Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Updating the Period Drama Series and Movies List

Hi everyone.

So it's been a while since I've added anything to my Period Drama Series, or Movies List, and there have been so many new shows that deserve to be on those lists.

I spent this morning adding a couple to each, so if you love Period Dramas as much as I do and are looking for something new to watch, be sure to check out both the Period Drama Series list and the Period Movies lists.

Here's what I added today, just to help you out, you can quickly skim over these and if something catches your eye then head on over and check out the links :)

Also, if there is anything that you have noticed is not on the list, and should be, let me know.

Period Drama Series

War and Remembrance
Doctor Thorne
The Collection
The Hollow Crown
Wolf Hall
The Crown
Texas Rising
Jekyll and Hide
And then there were none
The Durrells
Home Fires
Hetty Feather
The Moonstone
Dark Angel
Close to the Enemy
My Mother and other strangers
Rillington Place
In Plain Sight
Medici:  Masters of Florence
The White Princess
The Halcyon
Decline and Fall
The Son
The Last Kingdom
Alias Grace
The Miniaturist
The Alienist
Howards End
The Last Post
The Duchess of Duke Street

Period Movies

Love and Friendship
The Birth of a Nation
Hacksaw Ridge
A Quiet Passion
To Walk Invisible
Tulip Fever
Viceroy's House
Bitter Harvest
The Zookeeper's Wife
King Arthur:  Legend of the Sword
Lady Macbeth
My Cousin Rachel
Crooked House
Murder on the Orient Express
Darkest Hour

I've added links where you can watch, but some are not out yet, so keep that in mind when looking through the lists.

Hope you enjoy and happy watching :)

Monday, October 16, 2017

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/16/2017 }

Good morning and Happy Monday!!!!

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and that you're ready for this new week ahead.  My weekend was good, quiet, uneventful and just how I like it.

I could have used another day of sleeping in, it's quite hard to get up when it's still dark outside and quite frankly, this morning I would have enjoyed laying in until later.  But, no can do, so we're going to try and enjoy this week as much as possible.

Hope you all have a great week ahead!!!!

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
I've had a cup of coffee around 6am and that's basically all for now.  When I'm done with this post, I'll probably go ahead and grab another cup of coffee and I'm thinking of doing a poached egg with toast for breakfast.

Right now I am::::
Sitting on the coach, under a warm blanket and wearing a sweater over my pajamas.  It is COLD this morning and I'm quite happy about that, finally feels like proper Fall.

The weather outside::::
Honestly Texas, get your act together.  No wonder so many people are sick, our household included.  We went from 90 degrees yesterday to 46 this morning, back to 80 this afternoon, back to 40 tomorrow and then up to 90 again.  What on earth???
Is it too much to ask for proper Fall weather, and by that I mean consistent Fall weather?  Goodness.

Looking around the house::::
It is quite neat.  I've found as the kids have gotten older, that the house is surviving a lot longer.  Used to be that my Monday's were my big cleaning days because it looked like a Tornado had swept by.  Aside from picking up toys that Marley has been playing with, everything else is pretty neat and tidy. 

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....Kid's laundry baskets need washing, and I have one last load of whites. 
Cleaning.....Usual Kitchen cleaning, washer load and unload, counters, and I need to sweep and mop.  Quick toilets clean, make beds and so on. 
Homeschooling.....Nick has a Physical Science livelesson to attend at 1pm.  Normal school day, he does have a Math Unit Test that he is not looking forward to, and quite honestly, neither am I.     
Cooking....I need to find something for lunch, not sure what I'll make.  Dinner is Burgers and Zesty Fries.  I thought I had hamburger buns but I don't, so I need to make some this afternoon.   

Currently reading::::
The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans.  That review is coming up next week.  I am LOVING this book, I'm learning so much and I hope that I'll be able to apply it all to my own teenagers, who are quite a handful emotionally, but then I'm sure all teenage parents will agree :)  

On the TV today::::
Quite bummed out that there was no Outlander yesterday, but I'm dying for next week's to come.
The Last Post
Who do you think you are?

On the menu this week::::
If you're interested in my meals from last week, I did a video.  I've been asked so many times if I would do one, so just went ahead and tried it.  I quite enjoyed recording our meals every day and sharing them with you, so I hope you enjoy :)

Monday - Burgers and Zesty Fries
Tuesday - One pan honey garlic chicken, rice
Wednesday - Tex Mex Chili, Cornbread
Thursday - Tuna Spaghetti, Salad
Friday - *need to plan next week's meals*

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
This week I'm actually teaching Jasmine how to sew, she has requested and she does have a sewing machine (my older one).

