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Facebook Break

Taking a break from Facebook…not sure about other social media yet…



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Just forgot…

to blog on Friday…

Yep…completely got away from me…and I thought I had prepared enough for the week.  Apparently not.  So this is for Friday.


So…blessings for those who forget, and for those who don’t.



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2018 Goals

I have decided to continue blogging daily.  I never really thought I would be able to do it every day in 2017 but I did.  I had help from family, and lots of encouragement from friends.  I pre-scheduled most of my posts throughout the week and as I would have time to write on the weekend.

I have also decided that this is the year for me to conquer six college classes, and to continue to my goal weight.  It will be busy starting back to work on today (and Carmen goes back to LSU).  Planning will be the key for homework, meals, and exercise.  My Passion Planner is ready to help, I just have to use it.

Apparently, it can take 18-254 days to form a habit.  Hoping that I can kick into gear and accomplished another 20-30 pounds down this year.  Really not wanting it to take forever, but healthy habits would be a good thing. Regain is thing.  I know that I am not perfect, and can’t do everything. But wanting to be better than where I am.

So goals:

Blog daily–again!

Classes – take 6 this year, and increase my gpa.  Will be okay with “C’s” but…

Weight – get back on track and lose 20-30 – hit goal weight!

Walk – Four 5k’s (beat my time of 54:35)!

Meal plan – plan to succeed—right?

Stay organized, and not become overwhelmed.  Anxiety will not control me this year!

What are you goals for the year?  How are you planning on succeeding?

Blessings for today, and for 2018!

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Thank you for this amazing year…2017.  365 days.  365 posts.  Goal met!  Some of them were not much more than a sentence, but it was a post.  Thank you for the follows, comments, and likes.  Thank you for reading.  Lots of items to improve upon, but wouldn’t change a thing.

Blessings for today and always.

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“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.” – Linus

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

gallery-1447355901-wdy-quotes-10There are so many things I am thankful for this year.  We are healthy, have a home, have food to eat (more than enough).  We have family here at the moment.  We have friends that we enjoy and care about like family.  We have jobs.  Really no complaints.  I miss my Mom, but I always do at this time of year especially.

I am thankful for you.  Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting on my blog.  I appreciate you.  Thank you.

Continued blessings – especially today!

Jerry Ann

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National Bundt Day

In honor of National Bundt Day…a re-post of my Nutella Marbled Bundt Cake from September, 2010.

Nutella Marbled Bundt Cake

I had this yellow cake mix, and wanted to make some sort of marbled cake with it.  I love my Mom’s bundt pan. So…

I used about 1 cup of Nutella, mixed together with an egg.  
Used 3 eggs, 1 stick butter, and 1/3 cup water per the cake mix instructions.

I used 1 egg and about 1 cup of Nutella, mixed.
I also added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the Nutella mix.
I added 1 teaspoon of almond extract and about 2/3 cups of mayonnaise, yes mayonnaise!
My Mom used to use it–swore that it made the cake moist.  And, I believed her.  I mixed together the cake mix and mayo.  Took about 1/3 of the mix and mixed it with the Nutella and egg mixture.
Sprayed the pan, and coated it with flour.  (I always use too much flour.)
Pour the yellow mix in.  Drop the pan onto the counter several times to
make sure that it is even (and to release any air bubbles).  Spoon over the Nutella mix.
Take a knife and slice into the yellow mix (this should make your swirl).
Add the remaining batter. Drop pan again making sure all bubbles come to the top.
Follow the directions for a bundt pan on the cake mix (38-43 minutes) at 375 degrees
in the middle part of your oven.  Remove when done (use a cake tester).
Cool on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes.
Invert onto a plate.  Once cake is completely cooled, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
Not really swirled – all of the chocolate mix went to the bottom (or top) it was too heavy.
I will have to lighten this part up next time (although my family says NO).
It is really moist!  I sound surprised! ha.  It really is though.
You don’t have wait 3 days for this one to be really moist.
My family raved about it so much, David had seconds.  So much for this being for the entire week.  =)


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500 Posts

“If you don’t scale the mountain, you can’t see the view.” – unknown

This is my 500th post.  As of this writing I have 90 followers (in January I had 7) -so wow!!  And I am over 300 followers on Twitter.  This is crazy.

I made a commitment to blog everyday this year, and so far, have been able to post something daily.  My anxiety gets me most of the time, but again, just plugging through daily.  Step by step…scaling my mountains.

Happy.  Thank you.

Blessings – today and always.


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Howdy, David here again! In order to help Jerry keep up with her schedule, I have agreed to post a blog entry once a week (or so).

When I was thinking about what I wanted to write today, my first thought was “I want to make sure whatever I post brings value to Jerry’s readers.” And that thought gave me my first topic!

Value. We hear that word regularly, but do we really consider what it actually means? Several years ago, I attended a course on marketing. As part of that course, the instructor provided an equation that became a touchstone for me. It was a mathematical equation for value. Here is what he wrote:

Value = Benefit – Cost

The premise is that value is simply the difference between how much we think any particular decision will benefit us, compared to the cost we perceive with that decision. In order to make any choice, we have to see that value as positive – the benefit has to outweigh the cost.

Now, one of the mistakes a lot of people make when they encounter this concept for the first time is that they automatically assign a “dollar sign” to the variables, especially the cost portion. But cost, and benefit, are not only not solely tied to money, but they are also completely subjective. Each individual will evaluate the cost and benefit of any decision completely through their own personal lens.

So, at this point, allow me to offer an example – this post. Some of the costs associated with this post include the time and effort it takes to read it. There are also “opportunity costs” to consider – those things that you aren’t doing right now, because you are currently reading this.

Against these costs, consider the benefits. Maybe you have an interest in economics. Maybe you just have a curiosity about why people do the things they do. Maybe you were just bored and looking to kill a few minutes. 🙂

Regardless, my hope is that the cost of this post, to you, was more than offset by the benefit you received from it. I hope this post did, indeed, provide you value.