Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's Eve, Everyone, Or Is It!

Hi everyone,

Today is January 31, 2012 and this year is about to become history!  Was is a good year for you?  Do you hate to see it come to an end?  Or, was it a bad year, and you can't wait to see it end?  Perhaps it held some good and some bad, which is, I believe, what it probably was for most of us.  It's hard for me to believe that anyone could go through three hundred and sixty five days and not have some good and fulfilling events in their lives, right along with a few undesirable ones.

As for me, I still woke up this morning with my heart still ticking away.  So, I'd have to say it's been a blessed year for me.  Sure, there were incidents during this year that upset me in one way or another, but I refuse to dwell on them.  For every unpleasant event I've had this year, there have been a dozen good things.  I choose to be optimistic! 

As far as 2013 starting, I'm looking ahead and I hope you are, also.  What's done is done, never to be made different; what's been said, has been said, never to be taken back; what injury that's been done, can't be undone.  It's all in the past now! 

That certainly, doesn't mean we can't try to make things right for those we've harmed, whether it's physically, emotionally or spiritually.  Life does go on for most of us.  It's only those who choose to wallow in grief, shame or self pity, who can't move forward.  If that's you, stop it!  Take a deep breathe and tell yourself that you can and will change your life.  But, first, stop and ask God's help.  He will always be there to help you along the way.

I am looking forward to 2013 leaping into my life.  I have some plans made for myself.  First of all, I need to get back to writing my sequel novel to "Sassy" With A Capital "S".  I feel like it's been forever since I've worked on it.  I sat down yesterday to do some re-reading of it.  I know I'll get back in the groove soon. 

On the eleventh of January, I will be heading to York Catholic High School, where I was invited as a local author, to speak to some of the English classes about writing.  I'm excited about that adventure and also a bit nervous.  It's been a very, very long time since I had to do any public speaking.  But, I am not worried.  I truly believe the saying, "If God brings you to it; He will bring you through it."

Up until the holidays approached, I'd been a daily follower and writer on a few writer's web sites:, and  I am very anxious to once again, become active on these sites.  I truly miss not having the time to get back to my writing.

Then, of course, there's my art work.  It's been way too long since I've done anything with that.  Well, I suppose that's not completely true, as I've designed both the front and back covers to both my novels.  ("Sassy" With A Capital "S" and my new one, "Crafty-Cruise" With A Capital "C") 

It's really funny how after my life style changed, back in 2006, I thought my life would just drag by and be so boring.  Yes, I do lead a very sedentary life, but it certainly flies by and it definitely is not boring!

 I have to say, "I love my life, just the way it is!  I've learned to embrace my Chronic Congestive Heart Failure and live each day to it's fullest, or at least the best way I am able.  I refuse to permit myself to feel depressed or ask, why me?  I've learned to ask, why not me?  I'm not any more special than anyone else.  We are all God's children, created equally."

So, in closing, I hope you will spend some time in the next few days, figuring out what you have to do to bring joy, hope, love and happiness into your life.  No one person, no amount of money, not any physical items can make you happy.  Happiness comes from inside you, not from exterior people or things.  So, basically I'm saying, it's up to you.  Are you going to pick up the ball and carry it to all the bases, or are you just going to let it lay there?  It's your call! 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I Had A Lightbulb Moment!

Hi all,

Well, now that Christmas is behind us for another 363 days, we can all look forward to ending the year 2012 with joy and ringing in the new year, 2013, with happiness and anticipation.  We often find ourselves happy that one year is ending and a new one is starting; but in truth, we never know what each new year will bring our way, do we?  I think we should count our blessings for each year, each month, each day and each hour we have been given here on this earth. 

In the past few months, there have been so many murders, both accidental and on purpose, that it's left me asking, "What has this world come to?  Why are so many innocent children killed without reason?  Why do so many people think that the only way to solve disputes is to take out a gun and shoot the other person.  Why do people turn to violence so quickly?  What is happening in this country today?"

