You be You

Separate your own feelings and thoughts from others.

Be an individual and realize that you are unique, as is everyone.

Another person can not complete you.

You can learn how to stand alone, be independent and healthy, all on your own.

You don’t need anyone else in order to do that.

~Madeline Laughs

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Magazines, they pile up

magazines

I have always loved having a magazine subscription. I would look forward to that magazine every month. I remember when Real Simple magazine first came out. I couldn’t wait to subscribe and I saved every one of those magazines from it’s first year in publication. When we moved, I was heartbroken to give them up.  They had so much important information I wanted to go back to eventually.   Continue reading

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learn to Share

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When I was very young and outgrew my favorite clothing and toys I was asked to share them with children that would still get use and pleasure from them. If I had an overabundance of something I was again asked to share what I had. I was a child and children are naturally selfish without inhibition, so sometimes when a toy was a particular favorite item, I rebelled. “No! I do not want to give away my favorite shirt or my favorite doll! I will not share just because I have two! Let them get their own stuff!”   Continue reading

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love, sorry, can’t help you

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday about how to deal with someone that tries to make you responsible for how another person is treating them. When an adult tells you “You have to fix this so they will leave me alone!” this is how you handle it…   Continue reading

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tattooed and personal

from beemirror.com...thank you :)

from beemirror.com…thank you :)

One of my friends has a couple of interesting tattoos.

One of them is the motorcycle wheel with wings, except one of the wings on hers is upside down. It is not the best looking tattoo I’ve ever seen and I had a lot of questions about why she got this particular bit of ink. She patiently explained to me one day that the tattoo artist did this on purpose because he said no one ever knew if she was coming or going. I looked very closely at it again and said to her  “I think when he realized he had screwed up your tattoo he knew he had to come up with a good story to tell you so you wouldn’t start asking for a refund.”   Continue reading

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my jalapeno poppers! HOT STUFF!!

jalapeno poppers

Jalapeno peppers are so easy to grow and one plant can produce peppers all summer long. I always freeze them when I have an abundance. You just take an empty plastic Ziploc bag and throw them in whenever you pick them and then pop the bag into the freezer. You can add peppers to this bag all summer long and use them as you please.

This recipe will make one dozen jalapeno poppers.   Continue reading

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try getting over yourself…please

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Thank you Sun-gazing.com for always having the perfect memes!!

 

A while back I  reconnected with people I originally disconnected from before because I decided at the time that I just could not stand them. Hey, it happens. One re-connection was because they wanted to reconnect, and the other was an accidental friend request sent on Facebook. Both ended up disastrous and reminded me why I wanted to disconnect from them the first time. I recalled both as being drama magnets and pretty self absorbed, but kind of fun, just not fun with any regularity.   Continue reading

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applause

After listening to a couple of my best girlfriends wax poetic about their newfangled Kindle Fires and iPads and how they’re always reading something on them and can’t seem to put them down I asked…

“So have either of you finished reading the story I just wrote?”

>Blank stares all around<

“Um, you wrote a story?”

YES I wrote a story!!   Continue reading

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flawed

Usually when I post one of my infamous “lessons to learn” it does NOT mean I have mastered it. It simply means I am mindful of my own flaws and I’m sharing them with you, in case you might be silly enough to think you are the only person out there that suffers from the same human condition.   Continue reading

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this is what love feels like

Hand hearts

This year I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day like I have for many, many years. Due to the nature of the work my husband does, he is always traveling during this holiday of love, so I am home alone.   Continue reading

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