This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Read Watch Listen Follow

Welcome back to the monthly linkup where we talk about all the things we’ve been currently reading, watching, listening and following.



It took me a while, but I did finish A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith. It wasn’t a difficult read since it’s a YA novel but I was just so BUSY with Write 31 Days that I would go to bed late, or tired, or late and tired that I didn’t get very far each night. But a few pages here and a few pages there did get me through so I’m taking that as a life lesson: don’t discount things if you can only do it a little at a time. Something is better than nothing. My rating: 4 stars.


I *finally* finished Gilmore Girls! I can’t believe how long it’s taken me! Now I’m ready for the big event on November 25th. I wasn’t going to watch the trailer…and then I did. Now I’m REALLY excited! I think I’m going to make popcorn and maybe make some other snacks (a la Girls’ way of watching shows) and do a binge watch. Better clear my calendar for that day…

After I finished GG, I started  This Is Us and immediately liked it. I convinced hubby to watch it so now that is “our” show. Since I really like having something I can watch on my own, I went back to the last season of Parenthood. I never finished that one and it had been so long since I’d seen it I went back to the beginning of the season. When I finish that I think I’mg going to start The Crown as my “mine” show. [Although I suspect that dear hubby would enjoy this one too…]


Since I didn’t LOVE Rules of Civility by Amor Towles I was hoping to find something GOOD on audio.

And I did.  Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson was not only a delightful story, but it was extra good on audio. Since it takes place in England, I loved all the English accents. I recommended it to a friend and she is enjoying it too! My rating: 5 stars.

I also listened to The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion which was book 2 in the Ron Tillman books. It was enjoyable. Like the first book. My rating: 4 stars.

With all that cooking I was doing, I would just play this as I chopped, stirred and cleaned up messes.

Now I am listening to Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. It’s part of our school curriculum and I heard it was a good one. I’m enjoying it. The audio version is okay but the true story is fascinating.


In the last two FOLLOW posts, I featured home decorating/DIY blogs. Here’s one more I follow that inspires me so much: Kim from Sand and Sisal. Her tastes reflect what I want to do with my space. She decorates with a coastal influence but not kitschy coastal. Hers is a more casual coastal chic. Her beach-inspired color palette and the simple inclusion of coastal motifs are what I’m after.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about. This picture is from her Casual Coastal Thanksgiving Tablescape  post. blue-white-yellow-coastal-tablescape

Isn’t that beautiful? So simple and I love that she didn’t use traditional colors. Yet it feels very fall to me with the added greenery (which she clipped from her backyard!), the inclusion of pumpkins, but then she also added a few starfish and shells. Subtle coastal. That’s what I’m talking about.

I love decorating with pinecones in the fall and I mentioned a pinecone garland I want to try.   Kim has a tutorial for bleached pinecones that I want to try too! Click over there and see what I’m talking about! Aren’t they beautiful? I better get out there and start hunting down pinecones! I’m going to need a truckload of them!

She has some great DIY craft projects which you can find HERE, yummy sounding recipes, the decorating and gardening tips, and a few miscellaneous tips like this one that I wanna try:how-to-remove-utensil-scratches-from-dishes

Another blogger I followed referenced this post but it was in regard to drinking glasses. I’ll share her with you next month!


That’s it for this month folks! What have you been reading, watching, listening to or following? If you are a blogger, you can link up your posts below. If you aren’t, won’t you let me know in the comments?

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About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

4 thoughts on “READ::WATCH::LISTEN::FOLLOW#3 {a linkup}

  1. I am sorry I missed this month’s link-up. PC and I are enjoying This is Us, too. Really need to try Gilmore Girls, I guess. Excited to watch your blog transformation. Such a tranquil blue. That table setting is so simply chic and festive without being over the top. Genius to use white pumpkins!

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