miscellaneous ramblings


1. crape myrtles. I love 'em even though they scream "East Texas suburbia". If you've ever been in subdivisions anywhere in East Texas, you know what I'm talking about. It's probably because it's practically the only thing that will grow in the sticky, humid climate. 

2. Germany. I can't believe that less than two months are left until we leave on our trip to Germany (50 days, to be exact. I just counted.). When we my mom bought the tickets early this year, the wait loomed so far ahead of us. It felt like it would never come. And here we are, 50 days away. Wow. Be prepared for an overwhelming amount of pictures on my blog in September. (I wish I would have had my camera in the previous 10 times I've been to Germany. Think of all the memories I could have captured!)

3. estate sales. You know, those old homes that are full of treasures, usually last inhabited by old ladies.

We went to one this morning...and saw this.

Um, what? "Weird looking Mother and Child"? Could they really not come up with something better than that? And in the painting's defense, it didn't look "weird" at all. It's called art, people. 

I walked away with this little number...

A vintage metal box, the loveliest shade of green, for fifty cents. Right now I'm storing my camera things in there - memory cards, cables, batteries, etc.

4. blogging stats. (And I really, truly don't mean to brag. I'm totally humbled with all that's happening on my blog.)

I recently published my 500th post. 

I'm getting an average of 106 visitors a day (an average of 227 page views a day). Y'all make me feel so special! ;)

137 followers. Wow is all I have to say. 

None of this would have been possible without you - I'm giving you all the credit. 

Also, I have a favor to ask. On a scale from 1-10 (1 being the slowest and 10 being the fastest), how quickly does my blog load for you? Of course some of it depends on the speed of your internet connection, but if you could do that, I'd greatly appreciate it. If it loads too slowly, I'm going to have to reconfigure some things. Thank you in advance!

5. twitter. I've been sort of thinking about getting an account. Thoughts?

6. new life. It amazes me. This flower was in full bloom about 18 hours later. God's creation is so wonderful!

7. elephants. Some missionary friends of ours doing work in China came for a visit this past weekend. (Because of the delicate nature of what they're doing, I can't post anymore information.) With them they brought these adorable stuffed elephants and a beautiful carved vase from Cambodia. I love the elephants to death (the blue one's mine ;)). 



  1. I would say that for me your blog loads about an 7-8. Fast but I've seen faster. :-D

    Thanks for stopping by on my blog!


  2. Have you heard of Miscellany Monday on Carissa's blog? It seems like something you might like, since you do many random posts. Here's the link: http://www.carissagraham.com/search/label/miscellany%20monday

    I'm looking forward to seeing pictures from you Germany trip you'll be taking! :D

    You blog loads pretty fast for me. I have high speed internet, though...

  3. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I like both of yours so I'm following both! I think your blog loads pretty fast but generally speaking your blog will load faster once a person has the cookies in their system (or something like that). I love your ramblings...you sound like me. I'd join you at that estate sale. I go to country auctions with my parents and have the best time!

  4. Hi Carlotta I'm hosting a giveaway and a photo contest over at my blog. Here's the Url if you want to join:


  5. Oh I like that photo of the bloom.. so pretty! Oh! I and your blog loads quickly for me and I have rather slow internet. :)

  6. Well, your blog only takes like 1-2 seconds to load for me. If it took forever to load I probably wouldn't read it. ;)

  7. Your blog always loads really fast for me - I'd say 9. :)

    Love your ramblings! lol.

  8. Love Twitter! And I love that sign about the mother and child. I thought at first it was someone trying to sell family members! haha

  9. gorgeous flower photo. and germany? i'm unbelievably jealous! congratulations on all the page views and followers you have, it's well deserved!! :) and i'd give it a 9.8, seriously, loading is never an issue for me with your blog!!

  10. Thanks for the comment:) Cute blog.

    Your blog loads at 8 or 9 for me.

  11. ohmygoodness, did I comment twice? Silly me:D

  12. It loads really quickly for me. About a 9, I suppose.

    And eh, on the twitter thing. I just think they are pointless.

    And dude, crape mertles are everywhere in Georgia too. The climate is pretty similar. We've always had them everywhere.

  13. Your blog loads pretty fast for me. About a 9.

    Happy Monday!!

  14. Love this post! So fun to read. :)
    And your blog loads a 10 for me!

  15. Loads fast for me too!

  16. Briony Katie7/19/2010

    Oooh I envy you going to Germany!! :D Congrats on your 500th post...I've only got 142 I think.

    Your blog loads a 9 for me.

    My opinion of twitter, well it can be a bit addictive but it would bring a huge amount of traffic to your blog.

  17. Congratulations on all your blogging achievements, Carlotta! Your blog loads SUPER fast on my computer. I LOVE reading your blog. Your pictures are amazing.

    On the Twitter subject-Yes. Get one. I've had Twitter for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. I think it would be a good way to do more advertising for your blog, too!!! If you get one, let me know. And I'll follow you. (That sounds creepy, don't it? Haha)

  18. Oh, I love finding new blogs! Thank you for leaving me a comment!
    Love all of your photo's and you definitely get a 10 on this computer!
    I'm always worrying over stat views and profile views, but I seem to be ticking over quite nicely with the two blogs that I run. One is a 356 Photo blog....which I really regret starting now, but then, I took up the challenge, and I don't do that one everyday, My main one is "Alice in Wonderland". Hope that you look at that one too!
    I agree, Followers sounds creepy, but I'll tag along with this one, just to see where it leads me!

  19. Sereina - Yes, I have heard of Miscellany Monday! I actually participated in it last week.

    Erin and Co - Family members! HAHAHAHAHA that cracked me up. Hilarious.

  20. Horray for your 500th post! Wow! :-)

    I have been considering getting a Twitter acount too! I am still thinking about it, but I think you should get one! That would be neat!


  21. Your page loads pretty fast for me, an 8, and i read on my mobile!!

    how freaky!!! Ive ALSO been thinking about opening a twitter account, but havent found any motivation to actually do so!!! Hehe

    Ooo i just love the vintage case!!! Fyi ;)

  22. Abigail7/22/2010

    Your blog loads in less than a second for me. it's really fast. We also have high-speed internet, but still. Just sayin... That old green box, looks cool! Me's likey. =)

    Giving GOD the Glory!


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