Is it Friday already? Time for the best of the week

I can’t believe Friday is here already, this week flew by so quickly.

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Today is also my 50th birthday. I took a moment to really look at myself in the mirror today, I don’t feel 50 and when I took a careful study of how the years have affected me I didn’t see 50 staring back at me. It’s been a roller coaster of a life so far and I hope it continues, maybe with less drama than in past years.

When I was younger I thought 40 was old, women by that age went to the beauty parlor and had their weekly shampoo set, with tons of teasing.  They always looked so much older than they actually were.  I’m so glad that phase is on it’s way out as my generation is more relaxed about our hair.

Well, enough about me it’s time for my favorites of the week.

Here’s a couple of Christmas posts before I say goodbye to the holiday

  1. Don’t know what to do with the wrapping paper left behind?  If you have children here’s an idea for these cold days.  Collect your paper and make this cute snowman The pattern uses newspaper, but why stop there.
  2. Whether you believe in Santa or not it’s hard to fulfill your children’s wishes on Christmas morning.  I was deeply moved by Jackie’s story of her Christmas disappointment when she was young, don’t worry it has a happy ending.

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Making 2013 a great year

  1. Do you make resolutions every year only to forget about them after a couple of weeks?  Why not set a theme for the year, it’s much more positive.  Love is the theme for 2013 for one.
  2. I have completed the Reverse 100 thing challenge and am taking on the challenge to buy nothing in January, but many people tackle other challenges in January.  Our So Called Life has put together a list of the various challenges found online if you are interested in a challenge for your new year.
  3. In addition you could join with Katy to make a compact to buy nothing new in 2013.  Katy has been taking on this challenge since 2007, will you try it?
  4. Do you still have travel plans yet this year?  I found this list of ways to save on everything from gas to food interesting as I do similar things myself.
  5. Make this year the year you embrace your home.  I found this quote in the post and knew I had to share it with you:  “…If you decide to love your home, then you will.  It doesn’t take an interior design degree, and endless bank account, or even a live in maid…” I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Check the entire post out here.
  6. Some of us know exactly what we want and realize happiness may still come with struggles.  Frugal Trenches takes a look back at the past year and prepares for the next.
  7. It’s not a secret that we can’t move on until we forgive the past.  But when is forgiveness too much?
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Greening our lives

  1. Doing our part to reduce our garbage is great, fantastic!  But are we relying too much on recycling when we could be reducing and reusing more?
  2. Life is worthless with out love and hope.  I wrote a post a few months back about the deterioration of my hometown.  I was impressed when reading about the restoration and hope for restoration as many of our rust belt cities learn to transition to a new economy.
  3. On the subject of reusing and repurposing items, here’s a fantastic tutorial on remaking an ugly dress into a fashionable dream dress.
  4. I had heard about the many benefits of coconut oil.  When I spotted it for the first time earlier this month at our local store I had to give it a try.  I had been using pieces of my aloe plant to soothe my dry skin with the colder, drier weather…but this works even better.  I then found this article with 25 uses for coconut oil.

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From the kitchen

  1. I don’t eat bread very often, but with company coming I purchased bread for sandwiches Christmas eve.  I had saved this recipe for Lemon butter from Winter Owls and gave it a try.  I can’t begin to put into words how delicious this is.
  2. If I have one downfall to being vegan it would be hot chocolate.  The premade mixes in the store are so filled with sugar, then just when the weather turns cold and we are buried in snow I find this recipe for Hot Chocolate! Thank you!  Thank you!

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And finally the humorous post of the week

  1. Some days our pets must think we are crazy with the things we do to them, but the caption here leaves little doubt in my mind that they will punish us eventually.

37 thoughts on “Is it Friday already? Time for the best of the week

  1. I know that you love sun and warm climates but I must say I’m a sucker for snow and I’m jealous a little bit! Happy Birthday and thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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    • I would love to share the snow with you! Thank you for the birthday wish, it’s hard to express to you how much I enjoyed my day when I know how hard things are for you right now. Best wishes to you, I hope things turn around soon, I will keep you in my thoughts.

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  2. Happy Birthday (one day late), Lois!
    May your blessings be great in this next decade of your life!
    With every decade, I think life just gets better and better. I finally am getting to know who I really am, and I’m liking her more and more. I once asked an older woman I know (she’d 89 now) what her best decade was. She said her 60s. How great is that!
    Happy birthday!

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    • Thank you Lili! So your friend enjoyed her 60s best, that’s good to know. I think I enjoy each year more. My grand daughter yesterday tried to remember how old I was and said 15 instead of 50. My son asked if I’d rather be 15 and I didn’t even have to think about it, I told him there was no way I’d want to go backwards to relive what were the hardest years of my life.

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  3. Happy Birthday to you Lois! It sounds like you had a lovely time with family and German Chocolate cake! Thank you for trying the lemon butter, I’m glad you liked it. Thanks also for all the interesting links you listed above which I’m looking forward to visiting.

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    • I think I had a particular picture in my mind from childhood what 50 looked like, and it wasn’t this. Glad to know I’m not alone feeling like this. We need to just embrace how we feel and forget the number, to your lisst I would add having fun, if we are having fun we can forget the number.

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  4. Hey! Happy Birthday Lois! Its my Father in Laws Birthday on the 28th of December and he said the same thing. As a child it was a bit of an issue but now that he is 78 he reckons he just rolls with it all these days. Loved your post have been here for ages following all those links and getting some fabulous ideas for 2013! – Kara xx

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    • Glad you are getting some new ideas for the new year. I never thought I’d see the year 2013 it seemed so far away when I was younger. I never realized so many people were born on or around Christmas, happy birthday to your Father-in-law.

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  5. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for mentioning my article. By the way, my birthday is tomorrow the 29th. Nice to know another person whose birthday gets mixed up with all of the holiday festivities. :)

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  6. Happy Happy Birthday Lois!! May your day be filled with love and light! thank you once again for the shout out. I truly do appreciate it and I hope to bring you many more stories. Hopefully much nicer ones. I love reading your posts on Friday. I usually try to visit all the ones you mention. Takes me places and blogs I haven’t been to yet.

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    • Happy birthday to you too. I used to hate having my birthday so close to Christmas and in the winter to boot, but now I no longer mind, to be honest I wouldn’t mind not celebrating my birthday although the German chocolate cake that was delivered today was worth it. :-)

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