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Magic Recliner

Friday, August 29, 2014



TaaaaDaaaa! My magic recliner! Yes, this is the place where I come to sit and relax after a long day's work. Where I curl up to read a good book. Where I sat last evening to work a little extra so that my department could have the evening off. Somehow, this magic recliner takes the stress and pulls it right out of me.

I suspect the magic recliner really has no actual power, just that I'm in a state ready to let it go. Whatever, I love the magic recliner. And so does Asher. He's on his favorite sofa cushion napping on his quilt right now or he'd be in the picture too.

Today, know that I'll be working from home in the magic recliner and all will go well. :)

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CHERYLHURT 8/29/2014 5:31AM

  Sounds lovely!

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Managing Stress Better

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Work was REALLY stressful yesterday. OK, so I know it's the season, but it just kept on coming. I first thought to just sit at my desk and work through it. Then, it hit me, THAT is how I've done it in the past and that is what leads me to food to soothe me. By the end of the day, I'd be all worked up and feeling that I deserved a treat. After all, I'd suffered through the day. And my treat wouldn't be something healthy, but something that soothed. Something that made me feel cared for.

A co-worker IM'd me needing direction on something. When I responded, I also asked if she wanted to walk. THAT felt good. Taking care of me! Stayed OP. Dumping the self-punishing thought of just working through.

We walked, laughed, talked and shared a lot. We even took an extra lap because we weren't finished. I could even have tracked it as 1:1 time if anyone questioned it because we were sorting out work stuff at one point. :)

I arrived back feeling light-hearted. OK, lighter of heart. I know that the woman who is causing a lot of stress in our office is still very stressed and she's in a position of power. The project that is so stressful is not complete. Stress is going to continue. And I'm going to find a walking partner again today!

I gave myself a treat last night too. I went to my room early. Curled up in my reading chair and read. And dozed until my dog woofed for me to come to bed. What a blissful evening. Much better than indulging in food!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 8/28/2014 10:46AM

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SHANTODD420 8/27/2014 7:22PM

    Wahoo way to go and way to have a great reward after all the stress.

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/27/2014 7:14PM

    Way to go.. Good job.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/27/2014 11:23AM

    Good for you in getting out and walking, Cathy! Sorry you're having a stressful time at work. Hope everything straightens out soon. Take care!

Hugs,

Lainie

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SUSANSLIFE 8/27/2014 11:04AM

    I love reading how you manage to stay away from unhealthy food! You always give me good ideas!
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KATIBUG49 8/27/2014 11:00AM

    Great way to start your day!

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BARBARAROSE54 8/27/2014 9:43AM

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SHIRLA7 8/27/2014 9:38AM

    Good for you for taking care of yourself! Hope today isn't as stressful as yesterday. You are so right though about thinking I deserved that special treat because of the bad day I have had. I do the same thing. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/27/2014 9:19AM

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NANCYTUNBERG64 8/27/2014 8:27AM

    What great choices you made!! I hope today is less stressful for you.

You are inspiring!!

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4RASCALS 8/27/2014 8:14AM

    Hoping things get better for you. Wish I had the option of going out at work, but that's not a possibility. Have a great weekend.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/27/2014 7:38AM

    Needed to hear that today. Thanks!!

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GHOSTFLAMES 8/27/2014 5:38AM

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SEAGLASS1215 8/27/2014 5:22AM

    This was the perfect blog for me to read first thing this morning...I am also going through lots of stress at work and end up working through breaks and lunches - at the end of the day, my go-to "reward" has been a binge of unhealthy comfort junk food. Yesterday I took the day off in spite of the work load...and it felt great...until last night when I started thinking about all the work I will face in the morning and started to eat mini wheats cereal straight from the box. I think today I go for a walk (or 2 or 3) during the day like you did. Great advice!

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Creatures of Habit

Saturday, August 23, 2014



Asher stands outside the shower EVERY morning looking in at me. He gives me this pleading look as if to say, "Pleaseeeee, I'd love to come in there with you. I won't take up much room. Pleaseeeeee!" But when I leave the door open and invite him in, he seems to know that it's not going to be as fun as he imagined. Maybe he remembers what happened last time. Maybe he knows that sometimes things are better left to the imagination. I can tell you that this morning, he was not happy as I allowed him in, gave him his bath and he got water up his nose!

