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Finding your Style

It's hard to find your own personal style but no one deserves it more than you! The chart above is only a starting place.  For me, all roads lead to gypsy which I had figured out for myself. Check out this: Now that's what I call perfect summer style! What is your style?


Hugging has been around for millennia and is practised by almost all cultures as a way to connect with others without using language. Hugs have traditionally been given in may scenarios: as a greeting or goodbye, for sympathy or congratulations, and for gratitude, support, and affection. The word "hug" seems to have come from "hugga," an Old Norse word meaning "to comfort." "Hug" was first used around 1610, to describe a wrestling hold. It began being used for its current meaning in the 1650s. Hugs may release a hormone called oxytocin into the bloodstream. This hormone, produced in the pituitary gland, helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. It also reduces anxiety, improves mood and memory, and increases bonding and closeness. Those who hug often tend to have increased empathy for others. In order for hugs to be beneficial, those participating must trust each other and both want to hug. Otherwise, the opposit

Piercing Ideas

Last month I got my hair cut & dyed this month in July and in honour of today which just happens to be International Piercing day I have decided to pursue piercing I've always wanted. My SisIL has a nose piercing that I have envied since I first saw it. Since July will be a relatively quiet month for me I figured I'd spend a little bit on myself and get one.    The earlobe piercings keep closing up so I'm thinking about getting one in the #2  position or perhaps #6 as well as the nose piercing so I can wear a chain if I want to.

Which Sunglasses are right for your face?

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National Canoe Day

Do you know that the canoe has been named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada in 2007? I didn't! In my search for something to write about for today I came across this little tidbit on the Wayback Machine web site. As a side note, the Wayback Machine is an archive of billions of articles from the internet. So why am I so excited? Well, it seems the Canadian Canoe Museum here in Peterborough is where it all started. There is not much we are famous for but I think this one is super! I looked around to see if there was any kind of celebration happening today but couldn't find anything local for this year. I think I'll go visit tomorrow today I got the laundry to do

Do you believe in love?

Letting the music speak for me Have you ever done that? I have a couple of times but if you are not well versed in music, I am not, it can be difficult. Still, this is the lesson the Beatles tried to teach us with their music. Give it a listen and tell me what you think. To hear more of their music check out this Youtube Playlist

Do you believe in Fairies?

Stories about fairies were common in literature in Europe in the Middle Ages. Fairies appear in the writings of  Matteo Boiardo ,  Ludovico Ariosto ,  Edmund Spenser ,  Charles Perrault , and  Hans Christian Andersen .  Watch a  movie with fairies . My all-time favourite is ' A Midsummer Night's Dream ' by William Shakespeare  be it play, movie or cartoon. The link will take you to a playlist that includes dozens of versions. I've made watching them my to do for today Make some  fairy food  to enjoy. More recipes on Pinterest Read fairy tales or stories with fairies. Then walk through a woods and look for fairies.  Just make sure not to fall asleep, or the fairies may come and take you back to Fairyland at twilight.

Happy Birthday Garfield

The Professor loves Garfield so I wanted to give a nod to Garfield's Birthday today. I was checking it out and turns out that Garfield was 'born' the same year that my daughter was and on the same day as my BIL. So I guess that makes him kinda one of the family. Along from his quirky sense of humour the Professor and Garfield share a love for Lasagna. So much so that one of the first dishes the Professor learned to cook was lasagna. He has spent years trying to get it "just perfect" and though I think it is very good he still thinks he can do better. I don't know sometimes that man is a perfectionist to the nth degree but I love him and he loves me and that is all that matters.

Let's Celebrate International Picnic Day!

It is International day and I am hoping your weather is co-operating because as long as the sun is shining I am going on a picnic today. I am going to take some of the stuff I picked up in St Jacobs and make myself a picnic for one. I'll pack it up good and put it in my backpack. Then off to catch a bus to the local ParticiPaction park for a day in the woods. I'm not a sunrise person especially since the sun comes up around 4AM I am going to play a game of hopscotch and swing on a swing and do whatever else presents itself that is a game I recognize from my childhood. Mainly I just want to remember the picnics my mom would pack when we went picking wild blueberries. We always had so much fun even though the picking was hard in the heat but fresh blueberries were a delicious treat.

