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Labels are Useful!

I just wanted to remind everyone that you can click on the labels at the end of a post to see all the other posts in that category. So if you are just interested in reading about the strange experiences on the farm, then you can click on The Farm label and just those posts will come up. Very handy!

It's Going to Be a Great Week

Why? Because I say so! This is the week to focus on positive thinking. To look for and find the things in life that are enjoyable and fun. Ignore the negative...and Lord knows there are plenty of it.

Nothing impacts one's life more than thoughts. I have been as guilty of being negative as anyone else lately but this is the week to have a fabulous week....yes I still have a ton of stuff to do and busy evenings but it doesn't matter...things will get done and I will laugh along the way.....

Join me this week in focusing on the positive....big or small....let's find some things to celebrate and be HAPPY about...Looking forward to a great week....don't forget to blog!!!

The Ghost Lights

Have you ever watched something on TV and got that vague uneasy feeling that it is something you have seen before or it just jiggles your memories? Well with all the new shows on like ghost hunters and paranormal....I'm bound to encounter that what with the haunted farm and stuff. Well this happened over a year ago when I was watching TV, not a paranormal show...I hardly ever watch those but I did happen to catch a bit of an advertisement for one in which they mentioned "ghost lights". When I caught a glimpse of the segment, it sure reminded me of something. Something buried deep in my memories and I sort of just shook it off.

Then about six months ago, I was chatting with my niece who is in her thirties and as often happens ....talk turned to family, funny memories, and the farm. My older daughter was there too and just happened to mentioned that she wanted to take a "ghost tour" in St. Charles, MO. That's a town about 35 minutes from us and it has these to…

Wacky Wednesday

Well it is close to midnight and I am about ready for bed. Kelsey finished all her scholarship applications and now just needs to turn them in tomorrow...that is a big relief for her (and me).

Today at school things were busy and a bit crazy. Tons of parent phone calls, interviews, meeting to schedule and out of control kids...no wonder I'm still up....I need to unwind just to get to sleep! Life sure has to slow down soon!

Well.....more later...just needed to check in! Hope your Thursday turns out to be pleasant, warm, and full of wonderful things!!!

Tuesday's Thoughts

Okay I am hoping that the lack of comments to the Little Man in the Attic...is because everyone is busy and not reading my blog rather than you think I am totally insane!! LOL...it is a story but true none the less. And while I am not sure what all the odd goings on meant I enjoy sharing the history of the farm and those events with you in the hopes that in the process I can make sense of them myself!!! I can assure you I am perfectly sane....well maybe not perfectly...but sane for sure!

This week is scholarship application week for Kelsey and she still has a few things to tie up before turning them in on Thursday so tomorrow night I may only get a quick check here on Ginger's Journey. So much for Senior year being exciting and fun...more like nerve racking! Then Thursday evening she is having 6 or so friends over for movies and a sleepover...no school for her on Friday. So hubby and I are off to visit our other daughter that evening so the girls can have the run of the house....…

The Little Man in the Attic

Once before when I answered the challenge about writing ten unusual things about myself....I included the fact that I grew up on a "haunted farm". Well. I suppose it is not exactly a "fact" in the truest sense of the word but none the less, ask my brothers, sisters, or nieces or nephews and they will tell you...the farm was haunted. I know there are those that do not believe in such things...and that is fine but the truth is explaining the unusual happenings on that small plot of land is easier described by hauntings as in any other way. If you have a different explanation that will fit the happenings then I will be happy to consider it.
For today's entry I will talk about the "little man in the attic" and how I came to discover that others knew of his existence just as I did. Here is the thing...in that age between childhood and adulthood where the memories are fuzzy and you can never be sure if what you are remembering is a true memory, a dream, or a…

Journey Into the Week Ahead

Sunday evening means looking ahead to the work week. I always try to spend a bit on time Sunday evenings thinking about the week ahead not just to do lists and appointments but just a bit of time to collect my thoughts and remind myself of the priorities in my life. What are the hopes and dreams for each clean new day? How can I enjoy the days rather than dread them etc.

This week I will focus on two things. One at work and one at home. First and foremost at work, I want to get out and about more. Walk around the building checking with everyone etc. I have tried doing that before but no matter my intentions something always crops up and destroys my plans. This week it will be my priority. At home, I will focus on maintaining the house because Saturday we are hosting Game Night. It is turning into a bigger event than I planned as people sort of keep inviting themselves...LOL...they just don't want to miss out!

Well I have some things to do before bedtime so I'll be back later to …

Easter Egg Personality

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What Your Easter Egg Says About You




You are a deeply spiritual and passionate person.

