SESAME STREET DAY

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As I read up on all things SESAME STREET, one article mentioned that this year marks the 47th anniversary of the popular children’s program!  I couldn’t believe it – where does the time go?  Do you remember watching Sesame Street on your local public television station?

Now, of course, they travel with the stage show Sesame Street Live.  Isn’t it great that the characters come to life for children everywhere?  I wish they would have had that back when I was a kid!  In 1969 I was 8 years old already.  By the time they hit the road – I had hit the road and lost interest in kid stuff.  LOL!

Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?  I think most kids like Elmo the best (certainly since the Elmo doll sold out a few Christmases ago).  My favorite…  wow – I hate to admit it.  I’m just gonna say it real fast…  my favorite is Oscar the Grouch!

I like the Cookie Monster too – but I like Oscar better.  Why would I like him?  I admire him because he’s not afraid to be a grouch.  He lives in a trash can and he’s grouchy.  You know what to expect.  He doesn’t try to be something he isn’t – and I like that.  A curmudgeon’s curmudgeon.  Oscar should write the how-to book on how to be a grouch with grace.  He’s a grouch, you know he’s a grouch, he’s okay if you’re not okay with that.  He doesn’t put on airs or fake being nice.

I wouldn’t have a problem inviting Oscar into my house.  Cookie monster would not be happy at my house because I don’t keep cookies on hand – but I’d try to bake some real quick if I knew he was coming.  Of course, the last batch would be burned.  The last batch that goes in the oven always burn because I get bored with the process and forget about them until the smoke alarm goes off.  :-/  Sigh.

Celebrate Sesame Street with your little ones today.  That’s the most fun, isn’t it?  It’s great to see the looks on their faces when you share something great with them.  Enjoy those moments together.  🙂

 

 

NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY

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Before we take a look at my thrift shop “finds” for this year, I want to remind you to watch for specials at the thrift shops in your area.  I look forward to this day so I can see what items have been reduced in price even more at my neighborhood Goodwill – yay!

It’s sometimes a matter of seeing items reinvented in your mind…  find something old and inexpensive – then take it home and have some fun.  Take a look at this transformation!

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I’m not artistic at all, so I’d have to depend on templates, but this is something that anyone with imagination could do.

What else can be repurposed from the thrift shop?  Let’s find out.

My big thing at the thrift shop is vintage clothing.  So let’s take a look at some cute finds:

I think she looks GREAT!  Why not look this great without paying retail prices?

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. – Luke 12:23

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  – Matthew 6:25

When I saw that gray sweater she wore, I thought of my mother’s sweater – the one I keep close to me.  It used to have the scent of her cologne, but it’s faded through the years.

I collect antique teapots and Longaberger baskets.  Do you know that once in a while I actually find these items at the thrift shop?  It’s not something that happens every day, but on occasion I do happen upon a Hall teapot or Longaberger basket.

Some people buy items at the thrift shop to sell for more money on eBay.  There are tons of videos about turning a profit that way, but for me the joy is in finding the bargain and enjoying the item in my home.

I hope you find that special something you are looking for today at the thrift shop!  🙂

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIP DAY

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FOREVER FRIENDSHIPS

It’s FRIENDSHIP DAY!!!  What does it take to be a good friend?  Every person you ask will have a different answer, but since it’s my blog – you’re going to hear my answer.  LOL!

It’s my belief that you have to be a good listener and very fast to forgive in order to keep a friendship afloat.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.  – William Blake

It’s horrible to be hurt by a friend, but if you want to salvage the pieces and give the friendship another chance, you must be quick to forgive.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

So many people come through the revolving door of your life…  not many will stick around for the long haul.  A cast of thousands will appear.  Some will use you and leave when they have gotten what they want from you.  They’ll leave you wondering what you’ve done to “scare” them away.  You have to forgive that too.

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.  – Plautus

Do you have friendships that reflect the likes of Lucy and Ethel?  Does it seem you get into fixes every time you get together?

Even though they were not playing HUMANS, I like the friendship that Tess and Monica had – even though once in a while Tess had to put her supervisor hat on.  All of the angels on TBAA seemed to get along so well…  on-screen and off.  ❤  Enjoy their video featuring a song by THE NEWSBOYS.

In the early 1970’s we were introduced to a couple of independent women living life in the big city of Minneapolis.  Mary Richards was a successful career woman in the TV newsroom.  Her job was fast-paced and filled with excitement from all directions.  When she got back to her apartment, she often got visits from her upstairs neighbor, the brash girl from New York, Rhoda Morgenstern.  Mary from the Midwest was rather conservative and soft-spoken, opting to be nice.  Rhoda from the East was familiar with the fine art of speaking out with wild abandon.  They complimented each other somehow.

I was still in school when the TV show “Laverne & Shirley” was aired.  They made it seem like fun to be a grown up.  I thought everyone graduated high school and moved to a different state, got a job, made a friend and ended up sharing an apartment close to where you work.  I thought that as friends, every morning you link arms and sing a catchy tune about independence as you skip to your place of employment.  To say the least, I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was all a fairy tale and real life is not near that much fun.  But on the positive side, most of us don’t have Lenny and Squiggy living in an apartment upstairs.

How about Oscar and Felix?  Wow – they had quite a strange friendship.  They were at odds about everything and that’s what made them The Odd Couple.  There are some friendships you look at and shake your head and say, “huh”???

Have a great FRIENDSHIP DAY!  🙂

 

 

 

 

FAIRY DAY

FAIRY DAYFairy:  (in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs.

Author Lucinda Berry Hill wrote this great poem for Tell a Fairy Tale Day last year.  A Fairy Tale

Magical powers…  wow, that would be a fantastic thing to possess, wouldn’t it?  Wave your arm and speak anything into being and…  boom! 

What would you speak into being if you were a fairy?  I thought today I’d just have a little fun and post some of my little fairies from my group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH.

MIGRAINE HEADACHEWouldn’t it be GREAT if we could use fairy magic to get rid of migraine headaches?HATE

Who else is so tired of hateful attitudes and behavior?  If we were fairies, we could just speak it away!OBESITY BE GONE

Dieting is so difficult, isn’t it?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to command the fat to fly away permanently?  That’s how fairies can stay so slim, you know.  They put on a few pounds – it starts to show – and they just wave their wand and tell it to take a hike – no sweat – literally!HOT FLASHES

Those lovely hot flashes…  ever feel like you could pop corn on your head?  Yeah – it’d be great to just speak those to the four winds forever, wouldn’t it?CANCER BE GONE

Cancer of any kind is so scary…  it would be so great if with the swish of a wand it could be spoken away forever!

DIABETESBefore 1994 I didn’t know much about diabetes.  Actually, I didn’t know anything about it.  I can honestly say I’ve read every book and article I can get my hands on about the disease.  Wow, it would be so great to be a fairy and magically demand it be GONE!

Fairies are imaginary and magic is illusion, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little fun with it, right?  🙂

 

 

 

 

WALK ON YOUR WILD SIDE DAY

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Define WILD…  well, skunks are wild animals.  They are cute and furry, but don’t get them riled or they will leave you with a lasting impression.  Don’t hit them with your car or you will be sorry.  There are not enough tomatoes in the world to deal with the consequences.  Is that the kind of wild you want to be today???  I don’t think so.  Don’t be that kind of wild, brothers and sisters.  That just stinks and God won’t be happy with you.  It’s better to just be good to begin with and not have to ask forgiveness for being stinky.skunk-1239764_1280Is it wrong for Christians to have a little wild streak?  Can wild be used for God’s glory?  Well of course it can!  Have you ever watched wild mountain goats?  They live in those mountains and maneuver through them like it’s just no big deal.  Is there a mountain you need to climb?  Pray for strength from God and go for it today!  Accomplish that task that you have been too afraid to begin – because you know that with God ALL things are possible!  Even if you try and fail, it’s way better than not trying at all.mountain-goats-1156056_1920

Whales are so large and majestic!  You could live like a whale today.  Did you know that only 1/2 of their brain sleeps at a time?  They have to rise to the surface often to breathe, so their brains cannot be all the way asleep.  Talk about multi-tasking!  Maybe today you will be a whale of a go-getter and multi-task like crazy – how wild is that?whale-1149826_1920

