November New Reads


There are 133 blogs listed below.. to those blogs I will like to say –

Welcome to my feedreader, bloggers!

During the past month I found your blog, and I liked your blog a lot. While there, I probably read back about 40+ posts or so. Then I added you to my feedreader.

Most of you will know what a feedreader is, but in case you do not, click here for info. The quick run down – it is an awesome program which collects new articles that bloggers post. So when you post something new, I get a copy, and if I have the time and something to say, I will click through and comment. If you want to get a feed reader, I highly recommend Inoreader, which I have been using a lot lately.

At the end of 6 months or so, if I am still loving your blog as much as I did when I added you to my feed reader, I will add you to my permanent blogroll. YAY!

Please Note –

WordPress has declared me a spammer due to my November commenting challenge, which really sucks. So I may have left you a comment but you cannot see it – it is in your spam bin. Here is how to check your spam bin, which you should do regularly in any case! :)


In your wordpress dashboard, click on Comments – this will open the comments screen.


See where it says spam – if there is a number there, you have comments waiting to be assessed by you, the blog author. You get to decide whether these comments are spam or not.


If you click on the box, you can then choose to delete permanently or declare these comments as not spam. Pretty please remove mine from the spam bin – the more people who do that, the less likely I will end up in there again.

Now, onto the list of new blogs added to the feedreader since 31 October –

NaBloPoMo Keepers

(mis)adventures of spindlerose
100 Days Of Sunshine
20/20 Hines Sight
A Horse and a Half
a little bit brave
A Little Bit Salty
A Short A Day
A Yankee in Rebel Clothes
Adventures in all things food
An Avoidant Woman
Art My Cat Makes
Autumn Eyes
Average Jane
Banana Wheels
Based On A True Story….
Becoming Angela
California Dreaming Squirrel
Carpool Goddess
Cluck Cluck Buzz
Collected Moments
could do worse
Cranium Crunches
Food Huntress
Forbidden Books
From Tracie
Gentle Soul Arts
Good Strong Words
Green Lizard’s Blog
Innerworkings of the Female Mind
Introspections of an Idealist
Journey To Health
Knitting on the Green
Leaves & Stitches
Leila’s Mixtape
Life in the Electron Orbital
Madges Hatbox
Making Love in Minnesota
Mandy Fish
Miss Wish
Monaresa Smiles
Monson Fonsons
Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.
My Plus Size Year
Out and About in New York City
Preshus Me
ramblings from an insomniac
random truths
reverse ferret
Runes and Rhinestones
Sneakers & Sass
Sow, Sew, So
Sunny Corner Farm
Tea with the Cat
The Broken Spine
The Cheering Charm
The Fearless Scribe
The Foodie Army Wife
The Inbetween Is Mine
The Secret Diary of a Newly Diagnosed Diabetic
The Shape Of X
The Tomato Tart
The Variations Of Life And Lauren
The View from My Kayak
Through My Eyes
Twelve Two Two Fondue
Wandering Sheila
Wing and A Prayer Farm
You can’t make this sh*t up

Nano Poblano Crew –

Fish Of Gold
Nerd in the Brain
Not A Punk Rocker
Knocked over by a feather
Me – Who am I?
Silver Threading
Mindful Digressions
one life, recorded
Eclectic odds n sods
The Chatter Blog
Parenting a Teenage Tornado
Idiot Writing
Chasing Destino
The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally
Notes Tied On The Sagebrush
We Admitted We Were Powerless
Life In Progress
Love Marriage Worms
Wine and Beer Travels
Odds & Ends from Ermigal
mihran Kalaydjian
A Teenage (Poet’s) Life
Not Just Sassy on the Inside
Scribblings from the Bluegrass
Muddy Business
calliopes lyre
Breathing Space
Amusing Nonsense
that cynking feeling
Mental in the Midwest
On the Edge of Enlightenment
Drunk on Life
Blog Apocalypse
To Breathe is to Write
could do worse
Martha Keim-St. Louis’ blog
Apple Pie and Napalm
Crawford’s Creative Corner
The Cranky Giraffe
A Map of California
Just something I was thinking about . . .

Other November Finds –

About a Bugg
from the sticks to the bricks and back again
I Try: The Additive Property of Happiness
Styling My Curves
Floating Kitchen
Write Dorne – Putting life into words.

See previous new reads for OctoberSeptemberAugustJuly

Plus view my Blogroll here!

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NaBloPoMo Is Done.


Sunset as seen from the Mauna Kea Summit, HI.

We can call NaBloPoMo a success here at Life in the Country, with a blog post published for every day in November.

How did you go? Did you take part?

