Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #234

Our news this week...  Coming back to work (besides blogging) after a week of vacation can feel pretty daunting.  My regular job really kept me to the grind.  Whew!  This week is feeling more like a normal week though!  I'd like to remind everyone that this party welcomes any family friendly post including other link parties and Etsy shops.  No limit on links, new or old.


This gorgeous fading pink rose was at a park we visited in Colorado.  I didn't notice if there was a label for it.  I love the all the shades of color as blossoms soften in the warm sunshine.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Travels with Marci Near Quigley Castle


My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around four different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area. 



Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Need a Quick Couples Costume?

We have neighbors who throw a BIG Halloween party every year that includes a costume contest.  While Handsome Husband is polite about it, he would really rather not become a completely different character.  Here are three simple and quick couples costumes that have worked for us in the past.


First up, we are TV's Gilligan and Mary Ann. 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Are you ready to party? Tuesdays with a Twist

Our news this week...  We were out of state visiting our son this past week.  It was nice to be away for a bit, but now it's nice to be back!  ;-) I'd like to remind everyone that this party welcomes any family friendly post including other link parties and Etsy shops.  No limit on links, new or old.


This is an old photo of our family taken on the very tip of Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas.  It is a gorgeous pristine area and the hike is surprisingly easy for our area.

Monday, October 9, 2017

You're the Star Blog Hop {October}

Welcome to the party!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to invite everyone back tomorrow for a link party!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield 



A partial synopsis from Good Reads:  A love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.


My thoughts:  I loved this book!  It is the tale of Vida Winter, a renowned and prolific author, who has asked Margaret to write her biography.  Before agreeing to the commission, Margaret searches for clues to Vida's birth and childhood, but no records can be found.  Upon her arrival at the author's country home, Vida promises to give three pieces of information about herself that are publicly documented.  Once Margaret completes that initial research, she chooses to write and is mesmerized by the story of twin girls with blazing red hair and brilliant green eyes.  I think my favorite character is probably John the Dig, but I also loved the Missus.

I was a little sad when this book ended.  What a great guessing game of ghosts and family secrets!  'Definitely reading more from Diane Setterfield!

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist LINKY PARTY

Our news this week...  Will be back.  I would like to remind everyone that this party welcomes any family friendly post including other link parties and Etsy shops.


This is a corner of our back patio.  All fairies are welcome!  ;-)

Coming soon...

I'm having a crazy morning.  Tuesdays with a Twist will be posted shortly. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

You're the Star {October} Week 1

WELCOME to the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to remind everyone I co-host a linky party on Tuesdays, too!  Please come back tomorrow and join the fun!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Travels with Marci near Russellville

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around four different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye, I snap a picture with my phone.  There's really no telling what I might photograph!




This photo is of Arkansas Nuclear One just before sunrise.  The pink and gray skies make the photo a bit eerie.

Where have you been lately?  Did you snap any photos?

;-)  -Marci 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party

Our News This Week...  It was a very grand weekend.  My daughter invited me to the annual Fin and Feather Fall Festival at the edge of Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma.  Her adorable daughters came with us.  She is such a clever mom.  They were given $10 to spend, but she gave it to them $5 at a time.  That really helped the little sweethearts stretch their spending.  Several booths had $1 items for the kiddos.  We ate funnel cakes and drank lemonade, and had a wonderful time!  As we were on our way back to the car, a little voice mentioned it had been a long time since she had stayed at my house.  Another darling voice said, "Me, too."  So, guess who came home with me?  More junk food, more crafts, and plenty of sweet memories.  Photos coming soon!  ;-)


Oak Leaf on Moss

Monday, September 25, 2017

You're the Star {September} Extra Week of Features

WELCOME!  Can you believe we are only one week away from October?

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)


Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Barn and Some Hay

My full time job (besides blogging) has me on the road quite a bit these days, regularly buzzing around four different counties here in Arkansas.  I am so very blessed to live in a beautiful area.  When something catches my eye and makes me smile, I snap a photo with my phone.  Do you mind if I share?  ;-)


For this shot, it's right behind the store at the corner of Highway 23 and Highway 12 between Eureka Springs and Clifty.

Where have you been lately?  What did you see? 

;-)  -Marci

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pelicans at Pier


These vacation photos were tucked away and forgotten.  



'So glad I stumbled across them this morning!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: The Art of Mending

by Elizabeth Berg

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A partial synopsis from Good Reads:  It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets—secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg’s moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too late to mend the hurts of the past?

My thoughts:  Three siblings raised in the same home by the same parents have very different personalities along with varying memories of their childhood.  Laura and Steve are overwhelmed as Caroline asks them to recall specific events as she reveals her perspective.  When an aunt trusts Laura with a family secret, she begins to understand what Caroline is trying to tell them.  I found the story very interesting, but not one of my favorites.  For me, the book was OK, but not great.

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Link Party Feature!

Exciting news today!!  My tutorial for making your own 



is being featured today at 

Wednesday AIM Link Party Featured Bloggers

hosted by


What an honor!  If you have time, hop over to the party!

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party #230

Our News This Week...  Things at work are wicked busy.  Have you noticed I've begun a new series of posts called "Travels with Marci"?  'Just random photos of whatever catches my eye when I'm on the road.  I hope you'll enjoy them.  They will be filed on my blog page titled My Ozarks.


These are are Cherry Red Angelonia from my Patriotic Planter.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini Gourd Makeovers - Monthly De Stash Challenge


One of my many hobbies is growing, drying and decorating gourds.  You can find posts on my blog's Garden Page as well as the Crafts Page!



You're the Star Blog Hop {September}

WELCOME to HOME feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg

Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #229

Our News This Week...  Lots of activities around our house these days.  Handsome Husband has been cleaning the vegetable garden for Fall.  I painted the front door.  Photos coming soon, hopefully.  For some reason, my writing for the blog has been in a bit of a funk.  'Not sure why.  I have plenty of project photos to show you, I just don't feel like writing or editing pix right now.  'Hoping that will go away soon!  ;-)