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Books for Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day

If you could travel in time, would you?

Where would you go if you could travel in time? Would you choose the future or the past? Would you want to be able to just have a snippet of time in your destination or stay there and live out the rest of your days?

For myself, I’d rather travel back in time. I’d return to age seventeen, March 1993. The next three months were the happiest, yet they were filled with grief, struggles, and hardships. Despite those pains, the worst would be yet to come, and I’d love to remember the joy I felt from March to September. It is a very specific window for me, and unless you’ve had a traumatic event such as I’ve experienced, you may not understand that attention to detail of time. I’d love to return to that time knowing what I know now. But, even if that were not the case, I’d go back without hesitation, whether for a moment or to begin again from that point. What about you? Does the idea of time travel excite you?

*Remember, the price of the books listed may change and some may no longer be free by the time you go to grab them. I do not control the price of the books and/or the ability to offer them for free.*

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Cozy Christmas Mystery Books

Thanks for the image, Andreea Radu!

The season of Christmas songs and overspending is in full swing, and for some, it is undoubtedly a time to withdraw and find solace in a good book. Cozy Christmas Mysteries may just be what you need to escape the times ahead that can quickly snowball into stress and sadness. Hold steady, friend, for a new season is always just around the bend. Happy reading!

Don’t forget the free downloadable book links at the bottom! You can lend them to anyone you wish!

*Remember, the price of the books listed may change and some may no longer be free by the time you go to grab them. I do not control the price of the books and/or the ability to offer them for free.*

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New Products at Bushnell Unscripted Handmade

Have you checked out my online shop at Etsy lately? There are many new items available for order that may be perfect for your loved ones this holiday season. Soon, all items that are available at Etsy will be available here, in my own site store, and while you can purchase some items, the catalog is still growing.

Scarves

Sublimated scarves are new for December 2021! I’ve been making fleece scarves since 2006 and still wear my original scarf that I used as my test item. My sublimated scarves are a generous 60″ long with 3″ fringe on both ends of the scarf. The sublimated image is on one side of the scarf, and if you desire, you can switch it to either shoulder or flip over the scarf if you don’t wish to show the image. The sublimated designs are permanent and soft. Keep an eye out for more designs and colors.

Book Nerd Floral Scarf
You Can’t Buy Love But You Can Rescue It! Scarf
Just a Girl Who Loves Christmas Gnome Scarf
I Don’t Like Morning People or Mornings or People Gnome Scarf

Pendants

My new pendants can be used as the focal point for a necklace, keychain, or dangle for your journal. I am offering them on ball chains in a variety of sizes. All come boxed and ready for gift giving. The pendants are in a silver finish and the embedded items have been sealed with UV Resin.

Birds Love on the Line Hugs and Kisses Pendant
Birds Love on the Line Hugs and Kisses Pendant
Have Hope Pendant Necklace
Have Hope Pendant
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Books to Support the Caregiver

As November comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to applaud the caregivers among us who do the work of an army, and often without much appreciation or recognition. November is National Family Caregivers Month, but as we all know, the care never stops, and caregivers are always in need of our support. I am a caregiver for someone who has a Traumatic Brain Injury and Bipolar 1 Personality Disorder. My heart goes out to every person who gives their time, heart, and energy to another in the hopes of helping them have a better life. I hope you find something in the list below that may help you or someone that you know. Remember, a little support in the way of a shoulder to lean upon or an ear to vent to can go a long way for the the caregiver who is exhausted and in need of some care themselves. Self care is missing in the lives of many caregivers, and any time that can be spent focusing on a calm mind is a supportive bonus for many people.

Don’t forget the free downloadable book links at the bottom! You can lend them to anyone you wish!

*Remember, the price of the books listed may change and some may no longer be free by the time you go to grab them. I do not control the price of the books and/or the ability to offer them for free.*

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Let’s Get to Cooking – Recipe Books

I don’t know about you, but right now, I’m making soups, chili, and lots of cozy foods that make me feel warm from my soul to my toes. Do you have a favorite recipe that you pull out at this time of year? I recently roasted a large amount of squash, put in the fridge and then pulled it out the next night to use as a base for some soup. I’ve never tried it before, but it is now a favorite and will be a part of my recipe collection! I’ve searched for some great books to help you get ready for the season of cozy foods. Let me know your favorite #vegan recipes!

Don’t forget the free downloadable book links at the bottom! You can lend them to anyone you wish!

