I think most of us would rather skip opening junk mail and marketers are getting savvy by making the envelopes look so official, but when you open them it's a sales pitch for something. Don't just throw unopened mail in the trash even when you suspect it might be junk. Many of us have heard of "dumpster divers" who actually go through trash to look for information with personal information on it. Be on the safe side by opening and then shredding junk mail especially credit card offers...who needs those anyway.
Hello to Sunday and it's delightful! I won't bore you with the details of the weather. I think you probably know by now that it's steamy hot in Atlanta and around the country. The weather folks told us to look for these hot temps for the next 10 days. There is the cutest family of 4 hummingbirds that have been stopping by my backyard for drinks...let me explain that by saying they are quenching their thirst at the birdbath :-) I get my share of birds, but this is a first for the hummingbirds. Last year, I did spot one feeding on the nectar of the hanging petunia flower at my front door. A pretty sight!
I did a small organization project in my closet this morning. I still had some turtlenecks on the shelves that made me hot just looking at them. I put in their place some lighter tops in nice, cool pastel colors. I will admit that I have a serious pet-peeve on keeping clothes of the same color together. You won't find a pair of black slacks for example mixed in with beige or gray. Each color remains in it's section. It's just me, but worth a try in your own closet.
There's one slice of leftover frozen pizza so that will be lunch. I'm thinking stir fry veggies over pasta for Sunday dinner. I bought some good-looking peaches and sliced them in a bowl for a cool snack. Yum is the word! Credit: Free photos from acobox.com
Yep, it's TGIF and seems like the end of the week rolled around quickly especially for those who had Monday off for the holiday. I plan to check over my to-do list and finish up items that aren't marked done. If you have errands to run this weekend, beat the heat by getting up early to get a head start before the temps rise. Always remember to drink plenty of water while out and about. I read that's today is National Doughnut Day! This is pretty sweet and a good reason to head over to the bakery section of your local grocery store and grab a few doughnuts for the family, Yum!
I want to thank all my new followers this week and for those who continue to read my blog. I appreciate everyone and your comments are so kind. I love visitors, so keep stopping by!
I'm so excited that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that they have changed from the food pyramid to a new Plate icon. The new plate icon shows the food groups more clearly that should be a part of your meal and promotes a plant-based diet. I think people will like it and give more thought to what's on their plate when eating. It's all about healthy eating and this is a move in the right direction, Yum!
Welcome to the new month of June and all things new as I like to say. Greet those first of the month bills with enthusiasm that you have the money to pay them. In these tough economic times, some people are juggling what bills will get paid. A good practice for the new month is to review your budget and see how well things are going. Are you able to add $5 dollars to the monthly savings plan? Right now, no one can escape the high cost of food and gas. While gas prices have gone down a bit, keep your eye on other ways to commute to work like public transportation or carpool. As the air conditioners get cranked up, the electric bills will be going up too. If it's not quite that hot yet, open the windows until you really need to turn on the A/C. Here's an idea ->Look for a part-time job or extra gig on the weekends to help with expenses.
Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. There's nothing like looking ahead to a four-day work week right! I bet there are plenty of leftovers from your cookout or the to-go plate from ones you attended. Either way, don't let them go to waste. Take them along for your brown bag lunch, jazz them up for tonight's dinner by adding more veggies to the chicken or burgers. I know you will think of something as you enjoy these leftovers. Plus, it will give you a free night from cooking and more time to get ready to watch the NBA Finals that begin tonight between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Saluting our servicemen and women on Memorial Day for their heroic valor in protecting our country. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families who have lost loved ones in wartime, but know that America will never forget their many sacrifices to help keep us safe.
Hello Everyone, today is glorious indeed and gorgeous too. I have been busy with my Sunday usual which is watering all my indoor plants. I had to clip a long piece off one of my golden pothos plants. I was able to cut the piece into two so I will have a couple more plants around soon after they get roots. I saved a couple of jelly jars so they came in handy for the clippings and look pretty cute on the table and counter. One of my fave neighbors likes to grill out so I need to dial the digits and see what's cooking :-) Enjoy yummy eats and have a safe holiday weekend!
