Sunday, April 27, 2014


I saw this on the Key Lime blog and thought it was fun; a list of observations of the current moment. Right here, right now.


READING She Walks In Beauty A Woman's Journey Through POEMS by Caroline Kennedy
WISHING  for a Lightroom Tutor
ENJOYING being able to run pain-free again
WONDERING when my daffodils will open
LOVING the longer days and hours of sunlight
NEEDING to cut back on my sugar intake
WEARING sweaters again since it's so cold and rainy
FOLLOWING a new blog  A Holy Experience
NOTICING I need a haircut and color
THINKING about making this cake
FEELING blessed
MAKING a no-sew tutu for my baby granddaughter
LOOKING FORWARD TO planting my garden
HOPING the sun shines tomorrow
LIKING Kraft's Mayo with Olive Oil

What would be on your "I AM" list?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happiness Advice from Steve Covey

I saw this and thought it just about covers it all! I know there are several on this list that I need to work on. It's been a while since I've experienced #8.  #6 really hit home when I thought about all the tragedies in the news lately.

Is there one on the list that really hits home for You?
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Winter That Won't End

It just doesn't want to end! Here in MN we are in the middle of another Winter Storm Warning. It's snowing and blowing like crazy. Schools have closed early, the snowplows are busy and I got stuck trying to drive up my driveway after running errands. We are forecasted to get a foot of snow before it is all over.

My daughter, son-in-law and I are signed up to run a half-marathon on Saturday morning. Can you run a race in snowshoes? This is getting so hard to take! 

If we ever do get some Spring like weather we won't know what to do with it. Well, yes, we will--we'll be the ones hootin' and hollerin' outside the Dairy Queen wearing our shorts. (Well maybe not me but there is a bunch here in town that will definitely be doing that.)
I've got my seeds ready to plant and my bicycle is ready too. I'm so anxious to photograph anything green!!

How's the weather in your part of the country? If you run into Mother Nature, tell her to take pity on us...
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Wordless Wednesday

House for rent... 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

I'd Like My Wine to Go

How about a sippy cup for grown-ups?!? I saw this on the internet and thought I gotta get this! Don't you think this Vino2Go tumbler is awesome? It comes in several different colors. The one in hot pink is my favorite! What a fun gift idea. Perfect for birthdays, retirement or any time you need a special gift. Wouldn't it be fun to add some clever sayings with a paint pen? You could also personalize them. 

Now for the folks that would rather have a brew instead of wine there is a tumbler for you too! It's the Beer 2Go tumbler. I don't think my hubby would use this but I know of some gals who love their beer. I bet they'd think it's pretty cool!

There's your tip of the day. Get yourself one and be the envy of your next get together!

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Monday, April 7, 2014


Sometimes on Mondays it seems like I could use a little dose of inspiration. So here is what I found for today...

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
 Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. 

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. 

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. 
Be honest anyway. 

What you spend years building, someone may try to destroy overnight. Build anyway. 

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway. 

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. 
Do good anyway. 

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. 
Do it anyway. 

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them, anyway.
 - Anonymous 

This seems like a great list of easy things to do to make life better for all, don't you think?

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get Beautiful Nails at Home

If you want your hands to look younger, give yourself a manicure! 

Here are some common mistakes and the smart fixes to protect your nails. 

* Don’t file nails back and forth. The sawing motion weakens your nails and can cause them to split. File in the same direction with a soft emery board. (Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears.) To help prevent your nails from breaking, keep them short and square with a slightly rounded edge. The best time to file your nails is when you are already wearing a polish. This will prevent splitting or breaking of nails. 

* Don’t use acetone-based polish remover. This strips away the moisture and natural oils that will keep your nails flexible. Don’t cut your cuticles. Your cuticles act as a barrier against infection-causing bacteria. Instead, soak your nails in warm water to soften your cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick or washcloth. 

* Don’t paint your nails with old polish. Buy a new polish that’s free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene such as Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics (, Spa Ritual ( or Mineral Fusion (available at Whole Foods Stores). 
*Don’t wear polish every day. When you wear nail polish, make sure to give your nails a break from time to time. In other words leave them without polish for a few days, every now and then.

* Cut your nails to a manageable length. There is no point in having extremely long nails, they snap off (painfully) and take a while to grow back into a normal shape. 

*Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle. While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture -- and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail. Gathered From the Garden's Cuticle Cream is a soft creamy butter made with essential oils to moisturize cuticles. 

*Change shampoos. While you probably know when your shampoo doesn't agree with your hair, you might not realize it may not agree with your nails -- even if your hair looks great. This is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair. If your nails are dry and you are using any products that strip oils, there is the potential to dry nails. 

*Remember toenails count, too! Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails. 

Here’s a little nail trivia—did you know it takes 8 months for nails to grow an inch

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


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