For Your Enjoyment

 

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I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon. I just came in from watering some plants and bushes outside. It’s sunny, breezy, and in the mid 60s. I got done watering and I just sat on the edge of a flower bed and turned my face to the sun. I could feel the sun shining down on me. I could hear the birds chirping, singing, calling to each other. It was such an uplifting, peaceful moment. I just felt thankful to be alive.

Two of my daughters and I saw the movie Race  this weekend. I highly recommend it. I saw an interview with the actor who portrays Jesse Owens, and I thought the movie would be good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I do recommend it.

Recently, I hired my youngest daughter to do some computer work for me. I needed to move some of my documents and a ton of photos from my older laptop to a flash drive. She quickly realized I had way too many photos on my computer for one flash drive. She figured out that there is an easy way to use my google email to do all of this. Check out A safe place for all your files.

If you are ever traveling through Hays, Kansas, be sure to visit Sake2me. Our family really enjoys this sushi restaurant. If raw fish isn’t your thing, they have lots of good dishes that are made of cooked meat. On Fridays they have $4 Bang, bang tacos. They are delicious!!

Here is a great article about decluttering: 8 Lessons Our Editor Learned from the Decluttering Bible.  

If you like to stay up on the latest news, but you don’t have the time or inclination to read an entire paper, check out NYT Now’s Morning Briefing.

I am off to make dinner and watch the Oscars!!

Have a wonderful week!!!

 

For Your Enjoyment and Mine!

IMG_5590IMG_5587IMG_5591This past weekend I was able to enjoy all of this delicious and lovely food at a Valentine theme dinner party. Wow, that is all I can say, Wow. Our friends really know how to entertain. And, the coolest thing was the joy they expressed in doing all this for the friends that were there. It was a wonderful evening.

Hard to believe that this is the last week of February. We have had very nice weather in Kansas lately and it has been much appreciated. We are getting to spend a little more time outdoors, but still plenty of time inside. Check out this great, helpful article Five Easy Steps To Make Your Home a Sanctuary.

Speaking of things that can better our lives. Here is an article about unplugging from out electronics from 8pm to 8am. It’s called The Zen of Disconnecting.

When you are ready to get back on the net, check out AFAR’s Everyone’s Dream Trip: Australia. Someday……someday I hope to travel here.

Last but not least, I saw this a week or so ago and I wanted to share it. I thought it was very interesting. Six Photographers Each Have A Photo Session With The Same Man – The Results Will Definitely Surprise You! – Most Exciting Planet.

Have a terrific week!!

For Your Enjoyment

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Hello, and happy, happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

I taught Public Speaking college classes for seventeen years. Every year when Valentine’s day would come around I would tell all my students that Valentine’s Day was a holiday of love,  not just romantic love. They should remember their friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. Sure romantic love is wonderful, but we can also treasure those we care about that we aren’t romantically involved with. This philosophy also helps at those times when we aren’t in a relationship. We can express love even though it’s not romantic love.

I was able to see the movie How to Be Singleand I have to share with you I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am all about keeping things simple whenever I can. I have to share this recipe. It was so easy and very delicious! It will most likely illicit oohs and ahhs from your loved ones. Or, just do it for yourself. It ‘s a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin recipe that only has 4 ingredients. My family loved it!

I think I was the only one that loved this next recipe. I thought it was delicious and it was very easy to make. I modified this baked eggplant recipe just a little. I used Italian Style bread crumbs. I didn’t deal with garlic juice. I just put a little mayo on each side of my sliced eggplant and then dipped it in bread crumbs and put it on the pan. I did sprinkle with parm cheese. I really could have eaten the whole pan as a meal. It was tasty!

I recently read an article titled 30 – Second Changes That Create Long Lasting Happiness. It didn’t take long to read and had some interesting ideas.

Our family tried something new this weekend – PoPt! Gourmet Popcorn. We decided to get a small bag for each of us. We tried peanut butter & chocolate, jayhawker cherry & blueberry, spicy buffalo, caramel & cashew, and cookies & crème. Let’s just say it’s kind of addictive.

I follow a blog by Abigail Green. Anytime she writes, I take the time to read. I enjoyed this recent post: Why I Blog & Why I Hate It Sometimes.

Hope your week is wonderful!

 

 

For Your Enjoyment ~ Beating the February Blues

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It’s Monday; it’s almost mid February. I have been thinking about summer lately. I am sure looking forward to it. I think about how it gets light early and how I’m not cold. I think about how much I like spending time outdoors. I start thinking about all the things I love about summer and then I reign my thought in and remind myself to live in the moment.

Several people I have visited with lately have told me they are fighting the February blues. I never really thought about it, but it makes sense. The excitement of the new year is waning. We may or may not still be working on our resolutions. We don’t get to spend much time outside. The days are still fairly short, and we might just be feeling a bit restless.

So what are we to do……

Quickly grab a piece of paper and list 5 things you are thankful for. Shifting our mindset to gratitude is a sure way to enhance our mood.

Who is your favorite music group? Or, what is your favorite decade of music? Now go to Pandora or Spotify put that name in the search engine and rock on. Music can lift your spirits in an instant. This video/song made my daughter and me start laughing while driving down the road.

Get lost in a good Netflix show. Check out 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in January 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each).

Go find someone you love and give them a big hug and say “I love you.”

Get out an old photo album. There is nothing like looking at old photos to change our moods. If possible share this with someone. I love listening to my kids laugh and tell stories while they look at old photo albums. (It also keeps me from feeling sad/melancholy that they are growing up so quickly.)

Get moving. Do anything. Put your ear buds in and listen to a podcast. Put on some music and dance around. Try a new exercise video. I found this fun one: Fun Beginners Dance Workout For Weight Loss – At Home Cardio Exercise Dance Routine.

You can always grab a good book to escape. Check out USA Today’s top 100 books of 2015.

And, when you’ve done all you can to beat the February blues, curl up and take a nice, little nap. Winter days are great for that!

 

 

 

 

For Your Enjoyment

I remember when I was younger my dad would take us to a cheese shop on the plaza in Kansas City. I loved it! He would let us sample different kinds of cheeses and then pick out any kind that we wanted. Check out AFAR’s World’s Best Spots for Cheese Lovers.

If you are fortunate to have travel in your future, check out this terrific article Travel hacking To-Do List. I enjoyed this article, and be sure to look for the video about travel packing tips.

I enjoyed this article from AFAR, An Instagram Star’s Tricks for Making Your Travel Photos Look Amazing.

A close friend of mine is a good horse woman. She recently posted this video on her fb page. It’s sure to put a big smile on your face. This girl and horse are truly beautiful together.

If your body has been feeling a little tight or tense, try this easy, but effective yoga workout: Yoga Camp -Day 13. It felt great!

I have two teenage children and one fast approaching the teenage years. I found this article from Grown and Flown  insightful and helpful – High School Stress: What This Teacher (and Mom) Sees.

Have a terrific week!!