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
The Lebanese Chicken was a new recipe and it was really good.  The family has requested that I make it again.   

One of my simple pleasures::::
I think I've mentioned this before, but I love History and I love researching and learning about days gone by.   

Favorite photo from the camera or internet::::
We've been harvesting our Pecans, this is just from one tree, and what we could reach, as the higher branches are still not quite reachable for us, so we're going to wait for them to drop down on their own and harvest in the next few days. 

Something interesting I found::::
This weekend I've been doing a marathon of all the Who Do you think you are?  episodes, from the UK, I much prefer those over the US, though I'll still watch them as well.  But while watching these episodes, I have found that not only do I find them fascinating, but I've learned a lot.  It's sparked some very interesting conversations over the dinner table, we've talked about the Holocaust and shared stories or facts that we all know.  We've talked about Dunkirk (I am actually planning on watching the movie this week), and the Irish Potato Famine and so forth.  I love when a tv show is not only fun to watch but interesting and informative.

The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth - TLC Book Tour


About The Sweet Life

  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 19, 2017)
In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path . . .

Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

“Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.”—Library Journal

“The plot is refreshing and will definitely keep the reader turning page after page.”—Fresh Fiction, SHARE THE MOON

“Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss. She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take.”—Eye on Romance

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About Sharon Struth

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.
When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.

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My Thoughts:

The Sweet Life is a really cute short story filled with beautiful imagery and visuals that make me want to hop a plane and set off to Italy.

Mamie survived a car accident which unfortunately took the life of her dear husband and sweet little three year old daughter.  She's struggled with survivor's guilt for many years and when she gets the change to head to Italy to review a popular guide series for her employer, she welcomes albeit feeling a little out of place.

What we have next is two weeks of a gorgeous almost virtual tour of Italy in all it's splendor.  There are some quite funny moments during the tour she takes, mainly because the group she's with is a Woodstock, all hippies kind, that call themselves The Wanderers.

All in all this was a cute, shorty story to read, we have all the makings of the usual romance between Mamie and Julian, beautiful scenery and the descriptions of the food left me salivating.


The book author is giving away a $15 Amazon or B&N gift card, so if you're interested, head on over and enter the raffle :)



Friday, October 13, 2017

Alpacas, Blueberry Pancakes and Wood Pile!!!!

October 12, 2017

Good morning friends.  It's a beautiful Friday morning here in North Texas.

I am on my second of coffee, because I just need it today.  I slept pretty well but woke up feeling so incredibly tired still, I'm pretty certain it's a mixture of being sick with a cold, allergies and being a woman (you know what I mean *wink*).  My husband tells me I got triple damage this week LOL

I actually felt pretty good yesterday, not 100% but not that horrible achy, feverish feeling either, and that's always a plus when you're a mom and wife right?

The night before, I was literally slumped over at the stove trying to fix dinner, and I kept thinking that women are so incredibly strong.  We have this ability to push through whatever is affecting us, and just get the task at hand completed.  Now I'm not saying that it's done gracefully or joyfully, but it does get done.

I tend to set aside my feelings a lot and deal with everyone else around me.  "You can have your pity party AFTER dinner is done, AFTER the kitchen is clean and AFTER you've laid in bed.".  That's what I always tell myself.

Anyway, let me show you what I've been doing around here, or rather, what I did yesterday.

By the way, before I get started, Happy Friday the 13th!!!!  *insert spooky music*

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

I spent about an hour yesterday morning, working on my Liliana, trying to catch up because Part 3 was just released today and I'm still on Part 2.  I should get it done this morning though and then I can move on.

I used to feel like I just HAD to be up to date with my crochet projects, but that's not realistic because life doesn't just stop when I pick up my hook and yarn, much as I would like it too, it doesn't happen.

October 12, 2017

The days have been so beautiful lately, I haven't had to turn my AC on in 3 days, which makes me extremely happy, finally a little break on our electric bill, at least I hope.

I was out in the morning trying to work on our wood pile, and Marley as always, was at my feet, happily sniffing every blade of grass, every ant that walked by and randomly barking at the Alpacas across the street.

So I took a few pics for you.  I tell you, I could sit and watch them all day.

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

There are all in all, I think 12, at least that's how many I've counted.  Beautiful creatures and so sweet natured.

We also have horses right next door.  I am wanting to go right up to the fence and get some good pictures, just haven't had time to do it.

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

While I was outside, I had an idea for a garland for my fireplace.  So I gathered a bunch of leaves and while I was doing that, I noticed that Marley was being quite adventurous.

Let me start by telling you that he refuses to leave the driveway, he does NOT go on the grass or anywhere else in the yard, matter of fact when I get the mail, he just stands at the driveway and watches me.

