Posted by: Judy | July 20, 2019

Saturday Silly

Melanie Atkins (we’re acquainted thanks to writing) shared your tango:

Silence is Golden

Duct Tape is Silver

Posted by: Judy | July 19, 2019

Good News Friday

*Pancakes with blueberry syrup

*Air conditioning

*2-mile walk and P.Croissant with my sister

*Lemon croissant, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and macaroon

*Finished rewrite of chapter 36. One chapter to go.

*Donuts on sale

*Christmas music always cheers me

*New foam soap dispenser

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | July 18, 2019

Reading List 61-65

61. Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father by Billy Vaughn, with Monica Morrill and Cari Blake. This book has been on my Wish List since it first came out, in 2013. I knew it would be a difficult read. I’ve followed the Vaughn’s from shortly after the shoot down of Extortion 17. God bless the Vaughns, and God bless our troops.

62. Snow Angel by Davalynn Spencer Inspirational Western romance. A delightful story and a definite keeper. I look forward to reading more by this author. Adding her to my Must Buy List.

63. 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story, from immigrant to the Medal of Honor by Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo. What impressed me most was Captain Groberg’s other-centered perspective. I want to be more like that.

64. Cade (Morgans of Rocky Ridge series Book 1) by Margery Scott historical western romance.

65. Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command by Lynn Vincent and Captain Roger Hill. God bless those who fight for what’s right and stand in harms way, despite the odds against them. I read a lot of military books because they understand the battle against evil on a level those who haven’t been at war simply do not comprehend.

Posted by: Judy | July 17, 2019

Half Way

We’re half way through July and more than half way through the year. Once again, life isn’t turning out as I planned. Not even close.

I’m occasionally able hear out of my ear but not the majority of the time. However, it is improving, s-l-o-w-l-y. Annoying. Wearing.

My eating is awful and yet better than it’s ever been. Changing routines, including to something better, is stressful. I’m also eating more as a way to help me stay awake.

My sleeping is improved. And yet, I’m exhausted all the time. Frustrating.

The summer is finally heating up to more normal temperatures. I’m not a fan of heat. Tuesday’s high was 117 F with a Real Feel of 121 F. When I went for my walk at 6 AM, it was 90 F. Ugh. Melting into the sidewalk.

Monsoons are imminent, or so say the weather forecasters. We’ve had several storms never make it into the valley, dissipating when they hit the heat island. Promises of rain means barometric changes. I’m one of those who deals with barometric headaches. Lucky me.

My finances are in a strangle hold of my own making. I hate when I do this. It could be worse, but it could also be better.

My self-discipline is less than stellar. No one to blame but me. My usual “tricks” to pull myself together again aren’t helping.

I’m finally on the re-writes for the last chapter of “A Promise of Possibilities.” Woohoo! The rewritten book is over 34,000 words longer than the original. Hopefully all good improvements.

My home is just south of the airport. I love seeing the jet trails.

Posted by: Judy | July 16, 2019

New Perspective

The military aptitude test told me I should go into engineering. I laughed and walked out. For years, I’ve made fun of the absurdity of the test. I was also baffled and wondered how an objective, standard test could get it so wrong. Added to that, my parents’ negative attitude about the military didn’t help.

Looking back, it’s actually kind of funny. My parents wanted me to go into engineering. The military agreed with them. They were on the same side.

Years have passed. I think I’ve finally figured out that what they tested and “liked” were my problem solving skills. I lived with a lunatic. My problem solving skills were through the roof because they were SURVIVAL skills.

I’m not sorry I chose to abandon engineering. It was a path slated to set me up to fail, over and over. I sometimes wish I’d followed my interest in home economics. I’ve also wished I’d gone to trade school and pursued the culinary arts. I didn’t.

What I enjoyed about school was learning new things. I’ve since discovered that there are a lot cheaper ways to learn new things.

By the time I graduated with my two-year degree, I had enough credit hours for a bachelors and on my way to a masters. The problem was that the hours were spread over pretty much everything. I think the only two departments I missed were auto mechanics and art.

I even took an equestrian class. That was fun. I would have liked to have pursued that further, but by the time I discovered it, my money only stretched so far.

If money weren’t a consideration, would I go back to school?

Not for a degree. I’d like to take an automotive and an art class, for starters.

Posted by: Judy | July 15, 2019

Blueberry Syrup Recipe

Closet Cooking shared an easy and delicious recipe.

https://www.closetcooking.com/blueberry-syrup/

I’ve pinned several of his recipes.

I made a few changes:

2 cups blueberries

1 cup sugar, I used some brown sugar with the white sugar

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice, I didn’t have lemon juice, so I used 1/2 cap (yes, cap) of lemon extract.

In a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool.

According to the recipe, it keeps for two weeks. It won’t last that long because it’s being eaten. 🙂

Some of the berries remain whole. I like it.

I serve with Aunt Jemima pancakes. I make a single serving using 1/2 cup mix and 1/2 cup coconut milk. The box calls for water, but I like the extra flavor. I add pumpkin spice sometimes. I’ve also used eggnog as a substitute for the liquid.

Posted by: Judy | July 14, 2019

Inspiration from social media

Stasi Eldredge posted this:

It breaks my heart

when women look

at the sky and think,

“Wow! God is amazing!”

But look in the mirror

and say, “Ugh!”

As if he did not make both.

Posted by: Judy | July 13, 2019

Silly Saturday

Years ago, I attended the opera so I could hear “Ride of the Valkyries” live. No one told me I’d have to sit through two long acts and two intermission to reach act 3. LOL!

Posted by: Judy | July 12, 2019

Good News Friday

*2-mile walk and P.Croissant with my sister

*Raspberry croissant, hot chocolate with whipped cream, and macaroon

*Made sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and brownies

*Made blueberry syrup, recipe from Closet Cooking. Easy and delicious.

*Country White Bread from Kneaders

*Lunch with dear friends

*Homemade tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream

*Air conditioning

*Dog

What was something good in your week?

Posted by: Judy | July 11, 2019

Reading List 56-60

56. Mac (Sisters by Design series Book 1) by Sharon Srock Christian romance. I love the (Heavenly) Father/daughter relationship. I really enjoyed the story and want to read another.

57. Randy (Sisters by Design series Book 2) by Sharon Srock Christian romance. This was a trough read, for me, bringing back too many memories. I identified with Randy on so many levels. I read Psalms 27, referenced in the story. I read to the end and glad I did. It’s a keeper.

58. Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton history. I read about Reckless on the blog Horse Addict. I put several books on my Wish List, uncertain which one was best. Last April, I had the opportunity to see the new monument placed at the Lexington Kentucky Horse Park. I cried. This book was in the gift shop, the perfect memento. I learned more about the Korean War in the book than I’d learned in all the rest of my life. I’ve been a horse lover all my life and never heard of Reckless. What a remarkable story. A keeper.

59. Landry’s Back in Town (Rocky Ridge Romance series Book 1) by Margery Scott sweet historical western romance. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I’ll be reading more of her books.

60. Montana Skye by Sylvia Stewart Christian romance.

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