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I am moving

Good morning!

I know this is highly unusual to be posting not on a Wednesday, and it is not even close to the next posting date…so, what’s up? I’ll tell you what’s up. But ‘up’ is more of a story that I hope everyone will understand.

Two months ago, I discovered that Facebook “banned” my blog. I was considered spam.

Which meant I or anyone else could not share my posts or my blog link to Facebook.

At first, I was okay with it, I can still write, post and people can see my blog. But the more I have been thinking about, the more I realized that everything I am posting and future posts is pointless.

If I want people to see my posts, and if, by some miracle that people want to share what I have to say (that would be even amazing) they couldn’t. I know my posts are not all that exciting yet…yet!

I want to share and for others to share my work, but no one can.

So, what was I to do? It was like I had this most amazing car to drive and no key. And many more analogies that I won’t share.

I had two options, continue on the way I am; writing and seeing it go nowhere, or take some extreme steps and fix the problem. I plan on fixing the problem. It is going to be hard, and complicated, but I truly believe it will be worth it.

Here’s the solution: I am going to create a new site address/blog. This blog and address will be “shut down”. The site address will be no longer valid

The name will be the same and all my posts and everything will be on the new blog. The only thing that will change is the site address. This all will take place in a few days. But I will let everyone know the new address way before this site changes.

I will do a repost of this in a couple of days to make sure everyone saw it, and then this weekend I will post the new site address.

I hope everyone understands and hopefully this will all work out. Please comment below on your thoughts and any words of encouragement as I have now a daunting task ahead.

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Small Town Living

Since I was 9-years-old, my parents and I have lived in a small country town in Wisconsin.

Growing up and living in a village (yes, we are called a village) with a population of just over 780 people, is truly a unique experience and way of life. Hence the reason this post is part one of many.

One might ask; what is it like living in a small town? Well, to sum up, it’s like living in a fishbowl.

Everyone knows everyone, and what’s happening everywhere anytime!

Upon first moving to the village, we knew no one and no one knew us. So, my Mom got the brilliant idea of applying for a job of delivering newspapers around town. 

And I was like…

I was not quite for it, but hey, maybe it won’t be that bad…

Any job you have is going to a daily job, it is either a nine to five type, or if you have my Dad’s job, 12-hour shifts, but you can have sick days and vacation days, but not with the paper route!

It was 365 days a year; holidays, rain or shine, wind hail or snow, hot or bitter cold! No excuses, we delivered no matter what.

We had until 5 pm each day to get the papers out, but Mom had her own rule, all papers had to be delivered by 9 am. Which meant we were up fairly early, had a quick breakfast, get the papers bagged, loaded into the car by 7:30ish. There were four paper routes in the village, we had three, it would take us until close to 9 to deliver all the papers.

Overall it was okay, especially around Christmas time, the tips and gifts that we got were amazing and fun! But there were days I questioned why we’re doing this, like the time Mom thought it would be a good idea to bike half the route on a very cold fall morning, or the times we got chased by dogs or delivering in the snow!  That one I will never forget.

It was around Christmas time one year that we got a huge snowstorm, and the following morning we had to deliver papers in waist-deep snow. We had to park where we could and walk a good portion of the route because the side streets were not plowed yet. We were way later than 9 that day getting the papers out, and people let us know! Despite the conditions, they wanted the paper now!

Well ho ho ho, and a lump of coal for you! We were freezing our tails off getting the paper out, have another cup of coffee and take a chill pill! You’ll find out what happened to Garfield soon enough!

But, as I said, overall it was okay…for the first year, after that it began to be a bit of a pain.  

But it was the routes that gave us the opportunity to meet and get to know the people of the village, and also for them to get to know us. The aliens, the transplanted people from another state.

And after two years of torture, we got to know a good portion of the people, some we became super close to, having the route was not fun, but it brought a good result…we were accepted into the village…yeah, that sounds weird…anyway!

Thank you so much for reading my ramblings today, please let me know what you thought of today’s post! Feedback is always welcome!!

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Pickle Ice Cream

We live in an amazing country, it may be a little messed up, or maybe a lot messed up, but it is incredible.

We have freedoms that some countries only dare to dream about, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to travel wherever we want and the freedom to make some of the most disgusting flavor combos known to mankind!!

Some of these flavors might appeal to you, but hey! I have freedom of speech and my speech is this:
Who gets paid to make up such unappetizing flavor food items!?

