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February: A Month of Love Songs

I’ll be back to go over the results of my “resolutions” for January, but for now, enjoy this beautiful love song. (BTW, my goal for February is to come here and post a love song/some kind of post every week day. Wish me luck with that!)

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Let’s call them “things to work toward”, shall we?

So, it’s that time of year. Resolution time. I’m going to show you mine and I want you to show me yours, mmmkay? <–that is not a resolution, that is a statement telling you that I want you to share your resolutions with me. Although that could be a resolution if *you* are my husband. Ahem. Back to resolutions.

Here they are, in no particular order-

#1: 6 sun salutations every morning to center my thoughts and stretch my body.

#2: Use Flylady principles to be more organized and productive. (Namely, this will entail me using my timer so that I do at least 15 minutes of work and then 15 minutes of not work.) I had no idea how difficult working from home would be when there are a million distractions or other chores that need to be done. Look! The stove burner covers are filthy! I’ll just tidy them up before I get to work on that article. Look! There’s a cool video to watch on youtube, I’ll just check  that out before I do more research. Oh and here’s another version of the same song…Look! A great website on gardening! I really need to investigate how to grow tomatilloes. Last year’s crop was disappointing. Crap in a hat, I’m like a squirrel with ADHD.

#3: Write 3 pages of morning musings in my journal before any computer time. I call them morning musings. Julia Cameron calls them morning pages. Go here and see how wonderful she is!

#4: Practice positive self-talk and have confidence in myself. My worst enemy cannot say as hateful things about me as I do. Sweet lard in a pie crust. It really needs to stop. I can’t possibly be that bad.

#5: Spend more one-on-one time with each of my men. I’m hoping to have one night each month that I spend doing something fun with each of my guys. Originally, I thought 1 night a week, but let’s be realistic here; There aren’t 3 free nights a week. So I scaled back to one fun night a month.

#6: Read more than 24 books.  And yes, I would be happy with 25.

And the last resolution is one that cannot be quantified or  really spelled out: Put more love and peace out into the world. What does that look like? I don’t really know, but I think it has to do with loving folks even when they are being un-lovable, less talking and more listening, more time with my hands in the dirt, more hugs, telling folks I love them and appreciate them more often, less clutter, less stuff, more meditation (dare I say prayer?), more time in the kitchen,more laughing, being quicker to forgive…I’m sure there’s more, but that will do for now.

Now show me yours!



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Silent Saturday is hereby interrupted for the following announcement: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled Saturday full of  shhh.

First dinner of 2011


This is a recipe I cobbled together from several different recipes. Next time, I will add some spinach and maybe bacon (gasp!). At your house, you may get to use mushrooms, but here they are verboten by the rest of the family. Even without all of the extras, it was pretty tasty in all its simplicity.

Savory Bread Pudding

6 cups stale bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (I used leftover dinner rolls. It has to be a pretty hardy bread product to stand up to the liquid.)

2 cups milk (I used skim. It worked fine.)

4 eggs

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheese (use what you like.  I had a hunk of gouda hanging around the fridge, so I shredded that up.)

salt and pepper to taste


Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan. Place bread in the pan. Whisk the rest of the ingredients to combine and pour over the bread. Submerge the bread into the liquid by placing a plate or another 8 inch dish on top and weighing it down with a can of vegetables or some other weight. Let sit 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or just until the pudding is set.

I’m coming back tomorrow with some resolutions.



P.S. I’m apparently no good at the whole *silent* portion of Silent Saturday.

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It’s a clean slate

Happy New Year!

Great party last night! Thanks to our friends Mike and Kathy for hosting again this year. And for letting our boys crash at their house until this morning! And there were PANCAKES for breakfast! Lots and lots of PANCAKES! this morning.

I’ll be continuing on this Weight Watchers Core journey that I started in the summer. My one fitness related resolution is to exercise more consistently, with the hope of running another 5k race in the spring.

And my other resolution comes from Luther’s explanation of the eighth commandment (2008, eighth commandment, Coincidence? I think not!) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing…. Live in peace with each other…. Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. If you want people to speak well of you, then begin by only speaking well of others. Put the best construction on everything. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Instead of telling of people’s faults and shortcomings, speak of their good points, their strengths, their likable qualities.”


and Cheers!

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