Posted in Writing

I Finally Did It! Brand New Website!


Well, folks, I finally took the plunge and decided to go to a self hosted site! I’m super excited, but I have literally worked my butt off getting everything lined out this whole weekend. There’s still SO much to be done, probably a million things I haven’t even thought of yet, so…

I would be super honored if any of my readers would be kind enough to head over to my new blog, check it out, and provide feedback. Especially those who have their own self hosted site.

Some of the biggest changed include the fact that I have categorized everything a bit differently. Now I have certain posts for certain days. It doesn’t mean that I will post each and every day, though I wish I had that kind of time, but just that you can expect certain things to pop up on certain days of the week.

I have also added a pitch for my freelance writing career in my home page. This will hopefully be a place that I can send potential clients who want to know more about me and my writing style and possibly something else later on. I’m not even sure if I’m doing it right, just playing everything off the cuff right now.

Anyway, if you happen to click the link above and visit, as I said I would simply ADORE any feedback you would like to send my way. To say that I’m in experienced in my own website is quite an understatement.

Thanks so much!

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Posted in Don't Forget The Old Ways Reblogs, In The Mountains

The Old Stokermatic


Don't Forget The Old Ways

Daddy built the house that we lived in when we were in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. I was far too young to remember a lot of the particulars, but some things stood out more than others.

Like the way Mom use to pull her old ringer washer out the kitchen door and into the yard with an extension cord to use it. She would put a metal washtub up in a chair to sit underneath the ringer and fill it with water to rinse the clothes in as they came out of the ringer.

I remember the big upright canisters of propane that we used to run our stove that Mom cooked on. I can’t remember what kind of cook stove it was, just that it ran on gas and sure did a fine job cooking a meal.

I remember exactly where everything sat, and how simple it was…

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Posted in Don't Forget The Old Ways Reblogs

Cast Iron Is Still Going Strong


Don't Forget The Old Ways

Cast iron has been used for cooking for over 2000 years. Well, that’s the rumor, but I’m sure it’s close.

As long as there has been a meal to make, apparently, cast iron has been one of the means to get it done.

Since the “stove” did not come along until about the middle of the nineteenth century in Europe, cast iron was about the best thing to cook in over an open fire. (It still is today, in my opinion!)

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Even when cooking got moved indoors, with the addition of fireplaces and hearts, cast iron “spiders” were often used, as well as the hanging dutch oven.

It took me a while to figure out what a spider was, actually. I have always been an avid collector or very old cookbooks and you see a lot about searing and cooking things over an open fire in a spider.

As it…

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Posted in Writing

What Are Your Favorite Stock Photo Sites?


Let’s face it, every once in awhile, you simply can’t take your own photos for your blog.

Well, I mean, not all of us can.

For instance, I’m a wife, mom, homeschooler, blogger, freelance writer and bass player in a band, so it gets kind of hard to get out there and take the perfect photos all the time 🙂

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Just hanging out at the park!

Every now and again, I will throw in some stock photography. I’ve heard enough about all the ways you can be sued for using other stuff and I stay away from that like the plague! It is certainly never my intention to step on any toes, that’s for sure!

In my search for stock photos, my favorites have turned out to be Pixabay and Pexels. With these two sites, there are no attributions needed, you don’t have to join, sign up or pay, and you are free to use the images however you want.

Other sites I have found are just not as good, but I keep looking. So…

I was wondering if you would be willing to share your favorite stock image sites? Please, list them in the comments below and when I get enough, I’ll make another post for the benefit of other bloggers as well.

Also, if you’d like a link back to your own blog, please make note of that in your comment and know that I greatly appreciate it!

Thanks!

Posted in Writing

Aflac Spams Job Search Site


This is one of my biggest pet peeves, especially as a freelance writer. One of the ways we, as freelancers, often find new clients is to run job board searches. They do not often turn up anything useful, but this is ridiculous…

For the last couple of months, Aflac has been posting these ads 10-20 at a time, for different locations across the country, with the heading “Benefits Freelancer”. Now maybe I’m wrong, but as I understand it, you can’t “freelance” insurance benefits. As a matter of fact, being a “freelance” writer usually means that you are self-employed and not working for any one company in particular.

Still, there are positions like this in my email and on the website itself time after time…

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This pops up at least 2-3 times per week and I have to wonder, is their company really so in need of employees or are they just posting these to push back legitimate freelance writing gigs? Because running a search with the word “freelance” in it will bring back page after page of these ridiculous spam ads.

Whatever it is, it gets on my nerves.

Ok, rant over. Hope everyone has a great Monday!

 

Benefits Freelancer job in Dale City, Virginia, US. Read the Benefits Freelancer job description and find other Aflac jobs at Monster.

Source: Benefits Freelancer Job in Dale City 22193, Virginia US

Posted in Schooling

Kindle Books For Homeschool


I wrote a post awhile back in which I mentioned Project Gutenberg. If you still haven’t heard of it, please click on the link and take a look.

This blog I found today is a GREAT resource for books that we can use right from our Kindle, Kindle App or other app that will open Kindle downloads.

I have, in the past, downloaded some great free resources from Amazon, but this blog post really lays things out so that you can get the most out of them. Everything is categorized with even the free ones listed as such.

Just take a look below if you’re interested. I know I found some great resources and I hope you do too!

By the way, if you have anything to add to the list or have another site that you glean from, please leave a comment to let us know where.

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As high school approaches, Ben’s reading list is growing and changing. So many of the books I want him to read can be found cheap or free on Kindle. And we love our Kindles! No more packing a huge backpack every time we travel or buying one more book case because we’ve filled all that we …

Source: 170+ Classic Books on Kindle for Homeschool Education (history, geography, science) – Ben and Me