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Victorian Themes

Friday, February 19, 2010

Not only do I work in a city called Victoria (named after the British monarch), but I have joined the Spark People Victoriana Group and I also interact with the Victorian Tea Parlour team.

We enjoy discussing tidbits of historic family lifestyle, clothing trends, olde fashioned recipes and the way things used to be.

Since becoming a participant of these groups, I have reawakened my excitement about the costumes of that era, I have read three Victorian-themed novels and have watched two BBC movie productions, (Emma by Austen, and Nicholas Nickelby by Dickens).

Would I have enjoyed these pastimes if I had not met these buddies on Spark People? Most assuredly not!

Have you reawakened interests in your life due to your membership here?

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/21/2010 1:42AM

    Well I love this blog Karen, We really need to get the team running more again don't we. There really is lots of tips, recipes for tea, and many victorian posts there, It is all great info.

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IUHRYTR 2/19/2010 7:18PM

    I have awakened the part that now, with some weight loss, believes i can meet my goal. And, that spark i needed to get back into my writing has been awakened by writing a daily blog. - Lou

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GABY1948 2/19/2010 5:18PM

    I am like MSLZZY and have awakened the part of me that has desired to MOVE my whole life.
Spark has truly awakened a whole new person!
I do understand your love of the Victorian era though...it was a fascinating time, indeed!

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MSLZZY 2/19/2010 2:16PM

    I can't think of any "reawakened" interests but interests that have blossomed and grown. Mainly a pure love of being active and eating more natural foods.

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/19/2010 2:02PM

    Absolutely right about the Regency era... empire dresses and all. Austen had died before Victoria took the throne BUT I guess I enjoyed the themes that they shared: women's roles and need to marry "up", the manners, the class levels etc.

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MOXYJONES 2/19/2010 12:51PM

    I thought Emma was Regnecy, pre Victoria (1836)?

I am back into tea more than I have been and I have been talking video games much more than before. I would say YES!

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Are You Doing It Backwards?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards;
they try to have more things, or more money,
in order to do more of what they want,
so they will be happier.

The way it actually works is the reverse.
You must first be who you really are,
then do what you need to do,
in order to have what you want.

~Margaret Young (vaudeville singer, comedienne)

If I am to follow Ms. Young's advice, I have to figure out who I really am. Hmmm.
After that, is the "doing" stage. Yes, I need to be a woman of action and activity.
But do I even know what I want?

If I am to pursue happiness, DO I know what I want? Can Contentment be an roadblock to Happiness? Maybe the question is, "Is my happiness found in being content?"

In my past, I have done many artistic things, I thought, to keep busy. I used to challenge myself to learn different things (not often were they intellectual) but I did enjoy being creative. I'm not very creative at the present time and I am chaffing under the collar about being unemployed and not very useful in my community.

I enjoy my home and I try to be helpful as a volunteer at my spouse's office but I know that I can bring home the bacon also, and so it does chip away at my so-called contentment. There, I said it.

Happy is knowing who I am today and doing what I have to do in order to have what I want.
Are you taking steps forward to follow a similar plan????


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WESTCOASTGIRL1 2/18/2010 3:09PM

    Great blog and gives me food for thought. Thanks for sharing.

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EARTHSEAME 2/17/2010 6:23PM

    Hmmm. This will take some contemplation! emoticon
I'm also unemployed and feeling a little at loose ends even though I know I make a contribution to my family and community.

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2010 8:03PM

    Being happy in whatever circumstances we find ourselves is always a good idea. -- Lou

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MSLZZY 2/16/2010 5:21PM

    I have learned to be content with what I have now, not what I want in the future. I look at all the poeple who have less and live better that I do. They are content with what they have and are happy for it. It is time to downsize, reorganize and relieve myself of "stuff". There are
certainly others who can use what I really don't need and have accumulated.
I know that I am a work in progress in so many respects so I need to keep on working to
get it right. I guess I may have been doing it backwards for quite some time. Thanks for the gentle reminder!

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PEWILK 2/16/2010 5:06PM

  Our society does seem to value paid work above all else. Strange world. I am trying to explore my creative side more, and it can be very hard. It's like now that I'm making my happiness my responsibility I'm not sure I know what it looks like!

But I think exploring that very issue will be a key to weight loss for me. I eat to fill the hole in my life that has nothing to do with food....

Great post - thanks!

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KEENTINA 2/16/2010 4:33PM

    As the "volunteer" in the office, are you actually saving them/your husband money and/or keeping your skills honed? Are you spending quality time with your hubby at the office? Certainly, it's more time than you would normally have together. Are there clients you can network to - or ones that may be looking for your skills?

I would think helping out would be part of the bacon if he's working fewer hours or not paying someone else for the extra help.

Now's a good time to see how much of that salary you really need. Could you do some crafts/artistic things at small local things for "pin money"? They don't usually make much but they always look for crafters to make the events more fun. Also donated items for the raffles. There will probably be some coming up for Easter. That would be adding to the community and artistic as well as fun.

Good luck with your job search as well.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/16/2010 2:01PM

    I am trying

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Why Can't Humans Get Along Like This?

