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I have decided to give this blogging thing one more shot. I had one but it was filled with random stuff, not focused and I'd go days and weeks without making updates. Well, I joined a blogging group called Take Up Your Cross and they supply daily prompts, which I've noticed has helped tremendously. Thus far, I've only made two late entries!

Now, I've decided to up the anty, and I want to try the 30-day blog challenge. I've decided to create THIS blog specifically for that purpose! I think, getting daily prompts helps. It serves as a reminder to make a post and it also helps to focus my thoughts onto to something specific and not random things.

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I am a F.R.O.G. this did not happen overnight but was a gradual morphosis that happened over the last 45 years of my life. No, I didn't turn into a brightly colored reptile that hangs out on a lilypad. A F.R.O.G is someone who Fully Relies On God.
It is my hope that my entries in this daily blog will reflect my F.R.O.G personality and lifestyle and maybe, just maybe some of you will decide to become F.R.O.Gs as well!
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March 20, 2021 at 12:13pm
March 20, 2021 at 12:13pm
What are your favorite movie genres? Share some recommendations with your readers!

The easier question would be what DON'T I like? Because, like music, I enjoy a little of everything. I do not like movies that are vulgar and use an overabundance of cussing. A FEW swear words, used correctly and in the right context are OK. Also, I am not a fan of over-the-top comedy movies that are just plain stupid. An example would be Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. My husband actually LIKES those and therefore I've been "forced" to watch them more times than I like in the 8 years of our marriage.

Also like music, it just depends on my mood as to what I want to watch. It would really depend on the person wanting a recommendation and what I know about them as to what I'd recommend. I'd try to pick a movie I think THEY would be interested in, even if I wasn't.

March 19, 2021 at 12:46pm
March 19, 2021 at 12:46pm
How are you different now than you were in the year 2010? What have been the most significant changes in your life in the last ten years?

Over the last ten years, quite a lot has changed. Most significant though is I've been married and battled sickness and became disabled. Through the trials and tribulations of the last ten years, my faith has only increased and my fear and worry have decreased. I went from working a full-time job to being disabled and unable to work in public. I've come face to face with a pandemic and survived!

I've moved several times, but most significant is that I've gone from living in small, rural Texas towns to living in Houston, Texas, one of the top major cities in the United States. I'm a big town girl now.

I'm an Auntie 6 times over as well! 3 nieces and 3 nephews! I joined WDC and have made many, many new friends and associates. Isn't it amazing what can happen in ten years? I'm excited to see what the next ten years will bring.
March 19, 2021 at 12:23pm
March 19, 2021 at 12:23pm
If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them or have them do?

Are you kidding? I live in Houston, Texas! It would take several DAYS to see and do EVERYTHING this huge, fabulous city has to offer. We could/would spend an entire day just exploring Breckenridge Zoo. It is a sprawling 55 acres and houses over 6,000 animals and is the second most visited zoo in the United States.

Then, we could easily spend another entire day at NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

Houston has an enormous museum district and these are all must-see places for two very good reasons. One, they are fun and interesting, and second, ALL of these particular ones are FREE, which is one of my most favorite words! We could spend another entire day just loafering around and visiting: The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Moody Center for the Arts, and the Houston Center for photography.

And then, after spending so much time indoors, I'd load everyone up and head just a stone throw to Galveston and we could spend a good portion of an afternoon and evening at Pleasure Pier. There, you'd ride roller coasters and other flippy rides, play games, and indulge in fair foods.

After all that fresh air and blood-pumping rides, we'd slow things down and stroll the Moody Gardens and smell the roses and all the other flowers as well.

I'd wrap up the tour by taking everyone to 19th Street in The Heights for some shopping. There are many, many places to shop in Houston but this particular area is by far the most fun. This area is home to a vast array of vintage shops, funky shops, and thrift shops! Don't be shocked if you encounter walk-mans, bell-bottom pants, or 8 track tapes!

That would conclude our tour. But, it would have only scratched the surface of what there is to do and see here in Houston.

