December 19

“Meet The Bloggers” Blog Hop – Part 2

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I’m participating in the “Meet the Bloggers” Blog Hop. It’s a chance for bloggers to come out from behind their cameras and their blogs and let everyone get to know them better.

Meet The Bloggers

1. What one word would people who know you use to describe you?

I’m guessing here (I probably should have asked a few people this question), but I’d say “kind.” I like to be nice to people.

2. What do you like to do in your free time?

One of my favorite things to do is putter around my house, catching up on things, reading, watching television and movies. I also love spending time with family and friends. I love to go places too…little trips and adventures.

Me Visiting The Whiste Stop Cafe

At the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette, Georgia

3. What do you wish you were more skilled at?

I wish I were better at home repair and maintenance tasks. I really have no interest in this area, but it would be nice to be good at this.

4. Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?

Painting, being with my houndies and having “alone” time.

Me With Zoe

Me with my niece’s dog, Zoe

5. What’s one thing you have to do every day?

Sometimes I only do a little, but I read every day. I’ve always be a reader. It’s a mind-expanding, relaxing escape for me.

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December 18

“Meet the Bloggers” Blog Hop – Part 1

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Today (and tomorrow), I’m participating in the “Meet the Bloggers” Blog Hop. It’s a chance for bloggers to come out from behind their cameras and their blogs and let everyone get to know them better.

Meet The Bloggers

I didn’t leave myself enough time today to write my post, so I’ll finish up tomorrow. Here are the five questions I’ll answer:

1. What one word would people who know you use to describe you?

2. What do you like to do in your free time?

3. What do you wish you were more skilled at?

4. Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?

5. What’s one thing you have to do every day?

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December 17

Saving Stamps

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Casper Saving Stamps

Casper here to say the Christmas cards are coming in and we want to tell you something really cool.

Stamps For Greyhounds

Our mommy’s friend, Sue (Polly’s mommy), of Graceful Greyhounds, collects used stamps for the Retired Greyhounds Trust in the United Kingdom. They are able to get money for them. If you find yourself with used stamps from your Christmas card piles (or anytime during the year), we would love to have them to send to Sue. Contact our mommy at whatremainsnow@gmail.com and she’ll give you our address so you can send us stamps to help the UK houndies.

Thank you!

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December 16

In My Studio – December 16

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Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

Every month, I receive a box called Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up!. It contains all the things necessary to make a paper craft. I hadn’t made the projects from the last three boxes. Last week, I finished a memo pad and a set of Christmas cards. This week, I caught myself up and finished the third box…

Wahoo! Card

…a cute set of Wahoo! cards.

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December 15

Thinking About 2014

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog in 2014. 2013 was a roller coaster year. It started off with my husband employed full-time, and me happily employed part-time with the ability to easily pursue my new passion for painting. In May, my husband lost his job and although we knew we could weather the storm, we both started looking for full-time jobs. I landed my full-time job first, training to be the Store Manager of the Mishawaka Ten Thousand Villages. It is a dream job for me, but it is a big change from my previous part-time commitment. Happily, my husband also has a new job, so we enter 2014 at a good place, but very different from how we started 2013.

January 2014 Calendar

As many of my regular readers know, I post on a “schedule.” I have a topic for every day of the week, and I use that as the jumping off point for my day’s post. As my new full-time position has changed my schedule, I’ve struggled to come up with posts, so I’ve been thinking about what “schedule” I want to set for myself in 2014.

Here’s what I’m thinking about doing…

A post about “what I’m wearing.” The idea is that I will come up with some great ideas for “the woman over 50” to wear, but it may end up being my version of “What Not To Wear.” Either way, it could be fun (or funny).

A post about my pets. This is essential. I’ve been doing this since 2011 when I started my blog.

A post about creativity. I’ve been doing this since 2011 too. It will be interesting to see how I keep creativity alive in my new career-focused life.

