HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY

TL 4-30 HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY

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Why worry about a bad hair day? Just put a toilet seat cover on your head and carry on!

 

Before I talk about women’s hair, let’s focus on the guy’s styles.

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There are a lot of verses in the Bible about hair, particularly in the Old Testament. There is one in the New Testament that I like.

But not a hair of your head will perish. – Luke 21:18

This is a promise from Christ about enduring persecution. It is meant to bring us great comfort.

Today is HAIRSTYLE APPRECIATION DAY!!!  In Kansas, we need a hairdo that can withstand wind gusts of up to 30 mph on any given day!

My Aunt Mary was a very successful hairstylist in Hollywood during the 1950’s – 1970’s, I got the most trendy and popular hairstyles.  Sometimes the hot new styles in California were not so hot in Kansas.  I got teased about my hair – a lot.

She did what she loved to do, which is the real key to success in any business.

It’s not always easy to get the style you want once you leave the capable hands of your beautician.  I found this photo of a hair dryer from the 1920’s and it made me appreciate my styling tools!

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Hair dryer – 1920’s

When my hair is frizzy, I put on a cute headband and roll with it.  – Carrie Underwood

One thing is for certain, whether you have a feather cut, pixie, bob, wedge or shag, the basic health of your hair is what matters most!

To keep your hair healthy, it is important to follow some simple rules.  My Aunt Mary taught me that what you eat and what you do to protect your hair impact it more than the type of products you apply to it. 

  • Omega 3’s are an essential part of maintaining healthy, shiny hair!  Salmon is one of my favorite sources.  I also take Flax Oil capsules every day.  Other sources are avocados, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the hot Summer Sun.  I know we are sun worshippers, but if you have to be out for an extended amount of time, at least wear a hat.  
  • Drink water!  Your skin and hair need to be well hydrated.
  • If your hair is color-treated, beware of the chlorine.  One Summer I had color-treated my hair and after swimming, it turned green!  Be careful!
  • I refuse to fry my hair.  I do not put chemicals on it except to color treat (and I leave that to my hairstylist).  I will not use a flatiron or blow dryer!  Those are two tools that can fry your hair and wreck your hair’s integrity permanently.
  • Be careful when choosing your method of root touch-up.  Some are better than others. 
  • Trim the damaged ends of your hair about 1″ every 3 months.
  • Don’t over-brush your hair.  It creates more damage.
  • Don’t color your hair too much.  Avoid bleach completely.
  • Take your multi-vitamin every day.
  • Eat more protein.  Legumes, beans.  Protein shakes.
  • Give your hair a break!  Don’t wash it every day.  Try washing every other day.
  • Use a sodium-free / sulfate-free shampoo.
    Now that my hair is finally “my own”, I’ve decided to let it grow longer.  The ability to wear my hair up is a new adventure for me.  When my hair was shorter, it did not take as long to style, but I just allow more time when getting ready to go out.  
    Even though I wore some trendy tresses in the past, I’m enjoying my longer locks now. ❤


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My favorite teacher was Miss Covel.

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I wanted to wear my hair the same way as Miss Covel – LOL!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton

Wink!  😉

NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

TL 4-29 NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

There is a scene in “Forrest Gump” where Bubba starts spouting off all the different ways to fix shrimp.  It’s too funny!  That scene is on You Tube if you want to go there to watch it.  If you have never seen the movie, then – number one, you need to, and number two, you must be hiding out under a rock somewhere.  Tonight I will be celebrating NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY with this movie!

Since I was born and raised right smack dab in the middle of the United States, I am not at all familiar with anything having to do with the ocean.  I’ve never even seen the ocean, to be perfectly honest.  That is something that is definitely on my “bucket list”.  One of these days, I’m going to leave Kansas and go look at the ocean.  Which one?  I don’t know – but I’m determined to see a large body of water at some point before I kick the bucket!

So – I wondered what “scampi” meant.  It is a Venetian term which refers to shrimp cooked in garlic, butter, lemon juice and white wine, commonly listed on menus as “shrimp scampi”.

This is a recipe from an Italian cook especially for diabetics.

