Writing a blog every day of 2020 – how it’s going – an update – part 2 – again

Some of you know that for 2020 I’ve been posting a blog every single day, sometimes twice a day for Out of the Wilderness. We are now late in November, only weeks to go and it’s been really fun to have this goal, AND be so close to finishing it! Along the way, I’ve written about TV commercials, politics, dating, having dogs, family, and so much more. Some of my favorite writings have been the satire, really just making myself laugh and challenging myself to write in the style of The Onion and Babylon Bee. It’s been a blast.

Below is a screenshot from mid-November for each month’s stats in 2020. I love how WordPress tracks so much data; what can I say, I can be nerdy about numbers sometimes. Since January there has bee a steady incline of views and visitors, a stat that makes me so happy! I just love researching and writing, but to be discovered by more viewers is a good feeling.

December is right around the corner and it’s really anyone’s guess as to what I’ll be writing about. Perhaps it will be more of the same, and I’m perfectly OK with that. Thank you to everyone who has read even one of my posts, and an extra big virtual hug to those who have subscribed and checked back often for posts each day. Y’all are awesome!

-Out of the Wilderness

So what if I let my nails grow sometimes

The other day I realized there are only two reasons why I let my fingernails grow out.

Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com
  1. Softball. The truth is that once they get to a certain length, they become annoying. But there’s a window of time where they are the perfect length for throwing the perfect knuckle ball pitch. Another truth, in slow pitch softball throwing a knuckle ball has very little affect on the batter. In most of the knuckles I’ve thrown the batter gets a decent hit and sometimes, a really good hit. So while throwing this pitch isn’t a game-changer, it sure as heck looks good. That’s about all it’s worth if I’m being honest, except that having three different pitch deliveries may keep the batter on their toes, so that’s a mark in favor of still throwing the knuckle. It takes about a week and a half to get the nails where I like them to have a good-looking knuckle. At the time of this post, my left hand fingernails are the PERFECT length. Unfortunately, I don’t play softball again for five more days… so I’ll have to trim them back a bit so they’re ready again for game day.
  2. Memories. When I was really young on vacation in Florida, one of my grandmothers would clip my nails. For whatever reason, I always wanted her to leave my pinky nails long. I can’t recall why we did that but she was kind enough to clip eight nails and leave the two. Now as an adult I will sometimes leave my pinkies uncut just to remind myself of my awesome grandmother.

Do you have any quirks like that? If you want to share, leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back again tomorrow because I post a new blog every day at 1pm Central!

-Out of the Wilderness

would you rather buy new or used?

I put up an informal poll on Facebook to see what my friends like to buy new vs. used. The reason I did this is because one night when I should have been sleeping, I wondered how many things most people buy used. I would guess cars are the most common used thing people buy, at least in regards to the high dollar items. But I also thought of houses. We don’t really refer to them as used but if someone has lived in a house you bought, technically it’s used. So cars and houses are big ticket items on the used list. But what else? How about toothbrushes? Just kidding, that’s gross. Well, here are a few comments pulled from Facebook for what some people prefer to buy used.

Cars was the item most agreed upon. Then books. After that, furniture, one of my favorites to buy used usually at estate sales. Financial expert Dave Ramsey said about buying used furniture:

For what you spent on some little cheap piece of furniture that’s going to fall apart, you could’ve gotten on Craigslist and bought a real quality piece slightly used from somebody who’s just getting a divorce and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

You can check out the rest of his comments in context here, but back to the Facebook inquiry, the list of used things goes on with:



athletic equipment

kids’ clothes

kids’ toys

kitchen cookware


area rugs





So you can see there is a wide array of things that folks will buy used. It’s also important to note that, as some of my friends commented, they won’t always and only buy these things used, because sometimes you do buy a new house or a new toy for your kids, but with things that have a short lifespan (kids’ clothes, for instance), buying used is a more economically sound thing to do. It’s why people buy used cars, too, because they say the second you drive a new car off the lot the value drops significantly.

How about you? Is there anything you prefer to buy used that’s not on the list? What will you only buy if it’s brand new? Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” and 13 country songs about things you wear

Taylor Swift surprised everyone with a new album (Folklore) during quarantine and the first video to come from it accompanies the song “Cardigan”…

Inspired by the the comfy cardigan she finds by the piano at the end of the video, here’s a list of songs about clothes you can wear. Update: This is a list of COUNTRY songs about clothes you can wear. There are just too many songs to not narrow it down. So next time you’re on $10,000 Pyramid, you should be able to knock this category out of the park!

13 Country Songs About Things You Wear… and 1 About Things You Don’t Wear

Keith Urban “You Look Good in My Shirt”

Jake Owen “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”

Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Were Made For Walkin'”

Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

Miranda Lambert “Smoking Jacket”

Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Randy Houser “Boots On”

Kelsea Ballerini “Stilettos”

Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors”

Jennifer Nettles “Drunk In Heels”

Chris Young “Gettin You Home (The Black Dress Song)”

Johnny Cash “Rock and Roll Shoes”

Shania Twain “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”

Honorable Mention: Kenny Chesney “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” (even though this is actually about clothes you’re not wearing)

Thanks for stopping by! Also check out a list of 10 songs that no longer apply to our lives: Covid-19 edition

-Out of the Wilderness

Train graffiti art, pt 1

I was stopped at a railroad crossing for way too long so I thought, “Why not do something while I’m doing nothing?” …so I took some photos of the canvas passing in front of me. Here are a few of the tags (I think that’s what graffiti is called sometimes?) and check back tomorrow for the rest!


-Out of the Wilderness