GiveThanks Challenge x7 2016

Yesterday, I joined KBR Ministries GiveThanks Challenge x7 2016.  This is my second year in a row doing this challenge.  It’s a great way to learn how to be thankful for 30 days in a row, humble thyself, and meet some very lovely and inspirational like-minded people.  I have posted the information below about the challenge.  My bff and I are doing it together and are accountability partners.  You may click the picture to take you to site to sign up if you’re interested.


KBR Ministries’ 2016

With the Thanksgiving season approaching, let us challenge one another in giving thanks to the Father of all gifts every day this month. You are invited to join us for the next 30 days as we praise Him for His daily benefits!

You are welcome to ask a sibling or accountability partner to take this challenge with you!

Begins: November 1, 2016

Ends: November 30, 2016

Rules: Write down at least 7 things each day that you are grateful for!

You can either write your list each day in your own personal journal, or join us on our private online group, where members can write their daily lists throughout the month. It’s a blessing to lift up grateful hearts together!

If you miss a day, please make it up the next day.

Reward: Send us a letter by December 5, 2016, letting us know that you completed the 2016 GiveThanks! challenge. You can fill out this chart OR simply write a letter including your name, age, parent’s signature, and mailing address. On the envelope, please specify “GIVE THANKS CHALLENGE.” We will send you a surprise prize for completing the challenge!

(We’re sorry, email letters do not qualify for a prize. Letters postmarked after this date cannot be rewarded. )


I hope to see you guys there!

Till Next Time,



It’s Been Quite Some Time…

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It’s been quite some time since I last posted.  Last October in fact!   I was kinda disinterested in maintaining this blog and lack all motivation in keeping this going.

My priorities have changed now and I think that it is a really good idea to keep this going.  My original intent is still here and I think it is a good thing to have this creative outlet to come to if I need to vent or to simply put something out there.  Blogging is also very therapeutic too as well.

I don’t intend this to be an online diary of my day to day activities.  I have my own personal journal on my nightstand that I put my pen to paper.  I still intend to post own original work here and other things that I love as well as things that inspire me that I hope in turn inspire you as well.  Think of it as a peek into my soul  and to who I am.

I invite you to come follow me, into the wild unknown.  Journey into the depths of a soul, of a story that has many, many levels, that are not always simple, cut & dry.

Come journey with me…



Till next time-




The Past Few Weeks In Photos Sunday 12 July 2015

I found this really neat site.  I read about it first on Huffington Post.   They had a small write-up about it. Now you can emoji-fy any website.  I did my site too.  To get to The Backwater Primer, it would look something like this: http://🔑☁🍖😜🐷💩🍅🐶.🍕💩.ws  Pretty neat, right?  To go try it now on any website, just click here to go to linkmoji.

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well.  We have been very busy this past week.  Chris and I have made a couple trips up to Mom & Dad’s.  Chris finished painting the porch and Mom and I finished making the boutonnieres and my bouquet.  Our cake topper came in last Monday.

The bachelorette party was pretty fun last night.  We took a supper meal at an Amish woman’s home, Cindy’s Home Cooking, in Panama, NY.  The meal consisted of fresh baked bread, salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, desserts, and everything was so delicious!  I could never cook like that!  It had so much flavor in it.  She had two very young girls and they were staring at us, watching us, so curious.  They were all so super nice.  It was the first time I had ever been in an Amish home, but I have been around plenty of Amish folk in my life.  I rode up with my bff.  My Mom, my Grandma, my sister Grace, my Mom’s bff, my bff’s Mom, and my bff’s sister came last night.

Today is the bridal shower.  My grandma is coming here at 1 o’clock to pick me up.  Afterwards, I am going to go visit one of my friends who is in town with her baby daughter.  She and I spent a great deal of time together growing up and I spent a lot of time over at her house and her parents’ are like my second parents’.  I haven’t met her baby and I am looking forward to seeing them.

Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.


I have to go get ready.  My Grandma is picking me up soon to go to the bridal shower.  I hope everyone is enjoying what is left of the weekend.  I will talk to y’all soon!


