Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Random Snapshot of my Life

Today, I've decided to post a little snapshot of life. Join along, if you'd like!

1.What I'm reading today:

My Bible...trying to read through it again this year.

The Loveliness of Christ  -     
        By: Samuel Rutherford

"The Loveliness of Christ" by Samuel Rutherford... Short extracts from the letters of the great seventeenth- century Scottish Christian, Samuel Rutherford.  ( This is a little book full of sparkling jewels to ponder!)

Magazines: Western Horseman, Beef Magazine, Homeschooling Magazines, Farm and Ranch Magazine

With the Master in Fullness of Joy: A Ladies' Bible Study on the Book of Philippians (With the Master Bible Studies)
Bible Study- "With the Master; In Fullness of Joy" A Ladies Bible study on Philippians... We start this next week, so I'll let you know how it goes.

2. What I'm listening to in the truck:

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"Hank the Cowdog"audio books by John Erickson.  We are unabashedly huge fans of Hank at our house, and I'm not ashamed to tell you that my husband and I have listened to them and laughed many times when the kids weren't even driving with us. LOL!

3. What I'm loving in the kitchen:

Flour Sack Towels Commercial Grade 12 Pack 28in X 29in
Flour Sack Towels.  I love them for so many reasons! They are large, thin, absorbent, and don't give off lint or fuzz when placing them over a rising loaf of bread dough.  They're white so they can be bleached, and they're cheap...$5.49 for a pack of 5 at Walmart.

4. What I'm Loving in my Purse:

Super-Softening Hand Lotion - Look Ma, New Hands - True Blue® Spa - Bath & Body Works
True Blue Spa Paraffin hand lotion from Bath and Body Works.  My cousin bought me this for Christmas, and told me that it had the seal of approval from her husband who is a Dairyman.  If it works for a guy who milks cows and is out in the elements all day in the cold Canadian winters, then by golly, I was going to give it a try! All I have to say is, I'm a believer!  This stuff is doing wonders for my cracked, withered and chapped cowboy hands! It has Olive, Avocado, and Apricot oils along with vitamin E.  It also has paraffin to lock in the moisture.  Good stuff!

Ultra Mentha Lip Shine - C.O. Bigelow - Bath & Body Works

This is an oldie but a goodie! I have had an ongoing love affair with this CO Bigelow Ultra Mentha Lip Shine from Bath and Body Works for several years now, and in my humble opinion, it's the best of the best! It is refreshingly cool, and ultra minty with 2.3% Peppermint oil, and .2% Field Mint oil.  If you wear this and kiss your sweetheart, he'll kiss you back! Guaranteed!

5.The picture on the front of my iphone:

6. My Current Ringtone:

I change ringtones frequently. Here's the latest:

George Strait, "I can't see Texas from Here"....♪♫ I can't see Texas from here, no matter how I try, it makes me wanna die, so if you see me lookin' down, I'm tryin' not to show this frown, cuz..I can't see Texas from here...♪♫

It's a bit "out there" in terms of ringtones, but it embodies my great love of Texas and the fact that I'm far away from it....and it's classic George Strait.  You've got to stick with the classics, man!

7. My newest iphone app:

Endomondo Sports Tracker

I can't take credit for this one. Our tech savvy friends told us about this.  It tracks my jogging by GPS, and tells me distance, time, calories burned, elevation change, lap time, etc. etc.   Bottom line: It was free, it's cool, it tells me if I've burned enough calories to eat a Blizzard at Dairy Queen, and it talks to me while I jog.  'Nuff said!

8. What crafts I'm working on:

Some simple Valentines cards using scraps of fabric sewn to card stock. I'll use them as inspiration for the young gals in our beginning 4H Sewing class who will be making their own cards very soon.  Sewing into paper will help them learn control of their machine, while creating something cute that they can make for friends.  I'm excited to see their artistic creativity come out in this, their first sewing meeting of the year.  I want them to know that sewing isn't just about making curtains and pillowcases...it can be fun and creative too!

