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Contentment!

I finished reading all of my FACEBOOK friends interesting stories…

I read all of my blogging friend’s posts…

I now have to go to work…

thinking how I would love to just sit here and write…

Writing… even so briefly… gives me such a sense of focus and peace…

Is that what you receive?

or is it something else?

Knowing I can come home to my time with what I want to share…

being it funny, serious, happy… gives me a feeling of contentment

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 I gave this program at our TOPS Group last night… It brought out quite a lot of conversation… which I think is always a good thing!

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Happy people are Happy because they “make” themselves Happy… They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves…

This is from an article I read from Chiara Fucarino…

There are 22 Things listed as to WHY…

It seems Happy People Do Things Differently!

They have good habits that enhance their lives…

 

1. Don’t hold grudges…

Better to forgive and forget than to let their negative feelings crowd their positive feelings…

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2. Treat everyone with kindness…

Being kind makes you happier!… When you do kind acts… your brain produces serotonin, a hormone that eases tension and lifts your spirits…

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3. See problems as challenges…

The word “problem” is not in a Happy Person’s vocabulary… Treating a problem as a challenge is like an opportunity with positive results…

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4. Express Gratitude for what they already have…

You have a deeper sense of contentment if you count your blessings instead of yearning for what you don’t have…

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5. Dream big…

If you dare to dream BIG… your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state…

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6. Don’t sweat the small stuff…

Letting things “roll off your back” will definitely put you at ease to enjoy the more important things in life…

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7. Speak well of others…

Saying nice things about other people encourages you to think positive, non-judgemental thoughts…

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8. Never make excuses…

Happy people don’t make excuses or blame others for their failures… They own their mistakes and by, doing so, they change for the better…

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9. Get absorbed in the present…

They savor the present…They get immersed in whatever they are doing at the moment…

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10. Wake up at the same time every morning…

Lots of successful people are early risers…

Waking up at the same time every morning stabilizes your internal rhythm, increasing productivity, making for a calm and centered state…

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11. Avoid social comparison…

Everyone works at their own pace…You will be happier if you focus on your own progress and praise others on theirs…

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12. Choose Friends wisely…

Surround yourself with optimistic people who will encourage you to achieve your goals… Positive energy makes you feel better about yourself…

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13. Never seek approval from others…

Happy people don’t care what others think of them… They know it’s impossible to please everyone… You can listen to what people say… but, seek only your own approval…

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14. Take the time to listen…

Listening keeps your mind open to other’s wisdoms and outlooks on the world… The quieter your mind… the more content you feel…

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15. Nurture social relationships…

You need strong, healthy relationships… take the time to see and talk to your family, friends or significant other…

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16. Meditate…

It silences your mind and helps you find inner peace…

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17. Eat well…

Everything we eat directly affects the body… It will dictate your moods, energy and mental focus…

18. Exercise…

It raises happiness levels… Boosts your self-esteem and you feel more accomplished…

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19. Live minimally…

Extra belongings usually just weigh a person down… De-clutter…

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20. Tell the truth…

“The truth will set you free”… It improves your mental health and builds others’ trust in you…

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21. Establish personal control…

Choose your own destiny…

Don’t let others tell you how to live… be in control of your own life… It will bring positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth…

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22. Accept what cannot be changed…

“Life is not fair”… and with acceptance of that fact… you will be more at peace with yourself… Focus on what you can control and change it for the better…

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I think these reasons all seemed to based on being positive…

What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Happy Things!”

I’m trying to focus on Happy Things…

I am even doing a talk tomorrow at my TOPS Group on…

“22 Things Happy People Do Differently!”…

I might write a simple blog explaining these things sometime soon!…

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I found this Prayer Cross neatly tucked into black satin … boxed for a gift…

it says, “Prayer gives voice to what is within our hearts”…

Made of a clear acrylic with a white dove inside…

This gift is mine…

I thought it would be something I can hold as I say my prayers each morning…

Why morning?…

because that’s my favorite time of day… the quietest time I have… and my mind is clearer… 

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Front…

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Back..

These must have been distributed by the International Mission Board… Southern Baptist Convention…

A small hand carved/hand painted Nativity depicting Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus…

by Carlos Ibujes & Camanda Almeida… Ecuador 

So ornate with the details…

Another gift for me… to display at Christmas!…

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I didn’t mean to treat myself with so many things… but, it seems like I did!…

A new “Bird Feeder”… No!… not really… It’s a lantern that holds a jar candle…

It hangs from a brass chain… has a brass roof, weather vane cat, and trim…

The bright yellow color caught my eye…

Now… Where to hang it?… 

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You know you usually have to take two photos of kids…

The first for them to act like they don’t want to…

and the second… cute as can be!…

My little neighbor’s Grandson!

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I found “Blackberry Ginger Ale” the other day…

If I see “Blackberry”… I must have it!… Just love that Blackberry taste!

