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Thought for the Day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

  
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EVIE4NOW 9/14/2014 12:03PM

  Good one. Thanks.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2014 11:58AM

    Reminds me of me!! LOL!!! Isn't it funny how I could walk for miles, but legs give out when I try to bike! hehe Love this picture, Eve. Like I said, I do so identify!!!
Hope you are had a great evening and are having a great day, my friend! And that your stress level has managed to drop as well!! (((HUGS)))

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    Somedays that's about all I can do... and thanks for adding me as a friend. emoticon emoticon

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    So thats what a cat on a bike looks like.

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MONTREALESTMOI 9/14/2014 11:33AM

    Haha! Sometimes, it gets like that!

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Up your disposition by inviting friends over!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


OK, I admit it -- this week I've been in a real funk. Bad mood, depressed mood, cranky mood, unreasonable mood -- all of those and more! Poor DH! And he has bent over backwards trying to make me happy !

I've eaten the wrong things, gained weight, lost my activity tracker, pushed myself to the limit with work (not exercise) stressed out over things of which I had no control whatsoever and anything else you can think of. Oh, add lack of sleep to that agenda!


This was supposed to be my new motto, but of course pity-parties win out over logic any day of the week. Why do we have pity-parties? Because it feels good to wallow in self pity and we use that as our excuse to eat the wrong things, to forget about doing our exercise, and anything else that we should be doing, but don't. Come on, you know this is true -- admit it.

One of the easiest ways for me to give my spirits a boost is to invite a favorite couple over for dinner. An evening with friends, perhaps a glass of wine and small talk, it sets the mood to smooth over all those annoying little irritants we let cling to our psyche. You can almost feel them falling away as the day goes by, and anticipation for the evening grows near.

I have my menu all planned. I've already set the table (small as it is). A fresh pot of gardenia's are the centerpiece (a gift from DD in Italy) and I'll move them when we serve our food. Music on the TV, the home is ready to show off. Maybe even sit out on the patio with our new table and chairs out there. It will be a lovely 70 to 75F so it would be ideal.

Next time your spirits are low, lift them up with this easy-to-do plan! And enjoy!
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LIS193 9/14/2014 11:53AM

    What a nice way to get you back in a good mood! Sorry you had a stressful week and eating the wrong things only make it worse...
Let's make this new week a good one!!

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MELLY3183 9/14/2014 11:24AM

    Sorry to hear that you had a funk week. Those weeks come out of nowhere and you have to fight to get out of it. Glad you found an outlet, hope your dinner party was a blast! I hang out with my terrific twos nephew, children are so innocent and carefree. I too use music at times. Here's to a better week!!

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    Good for you... and I'm sure the evening was a happy one. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/13/2014 8:56PM

    Just the thought of smelling gardenias is a mood lifer for me!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/13/2014 8:01PM

    Eve, It's ok! Life happens and guess what.....we're only human! I think having your guests over to spend some time with and show off your new house is a fabulous idea!! ( I only wish I could be there, too! hehe) You can still keep your new motto! Starting tomorrow! Just don't wallow for 3 months or so or you may look like me after wallowing that long ( 20 pound gain!) I ain't fun! I feel your pain, but hoping you will enjoy the evening 110% and be back to the business of taking good care of Eve!
We cooled off ever so nicely this evening, too, so you enjoy yourself, sweetie!! (((HUGS)))

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ICECUB 9/13/2014 6:20PM

    GOOD IDEA. NOTHING LIKE GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD FOOD.

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SUBMOM2 9/13/2014 5:55PM

    Good for you! Hope you have a fun evening!!



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TRISTAROSE 9/13/2014 3:38PM

    Hope this works for you .... Enjoy your evening!

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/13/2014 2:31PM

    great idea! and I also feel so much better hanging out with Friends emoticon.

have a great night!

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MCJOYFUL 9/13/2014 2:17PM

    Sounds wonderful! I hope you have a great evening!

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GRANJERRY1 9/13/2014 1:23PM

    Yup nothing like having good friends for company to uplift a lousy mood....enjoy the entertaining sweet heart emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 9/13/2014 1:16PM

  That's great!