St Jacobs

To say I was excited about this trip would be an understatement, I was over the moon! The original trip plan underwent several changes due to GD#1's schedule, in the end, the RenFairre we were interested in going to got tabled because St Jacobs was the biggest draw for both the professor and me. GD#1 was not able to come after all as she ended up babysitting the youngest grandchildren. We booked a hotel room, we were not going to but at the last minute, I began to have visions of us sleeping in a roach invested, rent by the hour room so I caved and let the Professor book us into one. we went cheap though, it was only $78CAD a night instead of the hundred plus for others we were looking at and it was a surprisingly good room for the price. No bugs, nicely appointed including a fridge, microwave and a couch (well actually a love seat but still nice). And clean, fresh linens on the bed, windows washed & floor vacuumed. Breakfast was included and it was only half an hour away

National Vinegar Day

Several months ago on a Costco run I bought a box with 2 x 5L bottles of white vinegar in it. At the time I think I was planning on doing some pickling but never got around to it. I use vinegar on my cucumbers & when I make salad dressing but even so, I've barely touched it. It being National Vinegar day I figured I'd do some research and see what all you can do with vinegar besides pickling. Turns out it has a lot of other uses as a cleaning & deodorizing element, a beauty accessory and also has some medical uses. The list below is by no means complete but I'm hoping you find it informative And me, well I think I'm going to have to put mine to work!

Smile Power Day

Celebrate the day by  smiling , in order to have a positive effect on yourself and others. Start your day with a smile, as an initial smile will help lead to more smiles later on. Then, once you are warmed up, smile at others throughout the day, and witness the power your smile has! You've probably heard that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. But, somehow, over the years, most people tend to forget this. Babies smile about 400 times a day, while the average adult only smiles 20 times. Today is a day to fix this and to smile at everyone you come across. Why is the word "power" associated with today? Perhaps it is because smiling has the power to change someone's day around, and help them to smile too. We all have mirror neurons in our brains, that are activated when we do something or see someone else doing something. These neurons fire when we smile or see someone else smile. It doesn't take much to get someone else smiling, and to feel t

Pop Goes the Weasel

Celebrate Pop Goes the Weasel Day by singing one of many versions of "Pop Goes the Weasel." There are  various versions of the rhyme  that could be sung. You also could read or sing various other  nursery rhymes  on the day. Have you ever noticed that when you hum or sing to yourself you feel happy? Every so often I'll just break into song and it will give me a big grin and get me to dance around. Just listening to this song makes me want to smile and dance!

Random Acts of Light

Started by the  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS)   in 2017 , the world's largest voluntary health agency for blood cancer, Random Acts of Light Day exists to bring light to those suffering from the darkness of cancer. Celebrities often make surprise visits to patients and survivors of blood cancer, to lift them up and bring them a random act of light. Some participants have included baseball star Lance McCullers Jr., and Charles Esten of the television show  Nashville . But there is no need for one to be famous in order to participate—anyone can do so! The day creates awareness and educates the public about the need to fund research for blood cancer so that patients will have access to lifesaving treatments. It is an annual reminder to fight for a world without blood cancers. These cancers are the third most common deadly cancers in the United States, with someone dying in the country from them every nine minutes, or about 160 deaths a day. About 1.3 million people in th

Red Rose Day

Red Rose Day is dedicated to red roses, which represent love. It’s fitting that Red Rose Day takes place in June, as roses have just come into full bloom, and more weddings happen during this month than any other. They are the most popular cut flower, as well as the most popular flower to grow. Celebrate the day by:  Buying or picking roses for someone you love. Going to a rose garden. Tend to your own flowers  Learn  about how to grow roses if you don’t have your own. For me, it is a remembrance of a rose bush that grew beside my parents' mailbox, during the spring and early summer they smelled divine. Roses with a proper scent are so hard to find in the shops so I would always cut a sprig off of the bush to bring home with me. I looked through my photos but wasn't able to find a picture of it in bloom and nothing less would do. I found this searching with google and it looks much like the roses my dad had.

