Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Halloween

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Happy Halloween to all!

Have you ever wondered where Halloween came from? I know that I have so I had to look it up. I found a lot of different information such as: the Pagans started it, roman churches started it, and children in general started it by performing tricks in return for treats.

However the one that appears to ring true to me is the Pagans started it. Now I'm not talking about wicked witches or devil worship here, but people who consider themselves Pagan. These people are not evil or bad in any way. In fact most of the are just like you and me. This time of year marks the change from the warmer part of the year to the colder part of the year. Pagans celebrate this time of year with rituals. These rituals contain time with family, large feasts with the community, and celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. (I hope that if any find any incorrect information he or she would email me at renee@homeandlovingit.com to inform me of my mistake. I am going by what I have been able to find online).

Halloween marks the day that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest point. So it is thought that communication with the dead and the celebrations of the dead will be witnessed by those that have passed on. Halloween started as Samhain (pronounced Saah-win or Sah-ween). This holiday was celebrated any time from October 31 to around November 6th. This marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the colder months. According to Circle Sanctuary, this is the beginning of the new year. It is a time to remember the dead and embrace life. You can find the full article from Circle Sanctuary here.

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Treat!

In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Treat."

It was such a treat last May to celebrate my father's 81st birthday. We spent the day with family and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. It was wonderful having the opportunity to spend time with my nieces and nephews. Sadly I don't see them as often as I would like. Only on family birthdays such as this one.

This is my father at 81. I have moved onto my father's property to help care for him after he had a pretty long stay in the hospital earlier this year. As you can see, he is definitely doing better. I do still enjoy spending my time here with my dad. I know he only has a limited amount of years left and I am very grateful that I will get to spend his last years with him close by.

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

One of Them Days

In response to the daily post writing prompt Comedy of Errors:

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Photo from: www.virtualhold.com

Have you ever had one of them days that you just want to crawl back into bed and use a do-over? I seem to get this type of day every few months. On one such occasion it seemed that the only thing I was able to do was go back to bed and hope the next day was better.

My day started fairly normal. I got up and showered. Drank my coffee and read through my email. The bad started when I spilled my coffee down my front. Anyone who has done this knows that it is hot and it hurts. So I changed my shirt and thought I would try to get to work a few minutes early that day to see what was going on. I got out to my truck and had a flat. Just what I needed! I changed the tire (so much for being early for work :(.... I called my boss to let her know I would be late. I finally got on the road (at the time I should have gotten to work). I only got about 3 miles (my drive at the time was about 20 miles one way to work) when I noticed that one headlight was out (I was working graveyard shift at the time). Thinking that I would buy a new one when I got my lunch bread at work I continued on.

A few miles further on, I saw the red and blues in my rear view mirror. I pulled over for the cop to tell me that I had a headlight out and as long as I promised I would replace it right away he would not give me a ticket for it. Of course I told him that I was going to fix it before heading home in the morning after work so he let me go. By this time I am only about half way to work. Once I get back on the road and manage another couple miles I look at my gauges and notice that my temperature gauge is fluctuating so I pull over once again to look under the hood to see what is wrong. When I lifted the hood I didn't even have to look for the problem very hard because water was literally squirting out of the heater core valve.

Needless to say I did not make it to work that night. Rather I limped my truck back home and crawled back in bed. Talk about a bad day! Have you ever had a day like this?

 

Have a great day!

Renee

Comedy of Errors (and bonus assignment!)

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

A letter to my Son TJ

Tj,

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Happy Birthday kiddo! I cannot believe you are 14 now. I still remember the day you were born so clearly. Your dad was so proud to have a boy! I miss you so much every day. I hope that one day very soon I will get to see you again. I have to say that you appear to be growing into a wonderful young man. I know that I have so much in your life, but just know that I think about you every day and I can't wait until I can see you again.

Growing up you were such a daredevil, it seemed that nothing scared you. Although you have scared me a few times. More than a few actually. You seem to live life to it's fullest. I love this about you and it scares me to death as well.

What can I say that will make these next few years a little easier? Probably not much. Just remember that your dad is there for to talk to as you continue your journey to being a man. I am here too just not as close as I would like to be. I hope to change that soon though. I would love to get you out here and see what kind of trouble you could cause. I'm sure grandpa would love it too.

Just remember kiddo, on this, your special day, that I am here thinking about you and hoping that this is your best birthday yet. I love you and I always will.

