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Some Goodies From Storyteller

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

My blogging buddy, the author of Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations, goes by the moniker Storyteller. She is a most faithful giver of encouraging comments. Not only that. She is the giver of fun graphics! Here is one she just gave some of her friends, including me (THANK YOU, Storyteller!) which she created herself:

Here is another which I’ve been waiting to post for some reason, which I love:

Also, today Storyteller took a blogthings quiz which she invited her readers to take as well. Here’s my result. Are you surprised?

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times…
You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings
Whether you’re carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you
What Season Are You?

Poor Old Blog

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

If you’ve been coming to Mom’s Musings looking for pictures of the recent reception and wedding in our family, I am so sorry. I have been experiencing multitudes of technical problems which have kept me from posting.

First, our server computer, the one that enables all of us in the house to be on the same intranet system, died. All of our digital photos are on that computer. I hear tell that the pictures are safe, but just cannot be accessed at this time. This is a sad thing, and an inconvenient thing, but I trust it is a problem that will be rectified eventually.

Second, our Clearw’re internet service has been almost non-existent. On the days that it’s been working, it’s been working just enough for me to read a bit of email, but definitely not enough to do any blogging.

Third, I am now a real (as opposed to virtual) gramma. Our two-year old grandson and four-month old granddaughter are here, in our home, with their daddy and mommy. This alone would make for a busier household, but the poor kidlets have been sick with bronchitis. Grandchildren win over blogging every time.

All of our wedding company has gone home. Things are calming down. I really will try to get back in the swing of things and get some of those fun photos up very soon.

An Award!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

 Mommy Brain Reports

My friend Storyteller over at Small Reflections very kindly considers my blog to be “brainy”. Thank you, Storyteller!

One condition of accepting this award is that I link back to Monica, the author of the award, at Mommy Brain Reports, and sign Mr. Linky at her blog, which I will do in just a minute.

The next condition is that I nominate 5 bloggers whom I consider to be brainy bloggers, and pass on this award to them as well. Here are my five:

I must tell you all, though, that I can’t seem to boost my blog’s readability level. Maybe if I talked about more controversial subjects it would go up? I don’t know how they decide. 🙁

blog readability test

What Additional Events Should Be In The Olympics?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

For Ten on Tuesday
this week, Yano asks,

What Are Ten Events That Should Be In The Olympics?

Here is my list:

  • Roller skating (figures)
  • Roller skating ( freestyle)
  • Roller skating (dance). My children did this for many years, and it is just as demanding and beautiful as ice skating.
  • Capture the flag. I got this idea from Yano, who suggested an international game of hide-and-seek!
  • Skateboarding
  • Dirt biking (Motocross)
  • Rugby. This is becoming popular in the U.S. even at the Middle School level. The U.S. should be able to rustle up a team.
  • Cricket. All I know about cricket, I learned from the movie Lagaan. That means I am thoroughly confused, but it looks to be an interesting and LONG game.

Sorry! I couldn’t come up with ten. How about you? What events do you want to see included in the Olympics?

1930s Marital Quiz

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I saw this over at my friend Kerri’s blog. Kerri, this was fun!


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

There is also a test for the man of the house, in case any of you guys are interested in how you would fit into the culture of the 1930s!

Ten Memorable Vacation Moments

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Yano at Ten on Tuesday
has asked us to list Ten Memorable Vacation Moments:

  • When I was growing up we lived in Phoenix, Arizona. I loved traveling north to Flagstaff for picnics. My brothers and sister and I enjoyed trying to notice when the flora changed from cacti to evergreens. We never could tell, exactly; the changes were that gradual.
  • The first time I saw the giant redwood trees and sequoias in California as a child was memorable. Our own children enjoy our drives through The Avenue of the Giants now.
  • My first time going to Disneyland at the age of 12 was a memorable vacation as well. I only wished that the lines to the rides weren’t so long.
  • When I was a freshman in high school, our marching band was invited to perform at – Disneyland! Afterwards came free rides. Yay!
  • We love Inverness, California, where my in-laws live. We have visited there many times, and it still remains a favorite vacation destination.
  • Our favorite way to travel to California from Washington is down Hwy. 101, along the Washington and Oregon coasts. We enjoy “camping” in a yurt (think: hybrid tent/cabin) on the Oregon coast. This is cheaper than a motel room, and much nicer (fresh air, beach access, shower facilities, outdoor barbecue pit cooking, etc.).
  • I loved seeing Zion and Bryce National Parks (just over the Arizona border in Utah) as a child.
  • Driving over the Canadian Rockies, from Washington to Alberta, was a wonderful experience, for the aqua rivers, peak after majestic peak, and all the wildlife, such as mountain goats strolling across the road.
  • My first time going sailing, on our honeymoon, was memorable for romance, but also for pain. I hadn’t realized how sunburned a person can get out on the water, and I did get very uncomfortably red.
  • I started with Arizona, and will end with it. Someday I hope our children will have the opportunity to appreciate the stark beauty of the desert. I particularly remember visits to the Grand Canyon, to the Painted Desert, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Hoover Dam (all that WATER enchanted this desert child), and the Petrified Forest.

