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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Week 2016

Christmas is over and we had a very quiet, relaxing holiday. Christmas Eve we went out around 5:30 for a couple of cocktails and appetizers at Carrabbas. It was so nice. Then, our neighbor came over and we had a little spread we put out. The air conditioner was on and we lit a fire to make it cozy with the tree lights twinkling, haha. Only in the south!! It really was a lovely evening just sitting around and chatting and getting to know one another better. 



Christmas Day was a pleasant day. I got up early and made a breakfast casserole. After getting that in the oven, I prepared the dinner and put it in the slow cooker. By then my back was screaming so I had to sit and stay off my feet. My granddaughters called me and opened their gifts over the phone. They were very pleased with everything. It's getting harder at 14 and 15. 

After Ray got up and we ate our delicious breakfast, we put on such lovely music by a variety of artists. Soft, relaxing and a perfect way to spend the day. We opened our gifts and Ray puttered around with his art. I relaxed with a book. It just couldn't have been any better. After eating our wonderful Christmas dinner, his daughter and boyfriend came over for dessert. We had such a fun visit. She's a lovely girl at 19 and her sweetie is just that...a real sweetheart.

Our weather has been stellar for this holiday so yesterday I decided to take advantage of it because cooler temps are coming Friday and Saturday. My favorite place on earth is the beach. I crave it. It is my place to go for clearing out my mind and appreciating the beauty of nature here in sunny FLA. The sun on my face, the sound of the waves and it didn't take long before I fell asleep. I woke up after only a short while feeling energized. I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to clear out the cobwebs. Even in the cold weather, a visit to the beach can be beneficial.




And with that, I am now ready to face New Year's Eve. Not sure if we will do a repeat of Christmas Eve, but it doesn't matter. It's an end to a chapter in life and the start of a new one. I look forward to 2017 with anticipation and positivity.

Until next time, remember...


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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Holiday Reminder To Us All

ENJOY THE BEAUTY ALL AROUND US THIS HOLIDAY SEASON







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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Reminder To Us All

Why does a tragedy at Christmas time always seem to be worse? I mean, after all, it's still the same tragedy no matter what day or month it happens, right? Yet, when something terrible happens at Christmas it always hurts more.

My neighbors across the street have a daughter who's wedding was 4 weeks away. She and her fiance' lived nearby. The family was planning Christmas and a wedding at the same time. My neighbor's husband suffered a stroke last year and has been wheelchair bound but lately he's been working on taking steps so he could walk his daughter down the aisle.

The wife came to our door on Tuesday to say that the daughter's fiance' passed away the night before. He was 30 years old. He hadn't been feeling well and that night went to lay down and never awoke. I saw him the day that he passed while I was sitting outside. He didn't look good and I made mention of it to Ray, never expecting to hear that he passed away hours later.

So now the family's Christmas has been ruined. Imagine too, having to call all the invitees to the wedding and have to tell them the wedding is canceled because the groom-to-be passed away. The mother is canceling the venue, the flowers, etc. etc.

This news came as such a heartwrenching shock to us as we can feel the sadness and despair everytime we look across the street. It's just awful. If I could take that pain away from them I would in a second. It was the couple's first wedding each and they were so excited about it and so in love.

I don't question why did this have to happen. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we might not know what exactly that reason is. We all have to die. It's part of living and life. We all have to face death. Yet it sometimes comes about at the worst time for those of us still living.

So I'm posting this reminder to all of us. Especially if we're with our loved ones this Christmas!!




Until next time, remember...



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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Stealing 12/18/16

Since another week has passed and I've got nothing, here's my Sunday Stealing answers to 16 questions this week. Hope you join in at Sunday Stealing.


Sunday Stealing: The Here-to-Serve 16 Questions 


1. Which is worse? Being gossiped about or being lied to? I could care less what people say about me but I detest being lied to. There's no excuse.

2. What is your favorite "Starbucks" drink? Or if you have better taste, Dunkin’Donuts? Not a Starbucks fan but I do enjoy a plain black DD coffee!!

3. Name an embarrassing moment (Make it good). Getting accused of shoplifting when I was adjusting the suspender holding up my jeans when I was pregnant. Actually, the guy at the store was probably more embarassed when I lifted up my shirt to show him my big ol' belly!

4. Is it hard for you to ask some to forgive you when you have wronged them? I try to always be good topeople but I have never hesitated to ask if it was needed.

4. Who do you wish you could meet? My awesome blogging friend Diane in the UK. We chat, we skype but have never met in person. She's just awesome!

5. Best food comes from which country? France

6. Do you like small talk, or deep conversations? Both, but it depends on where I am and the person.

7. Who do you most want to encourage this year? A good person in my life that needs to stop drinking.

8. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it? Move back to Connecticut. No they wouldn't be right. I am staying put in sunny, warm FLA!

9. How often do you get real sick? Rarely. 

10. Are you a person who has a whole lot of acquaintances, or just a few very close friends? Just a handful of good friends. 

