Thursday, December 29, 2011

11 in '11 Linky Party

This Linky Party is sponsored by
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

These teachers are also presenting at the...

I'm so excited about this linky party and also the Expo Jan. 28th. You can click on the above links for more information. I can't seem to copy the icon, excuuuusee me - button, with it linking to the site but my husband says I've come a long way on blogging. I know I'm good at stalking hopping joining linky parties. And I've tweeted and FB about this Expo because I'm trying to spread the love around the blogs, like a good girl instead of just putting my link on and hopping around. Anyone else notice that Linky parties seem to be related to ying/yang karma?

I am supposed to answer these 11 questions about 2011:

11. Favorite movie you watched: 

I read The Help and have seen the movie. Both are outstanding!
10. Favorite TV series: The Closer

9. Favorite restaurant: TxMex

8. Favorite new thing you tried: Blogging

7. Favorite gift you got:  New purse after "spending" seven years with old one.

6. Favorite thing you pinned: Don't know how yet, but highly interested.

5. Followers favorite post (this is all about me, right?): Why Craft? Why Art?

3. Favorite picture from Pattern Naturally

2. Favorite memory: Having fun on my best friend's houseboat.

1. Goal for 2012: To finish book for mothers of young children that I am co-authoring with Mommy with Selective Memory.

 I grew up in a small town in Kansas with two sisters and two brothers and we have remained close. I have "retired" from teaching but my daughter and I work play in the church nursery and love it (18 months to 3+ years). 

We live in the country in Texas and have 3 outdoor cats, a crazy dog, 5 guineas, 8 hens and a beautiful "exotic" rooster. A variety of birds visit our yard because we throw out bird seed. 

We also have many hummingbirds visit us. My favorite time of day is sunrise. I'm usually the only early riser - it's heavenly sitting on my back porch.
I stay busy with church, blogging, writing, yard work, and family. We are trying to restore a pond on our land. This was just cow pasture when we built our home. Some of our grandchildren live next door.

"Where's Mom?"

We had pygmy goats for a while but they kept getting out of the fence, were noisy, and reproduced often.

My daughter's job is walking and grooming a 32-year-old gentle horse who lives across the road. I think I have a wonderful life.

2012 Goal: Read scriptures daily.
My Challenge to You: Read at least one book a month for yourself - does not include Big Bird Goes to the Park.



  1. Just found your blog! Loved all of your answers. WOW congrats on publishing a book!! IMPRESSIVE!


  2. Very exciting congrats! I'm just starting the 2nd lisbeth book and man isshe tough or what??

  3. Lisbeth is one tough cookie, all right. So glad you are reading the books. I was disappointed in the movies and think the author would be too. (He's deceased or I think the movies would be different). Good for you reading books. Parents - remember our challenge: Read a book a month for yourself! "Big Bird Goes to the Park" does not count.

  4. Thanks for your kind words :) I'm you're newest follower!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  5. Miss T - honestly substituting was much more difficult than being hired permanently except you didn't have to return to a classroom that was totally horrible. But it lead me find a great school and principal where I settled. You'll get there!

  6. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I can tell you as someone who read "The Help" and saw the movie, the movie is fantastic! Of course, never as good as the book, but still great nonetheless. Happy New Year!

  7. Thank you Alison for letting me know. I will definitely see The Help movie. This is Kathryn Stockett's first book! So inspiring. My husband's not big on "chick flicks" but I'll find a girlfriend to go with. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Thanks for finding me on The Best Endings! I'm your newest follower!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  9. Hi Susan! So glad you found me through the Expo! I just got a Kindle for Christmas and will have to check out your book. It looks fantastic. I'm your newest follower!

    Kinder Kraziness

  10. Hello there! I just looked through your blog for the first time and I just love it! Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy New Year!

  11. Hi Susan Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now following you too.

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I am following you too! Very impressed that you published a book! Wow!
    Ms. McBee’s Kinderbugs

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am your newest follower. Congrats on the book!

    A Class Act

  14. Thank you for following my blog and leaving a comment! I'm your newest follower. It looks like you live in a beautiful part of the great state of Texas!

