Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vlog #5: Plans For Pets


Good afternoon, blog readers! It's a beautiful day here in Tennessee, so I decided to film a vlog outside. This video is in response to the questions that many of you have asked about whether we have pets and what's up with the cats that roam around our property. I'll show you my favorite cat (also pictured below), and I'll introduce you to two of my childhood pets. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Movie Review: 'The Resurrection of Gavin Stone'

Do you enjoy reading my movie reviews? Two weeks after screening Champion (in theaters May 19th) Mr. Handsome and I had the chance to screen The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, an inspirational comedy rated PG.

A former child actor who has allowed himself to be deceived by the empty promises of fame and fortune, Gavin Stone is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at a megachurch. He quickly becomes involved in the annual Easter production, through which Gavin learns what it means to be given a second chance.

Mr. Handsome and I thoroughly enjoyed The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. The acting is quality, the characters are dynamic, and the plot is both entertaining and meaningful.

Starring Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Neil Flynn (Scrubs, The Middle), D.B. Sweeney (The Boxcar Children, 24), comedienne and YouTube sensation Anjelah Johnson (Mom’s Night Out) and professional wrestler Shawn Michaels, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone will be released on DVD and BLU-RAY May 2nd (trailer below). Look for a giveaway soon.

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Last week, I was invited to breakfast with our pastor's wife and daughter. We had a great time chatting, and just before I left, they showed me the latest additions to their family: five baby ducks! They were simply adorable. They have raised ducks before, and they plan to keep them until they are full-grown and then hand them over to a farm.

The pastor's wife told me about the ducks she raised when she lived in a different state. When they had grown big enough, they would follow her down to the creek to go for a swim and then follow her back home again. She ended up having to let the ducks go, but several years later, while she was canoeing, a duck came right up to her and followed her the entire time. She thinks it had to be one of her ducks! If we ever own a house with a bit of land, I think I'm going to have to raise ducks. They're just so darling.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mr. Handsome's Grilling Tutorial

Mr. Handsome is the grill master at our house. We have a very small grill that sits on our little outdoor table and uses camping-sized propane tanks, but it gets the job done (quite well, actually). Mr. Handsome has seen me film cooking videos for the blog and wanted in on the fun, so he created a grilling how-to video for you all, complete with some of his amusing, dry humor. Learn how to grill the perfect burger (and make Texas toast and green beans). Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Laundry Confessions

The other afternoon, I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off, readying the house for dinner guests. Our laundry "room" is a tiny closet off our kitchen, so I decided to multitask and throw a load in while I prepared the meal.

We have a 30-plus-year-old, top-load washer that doesn't have all those newfangled features and settings, so I usually dump the detergent in and allow the basin to fill about 1/6 of the way so the soap and water mix before throwing my clothes in. Well, on this particular day, I did that and then ran over to the kitchen sink to wash some veggies, planning to return to add the clothes after about a minute.

You can probably guess where this is headed. I busied myself in the kitchen and never ended up adding the laundry to the washer. Thirty minutes later, the washer finished its cycle, and I walked over to find the lid open and the basin empty. I immediately realized what had happened. 

By that point, Mr. Handsome had returned from work and was vacuuming the living room, so I told him about my little blunder. "You know," he said. "I walked by the washer and saw it running with the top open and nothing inside, and I just thought to myself, 'This must be why my wife never asks me to help with the laundry. There are just too many things I'll never understand.'" We both had a good laugh.

Has anyone else made a similar mistake?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mr. Handsome's Great-Grandmother

Mr. Handsome and I spent Easter weekend with family. We saw both our immediate families, as well as both sides of Mr. Handsome's extended family. All the ladies attended a bridal shower for my almost-21-year-old sister-in-law, who is getting married in early summer. (Remember when I posted pictures of her engagement party?)

Last week, my mother-in-law called and informed us that her grandmother (Mr. Handsome's great-grandmother) would be at the shower and suggested we bring one of Mr. Handsome's paintings for her.

Almost 102 years old, Great-Grandma lives alone, and she is a spitfire. She and Mr. Handsome have a special bond because they both have a dry sense of humor and enjoy poking fun at each other. When I handed Great-Grandma the wrapped painting, one of the great-aunts, who has a similar sense of humor, exclaimed, "I think it's a baseball!" As she was leaving, Great-Grandma reminded me to be sure to thank my husband for the baseball.

Amidst all the joking, Great-Grandma truly was touched to receive such a heartfelt gift. She has a dozen grandchildren and a few dozen great-grandchildren, and she gives all of them (plus their spouses) presents  at Christmas, but very few of them acknowledge her. We're not sure how much longer she will be with us, but we want to make her feel special while she's here.

*Have you been down the Oregon Coast? The scene pictured in the painting is Heceta Head Lighthouse, located in Florence, Oregon. It is based on the photos we took of the lighthouse when we visited last October.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2 Million Pageviews

Just reached 2 million pageviews on! (2,075,803 to be exact.) I am grateful for all my lovely readers from across the globe. Check out my video message below. Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter.