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6 Principles To Live By

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Don't worry when you are doing your best.

Don't hurry when success depends on accuracy.

Don't form conclusions until you have all the facts.

Don't believe a thing to be impossible.

Don't waste time on trivial matters.

Don't think that good intentions are an acceptable excuse for doing nothing.

-- if this sounds like something your parents used to tell you, then it probably was.
-- add a principle that you live by to this list!!!

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GABY1948 2/4/2010 9:24PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing it! It's never too late to do right!

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MSLZZY 2/4/2010 5:22PM

    Don't confine yourself to usual way of thinking-think outside the box!

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PATTK1220 2/4/2010 3:29PM

    Don't dwell on the past. Live today.

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TATTER3 2/4/2010 2:22PM

    Love this. Printed it and posted it by my home office desk! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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    good words to live by thanks for the inspiration and letting me know that I am on the right track so far, have a great day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LRINGER 2/4/2010 1:27PM


I totally agree with your list.

Here's one more ... always treat others as you would like to be treated.

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Things I Enjoy Doing

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

With the job market so competitive and me being in a rut sending out resume after resume with scarcely a response, I am trying to think outside the box. If I were to include activities that I enjoy into a work week, what would they be?

Sometimes the new horizon is right in front of one's nose and can't be seen because we are too close to the situation. Other times, our favourite activities do not make a good foundation to a paying job.

Want to join me in this exercise? (It won't burn calories or strengthen your abs, but here goes.)

I like:
answering letters
baking cookies
being a friendly voice on the phone
calligraphy writing
carving with a Dremel tool
cross country skiing in hilly territory
designing and sewing aprons and tea cosies
designing and sewing costumes
embossing illustrations
imagine being an author of a children's book
interacting with people ( face-to-face, over the phone and via the internet)
intrigued by colour and texture
learning to paint
offering a word of encouragement
performing action songs
reading stories aloud for others
roller skating
sharing a folk story with actions and audience participation
singing at karaoke gatherings
sketching and drawing
tea cups and tea pots
trying international cuisine
walking in the forest with the deep colour and woodsy aroma
writing poetry

Well, that is all well and good, but how does this information distill into my new, great idea? Is there any direction that I lean in?

I guess I'll get back to invoicing some customers for their appliance repairs. Lunch time is over. (Even if I am just volunteering here.)


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SPEECHEE89 2/7/2010 11:19AM

    Wild idea... Organize and run a tea party. Go to a restaurant and talk to owner about having a tea party for a set price, with entertainment,you. There are teas like this in my area,Western NY. Some started at B&B's with a tour after to build their business. I really enjoyed a St.Patty's Day tea, there was a harp player, Irish stories and a sing along of Irish songs. I went to another one held in a chocolate shop near Valentine's Day where we had tea and brought in champagne and of course we bought lots of chocolate and wore second hand ladies hats and took pictures. My book club goes to many of these teas, also red hat ladies like them and mother's and daughters,etc. Bookstores are a good location also.Sorry for the ramble.You have wonderful life long skills and strengths. emoticon

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GABY1948 2/3/2010 7:52PM

    I really wish I could help. My imagination is like zip. I wish you well and hope you keep us updated!

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TIMEGATES 2/3/2010 5:38PM

    You are creative and artistic. I am an engineer (pretty much at the opposite end of the "creative" spectrum. What I usually ask is What would you do for free if money was not a need in your life? If you can answer that, then the second question is "is their a profession or job that encompasses that answer. I see some great suggestions here already.
How about going into business as a party planner?

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MSLZZY 2/3/2010 5:21PM

    Have you looked into an activity director position at a care center? Seniors here love to crochet, knit, embroider and do arts and crafts. You probably have plenty of experience and maybe have already researched this idea but it's worth checking. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/3/2010 5:13PM

    Creative desires. Try combining some such as telling stories to groups of children and see what ideas come about. Keep us updated. -- Lou

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FREDDY1232 2/3/2010 5:08PM

    I wish I had your imagination. Good Blog. Keep em coming. Thanks. emoticon

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Remembering "Spare Time"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Once upon a time, my life seemed like a series of mornings, afternoons and evenings which I could spend accomplishing small tasks/ chores and then fill with activities that interested me.

There were times that were actually boring... because I didn't come up with any fresh ideas to occupy my time.

Do you remember that feeling, way, way, WAY back as a child???

Oh, what we would do to have spare time once again.

Now, let's put on our Imagination Caps (like back in school days) and fantasize about what we would do with the luxury of spare time....

My list has been alphabetized to challenge me to explore joyous ways to fill my days! (Did you notice how that rhymed?)

