January 1

A New Year, A New Schedule

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Bird's Nest

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Here’s my new blogging schedule for 2014:

Monday – 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).

Tuesday – Greyt Hounds

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

Wednesday – Simple Living

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.

Thursday – What’s To Eat

I want to improve my relationship with food. That’s how I came up with this idea.

Friday – Want To Talk About

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

Saturday – Picture This

A post with a pretty (or interesting) picture. 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).

Sunday – Creating The Creator

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.

Here’s to a new year!

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December 29

Took A Little Break

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Last week, I took a little unannounced blogging break. It was unannounced because I didn’t realize it was going to happen. I just got very, very tired. After a few nights of coming home and going to bed as soon as possible, I’m feeling better.

Freedom Pretending To Be Sleeping Mommy

This is what mommy looked like last week…except without the hedgehog. That’s mine.

I had posts started for last week. Since I use my blog as a sort of “diary,” I’ll be posting them after I clean them up a bit. Don’t think your reader or feed is messed up if I have a few days with multiple posts.

Casper Pretending To Be Sleeping Mommy

Mommy looked like this last week…except she usually made it to her bed before zonking out.

A little rest is a good thing.

Nikki Pretending To Be Sleeping Mommy

Mommy looked like this last week…except she can’t do this super fancy twisty leg move. She’s not that bendy.

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December 25

Christmas Picture

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At the very last minute…we had a photo taken for 2013.

Family Photo 2013

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.

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December 22

Every Day Ugly – Part 9

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In 2013, I did several “Every Day Ugly” posts on the second Wednesday of the month. What is “Every Day Ugly?” It’s where I look around at all the things I use the most, to make sure those are my “best” things. This series was inspired by my friend, Amy, who noticed that some of the ickiest things she owned were the things she used the most. She wanted to change that to make sure that her every day life was filled with beautiful, functional things. This inspired me to take a look around and make sure that I wasn’t saving “the best” for days that rarely come.

I don’t have any “improvements” to report this month, but my friend Sue, of Graceful Greyhounds, sent me this lovely project.

Altered Vase 1

She took a plain glass vase.

Altered Vase 2

Punched out flower shapes.

Altered Vase 3

Adhered them to the vase.

Altered Vase 4

And Voilà! The perfect reminder that spring is a mere three months away. Thank you, Sue. What a beautiful project.

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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 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 4

2013 Card & Cookie Exchange

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Sunday was my card club’s Card & Cookie Exchange.  The rules are…

1.  Bring one handmade card for each person.

2.  Bring one dozen homemade cookies for each person, plus some to share.

Cards, Cookies & A Little Gift

This is my third year participating. I also participated in 2011 and 2012.

We made two cards…

Dec Card 2013 1

A cute Santa card…

Dec Card 2013 2

and a cute elf card.

Here are the cards I received in the exchange…

Card Exchange 2013 1

Cute gingerbread.

Card Exchange 2013 2

Sparkly snowflakes.

Card Exchange 2013 3

Medallion ornaments.

Card Exchange 2013 4

Lovely soft flowers.

Card Exchange 2013 5

Everyone also brought a little gift. For all my card-loving friends…Look at this cute set of cards my niece made for everyone. Love polka dots!

Needless to say, I’m eating way too many cookies this week.

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November 30

A Favorite Quote – November 30

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I’m participating in NaNoWriMo during the month of November.

In 2012, I ended each day’s post with a quote and a picture. I thought that would be a fun thing to do while I’m focusing my energy on writing 1600+ words a day. Here’s today’s offering…

A Favorite Quote - Nov 30

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

Comments are turned off this month.

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