Friday, February 4, 2011

8 Things We Learned in Week 5 of 2011 (charity, soccer, art, Wordpress, books)


We received a total of 281 comments on our three blogs in January! That was way more than I expected but will stay true to my word and donate $281 to The Last Hope Cat Kingdom. Our charity for February is The National Children's Cancer Society but are revising the amount to 50 cents per comment.


I found out soccer is harder than I thought when I spent 15 minutes to learn a few basics at our Childrens Workers Breakfast at church. This video shows me demonstrating how to pass in soccer with the assistance of my cats--enjoy!

Personal News Network (PNN)

Somehow, the owners of PNN found a way to keep it going after all. It's mostly a community for women to discuss topics. It's very easy to use and does have a nice way of featuring new posts. You may want to take a look into it at

Pet Portraits

Connie Bowen paints custom pet portraits. I discovered her website this week through in interview at The Conscious Cat. I think this would be SO much fun!

Sad News and Good News

The sad news is that I just learned this week that Sheri, one of my friends, has breast cancer (stage 2) that has spread to her lymph nodes. She will have chemo for four months, then surgery and then radiation. I was very sad to hear about this but trust God will bring her through it. I was so fortunate that I didn't need chemo and really had no pain. You are in my prayers--it's a long journey but doable. Hang in there!

The good news is that the groundhog did not see his shadow yesterday so we should have an early spring--hurray!

From Blogger to Wordpress

I am not planning to switch, but thought others may be interested to know that there is a way to switch from Blogger to Wordpress Without Losing Valuable SEO and Links outlined at Tentblogger. Who knows, maybe some day I will want to do this.

Book Giveaways

Today at Freekibble they are giving away 3 signed copies of Garth Stein's best-selling fiction book, The Art Of Racing In The Rain about a dog, Enzo, and his owner, a race car driver. Both Gerard and I read this one and liked it very much!

If you would like to get a free copy of "My Funny Dad, Harry" (the book I wrote), stop by at Red Pine Mountain and leave a comment on my guest post to enter her Feb. 5 giveaway!


Breaking Night

I never heard this term before I read Breaking Night: A Memoir Of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homeless To Harvard by Liz Murray. It means staying up all night. I also learned that the safest place for a homeless person to sleep is on a top landing in a stairwell if they don't have friends they can stay with. This is an amazing true story that I just read. I saw the movie years ago. Click on the link to see our reviews of it.

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Angie, Catladyland said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend :(

I've thought about switching to WordPress, but think I'd lose some followers. Plus, I'm just fine with Blogger for now. Thanks for the info, though -- I bookmarked it!

Daisy said...

We are too skerred to try something big like switching to WordPress!

Hooray for The Last Hope Cat Kingdom! I think they will be very happy.

Kay said...

i am so sorry to hear about your friend. we lost my MIL to breast cancer 5 years ago. we still miss her very much, and i pray that your friend finds remission at the end of her treatment!!

yaya for the comments and your donation!! how wonderful!

The Silver Age Sara said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. I do like Wordpress and it isn't hard at all. The only feature I miss from blogger is being able to have the feed from your blogroll on your sidebar.

I hope people come read your fantastic essay. I think the weather has dropped blog visiting this week. Thanks for sharing your essay with me.

Amy said...

The books sound good. Will add them to my list of things to read.

Thanks for the blogger/wp link. I've considered making the switch, but it seems like a lot of work.

BeadedTail said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. It's good she has your support and prayers as she goes through this.

I'd love to have custom pet portraits to have forever and ever!

Kathy said...

Well, now, you can't herd cats for anything, can you? Except maybe dinner time. My cats would be terrified of a soccer ball. They're more fans of the foil ball variety.

I'm sorry about your friend. Four months probably sounds like 4 years to her, but having you in her corner will help her through. You're such a good person, Karen.

Blogger to WordPress? Ugh. I remember that. I'm not going to say it was easy, at least not for me. Mostly it was scary every time I kicked off a major process. I'm a worrier, so I always had my coworker next to me for moral support! If I cried, he would pass me a tissue :)

Shawn said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, I will keep her in my prayers.
Loved the video!

Unknown said...

"Right Where We Belong" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

Unknown said...

Karen, I am so sorry to hear about your friend.

WordPress scares me away, lol!

Good luck on the donations, awesome cause.

And I love the new look, sorry I have not stopped by sooner, life can sure take many different directions.

God bless,

Lin said...

I'm sorry about your friend, Karen. I will say a prayer (or a few) that she can beat it!

I LOVE you playing soccer with the uncooperative cats!! That is sooo like my cats--they don't go along with anything!!! Ugh. Nice shot into the cat though. Hee! Hee!

I have no want to move to wordpress. Heck, I don't even change my layout too often. Too much time and thought for that right now.

Marie said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your friend!

I loved the video of you with your cats :-)

Mrs4444 said...

Sorry to hear your friend is going through that. I'm glad she has your success story to give her hope.

The pet portraits are very, very nice! I hope you get to have one done some day, since I know your pets are extremely important to you and Gerard.

Have a great weekend!

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