19 Days and Counting Down to Summer

Its almost that time again for the final bells of school to ring. I am looking forward to a nice vacation of sleeping late. Actually I think I will even stay up past 9pm. I haven’t set a goal for any summer projects yet. I like to have something to keep me busy. I don’t like idle time. Being somewhat productive is nice. I know I will be an official dog sitter of my two sweet puppies! I will be saying goodbye to several of my students on my bus. They will be headed toward high school. I wish them all well in all of their new beginnings. I have been their bus driver for 1 year. I worked every day that school was open. Never missed a day. I am also looking forward to seeing the kids again next year. I am sure I will lose some to them moving somewhere off my route. But I am truly looking forward to more quiet days.

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NetGalley & Book Reads & More

I did join NetGalley and I received a member reader button. I hear it changes the more you read. I have read one book from there. It was called The Empty Chair by Penny Goetjen. It is still available to read if you haven’t gotten it yet. It was a nice mystery read about a daughter looking for her mother. Thats all I will say It was a good book to follow and in a great setting of the Carribean. I have others that I have requested and received, A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris and, If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leia Weiss. I haven’t started them yet because I am half way through Heartless by Marissa Meyer. She is the queen of The Lunar Chronicles. I will be obtaining the rest of them here from Book Outlet. They are Cinder, Scarlet, Winter, Fairest, Stars Above. I have also been told that I should try Dorothy Must Die series by another avid reader. I have read that they are a take off of Dorothy after Oz. I will have to check them out. Along with all of my other hobbies I try to keep active in numerous things, sometimes maybe to much. I have also completed my 3rd monthly quilt block. I am also looking forward to the 12th one! Thanks Sally & Joyce for the fun travels to Marietta to Tiny Stitches to obtain these beauties. I am always looking forward to our travel day. Ok I got plenty to do so off to the hobby world!

Goodbye 2016 (soon)

We are about to embark on a new year. So with that said my new year thing is to love my self more, craft more, read more, do a much better filing of computer files and pictures than 2016 and before. I am starting a 2017 Good Reads book challenge. I have added a lot of new book to my list. Hopefully I will succeed. I have also joined Netgalley to incorporate more new reads to my library as well. I am starting a memory journal where I plan to jot down thoughts of the day as well as what happened. Wish me luck on the woman “Dear Diary” concept! I never got into the adult coloring books. Not saying I won’t, but so far its not in my future. I plan on crafting more to. Along with that I am still scrapbooking and love it dearly. I am hoping that me and my family relationships will grow stronger with the new year coming. Thanks for the thought to read here. Look for me soon to be blogging about the new book reads!

 

Summer… Where did it go??

Well, the summer time off is slowly declining.  😦   The sounds of school buses, school bells, kids on the streets will diminish to evening times. It’s somewhat bittersweet but yet a little satisfying. I personally had a great summer. And I still have almost 4 weeks before I HAVE to get up at 5am… Yeah not happy about that time by no means. I started my summer break with attacking my dining room walls. Yep I tackled a paint job. After 3 audio books and 1 gallon of Kiltz and 1 gallon of cream paint that much needed task became finished. And it is so much brighter and prettier. I have decided to paint the pantry door the same color also. Just haven’t gotten that done yet. I WILL I PROMISE!!!

Don’t let me forget what the neighbor trashed!! Well this was tossed on the side of the road. Just before a monsoon rain came I rescued it. Then I tackled it for days in the carport. Primed and painted it diligently. Then I accepted a final color. White of course. It was almost a week before I finally moved it into the house. I was still working on the dining room!! After getting that completed the hutch arrived. I them made it feel much better by giving it some nice things to display!! What ya think? Thanks to my neighbors. One mans trash turned into treasure. Hey what ya got out on your street?

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Thanks for reading, Victoria

 

SUMMER

Can I just say to start, YAAAHHHOOO!!! Summer time is almost here for us bus drivers. If your one you know what I am talking about. Well, Finally for me some time off. Yes, I will be sleeping past 6am!!! Its been pretty hot thus far on the big ole yellow tin can… I tell the kids every afternoon last week and so far, “Step into my easy bake oven”. No we don’t have air conditioner on the bus I am on. But who knows what the future will hold. Wish me luck readers for a full time hire position before August 10. Why that date? Well, it will be the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Umm yeah?? This is a new chapter for me and so far since January 2016 it hasn’t been bad. Well I thought the world ended when I was trying to take the written portion of my CDL testing. Geez, that was tough and I am not ashamed to admit it. But any way that part is over. So yes I will say again looking forward to summer time. I plan to remodel and paint the craft studio, paint the dining room, baby sit the garden, re-finish a nice hutch I found by the road side, learn a new recipe or two. And some where in the busyness I plan on updating the sandbox for the dogs into a nice fire pit for this fall. Look out scores here I come. Then I plan on getting in some good reads or audible books to. Got to finish the Veronica Roth Divergent series, and the Gillian Flynn series. Ok enough for now you all have a great summer!! Victoria

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Happy Birthday?

Just reached that milestone in my life. Becoming 50 yrs young today April 22. Personally it’s just a number. I have always felt like it is up to the individual as to how they look, act, feel. To me if you act like a older person you will be that older person. I refuse to be that way. I want to be able to chase my grandkids as long as I can. So come on you ole’ couch critter sitters, get up and move. I know I am not in the best healthy shape ever or as most people. I do walk up my street every night. Yes I walk in the cold and only sprinkles. But I do work in my garden, I cut grass with my hubby, I plant flowers, and don’t for get the de-weeding process. We trimmed a lot in our yard a couple of weeks ago. And seriously I could barely lift a water bottle after the first day. But the second day we trimmed more and the pain eased up. I slept super great all of those evening to. But mainly I wanted to post that it is my birthday today and yes I am proud to say that I am 50. Thank you to all of my friends who wished me a happy birthday and thank you to my wonderful family that I get the chance to share it with. ~Victoria~

 

Spring Sprang Sprung

This is my latest quilt design I am laboring over. It is a French Braid Pattern or as others may call it a Friendship Braid. I am using a half hexagon template and a small jelly roll. I watched a You Tube video by Missouri Star Quilt Company that got me wanting to do this pattern. It has sashing in it that is the solid green. I will have it all the way around and in between the rows. So for I have completed 3 rows, and I will end up with 7 rows. I have no idea what the finished size will be. It’s a work in progress. The hardest and longest part was cutting out the small half hexagon. Glad thats’s over with. I will post updates when I get more completed.  ~Victoria~

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To Pinterest or not to Pinterest

Ok you all have probably been there at least one time or another right? Well, I catch myself looking at least every day. Maybe to just see whats happening on the beginning page or maybe to actually search ideas to save for a later use.. YEAH RIGHT!! Tha is another thing we all look, and look, and look. Pin those pictures, save them in lots of neatly categorized folders and files in our own little collection world. Only to find out that we will never go back and look at them again. So really what is Pinterest used for.. Oh wait I think I have it figured out. It’s a secret ploy to get us to waste an hour or two browsing through lots of things and we for some reason can’t think for ourselves? Then to save the photo and create tons of clutter cloud space to never look at again. Ok I am a Pinterest gal to I like it a lots. But come on peeps can’t we find other things to do instead of random searches for “things”.

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Back in Session

Yep today has arrived and those school busses are rolling again. It was a busy am going back to work. I am still in training for a bus driver job, but it is getting closer to me actually getting ready to take my state exam. Then I will hopefully be moving on to my own school route at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. So this will be quick. Come celebrate with me and lets enjoy the last 7 weeks and 2 days of 2015-2016 school year!!

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