Month: November 2013

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11-11

    It’s November 11th.  (That’s 11-11.) If you are reading this at 11:11 (on 11/11) did you know that on this day at this hour in 1918 World War 1 formally ended? Today is also Veterans Day, a day to say Thank You to all who served and serve in our military. So on 11/11, Veterans Day, I’m thinking about how the Navy sent us to the US Army War College for 11 months.  Not 12 months, not 10 months—11 months. There’s got to be something to number 11.  So I googled this 11 phenomenon.  The word Synchronicity kept popping up.  Apparently, when 11’s are involved repeatedly someone is trying to tell you something. Synchronicity, according to wikepedia, is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be casually related.  The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence, although the events need not be exactly simultaneous in time. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s. Jung was transfixed by the idea that …

Gather and Gold

Gather and Gold, Gather and Gold, Gather and Gold, Ev’ryone wishes for Gather and Gold.  It’s actually : Silver and gold Silver and gold Silver and gold Ev’ryone wishes For silver and gold…Burl Ives from Rudolph.  But whatever, this works better for my post.  It’s about Gathering and Gold.  Didn’t see that coming did you?   You know what that is?  Other than AWESOME?  It’s a piece a fabric cut from a bolt at the good ole’ fabric store.  YOU can do that.  LOVE IT! Ok, ready for this one?  It seriously hurts my heart. It’s called “Go to Goodwill and buy a hideous painting and spray paint the frame gold and paint the board inside the painting with chalk board paint.”  Or go to TJMaxx and buy a framed chalkboard and spray paint the frame gold… OR if you are crafty and you know it then take a half price coupon to Michaels Craft Store, buy an open frame (they have a whole aisle of them), buy a cheap piece of thin board from Home …

Thankful Thursdays-Kindness #1 of 8

  We are going to insulate ourselves from all the negativity out there and focus on being Thankful. Yes, it’s November and that can mean  a loosely disguised commercial countdown to Christmas–and that’s ok, but let’s take the commercial out and just be real. What can we do to make a difference?  Thursdays around here are going to be full of ideas.  I challenge each of you to make Thursdays for the next 2 months the day you reach out. And did you know…? To quote a University of California, Berkeley:  Two recent studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism. The findings suggest that good deeds do in fact make people feel good—even when performed over as little as 10 days—and there may be particular benefits to varying our acts of kindness, as novelty seems linked to happiness as well.  Want to know more?  Check out Greater Good-The Science of a Meaningful …

Bargaining 101 and Peeking: A Follow-Up To Awesome

  Like the cabinet?  I found it at a junk/antique store in North Carolina.  Did you know most places will give you 10% off just for asking?  And did you know if you pay cash you can usually get 15-20% off the price?  And did you know if the piece has been there for,like, ever (Or looks like it has been there forever) you can get a lot more off?  This cabinet was shoved in a corner barricaded by a bunch of other stuff.  I used that to my advantage.  “Hey Mr. Owner I’ll give you $60 cash for this piece because you have had it forever, no one can see it, and you need to clear some inventory.”  He didn’t like it but he knew I was right.  He had it listed for $160.  I got it for $60.  Don’t be afraid to ask and remember cash is powerful.  (I bought this and a 5 foot locker while 8 hours from home–with a car that was packed…Thank you Jack and Jan for foregoing luggage …

There is Still Time to Change One Thing–Be Like Nike and JUST DO IT

Is anybody having company for the upcoming Holidays?  How about a nagging thing you really want to get done in your house before the end of the year? Wait.  OMG I just bored even me and I’m writing this. Listen.  I love decorating and even I get so bored reading about it.  Let’s cut to the chase.  It’s not about keeping up with the Jones’.  It’s about living in a place that is an extension of ourselves.  It’s about feeling good-and liking the skin we are in-the bricks and mortar we live in.  Don’t be lazy.  Don’t give up.  Don’t live in a rat’s nest.  Be a Nike ad and Just Do It.  For crying out loud.  Change your darn dining room light before you have the big dinner.  Or pull down the vertical blinds (NO ONE SHOULD HAVE VERTICAL BLINDS EVER).  Go to TJMaxx and buy 6 pillows to cover up your totally dated furniture.  (Buy the pillows in matching pairs.).  You have time.  You have time to do one thing before the year …

Peeky Peekerton or 5 Minutes to Awesome

  Hi there!  It’s November!  How ARE you?  It feels like, well, since October since we’ve talked. So much has happened.  We had Halloween.  I raced through the neighborhood following a local Dad who was determined to hit every porch lit house, do both sides of the street simultaneously, cover every inch of the neighborhood, cut through alleys to avoid “traffic”, and take no prisoners.  It was awesome.  We did in one hour what normal people do in two.  I’m looking for a patch that he can wear (you know like cub scouts) so people are aware of his candy prowess.  We had family visit for the weekend.  Then there was the silent auction I went to where I entered about 45 (seriously) “raffles” and won NOTHING.  A Christmas craft fair that was HUGE.  (What happened to Thanksgiving?) A Hallmark Christmas movie marathon (again, Thankssssgivvviiingggg?  Hello?) Wrapping it all up with little boys running here, there and everywhere and then the last minute homework.  It’s going on now.  I’m hiding.  Now we are caught up. …