Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Randomness

I feel like I'm getting a late start this morning.

But, actually, I didn't get a late start this morning--I was up at the crack before dawn, as usual, trying to see the high schoolers before they left the house at 6:30. And then to get my two "other" daughters out the door at 7:00.

And then to welcome Maggie's buddies for our Friday morning Bible study before school which got started again this morning.

And then to drive them all to school.

And then to get to the gym.

And then to shovel snow.

So, really, at 10:30 a.m., I'd say I've accomplished quite a lot.

I really have nothing important to say today. No profundities. No silly stories. Just random thoughts running through my mind. Want to know what I'm thinking about?

First, I was going to post about a new muffin recipe I tried last night for Caramel-Banana Muffins. They looked so good in Midwest Living magazine--all ooey, gooey and delicious. But, really, when we went to eat them this morning, they weren't all that good. A little on the dry side, to be perfectly honest.

I don't know what I did wrong. I doubled the recipe, which sometimes makes a difference. I might not have used enough banana. Other than that, I haven't a clue. They should have been delicious, according to the picture in the magazine.

Sometimes a recipe just doesn't work out. Oh well. But if you're up for a challenge, you can find the recipe here. Give it a try and let me know how they turn out.

Second, what's with the whole "New Year, New You" craze? This phrase was really popular a few years back, and I'm seeing a resurgance again. Frankly, something about this phrase bugs me. I kind of liked the "Old Me" so why do I want a "New Me"? Oh, sure, there are some things I'd like to change, but really, do I have to fashion an entirely "New Me" to just improve on what I've already got going?

I don't know. What do you think about that whole "New Year, New You" craze?

Third, one thing I have been working on is my attitude about winter. I'll admit, I can get pretty crabby about winter, and if I let that attitude fester, things just go downhill until by the end of March I'm pretty much ready to throw in the proverbial towel and move to Dallol, Ethiopia--that's the warmest place on earth.

Anyway, this year I'm really trying hard to not complain about the weather--it is what it is--and I'm even trying to see the beauty in winter.

(You can hold me to that in about a month or a week when I'm sick and tired of being cold and I start to complain.)

So, in honor of the beauty all around me--and, believe me, lots and lots of beauty fell from the skies this week--here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday.

I just love this tree in my back yard. And when it's laden with snow, it's especially beautiful.

(What I don't love is that ugly electrical pole sitting behind it.)

And this little bench just sits in my back yard, next to a cobblestone path. Nobody ever sits on it--it just sits there looking cute.

So those are my random thoughts for a Friday. What are yours??



  1. Boy, does this Ozark farm chick need an attitude adjustment about winter. I hate it, I like the summer, the flowers and the sound of a lawnmower. I miss swimmin' but I'd have to brush off the snow and break the ice at -7 below right now.

    I need an adjustment bad. One of those yummy muffins might help!

    You have a great day and may God bless it!

  2. Shelly,
    I love your random thoughts and your sense of humor. These are great thoughts. You know if you didn't have luck with the muffins, neither will I. But I am also tryign to be more postive about the winter. Thanks for a smile on a long day. You're always good at making me smile.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Shelly, I'm right there with you on that "New Year, New You" thing. Not only do I like the old me ok, but I don't get why some people think we only turn the pages of our life on the strike of midnight New Year's Eve. If I find something about me that needs to change, I generally do it as soon as I can muster up the resolve or as soon as God hits me with a 2x4, whichever comes first. That may be in March, July, October, you name it! I'm afraid the marketplace has simply commercialized New Years with the whole "new you" theme just like it's made Christmas about new cell phone plans and Valentine's Day about giving your spouse a new Mercedes (who does that!!!). This plan has been spearheaded by weight loss companies, gyms, hair salons, and even universities - all for a buck.

  4. I have a bad attitude about winter too. I don't like going outside at all. I avoid it if at all possible. And we don't really get snow here there's no pretty view :(

    I do believe in forgetting what lies behind and pressing on no matter what time of year it is :)

  5. Don't forget the reason we planted the beautiful, snow laden tree was to hide the ugly electrical pole sitting behind it. That's obviously not working out too well.


  6. Your snow pictures are pretty. I love winter and long as I'm only looking at it through the window in my family room!!

  7. dms, I wouldn't say I love winter . . . just trying to have a better attitude about it. I'm glad you love it though! :)

  8. LOVE your snowy pictures, Shelly! Your yard looks JUST LIKE ours! :)

  9. I'm one of the strange ones who don't mind winter at all. It gets hard when it's bitter cold for weeks on end but around here chinooks tend to blow through and they can raise the temperatures by 15* in half and hour or so depending on how warm they are.

    New Year, New You. Not sure how I feel about that. I sorta get what it's saying but I guess it just speaks of major discontentment to me as it implies I need to change all of me into something new. I don't know if I'm writing very clearly. Oh well, maybe I need to change that. LOL.