For the First Time in Forever — Follow Up Friday

small_3397858623Why yes, it has been a while since my last post.  What better way to jump back in than with a “Follow Up Friday” post so I can follow up on previous posts and catch you up a bit on what-all has been going on with me.

First, regarding previous blog post subjects:

  • Hermione the bread starter is no longer.  I had a bunch in the freezer but ended up throwing it out in a big clean-out.  I would like to maintain another starter someday, not necessarily the Amish Friendship Bread, but right now I feel like I have enough other things to take care of!blogging word cloud
  •  I still plan to finish my series about our Barking Mad Harry Potter Weekend because it is still fresh and beautiful in my mind and something I will always remember!
  •  I also plan to finish my series about training for my first 5K.  *Spoiler Alert* – I completed the 5K, in a time I was pleased with, even!  Unfortunately I never did start to like running but for a reason which shall be revealed, last month I completed another 5K AND a Half Marathon!  What the what?!
  • We sold our cluttered house and bought what is pretty much our dream house (not necessarily in that order …).  Lots more deets to follow on all that.
  • Since we moved I haven’t been shopping at ALDI very often
  • I’m not sure where my french Harry Potter book is

In addition:

  • I am now working outside the home part-time as an inventory auditor
  •  I have become a “Hunger Games” fan
  • We adopted two cats, adorable solid black brothers we named Toby and Tolkien, aka The Chocolate Drops.  You can see a picture or two of them on my Instagram and on Crookshank’s (might as well call him by his real name now that we have more than one cat! = Teddy) Twitter account, @Teddy0605.  The kittens are so cute and entertaining that I’m working on a new blog about them that I hope to make live soon.
  • Not to brag, but I have over 1,000 Followers on Pinterest — would love for you to join us!
  • I have a precious nephew, “Teddy Lupin,” who turns two tomorrow
  • Time marches on!  Ron is now 17, Ginny turns 13 next month, and Muggle Man and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year!

What caused this sudden re-emergence into blogging?  An opportunity to write reviews for a website which required samples of my writing.  I sent a link to my blog, which of course I “keep meaning” to update.  As I looked back over old posts, I came across this one, and it was such a wake-up call and reminder of why I started my blog in the first place (I really should print it out and post it for frequent reference!).  My blog needs me, and I need it!

(All aboard The Feels Train)

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Follow-up Friday

So the other day I was listening to this interview on NPR: , Diane Rehm interviewing William Alexander about his book “52 Loaves,” and he mentioned “Amish Friendship Bread.”  It seems like many people have a horror story to go along with their starter, but his takes the cake.  He inspired me to give an update on *my* “Amish” starter, “Hermione.”  She’s still going strong, in spite of the fact that I neglected her for a while.  Luckily I was able to feed her, bake a few days later, and just pick right back up.  I’m still using the version of the recipe that makes just enough starter to keep it going, without having the extra that needs to be given away or thrown away (or frozen, as I’ve done in the past & still have several in my freezer!).  I made mini loaves for end-of-year teacher gifts and they were a big hit.

Back at the beginning of Lent I had planned to do a photo of a cross each Wednesday for “Wordless Wednesday.”  I didn’t do a very good job keeping up with that, but I’ve managed to post a few here & there and will continue to stick with that theme for the time being.  The one that I posted this week is from a “Ten Thousand Villages” type store here in town, I have it in my kitchen and just love it.

Since my posts, I have not yet been back to ALDI and Muggle Man and I have not been out for any more nights on the town, though we did attend a charity dinner last week.