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The List; 101 Things To Blog About…

This list began as a bloggers to do list; 101 in 1001…I have revised the original list, keeping most of it in tact but replacing some of the suggestions with my own “to do” list.  The plan is to blog my way through it…in no particular order and with no rules to follow.

101 Things To Blog About in 1001 Days

Feb 3, 2014 – Oct 31, 2016

  1. Get an article published in a magazine
  2. Take a photography course
  3. Learn to make candles
  4. Bake a red velvet cake
  5. Bake a souffle
  6. Randomly pay for someone in line behind me
  7. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  8. Make creme brulee
  9. Cook a fancy dinner party for my friends
  10. Host a murder mystery party
  11. Get boudoir photos taken
  12. Watch the 10 greatest American movies of all time (as ranked by the AFI)
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go horseback riding
  15. Make ice cream from scratch
  16. Visit Johnson Space Center
  17. Learn to speak Haitian Creole
  18. Visit The Grand Teton National Park
  19. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
  20. Make snow angels – February 17, 2014
  21. Plant a Rose Garden
  22. Add 50 Birds to My Life List
  23. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
  24. Take a free online class
  25. Build a gingerbread house
  26. Make ravioli from scratch
  27. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  28. Go on a road trip
  29. Volunteer at a local animal rescue
  30. Write a cookbook of family recipes
  31. Make a Year in Pictures album
  32. Get rid of 100 things
  33. Make fresh pasta
  34. Save $500 in an emergency fund
  35. Perform 5 random acts of kindness
  36. Research my family tree
  37. Go for a hike in the woods – February 21, 2014
  38. Visit 5 National Parks
  39. Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
  40. Make a list of the simple things that make me happy
  41. Take a photo every day for a year
  42. Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal
  43. Have Family Pictures Taken
  44. Blog at least twice a week
  45. Redesign my blog
  46. Reach my goal weight
  47. Write something and submit it for publication
  48. See a film at IMAX
  49. Go to the zoo
  50. Visit 10 Museums
  51. Read 50 Books
  52. Research My Family Tree
  53. See a Broadway Show
  54. Read 10 Classic Novels
  55. Make cheese
  56. Take a cooking class
  57. Bake 1 Dessert Every Month
  58. Cook my way through my Mother’s cookbook
  59. Make Fruit Preserves
  60. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
  61. Can Tomatoes
  62. See a Waterfall
  63. Organize photo collection
  64. Keep a “thankful” jar
  65. Attend an oyster festival
  66. Visit 3 new wineries
  67. Learn the 5 mother sauces
  68. Learn sourdough bread making
  69. Select One Person each Month and Send them a Note of Gratitude
  70. Learn to Sew
  71. Learn to Quilt
  72. Send Birthday Cards
  73. Make a Family Christmas Card
  74. Host a Ladies Garden Party
  75. Go on a Spiritual Retreat
  76. Run a 5K race
  77. Leave a 100% tip
  78. Clean out my closet
  79. Go swimming in a lake/ocean at night
  80. Rent a Lake House
  81. Perfect a hard-boiled egg and peeling technique
  82. Try a new sport
  83. Make a birthday cake for someone
  84. Go wine tasting in Napa (California)
  85. Grow Sunflowers
  86. Bake the New York Times chocolate chip cookie
  87. Get a Tattoo
  88. Travel to another country
  89. Go to a movie by myself
  90. Buy a Wreck This Journal and finish it
  91. Write a new list for the next 1001 days
  92. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  93. Visit 5 States that I have never been to before; Missouri 06/14
  94. Attend or host a crab feast
  95. Visit my family in California
  96. Do a DIY project at least every other month
  97. Put up a gallery art wall
  98. Build a Greenhouse
  99. Go snorkeling
  100. Master the Art of Making Bread
  101. Vacation on a House Boat


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101 Things To Blog About…

Thanks to my sister I discovered a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days…The  original list is very ambitious.  I can already see myself skipping over at least 20% of the suggestions,  but the rest is doable. As I was reading through the list I removed certain things that I have already done and others that I will never do.  I replaced those suggestions with my own…

As I was contemplating the magnitude of accomplishing 101 things in 1001 days it occurred to me that this would also make a great list of blogging topics.  t…I will not attempt to achieve the suggested list in order from 1-101. That would be entirely to organized and legalistic for me. I am a free spirit, a hippie with a gypsy soul.  I need suggested structure but nothing too confining.

