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3 02, 2020

Smiling Eggs

By |2020-01-26T13:52:35-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Make Me Think Monday, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Monday, Again. Time to get to work.

Though writers don’t punch a time clock, Mondays are Mondays, the official notification the weekend is ended. Time to start weekday commitments.

After loose weekend schedules or overly busy weekends, writers have the same reactions as other workers. Ugh!

This particular Monday, I decided to fix a hearty breakfast to fortify me for the busy week ahead.

I pulled out the eggs Chicken Wrangler Sara brought over the weekend. Smiley face eggs on the recycled egg carton grinned at me.

Then I opened the carton and had a special note from Emma the hen who supplied my breakfast.

And a heart that made me smile. I whispered a thank you to Emma. It was a great start for a good week.

Bring it on, Monday. I’m ready.

31 01, 2020

Googly Eyes

By |2020-01-28T21:20:45-06:00January 31st, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|7 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

I find googly eyes very entertaining. They add a whimsical element to anything they touch.

I used them back in October for my Laura Ingalls Wilder Pumpkin.

I found one on the floor in my classroom.  I set it on the bookshelf and spent the day feeling like someone was watching me.

I took it home and put it on my piano where a piano student stuck it to my metronome. It makes me smile so I will leave it there.

Recently I saw an article posted on Facebook about a person in Bulgaria who was putting googly eyes on different things around town. There is actually a name for it – “eyebombing.”

This is one of my favorite pictures. from the article.

I wonder what would happen if I carried around googly eyes and placed them on things in my town.  It would definitely make me smile.  Maybe I should try it.

29 01, 2020


By |2020-01-29T06:33:53-06:00January 29th, 2020|Wednesday Quote, Wednesday Words, Wednesday Words of Wisdom|2 Comments

About the graphic

I ran out of time to find a picture to use to create a quote graphic for today and stumbled upon this fabulous example of procrastination. I know technically it’s not a quote, but it fits my current dilemma.

I procrastinated too long and ended up without an original graphic.

I do that too often.

We all procrastinate sometimes.

We shouldn’t.

We should Just. Do. Whatever it is.


I did finally find a picture for today with a quote.

Edie Melson’s graphic depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt’s advice on how to overcome procrastination.

I’m tacking it onto this post to remind myself not to procrastinate so long next time. And you get a two-for-one Wednesday.

27 01, 2020

Leftover Christmas

By |2020-01-26T10:35:53-06:00January 27th, 2020|Holidays, Make Me Think Monday|0 Comments

Christmas is long gone. January 2020 is fading fast, finally. Why is it January seems ten times longer than the rest of the months? But I digress.

A former schoolteacher, I love decorating for holidays. I guess it’s a holdover from all those bulletin boards I had to do. I have boxes for Valentine’s, St. Patrick Day, Texas Independence Day, 4th of July, and, since I live in Texas again, boxes of Fall décor. Then comes Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and there are several boxes of those.

Anyway, I’m getting out my February decorations box for Valentine’s Day and what do I find? Leftover Christmas.

I’m surprised guests who’ve been to the house didn’t notice.

Maybe not the counted cross stitch Merry Christmas heart, but the guest hand towels were pretty obviously leftovers. I  guess they pretended not to notice.

I appreciate the kindness.

The leftover discovery was really disconcerting. I believed I had all Christmas tucked away by Epiphany. That’s January 6, my yearly goal though it doesn’t always happen. Oblivious.

This year I honestly thought I’d aced the put away Christmas. Then this discovery.

I’d feel badly except I still see Christmas clearance items in stores next to Valentine’s Day merchandise. Unlike those retail stores who will hang onto leftover Christmas until it’s reduced to practically free, I’ve stuffed my two little leftovers in their boxes to come out again next Christmas.

24 01, 2020


By |2020-01-19T10:30:13-06:00January 24th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|2 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

As an elementary school music teacher, I have quite an assortment of puppets which I have collected over the past 30+ years. One of my first is a long, green snake-like puppet with alligator teeth.

I call it my “snakagator.”  I named it Juba from one of the first songs I learned in my elementary music methods courses.

The song lyrics say “Juba this and Juba that. Juba chased a yellow cat. Juba up and Juba down. Juba running all around.”

It is one of the first songs I sing in my youngest classes.  I can let them pick animals of particular colors for Juba to chase or I can fill in children’s names.

The kids love it!  My two year old preschool class particularly loves Juba.  In fact for a while, every time they saw me, they would shout “Juba!”

It doesn’t bother me at all.  I have been called much worse.

22 01, 2020

Wise Quote from MLK, Jr.

By |2020-01-19T16:19:35-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Wednesday Quote, Wednesday Words, Wednesday Words of Wisdom, Weekly Quote|0 Comments

About the quote

Researching quotes by MLK, Jr. I found this. There were so many it was truly hard to pick just one for Wednesday quotes.

This one reminded me of what I used to tell my school age kiddos…”I don’t expect you to have perfect grades. I do expect you to do your best.”

And, now as adults, they’re telling my grandkids the same thing.

There’s truth in Mr. King’s words. We just need to be the best we can be.

20 01, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day = National Day of Service

By |2020-01-17T13:14:17-06:00January 20th, 2020|Holidays, Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed life’s most persistent and urgent question was:

‘What are you doing for others?’

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the federally established day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

On the National Day of Service everyone is encouraged to volunteer to improve our communities. Something, in my opinion, we should consider more than one day a year.

If you can only manage one day, then make it this one.

And, whatever you choose to do today, think about this excerpt from one of my favorite King quotes:

“… anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Looking for ideas on how you can serve? Find opportunities available in your  community here you’ll need to enter your zip code.

17 01, 2020

Morning Snuggles

By |2020-01-15T20:55:09-06:00January 17th, 2020|Friday on the Miller Farm, Miller Farm Friday|0 Comments

A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara

Not all of our chickens have names.  Lili, however, is special.  She is the only D’Uccle, or dusseldorfer as I call her, in the flock.  I must confess, she is my favorite.

She is much smaller than the other chickens and has wonderful long feathers on her feet.

Lately she has taken to hanging out on the roost in the coop in the mornings.  She runs back and forth as though she is afraid to get down.

So I gently pick her up and set her on the ground.  Actually I give her a little hug first.

I’m not sure how she feels about this but these morning snuggles get my day off to a nice start.

Especially now that I have no children left at home.

16 01, 2020

Good Reading – Guest Author Leeann Betts

By |2020-01-03T13:27:33-06:00January 16th, 2020|Good Read Thursday, Good Reading Thursday|2 Comments

Welcome Leeann Betts who joins us today to share her new release.

Spotlight on Missing Deposits – with a giveaway

Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to help an association of ranchers in western Colorado catalogue their various mineral rights following the discovery of several large deposits.

However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground.

Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than gold and copper. And they’re willing to kill for it.


Missing Deposits  is available from Amazon and Smashwords

Leave a comment, and Leann will randomly draw for a print copy (US only) or ebook version (winner’s choice) of Missing Deposits.

Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense.

Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime.

Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.

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15 01, 2020

Thoughts for the New Year – Panara

By |2020-01-13T16:37:16-06:00January 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

About the graphic

This graphic was in a Signing Savvy newsletter I received recently and the quote resonated with my writer self. I love that written words can ring out loud and free when verbal words are unheard by deaf.

About Robert Panara

I first heard Robert Panara’s name in my sign language classes. He was a pioneer in deaf education who developed new ways to teach those who are deaf. Interesting fact, his wife Shirley was the first deaf librarian at the Library of Congress. Read his full biography here

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