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Holidays! Do they invigorate you or depress you?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon = emoticon or emoticon or emoticon 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! emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 11/28/2010 7:41PM

    Now that you mention it, this was a relatively (pardon the pun) quiet Thanksgiving for our clan....partially because the raucous members had somewhere else to be Whew!!!!! LOL

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CATLADY52 11/28/2010 4:07PM

    As long as they behave themselves anyone is welcome. I don't allow spitting on the floor or drawing blood. emoticon

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THPEAKY 11/28/2010 2:43PM

    We have a rule at our blood on the if our adult children even sound like they are gearing up a disagreement we say "no blood on the carpet" and they laugh and de-fuse. Actually they get along pretty well despite their differences.
THIS year I think I will assign dishes for each person so I don't have to do it all. Also I hope to have the basement finished with games and toys down there for the grandchildren.
I better get to work! Ha!

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LUCKYLADY777 11/28/2010 2:08PM

    I get a total mix of emotions. Cooking for the family and I always have toooo much left overs. It works out if they stay a couple days longer and eat up the food. They did this time and it worked out just fine. Shopping is sooo much fun. Didn't buy really but a few things and loved to see the crowds looking for bargains. Hope this changes a few budgeting problems. All in all, I like the holidays and all the glitz and glitters. Also, love to see the shoppers with great big shopping bags and being all excited. It does the heart good. emoticon

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If .......

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If I was told today was my last day. . . . . .
I would say no negative words, I'd look only for the good stuff
I would call up long lost friends just to say "hi"
I would eat at my favorite restaurant and enjoy each bite
I would say "I love you" to lots more people

If I was told I had only 6 months to live . . . . .
I would strive to be a better person than I have been
I would ignore the negative and focus on the positive
I would continue to exercise and eat healthy, 'cause "who knows?"
I would smile and laugh and enjoy life, it's shorter than you think

If I was told my best friend had only one day to live . . . .
I would hug her/him and tell her/him I love her/him

So why not live like today IS the last day of your life? Make better memories, make more people happy -- be a nicer, better person!
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This is so true. The story reminds me of how so many older people live. They seems to have, "got it" in life. They enjoy slow long talks, unrushed meals and appreciate the smalles things in life.

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STILLFLYIN 11/28/2010 11:35AM

    Nice reminder. Thank you.

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/28/2010 7:13AM

If it was my last day I would eat everything I have always wanted to eat and not care about how much it is going to make me weigh
Hope you have a long long life ahead of you and thanks for being a sparks friend

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OLDERDANDRT 11/27/2010 9:06PM

    emoticonLife is too short to waste. Great blog!!!

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SQUIGGSIE 11/27/2010 5:07PM

    Nice. We never know how long we have and should make the most of it, words to live by.

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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!

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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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