Diabetic Shrimp Scampi (serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
11-15 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Heat butter and oil in large non-stick skillet over high heat.  When butter starts to brown, add garlic.  Lower heat; cook 1 minute, stirring to prevent garlic from overbrowning.

Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add wine, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.  Stir in bread crumbs and parsley.  Serve immediately.

Calories:  110
Calories from Fat:  87
Fat 9.7g
Saturated Fat 2.7
Cholesterol 7.8mg
Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 351.5mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.0g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Protein 0.5g

Fix the scampi, pop in the DVD and enjoy your evening!  Wink!  😉

GREAT POETRY READING DAY

TL 4-28 POETRY READING DAY

I love the classics, don’t you?

 

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On this crisp Spring Sunday morning, I’m more than a little excited!  Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite poets, Lucinda Berry Hill.  Since today is GREAT POETRY READING DAY , I’ve asked Lucinda if she would share a bit about herself with us.  Her inspirational devotional book, “Coffee With Jesus”, has touched the lives of so many people, including mine!  So without further adieu, I introduce the very talented author, Lucinda Berry Hill.

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I was born in Millbrook, NY. I currently live in Steelton. I have a 13 year old daughter named Charlotte. I was a single mom for 8 years. I married my husband, Charles and he adopted Charlotte. I’ve had a house cleaning business for over 25 years. I also do some relief care for full time caregivers. In between that and sometimes during I write!!
I started writing poetry when I was 12 years old. I hadn’t accepted Jesus as my Savior yet, but God used me anyway.  I wrote poems about and for Him now and then but it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I started really writing for the Lord.I believe moving away from family and friends when I was 12 was my start in writing.  I had a sad heart then.  I met a girl who didn’t write poetry but she and her sister read a lot of poetry.  I can’t say that one person in particular inspires me.  It’s a God thing.  He brings people and circumstances into my life that touches me in some way and I have to write.  I’ve even written poetry about something I misread.  Someone said I will sing into you instead of unto you and off I went with a poem called “Into You.”I’ve had poems published in newspapers, read at weddings and at funerals. I’ve written poems about 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the trapped minors incidents, the Sandy Hook school shooting and my most recent current event inspiration was the Boston bombings . I published my first book in 1997 my second one in 2001. And my third came out February of last year. Coffee With Jesus” is a weekly devotional. I used the poems that I’ve written and paired them up with the scripture that inspired them and came up with 52 weeks. I got the idea when a few people told me that they used my previous books as part of their devotional time.

Since the publishing of “Coffee with Jesus” I’ve written several more poems. Some with a touch of humor, inspired by a friend. I even have ideas for three more books.

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We all know how important it is to keep our bodies and minds in good shape to maintain good health.  A part we too often ignore, however, is the spirit – the soul.  This wonderful devotional book will kick-start your day the way it needs to be – on a positive and upbeat note.  It’s better than just plain ol’ coffee, it’s “Coffee With Jesus”.  I hope you will check it out!!!  ❤

TELL A STORY DAY

TL 4-27 TELL A STORY DAY

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ONCE UPON A TIME…

In honor of TELL A STORY DAY, I’ve collected some stories that I think need to be told.  We have what many refer to as an “invisible disease”.  Diabetes is not something that is typically visible, rather a very personal battle that happens behind closed doors.  To look at a person you cannot tell they are diabetic.  Just because it seems like a person is coping well with their disease is not a reason to assume that everything is just fine and dandy.  It is not.  We need a cure.  Soon.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively.
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Max Sonnenschein writes:

Once Upon a Time my kid ate anything he wanted. Those were the days my friend. Oh how I miss the drive through windows and the pizza delivery boy. All that came to a screeching halt when a bomb name Type 1 dropped in our world so we had to give up all drinks w/ sugar and learn a carb to unit ratio that started to rule our meals. Oh yeah, bomb 2 blew up next. This time it was called Celiacs and something called gluten had to go. Well, can I tell you it’s in everything including pretzels. Just recently we discovered Glutino chocolate covered pretzels, gluten-free of course. Jake loves them. Did I mention that for a small bag they cost nearly $7! So pretzels are back on the island and life goes on. But we still have to count the carbs and inject insulin so even our gluten-free $7 pretzels have a larger price.

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LaTisha Conners writes:

Once Upon a Time we were a “normal” American family.  We functioned pretty much like other families.  We all did our daily activities and when the day was over, we slept.  Then my daughter began wetting the bed.  Not just once in a while, but quite often.  It was not just once during the night.  When we went in to see the doctor, we heard a diagnosis that changed our family life forever.  Type 1 Diabetes!  Our world has not been the same and we don’t sleep much at night anymore.  My daughter has had to learn to give herself insulin shots, using an orange and syringe filled with saline solution.  No, the disease does not cause any outward “signs”, but every activity of every day revolves around it. 

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Michelle Wheeler writes:

Once Upon a Time we did not have to think about what we fed our child.  But when my baby started vomiting uncontrollably, I had to get him to a doctor immediately!  The doctor said it was more than likely a virus that was going around and told me to keep her hydrated with juice and pedialite.  Just two days later, she was listless and nearly lifeless!  We took him to the emergency room and he was so dehydrated they could not even start an IV.  They stuck a feeding tube down his throat and did the standard blood tests.  That’s when we got the devastating news that our child was a Type 1 Diabetic.  Our small son has a disease?  It took a while for this to sink in, but we gathered our strength and began the fight.  That night at the emergency room his blood glucose was close to 1000!  He went to intensive care for the night, then was transferred to a room.  We learned all about our son’s horrible disease – how to give him shots and what we need to feed him.  I don’t think people understand how life-threatening this disease is.  Maybe people understand but just don’t know what they’re supposed to do with that information.  I think we all feel a bit helpless about the disease.

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Here is the story I wish – I wish – I wish I could tell, and hope to tell one day soon:

Once Upon a Time a lot of my friends and I had Diabetes.  Now, we do NOT!!! 😀

NATIONAL DANCE DAY

TL 4-26 NATIONAL DANCE DAY

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Why did I post a poem about guardian angels with the subject of dancing?  If you could watch me dance, you would know the answer to that question.  I need my guardian angels every minute of every day, but if I have to get out on a dance floor…  I need them more than ever!!!  I have two left feet and neither of them have rhythm!  My feet serve two purposes.  1) They get me from point A to point B and 2) They keep my chin off the floor!

Some of us (clearing throat) need dance lessons.  :-/

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I have compassion for everyone who has ever been a player upon the stage of my life.  – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

On NATIONAL DANCE DAY, I want to remind you that life, for better or worse, IS a DANCE!  Weren’t we reminded of that a few years back by Steven Curtis Chapman?  Yeah, head on over to You Tube and watch “Lord of the Dance”.

My husband’s generation did The Twist, The Locomotion and The Hop.  No, wait – I think they called the event The Hop – as in…  sock hop!  There’s one dance from the 1950’s I think I could handle – the stroll…  I think I could keep up – maybe.

Dance to the music of your dreams – the steps will give you JOY!  – Unknown

What couple has not dressed up in tails and gowns (don’t forget the tiara) to dance around their house to admire their lovely appliances?  After all, these machines make our lives so much easier – we have the time to get all dolled up to dance around the house, don’t we?  If you haven’t done it, we need to discuss your time management skills.  LOL!!!

Brake a leg!  – Unknown

When my parents dated, they danced to Big Band music from the WWII era.  There were also a lot of movies with great dancing.  Remember Fred & Ginger?  Yep!

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.  – Faith Whittlesey

And how about the flappers from the roaring 20’s???  If you are a fan of “Downtown Abbey” then you are familiar with that era.

Dance like nobody’s watching.  – Unknown

How will you celebrate today???  Will you be part of a flash mob at the mall or dance around the house with a dust rag in one hand and a can of lemon-fresh furniture polish in the other???  Yeah, that sounds like my day!  Have fun!!!  Wink!    😉

 

 

NATIONAL PET PARENT’S DAY

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You can tell a lot about the character of a man by the way he treats an animal.   – Unknown

Back home, I had chickens, a rabbit named Bugs, a Shetland Pony named Dolly, a dog named Dusty, a dog named Lady and the odd cricket I managed to catch and put in a wire cage.  I’m more than qualified to be a pet parent.  We had more animals than the North Riverside Park Zoo!

