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630 WP drafts

Lessons learned from the past.

So….

I decided to clean-up some WP pages.

Guess how many “drafts” I have lying in wait.

630

That’s a lot of posts. The way I figure it, I shouldn’t have to “think” for almost two years!!!!

So I thought, why not share a couple with you from my very first days of blogging? You’ll get a good laugh out of this first one and although at the time

Here’s one from 2013

I had to quickly add this post.

I’ve really been feeling “down”, anxious. I was getting scared. Please, Lord, not after twelve years of living depression-free. Not a depressive episode.

There are some changes on the horizon that I’m not welcoming but they are not “bad” by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. I’m anxious because I’m worried how I’ll deal with it. But that doesn’t seem like enough of a trigger. BUT, I think the biggest instigator has been my frustration with getting this blog developed the way I want it to be.

The “Follow me button on Pinterest” is directing my traffic to someone else’s boards. Couldn’t get the “Pin It” button to work and then there’s the drop-down menu I’ve been trying to create for weeks. (I know, the rest of you probably breezed right through all of this.)

I’ve felt totally stupid and like the biggest loser e-e-e-e-ver.  I’ve been quite convinced that no on has had as much trouble developing a blog as I have. I don’t understand any of the technical language so even with precise instructions from the Word Press tutorials, I’ve been lost. I’ve read and read and read the same things over and over and over. I’ve experimented every which way I can.

Today the breakthrough!!!!!

I’ve come so far, huh? I can just about do anything with my blog now and seldom have to ask for help from the “Help” desk over at WP.

Here’s another from May of that same year. Why I didn’t post this, I haven’t a clue. I like it a lot and it brought back good memories.

What environment are you comfortable with? Do you like a lot of activity around you? Some people thrive on a caffeinated environment.They like the adrenaline rush they get from the go, go, go of life.

Others prefer a much slower place. They hate to be rushed. They like calm. In fact, they feel less energized if there is too much going on around them. It wears them out.

And it really doesn’t matter if they’re an extrovert or an introvert, although generally extroverts would fall into the first category and introverts into the second.

However, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, if you experience from bouts of depression, it might be a good idea to change it up a little.

Sometimes, we need a little something that is just the opposite of what we’re used to. We need to force ourselves out of our comfort zone, to challenge ourselves a little.

How many of you have found that once you’ve exposed yourself to a different climate, you’ve actually liked it? And in the liking, you’ve discovered something about yourself.

Last year, although we didn’t plan it, my husband and I found ourselves attending some events we never would’ve dreamed we would enjoy.  A Tough Mudders contest, a hot-air balloon festival, a Thanksgiving day parade in frigid weather, and a ethnic-based (not our ethnicity) music festival. Of the two of us, I’m the one who doesn’t like crowds. I don’t like being outside in really hot weather or really cold weather. I feel very self-conscious in large groups. However, put me in front of hundreds of people to deliver a speech and I’m fine.

But I have to tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of each of those events.

I surprised myself.

It’s good to “shake things up”. We discover new dimensions of ourselves. We surprise ourselves. Not always, of course.  Sometimes we come away simply more aware why we don’t like something. That’s good, too.

So with the summer looming, why not shake things up in your own life? It’s hard to do when your depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations other than what we’re accustomed to, we have conversations with people who give us little snippets of encouragement.

It’s hard to do when you’re depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations, other than the ones we’re accustomed to, the more we get a chance to learn ourselves.

We have conversations with people who give us little snippets encouragement when they had no idea they were doing so. Conversely, we encourage others by what we say. 

It really is a small world.

God bless and have a good day.

As I reread this last post, I thought about all the traveling I did when my husband was working internationally. I think back to the first time I road a train from a hotel in Bangkok to a huge shopping mall. My husband and ridden with me the day before so I could memorize the stops and know which number stop I was to get off.

To say I was scared when I did it myself is an understatement. But I did it.

Or even last year when I braved Lake Michigan in my kayak. (Of course, I was in knee-deep water, but still.)

And then blogging. Oh, my. What a disaster I was in the beginning. How I cried and almost threw the computer on the wall. How I almost gave up when my “followers” were scant. And now, over 1,000 of you.

Whoa!

If I post any of these drafts, I will let you know the original date.

Until then, God bless and have a good day.

 

 

cooking tips

Some great cooking tips

We were at the cabin last week and I found an old magazine. There was one page that had some great tips that I had not read before anywhere. Not even on Pinterest!

So thought I would share them with you.

  • You know how strawberries go bad so quickly? Apparently, if you store them in glass jars (unwashed and unhulled) they will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. To me, if they even kept fresh for one week, that would be great. Let me know if you try this.
  • Now chicken on a grill is tough to get right. I like the charred marks and I hate dry chicken. So if you wrap a brick in aluminum foil (obviously, you will need a brick for each chicken breast) and place it on the chicken breast, the weight compacts the chicken breaststroke, keeps the heat in, and assures attractive grill marks. I’ve already found my “cooking” bricks.
  • This next one is a “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” Poke two holes in a paper plate, then slide the heaters through to keep splatter at bay. Hope you find these tips useful.

cooking tips

God bless and have a good day.

plaid

Why we should change election day. Wink, wink.

