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68th Carnival of Homesteading – the putting up wood edition

Welcome to the 68th Carnival of Homesteading. It’s that time of year…fall is here with a chill in the air, and winter stands at the door. We’ve been putting up wood. There is a comforting warmth of a wood fire … Continue reading

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Cat up a Tree

A few weeks ago, I found Tawny high up in a tree, meowing rather pleadingly. After spending an hour finding a ladder tall enough to reach the cat, coaxing him with soothing kitty calls and finally food, I rescued the … Continue reading

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The Homesteading Carnival: The Tiny Edition (#59)

Welcome to The Homesteading Carnival: The Tiny Edition (#59). Somehow I forgot I was going to be out of town all weekend and I’m still not home. But, I have access to a computer, and just enough time for something … Continue reading

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Christian Carnival CCXXXIII: The Hilarious Edition

We don’t have to look far for bad news these days. I thought we could all use a dose of humor and fun, so welcome to the 233rd Christian Carnival: the Hilarious Edition! This is not to downplay the seriousness … Continue reading

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The Unknown Insect (that’s giving me nightmares).

WHAT is this??? I’m so sorry to post such a disgusting picture. My apologies in advance if you have nightmares about this enormous arthropod crawling in your bed tonight. The kids found this on our property, and I can’t for … Continue reading

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Blog Roundups

I interrupt my irregularly scheduled blogging for a station blog identification. Have to let you know of a few blog carnivals, giveaways, sponsors… The Carnival of Country Living has been posted. The Christian Carnival is up, The Carnival of Homeschooling … Continue reading

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Homesteading Carnival: Oregon Trail Edition

Welcome to the Homesteading Carnival Oregon Trail Edition! The articles will be arranged around details of the Oregon Trail, so let’s pack our wagons and head west. The Oregon Trail was a route to not only Oregon, but the only … Continue reading

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Calling All Homesteaders!

The Homesteading Carnival will be hosted here at Diary of 1 this coming Monday, June 9. You can submit your blog post/article HERE by Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. The Homesteading blog carnival description reads: A carnival full of homesteading … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Would you like to see what we’ve been up to at the ranch? The outside is nearly done, save for some dormers, the porch, and landscaping. Here’s the view from the east side. Inside, we’ve been busy, busy. Drywall and … Continue reading

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Even My Dog Has a Blankie!

My Aloha Friday Question is this: Did you have a childhood attachment, like a “security” blanket, a pacifier, a bottle, or a special bear you couldn’t part with? From the loveable Linus eternally dragging his blanket to that maddening Maggie … Continue reading

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Blog Rounds

1. The Carnival of Homeschooling is up with a futuristic theme; lots of good posts including: Classical Education, Logical Fallacies, and Mushrooms Ben Stein’ Expelled Non-metric Measurements, and Poetry 2. I always find some interesting perspectives on the absurdities of … Continue reading

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Carnival of Family Life: Tea Edition

Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life: Tea Edition! I’m so glad you’re here, please sit a spell and I’ll put the kettle on. I’ll be weaving a bit of the fascinating story of tea into my presentation of blog … Continue reading

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Carnival of Family Life – up next here!

Calling for submissions from all you bloggers who write about family! Graciously maintained by Colloquium, the Carnival of Family Life is a weekly posting of family fare, including humor, parenting advice, family health and finance, education and more. You may … Continue reading

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Some Blog Business

The blog carnivals are great places to browse for topical subjects. Here’s the latest: Carnival of the Insanities Carnival of Family Life Festival of Frugality Carnival of Homeschooling Do you know of another fabulous blog carnival? Let me know! The … Continue reading

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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots Winner!

I’m pleased to announce the winner of my Gardening with Children book: commenter #17, AreWeThereYetMom, your book will be on the way shortly! Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children is sure to delight your whole family! Thank … Continue reading

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Carnival of Homesteading #45

Welcome to the 45th Carnival of Homesteading! If you’ve been around here when I host a Blog Carnival, you know how much I love themes! But, alas, I had issues. Computers, kids, work, and some other meanies all conspired against … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt: Twist(ed)

This week’s theme: Twist(ed) About 1/4 mile down the road from me, this twisted barbed wire fence marks the boundary between one old farm and another. At times it held back cattle, at times perhaps a feud. Technorati Tags: barbed … Continue reading

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Homesteading Blog Carnival: Call for Submissions

My, another blog carnival is on the way! The Homesteading Carnival will be hosted here at Diary of 1 this coming Monday, April 14. You can submit your blog post/article HERE by Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. This blog carnival … Continue reading

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Death by Blogging and Other News

