Friday Finds #4

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I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Simply September

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September was a month of new beginnings.

  • I started a new series of posts called Friday Finds.  Here’s a sample.
  • I started a Fall Bible Study Session at my other website, Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.  We’re currently in Week 4 of Children of the Day: A Study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore.  You can check it out here.
  • And last but not least, I registered for a blogging 101 course online.

I also began working on a special project this month.  I can’t wait to share more details about it, but for now, they’ll have to wait.

One of the lessons I’m being reminded of this month is that I can’t do everything and sometimes that means I must say no to something that I really enjoy because I’ve said yes to others.  With that lesson, comes the reality that I can’t participate in this year’s 31 Day Challenge but I’ll cheer and applaud everyone else along.

The best fiction book that I read this month was a quirky, sweet story called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

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The main character, Don, reminded me of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.  Don decides he wants a wife so he puts together a questionnaire in an attempt to weed out the undesirables.  Rosie comes into his life with none of the qualifications that he is seeking and … ( I can’t spoil it for you. ) oh and beware, f-bombs fall.  Here’s a quote to give you a taste of Don’s personality.

“Throughout my life I have been criticized for a perceived lack of emotion as if this were some absolute fault….Occasionally an emotion can be enjoyed – the gratitude I felt for my sister, who visited me even during the bad times, the primitive feeling of well being after a glass of wine – but we need to be vigilant that emotions do not cripple us.  I diagnosed brain overload and set up a spreadsheet to analyze the situation.”

We’re loving these TV shows.

  • Scorpion — Nerds saving the world
  • Madame Secretary — Woman saving the world
  • Once Upon A Time — Fairy Tale Characters saving the world
  • Girlfriend Intervention — Sisters saving a basic woman from her bad wardrobe and decorating world.

I’m sensing a theme here….

delta 7 months

Delta is 7 1/2 months old now and this past weekend, her world got rocked when a little fluffy kitten decided to take up residence with us.  Delta really wanted to play and lick her face and nibble on her but she was having to learn to be gentle.  Life is so hard for a puppy.

delta and new kitten

Blessings,

Mimi

“The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts.  Nothing and no one comes close to you!”  Psalm 40:5a  The Message

A Moment of Insanity and Blogging 101

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What was I thinking?!  I’d been feeling overly stressed while writing this bible study that has a deadline looming for publication and I must’ve had a moment of mid-life crisis insanity and thought I’d add more craziness to the mix.  I registered for a Blogging 101 course.  I clicked the button before I gave it thought.  Anybody else do things of this nature?  I’m like a binge stresser  — creating one big moment of meltdown.

My daughter promised me she would actually take this course for me after I woke up from said insanity and realized what I had done to myself.  Then, I see the topic for the first post and realize that she can’t ghost write a post about myself.

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I’ve been doing this “blogging thing” for a few years.  I’ve changed my name a couple of times, my address a few times, and then, last year, I bit the bullet and bought my own domain and set up my site on WordPress.  I really still feel computer illiterate and frankly, I’m hoping to learn more about navigating around WordPress. 

I feel like an older fish in this blog pond.  Many of the bloggers I read are quite a bit younger than me and most of my real life friends are just learning to navigate Facebook.  I would love to interact and meet bloggers closer to my age with the same interests. That being said, I’ve found most of the bloggers that I’ve interacted with online to be kind and generous.

I use blogging as a creative outlet and a writing practice.  Over the years, I’ve discovered I enjoy blogging about different aspects of my life.  I think the posts my readership has enjoyed the most {BIG THANK YOU to my faithful followers!} are when I review books, talk about my family, my house renovation, trips, faith, or some type of “my favorites” list.

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One of my blogging goals for this year was to post consistently and frequently.  I’ve done pretty good for most of the year.  The summer, I slowed down the frequencies of my posts because, well, … it was summer!  I’ve also tried to find my “voice” in writing.  I joined a writers group for a few months and I’ve tried to experiment more with my writing styles and also push myself to be more open and vulnerable in my posts.

Welcome y’all to the State of Hospitality!

Blessings,

Mimi

“I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me”  Romans 15:15 NIV Bible