July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Summer Reads (Day #17)

I don’t get much time to read these days.  I do look at a lot of curriculum and read many children’s books. This summer I am taking some time to read a book for me!  It’s a Christy Barritt book of course!


I am reading Home Before Dark.  I don’t want to give too much away, so here’s the description from Amazon:

“Nothing good ever happens after dark.

Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.

Now her father is dead, and Daleigh fears she’s returned home too late to make things right. As she’s about to flee back to Nashville, she finds a hidden journal belonging to her father. His words hint that his death was no accident.

Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe that Daleigh may be on to something. Her father trusted the man, but Daleigh’s instant attraction to Ryan scares her. She knows her life and career, however dwindling it might be, are back in Nashville and that her time in the sleepy North Carolina town is only temporary.

As Daleigh and Ryan work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.

Home Before Dark offers a blend of Nicholas Sparks meets Mary Higgins Clark, a mix of charming small town life in North Carolina tangled in a gripping suspense.”

I have loved all of Christy’s books!  Check them out!!!

July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Where do you call home (Day #5)

That’s not an easy answer!  Like most people these days, we don’t live where we grew up.  So is that home?  Is where we live now home?  Here’s where we’ve been:  George and I both grew up in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania, oddly enough there’s no mountains called Poconos.  We went to high schools about 30 minutes from each other and graduated the same year.  We had many friends in common but didn’t really meet until a few months after we graduated.  We still have family in that area and enjoy being able to see most everyone in one trip.

We moved to Georgia where George joined the Navy.  The Navy took us to Florida, then upstate New York, then Virginia Beach.  We lived in Virginia Beach for about 12 years.  We then chose to move out in the country and now own 11 acres in North Carolina, just 2 miles over the Virginia border.

So where do you call home?  Have you always lived in the same area?

July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Celebrate Good Times (Day #4)

We celebrated my birthday on Thursday and Saturday this year!!!  Thursday we had “birthday cake”.  Growing up we always had angel food cake for birthdays, later I learned that not everyone had that, lol!  I still love it and it will always be “birthday cake” to me!!!  This year I had angel food cake, cool whip and our strawberries!  Yum!  On Saturday everyone was here and we got to celebrate as a family.  Katie made a turkey pan FILLED with yummy curry chicken and we had s’mores dip for dessert!

July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Where Am I Going? (Day #10)

It’s summer right?  Then I’m going to Camp Rudolph!!  My kids have been going to Camp Rudolph since the summer of 1997.  That officially makes me old because it makes my kids old, lol!  Katie first went there when she was 5 years old and is now working her second summer there! Allie will be a camper for 2 weeks this summer and will volunteer for almost all the rest.  David was there for First Chance Camp already and will soon be headed off to Junior Week.  This will be his first full week that he is away.  This Mommy is glad he’ll have 2 sisters and lots of friends there.

David’s First Chance Camp

Allie at High School week!

July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Artistic Inspiration (Day #9)

I’ve never been able to draw, but I can do many crafts.  I get lots of inspiration from scrapbook magazines, rubber stamp catalogs, crochet patterns but most recently Pinterest!

Since I haven’t really “crafted” recently, when I thought of Artistic Inspiration for this post, my mind went to artists.  My kids got me this as a framed poster and I have it hanging in my living room:

I have always been fascinated with VanGogh.  I has pleasantly surprised when an episode of Doctor Who featured him.

They did a great job of showing his beautiful art and the struggles he had in his life.

July 2015 Blogging Challenge

Special Recipe (Day #8)

Surprise!  It’s not a food recipe!  It’s a recipe for dishwasher detergent! This has been THE best one I’ve found.  I was a little skeptical at first, but it works every time!  No cloudy residue ever! And it’s super cheap!!!

Dollar Tree’s Oxy Clean powder ($1) and Dawn Dishsoap (Walmart $.97)

Use about half of a scoop of the “Oxy Clean” and just a VERY small drizzle of Dawn dish soap.  That’s it!