A Thought

Positivity not based on truth is no better than trying to water ski without the skis.

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Liebster Award

I got nominated by Not According to Plan for a Liebster award, and my questions and answers are below. Thank you for thinking of me!

1. Why did you start blogging?

It was a free, guaranteed way I could publish my stuff.

2. What is your greatest inspiration in life and/or in writing?

God’s love, mercy, and greatness.

3. Share something that didn’t turn out at all according to plan.

I literally believed I would never get married or have kids; surprise!

4. What do you do when you are afraid of trying something new?

As long as I know it won’t kill me, jump in!

5. What is your favorite breakfast food?

Biscuits and gravy. ūüėČ

6. What is your favorite love song?

KC and JoJo “All My Life”. (Showing my age!)

7. Who is your favorite author?

Read a lot of nonfiction now, but for fiction probably J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh, and Jeannette Oake.

8. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year and why?

“Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer, working to get my focus back on Christ with it.

9. Where are you from?

Born in Minnesota, lived in Illinois from 4-15 years of age, and in North Carolina from 15-40 years old(now).

10. What do you want to be remembered for?

Loving the people in my life.

A Snow Day with Kids

Attention:

The schedule for today is as follows-

1. Put on layers of clothes. Take half an hour.
2. Put on your outside clothes; put on coat, hat, gloves (although you lost the mate to all your gloves, so you are wearing a mitten and a glove), and scarf.
3. Go outside, and rejoice at the beautiful, undisturbed whiteness.
4. Immediately go mess up the perfection with walking and impulsively dropping to do a snow angel.
5. Get up, slip back down. Realize your pants are really wet now, clear through your layers.
6. Throw a snowball at someone the same time they throw at you. Get hit in the face.
7. You have been out 5 minutes. Your pants are wet and cold, and your face stings. Decide to go in for hot chocolate.
8. Dropping everything you are wearing on the floor, you slip, pulling off your boot on the hard floor. Wonder if it would be safe to drive to the hospital if you broke your tailbone.
9. Stay inside for the next hour, nursing hot chocolate and watching youtube videos about dogs in the snow.
10. After the hour is up, repeat steps 1-9.

People I Reblog

I am finding a part of WordPress frustrating lately. When I first reblog, it shows up ok. The next day, I can’t find it. It leaves the title behind, but that’s it. I try to share stuff I think will bless people in some way. Does any one of my followers on here have this same problem? If so, how do I fix it?

Feel Good Stuff

I don’t really do a whole bunch on nonfiction, but there is a phenomenon in our area I find quite intriguing and thought I would share.

Aldi is a food chain that tends to be a lot less expensive than, say, Walmart. ¬†It also tends to do a lot better than Food Lion in our area, although the expensive store, Harris Teeter, can beat Aldi on their sale items. ¬†This is probably irrelevant¬†to my point, but I’ll continue.

Anyway, we shop at Aldi for a majority of our items so we can eat reasonably healthy without going broke.  Aldi has this policy that to get a cart, you need a quarter inserted into the front to get it separated from the other carts.  I guess it cuts down on the cars in the parking lot sustaining damage from carts.

The last few times I have been there, at our Mooresville location, there is a “floating quarter” cart offered to me. ¬†It’s where someone has been nice (at least I assume) and left a quarter¬†in there, and it’s the “pay-it-forward” cart, that people will offer to the next person coming in to have, on the condition they give it to someone else free. ¬†It’s a “thing” here, which I thought was pretty awesome, and just wanted to share.

It’s some feel good fuzzies for the day.

 

 

One of My First Attempts at nonfiction

Humans have a strange fascination with our health and the health of our loved ones. Whenever you speak to someone, a morbid curiosity of any abnormality is often revealed. Ranging from that strawberry birthmark on their neck to the complex workings of the digestive system, people spend a lot of time talking about health.

With the variety of websites out there seeking to inform, even if the author themselves may not have substantial authority to give advice, we spend more time than health-care workers themselves on any diagnosis we learn we have.  Many people, with some embarrassment, would admit they have stayed up until 3 a.m.  perusing websites like Web MD.  They then proceed to click on as many websites as they can, cramming in any information they find.  If a self-professed expert has few if any grammar mistakes, and appears to cite many studies, what they put in writing appears to have credence.

