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Love, Excitement & Gratitude

It’s been a long time since I wrote a post about stuff I’m excited about or all things in my life for which I grateful. I’ve been in a funk and have a wicked head cold, so I thought this would be a good time to do so. And I’m hoping that it’ll cheer me up.


These books:

24875387[1]Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams: This book is the third in the author’s Schuyler sisters’ trilogy. This novel focuses on Pepper, who’s pregnant with the baby of her married lover (who sounds a lot like Robert Kennedy). Although Pepper is as interesting and funny as ever, Annabelle Dommerich is the character who really intrigued me. Anabelle’s story unfolds during pre-World War II Europe. Annabelle falls in love with a German Jew, but ends up married to a Nazi general. What? The story is astonishing, heartbreaking, and riveting. When Pepper meets her in 1966, Annabelle is a widow, but the reader doesn’t know which man she’s mourning. Continue reading Love, Excitement & Gratitude


Several of my fellow bloggers periodically share with their followers what they’re reading, eating, watching, etc.  When I first started blogging, I sort of did this with my “Things to be Excited About” posts, but I stopped writing those, because the title started to bug me.  A year later, I still haven’t come up with a clever and original LKM title for these posts, so I’m going to unabashedly borrow the “Currently” label.  Currently, I am…

Reading.  As I mentioned in my FTSF post last week, I have been indulging in quite a bit of reading to help me get through the winter.  I read SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes, which was recommended to be by Kelly McKenzie, and it was fabulous.  I read it in conjunction with the Life Channing Habit of Typing Up, and the two books really motivated me to get my act together (more below).  I just finished Family Pictures by Jane Green, and although it was good, it was not what I thought it was going to be – and the ending is cheesy.  IMG_20150227_125421_013 (3)I’m getting ready to start A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner for my book club.  I’ve been book club-less for about two years and, finally, someone has taken pity on me and invited me to join.  I’m so excited!


Listening.  My thirst for good books cannot be quenched by reading alone alas, I’m also an audio book junkie.  I’ve just listened to three very different books.  Queen Bees and Wannabes is all about adolescent girls and their relationships.  Oh, it was a frightening read.  My heart aches for my daughter, as she gets ready to tiptoe around the landmines of middle and high school.  The book about tidying that I referenced above is fantastic!  (It’s a very brief read or listen.) I was emptying closets as I listened, so motivated was I.  I’m still going – and it feels great.  I will leave you with a little preview below of the current state of my office, ten days after I purged.  I’m so excited.  It feels great!  Future post about organizing (yes, I am seriousJ).  Finally, I listened to a fantastic Johnathon Tropper novel, The Book of Joe.  I think Tamara is the one who recommended that to me?  I think I’m going to read all of Tropper’s backlist.  I loved it.  Continue reading Currently

Days of December

I’m back…sort of.  In my last Latchkey Mom post, A Thankful Status Update,  I proclaimed that I would be spending more time enjoying the holidays than writing about them.  I’ve been trying to do that and a few times, I’ve even succeeded.  I’ve also spent a fair amount of time stressing about how much I still need to get done.  Despite all my plans, I’m behind.  Alas, I will share the events of the last few weeks with pictures.


For the second year in a row, we bought our tree the weekend of Thanksgiving.  If you recall, last year’s tree was HUGE!  So, I was very excited to see what my husband was going to bring home for us this year.  Imagine my surprise when I saw this tree – the smallest we’ve had in years.  I kept laughing and asking him if this was a joke.  “Where’s the real tree?”  He insisted that this was it.  I didn’t believe him.  I think I may have lost a few brownie points with my in-laws, who kept commenting about what a beautiful tree it was.  Problem was, we have boxes of ornaments and lights that we’ve purchased to cover our gigantic trees from the last few years.  We compromised… Continue reading Days of December

Things to be Excited About – October 2014

Lately I’ve been over-indulging (in a good way) in positive and inspirational activities. I’m immersing myself into The Skinny Dip Society (more on that in a later post), attending Bloggy Boot Camps, reading Live Happy magazine and focusing on all the good in my life.  I’m irritatingly happy and optimistic these days.  Ergo, time for a Things To Be Excited About post!  Without further ado, here they are: Continue reading Things to be Excited About – October 2014