Make Life Beautiful

National Making Life Beautiful Day explores the many ways that life can be made beautiful, recognizes the beauty in everyday life, and is for encouraging and celebrating men and women who work to make life beautiful.  It was started by Apriori Beauty, a beauty products company, and takes place on the anniversary of their founding.  Life can be made beautiful by building relationships and helping others reach their goals.  Small acts of beauty can go a long way, and help oneself as well; by making someone else feel good, the person doing the beautiful act will also feel fulfilment. Here are some ways you can make life beautiful. Some of them were thought up by Apriori Beauty, the day's creator: Help someone reach a goal. Donate your time to a cause. Help someone in need, or do something nice for someone. Say "hi" to a stranger. Give someone flowers or something else they enjoy. Cook someone a meal. Write someone a letter, give them a card or call the

National Clay Week

Clay Week began yesterday, as all of you know I am a crafty type person so yesterday I tried to find the one remaining brick of air dry clay I have. I planned to create a fairy tower using a 750mL plastic coke bottle & the clay. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it so I ordered some which I hope will be here tomorrow. I wasn't sure how much clay would be left afterwards but I figured if I had to I had all the ingredients to make  my own clay  Really all you need is salt, flour & water for most of them. Since it is a seven-day thing I thought I'd make a few things I could sell at the yard sale at the end of the month. As usual, I went trolling on Pinterest and found so many things I wanted to try but I had to remind myself not to wear myself out as we are travelling this coming weekend to a RenFairre and to St Jacobs which sounds like a shoppers paradise so I need to keep as much energy as possible for all that walking around. That being said I did not want to le

Happy Birthday Donald

Happy 85th Birthday Donald Duck It becomes obvious that the theme for June is fun after all that serious health stuff. I don't know about you but June is one of my favourite months. The skies are blue, the air is warm and the flowers are everywhere! The fairies made their first appearance in the garden this week as well. Donald is one of my favourite Disney characters but this is the first year that I have known when his birthday was so I decided to give myself a smile and search Donald Duck on Youtube and found a whole bunch of the cartoons I am going to watch today Enjoy the Day!

Upsy Daisy!

See if you can capture this moment: You are young, maybe 2-3 and you are spending time with a trusted adult. Maybe you are playing airplane. Suddenly the adult tosses you in the air with a shout of Upsy Daisy. The exhilaration at that moment when you seem to be flying is intense, joyful, fearful all at once. The fear quickly dissipates because you know that adult is going to catch you and you let yourself enjoy the moment. Once you are back in their arms you say again, again and they oblige. That moment of joy is a precious thing and a memory you will carry with you always. It is a feeling many of us try to recapture on a daily basis to get us through our difficult days. Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up every morning with that feeling of joy in your heart? Some of us who have faced death and made it through feel this every day when they wake up and realize they are still alive. I do not want to have to go through such a life changing event to experience that feeli

1968 The world's first Legoland resort opens

1968  The world's first Legoland resort opens The Legoland in Billund, Denmark was the first of six theme parks based around the Lego interlocking plastic bricks. Billund is the home of The Lego Group. Can you believe it the first Legoland is 51 years old? Sometimes it is hard to remember that the first true lego block was marketed in 1949. It's truly amazing to think that this most practical child's toy is 70 years old this year. I have known about lego for a long time but had had no real interaction with it until last year. With a cross-section of Grandchildren from 19 to 3, I wanted something they could all play with when they came to visit and that would allow them to develop their imagination. As a creative person myself that last was very important to me after all imagination is the basis of creativity.   I searched for the earliest set made by lego but could only find a reference to this one which was released with two others in 1954. 1954 is the first y

The Drive-in Remembered

In September 2012 The Mustang Drive-in closed, nothing remains of it now. It is one of my fondest memories of something we did as a family. I only went once to see Smokie & the Bandit but parts of the night stay with me.  Playing in the playground that stood under the big screen. Going in to get popcorn and a drink and of watching the movie with my mom & dad & brothers. My brothers did the "right turn Clyde" every time they could for days afterwards. You would have thought that I would have gone in my adult years but I never did. I had other things to concentrate on like learning to survive on welfare with two growing kids and no spouse. I thought they were all gone and that I would never get to go to one again. A couple of years ago I came across a reference to a Drive-in in the area then a couple of them. This was after the night at the movies in the park became popular.  At first, I just ignored it but then as I slowly began to come out of

It's all about Attitude!