For example;  I work a 9-5 outside of the home.  On any given day there are at least 25 things on my to do list…If you were playing the children’s match game where you have to decide which things go together and which one does not go with the others, you may be hard pressed to find any two that are the same…This is the perfect job for someone wired like me…Big picture, creative thinker…not into the details.  Love the beginning planning stages and seeing the finished product in all its glory…bored with the tedium that happens in the middle…

So with all that said…the list looks great. Just enough structure for me to get into it.  It is has a beginning date and a deadline…and everything in the middle is FLEXIBLE…

Also I would like to offer a giant thank you to person behind the 101 in 1001 list…I would never have come up with this on my own. I hope I can do the list justice.



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February 3, 2014 · 9:44 pm

Smart Phone Stupid…

Let’s just say that personal computers became a household item well after I graduated and was married with a child.  My son on the other hand has had a computer at his fingertips since he was 2 years old.  He gets them, I don’t.  I use a computer everyday both professionally and personally.  I know my way around Microsoft office, email, social media and this blog.  However, when a problem rears its ugly head I am left bleary eyed and reaching for my bottle of extra strength Excedrin.

So when I received my first smart phone I embraced the touch screen technology…It seemed everything was at my fingertips and I was a fan!  Now I realize that the simplicity of my smart phone has left me feeling less than smart…

My smart phone has created a computer idiot.  I have gotten so comfortable with the incredible technology on my smart phone that I have no patience when it comes to dealing with a computer issue.  I don’t want to take the time to research, read and try to apply what I think I’ve read in an attempt to correct my perceived problem.  I think that things should just fix themselves by going to the “app store” and clicking “updates”.   This couldn’t have been more obvious than tonight when I was trying to help my sister with her new blog.

A few days ago, she created a WordPress blog and wrote her first post.  I followed her blog and you may have seen that I re-blogged her post and asked you to show here a little blog love.  Then it happened…the link to her blog post landed on her page and announced “this page is not found”.  NOT FOUND…how could that be?

I tried walking her through her settings, comparing them to the settings on my blog.  I logged in and took a look around.  Not really knowing what I was looking for but nothing looked out of the ordinary.  I wrote a post, saved it and published it to make sure things were working.  They were.

Now more than ever I feel challenged by my lack of computer knowledge… where is my phone?

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At a loss…

I am at a loss…my thoughts have been stifled, my creative juices dried up, my fingers are frozen hovering over the keyboard…My spirit is willing but my mind is not a willing participant… total disconnect.  There is always hope that tomorrow will be filled with inspiration…


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Too Many Tags…


Well, it’s that time of year when we all take time to reflect on the past year.  We look at our achievements and short comings. We assess our 401K’s and stock portfolios or at least whats left of them.  Some of us look at the goals we set at the beginning of the year and make new goals for the coming year.  And then some of us try to tweak our blog layouts while thinking about what the new blogging year might hold.

The one area I would like to get a better grip on is the tags I use on my blog posts.  I have been blogging for almost three years…and I have used over 1200 tags.

I think this must be way too many…I am wondering;

  • What is the best way to tag posts?
  • Have you written a post on tagging?
  • How many tags have you used on your blog?


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I’m Sorry…

I’m sorry I haven’t stopped by or dropped a line lately…I recently changed my email notification setting to limit the amount of emails dropping in my inbox…about the same time something went awry with my my ability to see your posts under Reader “blogs I follow”…I have missed you!  I have changed my email setting so that I get a notification when you post…see you on your next post!


