Why Pondermom?

IMG_0032Because I’m constantly pondering about concepts, relationships, creative outlets, and moral intrigues.  The thoughts continually swirl in my head.

Why blog?  Because having a place to freely share my continually swirling thoughts sounds like heaven.

Why not to blog? Because my skin is as thin as a butterfly’s wing, and I’ve seen how the internet can turn even kind-hearted souls into angry avengers. Have mercy!

Every week I’ll post in “So Here’s What I’m Thinking”, “What’s Cooking”, and, no doubt, a handful of thoughts in between.

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Summer Ponderings

Summer Ponderings

 

I blinked, and all of a sudden it was four score and seven years since I’d posted something.

But that’s because this was an unconventional summer for us.

Let me explain . . .

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Summer Break

Summer Break

 

Dearest Pondermom Peeps,

 

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Thermostat Wars: All Hail the Mighty Air Conditioner

Thermostat Wars: All Hail the Mighty Air Conditioner

 

Okay, I’m going to admit something.

I’ve perhaps grown a little too fond of Mr. Carrier. Secretly, I may refer to him as . . . my beloved Willis.

Are you familiar with him?

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Chicken Provençal: Succulent Meat with Lemon, Shallots and Garlic

Chicken Provençal: Succulent Meat with Lemon, Shallots and Garlic

 

The New York Times recently published an eclectic collection of reader’s favorite recipes that I devoured with glee: flourless chocolate cake, sausage ragu, salmon roasted in butter sauce, and this spectacular Chicken Provençal recipe.

The Provençal really caught my eye. I mean garlic, shallots, lemon, and vermouth? If that combo isn’t a home run waiting to happen, I don’t know what is.

My sister and her husband were coming over for dinner. It’s nice to have safe guinea pig guests like that to try a new recipe out on since, even if it’s a bomb, you know they’ll just laugh it off (and then tease you relentlessly about it every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter until they grow too old to remember the tale).

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Accident Number Nine: 0 Lives Left

Accident Number Nine: 0 Lives Left

 

So, car accident number NINE just happened.

That’s right, I’ve now been in NINE auto accidents. I have ZERO lives left.

Throughout my 53 years, I’ve been bashed around in vehicles enough to rival many crash test dummies.

You can click on this link to read about all of the others if you’re so inclined. My Eight Car Accidents and the Road to Recovery.

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Readers’ Top 10 Favorite Recipes and Articles . . . As Well As Mine!

Readers’ Top 10 Favorite Recipes and Articles . . . As Well As Mine!

 

I love seeing which posts you, my readers, find interesting.

As with most internet blogs, my site provides basic analytical information that tells me which posts have resonated with my readers, and which, frankly, were duds.

Analyzing data to see what makes people tick has always fascinated me. It’s actually what I did for a living for years with direct marketing programs.

For example, why is it that a simple tortilla chip dip recipe was a hands-down winner, yet, all other things being equal, no one gave even a single hoot about my favorite plum upside down cake recipe?

Why do certain posts like “Pay it Forward Weekend Begins Now” encourage scores of readers to leave comments, while the response to a post such as “Just a Mom Pondering” that meant so much to me when I wrote it, my face awash with tears, is so quiet that crickets can be heard chirping from miles around?

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Mediterranean Beef and Lamb Burgers (Cevapčići): Succulent Flavors Courtesy of “the Old Country”

Mediterranean Beef and Lamb Burgers (Cevapčići): Succulent Flavors Courtesy of “the Old Country”

 

My husband, Jame, was born in the former Yugoslavia. As a matter of fact, he still has a large group of relatives living in a village in Macedonia called Gostivar. Gostivar is an ancient community that’s rich in history and customs, and is nestled in the foothills of the nearby Shar mountains. In case you’re unfamiliar with where the country of Macedonia is, it’s only a stone’s throw north of Greece.

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Garden Tales: Poetry and Verse About a Bunny That I Curse

Garden Tales: Poetry and Verse About a Bunny That I Curse

 

A bunny ate my beans for brunch.

My radishes he saved for lunch.

My daisies made a nice late dinner.

My flower patch is getting thinner.

 

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14 Chicagoland Restaurants Earn 5-Star Status!

14 Chicagoland Restaurants Earn 5-Star Status!

 

One of our favorite weekend activities is trying out delicious new restaurants in the Chicagoland area.

Dining out is a wonderful break for us. Not only are there no groceries to buy, food to prepare, nor dishes to wash, but it awakens our taste buds to previously unknown multi-cultural flavors and often introduces us to novel cooking techniques and recipes as well.

If you’ve never been to the Chicago area before, you’ll want to be sure to visit local fan favorites like Lou Malnotti’s Pizza, Superdog, Walker Bros. Pancake House, and Portillo’s.

If, however, you think you know Chicago like the back of your hand, you just may be surprised to find a hidden gem amongst the following suggestions.

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South Carolina Bound!

South Carolina Bound!

 

On Friday, June 10th, at 2:30 p.m., Logan sat in an afternoon final at college. He longingly looked out of the window at sailboats gliding by on Lake Michigan during the 75-degree day. All he could think about was that the freedom of summer was just a single, excruciating final exam paper away. Most of his friends had already been home for nearly a month. As a matter of fact, his Friday final was apparently one of the latest finals scheduled for colleges anywhere in the U.S. before summer break began. At long last, he completed his exam, and his freshman year at college was over. It was a wonderful year, it was trying year at times, and then it was done.

On Saturday, June 11th, at 4:30 a.m., Logan sat in a minivan with a hot, panting dog draped over his lap in a backseat packed to the gills with vacation gear as we took off for a week of vacation at a rental home in South Carolina. It was a wonderful trip, it was a trying trip at times, and then it was done.

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About Me:

Hi! My name is Becky. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a writer, and a compulsive thinker. Don't invite me to a spa or to shop the day away, but rather, make me laugh, engage me in interesting conversation, play a game with me, or give me a cappuccino and homemade vanilla bean flan and I’m yours ‘til the cows come home.

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