9.  What my house smells like:

Luna Scentsy Bar Wickless Candle Tart Warmer Wax 3.2 Fl Oz, 8 Squares

Right now, I'm melting Scentsy "Luna" in my warmer.  It has a nice, soft scent. (I'm a candle fanatic and I change the scents in my house on a weekly basis. Good smelling candles and waxes are my weakness! LOL!)

10. The last thing I bought:

A new pair of jeans for my 10 year old son.  He's outgrown every pair of Wranglers in his dresser. One of my biggest pet-peeves is seeing people with cowboy boots and high water jeans. It drives me nuts! It's a fashion disaster!  Every few months, I have to rescue the boy from embarrassment by buying him longer pants.  The damage to my wallet never ends!

How about you? What's going on in your life right now? What are your current favorite things?  I'd love to read about them in your blog, or in the comments section of mine!

Happy Tuesday!



  1. We're Hank fans also! :) I grew up listening and reading them.

    My ring tones is Kyle Park's, "Anywhere in Texas."

  2. Hey, Nell!

    I LOVE the idea of Flour Sack Towels! Yesterday was my son's birthday and I made cupcakes. I put hand towels over them until I was ready to frost them. One of those dreaded "fuzzies" came off the towel and found a home on one of the cupcakes! I evicted it immediately!! I am definitely going to get the Flour Sack Towels.

    No matter how much I try to moisturize my hands, those little dry cuts always appear this time of year. I am going to have to make an appearance at Bath and Body works to try the True Blue Spa you recommended.

    Believe it or not, I love NYC lipsticks....they are a whopping $1.00 at drugstores! I prefer lighter, frostier shades.....something you can quickly apply without having to worry about lipliner, etc., etc. I don't have a good time with lipglosses.....my hair seems to get caught on the stickiness causing me to look like a lady in desperate need of a waxing and/or Jolene bleach!!

    Your love of Texas sounds equal to my love of Lancaster County!

  3. I always enjoy posts like this. I took this idea and made a similar post on my blog. I skipped your # 5, 6, and 7 though since there is no cell phone signal here where we live.

  4. Our family loves Hank as well! We have family get-togethers and we can all finish our favorite Hank-isms :-)

  5. Always love to read about what's going on.
    We've been busy with homeschool and still trying to figure out what works for us. I'm reading my Bible, about a third of the way through. The last few days I've been crocheting beanies. Started with one for Grandpa and can't seem to stop! We are leaving Friday morning for Lubbock, TX.

  6. Nell I came across your blog somehow and love reading it! I decided to try the snapshot and posted it on my blog.. I'd love for you to read it. www.charmingcountrylife.blogspot.com . I can't wait to read more!

    1. It's so nice to meet you! Thanks so much for participating. It was fun to see your snapshots of life. I tried to comment on your blog, but the comments section wasn't working. Perhaps I'll try again on another day! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. My newest purchase is an alumawallet. It's one of those things that people can't use a hand scanner on and get your card number, etc. Since someone actually took our number once and we didn't figure out exactly how, my husband and I both own one now....and yes, they really work!

    For Christmas, I had my brothers and sisters (I have 7 in all) all give me recipes and then I scrapbooked them into a Family Recipe cookbook. I made myself one also. Making 8 of them was a lot of work, but well worth it! Everyone loved them and I have used mine several times already.

    My new Levi's. Yes, sometimes it's the small things in life. I've gotten new jeans, but in the past couple of years I got away from Levi's. Not on purpose, just because they were cheaper and fit okay. Well I'm done with cheaper and fitting okay. I want my Levi's back permanently!

    I love to read! I'll have to check out Hank and see what he's all about. It sounds interesting. My current favorites are any of the Love Inspired series...I do have my favorites, but can read almost anything. When I was a kid, I wanted books more than anything for birthdays and Christmases. I loved to read! I'm still that way! :)

    Country music....currently on my phone is Gretchen Wilson (with Merle Haggard) "Politically Uncorrect." I got Scotty McCreery's album for Christmas and my current favorite song is "Dirty Dishes. Check it out here: