Sunday, January 6, 2019

DO FRIENDSHIPS HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE?

According to a recent survey from the University of Scranton, 80% of people fail to keep their New Year's resolutions, so for the past 4 years mine have successfully been either book, or social media driven. 
I stay away from actually making formal resolutions about losing weight, but it's still in my head, and maybe in one of my planners, because I know I'm just going to screw it up.(lol)

Webster defines a friend as "a person you have a strong liking for and trust, a person who is not an enemy".  Another definition indicates there is a bond of mutual affection and is exclusive of sexual or family relations.


Wouldn't it be great if friendships lasted forever and ever?  I've been fortunate to have quite a few friends for 20+ years, and it's still going strong. Friends who are constructively honest and  supportive are great, and make us the best persons we can be.  It's also neat when friends have different views and interests because that's a great way to learn new things. Even though these things haven't happened to me, the instances mentioned below have happened to other people I know, and it's so sad.

Friends shouldn't get a pass to say/do mean-spirited or underhanded things, or to cheat and secretly text with your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend. They're not going to do or say things behind your back to intentionally hurt you. It's also very uncool for a friend to give you something, only to come to your house every Christmas to take your gifts back, and then re-gift them to others because you haven't used some of the items fast enough. Is your relationship one-sided? When confronting your friends, at the very least there should be some sign of remorse or an apology to address the hurt feelings. If you've got friends like this, or worse, 2019 is your year to quickly run in the other direction.  No one deserves these types of headaches.


SOAPS
Have you ever watched a soap opera?  Do you remember All My Children which started in 1970?  Susan Lucci, as Erica Kane was super popular and nominated 19 times for an Emmy before finally winning in 1999.  On the soap, she was married to 6 different guys, but in real life, she's been happily married to Helmut Huber since 1969!  The series ended on television in 2011, but the online version ended in 2013.


COLORS
Have you ever heard of Blue Zones?  These areas are home to some of the healthiest and oldest people in the world, with many living to be 90-100+ years of age.  I would definitely have to give up my cheeseburgers, because almost all of these places emphasize plant based food, beans, fruits and veggies as part of their diets.(lol)  Also, walking, resting and family bonding are part of their lifestyles.

I'd just like to point out that there are NO cold places on this list, and you know I love cold weather.(lol)

1.  Sardinia Italy
2.  Okinawa Japan
3.  Ikaria Greece 
4.  Loma Linda California
5.  Nicoya Costa Rica


FREEBIES
In addition to coupon shopping, which I've been doing for years, I love finding freebies on the Internet along with my good buddy Mary over at scarymarythehamsterlady.blogspot.com/ who shares her freebie haul every Friday.  In the UK, there are  these great freebie sites:

https://www.latestfreestuff.co.uk,  

https://www.magicfreebiesuk.co.uk

In the US, try www.sampables.com, freebieshark.com, or reddit.com. Here are a few things I've picked up over the past couple months.
Sephora


2019 Calendar

2019 Calendar

This stands your phone up and is super cool.

Hummus


Can't say this seaweed was my fave-lol
These wipes worked perfectly




This coffee was pretty good and did suppress the appetite.



Carlie C's Friday Freebie - What is Sipping Soup?(lol)

Cat Food I'll be giving away
Yay!  Tea


Nice perfume














These are my 2019 Planners that I love, and I thank my good friend Elizabeth from alteredbooklover.blogspot.com
for sending me lots of amazing stickers to use this year.  

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Not guaranteeing anything(lol)













Sara Bareilles said it well in 2013, and it works this year too. "You can be amazing , and I want to see you be BRAVE"







Saturday, December 22, 2018

JUST SOME STUFF

Don't get me wrong, I adore the holiday decorations, goodwill and Christmas movies but there are 3 things I'm not a fan of, and that would be gingerbread cookies, fruitcake and fake snow. (lol)  How about you?  Do you have a Christmas or holiday turnoff?


CHEESY TWISTS (Sandra Lee)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (17.3 ounce box), thawed but chilled
  • 1 tablespoon large egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated  
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Unfold puff pastry onto a cutting board. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush half the egg mixture over puff pastry. Sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan and gently pat down so the cheese sticks to pastry. Carefully turn pastry over and repeat with remaining egg mixture and Parmesan.
  3. Using a pizza cutter, cut pastry into 1-inch-wide strips. Twist each strip by turning the ends in opposite directions. Arrange evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until twists are golden brown. Transfer twists to a wire rack. Serve warm..

If you're looking for a place in the states next year that has lots of vendors, plenty of tasty goodies and boasts over a million Christmas lights, check out Leavenworth Washington.  This place looks so amazing!


Do you still send out handwritten notes to thank friends or family, or is that a lost art?  Ironically, December 26 is National Thank You Note Day, so if you have some Thank You cards sitting around the house, that's the day to use them.

Have you ever watched the very wonderful Carol Burnett in her variety show on tv?  It's hard to imagine that it was on from 1967 to 1978, then came back on for the final time in 1991.  This program was laugh out loud funny, and won a staggering 25 Emmys!

