Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

You've Been BOO-ed!!

Lake Bonnet Village is a 55+ resident-owned community and so when it comes to Halloween, there are no kids to knock on our doors and shout "trick or treat".  So instead of giving candy to the kids, we give candy to each other.  It's so much FUN and I'm wishing I had posted this sooner so that anyone who visited here could BOO along where they live too!

Anyhow, here how it works!

You open your door and find a Halloween surprise!!
 You enjoy your treats and then
*  place the picture of your BOO on your front door
*  you have 24 hours to make 2 copies of your BOO
*  make 2 treats filled with Halloween goodies and a BOO sheet
*  secretly deliver them to 2 neighbors
*  then watch how far this spreads.  It's fun!!

Here's what "BOO" looks like
Click on "BOO" to see the larger one.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monster Storm . . . Tuesday Teaser

I've watched the storm coverage on CNN and the Weather Channel and thought to myself: "except for the grace of God there goes I".  My prayers are with all of those in the Monster's reach.  The next few days will be very difficult for you.  I pray that you have a safe place to stay and that your lives return to normal as quickly as possible.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

1)   Rosa's eyes went damp as she crossed her hands over her belly.  " I guess, I could, at least, try it.  You'll delete the pictures if I'm not comfortable with them?”

~ p.144, “Vision in White” by Nora Roberts

2)   I was watching her.  I started watching herlike a cat watches a mouse - or maybe I was the mouse and she was the cat.  But I was watching her."

~ p. 332,   “Vision in White” by Nora Roberts

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Monday, October 29, 2012

If It's Monday . . .

It's "My Simple Womans Daybook" Day

Outside my window...  it's sunny but cold and windy.  Not the Florida weather that I'm used to. It's going to be cool all week. Brrrr and Grrrr

I am thinking...  about all of those that will be affected by Hurricane Sandy.  They call it a superstorm and a monster storm that happens once in a life time.  I call it pretty darn scarey.

I am thankful...   that every one has had a chance to get ready for the storm.

In the kitchen...   a bowl of oatmeal as soon as I'm done with this entry.

I am wearing...   sweats and warm slippers

I am going...  to stay inside today except for taking Dahli to the dog walk

I am reading...  Just finished "Courting Emma Howe" by Margaret Robinson.  Reading "Visions of White" by Nora Roberts right now.  "The Christmas Box" by Richard Paul Evans is next.

I am hoping...  that our weather warms up soon and that the Hurricane doesn't hurt anymore people.

I am looking forward to...   Thanksgiving and seeing Melanie over the Thanksgiving holidays

I am learning . . . a history lesson on the History Channel.  They have a series that I'm watching every Tuesday night called:  "The Men Who Built America".  It started with Cornelius Vanderbuilt, John Rockefeller, Tom Scott and Andrew Carnegie.  Coming up is J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford.  It's on Tuesday at 9.
In the picture . . . The first man is Tom Scott (who I've never heard of before) , the tall one is John Rockefeller (a native Clevelander), Cornelius Vanderbuilt (is the one with the beard).  The one on the right is J. P. Morgan.  The next series is . . . " Mankind: The Story of All of Us" Series Premiere Tue., Nov. 13 at 9/8c

Around the house...  It's time for some housecleaning and getting my house ready for the holidays

I am pondering...  how the upcoming Presidential election is going to turn out.

A favorite quote for today...  "If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

 One of my favorite things... Halloween
A few plans for the rest of the week:  Dahli goes to the groomer and I'll do some grocery shopping while she's there,  a Halloween Party at Card Bingo on Wednesday (cider & donuts, I think), shuffle on Thursday and I'll probably go vote on Friday.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vitamin F

I loved this and wanted to share it with you...
Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character?
How can I get along with them all?  I think that each one helps to bring
Out a "different" part of me.

With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one.
With another I laugh a lot.
I listen to one friend's problems.
Then I listen to another one's advice for me.
My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
When completed, they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.
They're friends who support me through good days and bad.
We all pray together and for each other.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well being. Research shows that people in strong social
Circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.If you enjoy
Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real
Age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I'm so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!
In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed bring it to you! Stay safe from the Storm if you in the affected area. God bless.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Meet Doris . . .

This is Doris.  Today is Doris's Birthday.  Doris is 95 years young today.  Isn't that amazing?
Don't think for one minute that Doris is anything short of a party girl.  This is  the picture I took of her at our 4th of July picnic.  Let me tell you some amazing things about Doris.
* she is a sharp dresser and always wears a "bow" on the back of her head
* we call Doris "Bow Lady"
* she walks her little puppy, Maggie, every morning.
* she plays hand & foot at the West Clubhouse every evening
* she still has her own teeth (amazing)
* she smoked until she was 70 and then decided to quit
* she drives her black Chrysler Town & Country around town
* she drives her golf cart around the Village
* she never misses card Bingo or Bunco at the Shriners.
* she goes to the Baptist Church at Charlie Creek every Sunday
* she is sweet, talkative, friendly, and totally amazing to all of us

In a nutshell, this is Doris, the Bow Lady.  She is a Lake Bonnet Village treasure. There's a lot to be learned from Doris.  Hope you enjoyed meeting her.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sandy . . .