The Links Roundup –

Here are some brilliant links I saved – there were a few more but when I went back to the blogs I was going to link to, they had not approved my comment, so a big wet raspberry to you, instead of a link. :)

Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter with Vanilla Bean and Port – I can’t imagine how excellent the house would smell after slow cooking this. :)

Day 14: My Love Hate Relationship With Facebook – I am having my own love hate relationship with it – I’m within millimeters of hitting delete account.. I am so over FB resetting how I see my stories. I do not want top stories, I want most recent. STOP CHANGING IT BACK FFS FB.

knitting litterature – If you love knitting you will love this post. :)

Six Word Fortune Cookies – Pick a number between 1-20, then go to this post to get your fortune cookie. :)

Giving Thanks to the Goose – The turkey was once a goose.

12 Fab Christmas Tree Crafts From Pinterest – This is a super fun post.

The Mother of Mom-Themed Links Post – Some more excellent links.

Favorite Cookboks Written By Bloggers – I already read one of these blogs so I found four more awesome reads here. :)

Leopards of Bera, Rajasthan – Some gorgeous pics and a great story as well.

Saturday Suppers: Corn Chowder – I am so making this. :)

Orange Marinated Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus – And this – I am always looking for new ways to prepare chicken and this one will be a hit with the other half who loves orange.

Myki for visitors – If you are going to Melbourne, you want to read this post.

The NaBloPoMo Bundles –

You can browse the first bundle of blogs here –

NaBloPoMo 2014

You can browse the second bundle of blogs here –

NaBloPoMo2 2014

There is also my “keepers” – blogs that I connected with right away and know I want to be reading long after November is a distant memory. If your blog is not on this list, do not worry – I just need a little more time to get to know you. :) All the blogs I have added thus far will be staying in my feed reader for now.

You can browse the keepers list here –

NaBloPoMo Keepers 2014Updated 23/11/14

If your blog is on the first list or the second list but is not in the first or second bundle, it means I could not access your blog, or that there was no feed associated with your blog.

I have kept a record of each missing blog and why it is missing, so you can contact me and I can let you know why yours is missing.

The Nano Poblano Bundle –

The 2014 Nano Poblano Blogs.

If you did take part but you have not yet linked up, you still have some time to add your link below.

Unlike a regular link up – Please link to your BLOG URL, not to a post. :)

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Leopard Print Oxfords


These London Rebel leopard print shoes are super cute. So you can guess what that means. They’re not super comfortable.. :(


I found these at a shoe warehouse in Adelaide when we visited there a few years ago. I tried them on and they seemed comfortable at the time. However, on actual wearing, the place where the shoe meets the ankle at the top of the shoe sits a bit high, cuts in a bit, and causes a blister to occur.


So, rules apply to wearing these shoes.

1. One has to not be walking too far. These can be worn out to a restaurant we are driving to. I wore them to work a few times, because it was a sitting for 6 hours job.

2. These are not wet weather shoes.


I can’t find these shoes for sale anymore, but they have a flat with the same print.

They have a ribbon as a shoelace, which is something quite unique to my shoe closet. I really love wearing them as long as I don’t have to walk very far. :) They take a standard jeans and t-shirt to a completely different place.

London Rebel make some faux Doc Martens which I would try based on these shoes which, besides the ankle thing next time I see them in a store, I’ll pick them up.

Do you have any shoes which look amazing but are uncomfortable? :)

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Rouge Rogues


If only the rogue dogs were actually rouge, it would make life a lot easier, for people to spot them and for the rouge rogues to be rounded up.

I’m not entirely certain what set confronted means, but it does make me wonder if in the future a news article that contains these words might appear –

Locals say spelling mistakes are a problem in the area, with some sentences making zero sense.

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These spammers just keep getting.. more weird. :)

Today I received a comment from “leaky faucet pompano beach seafood festival” It said, and I quote –

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in numerous kinds of plumbing profession paths that folks can pursue as expert plumbers.
These types of couplings are a great asset and can really help, get
the job done. This article looks at the importance
of choosing the right plumbing courses.

Well thanks, leaky faucet, for sharing this important information with us. Though I am still confused what it has to do with pompano beach and/or a seafood festival!

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The Missing – Television Tuesday.


I’m 4 weeks into watching The Missing. In my opinion this is excellent quality television.

The Missing stars James Nesbitt – Aussies will remember him as Adam from Cold Feet – and Frances O Connor – most well known to me as Fanny Price from the 1999 film Mansfield Park – as parents of a child who goes missing. The series also stars Tchéky Karyo as a police detective in the Then, and in the Now, as a retired police detective who is seemingly obsessed with keeping bees.

