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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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September 16, 2021 at 5:58pm
September 16, 2021 at 5:58pm
I know you've done it. I know I have. Tell us about a time you were inappropriately dressed for the occasion.

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Quote:Do your clothes make you feel happy, beautiful, comfortable in your skin, handsome, confident, or powerful?”
Susan C. Young, The Art of Preparation: 8 Ways to Plan with Purpose & Intention for Positive Impact

It probably happened. But, I don't remember when or what the occasion might have been. I was a tomboy on a farm. Climbing trees, riding horses, hiking the woods around our home, riding bicycles up and down the roads. I wore dresses to school until I graduated. During college I added some more feminine attire to my wardrobe to wear to classes. At home wear has mostly been slacks, jeans, tennis shoes, boots. I never cleaned barn in a dress.

Now I often wear pantaloons around the house. Recently, someone called them yoga pants. I can tuck them into my barn boots on rainy or snowy days, take the dogs out for a walk, and stay warm and dry. I have a pattern for them so when I want, I can make more. Anyway, you get the picture. This spring I dressed up in a nice dressy outfit to attend my grandson's graduation ceremony. Then I was told the venue had changed from the auditorium to the football field because of Covid. Slacks and a blouse would be more appropriate so I changed. When I got there, women were dressed in all kinds of garb. Ladies were striding across the field to seating in flowing skirts, jeans, and yes pantaloons and even shorts. Just depended on how they thought sitting in a football field to watch the grads would be comfortable.

Like the quote reference says: The only positive impact I'm making is for myself to feel comfortable where ever I am.

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Happy Birthday! Belatedly. I like your point of view *^*Bigsmile*^* ~Adrienne
P.S. Walmart sells curly stretchy shoestrings that do not need tied. I like to wear them in tennis shoes for comfort. One time I was talking to a professor, who was complaining about his uncomfortable shoes. I recommended Walmart's curly shoestrings . He was aghast to think he should wear such things with his suit and tie. *Laugh* What is appropriate?

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September 15, 2021 at 2:15pm
September 15, 2021 at 2:15pm
We've all cooked meals at one time or another. What was the most memorable meal you've prepared? Tell us who you prepared it for, and the occasion that caused you to prepare this meal,

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I'm going to do this in a hurry. I missed Sunday. Yesterday I was just logging in when someone came here that needed my attention I had to log back out. Today we are experiencing heavy rain because of the influence of some tropical storm so every time it rains I lose the internet.

As for the prompt: I can't remember especially one particular meal. I cooked for my middle sons teacher and his wife one time. I don't remember what we ate? We had a church party here once. It was just snacks and things dipped in hot chocolate. In the 70's I had a cook out for a neighbor that had just moved in up the road a piece. Occasions are easier to remember than actual food.

We used to have family gatherings once a year but, the grandchildren are growing up and usually we go to my youngest son's home for gatherings now. Yesterday we ate Tilapia, carrots, and sweet potatoes. It was pretty tasty as I recall.

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Great to be blogging with you again in 30-Day Blogging Challenge. *^*Heart*^* Have you tried Creative Roots Coconut water yet? Happy Trails

September 13, 2021 at 12:42pm
September 13, 2021 at 12:42pm
“Being a role model is equal parts being who you actually are and what people hope you will be.” Meryl Streep
Today's Quote

Who do you see as role model of yours, either a professional or 'everyday' person, and why should everyone else know about this person?

My daughter-in-law's Mom I guess. At the age of 81 she continues to irritate her family by keeping her own counsel, maintaining her own home and living day by day in a way that pleases her.

May we all age another day. And then, another, and then, another, and then another,................

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Happy 21 Birthday Site Week. Thanks for all you do. Love: Megan *Laugh* Happy Trails


September 11, 2021 at 11:30am
September 11, 2021 at 11:30am
What were you doing 20 years ago today? Of the events that transpired, what memory stays with you, almost haunts you?
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Quote: “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Early morning was a scramble to get ready to go to school. Morning horse chores and the drive which was about a 16 mile commute kept me busy. I did not turn on my car radio and had no time to watch morning news.

I remember walking in and had almost arrived at the journalism classroom. Two professors were conversing outside the room in the hall. Someone approached me in the hall. Another student and told me the twin towers were burning. It was a terrorist attack. I answered this way. "So, that's the thing for this year." One of the professors turned to us and asked: "what did she say?" Then inside the classroom was someone directing everyone, that the school was closing, to go home or return to the dorms.

I had been having dreams about airplanes for awhile. There seemed to me, to be one major tragedy per year for some years previous. Ship hi jackings, school shootings, the military barracks attacked, Plane hi jackings. Atmospheric pressures seem to build up then bang something big and bad occurs.

I spent the rest of the day watching news coverage of the twin towers and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. The worse part is always, that you cannot help anyone.

