a NEW update (www style)

Happy Wednesday!

I love to visit my bookish friend’s blogs when I have time and see what reads they are recommending. Two of my faves are Book Club Mom and What Cathy Read Next. Often, Cathy will participate in #WWWWednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words so I thought I’d join in today!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, here’s what NEW books I’ve been reading (snapshots of the covers are above):

I’m currently reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig for my neighborhood book club next week. At first, I thought it was basically the same concept as the movie It’s a wonderful life, (and I really like that movie!) but it’s turning out a bit different. I’ll try and remember to rate it after I finish it.

I just recently finished reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. This book was pretty predictable but I enjoyed it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but my son tells me I’m a tough rater, haha!

What I think I’ll read next is what Book Club Mom recommended recently: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. The audiobook was available at my library, so I snagged it while I could.

As for other updates…because I have REALLY gotten out of the groove of posting, but I’ll just have to get back INTO the groove, cuz quite a lot is NEW these days! But in the meantime, I hope you have a great day/week and I hope you get to learn or do something NEW soon!

a NEW photo challenge entry

Happy Tuesday!

My NEW resolve to blog more has, well…. {I have no excuses!!!}

But I wanted to quickly document our trip to Mazatlan last month by participating in Nancy’s “A photo a Week Challenge:VIEW”. The resort we stayed at had some great views and it was a very fun and relaxing trip. Since we haven’t gone on many trips lately, obviously because of the pandemic, it was great to getaway. And I’m just so thankful we were safe and returned home without incident. All of the canceled flights and the Omicron variant exploded shortly after we got home, whew!!!

Here’s another view!

Have a terrific day and do or learn something NEW!

NEW / unique places i gotta go see

Happy Monday!

I’ve recently learned of some NEW places to visit. Some of these places are relatively close to me, (in Eastern Nevada and Western Utah), but I hadn’t even heard of them until recently, and now I gotta go see them.

I saw the above wedding photo and had to ask the photographer where the location was: Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada.

Then, I had a co-worker say he took his family hiking at Paul Bunyans Woodpile, so I had to look it up. Such interesting volcanic rock formations! It is in Juab County, Utah.

I have heard of Great Basin National Park, but since it would probably be on our way to Cathedral Gorge, we’d better stop in! It looks pretty cool.

And lastly, for this trip, although I’ve already visited Lehman’s Cave, it was a very long time ago, so we’ll have to stop in again. I think it is in the vicinity of Great Basin National Park.

I like to keep track of my “Want-to-go-see-stuff” for trips on Google’s My Maps and add things to see in the area as I find out about them. So much traveling to do, so little time! But when I have the time, I’ll be organized and can just get up and GO!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

photo credits:

1st photo: whiteemberstudios Instagram; 2nd and 3rd: geology.utah.gov, 4th: Sunset Magazine.com, 5th: https://lachnietblog.wordpress.com/

a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon

Happy Sunday!

I took this NEW photo at a Christmas light event. So many lights (and so many man-hours placing them on branch after branch!) Very pretty!…my phone camera didn’t do too great of a job capturing the prettiness, but here are some more photos:

It was fun to kick off December and the Christmas season attending this event. And for my {very} short sermon today, I’d like to simply share 8 Christmas verses from the Bible so we can remember the true reason we celebrate. Additionally, down below is a calendar with ideas of service-type things to do every day to #LightTheWorld with love. I’m going to try and do as many as I can.

Have a great Sunday and learn or something NEW!

Scripture #1

Matthew 1:23

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Scripture # 2

Matthew 2:1–2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Scripture # 3

Matthew 2:9–10

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Scripture # 4

Matthew 2:11

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture # 5

Luke 2:1–5

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Scripture # 6

Luke 2:6–7

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Scripture # 7

Luke 2:8–14

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Scripture # 8

Luke 2:15–16

Luke 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Luke 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

You can print this calendar out HERE.

Learning NEW things about cactus

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve learned something NEW! The difference between Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus!

I had to take a photo of my Thanksgiving Cactus plant alongside a photo of my mother to document that I have not let her plant die (yet)….and it actually bloomed this year! Yeah!

