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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

T = Turkey of course, it's what most of us will be eating!
H = Health is important - don't blow it on just one meal
A = Apple pie for those of us who don't like Pumpkin (#1)
N = Never eat until you get that bad "too full" feeling
K = Keep cleaning as you cook, when you get done there will be no big mess!
S = Slice up the leftovers and freeze them while they're still fresh
G = Give to those who don't have as much as you
I = I don't have to cook today, I'm eating at a friend's home
V = Variety is what makes holidays special
I = If you fall off the wagon, get back on tomorrow!
N = Now is a good time to take a brisk walk, work some of that food off
G = Get a good night's sleep, and be thankful for all you have!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Spark Friends! emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/27/2010 11:57AM

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 11/26/2010 11:24AM

    Very cute.

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CBEVNOW 11/26/2010 1:32AM

    That is so good and TRUE. Hope your day was good mine was.

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PSMITH3841 11/24/2010 11:09AM

    Have a great Thanksgiving, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/24/2010 8:38AM

Happy emoticonDay

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Painting/Wallpapering the Dining Room

Monday, November 22, 2010

Some people never seem to be satisfied with the way their home looks. And I guess in many respects, I'm one of those people. I always need to find a room I can change, or paint, or at the very least . . . . . rearrange the furniture.

Moving in with George gave me a whole new house that was at my disposal. The master bedroom was the first to feel my presence - repainted from top to bottom, even the bathroom. Then the master bedroom walk-in closet got a new paint job because of the messiness of the installers when they added more insulation. So, as I looked around my eyes landed on the dining room. As you enter our home, if you look to your left you see the dining room, straight ahead is the living room; so of course I wanted them to see something special when they saw it. Not just the usual "white" walls. I knew my BF was one of those people who are a bit color shy but I, on the other hand, am not shy at all.

Have you ever heard of the wallpaper called "Illusions?" It looks like regular wallpaper, but you tear it into chunks and put it on the wall that way, with one piece overlapping the next. The total effect is a "faux finish." It's quite nice, but the only drawback is that it takes FOREVER to get a wall done. If you can imagine all those little pieces you have to tear and paste! But I wanted something that would look "different" and I wanted it to be an eye catcher. I used to be able to buy it at Lowe's, but now can't find it. I realize wallpaper is not as popular as it once was due to the newer textures on our walls. So I turned to the Internet -- where you can find "anything." Sure enough, I found a pattern that ranged in colors from creme to taupe to a deep rust. But then, to please my BF I chose a mild taupe for the remaining walls. To show you how mild and boring it is, the name of the color is "milk toast." How boring is that??? And as my new Illusions wallpaper is on the window wall, I'm thinking of a swag to top the window, and I'll try to match that boring "milk toast."

Wish I could include a picture, but I don't have the project done yet, so perhaps I will post it on my Spark Page once I get one. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 11/23/2010 3:46PM

    As a designer, I suggest you re-think the milk-toast toppers....choose a stronger "color pop" from the Illusion....keep that wall sassy! Use colorful artwork(again, shades from the Illusion) to perk up the light taupe and keep the room balanced....If you're having the Swags made, ask for material swatches of the plan color and the more colorful fabric...if you're going with ready-mades purchase one of each color, hang them, and see which you prefer... other you can return! (I'm sure I don't have to tell you, checking the return policy of the store, first, would be a good idea LOL) Good Luck, can't wait to see pics of finished room...I loved Illusion, but you're right, it does take time to apply, but it's nearly mistake proof!

Comment edited on: 11/23/2010 3:48:07 PM

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STILLFLYIN 11/23/2010 1:11PM

    Sounds nice to me. Of course, I like all shades of beige and off white. :-)

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OLDERDANDRT 11/23/2010 12:16PM

    Sounds nice! I don't think it will seem so boring once it's done!!


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VITCHY-VICKI 11/23/2010 8:02AM

    I want to see it too can't wait - and I love to change things in my house too I have one room all whole room is painted Black and I have Japanese thing in that room right now and it is my exercise room now too no kids home so made it my exercise room.
So need pictures of your room soon

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THPEAKY 11/23/2010 6:32AM

    I can't wait to see it!

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As Soon As . . . . .

Saturday, November 20, 2010

How many times have you heard the phrase, or used it yourself; "as soon as."

