Thursday, April 22, 2021

DON'T WORRY...BE HAPPY:)

 Remember that song?



Do you need more happiness in your life?  About a gazillion books, articles, podcasts, etc. have been written to give you advice about how to go about getting that.  This past year, I think, has taught us that our happiness can be snuffed out by things outside our control.  And if you listen to the news media much these days, it seems we hear more bad news than good...that the world (or at least our country) is spinning in the wrong direction.  Of course, if we dwell on that too much it can sap every ounce of happiness we can conjure up.  Many people have been in a state of depression and some still are due to all that has been happening around us.



I am trying to learn to find happiness in even the small things.  We don’t have to drown in stress and sadness...there are things we can do to turn our frowns upside down, big and little things that we can do to find the JOY in life that each of us needs. 


How about these little things?


*GET OUT IN NATURE


Take a walk...or a long hike if you are up to it.  Dig in the garden...and use those earthworms you find to go fishing.  Take your child, grandchild, or dog to the park or a playground...and play on the swings while you are there:)   Spending 30 minutes or more a week in green spaces can help lower blood pressure and depression, according to a 2016 study.

 

*FIND TIME TO BE WITH Y-O-U

Everybody needs some “me time.”  Take a bubble bath and lock the door!  Grab your favorite blanket, a good book, and your favorite candle...and dare anyone to bother you for the next 30 minutes (or more).  Go shopping...alone.  Cozy up with your favorite bowl of ice cream and watch a chick-flick.  (I suggest SWEET HOME ALABAMA or PRETTY WOMAN.)

*S-M-I-L-E
Simple...just turn that frown upside down.  Smiling causes our brain to release dopamine which makes us happier.  (Much cheaper than visiting the therapist!!)

 

*COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS



Be grateful.  Studies have shown that being grateful actually has health benefits and leads to a feeling of hope and happiness.  We can be thankful for the BIG things...like our families, our homes, our successes.  But there are SOOOO many “little” things we can find to be grateful for:  wildflowers along the side of the road, a rainbow, a good cup of coffee (or a bowl of ice cream which would be my choice), finding a penny on the ground.  The more we look for positive things in our lives, the more we will see them.

 

*EMBRACE RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness)



Research has shown that performing RAKs can help us feel happier and more satisfied with our lives...have you ever wondered who comes up with ideas to research things like this (or who pays for them)???  Thank the cashier for her service, compliment a co-worker on his spiffy bowtie or her new dress, bake cookies for the mailperson (trying to be politically correct here) or the trash collector, or send a friend a gift card anonymously (of course, this could drive them nuts trying to figure out who sent it:) 

 

Most of us could use a little more JOY and a few more SMILES in our lives.  Try some of these ideas...you might like them!

 


Wishing you so much HAPPINESS you “bust” at the seams!


Don't worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don't worry, be happy

Don't worry, be happy now!

Friday, April 9, 2021

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE?

Purpose is the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists...so I guess everything has a purpose (except maybe mosquitoes and gnats...


Have you ever stopped to wonder why God made those aggravating things?)  

But I think it’s fun to take something and use it for a purpose other than what it was intended.  Not only can it be fun, but it can also help our environment.  Remember the 3 R’s (no, not those 3 R’s...readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic)...   

Pinterest is filled with ideas for repurposing, but I thought I’d share a few of my own.  I’ve shared this one before, but it’s one of my absolute favorites...
My husband made it for me from an old frame by inserting something called hardware cloth (although I don’t understand why it’s called cloth when it’s some type of metal!)  It’s great for organizing some of my many earrings.  He also made this one for holding necklaces using S hooks...these have both saved me lots of time and aggravation!



Although I have a huge jewelry box (which is actually a repurposed wooden tool box with drawers gifted to me by my husband...and I love it), it just isn’t big enough to hold all my jewelry so I improvised with these 2 ideas...


