Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tag--I'm It!

Nicole at Golightly Place tagged me nearly two weeks ago!! I love these get to know me things so here goes.

1. Are you named after someone?

I've been told I had a great-great grandmother with the name Marianna. She supposedly was at least part American Indian. Interestingly, everyone I've ever met whose name is spelled the same way is from Eastern Europe. I've actually wondered if I had a Gypsy grandmother.

2. When was the last time you cried?
At the end of Anne Lamott's concurrent session at The Festival of Faith & Writing. She assured every one of us in that auditorium that we are chosen. We are loved. It was a powerful moment.
3. Do you have kiddos?
  A 14 year old son and a 12 year old daughter.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I hope so! I've been told I'm a good listener, something we can all use in our lives.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and Pinterest.
6. Do you like your handwriting?

7. What’s your favorite cereal?
Not a big cereal eater. If I eat pre-made cereal it's Great Grains. The closest I get to cereal is homemade granola.
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Their face, their smile.
9. What is your eye color?
10. Scary movie or happy endings?
Definitely happy endings. I don't like scary movies.
11. Favorite TV show?
Downton Abbey and House Hunters.
12. Summer or Winter?
Definitely winter! Summers here are just too darn hot.

13. Hugs or Kisses?
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Algiers, Algeria. It was far in more ways than just distance.
15. Do you have any special talents?
I'm a decent cook. I've been told I have a nice singing voice.
16. Where were you born?
Abilene, Texas
17. What are your hobbies?
Yoga, blogging, journaling, reading, running.

18. Do you have any pets?
Yes. Two cats.
19. Favorite movie?
Don't really have one. I'm not much of a movie watcher.
20. What color is your car?
White, Audi Q5.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to do something in non-profit work or wellness.

 I'm not going to tag anyone because the only blog I really make a point to read and that I feel like I know the blogger well is Nicole!

  If you are reading and would like to join in please do! Leave me a comment so I can check out your answers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Four Seasons::30 Days-Spring Days 14-18

Day 14: Tennis lessons.

Day 15-17: I took a little trip to the Festival for Faith & Writing.

Day 15: My hotel room...

Day 16: The chapel on the Calvin campus.


Day 17: The view from the nature trail...I had to take a walk to process all the good stuff I'd heard over the previous two days!

 This is Day 18...the view on the trail as I was running Monday morning. It's a little greener here in Texas than it was in Michigan.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Four Seasons :: 30 Days-Spring Day 13

Kittens. We volunteer with North Texas Cat Rescue and this is definitely kitten season. I love kittens, they are adorable and sweet. However, there are too many of them born each season. Please spay and neuter your pets!

Joining Peggy at The Simple Woman.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Four Seasons :: 30 Days-Spring Day 12

It's not spring in Texas without a heart stopping storm or two. This one led to at least one tornado (thankfully in a fairly rural area) and golf ball size hail for us.

Joining Peggy at The Simple Woman

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Four Seasons :: 30 Days-Spring Day 11 and A Kitchen Blog Hop

Heather at Beauty That Moves is hosting a kitchen blog hop today. This truly is the heart of our home, where so much living takes place. Homework and projects at the table, not to mention family dinners every night. Kids standing at the sink washing dishes and chattering away about who did what, said what at school or what the latest tech gadget is, including a full rundown of it's features; depending on which child is washing.

Where all the magic happens.

My daughter likes to bake, making muffins or scones or bread for her and her brother's breakfast.

Supplies for my morning grapefruit habit.
Fresh homemade Honey Walnut Granola
Towels and napkins ready to be put away.
Where we eat together every night. Every night we say a blessing, then go around saying either what we are thankful for,
or naming something nice we have done for someone and something nice that was done for us.
Dinner prep.
Daughter hard at work, baking.
There is a crystal mobile that hangs over the breakfast table. It was reflecting on the refrigerator, a nice gift in the midst of a task I'm not particularly fond of. Posted on the side is a cartoon, cut from the paper, that reads, "Love is...cleaning their fingerprints off the fridge." I try to remember to look at every time I wipe all the fingerprints off.
Because these pictures so fully capture the light, and our life for spring I'm including this as Day 11 of the Four Seasons :: 30 Days Challenge that Peggy is hosting.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Four Seasons :: 30 Days-Spring Day 10

My nose and eyes do not necessarily appreciate the finer points of springs arrival.
Joining Peggy at The Simple Woman


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