She's still around, still churning out some amazing reads, and with over 400 million books in print, and a net worth of a little over 390 million, Eleanor Marie Robertson  never ceases to reinvent herself.  Oh, did I mention this great author is also called Nora Roberts?  Be sure to check out her latest fantasy series called Chronicles of the One.


Do you have a favorite color when it comes to your vehicle?  Mine would be purple or pink, but neither one of those is in the ranking.(lol)  According to the Axalta Coating Systems for 2017, the top color that people prefer for any type of vehicle (trucks, sedans, sports cars, etc.) is white/pearl white with black as a close second.  Also, the top selling car in 2017 was the Toyota Camry.

This seems hard to believe, but according to researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University, eating a cookie or a small piece of pie with breakfast can rev up your metabolism by 25%, possibly getting rid of about 37 pounds a year.

Did you know that you can donate litter and much needed food to cats and dogs for FREE by visiting www.freekibble.com?  Answer fun trivia questions for FREE and you'll be helping pets in need.



Grover Cleveland is considered the 22nd AND 24th president because he served 2 terms that were not consecutive.


I'm sure not one of them, but two billion people actually enjoy eating bugs (ugh), and the official word for it is entomophagy.




I think most of us get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle, but I can't forget about the families who are struggling because they've lost a loved one due to domestic violence, or many who are hungry and homeless.  

Someone you know is cringing in fear of being physically harmed,  or struggling with low self esteem because they were degraded or humiliated at a holiday party because of weight, clothing or a conversation.  That friend you work with has no place to go for a Christmas meal, and is forced to sleep in a car and to wash up in the local Walmart.  The child you see with bruises almost every day in your neighborhood cries at night praying to be saved from the horrific abuse he or she is suffering from at home.
Statistically, domestic violence is even worse during the holidays, and every year my Christmas wish is that homelessness and abuse will one day be eradicated.  

This note below is from a blogger who has fallen on hard times.



 

 
"In desperate need of help"
 
Our situation seems to get worse by the day. We are.asking for.help to be able to stay in our home and take care of our 2 children. Please help our family.
 
View Updates
 
 




Friday, November 30, 2018

JUST SOME USELESS STUFF YOU DON'T REALLY NEED

Years ago I decorated with a traditional green Christmas tree inside, and outside I'd display a colorful one.  Sometimes my ornaments were Barbie dolls from Happy Meals or Hot Wheels that I've collected over the years.  Once I did all ribbons.  Now I just admire everyone else's trees, and don't use any of my own.

So the other morning while watching the news, I found out that black Christmas trees are trending.  Some people love it, and others say that's a big fat NO.  What are your thoughts? Is it too gothic or something fun to try?



DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?
If you do or you don't, be sure to get your name in the hat for a prize package of Oprah's Favorite Things that's worth over $16,000!  And yes, I enter every year. (lol) That's right, 12 people can win all these prizes by visiting https://oprah.com/12days up through 12/9/2018.  Some of the prizes include a Phillips Indoor Grill, jewelry, a mixer, slippers, sparkling water maker and lots more.  However, if you're looking for a special or unusual gift, everything may also be purchased at Amazon.

According to Gina Bria, author of Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight & Heal Your Body, eating an apple and drinking a glass of water is more effective than 2 glasses of water.  Fresh veggies and fruit have gel water(H3O2) and hydrates better than water.

SATURDAY
Deck the Halls on December 1 and celebrate National Christmas Lights Day!  Get lights on the cheap from the Dollar Tree, or go over the top with lights from high end stores.  Be careful to not get on your neighbors nerves though with too much glitter, which is the case in New Jersey. 

Appruzi Property
For the past 15 years the Apruzzi family has been lighting it up with over 10,000 lights, but his neighbors do not approve siting safety reasons and chaos in the neighborhood.  City officials are fining them $3,000 for each day they show off their display to visitors, and Mr. Appruzi refuses to pay.  That may force the show to shut down.  Let's hope it all works out for everyone involved. 


Okay, who wants to admit that they've used the original Polaroid camera, which was sold for the first time in 1948 for about $90.00? 


I remember getting yelled at by my mom in the 70's-80's because I wanted to take pictures all the time, and that color film was so dang expensive.  Also, everyone hated that there was no way to get the same picture twice without having to waste even more film.(lol)


Throughout the years, Polaroid upgraded to smaller digital styles, but in 2017, they offered up the new 2-step analog version, which ironically costs about $99, causing the company to pretty much come full circle.


Want a clean pan without all the fuss? Once it cools off, spread the surface of the pan with 2 Tbs. baking soda, 1 cup hot water and 1/4  cup vinegar.  Let it sit for 5 minutes before easily washing it out  because the chemical mix does all the work.  These ingredients will also clear a clogged grain, but the measurements are different.


CRANBERRY CHIP COOKIES (Taste of Home)

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries, pecans and toffee bits if desired (dough will be stiff).
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake at 350° for 11-14 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.