Some time this week I read a story online about someone, who was in the second tower, who phoned and asked should their floor evacuate? Who ever they called said no, then their tower was hit almost immediately and most of the people on that floor were killed. So, the stories will haunt us for years yet to come.

It's the aftermath of things, that would have meant something, if someone had acted faster. It haunts people later. These kind of stories linger.

I read about warnings in the government about a Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor that was ignored. There are lots of these kinds of warnings ignored. Then written about later in history writings.

The most recent I think is President Trump making light of the serious nature of Covid. Then the country being shut down. No one was prepared. So many jobs and businesses disrupted.

Be vigilant. I think it is better to tell someone, something might happen and be prepared even if you are laughed at; than to not bother to prepare and suffer the possible consequences. This is relevant today. I know people storing food for encase scenarios and I know people scoffing about such things.

Pennsylvania is giving out free potassium iodide tablets to people who live within a certain radius of the state's four active nuclear power plants.

I gave solar powered chargers to my grandchildren for Christmas two years ago. They can charge phones, notebooks, readers.

There are windup radios, windup flashlights and all kinds of solar lights now on the market. Don't be afraid to prepare for the just in case scenario. In the meantime think happy thoughts.

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September 10, 2021 at 10:30am
September 10, 2021 at 10:30am
What qualities do you value most in yourself? List at least three of them and tell us why you have these values.

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Quote:In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.”
Dalai Lama https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/human-values

Three Huh?

1. An ability to learn: Having the ability to learn means moving with time and keeping up with new technology. It means learning from your mistakes so, you don't repeat them constantly. It means passing on knowledge to other people, species, and hmmm, *Laugh* alien lifeforms.

2. Honesty: I have a childlike ability to tell people the truth as I believe it to be from memories, or knowledge gained from books or articles, or life experiences. Unfortunately, this has made me unpopular at times.

3. ( It's two separate things) Spirituality and Spirituality as it refers to Jesus Christ: Once having accepted Christ, as who he really is, and, what he stands for; you gain positive thinking to an extent unknown before. You gain concern for other peoples problems in life. You gain an acceptance of problems, that should be fixed but, may not be fixed. As you progress into the system of Christianity you gain an insight for wisdom and friendship, love of things previously unknown. It's always a lifelong gain.

I have #1 because my mom and dad helped me read well at an early age. I have #2 because my mother was a Christian and fostered belief and morals of Christ in me at an early age. I still remember some of her actions, that are an example to me even though she died just before I turned 6. I have #3 because my Grandfather (my mother's father) gave me my first bible which had the words of Christ written in red at an early age. So, I accepted the reality of Christ at an early age. Therefore, learning, knowledge, and experience walk hand in hand with spirituality.

As for my comments in today's "Question of the Day" about Democracy. Real Christianity is a perfect government. But, it is a Monarchy. Anyone can become a member of Christianity. At any age.

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September 9, 2021 at 9:24am
September 9, 2021 at 9:24am

Everyone seems to be pretty health conscious in today's world. What health tips have worked for you. If you can't think of any, or are like me and haven't pursued any, what would you like to do to improve your health?

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Quote: Insightful health quotes. “Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.” “Your body hears everything your mind says.” “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” https://everydaypower.com/health-quotes

Quote from the same website: “To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”

Every once in awhile I recognize a simple glitch coming my way. It usually involves a change in the timeline. I felt it for awhile just before Covid became a part of everyone's life. I felt it just before I decided to plunge into college at the age of 55. You have to balance yourself during the changes that come to you in life. Ride the sea of change and maintain your spiritual, mental, and physical balance. Yes maybe your spatial balance too.

You have to force your body to do the don'ts. Don't eat the wrong things too often. Don't believe you can pass up a good nights sleep on a regular basis. Find your own bad habits and work on better ones. If you hate to exercise find ways to exercise that are entertaining to you. Don't copy me learn about exercise and work on how you would like to eat, exercise, and sleep. You know your own abilities, stress standards, and everything you.

I took 3 health classes in college. I have read at least three books about exercise. I have taken (since college) two courses in identifying plants and how they are used in medicine.

Some credit goes to my aunts and grandmother who canned and froze all kinds of vegetables from their gardens. I was along on many visits to local pick your own orchards to bring back apples, pears, peaches, strawberries and other types of foods to store for winter. I canned and froze food 4 my own family for many years.

I went against public opinion about yoga. I learned what scripture actually says and then did my own study. Bought a book and learned the Hatha exercises. The word hatha actually refers to a series of slow physical movements, combined with breathing and holding each movement for a certain amount of breaths.

Learn about breathing properly when doing any kind of exercise.

And remember this any change for the good of your body will most likely be resisted by someone. Did you ever hear your body is the temple you live in. Look for easy recipes of food you like the internet is flowing with recipes for good foods.

If I falter in my resolve I move back into good eating, yoga, bible study, and music to bind it all together. Just like anything else you have to work at it one day at a time or a few minutes many days to make it work.

