Is it ever too late to do a favorites post? I sure hope not, because even though we are already seven days into February, I’ve got a handful of January Favorites that are still worth sharing.
The first month of the year was, for the most part, a blast. Full of family time, ranch time and lots of time with the cows. To my amazement, I haven’t accidentally wrote 2017 on any of my journal entries or work documents! How long does it normally take you to adjust to writing the date correctly after New Years?
Alrighty, I’ve got a number of favorites, so I better get on with it. FYI, this post may contain affiliate links, please see my Disclosures page for more information. Thank you for your support!
My January Favorites
With 45 books as my reading goal this year, I figured I better get a quick start. And a couple of books wowed me. First, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If you are looking for a simple read packed with a ton of meaning, pick up a copy of this book. You won’t regret it. Here is my review. Secondly, Killing Floor by Lee Child was fantastic. It was the first of his Jack Reacher series. I have a feeling, I will be hooked on this set of books as well. And I promise you, the books are wayy better than the movies. Jack Reacher, the book version, is far cooler than Tom Cruise could ever be, just saying.
Favorite TV Shows
The Incredible Dr. Pol on National Geographic Wild has kept me rather entertained. Dr. Pol is hilarious and getting to watch a series about a country vet is exactly how I want to spend my TV-watching time. I would have never thought a show like his would be on national TV and so many seasons in.
Secondly, Hometown on HGTV is another Fixer Upper-esque show. Good people and beautiful house transformations, seems to be HGTV’s formula these days, and I’m not complaining.
Lastly, The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Well I remember years back watching this with Sydney on PBS. But then incredibly, there are 4 seasons of it on Netflix! If this show doesn’t inspire you to want to spend some free time baking something, I don’t know what will. P.S. season 3 finale made me tear up a little!
Also, I appreciate that the contestants compete on the weekends and go home during the week. During the week they are able to prepare for 2 out of the 3 challenges they’ll face on the upcoming weekend. This to me, makes for a far better quality competition than some of the cooking competitions you see on (cough, cough) The Food Network. Highly recommend, but be careful, this will tempt you to binge-watch.
- my bullet journal
- my fountain pens
- bad weather days
Perhaps, in coming weeks I’ll share some of the pages out of my bullet journal. Since the beginning of the year, I have been dedicated to a bullet journal rather than a traditional agenda/planner. If you aren’t certain what a bullet journal is, I recommend you Google it or watch a YouTube video on it. Pretty neat and a great way to make something fit your lifestyle and needs perfectly. This month, I have turned my focuses to budgeting in my journal. I’m curious to see how this helps me. All in all, I have found it keeps me organized, has increased my creativity and helped me get excited about documenting my life on paper.
Now, fountain pens. When’s the last time, if ever, you have used a fountain pen? I think I had used one a long time ago, but really didn’t appreciate it for more than just a pen. However, in late December, I purchased a Pilot Metropolitan (Fine Nib) off of Amazon. I had heard great things about how much easier writing with a fountain pen is on your hands versus ball-point. And beings I have tried journaling more, I thought it would be worth a try. Since getting that pen, and loving it, I found out about Goulet Pen Company. Seriously, they are awesome over there. Start following their YouTube channel and maybe you’ll find a new hobby as well. :) More fountain pen favorites coming in the next month or so. And P.S. while some fountain pens can be found cheaper on Amazon than GouletPens.com, but unless it’s by a whole lot, I still enjoy buying from Goulet instead. Never thought I’d stray from Amazon!
Bad Weather Days
And now to bad weather days! Mid-January, Texas was blasted with winter weather again! In December, we actually saw a sizeable amount of snow, in Texas standards. And while, we didn’t get snow this time, we did get sleeting and ice. So we actually got to work from home because of the weather. I did get some work done, but I also did get some reading and baking done as well! And it was fabulous, other than trying to get a prescription filled on that day.
The bad weather day leads me to my favorite thing I made all-month-long, Cinnamon Rolls. Now, now, before you get excited or quit reading because you think this would be difficult, I ask you to hold on. These are more like cheater cinnamon rolls. No yeast involved. I used my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and adapted it to another recipe to make something quite delicious.
Would anyone like me to share the recipe on the blog?
This time of year, for what seems like forever, has meant County Stock Show. This year was no different. Once again the Tschirhart girls (sister and cousin) had commercial heifer projects. In short, with this project, they have a group of heifers that they validate in September. Starting weights must be 550 lbs. at minimum. Then for the next 120 days, they must gain at least one pound per day. Kymber’s heifers started out weighing 692 lbs. and weighed in before the sale at 1,007 pounds. So yeah, they passed on that note.
On top of that, the exhibitors must prepare themselves for an interview with a panel of judges and complete a record book of their project. Once scores are tallied up on the heifers, interview and record book, placing is awarded. I really couldn’t be more proud of my sisters and cousins that have competed in this over the last seven years or so. They have represented our family well and shown how much we love and appreciate this life we live.
January was a pretty good start to the year. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the months not speed by so fast!
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