Friday, February 6, 2015

Bishop Arts Fun!

Last weekend, Hubby & I went on a double date with some friends to check out Dallas' only Cidery. We shared a sampling of all 4 of their home brewed ciders, & they did not disappoint. The bartender was so knowledgeable, you would think he owned the place! This will definitely be a place we come back to!
 We decided to walk to Oddfellows for dinner. Their Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese has been on my mind ever since! Chicken tenders covered in buffalo sauce atop a heaping bowl of creamy mac & cheese with blue cheese crumbles sprinkled throughout. I should have taken a picture, but that would have required putting my fork down! ;)
After dinner we were much to full for the best pie you have ever had, so we decided on a nightcap at Whitehall Exchange. I have walked past this place numerous times & always thought their indoor/outdoor bar was a cool concept. It was too cold to take advantage of it this trip though! Which just means we will have to go back :)
 And this Choco-Tini will have me coming back anyway! The perfect dessert drink, but I wouldn't drink more than one - the possibility of a sugar coma would be real! ;)

I am having so much fun trying new places in Dallas! Is there somewhere you think I should add to my list?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Book 4 "One in the Spirit"

The 4th book on my Empty Shelf is "One in the Spirit" by David C. K. Watson. I was excited to read this book from the preface on the very first page! "No one group within the true Church of God has a monopoly of the Spirit's presence. ('One in the Spirit' David C. K. Watson)" I have witnessed first hand people believing only their denomination has the power of the Holy Spirit, it made me very uncomfortable, even though I was a member of this person's denomination at the time. So this book's beginning made me excited to read more!
I quickly found out that this book was not good for my regular bedtime reading! It regularly had me up searching for a pen to underline a point, or had me stopped in my tracks pondering a humbling thought. I felt it was a short, but powerful read!
I don't know if it is still in print being copyrighted in 1973, but if you can get your hands on a copy, I recommend it! I will let you borrow mine if you don't mind my underlining :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Fence!

I've been meaning to share this with you since it was completed right after Thanksgiving!
 Getting a new fence has been on our to do list since we bought our home.
 Ghost making his own personal exit in the fence, moved it to the top of the to do list!
 We really needed it though, there weren't many more things Hubby could have done to keep this one standing.
 We got some quotes, looked at some pics, & chose our guy :)
 And I stood in the window taking pics of them tearing out the fence :)
That's not creepy, right?!
 Now we have a beautiful new fence!
 Thank you to Hubby's Mom & Dad for our Christmas gift of helping pay for it! We had to have a fence, but ya'll helped us get a nice beautiful fence!!
Once the weather drys up (this summer) we have to get it stained, then it will show it's awesome cedar color even more!
We got a double wide gate, the small portion is what we use regularly, but the larger side can be opened up to have a 10' opening!
The gate from the outside. Ghost isn't getting out of this fence! :)
Yea for home improvements!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book 3 "There's No Place Like Here"

The third book on my Empty Shelf is an Audio Book. I was given a small stack of audio books from a friend, & I decided to try one out while cleaning this week. I think it helped me stay productive :)
"There's No Place Like Here" by Cecelia Ahern was a good book! I would like to find it in written form so I can read it, as I feel I get more understanding when I'm the one reading.
It is about a little girl who's school mate goes missing, which leads her to panic in search every time anything goes missing, like her socks. She grows up with this panic, until she also goes missing. This book was nothing like what I was expecting just from the cover, it was so much more!
So what do you do to keep yourself on task while cleaning or doing household chores? Listening to Audio Books might become my new thing!

Friday, January 16, 2015

2nd Book "The Litigators" John Grisham

The second book on my 2015 Empty Shelf is "The Litigators" by John Grisham. I have said before that I love John Grisham!! He always has interesting characters making it very difficult to put the book down & go to bed!
This book was about a mass tort lawsuit, & it did not disappoint with it's crazy characters!
Let's hear about the books you have read this year! Join us at 2015 Empty Shelf Challenge on Facebook!

Friday, January 9, 2015

I'm Going to be an Aunt, Again!!

My brother & sister are having another baby!! :)
 Baby Luke wore this to tell me :) Of course, I didn't get it & thought the shirt was referring to him being an awesome brother to his "sister" Sammie (a miniature Schnauzer)
It wasn't until after Hubby & sister were asking if I had read it, that I understood :)
 We are all very excited!!! I got to go with them to hear the heartbeat!! :) That was very special! The Doctor said good strong heartbeat! :) I can't wait to welcome you to the world little strong heartbeat! But for now mommy is doing a great job of growing you!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book 1 of 2015

The first book on this year's Empty Shelf is "Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox. This is his second autobiography (now I need to read the first) & it is mainly about his life after quitting full time acting. He talks about starting his nonprofit, his faith, his family life, & delving into politics.
This book will cause you to think. While I do not agree with some of his beliefs, his writing style & sincerity are rarely seen. He even tries to understand where other beliefs may be coming from. His marriage, as portrayed throughout this book, is one to be looked up to. I always enjoyed Michael J. Fox the actor, mainly from Family Ties, but this book helped me see Michael J. Fox the man.
Who else has started their first book for 2015? Let's get to reading!!