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Mexican Food, A New Kindle, Getting Old, and More {Everyday Adventures 72}

Mexican Food

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen this picture.

It is a good thing my family loves Mexican food because we have been eating it several times a week lately. It is quick and easy to make, everyone loves it, and it is easy to make gluten free.

We have been eating so much Mexican food. I think my family may get tired of it if I am not careful.

g pasta salad

One night this week I made a dinner that was full of cheese. When I do this my dairy free daughter will either eat leftovers or make herself her own dinner.

This week she made herself a big bowl of pasta salad. She used my basic pasta salad recipe, but added in a few other things like spinach. I took a bite and it was delicious!


We have had some crazy stormy weather the last few weeks in Oklahoma. This picture was taken the day after a nasty storm went through our area. The sky was such a beautiful color of blue it was hard to believe it had been so nasty the day before. What a difference a day can make.

And I got a new Kindle this week.

Kindle Fire

I had an older version of a Kindle a few years ago, I loved it, but when it broke I went to my phone and ipad for reading ebooks. It has worked well the last few years. I would use my ipad at home for reading ebooks and my phone when I wanted to read other places.

However, the last few months it has not worked well. Not at all. Mainly because of my eyes and that problem of our eyes and getting old…

Overall I love the new multi focal contacts I got last year. They have worked great and have been much easier to get used to than I thought they would be. The one problem I have had though is reading on my phone.

For just quickly checking email or social media it works great, but when it comes to reading for any length of time, like reading ebooks, I have problems.

Reading a regular book is fine, but my eyes just don’t end up focusing right and I get a headache when reading on my phone because the print is so small.

I love my contacts and am not ready to give up contacts just so I can read on my phone. But we have been busy and I have been reading a lot on the go. One of the ways I read so much is because I read while at doctors appointments, waiting at music lessons, etc., so I am not ready to give up my ebook reading either.

My solution was to get a new kindle to see if it helps. For multiple reasons I decided to get a Kindle Fire instead of a Kindle Paperwhite. I hope I like it and don’t regret getting the Fire. A couple of days after I ordered my Kindle Fire this one that is a different version went on sale for $39.99. That is a great deal and won’t last long. Since it was only $39.99, I ended up ordering one of them to replace my husband’s really old Kindle that he likes to use when he travels.

The print is bigger so it should work better than my phone, but it is still lightweight enough to carry around in my purse. I will keep you updated on how I like it.

If you have a Kindle I would hear what you think. Do you like the basic Kindle or the Kindle Fire?

And speaking of books.

Book Project

My daughter and I have been planning a new project that we are both excited about. I hope to share more details soon, but I will say this, it involves books.

My daughter read 150 books last year and so far this year she had read over 30 books. She reads all the time. And she doesn’t just read mindless fluffy teenage type stuff.

She has a goal to read a book on every president. She reads books on WWI and WWII. She has read many classic type books that I have never read. And she reads some fun stuff too. She reads a very wide range of books and reads a ton of them. Basically she out reads me both in the amount of books and type of books she reads.

Since we both love to read, we decided to combine our love of reading and start a new project. Which is mainly going to be her new project, with some help from me. If you are on Instagram and love reading you can follow us at From Our Bookshelf. We will have more details soon on our project.

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  1. I love my Kindle Fire. I had a 1st generation Fire for many years, but it got to the point where it wasn’t working so great. Last Christmas hubby got me one of the new models. I take it everywhere. It’s great for reading, but also for checking email and Facebook, checking the weather, playing games, watching videos. It pretty much never leaves my side. You’re going to love yours.

    • I am so glad that you love yours. I think my husband’s Kindle is a first generation. I can’t believe how much lighter the new one is compared to his old one.

  2. I LOVE my Kindle Fire! I take it with me everywhere I go. I wore out my first one and have had my current one for a little over a year. It is an HD 3rd generation. I like the fact that if I don’t have my glasses with me I can change the size of the font. The only downfall for me is the fact that sometimes I pick it up to read and instead end up checking Facebook or playing a game. I’ve even been known to pop in some ear buds & watch Netflix when I needed a little break from reality. Overall it’s really versatile. I’m sure you’ll love it.

    Love the blog and can’t wait to see the new bookish Instagram!!

    • I love the fact that you can change the font too! I have FB and Instagram on my phone and so far I have not put them on my new Kindle and I might not. Keeping the distractions away might be better for me when it comes to reading, but I will have to see. I think the ability to watch movies on it will be nice when we travel.

  3. I have a basic Kindle reader that I got on sale last year, and I love it. I wanted it just for reading because I have an iPad mini 2 for other things. For reading, I think the black-and-white screen is better for my eyes than a Kindle Fire. My daughter used to have a Kindle Fire (first generation), but it stopped working after a couple of years.

    • I think the basic Kindle probably is more like a book. I also wonder if they last longer than the Fires do since they are pretty basic. It seems like there is less to go wrong on the basic ones. I am used to reading on my ipdad which is kind of the same when it comes to reading on the Fire, so hopefully I do fine with it. Two of my kids have basic Kindles, so I might borrow one sometime and see what I like better for ebooks.

  4. I love your blog and thanks for asking the kindle question. The comments were very helpful for me. I love my paperwhite but have wondered if I would like the fire better. After reading the comments I am really happy with what I have and agree the paperwhite is good for my “old eyes”.

    BTW, I read a lot and have started reading while knitting in addition to everywhere else.

    • My daughter crochets, but I don’t think she has attempted doing it while reading! And I am glad you found this helpful. I love it when readers can help each other.

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