Happy Friday! How about lunch and a movie?  Sounds like a good idea, huh?  Where would you go to lunch today?   What movie would you go see?  For me, it would be The Garden Cafe and

Now for my weather report:  Hurricane Sandy is out there in the Atlantic spinning away.  Her rain bands have reached us today so it's really a really crummy kinda day here.  I suspect lots of us will be watching her as she spins up the East Coast.  Stay safe if you're in the effected area.
Happy w/e.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall . . .

Figure everyone could use a little smile today so here's something to help with that!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

W.W.W. Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

• What are you currently reading?  Courting Emma Howe by Margaret Robinson
• What did you recently finish reading? The Road to Grace by Richard Evans
• What do you think you’ll read next?  Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Teaser's

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

Pa had announced one morning when she was about twelve and all ears, “The heifer's just about ripe.  Needs the bull the way a woman needs a man.”  p.160

"That was thoughtful of you, back then.  But I'd be happy to help you pick one out now.  Today, even."
p. 244

from:  "Courting Emma Howe" by Margaret Robinson

Monday, October 22, 2012

If It's Monday . . .

It's Simple Womans Daybook Day
Outside my window... A chilly morning here.  It's down to the 60's. Mr. Sun is peeking over the trees and should be shining in my windows shortly. In the 80's this afternoon.

I am thinking...  that I should be watching GMA right now.  Taylor Swift is taking over Times Square pushing her latest album called "Red".  She's not only a cutey but sooooooooooo talented.

I am thankful...  for my golf cart.  It's sitting right outside my window on the charger.  Without the golf cart, trying to get around would be a real problem. Here's what it looked like when it was brand new.  It's a little beat on now.
In the kitchen... cereal and a banana for breakfast.  Working on a hot cup of coffee right now.

I am wearing... pajamas and sweatshirt

I am going... to wash down another section of the house today.  Bob Noyse usually washes the house for me but this year he ran into a problem with his power washer so I'm doing a section of a time by myself. Ugh!

I am reading... I finished "The Jane Austen Book Club".  Slow and tedious at times so I probably would not recommend it.  Over the w/e, I read "The Walk to Grace" by Richard Evans.  A quick read and a lovely story.  Started "Courting Emma Howe" by Margaret Robinson.

I am looking forward to... Halloween.

I am pondering...  "Plutocrats" by Chrystia Freeland.  I watched Bill Moyer & Company and his guests talked about the wealthy .01%.  Interesting stuff.

A favorite quote for today...  ”An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” - M.K. Gandhi

 One of my favorite things... PBS.  My latest favorite is "Call the MidWife".  Really good!

A few plans for the rest of the week: tomorrow is Bunco, Wednesday is cardBingo and Shuffle has been changed to Thursday this week.  That leaves Friday open for some FUN like lunch and a movie, huh?

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Finds . . .

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!
Sponsored by: Should Be Reading

My finds:

The Road to Grace by Richard Evans and

Courting Emma Howe by Margaret Robinson
Happy reading and Happy W/E. Hugz!

Monday, October 15, 2012

If It's Monday . . .

FOR TODAY: It's My Simple Womans Daybook Day!
Outside my window... a beautiful sunny Florida day.

I am thinking... the day went way too fast today.  Guess that's because I took Ginny to the cardiologist this morning.

I am thankful...  that my friend Ginny's stress test went well today

In the kitchen...  Nothing much planned so perhaps we'll have Stouffer's come and fix something.

I am wearing...  white jeans and a purple paisley top

I am going...  take a break from the entry & go to Joyce's for coffee

I am reading...  Put "The Jane Austen Book Club" on hold this week so I could read "Heaven is for REAL" by Todd Burpo.  It's a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back.

A favorite quote for today...  "Life moves on, things change, we change, time moves faster, we move slower, we may eat less but still gain weight and try to smile, rain or shine! " Millie Garfield

One of my favorite things... mini-series

Encore is doing mini-series each week.  They may have been doing this all along but it's new to me and I truly enjoyed the one that ended on Saturday evening.  It's called Titanic: Blood & Steel.  Here's a small summary of the 12 part mini-series.  I think the new mini is Gulliver's Travels this week.
 The series follows the lives of the people who made the Titanic: from the workers who built it to the rich financiers. Dr. Mark Muir, an American Engineer - metallurgist and former Irish immigrant, convinces American tycoon J.P. Morgan to hire him for the biggest shipping project in the world, the construction of the RMS Titanic at Belfast's Harland and Wolff shipyard. 
While working there, Mark falls in love with Sofia Silvestri, an Italian immigrant. However, during the construction of the Titanic, tensions rise between the lower-class Catholic and the rich Protestant Elite. More setbacks stall the construction: Harland and Wolff wanting to save costs and use cheaper materials, the workers wish to form a Union, the women suffrage movement in the UK, and the battle between pro-Ireland and pro-Unionist groups. Mark attempts to deal with it while trying to escape his past.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

If It's Monday . . .