  15. I love Texas even though we suffered through triple digits and no rain all summer. The grass was brown for months. But we do have a beautiful view of cows and horses. It took many moves to get here but I'm staying. Some of you have noticed I wrote a book. I kept a journal of funny things that happened to me while I taught then wrote chapters about things I thought would help teachers, parents and children. The book is only $2.99 on Kindle and free for 2 more months for Amazon Prime Members.

  16. Your grandbabies are so CUTE!!!!!!!! I bet all those animals keep you busy on your farm! My husband is from rural south Georgia and he would LOVE it there!!!
    I am your newest follower!

  17. Susan! I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm your newest member, and I'm adding your book to my Shelfari. Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Thank-you for stopping by my blog. I'm now excited to follow you. Happy New Year!!!

    Runde's Room

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now a follower! I love your pics!

  20. I wanna go on a house boat! I have always wanted to do that! Thank you for stoppin' by my place in cyberspace! =)

  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) I loved The Help as a book and as a movie! Happy New Year!

  22. Wow! Congrats on publishing your book! That is awesome! Much more exciting than getting rid of some old purses!! LOL!
    I love your blog and thanks for following mine! I am your newest follower!

  23. I LOVE your blog and congrats on your first book!!! :) You've been awarded the Liebster Blogger Award - Happy New Year!

  24. Love the ideas of using things in nature to make patterns - Awesome!!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog - Now I'm YOUR newest follower!


  25. Congratulations on your book publishment!! AWESOME! :) Thanks for visiting my blog--I am now one of YOUR newest followers :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  26. What a great post! I loved seeing the snapshots into your life... especially those cutie pie grandkiddos.

    CONGRATS on the book! I'm looking forward to following your blog.

    Happy New Year, Susan!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  27. I love your sunrise photo!! I grew up in the midwest and now live in the mountains in Utah, so I miss seeing the sun on the horizon like that. Beautiful photo! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower! I am going to have to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo...I've heard it is such a powerful read. Congrats on your own book!!

    Teaching First

  28. I am your newest follower!! I love your top 11. You MUST watch the help! Thanks for blogging about the expo too. I am so nervous/excited/spaztastic. LOL! Have a great week.
    <>< Crystal

  29. HI! I am now YOUR newest follower. Thanks for hopping over to my blog. I LOVE yours! Such great resources! In fact, my boys and I are doing a Curious George theme and you saved me time by having the PBS Curious George link on your site. I was going to look for it tomorrow and now it is bookmarked. Thanks! And congrats on the book! That's amazing! I too am a former special ed teacher, still have a special place in my heart for those babies! Awesome site! Thanks for sharing all the goodies!

  30. So many greaet ideas on your blog! I'm heading to Amazon right now to check out your book!

    Your newest follower:

  31. thanks for visiting! glad you got the button! Love your blog! Now following! :) Thanks for posting the button in your sidebar!

  32. The Help! Yes, that was one of my favorite movies this year.

    Wonderful blog. I am glad I vsited and will be back. I am your newest follower :)

    Happy New Year!

  33. Wonderful blog. So glad I visited. Will defently be checking in on you :)

    From tantrums to treasure hunts :)

  34. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your story! I love to hear of other families and their successes when dealing with Autism!

    Will definitely be following your blog from here on in - and look forward to reading more! Great blog!

    Happy New Year from The Antics of An Autism Mom :D

  35. It's linky party time again! This post would be great at it if you wanna share it! Here is the link!

  36. I am so glad you found my blog!

    I had to share some thoughts with you. Forgive me for being scatterbrained.

    Zip-lining is a blast. They strap you into a harness and then clip that harness to a wire that is strung across a long distance. You hop off one platform and end up flying down the wire to the second platform. I flew over tropical trees, a river, a waterfall, and more. I highly recommend it. The first step is scary, but as long as you listen to your guides you will be fine.

    I also love the Closer and am sad I do not have cable. I only get to see it when I visit family with DVR.

    Pinning is a blast and highly addictive. Let me know if you need an invite or even some pointers. I find a ton of great ideas and it keeps all my bookmarked ideas organized in a nice visual way.

    Also a secret wish of mine is to one day own a chicken coop. I even picked out the one I want my husband to build. ;)

  37. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!


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