Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Take A Breath

I want everyone to do something right now. It's a simple thing. Everyone right now take a deep breath. Make sure it is the type of breath where you feel your lungs with air. The type of breath where you feel your entire chest expanding. That was easy wasn't it?

But there are individuals out there in the world who struggle with this. Have you ever seen someone with pneumonia or asthma struggling to catch their breath? It's kind of scary isn't it? But while these are scary and dangerous these conditions are treatable.

But there are a few conditions out there where taking a deep breath is not easy and it will get worse. People like my father who died from ILD. And this week my friend Brian.

Brian and I weren't close he was a friends boyfriend. But he was still a friend. I saw him struggle to walk up stairs at a wedding. He got up the stairs, but he was winded. I heard my friend's fear when she found out they were going to put him on a ventilator. And that final text about how Brian was doing that just stated "He's gone."

I remember feeling so sad for my friend. But I was so thankful that I could take a breath without struggling.

Monday, December 11, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

This past week I have been reminded that I need to be thankful for one of the things we all take for granted. My good health is what I am thankful for. I have a couple people in my life who are facing major health issues. And it hit me, you need to be more thankful for the fact that you are healthy. And I am. I am thankful that I am able to move around without any paint. I am thankful that I can breathe freely. All of these are things we often take for granted, but we shouldn't.
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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Santa's Suit

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
 

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex
20 Minute Home Core Workout
8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up


How to Organize Your Home for Good


4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Than A Weed

I was out the other day. It was afternoon, I looked over and saw some weeds. The sun was shining on them. And I noticed the detail in the weeds. It was a strange detail to notice, but I did that afternoon. And I remembered how even though we view something as unwanted in life, it often has a certain beauty to it. And while we are constantly trying to remove the weeds from our yards. The fact is, they really are intricate and beautiful.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Curried Coconut Chicken

Cold weather always makes me want food that has a little spicy kick. I wanted something a little different than I would normally make. So I decided that curry would be the ingredient that would add that something to the chicken I had on hand.


Here's What You Need

3 tablespoons curry powder
4 stalks lemongrass stalks, bottom two thirds, bruised and cut into four inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/3 cup canola oil
3 pounds chicken thighs
8 small shallots
1 small red onion quartered
5 garlic cloves
six 1/4 inch slices of fresh ginger
3 macadamia nuts
chili peppers
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons shredded coconut\

Here's What You Do

In a bowl, combine the curry, lemongrass, lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken, turn to coat and refrigerate for 4 hours.

In a food processor, puree the shallots, onion, garlic, ginger, nuts and chilies.

In a deep skillet, heat the remaining oil. Fry the chile paste over moderate heat. Stir until the paste is brown. Add the chicken with its marinade and cook until the chicken is browned and nearly cook through, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk, honey and coconut. Simmer until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thick.





Friday, December 8, 2017

I Know It's Christmas When

Everybody has things that remind that that the Christmas season has begun. Some people have some of the same things on their list of items. And some people have truly original ones. Here are some of the things that make me know it's Christmas.

For years the city I live in has thrown a party around the lighting of the big Santa sleigh display on the side of a wall of the building. Every time I drive past that display I think Christmas and I smile.

There are bell ringers at the stores you go to. Yep, those bell ringers from The Salvation Army are a sure sign of the holiday. And if any of you have had the pleasure of bell ringing, you know that you dream about all sorts of bells the first time you do.
The temperature dips significantly, and the threat of snow is in every weather forecast. Yep, the temperature was 26 degrees when I left the house today. Christmas is coming.

Realizing I need to do more than take an inventory of the Christmas paper I have. I actually have to start wrapping those presents. Yes, the work must begin sometime.
I feel a need to stock up on hot chocolate and candy canes. Can you ever get enough of them? 

And lastly, when the Christmas packages begin to arrive, instead of being items being ordered. 

How do all of you know that the Christmas season has arrived?



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recent Moments In Life

Seeing all of the Christmas sweaters. In particular, I saw a girl walking around with a pink sweater with a cat on the front, and the cat had a red sequin Christmas bow around it's neck. You only see that during the holidays. You have to smile when you see something like that.

Driving  around town in the evening during the holiday season is a treat. It's fun to see all of the houses lit up with lights. And I can never figure out which one is my favorite.



Those pop up sales. They are so much fun. It's great to buy from the smaller companies. It's a great way to find those unique gifts.



