Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Review of Esther Emery's Book

The Amazon review:

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done.
What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.
Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along.     

What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.

My personal review:
Excellent! I can't tell you how much I loved this book! After watching Esther's You Tube channel for awhile I knew I had to get this book. All the accolades...I cried, I laughed...glimpses into an already interesting person gives us even more insights into a woman willing to share her thoughts and ideas with us. It's not just about leaving the internet for's the insights gained while doing so. I will re-read this book again and again

So what are you waiting for?! Grab a great book and read!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Few Links

Want a step by step instruction book to help lead you in your journey of homesteading?
This book is it!
The Backyard Homestead is filled with diagrams to aid in designing  your homestead and practical advice on what to do when.
A great book for novices and old pros alike in my opinion.

Want a chance to win a Kitchen Aid mixer? Go here for that chance!

Did you know that cucumbers not only make great eye pads but also help relieve joint pain? And help fight cancer?  Not only do cukes aid in weight loss but they also stabilize your  blood pressure. Learn more here.

 Ok  one last thing before I go
         My son wearing  a watermelon rind for a hat! Betcha didn't see that coming!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Free Stuff with Shop Your Way Points

I use a program called Shop Your Way Points sponsored by Kmart/Sears.

Every day I use the app and spin the wheel in an attempt to win prizes (of my choice) up to $1000
I haven't won a big prize yet....tho they are legit ,I have checked them out.....but I do usually win points.

These points add up fast and then you can redeem them for all sorts of things!
I have gotten dish towels, bath towels, toys, dog food, nail polishes, and more totally free!!! That's right...FREE!

I choose free store pickup so I don't have to pay shipping.

Sometimes they offer surprise points,  points awarded in certain categories that give you money off other purchases. This morning I bought a heavy duty garden hose for half price! And by buying it I earn more points towards other purchases.

The program is free to join and there are no membership fees.
You can shop in-store or online, points work the same.
Don't forget to open the emails they send either! They are filled with more instant win games!

Go ahead, check it out! On smartphones you can get started with the winit app and on computers type in

Oh, and to help a girl out, ONLY, if you really want to enjoy a great family flick series , check out these dvds! Only $10 for 2 seasons !


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Is Over

Christmas is over. They are playing with their gifts. The meal was eaten and phone calls were made.
Legos are scattered on the floor, dishes are piled in the sink, shreds of wrapping paper are hidden behind the tree..peeking out from behind big red boxes of Knex, and candy wrappers abound.

I miss my dad.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Our Monday

After only 2 hours sleep I was up at 4:30 to take my husband to work so I can have the car to go get propane, which is how I cook and shower.

It is a 1 1/2 hour round trip so when i got home the sun was already up. Well, as much sun as we are gonna get this time of year.
I read blogs for a little while and then fell asleep for a few hours. I guess only 2 hours sleep isn't enough!

Park's friend Nick, the one who got his truck stuck in my muddy driveway last night, came over to have lunch with us. He was driving his mom's car. On the dirt road leading to my house he swerved to miss a cat and slammed into a tree!! Praise God that he wasn't hurt worse than he was!

So lunch was put on hold while we checked the car, he bent the frame!, and then the boys took my car into town to buy propane. Sandwiches can wait! And a chain for Jane the new dog, who eats thru every leash I use!

Later in the day, after laundry and lunch with some rowdy kids ,we discovered we had a bobcat , or more than 1, on our property. Praise God for neighbors who tell you what they see!!
We never had this problem when we had pigs-  makes me rethink my plan of selling them off!

I drove back to my husband's work to pick him up and came for a supper of smoothies, salads and more sandwiches.

Another Christmas movie and we were done for the night!

Sunday Brought A New Dog (and other things)

Well Sunday started off with a bang!
I get a call from my teen son who is spending the weekend with a friend. Emergency! We have a lost dog here and 20 degree weather and nobody to take her in .
Meet Jane.
She is mine now. 😕

What else can I do? Thankfully she is good as gold with my other inside dog, Snickers.

Then I fed the chickens, cleaned out the cat carriers- I have 3 ready to give birth- washed dishes for what seemed like an hour, baked some rolls to go with our tortellini lunch and reveled in the wonders of the coffee pot's contents!

I also swept the whole house and cleaned the bathtub. ( the fun never ends around here)

The kids puttered and played with the new dog.

For supper I cooked tacos and sent my son to the store for ice. He and his friend went to get it. However his friend's truck broke down in our long muddy driveway.  So Parker ( my son) used the tractor to pull it out and we tried to start it to no avail. So the boys took my car to get the ice . But they came home withthout it! Parker  paid for it but forgot to grab it on his way out. Back to the store he went!  Dropping his friend off on the way, without supper, because we took so long getting to it and his mom needed him! I felt bad!

Finally supper was on and a Christmas movie was put on and everyone settled in.

2 hours later, dishes were piled into the sink so I quickly washed them up and went to bed like everyone else. 

And that was Sunday.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Friday and Saturday

Last night I ran into town and bought a small notebook and flashlight for my daughter to send to one of her penpals. While I was at the store I decided to just walk and wander.

I bought a coffee and grabbed a cart. Mind you the most exciting thing I bought was cat food.
Anyway I checked clearance for any fantastic deals- there were none.
I meandered thru Christmas and was amazed at what people would spend !!
I looked at dvds and again thought I lived in Sodom and Gomorrah.
I dreamed a little when I looked at sweaters.
Then I grabbed a doughnut to console myself ( ha, 50 cents!) and checked out.

I met up with my son and his friend and headed straight back to the store because they said they were hungry and since they were staying the night at the house they are fixing up they had no food. So I bought them a few treats and we talked for awhile , just sitting in the car in the Walmart parking lot . I loved every minute of it!

Yep,my son is fixing up a house that was given to his friend. He will move out soon. He will be over there alot til he is old enough to leave. He still homeschools but I will graduate him soon. He will only be a few miles down the road but still.....I am not looking forward to that fateful day!

Saturday was the big grocery trip. 45 minutes to Sam's Club. (Really we live 45 minutes from anything. We just got lucky with the Walmart because all the other tiny towns drive here to shop at it. Before that all we had was a Piggly Wiggly.  And not much else.
I bought lots of salad things and fruit for smoothies. A few packs of chicken for crockpot meals I planned.

We finished the trip with a quick bite to eat which counted as dinner and came home,  fed the chickens, took the laundry off the line ( with a flashlight in the dark!), started a fire and watched a movie.

Now we are all in bed and I am blogging. No more tho because we have come to the end of this post!

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