do you thank someone who has happily surprised the dickens out of you? What can
you say that doesn’t come off as trite or cliché? Sometimes you can’t. So with
that in mind, I’ll try to get to the point, pronto.
Jace, made a video a while back and instructed me to spread the word and make
it go viral. Like the good MiMi that I am, I posted the video. I included Jace’s
request for Likes, comments, Subscribers to his Youtube channel, AND Shares.
I’m Laughing Out LOUD…again… at that from a 7 year old.
Jace and I were grinning from ear-to-ear when we saw
your Likes and Comments. We were like kids under the tree on Christmas morning.
I don’t know which one of us was more excited. Thank you guys!
I want you to know how grateful I am that you took the
time to visit Jace’s video. We really appreciate your participation on it. Your visit and your support made Jace a happy
little camper! Jace says, "Thank You All!"
You must throw yourself into your work in order to be the
best at what you do. If you are not fully passionate about what you are doing,
your work will be drab and lackluster. If you want your work to stand out and be
a cut above everyone else in your particular field, throw yourself into your
When you are fully engaged in your project, no matter what it is, your passion
will shine through. Dive deep into your soul and find your inner child, let
that inner child be the drive behind your desire. Throw yourself into your work
and watch the difference in the work you produce.
You will be known all over the world as the pioneer of a new
movement to throw yourself into yourself into your work.
My grandson, Jace, has paved the way for us. Trailblazer that
he is, he shows us rather than try to tell us, exactly HOW to throw yourself into your work.
Here, he shares his technique for anyone who needs help
learning how to throw yourself into your work.
Do you know anyone who throws him/her self into their work?
Have you ever thrown yourself into a project you were working on?
What do you think of Jace’s innovative idea of throwing
himself into his ART work?
Did you know that April starts on the same day of the week as July every year, and the same day of the week as January in leap years? Something else I didn’t know is that April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.
April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. April 1st is also April Fool’s Day, and I’m not sure if the Academy of American Poets realized that when they introduced National Poetry Month back in 1996, but it’s the kind of irony that poets would appreciate.
April 1st brings thoughts of spring what with trees and flowers blooming all over and birds chirping and singing outside my bedroom window early every morning. The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. It seems like spring here already in my little corner of the world, Houston, Texas.
It’s not too hot, too cold, too rainy, too sunny, not too dry, or too wet it’s just perfect – for me anyway. So I call it springtime, whether it’s officially spring or not.
One thing’s for sure, I’d better enjoy these perfectly beautiful days while they last because it’ll be over before we know it. Actually here in Houston, tomorrow it just might be freezing cold and I'll need to turn the heaters on. That's how it goes around here.
Oh, just a few more April tidbits FYI. April 16th is Easter Sunday. April 18th is TAX Day. Now, why is that? Could it be because April 15th falls on a Saturday this year and Saturday is not a Business Day? April 22nd is Earth Day.
There you have it, my rambling thoughts on April and Spring time.
What is the weather like in your part of the country? Where are you? Some people are still having snow. Is that you? Do you like it? Or are you getting a touch of spring?
This is not your average political post, I'm not into politics. If you feel like reading further, you'll understand what I mean.
Some things just depend on how you look at them...
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was
doing some personal work on her own family tree.. She discovered that Senator
Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and
train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this
inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885,
escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton
detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'
So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their
Senator Harry Reid:
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical
sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business
empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate
dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years
of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings
with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by
the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889,Remus
passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the
platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
NOW THAT's how it's done, Folks...
That's real POLITICAL SPIN! DISCLAIMER: This is an email I received from a friend several years ago with the ... pass this on to 800 people thing on it. Don't know if this is true or false. I just found it humorous in light of today's political climate and thought I'd pass it along for others to get a chuckle or two.
somewhere that you can save money using Facebook and Twitter. My first thought
was, “yea, right” … like that’s going to happen. Then I read the entire article.
It made a lot of sense, I learned a lot from it.
first thing I learned was that my Facebook news feed sometimes contains great
sales promoted by companies that I love and that I use frequently. The article stated that I should follow the company (itself) or follow the company's Facebook page to get updates, offers, and/or coupons. This was
news to me! I had always purposely NOT followed companies or product pages since joining Facebook. The idea had me hooked, I had to read on. I would not have thought of
this on my own.
also advised searching the company’s Twitter feed. Sometimes they offer coupons
for additional discounts on purchases. What a great tip! Before I read this, I
had not been able to see any benefits from using Facebook or Twitter. Now I do,
this is really cool. I have also read other articles explaining how to use Facebook to save money.
Do you use Facebook or Twitter? Do you use
them to shop? Have you ever used them to save money? How do you use FaceBook
Writing style and writing voice are what separates good
writing from great writing. Likewise, writing style and writing voice separate good
blogs from great blogs. Although writing voice and writing style have a lot in
common they are not the same thing. The difference between great writing and
mediocre writing is - individual style.
What is writing style? Writing style is not always easy
to define. It is something that cannot be taught, you either have it or you
don't. Writing Style is a product of our ability to learn by reading and
listening to people talk. Our writing style is simply the way we construct a
sentence and the way we put sentences together.