As soon as I retire I'm going to travel
As soon as I lose 10 pounds I'm going to buy some new clothes
As soon as spring comes I'm going to paint the house
As soon as it cools off I'm going to start exercising
As soon as.........

Yes, sadly, the list can go on and on and on! Some of us never get to enjoy the "as soon as" because it's cut short by a heart attack or some other disaster. The best bet is to get out there NOW and start to live life to the fullest. There's never been a better time, and you're NOT getting any younger!

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THPEAKY 11/22/2010 8:07AM

    Okay...MAYBE it's time for me to find another job

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OLDERDANDRT 11/21/2010 7:19PM

    emoticonGuilty as charged! Gettin to it now!!! Lovin to live and livin to love (life)!!!!! emoticon

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CBEVNOW 11/21/2010 4:14PM

    Great advice, lots to think about. Hubby and i do as much as we can while we can. He still likes to work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/21/2010 8:00AM

I need to go read my bucket list and get started on it
no more waiting

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LIS193 11/20/2010 6:22PM

    Great blog! Life is too short to wait.
My dad passed away nearly 4 years ago at the young age of 68...
Every day is a gift - make the most of it.

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PSMITH3841 11/20/2010 6:09PM

    Amen! Do it now, don't put off anything....There's so much out there just too good to miss! Thanks for adding me as a friend, I going to add you now...How's come we never did this sooner??? Beats me! emoticon

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Window Washing Day!

Friday, November 19, 2010

emoticon I'm never sure exactly what that symbol on the left represents but it fascinates me -- looks like a window anyway, and that's what happened at our house today! Window washing time!

First thing this morning a guy comes to replace our big front window that is in our computer room. It was broken during a recent hail storm (the size of golf balls or bigger). Right after him came the man who was replacing our screens on EVERY window. They are the kind that cut down on the light that comes into your home -- here in Phoenix things get pretty hot and bright during those long summer months.

So. . . . . what better time to wash windows than when all the screens are down. George started, but it soon appeared he could not keep ahead of the screen guy, so I went out to help him. We are both pooped tonight -- but we've got nice shiny windows!!!

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PSMITH3841 11/20/2010 5:33PM

    I'm with Jayne, my windows need a scrubbing too! We could make a party of it you know....might be a good time! emoticon Hmmm, wonder how many calories you two burned????

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OLDERDANDRT 11/20/2010 4:27PM

    I never could figure out that window emoticon either, but it suits your purpose!! Now that you've done your windows, want to come do mine? emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/20/2010 7:22AM

    emoticonthis is someone throwing the scale out the window for that is what I would like to do with mine today
Now you can come to my house and wash my windows hate that job but if I get paid to do it not so bad
Glad you can see out side again

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LYNHALTINER 11/19/2010 9:51PM

    but you must feel great with clean windows

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Give Yourself a Hug Today!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Every so often, instead of giving ourselves a lecture (a stern one) when we mess up a little, why not try to be more understanding! Surprise yourself with a non-food treat of some type. Come on -- there HAS to be something you'd like to have!

Like me -- I'd like to have new rugs in my bathroom and around the base of the toilet. Mine are the wrong color, just something I happened to have. So the next time you need a spiritual lift -- buy something you want and need! Go ahead and don't wait until the scale says you have lost another pound, or 5 pounds! Give it to yourself NOW!

Today my BF said he was having an HOA meeting at our house tonight and he needed some cookies. I said I'd bake up a batch -- didn't need to be asked twice! And as I was baking them, I allowed myself to eat a couple. And, do you know something? I'm up about 3 pounds right now! I could have said to myself "You could be having a cookie now if you hadn't made all those stupid choices! You need to watch what you eat and get that weight OFF -- you haven't even done any exercise for a week!" Yep! I could have said that, and I would have agreed with myself and felt terrible. As it was, the cookies were good -- I had enough energy to go to the gym after baking them, and although my heartbeat was alarmingly high compared to how it usually is, I did get in my exercise -- and when I came home I took a nap.

So be good to yourself today - or what ever day you need it -- a pat on the back never hurt anyone! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/19/2010 8:02AM

    Here are emoticonfor you and here are emoticonfor me for I had cookies too and they are still here in the house but only going to have them for Breakfast LOL


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BLESSED2BEME 11/18/2010 11:06PM

    Thanks! I'm giving myself a hug right now:)

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