Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals

Welcome to my 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015! This year my topic is 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks! 

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 1

Isn’t it amazing how a haircut can change your perspective or even change your day? We adopted a pound puppy a little over a year ago. They told us that she was a retriever mix, and yes, she does have some retriever characteristics, but as the months went by her fur kept growing and growing. Delta began to have problems seeing and had to peer out from under her bangs. We tried to help the girl out with cute little bows and ponytails but she just ate them.

I think I’ve tried doing the same thing. Sometimes I let things slide and allow them to affect the way I view the world. These words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions seem small at first but if I don’t pay attention, they often pile up and cause me to see things skewed and through a haze. I’ve even tried to fancy up situations where I don’t have the right view or perspective with cute bows but they’re only bandaids. Paul writes;

“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise,.” Ephesians 5:15

When I realize that stuff has piled up in my life, I know that the best thing for me to do is get a haircut and clear up my sight. I need to clean house and rid myself of words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions that are not in God’s best interest or mine. Our pound puppy Delta can attest to the importance of a good haircut because once she was blind but now she can see.

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Blessings,

Mimi

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Simply September

Hey!

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….

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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.

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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

Eighth Notes and Writing Challenges

Hey!

I can hardly believe that October is almost here.  For the last several years, I have participated in a writing challenge during the month of October.  Now that the start date is looming in 6 days, I’m starting to get antsy.  Even now, as I am thinking about what I will write, my foot is tapping staccato eighth notes in allegro.

I have a working topic but I’m struggling with finding the time to actually pull it together.  I’ll announce on Monday. {That’s a great idea; put it off for a few more days -hehehe!}

Until then, if you didn’t get a chance to see my posts from the past two years, you can check them out below.  Just click on either button and it will take you to the 31 Day Series page.  From that location, you can view any or all to your heart’s content.

2012

Day 25 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

2013

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See you on Friday for Friday Finds #3!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.”  Psalm 119:66 The Message

Has the South lost it’s identity?

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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As I wrote the posts for this series, I began to ponder:  Have we, the South, lost our identity?   I don’t know if I can fully answer that question.  I know that the South that I experienced as a child is not the South of today.   That being said, I do live in a more urban environment than I did as a child, so perhaps, my impression is slightly altered.

Like everywhere, progress improves some things in a way you wish it didn’t and sometimes, you don’t realize it until, what was there is gone.  Global homogenization.  That’s what the experts call it.  The pundits who watch and assess our culture.

The South has prided itself on being set apart and having it’s own identity.  I’m hoping that we will retain those things that make us unique and not lose the essence of who we are.  I’m, also, hoping that we will continue to let go of those things that have tarnished and damaged us as a culture and move forward stronger than ever.

To celebrate Halloween, I have a blooper video for you today.

We have covered a lot of ground in the last 31 Days.  If you would like to catch up on all the posts in this series from the very beginning, click here.

Thank you, dear reader, for dropping in and spending your precious time with me.  I really appreciate it.  You make my day : )

What’s your take on global homogenization?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”  Matthew 7:15  NIV Bible

Potluck

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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Only one more day and the challenge is over.  I’ve had such a good time sharing my South with you and making videos with my daughter and on occasion, daughter-in-law.  I hope you’ve had fun, too.

Throughout the series, I’d write a post and then realize, I’d forgot to mention something.   The video, today, is a potluck of things I forgot to mention and as diverse as a wonderful church supper on the grounds.  And truth be told, I probably still forgot tons of things.  I guess, you’ll just have to come South and check it out for yourself. : )

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Blessings,

Mimi

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”  2 Thessalonians 3:18 NIV Bible

Family Ties

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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When southerners talk about things that are important in their lives, they list faith and family near the top.  Families, in the South, don’t include only the immediate family but all of the extended family, too.   Many grow up knowing all of their relatives on both sides.  I thought I’d show you mine today.

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My daughter and sweet son in law

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They live in Wisconsin — it’s a long way from the South.

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What do you think about the importance of family?

Blessings,

Mimi

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  Matthew 12:50  NIV Bible

Weddings and Funerals: Southern Style

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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I don’t know if southern weddings and funerals are any different than the rest of the country.  They’re big affairs even if they’re small.

Southern weddings have changed, since I was a bride almost 30 years ago, but they still retain many of the traditions.  Typically, the bride’s parents pay for anything associated with the wedding like the dress, the church, flowers and the reception while the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.  The groom picks out and pays for the rings.  Prior to the wedding, brides register at local stores, have wedding showers and bridal portraits taken.  The wedding, sometimes, includes family traditions like the bride wearing her mother’s veil.  Moms are concerned with the amount of food being enough for the reception and inviting and telling everyone to come so no one is left out.

Obviously for funerals, the focus is different.  When someone dies, everyone brings the family food.  Casseroles, banana bread and chocolate cake are quite often foods taken.  One peculiarity, I think done in the South that is not done other places, is the respect shown towards a funeral procession.  If you are driving down a road and a funeral procession passes, custom is to pull over to the shoulder in respect as the procession goes by.   Much debate on this issue, some believe the practice to be outdated, dangerous and not necessary.  Others feel, depending on the location when encountering the procession, the practice is good manners, respectful and not a problem.

These ladies have written a guide to Delta funerals with recipes.  The book has some really funny moments; particularly, the chapter on who has the best food, the Episcopal or the Methodist ladies.  On a side note, the chocolate cake recipe is yummy.

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What kind of affairs do you have where you live?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”  Revelation 19:7  NIV Bible