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About Stacey

Life is a journey that I believe we are meant to walk together...so please Walk a Mile with me.

Stopping to smell the flowers

My mother in law has several gardens in her back yard.  We were over there today and while we were playing with our son outside, I snapped these beauties from my iPhone.  I love flowers and wanted to share a little of that love with you.  




Week one summary

I completed the first week of Blogging101. While some of the assignments weren’t that new to me, it has been a great step in getting me back to my blog, revising and refreshing some things, and most of all meeting new people. I have found some interesting blogs out there to follow and have gained some new followers as well. I welcome and thank all of you for reading, for your comments, for following me, and just walking with me on this journey. May we continue to support and encourage each other. Have a great weekend everyone!


Elegant Grunge

I originally set up my blog in 2010. When I was first setting it up, I had NO idea what to do and how to do it. But I appreciated that some of the themes to customize my blog were pretty user friendly. So I finally decided on the theme – Elegant Grunge.

Today’s task for #blogging101 is to try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use.

I spend several hours on this task yesterday afternoon/evening. I submitted questions on the Commons for help, because I did not want to find a new theme I liked, activate it, and then lose the contents of my blog (which I was assured I wouldn’t). I learned how to preview the themes with my blog. I kept gravitating towards a couple of themes, but each time I tried playing around with them, I just really didn’t like the end result and didn’t feel like it fit my blog. I also tried several that I didn’t initially like. Again, same reaction. I guess the saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” really holds true in this case for me. I love the Elegant Grunge theme and the feel that it gives. I think it’s style goes well with my blog’s content. The only thing I would want to change is to have more options for the font (i.e. different size, different styles, different colors).

For those of you doing #blogging101, did you feel a connection with your initial theme? or did you come across something you liked better and changed?


Strawberry Lemonade Scones

All of my life, I have loved cooking. I am pretty good at it. But never was a good baker. Well not too long ago, a friend of mine posted some homemade scones on Facebook. And that did it. I started becoming a little obsessed with scones. So far I have made cinnamon/sugar scones, blueberry scones with lemon glaze, and today’s batch is Strawberry Lemonade, with a lemon glaze. They turned out great. Who knew I could be a good baker?

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. lemonade mix
1/3 c. low-fat milk
3 tbsp. sugar (2 pkg. Sweet and Low)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/3-1/2 c diced strawberries
1-2 tsp of lemon zest

Directions
Mix and form into 8 inch circle. Use more Bisquick if this is sticky. Put on greased cookie sheet; cut into eighths before baking. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.

Lemon glaze: 1/2 c powdered sugar and 2 tsp lemon juice

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Welcome to the neighborhood

Today’s topic is to publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it. Since I blog about anything and everything in my life, I didn’t feel like I have a specific audience to write for.  So I started thinking about life.  And about new things happening in my life.

Yesterdays #blogging101 task was to follow 5 new blogs and 5 topics, as a way of building community here in our virtual world. But what about in your real life? It got me thinking about all of the neighbors I have had. When i was young, I grew up in a very small town, where everybody basically knows everybody. And you definitely knew your neighbors. I remember going to their homes, having them over at our home, doing nice things for each other, etc. While still in grade school, my parents got divorced, so that indirectly started us on the path of moving several times. Each time I would get excited at the thought of a new room, a new neighborhood, new friends, etc. and then each time it got harder and harder for those connections to occur. It became even more apparent moving to southern California, where I didn’t know a soul. Living in the big city has been full of interesting experiences and culture shock for me, and has shown me that the world as I had known it as a little girl, does not exist anymore. It seems like everyone is just focused on themselves or has no time for others, and we can easily overlook those around us. My husband and I just bought our first home and moved in just over a month ago. We did try to approach a couple of the neighbors during the buying process to ask about the neighborhood and area. Two people were willing to talk to us, but some were not so friendly. It’s sad to me, as I sit here in my house, thinking about how so much as changed and that I don’t even know my neighbors name. I don’t foresee any of them inviting us over or us having them over for dinners or get together’s and being all neighborly. Sometimes I think I was meant to have grown up in the 50’s and 60’s. Sigh. This has sparked a challenge in me, though, to intentionally try to be more outgoing with my neighbors when I can. I will purposefully say hi and try to spark up conversation when I see them outside, and welcome the newbies to the neighborhood as they move in (there are a couple houses for sale currently on our street). I will do my part to be welcoming and friendly in my real and my virtual neighborhoods, because you never know when even a simple “hello” from someone could change another person’s day.


Howdy Neighbor

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Today’s blogging101 challenge is to “meet the neighbors”. As in, make new blogging friends. The tasks are to follow 5 new topics and 5 new blogs.The idea behind these tasks is that blogging is communal. I’ve already been working on those tasks the last couple of days since this challenge started. I’ve gained some new followers and have found some new blogs to follow myself. Topics and blogs that I tend to gravitate towards focus on family, photography, cooking, DIY/crafts, and those where the author just shares about their life.

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another. Plus, reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.

That being said, it reminds me of 2010 when I first started my blog, and the team at WordPress put out the idea of “blog buddies”. Basically the same idea; you find some blogs to follow, make friends, read and comment on each other’s posts. It was a great way to meet fellow bloggers, learn about new things, get feedback on your writing, keeping you accountable for writing your posts, etc. If anyone is interested in being a blog buddy, let me know.


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