Saturday, November 22, 2014

Of Burt, His Bees and Conventional Books Never Written

"Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content."   ... 1 Timothy 6:6-8


Wow. Tom and I just finished watching the most interesting (dare I say fascinating?) documentary at Netflix; Burt's Buzz, a film about the quirky, eccentric co-founder of Burt's Bees products.

Except that Burt doesn't seem quirky and eccentric to me at all. Every single word he spoke made perfect sense, especially since he's a classic introvert, albeit an outdoorsy one. I totally get him. Totally.

And truthfully? This was yet another film/life on a screen which illustrates why I don't want to write a book. At least, not the type attached with an agent/publicist who could legally whisk me away from this life I've chosen to write about. You know, so he/she could sell more copies.

Uh, no. I desire nothing that would change 'what God hath wrought' and what He's wrought is a happy homemaker who's in love with Him and the simple life He led her to find at one Hobbit Cottage.

May I never be dragged away from here unwillingly as Burt sometimes is from the simple life he prefers.


“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it."

[Thoughts from Places: The Tour, Nerdfighteria Wiki, January 17, 2012]” 
― John Green

“It's not that introverts aren't good team players. We just don't need to be in the same room as the rest of the team at all times. We would much prefer to have part of the project carved out for us to squirrel away with it in our offices, consulting as necessary but working independently.” 
― Sophia DemblingThe Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World


Weather Report: We've still had just 3 or 4 inches of snow here north of Buffalo. But now the problem for the South Towners is that our temps are rising, it's raining, and flooding is on everyone's minds. Your prayers would be appreciated by all, I'm sure!


Don't have time to watch the documentary about Burt? Here's an article about it.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Those Annoying Cowards

"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry..." ... James 1:19


So for lots of years I allowed anonymous comments here in my blog, but a couple weeks ago I decided, uhm, no. No more.

Why? Because occasionally catty, read-between-the-lines-and-you'll-see-I-hate-you comments would appear and I finally realized something. Namely, I'd become a Coward Enabler.

Cowards leave mean, I'm-gonna-spoil-your-day-then-hide-in-my-room-and-watch-you-react comments. Cowards half-read what you write, are quick to speak and make accusations, often because you represent something they are lacking. Online cowards (especially) are usually controllers and passive/aggressive bullies deathly afraid of appearing weak, hence, one reason they won't leave their names after a cruel comment: they fear you'll call them out, personally, and they'll be shown for what they are: fragile. Powerless.

There's more, but you get the idea.

So rather than remain a Coward Enabler, I switched my settings. But relax! Anyone can still say catty things or disagree with me. They'll just need to leave their name and/or a link to do so.  :)

Just view it this way: I'm doing my duty to entice people to become braver in Life and perhaps choose their words more wisely or say nothing at all, extending mercy, instead. Or to cause them to consider all that, anyway.

You're welcome.  


"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."   ...Proverbs 18:21


Now, of course I'm not referring to those of you who've left normal comments but simply forgot to leave your name. I understand that. Truly.


This may be 'just' a commercial for Glade candles, but it does my heart a heap of good each time I play it. Oh, the gifts God gives people!


The new Friday Freebie from SavingStar? A personal Celeste pizza. Check it out here.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Awww... Just Give It To 'Em

" ... lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great..."   ... Luke 6:35


Well, it's the time of year when it's too cold to venture outside so I return to the bookshelves surrounding my bed and, upon my knees, think grateful thoughts as I peruse books I bought in my 20's or last summer or some happy years in between. 

Four years ago I loaned At Home on Ladybug Farm to a friend and never got it back so ages ago, inside my head, I just gave it to her. And this morning I (finally) came downstairs and ordered another copy from Amazon (free because I'd earned gift cards by shopping with coupons). 

While at it, I ordered From The Ground Up because a different friend still had my copy and yeah, inside my head it's now hers to keep. I loaned my Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots to still another friend five or six years ago and perhaps someday I'll order another, but not now.

It's better, I think, to live this here, you-may-keep-it way. 

To not hold onto every single thing we ever buy, but rather, hold a "freely you've received, so freely give," attitude. Though ok, we do pay for what we own, but even so, when we keep a flow going, a coming in and going out rather than keeping every book (dress, figurine, necklace) we ever bought, well, life remains like a fresh water river. More of what's fresh and good keeps flowing in.

It never turns into a still, stagnant, smelly ol' bog that ruins everything within its murky depths. At least, I've found that to be so.

And I'm not just talkin' books here. But you knew that. :)


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. Martin

“You're never alone when you're reading a book.” 
― Susan Wiggs


Hooray! The Ladybug Farm series has new books. Maybe by the time I reread the first three, the latest two will be less expensive. heh. What a penny-pincher, yes, and also, this is one of those instances where--although I appreciate my Kindle Cloud Reader and these books are cheaper to buy for it--still, I'd like to have hold-in-my-hands copies for this series.

Some things just are the way they are.


Oh, and we've only had around 3 or 4 inches of snow here at Hobbit Cottage. Whew. Color me very grateful.

Robin asked how far away we are from the cities getting the huge amounts of snow. By way of example, we're 27 miles away from Lackawanna, one of the majorly hit towns...


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