Your writing style is not whatyou say but how
you say it.
Many of us are already writing and have no idea what our
writing style is. Some of us are not even aware that we have a writing style. No
problem, because perhaps ironically, the best writing style is invisible.
Developing your writing style is important to your
becoming a good writer. If you try to write the way other people write, to
duplicate their success, you may find that you are unable to imitate it. That
is simply because you have a different style of writing than they do. Don't copy a writing style from another
writer. Write to make your style your own.
Think of it this way, "A man's style in any art
should be like his attire - it should attract as little attention as possible.”
It is apparent that the writing style is simple and informal.
grandson was born prematurely with multiple health issues, so many I can’t name
them all. He was born allergic to 13+ food items, including dairy, wheat, gluten,
soy, and many more.
top of the list of foods he was/is allergic to, is peanuts. YES, he had the
DEADLY PEANUT ALLERGY. We could not even have nuts in the house. But, I digress
here. Let me get back on track.
to say, his diet was severely limited. Grandson was about two and a half or
three years old at the time and there was not much he could eat. With that in
mind, my daughter went into research mode looking for a healthy snack for
Grandson. During her research, she found these Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps. The Snapea Crisps did not contain anything that he was allergic to. She
bought them, and the rest is history!
introduced them to Grandson, and he fell in love with them immediately. From
that point on, she could barely keep up with the demand because he ate them as
fast as she could buy them. He calls them “Green Beans”. So, around our house
they are officially known as “Green Beans”.
and best thing about these Snapea Crisps
/Green Beans is that my grandson with his multitude of allergies could safely
thing I love about these green bean crisps is that they are baked instead of
fried. They only have a tiny hint of salt. AND, they are delicious.
grandson a few at a time in a bowl and he is munching almost before we can let
go of the bowl. *NOTE: He insists on having a wet wipe along with his green
beans, for his hands.
great thing about these green beans is that they are a healthy alternative to regular
potato chips. You get that same chewy crunch as potato chips with these green
beans. They are crisp, like the name says and they are also very light.
downside, I find them to be a bit pricey. But, who am I to complain about the
price? I have not had to buy a single bag…ever. His mommy buys them. Even with
the price, these green beans are worth the price so that my highly allergic grandson
can have a healthy snack.
anyone interested in a healthy snack for kids with allergies, try these Snapea Crisps. You’ll be happily
I am NOT a doctor, just a grandmother. Check with your doctor before feeding
this product to your allergic child. Also, check the ingredients list for
yourself for anything your child might be allergic to.
Tonight I sit staring at my blank page, too tired to string
together enough words to make a post. Too mentally exhausted to look at a
picture and write a story about the day I captured that perfect shot, I stare
at the page.
My mind wanders back and forth through days, weeks, months,
and years of struggles, challenges, and family illnesses that wreaked havoc on
my waning strength. As I journey back through the trials and tribulations I
have endured to reach a better day, I marvel at God’s goodness.
Through it all, He has sustained me. I had no doubt that He
would. My only prayer through the many dark nights of loved ones suffering was,
“Lord, give them the strength to hold on until Your blessings become a reality
I had no doubt that all would be resolved and their mental
and physical health would be restored. My prayer was that the loved ones could
sit quietly and be ready when God’s healing became a reality to them. Weeks
later, I feel the power of God’s blessings making its way into my loved ones’
state of mind. I’m Giving Mighty, Mighty Thanks for God’s
For these and other blessings, Dear God, I give thanks to
often heard people say they wish they could go back in time, that they would and
they would change some things. I was a pretty smug young lady and, I thought
the idea was absurd.
always the one self-righteously proclaiming, “I don’t NEED to go back. I’m going to live my life so I won’t have any
regrets. So, I definitely don’t need to go back”, I said loudly from my perch
upon my mighty High-Horse.
came along and gave me a good slap in the face, taught me a few things the hard
way. That set me stumbling on a different path than the holier-than-thou path I
had envisioned for myself.
okay. I cry “UNCLE”. I give!
Can I go back? Can I change my mind?
If I could change my mind, If I
COULD go back, I
would go in a heartbeat. I would change some things. As a matter of fact, I
would change a whole LOT of things. For starters, I would…
some rules, especially some of those rules my mama had. I got beatings all the
time anyway. So breaking those rules would only mean a few more beatings.
up for myself more instead of always listening to other peoples’ points of
like crazy! I’d sneak out of the house at night and party instead of staying
home like a “miss-goody-two-shoes”. I’d have some of that fun my friends
laughed and talked about when grownups were not around. I’d get more beatings,
but so what. I got more than my share of them without cause.
man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween night, when behind him he hears:
BUMP... BUMP... BUMP...
faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright
casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP...
the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him.
FASTER... FASTER... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP....
man runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in,
slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his
door, with the lid of the casket clapping. clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP...
clappity-BUMP... on his heels, as the terrified man runs.
Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding;
his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.
With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.