Mom passed away in 2020, and she loved this plant. She always called it a Christmas Cactus though. After she died, we divided her large plant into many starts for all her children and some of her grandchildren (whoever wanted a start and thought they’d be able to keep it alive!). At that time, someone must have done some research and we found out the mom’s Christmas Cactus was actually a Thanksgiving Cactus. Here’s a great website that explains the difference {HERE}.

Unfortunately, garden centers often mislabel these two different plants. That was probably the reason mom said it was a Christmas Cactus, even though it bloomed closer to Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Cactus have segments that look serrated or toothed with pointy spines. Christmas cactus have rounded, more scalloped edge leaves.

Also, Thanksgiving cactus anthers are yellow and Christmas cactus anthers are pink to purplish-brown.

So! Now we know and we’ll use the correct term and think of mom every Thanksgiving as our plants are blooming.

Have a great day! Do or learn something new!

Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share

Happy Monday! I’m sharing this photo of this lonely hollyhock because I stole some seed pods from it last October. (It was in front of a historical landmark – an old school house in a tiny town by Capitol Reef National Park). I’m going to try something NEW (to me). I’ve never grown hollyhocks before, so I’m going to learn how! I understand they spread quickly and can get out of control if not checked, but they are so pretty! I typically get garden advice from the Garden Answer YouTube channel. I really like the couple that owns that channel!

Why am I planning my garden in late November??? Because planning makes perfect!…By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!…A goal without a plan is just a wish!…yada yada… haha!

I also {plan} to design a custom garden planner/seed organizer/garden journal so I have all the information I need all in one place.

I think this will be a fun page to include:

Although the seed organizer will probably be bulky, so it might have to be separate from the planner/journal.

There are SO many NEW things I need to learn about gardening! It’s kind of overwhelming, so I take it little by little…season by season. Way back in 2014, I blogged about my “NEW ideas, plans and dreams” for my secret garden (see old post HERE).

I’m telling you…just blogging about something, truly puts it out in the universe and things happen! If you blog about it – it will come!

This is a little peek of the “secret” space. I’ll take better photos next spring!

Let me know if you have any advice for my garden planner! Have a great day and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW quotography post

Happy Tuesday! I went out shooting on Sunday morning, and as you know, in November it’s pretty hard to find much color – most of the beautiful leaves have fallen and have been raked up by now. However, these beautiful berries caught my eye. I paired the photo with a quote related to another love of mine – reading. It’s true that time marches on…season after season. Another fall, another turned page… full of adventures and experiences. I plan to truly enjoy it!

Have a great day everyone! Do or learn something NEW!

NEW update on my waterfall bucket list

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

Happy Friday! Well, in the last year and a half, I think I visited about 7 NEW waterfalls, so I thought I’d better update my Waterfall Themed Bucket List {HERE}. I’m up to about 34, so lots more to see until I get to 100!

Visiting Yosemite National Park gave us ample opportunities to check off a few! Beautiful!

Nevada Falls from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante, UT
Box Canyon Springs Waterfall, Wendell, ID

Have a great weekend and I hope you get to do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo challenge and NEW blog restart

Hello and happy Tuesday! It has been SO long since I’ve shared what’s NEW with me, and also quite a while since I’ve looked through my WordPress Reader to see what’s NEW with many of you! Because, well, life has been busy! But today, I actually popped in to take a peek at sites I’ve followed in years gone by and realized I’ve forgotten the fun and the slight push certain sites give me to get out there and use my camera. It’s been a hot minute!

So thanks especially to Cee’s photo challenges for the extra push today. My life has slowed down a tiny bit, so I’m excited to pick up my camera more often now.

Here’s my Books and Paper themed photos for this week’s challenge:

This Bounty Land Certificate photo was taken at the National Archives in Washington DC. I want to go back So.Bad! So much research, so little time!

I have done, read, or experienced many NEW things in the last 20 or so months since I blogged last. So I’ll start a NEW restart on this little site of mine, now that I have a bit more time.

Have a great day and I hope you do or learn something NEW today too!