Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Fragments

I've been threatening to do it for awhile... and as it turns out, this week has been so fragmented that it seems like a good time to join in Friday Fragments along with my blogging buddy Keetha @ The Eclectic Company. The idea is to post little fragments from your week that don't warrant a whole blog post just by themselves.
Speaking of blog posts: I subscribe to a social media tip email thingy... where I get tips on making the most of social media. Some of the tips are helpful, some don't apply, some I already know about... but I found the latest one down-right insulting-- "You should only blog if you have something important to tell the rest of the world." Really?? I wish someone had told me that 10 years ago. All this time I've apparently been committing a faux pas by blogging about unimportant things right along. But you know what? The "rest of the world" is not obligated to read my unimportant posts, now are they? Therefore, I shall continue to blissfully blog about whatever comes to mind, regardless of it's importance. Thank you for understanding.

We got home from vacation on Sunday evening. We left the coast on Saturday morning, and had planned to visit Mt. St. Helen's on the way home. However, she wasn't receiving visitors that day. It was snowing heavily when we got to the visitor's center and the mountain was fogged in. I don't think that was very nice of her, do you? After we drove all that way to see her. Guess there's a reason most people don't go on vacation during the off-season.
I did thoroughly enjoy the fall colors as we drove through the mountains, though. Here in the Northwest our forests stay mostly green year 'round (being evergreens, you know), so the trees that do change colors really "pop" against the dark green.

I've spent several hours this week working on my last homeschool co-op class for the fall trimester. Our co-op has three 8-week trimesters per year. The fall trimester is September and October. Then we take a break until after the holidays. I've taught a class on Eastern Hemisphere Cultures this trimester. It's gone by fast. My last class will be on Russia. I'm always amazed at how much I learn when I teach! I've had fun putting together a Power Point presentation each week, and I especially appreciate the cute educational clip-art from Phillip Martin.

Another "catch-up" project this week was getting some new items listed on my Etsy shop, including mug cozies, Regency-style reticules, and flower clip bookmarks. Everything I currently have listed is my own design, so if you're looking for a unique gift, check it out!  I am happy to accept custom orders as well.

One more thing on my to-do list for this week was to dig out my old menu plan files and try to come up with a current plan we can stick to. I did a search online for a menu plan template and found the coolest meal-planning spreadsheet for Excel (or whatever spreadsheet program you use). And it's free! It was easy to figure out and customize with the tried-and-true stand-by dishes that my family usually eats. No fancy new recipes with obscure ingredients or anything like that (though you could certainly add them if you like). Looks like they have quite a few practical spreadsheets. So far I've only play with the meal-planning one. I guess I could start doing Menu Plan Monday posts again, couldn't I?

On the writing front, NaNoWriMo is coming up. I've committed to going to the kick-off party in my area tomorrow... and I hope to make it to a few of the write-ins. I am not committing to writing 50,000 words in November, but I am anxious to see what I can get done.

The weather has finally turned chilly. And my mums are blooming their little hearts out! I planted them in the fall of 2010, so this is my third year to enjoy them. Last year the yellow ones bloomed first and were nearly done before the orange ones bloomed. This year they got their act together! I love how they just bushed out, too. It will be fun to see how many years they come back.

Mommy's Idea
Thus concludes my first Friday Fragments post. 
Thank you for making me feel important by reading my blog.
Visit Mrs. 4444 @ Half-Past Kissin' Time if you want to read more frags.


Wayne W Smith said...

Too bad you had to miss the mountain but I would rather avoid fog and especially snow anyhow.

Denise said...

What a bummer re. Mt. St. Helen! I would have enjoyed your pics and written view of the volcano ~ especially since I have the prettiest teacup made with ashes from her! (I found the teacup and saucer at Goodwill!)
Please do continue to blog about whatever comes to your mind. I enjoy your posts and besides that, half the time "they" do not know what "they" are talking about! ;)

Joyce said...

Visiting from Friday Fragments today...I love the mug cosie : )

Keetha Broyles said...

YAY KARLA!!!! So glad you "hooked up" with the Friday Fragments crowd!!! I HOPE you get lots of return visitors from it. I have learned over the months that I just need to click on all the links and leave comments if I want to get comments in return. I think SOME just wait to click BACK.

But not me - - - I charge blythly ahead where fools fear to tread.

Any secret about getting the mums to come back year after year? I have a BLACK thumb myself, but #1 daughter really wants to put mums in the ground that will return each year. So far, all her mum experiments have been failures.

Keetha Broyles said...


I'm back with a comment I forgot to make before, but it is TOOOO IMPORTANT to let it slide.


When I first started blogging I ran across a blog about a book called something like, "No One Cares What You Had For Lunch." It was a book about what to blog about.

I read the "review" or a synopsis of the book or something and basically it only "approved" of blogs that were a business trying to SELL something.

I just don't "get" why people like that can't mosey on about their OWN business blogging they way THEY want to blog and leave those of us who are hobby bloggers ALONE and let us BLOG ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO BLOG ABOUT.

It's not like the internet is a tiny narrow one way road and we are "crowding" it for the REST of them.



I'll get down off my soapbox now.

PS - - - What DID you have for lunch??? I DO want to know. Preferably with a picture.


LV said...

You have met your match with Keetha. I enjoy her and her post so much. Our blogs are ours to d as we see fit. If what you share is to others liking, fine if not so be it. I hardly ever leave a comment on post that go on and on. You are doing just fine.

Nani said...

That mug coziea are SO cool! I collect mugs, so I'm attracted to anything mug! :)

Karen and Gerard said...

I didn't know mums came back every hear, ours didn't--maybe my hubby pulled them out. We like the yellow ones best!

Doreen McGettigan said...

Welcome to Friday Fragments!
I am not participating in NaNo this year however I am committed to finishing a final draft during November.
That is such a shame about Mount St. rude!
I am going to visit your etsy shop...

Ann in the UP said...

I love your mums. I have a little yellow one sitting on my kitchen table rather than outdoors, but I may get it planted yet, who knows?

I avoid "professional" bloggers. Too much self promotion, and too much commercialism. I get enough advertising, thank you.

Making Memories 1999 said...

Thanks, Karla, for your sweet note on my blog. And regarding the "unimportant" tip... I might ask... unimportant to whom? =) Don't stop blogging about the "unimportant" and "little" things...sometimes they are or become the "important" and "big" things. =)

BTW, I like your mug cozies, and your mums. We have one mum in our back, that has "exploded" over the years! We are needing to divide it into about 3 or 4 plants. I don't know what it is about the soil, but the mums seem to like it. (Oh I am... rambling on about "unimportant" things. LOL)

I'm sorry about Mt. St. Helens, too! That wasn't very neighborly of her to "hide" like that. =) I love how you all travel alot and see the beautiful nature around you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

And one last "unimportant" comment (LOL)...thanks for sharing the menu planning link. I plan to check into that.