HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

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hnewyearHappy New Year blog readers!! I sit here watching the Rose Parade in Pasadena Ca. and it feels official now. How many years have I watched it I have lost count? I love the details on each float and the admire the hard work that has went into them all. I remember in the past, Mom making black-eyed peas and cornbread and white beans and ham on New years every year. I disliked the peas but would take a spoonful just to please her. It was a tradition from her southern upbringing. It signified good luck. What I remember is we did not have good luck much in the years to come. I stopped eating them when Mom passed, but my sister still does.

I am praying that 2016 brings some peace to our country some how and we can all learn to get along with each other instead of trying to harm each other. I haven’t made any real resolutions for 2016 yet, but to keep things organized and save money and stay on a diet would be three I could try to work on. Have you made any for this year?

Whatever your plans are..hope your 2016 is a great one!!

Thanks for visiting my blog…

CHRISTMAS VIEWS..

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What snow came and went and the ground is green again now. The promise of a white Christmas this year is still being talked about though. CIMG3499 Put up my tree and started baking anyway hoping it would put me in the holiday mood. CIMG3372CIMG3509CIMG3484CIMG3493Shopping almost done and not a minute too soon as Christmas is only 15 days away. Yes 1 5 more days.. I sure hope you are ready.. ;-) 

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UPSTAIRS…DOWNSTAIRS…

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updownSINCE moving to my new place over a year ago, I have learned that there are truly two separate kinds of tenants..the upstairs people and the downstairs people. Some would LOVE to be living downstairs but can’t because there were no openings at the time they rented. SOME took upstairs apartments and have not been happy since. Some rented downstairs, for many reasons, but are not happy because of WHO is living above them. You just cannot win sometimes. 

Downstairs people seem to commiserate over the noise and the fact that someone is always walking over the top of them. Upstairs people complain that it is too hot “up here” and the tenant downstairs runs their heat high or tv too loud. It is always something. 

stair-clipart-STAIRSWhy can’t people just be tolerant of others? Who knows..but if I was not happy  I think I would just MOVE some place else. I would not sit and complain over every little thing. I hate packing and moving though..just hate it and would avoid it at all costs. I unpacked right away..when I got here. I don’t know where everything is exactly but I think I am getting a handle on it now. What brought this whole thought on was a person from another building who stopped me in the parking lot. She said “How are you doing with your new tenants? Mine are nice.” I said..”Fine..it is what it is, you get what you get.” “Well if they cause you any trouble, report them to the manager.” She has lived here a long time and I guess she has seen a lot of people move in and out. She knows what things occur. I say don’t look for trouble..just go with the flow until something happens. THAT is just what I am doing.

CAN you guess what I am an UPSTAIRS or DOWNSTAIRS person??? (some of you will know ;-) )

IF THERE WAS NO….

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If there was no FACEBOOK I guess I would be spending my days here at my blog. Lately I have had times when my log in page at Facebook says.. “SORRY something went wrong we are working on it and hope to get it fixed as soon as we can”. It is almost always in the middle of the day. Is this a sign to stop using Facebook so much?Do we panic and wonder what to do with our time? The world without Facebook.. what would it be like? Twitter would be over run with tweets and probably CRASH.

facebook Oh I have cut back on my hours on-line and give my mind and self a break a lot lately. It is for my own good.

readI am reading books more and enjoying the quiet time. I sure hope kids NEVER forget that real books can open the mind to all sorts of possibilities. Libraries are wonderful places for young and old. I enjoy not hearing about the latest ISIS attack or politics and who did what to who. A simpler life is much better for me all the way around. 

It says it is almost the end of September. The leaves are still green here and the trees full. Up north some color can be found but we are at least two full weeks behind last year. I am enjoying this Indian Summer weather it cannot last long enough in my book. Winter is long in Michigan. Hope you all are enjoying the season.

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AUGUST UPDATE

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autumn blessingsI cannot believe I almost let August go by without one entry here.Autumn is right around the corner.  I guess I have been busy getting through the hot days and nights of summer. Gone are the blogging days when we never missed a day to post what was happening in our world. Facebook and twitter are so immediate to everyone blogs take a back seat. It’s been 10 years now since that horrible hurricane  Katrina reached our gulf coast states and destroyed so many lives. I add this photo here. It was something that I could not believe. A stadium full of people who were trying to survive in the floods that occurred that day. dome20evacueesTen years later things are better but not back to total normal. Many homes will never be rebuilt and many moved away and relocated. Here is a link to a good report of how things are going now.

Here in my neighborhood..People are moving in and out in a pretty good pace here in the complex. We have had a weird summer of cold days and then really hot days. The local county fair came and went and the farmer’s market is loaded with vendors selling the last of their crop for the year. Soon apple and pumpkins will take over. Just didn’t seem like the summer lasted long enough this year…I dread the long long winter months. So for now I will just keep this here as  a reminder..beach