2018 Resolutions

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My 2018 Resolutions.

Paint more

Write more

Declutter/Organize House

Visit a new country

Quit trying to please everyone

Do the best I can in everything I do

Practice gratitude

Do things that challenge me

Try a new recipe once a month

I think that’ll do it for now. How about you? Did you make any resolutions you care to share?

 

Women’s March Signage

THANK YOU! To all the women (and men!) who participated in the Women’s Marches around the world. I got tears in my eyes seeing all the incredible images from Washington D.C. to Paris to Kenya to India! WOW. Thank you for fighting for our rights. Human Rights. And we will continue to fight. I loved all the signs – some funny, some serious and some on animals. 🙂 Here are some of my favorites. GIRL POWER.

RESOLUTIONS 2017

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Resolution time, guys. Did you make one? Some?

How about these for you – 17 things to do in 2017

1. Travel somewhere you have never been before

2.  Learn a new recipe

3. Make a goal list – this month, next 6 months, this year, 5 years, life

4.  Take a social media break – a day, a week, a month!

5.  Go for a hike

6. Dance!!!

7. Go out of your comfort zone

8.  Go to or host a family or friend reunion

9. Go to a concert of someone that you have never seen before but you love

10. Throwing kindness around like it’s confetti

11. Learn a new language (that one I feel like I work on daily)

12. Laugh more!

13. Paint (ps – that’s my painting at the top!)

14. Give your place a full cleaning – organize and throw stuff out!

15. Find a nice dark place where there aren’t any city lights and star watch

16. Stop drinking soda. Drink more water.

17. Love the one you see in the mirror. That’s YOU, silly.

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HIWD!!

Happy International Women’s Day! Time to realize how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go in the pursuit for gender equality.

I have so many strong women in my life that I am thankful for every day. They make my life happier, easier and is one of the reasons I am a strong woman myself. But there is still so much more to be done for women. From wage equality (GO PATRICIA ARQUETTE!) to girls going to schools to no more child brides to stopping the hate.

This video really touched me, seeing the struggle that is still there for so many women. Please watch. The more we know, the better we can help.

BREAK THE HATE.

http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/do-not-stop-sharing-this-until-every-person-who-cares-about-women-sees-this/

 

Do I hear $100?

I might be buyin’ a photograph.

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You may have noticed from here and here and here, that I am somewhat obsessed with the British Royal family. It all started as a young girl, at the innocent age of ten watching Princess Di become exactly that – A Princess. Isn’t that what most little girls dream of? Isn’t that what some of us still dream of? Sadly she did not marry her Prince Charming. Maybe she found him with Dodi Fayed? We will never know.

A candid photo has surfaced in the last few days of Shy Di from the late 1970s. Her and the revealed mystery man – Adam Russell, were on a ski trip in France with a group of friends. Supposedly, they were nothing but friends even though Mr. Russell said to have had a ‘galumphing’ crush on Diana. How cute! Just think how her life would have been so SO much different if he would have pursued her before the Prince of Wales did. But you never know, maybe he would have pursued her but in the end Prince Charles would have won anyway.

The photo was sold to the Daily Mirror two days after Prince Charles and Diana announced their engagement. But ‘NOT TO BE PUBLISHED’ was scrawled in crayon on the picture. Perhaps the ‘NOT TO BE PUBLISHED’ warning reveals that the Daily Mirror’s picture editor at the time had second thoughts about publishing an image of the future Queen in an intimate pose with another man. Maybe the Queen stepped in and demanded it not to be published?

The picture remained in the paper’s archives until it was bought seven years ago by the private Caren Archive, which is now putting it up for sale through RR Auctions in New Hampshire.

Who wants to go in with me to buy it? I have about $56.48 …… Let’s hope that is enough.
UPDATE: Pic sold for $18,000.  I definitely did not have enough… even with Perla matching my 56 bucks.  😦

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Gone Country

EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I am only a little excited about a movie coming out. You mix movies with country music and Gwyneth Paltrow (LOVE) and you got a winner. COUNTRY STRONG with tagline, It Doesn’t Matter Where You’ve Been, As Long As You Come Back Strong. This is gonna be another one of my complete head-over-heels favorites that I buy and watch over and over and over

and over.

I haven’t been this excited for a movie about a singer since George Strait in Pure Country. I cry my eyes out when Harley gets the tickets to Dusty’s show, but she doesn’t know that Dusty is really Dusty. And then he comes out on stage and sings a personal solo to Harley. J.W. is brimming with tears as Grandma Ivy just smiles at nods at her grandson. If you don’t have a tear in your eye, your heart is made of stone.

Here is Kelly Canter  Gwyneth Paltrow singing Country Strong at the CMAs. And don’t forget, that is Oklahoma native and legend Vince Gill singing with her.

Time to refresh

Shhhhhhhh, do you hear that? Listen. There! That sad voice pleading, “please help  me”. That would be my workroom crying out for attention.

So gross! And depressing. And a new room can be only errrr, a few days away! Well, it took ME three days to paint three walls. It’s not like it was a need-it-done-now situation. Relax, it’s fun!

And so easy. All you need is to choose a color, buy some painter’s blue tape, a paintbrush, a roller brush and a plastic tray for the roller.

My color choice – tomato red. But it turned out a teeny bit darker, which I still liked. I also did a quick touch up with white paint where the ceiling meets the wall area. Painting the entire ceiling was unnecessary so why do it?

Some sites say to prep the walls, meaning paint them white first. I can see where that would be important if you were painting a light color but with red, I forgo that step.

Step ONE: Clean the walls to remove dust and dirt with water, a little mild dishwashing detergent and sponge.

Step TWO: Tape the trim, window, outlets and door frame. Remember to take off the tape before the wall dries so you don’t peel off any paint with it.

Step THREE: (This would be when you would prime the walls if you were going to) Brush on paint around trim and in the corners of walls, where your roller can’t reach, with a two-inch angled brush. Extend out two to three inches from windows, doors, and moldings.

Step FOUR: Use the W technique. For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time.

Step FIVE: Paint the trim. When the walls are completely dry, tape where the trim meets the wall. Paint the moldings and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush. But I have tile trim and metal window frames, so this did not apply to me.

AND FINITO!! You are done! Good job!! Here are my fabulous new walls. Ahhh, zen, so much better. Ohhhhmmmmmm.

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