I was cleaning out a cabinet one day and found this condiment holder and a silver tray that I never used.  LIGHT BULB MOMENT!!!  I store rings in the condiment thingie along with a few bracelets hanging in the middle, and the tray holds some of my too many bracelets.  (The tray looks tarnished in this picture but actually it's pretty & shiny:) 

I also use these pieces of glassware to hold makeup brushes and (more) jewelry in the bathroom.  The vase on the left actually belonged to my husband’s sweet-as-sugar grandmother.  The other two pieces were picked up at thrift stores.

I love to repurpose the clear 3-wick candle jars from Bath & Body Works.  They are so pretty and can be used for many different things...

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You can even turn an empty soup can into something lovely and useful...as well as pretty bottles (after you’ve enjoyed the wine:)...

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I do have to say I’m not into things like using empty egg cartons to sort my jewelry or covering empty shoeboxes with paper to use for storage.  I like my "cuteness" factor!

Here are some other repurposed items from Pinterest (where else???)...

Old chairs can be repurposed into many different items for your home.



This is neat...a bar made from an old door and some shelving.



How cute is this...an ottoman made from an old tire.


These 2 are mine...

Old chair ($5.00 at auction) turned into a planter.


Teacher gift...clean paint cans can be purchased at places like Lowe’s or Home Depot.



PS:  Does anybody know what these are used for?  I found them among some old craft supplies at our church.  There were quite a few of them, and I would love to know their purpose. 




PSS:  Did you know the lid from a Parmesan Cheese shaker fits almost every Mason jar?  So many uses!!!  You are welcome.



Do you repurpose anything in particular?  Spill the beans!  I need new projects!!!


Blogger, why are you boxing in all my words in white???  Please leave me alone!!!








 























Tuesday, April 6, 2021

WHAT'S UP????

 

Short answer:  not much!!!


I’m still around even though I am behind in posting.  Seems like lately I’ve been BUSY doing much of NOTHING.  (Is that what’s called an oxymoron???)


I’d love to say I’ve been busy writing a great novel...or painting the next great portrait (can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler)...or composing a lovely song (can’t sing worth a toot either)...or at least redecorating my whole house....BUT I haven’t accomplished any of these things.
  However, here are some things I have accomplished recently:

*finished this wonderful book



 

*helped organize and carry out our annual Easter Egg Hunt at church



*cooked a big Easter meal for my family

 


*took 3 cute teenage girls shopping (so fun!)



*the usual weekly this

 


My word of the year is ADVENTURE...but that ain’t happnin’ right now!!!  BUT...I’m thankful for each and every day.



Hope I'll be back soon with something much more exciting...or at least interesting!!!

Monday, March 22, 2021

I'M CRUSHING!!!

No, I’m not lying under some huge boulder being crushed to smithereens...but I am CRUSHING on some new things I thought I’d share with you.  Life can sometimes grow dull and so it’s fun and maybe even “necessary” to make some new discoveries now and then.                                                                                               
  
                                                                    
#1 THE COTTAGE FAIRY
This is a youtube channel I discovered not long ago, and I absolutely adore it.  The young woman who is the creator is simply lovely.   “Paola Merrill is an artist, teacher and YouTube creator known as The Cottage Fairy. Merrill shares glimpses of her rural idyll in Northeastern Washington State  and chronicles the simple things: her bunny Mr. Darcy, drying wild flowers and catching the sun rising over the mountains.”  You can read more about her and her amazing move from the city to a very rural area  HERE   and, of course, you can search for her on youtube.  The scenery and music along with her captivating voice are so soothing and almost magical.

 

 #2  COVER GIRL FOUNDATION

Yes, Cover Girl!  I haven’t worn their foundation since high school but decided to try this one after watching yet another youtube video....you need to watch this one: RISA DOES MAKEUP

The creator of this channel is a veteran make-up artist who has taught me a good many beauty tricks (thank you, Risa, I need all the help I can get!)  She has used just about every makeup brand out there and yet she loves this foundation.  I decided to try it, and I am sooo glad I did.  I got mine at Wal-Mart for $10.49.



#3  THREDUP.COM

Now if you are squeamish or turned off by wearing second-hand clothes, you can skip this one.  My 14 yr. old granddaughter has turned me onto the idea of thrift shopping for clothes.  She and all her buddies say it’s the new way to shop.  You not only save money but you help the environment.  Thredup takes a little patience as there is SO VERY MUCH to look at, but you can narrow down your search.  I have also tried their Goody Boxes.  I’ve had a little luck with that, but it’s just plain fun.  Go to the site and read about it or try this youtube video.