But, isn't this the same thing that happens to a lot of us. We look at that item of food and think that maybe just one, or just an extra serving, or perhaps a day without exercise would be just the ticket to improving our state of being. For me, I need to be more like Asher ... hesitant to run jump in when I have one of these ideas! They usually aren't true. Typically, there is a small lie in there some place. Probably, I'm not going to have just one. Allowing an extra serving today leads to an extra one again tomorrow. Not doing my exercise today seems like permission for the entire weekend. Yep, I'm a creature of habit and I'm better off to keep them good habits. So is Asher ... he'd do better if he had a shower every day. That's probably the reason I take one each morning too! ;)

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/27/2014 7:13PM

    great blog


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STEVIEBEE569 8/25/2014 8:43AM

    Asher is too cute & thank you for sharing the lesson

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DONNELDA22 8/25/2014 8:04AM

    Good points!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JSEATTLE 8/25/2014 2:11AM

  Love your Asher! Thank you for the lesson.

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BLUEJEAN99 8/25/2014 2:04AM

    emoticon Asher looks like my pup! He's a bichon-poo and a brat!

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JIBBIE49 8/25/2014 12:35AM

    Hugs

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ROCKYCPA 8/24/2014 11:13PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SJKENT1 8/24/2014 10:59PM

    Great!!

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    thanks for sharing emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/24/2014 7:18PM

  Gee good point!

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CICELY360 8/24/2014 5:35PM

  good blog

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NONNAOF2 8/24/2014 3:11PM

  We have to keep ourselves alert at all times, or it is easy to slip! You dog is so cute, it reminds me of our dog Misty that we had years ago and was so loving! :-)

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JUSGETTENBY42 8/24/2014 2:53PM

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MARYJEANSL 8/24/2014 2:46PM

  Oh, I just love your little dog! He reminds me sooooooo much of my little Cotton, who died just over two weeks ago. :-( I cried so much. Beautiful dog...she didn't like the water much, either.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/24/2014 2:24PM

  emoticon AND Asher is soooooooo CUTE!!!

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NEPTUNE1939 8/24/2014 11:03AM

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IDICEM 8/24/2014 10:59AM

  emoticon Thanks for the smiles.

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DJSHIP46 8/24/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon & Asher is a cutiepie!!!

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CARRIELYN56 8/24/2014 8:27AM

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TRYINGHARD54 8/24/2014 8:13AM

    this was a good blog.. thank you for the reminder !
cute dog. :-)

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PENOWOK 8/24/2014 8:02AM

    Great example. Asher is adorable!

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LEANJEAN6 8/24/2014 7:31AM

    cute picture of yer friend!-Lynda

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JERICHO1991 8/24/2014 7:28AM

    Great advice. Thanks.

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BESSHAILE 8/24/2014 7:15AM

    Oh too true! I need to learn from Asher! Those temptations are often hollow promises.

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CHERYLHURT 8/24/2014 6:58AM

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/23/2014 9:48PM

    emoticon I totally agree with you!!

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SUSANSLIFE 8/23/2014 6:36PM

    Those small lies always do me in, Cathy -- thanks for the reminder that they are indeed lies.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/23/2014 3:35PM

    Oh so true!!!

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4RASCALS 8/23/2014 1:48PM

    emoticon A great reminder.

Asher is so cute

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NANCYTUNBERG64 8/23/2014 12:02PM

    You are so great with your new habits. Thank you for the reminder that just the small things can make such a difference!!

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SEATTLE58 8/23/2014 11:23AM

    Awww, so sweet and Asher is such a little dolly! I love and adore him! emoticon

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DEW1960 8/23/2014 9:01AM

    Asher is adorable!

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Have an awesome day and a wonderful weekend!

Love,
Daniel Walker

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BARBARAROSE54 8/23/2014 8:55AM

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cute picture of Asher !

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WINTERROZE 8/23/2014 8:54AM

    CUTE ... love the picture too and yes I agree it keeps us focus and on track ... Keep it up !!! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/23/2014 8:52AM

    Great blog.........Force of habit keeps us on track........

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Making Tracks

Thursday, August 21, 2014



Today was a really stressful day at work. Nothing bad happened, it was just busy with a project that was hard. I thought to get up and take a walk. My inclination was to grab a co-worker to go with me, but my heart just really wanted some time to be quiet. I went by myself.

Later, I could tell that some of my staff were getting really frustrated. Some of them are just being added to the hard project that I've been working on for a while already. I went over and asked if anyone wanted to go for a walk. We're only gone for 10-15 minutes, but it's sufficient to get a whole new frame of mind. And sometimes we solve real problems while we're out there.

As we were walking, I saw these railroad tracks. I've seen them before ... many times. They've been there longer than I've been here. But they made me think. I'm walking a journey that goes farther than I can see. I'm going to be making choices every day that impact my tomorrow. The choices I make today will be with me forever in some form or fashion. I'd like to make choices that I want to take along with me for all my future days. I have a long track to journey forward on.

