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Six Things I Learned This Month

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What did I learn this month? Before I look share some of the tidbits from my Book O’Edcuation, a couple of observations from the last two days. Not necessarily something I learned, but somethings I was reminded. Like there was a reason for the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.” Like

  1. Being prepared means less worry. Had I written a couple of blog posts ahead, today’s post would be no problem. Just post an already written on.
  2. When sick, even foods I’m not fond of taste good. I had made a Fall Harvest Soup last month, it wasn’t my favorite cooking attempt. However, since it wasn’t all bad, I went ahead and froze serving size portions. Good thing, it’s what I ate this weekend.
  3. I can prepare soups, even if it isn’t “soup” weather and freeze it for days when it either is “soup weather” or I just don’t feel like cooking.

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Now, some of the things I learned this month in no particular order of importance or happening:

  1. Ink does not flow well in cold weather. I bundled up and tried to do my morning writing out on the front porch. It’s harder to read than normal because of all the ink skipping. Lesson: write indoors when it’s cold out.
  2. Learned a friend of mine is going to receive an award from a group where we are both members. More information on that when she receives the award. Don’t want to upstage the presenters.
  3. Stories work best with 8 or fewer important characters. A writer friend shared that information from one of her mentors. I can’t think of a television show, movie, or book that had more than eight important characters. Maybe THE HELP.  I’d have to go back and check.
  4. A candle warmer (have one of those?) makes a good tea warmer. Okay, or coffee warmer. That’s what my writer friend Jennifer McMurrain uses hers for, she’s the one who gave me the idea.
  5. I learned how to put 4 squares, or rectangles, on a page for a sheet of pictures, or cards. The explanation will take a whole blog post. I was so excited I could get my affirmation cards on one page to make a printable. It’s not ready yet, but hey, I made progress.
  6. This is important. If I let my licorice tea steep for the full 5 minutes it has a more “licoricey” taste than if I cut the steep short to the 3 minute minimum.

Sometimes there was a lesson, sometimes not, either way I added to my storage of information. The problem is, the storage file is stuffed, so for every new thing I learned, or old idea I remembered, according to someone (I forget who) somewhere (I forget where) we forget twice as much as we learn.

Does that mean the files in my brain will soon be emptied of useless information, and make it easier to retrieve the valuable stuff that’s already there, or gets added? Doubtful. Sometimes important information falls out of my brain and has to be reinserted.

Oh well. At least I learned some new information this month. How about you?

Did you learn anything interesting this month?

Do you purposely set out to learn or  do you just accept new information as it occurs?

What is something you learned (or re-learned) recently?

Once more, I am joining the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Videos to Make Your Smile

For the past month I’ve been posting and sharing with other bloggers on Ultimate Blog Challenge. Each day there is a suggestion on what to blog about, a suggestion I usually ignore, rebel that I am. Today since my throat is  scratchy, and my nose is runny and. I flat out don’t feel good. I’m going to sort of follow the suggestion. The video below, OLDER LADIES, by DonnaLou Stevens makes me smile just thinking about it.

 

Because I’m feeling lousy, and  one of the times when I miss my husband the most. The video below, THIS IS DIRT, by Baxter Black, makes me smile, and reminds me of my husband. Not only was he an ag teacher, but he left the ag mark in our family. One son and daughter in law teach ag and half our grandkids are in ag, or will be when they’re older.

 

 

 

 

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Learning From Other Bloggers and a Short Story Review

One advantage of doing a blogging challenge is the opportunity to meet other people and visit with them via their blogs. Another advantage is the easy learning. Just the other day while cruising around blog-land, reading blogs that are part of the Ultimate blog challenge, I learned about the “Deal Me In” short story reading challenge. Since:

1). I love to read and

2). I haven’t read enough in recent months, I thought, why not?

 

Vidya Tiru, also known as Lady in Red, at My R and R Space, shared the reading challenge on her blog. Since I’m just now learning about the challenge (where have I been?) I don’t know if I can officially be part of the challenge or not, but I can follow their guidelines for my own challenge if necessary.

