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Today is my grandma’s 84th birthday. Though we live far from each other, I cherish our relationship a lot. We are similar in a lot of ways and I believe that is why our relationship is so strong. I do plan to call her today to wish her a happy birthday, However, I thought I would also celebrate her birthday here as well. My sister often shows her snippets of my blog and I thought I could write a letter to my grandma. Perhaps, I could tell her some things that I have never gotten around to saying during our phone calls. You see, IRead More →

NaNoWriMo is just two weeks away! Hopefully, by now you have taken the steps necessary to get ready for NaNoWriMo. At the very least, you may have a story idea picked out. Even if you don’t, that’s okay! Half of the fun of NaNoWriMo is that feeling of panic over creating a story and then the joy of when that story appears on the screen. However, knowing your story is only part of being successful at NaNoWriMo. Having participated in NaNoWriMo for seven years, I have learned the importance of having a NaNoWriMo survival kit. But what exactly is a NaNoWriMo survival kit? Why do you need one?Read More →

Fall is here and the gardening season has come to an end. Every year, I look forward to the garden. The excitement of planning what we will grow, planting those seeds, and nurturing the plants to the best of our ability. Wondering just what kind of a year it will be. Will it be overly wet, dry, warm, or cool? All of those factors play a role in the garden. However, the thing I look forward to the most is the harvest. Now that all the hard work is over, I thought it would be fun to take a moment and look back on thisRead More →

Water bath canning pot and jars of home canned food.

There are several ways to preserve food. Freezing, dehydrating, and canning all help to keep food for long periods. Each of these food preservation techniques has its positives and negatives. They also require different tools to achieve the end result. For the moment, I would like to focus on canning. Canning is a great way to preserve food long-term, this includes preserving the garden harvest and as part of winter preparation. One of the main benefits is you don’t have to worry about losing your food if the power goes out for extended periods of time – unlike with freezing. This beginner’s guide to canningRead More →

Autumn is one of the best times to get some baking done. With the abundance of fresh produce in the grocery stores, you have endless options of what to cook. One seasonal item that is often on everyone’s minds during the fall months is pumpkins. Whether it’s pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkins for carving, or baking with them, there are plenty of reasons to grab some pumpkins now. One of my favorite pumpkin-related items to bake is pumpkin muffins. They are quick to make and are by far one of the best muffins I have ever tried. With a light coating of cinnamon sugar on topRead More →

October goals banner

Hello October! Can you believe how fast this year is going? As every new month arrives, it provides an opportunity to evaluate your life, see what areas you want to work on, and create a plan for that. This is where creating monthly goals comes in handy. Having an easy-to-access list of what you want to work on will truly help you work towards those goals. Sharing that list with friends and family gives extra accountability. Each month, I take a bit of time to go over the previous month’s goals, see what I accomplished and what still needs improvement, and base the current month’sRead More →

Apple orchard

Do you feel it? The change in the air. The mornings are cooler, leaves have started to change colors and pumpkin-flavored everything seems to be on everyone’s minds. These are just a few signs that fall has arrived. There seems to be a fine line between those people who love fall and those who don’t. I am one of those people who look forward to the fall each year. I might go as far as to say that it is my favorite season of the year. Since we are just getting into fall, I thought it would be fun to share with you the manyRead More →

Rhino collection

Today, September 22, is World Rhino Day. As someone who loves rhinos, I knew I had to make a post to celebrate this day. Rhinos have been my favorite animal since I was a little kid. I remember first seeing them in nature documentaries that I used to watch and was absolutely enthralled with these beautiful creatures. The first time I saw one in a zoo as a child, it was such a magical experience. It felt almost surreal seeing this creature from Africa not far away. I would have given anything to be able to touch it. Honestly, I still feel that way today.Read More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

NaNoWriMo is just over a month away. Do you know what that means? That’s right, it’s time to panic! What are you going to write about? When will you have time to write? How do words even work anymore? Why do I do this to myself every year? Where did that flash drive full of ideas go? Who will feed me when I am buried deep in my writing? These are just a few of the things to figure out in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a writing challenge heldRead More →

Favorite anime header

Did you know that I’m an anime fan? Well, I am. In fact, I mentioned this in my A to Z post a little while back. I didn’t always watch anime. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I started watching it, and my love of anime has grown from there. There is such a large number of anime movies and series out there is, so it can be hard to find good ones. Much like everything else in the world, what I like and what someone else likes will vary a lot. However, I thought it would be fun to share my favoriteRead More →