Saturday 6+1 (6 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 1.26.19

This week has been a series of holidays, school delays and days off, so we’re all out of whack.  I hope things are more stable where you are!  It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday 5+1 – which is now a Saturday 6+1 since I can’t get my brain together.  I think we’re overdue!  Let’s get to it, shall we?  This post contains some affiliate links.

White Lies by Lucy Dawson

I should preface this by saying that after reading White Lies, I have subsequently listened to two more of her books, and just downloaded a fourth.  I love that she catches and holds your attention right from the beginning, and leaves you guessing throughout the book.  Which I guess explains why I’m on my fourth book of hers in a matter of a week.  

An Amazon recap of the story – 

“A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. 

When you have everything, you have everything to lose…. 

Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur…well, she’s only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. 

Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family, too. Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control….”

If you’re into suspense/thriller books that keep you guessing, I think you’ll love Lucy Dawson’s books.  You know I like an author if I plow through a bunch of his/her books in a mad frenzy.  Case in point – anything by Liane Moriarity.  

Stasher Bags

I spotted these at a local grocery store and thought they were definitely share-worthy.  Stasher bags are “plastic-free, reusable bags that you can cook in!”  What a great idea!  You also can throw them in the dishwasher for easy clean up.  

Friday 5+1 - Five Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don't

Wound Closure Strips

I’m sharing this, because I’m sure that I’m not the only person out there who has injured herself in a completely stupid way.  I was working in a kitchen, and scraping dried paint off of one of my mini roller frames with a razor.  (Dumb move, right?)  In the process, I sliced the knuckle of my index finger, and immediately chastised myself for being a complete idiot.  I’ll spare you the photo that I sent to my husband (I was working in a client kitchen), who then told me to “put pressure on it, tape it up and get it to clot.  Put peroxide and Neosporin on it and bandage it up when I get home.”  When I got home, he performed his secondary role as “doctor” (he works in finance as his first job) and whipped out these wound closure strips for my cut.  Talk about a brilliant idea.  Add them to your first aid kit.

(Side note: he also plays the role of meteorologist on occasion).  He’s multi-faceted like that.  I’m a lucky lady.  I know.

Mr. Church on Netflix

I stumbled upon Mr. Church on Netflix, and wonder how I never found it sooner.  Eddie Murphy is in it, and it’s such a great movie – great story, well developed characters, and I love Eddie Murphy in this role.  He’s wonderful.  Bottom line, it’s just a great story, and I think you’ll love it.  It’s one movie that my husband and I both enjoyed, which can be challenging sometimes, right?

Mr. Church - Great Netflix Movie!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity

I mentioned earlier that I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarity.  After listening to What Alice Forgot awhile back, I was hooked and listened to just about every book that she had published at the time.  This was before Big Little Lies was an HBO series.  That said, when I saw that she had a new book coming out – Nine Perfect Strangers –  I added it to my wish list before it was even released.  When it came out, I was hesitant to listen to it based on the reviews and the criticism of the narration.  Caroline Lee narrated it (and has narrated most, if not all of her books, along with others that I’ve listened to and loved).  I decided to dive in, and personally, I had no issue with the narration – but I also really enjoyed the book.  Moriarity is great at developing her characters, and this book is no exception!  

My Cameo Silhouette

You may not know this, and I don’t necessarily shout it out freely, I am a scrapbooker.  Like, a printing out photos, using pretty paper, cutting things out, putting it together in an album type of scrapbooker.  Yes, it’s true.  People sometimes look at me as if I have a third eye or something when I tell them I go on a scrapbooking trip every year.  I do.  It’s heaven.  They cook our meals, bring in spa services, and all we have to do is focus on being creative.  I love it and look forward to it every year.

Silhouette Cameo Scrapbooking

That said, my trusty friend in this endeavor is my Cameo Silhouette.  It makes my family photos look pretty.  Am I alone in this scrapbooking thing or what?  I swear, scrapbooking is what keeps me developing my photos.  And I don’t know about you, but I love looking at physical photos.  The family photos from when I grew up, and from my parents and grandparents grew up – I love them!  I really think that there is going to be a huge gap in printed photographs with where we are technologically.  I’m going old school when it comes to photos.  And I’m proud of it.

