I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. ~ Agatha Christie

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Love

Monday, September 15, 2014

Life is Art

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It all comes around

And now I listen to my son say the same thing.  It all comes around.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feel Grand Challenge #1: Recover a Memory

The challenge:

Find a quiet room and sit down. Choose a place or a person you would like to remember. Go as far back in your memory as you're able—a favorite elementary school teacher, a family vacation, anything that evokes a feeling. Slowly and purposefully, let details come to you. Once you have a strong impression of an image, a noise, or some other small detail, focus on it. The full memory may reveal itself slowly, or you may have to truly concentrate—but stick with it. Given enough time and peaceful reflection, you’ll walk out with a complete recollection.

What you get out of it:

Not only does this exercise demonstrate the power of introspective recall, it can actually improve your outlook. Studies show that happy memories and nostalgia actually make us calmer, kinder, and more hopeful about the future. So sit back and start reminiscing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For those of You who can Sew a Straight Stitch

This cute little post explains how to use all those sweat shirts or t-shirts to make a muffler.  I wish I had saved the Granddaughters clothes to make something - maybe even try a coverlet.  Lots of instructions and you only need to use a straight stitch.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

7 Foods that Put You in a Better Mood

Susanne at Hillbilly Housewife posted this list of 
7 Foods that Put You in a Better Mood:

Here’s what you want to eat to lift your mood.

1. Dark Chocolate
2. Protein
3. Bananas
4. Coffee
5. Turmeric (Curcumin)
6. Purple Berries
7. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats

I think this could be my new diet:  chocolate and coffee sprinkled with bananas and blackberries.  Life is good sometimes.  Seriously, I wanted to know a little more so I clicked through to for the original article.  I already am a big believer in comfort food being a mood enhancer so now I'm adding these ingredients to my happy food list.  

I have to agree with Susanne's question in her post though.  How do you incorporate Turmeric in your diet, not counting curry dishes? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hiding Vertical Blinds

If you or someone you know is moving into an apartment with vertical blinds, here is a great work-around.  Karen helped her daughter by removing the slats and using the clippy-dos to hold sheer curtains.  Click through above to get detailed instructions.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Another Frugal DIY Project

I don't want to be the first one to start posting fall projects but I saw this on Cozy Little House so blame Brenda.  

What I really like about this project is not that it is a pumpkin project, associated with fall in my mind, or that it was created using permanent markers, which are economical and don't take up much storage space, and therefore an affordable craft.  What I absolutely love is Sara's philosophy:  

 I find that one of the best things in life is finding something you like to do, and then incorporating it in different parts of your life. 

Retirees must often reinvent their life. I am in the process of doing this.  This quote will go on my bulletin board to remind me to incorporate what I love into the new life I design. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I have a new Book and Blu-Ray DVD listed

One of the reviews on Amazon: 
This book was incredibly interesting! Every case was presented in a way that both made it a learning experience and made it feel like watching a murder show on television.

Blu-Ray DVD for the Martial Arts Lover:
Toramaru, lord of integrated martial arts Mugen-ga-ryu, ends his training journey and visits his master, Gensai. "You have to duel with every martial arts master and win, in order to obtain their esoteric books of martial secrets." Receiving such an order from Gensai, Toramaru makes a pilgrimage around Japan and spends a year fighting. Through his fights with genuine masters in every martial arts such as kung-fu, stick fighting, sword fighting, and nunchaku, this film passionately tells what "Budo" is and what Bushido is. Full of fierce and diverse action! The original fighting movie is finally born here! Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Friday

I love the look on the other lady's face.  "Yeah.  Right."  Too funny.