Saturday and Tuesday

Thanksgiving is nigh! I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy taking time to ponder what you’re grateful for and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

If you participate in the events on Friday and Monday (that shall not be named), best of luck to you. I hope you will also participate in Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday:

On Saturday, visit your favorite small business to buy some one-of-a-kind gifts.

On Tuesday, donate to your favorite charity. Why not make a donation in a family member/friend’s name and give that as a gift this season? I’m adopting a wild animal and buying a share of an animal for my family this year. Or you can pledge to donate some time this season. Visit Volunteer Match to find opportunities near you.

Listen to these smart people:

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“For it is in giving that we receive.” Francis of Assisi



Congrats to the Queen

Even though the temp outside is 79 degrees, I’m toasting Queen Elizabeth with a cuppa. Today she became the longest-reigning monarch of Britain.









Here are some fun facts about the Queen.

Andy Warhol's take on the Queen

Andy Warhol’s take on the Queen

Left On and Resting Sad Face










First of all, I hope all of my fellow lefties had a fabulous Lefthanders Day. (I’m not linking to the official Lefthanders Day website because its “bandwidth has been exceeded.” Left on!) If you haven’t visited the Anything Lefthanded website, go there and sign up for the newsletter and do some shopping!

Along with being lefthanded, I have something called “resting sad face.”

Resting Sad Face

Resting Sad Face









I didn’t know that there was a name for this until I read a recent article about “resting bitch face.”

Wow! Once in a while, I notice my reflection in a window and am surprised at how sad I look. I may be thinking about where I’m going for lunch that day, but I look like I’m thinking about a dying pet.

Do you have a resting [fill in the blank] face?

You Have Too Many Mag Subscriptions…

…when you go through your magazine pile and find one that is almost a year old:



Benedict has been waiting…









And I’ve already received a new magazine subscription for Christmas! New Year’s resolution: Make more time to read…

Well, I have one day left of work and then it’s holiday break time. Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season. I was going through some old photos the other day and came across these pics of my childhood cats.

Kitty and Kiwi were the best cats ever (don’t tell Olive). They were very chill and great sports.

Happy Holidays!





Lil Bro with Kiwi

Lil Bro with Kiwi

Tempus Fugit

The past few weeks have been a blur of work, volunteering, holiday shopping, holiday card sending, holiday lunches and parties, post office trips. And now it’s almost a week till Christmas.

Without fail, at least once during the holiday season, I buy someone a gift and buy myself the same thing. This year, the “one for you, one for me” is:








I found two of these signs sitting on the shelf at TJ Maxx the other day. I immediately picked one up and thought, “Mom needs this.”

“Oh, and I need it, too.”

My first reaction to the sign was laughter. Yes, we both over-schedule ourselves so much that it’s laughable (not to mention stressful at times).

But then I had a more mindful thought: This sign should serve as a reminder for us. We really don’t have the time to waste on busy-ness; our time should be spent more wisely. We need to make the time for relaxing, meditating, just being.

First (and maybe only) resolution for 2015.

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