Outdoor Life

I’ve mentioned before how much I love our porch. It’s a quiet little retreat from the city- green, breezy and relaxing. When I saw Gussy’s Inspiration Workshop post for today, I just had to join! It’s all about the porch!!!

I love to walk out here before cooking dinner and gather fresh herbs! We’re growing thyme, rosemary and basil!

Our porch looks out onto our backyard and our neighbor’s backyard- this is their gorgeous rose bush that has crawled up the fence that separates our yards! How lovely!When we’re having dinner on the porch, I can gaze down onto our thriving little garden! It’s pretty nice to eat dinner with garden fresh veggies and see right where they grew!

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Mike and I spend almost every night in the summer out on the porch. We catch up while dinner is cooking. We share a meal. We play board games while the sun goes down.

We listen to music out there. We enjoy time with friends. We have a cup of coffee on lazy weekend mornings. We discuss the important and the mundane. We celebrate and we problem solve. Sometimes, we just sit together and hold hands. It’s our little place and I love every moment we spend on our little porch. 

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Spicy Chicken “Lasagna”

Sometimes the best laid-plans just don’t work out. I had been dreaming about a steaming hot bowl of the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tortilla Soup (you may have noticed that I mention PW every 1 in 3 posts- obsessed much?) all of yesterday. When I got home and began preparing to make it, however, I neglected to read the cook/simmer times (rookie mistake!).

The problem? We were hungry like…10 minutes ago. Since I had already roasted off the chicken breasts, I needed a plan B. I still wanted that spicy, tomato-ey taste that I’d get from the tortilla soup, just quicker.

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Relish the Valley: Life in the Low Points

What if your low point could be a high point? What if this time of desperation could be a time of spiritual growth and increased understanding unlike any you have experienced before? It certainly won’t be, not if you’re lusting for the mountaintop.

The thing is, even when you summit the mountain it won’t deliver the thrill you have longed for if you get this wrong.

My life experience has taught me to laugh at adversity, so this is my message I pass on to all dropouts I meet in my volunteer work. Yes leaving high school is not the best step, but everyone can take online classes and pass the GED exam.

With the GED diploma in hand they  are back in track.  I’m still learning but a little personal schadenfreude goes a long way. If it’s possible to laugh at something, why give it the power of calling it a tragedy?

Unless you get really good at trudging around in the valley, you won’t be able to enjoy the mountain for fear of falling. It will all be too dizzying.

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To be an effective leader you need to take advice

Wess Roberts in Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun is already a few years old, but still highly relevant. It has the following general principles about Leadership and advice:

  • A Leader who has a team that always agrees with them will only ever be given mediocre advice
  • A wise Leader never ignores the person who gives bad news but rather ignores the person who fails to give them bad news
  • A sensible Leader never asks questions where they will ignore the answer
  • A Leader who asks the wrong the questions will always hear the wrong answers

Twitter: Probationary review

3500If Twitter were an employee, it would be approaching the end of its first three months with me – that probationary period is a vital proving period in any relationship, and it’s a good idea to take stock of what you’ve learned, what’s been fun, and what needs to change. In an attempt to make this useful for the Hive, I’m going to use the tried-and-trusted list of 11 points.

Twitter veterans will have nothing to learn here, but hopefully the newness of these perspectives will be of use to some of you.

1. Pedal! Pedal!

I read today that 20% of Twitter accounts are completely and utterly dead. Yep. Never lifted a finger. I am surprised this figure isn’t higher, as the sign-up to Twitter is like being thrust onto a dancefloor in complete darkness.

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What A Waste Of Time

I hate how I waste so much time when I’m off work. I’ve done nothing productive the week, apart from washing all my bed linen and walking the dog for at least an hour every day down the country roads.

But apart from that I’ve been sat in front of my laptop (playing Be A Tycoon on Bebo and SimCity4 obsessively) or catching up on TV shows that I seem to have missed huge chunks of over the past few weeks. I might want some inspiration…

I suppose in some sense, that was productive. But I haven’t done what I should have this week. Important things like studying for my personal license exam which is next week, or finishing decorating the hall upstairs which my mother started before she headed to Hong Kong and Australia.

She’s a bit like me that way, starting something but not finishing it. It one of my worst traits. It’s the exam bit that’s worrying me, if I don’t pass it then I don’t get a personal license certificate and then I can’t be granted a premises license to sell alcohol and thus can’t be a store manager anymore. That’s a biggie.

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The Road Less Traveled

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Deanna Reed is a woman of compassion, kindness and integrity. She is the wife of Ron Reed, who is the senior pastor at Seerley Creek Christian Church. They have two children, 8 grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Deanna was also an elementary school teacher who taught at a public school for about 30 years. She could have chosen to teach at a Christian school and she would have done a fine job. But she made the conscience choice to teach at a public school.

Deanna made this choice because she knew that the only way some of the students she’d come into contact with will only come to know about Jesus through knowing her. She knew she’d be doing more than teaching the students about reading, writing, math, and history. She would also strive to be a shining example of Jesus’ love for them.

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My Tale of Woe

By now you all know I don’t like bugs. Can’t stand them. Hate them.  Yes that’s right … I said hate.mask

A few weeks ago some of you laughed/cried/suffered along with me while a cricket tormented me. For over an hour my wonderful husband tried to find the f–n cricket, to no success.

Its sounds kept changing location. We knew it was in the house.

But we couldn’t find it.

Finally after over an hour it stopped. I convinced myself it had left, and went to bed.

But not before D broke our cardinal rule. The rule we agreed to keep to remain happily married.

The rule goes something like this: “If I, D, should happen to find a bug/insect/creepy-crawly when Sara is not around/home/in the same room, I shall never speak of it and never mention it. Sara must never know the bug/insect/creepy-crawly existed.”

So what did he do? He told me that in the past few months he’d had to kill two crickets. IN. MY. HOUSE.

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