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I have been MIA (missing in action) from this blog, soap-making, and social media in general.  This afternoon I felt like I emerged from a deep tunnel.  The sun is shining and I am ready to move forward with whatever life brings next!

My husband and I finished the MSF (Motorcyle Safety Foundation) course today.  We attended 16 hours, 4 of which were conducted in a class-room.   The 50 question test was difficult, but somehow I aced it.  Wow, did that feel great! I am grateful for my husband, my best friend.  He has been a huge support.  We both earned our motorcycle endorsements today.

I am not here to talk about motorcycles and licenses, though.  I am chatting about learning. 

Can learning new things can be addictive? Perhaps learning is a self-confidence booster.   Has anyone been told they cannot do something, or perhaps you have told yourself that you cannot do something, then you prove them (or yourself) wrong? Yes! On the other hand, quite simply, perhaps learning is simply something that benefits us and others, which is learning for all of the right reasons. 

I am considering additional courses, such as, HTML, herbal, or a second aromatherapy course.  All three would be beneficial to my small business.   I keep thinking the more we work the brain the less chance we have of it going bad.  The same goes for our bodies, and I am on that route next!

Until the decision is made, which course I will take, I must knock out the completion of the new website (my goal is 9/1/2010), and I am going to return to making soap like mad! I have several new scents for the fall and winter season that I am excited to add to the Annie’s Goat Hill collection. 

I am elated to be back on the bandwagon, here!

If you have any book, course, or related study suggestions, I would love to hear about them! There is nothing better than word-of-mouth recommendations from friends.

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The Missing Blog Roll


From My Desk To Yours

A few months back I accidentally removed my blog roll.

I fretted for a moment, felt a bit of discomfort, knowing that I had deleted some pretty special links.

As time went on I relaxed. 

Now I have decided to leave it as it is.


As a human being, and as a business person, I simply cannot pick and choose bloggers.  If I listed all of the blogs that I read you would find pages upon pages listed.

As Kathy B., of Spot On Cedar Pond also said, I also have eclectic tastes.  I may be reading a wonderful blog written about Texas folks one day, reading about goats tomorrow, reading about a country cottage the next day, or even about natural perfuming or soaping the next.

It is easier for me, as busy as I already am, to leave the blog roll alone.  If your blog goes dormant, I do not have to remove your link.  And I do not step on any toes by omitting one of your fantastic blog links.  A blog is a lot of hard work, and I honor each and every person that takes the time to keep one up to date.  

The joy of blogging is, when we find the time to read, we read.  When we comment, we comment (as long as Blogger allows the comments to post, ahem…clearing the throat).

Have a beautiful day, as always!

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Color From The Flower Garden

Color From The Flower Garden


Today I am talking about a blog that inspires me, The Lylah Blog – Simple Home Living

I could not tweak my own words to suit the purpose, so here are Lylah’s own words, “The Lylah Blog is about encouraging women to apply the Simple Home Principles to become great wives, loving mothers and on purpose home makers who learn the value of creating sanctuary.”

In my own words, there are a lot of blessings in life, and Lylah is one of them!

In her post, Being an On Purpose Home Keeper, Lylah wrote:  See, I am in no way perfect. I have not arrived. I am in process. And, when I write what I know is true, what I know is Biblical, what I know works and what I know honors God – I get reminded. I get to be challenged all over again. I don’t know about you, but I need that. I need the kick in the pants – as I run this race . . . as God develops character (His) in me – for the sake of the Kingdom and That Day (2 Corinthians 5:7-11).


In her post, A Farm on Every Floor, an article embracing vertical farming and gardening, Lylah captioned a photo with:  And, what would happen if we raised our kids on a farm? Think things might change?

Lylah surprised me in that post as well with a link to my own Annie’s Goat Hill blog. 

Thank you to her post, My Friend LaRue.  I finally have an idea how to display my grand-mothers colorful aprons! You need to go see!

Lylah authors more than one blog, her French inspired blog is:  La Maison Et La Jardin . I drool over that one!

I lived in France for a couple of years as a young child.  Now I have a few French-related blog posts in my drafts! My memory has been incredibly sparked! Life is good!

I think I met Lylah on Twitter.  At this point, I do not remember, and it does not matter. 






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Blog Writing Rules

typewriterBlogs…are there really any rules?

First of all, I feel there are way too “experts” stumbling upon each other,  publishing general rules about writing blogs.

In my own estimation, a blog should be an enjoyment to the writer.  Why write if the content is something the author is not passionate about? I agree that the blog creator is not writing for themselves, they are truly writing for their readers, but there has to be a level of interest for the writer to even turn out good copy.

Does it really matter if the print is left or right aligned.  One blog that I visit is normally center aligned.  I love what the writer does! I find her blog refreshing. 

If a person is writing a business blog, does content always have to be business related? Absolutely not! We are living in a period where marketing and business is returning to an “olden times way of thinking.”  Meaning, trust is so very important.  It is like going back to the era when mom and pop stores were popular.  It is important for the customer to know who they are buying from, know the integrity of the business, and to know what the business is all about.  All of this means so much more to a potential customer than putting out 100 ads a day that say, “Buy my spectacular product!” Blah, blah, blah…we get enough of that nonsense!

I agree, blogs should hold a certain level of professionalism and quality, even if the blog is simply written for family enjoyment. 