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My Sweet Basil I planted from seed is growing pretty good… Might have to pinch off some for my spaghetti sauce…

and the Dill is growing too… My mind goes to Dill Dip…

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ALSO KNOWN AS “MORNING STAR”, SNOWDROPS ARE THE FIRST FLOWERS THAT PEEP THROUGH THE SNOW AT THE END OF WINTER. WHEN THEY BLOOM IN THE SAN PELLEGRINO VALLEY, THEIR PURE WHITE BLOSSOMS SURROUNDED BY THE LAST SHREDS OF SNOW ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING. THE SNOWDROP’S SWEET THREE-PETALLED COROLLA, WHICH PEEKS OUT OF GLADES AND LINES THE STREAMS HAS ALWAYS SYMBOLIZED LIFE, RENEWAL AND HOPE. THE ELARIIA SNOWDROP LINE OFFERS THE SKIN THE COOL FRESHNESS OF THIS PURE ENCHANTING FLOWER. ITS FRAGRANCE’S HIGH NOTES ARE ENHANCED BY MANDARIN AND SWEET ORANGE, WHILE THE MUSK WOODY BACKGROUND IS HEIGHTENED BY A HINT OF WALNUT. ELARIIA SNOWDROP SOOTHING RICH BODY CREAM PROVIDES THE SKIN WITH ULTIMATE MOISTURE AND LEAVES IT FEELING SOFT AND SMOOTH AS SILK. A GENTLE AND EFFECTIVE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT NOURISHES THE SKIN WITH MOISTURE. THE FORMULA IS ENRICHED WITH ANGELICA, AVACADO OIL, AND MYRRH. THIS FORMULATION HELPS FIGHT THE SIGNS OF AGING AND MAINTAIN A BRIGHT, LUMINOUS APPEARANCE. THIS SOOTHING MOISTURE-RICH BODY CREAM IS IDEAL FOR ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

MADE IN ITALY.

Sounded like a commercial didn’t it?…

but, it is a real product… and I found a brand new bottle of it at “you know where!”… my favorite Thrift Store!…

It’s not often I buy cosmetics, lotions, etc. … but, being that this was new… I thought I would buy it (only $1.49)… and check it out!…

It would sell for $20.00 usually plus shipping= $27.00…

If it does all it says… I will be so beautiful!

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Since I heard it was National Pet Day… I was happy when I found this neat Pet Scrapbook just for kitties…

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Since my pets are my Sweet Kitties… PERFECT!

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It included stickers and fun pages to decorate each photo page…

Those are NOT my hands!… just a photo showing what you are able to do with the scrapbook……

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The cover is so cute… with little paw prints indented on it!…

The stickers are also funny with little mice… and birds… 

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but,… my favorite part was the attached “Bookmark Tail” that looks so real!

I can’t wait to include alll of the cute photos of my girls!

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NAAN Bread-(Tandoor Oven)

I bought this wonderful Flat Bread today… called NAAN…

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It just looked amazing!…

There are two breads in each package…

when cut in half… makes 4 good size pockets…

Had I ever eaten NAAN?NO!…

but, I was so willing to try it!

Naan, is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines of West, Central and South Asia.

It resembles pita and, like pita bread, is usually leavened with yeast.

Naan is cooked in a tandoor.

Typically, it is served hot and brushed with butter. It can be used to scoop other foods, or served stuffed with a filling.

A typical naan recipe involves mixing white flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough.

The dough is kneaded for a few minutes, then set aside to rise for a few hours.

Once risen, the dough is divided into balls (3.5 oz each), which are flattened and cooked.

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A Tandoor Oven

Do I know what a Tandoor Oven is?… NO! …

but, I have my ways of finding out!…

The term tandoor refers to a variety of ovens, the most commonly known is a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking and baking. The tandoor is used for cooking in Southern, Central and Western Asia .

The heat for a tandoor was traditionally generated by a charcoal or wood fire, burning within the tandoor itself, thus exposing the food to live-fire, radiant heat cooking, and hot-air, convection cooking, and smoking by the fat and food juices that drip on to the charcoal. Temperatures in a tandoor can approach 480 °C (900 °F), and it is common for tandoor ovens to remain lit for long periods to maintain the high cooking temperature. The tandoor design is something of a transitional form between a makeshift earth oven and the horizontal-plan masonry oven.

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Was it good?… YES!…

Not as flavorful as I expected…but, toasted a little… adding some butter… It was really good!…

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It opens like a pita where it can be filled if you want…

and there are many pizza-like recipes using NAAN…

Of course my Apricot Preserves didn’t hurt!

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Today I toasted another half and ate with butter… with my Lentil SoupTasted so good!

