Posted in Blogging 101

Blogging 101

To think  that when I started blogging, it was just a way to keep in touch with 2 friends who changed from The Book of Faces (as they say in Crossford VIllage, NJ Renaissance Faire style)  over to blogging.  Never thought I would take the Blogging 101 challenge, but here I am.  (“”This is another fine mess you’ve gotten me into, Stanley!” Or rather JoAnne and Rebekah!) So, why am I here?  The first question they asked us to consider is why a public blog and not a private journal.  Tough question for me.  In various small groups and Bible studies in the last 2 years, we have been encouraged to journal.  I do – for 2 days, a week, maybe 2.  Done. Had a diary as a kid – sketchy at best. Don’t do scrapbooking. either.  The only thing I’ve done consistently is take photos, and. since Steve and I married (wow, 12 years ago next month) is save a memento or two from each trip we’ve taken and paste them into a large artist’s sketch book. I guess that I blog because I like to write, but I don’t always have something to say that’s worth writing about.  Sometimes it’s a stray verse that catches my brain, or a new project I’m knitting.  Maybe it’s something I see or hear.  So blogging allows me to write about something when that happens, rather than trying to force the writing into an expected mold or format.  So I guess that’s why I blog instead of journal.  (Also, I type WAAAAAY better than I write! My friends and family can attest to that!)

What topics do I think I’ll write about?  Well some I named above – those stray ideas that pop up.  But I will still continue to blog about my knitting, my art (if I ever start painting again!), family history research, and of course food and cooking!  I’ll write about things I like and people I love.

And I would love to connect with anyone interested in these things – I love checking into the variety of people who decide that my blog is interesting, or worth following, and to follow them in return.  I like the tips provided in the past that led me to sources which unexpectedly held some key pieces of my family history here in New Jersey.  See my post “Lost & Found.”

So, that’s who I am, and why I’m here.  For now!  See you all out there in Blog 101 land

Posted in Books and E-Books

In the Kitchen with … Jane Austen!

I love to cook, especially for entertaining.  I just saw this item, a new cookbook, on the blog Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog, called Dinner With Mr. Darcy.  I can’t wait to get this book and try it out!  AND Barnes & Noble just sent me some coupons!  Yippee!  Off the the bookstore this weekend.

Posted in Food and Cooking

Happy New Year!

Here it is, New Year’s Eve of 2013.  I was just browsing through Facebook for a couple of minutes, and it seems everyone is making resolutions.  So, I figured, why not?  So here are mine.

1. Listen to God more.  Enough of going to the Lord with a ‘grocery list’ of asking and wanting.  Give me the ears to hear You with this year, Father!

2.  Keep my mouth shut more!  I tend to stick my foot in it more often than not.

3.  Remain faithful in my service to Him, in the small group I co-lead, in work, in the Women’s Ministry.

And for fun, 4. Learn some Asian recipes from the blog!  (Thanks to House Hunters International today for showing the name of the blog – looks way cool, and can’t wait to try!)

So, happy 2014 to everyone, and may you have a blessed year!