11. If you could cure a disease, or heal a sickness, which one would you choose? Fibromyalgia. It's a real bitch!

12. What was your favorite book of 2016? There are so many books I've read I can't even remember the titles. Water for Elephants come to mind.

13. What was one of your biggest accomplishments in 2016? Getting a new car.

14. If you could be guaranteed a spot on the reality show "Survivor", would you go? Oh no. I am not a fan of reality shows at all.

15. Which is worse? Shopping for Jeans or a bathing suit? Bathing Suit

16. How old was your oldest living relative (still living or in the past)? [editor's note: I haven't got a clue as to what this question means either. That's why it's perfect...] 93 - my mother's mother. My mother is now almost 92. Amazing woman.





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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I'm Santa Claus



I saw this on a new blog I've followed, Sweet Memes and I had to share. I don't think it's such a bad thing to be Santa Claus. This pretty much sums me up!






You Are Santa Claus
You are a very worldly and cosmopolitan person. You are a realist, even though you try to remain optimistic.
You see people for who they are, and you are a good judge of character. It's easy for you to quickly tell if people are naughty or nice.

You do what you can to make the world a better place, but it can be hard and thankless work. But putting a smile on someone's face makes it all worth it.
You wish that more people had holiday spirit these days. All it takes is believing in the magic of the season!

Take the quiz. What Elf are you? Or are you a Santa?


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday Stealing...on A Monday.

Since I have an issue with coming up with something to write about when I feel like I should  be writing, this looks like a good and fun way to meet new bloggers. So here goes!

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our playe rs, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post. 

Bouncing Billy & Bud Weiser November 2016
This space has become a bit like a Chuck Lorre vanity card. I usually tell you about the person that I stole the meme from, if I know it. But nowadays we have to use all sorts of question sites to find decent ones. But most of all of us started our blogs about 10 years ago. I’d say 75% of our blog friends left for Facebook. Which is weird because you can do both. And this gives us a place to vent without worrying about who will read it. OK, a bonus question to put at the end. I grew a beard. I stopped shaving when I got ill. It took four days just to figure out that I broke three discs in my neck. Anyway, my wife hates it. Since almost all of you are women, add this question: How do you feel about beards? No bonus points. I'm curious.
Sunday Stealing: The Bearded Questions



What is some of your favorite music?  Classic Rock, New Age, Classical Piano

List your three favorite scents. Lavender, Fresh Can of Coffee, Fresh Baked Bead

How do you ground yourself or recharge?  The Beach

Any ways you treat or spoil yourself?  The Beach

Besides your blog, do you have a creative past-time? The Beach

Share something difficult you've been through. Losing my husband of 23 years.

     What helps you fall asleep? New Age music playing in my ears while I read. I don't get far.

What is one strength and one weakness of yours? I am a great friend and listener but I will also speak my mind and sometimes that's not good.

Have you ever received a letter or written one to someone else? As a kid, I was pen-pals with someone.

What makes you feel powerful, what breathes life into you? The Beach

What's your favorite thing to do at night? Curl up in my comfy bed with a good book.

If you could go back to any era, what would they be? The 70s were pretty darned good!!

Your favorite things to wear at home? Not much.

If you could be immortal or have an extremely long life span which would you pick and why? I would NOT want to be immortal. If I live an extremely long life my hope is that I'm still able to think and talk for myself and go to the beach! 

Tell us about something positive you have done for yourself or someone recently. My elderly neighbor told me she hadn't been on a beach in probably 20 years. So I took her for a drive and stopped at the beach. We kicked our shoes off and walked in the sand into the ocean. It made her so happy which made me feel so good.
 
One thing you like about your appearance? My hair

     Something that makes you feel better after a hard day? An ice cold beer and a good movie.

If you have one, name a favorite book & movie. My favorite movie ever is The Great Outdoors with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. I can watch it over and over and still cry from laughing so hard.

As for the beard,  Back in the 70's I thought beards were so sexy. Now that I'm older, I really only care for them if they are kept short and well groomed. I much prefer a goatee over a bear, but still neat.

Hope you enjoyed my post and my answers. Perhaps you'll like to join in and meet some new folks also.


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dirty Laundry

I don't know about you but the last six months of media frenzy for this presidential election have made me ill. Seriously, just sick to watch the bashing, mashing and lashing these news journalists and media ads have lowered themselves to. I thought maybe now that we've elected someone that it would subside but I'm not seeing it. Every day I turn on the news it's more bashing, criticizing and condemning and the man hasn't even gotten to the Oval Office yet. 

I was listening to some great tunes today and this one came up by Don Henley. Have you ever really listened to the lyrics? This is a very old song but boy it describes our media world today in a nutshell. You were ahead of your time on this one Don! 

BTW...I got to see him in concert about 13 years ago. Best concert EVER.  Hope you enjoy the little attachment here.





I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I dont have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em all around

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
Its interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?

Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You dont really need to find out whats going on
You dont really want to know just how far its gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre stiff
Kick em all around

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybodys pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo
We can dance and sing
When its said and done we havent told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry!

Please tell me, do you agree with me on these lyrics and our media "crap" today?.

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