I'm sure you all have had some of these same exact thoughts recently.  I find myself praying to God for His mercy so that this world we live in, will become a more loving and peaceful place in which to live and raise our families.  I often wander why the world has changed so much.

Well, on Christmas Eve, as I lay in bed thinking about the evening spent with my husband and my family, my thoughts turned to the violence that exists today.  I was thinking back to the birth of Jesus and how hard it must have been for God to allow His only loving Son to die, so that we could be set free from original sin.  He watched Jesus grow up into adulthood and then watched Him die on a cross.  How hard that must have been for God. 

As I was thinking about the Crucifixion and death of Jesus, I was reminded of the many men and women who called out, "Crucify Him" over and over again.   And what about the men who followed along Jesus' walk, beating and whipping Him all the way.  Then they nailed, actually hammered nails through His hands and feet, to attach Him to the cross, so they could stand the cross up straight, so that everyone could watch Jesus die on that same cross. 

This all made me realize just how much violence, prejudices and hate existed, even way back in the day of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  It was a thought I hadn't ever had before then.  Yes, I knew Jesus was crucified and died on a Cross, but I suppose I never thought about it as being so much like things are today.  They may not have used guns to kill Jesus, but all the beatings, name calling and bullying killed Him just the same. 

So, my prayer for 2013 is that everyone of us begs God's blessings on this world we live in.  We may eventually, after death, live in a very peace loving place with God, but until then, we still need to live here in this world.  Whatever happened to giving another person the benefit of the doubt, by showing kindness and forgiveness whenever possible.  If some one's hurt you, please try to make a conscious effort to forgive them.  Forgiving them isn't for the other person, it's for you.  Your peace of mind, knowing that you are a loving and forgiving person is so important for each of us.  I do know, first hand, how very much it hurts when someone you consider a friend or family member hurts you, but I promise you that forgiving them for yourself, will give you a better, more peaceful place to live.  If you don't believe me, just try it.  What do you have to loose?  Don't you want to live each day of your life feeling at peace and good inside!

I am looking forward to the start of 2013.  Realizing that back in 2006, I almost died, left me realizing how very important living is to me.  As we ring in each new year, I have to give thanks to God that I'm still alive to see a new January 1.  This year will be no different.  I have some new adventures coming my way in the new year.  How about you?  What are you looking forward to in the coming year?  Whatever it is, I hope it brings you peace and much happiness.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Peace On Earth, Good Will To Us All!

Merry Christmas all,

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas Day, 2012.  We celebrated with my three daughters and their families last evening, with a large sit down supper, some Christmas story readings and then our gift exchange.  It was a very enjoyable evening, as always, but a very tiring one for me.  Two of my Grandsons couldn't make it.  We missed them very much.

Today it was just my husband and myself.  I cooked a turkey with filling for an early afternoon meal.  It was quite yummy.  We are both tired today, and feel like we could take a snooze. 

I hope this Christmas has brought all of you joy, peace and happiness.  I hope you were able to spend some time with your immediate families.  Family is very important to all of us!  While sitting around the dinner table last evening, my daughters and I were reminiscing about all the traditions my Mother and Father started many years ago.  Those traditions are still very important to all of us. 

One such tradition is making stuffed dates for Christmas Eve, which I now make every year.  For those of you who don't know what they are, you take pitted dates and stuff them with peanut butter and then roll them in granulated sugar.  Another tradition from my Mother is to make a fruit jello mold to go with the meal.  I, also, prepared one of those for my family. 

I love the Christmas season and so do my girls.  They've passed that love onto their children.  That love of Christmas was passed on to my by my Mother.  My parents have both been gone for quite awhile.  My Mother passed away in 1996 and my Father died in 1999, but some days it seems like just yesterday.  I miss them so much. 