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Blogging Hiatus…

Maybe you have noticed and then again, maybe you haven’t.  I have been on a blogging hiatus.    This hiatus was an unscheduled break and an interruption in my efforts as a blogger and a writer. 

My first experience with this sort of hiatus dropped in on me last year after I had completed the 30 day April A-Z Challenge.  Again this year after posting everyday of the month for theApril challenge my creative ideas were depleted.  I even found my brain couldn’t focus on the simplest Wordless Wednesday post.  I think I owe Frizztext a couple of posts for the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge.   

 Then there was the added busyness of my 9-5 job during the month of May; Mother’s Day celebration, Baby Dedication weekend, Outdoor Church Wide Baptisms, Graduation Recognition and Corporate Communion for 3000 people.  Whew…

Everything that was on my plate overwhelmed me and I just had to say NO to something. 

“Sometimes we have to say No to good things so that we can say YES to even better things.”

My blogging hiatus has given me the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  There have been graduation parties at the park and birthday celebrations on the river.   There was a fishing tournament that benefits returning wounded veterans and new car shopping. 

I have missed the camaraderie of my like-minded blogging friends…I have missed reading about your comings and goings…your real and imagined stories…your delcious recipes…and your junkin’ excursions…and your wonderful photos that usually take my breath away and leave me wishing I was there and thankful that you have shared your view of the world with me. 

I think June will see my back banging away on the computer.  In the meantime…

Unscheduled blogging hiatus’ can be one of those even better things…see you in June!


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uniquely the same…amazingly different

Macaroons and macarons…are very often lumped into the same category.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  A Macaroon is an American cookie made with a flowerless egg white base.  Most often made with coconut.  Macarons are french cookies made with crushed almonds and egg whites that are sandwiched around a cream based filling.  They come in a rainbow of colors and flavors.   The french macarons are all made using the same recipe, making them all macarons…but the color and filling is what makes them special…it’s what makes them enjoyable.

A blogger is someone who keeps and updates a blog. We are often lumped together in one general category by people who don’t quite get what we do or even why we do it.

I think Bloggers are like macarons…the french version…somehow uniquely the same and amazingly different all at the same time. We are colorful and full of flavors, flavors that come from uniquely different life experiences.

 Behind every blog there is an incredibly unique and special human being. 

 We are Men and Women, Husbands and Wives, Moms and Dads, Brothers and Sisters.  We are Designers, Painters, Photographers, Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Gamers, Techies, Gardner’s, Small Business Owners and CEO’s.  We are Athletes, Dancers, Musicians, Chefs, Students, Pastors, Teachers, Writers, Active duty Service Men and Women and we are Retired.  We are like-minded individuals and strangers.   We are from every continent, represent every race and practice every religion. 

We are uniquely the same and amazingly different!

Every post is the reflection of a unique life.

We have the desire to share our life with the world.  We lay our heart and soul out for people to embrace or trample on.  We hope that our words will inspire and encourage.  We are driven to write about everything and nothing. We focus on a specific category or post random thoughts. We have the ability to say something wonderful by sharing a single photograph. We can open someones eyes to a new point of view by sharing our own. We can make people laugh or cry, dance or sing by sharing who we are with those willing to spend a moment getting to know us through our shared writings.

 What drives us to share the stories of our lives?  Is our blog a true reflection of who we are or is it who we want to be? 

Who am I?  I am a child of God, a Christ-follower, a wife and a mother.  I am a daughter, a sister and a friend.  I have a heart for helping people find the one thing in life that will give them their greatest joy.   I love to travel but I love coming home more.  I am a city girl who lives in the country.  I love the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach but I prefer a snow skiing vacation.  My taste is eclectic.  I am a collector of other people’s discarded things.   I have a knack for creating an inviting and welcoming space.    I am a thinker!   I am a dreamer!   

And I Blog! 

 Who are you?  Why do you blog?  Do your friends and family get what you do?  Do they know you blog? 

A special thank you to my sister Heidi for sharing her photos from her recent trip to Paris!  je t’aime petit soeur!

