Unplanned, Uneventful, Perfection

Do you ever have one of those days that is totally unplanned, totally uneventful and turns into total perfection?  Today has been one of those days for me.

To start, I didn’t wake up until almost 9AM, something I rarely do and three hours later than I usually rise.

After a leisurely morning around the house, I headed out around noon. I had waited until noon, as that is when the recycling center opens and I wanted to drop off my trash.

I arrived to drop my trash and no one was in line, again, something rare especially on a Saturday or Sunday.

I got out of the car and was greeted by the sweet lady who always has a smile on her face and kind word for everyone who stops by.  As I finished dumping my trash, she smiled and said, as she always does, “have a blessed day angel.”  I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was moving that way.

I ran by the store and wrote my monthly column for Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine.   This month I had been struggling with my column.  I knew what I wanted to write about, but the words weren’t flowing in my mind yet, it was a struggle.

With tomorrow’s deadline on the horizon, I sat down at my laptop and 20 minutes later almost 1,000 words had flowed from my fingers onto the screen.  I did some edits, but somehow the words that I had been wanting to say came.  (I hope you all like them, the new GML will be out in early November.)

After submitting my column, I cleaned the inside of my very dirty car and gave it a quick wash.

I then came home and decided to rake and blow the leaves off my drive and then put out some Halloween decorations I had forgotten about.

Now, the day is coming to an end.  As I write this I am sitting on my screen deck, enjoying a beautiful Fall day, my girl Lita at my feet.  An awesome 70’s Disco playlist on in the background that Alexa chose.

See what I mean….unplanned, uneventful, perfection.

Pursuing My Dream, Listening and Learning: Life’s Playlist – Paperback Writer by The Beatles

Now that I have made the decision to pursue my dream and work on “the book,” I am constantly looking for inspiration and advice.

I have been incredibly fortunate to get some great feedback from Chris Maxwell, an esteemed author in his own right, a publisher, other writers, friends and family.

The support means more than I can ever express.

Some of the comments I have heard, from people I trust, is I need to write on a regular basis and not just for the book.  The blog is that outlet and I am going to utilize this platform more for expression and writing opportunities.

One of those opportunities includes the “Life’s Playlist” posts.  I enjoy choosing songs that are speaking to me and making an impact in my life, but have never shared why I post the songs I choose.

I hope to begin sharing those reasons as an opportunity to write… hence the post on “We Are the World” and today’s Life’s Playlist song by The Beatles, “Paperback Writer.”

Recently, I heard about Jeff Goins, an author, blogger and writer who shares his expertise with others.  I believe you should learn from experts and I am open to learning anything I can to make me a better writer and share my voice with others

Today, Amazon delivered these two books.  I plan on digesting every word inside the pages, in hopes of my own paperback, hardback or e-book someday seeing the light of day!

Have an awesome Friday friends and keep your dreams alive!

Tuesday 10 – Lesley Carter, Bucket List Publications


There are a lot of bloggers out there.  There are a lot of really good bloggers out there….. one of my favorites is Lesley Carter, author of Bucket List Publications.

When I first started paying attention to blogs, one of the first that captured my attention was Bucket List, I am still inspired by the blog every time I see a new post.

I am so in awe of Lesley for finding a way to make her dreams come true and get paid for it, I think that is one of the most valuable things one can find in life and I respect her for making that happen for herself.

Lesley’s blog continuously makes me want to add to my own Bucket List and expands my dreams for life.  I encourage you to check out the site and let the passions of a dreamer capture you as well.

Thank you Lesley for taking part in the Tuesday 10 and thank you for the continued inspiration!

Tuesday 10 – Lesley Carter


1)Excluding family members, who inspires you? Other bucket list seekers and travel bloggers are a huge inspiration. Steven Conklin of The Extreme Bucket List is inspiring and Matthew Karsten of Expert Vagabond is a great inspiration as well.
2)What is your guilty pleasure? McDonald’s! I’m a closet McDonald’s lover and I’d eat it 7 days a week if it wouldn’t kill me.
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say? My husband. Thank you for the encouragement, direction, and support. You’re my dream world. We can achieve anything together… and we are.
4)What is your favorite sandwich? Turkey with leftovers from Thanksgiving.
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received? Do what makes you happy not what makes you money.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story? Anything that my mother made up.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for? I’m a Canadian 😉
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of? Attending my first press trip to Fiji. That’s when I realized I could actually make a career out of blogging.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Tony Stark – Ironman. He’s a hot genius with exceptional abilities. Imagine what you could learn in one day with him.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate? Pizza from The Wheel in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Nothing compares! (I’m a cheap date.)





Short Notes – 8.6.13

Come Away with Me

YUMMY!  Target’s Archer Farms Chicken

Words to Live By

I had a chance to watch Sunday Night’s episode on The Newsroom from HBO last night.  While the skipping back and forth in years is a bit confusing at times, the Maggie storyline was heartbreaking.  The poignancy of a simple blonde comment broke me when I realized the significance in the final scene.  This is such good television, it should be recognized as one of the best.

Speaking of good television, “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls” continues to give me a heart racing thrill every week, last night’s move across a gorge and eel hunt was awesome.  Bear made the right call by eliminating Wilson and Robin.


Unfortunately they just were not as strong as the other pairs, but they went for a great adventure.  My prediction for final 2 pairs have changed a bit, they are….

Royce_Kyle_2 My gays Royce and Kyle

Jeff_Chris_2 Jeff and Chris, it is a toss-up as to who will win.

Today, the blog will hit another milestone…. 40,000 visits.  This time the new milestone was reached in 1/2 the time it has been taking… thank you all for reading, “liking”, commenting and just visiting Notes from a Southern Kitchen!


#Milestone….. 35K

At some point this morning I surpassed the 35,000 visitors mark.  WOOHOO!

This milestone came about a month quicker than the last one.

Keep reading, keep spreading the love and keep coming back to Notes from a Southern Kitchen!

I appreciate your support, “likes,” comments and shares!