March 19, 2021 at 11:54am
March 19, 2021 at 11:54am
Whatโ€™s your favorite board game or card game to play with friends?

My husband and I play Monopoly sometimes. We tend to play dominoes and card games like Uno, Kings Around the Corner, and Farkle most of the time. I have Scrabble, but hubby doesn't like it much.
March 17, 2021 at 12:55pm
March 17, 2021 at 12:55pm
Pretend that you have found a four-leaf clover that will bring you extraordinary good luck for exactly one day. Write about your lucky day.

*Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr*

Ever since I found that grimy old copper penny laying in the gutter things have taken a strange and curious turn. Nobody stops for pennies anymore. Why should they? A penny doesn't get you anything these days, why, they are practically obsolete. It is easy to forget pennies have special magic associated with them.

Leprechauns were dazzled by the first pennies that were minted. They found it near impossible to resist the shiny copper. They believed if they found one and picked it up, all day they would have good luck. Still to this day, in every pot of gold, there is one single copper penny just to add good luck!

Well, I've had mine tucked safely inside my bedazzled cell phone holder. You know the kind, with the little pocket for holding cards and bills, and a little zipper pocket for coins and such. My penny was snug in its little zippered pouch. Two days after finding my penny, I was walking Kevlar, my Rotty in the park, and wouldn't ya know, he picked a lush patch of blooming clover to hike his leg on. Just as he was doing his business, a bumblebee caught my attention as it landed on one of the fragrant white flowers. As I watched, it crawled over a few clovers and used one as a launchpad to spring back into flight! Upon closer inspection, I noticed it was not just any old clover, but the bumblebee had in fact found a lucky four-leaf clover.

By this time, Kevlar was pulling at the leash and was ready to get back on the trail, so quickly as I could, I snatched the clover from the patch and carefully tucked it in my pocket. I'd nearly forgotten about it by the time we returned home. There on my doorstep was a smallish box wrapped in sparkly gold foil and topped with an emerald green bow. The bow was velvety soft. Where had it come from? I wasn't expecting any deliveries and it wasn't a special occasion.

After getting Kevlar a bowl of water and a milk bone biscuit, I returned to my mystery gift and slowly started to open it. There was no note, no card, nothing. Inside the box resting in a nest of tissue paper was what looked like a warped worn-out horseshoe. Perplexed, I lifted it out of the box and was a bit surprised at the weight of it. It was REAL! Someone had sent me a used horseshoe, but why??

Setting it aside, I decided it was time to make dinner. As I set about frying my cabbage and potatoes the phone rang. The recording on the other end said I'd won a spectacular vacation, all expenses paid to any place of my choosing. After calling the call back number it was confirmed. I really had won sweepstakes I had no memory of ever entering. How strange...but why question fate?

After dinner, I let Kevlar out for his nightly roam when a terrible commotion arose. I raced outside in panic something horrible was happening to my furbaby and stopped in stunned horror when I saw it wasn't my dog letting out such horrid screams, but a jackrabbit Kevlar had managed to catch! He had the rabbit by the neck and was shaking it like a squeaky toy, only the squeak and life had left it. Sickened by the sight I turned away but Kevlar bumped my hand with his head.

I looked down and he tried to place something in my hand. Bile rose in my throat as he laid a rabbit's foot in the palm of my hand. Blood dripped down the side of my hand. A voice in my head reminded me this was good luck. I resisted the urge to throw the disgusting thing away and instead rinsed it in the kitchen sink and laid it in the dish drainer to dry.

It was really late, I realized as the clock began to chime the midnight hour. As the chimed, I felt something strange come over me. I felt myself changing and suddenly I was my old self again. I shook my head like a dog shaking water drops from his coat. I looked around at the concerned faces around me. Then, I remembered. It was my birthday AND St. Patty's day. I'd found the four-leaf clover hidden in the pub. For one whole day I got to experience life as a human! No matter how human I was, good luck, and all the charms followed me everywhere I went.

*Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr* *Shamrock* *Gold* *Rainbowl**Rainbowr*

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone! Hope you have an overwhelmingly lucky day today!

March 16, 2021 at 3:15pm
March 16, 2021 at 3:15pm
What lesson do you remember most vividly from your childhood?

I seem to recall a similar question a few months back and I wrote about when my friend's mom showed up at school and pulled me out of class just to apologize for snapping at me that morning. That was pretty memorable.

Remembering lessons learned from childhood is not hard, picking one that might be of interest to others to read is harder. As previously mentioned in some of my posts, I have a few older brothers. Growing up, they were my heroes. I looked up to them and followed them wherever they went. It took a while for baby sister to learn her older brothers were not always right. They didn't always give the best of advice.

I was 5. And I had a loose tooth that wouldn't fall out. It was sore and the new tooth was pushing through but coming in sideways at an angle because the baby tooth was in the way. Because the tooth hurt, I wouldn't let anyone near me touch it without throwing a major fit. Threats of going to the Dentist were made a few times.

My brother said he had a plan and asked me if I loved and trusted Jelly Bean, my cat who was back then, my very best friend in the whole wide world. Of course, I trusted her! Imagine my surprise when my brother told me SHE had magic power and could pull my tooth without hurting me! Oh yes, he did. I was 5 and yes, I actually was dumb enough to fall for it. All I had to do is get a string and my stuffed puppy dog named Kiwi.

My brother had me tie a loop in one end of the string and put it around my tooth. He let me do it, which was smart of him. Then, he told me to sit in Mom's rocker and he put Jelly Bean in my lap and told me just pet her and talk to her and wait for her to lay on my lap. He then gently tied the other end of the string to Jelly Bean's tail. Then, when neither I nor Jelly Bean was paying attention or expecting it, he grabbed the stuffed dog and shook it, and made really loud barking noises!

Startled, Jelly Bean jumped like she'd been shot and took off! She scratched my arm and I began yelling. Oh, not because I was bleeding both from my arm and mouth. Not because the tooth went flying along with the cat. But because my brother had dared scare my poor cat. I was boiling over angry and let him have it. I ended my tirade with "I'm telling MOM!"

It made me even angrier when all he did was crack up laughing. He never was sorry about it. And I learned it wasn't always a good idea to ask or let my brother help with problems. Toothfairy gave me an extra dollar and a pack of gum instead of just a book that night and Jelly Bean forgave us and slept with me as usual. Lesson Learned.
March 13, 2021 at 12:22pm
March 13, 2021 at 12:22pm
What traditional ethnic food dishes from your culture does your family still enjoy? Tell us about how the recipe was passed down and what modifications were made over the years.

I am German and Irish mixed. But, we also have Thai in our family. And recently, I had the blessed honor of adding Ghanaian cooking to the Family mix of Ethnic foods. My brother was in the Navy and when he was overseas he caught the tail end of Nam, and he met and married a woman from Thailand. Her name was Kay. This was in the mid-'80s (his marriage and retirement from the Navy). I am not too far removed from Germany, as my Grandma's Mother immigrated to America with her parents when she was 9 years old.

So, I grew up eating a lot of German, Irish and Thai foods. Not only that, but the city I was raised in, Seguin, had a very large number of German immigrants settle there. You can see it in a lot of the architecture. Oh, wait...I'm going way off point lol