But here's the thing it has been my experience that people mainly focus on the negative things in their lives. Very few of us will look at the past day and say what a great day it's been instead we will think I could have, should have, would have done things differently if I had time to think. Life does not allow us time to consider our answers at least not often all that stuff become a repeating cycling in our minds of different scenarios all stemming from one word or action that we took in a negative way within a full, fun day. Sometimes that cycling prevents us from sleeping properly. And that is the crux of today's post. A positive attitude begins and ends with a proper sleeping pattern. As soon as I become aware that my thoughts are cycling through the same word or action over an over again I first switch my focus to my breathing and concentrate on it, letting soft, full breathes calm my mind. If that doesn't work and sometimes it doesn&

Adventurous Walks to Take

One of my goals this month is to spend as much time outside and moving as possible. Like all things done often a walk around the block can get boring. so what can you do to make it more interesting? I've told you about the photo a day option I think but there are other ways to enjoy the outdoors besides following a set list of prompts. And in the process improve your observation skills and your creativity. I have written about "filling your bucket" as a way to get out of a creative slump. I think I first read about it in  "The Artist's Way" but it could have come from any number of sources. What happens is that over time if you do not keep adding new experiences to your memory your creativity becomes barren. "Filling your bucket" is a way to express the need for an artistic personality for constant stimulation. Creativity is what happens when stimulation meets imagination and becomes something new. Filling your bucket is adding stimulation.

10 + 1 simple rules to get the most out of life

I have spent a decade in a slump due to my father's death but I have come through the grief process and am beginning to enjoy life again. As this month advances, I will be coming out of my self imposed shell slowly but surely. Along the way, I discovered a few simple rules that add such depth to my life I can hardly believe it sometimes. 1) Don't just hear, listen and hear sometimes the subtext you will hear if you listen is not the same as the words the other person speaks. 2) Don't just talk to hear yourself talk. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Remember that subtext from above? If you don't mean what you say the other person will see that and not believe you or trust you. 3) Don't just eat your food. Put away the phone, turn off the TV and concentrate on the meal. Taste it, savour it, really enjoy it for itself not for a means to an end. 4) Care. Focus on the person who is talking to you, not some gadget. Share a smile and or a hug to everyo

Putting my best foot forward

Once a year I go get a hair cut. Tomorrow is that day. Actually, for the last four, it has been a hair shave, that is every hair on my head was cut to an mm of its life. This year to celebrate my 59th year I decided to modify the cut a little as the hot flashes and the symptoms of menopause have been on the decline letting me hope I have finally entered Post-Menopause I decided I was going to do some research on what kind of cut I wanted. Along the way, I learned a little bit of hairdresser speak. I look carefully at Jamie Lee Curtis and Dame Judi Dench as they are the epitome of style for the older woman but while both cuts were interesting neither was what I wanted though Jamie Lee comes close. Silvery Dream Pixie with fade I like the top layer it is short but longer than the sides so there is a little on top to play with and dress up plus it is still easy to take care of. For the sides and back, I want to go shorter. You see how the hair fades from the long top to th

5 Easy Ways to Get Outside

June is the "Great Outdoors Month". It is one of the absolutely perfect months when the days are warm but not hot and so are the nights. June and September are the months I go outside as much as possible and even with all my issues I want to make the most of it. But how do I get my butt outside when I have become so used to sitting in front of this computer? In my post yesterday you saw a couple of the ways I plan to do this, today I will share with you a few more. 1) We have a bistro set, a gazebo and a set of church steps in our garden all of which provide a chance to sunbathe. A bottle of water or a bottle of home made lemonade and I'm in heaven 2) There are several parks and parkettes throughout the city and a few are within walking distance and even those that aren't are just a bus ride away. Add in a few Photo-a-Day challenges and I have my second method for getting outside. And I don't even have to walk there if I don't want to because the busse