Nov 30, 2015

Holy Guacamole! Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse

I recently heard a discussion on the subject of perpetual adoration, which means round-the-clock prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) have had at least two people praying continuously, day and night, at a chapel in La Crosse, Wisconsin nonstop since August 1, 1878.  Yes, I said since 1878! They have been praying longer than anyone in the United States.

Nov 26, 2015

Celebrating One Blogging Year!

A year ago last Thanksgiving Day, I wrote my first blog post. It was pretty raw and I had no idea what I was about to venture into. I just knew that I wanted to dip my toes into creative writing and express it to anyone that wanted to read it. 

Celebrating One Blogging Year

To be honest, I wasn't sure how it was going to shake out. I started it knowing the bare minimum and chugged along as I went. I told myself I'd hang in there for 6 months. On several occasions, I thought about pulling the plug from the blogging world. 

Nov 23, 2015

Potato Corn Chowder

It's soup season!  This Potato Corn Chowder is a tasty, hearty and easy to prepare soup you can add as a side to your Thanksgiving dinner.  

Discover the comfort inside "The Best Potato Corn Chowder," in my opinion!

Nov 19, 2015

Sleepwalking Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

If you’ve ever climbed a tree in your sleep and fell from it, then strangely, you’d be part of a group of people that have had unusual or terrifying experiences while sleepwalking.

Thankfully, I’ve never done anything quite this drastic, but in my younger years I had been known to walk into rooms in the middle of the night and just stand in the dark only to be discovered and guided back to bed.  There were times I would talk, laugh, grunt and even scream in my sleep.  When in my early 20’s, I had leaped from the bed kicking, screaming and thrashing about until I was tangled in my own bed sheets.  My then roommate, startled by the chaos, shook to wake me from a very horrible and realistic nightmare.  I instantly recalled that my dream was a wild animal attacking me and I was trying to fight it off.  Occasionally, I still have incidents of talking or laughing, but no longer have any of the fall off the bed nightmare episodes.

However, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” which is what the title implies.  Apparently, the condition of sleepwalking can be inherited, which brings me to my teenage son.  It seems that families that sleepwalk together stay creep together.  Find here "8 Facts About Sleepwalking."

It all started about 8 years ago when I was awakened in the middle of the night by a distinct sound of water hitting the surface of the wood floor.  While trying to focus my eyes in the dark and establish my surroundings from a deep slumber, the first thought was that it was raining and something was leaking in the hallway.

Nov 16, 2015

Wizards Revealed Behind The Minnesota Blog Con Curtain

To be honest, most of my readers probably don't care what I learned at the MN Blog Conference.  I could go on and on and make a list of all the things I learned, but I’d most likely bore you to death. My follow up findings are about the real Wizards of the conference...the PEOPLE.

So, follow me down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City called the Minnesota Blog Conference. No, I didn't sing happily with munchkins and meet Glinda the good witch. However, my adventure did take me down a road of many discoveries. 

Nov 10, 2015

Why Deer Hunting is Similar to Grocery Shopping

It's interesting the rituals my hubby and son go through just to prepare for bow hunting season. I'm not a deer hunter, but there are definitely some women that enjoy the sport. It's not just for men anymore. Many couples even hunt together. That’s cool if it’s an interest they both have.  For Mister O and my son, deer hunting season is all about prepping for the hunt, guy bonding time and, of course, the pursuit of the big Buck.

I, on the other hand, wouldn't be good at it. I hate to be cold. I hate to be wet. I’d hate to be sitting in a tree and I’d hate to kill a deer.

However, from my point of view, you might compare Deer Hunting to Grocery Shopping. It's truly a sport with amazing similarities.  The comparisons are uncanny. Check it out. 

Nov 4, 2015

A Night at the Movies Turned Mission Impossible In the Bathroom

If you’ve been to a movie lately you know things have gotten pretty loungy.  Now days, you can pick where you want to sit and if you’re the plan ahead type, you can even reserve your Dreamlounger (Recliner) online. Just make sure you understand the seating map…unexpectedly finding yourself in the front row can give a permanent kinked neck and seeing cross-eyed for a week!

Besides the usual popcorn and candy options, there’s a roundup of other choices.  Mini donuts, pizza, wings, corn dogs, nachos and ice cream. What’s next turkey drumsticks and corn on the cob?

Even more exciting, you can actually “legally” have alcohol (not the hidden in a paper bag kind) at the movies.  This is quite a change from the old-fashioned cinematic days.  They’re serving up cocktails, wine and beer along with a menu of selections in the cinema lounge before the movie even starts.

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