Well I turned around yesterday and he was halfway down the yard almost to the gate.  I was shocked, but also happy to see that he is finally starting to be a little more adventurous.  He is one years old and I guess now is the time to start exploring.

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

I will show you my garland once it's up, but I'll be using leaves and my dried orange slices.

October 12, 2017

Once all the outside work was done, I retired inside and had a craving for some blueberry pancakes.  That is what I made for lunch and everyone loved them, including hubby who had come home for lunch and was quite happy to devour a stack of these.

October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

They didn't rise as usual, because I used my homemade pancake mix, but I think my baking powder is not as fresh anymore.  They tasted amazing, especially since the blueberries tend to pop and ooze out during cooking.

I have about half a jar left of my pancake mix and I'm going to use it up this weekend, and then make a new batch with fresh baking powder.

Since I'm sick, after doing those chores, I tried to relax the rest of the day, drank lots of fluids, took some meds and crocheted.  While I did that, I watched two Hallmark movies which I absolutely loved.

The first one was called Rural Girl, and the second was Love Finds you in SugarCreek.  I'm giving you the links to where you can watch online, which is where I watched them.

Oh and did I mention that both movies are about the Amish?  Love, Love, Loveeeee!!!

I will probably be watching some more Hallmark or Lifetime movies today, but first, I am going to indulge in some Who do you Think you Are?  but the UK version.

Honestly, if I had the chance, I would totally go back and trace my ancestor's steps and find out exactly where I'm from.  When someone asks me I get a little confused at first because I was born in Mozambique which was a Portuguese Colony so I'm Portuguese, but I left when I was 2, moved to Portugal until I was 10, then to South Africa until I was 24 and then to the USA.

It's a bit difficult trying to explain that to people, and when I'm asked "where are you from?", I instinctively reply "South Africa".  But I'm not really from there am I?

Oh my, I have got myself quite confused with it all hahahah

Anywayyyyyy, as I was saying, I would love to figure it all out.  But for now I will live vicariously through others on TV.

Hope you all have a gorgeous blessed Friday.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A little change and a big hello :)

October 11, 2017
Hi everyone :)

I know, you're probably shocked to see me here with a normal post and not a Happy Homemaker Monday or a Book Review.

Life has again gotten in the way of blogging, as it seems to do quite often lately, but I've been working on getting back on track and being able to start daily blogging again, which is something I'm very passionate about.

I have a lot of ideas and thoughts and things that I want to do, it's just a matter of getting it from my brain to the blog, and that is where I tend to fall short, more often than not.

Anyway, I'm sure the first thing you noticed is that the blog look has changed, and I did that yesterday because I wanted to go back to a more simple set up.  I quite liked my previous template but it was a bit of a pain to work through, there were a lot of behind the scenes html codes, and changes here and there on a daily basis, that got a bit frustrating to deal with.

While this one is not as modern or technologically appealing, it is simple and serves it's purpose.

Life has been going at full speed here, we've been so busy, and with Fall upon us and the temperatures finally cooling down, we've gone full speed into preparing for winter months and hopefully relying more on fire wood instead of the central heating.  *our electricity bill is ridiculous in this house*

October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

Curt has been working hard on chopping wood around the property, and I've been helping him bring it back to the house, stack it and pile it and get it ready.

October 11, 2017

Living on 3 acres means that we have abundant trees, and as the years go by, they die out, branches fall, branches need pruning and so forth.  We are never without firewood, so much so that we give some to my brother as well.

We'll continue to work on our stock pile this coming weekend, as well as finishing harvesting our pecan trees which have started dropping a big harvest.  It's like the back yard is littered in Pecans.

October 11, 2017

I'll freeze as many as I can, but I also want to make some Pecan milk from them.  If I do, I'll share with you the process and show you how it turns out.


I've been trying to use up the last few days of warmth, to dry the clothes outside instead of using the dryer.  All in an attempt to save some money.

I haven't exactly been very successful in that area, since we had a ton of rain coming down on us for what seemed like two weeks straight.



It did help the temperatures to drop because until that moment, Texas seemed a bit confused about what Season of the year we were in.  The high 90's were unrelenting.


Of course when it rains, I turn to even more coffee, so copious amounts of that liquid gold have been consumed.  Thankfully it doesn't keep me from sleeping, or I would be in serious trouble.

Speaking of sleeping, both Curt and I spent last night tossing and turning, and woke up feeling absolutely dreadful.  Sore throats, coughs, congestion, runny noses and fevers.