So, as this Christmas day slowly comes to an end, I have to say that this year was just as wonderful and fulfilling as every year has been.  My first thought, upon awaking this morning, was to say, "Happy Birthday, Jesus."  For without Him, we'd have nothing to celebrate at Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm Ready For His Birth!

Hi all,

Four more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  I will be celebrating Christmas Eve with my family and I'm excited about being with them.  Traditions are very important to me.  So, being with my husband and family to celebrate Jesus' birth and Christmas, is traditional for me.

My Mother and Father started this tradition many, many years ago.  They've been gone for quite a few years now, but I know they are still with me in spirit.  Sometimes it seems like they're still here, helping me to go through life.  My parents taught me about the importance of traditions. 

As long as I can remember, we've always spent Christmas Eve at my Parents home.  My siblings and their families were there, also.  That changed after my Mom passed away in 1996.  My siblings started their own traditions for Christmas Eve and my husband and I started having my children and their families to our home to celebrate Jesus' birth and Christmas Eve. 

In the past year or so, one or more of my Grandsons have had to work on Christmas Eve.  That was very hard for me, but I do understand that when you have to work, there isn't any choice.  I'm sure it was very hard on him and his Parents, also.  Two of them may not be here with us this year.  That bums me out, but I understand work is work and sometimes there are other people to consider in making choices. 

One of my Grandsons has to make a choice to either go to his girlfriends on Christmas Eve or to come to our home.  He's having a hard time deciding what to do.  He wants to come because it's traditional and he loves tradition.  Whatever he decides, I'm okay with his decision.  We'll all miss him, as well as my Grandson who has to work.  But, I'm sure it will bother them more than us. 

I was so moved with joy to hear that traditions are important to my Grandsons.  You know, when dealing with young adults today, one just never knows how they feel about the traditional occasions that have been passed down from one generation to another.  I do so love my six boys, and I'm so very proud of all of them.  I hope they all know that!  I try to tell them, but I'm never really sure if they're listening to me or not, but I hope so.

I have some commitments for shortly after the first of the year.  So, I've been slowly getting my notes together so I know what I'm talking about.  I was asked to speak to some classes at York Catholic High School, as an author and writer.  This is something new for me.  I'd have to say I'm a bit nervous, to say the least. 

I'm sure some of the students will pay attention to me, while the others do what teens do best.  You know, they'll just tune me out.  If I reach one student I will be happy! 

Well, that's all for today.  Talk with you soon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Soon It's Time To Get Back on Track!

Hi all,

I love the Christmas Season and everything it stands for, but I know it will soon be time for me to get back to my scheduled writing agenda.  It's been so long since I've worked on my new novel, that I'm afraid I will forget what I've written.  I guess I'll have to reread some of it before I start writing again.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hurrying the Christmas holidays away.  I'm just thinking forward to the new year.  On Friday, January 11, I will be speaking to the morning classes at York Catholic High School, here in York.  I have been invited by the Librarian to come and speak to the students about  writing in general, and about the books I've published. 

Yesterday ,I started making an outline of what I'd like to speak about to them.  In many ways I wished I had pursued an education in writing when I graduated from high school.  Which, by the way, was from York Catholic High School, many years ago.  Long before any of the students I will be speaking with were ever born. 

I've gotten some information together to share with them.  Such as, several copies of articles I've written on Cardiovascular Disease.  One article is geared only to women.  It is the number one cause of death in women in the United States.  I am, also, taking along a few copies of my children's hard bound novel.  I thought, perhaps, I'd hand out a free copy to a few students who have younger siblings who may enjoy it. 

I must admit, I'm a wee bit nervous about speaking in public.  I've never been very good at that sort of thing.  I want to express how important it is to do whatever you love.  Whether it's something you do to earn your keep or if it's just something you do in your free time.

I love doing creative things, anything and everything.  I made another 'hanky-panky quilt' as a door prize at our cookie exchange.  I haven't done anything like that for a few years now.  I think I miss doing needle work.  Maybe after the first of the year, I will start some type of quilt.  I've never tried making my own squares, so perhaps I'll give that a try.  Actually, a friend of mine, just put that idea into my head today.  One never knows, does one?