*Remember, the price of the books listed may change and some may no longer be free by the time you go to grab them. I do not control the price of the books and/or the ability to offer them for free.*

My hearty squash soup.

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Celebrate the Halloween Weekend with Books

Cup of coffee with ghost in the cream.
Thank you for the image, Toa Heftiba!

It is Halloween weekend here in the United States, and it is a great time to curl up with a good book and enjoy the change of weather. Does your area support door-to-door trick or treating? Many cities and communities are offering events around recreational centers, churches, and shopping districts. It is rare to see kids out on the streets for Halloween in my area. Whether you are waiting for your kids to finish their candy grab or in the middle of relaxing after the festivities, I hope you find some time to check out a new read. Here are just a few that I’ve collected for you! Don’t forget the free downloadable book links at the bottom! 🙂 You can lend them to anyone you wish!

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Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Thank you for the image, Beth Teutschmann!

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Cricut BrightPad Go Unboxing and Review

The Cricut BrightPad Go is a must-have for anyone who needs concentrated light that helps with design for sewing and craft projects, but is perfect for anyone interested in diamond painting or transferring an image to another surface, like copying a design on graphite paper.

What is in the box?

I have an old Fiskars Light Boss that has been a sturdy and helpful companion over the years, but it is limited to a 120v Fluorescent bulb and isn’t very bright. I still use it and love that it was built well and has lasted this long. My vision has not held up as well, and I require a brighter light and need the convenience of being cordless, as I don’t always have access to a plug near my work areas.

The Cricut BrightPad Go isn’t an inexpensive tool, but it is a tool and not a supply for your craft room. It has many uses and will hopefully work for many years. As I show in the unboxing video, I love that I can use the pad to align fabric edges and patterns. This will be especially helpful with dark fabrics. As you can see below, I enjoy to use it when I am working on my diamond paintings. I’ve used a lamp, but the pad is superior, as the light source comes up through the canvas and makes the design legend symbols easier to see. It helps reduce eye strain and doesn’t light up the entire room instead of my work area.

One thing I’d like to point out is that the manual, for lack of a better word, states that once charged, you won’t need to recharge for a few months. This is misleading. I was so excited, believing that I would get a long use out of the pad before it needed charging again. A fully charged pad will work for two hours on the brightest setting. The quoted multiple months are what one can expect when the pad is charged and just on idle waiting to be used. Meaning, the battery doesn’t have a quick drain if you don’t use the pad.

So far I’m really enjoying the Cricut Brightpad Go and look forward to sharing how it holds up!

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Amazon Prime Day Deal: Hiboy Electric Scooters

Hillary, my Siberian Husky, believes that every morning must begin with a run alongside my Hiboy Electric Scooter. Nothing gets her out the door faster than asking if she is ready for her “zoomies” and trip to the park. Every dog needs exercise, but if you’ve ever had a Husky, you know that they have an incredible need and desire to run and get out their energy. A few romps of play in the yard or even a walk in the park isn’t enough exercise for her. The Hiboy Electric Scooter makes us both winners, as my knees are saved from running on concrete, and she gets the much needed running time she loves (and her nails are kept trim as the running on hard surfaces keeps them short).

It is a very sweet ride.

Amazon Prime Day is here and so are the deals on scooters! You can save 20% – a savings of $92.00, plus you get that sweet free shipping, on the following scooter: Hiboy MAX V2 Electric Scooter – 8.5″ Solid Tires, Up to 17 Miles & 18.6 MPH, Front & Rear Suspensions, One Step Fold Electric Scooter for Adults, Commute and Travel

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter with Seat – 8.5″ Solid Tires – Up to 17 Miles & 18.6 MPH Folding Commuting Scooter for Adults with Double Braking System, Rear Suspension and App

This is the scooter I own. The current deal offers a coupon to be used at checkout for a savings of $50. See the product description on the product information page at Amazon for more details.

One of my favorite things about the scooter is the seat! Yes, you can either stand or sit down! I find it easier to stand when she is running alongside, but the ease of removing and installing the seat is a breeze and makes it an easy transition. The seat is used most often for a leisurely ride when Hillary is home.

photo courtesy of Amazon and Hiboy

Purchased in September 2020, the Hiboy scooter has been a much needed outlet for both of our energies as we have navigated the times of the pandemic. It has really helped keep both of us active during periods of limited travel. The wonderful thing about the scooter is that is is so lightweight (35 lbs) and folds easily for quick runs to the park. Hillary does a thirty minute run every morning, and I only need to charge it once a week.

