Last Chance

For anyone who might happen to drop by tonight, you still have a little more time to join in the fun. You could win this book just by submitting a unique and interesting little ditty . . . er, motto . . . or whatever you want to call it. Go here for the details. We'll be drawing the winner's name in the morning.

Don't hesitate
To win in 2008


Photo Hunt 94: Old Fashioned

These are from the lavatory at the Glen Eyrie castle in Colorado.

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Super Cool Meme

You wouldn't think I'd be so excited to play in this fun meme. After all, my FRIEND, the Gremlin Wrangler called me OLD. To which I say WHAT. EVER. I'll play anyway. Because I can.

So here's the deal-e-o:

Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you’ve written. But there is a catch:

Link 1 must be about family.
Link 2 must be about friends.
Link 3 must be about yourself.
Link 4 must be about something you love.
Link 5 can be anything you choose.

Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better. Readers - don’t forget to read the archive posts and leave comments!

Link 1 - Family: My neice, at two and a half

Link 2 - Friends: Well, I just perused all my archives (200 of them!) and I've NEVER written about my friends. I know, some of you are probably thinking I don't HAVE any friends. Not true. I just don't talk about them on my blog. Not because I don't love them, but they might not want to have their lives publicized. If they do, I'll help them start blogs of their own. It would be fun to have a bloggy friend that's a real life friend, too. I just haven't convinced any of them yet. Hmm . . . maybe I will start writing about them.

Instead I give you a link here cause I actually mention friends. I even made something for them. Actual proof that they exist. :D

Link 3 - Me: This is how I function

Link 4 - Something I love: A day with my guys

Link 5 - My choice: It's a hair thing and it makes me laugh

Who to tag, who to tag . . . for my two new acquaintances, I'll go with

Cindy at Obstreperous Heart
Jacque at Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths

As for the other three, I pick

Gina (my Lost pal - only 8 more days) at Ward & June
Michele at Homeschool Housewife
Robin at Pensieve

and since I like to push the rules, ever so slightly,

Heather at Sprittibee cause she's my first-ever bloggy friend

And in the words, of the Gremlin Wrangler,

"Chop! Chop!"


Wordless Wednesday - Fountain

Yeah, they've been posted, but not for WW. And I really like them. You can go here for more WW.


I Won't Blame You

My 12 year old son was in the kitchen, obtaining something upon which he could snack. I asked what he was doing, and he said, "Nothing like having a healthy snack." So I asked what it was that he was having. He showed me a yogurt and remarked, "Peach." I asked him to bring it over to me, cause I know that all the yogurt in our household was purchased last year some time. Maybe in a month that doesn't end in "er."

I looked at the container and the "best if used by" date (whatever that means) is August . . . of 2007. Hmmmm.

(bunny trail here - for more of my perspective on expiration dates, read this)

I told him it had expired, but let's see how it looked. We opened the container. It is hermetically sealed, after all. Or something like that. Looked fine to me. Smelled fine to me. Smelled like peach to my son. So I said, "It should be okay . . . I guess."

He walked away with the yogurt and his spoon and said, "Don't worry, Mom. If I get sick from it, I won't blame you."

So glad I'm off the hook.


Wordless Wednesday - Distortion

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No One Told Us

So we ran a couple of important errands after dinner tonight. Like buying a furnace filter (did you know they don't MAKE a 20x22" filter?) and returning overdue library books (oh joy - fines!). All the while, we had absolutely NO idea what day this is.

I even read the newspaper this morning. There was nothing about it. Apparently it's DUPSL* Day. But no one even told us. Glad I was home earlier today. That would've made me absolutely crazy!

*- "Drive Under the Posted Speed Limit" Day

So, did any of you know about this? Or is it just a regional occasion?

Update: They DO make a 20x22" or 22x22" filter after all. I think we need the 22x22" size. Problem is that it's not a standard size you can just purchase at any old hardware or big box store. We'll be calling around tomorrow. Either that, or we have to order online.

Winter Reading Challenge

Trish over at A Joyful Heart is hosting the Winter Reading Challenge. I haven't participated in any of the challenges since last Spring. Not that I've put all the books away or anything. I just didn't want to have structure attached to my reading. But now I'm ready to jump back into the reading challenge fun.