Blogger, beware: your writing may be dangerous to your health, even fatal! So says the New York Times in yesterday’s article about paid bloggers, especially tech bloggers, sucked into the round-the-clock Internet economy: Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., … Continue reading

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Christian Carnival CCXVII: Attributes of God Edition

Welcome to the Christian Carnival CCXVII: Attributes of God Edition! I am honored to present such an expansive and quality array of posts this week. I’ve arranged the posts around several attributes of God, using the wonderful little book Praying … Continue reading

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Oregon Beauty

This is a view of Mount Bachelor from Sparks Lake, from a hike we took last summer. Talk about The Perfect Day – we hiked and picnicked with dear family friends, and also our French exchange student. Of course, our … Continue reading

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Good Friday and Call for Submissions

I trust your Good Friday was good. This year, my little JoJo had her birthday on Good Friday. She enjoyed a happy celebration with many friends. As for me, I just loved all the moms who came and I basked … Continue reading

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Blog touring

Oh, the places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss. I’ve been wandering all around. The Christian carnivals, Carnival of Family Life, food blogs, homeschooling blogs, homesteading blogs, BendBlogs. And principled government. Whew, I’ve been to a lot of places, and more to … Continue reading

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Sneaking permission to get on the blanket

We have a stone cold floor. Slippers or at least socks are a must in the winter and even spring to keep your toes from a bluish frost. In fact, it’s a rule for the children to put socks on … Continue reading

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My Ultimate Blog Party 2008 & A Giveaway

Welcome, I’m so glad you stopped by! The 5 Minutes for Mom blog is hosting another Ultimate Blog Party, which is basically a “carnival” to meet other mom bloggers and surely win some prizes! The idea is to go to … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt: Party (tea for two)

This week’s theme: Party Oh, the happy days of a tea party childhood. Would you like some more, my dear? Technorati Tags: photo hunt, tea party, children

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Blog Spotting to France and Back

Why are there so many good blogs? Dang, it just eats up my time and I have to exercise great restraint. At any rate, Here are a few cyberstops that may be worth your time. There’s the round of carnivals, … Continue reading

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WW: I Had to Pull Over

Sunset over the Three Sisters, part of the Cascade Mountain Range that I’m blessed to look at every single day. This photo is from last week, and I wasn’t the only one to pull over. Even us locals who see … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt – Free

This week’s theme: Free Running free along the beach; I took this photo of my niece, foreground, and our French exchange student, background, this past summer at the beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence, Oregon. It’s such a carefree … Continue reading

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Blog Love for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! For bloggers, the best Valentine gift would be some link love, so here’s some long overdue mentions. I was given the E for Excellent Blog Award by e-Mom, and need to pass this on. Here are some … Continue reading

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WFMW: Just Eat the Ice Cream

As you can see, ladies (and gentlemen), there was no room in the freezer for this quart of ice cream, so I simply had to eat it. I believe it fit before I took it out, but somehow, various frozen … Continue reading

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WW: Wear Your Helmet On The Ice!

Now, that’s a good mom…after being reprimanded by the Canadian, I helmeted the kids the next time on the ice. Kind of a no-brainer for three and four year olds ice-skating, why didn’t I think of this sooner? For more … Continue reading

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New York Giants Win Super Bowl; but my contest winner is a Patriots fan!

Great big giant congratulations to the New York Giants on their stunning Super Bowl XLII win!! And huge congratulations to the WINNER of my Super Bowl Giveaway: Shannon Jordan at A Reforming Mom, who is a true blue New England Patriots fan (despite her husband … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt: Narrow

The theme this week is narrow. The narrow Crooked River runs through Smith Rock, one of our favorite hiking spots. There are many narrow paths to hike, and tall, narrow spires of rock to fill you with awe.

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That Contest and Some Links

Thanks to everyone who has entered my Super Bowl Giveaway of NFL auto accessories! Go HERE to enter, you have until this Saturday. Just leave a comment to enter, and read the post for details. Be sure to visit the … Continue reading

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Works For Me: Faith

Welcome to another edition of Works For Me Wednesday – see the complete list of entries HERE. What works for me is Faith. Have you tried it? It moves mountains, heals sickness, and changes lives. Sounds too good to be … Continue reading

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Super Bowl XLII Giveaway: Auto Accessories

Super Bowl XLII is set for February 3, 2008 in Arizona, a showdown between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots!! Diary of 1 and TeamMASCOT are hosting another giveaway right here, right now, in honor of this … Continue reading

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Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt: Old-fashioned

The theme this week is old-fashioned. When guests visit, the first comment is usually about these desks. I have a set of three that are situated to one side of the dining room. “Where did you get these?” is the … Continue reading

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Carnival of Family Life: Well-Read Life Edition

Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life: Well-Read Life Edition. Read in order to Live. –Gustave Flaubert Don’t we all wish we had more time to read? While no one can escape the bounds of time, there are some tools … Continue reading

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Christian Carnival: Renaissance Edition

Welcome to the 207th Christian Carnival, the Renaissance Edition! Renaissance comes from the French, meaning “rebirth.” What a fitting word for a Christian! This period of European history spanned roughly from the 14th-17th centuries, but the 15th and 16th centuries … Continue reading

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Will You Submit?