I think we should change the month and day for our presidential elections. I mean, two months out from Christmas.

Really?

I was at JoAnn’s (our big fabric and craft chain here in the US) yesterday and the lines were already really long. I’ve searched Pinterest (mostly my own boards because I have a lot of boards and a lot of “pins” without looking elsewhere) to inspire me. I’m going flannel and plaid this year.

Here’s some “pins” you might enjoy.

plaid

plaid-pillows

rag-garland

Here’s the fabric I bought. Only one plaid. It was all they had that I liked and that was on sale. I’ll head to Goodwill to look for some plaid shirts but this flannel, after all the discounts, was only $2.60 a yard. That’s even cheaper than a flannel shirt at Goodwill.

Christmas fabric

Oops, back to changing the day of our elections. (Pinterest always does distract me.)

It must have been a man who came up with this because no self-respecting woman would. The first of November is the beginning of the busiest time of the year, for women anyway. For men, it makes no difference.

Plus, it’s colder and the days are significantly shorter. Here in Michigan, it is already dark by 6:00 and with the time change coming up this weekend, it will be dark by 5:00 and that’s on a sunny day!

Think about it. Wouldn’t you rather vote during the spring or early summer when trees are starting to bloom and flowers are starting to spring up? Wouldn’t it put you in a better mood?

I mean this year no one is excited about voting anyway and we poor souls above the Mason-Dixie line really have to muster up some enthusiasm. These dark days don’t help our mood.

So let’s get a petition going to change the day of the election. We’re not an agricultural society anymore so we don’t have wait till the “crops are harvested.”

Let’s us women start a revolt. Let’s schedule election day somewhere in April, May, June, or July. We’ll just all be in a better mood.

Hmm, I guess I’m a “fair weather day” voter.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

chicken-with-mustard sauce

Do you REALLY like plain ‘ole chicken?

It’s not that I don’t like chicken. I just don’t like plain chicken.

I take that back. I do LOVE fried chicken although I never cook in that way and fried chicken is not “plain” chicken anyway, is it?

Anyway, I was on Pinterest and typed in a search using the words, “Sauces for chicken”. I found some recipes that I can’t wait to try.

chicken-in-a-creamy-parmesan-and-sundried-tomato-sauce-

chicken-in-creamy-parmesan-and-sundried-tomato-sauce-

chicken-with-mustard sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

But what I want to bring your attention to is this site that has this great chart that shows combining various items to makes lots of different marinades which could easily be turned into sauces. I’m going to print the chart and put it somewhere in the kitchen. If you’re like me and you’re always wondering how to dress-up your chicken recipes,  I think you’ll find it useful.

Anyway, happy cooking.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

Seaman's church scarf

Have you heard of Seaman’s Church?

I was getting ready to ditch some leftover yarn and that got me to thinking about knitting and that got me to thinking about finding some new patterns to use up the bits and pieces, and  that, of course, led to Pinterest and ultimately this great website. know, this is It’s a charitable organization called Seamen’s Church. You can find the site here. 

The site encourages knitters to knit certain styles of scarfs and hats for seamen. When you are done, you box them up and send them to this organization and they distribute them to the seaman. I found the patterns interesting as some of them are quite specific for reasons the site explains.

Here’s one I’m making from some leftover yarn.  I had to take these pictures with my cell phone. There was no way I could download them directly to my computer.

Seaman's church scarf

Here’s a few others:

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Seamen's Hats

I  was a little surprised at the pink, and blue items. Doesn’t seem “seafaring” to me but then I remembered all the men’s pastel shirts I find in the department store and I guess it’s appropriate. Besides, think of every “sea and ocean” movie (outside of the Titantic), they’re dark and moody and everything is kind of gray. So I guess these colors would brighten one’s spirits.

This really appealed to me because of something else I’m doing this Christmas. I’ve knitted scarves for the Rescue Mission for years, about ten or so. Last year, after Christmas, I went kind of nuts buying yarn at JoAnn’s. Plus, I’m always finding yarn at thrift shops. So-o-o-o, I thought, why not see how many scarves I can knit for this Christmas?

When the months were really hot, I didn’t knit as much, but I’m still on track. I’ve also been sewing some infinity scarves from fabric as well. I’ll let you know the final count.

It’s really going to warm my heart, to know I’m warming the heads and necks of these seafaring men. (Maybe women, too, I don’t know. Are there seafaring women?)

Oh, and please take make the insensitive remark, “She has too much time on her hands.” Besides, it’s always the busy person that gets things done. Just so you know, the bible says the same thing. 🙂

So the Seaman project was a perfect fit for me.

God bless and have a good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

alled http://cas.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea

 

I decided to look up some websites for encouragement and perhaps some direction. I particularly liked this one from Apartment Therapy.

 

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