living our best life – holiday movies

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A warm hello to you today, thank you for stopping by for a visit.

In this post I am asking a question for more personal reasons.  Due to my multiple chronic illnesses, I unfortunately spend a lot of time watching movies.  Even if I am not actually watching movies, I have them playing in the background as I go about my day as I use them as a distraction.

So my question is, What is your favorite holiday movie?  

Thank you for responding, I am hoping to discover one movie that I have not yet seen!

Thanks again for stopping by.  Please know that each one of you are in my thoughts and I have prayed that today is treating you well and bringing you smiles.

 

resources available from a small town library

 

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Here is a list of FREE things currently available from my Midwest small town library.  I have wanted to do a post on all the free stuff that is available to you at your local library as I believe it is an underutilized community resource, especially for those of us living on a limited budget.  Although I knew my small library had a lot to offer, doing research for this blog, I discovered even more resources……….so I encourage you to check out what your local library has to offer you!

FREE resources:

Museum passes

Books

DVDs

CDs

Audiobooks

Magazines

Newspapers

Free rooms that you can reserve for studying or meetings (has computer, white board, and markers)

WiFi

Charging stations for electronics

Links to two local newspapers through their website

E-books

Hoopla – movie, documentaries, TV shows, audiobooks, comic books and ebooks

Play-a-ways

Xbox & Wii games

Portable internet tablets that can checked out and used inside library

Faxing

Notary Public

Cynoculars – can be checked out for home use

Portable recharger – can be checked out for home use

WiFi hotspot – to check out for home use

Computer Lab

Monthly book club – adults

Monthly book club – homeschool grade school

Needle art group

Knitting group

Crocheting group

Ukulele classes

Paws to read – kids read to therapy dogs to increase reading skills

Story time for babies

Story time for toddlers

Saturday  crafternoons  – drop in crafts for school aged kids

Weekly teen classes

OverDrive – audiobook and book downloads

My  library rewards – receive points for checking out items and earn free food, classes and museum passes from the surrounding communities

RB digital – free e-magazines

Tumble book of the day – animated audio kids’ books

eSebco database – digital nonfiction childrens’ books

MyON books – digital childrens’ books

Exam proctoring

Genealogy room – Librarian to assist with your research needs

Childrens’ area – w/books, tables, computers and lego play area

Teen area – booths, tables, books, board games, coloring sheets

Inter-library loans

Bookmarks

Community events information

Paper recycling

Please take some time to see what your library has to offer you……..

~ wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of The Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Save, Stretch or Make a Dollar.

 

 

 

Until next time….

What are you binge watching?

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Those of us with CI tend to spend a lot of time with media including TV, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, audio-books, books, radio, DVDs, CDs and playaways.   Recently I started writing down all of the shows that I have binged watched over the years due to the vast amounts of time I have spent in bed.  I have to admit it made me sad as very little of the binge watching was by choice.  I would much rather have been outside hiking or playing ball with my kiddos but unfortunately there have been way too many bad days/weeks to engage in the activities of my choosing.

Below is a list of each show I have binge watched from beginning to end, in no particular order.  After each show, I listed in which form it was watched and then in parenthesis I included if it is currently available in another form.

I do want to put in my 2 cents worth here; I believe that purchasing a NETFLIX account has been a huge blessing for me, no late DVD return fees and it is available 24/7 for those nights you just can’t sleep, not to mention it can be watched on multiple devices.

We also have an Amazon Prime membership as many of the supplements that I take are cheaper to purchase through them and the items are delivered right to my door.  Their video and music streaming are additional awesome prime membership benefits.

Many of the shows  listed below were watched on DVD.  The majority of the DVDs were checked out from my local library and a few were gifts.

So, here we go in no particular order:

The Office – DVD (Netflix)

The Walking Dead – Netflix

Sneaky Pete – Amazon Prime

The Man in the High Castle – Amazon Prime

The Waltons – DVD (Amazon Prime)

When Calls the Heart – Netflix

Stranger Things – Netflix

Downton Abbey – PBS (Amazon Prime)

Poldark – PBS (Amazon Prime)

As Time Goes By – DVD

Good Neighbors (The Good Life) – DVD

Home Fires – Amazon Prime

Pride and Prejudice – DVD (Amazon Prime)

Emma – DVD (Amazon Prime)

Lark Rise to Candleford – DVD (Amazon Prime)

Butterflies BBC – DVD

Rosemary & Thyme BBC – DVD

Behaving Badly BBC – DVD

A Fine Romance BBC – DVD

Homicide Life on the Street – DVD

Cranford – DVD (Amazon Prime)

The Middle – DVD and ABC.go.com

Everybody Hates Chris – DVD

To The Manor Born – DVD

Breaking Bad – DVD (Netflix)

Better Call Saul – DVD and Netflix

Sense and Sensibility – DVD

Frazier – DVD (Netflix)

Speechless – ABC.go.com

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix

Cheers – Netflix

Speechless – ABC.go.com

My Family BBC – DVD

Keeping Up Appearances BBC – DVD

Jack Ryan – Amazon Prime

 

So…………what are you binge watching?  (There will be no judging!)

………..Until next time, YOU are a superhero…….even from the comfort of your bed or sofa!

 

kitchen distraction

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……..and it is not something I use to make cooking quicker; it does not spiral, chop or mix, nor is it something that actually sits on the counter. Instead, it is securely fastened to the underside of one of my kitchen cabinets, the one closest to my sink.

So what is it you wonder and how could it help make my life in the kitchen easier?  My favorite kitchen appliance is actually a combination radio/DVD/CD player.  It was something my parents had in their basement and when it was offered to me, I jumped at the opportunity to own such an amazing invention.

Since it was gifted to me, it has been my constant companion.  Whether I am cooking or cleaning it allows my mind it focus on something other than the tiredness and aching I feel in my body.  This allows me to work longer in the kitchen accomplishing more every time I am in there. So, not only am I able to physically stay in the kitchen longer, I am also enjoying an audio-book or a movie that makes me happy, or music that lifts me up.  I am so thankful I have something that is such a blessed distraction.

Here’s to things that make our lives just a little bit easier!