A- Aerobics to absolutely amazing music, afternoon tea party
B- Bake a nutritious goodie, bead a necklace, bounce on a trampoline
C- Cross stitch, clean out a closet, calligraphy
D- Dance, Devotional time (read or write)
E- Embroider, Email a friend, Exercise
F- Flower arrangement challenge... what is in the garden or in the grocery store?
G- Gardening & pruning, go for a stroll, gather beach stones
H- Hike a hill,
I- Ice skate
J- Jog in place,
K- Knit, kayak (I'd need to take lessons)
L- Letter writting, library, lemonade from scratch
M- Meditate (never been good at it)
N- Nail polish... maybe just the toes
O- Oil pastels (got some; never out of the box yet)
P- Poetry writing and reading, paint like a master, photography
Q- Quilt a 'stained glass' picture
R- Read a joke book, random act of kindness, roller skate
S- Swimming, Sewing & Serging, skip rope
T- Tea, of course... telephone a friend out of the blue
U- learn to unicycle, buy another ukulele
V- Volunteer and Visit
W- Write a thank you note, walk a new path
X- Not into X-treme anything
Y- youtube video for a new skill
Z- Zzzzzzzz (never too old for a nap)

Try your own version of "What You'd Do With Spare Time".
And next time something in your life gets canceled, you will have a ideas to challenge your days in joyous ways!!

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MSLZZY 2/2/2010 8:51PM

    Excellent list and an excellent idea! Spare time here I come!

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GABY1948 2/2/2010 5:25PM

    I loved this! And loved how your "imagination caps" brought back such fond memories of an easier time long, long ago! Thanks

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IUHRYTR 2/2/2010 5:21PM

    Unique idea. Thank you. -- Lou

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/2/2010 5:09PM


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Gals Over 40, Cut Out The Sugar!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Today I watched a video because it had Dr. Christiane Northrup on it and I was amazed at the complications that arise in women over 40 due to sugar intake.

Sugar in our blood raises the pH level to an acid. (We run better with slightly alkaline blood levels.) The acid tends to weaken our bones as the body tries to balance the pH.

When we cut back the sugar, we can notice a loss in weight due to water release. High sugar=water retention.
Cut back the sugar and you may find symptoms of acid reflux suddenly going away.
Cut back the sugar and our sleep patterns are better able to resume to healthier levels.
Knock off the sugars and you can notice less inflammation in your joints.

High sugar consumption is being blamed for increased heart disease, increased cancer, and increased insulin/ hypoglycemic stress... especially during times of hormone imbalance.

Sugar is already in our basic foods. Why do we add more and more?
Have you ever pondered whether your sweet tooth could make your blood toxic???

jorgecruise.com/freeemai lclub/2010/1/29/the-specia l-dangers-of-sugar-to-wome n-over-40.html

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ROBINLEHMANN 2/4/2010 12:08AM

    Great post! Maintaining a healthy PH balance is crucial to our overall health. Thanks for the reminder

Comment edited on: 2/4/2010 12:09:22 AM

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ALASKAGIRL63 2/3/2010 5:02PM

    Thanks for the the intersting blogs! I've read several of yours now and LOVE them!

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GABY1948 2/1/2010 6:05PM

    The bottom line to all this is we are all being poisoned if we don't take extra precautions to KNOW what we are putting into our bodies! Good blog.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/1/2010 5:26PM

    Well I am diabetic, so it is a double must for me, I have tried to watch my sugar intake, but confess sometimes I cave!

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IUHRYTR 2/1/2010 4:49PM

    Interesting connection. I wonder what the comparable comparison is in men. -- Lou

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FREDDY1232 2/1/2010 4:17PM

    I liked your blog. Cutting sugar in the diet reminds me that my triglycerides are too high. Reducing the sugar in my diet would lower it. But Do I do that? Not yet but your blog is a good reminder. Thanks.

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Story of the Threadbare Quilt

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Phil: 4:13

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles;

An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

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REMODELINGPAT 2/15/2010 9:31PM

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MSLZZY 2/1/2010 7:12AM

    What a wonderful blog! I will certainly cherish this as being a defining moment in my life! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREDDY1232 1/31/2010 12:26PM

    This was beautiful. Thank You for sharing. emoticon

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KEENTINA 1/30/2010 8:30PM


That just helped me with things going on now. I am proud to be a Christian and to go by what He would want but some days you face such resistance from those who are - maybe not greedy as much as needy - needy of approval from others where those of us who "do unto others" know that we can feel good about ourselves at day's end.


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GABY1948 1/30/2010 4:14PM

    This is LOVELY. Thanks for sharing!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 1/30/2010 2:48PM

    Thanks. I needed this today.

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    What a beautiful reminder to let Christ be strong where we are weak. Thank you so much for this wonderfully beautiful wisdom which comes from the Father. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 2:41PM

    Tears are running down my face as I post this. Thank you so much for this beautiful blog. I have copied it and shared it with some other friends and my daughters.
Blessings and hugs,

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2010 2:23PM

    Very powerful. Thank you. -- Lou

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2010 2:21PM

    Very powerful. Thank you. -- Lou

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    Neat one, Karen! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/30/2010 1:05PM

    Oh Karen, This is so beautiful, It made me cry, I am going to print this out, if you don't mind! Just beautiful!

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