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Working on our blog class with some friends at the church! Having fun…

Author: Beth R - Categories: blogging,getting things done,writing

Your Smart Phone


Just a few random notes about your smart phone-  most may know this but just in case…

If you’ve got an Android smart phone, you’ve got a built-in GPS system. Just type the address you’re looking for into Google Maps and ask for directions. Your phone will read the turn by turn directions to you. Your maps should automatically update when your phone software does, but if not, check your Play Store listings and update it automatically.

Like any other app it uses data- but it’s very nice not to have to have another device in your car. And as a side note, if you look up the address on another device (laptop, tablet, etc) that’s signed into the same account, it will automatically be in the search results, which makes it even easier!

Use your smart phone as the great tool it is!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life,time and money

It’s New Year’s again- so many folks making resolutions for this year… I’d like to share some of the best advice I ever got; maybe it will help you stay on track with your goals.
When my older daughter was born, her dad and I spent the first few days after the hospital at my folks’ house. All I had to do was take care of that precious baby and Mama took care of cooking, laundry, etc. She helped me learn how to give Mary Beth a bath, make sure her bottles were the right temperature, and everything else that came with taking care of a new baby.
Then when it was time to take her home, while Tommy and Mama packed the car, I sat in the porch swing with Daddy and held her. I started crying and Daddy wanted to know why – so I told him I was scared to death. I wasn’t sure I could do it- all the things that go with taking care of a baby! So many things to remember, so many things to be careful about- sticking her with diaper pins, having the milk too hot, diaper rashes… the list just went on and on.
So Daddy said, ‘What’s the very first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” I told him I would fix bottles for the next 24 hours; then he said, “then what?” so I said, “wash some diapers and get them ready.”
Then he said, “Don’t look past that- just get those two things done, and then figure out the next thing. Don’t think of everything you’ve got to do, just the next thing.”
And somehow that lifted the whole burden off me. I didn’t have a hundred things to do next, just one or two.
So as you’re working through the next few days, getting your goals in mind, don’t try to make yourself eat right, or study more, or work harder for the next 365 days. Just take today and do what you can today- and when tomorrow comes, do it again.
Happy New Year’s!

Smart Phone?


Are you getting the most out of your smart phone? I’m not very familiar with i-Phones, but I can tell you that Android-based phones have a lot of potential for saving time, being more organized and getting things done.

A couple of things I’d like to point out today:

  • photos- any photos you take on your Android phone or other device is not only stored there, it’s also stored online – on any computer or device, sign in to your Google account (the one associated with your phone) and then go to  (This is NOT a public site, simply a place where all your photos are). Since I want to make sure I don’t run out of space, I regularly download pictures to my hard drive and then delete the ones I don’t want to display on my phone or tablet. Just remember, if you’re in your phone’s gallery and delete photos, they’re still on your account; you should also have a ‘photos’ app that shows all the pictures online. If you delete them through that app, they’ll be removed from all your devices. It may sound a little confusing- just remember the gallery only holds the photos for that specific device- photos holds all photos from all your devices.
  • contacts- when you enter new contacts into your phone, make sure you list them as a Google contact, rather than a phone contact. Then, no matter what computer or device you’re on, you can sign into your Google account and go to and all your information is there. Then when you change phones, sign into your existing Google account and all your contacts are already there. There are a lot of features on Google’s contacts app- it will hold lots of information, and to me anyway, it’s a great online replacement for Windows Outlook app that everyone used to use.

I hope this will help! I’ll get someone who’s familiar with i-Phones to write a similar article for them.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

If you’ve got a smart phone, I hope you’re getting the most out of it that you can… I’d like to share about one of my favorite features.

Since I use an Android-based smart phone, I’ve got several apps built in from the Google universe. The one I use the most is my Google calendar. Besides having the app on your phone, you can also see it on your computer at

You’ve got an option to color code your events, which can be handy if you’re involved  with different groups.

One option I really like is sharing your calendar with others- I have mine shared with my husband so each of us can see what days he’s off, when events we attend are scheduled and I even have his payday as a reoccurring event.

I also have shared the calendar with my brother- since we share responsibility in getting her to doctor appointments, we can see easily when she’s got one coming up, and it keeps her from getting scheduled for two appointments at the same time.

The Google calendar is easy to learn, with lots of features- and since it’s available on any computer as well as my phone, it’s much easier for me to be where I’m supposed to!

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

This collection of poems spans the life of Bob Perdue. Poems that mourn lost friendship, celebrate family members, and friends, speak of the joys of everyday life: work, talking with friends, fishing, just living life. The book’s final poem is “The List”, which is an ongoing tribute to the Luverne Class of ‘68 and the members who have passed away.

This book can be purchased in paperback through Amazon at this link.

The Cloud Riders by Donnie R Griggs is the first book in a series about  a friendly, peace-loving people who live among the clouds. They build their homes, gather food from the mountaintops and take care of each other. This title includes two stories: “Introduction of the Cloud Riders” and “A Day with the Cloud Riders”.

This will make a great gift for any kid, especially those who love to imagine things and watch the skies for interesting stuff.

It’s available on Amazon here.




Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends,writing

Those of you of a certain age will remember the Eagles singing Seven Bridges Road; the real one, Woodley Road, is located about an hour from where I live, and I’ve ridden on it many times in the last 25 years or so.

This cover of the song, which is excellent by the way, is by Ricochet and was actually filmed on Woodley Road.

Give it a listen and see what you think.


Author: Beth R - Categories: country life

Boiled Peanuts


The good folks at the Shrine building would want me to invite you over for some boiled peanuts… every year on Labor Day, they put on the World’s Largest Peanut Boil – this year they’re got 27 tons to boil and parch.

All proceeds go towards the Shriner Children’s Hospitals. What a great way to raise money for such a great cause!

Come out and join us for some “goobers” – and while you’re here, thank the kind people who have given their time this long holiday weekend to work so we’d have these delicious snacks.

Grab a few extra bags- they will freeze and will taste fresh when you boil them just a few minutes.


Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,family and friends,my home town

Storm’s Coming


Came outside this morning to see we’ve got spiderlilies coming up. It’s hurricane season, so it’s expected… Harvey has been hammering and flooding the coast of Texas since yesterday.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life
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