If you have time, check out all three of my e-books on Amazon. 
The titles are: 
      Adult novel:  Sassy With a Capital "S"
      Child novel:  The Secret In The Claw Feet Box
      Health booklet:  Congestive Heart Failure:  Changing Lives
They are all for sale for Kindle at Amazon.

You still can check out these great sites:

I'm sure they will all be having some great after Christmas sales!  Check them out and see!

Well, are you all ready for Christmas and all the celebrating?  I'm ready except for the last minute preparations.  Don't forget to take a few minutes during these last few days for yourself.  We all need to relax and take a few deep breathes so we can continue on our journey.

Monday, December 17, 2012

One Week Left!

Hi all,

We have one week left until Christmas Eve.  I'm excited about celebrating the birthday of Jesus.  I'm also excited about spending Christmas Eve with my family.  I know that the true meaning of Christmas has to do with Jesus' birth, not Santa Claus.  But, in some ways, I think Santa Claus is like Jesus in some ways. 

I love the Christmas Season so very much.  It is my favorite time of the year!  It leaves me feeling filled with love and generosity to others.  Don't misunderstand me, it's not about buying because I have to, because I don't.  None of us do!  It's about giving because I love the people I give to.  I wish I could give them more than I already do.  Of course, these people I'm referring to, are my daughters,  their husbands or partner, my Grandsons and my wonderful husband.  They are all so very important to me.

But, as much as I love each and every one of them, I love God more.  I am nothing without Him in my life, of this, I am positive!  He is with me every second of every day, of every month, of every year.  He always has been and I know He always will be with me. 

Christmas is the perfect time to show your family just how much your love and need them.  Give to them as much as you can afford, monetarily and give them the spiritual help they need. 

So, when you have your get-to-gether over the holidays, take a few minutes to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Remind everyone there, that Jesus is the reason for the season.  Then you can do your celebrating feeling good about Christmas, Santa Claus, gift giving and the marvelous food. 

I've heard some people say that they feel guilty talking about Christmas, Santa, gifts or happy things, what with the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut.  I don't think we should feel any guilt about our happiness because God wouldn't want that for us.  He wants us to celebrate His birthday with joy and comfort for His coming.  We, obviously, can pray for all the victims families both in Connecticut and where we each live.  Remember, the victims are now with God forever in a violent free place.  I don't know about each of you, but I hope, some day, to be their, also! 

So, in conclusion, I encourage each of you to keep those suffering in your prayers and to put joy and happiness back into your heart so you will be able to, once again, look forward to Jesus' birth. 

I hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

Hi all,

Well, I'm sure the tragedy that occurred a few days ago in Connecticut is still on every one's mind.  It was, definitely, a senseless action, one which caused so much pain and suffering to so many people.  But, I hope and pray that you are not blaming God for this slaughter.  He did NOT make it happen. 

If we go back to Adam and Eve, we will see, once again, that they choose to have independence from God.  He did not want that for these human beings He created.  He wanted us to live in bliss, with no pain and suffering, no want for anything.  Just peace and love.  WE, human beings, choose to have our independence.  So, now we see what we choose and we don't like it. 

I hope you all will pray for all the families involved in this tragedy, but I also hope you will continue to plan for the arrival of the birth of God's only Son, Jesus Christ.  He alone is our Savior.  He alone can protect us and stay with us all the days of our lives.  Let us not forget that God permitted His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified and die on the cross.  He did this for us! 

Please keep praying for those that died in Connecticut, and for their families, but please continue to look forward to the celebration, once again, of the birth of Jesus this Christmas day. 

I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God was with each and every person that was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School a few days ago.  He was there, and He carried them home to be with Him forever in peace and love. 

May God bless us all today and every day of our lives! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Do You Count Your Blessings?

