Sunday, November 28, 2010
= or or I'm not sure how the holidays affect YOU, but for me, it depends a lot on how I am spending them, and with whom! If you are around a group of relatives that often times may be at each others throat -- you can come away feeling depressed. However, on the other hand, surrounding yourself with friends and family, exchanging gifts and enjoying good food together can give you a warm, cozy feeling that can last for days on end.
Naturally, we all hope for the latter of the two, but sometimes we are forced into situations that are not wholly satisfactory, but are required. After all, we are adults, so if we 'have' to invite Aunt Susan and she of course, 'has' to bring Uncle Martin along with her -- so be it. Try to make the best of it, it may be hard for Uncle Martin to walk the walk or talk the talk, so try not to make judgements of other people.
All in all, I'm striving for a stress-free, kind of middle-of-the-road holiday season, it would please me immensely if I didn't gain a ton (exaggerating of course) and that when January rolls around I'm still happy and at peace -- at least with myself.
Hang in there!
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!
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.
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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