Friday, February 28, 2014

Painting the"O" Update

Ok!  I got the painting finished!   I'm not a great painter, but I think it turned out pretty good.   I hope he likes it!

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Painting the"O"

Yep I'm painting an "O"!  The classic image of Ohio State University.   No, I'm not a fan, but my future son-in-law is!  In a BIG way!  LOL. So, I'm painting this as a gift to him.

I hope he'll be happy with it.   Well,  I'm sure he will,  cause he's just that kinda fella!  But it bugs me that the lines aren't coming out nice and straight.   My hands tend to shake a little bit.   I have a feeling that my pain medication may have something to do with it.   *sigh*  I guess until my back decides to stop paining me so much,  I'll just have to deal with imperfect art!  ;-)

I've still got a few details to take care of,  but I'm almost finished.   I can't wait to give it to him!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

I know a secret!

Yep!  I do!  And not only is it A secret, it's The Secret!  Have you heard about it?  It is a book by Rhonda Byrne about the Law of Attraction.  It's also a movie.  Well, an info movie, if I can create a name.  You may be able to find it on Netflix or Youtube.  It has changed my whole way of thinking!  If you're more into books, I highly suggest The Power, which is also written by Rhonda Byrne, and is the updated version of The Secret!

Have you heard of the Law of Attraction?  It's a natural law, like the Law of Gravity.  :-)  I learned THAT from Esther Hicks (The Essential Law of Attraction Collection )!  She and her late husband, Jerry, have gone around the world teaching people all about it!

the law of attraction
the law of attraction (Photo credit: Brenda Cooper)
I am no genius, so I will do my best to explain it, but you're really better off checking out the sources I have listed to get a full understanding.  The reason I say the Law of Attraction is like the Law of Gravity is that it is a real law of nature.  The basis for this is that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in the whole universe is made of energy.  The rock you stepped on in your driveway, that tiny little speck of space dust, and even.... YOU!  Everything is energy!  Therefore, it's all connected.

Now, don't ask me to explain THAT part of it, but where energy is concerned, like attracts like.  So, when you put good thoughts (yes, thoughts are energy too!) out into the universe, good comes back to you!  And the same goes for bad thoughts.  Thoughts, feelings, energy.  They're all very powerful things!  So, getting in the habit of thinking more positively, and picturing the things you want, can actually bring those things right back to you!  I kid you not!  I have actually seen it working in my own life.  Nothing like winning the lottery or anything, but in small ways, like having enough money for something when I needed it.  But if you watch The Secret movie, you'll see some bigger examples of it in action, and there are plenty more out there to be found if you look for them!

What you are living is the evidence of what yo...
What you are living is the evidence of what you are thinking and feeling - every single time (Photo credit: Spiritual Quotes To Live By)

Have you had any experience with the Law of Attraction?  I'd love to hear your story!  Tell me about it in the comments!
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Easy Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins photo 20140206_205046_zps8olkd9eq.jpg

This evening I felt like having a little something sweet, so I decided to make some blueberry muffins!  I must say, they turned out pretty good!  So good that half of them disappeared before I could get a picture of them!  LOL

I'll post the recipe below.  I wish it could be formatted better, but I can't seem to find a gadget for recipes here on Blogger.  If any of you know of a good way to post recipes, please let me know in the comments section!  Thanks!

By the way, here I am in the new apron my good friend gave me for Christmas! Thanks Debi! Me in my new apron photo 20140204_152352_zpsc3tynwn_edit_1391739934529_zpsqfjogqlo.jpg

Shannon's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
 1 tsp ground flax seed
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup water
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 pint (2 cups) fresh or frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.  Stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, flax seed, and baking powder in a large bowl.

Stir oil, egg, water, and applesauce together in a smaller bowl.  Then add to dry ingredients.  Stir until smooth.  Lightly stir in berries.  Spoon mixture into 12 muffin cups.

Bake muffins in the preheated oven until they rise and tops are golden brown (about 20 minutes).  A toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then move to a baking rack to finish cooling.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Crying over Croods

 So, am I the only one who can cry over cartoons???  I kid you not.  I was watching The Croods, and at one touching moment near the end, I find myself crying.  LOL.   I know I'm a big baby.  Who doesn't know that??  LOL. Well I guess they do make pretty good animated movies, so maybe I can save face a little bit.  :-)
It can be very annoying to get so emotional over things, though.  When those touching moments happen, I get a lump in my throat, and then start crying.  That wouldn't be so bad, except that when I cry, my nose gets all stuffed up, and it can take up to an hour or more for me to be able to breathe properly again.  LOL. Ugh... that's another story in itself.  I have a daily battle with my allergies, and sometimes I spend most of the day being a mouth breather.  LOL. I laugh now, but it really is a nuisance.
Anyway... do you have the trouble of being a big softy, and crying over TV or movies?  What would you say is the silliest movie moment that had you blubbering?  Leave you answer in the comments section.  Inquiring minds want to know!  Really!  They do!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Introducing ME!!!

Hi! This is my first blog post, so I figured I better introduce myself! My name is Shannon. I live in Wild Wonderful West Virginia with my hubby and youngest daughter  (I have three daughters and two and a half grandchildren!). There are also a couple critters here that call me Mama. :-) I am into arts and crafts, gardening, Bluegrass music, and the Law of Attraction!

I hope to share with you stories about mine and my family's lives, art that I am working on or want to try, recipes or cooking successes (or failures), and my thoughts on topics that come up!  So, you never know what you might find here.  I would like to participate in Linky Parties or Blog Hops from time to time, so I hope to meet and make some new friends by doing that!  A couple that I like are Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday (find links below)!  Since this is my first post, I don't have anything yet, but I've visited sites that do them, and have had many laughs, found cooking or craft ideas, and discovered some very charming people!

Groundhog Wedding Cake Topper
Groundhog Wedding Cake Topper (Photo credit: sofieskein)
Today just happens to be my 16th anniversary!  Thank you!  Thank you!  And yes, I do realize it's also Groundhog's Day.  We eloped on a whim and didn't think about it until it was too late.  LOL  Oh well, at least it is easy for my husband to remember!  ;-)

Please come back and check in, and hopefully I'll have something fun for you to read!  Bye for now!  Have a great day!

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