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Sometimes It Just Comes Together!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Today was a step-by-step process that went from good, to better and then to BEST.

At first, I didn't really want to go shopping at Costco today. It is Sunday, and I can do some shopping later in the week. But my partner wanted to go for the drive and to get some items into the house before the work week started. OK, I went.

It was a lovely drive without more rain (which has been the habit these days.) We purchased some groceries and for some reasons, DH wanted to buy 3 whole chickens. I protested, "We don't NEED three whole chickens." He suggested that he do one on the BBQ for supper, another was for the crock pot and the last one could go in the freezer. How could I argue with that sort of logic? We bought the chickens.

When we got home I put all the food away, I got some organization complete and the first chicken did indeed end up on the barbecue. It was cooked in record time too.
I suggested that I put it in the oven on low until it was dinner time and I put two of the largest potatoes beside the bird. I let them all simmer this afternoon.

Isn't that a calm and domestic story so far???

Our neighbour, Shirley was outside while we were "unloading" groceries (in the driveway) and she looked a bit ruffled. She explained that her hubby had taken a bad turn this week and suffered an angina attack and that his breathing is laboured due to the damp weather. Merle has asthma very badly.

We had an Aaa-hhaa moment! Why not lend Shirley and Merle our dehumidifier? We find it improved the living quality in our home and it would be an improvement for our neighbour's breathing.

DH and I took the appliance over and set it up. We explained how much moisture it would likely remove during the day. The dehumidifier would not spill over and it can be moved around their living space whenever they wanted to try it in another room.

Our neighbours looked relieved, they thanked us and they looked just a tiny bit better ' in their ruffled' state. We suggested that they needed a healthy chicken dinner tonight... we didn't need an entire chicken-- and besides, it was ready to go as soon as they were ready for supper!

You should have seen the relief in Shirley's face! She tried unconvincingly to protest, but we could see that she had been under emmense pressure this week with hospital visiting and getting Merle's prescriptions filled.

At five p.m. we marched over with a roast pan of chicken, a pot of green beans, another of carrots and the huge potatoes cut into four pieces.

They has set the table and put on the kettle... and it was heavenly!!

Merle gave thanks for the food and friendship. We were thrilled to share our Costco 'treats & treasures' and Shirley got to relax in the comfort of her own home. It was warm, friendly and just seemed ordained to have happened just this way.

Were we following some still and quiet voice today? Was it meant to happen and fall into place?

I don't know, but I am certainly delighted that sometimes it just comes together as easy as all of that!

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09ISMINEDN 1/12/2010 11:19PM

    The world sure could use more beautiful people to lend a helping hand to their neighbors, like you and your dear hubby.
What a wonderful Act of Kindness, God Bless you both and all the best to Shirley and Merle and may he have a speedy recovery.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs, Debbie

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    How wonderful that day turned out for both families. Blessings happen when you aren't expecting them.

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MSLZZY 1/11/2010 11:42AM

    You were destined to be angels for the day to Shirley and Merle! All things happen for a reason and God chose you to be the instruments of a small miracle. You were blessed in the process. As you give to others, so it shall be given to you!
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IUHRYTR 1/11/2010 10:38AM

    Aha moments often lead to some of the best times of our lives, don't they? Thanks for sharing your dinner and dehumidifier with your neighbors. I'm sure they were surprised and grateful.


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MOXYJONES 1/11/2010 9:03AM

    serendipity is a powerful and moving thing. well done!

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GABY1948 1/11/2010 8:27AM

    What a wonderful day you had! And you both certainly showed your Light today!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 1/11/2010 8:27AM

    How wonderful. It's so nice when we take the time to be caring individuals. Too many times these days we rush around from place to place to get our stuff done and never take time to think about anyone else. I'm glad you took the time and Im sure your neighbors did too. Blessings, laurie

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LALASLAND 1/11/2010 7:56AM

    What an inspired day! I'll bet everyone slept better, and had peaceful dreams! What a way to end a day! I loved reading your blog today!

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HOTTCOUTURE 1/11/2010 4:11AM

    God put you in the right place for a reason....I can relate with the asthma issues I started wheezing again Sunday...but I'm not taking anymore steroids!

God works out everything and heals....
Your a great neighbor to have!

God Bless You!

I want to say thank you for helping!

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SOCKGIRL1991M 1/11/2010 1:23AM

    You are so sweet to do that for your neighbor. It seems odd for me to say this, but thank you for being so kind. I don't know of many people that would do what you did for your neighbors out of pure kindness.

Keep up with the bright blessings.

Love and Light,

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FREDDY1232 1/11/2010 12:33AM

    Your Neighbors are lucky to hvae such nice people living next door. Something about food shared, It always tastes better with family and good friends. God Bless you.

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RUBYTOOSHOES 1/10/2010 11:40PM

    It was a great story, you are a wonderful neighbor. Thanks for sharing.

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CIANNER 1/10/2010 11:31PM

    emoticon What a heartwarming story! Thanks for sharing.

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Self Honesty

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I was reading some Healthy Living Quotations and happened to stumble over this:

To want to be, that is not enough.
To know how to be, that is too little.
To want, to know how, to determine to be, that is the way of all successful men.
Primary to all of these is self-honesty.
You can cheat others, now and then.
You can rarely cheat yourself.
You can never cheat nature.

