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monday mondays 1.9.17

monday mondays 1.9.17

Happy New Year!!! Well, with a new year, I aim once again to blog more.  I probably could’ve  posted a whole bunch of these Monday posts if only I’d actually taken the time to post them; I have tons of links I’ve sent to myself […]

Monday Mondays 2.22.16

Have you ever heard of Dale Chihuly? He’s an artist that makes the most fabulous glass pieces.  You may have seen his lobby ceiling in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, or seen his botanical gardens in Atlanta, NYC, Dallas, Nashville or St. Louis.  I […]

Monday Mondays 9.21.15



This past week we did something we have rarely done over the course of our lives – gone to the fair!  Above and beyond that… we even entered something in the fair, and came away with ribbons!  WooHoo!


In April, we bought a couple working hives of bees, and more or less on a whim, decided to enter some honey, a frame of honey (the comb with the honey still inside) and some photos I took of the bees the first time we got into the hives.  And we placed in a couple categories!  So the other day we went to see our “prize-winning” entries and walk around and see the sights.  It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed talking to some of the other exhibitors that were incredibly passionate about their fields of specialty.  For instance… this giant (super soft) bunny rabbit….



Or these chickens… There literally must have been over 1000 chickens in one pavilion!!!  Who knew there were so many varieties of them?  Not me.



Or how about these eggs?  Some – from chickens – were about the size of a chocolate truffle, and others were larger than turkey eggs.  They came in all colors, but my favorites were the deepest brown mahogany I’ve ever seen.


And then there was an abundance of all kinds of fruits and vegetables.  After having not eaten for most of the day, and having given blood right before we went to the fair, it was all I could do not to swipe a few cucumbers and tomatoes and tuck into them!

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One of our favorite parts, though, was talking to the man who grew these giant watermelons, sunflowers and pumpkins.  Not to win prizes, but just to show others that it could be done without much trouble.  The pumpkin here weighed in at 1199 lbs, and with the rain we got this summer and 6 other waterings, grew by 45 lbs a day!  The watermelon weighed grew about 6 – 8 lbs per day.  The gentleman we talked with was so enthusiastic about how and why he grew giant vegetables that it was kind of infectious.  Except… I couldn’t imagine having to MOVE one of those!

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There were also sculptures and biscuits and quilts and Lego models entered into competition.  And of course, fried foods too!  Which, I have to say, after having heard so much about them for so many years, we broke down and bought some fried Oreos!  After all… I had just given blood and I need a boost of energy!  🙂  In all honesty, though, I think I like just plain Oreos better than fried ones!



Maybe it’s the homeschooler in me, but I love this stuff.  I love learning and seeing what people are interested in. What they do as hobbies and for businesses.

Learning is good for you!

Never stop learning!

With that in mind, here are your Monday links:


Monday Mondays 8.10.15

Tell me if you do this too…. when your alarm is set to whatever time, do you wake up before it anyway?  My husband and I had to be up extra early the other morning so I could take him to the airport, and he […]

Monday Mondays 7.20.15

Life is like a garden, you never know what you’re going to get!  I love my little old man tomato, and the family that came before him (one of his uncles had a big chin!)  It is fun to go out and see each day’s […]

Monday Mondays 6.28.15

Monday Mondays 6.28.15

American flag from states’ plates!

News-wise, what a week, huh?  Sometimes it makes me want to be 11 years old again and oblivious to life beyond my own four walls.


Murder rampages inside a church.

Sweeping Supreme Court decisions.

Suicide bombs inside a Muslim mosque.

All I can think is… where’s the good news?

First, my God is bigger than any of it.  And second, here’s some (mostly) trivial fluff news so you can start your week without all that other stuff…

May your week be blessed!!!  Oh, and God Bless America – it’s still the land I love!


Monday Mondays 6.15.15

    It seems that summer is here.  While I’m a weirdo in that I actually LIKE the heat,  It’s a great time for nature to show off its stuff.  For instance, our bees are filling up their comb again. So much so that we […]

Monday Mondays 5.18.15

I think I have about four Monday Mondays that I had started, but never had the time to post.  And it didn’t seem right to post them on Tuesdays and Wednesdays instead.  Oddly, I actually have more posts in the pipeline than I’ve ever had before too, […]

Monday Mondays 4.13.15


wpid-20150411_102208-1.jpgThis week we’re getting bees.  My in-laws have had several beehives for the last few years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more fascinating they seem.  I still can’t quite believe that this girl, who was raised in suburban Florida, plants and keeps a garden every year, cans things from the garden, is getting bees, and wants chickens at some point in life. I’ve learned to make a lot of things that you can find in the grocery – homemade pastas, croissants, stocks and bouillon cubes, jams, almond milk – things when I was in college I’d never think would be exciting to me to learn to make.  I don’t ever want to stop learning.  Whether I read about something in a book or figure out how to do it in the real world, learning keeps us young.  What’s interesting is that when we’re young and “forced” to learn in school, much of the time, we fight it (unless you’re kind of a nerd like me, although, I really didn’t care for learning about moles in chemistry…). But when we mature, we actually enjoy learning. It’s a challenge that we can rise to meet. And it’s kind of a fun thing, now that it’s not forced.  What have you learned lately?

Not that these links make me feel like I’m still 20, but I did learn some interesting tidbits this week:






Monday Mondays 4.6.15

As much as I love Christmas, I almost think Easter is a more enjoyable holiday.  Christmas is wonderful, but there’s just so much to do that really has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the holiday itself.  Easter on the other hand, well, fill […]