Easily moved, you feel emotions strongly and clearly.

You are compassionate, loving, and kind.

People feel inspired by your strength and convictions.

The Easter Egg Personality Test

HEY Smiling Sandra has this over at her blog....thanks for sharing this Sandra ....it's cute and fun!!! Great find!

Good Morning Everyone!

It's the day before Easter. I hope you are almost at the end of your journey to get ready for this wonderful spring holiday. Too bad it is so early this year as it just does not feel much like spring! I have a busy full day ahead as we are hosting Easter dinner at our home. So as soon as I finish a little blogging I'm off to the grocery store. We have decided to do a very non traditional....for us....dinner. We are having a deli tray prepared with meats and cheeses. I will provide the bread (wheat and white) as well as drinks. Then I am preparing a side dish and a dessert. Others are bringing the rest of the meal. Dale's mom is making her famous potato salad. We just were not in the mood for a traditional ham and others must be feeling the same because I see Cathy over at The Holiday Hamlet and Dinner at the Hamlet is having barbeque. Sounds yummy!

So I hope you all have a wonderful, enjoyable Saturday and I will try to check in later!!!

Clothing Journey

Well,today as always, flew by. I did manage to create two pages in my art journal...I decided to chalk the pages and to use a variety of Easter colors...the plan was to sort of make the page look like an Easter egg....I think I managed it...I'll have to post the pics later...I did take pics (of course) but do not have them downloaded yet.

I also spent some time working in my bedroom, decluttering and trying to deal with clothes. I am still not to the Clothing Capsule project yet but I am planning to start it with Spring and then Summer. The clothing project is another journey I am on to make my life easier!!! It works sort of like this....remember I am just starting out.
Create seasonal wardrobes in four different categories: At Home, Casual, Work, Church/Nice Event The goal is to create an outfit not randon pieces...I know, I know the old adage about mix and match but it simply NEVER works for me. I just end up with a bunch of random pieces and one half of any outfit is always in…

Journey Into the Unknown

Well with all this art journal talk I am really getting anxious to try my hand at a page or two today...yes...while the house falls down around my feet and Easter dinner is two days away!!! Yikes. So I am setting a goal to get some cleaning done and then allowing myself one hour at the crop desk...oh yes to be a "real" artist I should call that little spot "the studio". So let's say two or three hours of work = one hour of creative time....hmmm...will see how that goes. Usually when I get creative the minutes fly by, be it writing or creating something, time evaporates and before I know it I can eat up a whole lot of time!!

I have been enjoying a whole different approach to art journals over at The Creative Art Journal and I am not sure I am daring enough to try anything so BOLD...but again...it's my art journal so of course I can do what I want! Well, off to work and maybe just maybe find a bit of time for something else!! See ya later!!!

Journey with Art Journals

For those of you that may not know...I will be holding a FREE class at Magical Creative Spirit.....starting April 14th. It is a class about creating a Garden Art Journal. Art journals are NOT scrapbooks and they may or may not contain photographs. I have just started "playing around" with art journals and started out with a class at Christmas called Journal My Christmas. Then I started the Celebrate Me 2008 one. The Christmas one I will pick up on again closer to the holidays but I will work on Celebrate Me all year, off and on...it has no real "theme" other than me and what I like and want to create.

The Garden Art Journal can be about your actual garden (vegetable or flowers), flowers or nature in general, and it even has a bit of self exploration and awareness built in. So if you'd care to join us or to follow along do not feel tied to the Garden theme.....the prompts can be adapted lots of ways. It will run for 12 weeks and there will be three different prom…

Fairies and Journey of the Imagination

I changed my header as you may have noticed. I loved the waterfall one and it is still tucked safely away for use again another day! But I just could not resist the Fairy one I found. I have some personal stories about fairies...ummm...it does involve the psych ward though...well anyway it is a good one....but none the less even with that story I still love the playfulness of the idea of fairies! They just appeal to my imaginative side! (After rereading this I thought I better add that I was not the one in the psych ward...LOL)

Those of you that know me from Organized Christmas and Magical Holiday Home...may know about my Christmas Fairies site and stories. I did not get the idea off the ground quite yet like I wanted to...must be spending too much time BLOGGING..LOL anyway here's the link to the site but it still needs a lot of work. The Magic of Christmas Fairies

So anyway another time I will share with you the Fairy story from my personal life and if you like stories about fairie…

Most Unusual Egg

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Let's Have an Easter Egg Hunt

Here's how it works....search the WEB for a CUTE, UGLY or MOST UNUSUAL Easter egg pic...it can be a real photo or clip art....post it on your blog...and then comment here so we know to check it out. You can post one for each category if you want!!!