The smell of cinnamon in the house after you've done some baking. It just smells good. It's like one of the best air fresheners you can get. And you don't have to buy it in a can.

What moments have been great in your life recently?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What Did They Do To The House?

I drove past the house I lived in while I was in high school the other day. It was a two story home with bushes around the front. Pretty much a typical home. But I always thought the front yard was a little bland. And apparently my father felt the same way. He decided to plant a couple of trees.

They were maple trees. And they were scrawny when he first planted them. Just sticks in the ground with a few leaves. After a couple of years they sprouted up. And they began looking like real trees. They were maple trees, and like all maple trees the leaves looked wonderful in the fall. They had that red, yellow and orange coloring. The tree add something to the house.

But when I drove past the house the other day, I asked myself what did they do to the house? They did the unthinkable. They cut down those trees. I was insulted. Those were my dad's trees. And I felt that these people had committed a major crime. They had removed my father's addition to that yard. But then I realized. It wasn't our house anymore. And they could do anything they wanted to it. But why did they take down those trees?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boxers

I recently picked up the book Boxers by Gene Luen Yang. So once again you get to hear what I think of this book.

The Book

This book is about the boxer rebellion that took place in China between 1899 and 1901. It's a graphic novel so it is really easy to read. The story focuses in on a young man who has grown up loving Chinese opera. He loves the characters, and he loves the stories. The problem that is occurring in China at the time is there are foreigners taking over the country. And they are not treating the common people well. Little Bao sees what happens to his family members as he is growing up. And he decides to do something about it. 

As he fights the power of the opera heroes join him, which makes him and his co fighters super heroes. They actually turn into these characters. 

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read since it was in a graphic novel form. And the illustrations added to the story. I was able to take a look at what China may have looked like around the turn of the 20th century. Little Bao is a good character he is kind of an underdog at the beginning of the book. And I loved how his love for the opera characters is incorporated into the story. I think it was a great way of adding a super hero feel to events that really did occur in history. If you want an interesting graphic novel to read this one is for you.


Monday, December 4, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop


Monday has rolled around again. And I'm glad. It's always marks that the work week will be winding down. It also is the day I really start dreaming about the what I will do on those days off. But let's enjoy the hop.
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Welcome to the second week of the December blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Time management is always a great source of discussion. How can I can more done in less time. Here's a post with some great suggestions
Time Management Tips



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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Camila Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern by Lilia Craft Party



Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments by Magical Mama
magical mama blog christmas tree cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Decorating Pumpkins With Non-traditional Colors by Purple Hues and Me




Fall Herbal Centerpiece by Gwin Gal's Inside and Out Adventures

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ways To Make Your Laundry More Environmentally Friendly

We all want to reduce our environmental footprint don't we? Surprisingly laundry is one of those places we can make little changes that can benefit the world. There are ways to make your laundry more environmentally friendly. Here are a few simple ideas that you can put into action. A few I have tried, and some I will test out in the future.

Borax

It's been around for ages, but Borax is boasted to be a great substitute for stain cleaners. It can remove stains like blood and chocolate. And there are fewer chemicals making its way into the waterways.

Soda Water

Soda water mixed with salt can remove fruit and wine stains. This is no new tip, but the reason it's been around so long is it works.

Half A Cup

Instead of using the full cup of detergent that is recommended try cutting it down to half. You might be surprised that you obtain the same results from just half. most people tend to use way too much detergent.

Vinegar

Vinegar is one of those all purpose items. You can use 1/4 cup of vinegar as a substitute for fabric softener.

Boil

If you have whites and want to get them whiter. Try boiling the items in hot water with lemon juice. Who would have thought? But the combination of lemon juice and sunlight really is a whitener. So once you've boiled the socks, hang them in the sun to dry.



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Gone Wild

Have you ever thought to yourself Christmas has gone wild. Have you ever seen decorations or trees that just make you think wow, that is Christmas. It's just a little much, but at the same time it's just the right amount of Christmas. That's what I thought when I saw this tree. I got a picture of it up close, and thought what a great time of year Christmas is.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Goals 2017

It's December already! Just saying that puts a little feeling of panic in my life. There is so much to do in so little time before Christmas. I have to remind myself to take a deep breath, and set some goals for this month. Before I tell you my goals for December, let's review how I did in November.

Last month I set a goal to use recyclables in my gift giving. I have some great ideas. My goal was to get together a plan on how to use these items. And I did it. I plan on sharing some of these with you a little later in the month.