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The idea is to make a list of 52 books, then assign each one a playing card value. Each week draw a card and read the corresponding story. Sounds easy enough. With any luck my list of stories is here. Concentrating long enough to read one short story shouldn’t be too hard.

At first I wasn’t going to take the time to assign a card to each story. However, at the last minute I did because it will make the reading order truly random. Except for the first story.

This story was already on my Kindle, and I hadn’t assigned cards to the stories yet, so I guess you could call this one a wild card or bonus. As part of the challenge we can write a review on our blog or not, the choice is ours. Very casual and easy going, this challenge. I have opted to do reviews, because authors not only like reviews, they need them.

Although, with short stories, the review will be short and sweet because I don’t want to give anything away. The goal is to post the reviews here every Saturday. We’ll see how long this lasts.

AMORE by Jennifer McMurrain

As the name suggests, this is a love story, a slice of life love story.  It’s easy to forget this is just a fictional story with the emotional pull and vivid descriptions. Jennifer McMurrain did a wonderful job of sharing a heartfelt story of love.

Jennifer is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. which is where I met her. She’s a prolific writer living in north east Oklahoma with her husband, daughter and a couple of fur babies. More of Jennifer’s writing can be found on her author page. Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Do you read for pleasure often?

Do you prefer short stories or articles or books?

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Share your thoughts in the comments.  

 

 

 

                                

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Friday Food: Slow-Cooked Roast Served Three Different Ways

What did you eat this week? Anything exceptionally good? How about super easy? When I started this blog, this time, I thought I’d talk about fitness and food on Friday. I love alliteration. Let’s get real though, fitness isn’t going to make an appearance. At least it hasn’t so far. I’ll find another day to talk about exercise. It appears Fridays will be FOOD.

This week I thought I’d share how I served a roast several different ways. Cook once, eat multiple times. The roast in this case was pork roast, because that’s what’s in my freezer. The same thing can be done with any meat roast.

Monday

Before going to my critique meeting I put a roast in the slow cooker. Since I was running late (ha, normal for me) I didn’t take time to add carrots, potatoes, onion or celery. I just seasoned it with garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, tossed it in the slow cooker with frozen roast juice from the last roast. Added the lid, turned it on (after making sure I’d plugged it in) and be-bopped to my meeting.

When I returned my roast was falling apart tender and ready to eat. Except, I wasn’t hungry. No problem. Since I’d used a cooking bag (I couldn’t find a slow cooker liner when I wanted them) to make clean-up easy, I just lifted the bag out of the cooker, twisted it shut, placed it in a bowl (in case there was leaking) and refrigerated the whole shebang.

Tuesday

I divided the roast and the juice into four serving size portions. Might could’ve done six, but I wanted to have enough.  Three portions were put in containers and replaced in the refrigerator. They could have been frozen, but since I plan to eat them this week there didn’t seem to be any point.

The juice of the remaining portion was thickened into gravy, the roast cut into smaller pieces and placed in the gravy to be warmed. A couple of potatoes were boiled and mashed. The roast and gravy was poured over the potatoes for a filling meal. No, there were no veggies, would have been better, but I didn’t.

Tuesday evening I reheated the roast and gravy and used it to top a baked potato. Easy and fast.

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Wednesday

Another portion of the roast was used in a roast and veggie mix.  The original recipe called for macaroni shells. Since I didn’t have any I used egg noodles and a little cauliflower. Next time I’ll use all cauliflower. Also, I didn’t have any bread to go with it, garlic bread would have finished it off great. No need for extra veggies since there was cauliflower and tomatoes in the dish.

Thursday

On Thursday I traveled to a livestock show to watch a couple of my grands show their pigs. I planned to stop at the store and buy some bread and cheese for what I was going to call a faux-philly cheesesteak. Big problem, the store burned down eight months ago. They are in the process of rebuilding, but for now the local  Dollar Store serves as an emergency grocery store. For their weekly shopping, residents drive to a nearby town.