Let's Convince

my friend Mr. J....from the middle school to start a blog. He has been reading some of Ginger's Journey and I told him he should create a blog and join us in our blogging adventures...you know I think EVERYONE should have a blog!!

So EVERYONE post your comments here or on the mini message board to convince him to create a blog!

Detours

Kelsey's experience (and mine) with the dorm room reminds me of detours in life. I am a firm believer that when one door is shut or one path is blocked....another one opens up...sometimes a detour for something better and sometimes just as a "life lesson". I mean really EVERYTHING that happens in life can't have a purpose...but lots of things do. Trouble is we are usually too frustrated and upset to even consider that possibility. It is not in the middle of a crisis that one is able to reach that conclusion or see that particular aspect of the situation. It is only later...sometimes MUCH later before we realize either the lesson to be learned or the new direction that we embarked on as a result of being denied that which we seek.
I am simply exhausted from the frustration, lack of sleep, and anxiety over the whole room search. Perhaps silly but true. I could not concentrate today for being so consumed with the whole problem. And honestly if it was just ME...I could ha…

Journey into Frustration

So I didn't get to blog much last night...and I'm up early this morning after a restless night. Why you may ask?? Well, this year the University of Missouri Columbia has implemented a new online registration program for obtaining a dorm room. Since Kelsey is off to college in the fall. We spent all last night trying to register for a room to no avail. Numerous no rooms available messages and different combinations produced NOTHING. So this morning at 8:00 am when the Residential Office opens I'm on the phone to figure out exactly what is available and how to get it. Update tonight...stay tuned!

UPDATE:
Around 2:45 this afternoon a room became available and Kelsey was able to actually register and get the room. It is NOT her first pick as it is in the one dorm that is located away from ALL the others! But she was able to get a single room suite style which means she has a little privacy and shares a bathroom with just two other people. The room next to it is open so we keep h…

Thoughts for Saturday

I know some of my blogger friends have not checked in because I see they do not have their St. Patrick's Day Challenge posts up....COME ON....you know who you are!!!

Today has flown by...did a little around the house but mostly enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt with Evan. Sorted a few DVD's and wrote several blog entries. Tomorrow we are going to the flea market so if I find any little treasures I will write about them tomorrow.

Saturdays are so varied at our house, you never know what's going to happen. Sometimes they fly by and other times, its as if time stands still and the blessings of a slow moving day are bestowed.

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St. Patrick's Day Challenge

Okay here are my five things about St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and/or leprechauns.

1. St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. At one time a pagen, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.

2. The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.

Above two facts from: History.com

3. Leprechauns have become self-appointed guardians of ancient treasure. This treasure was left by the Danes when they maruaded through Ireland. It is buried in crocks and pots.

4. The name leprechaun comes from the Irish leath bhrogan or shoemaker.

5. If a leprechaun gets caught by a mortal, he will promise great wealth if allowed to go free. But be careful he carries two leather pouches. One has a silver shilling, a magical coin that returns to the purse each time it is paid out. In the other he carries a gold coin that he will…

Journey Along Life's Path

Okay it's time to get serious here at Ginger's Journey and talk a bit about spring, life, and well, just about anything else on my mind. Here's a little challenge for you serious bloggers out there...St. Patrick's Day is Monday....find and post FIVE...yes count them FIVE things about St. Patrick's Day....leprechauns....or Ireland.

I'll pop back in sometime this weekend and post my five things....ummm try to check the other bloggers in our Writer's Challenge and DO NOT duplicate the five things....best to get a jump on it before all the good...and easy...LOL.... ones are taken!!!

Now on to spring and life in general...I am looking forward to some warmer weather. I have two favorite months of the year....JUNE and OCTOBER..... and this year I am bound and determined to FULLY enjoy both of them. I have my reading list just waiting for a spare moment or two. I am currently reading Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.....trouble is I have been reading it for a while …

Quotation of the Day

"If at first the idea is not absurd then there is no hope for it."

Albert Einstein

It's Friday!!!

Wow this has been a long week for some reason. Today is Friday and we have school on Monday and Tuesday and then a VERY short SpringBreak because of all our snow days. That's okay, at least it's a few extra days!
I am busy thinking about all the fun stuff I can share at MHH and on all the blogs. There are just so many possibilities. I really enjoy reading everyone's blogs, as they are so inspiring! If anyone else wants to be added to the writing challenge just let me know. We have a new member of the writing group...Coffeenut. She has been blogging for some time but has just joined the challenge. Currently she has three blogs so be sure and hop over and check them out!