Another goal was to send out happy mail to people in my life. I have done this. I started sending out postcards to my mom. She really seems happy that received something extra to remind her that I was thinking of her. And it doesn't take that long to write out a card does it? Try it, it's pretty easy to do. And you can make someone feel good in the process.

The storage unit that I wanted to store magazines in needed fix. I got it fixed. Yep, I am now Heidi Handy Woman. I managed to get the screws in, and it stand up straight now. Hurray for me. The goal was completed.

The November walks was a bust thought. It seems like it gets dark so early in the day this time of year. I never seem to get out of the house until sundown. And then it is a little too late to go walking. I just don't know how to manage this with my lifestyle. Any suggestions?

December Goals

Create Design

I had this idea for a great t-shirt a while back. My friend keeps asking me when am I going to get those shirts put together. This is the month when I am going to draw out the design. Yep, it's gonna happen!

Pedicure

I have not had a professional manicure in almost a year. Can you believe it? I love these things, and they are so relaxing. This month, I am going to treat myself to a pedicure. I just have to get myself out and do it. It goes back to that I get up late in the day due to working nights. If only I could get a pedicure at 2am on my days off.

Order Business Cards

I really need to get some business cards put together for Serendipity Created. We have some small copied ones, but we need real ones before our next show. It's going to happen this month.

Mixed Media

I have a mixed media project I started a while back. It has just sat there. It's mainly just the background. I want to move that on a little further. I really would like to complete the project this month. Just need to take the time to do it.

So what do you want to accomplish this month?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

My hair gets dry in the winter. It's all of that dry air, and of course the fact that I have to use a blow drier on my hair every day instead of occasionally like I do in the summer. I was talking about this to a friend of mine a couple of years ago. She recommended that I try ethnic products on my hair. It never occurred to me. My friend was a person of color, and she told me that she always had to deal with dry hair. She informed me "we have the best products for dry hair." I was at the store the other day, and as I walked down the hair products aisle, I remembered this conversation. I decided to take a look at some of the products. And I purchased Shea Moisture's Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. I decided to share a review of this product.

The Product

Shea Moisture is a company that has been around for a while. It all started in 1912 when Sofi Tucker shows up and begins selling shea butter and soap. This company is this woman's legacy to the world. The company strives to maintain quality products that are accessible to everyone. And 10% of their profits go to Community Commerce which funds women led businesses. They mainly support businesses that are needed in the production of their products. 

The deep treatment masque claims to moisturize and repair dry damaged hair. The product contains shea butter of course, kaolin, and avocado oil. There are other ingredients too, but these were some of the ones I found most interesting. Everybody knows that all of these ingredients are great for beauty treatments. I was surprised when I did some reading that kaolin is actually used in treating side effects of radiation treatments.

What I Think

I opened the container and I saw a cream. I followed the directions on the package, and applied the masque to my hair. The instructions state that you should use the product in wet hair for 30 minutes. It went through my hair smoothly, and I was able to comb it through as the instructions recommended. I rinsed it out of my hair, and blew it dry. I looked in the mirror. And my hair looked a little shinier. And it definitely felt soft. The first treatment worked well.

I am one of those people who always thinks if one is good two is better. I thought to myself would the product be better if it was left in over night? I fortunately did a little reading on this before I tried it. The Shea Moisture company does not recommend that. It states that a build up could cause drying of hair. This would defeat the purpose of me using the product. 

I liked this product. I was easy to use, and it has a price tag that is kind to the wallet. I paid around $10.00 for the item on sale. The container is easy to get into and contains 12 oz. So it will last a little while. I liked how the product is using fair trade and organic ingredients. And best of all I liked how my hair felt after I used the product.

I did not receive any compensation or products for this review.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Ah, yes, have you ever had a moment when you run to the store to purchase one particular item, and you wind up spending over $100? That is what happened to me the other day when I went to pick up the mango I needed to make this mango black bean salsa. I had everything else at home, I just needed a mango. But enough of that here's a great twist on a salsa recipe that tastes awesome!

Here's What You Need

1 mango diced
1/2 cup canned black beans rinsed
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 diced jalapeno peppers
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 clove minced garlic

Here's What You Do

Mix your mango black beans onions, peppers, and garlic in a bowl. Then add the lime and orange juice over the salsa and mix in.

