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22 posts from November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sometimes Life Happens in Threes

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What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had with family and friends.  It has been a perfect holiday weekend. Well, almost.  I'll get to that in a moment.  My Big Bear cooked the entire Thanksgiving meal, and created a fabulous dinner for all.  It wasn't like I was sitting around, though, eating bon bons.  I don't want you to think that!  Nope, I was cleaning the house and preparing for our guests to arrive.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Roaster Winner - oops, I mean "Winners!"

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Congratulations to my "Winner!"  Oh, I mean "Winners!"

Monday, November 24, 2008

One-Bite Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers and a Holiday Contest for You!

Skewers

Not only do I have this wonderful recipe from my dear friend Beth, but I have a super-duper surprise for all my readers at the end of this post.  If you are having guests for the holidays, these skewers are perfect for entertaining and keeping your family and friends happy while watching the football game and waiting for that delicious Thanksgiving meal.  So! - check out this recipe and then tell me something special about your holiday for a chance to win ... uh ... I'll tell ya in a minute.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ramblings of a Bluebird

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Alrighty folks, I may have written a nice story about my brother, Mike, and yes, I have another interesting brother too - Bill, who also lives in Florida (at the moment) because he, too, like my Big Bear, lost his job as a commercial mortgage broker (or whatever the heck he does) and needs a job.  And yes Bill, I'm gettin' around to writing a delightful post about you too, but I believe in the old adage "age before beauty" which might explain why I wrote about Mike before you.  Don't take it personally.  So

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Curious Bluebird - and a Contest too!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Kay L. who wrote: "

"How about "Peeper". He or she looks like a Peeper to me."

You are the proud owner of a signed 5x7 photograph of "The Mad Bluebird" signed by the photographer Michael L. Smith!  I hope you will frame him and give him a place in your home that will remind you of your blessings in life...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

So What Do You Do On A Cold Fall Day?

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I promise you this, as much as I am enjoying this delicious fire that my Big Bear built for me this morning, I am not enjoying what I am doing in the family room right now.  Put it this way - what I am doing is absolutely the last thing on earth I want to do.  I'd rather be digging a hole in the front yard, or raking leaves, or doing laundry!  But what I am doing is, unfortunately, a fact of life, and it seems to only get worse as I get older.  Have any idea what it is yet?  C-mon - you can guess! ...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Featured Author on Blogs.com!

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I am proud to be a Featured Author and Blog on Blogs.com.  And to share the love, I named my 10 favorite blogs about life.  My Top 10 List about Life can be viewed HERE.  Of course, I had to provide them with a picture, and Big Bear's favorite picture of me is 23 years old.  Or is that 24?  Whatever, I don't care, I used it.  Nothin' like shameless self-promotion, right?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Family Traditions: Delicious Hot Cocoa!

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I love having traditions in our family.  Traditions that build character.  Traditions can provide us all with a feeling of togetherness by sharing in something special that we have made important in our family.  Little things that we do on a regular basis can thrill our children into believing that they are special or sharing in something that is special.  In our family, we share in a big cup of hot, delicious cocoa - the real stuff - on a regular basis ...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gung-ho or Balance?

Gungho

I've got problems.  Issues.  habits.  And they aren't necessarily good.  I get all wrapped up in a project, all gung-ho about it, and can't pull myself away from it.  I become so focused, so "in the zone" of what I am trying to accomplish, that I do nothing else until it is done.  So, as you can only imagine, so many other things suffer as a result of my immediate focus. 

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Meet Italian Photographer Daniele Mendini

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I sure do meet some interesting people on the internet, and today's guest Author is no exception.  I have always been fascinated with professional photographers and the creative energy behind their body of work.  I often think, how did they get there?  Where did they learn how to be so good at what they do?  How did they start making an income from their passion for photography?  I suppose it is inspiring for me, even at 49, to be something more.  To be better.  To be more creative.  To maybe contribute to paying the mortgage and still love what I do. (I like to feel as though I contribute, even if it is only with the laundry)...

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

What Else Can I Do?

