Monday, January 22, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

How is that vacation weeks just fly by, while every other week of the year seems to just take its sweet time to get to your days off? Why is it that little things just don't bother you that much when you return from vacation? But part of you remembers why that person annoys you so much, but you just don't want to care about that thing right now? And how is it that you know that you need to buckle down and not spend any money for awhile? Those are some of the things I thought about the past couple of days. But now it time to hop.
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WELCOME to the January "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the January "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the December "You're the Star" blog hop)

An Old Frame Upcycled Into a Jewelry Hanger by Grandma's House DIY
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Adding Wood Planks To Our Dining Room by Repurpose & Upcycle
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

Pink Pine Cones by Penny's Vintage Home

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies by This Autoimmune Life
Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.

All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


Sunday, January 21, 2018

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Go Outside And Play Now

I was sitting with some friends eating lunch yesterday. And we were talking about birds. My friend told the story of how his nephew had received a pair of birds as pets. He had to choose names for them, and he decided that they would be named Mario and Luigi. His mother asked him why he picked those names. And he responded "I don't know any others". His mom told him it's time to go outside and play now.

It was a humorous story, but it also reminded me of an interview I heard with Paula Poundstone the other day. She was discussing how her son was an electronic addict. And she wasn't kidding. She told how she and her husband have had to take extreme measures to get him away from electronics. She tells how he describes it as a craving. And that he would sneak time with a cell phone. It sounds crazy, but I do believe her when she talks about electronic addiction.

I was out with a friend over the holidays. And she was constantly checking her phone. I removed the internet from my house so that I would do something other than get online. It's like we are a nation of maintenance electronic addicts. So before you check your phone today, go outside and play now.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Opening Atlantis

Opening Atlantis is an alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove. I have read a couple of other books by Turtledove so when I saw this book, I decided to pick it up and give it a read.

The Story

This is the story of adventurers and explorers. Individuals who see something that could change their lives and take the chance to make their chances better. There is a land in between the new world and Europe. It is a land of plenty, and there are no inhabitants there. But sailors have seen this place, and they are the ones who decide to develop settlements there. 

There are French, Spanish and English settlements. The story spans 300 years from the time when the area is first settled to the time when the inhabitants are warring about who will own much of the land.

The story shows just how humans impact an area. And how attitudes change over the course of centuries.

What I Think

I honestly tried to like this book. And I did read through the entire thing. I couldn't relate to the characters in the book. I think it was because they were mostly male characters. There were few female characters that were developed. But the dialogue was not that interesting to me. I have read other books by Turtledove, and I really enjoyed them. But this one was not my cup of tea. As I read the book, I had the feeling I had when I read a Tom Clancy book a few years ago. I had the feeling that this book was just not written for me.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

When The Snow Melts I Will Find

I remember walking down the street last spring. It was not long after the snow melted. And I thought about all the things that were just lying on the ground. They had been there throughout the winter. And they just came visible after the thaw.

And then I thought about an incident when I was a child. I lived in Northern Minnesota. It gets really cold, and it snows a lot. There was a hill at the side of our yard. And you went down the hill if the car was parked on the street. My brother was carrying a tray in his hands, and he had placed the car keys on the tray.

He kind of slid down the hill that day. And oh yes, the keys went flying. Have you ever searched for car keys in the snow? It is no easy task. In fact, it is easier to let the snow melt and then look for the keys.

That day my brother decided they were lost. But then one day in the spring, I was running down the hill. The snow had just melted, and guess what I found? I found those shiny keys in the mushy early spring wet grass.

So when the snow melts what will you find this year?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cutout Turtleneck Sweater Do It Yourself Style

Most of you have seen those cut out turtleneck sweaters. They are really cute, and really popular right now. For those of you who are wondering what they look like here's a picture of one.
I watched The Sorry Girls do a do it yourself version of this, and well it did look pretty easy. So since I recently purchased a turtleneck on at thrift store trip, I decided to see if this was as easy as it looked in their video.

Here's what the turtleneck started out like.
The first thing you want to do is put your sweater on. You want to see just where you want the cutout needs to be. Either mark it with chalk or pins.

I a measuring tape and laid it across the area I wanted to cut out to give me a way of keeping it something even. I then placed pins down in a v shape.

Then grab your scissors and cut along the inside of the pins. Take the pins and using a piece of yarn sew the item under about a quarter inch. 

It will end up something like this.

In the end this really was as easy as it sounds. And it didn't really take that much time to complete. And the price tag was much cheaper that what you could get in the store. 

So if you are a fan of do it yourself projects try this one.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Blue Lizard

There are days when you wake up and you just know deep in your bones that you are going to see something a little different than what you normally see each and every day. That was the case yesterday. I saw a blue lizard. For most of us that isn't an everyday occurrence so like all good iPhone owners I whipped out the camera and snapped a pic.