Category Archive: The Random

Relatively Normal

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” ~Albert Camus It is time once again! For Relatively Normal – a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today, twelve bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. …

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Welcome To The Nut House

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. -Henry Ward Beecher It is time once again! Welcome to the Nut House- a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today fourteen bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on …

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Permission Granted

  As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. -Marianne Williamson Welcome to Permission Granted- a Fly on the Wall group post. You know how this works…Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch …

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Love

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu  Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once …

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All Covered In Cheese

    “Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.” -Drew Barrymore Welcome to January’s Fly on the Wall group post- All Covered In Cheese! You know the drill… today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see …

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Foodie Friendship

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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”   ~Attributed to Groucho Marx I began my career in literary hoarding before I could speak. Both of my parents were educators that devoured books and added to their diverse collections so when I was born, …

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Use Your Words

You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. -Joel Osteen Today’s Use Your Words post is a new writing challenge issued from the ever fabulous Karen at Baking In A Tornado! This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words …

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Making Memories On A Budget

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. -Bob Dylan When the kids are out of school for break, everyone is now racking their brains to figure out what fun activities they can make work into their budget. We want to do “fun” stuff with our children but sometimes it seems like …

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Bursting At The Seams

  “When I Fall Asleep I’d Like To make Myself Believe That Planet earth Turns Slowly It’s Hard To Say I’d Rather Stay Awake When I’m Asleep Because My Dreams Are Bursting At The Seams.” -Owl City, Fireflies Welcome to the Fly on the Wall- Bursting At The Seams, a group challenge about what someone …

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The Tape Collector

    “You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” -Steve Martin Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap- The Tape Collector. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to …

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Dear Karen-No Fail Whole Wheat Bread

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” -Robert Browning   There is an advent calendar that is sweeping the internet. This isn’t the kind where we get to open a little cardboard door and get a chocolate that day. Nope. It is about friendship, love, food …

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The Auto Show

“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” -Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile The Auto Show- Wordless Wednesday

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Traces Of Nuts

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“I wonder if things can happen too early or too late or if everything happens at exactly the right time. If so, how sad and beautiful.” ― Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite …

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In The Wild

Houston, we have ‘possum. We live squarely in suburbia. Tract houses in a planned community. Our carefully plotted rows of homes, on a semi quiet street, in our bubble, also happens to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains and open areas. It doesn’t feel like we live in the wild but more …

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Sail Away

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain Welcome to Secret Subject Swap- Sail Away. This week, 12 …

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Welcome To The Family

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.” -Mark Twain You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite you to catch a glimpse …

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Swapiversary Blog Hop and Swap Queen Contest

Thank you so much for stopping by this week’s Blog Strut #12 – The Special Swapiversary Edition! Our Linky Parties are always rule-free! There are a set of guidelines below but they are just that, guidelines! We want you to post what you want, share what you want, and not have to do anything in …

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Be Okay

  “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter …

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That’s Who They Are This Year

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  “My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair.” -Julia Roberts You all know our daughter K by now, right? For the newbies: Kira is kiddo number two of four, has written several times for me here on this blog, future author, singer, songwriter, is obsessed with …

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Under Pressure

“You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” -Steve Martin Welcome to the September Fly On The Wall- Under Pressure! Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at your house? Do …

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How I Came To Be Heartburn

“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?” -Logan Pearsall Smith  You know how this Secret Subject Swap thing works by now, right? The ever amazing Baking In A Tornado, gets a secret subject topic from 12 …

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Explosions and Fire Trucks

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Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.  ~Sophia Loren I have a confession. I might have pulled my biggest airhead stunt to date. It was really scary but it could have been worse. I pictured explosions and fire trucks. Once again, my big mistakes contained larger blessings. I had planned …

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August Fly On The Wall

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The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see – every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties. -Graham Greene Welcome to the August Fly On The …

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Just A Little Squirrely

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I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ‘em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up. -Red Skelton Boy, do I have just a little squirrely tale for you today! The story I hear is that Menopausal Mother went and buried her nuts at Baking In A Tornado’s place. Naturally, …

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Can You Dig It?

 Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out. -Stephen Hawking   Welcome to Take Two of August’s Secret Subject Swaps- Can …

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Shine On

Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust. -Jesse Owens I was so generously given the Shine On award from the awesome, the fantastic… Rules are: State 7 facts about yourself and tag 15 bloggers to receive the award. Hmm… what personal details have I yet to divulge to you all? 1. I took a picture …

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Change The Course Of History

   If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. -Winston Churchill Welcome to Take One of August’s Secret Subject Swaps- Change The Course Of History. This month, Baking In A Tornado got a secret subject topic from 12 brave bloggers and assigned them each a …

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Dump Date

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity. -Van Morrison Wordless Wednesday- Dump Date Not the most traditional of dates but FREE dump day only comes twice per year! I’ll take a few extra hours alone with The Handsome Prince even if it means we’re making a dump date. Who knew knew a place …

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Make It Happen

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” -Steve Jobs …

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