A post about “what’s cooking.” I want to improve my relationship with food. That’s how I came up with this idea.

A post about anything I want to talk about. This is another post topic that’s been part of my blog since 2011.

A post about simplifying. This has been a desire of mine for many years. Seems like 2014 would be a good year to put some effort into this.

A post about photography. Although photography isn’t a passion of mine, I’ve come to enjoy it. I’d like to get better, so that’s what this post would help me do (hopefully…maybe).

What do you think? Any other good ideas?

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December 14

Snowy Day

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On Saturdays, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

December 14 Snow

Just starting to snow

No special outing today. Just a scary ride into work and scary ride home and then…rest. And snow, lots of snow.

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December 13

Poetry & Kindness 39.0

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Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 39

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Counting Sheep

Half-awake I walked
A dimly-seen sweet hawthorn lane
Until sleep came;
I lingered at a gate and talked
A little with a lonely lamb.
He told me of the great still night,
Of calm starlight,
And of the lady moon, who’d stoop
For a kiss sometimes;
Of grass as soft as sleep, of rhymes
The tired flowers sang:
The ageless April tales
Of how, when sheep grew old,
As their faith told,
They went without a pang
To far green fields, where fall
Perpetual streams that call
To deathless nightingales.
And then I saw, hard by,
A shepherd lad with shining eyes,
And round him gathered one by one
Countless sheep, snow-white;
More and more they crowded
With tender cries,
Till all the field was full
Of voices and of coming sheep.
Countless they came, and I
Watched, until deep
As dream-fields lie
I was asleep.

 William Kerr

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Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 39 Challenge – Do something to support your local community.

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December 12

Technical Difficulties

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Someone (me) was trying to modify a Jetpack plugin and ended up taking down my entire blog. Sometimes, being bold, even when you don’t know what you’re doing, yields stunning results. Other times, things get wrecked.  Thanks to a wonderful man who helps me with my blog, I’ll be posting again soon.

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December 11

Bas Bleu Book Of The Month 2014

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Back in October, I was musing over whether I wanted to set myself a reading plan in 2014. Shortly after that, I was looking at one of my favorite catalogs, Bas Bleu, and saw that they had a Book of the Month 2014. This appeals to me because it will encourage me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise pick up. Here’s what’s coming my way.

The Girls of Atomic City

January – The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

The Glimpses of the Moon

February – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edmund Crispin

The Map of Lost Memories

March – The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay

Hons and Rebels

April – Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

Fear in the Sunlight

May – Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

Tigers In Red Weather

June – Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

The Summer House

July – The Summer House by Alice Thomas Ellis

Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog

August – Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog by Jamie Ivey

Still Life

September – Still Life by Louise Penny

The Mystery Box

October – The Mystery Box edited by Brad Metzler

The Horologicon

November – The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie

December – Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford

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December 10

Merrick Hungry Dog Super Value Pack

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Casper Hungry Dog Review 1

Casper here with our review of Merrick Hungry Dog Super Value Pack from Chewy.com.

Hungry Dog Super Value Pack

This value pack is super! Here are a few of the reasons why they’re so good:

  • Contains regional, farm fresh ingredients
  • Made without artificial colors or preservatives
  • Same high-quality ingredients as all Merrick treats
  • Budget-friendly treats for dogs of all age

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Take a look in the bag.

Inside Of Bag

See! All kinds of lovely animal bits.

Casper Hungry Dog Review 2

You know what’s extra nice, especially if you have a lot of doggies in the house like we do? This big bag of treats is priced very reasonable because it is filled with an assortment of Merrick treats that didn’t quite make the cut because they are misshapen or slightly undersized. Same great quality ingredients and taste for the budget-minded pups in your life.

Take it from me…Merrick Hungry Dog Super Value Pack is a winner!

Thank you, Chewy.com for asking us to do this review. We received a free Merrick Hungry Dog Super Value Pack for an honest rating from Freedom, Casper and Nikki.

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