My +1 for the week – When Facebook appears to be spying on me

Ok, so I am aware of internet “cookies” out there, and how social media tracks the things that I search for, and click on throughout the day, and then feed me ads for them.  But I kid you not, I had a product show up in my Facebook feed that I had just used, and hadn’t uttered a word about it, nor had I searched for it.  It was just plaid weird.  I mean, does Facebook have cameras in my house, watching me, kind of weird.  Am I the only one who has had this happen?  Nevermind that it happens when I talk about a product.

Can I get an amen on other people who have had this happen?  Surely I’m not alone.  I know I’m not alone.

Don’t forget to vote for a winner of my cabinet painting contest here!  Time is running out!

Have an amazing weekend and stay warm!




  • Reply
    Courtney Parmenter
    January 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Amen….it is beyond spooky! I’ve have it happen on my instagram feed too. Like the old joke goes, “how do it know”?”

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    January 26, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    HI Jenny – The Facebook thing has happened to me twice in the past few weeks. Once when I was out shopping and another time in my home. It is scary!! I am starting to block everything.

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      February 4, 2019 at 12:56 am

      I think blocking and trying to protect your privacy is a smart move. It just seems like there is just so much room for privacy abuse these days, regardless of whether or not we are careful.

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    January 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Great list – I love Liane Moriarty too! How freaky about Facebook….
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    January 26, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I am with you about reading every book when I find s new author. I just finished The Red Coat by Dolley Carlson. If you are Irish, Catholic, and have lived or live in the Boston Area this is s must read.
    Also I have read a few of the author Hazel Gaynor. She wrote The Girl who came home from the Titanic.
    I am looking forward to reading White Lies.
    Have a good weekend

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    January 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Sorry about your razor cut! I feel a need to pass on a Dr. Oz tip – no peroxide on a cut. It causes more damage to the tissue. Better let your “doctor” know!

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    Dale Lynam
    January 26, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Amen. It’s very strange. I thought surely it was a fluke. Yikes. I’ve read that smart TVs, cars, phones – are listening. Especially Alexa etc. Smart meters. 😱Ready to go off-grid?😂

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    Les G
    January 26, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Yesterday I watched a PBS documentary on the Wind River irrigation system in Wyoming. Then I had an ad on FB for scholarships for students interested in irrigation systems. I think our phones listen to us, and our smart TVs as well. Creepy.

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      February 4, 2019 at 12:54 am

      Wow. That’s really compelling, isn’t it? Feels awfully Big Brother-y to me.

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    January 27, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Where do you find the time for scrapbooking? I enjoyed it for many years and still possess a “collection” of supplies. But whenever I scrapbooked, the house and everything else in my life went to heck. I agree with you that there will be a historical gap of pictures that were never printed. But I think you sound like you have a VERY busy life. I’m now even more impressed with all your endeavors!

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      February 4, 2019 at 12:54 am

      You’re too kind Linda. I only scrapbook once a year, on my “big trip” – a Thursday-Sunday long weekend. But, I get to devote 100% of my time and attention to it, so I usually feel pretty productive as a result. The hubby and kids manage ok without me for a long weekend. 😉

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    Suzi Thomason
    January 28, 2019 at 3:23 am

    YES!!! I am convinced I am being listened to. Twice last week after two separate conversations hours apart with my family, I went online and had ads for something I mentioned in the conversations. That freaked me out and made me mad! Now I have to whisper when my computer is near even when it is off. Beware folks, this is no joke!

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    Sue Farmer
    January 28, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Amen!!! I have had the same thing happen. I too was kind of freaked out about it.

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    February 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Yes, that’s happened to my husband. He bought something and never mentioned it and an ad came up for it, just like with you. They really must be watching us.

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