The Grandma I was closest to and spent much of my time with was my German Grandma. She is also one of the very first people to introduce me to cooking. I have her recipes for Sweet & Sour Green Beans, Mock Turtle Soup, Sauerkraut, Stroganoff, and German-style Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. She also taught me how to make Rye Bread but I never have liked that. I have memories of my Mom, Grandma, and my Aunts gathering at my aunt's house, (the one with the biggest kitchen) and spending ALL DAY making tons (seemed like tons to a kid who had to sit and help roll wet cabbage leaves) of stuffed cabbage rolls. Then, they'd divvy them up and everyone got to take some home. Oh, and Grandma taught me how to can and preserve and how to make the best German-style pickles! I think it's because of her I love tart, sweet and sour, tangy and briny type foods so much. These days, I am way too lazy to go to the trouble of making cabbage rolls..but oh I love them! So, I've used all the same ingredients and made it into a fast, easy casserole dish and there is NO rolling of any kind! (I do the same thing with my enchiladas, too lazy to sit and roll them I turned it into a casserole). I'm not sure Grandma would have approved or not..but to me, it tastes exactly the same and it's done in an hour versus hours of prep and cooking combined.

From my Irish roots, my Aunt was the one who most influenced me. She taught me only a few basic Irish recipes and I took it upon myself to add to my collection of Irish recipes over the years. I haven't really played around much with the Irish dishes except maybe to spice them up a bit as I find many Irish dishes to be bland.

Oh my Sister in Law! I used to LOVE spending the weekend at my brother's house. I was really close to this brother and Sat mornings were really special. My Sister in Law would wake me up at 4AM and we'd start cooking! We'd make sticky rice, noodles with a peanut sauce, egg rolls, fried rice, and tons of food. Each weekend, she cooked like we Americans do for Thanksgiving. She would make a whole spread and fill her kitchen table. Then, everyone just ate from it all day. And any visitors to the house were expected to eat as well. She taught me quite a few dishes and taught me how to plant and grow red Thai chili peppers, and a few other hot peppers!

When I got older and had my own place to live, I carried on the tradition of the family cooking day, and it was common for my many nieces and even a few nephews to spend the weekend with me and we'd all gather in the kitchen and make tons of egg rolls! If you place them in a single layer in a freezer bag, they freeze nicely and you can pop one in the microwave for just a minute or two. My Sister in Law shredded her cabbage and carrots by hand, but I cheat and just buy a bag of slaw mix... the same thing...and I don't have to do all that shredding. We didn't just make egg rolls. We also do some canning in the summer. We make jams and preserves and pickles.

A few years ago I adopted my son David. He is from Ghana and over the years we have shared many recipes and he has taught me how to cook some delicious Ghanaian-inspired foods. Though, I have not been able yet to order proper spices from Africa. I try to get as close as I can with what we have here in our stores. My son is the one who taught me that cutting up sweet potatoes and cooking them with my rice is delicious! He's shared a few dish recipes, he makes fish stew often because it is cheap. But it is rather tasty as well! We talk all the time about how one day, we will cook together in our kitchen. It is only a dream for now, but we both have faith that it will be a reality someday. I can't wait to have him in the kitchen with me and he is teaching me all his favorite boyhood foods and I can teach him a few of the family recipes mentioned above.

March 12, 2021 at 1:05pm
March 12, 2021 at 1:05pm
Imagine you had to create an art piece for a gallery or museum. What would you create?

Whew! That is a mighty big undertaking! Especially since I lack artistic talent of any kind when it comes to drawing. And when I think of art, my first thought is drawing or painting. Then, I think of sculpting, I have no talent at that either. What I CAN do is create displays, because long, long ago I was a manager of a shipping store and one of my job duties was to create window displays that would catch people's attention.

So, while I was out getting lab work done today and sitting in the waiting room for nearly 2 hours, I had a lot of time to THINK about this. This is what I came up with.

I'd collect all kinds of well-known books and some not so well known, but ones that were my favorite. Books of all genres, shapes, sizes, and colors. Then I'd create three backdrops. Maybe one would be Indiana Jonesish...with an entrance into a cave flanked by blazing torches and an open-mouthed serpent poised over the top of the entrance. For the second, maybe I'd depict the open sea churning madly with mighty swells crashing about a lonely ship. Battleship grey sky and torrential rains. For the third, maybe I'd have the constellation and display all the planets and maybe even a shooting star or two. Maybe 3 backdrops aren't enough...there are endless possibilities because after placing the backdrops just how I want them, I'd pile the books in an organized haphazard heap.