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Dolly

 

Today is NATIONAL PET PARENT’S DAY!!! Obviously, Casey has me wrapped around his little paw, but I think some other folks are pretty entertained by their pets as well.

OK, there’s no way I’d adopt a pet like a lion or tiger or anything really wild…  BUT what about a hedgehog???  Um…  well…

Keep in mind that adopting a pet from a shelter is a lifelong commitment. You have to love and care for that animal for the rest of its life. Yes they are cuddly and cute, but they may have some fairly high vet bills because of sickness or injury at some point. It’s not all just laughter and light, although it’s usually a good day.

If at all possible, adopt from a shelter. Don’t buy animals from pet shops or from breeding farms out in the country. I made a horrible mistake when I was young and stupid. I paid a large sum of money for a sheltie puppy to a breeding farm. When I took the pup in to the vet to be examined, I learned he had heartworms! I didn’t put the pup down, but the treatments nearly killed the poor baby. He survived but it took a long time for him to bounce back from the “lead” treatments. I should have sued the breeder to at least get my money back, but I didn’t.

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Casey

 

In our 27 year marriage we’ve had 4 dogs and a cat. Not all at once. We only have one dog at a time. My husband had a cat when I married him. I can’t imagine not having a pet. There’s a love with animals that you just don’t have with people. They make no demands and don’t hold grudges.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY

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Today is one of my favorite days.  Here in the U.S., it is ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY!!!  I am a retired Administrative Professional, but hope all of those hard-working people out in corporate America have a wonderful day and get the appreciation they deserve!

When I began my career in 1980, the job was called “Secretary” and yes, Matilda, we did make coffee back in the day!  I did not mind making coffee for my boss – at all!  I did not see it as a lowly task, but I viewed it as a duty I performed out of respect for him.

There’s a reason my boss got the “big bucks”.  He was a bright, creative person with a gift for making a lot out of very little.  Have you ever known someone who could go into a room with a glob of clay and walk out with a masterpiece?  That is what my boss could do!  If I could make sure he got a decent cup of Joe in the morning, I was happy to help in that small way.

Basically, an admin assistant is crucial in a workplace because without them, the instances of missed meetings and miscommunications would rise drastically. I thought of myself as the traffic cop in the middle of the bumper cars! Waving my arms madly, directing this exec and that one, reminding them of things that had obviously washed over them.

Times have changed, but the role of the admin assistant remains pretty much the same. It’s important to be a positive person who can take corrective criticism. It’s really just an exec taking out his/her bad day on you. They have to feel comfortable enough to say anything and you have to be secure enough in yourself to take it. Just keep smiling and listen. Don’t get sucked into the drama. They are entitled to an opinion, but don’t express yours. Just keep listening.

Listen and state facts. Stay neutral on everything and always support your boss.   🙂

NATIONAL PICNIC DAY

TL 4-23 PICNIC DAY

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Today is NATIONAL PICNIC DAY!!!

We could fix this for our basket.

There are so many great places here in Wichita to enjoy a picnic lunch!  Even though it is Tuesday, you can plan to enjoy the day in a very special way – with that special someone!  It seems as though life gets so busy, it’s nice to take a day to just do something a little different.

If and when I get the opportunity to picnic with my favorite person, I like to do more than just the run-of-the-mill sandwiches or cold fried chicken.  I like to make Turkey rolls and a special salad that tastes so much better than any potato salad I’ve ever eaten.  This salad is also much lower in carbohydrates, so it is a diabetic-friendly choice.

Not-Quite-Middle-Eastern Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 head cauliflower

2/3 cup sliced stuffed olives

7 scallions, sliced

2 cups triple washed fresh spinach, chopped fine

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small ripe tomato, diced small

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Run the cauliflower through the shredding blade of your food processor and put it in a microwaveable casserole. Add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover and nuke it on “high” for 5 minutes. Uncover it as soon as the microwave stops, and let it cool.

While that’s cooking, cut up your other vegetables, and assemble them in a large salad bowl.