Happy Birthday TJ,

Love,

Mom

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Great Week

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anx·i·e·ty
aNGˈzīədē/
noun
noun: anxiety; plural noun: anxieties
  1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
    "he felt a surge of anxiety"
    1. desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.
      "the housekeeper's eager anxiety to please"
    2. PSYCHIATRY
      a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

    Yes, that about sums it up, but, you know what? All is not as bleak as it appears. I seem to have my anxiety under control for the most part now. I do still have some bad days but it's not like it was (every day was a bad day). I can actually leave my house now. It's hard dealing with anxiety (as anyone who has will tell you) because no one can "see it" so it appears to be "all in your head" and in a sense that is correct. It really is all in your head. Which sucks!

    I know, I deal with anxiety every day. It's not easy. I like to be social but with this anxiety I usually can't be social which makes the anxiety worse, which means I can't be social, which makes the....well you get the picture. It's a nasty circle that I have to change in order to see change. I have found one thing that seems to help quite a bit....mindfulness. Yes, this is a type of meditation, but everyone can do it. In mindfulness you don't have to try to quiet your mind...I mean come on I have anxiety, how am I going to quiet my mind? But that is the beauty with this type of meditation. You don't have to try to quiet your mind. The only thing you have to do is set a timer for 10 or 15 (5 to start with though and work your way up to 15 or even 30 minutes), concentrate on your breathing. If you notice (am I'm sure you will (especially in the beginning)) that you are focused on something else, just bring your thoughts back to your breath. Continue doing this every time you notice your mind has gone to something else. It gets easier as time goes on I promise. I won't say this will quiet your mind, but rather that you work on quieting your mind. When the time is up you go on with your day. I don't think you will notice any changes right away, but as time goes on and you work for a longer time at it, it will relax you and you will start to notice some changes. This was a game changer for me.

    I hope this helps. What ways help you to calm the anxiety?

    Have a great day!

    Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Retro Guitar Straps

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Christmas is coming and I would like to give some gift giving ideas along the way.

Do you have a guitar enthusiast in your household. If so Retro Guitar Straps may be just the gift your loved one would want. This strap is made of leather with a beautiful pattern of oak and leaves. This strap also has a metal buckle and tip. This item looks to be crafted beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to your guitar.

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Home Life

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So this weekend was full of work for me and the hubby. Of course he did most of the work on our chicken coop. I have helped where able such as the painting and helping him with the lifting. We weren't able to complete it this weekend though so hopefully next weekend it will be done. The picture shows what is done so far with hubby working on the roofing when this was taken. Next weekend we will finish building the roosting box, add a ramp so the birds can get in, and finish stringing the chicken wire around it. I can't wait for it to be done. Right now when I need to go into the cage I have to bend over as the top is only about 3 feet high. The new section will be tall enough for even the hubby to walk in upright. To see what we have done so far just click on over to my portfolio where I have posted all of the pictures from this project.

As for how the week was, I can't complain. I always try to find the blessings in every day and this past week is no exception. I am blessed by a loving family and roof over our heads with food on the table every night. Who can ask for more? I feel that I am truly blessed. What are your blessings for the last week?

Have a great Day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

The Moving Vietnam War Memorial Wall

In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "Careful."

I know that I was not alive at the time and did not know anyone who served during the Vietnam War, but I am, however, very thankful for those who did and are currently serving our country. I had the amazing opportunity to see the traveling Vietnam War Memorial War this year when it came to Arizona.

I can only imagine the care this family took in placing this picture and the flags to remember their family member who lost his life in the war. A man who died way to soon, but did so in defense of his country. The men and women who serve are the most courageous people and we need to stand behind them no matter what. Thank you to all who have and are currently serving for protecting me and my family.

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Seven Wonders

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Seven Wonders."

Seven words to understand everyone....what would that be? How about "Let your smile change the world today!" These words could mean so much. Have you ever been in a bad mood and had someone smile at you and you just knew that things would be better? Smiles are infectious; it's hard to have someone smile at you and not return the smile to them. Then the next person you see, you smile at him or her and he or she will pass it along too. It seems to me that common courtesy is no longer common. It is my opinion that this is where the world has gone wrong. No one cares about the neighbor anymore. If we were to be more caring of the next person, maybe things wouldn't be so bad. Thoughts?

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

THE Mac and Cheese

I got this recipe from That Which Nourishes and it is just as amazing as the site swears it is!

1lb pasta (I used elbow macaroni)

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. flour

4 c. milk

6 c. freshly shredded sharp or white cheddar

1 T. salt

up to 1 T. pepper

2 T. butter

1/2 c. panko bread crumbs

  1. preheat oven to 325
  2. boil pasta is salted water according to package directions.

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3. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.

4. Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook about 2 or 3 minutes.