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My New Motto

Friday, September 12, 2014



Take the stress out of your life and everything else will fall into place!

  
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MELLY3183 9/14/2014 11:24AM

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    Have a great time with your friends. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/13/2014 12:56PM

    Amen!!! (((HUGS)))

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    Will try.

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COOLRAIN 9/12/2014 7:39PM

    Wow! Words to live by! Thank you for sharing!

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    So true!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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HEALTHIER-VICKI 9/12/2014 5:54PM

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all be stress free?!!

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JANEGIBE 9/12/2014 5:27PM

    Good Attitude .. Love the picture In His Love and with Much Grace Just Me

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UMBILICAL 9/12/2014 5:19PM

  Rooster!!!!

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The Clock is Ticking.....

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

emoticon Ever watch the sand run through in an egg timer? It seems to be running through fast, but as you watch it, it takes a long time for 3 minutes to pass.

I kind of felt that way tonight and I went over the events of my day. The day went by rapidly, but each hour that passed seemed to be in slow motion.

First off, I didn't wake up at 6:00 a.m. to go for my early morning walk. Just as well, as it was still kind of rainy out. Cloudy and overcast, my sleep remained uninterrupted until 7:30 when either the dog woke me, or it was light enough for me to realize it was well past my usual time to get up. So no walk for me this morning.

I missed that because when you get only one walk in each day it's much harder to get to your goal of steps. My goal is a measly 6500 steps right now, but secretly in my heart I always hope for 10,000! I could raise my goal of course, but I kind of like getting those glow getter awards, vain of me, I know. But doesn't everyone secretly hope they are succeeding somewhere in this journey to good health and fitness?
And my goal used to be 6,000 steps, which I recently upped by 500 steps per day. They call that baby steps of progress. In a month or so perhaps I will up it to 7,000. Of course when winter hits my area it will again be difficult to bare the elements, heat is one thing, freezing temps chilling you right down to the bone is another.

There are little choices we make all day long. The morning walk was the first, then comes "what will I have for breakfast?" Hopefully it will be healthy and filling. Too often we find ourselves reaching for something definitely on the "no-no" list around 10:00 a.m. or so -- and is it because we are truly hungry, or just bored. Sweets have a way of weaseling their way into a persons head, making you think you need that one cookie or muffin to go with the cup of coffee. And you open your desk drawer to get a stick of gum, and spot the bag of chips. That's what I mean by choices.

Luckily for me it was overcast and I was able to get a walk in around 11:00. My eyes are very sensitive to sunlight, even with sunglasses, so I generally walk very early, and then again just before dark, as the sun is going down. The rain had stopped by dusk, so I was able to get in a nice walk before dark also -- but again, it was a choice, and you all know the right choice is paramount to your success. The TV program did not win out tonight. It's the little victories that count. The yogurt instead of the cookie or the walk instead of the TV show. It all adds up.

So when you look back over "your" day, stop and think about your choices. If some of them were not the right choice, let it be a lesson learned and do better tomorrow.
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/12/2014 8:21AM

    Yap our choice to emoticon workout or emoticon not - to emoticon eat right or emoticon not - so make the right choice
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JUNEAU2010 9/10/2014 9:31PM

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LUVTOBOWL 9/10/2014 4:13PM

    We have those days....

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DALID414 9/9/2014 10:21PM

    I was a zombie yesterday, bad nights' sleep, I was definitely grabbing at the carbs for energy.

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ICECUB 9/9/2014 7:02PM

    WAY TO GO GETTING YOUR WALK IN. IT HAS BEEEN RAINING FOR A COPLE OF DAYS. STILL REAL WET OUTSIDE. BUT AT LEASE IT IS MUCH COOLER.

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SUBMOM2 9/9/2014 3:45PM

    You're right, it does all add up. I skipped my swim this morning because my ear was bothering me yesterday. But I can still go for a walk. Thanks for the gentle reminder to make good choices, even if they are baby steps!

