About becky68

47 year old Single mother of 3 kids. Originally from Massachusetts I have lived for the past 10+ years in Southwestern Virginia & love it here.

Book List 2016

I began the year by finishing the Outlander series then moved on, back to the present.

  1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  5. A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  6. At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  7. Love Letters from Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  9. Revival by Stephen King
  10. 11/23/63 by Stephen King
  11. World War Z by Max Brooks
  12. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
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2016 year in review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? 

Our office moved this year,  I was in charge of much of this.  That was a challenge. I can not say I pulled it off flawlessly & with out a hitch but it was bumpy, rough & quite unpleasant.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn’t make any resolutions last year & I probably won’t do so this year either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 

Nope
4. Did anyone close to you die? 

No,  not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?

I never left the state

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

As always,  more money!

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I don’t recall the exact date but I know that it was in late August that I was told the office would have to move by the new owners of the building the doctors office I work for were in.  The office had been in the same spot for 12 years the whole prospect of moving was overwhelming to say the least.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting the office moved without loss of life or limb.
9. What was your biggest failure?

I bought a car in April,  the engine blew up 5-6 weeks later,  I got a new engine for the car but it’s still not on the road. Then,  in August the Toyota we had died too & I had no money for a replacement vehicle,  Cam had money saved & stepped up, found & purchased another car.

10. What was the best thing you bought?

Not that car! Probably felt to make felt food which is an obsession of mine now!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Cameron is still,  for a 17 year old,  very helpful,  kind & patient with me & my issues,  from our move into our new place in March to his aforementioned saving of the day with the car purchase
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?

I am still pretty damn horrified by how many people were fooled by Trump’s BS.
13. What song will always remind you of 2016 

If I Had A Heart (Vikings theme song)
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Been sick,  I had a horrible infection during March & April

16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?

World War Z by Max Brooks

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016? 

Comfortable and mostly teal,  green,  purple or black.

21. What kept you sane?

Crafting

22. Who did you miss?

My uncle Howie,  my cousin Jen (not dead,  just 1000 or so miles away.) & Eric still.

23. Who was the best new person you met?

No new friends,  just acquaintances,  I’m a pretty dedicated introvert.

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2016

Too many to list.

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I don’t really have one this year.

Book List 2015

This is late and short, but whatever, at least it’s here.
After viewing season 1 of Starz’s great take on Diana Gabaldon’s awesome Outlander series I decided it was time to re-read the books. That took up pretty much the whole year & I only got a little over halfway through the series as it stands now.

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. A Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  4. The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Also Began the Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon but didn’t finish it before New Years day.

2015 review

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I successfully taught my 16 year old to drive a stick shift.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I resolved to wear mascara more often, that has not worked out as I have found I’m much more prone to eye infections than I used to be.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grandmother at 47 & that’s quite all right with me!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
my favorite uncle did, he had brain cancer & my best friend’s mom, of stomach cancer.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, barely even any other counties!
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Again, more money
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Getting to see my middle daughter & playing cards against humanity with Lois’ future in laws.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
We haven’t had a single week at work where we had to wait to cash our paychecks until there was money in the bank!
9. What was your biggest failure?
I lost my house, even with the lower payments I just couldn’t swing it with my reduced hours & pay rate.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Really nothing, just trying to make it.
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cameron has been quite kind, helpful and sweet.
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Congress
13. What song will always remind you of 2015
Take me to church by Hozier
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
16. Did you fall in love in 2015?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
The Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?
Diet land
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot.
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I was sane?
22. Who did you miss?
Still Eric.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Other than patients at work, I haven’t really met or gotten to know anyone really.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2015
I got nothing this year
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
We are all of us in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars

Grandma Laing’s Stuffing Recipe

By “Grandma Laing” I’m speaking of my grandmother, whose maiden name was Laing’s, great grandmother. So her father’s grandmother.      For a 20 lb bird

3 cups of chopped onion approximately 1/2 inch square pieces

5, 14 oz bags of common crackers ground to penny size

3 sticks of butter

3 quarts of milk

8 eggs

1 teaspoon pepper

6 tablespoons salt

6 tablespoons bells poultry seasoning

after you chop the onions & break up the common crackers, mix together.

Put butter & milk in a pan & heat on stove to scalding hot.

Mix salt, pepper & bells seasoning together in a small bowl and sprinkle over cracker & onion mix.

Break eggs one at a time into cracker mix and stir between each eggs addition.

once milk is hot & butter melted pour in 1/2 cup increments into the cracker mix until blended.

let cool (preferably overnight)before stuffing the bird. Or cook in a casserole with the turkey, if you like turkey neck meat it is also good to pack stuffing around the turkey neck and bake them together

 

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Went to Massachusetts & stayed in a hotel instead of with Family. Although of course, I had Cam, Lois & Av with me in the hotel.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made a sort-of resolution to start wearing earrings daily again. While working at Dish, with a headset on my head all the time I was there, earrings were painful, I spend a lot of my free time making beaded earrings & it occurred to me that I ought to wear them since I don’t have to wear a headset daily.
This year, I’m planning to try to start wearing mascara daily again. My eyelashes are so light that my eyes disappear into my face with out mascara & I’d like to not look so washed out all the time.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope, still not a grandmother at 46 & that’s quite all right with me!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope, not this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
No other countries, just Massachusetts for 4 days in July
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Again, more money
7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Nothing specific, obviously going to Massachusetts for a few days with the kids was awesome, all the holidays & multiple weekends visiting Lois & Av or having them over to our house were great. Labor Day weekend we put up the huge bookshelves that were my mothers & the main reason we took the trip to Mass. in the first place.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Work is getting smoother, we haven’t had a single week where we had to wait to cash our paychecks until there was money in the bank!
There is also the fact that I refinanced my house, decreased my mortgage payment by over $130. per month.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I’m not sure that there is anything specific, I did lose some weight, but I would have liked to lose more, we’re doing ok at work financially (which is the main focus of my job) but I would still have liked for us to do better.
10. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing specific, I still have my house. So that’s good
11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
For the first semester of his Sophomore year at school, Cameron got all A’s & B’s in 2 out of 3 marking periods!
12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
Politicians
13. What song will always remind you of 2014
Demons by Imagine Dragons.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Gotten my Earrings out there in the public to be seen/purchased
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying
16. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Nope.
17. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy, or maybe the new Outlander series on Starz.
18. What was the best book you read?
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Part of the Outlander series)
19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Money again!
20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014
Warm when it’s cold. Cool when it’s hot.
21. What kept you sane?
Who said I was sane?
22. Who did you miss?
Still Eric.
23. Who was the best new person you met?
Other than patients at work, I haven’t really met or gotten to know anyone really.
24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2014
I think I knew this one before, but I’ve had to put it into practice more this year than in past years.  You can’t always tell what people are going through in their own lives which causes them to act-react the way they do & so you have to sometimes cut them some slack even when they’re rude, unprofessional or mean for no obvious reason.
25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Don’t mean to let you down, but I am Hell-Bound.

Book List 2014

1.  A Clash of Kings, George RR Martin
2.  A Storm of Swords George RR Martin
3.  A Feast for Crows George RR Martin
4.  My Own Hearts Blood, Diana Gabaldon
5.  Nickel And Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
6.   A Dance with Dragons George RR Martin
7.  NOS4A2 Joe Hill
Wow, another year where I barely read 5 books. Admittedly though, they were all very large, thick books at least!