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General thoughts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I love this time of year. There are so many holiday concerts and shows to see - mostly for free at the libraries in my area. I love to hear holiday music or see a holiday play with neighborhood children as the performers. It's such fun to see the pride on the faces of the parents when their children are performing.

I am a huge fan of driving around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas decorations, too. I was afraid there wouldn't been too many because of the bad economy...but was I ever wrong! Seems like more people than usual have decorated, which says to me that people really need Christmas and what it stands for now more than ever.

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PJSTIME 12/16/2009 1:21PM

    I love to look at the lights too. Maybe more people are staying home so they want their home to look more like Christmas. PJ emoticon

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If I won the lottery...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ever thought about what you would do if you won a huge lottery?

I would definitely buy a house - not a mansion, mind you. Just a nice 3 bedroom house with a swimming pool. All my life, I have dreamed of having my own swimming pool that I could just walk into right from the house. I would also love to have a large backyard with room to entertain my friends at a bar-b-cue.

I also would love to be able to afford to have my own car & driver at my beck & call. I have never had the desire to learn how to drive...but it sure is convenient to have a car available when you want one.

My husband & I would choose several charities to donate to. One of them would be a colon cancer charity (my mom died of colon cancer). We would also donate to Brookfield Zoo which is our favorite zoo. We probably would use some of the money to help ferret shelters because we are huge lovers of ferrets.

If there was enough money left - we would love to travel. My husband has never been to Alaska (I have, before I met him) and we'd love to do that together.

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CHARGER25 12/10/2009 11:55PM

    I dream of being fit and healthy....nothing else matters.....!

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PJSTIME 12/10/2009 2:20PM

    It is nice to dream and it sounds like you would stay down to earth. I like that and also that you are thinking of others.

We all dream I think that is healthy think to do. I'll have to dream a little myself and think about what I would do. PJ

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MAKI34 12/10/2009 1:25PM

    As silly as it sounds, I think about it often. I would love to finally get a brand new car, not a used one. To finally have a car that doesn't have a cracked windshield and that the heat and a/c finally work! That would be lovely. I also would love to be able to help all my family out, that would be awesome. To make my dad's dream come true of owning his own Mechanic Shop! So many dreams I can't even write them all!

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Blogs, Message Boards, etc.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

What a great place SparkPeople is. I feel like I have made friends with so many people already and I have not even been on SparkPeople that long. It's really great to read blogs because you get such interesting points of view. I enjoy just skipping around and picking a blog based on whim or title or whatever. I also subscribe to some of my friend's blogs.

This site is really great if you are willing to use it correctly. I just saw a message board post asking if message boards were really a waste of time. I don't think they are. I read the actual first post and respond to it...not to what other might have put out there.

Yes, it's an easy way to gain points, but I don't look at it that way. I learn from the message boards and I learn from the blogs, too.

I think what you put into SparkPeople is what you get out of it. What do you think emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/10/2009 10:11AM

  I think you are so right, Judy. I just told a new member to take full advantage of the blogs, the message boards and the great articles. They all help me. And I love the interaction with my spark friends. We might be at different stages with different stories...but we are all on this journey together. That sure helps me each day. Hope you're having a great day. emoticon mary

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PJSTIME 12/9/2009 11:55AM

    So true the more you use it the more you get back from it.

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CGREEN717 12/9/2009 9:19AM

    So very true. Spark people is a wonderful tool, and there is plenty of support available to you on here as well. :)

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BLUEANGELLK 12/9/2009 9:10AM

    I think you are right. The more time I spend here, the better day I will probably have. Some of the message threads do seem a little pointless, but so, what. I say find one that interests you and go for i. Here is to a long relationship with SP and all the cool people we meet here

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Winter wonderland

Monday, December 07, 2009

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! Snow - probably about 1-2 inches frosting the trees & covering all the ground. I love the first snowfall because it's just so fresh. It gives me a great feeling that I can start all over again. I also love to be the first to walk on that fresh snow and make my mark on the world, even though it's temporary.

I volunteered at my local H1N1 clinic yesterday. It was really a great experience. I had lots of fun and met lots of great people. Something that really impressed me was how many people thanked us for volunteering. It restored my faith in the fact that there still are really nice people out there.

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MYFEETHURT 12/8/2009 5:23PM

  How nice of you to volunteer. Yes, there are still lots of nice folks out there. It does feel good when anyone says Thank You. Stay warm. mary

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PJSTIME 12/7/2009 7:26AM

    Volunteers are appreciated and it feels good. That is why I do hospice. PJ Have a great day.

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Your A-toZ Guide to Getting Organized (Part 4 of 4)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

V – Vet your e-mail
If your inbox is constantly clogged, set your e-mail preferences to filter “I can read this later” stuff into its own folders.

W – Waste not, want not
Kitchen storage doesn’t have to stay in the kitchen: Look for ways to repurpose seldom-used items that are taking up space. Turn a spice rack into a clever spot to corral toiletries in the bathroom. Convert a utensil holder into an art supply organizer in your kid’s desk draer.

X – Add extra storage
Go to extremes to find more space-use areas near the floor & ceiling. Install wooden shelving & brackets along one wall of your living room, about a foot beneath the ceiling. It’s the perfect place for an overflow of books. Then go low & line the dead zone at the bottom of a hall closet with baskets to stow extra blankets.

Y – Ditch the yard sale
Yard sales are only good if you set the date when you decide to clean out. Otherwise, it’s emotionally better in the long run just to donate & be done. Sure, you may miss out on a little cash, but you’ll keep those “on second thought” items from migrating back into the house.

Z – Zip it up
Keep small, easy to lose items (craft supples, game pieces, itsy-bitsy toys, etc.) from going MIA permanently by putting them into a zippered mesh bag each time you find one. The zipper keeps them safe , the mest keeps them visible. Thread a ribbon through the zipper pull & hang the bag on a hook in an accessible spot. No more “Mom, I can’t find…?”

Sure hope you enjoyed these tips – I know I learned a lot of new, marvelous ideas myself.

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MUGZY8ME 12/5/2009 1:13PM

    great tips thanks

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PJSTIME 12/5/2009 7:39AM

    More good tips. Thank you. PJ

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