Just Some Ramblings

As most of you know, the southern part of the US has been slammed by hurricanes. Harvey was devastating to millions and the flooding is beyond belief. On September 10th, Hurricane Irma came right over Central Florida where I live. The largest hurricane to ever hit the state of Florida. Over half of the state was without power and there wasn’t a county in Florida that wasn’t affected by this powerful storm.

Hurricane Irma

It was a very tense night. We watched the news carefully for 1 week before it hit and we prepared like we have never prepared before. We basically decided at the last minute not to leave since it was downgraded to a Cat 2.

We didn’t sleep much that night, especially after we found a Pygmy Rattler in the house during the storm. He was over by a potted plant that I brought in the house from outside and I’m sure that’s how he got in. Needless to say, hubby and I took care of the unwanted guest! But I just couldn’t get it out of my mind all night long and wondering if he brought a guest with him. I really don’t mind snakes, but not ones which are venomous.

Hurricane Irma sunrise

When the sun came out and we went outside, there was no damage or flooding anywhere in our community. We couldn’t believe it and knew our prayers had been answered. Our power was out about 18 hours. I felt so fortunate, but at the same time, I knew there are so many out there who have lost so much.

Hurricane Irma prayer

Please keep all the hurricane victims in your prayers.

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Oh, my I love this time of the year. Its cooling off, I can stay outside more and enjoy being in the garden.

MochiThings Pattern Ladies Travel Pouch Set

I’m also preparing to fly for the first time in 10 years and I don’t know how to pack for planes anymore. I received some traveling items by MochiThings to try out on my trip and can’t wait to tell you how they worked out.

Any packing suggestions & tips would be most appreciated?

Cast Iron Skillet

I recently purchased my first Lodge Cast Iron skillet. Now, I’m sure there are some of you who have been using cast iron skillets for a long time. And it’s shameful, I must say, that being from the south, I must have been breaking some major southern rules. After making a couple of recipes using my new skillet, I just couldn’t believe I waited so long to purchase one.

I’m in love. With a skillet!

And I can’t wait to start sharing all the recipes I will be making it.

fall items in shop

Looking for some fall decor?  Check out all the pillows I have to offer in my shop at Society 6. If you use this LINK you will get $10 off your order. These pillows are 18 x 18″ and you can choose between indoor or outdoor material. I love using them on my front porch.

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Google Chrome Penalty for Non HTTPS Sites

I’m reposting this from last month because of its important to all of us website owners.

Did you know that Google Chrome will start showing the “NOT SECURE” website if it’s not https in October? This will affect every site owner who collects emails via options!

I thought about using the FREE way of doing an HTTPS conversion, but after some research, I realized that wasn’t a good idea. I was also wondering if moving to HTTPS was really necessary since I didn’t sell anything on my website. But, that’s not true and now anyone who collects emails via their optin will be affected, and that included me. Google also will give you a slight boost in rankings with HTTPS. I will take all I can get.

MaAnna at BlogAid did my conversion for me and I was so pleased. She is very thorough and will be in contact with you through the whole step to answer any of your questions you may have.

Contact MaAnna to find out more information on your website to be converted to HTTPS. Don’t wait until a reader goes to your website and sees the NOT SECURE message and realizes your site may not be secure.

The Crown

I’m so excited that the 2nd season of The Crown will debut on December 8th on Netflix. I really enjoyed the 1st season and if you haven’t watched it yet, you can see all of the 1st season on Netflix.

I was having Downton Abbey withdrawals when I started watching The Crown and I wasn’t disappointed in the series at all. If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet, you can watch it free on Amazon with a Prime Account.

My favorite subscription that I don’t regret at all paying for is Amazon Prime. I love that the Postman brings me all my packages and I can get 2-day FREE Shipping on purchases with no minimum order size. I order some grocery items I can’t find in my local stores, I watch a ton of movies and series and listen to music for FREE. I also love that I can borrow Kindle books too.

I figure if I purchase 10 items throughout the year with free shipping, it will pay for my yearly subscription by not having to pay for shipping costs when purchasing online from other stores and I will also save on gas from not having to go from store to store.

Now is a good time as ever to try Amazon Prime for 30 days FREE and maybe get some of your holiday shopping done.

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A Blog I Follow –


I Heart Organizing – Our family has gained so many benefits from being organized, but the biggest gift is the time we gain to enjoy one another!

I’ve been following Jen’s blog for sometime now and if you need any ideas about getting organized, whether its a small job or the whole house, you need to stop by her blog. Her tips are seen in several magazines and she also has several planners to choose from.

Friend to Friend –

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

Just ramblin’ on,


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  1. My thoughts are with anyone who endured those horrible times in the hurricanes. The pigmy rattler sure add a dose of reality to your storm part of the post.

  2. The hurricane did quite a bit of damage and displaced a lot of peopyand animals. Hopefully, it did not affect you that much. My prayers and support goes to everyone being affected by the hurricanes.

  3. So many great things in this post, Tammy. Except for the snake-that would have sent me off the ledge! I’m so thankful you are safe and out of harms way. I thought of you during the storms and definitely sent some prayers up.
    I’m looking forward to your future recipes with your skillet. I have one but never use it. I have a range top that I learned after buying the skillet would scratch easily. So I would love some oven recipes using it. You know I’m a southern girl too so I’m a little ashamed I haven’t tried mine out more ;).
    I heart organizing is a fantastic site! I’m a frequent visitor as well.

  4. I’m so glad the hurricanes are gone. I’m glad your house and community were not severely damaged. My mothers home was untouched as well. I have a cast iron frying pan that I use randomly.

  5. I love my Amazon prime. I get the video and the daily delivery for certain packages from the app to get items within 2 hours is the best. Its definitely a great investment!

  6. I have heard about the https issues although I haven’t seen it particularly on my end. Then again I am not really using chrome except at my other job and it’s already october. I will probably look into it shortly. Anyway…Cast Iron Skillets are awesome. I am surpised that you haven’t used one prior to now. They are just so versatile.

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