The scooter is stable and durable. My feet have plenty of room on the deck and the bell and double breaking system make me feel secure while riding. The scooter operates silently and it really can pick up some speed as it approaches 18 miles an hour.

Check out the deals and get ready to give your dog some overdue exercise. *Please be careful when exercising your dog in the heat. We go early morning, but even then there are days where I have to be extra careful with her level of exertion to ensure that she doesn’t approach heat exhaustion. Also be careful with the surfaces you ride/run on, as dogs can burn their paw pads. The only thing missing is a compartment for storage. I keep her water, collapsible bowl, and poop bags in the Hiboy Waterproof Scooter Storage Bag.

She could use a little cleaning, but she is well-loved.

The Hiboy scooter is definitely an investment, but they are quality products that will support your needs for exercise.

Here is a helpful video that I watched prior to my purchase. I’d love to hear your views and see pics of you with your dog in action. Safe scooting!

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Review: Hillary Docu-Series on Hulu Episode One: The Golden Girl

Let me begin by stating that I have a bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. I believe in her as a person, a leader, a feminist, a politician, and as the woman I desperately wanted to call my President. It takes absolutely zero effort to entice me to watch a documentary (my favorite movie genre) about Hillary. Here are my thoughts on the docu-series on Hulu.

Hillary – directed by Nanette Burstein on Hulu

Hillary was born in Chicago, Illinois, and as a little girl, she didn’t grow up thinking she would be the president of the United States. Her childhood female influences did not work outside the home. Contrary to what many think of her, she wasn’t plotting world domination at an early age.

The film covers moments in her youth, from her world in the suburbs of Chicago and involvement in the Methodist church, to the Civil Rights movement. Her time at Wellesley, an all-girls college in Massachusetts is touched on, with friends, classmates, and teachers speaking about how social reform of the time was forming her political beliefs. Senator Edward Brookes was the graduation speaker. His speech essentially told the graduates to embrace their space and not get so worked up about everything, as much protest wasn’t really worth the effort or time. Hillary was chosen as the student speaker, and she went off script and addressed what he said. When you hear Hillary speaking in response to Senator Brookes, the voice of the woman I admire today is heard in the young graduate refuting the Senator who seemed to brush off the impact and importance of civil protest.

Hillary decided to go to law school and sat for the LSAT at Harvard. She was harassed by the male testers, admonishing her for being a female and having the audacity to dream of being a lawyer. She talks about the lack of reward that would have been given for showing emotion in a situation like this versus the world of today where people are constantly looking at your emotional response to any and all stimuli.

I relate to this, as I was raised by a family that believed if you fall and hurt yourself, you don’t cry, you wipe that part of yourself off and move along. Stiff upper lip. My parents were big proponents of phrases like, “never let them see you get upset, cry, etc…,” and I learned to react from a place of seeing myself through the eyes of others. That means you limit reaction when someone does something to you that you don’t appreciate, and you work harder to never be vulnerable to that attention again.

image by Bill Oxford

1969 Yale Law School

Hillary was one of 27 women law students at Yale. This is where she met Bill Clinton. There are personal photographs of their dating period, and President Clinton speaks about his first impressions of her. Bill had a Political and Civil Rights class with Hillary. Bill said, “She had a certain aura about her. “

The photos show a couple who are smitten with each other. That look of his love for her is pure and true and it sparkles in his eyes as he speaks of her today. Bill clearly loves Hillary and has been enamored with her since the first time he met her. “I just had this feeling that this is not going to be normal, and this could change your life.”

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing President Clinton speak in person. There is an undeniable charisma about him that is easy to see and enjoy. It is also evident why women are so easily drawn to him. He checks most of the boxes – handsome, funny, intelligent, witty, and charming. He “sees” you when he speaks to you. You aren’t one in a crowd. YOU are his audience of one. Very few people truly have this skill, and he excels. When he spoke at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), he was touring on behalf of the campaign for Hillary, and as he spoke about her, even about her political ideals, he spoke of her glowingly.

Hillary took a path all her own in law school. She was a feminist who was interested in women and children’s issues. She attributes her interest to her mother. Her mom never felt loved and left home at thirteen to work as a housekeeper. Hillary worked for Marian Wright Edelman, a civil rights activist and advocate for children.

