Making a Wish

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Our birthday celebrations have changed a bit since Covid-19. It used to be the norm to poke candles into the birthday cake and let the birthday person blow all over the cake. Now, thinking about it, that is a bit gross.

The whole birthday cake now has the birthday persons germs all over every single piece of it. Unless one is willing to wipe off the top layer of frosting (WHAT!), they are now taking in those germs. Of course, over the years, most people do not get sick from this endevor. Perhaps that is because most people are not sick on their birthday or maybe it is just luck.

Regardless of our past ways, my family is taking on a new way of wish making. We admire the cake and then cut it into pieces, putting a candle or candles onto the birthday persons slice. The birthday person then can blow to their hearts content all over their own slice while the other pieces are safe from the breeze. Not that we are worried about anything in our own household, but one never knows, and it does seem to be a more sanitary way of doing things.

So, if after things are back to a somewhat normal way of life, and I am invited to a birthday party where the guest of honor blows all over the whole cake, I think I will politely pass. If I’m really feeling the urge for a piece, I can always go home and make a cupcake after the party. I’m not wiping the frosting off.

As always, Stay Safe!

Another Day with Yoga

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While I had tried yoga in the past, even taking a class, it never became a routine for me until recently. Sometime late last year, I decided to give yoga a try again. This time, I decided to do yoga every day, not just once a week or whenever the urge took hold of me. Daily yoga soon became a habit I looked forward to. In fact, I had to do my yoga. I was hooked.

What was different this time? Why was I able to stick to yoga? Well for one thing, doing something daily, especially at the same time daily, becomes a habit. Another big thing is that I felt the differences that yoga had made on my body as well as my mood. Yoga is great at reducing stress. Yoga got rid of my aches and pains. No more getting out of bed and feeling stiff. The elbow and hip soon felt better. The shoulder, that seemed out of place, took a bit longer to mend. But with daily yoga, even the shoulder is now perfectly fine. After actually feeling the difference, there is no doubt in my mind that yoga is a wonderful way to start each day. I guess I am now a yogi.

Yoga does not have to be intense or take very long. A simple twenty minute routine is all that is needed. I like to do yoga along to videos. Many can be found on Youtube. After becoming familiar with yoga, building one’s own yoga program is easy to do. A good book of reference for this is Yoga Zone Introduction to Yoga A Beginner’s Guide to Health, Fitness, and Relaxation by Alan Finger and Al Bingham.

As always, Happy Yoga Practice!

These are a Few of My Favorite Posts this Year ( in Pictures )

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This is a brief recap of my favorite posts of the year 2020. Please check them out …

My very favorite post of the year is… Adding a Smile to My Day. (feature photo)

Other favorites are….

My Take on: Knives Out

(a great who-done-it)

Fun Little Paper Mache Craft

(makes me smile every time)

Lavender Makes a Comeback

(bravo for the underdog)

Making Croissants

(yummy)

Learning to Skateboard at My Age? Why Not!

(or the post my kids tease me about the most)

Looking at the Neighborhood Through a Lens

(learning to be more mindful and present)

Yaquina Head – Newport, Oregon

(first and last vacation of the year)

Thank you to all who have stopped by my blog this year. I hope spending Another Day With Julie has given you a little bit of happiness. I can not wait to see what I shall find to write about in the New Year. Happy 2021 to all!

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

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I want to give my BIGGEST thanks to Julia and Katherine at Nourish for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Nourish posts wonderful, healthy recipes and talks openly about eating disorders. I love this mother/daughter team site and I hope everyone will check them out. I can attest that their gingerbread recipe is wonderful. Thanks again ladies!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. After receiving the nomination, the blogger has the honor of writing a post that thanks the nominator, answers some fun questions, and nominates more bloggers for the award.

Here’s what the nominees have to do:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for the award and ask them 11 questions.
  4. Notify the nominees in the comments of one of their posts.
  5. Include the request and logo of the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

Questions from Julie and Katherine at Nourish:

