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Having No Dining Room Table Didn't Stop Me!

Friday, January 01, 2010

I moved into a house this August having come from a fully furnished suite. It meant no more renting but it also meant that I needed to furnish a two bedroom home.

My partner is slowly designing and crafting some tables. He has completed a coffee table and the two matching end tables for the living room. There are many sketches all over the house but it will take time and money to get all the pieces made that are needed around here.

Tonight I wanted to hostess a fine dining experience in our empty dining room for the beginning of the new year. I dragged a folding table from another room, added two chairs, found a homemade tablecloth, and lit 3 candles. I used Don's maternal granny's ancient china (Laurentian Snowdrop) and added my sterling silver cutlery. The stage was set!

The ham was tasty without being salty, the potatoes had some sour cream and chives. I boiled some Brussel sprouts and some sweet corn for some colour interest too. The Keen's mustard was a ka-pow of flavour. Instead of wine, I used some low calorie cranberry juice.
I've never used an elevated cake plate until this evening. My homemade carrot cake made with Slenda, was fine without any icing.

I located a CD with instrument love songs and played it gently in the background. The lights were dimmed and everything was ready at the same time.

It's funny how a little extra effort done with love and caring can develop into an "event".
We had stayed home for New Year's Eve, ( when we were exhausted) and instead, enjoyed a dinner at home -- a celebration 18 hours later. This was much more enjoyable in our opinion.

Haven't we been told over and over to use the china, wear the purfume, burn the rose-shaped candle... because life is too short to save up for "someday".

Can you transform a simple activity and elevate it into an "event" too?

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MSLZZY 1/2/2010 7:02PM

    You bet! Make every day a special day in this new year! emoticon

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LACEEJO11 1/2/2010 3:03PM


That is some good old southern ingenuity for ya!! I am such a romantic at heart. tho I have no sweetheart to spoil...This sounds lovely, and far the better choice, than an over rated party that would leave you feeling depleted!! There are some things to be said for maturity...no?
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/2/2010 2:20PM

    What a inspiritional idea. I will be doing this!!!
Thank you.
Blessings and hugs,

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GABY1948 1/2/2010 11:59AM

    This is a wonderful idea! I think I WILL try it! Thanks for sharing.

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    This was great! I need to do this! I think I will! emoticon

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FREDDY1232 1/2/2010 12:33AM

    What a wonderful evening you created. I am a firm believer that the fine china and silverwear should be used at every celebration and special occasion. It turns the ordinary to something special. I am glad that you had such a special dinner..Happy new year!

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Trying A New Hobby

Monday, December 28, 2009

My family is well aware that I have tried my hand at many artsy-crafty hobbies, also, I've given karate a try for 3 years and bellydance for another three.
Since my move out west, I haven't been sewing, knitting or embroidering like in my 'former life'.... and I have felt the void.

Yesterday, I picked up a paint brush, some acrylic paint in a tube and began smearing colour on a canvas.

Me? Painting?

Let's just say that Leonard da Vinci's work will not be threatened in any way by my contribution to the arts. I seem to have all the finesse of a mud fight.
I have taken some books out of the library to try to gain insight into the how, what, when and who in the painting world, but it is a lot like learning brain surgery from a video, if you know what I mean.

Stay tuned. I may have a jazzy little picture next week to hang in my kitchen or I may use it to line a bird cage. I haven't decided yet.

Karen Learns To Paint... The Continuing Saga!!!

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JAZZID 1/8/2010 1:19AM

    .. what ever you create I am sure it will be interesting and I would love to see it... I have my acrylic and watercolours waiting for me to try my hand at them, but it seems like there is so much to learn/do and not enough time to do it all...

Keep up the good work... emoticon ~ Dee ~

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ROELIE 1/1/2010 10:29AM

    Once you find that hobby that brings out the passion for you, it will uplift you and bring you joy just to do it. I wish you luck and hope to see some of your work! I love your clowning BTW and just pray for continued blessings upon your ministry!

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EARTHSEAME 12/30/2009 2:59PM

    Inspirational! Would love to see photos of your paintings!

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SWEETPEA1954 12/29/2009 12:05PM

    It's nice to know that you are going the distances in trying new things..

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LINGUISTMARCIE 12/29/2009 11:01AM

    Good for you! I'm excited to see your masterpieces!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/28/2009 11:43PM

    Can't wait to see your final first canvas results!!! Have fun and just go with the flow of the paint and brush!!
Blessings and hugs,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/28/2009 11:41PM

    Can't wait to see your final first canvas results!!! Have fun and just go with the flow of the paint and brush!!
Blessings and hugs,

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/28/2009 11:07PM

    Oh, this is going to be fun! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/28/2009 5:21PM

    Keep the brain cells active! Painting sounds like a pleasant hobby-if it doesn't involve walls and ceilings LOL! Have fun and a Happy New Year! emoticon

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FREDDY1232 12/28/2009 4:16PM

    You may be a true artist. It's good to try out as many arts and crafts to see just what we are suited for. I tried pastels and found I am certainly not an artist. But it was fun trying. I have a cd that illustrates the use of pastels. May be you could get something like that from the library. keep up the good work and let your creative juices flow.

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IUHRYTR 12/28/2009 4:07PM

    You are to be commended for trying. When I painted a picture of a triangle, it came out looking like a bad circle. I guess I could have called it my interpretation but I knew the truth, that I don't have the eye for drawing or painting. Perhaps you do. Keep us updated. -- Lou

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LACEEJO11 12/28/2009 3:44PM


Self expression at its finest!! You may be surprised by what actually emerges out of you.... and finds its way through that paint brush to end up on your canvas!! Have fun and don't be intimidated!!