Here's my list, in no particular order.
  • The Bible (NKJV) - God

  • The Ministry of Motherhood - Sally Clarkson

  • The Oak Leaves - Maureen Lang

  • Mere Christianity - CS Lewis

  • Parenting is Heart Work - Turansky & Miller

  • If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother - Anita Renfroe

  • Esther - Chuck Swindoll

  • A Biblical Home Education - Ruth Beechick

  • If You Can't Lose It, Decorate It - Anita Renfroe

  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Oops - no read-aloud books as a family. I'll have to figure out what we'll be reading since we're starting a new unit. Chances are I'll add others and not finish all of these; I just seem to function that way. Oh, I also noticed that there isn't much in the way of fiction there. I like reading all types of books, but I usually have something in the fiction category that I read before bed. I doubt that "The Oak Leaves" will sustain my bedtime reading for the next 10 weeks or so. I'm sure I can find something to fill in that gap.


December Swap Goodies!

Jacque from Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths was my super swap buddy for December. Sweetheart that she is, she's not even guilting me one iota for being enormously late sending her package (which goes out tomorrow).

Here are the terrific goodies that she sent me.

A cute Snoopy card
Two packages of CM papers and embellishments
Big honey jar candle
Assorted teas
Dark chocolate truffles

Charming Christmas papers!

Fabulous Fall/Fruit papers!

Tasty Teas!

Cool Candle! (Honey Vanilla scented - says "Sweet Memories of Home"

I can't show you the chocolates - they're LONG gone! Yummmmm!

Thanks, Jacque! You're so sweet!


Ready for a Contest?

We've begun a year that has a great rhyming number at the end - EIGHT. Have you noticed how many sayings are already being generated? The list of words to rhyme with eight is . . . well, GREAT!

I thought I'd start a collection of these quirky little mottos. So if you come across any, feel free to add them to the comments. What the heck? Make up some of your own. Something motivational, encouraging, or just downright silly.

Hmm . . . sounds like the makings of a contest to me.

Between now and January 31, submit your interesting, funny, off-the-wall, (insert your own adjective here) 2008 motto. Yes, it has to rhyme. For example, in the realm of fishing,

Try some new bait in 2008

or perhaps you're prone to mumbling,

I will enunciate in 2008

The only other issue is that it must be family-friendly (ie; no cussing, potty-mouthed stuff). My kids read my blog. Enough said.

Oh, I guess if it's a contest, there should be a prize of some sort. Since I'm all about humor, I think a little Brevity is in order.

The winner of the contest will receive the aforementioned pictured book.

Please submit your entry (feel free to enter more than once) via the comments by 12:00 midnight on Thursday, January 31, 2008. My immediate family (hubs & sons) will judge the entries to determine the winner. If it's just too hard, we'll utilize the Random Number Generator.

Get those pencils sharpened and have some fun!


Trouble in Rivet City

I know this isn't a very clear photo, but it really is hard to focus (for my friend, that is) when one is trying to take a picture of the underside of a chair that someone else (moi) is sitting in. No, I do not normally let my friends (or anyone else, for that matter) take pictures of my, umm, derriere. But this was a Kodak moment that could not be passed by.

We were walking across the courtyard and back to our building following the first night's session at the ladies' retreat back in October. The fountain was absolutely stunning at night, so being the obsessive diligent photographers that we are, my friend and I stopped to capture this moment on film (yes, really - actual film).

Feeling very creative, we were getting various interesting angles and trying different settings, you know, like real professionals . . . or pseudo professionals. Having no tripod, and in order to prevent camera shake, I decided to sit in a nearby chair, feet on the edge of the fountain, and prop the camera on my knees. This turned out to be an excellent idea, as it provided the opportunity for this shot.

Which, I think, is pretty awesome, by the way.

When we had exhausted all the fun we thought we could have, we decided to make the trek back to our building. Well, the fact that our friends were waiting for us (and they were cold) probably prompted us along as well.

As I started to get up from my way scootched down position in the chair, I found that I couldn't move out of said position. My friend was walking away, so I hollered to her, "Help. I'm stuck!"

Turns out that clever little rivet on the rear pocket of my jeans was wedged in between the metal mesh of the lovely patio chairs. Really wedged. Like no way was I scooting myself out of that predicament.

