Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Some mouth pain early in the week, which was great for the diet, as I lost four pounds, but not so much fun overall. What has been fun is that my kids have both had braces (the youngest still has his for another 6-8 months) and they give me advice.
Each time I go in, I have the option of choosing colors for the fasteners. My husband dared me to get purple and yellow fasteners this first time in honor of the Vikings. So, I did! I have purple fasteners on the uppers and yellow on the lowers.
If the Vikes win the Super Bowl (Woohoo!) I will go with the purple scheme again next month, but if not, it's time to get some red and blue, because March Madness is coming. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!
Question: (Actually 2)
1. Did you have braces as a kid?
2. If you hadn't, and you'd always wanted them, and the money was there, would you do it at age 40?
Friday, January 15, 2010
Five things I keep in my desk drawer: (And for the record, the above picture is NOT my desk. I found the photo on morguefile.)
1. My MP3 player. I like to listen to music while I do bookwork. Can't listen to it while I'm writing, but I like it for the number-crunching.
2. My red pen. A gift from a friend to be used signing books. :) I love it!
3. A little bag of catnip. Treat for the kitty. I rub it on one of her stuffed toys from time to time and she goes nuts.
4. A hair scrunchie. For when I'm working hard and my hair is bothering me. I pull it up into a pony-tail and get it out of my face.
5. My pocket New Testament. This was a gift from my church when I graduated from 8th grade. It's a handy reference.
What's in your desk drawer?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
1 lb. Ground beef
1 package Stove Top stuffing
1 cup of water
Mix the three ingredients and place the mixture evenly into a 12-muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for half an hour.
An optional fourth ingredient is to add in a teaspoon of garlic powder to the meat mixture.
JoAnne suggests freezing leftovers for quick and easy lunches.
Thanks, JoAnne! These are on the menu for the Vetsch family tonight!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
One of the things I'm doing at the beginning of this year is evaluating all the things I am involved in, the responsibilities I have, and setting up a strategy to accomplish those things.
And I'm trying to decide what I have to cut, and what new things I have room for in my schedule.
One of my downfalls is volunteering, particularly in the areas of leadership and organization. I have to be careful not to over commit. I'm learning to say no now. In the past, I felt if anyone asked, I had to say yes, especially if it was a good thing to do, like something church-related. Guilt is a powerful motivator.
And sometimes I have to take stock and change course, turn around. Cut loose from some responsibilities in order to take up others, or free nyself up from a schedule that is reaching critical mass. And not feel terrible about having to cull your commitments. I have to be realistic. There is only so much I can do and still do it well. I have to prioritize and thin the list until it is doable.
There are some things that can't be cut, culled, or cast off. Things like homeschooling, housekeeping, bookkeeping. Then there's church and writing and the zillion or so things that go along with all of those things. That's when it's time to put my plans into action and get things done.
And above all, I have to remember to yield. I need to be willing to yield my plans and projects to God. I need to be willing to yield my goals and desires, and especially my time-table, when the occasion calls for it. I need to remember to consult Him and be flexible.
Monday, January 04, 2010
I'm thrilled to announce that the Heartsong Connections blog is up and going with our first title.
This month's titles are varied, exciting, and worth reading. I hope you'll go and check them out. I also encourage you to become a Heartsong Connections follower. Prizes can be won by following the blog.
Also, leaving a comment will get you a chance to win a prize. Head on over and encourage me and Susan Page Davis, this week's feature author. I'd love to see the blog get off to a great start.
Question for you for here: What ideas would you have for launching a group blog like Heartsong Connection? How would you get the word out, and how would you help connect readers and authors?