Except, that town was 20 miles south, and I lived 20 miles north of where I was. I didn’t want to go in the opposite direction. I did the next best thing, I stopped at Dollar Store for bread, they didn’t have any cheese. At least not the cheese I wanted. So instead, for supper tonight, a basic roast sandwich with, meat, spinach, and avocado, using the newly purchased bread, with carrot sticks on the side was planned. However, by the time I was ready to eat, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounded like a better option.

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FRIDAY 

Because I had another stock show this afternoon, this time a sheep show, and for two different grands, I choose to make it easy. For lunch a roast sandwich with roasted sweet potato wedges.

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The rest of the roast went in a labeled freezer bag, along with the cooking juice. It will be used later for soup. I’d planned to make soup Saturday. However the temperature is predicted to be in the fifties. That is not soup weather to me.

That’s what was for dinner this week. Next week is anybody’s guess. 

What did you have for dinners this week?

Do you have meals in the freezer to go to on busy nights?

What’s your favorite go-to meal?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Come and join us.

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Twelve Classy Insults from the Past

A lot of insults have been flying around on social media in the last few days, weeks, and months. Most of them boil down to, “if you don’t agree with me you’re an idiot.”

This got me to thinking about a time when insults, public and private, had a little thought behind them. In fact, my dad used to say that the best insult was when the person didn’t realize they’d been insulted. So, for your insulting pleasure, I bring you, twelve of my favorite insults from the past, insults with style. Enjoy. *s*

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1. “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

2. “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

4. “He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

6. “He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.” – Robert Redford

7. A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.” – Louis Nizer

8. “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow

9.        “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”-Groucho Marx

10.        “They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.” -Thomas Brackett Reed

11.        “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”-Billy Wilder

12.        “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” Andrew Lang

 

Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge today. While insulting someone is never nice. Sometimes we just can’t keep our mouths shut. In those cases, if we can at least insult nicely, maybe feeling wouldn’t be hurt, friendships dissolved, and arguments started. Share your thoughts.

 

Did we used to be nicer when we insulted someone?

Do you have a favorite way of letting someone know when you’re unhappy with their actions?

Are any of these a favorite for you?

 

 

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Cyber Space – The New Final Frontier?

 

The New Final Frontier

Captain Kirk was wrong. Space wasn’t the final frontier. There is still new territory to explore. New territory we can explore from the comfort of our home. Cyber Space is the final frontier.

What’s in Cyber Space

Cyber space has everything. People who have the same interests and will visit and share ideas with you are in cyber space. People who will read your words, and be moved to action, are in cyber space. People who will encourage and cheer you on as you attempt something new can be found in cyber space. People who are available at all hours are in cyber space. People you already know and like, but seldom have a chance to connect with are in cyber space.

Cyber space is also filled with education, want to learn how to do an activity? Instructions can be found in cyber space. Want to know how to spell a word, or find a fact? Cyber space has the answer. Need someone to help you? They can be found in cyber space.

Be Brave

Try a new venture. Visit a new place. Share your knowledge. Venture into the final frontier. Let cyber space help you.

Do you try new things often?

Have you tried a new online social media activity?

What is your favorite thing about cyber space?

Share your thoughts in the comments. This post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Joining a challenge is entering a new frontier. Don’t be afraid. Try something new.

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One Picture – Final Post for Ten Day You Challenge

 

 

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Day 10, I made it to the end of the 10 Day About “You” Challenge. This last suggestion is to post one picture of myself. EyeeeYiiiYiii.

This is the hardest prompt so far. I hate having my picture taken, and I wanted a picture that showed my playful side. I’ve already posted the picture of me having my hair restyled by my youngest cousin here. No point in reposting that.

There’s the before and after pictures of my haircut, but that’s actually four pictures. So, do I let my rebel out and post those? Then there’s the picture of me on a mini-bike.

My daughter-in-law’s sister took pictures for me for me to use online and for publicity. One of them is my profile picture, she’s a very good photographer. I wanted a picture on a motorcycle, because this year or next year I’m getting one. Except, no one had a motorcycle.

My grandson did have this mini bike that didn’t run. It sort of shows the fun side of me. It definitely shows the fat side of me. Big breath. Here it is:

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Linking up with The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thanks, to Shalini Baisiwala for inspiring me on her blog, Shalzmojo.