#4 MINT MONGOOSE

This is a jewelry subscription.  I never knew there were so many BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS.  I subscribed to this one for 3 months and so far I have really loved the jewelry I’ve received.  You can watch this video to find out more. This youtube channel is called GEORGIA SUNSHINE and she unveils many different box subscriptions.  Wish I could afford all of them.  It’s just fun to receive a SURPRISE box now and then.  I also subscribed for a short time to SELFY-BOX which is makeup and skincare.  I really like it too, but it’s a little expensive and I used only about half the things I received.



 #5 FUDGE MINT COOKIES

Do you like the Girl Scout THIN MINT COOKIES?  If you do, then trot on over (well, maybe you should drive) to your nearest DOLLAR TREE and look for their Fundge Mint cookies.  Y’all, they taste the same!  And they are only $1 for 2 sleeves.  I put them in the freezer and nibble on a couple when I hear them calling.  (Your goodies do call to you, don’t they?)



#6  DR. PEPPER with CREAM SODA

I know...doesn't sound good but IT IS!  I'm a Dr. Pepper girl but the shot of cream soda just adds some pizzazz!  


 

I love trying new things...and love it even more when I like them!  My “word of the year” is ADVENTURE and since I can’t seem to go on too many adventures quite yet, I guess making new discoveries will have to do. 

 

What are you CRUSHING on these days that you think I’d like to try?




Saturday, March 6, 2021

FIRST ADVENTURE OF 2021


If you keep up with my blog, you may have read my post about my WORD OF THE YEAR.  I chose the word....ADVENTURE.  It was probably not the best word because...1.  we are still in the midst of a pandemic....and....2.  we really aren't the adventurous type.  But after 2020 I was determined that the hubby and I should spend more time having some fun...traveling, doing unusual things, enjoying life more while our old bones are still able to move!

Well, we finally went on our first ADVENTURE of the year!  Today is the Mr.’s birthday so yesterday we took off for SAVANNAH.  He had some gift cards from BASS PRO SHOP burning a hole in his pocket, plus we got to stay free using some of the hotel points he had saved up during his years of traveling for business.



 I love SAVANNAH!  However, I would not want to live there...too many people and too much traffic.  But wow!  Does it have the places to shop and to eat.  Also, some of the most beautiful architecture and beautiful streets lined with moss-draped trees.


 

We didn’t make it to downtown this trip but it’s fun to visit all the shops there.  My high school girlfriends and I have actually vacationed in SAVANNAH twice and had tons of fun!  The first time we actually (really...I’m telling the truth) danced in the streets!  It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had!

 


We ate hubby’s BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST at a small cafe called CLARY'S.  It’s sort of famous.  Part of the movie MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL was filmed there.  (I suggest you read the book, then watch the movie.)  The food is amazing, and the service was superb.  Our waitress was very tall and had the shortest haircut ever, but it looked great on her!

 




We did some shopping this trip, but the two malls were a big disappointment.  I don’t know what it is exactly, but the malls just aren’t what they used to be.  Some of the major retail stores have either gone out of business or the inventory is low and not appealing.  It seems years since I have found really cute clothes that I like! 

We happened upon a really nice THRIFT SHOP that I enjoyed browsing in.  It had more high-end clothing and household items.  I bought a pair of pants and a top...without trying on so I hope they fit!  Since I like thrift shopping, we also stopped at a GOODWILL on our way out.  I found a SCRABBLE game that I have been searching and searching for!  I wanted the tiles for craft projects...paid $1.99! 

 


After a 3 hour drive, we got home safely and SON & GRANDDAUGHTER came over with a birthday cake for Dad/Papa.

Now we are home sitting in our comfort zones in our warm pajamas...the weather decided to have another cold snap after much warmer weather the last several days.  I love a short getaway, but I’m always happy and thankful to be home.  


Wonder what our next ADVENTURE will be...hope it’s sooner than later!