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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Sometimes I feel like an eternal student. I love learning. However, I have to admit that I hated school when I was young. It wasn't the learning part of school that I hated, it was the rigidity of the whole process. I very quickly became bored. 

I have learned through the years that I am a visual learner, a creative leaner, an imaginative learner. My mind is always busy. If I was a child in a traditional school today they might say I have attention deficit disorder, because my mind quickly jumps from one thought to the next. It is like turning the pages of a book very quickly so that you can see what happens next.

For me, learning brings color to the world. It heightens my senses and it keeps life interesting. Next month I will turn 64, and I feel that I still have so much to learn. So I read and I study. There are so many sources of learning. Books, cereal boxes, grandchildren, the elderly, nature, the internet, the young woman who checks me out at the grocery.........and on and on. Each source has something new and interesting to add to my life.

Every day, I will continue to peer inside boxes, turn pages, and study, because I believe that learning is a lifetime process. It helps to keep me young and to feel that I am a part of the changing world, and maybe I can pass some of that learning on to those who are following behind me.

Have a wonderful day.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I had a topic planned for this week, but decided to put it on the back burner. Here in the US, it is Thanksgiving week, and that means we are focused on thankfulness and gratitude. It is a time for gathering together with family and friends. It is the official start of the holiday season. A time for celebrations. A time for giving and receiving. A time for lots of great food. 

While I am thankful for those things, I want to have a conversation today about gratitude in the everyday lives of women. Because I don't know about you, but I begin each day by saying thank you. I am filled with gratitude for so many things, and those are the things I choose to focus on. 

We are bombarded with so much negativity. It comes to us from everywhere. The TV, the newspapers, the internet, and even from people on the street. It seems like everyone wants to talk about negatives. I want to talk about and think about positives. I believe that what you focus on is what the universe sends back to you. 

I will start the conversation with some of the things I am grateful for. I am grateful for my family. For waking up each morning to a new day. For the ability to talk, walk, hear, and see. For friends, like you. For simple pleasures. For my favorite chair. For a comfortable safe place to live. For an unlimited supply of free books to read. For my small business. For freedom. 

There are so many more things that I am grateful for, but I want to hear from you. I normally don't dictate what can be said, but today I am asking that you not say anything negative. I want to focus on the positives, and no matter what your situation I bet you can come up with something that you are grateful for. 

So please join in with us today. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and let's chat. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014



Because a little rain will fall into each person's life, Mondays are devoted to a snippet of inspiration. I believe everyone should start out their week feeling inspired.

Each night before I go to sleep I tell myself

that I am not here to compete with anyone else, or to try and be anyone else, I am here to be me. My goal is to work at being a better me. 

We each have our own path to follow, and by following that path we are being true to ourselves. 

Have a wonderful Monday.
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P.S. You can find more Snippets of Inspiration here.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


There were so many things that I hungered after when I was younger. A larger house, a pool, more money, designer clothes.....and when I got them I really didn't find joy. I found I was left with wanting more. As I have gotten older I have found that the simplest things bring me joy. A smile from a stranger, a surprise silly text message from a grandchild, a cup of tea on a cold gray day, and today it is arriving home from the library with a pretty bag stuffed full of books.

Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams has started a Pinterest group and Facebook page for those of us who are looking for and finding  joy in the ordinary. I hope you will read more about it here and join us. 

Next week I will be talking about my plans for my own ideas for pursuing a simple and serene life. I will also be resuming Women Speak on Tuesday. 

For now, I think I will fix myself that soothing cup of tea and choose a favorite book to read. 

Have a serene and joyful day, my friends. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014


Boy oh boy, what is going on with my brain??? I take a medication called gabapentin, which is generic for neurontin. It is a seizure medication, but as in my case, it is given for nerve pain. It has some unpleasant side effects, including short term memory loss, dizziness, and brain fog. (some people I know might tell you I have always been a bit dizzy, but just ignore them.)

I have decided to call it my Gabby Brain. There is so much gabbing going on in my brain that one side can't keep up with what the other is doing. It is disconcerting to say the least. However, I did eventually adjust to my previous dosage and I am confident that at some point my body will adjust to this.

When I went for my follow up appointment this past Tuesday, I told my doctor that the cold weather was making my neuropathy worse. He agreed that that happens and offered to increase my dose. I on the other hand was fully expecting him to offer to buy me a one way ticket to Key West. That didn't happen. I just don't know what has happened to the medical profession these days. There just seems to be no real compassion. SIGH!!!

So the reason for all of this sharing, of pretty much useless information, is to explain away why I may repeat things in posts, why I can't seem to spell anymore, and anything else I might possible blame on Gabby Brain. 

For right now, me and my Gabby Brain are going to throw on some clothes (yes, I am still in my jammies) and go outside and see the world. It is 60 degrees and the sun is shining. That may just clear up some of the fog. 

Have a great rest of your day.

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P.S. I pinky swear that I will visit more this weekend.

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Friday, November 21, 2014


In my spare time (not exactly sure when that is) I've been trying to create a few things for my booth at the antique mall. I don't have my sewing machine set up yet so I am hand sewing. I have some great old chenille and cutter quilts that I really want to use so I made these hanging hearts.

I think they would be cute hanging on a cottage Christmas tree, but I also like them for any time of the year in a cottage or country decor. I know I may be repeating some of my photos, but I went to the retina specialist this morning, and as one eye is still dilated and the other one isn't there is no telling what I am posting. 

I also managed to make another wreath.

I know that there are a lot of people who can whip out numerous wreaths in a week, but I think my whipping out days are over. I was doing well to get one wreath and a few hearts done. Otherwise, I might have had to stay up past my it's dusk so now I have to get into my jammies bedtime. There is a lot more beauty sleep required these days.

I did kind of impress myself by making some fabric roses for the first time. I just tore some fabric strips, did some twisting around, and somehow I ended up with roses. 

This one sold right away, so I guess I better pull out some more of that spare time and make some more.

Have a great day, my sweet friends.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


You're behind. You look at your list of To Dos and you know that there are just some things you might not get done. Maybe you feel a bit panicky,

because sometimes catching up can seem overwhelming. So you stop, take a deep breath, and realize that maybe you don't have to catch up. Maybe it is better to start new in this moment. Maybe, just maybe, some of those things that you think are so important, are not really that important after all. 

What will really happen if you aren't able to read every blog on your list today. Will they stop being your friend? If they are your friend, then no, because they know that like them you have times when even if you are thinking of them you might not be able to talk that day. You might be overwhelmed with other things. 

What does worry and stress get us? It gets us more worry and stress, and I know that I personally don't need more worry or stress. So I let go. I forget about catching up. I live in this moment and breathe in its freshness, its newness. It feels like a warm breeze on a sunny spring day. 

Maybe today is the day that you can start to forget about catching up. Just let some of those things go. Enjoy this moment. It is simple and serene living at its best. 

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