Amy Chozick is featured in the film and speaks about the article she wrote about Hillary going undercover in Alabama to expose the illegal discrimination on the basis of race in private school academies that had been granted tax-exempt status.

Hillary and Bill graduated from Yale in June 1973. They traveled through Europe together and Bill proposed to her. Hillary requested more time, and Bill said he would wait. Bill knew he was going to return to Arkansas, and Hillary didn’t know in which direction her compass was set.

Upon returning home, she went to Washington, and in 1974, Watergate was the topic of the hour. Hillary worked on the Impeachment Committee. She worked on the memo for the grounds of impeachment, defining what high crimes and misdemeanors meant. Clinton encouraged Hillary to return to Illinois and run for office. She did not believe anyone would vote for a “pushy” woman like her.

1974 Arkansas

Hillary followed her heart to Bill and the University of Arkansas School of Law offered her a job.

Bill and Hillary were once on a walk, and Hillary commented that she thought a house was cute. Bill bought and furnished it and said she had to marry him since they now how this adult commitment. She accepted his proposal and they wed.

Within a year, Bill was elected Attorney General and they moved to Little Rock. Hillary went to work for the Rose Law Firm with the distinction of being the first female lawyer at the firm. She would ultimately become partner of the firm.

Bill Clinton served as Attorney General for two years and quickly moved on to become the Governor of Arkansas at the fresh age of 32. Hillary was the First Lady of Arkansas and she raised eyebrows, as she remained a working lawyer and the public also didn’t appreciate that she had kept her maiden name.

This was the beginning of her being picked apart. She was attacked for her hair, her name, her clothes, and her lack of children, just to name a few. I’m sickened by how similar the attacks are on her today in 2020.

In 1980, Chelsea was now part of the family, but Bill lost his reelection campaign. Feeling responsibility for his loss, Hillary took his name. She had a complete makeover. Clothes, hair, and contact lenses. Her transformation worked. Bill became Governor again in 1982, and he appointed Hillary in charge of reforming the public education system.

Can’t forget the emails…

image by Georgia de Lotz

The emails. Why aren’t we over the fact that her private emails were not on the government server when she was Secretary of State? She decided to use the server that had been set up for Bill, there was no regulation against it, and everyone knew it was operational because she responded to their emails from her personal email. What she did was not illegal. Colin Powell used a private email account and previous Secretaries of State did the same thing. She thought this story would go away quickly. We all know how much this didn’t go away. Classified information ended up on the server, and the FBI investigated it. It was determined that there was no deliberate mishandling of information. She was being accused of making her own rules. She admits that she was irritated by this questioning and feels she didn’t successfully handle it. She spoke with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and Mitchell pressed for an apology from Hillary. She didn’t supply one and that took over the news. She apologized in an interview with David Neal on ABC News. She gave the people what they wanted, but that didn’t make them happy. The emails are still brought up and probably will be until the end of time.

Bernie Sanders

This first episode briefly touches on Sanders. She is heckled by protestors at one of her campaign rallies. As they are escorted out of the building, she declares, “You may not be supporting me, but I’m supporting you.” Yeah, I thought, she really doesn’t give up on doing the best for all of us, even her loudest detractors.

The vitriol coming from the Bernie supporters in 2016 is evident in the presidential race today. Hillary was painted as a centrist, a corporatist, and an old-school democrat who doesn’t care about the little guy. Sound familiar? They are attacking Vice President Joe Biden with the same words as he competes with Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 2020.

The movie praises Bernie as a powerful messenger. I agree that he is, for he likes to speak in sound bites (Free Tuition For All), and defer his plans for such programs until a later date. Hillary, on the other hand, gets ground to stone for stating the truth and never promising unattainable goals. She was encouraged to get on the “free public education for all” train, but she does not believe it is attainable. It is more difficult to turn, “I believe in affordable, debt-free education with the ability to refinance your current school loan debt” into a rousing chant.

Ironic that we live in a world where so much information is available at our very fingertips and many people still desire ignorance. Hillary didn’t ask you to blindly follow her. She outlined and talked about her plans at every opportunity afforded her. You can’t make the unwilling listen, but the media and her dissenters characterized her as unable to get her message across to the public.