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B-FLAT 12/28/2009 3:16PM

    I think that's what the word "abstract" was invented for! LOL

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GABY1948 12/28/2009 2:40PM

    I think it is awesome that you are even trying. And it says you have the desire and probably the talent is in there you just have to help it come out. Good going, Karen.

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Did Your Christmas Cactus Bloom?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I walked into my laundry room and there was one little bloom on my Christmas Cactus! The blossom is a salmon pink and it just the cutest thing. I wasn't expecting to see that surprise but it has always been a quirky plant.
It is growing in four "arms" but only one of them has bloomed. Perhaps it will take a notion to show off with another one at Easter time.

Maybe I can get a photo of this little Christmas surprise. (I rescued this little guy, so I wasn't expecting it to be healthy enough to flourish.)

Did you get a cactus to bloom this season?

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MINIMOE1 12/30/2009 6:46PM

    Yep, one pink bloom for New Year's Eve, but lots of little buds.

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/28/2009 12:34PM

    I will check the soil, as I am sure there is no sand whatsoever. No pearlite either.
I think the 4 arms came from at least 3 different plants.... could I get 3 different colours?

I'll try for the photo... poor little thing.


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LAURIES_PLACE 12/28/2009 12:15AM

  Yes, mine is in bloom, fuschia flowers everywhere. When is the last time you gave it new soil? does it have good drainage, with sand or perlite in the soil? Fertilize it lightly after the bloom falls off, and you can pinch off the top segments of the four "arms" so it will grow into more arms. Maybe you will get an octopus by spring! Mine blooms twice a year, but this Christmas was the best ever for blooms. It is still a young plant.


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    We have TX cacti, whatever they are! There are a lot of them! My husband loves and plants them. I'm from Michigan, originally, so I don't know what kind they are! They bloom yellow, but not at Christmastime. Your friend, Lori

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WISLNDR 12/27/2009 9:03PM

    Mine is blooming (it's a deeper pink) and it's absolutely beautiful!! It's in the perfect environment; it sits in a north window in an area that's only heated to about 50 degrees most of the time. My friend gave it to me several years ago. He was going to throw it out! I love showing it off to him every Christmas!

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GABY1948 12/27/2009 8:52PM

    I have a brown thumb so don't try to grow real plants. DH is good and has many cacti but no Christmas ones. Can't wait for you to post a picture if you can! Thanks for sharing your surprise with us! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/27/2009 8:27PM

    I don't have a Christmas cactus but my hibiscus bloomed this week. I wasn't expecting it to either. Take joy in the little things, right?

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3 Minute Youtube Song of the Season

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This is totally worth 3 minutes and 30 seconds of your life....


I hope it works for you!

Merry Christmas,


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HIDDENBELLA 12/27/2009 6:18PM

    That was fun. Thanks for posting that. Thanks also for posting on my blog. I appreciate your comments and support. Have a wonderful rest of this beautiful day.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/24/2009 3:23PM

    Karen, Thank for you this great link. I thought I was going to get these guys as a special Christmas present. Oh well...I can watch it over and over. They are great!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings and hugs,

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FREDDY1232 12/24/2009 1:36PM

    That was very entertaining. Those guys were cute too. All handsome guys. WOOHOO! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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An Adult Christmas List

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I was reminded of the song, My Adult Christmas List yesterday. It has been recorded by Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and can be found on Youtube if you are interested in listening and watching it being sung.

Today my devotional reading has included a posting my one of our Spark friends and it dovetails nicely with an adult Christmas list. It may be too Christian for you, but here goes:

My Christmas List for 2009

* peace in the home as in Proverbs 15:17 "better a meal of vegetables with love than a meal with a fattened calf and hatred.
* to be a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor
* a garment of praise
* some oil of gladness
* a crown of beauty

During this rushed and indulgent season, it can be so easy to forget the focus and reason for the feasting and joy. The Gift was delivered plain and simply. MANY through the ages will ignore or mock Jesus who became the Light of the world.

My Christmas list is impossible to buy at a market or on line. You can't wrap it in coloured paper nor can you stick a bow on the top.

We can pray for each other that The Holy Spirit will infuse each of us to take on the blessed attributes that He wills us to display and share with others. We have been commanded to help the poor (it may be the poor in finance, the poor in spirit, the poor in status, the poor in nutrition.) We are able to assist others in all kinds of ways and all through our calendar year.

Share your happiness, share your energy, your enthusiasm, your perspective, your hope.
Does your gladness draw others to want to be with you? Are you a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor?

What better calling is there than that?

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TEALADY0531 12/24/2009 8:00PM

    This is perfect; and just what I needed to see today! If I could have this Christmas list, it would dovetail into some pretty wonderful New Year's Resolutions, that's for sure!

No better calling, indeed!

Thanks so much for sharing this! May I copy and keep it?

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IUHRYTR 12/23/2009 10:56PM

    Too Christian? Not at all. It's a message that needs to shouted out loud not just at Christmas but throughout the year! Thank you. -- Lou

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SISTERDEAR 12/23/2009 7:55PM

    Wonderful message. Thank you for the reminder to all who are overwhelmed with the business of the season!
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GABY1948 12/23/2009 7:48PM

    Indeed, there is NO better calling! Wonderful blog...thanks for sharing it!

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FREDDY1232 12/23/2009 6:05PM

    I thought your blog was beautiful. You have really captured the true meaning of Christmas..Merry Christmas to you and all your family..LOve, Margie emoticon

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    It was not too Christian for me! I have learned and thought more about Jesus Christ since joining SparkPeople than before! Thank you for reminding me of these things and I hope your Christmas is wonderful!

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