  1. What is one positive thing that happened in 2020? From the beginning of the whole Covid situation, I decided to make the best of things. After all, why make yourself more miserable by having a negative outlook? The best thing that happened in 2020 was that my family and I got to spend a lot of quality time together. There were more game nights, walks in the neighborhood, movie nights, and conversation. We enjoyed each other and appreciated what we have.
  2. What are you looking forward to in the New Year? I am hoping that the New Year will at some point be more normal. I am also anxious to start in on my New Year’s resolutions. Oh yes, I’m a list maker. So resolutions are my cup of tea.
  3. How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve? I will ring in the New Year with my husband, daughter, and son at home. We will play board games and drink egg nog and eat a wonderful dessert, of which I have yet to decide upon.
  4. Follow up to #3: are you planning on staying up until midnight on NYE? Yes! I will not be a party pooper.
  5. Best recipe you tried in 2020? Making homemade croissants. It felt like I was in France. Oh yum!
  6. Best book you read in 2020? I’m a bookworm by nature so it is hard for me to pick just one book. Lets see… I will say it was The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones. I bought the sequel to the book before I was finished with the first. I guess that says something.
  7. Favorite blog post you’ve ever done? (Feel free to link it!) That would have to be Learning to Skateboard at my age? Why Not! After a less than ideal skateboarding attempt as a kid, I finally got the nerve to try it again as an adult. Read my post for the whole story!
  8. If you could travel anywhere (when it’s safe to, of course), where would you go? I want to go to Greece! I am a big fan of the movie Mamma Mia and I think it looks beautiful and peaceful there. It is on my bucket list.
  9. What is something you do take care of yourself? I try to eat a balanced diet and get to bed at a decent hour. This year I have also taken up doing Yoga daily. It has helped to heal some aches and pains, so I am a big fan of it.
  10. What do you hope readers get out of your blog? I hope that it offers a little something for everyone. It is an accumulation of all the things that make me me. I strive to be positive and honest and hopefully helpful.
  11. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I love having a blogging community where I can communicate with like minds. I enjoy being inspired by others and building blogging friendships.

Enough about me… Now for my Blogger Nominations. And the winners are…

  1. Creatology Blog
  2. Zeichenschatten
  3. Dave Bakes
  4. Bead Yarn Spatula
  5. Two Trails One Road
  6. Maison Bentley Style
  7. Maybe It’s Just Me
  8. Teti’s Flakes
  9. Silly Old Sod
  10. Frugal Haus Frau
  11. House Crazy Sarah

Here are your questions:

  1. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  2. What do you enjoy about blogging?
  3. How many languages do you speak and what are they?
  4. Where is your favorite place that you have travelled to?
  5. If you could invite 2 famous people to dinner (dead or alive) who would they be?
  6. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
  7. What is your favorite blog post?
  8. What book are you currently reading?
  9. What is your favorite recipe?
  10. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  11. Any words of wisdom for the New Year?

As always, Happy Blogging!

A Quaint Thanksgiving

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With covid on the rise, we decided to be model citizens and have a quaint Thanksgiving. Just the three of us. Does that mean we had to skimp on the meal? Don’t be silly!

I discussed with my guys what they wanted for Thanksgiving dinner. I, for one, did not really want to make a turkey. A turkey would be way too much bird for us. And I’m not that fond of preparing it or of having leftover turkey. I suggested game hens. The guys gave the ok to that. Not real big turkey fans either. For the sides, my son still wanted dressing and mashed potatoes with gravy. Ok. I was on board with that. Rice was also on the list as were green beans. Rolls were a must for me. All the side dishes would be made in quantities for three. And of course pie was an absolute must.

This year, instead of having the Thanksgiving meal at lunch time, as my family has always done, I decided to have it at dinner time. This gave me more time to prepare without feeling rushed. And since we usually have our larger meal at dinner it just made more sense.

I put the table cloth on the table and got out the good china. Fabulous! We each took our turn to say what we were thankful for this year. Maybe this year, with things such as they are, we could count our blessings even more. We have our health and food on the table. That is what seems to be important right now. I saved my wish bone from my game hen. The guys could not locate their wish bones. So tomorrow when the wish bone dries out a bit, we can break it and make a good wish. I already know what I will wish for if I get the big end. It is really a no brainer for me this year.

After enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner, we skyped with our daughter, who is away at college. Then we took a walk in the neighborhood. No one was out, just us taking a walk in the moon light. We came home and played a board game. A quaint but lovely Thanksgiving. It is, after all, what one makes of it.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Is This the Year of the Snake?

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I have already shared my encounter with a snake while gardening this year. Was that not enough for one year? Well I guess not, for I had my second encounter recently. This one was a little too close for comfort. Not that comfort would ever be a word I would use when talking about snakes.

So this time, I had just come home from a shopping trip and parked my car in the garage. I got out and opened up the back hatch and took out my bags. As I was starting to shut the hatch, I looked down and AT MY FEET was a SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need I say that the hatch did not get shut. I ran around to the back of the house with all sorts of thoughts running through my head. I peared in the window and found my husband sitting down to lunch. He let me in the back and then went out to check on the snake. Brave man! I did not want the snake in the car with the hatch left open or in our garage.

The snake was still there and not moving. Did I run it over? Was it dead? No, it was not flat or anything, just very still. This part I was told by my husband. I was not about to go out to see for myself.

So my husband checked out what type of snake it was that he was about to confront. It was a gopher snake. Since it was not poisonous, he moved it slightly with a stick to encourage it to go elsewhere. Apparently, it stuck its tongue out before heading down the driveway. EEKK!