Wild geese are so disciplined!  They eat a high protein diet and are very lightweight.  Coincidence?  I think not.  They also have those great waterproof wings that keep them dry and happy.  Maybe today is the day you begin to eat a more healthy diet, lose weight, don’t let things get to you so you can fly high!  wild-geese-1148899_1920Walking on your wild side is not just about changing your outward appearance!  Of course, that can certainly be a part of it – it shows you have a sense of confidence and a new positive attitude toward your life.  But the real changes – the real walk – happens on the inside!  Let God show you how life can be so much better than ever before!  Let Him break chains of addiction and lead you in a direction that brings the glory and honor to Him.  🙂

OLD MAID’S DAY

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Have you ever played the card game OLD MAID???

 

When I was a kid, one of the first games I learned to play was OLD MAID.  Today, however, we celebrate OLD MAID’S DAY – and it’s about real women.

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It takes a great deal of confidence to stay single.  There are a number of reasons women decide not to marry but most of the single women I’ve known throughout my life have been very successful in life.  Some of my teachers in elementary school were unmarried women.  A friend of mine worked with homeless children – talk about a calling!  Another friend decided to chase a very successful career with the U.S. Postal Service.

And if you think marriage is for you – adopt the attitude that IF IT IS MEANT TO BE, GOD HAS A PRINCE FOR ME.

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Not all women need a man and their own children to feel fulfilled or complete.  There was a time when it seemed odd or different for women not to be “settled down” and married.  Thankfully, those days are over.  There’s no longer a stigma attached to staying single.

Too many women jump into marriage with both feet without giving it much thought.  When you really stop to think about that vow you’re about to make – it’s a sobering thought – till death you do part.  That’s for the rest of your life – or his…

I tip my hat to the women who have forged their way through life without a man.  Leaning fully on the Lord and bravely facing each day with confidence, what special women you are!  I can’t even imagine because I’ve been married longer than I was single.  I’m not sure I would do well as a single woman, but God would help me, that much I know!

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.  – Psalm 121:1-2

Today we celebrate the courage and savvy of the unmarried women.  Let’s face it – marriage is not for everyone.  As long as we have help from God – whether we’re married or not – that’s really all that matters, right?  🙂

 

 

 

WEAR BROWN SHOES DAY

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Whether you are going to work, doing your grocery shopping or heading out for school, today is WEAR BROWN SHOES DAY!  Here in Kansas it would be a great idea to wear some warm brown shoes because we are heading for some single-digit temperatures.

 A man hasn’t got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.   – Anne Petry

Forgive my parallel here, but just as there are 50 shades of gray, there are, believe it or not, 50 shades of brown!  That’s as far as I’m going with that thought.  LOL.  For a color chart of brown shades, click on this link:

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A couple of reminders to men who will wear a suit to work with brown shoes…

Please don’t be tempted to pull that lightweight tan suit from the back of your closet today.  That is a suit to be worn in the summertime and even though it would indeed go with brown shoes, it would look silly and out-of-place in winter!  Remember it is December, guys!  Make sure you don’t try to wear a black suit with brown shoes – that’s just wrong.  Make sure that suit coat or sports coat has some brown in it.

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A better bet is to wear a heavy wool sports jacket with dark brown slacks (if your company would cut you some slack – no pun intended).  A suit doesn’t always have to matchy-matchy and a sports jacket can look just as classy as an actual suit, in my humble opinion.

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 Funny that a pair of really nice shoes make us feel good in our heads — at the extreme opposite end of our bodies. – Levende Waters

Most women have many pairs of brown shoes in all 50 shades (no doubt).  We know that some of our shoes go with skirts and dresses while others go with our dress pants.  Here are my favorite pair of brown shoes for jeans or dress pants (I stopped wearing dresses a long time ago).  I’m a retired lady of leisure these days, so I dress comfortably.    😉

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What a cute look!

I love it when Lucinda Berry Hill writes a poem!  I especially like this one and I know you will too!

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If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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