5. Add in salt and pepper.

6. Slowly pour in 4 c. milk whisking until smooth and heated to a low boil until thickened. Do not stop until thick.

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7. Grease a 9x13" baking dish

8. sprinkle over the top 6 c. of cheese

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9. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot past and cheese. Let it sit until the cheese melts. Once cheese melts mix it all together.

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10. Place in 9x13" baking dish.

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11. Melt 2 T. butter in a small sauce pan. Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

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12. Spread panko bread crumbs over the macaroni, cheese, and cream mixture.

13. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  I also added some of the cheese on the top.

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14. Enjoy!

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Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Chalkmaster 10 Liquid Chalk Marker


This is a sponsored post

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The Chalkmaster 10 Liquid Chalk Markers were sent to me for a review. After working with them for a few days I have come to the conclusion that I like them. They can be used on many different surfaces and come in different colors. They also come with replacement tips and are not very messy to change.

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They are able to write small fine lines or letters or bigger bold line or letters.

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I use them on my dishwasher so that others in the house know if the dishes inside are dirty or clean.

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I think the only thing I did not like about the markers was that it did not come off completely, even with water. I didn't try alcohol or anything else though so this may not be an issue at all. However, it did come off enough for me to be able to continue using the same spot.

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As you can see it mostly came off. As for using the markers they are very simple to use. Changing the tip was also very easy. I would definitely repurchase these markers again.

 

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

Buddha says: "On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom."
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buddha.android

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

Buddha says: “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows”
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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Just another week….

Photo from: derrolyn.booklikes.com
Photo from: derrolyn.booklikes.com

I actually think I am beginning to like routine. Home is running fairly smoothly, anxiety has been in check (for the most part), animals and plants are doing great. I always thought I would love to have an adventurous life, but lately I have settled for routine. No, I haven't settled, routine is nice and good. I still like to shake it up a bit, but when you're going to school, taking care of your Dad, and your own family (hubby and daughter) routine usually isn't very routine...lol. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Your routine usually gets screwed up every day...lol. At least I know that mine does. I set out each morning to get certain things accomplished and by the end of the day it seems that I have managed none of them. Such is life though when it's more than just you.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give up my family for anything. I love them to death and back (yes, even when my dad is being a brat...which seems to be many days anymore). But, I have learned over the last few months to let go of the small things. If it's not something that is gonna change my life if it does or doesn't get done, it's not a problem if I have to put it off for a day. Yes, I'm saying that some nights the dishes don't get done or the living room doesn't get vacuumed. These are not going to hurt anything if they are not done...right? I am slowly learning that I am not a superhero! I can't do it all every day. This has been a hard lesson. One that I look forward to working on more. Just knowing that I am me right now is enough!

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the day

Confucius says: "To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge."
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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the day

Buddha says: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."
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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the day

Confucius says: "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."
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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

(Extra)ordinary

In response to The Daily Post's weekly photo challenge: "(Extra)ordinary."

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This seal is on the floor at the Veteran's hospital. People walk past it and over it every day. This was my first trip to the Veteran's hospital with my father. I found this ordinary item (extra)ordinary for this very reason. For those who have been to the hospital many times, this was just another part of the floor. Personally, for me, I was drawn to this. I find it beautiful.

What do you find (extra)ordinary where you are?

Have a great day!

Renee

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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

Quote of the day

Buddha says: "You are the community now. Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up."
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Quote of the day for March 6, 2017

October 15 Daily Prompt

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "A True Saint."

Photo from: lovethefaith.com
Photo from: lovethefaith.com

Me a saint? I highly doubt it would happen. I don't think I have ever been good enough (yet) to achieve sainthood, but later on, who knows... I would love to see my name as a saint of kindness or caring. I try to help those I can every day. Probably more close to correct would be saint of forgetfulness or accidents (seeing as I am so accident prone...LOL). Forgetfulness because if I don't write it down in my planner (which I did decide on one to try out for a bit), it just flat out doesn't happen. I am so good at this that my husband will tell me to set an alarm or write it down.

Accidents...hmmm. where to start. You wanna talk accidents...let's see...how about dislocating my kneecap by getting out of the car. Yes, I did this several years back. I stood up out of the car and my knee popped and I couldn't walk on it. Ended up in a cast for 6 weeks. Or how about cutting your hand while chopping vegetables? I don't mean the hand your holding the vegetables with either, I'm talking the hand you're holding the knife with...LOL yes, I am that good! How about cutting your side with a box cutter? Did that one too. Took forever to heal because every time I would reach up for something ( and only being 4' 11" that is A LOT...LOL) it would break open again. I could go on and on about accidents...yes, I'm definitely accident prone.

Have a great day!

Renee

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