The film is sprinkled with shared moments with her staff as she travels the country for her campaign, reminding me of what we lost. These snapshots of time on her campaign trail reveal a funny, tired, resolute, strong, and devoted human. They reveal her humanity. There is a scene where she is greeting small business owners and she asks one of her staff if they have some money because she doesn’t have her purse. As a woman who often leaves her purse behind when doing things where a purse has no place, I’ve said that very sentence. These are the relatable moments that her detractors claim are non-existent. They would rather view her as cold and calculating in a prolonged effort to dehumanize her. Hillary admits she provokes strong opinions, both positive and negative.

Clips of her campaign to be the 45th President of the United States stir mixed emotions for me. I miss those days, and I miss the version of me who once believed that our nation would embrace a strong, female leader. Ultimately, I’m left in agreement with the summation made early in the film. Hillary is “one of the most admired and most vilified women in American history,” says Jake Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor for the Clinton campaign.

On to Episode Two: Becoming A Lady

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Knock Knock, Autumn is Here

or so they say….. it is a tad bit difficult to believe when our temps in Charlotte are still in the 90s. A warm Fall is on tap, but I’m ignoring that news with my current favorite things that murmur sweet Autumn coziness to my ears.

Fall TV is returning, and I’m here for it!

When I was growing up, my favorite magazine to get was the TV Guide Fall Preview issue. This was always one of their largest issues and was full of information about the coming season on tv. I highlighted my favorite shows and circled when they would be airing. I was very serious about my tv watching. *They still publish these guides and they are available at your local newsstand. 

Tune in to TV with the Fire TV Stick 4K

This summer I purchased the Fire TV Stick with 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, and it includes the Alexa Voice Remote. My Vizio tv had stopped supporting the apps for HULU and Netflix, and I could barely make it through a show without an error popping up that prevented me from completing the show.  I contacted Vizio and they confirmed that they no longer supported the apps and had no plans to update them. They advised I would continue to see the same errors. I was paying for services that had become unwatchable on my television but were fine on my other devices. 

Seeking a solution, I found the Fire TV Stick 4K, and I’m overjoyed with it. You download the apps you want, like HULU and Netflix, but you can also watch a seemingly endless line-up of other providers, including YouTube! I love that everything is in one place, and if you subscribe to HBO or other subscription channels, you can add those apps as well. 

The voice control is really a nice feature and prevents me from struggling to find a specific button. I just hit the microphone button and tell Alexa to pause or stop what I’m watching. I love seeing someone in a movie and asking Alexa to tell me more about that actor or search for more movies that they can be found in. You think you’ll never use it, but you will, and you’ll love it. 

Amazon music streams beautifully and you can have family karaoke night as the x-ray lyrics play on the screen. Again, you can add apps like Spotify and stream from your subscription service. 

Security Features: 

I’ve recently installed some Wyze lights in the living room, and I can use the remote to simply command, “Turn off the fan lights,” and off they go. This is one of my favorite features.

Additionally, my Wyze cameras are just a voice command away and viewable on the tv when I command Alexa to show me the front door or backyard camera. 

If you don’t have other Alexa devices, you may really dig the fact that you can make announcements to anyone while you are out of the room or away from home. You will need to use your Alexa app on your phone, and once you have entered your message, it will announce it on the tv (and other Alexa devices in your home). Way cool. 

As the time nears for family gatherings, you can choose to display your own photos on the tv screen, too. How excited will your grandmother be to see her photo on the tv? 


Fall Activities and Accessories

Cooler weather means it is a joy to be outside again. This summer has been a miserable one for me, with the high heat and humidity in Charlotte. I’m ready for some cooler weather and any excuse to wear a scarf. 

When I’m ready to look for a new activity, place to eat, or cute accessory, I turn to the deals at Groupon. This jewelry set is just the ticket for my style and wardrobe allowance at 82% off!

sweet small leaves necklace

Groupon has some great event packages that can’t be beat when you want to try a new activity or take on a hobby.

Maybe a trip to the local vineyard would be a great time!
credit: Jassy Onyae

Fall goodness + frugality = a happy Jeannie! 

Scarowinds is back in session at Carowinds. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Scarowinds. I want to love it, but I hate to be scared. The talent do a fantastic job with their makeup and theatrics for the event. If you love to be scared, you will enjoy it! It should definitely be experienced at least once. 

Creature Comforts:

Whether you’ve settled in for a night of tv or just returned home, nothing feels as good as a hot cup of coffee. 

credit: Christiana Rivers


Don’t forget to reward your tired muscles, too!

Relish in the permission Fall allows us to slow down and read. As luck would have it, I have a book to suggest–mine! Lol

Manual Exposure paperback book
Manual Exposure Paperback