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10 etiquette rules picture
You leave your elbows off the dinner table and understand the importance of a nice, firm handshake. Congrats! You’re a generally well-mannered person. But do you know which hand you should wave with? Or which seat to offer your boss in the back of a town car? There are tons of little-known etiquette rules that most people break every single day.
cough1. You’re coughing into your right hand.
Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough is good manners. Using your right hand to do it? That’s bad. Your right hand is your social hand, which should be available for shaking hands, waving, and blowing kisses.  Your left hand, meanwhile, is your“personal” hand: That’s the hand you use for coughing, scratching, sneezing, whatever it is we don’t want to talk about. The reason for the distinction,  is just simple politeness —you don’t want to sneeze into one hand, then absent-mindedly use that palm to shake hands with a new colleague.


2. You’re wearing your handbag on your right shoulder—and slinging it over the back of your chair.

shoulder bag on left shoulder
shoulder bag on left shoulder

To keep your “social” hand free for greetings, it’s best to keep your handbag — or cocktail! — in your left hand. That way, you don’t have to take the time to switch it over to the other arm when you’re reaching out to shake someone’s hand.” (Of note: Queen Elizabeth always keeps her tote on her left.) While you’re at it, never place your handbag on the back of a chair when you’re seated at a table. The proper spot, is on the floor to your right.

3. Also, you’re calling it a “purse.”
That term is reserved for any clutch, tote, satchel, etc. that costs less than $100.  A purse is something that is relatively inexpensive, since a handbag is more expensive. You should never go into Neiman Marcus and ask for their purse department. They don’t have one.

how to sit like a lady4. You’re sitting down wrong.
To avoid collisions at the dinner table, always approach your chair from the left-hand side and exit on the right.  And if you need to use the restroom during the meal, never announce your intentions to the group. Instead, “Just say, ‘Excuse me,’ and step away.”



5. You’re passing the salt without the pepper.pass salt and pepper
They’re like a little couple. You never want to separate them. The theory: even if one diner asks only for the salt, the person next to them may want both, so they should be kept together. And remember—always pass to the right!


Ryan Gosing applauding6. You’re applauding incorrectly.
Study celebrities at any major awards show: not everyone is properly recognizing the winners. The correct way to applaud is just slightly to your left, about chest height. You never want to clap in front of your own face and you sure don’t want to clap in front of someone else’s.


7. You’re claiming the best seat in the car …

Businessman sitting in a backseat of the car and talking on the phone.

The power seat in any limo is to the back and the right. That’s the one you should leave for your boss “or whomever is the person of prominence or honor.  The next person in line gets to claim the seat to the left, while the junior person usually gets the middle. (Note: the same does not apply to riding with your siblings.)

How to get out of a car and not flash8. … And you’re climbing in wrong.
When entering a vehicle, first sit down, then swing your legs in. It’s the proper way to do it plus it’s classy.  As an added bonus, it prevents any skirt-wearing women from accidentally flashing their companions.

9. You’re pointing at your friend.

open hand gesturingWe can point at something but we never point at someone. If you must point out across the room to your pal, you may gesture, but be sure to use an open hand.

revolving door10. You’re using a revolving door improperly.

Holding the door? You’ve got that one down. But when faced with a revolving door, it’s polite to enter first. You never want your client or date to have to push while you’re behind them just prancing in. It’s about making the other person feel special and making it easier on them.  What it isn’t about is showing off.  It should never be, ‘How about me, I know these things.  Because being a braggart—well, that’s just rude.

I love reading and learning about etiquette, especially from the 1800s and the 1900s.  I truly believe that manners are a lost art.  You may see posts on etiquette in the near future.

Have you ever broken any of these etiquette rules before?  Do you have some favorite etiquette rules you follow yourself?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this post, please like and share so others may enjoy it too.

This is the last post of June.  I hope y’all had a great month and are having a great week as well.  See you in July!  Thanks!

See you next time!  Namaste!

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