What I Learned: January 2016

This one nearly slipped by me. A new year seems to move faster and faster but thanks to Emily Freeman over at Chatting at the Sky, I jotted down a few things I learned in this month. (Link up here.)

New APP

WAZE

I’m not sure how I missed this before now but I’ve discovered Waze. Their homepage describes it as: “the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.” Along with the typical info a traffic app gives you,  I like is the info the app provides like, “car on shoulder ahead” and “red light camera ahead” or “police activity”. You can choose the accent you’d like the voice to speak in so we’ve chosen British and her name is Kate. She’s quite nice, really.

Food/Drink

We’ve finally had a few days of winter so I was looking for hot chocolate but the grocery store was out of the brand I prefer. I saw a box of white cocoa mix I decided to try and am so glad I did. If you’ve ever had the vanilla steamer from Starbucks this is like that only better. It’s Land O Lakes Arctic White hot cocoa mix and it is yum!

Photography 

I’m taking my second online photography course taught by Kim Klassen. The focus is on still life photography where I’m learning to set up vignettes with things around the house. My two favorite tips she’s given is that science project boards make perfect backdrops (I bought a white and black one) and ordinary old cheese cloth adds nice texture.

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Family 

When our first child was born, getting up with her a few times a night was exhausting and all I wanted was full night’s sleep her first few months. We spent a long weekend with that daughter and her daughter over the MLK weekend. The granddaughter is 8 and a short hall separates her room from the guest room where we stay. When she woke up about 3:30 a.m. I learned when a grandchild calls out to you in the middle of the night you don’t mind at all. You can read more about that here.

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More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

10 thoughts on “What I Learned: January 2016

  1. tombeetlebailey

    “Life moves pretty fast if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile you just might miss it.”
    -Ferris Bulur

    True, glad to see you know this & do it, great post & blog.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Love the Ferris Buluer quote, Tom. Perfect!

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  2. Bree Durham

    Memories. Your posts frequently bring up old memories for me. I remember my Dad getting up every night when I called out the summer I was 15. He never said a word, just checked the house. What comfort he brought me. Love your blog, Debby.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks for sharing that aunt Bree. I know so little about grandpa and think I only saw him once. I always figured he was a quiet man but maybe it was because the rest of us were just loud 😉

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  3. Gabriele

    Your photography is beautiful. Thanks for the tip about science board backdrops.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      It seemed so simple, Gabriele, I wondered why I never thought of that. She is a beautiful photographer and it’s those little tips that make it seem doable. I’ve done all of the shots with my iPhone!

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  4. Lisa Lewis

    We’re so happy that you found our Arctic White hot cocoa and like it. We have 12 Cocoa Classic® flavors and six Cappuccino Classics® flavors. Please follow us on social media. Happy 2016!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Lisa. I’ll check some of those out.

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  5. Tara

    The months always seem to go so quickly. I need to check out that cocoa flavor…sounds yummy!!! Your photography class sounds fun. That would be totally something I would love to take.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I’m more vanilla than chocolate and I’m not a coffee drinker so this was the perfect find for me, Tara. The photography class is wonderful. You can look up Kim Klassen. I’m not sure if it’s one you can start anytime but I’m sure she’ll have something coming up. Thanks for stopping by!

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