That’s A Lot of Bull……Head

Chris and I have a  bit of cabin fever.  Mother Nature dumped a bit more snow on us last week and I am trying to not complain but doggone it----I am tired of the fluffy white stuff.  Thank goodness it almost all melted off in 24 hours and we are supposed to experience a bit warmer temperatures this week.  Not a minute too soon. We had to get out of the house.  We didn't want to venture too far but wanted to go do something outside so we headed out after consulting Oddball Iowa--A Guide to … [Read more...]

No Fooling! It’s All About the Kids!

April 1st is here and even though it is a day for practical jokes and tom foolery that won't be what you find on It's Just Life because it is Comments for a Cause day!!!  I know I say this every single month but it really is my favorite day of the month because I get to share with you how much we raised for Comments for a Cause AND reveal what our next cause will be.  March was a great month to feature Make a Wish-North Iowa as the featured charity. You can read the original post by clicking … [Read more...]

My Mug O’ Comfort Arrived!!!

A few weeks ago I joined up with the ladies over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps to join in on their Mug O'Comfort Swap.  It was pretty simple---just agree to follow a few guidelines, make a couple of blog posts and send a basket of love to someone else.  Of course since it was a Mug O'Comfort swap one of the items had to be a mug and some fabulous things to put in the mug. I got matched up with the lovely and witty Jenni from Sincerely Jenni.   We both live in Iowa and have "met" virtually as she … [Read more...]

Making Wishes Come True

It is March 1st and that means it is time to focus on Comments for a Cause here at It's Just Life.  If you are new follower (thank YOU!) this is the way it works.  Each month I select a charity or cause to support.  For each legitimate comment on ANY post during that month I promise to make a donation of 50 cents to that cause.  Legitimate = a comment that shows that you actually read the post and actually made a comment relevant to it.   Simple, right? In February I was thrilled to find … [Read more...]

All Things Food: Kringla, Cookie’s, Iowa Bloggers, Classic Ball Jars

Being a blogger is part of being a big community of love and today a fellow Iowa blogger shared some love with a bunch of us.  A big thanks to Wini Moranville  who writes for the Des Moines Register for promoting a bunch of us who just happened to be online when her call went out for Iowa bloggers to promote. You can read the article by clicking on this link which will take you to the paper article in a new window.  Thanks, Wini, for sharing the love today. … [Read more...]

The Ones Who Hold Your Heart

One of the truths in my life is that I have had to say a lot of goodbyes over the years. When I was young I grew up in a preacher's family.  In our family moving was just part of what life was all about. We really did not move all that often---I lived in 5 different towns from birth to college and that really did not seem like all that many different places to me. After marriage I have had the pleasure of exploring several areas of our great United States and even Australia. I have lived in 6 … [Read more...]

2014 Book Log

Books read in 2014 January Thaw by Jess Lourey Playing With Matches by Carolyn Wall The Senior Moment by Eva Hudson Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer Bootstrapped in Iowa by Sara Broers The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen The Testament of Mary by Colman Toibin The Front by Patricia Cornwall Blunt Impact by Lisa Black Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Michael Dicks Bean There, Done That by Sandra Balzo Brewed, Crude and … [Read more...]

Comments Pave the Way for Both Research and Global Arts Therapy

I never dreamed when I started doing Comments for a Cause in April 2011 that I would get so wrapped up in the causes that I discovered.   It has been such a blessing to both my husband and myself to be able to support some wonderful people and causes along the way.  Every month the new "cause" presents itself and I have no doubt that it is God-guided.  The other neat outcome is that others have joined in and if you check out the right side of my blog you will find a spot where I list other … [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...]

Filling Stations, Food and Fabulous Friends

How could you not click on a post with Filling Stations in the title???  I am very glad you did and stayed around to read the first paragraph of this post, at least! Earlier this week a group of new and old friends of the blogger type gathered at a local diner in Mason City to get to know each other a bit more. The location:  LD"s Filling Station located on 12th Street NE .   If you have never been to LD's you might miss it when driving by---it is back from the road and a huge favorite of the … [Read more...]

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