Discovering Donna

and Fortune Cookie Say…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on October 31, 2008

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory


Ahhhh Such Progress!!!

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 30, 2008

#101 Make a new List of 101 things

I’ve had this list done for sometime but I just put it up yesterday.  I love the new blog for the ablility to have more than one page.  You’ll notice that there are more than 101 things on the list though.  I haven’t yet decided what I’m not going to do or if it’s just going to be a comprehensive list in addition to the 101 that I currently have.  I emailed the creator of this wonderful project not that long ago and asked if we could have more than one list.   He gave me the wonderful response that you can but he also said that he advises that you review your list several times a year and it’s acceptable to change things as your to do’s might change.  Mine certainly have. 

I want more than the 1001 days to complete my second list though.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t specify on the make a new list of 101 things that I wanted to do the list again.  I might put the time limit on it and I might not.  I might add more to it and make yet another, my goal is to have the other list with as many things as I think I can accomplish and go from there.  It’s all part of that ongoing project.   

I’m planning on combining two of the projects, one from each list.  It’s #78 on one and #79 on the other if I remember correctly.  One is to make a quilt and the other is to write down in a journal a thought that makes me happy each day for a year.  What a more wonderful way to journal my thoughts than on a quilt.  I think this is going to be done not only on my quilt but I’m going to find some sort of journal to write all my thoughts in. 

I’ve got so many of my things to do in progress that I can look at this and see I’m making some headway.  That makes me happy.  Maybe I can start on the journal today.

So I’ve been thinking……

Posted in Moving by Donna on October 29, 2008

I’m counting down the days until we can start our road trip. I’m trying to look at it as an adventure, but at the same time…well it’s hard to put into words. You see it will be 5 years November 3rd that I moved to Louisiana from Alabama. It was a very different move compared to what I am going through now.

Before I had just a handful of close friends. Relatives that are well up in the aging process. My father had passed away a little over 8 months before and I was basically in the world, as an orphan. But then I moved here and it all changed.

Now I have more friends that I am close with and realatives that some are up in the aging process but others aren’t. I have a wonderful “mother and pappy” and have acquired a sister and a brother and a brother in law and a sister in law, a nephew and a niece that is on her way! We all picked up a sweet set of grandparents in Papa D and Momma Lou. Athough Pappy D is no longer with us. I’ve gotten married and married into a totally wonderful family, that I wish I could see more often. And now I’m going to get that wish.

But at the same time, I am moving away from this family. It’s hard for me. I think last time it wasn’t so hard because I did what I had to do. I knew what I had to do for me. Now it’s harder. It’s not just me anymore. I have to do what’s best for the family. Dirk really isn’t all that happy here, I can tell. He’s been itching to get out to the west coast since the beginning of the month.

Well, time has passed and that time is almost here. It’s sort of crazy. But that the same time, I have to rationalize that this might just be what we need. This might be that way to kick start my trying to decrease my weight (dieting is a nasty word yuck). I want to start running, maybe now I can do it. I want to get out and see things, this will be my way to do it. I want to get into a part of my work industry that will make me happy. I know making that transition will do it.

I am determined to make this work on so many levels. Not just because I have everyone telling me “you’ll be back before the beginning of the year”. Well not everyone has said that but a good majority have. No, I am determined because it’s time to get out there and live and do things and not just exist. It’s time to find me, whoever I am. So stay tuned. It’s going to be an intresting ride!!!

I am debating on setting up another blog on this. I can’t make up my mind. I want to document my 101 as well as everything else. I sort of want one just for the list and then one for just the journey. I haven’t worked out yet what I’m going to do or how I’m going to do it, but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to post it.

Thought for the Day—

Posted in Logan by Donna on October 28, 2008

“…Never be afraid to call, text or email anyone whenever you think about them. You never know, it might be just what they need to hear.” Lori Ferguson

It has a special meaning to me and maybe I’ll share it one day but for the meantime–


Posted in Books by Donna on October 27, 2008

I went to the used bookstore this weekend and the girl there was so sweet. We had mentioned the last time we went that we were moving. When we went in our favorite girl was there and she had us a going away gift. It was a beenie baby for the animal resuce. It was so sweet and touching. Before we left she gave us both a hug and told us to call her and see what her schedule was each time we came back to town.

While I was there, I got 4 books. Two were by Catherine Anderson. I had read a couple of her books before and this time two just grabbed my attention. One was called My Sunshine and the other one, I can’t remember right off. I was dissappointed with it though. Well on the whole, I’ve been disappointed with most of her books. I’ve started to notice that none of her females are strong in a sense. This upsets me a little.