A blog should also contain valid information.  If statements are copied, credit must be given to the writer, and credit must be given to the original article.  Validity in an article is crucial!

I want to tell you a funny story.  A story about a piece of my writing.  I use a milking machine when I milk my goats.  For years I have called the cups that fit on the goat’s teats an inflator.  At one point, if you did a Google search for goat inflators you would have found blog posts, and a few articles, written my moi, yes me (tee hee).  Why just me? Because I assumed the cups were called inflators…oops…they are inflations.  Now do a search for goat inflations.  There are more articles out there than those written by Ms. Mary!!!!

Are there solid blog writing rules? Not per se’, but I do think we need to be responsible.  I love the variety in our blogs.  I love it that I have the opportunity, for example, to write as freely as I want.  This is MY opportunity to write, something that I always dreamed of doing.  I do not have to submit my work to my boss, nor do I have to submit to a publisher, but I am responsible for editing, and I am responsible for making sure my work is accurate.

Happy blogging…and please, do not get so hung up on the “rules.”  Who in the world wrote the rules on blogging anyhow? To my knowledge there weren’t/aren’t any! So, as Cheryl Phillips (The Daily Blonde, a writer that many of us associate with) said, “Just be yourself!”

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Marigolds are beautiful this season (of course, nothing to do with editing)!

Those that write blogs, letters, website updates, email, or even people that are in a profession that involves writing, all know how difficult it is to edit their own work. 

The dictionary definition of edit:  prepare for publishing.  And on that same dictionary page I see the word encyst: defined as an enclosure.  Flip to the “I’s” and find insist (pronounced exactly the same as encyst).  We all know what happens with “sounds like words,” the mind thinks one word and easily writes another.

Recently I wrote a blog post regarding shipping and handling charges.  I left out one extremely important word, which made a huge difference in interpretation.  Had I not corrected the error, I would have been paying money out my nose.  Did I proofread my work? Oh yes! First I read the original copy, a few minutes later I read the preview.  Hours later I printed the preview and read it again.    As a last check I read the final published copy on my phone.  The finished product made sense to me.  I did not see any typos. 


So, how do you edit? Perhaps you are one of the extremely blessed ones that write exactly what you are thinking, smooth as silk.  But, like me, you may write what you think, and hear what you think, but you cannot see the obvious once in print.  I listed my editing steps in the paragraph above.  What I am doing differently today is reading the post out loud.  Wow, what a difference it makes! If you do not take this step already, and if you need help with editing, try it!

Credits:  Webster’s Dictionary (1981 Thumb-Ease version, well worn), and Lynnanne (thank you) for asking questions and pointing out what was not clear.

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Updated Photos

I am not a person that likes to share my photo.  Perhaps it comes from my childhood.  I was one of those extremely shy kids that wanted to hide behind her mother’s skirts.  Those days have pretty much evaporated.  No, I am not one that likes to display myself very easily.  I am still very modest.  But I am a far cry from who I was a number of years back!

I thank my prior boss, Wendy, for chipping the remainder of that shyness away from me.  I recently met back up with Wendy, online, and we are both overjoyed to have our connections again.  She was, and still is, very inspirational to me.   Inspirations in our lives is one of my upcoming blog post topics.

Anyhow…out with the old…in with the new.  The 5 year old photo that I use on all of my accounts is going to go “poof,” and I am determined to keep up with the new.  Love my salt and pepper hair, ladies (and gents)…I no longer color.  And I am proud of it!



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Google Reader & Blog Roll

I am working on adding my blog roll. Wouldn’t you know, we now have storms moving through, I lost satellite signal, and I have more blogs still to add. Technology…:)

So I am on my Samsung Smart Phone plugging away. I can publish posts from the phone but I cannot completely edit the blog from here as I would like to.

You may already use this service, I love Google Reader. I have used it for well over a year to keep track of the blogs that I follow and subscriptions (feeds) as well.

Google Reader has many different options, one of which is viewing snippets of blog posts. It really is a nice service. Saves time and helps me to stay organized. And I can use all of the free help I can get in that area!

I also use Google Reader for blog topics that I search for. It lists blog posts that contain that particular topic, a continual list, valuable to me.

I hope to have the new blog roll finished up by this time tomorrow!

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There seems to be a problem with importing comments.  Some comments have imported, many have not.  I am working on the issue, and it will be resolved.

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Importing Posts

Hello! I am glad you found the new blog…and I am hoping you will enjoy it! I have the work cut out for me.

Later today I will be posting new soap pics, replacing the books (standard template photo)…but you know me, I love old things, the books are beautiful in their own right.

I am in the process of importing all of the old blog posts.  Some might be deleted.  Many will be tagged with new labels and categories.

Until the import is done, I cannot fix a thing…so bear with me.  Better than ever, onwards and upwards!

You can leave comments here at the new blog, or even on the old blog.  I am not going to “poof” the location of the old blog away.  FYI, this blog is temporarily set at a moderating level where I approve the comments before they post. 


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FYI – Just In Case

I am going to try to get us through the mess…and praying there isn’t any (like the shift Tyra helped us make from the comfortable place 5 years ago).

I am exporting blog posts to a new location. Once completed, I will link everything here to the new blog. The temporary link (area under construction, is: http://www.anniesgoathill.wordpress.com ) .

So…please excuse our mess…and do not worry…we will stay connected and I am hoping for better than ever!

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