This goes great with chicken nachos, but I used it on a turkey burger in the picture above. Tray it, and see what you think of the salsa.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

An Explosion of Christmas

Every year there is a festival that occurs in my home town. It is an explosion of Christmas. It's a celebration of Christmas trees. It's called the Festival of Trees. And it's a fund raiser for one of the local theatres. And I was surprised when I read that it was the thirty third year for the event. I thought I would share a couple of pictures that just shouted Christmas.
Who wouldn't love Trolls tree?
Just seeing an entire row of Christmas trees is wonderful. And a Dr. Seuss tree was the highlight of the that row.

And the trip to the festival reminded me that I need to get my tree out and decorate it.



Monday, November 27, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Welcome to the holiday shopping season. I don't know if any of you have started your Christmas shopping yet, but I have. And I'm not sure how much progress I've made. But the process has begun. And so has the wrapping, and packaging. But will I be able to get it all finished ahead of time so I can enjoy the holiday.




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WELCOME to the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Easy No Bake Granola Bars 

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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the November 2017 "You're the Star" blog hop)

How To Can Carrots by Summers Acres
How to Pressure Can Carrots
An Orchid Blooms by Comfort Spring



  Rustic Wooden Advent Calendar by Hazel & Gold Designs
Customizable Wooden Advent Calendar- final shot of 25 days of christ on customizable wooden advent calendar
Collecting & Using Pine Cones by Fair Meadow Place

Collecting & Using Pinecones
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Smile Worthy Moments

This past week has included some great moments. These moments are smile worth moments when I look back on them.

I was fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with some friends. Last year I found some kitschy cookbooks. They contains some recipes from the 1950's and 1960's. They were a total joke, and they were hours worth of entertainment. I was so surprised to find one of those recipes put to use at the Thanksgiving feast this year. Low and behold there was a wiener crown.
Do you suppose the pilgrims thought that a circle of hot dogs stuffed with mac and cheese and smothered in cheese would be a main course at a Thanksgiving meal?

Laughing about another Christmas present. The one you just couldn't decide whether it would be loved or hated. And it found a prominent place in the house. It looks great, and you just can't stop looking at.

That moment when I realized the Lush shop at the local Macy's was replaced by a Sunglass Hut. Who would do something like that? 

So what moments have made you smile recently?







Saturday, November 25, 2017

What Makes a Good Design?

I read some of Dieter Rams keys to good design. And I wondered about some of the things he claims make design memorable. And for those of who don't know who Rams is. He was a German designer who had a great influence over the design over products in the 60's and 70's. He presented 10 principles. I'm only going to talk about three of them that I really agree with.


One of his themes was usefulness. Have you ever bought something and thought gee that is cute. But when you get it home. It's like how do I use it. Or even worse you purchase an item that looks extremely useful that isn't.

If you read my post, The Can Opener Let Me Down you'll know that I had a can opener that looked really useful, but it turned out to be trash. It also brings out the other great good design idea. It has to be long-lasting. That can opener just didn't make it. It didn't last nearly long enough. I wound up purchasing another one. So that can opener did not meet Rams standard of environmentally friendly because it had to be thrown away.

But as I read through his ideas. I realized that all of them are important. And they are all things that I look for in products. It's just I have the most experience with the ones I have mentioned.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties is the new book co-written by Stephen King and his son Owen King. I like Stephen King's novels so I decided to share what I think about this book.

The Story

Something strange is happening, all of the women of the world are falling asleep. And they are wrapped in a cocoon. And very bad things happen to the men in the world if they wake these sleeping beauties. But there is much more going on. I limysterious woman called Eve is arrested for an awful crime. But she is different from the other women, she is able to wake up. The woman's name is Eve. And she has some sort of control of the situation. And she has to be protected against individuals that want to cause her harm. Can it be done? And what will happen to the women who are asleep?

What I Think Of This Book

I liked this book. It's a little creepy, but not over the top. It like many Stephen King books is a book about good verses evil. It asks the questions if given the choice will individuals do what is best for the group or themselves? And of course what would the world be like without any women? Will that be the end of the world? I also like that it shows that there are good men and bad men. Some of these individuals are set on harming the sleeping women. They want to harm individuals that haven't even met. And a few of them just want to see what will happen. 

The parts where individuals set women on fire who were sleeping. Some of them had old scores to settle; some were just curious about what will happen; and there are those who think they are helping when they wake their loved ones. It reminded me that sometimes it is best to let sleeping dies lie. 