I'd add a few props here and there as needed and entitle the whole thing "The Great Escape" or maybe "Portal to the Unknown" well the title needs some work lol. But you get the idea. Books ARE the greatest form of escape. Might not win any prizes, but that would probably be something I'd come up with.

March 11, 2021 at 1:38pm
March 11, 2021 at 1:38pm
What qualities do you look for in a friend? Are there any qualities you avoid? What qualities about yourself do you think make a good friend?

*AsteriskV* What qualities do you look for in a friend?

Above all else, I look for someone who will just be themselves. I do not care if someone thinks like me, beliefs like me, wants what I want, does what I do, etc...I look for and enjoy being around people who speak for themselves and are comfortable just being themselves. I like people who speak their minds, have their own way of doing things.

Generally, I get along well with people who exhibit kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion towards others and towards animals.

*AsteriskO* Are there any qualities you avoid?

I tend to stay away from people who are manipulative, vulgar, dangerous, selfish, cruel, or hateful. Those types of people I don't form close friendships with. HOWEVER, I WILL Be nice and friendly towards them, sharing kindness and compassion in hopes they will change their hearts. I DO firmly believe ANYONE can CHANGE.

*AsteriskP* What qualities about yourself do you think make a good friend?

I accept people as they are and while I share my faith and beliefs, I don't push them to change if they are different than me. I am open to friendships with people from all walks of life and I try my best never to judge them. Above all else, my main objective and goal is to LOVE those I consider to be my friends. To support them, encourage them, and stand by them in all things. To me, that is friendship.
March 10, 2021 at 1:13pm
March 10, 2021 at 1:13pm
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a post prompted by the 30 Day Blogging. This is just something on my mind and I thought I'd share. I found some humor in it, and perhaps you will as well.

I got a call this morning from my disgruntled 4-year-old niece. Her Mommy wasn't being fair and she was calling in the big gun (Ant Teeny) to "fix" things. Seems my sweet girl woke this morning with a 100.4 temp and was not allowed to have her usual favorite cereal and yogurt for breakfast. In her words, she was forced to eat slimy eggs and scratchy toast. (translation: poached egg on toast). On top of that, she had to eat in bed and has been on bedroom lockdown all morning.

Like a good Auntie does, I listened to how disgusting her breakfast was, how unfair it is she can't go out and play, how to mean Mommy is for forcing her to take horrible tasting medicine. I was grateful we were on the phone and she couldn't see the smile on my face.

I had memories of my own childhood sick days. I remembered the times my Grandma and Mom argued and yelled because Grandma took me outside in the nippy, but sunny fall day and sat me on a thick blanket while I was sick with a fever. She insisted the cold, fresh air was the best medicine I could have. While Mom insisted I should be bundled up and kept IN bed with no drafts allowed. And then, there was Grandpa who, while Mom and Grandma faught snuck me pizza and nachos drenched in hot sauce and piled with jalapeno peppers and giving me sips of his Whisky. He said the heat and spice would clear out all congestion and the Whiskey would help me sleep.

ALL of them were very well-meaning. They all had a point, but they all had such a different approach to tending to a sick child. When my biological sister had her baby, every time she fussed or made a face (so it seemed), she would rush the baby to the doctor's office.

When Mom had her first baby, a boy, she called the doctor in tears and couldn't figure out why my brother wouldn't stop crying and why he was so red. Back then, doctors made house calls. When the doctor saw my brother, he stripped him down naked and laid him on a pallet on the floor under a fan. Mom was under the impression you had to keep a baby very warm so she had him bundled in warm clothes and wrapped in a warm blanket. He had prickly heat and once he was out of all those hot clothes and blankets and cool he stopped crying.

The things we do to children in our attempts to "heal" them! lol After sharing some of my "horror" stories of "When I was your age" to my niece, she decided maybe her dilemma wasn't so bad. Some cold apple juice, a grilled cheese and she's peacefully napping. *Sleeping*

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