Hi all,

My mind today is on this tragedy that occurred in Connecticut at an elementary school.  As far as they now know, eighteen elementary children and eight adults were shot and killed by an assailant early this morning. 

The news media hasn't released, as of yet, why this twenty year old man went into this school with a gun and started killing children and adults.  As far as I can see, there IS NOT any good reason for such a vicious act. 

Once again, I need to ask myself, "What is happening in this world today?"  Why do people think it is okay to take out their frustration and anger by picking up a gun or knife and killing someone!  It certainly is not okay, not under any circumstance or for any reason what so ever. 

Please take a few minutes, where ever you are in the world, and say a brief prayer for the survivors of this terrible shooting and for their families.  Please ask God to stay close to them and help them through this horrific time. 

Make sure you hug each member of your family and tell them how much you love them.  Remember, tomorrow they could be gone!  Sometimes there is no tomorrow!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How are your nerves????

Hi all,

How are things going with all of you?  Are you stressed out for one reason or another?  Perhaps it's work, problems at home, illness in the family or just the time of year!  Whatever it is, just stop, take a deep breath and sit down.  Or better yet, lay down and do some easy breathing exercises.  Just breath in deep through the nose, fill up your whole chest with air and then push the air back out through your open mouth.  As you breath in, say to yourself, "I'm breathing in comfort and calmness."  As you blow it out through your mouth, say to yourself, "I'm pushing all the tension and stress out of my body."  I promise you it works.  If you don't believe me, just try it!

I've done my breathing exercises just a short time ago because I took my husband to the hospital early this morning for some surgery.  Everything went terrifically and I didn't realize just how worried I was until after I was home for about an hour.  He will be released tomorrow morning.  He is fine. 

I knew he would be, because I knew God would take care of him.  But, as you may know, we sometimes cannot control our minds and hearts.  So, the deep breathing exercises helped me to relax and unstress.

Well, now let me change the subject for a bit.  I received a call again today from the librarian at York Catholic High School.  She had asked me about a month ago if I would come into YCHS for a morning to speak with the students in English class about writing.  I feel so blessed to be asked to do this.  Let me remind you that I am not a well known author.  I have written and published six books thus far.  I am currently working on my seventh. 

God has so blessed me with a vast amount of creative abilities.  I want high school students to know that creative abilities, whatever they may be, are a wonderful blessing from God.  We should not overlook them.  It's so important to realize, at any age, that whatever your passionate about, doesn't have to be what one does for a living.

For me, it's not about the money.  It's about giving back for God's wonderful blessings.  I could have died back in 2006, but He wasn't done with me on this earth yet.  So, I'm playing it forward when ever I can.  I cannot go out and work at a job any longer, or go to volunteer work at a hospital or some such place.  What I can do is create things that make someone else smile.  If I can do that for even just one person, then I am playing it forward!

How about you?  I'm sure you have been blessed by God in many ways.  Are you taking those blessings and playing them forward?  If not, start soon!  You'd be surprised at how much peace and contentment it brings to you.

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Well, that's all for now.  I wish each and every one of you a wonderful day, and remember to play it forward!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

He is Coming! Are you ready for Him?

Hi all,

We're just fourteen days away from our celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Are you ready?  I know that the Christmas Season is a prelude to the real reason we celebrate Christmas, but I don't think some people remember that fact.  I was just listening to the news report for tonight and it's a bit depressing.  Every day the tell us about someone who was murdered, someone who was robbed, someone who robbed the Salvation Army kettles and just today they announced that someone is stealing from The Goodwill store. 

I have to ask, "What is this world coming to?  What has happened to Americans that they feel this is okay behavior?  Did they not learn that it's wrong to steal, it's very wrong to pull a gun or knife and kill another person?" 

Some days I sincerely worry about the world that my Grandsons are growing up in.  Will it just get worse as the years go by or will something happen to change people.  It's doesn't seem to just be younger people either.  A man in his fifties has been in the news because he just abducted and assaulted a college student.  The thing is that he just recently got out of prison on the same type of charges.  He is now being charged with this count, plus a few others. 