Most of the women have either just come out of an abusive relationship, have some sort of disability or something is wrong with them. I’ve yet to discover a book of hers where the female is a stong woman. Granted not most romantic novels have the strong leading female character but come on. I mean take the ones I can remember off hand of hers.

In Baby Love, the female lead was young, just had a child, was being beaten and molested by her stepfather. She takes the baby and runs, escaping on a boxcar of a passing train where she runs into her male hero. A drunk, rich cowboy whose family had been killed in a car accident. In order to escape his pain he walks away from everything and just rides the box cars getting drunk. Then he sees her instantly knows she has to be taken care of and it’s on from there.

In My Sunshine, the female lead was an enviornmental scientist and then she went swimming, dove out into the water and hit a rock, damanging her brain. After 5 years she’s at the point where she’s smart but can only talk in two syllable words. (Of course Ms. Anderson slipped up and put some 3 syllable words in her sentences) Her grandmother and our hero’s mother decide to match make and set her up with the rich hunky vet. She goes in for the interview, and the guy who has no intentions to settle down is suddenly thinking wow, what a woman. Then he discovers who she is, tries not to think of her in romantic terms but fails miserbly in doing that.

And those are just a couple of the ones that I’ve read by her. I could list all of them but they all basically have the same thing. Granted a lot of romances don’t have the strong female lead but these women are just down right weak compared to others I’ve read. Give the girls just a little bit of backbone, please. It will do wonders for a story.

I dunno. Am I being too picky??

Well what do you think??

Posted in Life by Donna on October 24, 2008

I need to learn how to make a code to make the banner shrink and center so you don’t have to scroll down but over all what do you think?

I found this Breaking Dawn theme over at

Did I do okay??

#11 Recipe 4 of 20

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 23, 2008

This one, I made mixing part of moms recipe and part of mine. She had shoulder surgery Tuesday and her throat is still raw. Tanya fixed potato soup night before last and I struggled to figure out a good soup. Mom suggested veggie soup. She gave me her “short cut” recipe and last night as I was making it, I used part Mavis and part Donna. Pappy had a bowl, Mom had a bowl and a half and Tanya had the same. They all said it was good, so I’m going to use it.

2 potatoes
1/3 onion
2 cans beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can mixed veggies
1 frozen package of Cajun Gumbo mixed veggies
Slap ya Momma

Cut up the potatoes and onion, add broth, tomatoes, and all veggies. Season to taste. I think you might want to add a few more veggies if you want to make it less “soupy”. Add water to your liking. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and lightly boil for about 30 minutes.

And another recipe is done!!!


Posted in Tagged by Donna on October 22, 2008

K, if you want to do this, then by all means do it. I saw it over at Tori’s and she said she didn’t know 7 bloggers anymore. Her site is so if you want to help her out and be one of her 7 or if you want to do it for me, leave me a comment!!! I’ll let you tag yourselves, but I’d love for Cafe Chick, Lori and Jo to be at least 3 of the 7 Or heck, Eric too!!!

Let me see……..

1. I have to sleep on the side of the bed farthest from the door. I can’t sleep if I don’t.

2. I have had nearly every single shade of hair color since I was 20 (only one I haven’t had is black)

3. My original major for college was Education.

4. I haven’t seen my real mother since I was 4. (K that’s not meant to be sad by any means, I’m ok with it)

5. It’s easier for me to write out my feelings than to verbally express them.

6. I’m always looking for a good project lately.

7. I love the color brown.

#20 Submit a Photo to Jones Soda

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 21, 2008

Well, I did this just a few minutes ago. Hehe This was taken at our Reagan Family Reunion a couple of weekends ago. Dirk and Lori were cheesing for me and I snapped it. I took one in color but truthfully it’s not as great as this one. I don’t know really why they lucked out..I was looking at the website and then looking at the pictures that I had on my drive here at work and it just clicked. So one more thing off the list.

#90 Complete 12 Learning to Love You More Projects

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 21, 2008

Okay so I haven’t done all 12 yet. I’ve still got a few more to go. But my 3rd one was submitted and finally put up on the website. You can find it at

So now I’ve submitted a picture of the sun, took a photo of a scar and wrote about it and took a flash photo under my bed.

I’ve picked out the others that I want to do they are hang a windchime from a tree in a parking lot, take a family portrait of two families, write your life story in less than a day, take a picture of your parents kissing, describe your ideal government, make a portrait of your friends desires, photograph a significant outfit, give advise to yourself in the past and describe what to do with your body when you die…. Stay tuned for the progress on these….

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