My Favorite Things Week—In My Book® Bookmark Cards

Welcome to My Favorite Things Week on It's Just Life!  Every once in awhile I share with you, my lucky readers, some of my very favorite things.  This week I will not only share on my blog but I will share in real life.  All seven days this week I will give away the product that I am featuring that day. It will be very simple for you to enter to win.  Simply leave a comment on the post about the product featured.  It can be as simple as telling me why you would like to win it or what you … [Read more...]

Slightly Sweet Saturday—Grandma Bonnie’s Apple Pudding

I have great memories of my Grandma Bonnie (my mom's mom).  She was a superb cook and always had the best food when we visited the farm.  Farm fresh eggs (although I was not a fan of collecting them from the mean hens that pecked me) and fresh vegetables from the garden were staples on the table.  I remember hot sweaty days with  scratched arms and legs from going berry picking in the woods.  Whatever she prepared was a treat and I think I have gained my love of cooking from her. It seems … [Read more...]

Chance Encounters

Last week was traveling week for me and I had a very uneventful trip to and from Ohio unlike the week prior when I tried to get to Chicago.  Now that was a disaster from almost the first mile.  Thankfully my time traveling to see my mom was easy and fun and I encountered a couple of interesting things along the way. When I was in the waiting area at Minneapolis St. Paul airport I sat amongst a bunch of Target employees. They were having several lively discussions and were definitely having a … [Read more...]

Stand If You Are Able. Don’t Fret If You Can’t.

I recently spent a few days visiting my mom in Ohio and one of the things that we did was attend church on Sunday morning at her home church, Christ United Methodist in Alliance.  She has come to love this congregation over the past 14 years or so and after attending with her numerous times during that time I can certainly understand why.  They are a gracious and welcoming congregation and I always enjoy the services.  I think one of the things that I really enjoy about their services are that … [Read more...]

Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited by the wonderful Patti Jarrett from A New Day Dawns to join in the fun of a Blog Hop Around the World.  I told her I would join in but as I write this I am not sure how great of a post it will be.  Typical Beth Ann fashion---I jump in and say yes without really thinking it through but I will give it a good ole try. I guess the hardest thing for me was to think about what "creative" thing I wanted to focus on in this post.  I do a bit of writing, a bit of photography and a bit of … [Read more...]

Saving Homes and Holy Lemonade

Ever wonder why I take blogging so seriously?   At times it appears to have become a full time job with little pay but you know what?   It is all about connecting with people and the relationships that we build with one another. Stay with me on this one--it is kind of complicated.  I have followed Rara's blog Rarasaur for quite awhile.  Rara is an amazing lady who is very compassionate and loving and caring and all those things that I like to embrace in my own life.  She sponsored the NaNo … [Read more...]

Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun Blog Hop #147

It's Friday and that means I join Hilary from Feeling Beachie for her blog hop.  It's a great way to meet some other folks and see what they have to say.   We just fill in the blanks and share our answers---easy peasy.   Thanks to Hilary for doing this every week!!! This is the 147th one that she has done so hats off to Hilary for all the weeks for Friday Fun! The statements: ____ always makes me ____ If one song represents how I feel right now it is ____________. In 2013 my biggest … [Read more...]

Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun Fabulous Frivolity

It is Friday and that means I am joining up with Hilary over at Feeling Beachie to join in the weekly blog hop.  I am so glad that Hilary does this every week!  It is a great way to meet other bloggers and have a fun post.  This week my sweet niece, Carla, who blogs over at Random Ramblngs is the co-host and came up with the last two statements.   Yay! The statements: Don’t you love when you get to spend _____ I wish there was a were ____ but I would settle for ____. When I hear the … [Read more...]

Fabulous Friday

Check it out!!!  I have a new "button" on the top of the page for Facebook! (The little red F button in the row of 4 clickable buttons for Twitter, Pinterest and RSS feeds.)   I finally bit the bullet and created a Facebook page just for my blog so go ahead---you know you want to---click on it and "like" on Facebook! It's Friday so that means time to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for her weekly blog hop.  Feel free to stop over and join in the fun or let me know in the comments what your … [Read more...]

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report. … [Read more...]

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