Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things...

I'll bet this is a very popular heading for a blog. But I didn't want to use day three or OK, what do I do next. I wanted something much more clever since I don't actually know what to do next with my day three blog. But since I'm finding that coming up with a new blog fairly often is putting pressure on me to come up with something original of my own, and, since I have already confessed I have a problem with that, I decided to share a few of my favorite things...things I enjoy looking at online. So, it might not seem very original to give you other peoples websites to look at, but hey, I'll think you'll enjoy it all the same.

I'm going to build up here...first, this is a simple website and I don't know how I came across it -that happens all the time. This is Tuesdays with Torri. It's very bloggish. You sign up and on Tuesdays you get an email with a new recipe. They are normally very interesting. This week looks pretty good, Halloween vegetarian chili. My daughter is a vegetarian. She has been doing very well with that, given she really has never liked vegetables much. But she's learning. I think she's doing great at keeping away from that "freshman 15", as they call those extra pounds that freshmen in college seem to put on. She has actually come a long way in her veggie distaste, and she feels she is saving animals at the same time. I salute her; with a fried chicken leg behind my back. The recipes on this site are not really down home cooking, but they aren't too foo-foo either. I made the Marianna's olive poppers for a family gathering...they were a hit. I think kids would love to make these, especially if they like little green olives and cheesy crackers things. But I will warn you, the sodium level is beyond belief. You can feel your blood pressure rising just by reading the recipe. So now you know their good! I encourage you to check out this site. You might want to sign up and get your very own email on Tuesdays.

Next, is a website I have found indispensable in my personal Bible study. Sometimes you just got questions. You know, questions about the Bible, God, religion, angels, prayer, cults and other things that just sort of come up in your mind and you want a simple quick answer. Well this site is a good source for that. I'm not saying they are probably right about every question, but so far the site has proven to be very sound. They give the source of their answers and the authors of the books they reference are people I like to read and I trust. Some I even listen to on the radio. John MacArthur and Chuck Swindoll just to name a couple. And you can sign up on this site too and receive an email each week featuring a new question. This week was about racism and the Bible.

Well, I have one more. And since I am building up, I was perplexed as to which one I would end with as the "best". Then I realized this isn't really about best. This is only a few of the sites I like to look at and they aren't necessarily in order of best. But I just discovered this site, (And it is in conjunction with that cute little pumpkin pin that Jane gave me; you silly girl, see what you did?) But I think most people I know would like this site. Man or Woman. You may have already heard of it. Probably so. It seems to be very popular. But I just discovered it so I am going to share it with you. I especially enjoy the recipes on this site. They are real down home. And the photos and the directions and comments she gives can really make your mouth water; either from hunger or from laughing hard. You know, I think it is a blog, but to me, it is a full blown website. She puts in a lot of time on the computer...look who's talking. This girl -or should I say this Pioneer Woman, she is clever and witty, but not so deep. That's one thing that makes it so interesting to read. Plus she is an amazing photographer. She is from Oklahoma and a wife to a cowboy she calls her Marlboro Man. (I doubt he smokes) She is also a home school mom to her 4 punks, as she lovingly refers to her children. She gives some really good tips for home schooling besides cooking and photography. I suggest you check it out when you have some time to sit and browse.

Thanks for sitting and browsing on my blog. This has been fun...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day two...

Being new to the blog world I have been doing my homework by studying other blogs and I must confess, I am a bit overwhelmed with how lovely they all look and how interesting everyone is. And frankly, it sort of brings out the insecure side of me...that's my bad side. Also my big side. Bigger than my backside. Bigger than my front side, which I always thought was my biggest side, but I know that my insecure side is my biggest side. That's the side I try hardest to hide.

So far I have told only three people about this blog and even then I am nervous about them reading it. But I have determined to do this. I want to share my thoughts and ideas here. I am a very open person and sometimes I say things before really thinking it through. But I've found that writing things have always seemed to be the better option for me. I can backspace and redo my words and thoughts many times before sending it out. And even then, I can get myself into trouble. Thankfully I don't really have anything to hide. Except for the above mentioned insecure side - but that's why we're here.

I want to be clever, and witty, and smart and deep...those are sides of me I'm not sure are really in me. I'm just hoping. Honestly, I am a bit of a plagiarizer when it comes to a lot of things. I don't think I have very many original thoughts. But then again, I don't think I think about it like that when I do have an original thought (trust me, I really am backspacing and redoing a lot of my thoughts here, really). I guess I just have a thought of my own and go with it and don't take the time to say, Ooh, that's my very own thought. So we're just going to see how it goes.

So for a little plagiarism. Here is a line from a blog written by a good friend, and it describes me so well. It describes what happened to my husband and me almost a year ago. It describes this blog. It describes why I get excited about new and different things in life each day. To me it describes why we should be content with whatever God allows to come along in life. We may view it as good or bad, but at some point we should be able to see the good in the unexpected.

"I must say that even though each of us may at times find a bend in the road that we had not expected...good things can come from taking that new path."


Sunday, October 26, 2008

In the beginning...

This is my first time to blog. I had heard of blogging but didn't know a thing about it until I received this lovely little handmade needle punched pumpkin pin from a dear friend who told me about her sister, another dear friend, who has a blog and if I looked there she describes how to needle punch.

Oh, man, she does a lot more than that on her blog. First, I was struck by how cute it was, all primitive and old timey. But, it was very professional. Just like a real website...guess it is. And then I heard the music. Man does she have good taste in music, almost every song I would have picked. Then I started seeing pictures of her adorable grandson and I was just hooked.

And here I am now...there is so much more to this story, and it involves me spending to much time on the internet...which is what is happening right now! But I already know, this blogging stuff is going to be fun!!!

And all because of a cute little pumpkin pin...which will be on my collar tomorrow.