Oh, that sounds like a loaded question in the world of Christian doctrine. But it’s really quite simple: do you have a post to submit to the Christian Carnival? If so, submit it HERE by midnight tonight (Pacific Time will … Continue reading

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Thursday Thirteen: In My Purse

Can you tell a lot about a girl by what’s in her purse? I don’t know, but here are thirteen things currently in my purse. I’ll pull them out in random order, and let’s see what will be revealed about … Continue reading

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Works for Me Wednesday: Shortening’s not just for Cooking

Spectrum Naturals makes a vegetable shortening from organic palm oil. It’s a healthy alternative to traditional shortening and makes the flakiest, yummiest pie crusts. Its resume is impressive: no hydrogenated oils, trans-fat free, 100 percent certified organic expeller-pressed palm fruit … Continue reading

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Winter Carnivals

I have a few blog carnivals to update here, but I also discovered several Winter Carnivals around the world that look fabulously winterish and I wish I could attend them all! There’s the oldest running winter carnival in the Eastern … Continue reading

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Works for Me Wednesday: Superfood on the Go

Be sure to visit the Rocks in my Dryer Works for Me Wednesday master list. Here’s what works for me: Odwalla Superfood Micronutrient Fruit Juice Drink. It’s been my meal in a bottle many times over the past several weeks, … Continue reading

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Giveaway Update

Thanks to all of you who have left a comment on my Holiday Sports Giveaway – you have until midnight tonight, then tomorrow I’ll announce the winners! I really appreciate the blogs who have mentioned my Holiday Sports-Themed Giveaway. Thank … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Homestead

About the photo: This is the original homestead from our property – and yes, it’s still standing, won’t you come in for a cup of burnt coffee boiled in a pan over the cookstove? The land has since been divided, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: On Top of the World

About the photo: Do you remember the feeling, as a child, of being on top of the world? Just eight feet up on the monkey bars can make you a king. Blog carnivals to visit: Carnival of Family Life Carnival … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading, Traveling

My husband just finished reading The Heavenly Man, the remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun. I’ll be starting it next, because I need to have conversations with him; this book has changed him. Marital communication tip: if your … Continue reading

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Awards, Carnivals & Contests

I’ve received a few Blog Awards over the last several months, and I’ve been remiss in blogger etiquette, which is to pass on the awards. Thank you, again, to you wonderful bloggers who gave me these awards! The idea is … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Strange Things Around Town

About my photo: No Photoshop tricks, this really is a giant fireplace in the middle of the desert in Redmond, Oregon. I didn’t see any remains of a house, just a concrete strip leading to the fireplace. There’s another fireplace … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Ride Off Into the Sunset

I captured these sunset-kissed railroad tracks on my way home one evening, and couldn’t help but think of Lady’s magic gold dust (for you Thomas the Tank Engine fans). Blog Carnivals to catch: The Carnival of Homeschooling The Christian Carnival … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Airing My Dirty Laundry

Just so you know what I’ll be doing every spare second of my day. Current Blog Carnival update: Carnival of Family Life Carnival of Homeschooling Christian Carnival Carnival of Principled Government Festival of Frugality

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You Might Want to Read

That time again to highlight some “Carnivals,” which are just collections of blog posts in particular categories of interest. The Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted by About.Com:Homeschooling The Christian Carnival is up over at The Minor Prophet The Carnival of … Continue reading

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Christian Carnival 189: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Edition

I am so pleased to present the 189th Christian Carnival, which I have labeled The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Edition. I wrote about Bonhoeffer back in April, on the anniversary of his death. I couldn’t resist returning to this compelling character, most … Continue reading

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My Christian Carnival is Coming

Hey, I get to host the Christian Carnival next week, and I really want a post from you! Do you have something to say from a Christian perspective? The current carnival is being hosted at Bounded Irrationality, so check it … Continue reading

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Carnival, early August

It’s the height of county fair time, and we’re heading over to ours tomorrow. For now, here’s some carnivals to visit: The Carnival of Homeschooling (physical edition) is flying high over at Mom is Teaching. I enjoyed the post on … Continue reading

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