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Simple pleasures..

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Priorities really do change when life situations alter your life. I remember when I was in my 20's dating, a simple pleasure was a Harley ride in the country with my boyfriend. Later on, a simple pleasure was a cool halter top or pair of designer jeans.
Still later, when first married, a simple pleasure was making a wonderful dinner for my hubby and I, savoring the time with him and talking(He worked 7 days, 16 hour days).

WHen my Dd was born, every second was a pleasure, even the everyday things I did with and for her. Sharing a popsicle, making Snoopy sno-cones in the heat of July; making blanket tents with a card table and chairs in the living room or making a simple playhouse out of cardboard boxes from new appliances , on our basement floor for her fantasy playtime..

Fast forward 25 years:
Calling in a Rx refill via voice mail, getting a free car wash, finding a coupon for groceries you need, feeling a pain pill do its' job, having Dd haul heavy things for me up the basement stairs, prepare meals, housework, etc.

I guess my last simple pleasure will be knowing that I already have my cemetery plot, my Trust all in order, owe nobody $$ and hoping they plant me in the correct hole!!!!!!!!!!
What more could a gal ask for????? Lowering expectations makes for a more relaxed, contented life..

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SHARON10002 4/20/2012 3:31PM

    emoticonblog, Linda! You have really got all your ducks in a row. It's amazing how our priorities change as we grow older and wiser. . .

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/16/2012 11:06PM

    emoticon attitude and emoticon blog!!!

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BRATS4 4/15/2012 11:44AM

    funny but true.

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NORASPAT 4/14/2012 12:15PM

    Great blog LINDA, seeking out the pleasure for the day is the only way to go. Thanks for the reminder.
Housework will still be here whan I am gone. Mother taught me that and oh how true it resounds for me these days.
I hope you will be able to do yor hike. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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LESSOFPMCD 4/14/2012 9:51AM

    What a great attitude! Learning to look for the small pleasures makes life much easier. Great blog!

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KARBIE18 4/14/2012 9:38AM

    Great blog! Appreciating the little things makes life so much better! Candles on a gloomy day, a butterfly on a flower, the smell of lilacs, a quiet Saturday morning spent on SP after a long week at work - always something to be grateful for!

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NEUSERIVER 4/14/2012 7:05AM

    Your list of simple pleasures reveal a depth of enjoyment of life's experiences. Nice post!

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Rain tonight!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

I have done nothing in my yard,, been too busy with running errands, paying bills, doc appointments.. visiting the mom unit.. caring for her house and yard..
Rain teh next couple days of course, my days off,,

going to try to do more trail hiking this weekend.. if it doesn't rain on my parade...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/14/2012 2:11PM

    Hope you are able to do some trail hiking this weekend. Enjoy!!!

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LESSOFPMCD 4/14/2012 9:59AM

    join the rain parade. Same forecast here - rain all weekend! I too am off to do housework - laundry - shopping etc for parents.

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NORASPAT 4/13/2012 10:51PM

    LINDA, We are cool but missing the rain. Actually we need it the place is way too dry and we are at a high alert. The dead grass and leaves in the forests are tinder dry and some idiot is going around setting fir to empty homes in the southern part of the state.
I hope you are able to get to your walk again. I just spent 2 days of replying to over 400 comments on my pages , blog and Mail. i am sick of sitting and ready for bed, Take care HUGS Pat in Maine,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/13/2012 7:33PM

    and if it does rain put them toes up and relax a bit

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KMMR87 4/13/2012 6:26PM

    Time to take care of yourself.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Back to cold weather,, 80 one day, 25 he next,, furnace on, blankets, afghans, etc on at night!! I need to soak these bones in the sun!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/14/2012 2:10PM

    It is supposed to be warmer today but hasn't happened yet. No sun shining either. Your weather sounds like ours. Brrrr!!!

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KARBIE18 4/13/2012 6:04PM

    Yep, definitely crazy here, too. I'm not really complaining though, because we had an amazing winter. I can be patient a LITTLE longer.

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NORASPAT 4/12/2012 6:49PM

    Hi LINDA, my in box is over 300 so I am not playing with a full deck just an overloaded deck.
I fielded 200 before I went to the store. When I got there I forgot the list and there were only 6 items on the list. I opened up the lap top and decided to ignore all of the blogs till I got to posting on MY friends pages. There it was I had Almond Milk on that list and totally could not remember it. I will get it tomorrow. We have high winds but been in the 50's today. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFPMCD 4/12/2012 2:57PM

    I agree - yesterday we were freezing and today it is sunny and warm. I wish it would just stay like today!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/12/2012 2:15PM

    Stay comfortable.

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GETINFIT71 4/12/2012 2:09PM

  Amen!!!! Ready for warm weather to STAY!!!!!! emoticon

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ALOOGOSHT 4/12/2012 2:04PM

  No kidding....crazy weather!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I slept well last night:drank less than usual later on in the day, so actually got to sleep THREE WHOLE HOURS in a row!! That is unheard of for me unless I take a Rx pain pill..