The day is shaping up to be just that...Fabulous! I say shaping up because we finally got some rain in Atlanta late yesterday and it was stormy. The sun has been peeking through the clouds and the temps are warming. I bet lots of people took today off from work to get a jump start on the long holiday weekend ahead. If you are one of them, enjoy all you have planned for the day. I am sure cookouts are part of the weekend as many prepare to host or attend a few.
I see the gas prices have come down a little just in time for those planning to hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday to visit family, friends, or beach getaway. If this will be a staycation holiday for you, make the most of it by finding free events to attend like festivals where you can pack a picnic basket, blanket, and cool beverage to enjoy the sights and sounds.
If you've been invited to a backyard cookout, ask the host what you can bring. Prepare your fave dish or stop by the store to pick something up. Here's a cool idea ->bring a 12-24 pack of bottled water to put in their cooler so everyone stays hydrated while outside in the sunny heat. I am sure whatever you decide to bring, it will be greatly appreciated.
Well, I'm ready to check some things off my to-do list and writing this blog post is one of them. Hey, have a Fab Friday!
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Farewell Show Finale today of The Oprah Winfrey Show. I liked the way she simply spoke from her heart about how much she has appreciated her viewers, guests, and staffers. She looked beautiful as always and I could not take my eyes off her dazzling jewelry. Her words were profound and I especially like when she said "what are the whispers in your life and are you listening to them." In case you missed it when she gave out her email address, here it is ->Oprah@Oprah.com and said don't be surprised if your inbox has a response from her. Thanks for 25 wonderful years, Farewell Oprah!
Hey, it's hot already in some places around the states and will be soon in others. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. There's nothing like feeling sluggish and drained when your body needs water. Keep a six pack or more of bottled water at work and home to have on hand for the week. Stay hydrated while working and on the go, Refreshing!
Yep, cheers to Monday and the beginning of a new week. I bet many of us have started our to-do list for the day and week. Are you wrapping up a project from last week today? If so, that's cool and you can check it off as done. I know one thing that's on my to-do list for the next three days...watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. I'm going to already fess up and tell you that I plan to have a tissue box nearby because it's going to be teary. I can't wait to watch and know that there will be plenty of happiness as we all wish her farewell. Before I close this blog post, check out this neat idea ->take a 3x5 card and spray it with your favorite perfume or cologne. Place the card in your car for a dash of freshness. You can also open those fragrance samples that fall out from magazines or store mailings too. Enjoy your fave scent while out and about. Have a great week!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start. The warm temps finally returned to Atlanta after starting the week off on a chilly note. I am planning a day out and about visiting shops around town. I have a plant that my neighbor gave me which she calls "chicks." The plant is quite unusual because you keep it outside even in the winter months and stop watering it during this time too. The planter is full of these chicks and it's time to pull some out to make room for more to grow. Hey, I dig it!I spent a few hours with my gal pal yesterday and went to see her new booth at a neighboring antique store. She used to own an antique store in our town, but closed it at the end of last year. She really has a knack for displaying her items in a neat way and I hope she gets lots of buys from shoppers. We had lots of fun! It's a beautiful day to either wash the car or drive through a car wash. I'm thinking the latter idea. Check out the YouTube video on my blog today of the 70s classic that everybody was spinning back in the day. Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who visited my blog this week and became followers. I truly appreciate your comments and kindness. I have visited and followed some new blogs too and hope to see everyone again soon. Have a Happy Weekend!
For those who work from home running a small business, telecommute a few days out of the week, or work as a freelancer, it can be isolating at times especially when you might be used to an office setting. Here are 3 ideas to help in the day:
1. Step out on the patio or deck with your first cup of coffee or tea before getting started on your work. Use the time to gather your thoughts on the projects ahead for the day. 2. Have lunch with your neighbor who may work from home too or be a stay-at-home mom. It would be a nice way to chat during the hour and engage with others. 3. Take a walk in the neighborhood especially on a beautiful day. You might see a neighbor gardening or walking their dog and stop for a quick catch up. It's a great way to feel refreshed and exercise before starting back on your work.