There is no way the inventor of the Wonka Bar would dare to invent such flavors… The most common flavor in foods I’ve seen lately is pickles…Recently we went shopping and we saw this…

Who in the name of Willy Wonka would drink that!? But it does not stop there for the pickle world. There is also pickle-flavored Ice Cream with dried pickles on the side…In New York City you can get Pickle Ice Cream with pickles in and outside the ice cream.

Pickle-flavored candy canes, and a fried pickle with ranch flavor chips. Pickles are good for one thing only, to eat. Not to be put in something as sacred as a candy cane!

Don’t get me started on bacon…nope! First off, I am not a huge fan of it anyway. I know! How dare I say that…I dared. 

Why is it every time you turn around bacon has been added to something, including candy canes (again!?) And Maple Bacon flavored coffee and even soda.

Jones Soda is famous for its extremely weird and unusual flavors, some of their limited-edition soda’s included: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Thanksgiving dinner themed flavors such as turkey, potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie, and you may have guessed…bacon flavored soda.

These foods should be eaten! Not put into a bottle to drink like a Coke or a Pepsi…expect brussels sprouts, they don’t belong anywhere…them veggies are just wrong…anyway! My mother would disagree. But, me Mum is not the one writing this!

Other flavors of foods I find questionable are Candy Corn and Jelly Donut Oreos, biscuit and gravy potato chips, wasabi candy canes (Really? candy canes again?!) and last but not least, Mayochup.

Mayo and Ketchup put together in one bottle. Again, some flavors just don’t belong together!

 I am a bit of an old-fashioned person, not a fan of change. I like the classics of many things, but I do try to like new things to a point. But I will be loyal to my peppermint candy canes, eating my pickles and my bacon, if I have to, and as far as chips, I love chips, just not pickled!

What’s the next biggest food combo? Bacon flavored pickles!?

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My Name is Gabbi

Good Morning!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far! I thought I’d do a little more introducing myself and little more info about my blog.

First, about me; I am the youngest of three, my two older brothers were 12 and 16 when I born.

Yeah, I was a major surprise, both for my parents, but even more so for my brothers when they found out Mom was having a girl. During the ultrasound, my brothers asked the Doc to look again.

They didn’t know what they were going to do with a girl.

But they were really good brothers growing up, they taught me all the bad habits Mom didn’t want me to have. Such as burping, and other questionable talents…oh, the stories I could tell…but I won’t.

In between the bad habits, they gave me good things as well; such as my love for Looney Tunes, Star Wars, and photography.

All three of us were raised by amazing parents, Mom and Dad…or as I like to call them; Mama Bear and Papa Bear.

I could not ask for better parents, they themselves have an amazing story. My Dad was born and raised in Oregon and my Mom was born and raised in Maine.

Did they meet in Maine? Nope! Oregon? Nope! Bible school in New Brunswick, Canada! They traveled coast to coast five times before settling finally in Oregon and then we moved to Wisconsin…stay tuned for that adventure.

My parents are my everything; my support, love, comedy relief, and everything in between. They are super supportive of the things I want to do, including this blog.

This blog had been a dream of mine for years, but I kept dragging my feet and putting it off because blogging was such an out of the box thing to do. But I have had a desire and a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. Some people get a thrill out of driving a fast car or even crunching numbers, but I get a thrill and a joy out of writing and seeing my words come alive. My posts, though they seem different, they all come from me; A sarcastic, small-town introvert trying my best to shine my light.

And this introvert will be sharing my adventures of living in a small town, being an introvert, my faith, and whatever else inspires my pencil to fly.

I get joy out of what I do, and I hope you will find some about of joy by reading what I have to say.

Thanks for reading today’s post!

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Too Quick to Judge

How many times in a month or even in a day do we “judge” a person by their outward appearance before we really can get to know them?

Of course there are some people that we can get a pretty good idea of, but so often, we are too quick to judge.

 I judged two particular people too soon before I really got to know them, and by the time I realized what kind of person they were, it was too late.

The first person I judged was an older man named Keith (not his real name). I was first introduced to him while I worked elections and every time, he came in to vote he was a bit loud and a tad annoying. Needless to say, I didn’t like him very much due to the hard time he gave everyone when he came in to vote.

And how he acted at elections was just his personality, so now instead of dreading his visits, I looked forward to them. I was too quick to judge and didn’t take the time to look past the cover of the book.

But then I got to know this man on a whole different level. Mom and I began volunteering at our local meals-on-wheels site and he was one of our delivery drivers. We saw him twice a week instead of three times a year and I discovered that he was the nicest, funniest, most caring and helpful guy you could come across.