FOR TODAY:  It's My Simple Womans Daybook Day
Outside my window...  a dreary start of the day here in Sebring FL.  I'm looking at the same palm tree as last week and it still needs to be pruned.  I'm sitting here wondering why we call cutting off the dead stuff - pruning.  To me a prune is a dried up plum.  If you can explain how we got pruning from prune, please let me know.  Until then it will remain today's mystery! hehe!

I am thinking...  that little by little I'll get this entry done today.

I am thankful...  that the snowbirds are beginning to return.  It feels like the Village is waking up after a long summer nap.

In the kitchen...  Mrs. T's potato and cheese pierogi's for dinner tonight.

I am wearing...  white shorts, blue tee shirt and footies

I am going...  to the October potluck tomorrow evening here in the Village.  I'll call Card Bingo after dinner so no card Bingo on Wednesday this week.

I am reading...  "The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler.
So happy to have Claudia and Toni join me at this new activity.
I am looking forward to... the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday.  Tomorrow I'll be watching Frontline PBS at 9pm.

Around the house...  hope to get more done in the garden today.

A favorite quote for today...  “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

 One of my favorite things...  gardening

A peek into my day...  I'll be adding this new little statue of St. Francis to my garden today.

A few plans for the rest of the week: potluck and cardBingo on Tuesday,  Chicago Fire TV show Wednesday @ 10,  Dahli goes for her flu shot on Thursday and I'll do some shopping at Home Depot on Friday

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Update . . . Fall Into Reading 2012

 "Fall into Reading 2012", hosted by Katrina @ Callipidder Days.

It’s a simple, low pressure event that runs during the fall season (September 22nd-December 21st) and works something like this.  Make a list of books you’d like to read and post your list at the beginning.  Read your books; change your list as you like.  No required list or number of books.  Post your progress at the end.   The basics and how to sign up are here.

My goal is to read at least five books during the fall season, pulling from this list to start.
*  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (done)
* The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (reading)

*  The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh
*  When You Come Home by Nancy Cavin Pitts
*  Homestead by Jane Kirkpatrick
*  Merry's Christmas by Susan Rohrer
*  Behind Closed Doors by Jane Steen
*  Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

This list is subject to change since I keep finding more & more "gotta reads".  If this sounds good to you, I hope you'll join us by clicking on the links above.

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 1, 2012

If It's Monday . . .

FOR TODAY:  Happy October
It's My Simple Womans Daybook Day
Outside my window...  we had sunshine earlier but right now we're getting a good rainfall.  When I look out the window, the first thing I see is a palm tree that really needs a good trim right now.  Would you be surprised if I said that I just put that one on my 'to do' list.

I am thinking... that's it taking me longer than I expected to catch up on the yard work I have planned for this Fall.  It's either too hot, or it's raining, or there's something better to do or I'm too tired. Slowly but surely, I do believe one day I'll get done.

I am thankful...   that I still have the ability to work outside and keep the yard looking good.

In the kitchen...   just had a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of citrus fruit and a glass of sweet tea. yummy!

I am wearing...  white bermudas and a blue top.

I am learning... as much as I can about  ALEC and 'thanks' to Moyers & Company for exposing them!
You can watch it on YouTube HERE

I am going...  Joyce's for coffee at 3 o'clock.  Didn't get to go yesterday so for sure I'll go today.

I am wondering... if you want to know what to do about all the junk mail that we have been told to expect. Well guess what?  I have some useful info for you.  This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about junk mail but I think it's worth sharing so here goes.

Junk mail not only puts us at greater risk of identity theft but also cost Billions to collect & dispose of.
 So here's some solutions for you.

 . . . . a good way to reduce the number of credit card offers, go to OptOutPrescreen.  This is a secure website created by the 3 leading credit bureaus.

. . . . to reduce junk mail, go to  It may not stop all your junk mail but it will reduce it.

. . . . lastly, a free service that helps you opt out of catalogs.  Hope this helps. 

I am reading...  I finished "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' and will start reading "How To Make An American Quilt" by Whitney Otto.  I saw a small snippet of a movie called "The Quilt" on Saturday and when the credits came up it's based on a novel.
Eight women gather together over the years to piece together an extrarordinary quilt of their own imaginative devising. And as they stitch, we listen to the stories they have to tell of their successes and failures, their lives and loves, their dreams, desires, and the surprise and sometimes joy of living.
I am hoping...  that the book becomes available soon.  I'm feeling sorta lost not having a book out on the table in the Florida room just waiting for me to pick it up.

I am looking forward to...  Sebring's 100th Birthday celebration.  The celebrations start this month.   I'll be keeping you posted on any of the fun stuff I get to go to.

A favorite quote for today...  “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ― Calvin Coolidge
 One of my favorite things... getting a bargain
Just in case you missed seeing my latest little bargain addition to my kitchen, I'm posting it again here just in case you didn't see it.
A bakers rack that's also  a wine rack.  Pretty neat and all for $35.00.  And 'yes' Darylynn, the baskets were included.

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