I like the idea of telecommuting for employees. It sure will help during these high gas prices and long commutes. Plus, it's eco-friendly!
I mistakenly picked up a small bag of organic carrots during my grocery shopping yesterday. I realized the register price was more than the carrots I usually buy. I didn't want to go back to the produce section to switch them out so I bought them. Today, I washed and cut them up and I must say these organic carrots taste much better than the ones I have been buying. Is it all in my mind...I don't think so. I would like to buy more organic products especially produce, but my food budget doesn't stretch that far. I like carrots a lot and might find a way to add this organic favorite into my shopping basket, Yum!
The U.S. has reached it's debt ceiling and will need to find ways to start paying it off soon. The debt level as of today is $14.3 trillion dollars. I am pretty sure the average person will never see themselves in trillions worth of debt, at least I hope not :-) It's a good idea to try your best not to let your borrowing and credit cards get out of hand. If you find yourself in a pinch or an unexpected expense comes up, try to use the credit card with a low interest rate and possibly not a high balance already. Plus, when the bill arrives and hopefully your cash flow is better, send in a double payment to start paying the card off quickly.
Happy Sunday and it's cool & breezy with temps in the 60s today. A far cry from the near 90s last week and fall seems to want to make a comeback for the next few days. I guess the tank tops and shorts will get a break as I pulled back out my long sleeved tops and pants. The one nice thing is that it finally rained late last night. My poor grass was starting to sound crunchy :-) I gave my house plants a jolt of plant food last Sunday and they sure appreciated it. When I went around to water them today, I could tell it gave them a burst...I don't think it's my imagination.
I plan to watch more of the NBA playoff games this afternoon. Since the Atlanta Hawks were eliminated by the Chicago Bulls last week, I've got to root for another team. I'll choose soon! I am delighted to have my laptop up and running again. I can't thank my neighbor enough for all the work he put into fixing it. I didn't want to ask him at first because I wasn't sure just how much work would go into it. When I went to pick it up last Sunday, he was giddy with excitement that my laptop was back working. He received his Bachelor's degree in IT about a year ago and was glad to be putting all the knowledge to use as he put it. I'm happy indeed!
TGIF has fallen on the 13th! I don't have any quirky superstitions, but I do wonder what types of weird things might happen in the day :-) Like many other bloggers, I have been trying to access my blog and posted a few things yesterday, but it looks like they aren't there anymore. I'm kind of bummed out, but understand the maintenance problems. I'm happy Blogger is back!
If you have your own office at work, keep a set of 3-5 lb free weights in your office. Grab them for a quick workout routine during your 15-minute break or return from lunch a few minutes early. You don't need to change clothes for this simple workout, just close the office door. Do 2-3 sets of 10 reps that work the arms, biceps, and shoulders. You will be ready in no time flat to show off your shapely arms this spring & summer. Rock the Look!
Just had to ask as the new week begins. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and great time celebrating with family and friends on Mother's Day. I heard plenty of birds chirping happily this morning so I'm looking forward to a great start to the day and week. Now back to the question of what's in your brown bag lunch? I'm hoping you packed a delicious sandwich with the leftovers from yesterday's dinner. More importantly, a piece of fruit like banana, apple, orange, or pear. Any of those will do fine when you and your co-workers head to the park for lunch outside in the sun. Have a great week!
Just want to send Happy Mother's Day greetings to everyone. I spoke with my Mom by phone this morning. She received my card and said she started to cry on the words I wrote. When I started to write my own words on the card, the loving thoughts of her love, support and kindness in my life flowed. She gave me the encouragement and confidence that have sustained me in many of life's choices. I was happy to know that her heart was touched. I'm remembering my fave breakfast that my Mom would make called "chipped beef on toast." It's a warm and yummy meal that really can be eaten anytime, but breakfast was even more special when I saw my Mom preparing it. I also have fond memories of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. I always say that my green thumb for indoor plants came from her. I remember anxiously wanting to help her water the plants out on the back deck. She would say, "Cindy you already watered that one." Enjoy the memories of Mother's Day and all the women who have made an impact in your life. With Love, Mom!