Apparently, prison did NOT reform him!  Why was he left go?  And, what is wrong with him and all the people like him?  What happened to him to make him this way, and why?

I wish I had the answers to these questions, but I simply don't know.  But, I most assuredly do worry about the next generation and the next after that, and so on.  What is going to become of this world. 

I suppose the only good thing for me, is that I probably will not be alive to see these changes.  I pray that my Grandsons and their future children, have a better world in which to live. 

I am looking forward to Christmas and our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ once again.  I pray that God will show His mercy and kindness to me, my family, my extended family, my friends and the whole world!  He is the only One who can help us. 

Sorry, I didn't mean to be so down, but sometimes I just can't overlook the things that are happening right before my eyes!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Count Down!

Hi all,

Well, as you know, the count down to the day Jesus was born is coming rapidly.  Christmas Day, for some reason, seems to be coming more quickly this year than in the past.  It's just two weeks and two days away and I'm still a bit stressed about getting things done. 

I am happy to announce that just about all my wrapping is complete.  I baked two 9 x 13 pans of Seven Layer Cookies yesterday.  One was chocolate with walnuts and the other was vanilla with pecans.  Of course, I had to sample them to make sure they were edible and I have to say, they are yummy.  A few days ago I made a large can of Chex Mix.  I'm hoping to be able to make two large pans of chocolate chip with walnut bars today or tomorrow.  I've decided to try doing them in large cookie sheet pans, because it's very hard for me to stand in my kitchen that length of time to make individual cookies. 

Now, I'm not complaining, just trying to make my life easier.  My illness, Chronic Congestive Heart Failure, has drastically changed my lifestyle, but I've accepted that a long time ago.  It just lets me a bit melancholy as I think back to all the cookie baking I used to do.  Truth be told, neither my husband or I should be eating all those cookies and snacks.  He's a diabetic and I positively have to maintain my current weight. 

How are you feeling these days?  Is this season stressing you out?  If so, please try to find some time to sit down and relax, preferably by yourself.  Choose a nice quiet place, away from the husband or kids, just put your feet up, close your eyes and empty your mind.  Do some deep breathing so you have something to concentrate on besides your stresses.  Breathe in all the way until you fill your chest cavity and then push it out through your nose.  I promise you it works, even if only for a short period of time.

I've been doing some writing on .  I joined that writing website some time ago and I truly enjoy reading and reviewing other writers work.  Of course, I love posting my own work for other peoples enjoyment.  I've already posted a few chapters from My Memoirs, which I wrote and published back at the end of 2006.  If you have the time, check the website out.  Thanks.

Well, today my Red Hat group is having our Christmas Banquet.  One of my ladies bought each of us a headband to which is attached a large pair of reindeer antlers in red.  We are wearing them to the banquet in place of our red dress hats.  I'm sure this will, indeed, bring the chuckles from other people, but who really cares.  What's important is that we have fun while we're still alive to enjoy ourselves.

Take care and have a blessed and wonderful Sunday.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

Hi all,

Today, my Red Hat group met at my house for a Christmas Cookie Exchange and lunch.  I prepared a nice light lunch of chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with a deviled egg along side.  With that I had warmed Italian crusty bread with Tastefully Simple's Tuscan herb blend and olive oil for dipping.  I served a choice of two fresh brewed teas:  Peach Blend and Earl Gray with a touch of Raspberry. 

For dessert, we each had six homemade cookies to taste.  (I gave everyone a baggie to take the cookies home, because, as usual, we couldn't eat that much.)  Along with that, we each were given one half dozen homemade cookies from each lady to keep for ourselves.  That means that we each ended up with three dozen cookies to share with our husbands.  We had a great time.  These friends are very special ladies and it means so much to me to have them as friends.  There are eight of us in my Red Hat group. 