Bumping and clapping toward him. The man screams and reaches for something,
All he can find is a box of cough drops! Desperate, he throws the cough drops
at the coffin ...
have been visiting new blogs to interact with new people. An hour ago I clicked
over to a new blog from a friend’s blog. The background was light pink with a slightly
darker pink font color. Oops, this is not good (for me anyway). I tried to read
the blog anyway so I could make friends with someone new.
post was very long. Paragraphs were each 6 to 8 inches of words, words, words.
There were no intermittent paragraph breaks as far down as the eye could see.
I am an
older, notice I didn’t say OLD, person with imperfect eyesight. I find it hard
to read posts because they are not divided into paragraphs. Many times a
compelling title makes me TRY to read them, but it is so very hard to do. I
often have to click away from the blog post because of this.
I am also
a retired teacher who loves helping others. So the following information is
offered as constructive assistance for anyone wanting to improve their writing.
for creating a great post:
your first two or three sentences.
the “enter/return” key two times. This will give you a space between your
sentences, creating paragraphs.
*NOTE: You will repeat this process throughout
the entire post. Type two or three sentences. Then click the return key two
times to leave a space. (Repetitious on purpose)
compose and type your post leaving space between every two to three sentences,
it will be easier to read and to understand. This will keep readers on your
good idea for an easier to read blog is to be careful with your background
colors and font colors. Not all color mixtures make for easy reading. The wrong
color mixture could cause some readers to leave your blog without reading it.
tips and you will love what you see.
information understandable? Did you find it helpful? Why? Why not? Do you have
any tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them.
soda can be used for a lot more than deodorizing the fridge or keeping the cat’s
litter box from stinking up the place. All one has to do is Google “Uses for
Baking Soda” and you’ll find so many, you’ll be busy reading for days.
than making another list of things you can do with baking soda, I want to share
my all time favorite uses for it. Below are three of my favorites and how I use
the baking soda. I use these three a lot more than others so, I’ll start with my
Favorite Uses for Baking Soda
Burned-on Food From Pots & Pans
Slow Draining Drains
Burned-On Food from Pots & Pans
is an easy way to remove burned-on food from pots and pans. Put enough water in
the pan to cover the bottom plus 1 more inch for boiling. Sprinkle in a thick layer
of baking soda.
this to a boil and boil it for 3 minutes. Turn off heat. Let it sit, soaking it in the baking
soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
can use the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda
in the fridge.
your sink and tub drains clean and fresh smelling by flushing them with baking
soda every week. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda
down the drain then turn on very warm tap water to flush the soda
through. Let the warm water run through the drain about 2 minutes.
the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda in the
Slow Draining Drains
1 cup baking
soda down any kitchen
or bathroom drain that seems to drain
too slowly. Next, pour in 1 cup hot
minutes. Then pour 1 gallon boiling water down the drain to flush the soda
vinegar mixture through the pipes.
the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda in the
you use baking soda? What is your favorite way to use it? Image source
a great way to spruce up an ordinary gift and make it extra special. Instead of
simply wrapping dishtowels and pot holders make them into pretty kitchen
decorations. The recipient can then use them as decorations or take them apart
and use them for their original purpose, washing dishes.
the dishtowel lengthwise into a fan, then fold the strip in half. Tie it off 2
or 3 inches from fold with ribbon, to make the head. Set this aside.
the washcloth into a fan for the arms. Set this aside.
Fanfold the potholder with the loop on the top for the wings.
the washcloth on top of the potholder and tie in the center with a ribbon. Lay
this (unit) on the table with the potholder down and the washcloth facing up.
dishtowel on top of potholder and washcloth.
the arms (washcloth) around front and tie together 1 inch from ends, for the
Superstitious? Many people are, some more than others. There are
a good many people who are not superstitious at all. Which category do you fall
into? Are you or are you not superstitious?
up in the tall piney woods of deep east Texas, I heard various superstitions
from the time I was a little girl all the way through young adulthood. The most
common ones were probably the same ones everybody knows.
top of every list, is the one about the black cat. The superstition is that if
a black cat crosses your path, it means you’re going to have bad luck. I saw
and heard of many people going out of their way to get ahead of a black cat.
Some even turned around and went back where they came from rather than to keep
superstitious or not? Do you know anyone who is superstitious? Do you have a
superstition to share? We would love to hear about it.
The first thing most of us think about when we hear the
all that junk and stuff that we get in our email inbox. Isn’t that what you
thought when you saw my title? This is
all about Spam, but it’s not what you think. This is about spam for real, the
first real Spam, the kind that you eat. Tee-hee-hee,
gotcha didn’t I?
This is how I get rid of Spam. First I get two slices
of Spam lunch meat, two slices of bread, and some mustard and mayonnaise.
Next, I spread the mustard and mayonnaise on the bread.
I put one slice of Spam on each piece of bread and fold it over making a single
Then I grab a couple of hands full of sea salt and
vinegar chips and a nice ice cold bottle of lemonade to go along with my two
Spam sammiches. Now I am good to go!
Finally, I prop up in my bed on my brown pillow and
take a nice big bite of my first Spam sammich. I follow that with a couple of
chips and chew it up really good. Now, a big Swig of this delicious ice cold
lemonade and all is right in my world.
There you have it, my ideas on The Best Way to Get Rid