I hate sending him off to work like that, knowing that I can stay home and lay down if I need to.  Even thought I suggested he maybe take the day off, since he never does, he didn't want to.  I'm blessed with an extremely hard working husband :)

I did send him off with cold meds, orange juice and vitamin C.  Honestly just hoping whatever this cold is, it goes away quick.  But I guess it's that time of year isn't it?  Everyone is coming down with colds and sniffles.

October 11, 2017

The kids are both doing well.  Nicholas has pulled out all the old Nintendo systems and he's been enjoying Super Mario and Yoshi and all the classics.  It's made for some fun bonding moments between him and Curt as they've spent weekends just playing together, laughing and joking.  It's a joy to see.

I'm slowly crocheting through my Mandala Madness, and the newest blanket, the Liliana.

Other than that, it's just been business as usual, every day normal life. 

I've tried to be more consistent in sharing my grocery hauls on my Youtube Channel, so if you haven't yet subscribed, be sure to go on over and do that so you won't miss future hauls.  Starting on Sunday, I'll also be doing a Weekly Meals video showing all our dinners for the week.  It's been requested from me quite a lot and my husband just gave me the push to do it.

I think for the time being that is about as much as you'll see from me when it comes to Vlogging, though I do enjoy the Instagram stories, which I guess is sort of vlogging?

My husband and kids have been trying to talk me into doing Vlogmas this year even though neither of them want to be filmed, but I'm sure I could do small daily videos all through the December.

Let me know what you think and if that is something you would enjoy, I would of course do them on Youtube but also post them here on the blog.

And that's it really, I'm going to get off here as I'm really not feeling well.

Hope you are all doing well, and I'm looking forward to sharing more posts in the coming days :)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/09/2017

Good morning everyone, hope you've had a great weekend.

Mine went by so quickly.  We didn't do anything really, aside from having the family over for dinner on Saturday night and then my nephew slept over.  Yesterday I literally did absolutely nothing, I did a quick cleaning of the house and then sat with hubby and Jasmine and watched some movies.

Today hubby is off work, so we are doing yard work and I think I might rearrange the living room, I'm not sure yet but kind of been throwing ideas around in my mind.  We'll see if it happens or not.

Anyway, I hope you all have a beautiful blessed week ahead.  Let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday!!!

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Just had a cup of coffee with Sweet Cream Creamer, and two pieces of toasted Raisin Bread with butter.

Right now I am::::
Typing up this post, while trying to keep Marley off my lap.  He wants to play so keeps bringing his toys, plopping them on the laptop and then trying to get on my lap as well lol

Looking around the house::::
I just need to pick up in the living rooms, Marley has his toys all over the place.  Other than that, the house is clean and tidy which makes me smile.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....One load of jeans and trousers to wash, and a load of whites.
Cleaning.....In the kitchen, I need to unload the dishwasher and reload.  Make beds, give bathrooms a quick clean.
Homeschooling.....There's no school today   

Cooking....I have a frozen pizza that I'll thrown in for lunch today.  Dinner is Bolognese Pasta and a Salad. 

Currently reading::::
My Fall and Winter tour books have started to trickle in.  I'm going to see which one is first to be reviewed and get right into that one. 

On the TV today::::
Yesterday's Outlander
The Last Post

I was thinking last night that I miss some of the older shows I used to watch, way back in the day.  I might rewatch them.  And I'm talking like really old shows, for example:

Hill Street Blues
St. Elsewhere
Murder she wrote
Love Boat
L.A. Law
Chicago Hope
Twin Peaks

The weather outside is::::
A bit of a strange week ahead, today the highs are in the upper 80's, tomorrow the high will be 65, but then back up to the upper 80's the next day.  Can we PLEASE get Fall weather???? 

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Bolognese Pasta, Salad

Tuesday - Lebanese Chicken with Rice

Wednesday - Skillet Potatoes and Kielbasa, Green Beans

Thursday - Fried Chicken with Mash, Milk Gravy
Friday - Real Italian Calzones

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Try to either start my next book, or grab the camera and go outside for some Fall pictures, OR, start on one of the older TV shows. 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Bolognese Pasta is new, so is the Lebanese Chicken. 

One of my simple pleasures::::
Watching old TV shows.  It makes me so extremely happy, transports me to a simpler time in life and at least for that moment, I am away from the present and all the horrible things going on around us. 

Favorite photo from the camera or internet::::
I was looking through old blog posts and came upon this picture, it made me smile so much because it brought back memories of our library at Luke AFB.  Gosh I miss it.  I have not found a good one since then and it's so sad to me because I love nothing more than spending an afternoon looking through the book shelves.


Praying for::::
All of us, the country in general, that the hatred and disregard for human life and people in general, ends.