Trying to break bad eating habits? Try eating properly every other day and eating what you want every other day. Only be sure on the days you are eating properly you are also eating tasty foods in appetizing recipes.

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Great to be blogging with you again in 30-Day Blogging Challenge. *^*Heart*^* Happy Trails

September 8, 2021 at 10:17am
September 8, 2021 at 10:17am

A practice I can begin to help me let go of negative emotions and return to a state of peace is…

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Quote: Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.
Kabat-Zinn https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-quotes/

One practice I'm always involved in daily. Take a scripture such as Philippians 4:7, John 14:27, or Isaiah 26:3. Keep it in your mind to pull out and think about now and then. " And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Through prayer and study the bible teaches us Mindfulness. Hearts and minds equals emotions and thought processes. We need control of both in order to act and fulfill daily activities in a peaceful state.

You can learn mindfulness without Bible. Other systems teach ways to touch the peace that passes understanding. Buddhism, and Zen and other systems also teach mindfulness. Some types of music can bring peace to your mind. King Saul called on David to play his harp to experience peace.

Mindfulness teaches a type of study, so you can be constantly aware of the evil attacks against your soul.

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Congratulations on an honorable mention in WDC Scavenger Hunt 2011! Attached is your GP prize. Thank you for your participation. *^*Smile*^*

Wishing you all the best in future endeavors! May you always find yourself on Happy Trails.

September 7, 2021 at 10:48am
September 7, 2021 at 10:48am
You have been chosen to speak at a Zoom conference concerning your chosen field. Over 500 people will attend. Each of them is new to your field and are waiting to hear words of advice from you about this field. What will you say to them to them concerning things you wish you’d known about the industry when you were getting started?

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Quote: 39 Funny Meetings Memes - "Meeting at 9:30 am? But that's when I look at cat pictures on the internet." {https://winkgo.com/meetings-memes/}

If the meeting is about Journalism: (How long is this conference?) I would have to build an outline but it might go something like this.

1.The history of how humans spread news.
2. Specific types of journalism.
a. short historical development of each type.
b. choosing specific journalism studies/ Different types of stories available/Different types of journalists.
3. Some journalism sociology
a. journalism ethics
4. Journalism anecdotes: Like how many journalists are murdered? Stresses of the job? What human characteristics make up a good journalist?

500 new journalists or more. Where will we put them all? *Laugh*

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Congratulations on an honorable mention in WDC Scavenger Hunt 2011! Attached is your GP prize. Thank you for your participation. *^*Smile*^*

Wishing you all the best in future endeavors! Happy Trails
September 6, 2021 at 12:07pm
September 6, 2021 at 12:07pm
Do you love your job/career? Tell us why you love it, and why did you choose this career and not something else.

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Quote:“I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
Maya Angelou https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/career

Which Job? I have enjoyed parts of every job I ever attempted. As a career, I wish I was still teaching horse back riding. The interaction between horses and riders is very rewarding. And, I'm a trained journalist. I still research lots of stories to find the part no one tells you on the TV news. I believe print journalism is the more informative way to learn about news.

I followed what I knew I liked. I worked at some jobs just because I needed a monetary gain to live. But, I enjoyed best the jobs that I had a God given talent for, because it's in the DNA?

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Thanks for being a part of an excellent Western Caribbean cruise *^*Beach*^**^*Sun*^**^*Wave1*^*with Andre*^*Monkey*^*and the rest of us. It was a lot of fun. I didn't even know Andre could dance, until you guys showed us some moves! Happy Trails
September 5, 2021 at 11:11am
September 5, 2021 at 11:11am
What is the best thing to come out of staying at home?

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Quote: Today, the glorification of the word FREEDOM has made it impossible for people to sincerely believe a man can truly be content in social isolation or within the confines of home, but the fact remains that most of us anyways spend our entire life time chained to our thought process and being confined to our belief palaces.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/stay-home

Covid has seemed far away unless I need to grocery shop. I normally stay at home. Before Covid I could feel a kind of pressure building in the USA. Especially, fueled by the shootings, new ones in the news daily. So, staying home is not a problem for me. I have relatives with children. Stay at home was difficult, when children could no longer use their energy for sports and play grounds.

Covid and masks still rule our society to some extent. Stores started taking down mask signs when it appeared a lot of the population was being vaccinated. Now, the news has indicated vaccinations are not enough. It's back to wearing masks when shopping. I saw a headline from CNN about erratic weather being a warning of severe storms yet to come.

Because staying at home is a peaceful thing for us, and the news is broadcasting possible difficulties with weather and new strains of Covid for the fall it feels like living in two different societies at once. One separate and quiet with daily routine the other constantly in turmoil.

So, the best thing for me is the steady daily routine. Hope you are experiencing peace in your home life as well.

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Thank you for reading and commenting in my blog for my 16th WDC anniversary! "Happy Trails To You!"


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