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LIS193 9/9/2014 12:25PM

    Glad you got your walks in!!
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OLDERDANDRT 9/9/2014 10:55AM

    Way to go, Eve!! Great blog and great choices!! Keep fighting the good fight!! You're my hero!

ps Hope all that flooding I saw in the news in Arizona didn't effect y'all!! Scary how those dry places get so much at a time that they flood mercilessly!! Los Vegas had flooding, too! So sad we all can't get the rain we need as we need it instead of flood or drought scenarios.

(((HUGS))) and much love from our house to yours!!

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MCJOYFUL 9/9/2014 9:34AM

    Each choice adds up. Way to go getting your walk in! And I think it's great that you are increasing your steps gradually. You'll get to 10,000 before you know it!

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GRAMMYX7 9/9/2014 9:26AM

    Great job making good, healthy choices. You are so right. We need to make the better choices as we continue on this journey. I work a desk job, so it is hard to make 10000 steps a day. So I have set my goal at less, but I am trying on my breaks to walk the halls of the clinic/hospital to get more steps in. I have even gotten to work a few minutes earlier, so I can walk before I sit down at my desk. We all have a choice, let's hope we make the right choice.
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HEALTHIER-VICKI 9/9/2014 7:34AM

    Every day is another day to make healthier choices. You're doing great !! emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/9/2014 5:02AM

    Good idea. Yesterday my choices were good. Hopefully I will be able to say the same in 12 hours time! emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 9/9/2014 2:32AM

    Wonderful Eve..yes it is all about making the right choices....way to go gal...you are a rock star.... emoticon

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The Mountain Retreat -- more or less finished!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


As you drive up to our new home everything looks so new! Freshly poured driveway, nice clean landscaping rock newly spread giving a terrific contrast between the reddish-brown rocks and the dull grayish/brown boulders. Giant oak trees were all lost in the fire and now a brave little Maple is thriving in the front yard, not much to look at so far, but one day it will be majestic!

We've taken full advantage of the crevices and valleys formed by the boulders on the left-hand side of our lot as it proves to be beautiful spots in which our flowers thrive. Besides adding a bit of color to an otherwise dull pile of rocks, the flowers remind us of the current season, and I hope to refine these over time. Right now summer is defined by roses and petunia's, and my canna's are doing better since the fire than they ever thought of doing beforehand. (that's the silver lining) I've always wanted to grow sweet peas and miraculously, I now have them in the little spot where Asian Lilies used to prosper. Guess it is true that as 1 door closes, another opens -- so it is with my flowers. Wonder where those Lilies went??

Behind the home we wasted no time in replanting our grapevines and apple trees. So they have a whole year head-start, as it took that long for the home to be built. One of the apple trees actually has a few apples on it!

Inside the home looking toward the front door you will see I carried the bright red boldness of the door right on into the home. I love red and you'll see touches of it everywhere! To the right of the front door is our "Kitty Kloset" home of Luci & Holly, the two resident kitties. It took them about a week to learn this is where they would eat and also be given their daily "kitty treats." But they have it down pat now.

As you enter the front door, this is your view of the GREAT ROOM, and, as you can see, the entertainment center is the focus of your attention. Our new 50-inch TV is dwarfed by it, but we will make do. So far this arrangement has proven comfy. And the kitties love looking out the front window.

Looking toward the kitchen corner of the Great Room ~~

And turning slightly to look toward our Island, and small dining area. The door leads to the Utility Room (which doubles as Amber's (the dog) room)

Here's a close-up of the Kitty Kloset,

Hall leading to bedroom/office area. I marked the "Bath" for the convenience of guests, and although it's hard to see, I have one of those 'written messages' on the wall facing in toward the Great Room.

End of hall left me a nice area for a bookcase and a few family photo's.

Corner of our bed on the left looking toward the master bath

Small bathroom, but you can get a glimpse of my new fancy mirror and the granite counter.

And here is our Amish-made bedroom set with the new foam mattress. Comfy!

Thought I had one of our "unfinished" office, but all I could find was this one of Holly watching me as I worked on my computer.

Thanks for taking a look at the project that has kept me occupied for so long. I will post the Office and Hobby/Guest Room as soon as it's complete, which is estimated for mid-September! Have a great day everyone!