Drain the cooled cauliflower well, and dump it in with all the other vegetables. Add the oil, garlic, and mayonnaise, and toss. Salt and pepper to taste, toss again, and serve.

6 servings of roughly a cup each. 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, with 2 grams of fiber, for a usable carb count of 3 grams. 1 gram protein.

I plan to buy a nice Longaberger picnic basket someday.  Yes, I know how expensive they are, but I would like to have the best if I plan to picnic often.

Right now I have a picnic basket that serves the purpose.  I try to get the nicest, most sturdy paper plates I can find, as well as good quality cups and cutlery.  The most un-romantic thing to have happen is for your fork to break while you’re trying to eat.  That could be a real mood buster.

I pack linen napkins instead of paper.  Sometimes I opt for “real” cutlery as well, or at least get the kind that looks real.

Individual glass bottles of lemon water are included in my picnic basket.  I squeeze the lemons ahead of time and put the juice in ice trays.  When they get frozen, I pop them out and put them in the bottle with the water!  The frozen lemon juice cubes serve a dual purpose – they keep the water cold and provide alkaline friendly lemon juice as they melt.

Others may choose the traditional sandwich, chips and soda – but I like to dress a picnic up a bit to make it special.  When you add a bit of personality to your picnic, it shows the one you love that you put a bit of yourself into it and they appreciate your effort.

Now all you have to do is find the perfect spot to eat your lunch.  Here in Kansas there are so many wonderful places to enjoy a picnic!  When it is Springtime in Kansas, we just hope it won’t be raining or worse – severe weather!  We do have the odd tornado around here.

In some states, they really do it up right!
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I hope you get to pack a picnic for the one you love today! 

EARTH DAY

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I’m happy to announce that Spring is in full swing here in Kansas!  The temperatures will rise and that means that folks will be getting outside more.

No matter what type of activity you choose, it’s a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you.  Staying properly hydrated is a part of good health and wellness.  Your body needs 8-8oz. glasses of water every day.

I want to talk about the type of water bottle you should choose.  By now I’m sure we are all familiar with BPA and other chemicals that are found in traditional plastic water bottles.  Some claim their plastic does not contain these harmful chemicals, but let’s look at the facts.

When plastic is “recycled”, it’s actually “downcycled” and could be made into most anything – from carpet padding to plastic fencing – to a plastic water bottle.  The plastic loses integrity with each reincarnation.  The process is not pure in its true sense.

When glass is recycled, it turns into glass again.  Glass is the most safe container to drink from.  And let’s face it, when you drink water from glass, it tastes like water and if it is in a plastic container there is always that plastic aftertaste!  Who needs that?

What about a stainless steel or aluminum bottle?  Well, there are usually some decorative paints used on those and they could cause harm as well.  It would seem that we are back to glass containers.

Yes, glass is a bit heavier than plastic.  But I’d rather carry a bottle that I know is not going to cause me harm and deal with the weight issue.  It’s not that much heavier.  

I can hear you saying, “But glass will break easily!”  This is also true, however, there are water bottles on the market that are glass on the inside and have a clear plastic coating that is BPA free and FDA sanctioned.  The plastic has the glass pieces if the bottle should happen to break or shatter.  I like the plastic coating because it creates improved slip-resistance as well. 

Most of us are trying to be more environmentally responsible these days.  The statistics are still staggering:

  • Americans throw away over 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Americans toss plastic bags and other plastic garbage in the ocean.  We kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!!!  Most of those bottles are not recycled.

On a more practical note, those of us who choose to add a lemon slice to our water for the alkaline benefit should also consider choosing a glass water bottle with a wide mouth opening. 

Knowledge is power.  So, now that you are informed, what will you do with it? 

I’m not going to tell you to go out and hug a tree, but I will ask you to refrain from using styrofoam coffee cups and plastic water bottles. 

Show some class and choose the glass! 🙂

KINDERGARTEN DAY

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There are many facets of wellness, from nutrition and positive attitude to daily exercise.  Today I want to explore wellness from a slightly different perspective.  When was the last time you – um…  played?