On Sunday we are all meeting at Fire Mountain in Mechanicsburg for a Christmas Banquet and gift exchange.  We invite our husbands to join us and, of course, they do.  I know we'll have a wonderful time with them and each other.

I haven't started my baking or my homemade candy yet.  I plan on starting tomorrow by making my homemade fruit cake.  I've never been a lover of fruitcake, but using my Mom's recipe changed my opinion on fruitcake.  It's so moist and delicious!  These will be for you, Mom, with love!  (My Mother passed away in 1996 and I miss both her and my Dad so very much.  He died in 1999.)

I'm hoping to do most of my candy and Seven Layer Bars next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  My husband is having some surgery on Thursday and will just have to stay in the hospital overnight, so that will pretty much take care of those two days. 

I absolutely have to get back to writing my current novel.  I have been doing some writing on the website , but it's just not enough for me though.  I do love writing, any type at all.  I've writen some articles for, haven't even done anymore for there lately. 

I realize that the Christmas Season is a very busy time of year for everyone, but it's especially hard for me because since becoming ill, I usually run out of what little bit of energy I have, by shortly after lunch time.  I am just about finished my Christmas shopping though.  I just have one more shipment to arrive and then I'm finished.  Hurrah!!!  I did most all of my shopping on line this year.  I used:, http://www.athome/angiealbright, and .  Check these three sites out for some great savings.  Check out the Ribbon cards and Partner stores on the amway site, as well as, all sorts of great buys and savings on the other two sites.  If it's food that you'd like to purchase, either for yourself to serve or to give away for a great gift, try:  I'm sure you'll find something great there.  You know, everyone does have to eat!  Check it out!

Well, that's my story for today, and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Just Take A Moment and Breath!

Hi all,

How is everyone doing today?  Are you stressed out?  Are you feeling anxious?  Do you feel there's not enough time to get everything done?  Are you short on time?  Are you short on money?  Do you feel like you could just sleep the month away?

Well, if you are feeling any of the above things, you need to chill out!  I would suggest you find a nice quiet spot, pick up a book or your favorite music, kick off your shoes and relax.  Do you even remember how to do that??? 

To be honest with you, doing the above will only relax you for a short period of time.  Perhaps you should try some deep breathing exercises.  Don't know how to do them?  It's easy, here's all you do:
find a comfortable spot and lay down or lounge in a chair.  Breathe in through your mouth and let the breath fill up your lungs.  Next, breathe out through your nose until all the air is out of you.  While doing the breathing in say, "I'm breathing in relaxation." While releasing the breathe say, "I'm pushing out the tension."  I guarantee you it will work.  You need to do it for at least fifteen or twenty minutes to have it work. 

Well, now I'm finished playing doctor.  I feel better, as I've accomplished quite a bit last week and this week.  I'm almost finished with my gift purchases and I have most of my wrapping done.  Good for me!  Next week I'm going to start my baking and candy making. 

I seriously need to get back to my writing one of these days.  If I don't soon get back to my novel, I'll have to reread what I've already written so I know what it's about! 

I do love the Christmas season more than any other time of the year.  I lets me feeling happy, generous and loving.  How about you? 

Well, that's all for now.  Take care and smile.  It's good for you and for everyone around you!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Are You In The Mood?

Hi all,

Of course my question is are you in the mood for the Christmas Season.  Well, if you're not, I think you need to do whatever it takes to get yourself in the mood to welcome the birth of Jesus.  If you aren't a Christian, then get in the mood for Santa's big arrival. 

You do know that Santa Claus is a good and generous man.  He gives to everyone and he tries to make every ones life a bit easier.  He loves with all his heart and soul.  To me, he's quite a legend.  I love the feelings of love, peace and generosity that the Christmas season bring to us, if we open up our hearts and let those feelings inside. 

As you may know, I create my own Christmas cards.  I have been asked to display a few of them.  So, I'm posting some of them for everyone to enjoy.

Have a great day and get in the mood.