At the urging of friends I have to include pictures of my two other pets, so here are Lucy and Amber, respectively.

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/12/2014 11:40AM

    You have done a fantastic job with decorating your house! I am so happy you have finally moved in!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/12/2014 8:16AM

    Wow! I love it so pretty and I do love your bathroom mirror - can't wait to come stay with you
Thanks for the tour love it all
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JUNEAU2010 9/4/2014 10:40PM

    I felt relaxed just looking at your pics! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KLONG8 9/4/2014 10:40AM

    What a project and it really looks very warm and cozy. Your landscaping project seems to be doing great...but as I know it never is truly finished! Enjoy it now....

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/4/2014 9:00AM

    Wow! You have an amazing home there. You must be so proud of it now. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 9/4/2014 5:30AM

    Thanks for the tour of your Mountain Retreat .... I just love it! I especially love the Kitty Kloset.


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OLDERDANDRT 9/3/2014 12:46PM

    I had forgotten what a beauty Luci is!! She so reminds me of my Pippin that I had some 30 years ago! And Amber.....well......what can I say about such a princess!!!
Thanks for adding these precious, priceless members of your family who get to enjoy your new home with you and George! Sending all my love to you and all of yours!! (((HUGS)))

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MRSCAMACHO 9/3/2014 10:28AM

    Absolutely beautiful!! You did an amazing job! Looks like an oasis to me :)

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DALID414 9/2/2014 11:15PM

    Love the touches of red.
Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home.

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LYNETTEMOM 9/2/2014 10:41PM

    Great blog: this house is your style and I know you have enjoyed decorating and making it your own, in spite of the sorrow and upheaval of the circumstances that brought it about.
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    Beautiful home Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come. emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 9/2/2014 9:54PM

    Oh my sweet Eve the new home is as beautiful and lovely as the homemaker herself....Thank you so much for the pictures and the guided tour....the home looks amazing. I know I all never get to visit you physically but have visited you in spirit now and you just made it so possible.....
May the Lord Bless you in your new home and give you & your DH peace and happiness and all that you wish for and more in your new home. These are my wishes and prayers for you my dear sweet friend.
The landscaping, the messages on the wall, your Entertainment corner, your kitty your lovely mirror....everything is gorgeous...like I said as gorgeous as the person who chose it...now enjoy all that you have created for yourself.

Hugs, Prayers & Blessings

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SUBMOM2 9/2/2014 7:14PM

    How beautiful! May you enjoy lots of happy times in your new home!

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ICECUB 9/2/2014 6:57PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. YOUR HOME IS LOVELY. HOLLEY IS BEAUTIFUL. I BET HOLLEY AND LUCY IS LOVING THEIR NEW HOME.

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ARTJAC 9/2/2014 5:29PM

    lovely home EVE emoticon

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GRAMMYX7 9/2/2014 4:49PM

    Wow! Everything looks beautiful, but also so warm and welcoming.

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 9/2/2014 4:20PM

    You should get a lot of enjoyment out of the new place. Everything looks wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/2/2014 2:46PM

    Oh, Eve!!!! It's just gorgeous!!! Inside and out!! I love what you've done with the place!! (hehe couldn't not use that old colloquialism!) Seriously, it is really fantastic!! Lucky kitties and Amber all having special rooms to call their own, too! Oh, if I could have a cute little kitty closet like that....I'd get me a new kitty right away!! Right now, there's no place left here for a litter box! Oh well.
About October it should be absolutely divine up there! ( for me anyway.....you know how Not heat tolerant I am! hehe)
How lovely is that sweet Holly!! Maybe you could squeeze in a nice pic of Luci when you post your next pictures! Give the kitties and Amber great big loves for me in whatever way they prefer! Want to keep all the babies happy! Sounds like they're getting use to that wonderful new house! YAY!!
Enjoy the fruits of your labors, Eve!! (((HUGS)))

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MCJOYFUL 9/2/2014 1:08PM

    How beautiful!

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LIS193 9/2/2014 12:45PM

    Beautiful home and I love the landscaping!

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