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NILLAPEPSI 8/22/2014 9:03AM

    Sometimes a good walk clears your head. Good thinking! emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 8/22/2014 7:48AM

    "I'm walking a journey that goes farther than I can see." That's a good insight because so many of us are thinking we SHOULD be able to see the end and therefore watch as we get closer to it. But the truth is that we never know what is around the bend or where our journey will take us. The important part is that we never abandon the journey, that we continue doing what God wants us to do. One day we will see what God intended us to see at the "end" of the journey, as the journey is never finished as long as we walk the earth.
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TORTISE110 8/22/2014 7:01AM

    I love this reflection and how you stepped back from your day and noticed something simple and profound. thank you!

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KATHYJO56 8/22/2014 12:26AM

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/21/2014 7:49PM

    Great blog, Cathy! Good for you on going out for a walk to clear your mind. Love the picture!

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SEATTLE58 8/21/2014 7:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I know that I've told you this before (I think I did anyway), but I love your page! The colors of these flowers just jump out so vibrantly. They look like Cosmos, maybe not the blue ones, but the others with pinks and yellows. I planted them once before when the kids were little and this last spring our grown daughter asked me if I could plant them again and I told her that I don't really have a spot, but I surely think that by next spring, I can figure out a spot. I already have one in mind! They're so worth it and add so much to the garden! Thank you for getting me thinking of them again! Have a great rest of the week. emoticon

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LOJAKZER0 8/21/2014 7:28PM

    Keep on keepin on!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/21/2014 7:28PM

    Wow, that is a great blog and so sightful. Good for you. I am glad you took some of the co-workers for a walk.....it really settles things sometimes.

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Chandelier Shades

Monday, August 18, 2014

My condo is decorated in "shabby chic". But the chandelier in the dining room is dressy. My neighbor and I keep looking at our chandeliers (she has the same one) and debating what we're going to do about them. We moved in a month to six weeks apart, so we share what we learn about the area and shopping. Sue thinks she wants to take the chandelier out and have recessed lighting put in. I don't think that's what I want. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I do want. So, I started looking at lamp shades to take away some of the dressiness. I looked at many, many shades! I liked lots and lots of them! It's not easy to select just one pattern!



I chose a little bird print. I love watching birds. When I was growing up, we moved to a new house. There were thick woods behind our house. My Dad kept binoculars on the dining room table along with a bird book. We would spend as much free time as we could looking out the back windows searching for birds, checking them in the bird book for what they were if we weren't certain. My youngest sister is 12 years younger than me and she was just toddling then. One day, she crawled into a dining room chair and shouted for us. "Come look, come look!!! It's a John Fisher!" We all came running to the dining room, wondering what kind of bird she'd spotted because none of us knew what a John Fisher was. And none of us saw it when we got there either! She pointed and said, "There on the tree by the picnic table! It's gray with it's fuzzy tail!" John Fisher turned out not to be a bird, but a squirrel! My sister is now 42 years old and we still get all excited and call for her to come because we've spotted a John Fisher! The bird lamp shades bring me such beautiful memories. They are perfect for me!


The shades also have butterflies and nests of eggs. Just so beautiful!


What a warm glow when the lights are turned on. I really did make the right choice!

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TERMITEMOM 8/19/2014 10:19PM

    These are lovely Cathy!

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BARBARAROSE54 8/19/2014 2:29PM

    very nice Cathy ! emoticon

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SHIRLA7 8/19/2014 8:35AM

    I love these lampshades Cathy! So cute and they fit right in with the rest of the decor in your new condo. It's truly feeling like home now isn't it?

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NILLAPEPSI 8/19/2014 7:31AM

    So pretty!! I think you picked great shades.

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KATHYJO56 8/19/2014 12:32AM

    These are very pretty shades and go so well with the decor of your condo. I really like the colorful birds and birds always make me happy. What a great way to get the look you was going for at a price that was not outrageous.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 8/18/2014 10:46PM

    I love them

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SUSANSLIFE 8/18/2014 9:33PM

    Cathy, the shades are so adorable and you can enjoy them a long time. They make very pretty shades these days for chandelies and you can get quite a different look by just changing the shades. Your chandelier was put in by the builder, but I can tell you that even from your small picture, I am quite certain it is not the lowest-grade builder's model that most builders install. Your unit may have been nicer than some of the other ones, so you got an upgrade and very pretty chandelier. And it really goes well with your decor!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 8/18/2014 8:34PM

    I love them, Cathy! You definitely made the right choice. Thank you for sharing the "John Fisher" story! So cute!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/18/2014 7:59PM

    I think you made a great choice.They look very nice and I like birds too.

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/18/2014 7:46PM

   

Looks lovely and I love the sense of calm they give off with a soft light. Great choice.


Gini emoticon ( only bird I could find. LOL)

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SEATTLE58 8/18/2014 7:46PM

    I love it! Beautifully Shabby Chic indeed! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 8/18/2014 7:02PM

    cute

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