Karla

...but bring a blanket to you.  Words that resonate in my brain thanks to a dear friend who lives in the cold breezes of Canada with 2 sons and a gift for songwriting, playing the guitar, and making beautiful music - Karla Anderson.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Part 1

Girls

When I was in my 20s, suffice it to say that I was a complete mess.  No, I wasn't on drugs.  No, I didn't drink.  No, I didn't smoke.  Yes, I had many a guy ask me "So then, what do you do?"  I refuse to answer that for fear that it may incriminate me.  What I did do was burden myself down with responsibility for 2 baby girls by the age of 21 and a marriage to a nice young man who, yes, loved me, but whom I did not "love" in the same way.  It was all my fault.  I had screwed everything up royally.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Message to Avaya - and Matt C.

Avaya

I received a comment on my earlier Avaya story from some guy, Matt, who works for Avaya.  I just assumed it was only time before someone within Avaya would comment on that story.  Well, although I posted a response in the comment section, I decided to post my response in a "post." 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Great Homeschooling & Teaching Resources for You!

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Being a homeschooling parent, I look to find as many valuable resources as I can to help me be the best teacher I can be for my children.  And, some of these resources I turn to on a regular basis for information, print-outs, tests, and more.  Since I received numerous emails from these resources today, I wanted to share them with you...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Family Traditions - Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

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Oh how I love to get Beth's recipes in my inbox.  And now that the holiday season is officially in full swing, I had better get cookin' and so should you!  So, this is going to be the first of several posts about "Family traditions" and those things that we take comfort in as a family, in our meals together, the things we share, and how important they are to us in our daily life and family...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Do You Sleep Well at Night?

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We may be stressed about Big Bear's lack of employment at the moment, but we sleep well at night.  It wasn't always that way either.  For the first 10 years of our marriage we had a queen size bed from BeautyRest and in all those years I can't recall ever sleeping as well as I have in the last 5.  The reason is the bed.  It's definitely the bed ...

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Faith, Family, Friends, and Green, Green Grass

Faith

Amazing.  It only took us 3 years to grow this gem of green grass and I must say, my Big Bear did a great job.  I love this time of year - the leaves change color and the sun is bright.  The days are crisp and breezy.  Just the other day, I was up bright and early and looked out the window to this glorious bed of grass that is now carpeting our lawn.  I grabbed my camera and clicked away. 

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Growin' Up With Mike

Mike

Yep, that's my big brother, Mike.  Walking fast, always in a hurry, wound-up, politically incorrect, Mike.  He is my oldest brother and will be 61 this December.  Hard to believe!  But, despite him getting up there in years, he still listens to Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zepplin and plays air guitar on a regular basis.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Dear Mr. President Elect

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I woke up this morning and couldn't help but write down my feelings of relief and elation over the election of Barack Obama, but nothing that I said seemed to be anymore relevant than anything that anybody else has noted or written, so, in a moment of loss for words, I turned to my new friend, Charlie Pratt, because I knew he had something profound to say, and sure enough, there it was - just what I wanted to say, only much better than I could have ever expressed.  Thank you, Charlie! 

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Are You Geographically Challenged?

Geography

I had this response - "I'm geographically challenged" - posed to me this morning at 7am, but it wasn't a question, and no, this is not a lesson in geography in the sense that you are thinking.  This is an entirely different post for me and one that is quite out of character.  However, I felt compelled to leave my bedroom and come downstairs to the comfort of my sofa at about 7:35, in an attempt to temporarily save me from the one who is "geographically challenged."  Now do you get where I am going with this? 

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Lefty to You Maybe ...

Lefty

I like to scout around on the net from time-to-time, and occasionally, I come across a real gem.  And for anyone out there, blogger, writer, or reader, you know just what I mean when you find something to read that is written with passion and wit.  Not to mention written well.  Someone who has an excellent grasp for language and humor all wrapped up in one package.  Well, let me tell ya that when I ran across the blog of Charlie Pratt aka "Charlie Writes" or "Diary of an American Boy" I was hooked. 

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

We Have Our (Masquerade Bob) Winners!!!

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WooHoo!  I love contests!  They're so much fun.  And boy are they going to keep me busy this holiday season too!  Remember that contest I had a few days ago?  I asked my readers to guess what Bob dressed up as for the Masquerade party.  Here were some of your answers:
Mary: "I'd say Bob dressed up as either a farmer, a hatchet man or "the old year"!

Hally: "Did he dress up as himself?"

Iva:
"I say that Bob dressed up as a Bear...I figure he has to get his nickname from SOMEWHERE!"

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