Yes, play – that’s what I said.  Think back.  You remember play, don’t you?  That activity you took for granted growing up and thought you would always carry with you.  Along with play comes a pleasant side effect that is sadly unfamiliar to many people – fun.

I recently located some of my friends from high school, and as I speak with them as adults, my mind goes right back to our high school days – and I remember some good times with them.  We’ve all slept a lot since high school and there is a lot of muddy water under that bridge, but it is nice to have those memories of carefree living (meaning we were not financially responsible) and a lot of fun along the way.

Perhaps I’m the least mature of all my friends, simply because I was not forced to grow up at any point in my life.  Yes, I got married and have to be mature in that relationship, but since I don’t have kids, I never had milestones to really remind me that time is ticking away.  I’m basically the same person I’ve always been.  

What’s that saying, “Growing up is mandatory but growing old is optional.” – ???  I don’t ever want to grow old.  I want to be one of those old ladies who amazes everyone because I can live quite independently for a very long time.  That’s the goal.  I want to keep my independence – even if I end up living alone one day.

I wouldn’t mind being alone, but I don’t ever want to be lonely.  The two are not the same.  You can be alone and not be lonely.  I cherish my solitude – I do!  The time I spend alone is time that is not wasted.  That is my time! 

Something happens to adults along the way.  We forget how to play and have fun.  I realize that most adults call that “vacation” or “camping” (ugh) or “boating” or “sports”.  Those things are fine and good – but I think we should try to do something fun every day.

I hear you saying, “I can’t afford to do something fun every day.”  You are obviously lacking imagination, my friend.  Fun does not have to cost money.  Fun is what happens when you allow play into your everyday life!

Now you’re asking, “OK, Linda – how do YOU play?”  Alright – I am more than ready with an answer to that question – thank you for asking!

I live near a lake.  Every morning when I get finished with devotionals and coffee, I take a small bowl of grain out to the lake and feed the ducks and geese.  I know a lot of people discourage that, but it is something I have done since we’ve lived here and I enjoy it.  That is my way of connecting with nature and having fun.  Yes, the grain costs money, but it’s a minimal cost.

There is one “duck couple” that comes around every morning and demands to be fed immediately!  If I happen to be running a little late, heaven forbid, mama duck comes right up to the bench where I’m sitting and lets out the loudest QUACK!  She will get my attention and get me motivated. 

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Harry & Matilda

When I get out to the lake, the little duck couple waddle up to me and mama duck acts so innocent, as if to say, “Oh, you heard a loud quack?  Hmm…  wonder who THAT could have been, ‘cuz it sure wasn’t me!”

I’m like, “Yeah, right!”

Don’t forget to let yourself be silly now and then.  Let your inner child go out and play!  Goofing off, even with a few close friends, can put them at ease as well.  And don’t forget to hug those friends!  Hugging helps you feel more calm and close to the people you are embracing.  It’s a definite mood enhancer and actually eases physical pain!  It’s a good thing!

Smile!  I know everyone says it – but if you smile it makes you release endorphins and helps you get over a funk if you’re in one.  Studies have shown that people who give genuine smiles have lower heart rates than those who maintain a neutral expression.

Have you ever sat in a park and watched children?  What is one common factor among all of them?  Other than the fact that they are all short and wearing the cutest clothing ever, they are probably jumping around – a lot!  Try to jump up and down a few times.  That will kick-start your silliness and surely put a smile on your face!  If you hurt yourself, you didn’t do it right. 

You might want to explain what it is you’re trying to accomplish if you do this around your friends.  Don’t just start jumping up and down without warning them.  They might think you choked on a piece of food or something.  You don’t want them to start doing the Heimlich maneuver on you if you don’t ‘xplain yourself, Lucy!

I invite you to find something fun to do every day!  It can be anything – use your imagination.  Remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  It does, however, have to make you smile – maybe even make you laugh.  That will lower your blood pressure and help your overall wellness.

Speaking of play – today is KINDERGARTEN DAY!!!

Friedrich Froebel started the first Kindergarten in Germany way back in 1837. Mothers are still thanking him for freeing up 1/2 days for them and giving them a break from their 5 year-old children!