Come on in and take a load off. Want some lemonade?

Why a blog? Why my blog? Good questions.

Hubby's wonderful, the children are lots of fun (and work) to have around, and life is full. While not an exhaustive list, I'm primarily a mom, wife, teacher, writer, reader, student, chauffeur, Christian, friend, patriot, gardener, cook, housekeeper, organizer, nurse, counselor, and referee -- but not necessarily in that order. That means life is crazy-busy.

I am constantly searching and learning; a few specific topics are my main areas of interest (health & nutrition, gardening, organics, politics, and history), but I find myself curious about just about everything.

Also, I like to share what I know, what I do, and what I'm learning.

So, "Why a blog?" Well, why not?

Thanks for taking the time to visit with me. Come again.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The one productive thing I've done this morning

In doing homework about writing as a job and blogging for fun, or just cruising the Web in general, I come across all types of sites.

Sometimes my visit is brief -- the site's not applicable, not interesting, or not appropriate at all (yowza!) for me, my target audience and those I love -- so I move on.

Sometimes, though, I post. Like this morning.

Now, however, at this very moment I vow to immediately upon publishing this post turn off my computer so that I may accomplish at least one or two other productive things today. Clearly I'm addicted and I need to take drastic measures. (After I check my email real quick.)  ;o)

WordPress defined: Yet another thing for me to learn

For the um-teenth time this week, someone has just regaled the wonders of WordPress. I mean, I've heard of it before -- I don't live under a rock, after all. I'm curious by nature, so when I'm on a Web site I look everywhere -- and I mean everywhere -- and I do see "WordPress" listed a lot of the time.

OK, so I have yet another thing to study. Not merely read, but stuuuuu-deeee. Yay, me!

DS#1 will enjoy that, though. I know that he secretly enjoys when others (namely me) suffer the torment of studying, note taking, etc. Misery loves company, you know.

I'm actually looking forward to learning WordPress. I don't know when or how I'll do it, but I did anticipate this. I had already picked up my copy of WordPress for Dummies from the library; it's been on my coffee table for about three weeks now. Clearly it moves to the top of the pile -- soon.

BTW, "um-teenth" is, in fact, a word. I know this because my mom used it all the time when my rotten brothers and I were kids. As in, "I've told you for the um-teenth time:  Clean Up Your ROOM or I will come in there and Do It FOR YOU -- and You WON'T Like It!" (Note: Mom sounds intense here, but she was -- and still is -- a total pushover with a sweet spirit. She had to try to scare us, though -- it's in the Mom Rule Book.) FYI, the number umteen comes somewhere between 19 and a bazillion.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If I were as weird as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, what symbol would I be?

A smiling question mark.

That's it. That's all I wanted to say.

(Yes, I do, regularly, think about nonsense like this.)

Business, writing, marketing, and other ideas

Some alternative titles that I considered for this post are:
  • Tropical storms and brain storms in the wee hours of the morning
  • Things I do when I should be sleeping
  • Why my eyes are bloodshot this morning (totally G-rated), and
  • Oh,'s already time to get up?!
Well Tropical Storm something-or-other began to roll into town yesterday. For me, it climaxed at about 2:30 this morning with all of the telltale sounds of, what else, a summertime tropical storm, compounded by the oh-so-poorly-placed plastic storage bin (with lid -- that's the important point) directly underneath the rain gutter's outlet, which is perched about 2' above the ground and just outside my bedroom window. The overall effect was that of being awakened by the pervasive and not-at-all-pleasant sound of fairly loud drumming combined with Chinese water torture that is being dispensed in a fashion similar to a waterfall.

(Note: I say "climaxed" totally anticipating that this storm will be a non-event and will move on to points far away from me and anyone else, leaving no real damage in its wake.)

(Another note:  I just checked -- in the spirit of accuracy and being quasi-anally retentive -- and according to the National Hurricane Center this is Atlantic Tropical Depression 16. I'll update this post should good 'ole 16 get a more proper name.)*

So, here I sit at almost 6AM, I'm about to begin teaching my early-morning Seminary class and I've been up for 3 1/2 hours (with many more hours still to go today).

On the upside, I have come up with some great ideas for a friend's product she hopes to market (yes, I've already emailed her) and, thanks to the notepad and pen I keep beside my bed, I have about 30 potential titles for List My Five articles. Not so much on the upside is that I realize how much I've left undone lately -- in my best Winnie the Pooh: Oh, bother.

(Note to self:  Find and buy another pen that lights up when I write, so that I may, once again, write clearly and then eventually read legible notes-to-self written in the wee hours of my mornings.)

Happily, I see a nap in my near future. YAY!, yet again, for homeschooling.

Happy Wednesday, all.

*Update 9/30/2010:  The storm later officially, sadly, became Tropical Storm Nicole and went on to cause damage, injury and death. My heart goes out...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Friday!

Good morning.

Today we have enrichment classes with our homeschooling friends. The kids love this day of the week. Truthfully, so do I. Although I haven't been able to visit with my friends, since my youngest (DS#2) is going through some anxiety-type issues. On the upside, I'm learning about drama, beginning Spanish, and arts & crafts alongside him and 15 other very energetic 8- and 9-year olds. My daughter (DD) helps in the "snack shop" for a while and then joins in on classes with us while my oldest son (DS#1) attends his classes. Bonus:  it's Pizza Day, so no lunches to pack! It's a great way to spend a Friday.

After that, DS#1 has his chemistry labs with some more homeschool friends. One of the brave moms in the group graciously offered her home (and back patio when necessary) as the place for this group of teenagers to experiment and potentially blow things up. They're certainly hopeful...

Who knows what the afternoon and evening will bring. DS#1 most definitely has plans in the works -- I've picked up on snippets like "gym" and [youth group] while he's been plotting on the phone with friends and Facebook. Translation:  driving. That's fine. Hubby (DH) and I love that DS#1's mature and responsible enough to have earned these freedoms as he gets older. DS#1 has a great group of friends. It's fun to watch.

This all comes after my and DS#1's day begins at 5:30 for an early morning scripture class-slash-youth group called "Seminary." Happily, it's held in our home so we get to sleep in the longest of any of the attendees. It's fun. Really. Kicker:  Friday is "breakfast potluck" day while we work on scripture memorization. Food usually perks teenagers right up.

All in all, a grand Friday.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New writing gig with List My Five

I've had a very exciting, yet stressful, past few weeks. I'm learning so much -- literally daily; but the fact that there's so much more that I want and need to learn, and that I feel I need to know it yesterday, sometimes overwhelms and frustrates me.

For today, though, I'm excited to say that I have just published my first article on List My Five. What fun that was! I may already be hooked.

I spent some time this afternoon looking up stats, song lyrics, videos, etc. about and by Michael Jackson. (The songs are still swirling around my head and playing in my ears. Luckily, since I'm sooooo not a dancer, I haven't yet broken out into a moonwalk across the kitchen floor.)

I included much more in the article than was required -- I tend to be wordy -- and I enjoyed every moment of it. I'm looking forward to doing more.

Here it is -- my article about the top five Michael Jackson songs. Let me know what you think.