Monday, February 15, 2010

If you have the time to watch a short clip, this video will warm the cockles of your heart on this winter day.


Here's a Question of the Day for you: When was the last time you felt such 'joie de vivre' like in the video???

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MSLZZY 2/16/2010 7:44AM

    That wa so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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REMODELINGPAT 2/15/2010 9:20PM

    emoticonI couldn't get the link to work...I even tried going to the index and clicking from there...guess it's not to be emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 2/15/2010 4:55PM

    Thank you- So cute!

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FREDDY1232 2/15/2010 4:51PM

    That was adorable. I copied the shortcut and mailed it to my friends. Thank You for sharing.

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EJORDANE 2/15/2010 4:27PM

    Hehehe, how cute!

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Haa, Haa, I Screwed Up!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today, Valentine's Day, was a celebration that I had been looking forward to for at least a week. Today I took over a laser cut heart shaped card to my neighbour and inside I had written a simple poem. I was exciting to get a birthday card to her WITH a heart on it.

But, as it turned out... today isn't her birthday. Her hubby just calls her 'his Valentine.' I got the day screwed up. The positive to this is that I am early with the card, by 11 days AND we will be getting together later to show her how to use their new wok. Hmmmm, stir fry.

I should round up some veggies and nuts to tonight's dinner get together... even if it won't include birthday cake. (Which is a good thing, when I come to think of it.)

Boy, oh boy I can make some foolish blunders even when I am not wearing my green wig!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/15/2010 9:27PM

    What a wonderful friend you are to make her a birthday card. How meaningful this card is for you to have written a verse for her. I think you are emoticon!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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TATTER3 2/14/2010 8:57PM

    But what a wonderful thing to do for a friend. Good job!!

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GABY1948 2/14/2010 7:48PM

    It was the thought that counted even if you were 11 MONTHS off and 11 days was nothing to sweat over. Besides, you just took the cue from her husband calling her his Valentine. You are a great neighbor!

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MSLZZY 2/14/2010 5:15PM

    You did just fine! I am sure she appreciates the thought and you will have a fun evening together.

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FREDDY1232 2/14/2010 4:02PM

    Look on the bright side. At least you weren't late with the birthday wishes. I think you were very thoughtful.

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IUHRYTR 2/14/2010 3:51PM

    Maybe it's the dye from the wig that got you "wigged" out. emoticon But, how many people get birthday wishes 11 days early, if at all? -- Lou

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REMODELINGPAT 2/14/2010 3:14PM

    Who wants to live in a sane, serious world?

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Happy Valentine's Day!
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Comment edited on: 2/14/2010 3:15:44 PM

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Wasted Saturday

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I had a nice plan for today. After breakfast I was hoping to visit a local tea celebration. It is supposed to be the biggest Tea Festival in Canada open for two days. I went last year and simply loved it.

This morning I seem to have come down with a bug and I have to stay home. I never know when I need to .... be home. (If you catch my drift.)

I could have food poisoning, but nobody else is complaining about food side effects. Just me and my... tummy, yes let's just say it's my tummy.

I have a new book to read, I have lounged in a bubble bath to enjoy the warmth and fragrance. Aaahh the simple things in life. I am home and it is quiet and peaceful, albeit, somewhat unproductive.

I will have to be content to get some dishes washed, a bit of laundry accomplished and use the day to rest and recreate. I am so bone-weary!

Today I do miss visiting the city's tea demonstrations, but aside from that I do realize that taking a day to get well is a luxury that I do not often reward myself with. sigh. Purhaps the day is not really a waste after all.

Imagine if you will, me sitting on a couch, lap throw across my knees with a book about a Victorian gal who wouldn't follow the rules and norms or her time. Maybe I'll turn on an electric fireplace for the ambience, but I will keep the place quiet and placid.

Time to brew some peppermint tea to calm the digestion. Won't you do the same?

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MSLZZY 2/14/2010 1:04PM

    Aside from the tummy distress, it sounds like a perfect day. Some "me" time!

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GABY1948 2/13/2010 10:03PM

    Your day today sounds like just the kind of day I would love...but I never get them. However, minus the not feeling well part. and I do understand how your "tummy" keeps you home...definitely listen to that ""fummy"!

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FREDDY1232 2/13/2010 8:03PM

    Sorry you didn't get to go to the tea demonstration. But it sounds to me you had a very peaceful and relaxing day..Sometimes we need to allow our selves time to rest and relax completely. The when we do start to tackle the world around us it is with a renewed sense of vim and vigor! Glad you and a nice day to your self.

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AMBULATOR 2/13/2010 7:44PM

    Sounds like a great day. I'm gonna have myself some licorice spice tea and watch the Kirate Kid ll. (Found out my wife had never seen it the other day and almost shed a tear). Keep up the great work and enjoy the rest of your day!

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2010 7:34PM

    I enjoy the quiet, especially when chores are done and the house is tidy and there are no pressing responsibilities. Read, doze, just relax. Ahhhh. Enjoy the moment. -- Lou

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SOCKGIRL1991M 2/13/2010 7:21PM

    Peppermint would definately be good. Ginger may also help, if you can find that.

I hope that you get better soon.

Brightest Blessings,

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