Wednesday, You Delight Me


This pollinated Wednesday afternoon (seriously, we have WHIRLING CLOUDS OF POLLEN here) seems like an excellent time to wrap up a few loose ends that I have oh-so-carelessly left undone.

A thousand pardons.

– First, you will never know how much your sweet comments about Maggie meant to us. Y’all are the best. We are still missing her but doing so much better now. And Ally the Mutt has been the happy recipient of pretty much anything she wants. A piece of pork tenderloin? Sure. Neck massage? Certainly. Sleeping in the bed with humans? Absolutely. I’m surprised we haven’t run her a warm bath and presented her with a cheese plate, honestly.

– I’ll announce winners of the Amy Grant giveaway in the next day or two. Thanks for your patience with that.

Dave Barnes’ new CD is sixty-four kinds of awesome and on near-constant rotation in our house. It’s definitely his best one so far, and if you’re interested in listening to great, grown-up music that is also totally appropriate for your kids’ little ears, then you should check it out. You can find it on iTunes or Amazon.

– I loved all of your ideas for cooking for a crowd. When I was reading your comments, I remembered something I did when we had some friends over back in the fall, and it met three of my favorite criteria: cheap, simple and delicious. I fixed a taco salad / nachos bar, and it was so easy: seasoned ground beef, black beans, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, Rotel dip, guacamole and tortilla chips. The kids made nachos, the grown-ups made taco salads, and all was right with the world.

– My friend Anne will be in Eastern Europe and Russia over the next few days.

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Just click on the button to follow her story – and the stories of so many who don’t have a voice – while she’s there.

– Finally, here are two posts I’ve loved this week: one by Jon and one by Annie.

Happy Wednesday, y’all.

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  1. Wow. I was really touched by the two posts. What an encouragement today! Thanks for sharing.

  2. The bath and the cheese plate ~ LOL!!!

  3. Woo Hoo! Can’t wait to check out Dave’s new CD!!

  4. Thanks girl.

  5. Thanks for the connection to Anne. I will share this with my neighbor who is very involved with Stop Child Trafficking Now. I know that she will want to follow along.

  6. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment. Or maybe I did…

    Anyway, I left a blog award for you on my blog today. Check it out.

  7. I laughed out loud at the cheese plate and bubble bath comment.

    …and the nacho/taco bar? Brilliant! Now I’m hungry.

  8. The taco bar is always a hit. I also make homemade pico de gallo with it.

    I make the meat ahead of time and keep it on low in the crockpot. It makes the house smell wonderful and I don’t have to cook it at the last minute.

  9. Hey! I’ve been reading your blogs for years now (wow!) and love it! Sunday afternoon I was reading the latest issue of HomeLife magazine and just happened to read the tagline at the end of the article and realized it was by YOU!!!! I loved it!

    And my husband gets onto me about texting during Date Night. :)

  10. I have meant to leave you a comment about dear Maggie…I can totally sympathize! Our beloved dog, LIlly died almost 2 weeks ago, and it was absolutely devastating. We all just cried, and cried, and cried some more. I am still cry most days when I think about her…..anyway, I know how it feels to lose a pet, and I am so sorry for yall. Our other inside dog as also been receiving special treatment since Lilly’s passing. She has taken Lilly’s place underneath the table (for crumbs), and now she barks at the cats. It really is interesting to see her in a new dominate role. Death really puts lots of things into perspective, doesn’t it?

    How about that idol shocker with Mike last night? And Tim in the top three? Ha!

    Have a great day!

  11. Hey!! I won your espn NCAA tourney group! Yay me!! ;)

  12. A taco/nacho buffet??? Well, now you’ve made me HUNGRY. However, we are heading to an event in a couple of hours, and it is being held at the ever-fancy Golden Corral–so I am SURE I will get my fill there! :-)

    Thank you for the link of Blogging from the Dark. I’m heading there right now to check it out.

  13. Jess from Jersey says:

    I emailed you a few days ago in a fit of crazy (and desperation and depression and heartbroken-ness and whatever else) and I mentioned I’d been reading your blog backwards from the start.

    Had I realized then that you lost your precious pup Maggie I wouldn’t have emailed you what I did. Especially embarrassing since you don’t know me at all.

    Have you heard of the Rainbow Bridge? I’m sure someone else has mentioned it in a comment. It’s supposed to be the part of heaven where pets go to wait for their humans.

  14. Jess from Jersey says:

    I saw this, and after reading your blog all the way through for the past few weeks, I sort of felt compelled to pass it along.

  15. We made a quick trip to South Carolina last week to see my new little niece, and I SAW THE WHIRLING CLOUDS OF POLLEN. Well, actually, they had just settled on the ground and coated everything yellow by the time we arrived, but still. CRAZINESS!!