DD mowed our lawn while I watched tv through my eyelids this morning after work!! The norm is for me to be awakened by her shouting at me, then I go shower and stay awake the rest of the day.. OFS to the max..

Today was bill-paying day,, kind of like dentist day for me,, Almost half of them paid for the month,, about twelve,, so now I coast along and wait for more to fly into my mailbox. I got some beautiful greeting cards from Paralyzed Vets,, I have been supporting them for about 35 years,, but these cards are very good quality, embossed, tri-folds,, very nice, ,, I proudly bear their sticker on my car window.. Bless them,,

I feel such a sense of relief getting those bills paid,, had to make a few calls to the bank and credit unions.. getting ACH deposits confirmed, bank made a mistake on mom's deposit slip which I caught,, for 3 cents,, but 3 cents is 3 cents,,

Still wondering why I did not take any accounting classes while in college..
to answer about yesterdays smoothies,, we do not make them often until it gets very hot out,, like June-Sept. We average about 70-85% humidity here those months, so when we are outdoors, nothing helps better than a nice fresh smoothie,, my diabetes thanks that blender,, it helps my BS boost when I come in from doing a day of yard work after working at my job....

I absolutely love the almond soy milk on dry cereal,, cheerios and Rice Krispies taste great, no sugars needed and it is thick and decadent tasting.. we did use it some smoothies too, but usually we add fresh spinach and flax seed, my yard berries and nanners,,,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/14/2012 2:08PM

    Glad you got some good sleep and the bills paid. Hope you have a great weekend.

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NORASPAT 4/11/2012 7:16PM

    Busy days again. I hope it was warmer today.
I always use Silk soy vanilla. I will try Almond . Thanks Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/11/2012 5:41PM

    Hmmmmm sounds good. I'll ahve to try the almond soy milk. Haven't as of yet.
I am so very proud of you for helping support the paralyzed vets. Bless your heart.

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Winter again??

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wow!! We just returned from mowing parents lawn.. I had a longjohn shirt, a sweatshirt, a winter hooded jacket and My nose is still frozen!! They have over two acres of grass to cut, but a smaller JOhn Deere mower,, DD is going to mow our lawn tomorrow,, our tractor is twice the size of theirs and cuts a four foot swath at a time,getting it done faster.
They also have a 100 acre field across the road from their front yard, so the 15mph winds were biting into my face while I was out there.. NO hanging around: I came home quickly and now have to make phone calls and pay bills.. get the recycling refuse out to the street,, we have piles of it!! we recycle everything!!!
NO sunshine either, so it mad me want to get indoors right away.

We are also experimenting with healthier smoothies.. mango with strawberries, raspberry with peach or banana,, less yogurt, no sweeteners.. agave nectar once in awhile...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/14/2012 2:05PM

    After all that high temperatures in March, we had snow, sleet and hail on Tuesday. Still cold. Hope it warms back up again!!! Your smoothies sound yummy.

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NORASPAT 4/10/2012 9:38PM

    I was told not to drink my food by a nutrtionist. I also remember Jack Lalane who made the juice machine say that you should always "CHEW" your juice.
When your jaw moves up and down as in chewing it releases saliva and the enzyme PTYALIN that is needed to begin digestion. When you just swallow the drink down there is no beginning of digestion.
We never had an ice box or refrigerator so lucky me dislikes anything cold.

We had a snow squall on Easter Sunday and very cold winds and rain this morning. Later it was sunny. My Daffodils are still holding back, even they know it is too cold. emoticon emoticon emoticonPat in Maine.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/10/2012 6:03PM

    Have you ever tried Vanilla soy milk in your fruit smoothies? It's pretty tastey. 1.5 cups of that and mix and match yoru fruits... Yummy

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/10/2012 3:57PM

    Brrrrrrrrrr that sounds darn cold.
You should hire a gardener but it would cost just way too much. Or find you a sugar daddy?

Hugz! Stay warm.

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MIPALADY23 4/10/2012 1:54PM

    I'm trying smoothies also but I thank goodness don't care for them very sweet.

I do lots of spinach and fruit, chia, flax but no sweetners.

Tell me more!

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FLEURGARDEN 4/10/2012 1:48PM

    Our temperature has dropped too, and I even saw snow flurries! Not enough to stick or anything, but just seeing those snow flakes made me feel a lot colder.

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LESSOFPMCD 4/10/2012 1:41PM

    Don't live in your area but we are experiencing the same thing. Temperature has dropped dramatically and are even saying chance of wet snow overnight.

Probably pay back - when I was home on Friday I went through the closet and put all the winter wear away!!!!

I'm not a smoothie person either. I prefer to actually chew my calories then drink them. I get more satisfaction out of them that way - but each to their own.

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GERIKRAGH 4/10/2012 12:50PM

    I wished I like smoothies. They sound so good. I'm not a big juice drinker nor a yogurt or milk lover. I prefer veggies over fruit. They just seem too sweet.

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