What I’m doing, reading, watching {Summer 2016}

Back in the day, I began these “What I’m doing, reading, watching…” posts to bring something a little more carefree to the blog {because most of what I write is pretty serious}. Lately, I’ve tried to convince myself these seasonal posts don’t fit here.

The experts tell you to define your mission. I have. They say you need to blog within your niche’. I do. Every once in a while, though, I share a post that veers a little off the beaten path. Thus, the “What I’m doing, reading, watching…” posts, which I’ve realized I look forward to writing each quarter. So, without further ado…

What I did this summer…

This past summer was so hot and even as I write this mid-September, there’s a “heat advisory” on my weather app. In spite of the heat, I managed to keep most of my flowers on the patio alive. We also survived attending Grandson’s t-ball games. {Why do they schedule outdoor sporting events for 4-year-old’s at the hottest hour of the day?}

Daughter and son-in-law are doing a major home renovation. I spent a few summer days lending a hand painting doors and walls {with long breaks to love on my grand-pups, take photos of the cows, and lay in the hammock under the Oklahoma sky}.

We enjoyed our vacation with son and his family to San Antonio. It was super hot there, too, but I had my trusty water bottle-mister. It’s how I survive trips to the 3rd world. And, it works for Texas amusements parks in July, too!

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What I read this summer…

Serious reads –

Atlas Girl, by Emily T. Wierenga – ¹Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else. You may very well find something of yourself in Emily’s story. I know I sure did.

Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent, by Beth Moore – So grateful to my aunt for recommending this study. I loved it so much I still have it sitting in my study basket, months later. I plan to go back through it again. It is too rich to digest once through.

Named by God, by Kasey Van Norman – ²Whatever season of life you may find yourself in, “Named by God” will guide you into a more intimate and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. This study will take you deep – into your past, present, and future. It changed me and challenged me – deeply.

Fiction –

The Mistress of Tall Acre, by Laura Frantz – You know I love historical fiction and this did not disappoint. The post-American revolution story draws on every emotion and delivers a book that kept me up way too late at night.

The Blue Castle, by L. M. Montgomery – As a fan of the Anne of Green Gables stories, I cannot believe I’d never read The Blue Castle – until now. Legendary. Beautiful. Hilarious. Tender. Delightful. I did not want the story to end.

Mail Order Brides – Season 1:  Charlotte’s Summer, Falling for Beth, Alice in Winterland, and Spring Belle, by Annie Lane – This is a clean, sweet western romance series. Each story is a stand-alone book. Season 2 may be on my reader before too long.

What was on my DVR this summer…

Have you seen Motive, an original series on USA? Neither had I, until this summer. And because I’m a glutton for detective dramatizations, well, I’m hooked. Warning:  I suggest you not watch while eating. Some scenes are quite gruesome.

Due to a lack of summer television viewing options, I turned to my Amazon Prime watch-list and found Lark Rise to Candleford. I fell in love with this delightful British series and am now in withdrawal, having finished it in late August. {If you have Amazon Prime you can watch it free, as of 9/20/16.}

Some favorite pins as of late…What about this summer? Here's an update on what I was doing, reading, watching. Ideas for living and enjoying the season.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/88031367695932943/ – Because I have a little experience with packing for missions travel, I can confirm this list has some great suggestions.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/88031367696011615/ – This image of Beth Moore’s recommendations for Bible study tools inspired me to write the recent post 10 books that changed me.

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2015/01/low-carb-pb-j-thumbprint-cookies-gluten-free.html#RGtuKh8QG3g8TlqF.32 – I have not done it yet, but I plan to try these. Because they look yummy I mean they are healthy and low carb, okay, because they look yummy!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/88031367695571476/ – Oh, my goodness! This T.S. Eliot quote is it.

¹Atlas Girl, by Emily T. Wierenga

²Named by God, by Kasey Van Norman

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2 thoughts on “What I’m doing, reading, watching {Summer 2016}

  1. I love reading your blog whether you are serious or just sharing your life it helps me get to know you a bit better. You have unique ideas. thanks for all you do and the effort you put into the blog.

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