at hosted a Halloween swap and mine arrived today from Carrie. Awesome swap...thanks Carrie!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Recipe Traders Sunday meme

Butterfinger Cake

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 bottle caramel topping
1 can Condensed milk
1 large tub cool whip
1 Butterfinger bar

Prepare cake according to package directions. Immediately after removing cake from oven, poke several holes all over the top with a fork. Mix sweetened condensed milk and caramel together, pour over hot cake, spread it over the entire cake. Chill well. After cake has chilled completely, spread cool whip over the top and sprinkle crushed Butterfinger bar on top of cool whip

This cake is the best tasting cake I've ever had..I love it!!!!

Click on banner above or here to join this awesome new recipe meme.

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The ABC's of Meme

A- Advocate for: Organ Donation for Transplant

B- Best Feature: my toes?

C- Could do without: I do without a lot, so this should be easy, but it's not. Memories of my ex maybe. I could have done without him altogether.

D- Dreams and desires: to travel the country in a motorhome when I get old..hey wait! I am old! Where is my motorhome? Let's GO!

E- Essential items: food, water, computer, tv, telephone

F- Favorite past time: photography

G- Good at: baking

H- Have never tried: bungee jumping

I- If I had a million dollars: I would buy that dang motorhome, and travel. First stop- Vegas Baby!

J- Junkie for: makeup I never wear, office supplies like cute little notebooks that I never use.

K- Kindred spirit: My SIL Claudia

L- Little known fact: I've gained back 40 pounds of the 100 I lost.

M- Memorable moment: waking up after my transplant and knowing I was alive.

N- Never again will I: get married.

O- Occasional indulgence: Snickers with almonds, that's how I gained back the 40 pds.

P- Profession: I work at home on the computer and love it.

Q- Quote: "It's never too late to be who you could have been!"

R- Reason to smile: my granddaughters faces

S- Sorry about: not being closer to my siblings.

T- Things you are worrying about right now: this stupid extra 40 pounds

U- Uninterested in: sports

V- Very scared of: spiders and crickets

W- Worst habits: overeating, putting things off

Y- Yummiest dessert: Butterfinger Cake

X- X marks my ideal vacation spot: US Virgin Islands

Z- Zodiac sign: Leo

Unconscious Mutterings #351

  1. Werewolf :: the Howling

  2. Jim :: English (a good friend)

  3. 2x4 :: wood, board

  4. Unruly :: headstrong, hair

  5. Component :: piece

  6. Prolific :: Kate Gosselin, the Octo Mom, Mrs. Dugger - fruitful, fertile

  7. Wrestler :: the Hulk, the Rock
  8. Huh? :: What?

  9. Dolls :: girls, toys

  10. Super! :: Fabulous! Fierce!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - Anything Goes

My 'anything goes' this week is pictures around where I live

The local biker hangout

old schoolhouse

Part of our town is literally closed up the doors and gone, like this whole street of empty buildings.

Arkansas Sunrise

(click banner above to join)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Thunks

1. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.All the king's horses,And all the king's men,Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Why was Humpty Dumpty sitting on that wall? He was waiting for me silly!

2. If Mother Goose and Father Time had kids, what would they look like and what would they be named?
Their names are Curly Locks and Eeny Meeny Miney Moe. Curly locks went bald and Eeny MMM is 7 feet tall.

3. Does Barbie have kankles? OMG! NO,Barbie does NOT have kankles.

4. Have you ever been featured in a magazine? Yes, I have a recipe featured in a Feedback Magazine. They paid me $25, WhooHoo!

5. Did your parents keep a baby book for you? If so, how often have you looked through it? Yes, my Mom did, and it disappeared after she passed away.

6. If someone dropped off a case of candy bars at your front door, what kind of candy bar would you want? (Berleen's question from Insanity Cafe.) Snickers with Almonds

7. Rub-a-dub-dub,Three men in a tub,And how do you think they got there?The butcher, the baker,The candlestick-maker,They all jumped out of a rotten potato,'Twas enough to make a man stare.
What happened to the rotten potato? Further more, if they jumped out of a rotten potato, do you think they stink? Of course they stink, they were inside a Rotten potato. The potato exploded upon releasing the three men. That was one BIG tater!

PLAY Thursday Thunks here.

Another Bargain

When our grill broke last year, we haven't had the money to replace it, so we grill on our camp stove. Found a great deal at Krogers yesterday... a new cheapo grill for $2.50. Hey, it's better than no cheapo grill at all. LOL, it cost less than the charcoal did.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Check out the three great giveaways I won this past week-

#1. Word of Mouth Contest Winner!

2. Elemental Threads Bag via Fairy Blog Mother

and finally #3 = an email from the Rachael Ray Show!