I also liked how the book show that individuals can change. Many of the characters in the book are from a Women's correctional facility. Some of them have committed awful crimes. But when they are put in the world of sleeping women they change. Many of these individuals are determined not repeat the mistakes of their pasts when they are given a second chance.

Overall, the book is a little bit spooky. And I wondered who wrote which parts of the stories was this Stephen's influence or Owen's? So if you are looking for a creepy read Sleeping Beauties may be the book for you.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Three Easy Ways To Care For Vintage Fabrics

Vintage fabrics are wonderful. The patterns are so much softer, and the fabrics are delicate. But they can be a little difficult to care for. You don't want to ruin those vintage treasures. So here are three ways to deal with those thrifty fabric finds.

Woolite Is Your Friend

Yes, this simple item that can purchased at most stores is one of your best friends when you are working with delicate fabrics. You use cold water and air dry the items. The Woolite should help soften the fabric.

Bleach Is Not Your Friend

Don't pour bleach directly onto fabric. You always need to dilute it if you decide to use it. Keep in mind the bleach may cause whites to yellow. And if the material is old it may disintegrate when bleach is used on it. It has happened to me before, so be careful with your bleaching. You don't want to loose your favorite new item.

Nature May Be Your Friend

An old time way of removing stains from table linens is to lay them outside on the grass before sundown and let the dew soak in overnight. It is said the dew will draw out the stains and the sun will finish bleaching them clean the next day. I haven't tried this one, but I will next spring.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What I've Been Watching

It's time to take a look at some of the great shows and movies I've been viewing recently. And I do recommend all of these videos.

The Handmaids Tale

This show is currently running on Hulu. It's an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale. Everyone is raging on about the show. And well they are all right. It is just as good as everyone says. The story is a dark story, and I've always felt that it was a scary tale. It's something that could happen, if we all don't pay attention. It's worth a subscription to Hulu if you are looking for a great drama to watch.


My Golden Days
This a French film. The main character Paul goes back into his late teens and college days. He is remembering his trip to the USSR and his great love. This is a good film, but I really didn't like the main character of the film as he aged. He just never gets past his teenage years.

Planes Trains and Automobiles

This movie is oldie, but a goodie. It came out in 1987. It stars John Candy and Steve Martin. But I forgot that Kevin Bacon also made an appearance in this movie. It's a nice story about traveling at Thanksgiving. It is funny, it is sweet. And it is a classic. It is perfect for the night before Thanksgiving.

The Park Bench

This is maybe one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. A graduate student is tutoring another student. They meet on a park bench. They find that they are very different people, but that they are able to share things with each other that they have never talked about to others. It's sweet, and intelligent. It shows how a healthy relationship develops.


Mister Rogers And Me



Most everyone has fond memories of watching Mr. Rogers as a child. Well, if you are a certain age. We all remember him as a man who just respected everyone. You just felt comfortable with this man on your television. And this documentary follows the stories of individuals who knew him in real life. It tells about how he really was what he claimed to be. He really was a great neighbor, and he encouraged pretty much everyone he came in contact with.

I'm Not Sure How I Feel About That

The other morning a coworker told me the big news of the moment is Charles Manson died. At first I thought finally. And then I thought that's awful. And then I realized I don't know how I feel about that. And that's what I told her.

As I thought about it more, I thought how unfair it seems that his victims lives were cut short and he lived into his eighties. I thought about how almost all of my life Manson was a living picture of evil.

I thought about how sad it is to spend most of a life in prison. I thought about the other participants in the crimes he masterminded. I thought about sometimes it doesn't matter if you are sorry about your actions you still have to suffer the consequences.

And I wondered how it is that someone like Manson could never feel bad for the pain he caused. And then I thought what a waste of a lifetime.

Monday, November 20, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. If you live in America this week can be a little hectic. Thanksgiving is always a day of fun and family. But along with good times comes a little stress. I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday though.

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WELCOME to the November "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
I decided that this week I would share a day trip I took. If you are ever in the Cleveland area, you really should visit this place.
A Christmas Story House



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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the November "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the October "You're the Star" blog hop)

Easy Vintage Cutting Board Signs by Musings of a Vintage Junkie



Autumn Delights My Soul by A Day of Small Things...



Apple Slab Pie by Marilyns Treats
Aple Slab Pie

Fall Porch Ideas by Fair Meadow Place





If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
You're a STAR

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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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