A Cat and Mouse Game

What is a farm without cats to catch  mice? Once we stared raising animals, which meant storing grain,  I quickly changed my  perception of the  little, cute creatures. I no longer cringed at the thought of our cats hunting  them down and slaughtering them.  Mice eat grain. Mice make nests and shred grain bags. Mice droppings are messy, their urine stinks and no self-respecting farm animal will eat  contaminated grain....more

Dana’s Corner: Three Ways I Judge Your Facebook Before Hiring You

It’s time for another Dana’s Corner on the Blogher blog! Dana, the Director of Operations of our company, oversees all the hiring that goes on in the office. Though before anyone gets through the door, Dana gives their social pages the ol’ once (or twice) over. ...more

Photo A Day Challenge - July 1-16, 2014

So it's now mid-month (yes, ALREADY!), which means that it's time for me to gather up and post the first batch of my July Photo A Day Challenge efforts. ...more

The Little Pink Skirt

It was on Christmas eve few years back when we had  close family friends visiting over and my house was buzzing with fun and laughter, just what you want for holidays. The tree was decked up and lit, milk and cookies were left for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer too, the garage became a gift wrapping station, the kids sang jingles along with the radio and there was ample sugar goodies to keep everyone happy. When the gifts were opened on the Christmas morning, there was a little pink skirt gifted to my little girl from her favorite aunt....more

Your Alexa Rank Matters - Even If You Don't Care...Somebody Else Does

As bloggers, we all carry different motivation for starting and maintaining our sites.  For some it is a creative outlet, for others it is a way to capture memories and track progess on a journey, yet for others it is a full fledged profession.No matter what your motivation is, we all have at least one thing in common.  We want people to read what you took the time to write.  As people read, interact, and share your traffic grows and before you know it, you have a community of followers/supporters....more
That stinks its not available for Safari....I'm a Chrome user myselfmore

Here's to the Do-Good Bloggers: The Internet Wouldn't Be the Same Without You

This week, I challenge and encourage you to share your admiration for a blogger who is a passionate about a cause. To get you inspired, I'll start by celebrating 10 do-good blogs by women who have worked with BlogHer (and inspired me personally) in some form or another over the past 10 years. ...more
I to have known a few who have shared this loss on their blogs, they are indeed brave... ...more

Woohoo! Fake Name Usage is Now Allowed on Google+

Admit it, you've always wanted your Google+ name to be Blueberry Sunbeam, but you're a good girl and you play by Google+'s rules, so you used your boring, everyday name when you set up your account. Well guess what, average name user? You can finally use that brilliant name that came to you in a drug-induced Burning Man haze! Google+ has lifted their rule about using actual names on your Google profile. ...more
I use my ideal name which is Lilyofthewoods.  Much better than my real one.more

Three Weeks for Four of Us…

 Five years ago, my husband & I set out on a journey that we didn’t think was possible.We played mommy and daddy to a brother and sister for approximately three weeks.They came from another land and traveled many time zones.We started our journey towards adoption; and in our sights were a brother and sister age 8 and 6 years old.We wanted these two:...more


Here I sit at the end of the day, trying to tap out my few words.  It is dark already and I don't know what to say.  Maybe Mr. Moon can shine his light and guide me....more