This post was revised from a January 31, 2011 post…uniquely the same



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Hopes and Wishes for 2012

My Hopes and Wishes for 2012 are simple.  To live the life that God has planned for me…a life filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,  and Self Control.  Galatians 5:22-23 

I hope to love without fear of heartache.

I wish to laugh until it hurts.

I hope I will never stop trusting that I am on the path that will lead me to a life everlasting.

I hope to offer up grace and mercy to those who cross my path.

I wish for everyday of the new year to include random acts of kindness, so much so that they become a part of who I am and not something I do.

I hope to live my life above reproach so that my actions do not cause others to stumble.

I hope to have the faith of a child..to believe in the wonders of the world without question to why or how.  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

I hope to continue to grow a spirit of gentleness that has only come to me through stopping to consider the other persons situation before reacting.

And lastly but certainly not least of all…I hope to continue to grow in my understanding that self-control does not come from my self-centered mind-set but a mind centered on the Spirit that dwells within me and the small quiet voice leading me, guiding me through all that is my life.

I hope to continue to live a life filled to overflowing.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

This past year has been filled with many blessings. My husband blessed me with his unconditional love and support without fail or hesitation, he is my biggest fan.  I have watched my son treat his girlfriend with love and respect that can only come from the example set by the way his Dad treats his Mom.  Although a few friends have passed away from this life my life is richer for having known them and called them friend.  I have enjoyed a renewed love and passion for writing.  I have realized a long time desire to have a little junk resale business of my very own.  I have entertained my friends and family in my home.  I have seen my prayers answered when the Doctor finally found  a treatment for my Dads Parkinson’s that has given him back his quality of life.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” unknown

This past year has been filled with many new friendships.  I have met their families; rejoiced at the arrival of precious little ones and experienced heartache over their losses.  I have enjoyed a cup of tea as well as delicious desserts at their kitchen table.  I have watched the sun rise and set from their decks and patios.  I have heard them sing in church and I have celebrated their anniversaries and birthdays.  I have even traveled with a few of them on their wonderous and amazing vacations. I have come to appreciate the differences that make each of us unique.  But it is our uniqueness that draws us together and links us together.  Our camaraderie comes from our willingness to “just write”.    My friends have shared their lives with me yet we have never met in person.

Here are some their reflections of the past year as well as some of their hopes and wishes for 2012.

Making Room (emjayandthem’s blog)

“Your closet should contain 3 categories of clothing: clothes you love, clothes that fit you now, and clothes that garner you compliments whenever you wear them.” Peter Walsh, organizational expert.

View Outside My Window for 2012 (This Man’s Journey)

“I wish for 2012, more love, inner peace, loads of smile and laughter, of happiness that comes from a contented heart for me, for my family, for my friends but more importantly for those whose 2011 had been covered with anguish and struggles.”

Zen Living for Idiots (Spirit Lights the Way)

“As we cultivate mindful awareness, we begin to view the world with alert curiosity, rather than through the distorted lens of stale judgments, attitudes, and opinions.  We start to see things as THEY are rather than as WE are.”

Failure Succeeding In the Opposite Direction (Janna T Write’s Blog)

“My relationship with God is the glue that bonds me as a wife, mother, friend, writer, employee, leader, and compassionate human being. Sometimes I feel like parts of me threaten to peel away, but I want my life to be held tighter than crazy glue between fingertips.”

Reflecting on… this past year, today and the coming year (Pocket Perspectives)

May those of us who might be reflecting during the next few days…

review with clarity
ponder with insight
consider with love,
gentleness and forgiveness

appreciate with heartfulness

prioritize with wisdom
wonder with depth and imagination


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the calm before the storm…

rolling blackouts brought on by frozen water pipes at 2 major power plants in central texas…

temperatures hovered in the 30’s for most of the day..

tonight the low will be 22…

by noon tomorrow the sleet and ice will begin to fall…

then the snow will begin to fall…

approximately 3″.

All of this and we are talking about Coastal Texas…Stay tuned for the calm after the storm


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