I was too quick to judge another man I got to know while also working at meals-on-wheels.

His name was Mike (Not his real name). Mike also volunteered a bit around the site, and he was in a word, unkempt. His hair was long and wild looking along with his beard and he had the smell of too many cigarettes. I tried to stay clear of him because of his looks and smell.

But the one thing I did see right away was he was super nice, very soft spoken and always willing to help. His appearance and how he acted were completely opposite.

It was after a few months of working that I learned something about him that somewhat explained a lot.

He was a Vietnam Vet, he was willingly served his country and instead of gratitude and thanks for what he had done, he was treated very badly as many Vietnam vets were. I softened toward him knowing what he had been through, and instead of avoiding him, I got to know him lot better.

One of his favorite things was chocolate milk.  Mom and I would buy him chocolate milk and take it to his apartment. He was always so happy and thankful every time we brought it to him. We could not fix what he had been through, but we could show him some kindness and some thanks for what he had done.

Both of these men, opposite in personality, and I judged them way too quickly. It was just a little over a year of getting to know Keith that he passed away unexpectedly. Mike too passed away a not too long after Keith. I was extremely sad that I didn’t get to know them sooner.

Two amazing men, I judged way too quickly. Don’t miss an opportunity to get to know someone.

Maybe they are messy or loud, but really, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, they just may surprise you. 

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Shining My Light

It was during my devotions one morning that some verses that I’ve read dozens of times before suddenly spoke to me.

Mathew 5: 14-16 says

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

This is what I want to do. I have a light inside me and I want to let it shine! I have had a desire and a passion for writing for as long as I can remember, and now I want to share what’s inside me and shine my light.

That will be my ultimate goal for this blog; to shine my light and glorify my Father in heaven. Though my posts will be about a lot of different topics, not just spiritual topics, God has given me the ability to write and express and I plan on using that gift to the best of my ability.

And I hope my light will shine through my words and you will see it.

This is my second post of, I hope, many and I hope you get joy out of what I write as much as I get joy writing the posts!

That’s all for now!

I need to work on my signing off phrase…

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Introducing Myself

Hello! And welcome to my blog! Who am I and what am I going to be writing/blogging about?

I am Gabbi B, a small-town county girl living in the amazing state of confusion…just kidding! Wisconsin! I live in the Dairyland state.

So, what am I going to be yammering about? A number of different topics, including the adventures of living in a small town, being an introvert, sharing my faith, and whatever else inspires my pencil to fly.

Now, here are the top 10 things you should know about me…I don’t want to go beyond 10 yet and scare you off 😀

1. I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ who died for me on the cross and saved me from my sins.

2. I am an introvert. What’s that? It means I like text messages and emails; I don’t like talking on the phone or being in large groups of people. I am like a chameleon; I like to blend into the background and watch the world.

3. Music is a major part of me, I play piano and my iTunes/Pandora music list is as long as my to-read list…which brings me to number 4

4. I am a bookworm, going to the library is a weekly occurrence. I am cursed with a mile-long to-read list and a limited library catalog. And no, I don’t do Kindle or eBooks! I must have a book in my hand…Kindle does not have the same magic an actual book has.

5.  The top shelf is my worst enemy, at 5’3 I never can reach that top shelf without help…and yes, if you are wondering, that is my height…I’ve stopped growing years ago

6.  I speak three languages: movie quotes, music lyrics and sarcasm

7. I love movies; The Princess Bride is my favorite!

8. I don’t like change

9. I am a huge Star Wars geek and Peanuts fan. Weird, I know, but I love BB-8 and Snoopy!!

10. I love the little things of life; I like to find joy and fun in the simple things that most people take for granted or just don’t appreciate really well.

So, there is a little bit of me, hope you are still here and I haven’t bored you yet!

I will be posting a new article every other Wednesday

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New Blog!! I’ve moved!

Good morning!

This will be the last time I post I here.

The move has been complete! I now have a new blog front and site address. You can now find me at gabbibjournal.home.blog

It will look different, but it’s all the same content and me.

For those who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, read my last post called ‘I am moving’ and get caught up!

Also! If you have all ready subscribed, WordPress did transfer over my subscribers to my new blog, so hopefully everything is good there, but if you just want to be safe, you can re-subscribe on the new site.

So please go check out the new site and get acquainted with it because come soon this site will be gone!

gabbibjournal.home.blog