Congratulations! You have been chosen to receive the Rome Rendezvous Trip courtesy of Perillo tours as part of the through our Twitter page! In order to receive this, you must meet all eligibility requirements and must submit the appropriate paperwork filled out correctly.
All requirements have now been met and this trip is valued at $3950.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings #350

  1. My treat :: Bubbles (in the tub silly)

  2. Bell :: peppers, school, church

  3. Five :: fingers, toes, below

  4. You’re crazy :: I know I am!

  5. Disgust :: repuganant (oooh I used a Big word, :)

  6. Tempest :: Shakespeare

  7. Bummer :: unemployment

  8. Brim :: hat, coffee cup

  9. Hose :: tubing , water

  10. Lollipop :: Red

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Magical Mystery Tour Meme

1. Is there anybody you just wish would fall off the planet? yes, one person - he knows who he is

2. How do you flush the toilet in public? The same way everyone else does - push the handle.

3. Do you wear your seatbelt in the car? Always

4. Do you have a crush on someone? Yes, I have a horrible crush on Johnny Depp, and yes my gubby knows. He obviously thinks my chances are nil as he thinks it's funny. NOT funny!

5. Name one thing you worry about running out of. Toilet Paper

6. What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble? not a soul thank goodness for their sake

7. What is your favourite pizza topping? extra cheese

8. Do you crack your knuckles? ouch, no

9. What song do you hate the most? Tiptoe Through the Tulips by Tiny Tim

10. Did just mentioning that song make it get stuck in your head? not really

11. What are your super powers? Being a wifem mom, and grandma ..I have eyes in my the back of my head for extra viewing pleasure; evil hehehe; and super hearing.

12. Peppermint or spearmint? Peppermint

13. Where are your car keys? in my purse

14. Last song you listened to? Crazy Love by Michael Buble

15. What's your most annoying habit? I talk too much

16. Where did you last go on vacation? Vegas

17. What is your best physical feature? my toes maybe, not too fond of my features at this time

18. What CD is closest to you right now? Crazy Love - Michael Buble

19. What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator? milk, ketchup, sweet tea (hey I'm a southern girl)

20. What superstition do you believe/practice? Santa Claus at Christmas

21. What colour are your bed sheets? flowers

22. Would you rather be a fish or a bird? Bird

23. Last thing you broke? a glass from my great aunt's crystal set I inherited... I know, devastating

24. What are you having to eat tonight? beef stew

25. What colour shirt are you wearing? green

26. If you could be doing anything else today, what would you rather be doing? flying to Bali, then laying on the beach the rest of the day

27. Do security cameras make you nervous? No, should they?

28. If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Chaos and Self Destruction

29. Last time you went to a cemetery? May, 2009

30. Last concert you went to? John Anderson, a has been country guy ("Just a Swingin") that my hubs likes...hey it was free at the local casino. Free is free!

31. Favourite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert? The Rolling Stones, many many years ago

32. Next concert you're planning to attend? Stone Temple Pilots

33. Do you talk to yourself? sometimes, goes along with 'old age syndrome'

34. Have you ever adopted or purchased a pet? adopted several times

35. Have you ever been present when an animal is being born? yes, kittens

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Photo Hunt - Sports

Kenzie swings, and yea!!!! She hits!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday Thunks


1. Bud- What type of meme question is the hardest? the ones that make me think too much, lol. My thinker is all thunk out most of the time.

2. Smart Cent's Mom- If you could be any person living or dead, who would you be? ME

3. Thom- You accidentally bumb into someone at a store and you apologize. The person you bumped into says no problem and you notice food stuck in their teeth. What do you do? Smile and keep talking and moving.

4. Captured Memories- "Do you ever shed a tear when you poop?" lol, NO

5. Mejis- If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, it's still a tree, right? Well, thoretically, if it was a tree when it fell, it's still a tree, just a fallen tree.

6. Tosin- What is something you have said to someone that you wish you could take back? OMG, mamy many things over my lifetime. Too many to worry about, I think we all have. But my mouth sometimes talks before my brain can tell it to shut up. By then, it's too late.

7. Annie's home- not feeling very creative here so I will ask if you were in the Big Brother house how would you play the game? I would cook for everyone, seems like the cooking cleanup person usually wins.

8. Meandering Matt- Mac (which is still a PC (personal computer) in my opinion) or PC (Microsoft)? onPC, my brother sweras by his mac, but I don't know how to use one.

9. Living Dead Nurse- Do you think Jay Leno’s show should be cancelled? sadly, YES


11. And finally one by Kimber (just so you don't think I am too lazy)- There is a rattlesnake living behind the warehouse my husband's company just moved into, tarantulas in our side yard, scorpions all around at night and coyotes howling and running down the street in front of our house. So what color sheets will you want on your bed when you come to visit me? a pastel would be wonderful, what's for dinner?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

From girly girl
That's my Lily.
Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Unconscience Mutterings #349

  1. Yacht :: Sandee of Comedy Plus

  2. Paula :: Dean

  3. Delete :: trash bin

  4. Auto :: insurance

  5. Obsolete :: no longer in use, same as #7

  6. Dedicated :: loyal

  7. Old :: me

  8. Convince :: proove, encourage to believe

  9. Poster :: on my wall

  10. Erase :: chalkboard
    Unconscience Mutterings

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Starrlight Meme

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? medicine, Yuk!

