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You Don’t Know Me #BehindTheBlogger

You Don't Know Me #BehindtheBlogger EclecticEvelyn.com

You don’t know me but reading my blog gives you some insight into who I am right now.  Who I was before remains a mystery at least for a little while.  My lives are starting to collide with old friends discovering my blog and new friends discovering my life.  On my blog I reveal bits and pieces at a time but it is focused on my life now, not what came before, so I will share a few things that came before so that you can learn a bit about me, the person, not just the blogger. In 2011,

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Being Grateful in the Heat

I woke up this morning hot and sweaty.  The air conditioner in my room had stopped working at some point during the night. At first I was irritated and then I walked into the hallway and felt the cool breeze from my other two air conditioners in the house.  At that point, I reminded myself to be grateful for the ones that were working instead of being irritated with the one that was not.  Instead of three working air conditioners in my house,I have two and I am grateful for those.  During this record heatwave, there are many people

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10 of My Favorite WV Pics

10 of My Favorite WV Pics EclecticEvelyn.com

I love instagram.  If you’re not following me you really should. I share everything from dogs and cats to crochet and sunsets.  I love taking photos and when my phone is working right I share them on instagram.  Here are 10 of my favorite pictures of West Virginia I have found on instagram this month.   A photo posted by Brett Bodkins (@brettbodkinsphotography) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:18pm PDT   A photo posted by @natepaxton on Jul 11, 2016 at 4:39pm PDT   A photo posted by V&B Digital (@vbdigital) on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:55pm PDT  

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need EclecticEvelyn.com

If you are an early bird or a night owl, you can not function properly unless you are getting the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep causes mistakes and accidents on and off the job. Did you know that driving sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving intoxicated? Lack of sleep impairs brain function and makes decision making difficult. In order to be your most productive you need to get proper sleep. You also need to make sure your child gets enough sleep. We are so busy packing their days full of activities, sports, and playdates that

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Everything July

Everything July EclecticEvelyn.com

Did you know there is so much more to July then the 4th?  According to the National Day Calendar, July is recognized as National Anti-Boredom Month National Baked Bean Month National Cell Phone Courtesy Month National Culinary Arts Month National Grilling Month National Horseradish Month National Hot Dog Month National Ice Cream Month National Independent Retailer Month National July Belongs to Blueberries Month National Picnic Month Unlucky Month for Weddings   Who knew there was even a horseradish month?  This post is about celebrating all things July, except blueberries, because I am allergic. I created a Pinterest board just

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Mindfield An Overheard Conversation

MIndfield An Overheard Conversation EclecticEvelyn.com

  Tucked behind a motel and a barber shop in Brownsville, Tennessee, there is a conversation going on.  It’s a conversation Billy Tripp is having with himself  but the world is welcome to stand witness and listen.  In the Spring of 2014, I overheard this conversation on a trip I took through the deep south.  I heard it on my way back to Nashville from Memphis. I heard it loud and clear so I stopped and listened well into the evening.  It was one of the most amazing conversations I have ever had the pleasure of overhearing.  As the

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Silence is Not Golden

Silence is too loud EclecticEvelyn.com

I understand now why my grandmother had the TV on all the time, even when she wasn’t watching it. After having a houseful of people for most of your life it’s really hard to be alone.  The silence can be so deafening. I find that if it is too quite then the thoughts start to whirl around in my head.  The dark thoughts surface and then the spiral begins.  The trick is to not let the thoughts whirl to start with.  That is where TV came in for my grandmother, for me its music and talk radio. Just something

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10 Facts about West Virginia

10 Facts about West Virginia EclecticEvelyn.com

    West Virginia was formed from the Allegany counties of Virginia over the question of slavery.  The Virginia government in Richmond had declared Virginia a slave state and part of the Confederacy.  Several of the western most counties were Union loyalist and after much argument with Richmond decided to succeed from Virginia and form its own state.  Thus becoming the only state formed out of another state over the question of slavery. West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863 by proclamation of President Lincoln.     The first organized land battle of the Civil War took place

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Oh Yes Girl! 10 Amazing Plus Size Looks I Found on Instagram

Oh Yes Girl! 10 Amazing Plus Size Looks I Found on Instagram EclecticEvelyn.com

I love clothes and I don’t mean clothes that make me look like a frumpy old lady.  I will never understand why most retailers think that all plus size beauties want to dress in tents and flowered bags.  And for the last time, no one wants to wear some elastic waist straight leg mom jeans.  Stop making them!!!!  Another little pet peeve of mine, why in the h*ll would a plus size woman want to shop at a store with “barn” in the name.  We are not cows!  Maybe they have some cute clothes, I wouldn’t know because I