Home

"And each heart is whispering

Home, home at last!" Thomas Hood


No matter the journeys I take....coming home is the best surprise at the end of each one!!

Do Not Give Up

"Our only weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Thomas Edison

Wow this one makes me remember to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even when times are tough and life gives us a lot to deal with!

Exploring

We shall not cease from exploration And the end to all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time T.S. Eliot There it is.... a little thought for today! It is by T.S. Eliot but is also used as a section thought provoker in the book Simple Abundance. And so is it a journey to a place and home or is it just the journey to self awareness??

Looking Ahead to Our Week

This week is going to be fun and even though once again my evenings are jam packed, I know that in the very near future my evenings will once again be ALL mine. I will be spending time playing with dear Evan tomorrow night as the weekend involved lots of chores and paperwork so not much time to spend playing! But hopefully I can pop on a bit and post!

This week my focus here on Ginger's Journey is going to be quotations that inspire and uplift. So I will be sharing some wonderful quotations with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.Next I want to update my Reading List and give up a bit of a review of one of my recent books.Last I want to get up a picture or two that you might enjoy!Well, that's our week ahead...maybe you bloggers would like to join me in quotations, books, and pictures....if not I'm sure I will enjoy reading whatever you get up this week. Happy March and spring will be here SOON!!!

Boo Hoo

Gasp! I just realized I missed posting yesterday! I was really pooped from the conference and actually fell asleep in the recliner about 9:30ish!....so my perfect record of 34/34 is broken....oh well PERFECT is over-rated anyway!!! So now I'm 35/36....that's still good !!!
Hey if I can count my conference notes...I did write something...LOL

Journey to Professional Growth

Well I have to be at work at 6:30 in the morning to travel to a conference for professional growth. Hopefully it will be good. Sometimes things are not as expected. Right now at work I am trying to improve my skill/ability/knowledge of how to help kids change behaviors that are impeding their progress.
There are so many this year that have no motivation and appear apathetic about school. Their work ethic is nonexistent and they do not appear to see a "reason" to even try. I am alarmed at the trend. They will sit the whole hour and do absolutely no work even with extra attention, encouragement or reprimands.
It is something I struggle to comprehend. We are working on implementing Positive Behavior Support and interventions for these students. However there are parts of the whole process that I do not really believe in (philosophy) nor think will really work (interventions). Don't get me wrong. I am usually open to change and new ideas. I just feel like the behaviors and att…

As Promised

I am back to explain my word: FRUSTRATION....let me sum it up by...TAXES....I am trying to get those finished up and I still have the state ones to do...just can't seem to get it done.

But the word reminds me that frustration is an internal mood not external...yes it is true some days it just seems like things pile up with nothing more than the sole purpose of complicating my life but I laugh...for it is not the things that are frustrating but my outlook, my thoughts, and my methods of dealing with them!!!!

So I am back today with a new word: PATIENCE...LOL

Word for the Day

Frustration.....more to follow tomorrow!!!!

Journey with Mother Nature

Okay Mother Nature is probably playing a trick on me this evening. The weather forecast here has been calling for a BIG winter storm....so of course everyone is predicting a "snow day" tomorrow....so I sort of took the evening "off" figuring I can catch up tomorrow with an unexpected day off!! LOL....never trust Mother Nature...so far nothing is falling from the sky and they keep pushing the "starting time" back.

It was suppose to start at rush hour and my daughter's evening classes were canceled in anticipation of such...nothing! Then it said 8:30 or 9:00....ummmm so far...nothing. Now one channel is saying 10:00ish and the other is saying the major "stuff" will start tomorrow with snowfall ALL day....Well let's just say...I'm not staying up too late because here in Missouri.....you just never know! Might get up to bare ground and a clear sky! Also I think it is one of those weird looping storms that curves here and there with some a…

Journey to Spring

March First is HERE!!!! I am so ready for the Journey to Spring. The weather we have been having is so strange...warm and then freezing. I need to start making my Spring hopes, plans, and dreams list....all those things I would like to do, both practical chore related and also fun things too!

My youngest daughter graduates May 18th so we will of course be having a graduation party sometime around that weekend. This is an exciting Spring for us! I plan on FINALLY getting my bedroom redone...for those of you that remember that was on my list at OC last year but just didn't get accomplished for several reasons. I also am continuing on my DECLUTTERING JOURNEY....which is a long one...sometimes I think there will be no end to it, I get discouraged, but I have been seeing some results. There is just a lot to do and some involves making decisions about stuff (some emotionally based and some not).

The best thing about Spring is my energy level always seems to increase with the warmer weath…