2. Where was your profile picture taken? at a Korean restaurant in ATlanta GA

3. Can you play Guitar Hero? Nope

4. Name someone who made you laugh today. What was it about? There is no one here but the cat, so I have not laughed today.

5. How late did you stay up last night and why? til about 1 am because my hubby is very sick in the hospital and I couldn't sleep.

6. If you could move somewhere else where would you and why? back to Los Angeles because it is my favorite place on earth

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks? Yes, many many years ago, in another lifetime

8. Which of your friends lives closest to you? Janette

9. Do you believe ex's can be friends? With benefits? Yes, because mine is, but NOT with benefits.

10. Do you like Dr. Pepper? I lOVE it, always have.

11. When was the last time you cried really hard? Really hard as opposed to just sniveling? Last night, very worried about my hubs.

12. Who took your profile picture? a friend of ours in a Meetup group in Atlanta

13. Who was the last person you took a picture of? my hubby

14. Was yesterday better than today? Why? Yes, it started out being ok, then hubs got sick again.

15. Can you live a day without TV? yes, but it's difficult

16. Are you upset about anything now? yes

17. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? OH YES

18. Are you a bad influence? I would hope not.

19. Night out or night in? night out, for sure

20. What items could you not go without during the day? computer, bathtub, toothbrush, hairbrush, cat litter scooper

21. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? my hubs

22. What does the last text message in your inbox say? I don't text, I know like dinasaur land huh, can't afford it right now.

23. How do you feel about your life right now? I am very unhappy with where we live, and am worried about my hubs, but I woke up this morning, so I am generally happy.

24. Do you hate anyone? yes, one person (and they know who they are)

25. If we were to look in your Facebook inbox, what would we find? a note from my DIL, and who knows what else, hmmm

26. Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass? Definitely!

27. Has anyone ever called you perfect before? Nope, never

28. What song is stuck in your head? stupid I know, but "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head"...geez my age is showing

29. Someone knocks on your window at 2 a.m., whom do you want it to be? Johnny Depp, I told him to knock on the back door, but what can I say, he's a window freak.

30. Do you (or did you) want to have grandkids before you’re 50? no, but I did anyway. I am 55 with 4 granddaughters and another on the way.

31. Tell us your Saturday night. alone, boring, computer, hubby in hospital, worry, called kids

32. Do you think too much or too little? WAY too much!

33. Do you smile a lot? I used to, but not so much lately.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Yard Sale Finds Today

I have always wanted a turkey platter, and never had one. Found this baby for $2 at yard sale today, made in Italy.

A few other goodies, anew purse $1, smaller platter $1, lamp for my computer desk $1.50, a Ty bear dressed for my sunflower themed kitchen 10¢, a small wooden shelf 25¢, ice tray for water bottle ice cubes 10¢, a nice cookbook $1, a set of 2sconces and matching glass shelf $3. All this for only $7.95.

THIS is what I have been looking for for months.. a huge mirror (which will be turned the other way) to hang over my couch. She was asking $15..I got her down to $10. I am very excited about this great find.
SO, my grand total spending today was $19.95.
Started out as a great day; now taking hubby to ER in Little Rock, he is in a lot of pain again.

Saturday Photo Hunt - Words

"Happy" WORDS

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Haunted - 1

The theme this month on NaBloPoMo is 'Haunted'. Here is my first version of that.

I am haunted everyday, not by ghosts and demons, but by my past. I almost died last year from stage four liver failure and was lucky enough to receive a transplant. It really made me do a lot of thinking. I am haunted by all the things I said to people that I shouldn't have, all the things I did to people that I shouldn't have, and also by all the things I never said and did that I should have done.
Maybe I should be like 'Earl' on tv and make a list of everyone I need to make things right with. I can move on and get past all that, but how do I get past the ones I cannot talk to anymore, like my Mom and Dad, and grandparents. I'll pray about it.

Thursday Thunks

Thursday Thunks

1. What color is your mouthwash? Blue

2. Do you remember your first phone number? Have you called it recently? 256-232-9&%4 I was 13 years old..that was 41 years ago..Ouch! Haven't called it in about 38 years, why would I?

3. BPD in OKC's question- Do you have a super-secret hiding place and what's in it?
Yes, and there is a little cash in there. can you guess where it is?

4. When was the last time you used a pay phone? How much did it cost to make the call?
several years ago and it was a quarter

5. What was that noise? That was me screaming for joy that today is payday, because I have been broke for a week!

6. Stef H's question- how long is a woodpecker's pecker? sad, it is so tiny that he keeps banging his beak on a tree outside because he is so angry about it.

7. How many comments did you receive on your last Thursday's Thunk? none, this is my 1st time