Armed with our new information, we write our list of what we feel are our best options for treatment. ¬†We quote what we have heard to our doctor. ¬†If the doctor disagrees with our opinion, there can be the tendency to assume selfish motives of trying to profit off of us. ¬† After all, didn’t we study on this? ¬†Haven’t we picked up recommended books on what we think is wrong and what the solution is? ¬†The people we read sound intelligent, and what they say resonates with our way of reasoning/intuitive conclusions. They have many anecdotes that are convincing. ¬† It’s in print. ¬†The power of things in print cannot be underestimated in their tendency to influence us.

How can a person know what’s true? ¬†How can we check the validity of what we’ve read? ¬†How do we know the anecdotal evidence isn’t fabricated? ¬† How can we think critically and objectively about these things?

One of the goals of a¬†school is to teach us to think critically. ¬†They don’t ¬†give us information to soak in and expel on a test that we then forget. A good academic regimen gives us the ability to understand the foundational logic, the why something is true. ¬†The scientific method, while it doesn’t apply to everything one thinks and believes, gives you the basic tools to building upon prior knowledge. ¬†This is an active learning process, rather than just absorbing things passively.

For those of you who have forgotten the scientific method, here it is:

  1. Observe something.
  2. Ask a question about it.
  3. Make a hypothesis about it, a tentative answer to the question.
  4. Conduct an experiment.
  5. Analyze the Data.  Form a conclusion.

To sum everything up, while it is important to inform yourself and discuss your healthcare options with your doctor, you want solid information as you both work together to your health.

P.S.  This article is obviously very awkward.  Nonfiction is the direction I am looking to getting published, with my main interest being toward school-age children.  I know the vocabulary needs to be age-appropriate.  Looks like one of my intensive study periods I tend to get into!

 

Cooking tips for Those Who Don’t Consider Themselves Cooks

When I left my parents house at the fresh-faced age of 20, I had little to no cooking experience. ¬†My mom purchased pantry staples for me in my first place. ¬†Sadly, I ended up throwing out the flour awhile later due to a weevil infestation, and the baking powder, baking soda, etc. ¬†sat, unopened. ¬†I just didn’t know how to use any of it. ¬†We didn’t have internet and it’s wealth of recipes, and I don’t believe I had any cookbooks at the time.

I’m still just an ok level of cooking skill, but there are little things I picked up that can make cooking easier, and taste better.

 

  1. Baking soda is what you use on a grease fire.  I had a grease fire start when I was cooking chicken.  I struggled to remember from cooking class my freshman year of high school what you were supposed to use to put it out.  Panicking, I poured flour on it.  This made the grease splatter onto the counter, and some flour.  The flour in the pan caught on fire.  The flour on the cupboard mixed with grease flamed suddenly. Not a good scenario.
  2. This is probably an obvious one, but make sure if you have your spices and seasonings in a clear plastic container (Yeah, ¬†it probably had BPA, I didn’t know any better) LABEL THEM. ¬†My husband loves sweet tea. ¬†One late night, I made him some. ¬†The next day, he poured some into a cup and started to try to down it. ¬†He abruptly stopped, and his eyes had an expression I couldn’t read. ¬†He ¬†asked me to try it. ¬†I took a sip, and the dead sea greeted my taste buds. ¬†I had used salt instead of sugar! ¬†When I had poured it in, I noticed the tea became cloudy when I put what I thought was sugar in, but my frazzled mind didn’t ponder this like it should have.
  3. ¬†It’s normally a good idea to chop your food smaller before cooking it. ¬†In things like pasta salads, tuna salads, soups, or any recipe requiring more ingredients, this makes a big difference. ¬†You don’t have to mince ¬†everything, but the flavors blend so much better when they are smaller and mixed thoroughly.
  4. Tying  into number 3, so many cold dishes peak in flavor when you  refrigerate them for several hours, so give yourself several hours of prep-time to make them.
  5. Logic would tell you if you turn up your burner to high, your meat cooks quicker, right?  Wrong.  If you try to do this because you are running late, you get drumsticks and other meat with a burnt outside and raw inside.  Salmonella and ash taste, serve it up!
  6. Soups and sauces taste better when they simmer awhile.  For cost purposes, we get the really cheap tomato sauce.  My mother-in-law recommended to just put in some basil and garlic, and let it simmer awhile.  Worked wonderfully!
  7. A lot of times, the best recipes have less ingredients.  If you look at skilled cooks on WordPress, it seems like there is a plethora of fewer, fresh ingredients.

I know it’s not he longest list, but hope these tips help you guys.

Have a great day!