Why Do You Blog?

Monday, July 14th, 2008

“Why do you blog?” This is the question being asked by Rebecca at Ramblings By Reba. She asks that you post the answer to this question on your own blog, and then link your post over at her blog to enter her contest. She is giving away a matted 5 x 7 print of one of her lovely photos and a $10 gift certificate. That sounds very generous to me, so here is my answer:

  • I blog to stay in touch with friends and family, both near and far. We share funny happenings, things we’re thinking about, photos, recipes . . . all those good things and more.
  • I blog as a creative outlet, participating in such things as Give Me Five Monday, Ten on Tuesday, 3 Word Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen, One Single Impression and Haiku Friday.I enjoy blogging so much that I joined the group Blog365, where we (obviously) try to blog every day of the year. 😛
  • I blog to make new friends. This happens most often through the above writing prompts, as those who participate visit one another’s blogs and comment on one another’s posts.
  • I blog to be a positive, uplifting influence to some little extent.
  • I blog to record things I might otherwise forget, which is a virtual form of scrapbooking, I suppose.

That’s about it, folks! Oh, I found out about this giveaway through my daughter’s blog. She did a much more interesting post on why she blogs, in case you’re interested!

Another personality test

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

If you enjoy taking quizzes, this one is available at the BBC – Science and Nature: Human Body and Mind site. I saw this quiz over at my friend Storyteller’s blog.

Your answers suggest you are a Provider

The four aspects that make up this personality type are:

Summary of Providers

  • Warm, caring people who value order and tradition
  • Loyal workers who follow through on commitments
  • Think of themselves as sympathetic, easy-going and steady
  • They don’t feel comfortable with radical change

More about Providers

Providers like to make plans with other people and then to work with them towards achievable goals in a fun, harmonious environment. They support people that are important to them and respect their individuality.

Provider is the most common personality type for women in the UK, according to a nationwide survey.

Providers have traditional values and support order and responsible behaviour. They enjoy social events, particularly family celebrations, and often help plan them. Providers work hard to avoid conflict, but they will state their beliefs when they think it is suitable.

In situations where they can’t use their talents or are unappreciated, Providers may doubt their abilities and focus solely on the needs of other people. Under extreme stress, Providers may withdraw completely and become excessively critical of themselves and others.

Providers prefer warm, face-to-face communication and often express their ideas by telling stories from their own lives.

Sneaky Three Word Wednesday

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

(I saw this cute LOL cat over at Shannon’s Moments of Introspection.)

Here it is, Three Word Wednesday, and I’ve not yet written a post using the three word prompts. In fact, it’s getting on towards Thursday.

My first excuse for not yet writing is that it’s been a very busy Wednesday in my real world. I went out to breakfast with some friends, and did some shopping, then tackled the usual domestic duties. Oh, I also enjoyed a walk this lovely summer day.

My second excuse is, like the pictured feline, I’m feeling dumb. In order to write something, anything at all, I elected to take the shortcut of, perhaps inappropriately, telling you why I couldn’t come up with much today.

So, there you have my excuses, with the prompts, inappropriate, order, and shortcut neatly tucked in. Please spare me your castigations; I’ll try to do better next week, though I’ll probably be even busier. 🙂

Ten favorite movie characters – 10 on Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Yano at Ten on Tuesdays
asks, Who are your 10 favorite movie characters?

  • Emma from the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, played by Gwenyth Paltrow.
  • Mr. Darcy
    from the 1996 production of Pride and Prejudice (another Jane Austen novel), played by Colin Firth.
  • Miss Elizabeth Bennet
    from the same Pride and Prejudice production, played by Jennifer Ehle.
  • Colonel Christopher Brandon
    from the 1995 production of Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen again), played by Alan Rickman.
  • Severus Snape
    of Harry Potter fame, played by Alan Rickman.
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore, again of Harry Potter fame, played by the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon.
  • Sam Wise Gamgee
    (Lord of the Rings trilogy) played by Sean Astin.
  • Aragorn (Lord of the Rings trilogy) played by Viggo Mortensen.
  • Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom (from the movie Zoom) played by Tim Allen.
  • Jessie the yodeling cowgirl
    in Toy Story 2, because of the song “When She Loved Me”, lyrics by Randy Newman, sung by Sarah McLachlan.