My friend came back to help me, but of course, had to take a picture first. That reminds me, I don't have a copy of that one - me in the chair, scrunched down and stuck. Then she came over, asked for my small camera (the digital), stuck it under the chair, and "click." Cause that's what you do when you're a friend. And a photo junkie.

But being a friend also means not leaving your friend stuck by a rivet in a patio chair. So she helped me out after the requisite photos and laughing until we couldn't breathe. Although that didn't end until long after we were back in our room that night. Come to think of it, we enjoyed that one well into the weekend.


WW - Not The Northern Lights

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Here Kitty, Kitty!

My youngest son had been begging to get a cat. Ironically, even as a 12-year old boy, he wanted a girl cat. A grown cat. Not a squirrely little kitten. He wanted a cat something terrible. So hubs & I had decided to get him one for Christmas. We would wrap a kitty toy and include a "certificate" with which he could go choose his new feline friend after Christmas.

My mom and dad were going to purchase a cat post for the kitty for Christmas. So Mom headed on over to the local PetSmart, only to discover that there were WAY TOO MANY cats waiting to be adopted. Considering that her sweet kitty passed away a number of years ago, and she's been wanting a cat ever since, and there was a perfect cat there . . . well, you can probably figure out the rest of THAT story.

We went over to Mom & Dad's to visit the new kitty, Savannah. She was a very nice, 2-year old tortoise shell cat. My son really couldn't wait to get a cat now. In fact, he had already indicated he'd give up ALL of his Christmas gifts if he could just get a cat.

The next morning, Mom calls to say that they can't keep the cat. Looks like both Mom & Dad were suffering from cat allergies. They sure liked her, but didn't think it would work out so well. Once again, you can probably figure out the rest of THAT story, as well.

Yep, we got ourselves a cat. We used to have a couple of cats, but both of them died over 8 years ago. Since then, it was just the four of us and our dog, Cody. Then we lost Cody back in August, so we've had a petless household. We had been planning to get another dog and possibly a cat. Looks like the cat portion happened - with very little effort on our part.

Welcome, Miss Savannah.


Fun New Stuff

I'm so excited to have been asked to write for a new Christian Women Online-inspired homeschool magazine. If you've never read CWO, I encourage you to check it out. They do a top-notch job with every issue.

The new magazine, The Heart of the Matter, is designed to encourage and equip parents who homeschool their children. You'll find some awesome homeschooling parents who will share their wisdom and experiences with you via an online magazine and daily inspiration.

Here are just a few of the great things you will find:

Homeschooling Tips
Great Links
Unit Studies
Money Saving Ideas
Homeschooler of the Week
Field Trips
Homeschooling Memes
and so much more!

The team is excited and eager to bring you some fresh ideas and hopefully, a new perspective or two. Please feel free to look around and meet the writers and see what they have to offer. My contribution will be a monthly article called "Blueprint for Balance." I'll be offering ideas for the task of balancing the many things in a homeschool family.

The big "start up" day will be Tuesday, January 8th. This is when the first edition of the online magazine will be published. Every day after that there will be something new for you to enjoy and glean from.

Confirmation Code: GDXMDXF12297291


Holy Smokes - It's 2008!

I've been thinking about what to post today, I mean it really should be something profound or . . . or . . . oh, I don't know, I can't even come up with another adjective for what the post I can't come up with ought to be.

Wow! That's a vague and terrible sentence.

Since I have nothing significant to say, I'm just going to share some other great posts I've come across recently.
  • Sprittibee has a very good post about resolutions.

  • Lori at I Will Take it Lord, All You Have to Give based on a Dr. Seuss quote that is quite, well . . . profound. Dr. Seuss had a knack for that, really. He ought to be quoted more often.

  • The new issue of Christian Women Online looks like it has some great articles. I haven't had a chance to do more than peruse this issue, but I'm excited to sit down and read quite a number of them.

  • And how could my list be complete without something to give you a good laugh? Who else to provide it, except BooMama? Cuz ya' know, she's just so funny, y'all! (That's BooMama-speak for "She's hilarious, everyone!"). It's not a New Year's post, but you must go read her "day-after-Christmas" post. This is the one in which she is too full to live. I'm sure none of you ate that much over the holidays.

Well, I have some writing to do. Hopefully it turns out better than my opening line to this post. Ha! Ha! If not, I'll soon be taking mandatory, early retirement from my writing commitments.

Wishing you a very blessed 2008.
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