I read a blog called Unpopcult, where they review and discuss television. The blog is based in the UK which means they often see shows long after they have aired in the USA, and I use their reviews as a way to go back and re-watch things, or as a way to binge watch new shows and keep track via their posts of episodes I have seen, which I did with The Good Wife earlier this year.

Interestingly, neither of the bloggers involved with the blog has watched The Missing because they were put off by the fact that the story involves a missing child. Having watched it, I can safely state this show is about far more than a missing child.

It seems that the show was marketed as “a parents worst nightmare”. I learned a long time ago not to listen to the marketing of tv shows – have you heard an ad for a tv show on your local station recently? They are all awful. They are like parodies of movie trailers.

Sometimes it makes me laugh because I will have already seen the episode they are trying to “sell” and they pick one event and try to make it seem like the show is all about that one “SHOCKING” event and “You Won’t Believe WHAT.. HAPPENS.. NEXT” with foreboding music of doom and scary violins playing in the background..

I know from having seen the episode, that event they are “selling” was maybe 1 minute of the show and then it was never referred to again, and the episode was about something else entirely.


The Missing is truly about how an event can change everyones lives in one moment – there is before X happened, and after X happened. This show is about how events change people.

The show is interestingly put together in a way that is difficult to describe to anyone who has not watched it. The show has two storylines – what happened then, and what is happening now. It is telling two stories at once – though sometimes we know the events of the first story from the now, we do not know the details.

How on earth the cast and crew put this together I have absolutely no idea, because they look totally different in the now to the then. Having done some reading – in particular this blog post – it seems that they filmed all the “now” scenes first, and then all the “then” scenes. Given that information, the cast performances are all the more incredible, because they had not experienced the “then” when filming the “now”.

The subject matter may be difficult but if you can get past that, this is television at its finest with amazing performances from the cast and you absolutely should not miss it.

US readers will find The Missing on Starz – episodes have already aired but you can catch past episodes on On Demand.

Australian viewers will find The Missing on BBC First from November 30th. I do not know if or when it will air on free to air tv here, sadly. BBC no longer has a deal with the ABC, they now have a deal with Foxtel.

UK readers have not much time to catch up on the episodes – there are just two days left to view the first episode online over at BBC One.

Readers who know how to torrent will be able to find this series in their usual places, I expect. :)

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I can see there from here..

A few weeks ago, I had to go to an appointment about 40km away. This was the first time I’d been out by myself on the roads driving a decent distance in a while.

3 separate times, I saw vehicles in front of me cross to the wrong side of the road, while they were busy doing something.. I could see they were texting or reading something on their mobile phone.

And my car horn is like the horn from a clown car. Nobody takes my beeps seriously. In fact I don’t even think they hear them, it never seems like anyone does. I asked the other half to install me a more serious horn, because these people need a wake up, when they are doing this. If there were cars coming the other way, they could kill someone, even themselves!

There was a time recently, after watching one too many episodes of Crash Investigation Unit, that I found myself sitting in the car, at the end of the driveway, unable to leave the driveway because if I went X way, then Y could happen, and if I went A way, then B could happen. No way seemed safe, and my mind was screaming at me.. don’t go anywhere, put the car away, it is too dangerous on the roads.

And then rational me said err, no, lets’s get going, I have to live life. I need to buy stuff, like chocolate and icecream. I can’t become a hermit and just order my groceries on the internet and never leave home again. But I could see there from where I was. And part of me wanted to do exactly that – become a hermit, stay home where it is safe..

I mean, I could easily do that, Coles and Woolies home deliver here now. But if I let those fears take over, then there will be no end to it. What will be, will be. If I get taken out by an unlicensed idiot driving while texting, I’ll be pissed, sure. And I’ll haunt that person foreverz, because seriously your text couldn’t wait, you couldn’t pull over?

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Beige Fitflops


You may recall the previous Fitflops post – Fitflops from Hawaii.


I got the Beige pair on our last full day on Oahu from Nordstrom. I had gone there because they were having a sale, and I wanted to see if they had the Aquatalia Rhumba boots that Kate Middleton once levitated in whilst playing hockey.


I’d had a previous almost bought them experience with the Aquatalia Rhumba, when I searched Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Outlet Store at Waikele and found a pair hiding on the floor. YES I inwardly screamed, only to pick the box up and find they were a size 7. So, I longingly caressed them, and put them back.


Anyway, there were no Aquatalia shoes at Nordstrom, but I did spot these beige fitflops. By this time, I’d worn the black ones most evenings to stroll about and I knew they were extremely comfortable shoes, and they were on sale, so bonus! I bought them..


As you can see, they still have a tag on them. They have not been worn yet. I’m saving them for this summer. :)

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