I, as one might imagine, did not leave the house for the rest of the day. But afterwards, I had to wonder, was the snake there all along and I almost stepped on it or did it creep up on me? Yikes!

(Picture from: https://www.desertusa.com/reptiles/gopher-snake.html)

Boo!

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My college boy wanted to carve pumpkins today, being Halloween and all. I had meant to pick-up some pumpkins but never did. To tell the truth, I had not really seen many while out and about. So before sending my son on a wild goose chase, I called around. It’s a good thing I did. Everyone seemed to be out of pumpkins. Oh my!

On my last call, the woman said they still had some medium sized carvable pumpkins. Ok! So my son went and picked-up a couple. I would actually call them small pumpkins, but they did the job.

We had fun carving our pumpkins. My son is quite good at carving details in the pumpkins. I am just happy to get a face carved. My pumpkin is on the right. He kind of looks scared of the other pumpkin I think.

We will set the pumpkins out tonight and put battery operated tea-light candles in them. Not doing candy this year with Covid and all. Of course, for the past three years or more, we have not had a single trick-or-treater come to the door anyway.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Is She Still Sleeping on Those Patched Sheets!

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Some time back I posted that I bought new sheets (since mine were worn) and they were HOT and uncomfortable. Due to the Covid circumstances, I could not get out and shop for replacement sheets so I patched my old sheets and threw them back on the bed. Anything was better than sleeping on those HOT sheets! I forgot to post that I did finally purchase new sheets and they are devine. In fact, after sleeping on them for a while (to be sure I liked them) I purchased a back-up pair.

Now, this leads me to explain what I did with my old, patched sheets. I am still using them. Well….kind of….let me explain. I do not like to waste things. I grabbed a pair of scissors made a slit and ripped my old sheets over and over again until I had a big stack of rags. I devided the rags into two piles. One pile went to my husband for him to use in the garage, the other I kept to use around the house. So, while I am not still sleeping on the sheets, I have not gotten rid of them quite yet.

I have also learned a lesson from the whole sheet incident. Mainly, if you want to purchase something in the future, keep a record of the brand, materials the item is made of, manufacturer, and where it was purchased. This is especially true of any item being washed, where the risk of the tag fading beyond being readable is a posibility. I put my record of items into a word document on my computer. I also attached pictures in the document so I would know what the item looked like. Genius!

As always, Happy Sleeping!

Coolest Car in the Dessert

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Sometimes when one is out and about they run into the craziest things. Things that make one look twice and then smile. The outrageous, crazy, different, unique things that are unexpected but welcome.

Such a thing happened a few years back when my family and I drove to the dessert. Expecting to see wildflowers, cactus, and dessert terrain, we had no idea we would be seeing a boat-car. How COOL is that!

I loved the boat-car. Made from a real boat! I had to have a picture. Afterall, what were my chances of ever seeing something like this again. However, I did not just want to take a picture of total strangers. That would be a bit rude. Oh, these people were used to attention, of that, I am sure; and I do not think it bothered them in the least. The woman was even dressed for the occasion, sporting her white sailor hat. Regardless, I just did not feel right snapping a picture and running. So, I politely asked if I could take a picture and they were totally on board. So I happily snapped my photo to remember my cool sighting of the cool couple in the coolest car in the dessert.

Ah, the little things that make me happy…

What is the Best Way to Learn a Language?

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As some, familiar with my blog may recall, I am trying to learn German. I have mainly been using the program Duolingo. Usually, I fade out of this program and then come back to it. However, as of current day, I have used Duolingo for 50 days straight. But is that enough?

The answer to that question is obviously a big fat NO. Duolingo is good, however, I can not pick and choose my vocabulary or what I would like to learn. I had bought a German workbook to learn the language but that kind of got stuffed under the coffee table only to be found while dusting. So, I have decided to dust off the workbook and give it another try with the start of a new school year.

I also decided I should try to make my learning experience a bit more fun by getting some easy readers. I am talking elementary school level here. But hey, one has to start somewhere. So I picked a couple of books that look like fun and will give them a try.

While I think my reading and recognizing words is getting better, my speaking is definitely not. Well, this should not be a great surprise because it is not like I can practice this skill on just anyone. But there has to be a better way.

I feel as though people from other countries speak more languages than Americans do. Not only do they speak other languages, but they speak them quite well indeed. I am always amazed when speaking to someone, where English is not their first language, and they say, “I only know a little”, and then they start speaking almost perfect English. How is this done?

So, I am asking for some advice here. If you know other languages, besides your native language, how did you learn it? What was the best method for you? Do you have any advice to pass on?

As always, Happy Learning!