Enjoy the View from our New House!
This is the first weekend we have not killed ourselves to get projects completed. Since the move, we've unpacked a solid 80% of our stuff, made a Kansas City run to IKEA, assembled said IKEA items. Attempted the master closet build out (which isn't perfect, but we still love it) and cleaned the unfinished basement so it can become a usable space until we have the budget to do it up right. It's been a lot of hard work, trips to cardboard recycling centers and muscle relaxers, but we love our home. I haven't had a real home in a long time and feel so lucky that we get to live here. I still have to pinch myself sometimes.
This is the view from our deck last week when the sky was painted at dawn. Looking forward to next summer when we can enjoy the outside of our home more.
I'm dipping my toe into the world of hydroponics. Plant lover/nerd over here and when I accepted my new full time job I got myself a little gift. LeChuza planters and Pon. It was a massive splurge, the planters are almost three foot long and they were teal. How could I say no to that?
Spoiler alert. I didn't. I ordered three, maybe overkill, but I had to hit that free shipping threshold, right? Who's with me???
I adore lime green and teal together. So I ordered lemon lime philodendrons from a small family business who specializes in mail order plants. I will share the company I ordered from next week. If you're planty, you will want to check them out. Small business needs us to survive!
The planters aren't just a pretty face, they feature super slick German engineering. Once established, you can water once and leave them for up to three weeks, which when we start to travel again, will be a feature that pays off. Instead of planting in soil, I am using Pon, a rocky substrate that you can apparently grow anything in, we will see if that holds true. So far I love them and have said goodbye to pesky fungus gnats that either land in your coffee or are inhaled up your nose. Plus the substrate makes it impossible to overwater, which is the biggest culprit when you are a plant serial killer. They are so pretty. I die.
Seinfeld on Netflix. This was a weekly staple in my Thursday night, fresh-out-of-college-and-working-my-first-job lineup. I am re-watching and enjoying it all over again. The show about nothing. It still holds up after all these years. Jerry's stand-up bits are smart and approachable, not the rude and crude comedy we are used to in this day and age.
Every Last Secret by A. R. Torre. This is a good one. The narrative bounces between two main characters. Cat is the wife of a billionaire who is living in the lap of luxury, Neena is a conniving backstabber who has her eyes set on living Cat's life. She systematically infiltrates their lives by buying the house next door and then diabolically hatches a plan to catapult her into the good life. I'm not finished, but it is definitely worth a read. And it's by a fellow indee author, which is uber cool and who I love to support! Check out the Books Worth Reading Blog for My Favorite Reads.
Better than Before is FINALLY ready to send to my alphas. Thank God because that one about killed me. Timing was not my friend. I love the book, it is the happy ending Holly deserved, but sweet baby Jesus, it took a lot of focus to finish.
Click here to join the Ninyons. It's where I give books away, share details of my life, and try to make coffee shoot out of your nose with my killer meme game. It's rated R in there, so if off-color humor offends you, we are not your people.
The Weekly Gift Card Winner is: Karen Murphy. Enter at the bottom of this page for your own chance to win. Or click here to treat 'yo self and buy one for you or a friend now. Christmas is coming! Everyone is a size Teal Butterfly Books Gift Card!
P.S. If you've read one of my books, can you help a struggling new author out? Reviews are gold and help me reach more people. Please take a minute and tell me (and other readers) what you thought. You can review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, KOBO, and Apple Books or at any other bookseller. It's even better if you copy and paste the review to multiple places. More reviews=More visibility. You can write as much or as little as you want and I would be forever in your debt.