Check out this site if interested…

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      It’s been quite a week in my little world…

You’ve probably read of the flood waters in our area… k0322722

we had some clean-up to do!…

Our shed is muddy and some of our plastic totes that held seasonal items were afloat and spilt…

The lawnmower was submerged… and some other items…

But, we can get through these minor losses…

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Son, who is bi-polar still waiting on meds to be prescribed… due to back-log in seeing patients… k11482996

I could go on and on!

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My husband has not felt up to par…

We use “age” as a “definer” of our health issues… and it is… but, actually it is the type of work and activities we did when we were young…

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stooped over… crawling under vehicles… bent in awkward positions… on feet a lot… lifting heavy items…

You see the picture…

But, we will adjust to doing things differently…

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This past two weeks there have been three deaths in my little world…

The first was a young man that lived down the street… k3409013k23788045

No, I didn’t really know him…

I knew his house… way down the street… and that he was married and had a little boy…

because the child would sometimes wander down our way wanting to play… and Mom or Dad would come down to get him…

Evidently… he, the Dad… was having some severe emotional problems… dealing with depressiondomestic issues between him and his wife…etc. …

Live so close but, do not know what is happening in everyone’s life…

He decides to bring out a gun… and fired off some shots…

which in a family neighborhood… is definitely not the place!…

Police was called!…

His mind was very confused… with thoughts racing evidently… when the police arrived…

Not, wanting to go with them… and in his state of feeling no way out… he waved his gun at the police who had to chase him… and then they were confronted by himthey shot

He was pronounced dead at the scene from what I hear…

but, not from the police bullets… but, from his own self-inflicted gun shotsuicide!…

Gone in an instant…

I question… our world in this case…

Why is it we feel so helpless…

so desperate…

so not worthy…

that we would take our own life… and leave those that wanted to help…

that loved him…

that just didn’t have the right words to change the direction of this situation?

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You know I work at the YMCA Adult Care Program…

Our Seniors… which, some are younger than me… have many health issues… both mental and physical…

I met Terry over a year ago….

A handsome man… married to a lovely wife… had children and grandchildren…

A kind, sweet person… always complimentary… and grateful for us, the workers that helped with any needs encountered…

but, this wonderful guy… had MS and also Alzheimer’s… k25404758

Contracted in his later years…

and within a year of me knowing him… I saw him deteriorate to not knowing what, where, when or how he was in his life…

He had lost so much… until we could no longer meet his needs…

He wasn’t able to stay home any longer either… needing constant watch…

It wasn’t but, a few months until he passed away…

and left us with a little hole in our hearts that knew him…

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Debbie was also a participantA girl in a woman’s body… A big girl in build… could be a little intimidating if she had wanted to…

but, she loved her stuffed animals… her jewelery… her baby dolls that she treated as her children…

She always greeted everyone… and she was liked by all…

She had her peculiar ways… that just made her Debbie…

Liked to color in her books and craved attention…

I heard “I love you Marilyn”… a hundred times…”You are so sweet”… almost every day I worked…

She had physical problems with her legs… indigestion a lot… and would rather sit in our recliners than participate at times…

The other day… she evidently didn’t feel well… and had went to the bathroom…

Having been gone longer than usual… she was checked on… and found to be unresponsive on the bathroom floor…

911 was called… CPR started… and was transported to the hospital… She had not regained consciousness… when she left from the YMCA…

and when the ambulance reached the hospital… she was pronounced dead from a massive heart attack… k26164593

Devastated… we were in awe… as I heard the news when I arrived a few hours later for my shift…

so, if I seem a little distant… a little quieter… a little out of sorts…

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I made this Pillsbury recipe yesterday…

“Pizza-Stuffed Pasta Shells”…

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Simple Ingredients…

JUMBO Pasta Shells…(they recommend 21)… and that was pretty much perfect!

1- pound Ground Beef

1- Clove Garlic- finely chopped…( I had none… so I substituted Garlic Powder) to taste…

“I” also added Chopped Dried Onion… about 1-teaspoonful… and 1-small can of sliced black olives…

4 oz. Pepperoni… I used the Mini Pepperoni…

3- cups Pizza Sauce…(I had bought a smaller jar… so I added some Spaghetti Sauce to finish out the amount…)

NO BIG DEAL!…

2- Cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded

Brown ground beef in skillet…

add garlic/onion… while browning…

(DRAIN GREASE)

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Added half of pepperoni slices, black olives and 1-cup sauce… Heat for 5 minutes…

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Cool mixture slightly… then fill cooked shells that have been cooked, cooled and drained…

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Pour remaining sauce over filled shells…

Cover with Cheese…

and sprinkle rest of Pepperoni Slices over…

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Bake 25 minutes… until bubbly and cheese is melted…

Let stand 5 minutes before serving…

 

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I made a few green beans and added these favorite rolls…

“NEW YORK brand “Garlic Knots”… 6 per package…

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Maybe two helpings left today… VERY GOOD!…

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