-- John B. Lust

The author has seven books on Herbs, Natural Remedies, Raw Juice and generally the lust for living. I like how this quote incorporates our desire for something, the knowledge we acquire, then we must add the determination/ drive and then the layer of being true to ourselves.

When I sign up for a Boot Camp, how honest am I with myself that I WANT to work out. Am I honestly educated on the way to do the moves correctly and often enough to make a difference? Am I determined, stubborn, focused and willing to sweat and sacrifice?

So far, I am enjoying the videos and then I have done low impact aerobics for 25 minutes after. Last night I used an old CD, The Eurythmics and one track was "Sister's Are Doing It For Themselves" with Aretha Franklin singing alongside! I marched all over the place with my hand weights over my head.

Let's go, girls!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/7/2010 7:06AM

    That is great. Feeling good and having fun is what this is about.

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TATTER3 1/6/2010 10:40AM

    This makes me consider my own motivation!!! I have been stagnant for so long....I question my own determination to be healthier. My main problem is comparing myself to other people....they all seem to be losing fast and I'm like a turtle. The one line "to determine to be" will need to be branded into my mind. Thanks for the post and Keep Sparkin'!!!

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CANBDONE 1/6/2010 8:50AM

    That's it! I'm turning the music on and moving!

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MSLZZY 1/5/2010 11:53PM

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GABY1948 1/5/2010 6:48PM

    Great blog! I can see you doing it! Keep it up!

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IUHRYTR 1/5/2010 5:39PM

    emoticon -- Lou

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My Knitting Project: Strawberry Baby Hat

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I decided to apply myself this week and start AND complete a knitting project. I wanted to make a Strawberry Hat for a co-worker's daughter. The little gal has a first birthday coming up in February.
Just before Christmas, the mom and wee one popped into the office for a visit and I heard about the Strawberry Hat as being a popular item out there in the Toddler World.

So, I gave it go:

I have located a cute "take out" box for the berry beanie and it is ready to go to the office next month!

I have just proven to myself that I CAN complete a project if I put my mind to it. Do you have some outstanding projects that could use a few hours' focus to finally get completed?

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JAZZID 1/8/2010 1:15AM

    This is nice.. I am practicing my knit and purl right now and how to start working on a scarf soon... I love knitting but I hate dropping stitches! thanks for sharing, I would love to see more of your work... ~ Dee ~

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 1/5/2010 1:29AM

    That is adorable. You are so encouraging.

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CANBDONE 1/4/2010 5:35AM

    Too Cute! Thank you for your many encouraging words...I value your friendship.

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GABY1948 1/3/2010 9:25PM

    That hat is ADORABLE. I have never seen anything like it. As for me, I have SEVERAL crocheted items to finish...LOL...and now I am getting ready to take my first quilting class this month! I do plan to finish a quilt!

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MSLZZY 1/3/2010 8:18PM

    For me, it is laundry. I got behind but now I am caught up with socks and all! Woohoo to me!
Monday, it will be putting away all the wrapping paper and boxes for next year's gifts. I need to buy some totes for storage LOL!

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MONI0709 1/3/2010 8:18PM

    Very cute hat and I just know it will be appreciated. My daughter receives gifts from friends and co-workers all the time and I (and she) appreciate the hand made items the most. She's gonna love it!

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SOCKGIRL1991M 1/3/2010 3:40PM

    That hat is so cute! I'd definately wear it. ;-)

I'll message you some links to sites that have knitting patterns. Also, if you're interested, I have a 'one skein creation' book that I'd be willing to share.

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    Ohhh, that's so cute! I knitted almost a whole sock yesterday, and two more repeats will give me the whole thing! I do just need to put in an hour or two.

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LALASLAND 1/3/2010 2:56PM

    Wow, Karen! That is INCREDIBLE!

Right now, since I've only been a spark member since late October, I'm just focusing on "keeping up" and not letting down. I work two jobs, so if I start a hobby like that, I'm afraid my SP would suffer, and then where would I be! That hat is ADORABLE! you are gifted, my friend! Lori

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USMAWIFE 1/3/2010 2:52PM

    I love that hat. Have you seen/tried the other fruit hats from Ann Norling.

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My First Mat and Balance Ball Workout At Home

Saturday, January 02, 2010

This afternoon, a balance ball and yoga mat came home.
I now workout with these few tools & computer -- but alone.

With Coach Nicole to show me the ropes...
I'll soon look less like the Queen of Dopes.

I tried The Plank, some push ups too.
Then tried "obique" sit ups (just a few.)

It's Boot Camp Kick Off with a Sparking team-
I'm starting right now to becoming more lean!

I'm off of the couch & the knitting's away...
Here's to cardio, strengthening and a brand new Day~


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MERAN86 1/3/2010 2:21PM

  you're adorable.
good for you! happy new year and new body! emoticon

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PATTK1220 1/3/2010 10:54AM

    Congratulations! I'm starting boot camp today as well. I hope I am as gracious as you are when I reflect upon the activities.

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TIME4ANEWME47 1/3/2010 10:45AM

    YAHOO!!!!! Good for you!!!

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GABY1948 1/3/2010 9:10AM

    Good for you! I find the more I do the more I WANT to do. It is addictive! But one of the few things that are addictive that are GOOD!

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IUHRYTR 1/3/2010 3:32AM

    Day one on the road to success for you. Way to go with your positive attitude. -- Lou

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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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LALASLAND 1/2/2010 12:54AM

    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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