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Dear Readers,

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving — I hope you get to spend the day enjoying the company of your family/friends. Circumstances may not always be like we want them to be, but still, there are things for which we can be thankful. I can think of one right now — your eyes/eyesight. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE AND VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Having lived in other countries in the past, one thing I know is that you adapt. You obey their rules and you (learn to) speak their language. If you didn’t like it you didn’t have to live there. In the United States we celebrate Christmas. However, somewhere along the way someone decided that saying Merry Christmas would offend others who live in this country and do not call their celebration Christmas. Come on now, don’t you think that is just a bit too sensitive. I like saying Merry Christmas and sending Christmas cards, and after a lifetime of saying Merry Christmas, saying Happy Holidays just doesn’t feel right.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




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Happy Thanksgiving!

Life can be so serious at times. We know we should count our blessings instead of focusing on what we don’t have. One of the things I’m thankful for is the gift of laughter. Laughter lightens my mood and just makes me feel good all over, plus I hear laughter is good for your health. Check out the articles below the video to learn more about the benefits of laughter. So, when is the last time you had a good laugh? I saw this video years ago and it mad me laugh. Hope it will at least make you smile.



Benefits of Laughter:
The Benefit of Laughter – How Laughter Can Reduce Stress and Increase Health
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Benefits of humor


What makes you laugh?


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Happy Mother’s Day!

The longer I live the more I appreciate my mother. As a wife and mother, there have been times when I felt underappreciated, taken for granted, and felt like I’m just the fix it and clean it up person. Yeah I know, right now some of you are probably thinking… “Welcome to my world.” It’s during some of those times when I felt the most frustrated that a little voice in my head would say “This is probably how mom felt. Wow! She never let on. She did everything without complaining.” Just having that thought prevents me from having a pity party, and it is moments like that that make me appreciate her all the more. I am truly amazed by my mother. Maybe it takes being a mom to really recognize and appreciate the many, many, many things our mothers did (and maybe even still do) for us. So for mom’s everywhere, these videos are especially for your viewing pleasure:


The Mom Song (what a mom would say in a 24 hour period condensed down to 2:55 minutes)



“Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same; and most mothers kiss and scold together.” – Pearl S. Buck


Mommy Rhapsody
(NOTE: You will see the performers appear in the video at the 10 second mark)



“Being a mother is undoubtedly and inarguably one of the hardest, if not “the” hardest job a woman can ever do.” –Lyn Lomasi, “The Hardest Part About Being a Mom: Moms Speak Out


Life Lessons from Moms:

Life’s Lessons from Your Mother
Life Lessons I Learned from My Mother
Readers Respond: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me
‘Don’t Screw Up!’ and other advice from moms


“All mothers are working mothers.” –author unknown


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25 Things My Mother Taught Me
Poem: Things My Mother Taught Me
Mother’s Day Quotes and Sayings
A Mother’s Day Tribute


What life lessons have you learned from your mom? What is the hardest part about being a mom?


“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” –Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty


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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

image courtesy of ClipartMountain.com


Over the past 2 years I’ve done posts on the history of Cinco de Mayo and shared some fun music (to help you get your groove on) in celebration of this day. Enjoy!


Click on the links below to view the previous Cinco de Mayo posts:

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo history, trivia, and facts


Wishing everyone a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!


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To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” –Brandi Snyder


“Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.” –Author unknown


“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” –Ellen Goodman


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” –Rumi


“Lust fades, so you’d better be with someone who can stand you.” –Alan Zweibel and Jessie Nelson, The Story of Us


“All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.” –Julie Andrews


“Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” –Bruce Lee


“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” — Eden Ahbez


“Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.” —-Erich Fromm


“Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep… wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you’ re just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have YOU… The one who turns to his friends and says, thats her… ” — Unknown


“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” –Henry David Thoreau


“The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.” –Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


“Love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image… otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” –Author Unknown


“Love is more than a noun — it is a verb; it is more than a feeling — it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” –William Arthur Ward


“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” –Marilyn Monroe


“Love is not a feeling. Love is an action, an activity. . .Genuine love implies commitment and the exercise of wisdom. . . . love as the will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth…..true love is an act of will that often transcends ephemeral feelings of love or cathexis, it is correct to say, ‘Love is as love does’.” –M. Scott Peck


Spread love everywhere you go:
first of all in your own home.
Give love to your children, to a wife
or husband, to a next-door neighbor.
–Mother Teresa

Happy Valentines Day!

What is one of your favorite “Love” quotes?


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Every New Year’s Eve people in the U.S. sing this song — Auld Lang Syne. Many of us don’t even know the words to the whole song — me included, so we get creative in our sober or liquor-induced state and make up our own words. But what do those words actually mean?

“Basically, the words “auld lang syne” translate into “for days past,” “days gone by,” or “for the sake of old times,” depending on whom you ask. But no matter what the literal translation is, the sentiment is the same. It’s a song that aims to honor the good old days on a night that’s all about ringing in the new.”

The poet Robert Burns often gets credit for the words.

Auld Lang Huh?



There seem to be many different versions of the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne on the internet. You can view some here: Auld Lang Syne lyrics

With so many versions, it’s no wonder we have such a difficult time trying to sing this song.


Auld Lang Syne Original version:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!


Auld Lang Syne Translation:

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

Chorus:
For old long ago, my dear
For old long ago,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale)
For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago!

via Auld Lang Syne lyrics ~ original and translated – Seattle Holidays | Examiner.com.


WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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