I promise one of these days I’ll be back to posting regulary, but some really great things have been happening lately.

First off I went back home to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving.

Then I got married:


Then we went to spend our Honeymoon & Christmas in Germany with my husband’s family.


(Do you spot the tiny castle above us 🙂 We hiked up there to tour it)

Then we decided to spend New Years eve freezing to death in a tent to do a hiking/camping trip.


Now since we are finally home and starting to settle, we’re getting our apartment in order and joining our church.


Now on to some book reviews! 🙂


Happy New Year!



Weekend Whirlwind

Sorry for the radio silence over the weekend. I think I forgot what my own house even looks like. No worries, I have a pile of 6ish books I’m going to be posting reviews on over the next couple of days.

Friday was a going away party for one of our friends.

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Lots of laughs and great discussions were to be had.

Saturday was the bachelor/bachelorette parties for my Sister and her fiancee.

Us girls lunched and then did pottery painting/mosaic making:

(From left: My sister, my step-mom, yours truly)

(my Sister’s photo frame)

(my Dorothy Parker Quote mug)

The dudes had a night of “Guns, Women and Booze” (aka they went to a shooting range and then a bar)

(The Groom!)
17951888_645358925651789_2490418272705992631_n(My fiancee)

Sunday was church and family time – still go, go, go!

Monday was the wedding!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES17992230_10203001660558408_3146692557867617894_nAll in all, a wonderful and emotional weekend!

Back to bookishness 🙂


Life has been a bit on the crazy side as of lately.

I’ll have this back up and running soon, I promise!

I don’t know if anyone saw this news story:


But, my Dad is the co – owner of the company and was injured. Also it was my Sister’s Boyfriend’s Brother that was airlifted to the hospital. The family is healing, though much saddened by the loss of one of the team. I’d appreciate any prayers to my family.

On the upswing, my garden is flourishing:


And I got some new trail walking shoes! They don’t hurt my feet! Yay, Keens!

(One of my upcoming posts will be about camping, the Camino and gear.)

Hope you all are well.

Tell you’re family you love them – you never know when the last time will be!


Jumble Round Up

After a great start, I now haven’t updated in ages – oops. Life has been a little on the busy side. Lots of The Beau and his Daughter’s 16th birthday celebratory items going on  The birthday prep(s) and executions were big fun, and it’s been so wonderful to be a part of her (their) life. Between being generally busy, visiting the Grandma’s, working on my garden, working at the job, sprinkling in a  few migraines – I have been a bit down for the count.


I have been productive in several areas, however.

First off – I started a garden! My Grandma was nice enough to let me use a garden bed at her house that she hadn’t worked in about 3 years. It took me 4-5 hours to get up all the bark and plastic covering, dig it up, turn in new soil & fertilizer and get the new plantings in. This is my first crack at gardening, and because I live in the Pac. N.W,  most of this is an experiment.


These are at week 2 after planting. Next week I hope to update with week 4, as it’s grown even more since then. Also, within the next couple of days I’ll upload the pictures of my deck (mostly herb) garden. To the garden at the Grandma’s I hope to add a late planting of potatoes and sweet potatoes (probably way too late, but I still want to try it.)


In the writing life, I’ve dug out my Camp NaNo 2012 novel (a historical romance with working title “Coming Home), thinking I was merely going to edit the thing – and have since realized it needs a complete re-write, including the removal of several characters (or merging thereof).



By the end of June my goal is to have a workable, cohesive outline and plot lines. If at all possible, I’d like a get a jump on the writing of now needed scenes, as I will be on vacation for most of July. If I can get most of the scenes written out, clear out my head in July, then I can edit it all together by (hopefully) the end of August. Anywho, that’s the goal!


I cannot wait for July! The 10-17 the Beau and I are driving to Yellowstone to camp for a week! (well, we’re camping for 4 or 5 days out of the week due to driving). I’m so excited! I went to Yellowstone with some family a few years back for a quick trip and fell absolutely in love!

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone took my breath away and made me feel gratitude in God on such a level I cannot even describe.

Also, my Aunt, cousin and I took some fun Wild West Pictures

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(I’m on the right.)


This will be The Beau’s first time in Yellowstone  – and after last year’s trip to Glacier, I can’t wait to experience it with him.

3 days after we get back from Yellowstone, we’re headed over the mountains to Lake Chelan, where my family has camped every year for 20 some odd years. This may be the Beau’s Daughter’s first time coming with us – and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the clan.



Once I stop feeling like death, I’m also looking forward to pounding the pavement a little more and getting back on track for Camino/long hiking practice. The Beau and I aren’t planning to do our Camnio til 2017, but I need all the practice I can get.

Well, this has been a long post, and thank you for bearing with me.

OH MY GOSH! As I was typing the last bit, a humming bird just flew up to me, and hovered not 3 feet in front of my face, zoomed around my deck garden and left. Less than 30 seconds later it did the same thing – but chirped at me a couple times, went around the balcony and left again.

Clearly it’s asking where the heck the juicy flower and food are. I suppose I need to get a hummingbird feeder!


Hope everyone is well!

What’s the Point of This Anyhow?




Basically, I decided to quit the majority of Social Media. Well, I’m taking a break anyway. No Facebook, Twitter, or (maybe) Tumblr from June 1 – Sept. 1. Why? Three reasons mostly.

1, I spend way too much of my life endlessly scrolling – and not living my life. I work all day on the phone and in-front of a computer, and then after work basically do the same thing. That is no way to live.

2, I feel like the prevalence of social media as major mode of communication (especially between families)  is a bit frightening. In this day and age it seems like, unless you’ve ‘seen it on Facebook’ you’ve missed out. Every invite to any social gathering (and I, myself am guilty of this) I have received has been through social media, every big announcement only comes through social media, if you’re not connected you’re out of the loop. Even relationships aren’t considered ‘official’ until they are ‘Facebook official’.

3, I am sick of my content being mined to instantly sell me something on the side. The second I search for something, or ‘like’ something on social media, hell anytime I click on something out of curiosity – suddenly I’m inundated with ads wanting me to buy something – which is just going to mine even more data. It seems to be an endless, potentially dangerous circle.

That being said, I know there are a lot of  good aspects to these things as well. I’ve reconnected with people I’d lost touch with – and have been able to see the goings-on of family spread far and wide. I just think, that it should be used more as a tool and less as indispensable part of life.

Soooo, I decided for the summer, I’m stepping away from the majority of social media  to remember how to live, and to remember what my life goals are (and work toward them.)

Simply stated, I want to live my life, and write about it.

In talking it over with The Beau, he suggested I write a blog – and thus remembered my long forgotten WordPress. I thought it was a perfect idea, and a good way to get me back into the habit of writing myself. In this sense, I can still contribute to the online community (and those who wish to stay connected), yet be free to be living a life off the internet as well.

So, what kinds of things will you see written about here? Every day life, novel writing, poetry writing, my journney with Weight Watchers, vegan eating, canning, gardening (MY CITRUS SCENTED GARDENIA HAS IT’S FIRST FLOWER OF THE SEASON STARTING TODAY!), Camino De Santiago Preparation, God, Being Seventh Day Adventist, family, daily life, observations and any other number of random things that interest me.

Thank’s for reading and looking into this little glimpse of my life 🙂