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Don't be too hard on yourself for letting go of your program during the holidays. That happens to the best of us sometimes. Tomorrow is a chance to start over and recommit to yourself and your goals.

We had a 15 hour drive home on Friday so that Mike's daughter could spend some time with her mother before heading back to Tampa for New Year's Eve with her friends. I had intended to stay another day in Richmond but to be honest, it was nice to have a couple of days to resettle before heading back to work.

I arranged my schedule to see 2 clients on New Year's day. One is an elderly woman who I see bi weekly to pay her bills and pay her homecare staff. The other client is owned by 2 partners. I need to figure out the practice profit and pay the owners their percentage of the profit as payroll checks dated 2017 so I need to do it as early as possible. Might was well take advantage of a day off rather than try to fit it into a full workweek. So I wont be staying up for the ball drop at midnight. I will put on some calming, mediation music to muffle the sound of fireworks from the dog - and get to bed early.

Happy New Year to you all!!!

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12/29/17 7:19 A

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I am getting back on track also. Christmas dinner at family was tough.Put on 2 lbs. I can do this though and get back on track!

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12/28/17 12:04 P

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I lost all motivation over the last few weeks. I've been snacking on candy instead of my healthy snacks and while I've been exercising I haven't been going vigorously enough to break a sweat. My husband quit tracking his food, too. He can't feel full so just keeps eating until he's done eating which hasn't helped my snacking at all. I need to get back on track but I just feel so tired of it all.

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12/26/17 6:53 A

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I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and I hope you each have a blessed day after Christmas!

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12/23/17 6:13 P

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12/22/17 12:05 P

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Aura - I love the sweater!

Eva - glad the girls had baking fun and I love your Yule celebration.

Kurtzie - Happy Solstice!

Feline - enjoy your lunch.

I'm off to the emoticon @ 1:00 and then hope to stop by the LDS genealogy center (if I'm not contagious - really looking forward to some information on Irish ancestors.

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12/22/17 11:05 A

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We get off early today. I will be having lunch with my moms - since I don't drive they are picking me up, and I am treating them to their favorite sandwich shop as a thank you.

Everyone have a great holiday! Safe trips, happy visits, relaxing weekend! Stay healthy!

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I hope you all had a blessed Solstice!

I cooked dinner. Our tradition is pork (this year it was cutlets), baked sweet potatoes, baked apples with cinnamon, and homemade bread. I'm thinking about learning to make mead by next year, just for the fun of it.

We opened Yule gifts. Bug made her dad a puppy and me a clay bowl with my name on it. We also had gifts from a dear friend. Bug received a book, A Christmas Carol, and a bookmark "Advice from the Stars." Our friend sent me a "Advice from a Solar Eclipse" book mark and a calendar to share with my husband. After I put the crew to bed I did my quarterly divination and decided I'm going to craft runes by the summer solstice and give learning to read runes a shot.

If you are interested in a short history of Yule, "just for fun" here's a link

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12/21/17 1:14 P

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Aura love that sweater.

It is a chilly morning here on the coast, 33 at 9am. Have a wonderful day, happy 1st day of winter.



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12/21/17 9:00 A

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Aura: Love the sweater. I'm always cold so that looks comfy to me. I don't want to be left alone just stay toasty!

Kali: I hope you feel better today. The girls had a blast making cookies. It's the fun of using your hand as the template I think. I made butter cream and had several sprinkles for them to choose from. If you don't like doing traditional Christmas cookies, or you just want something new for the kids, it's always a hit.

If you don't bake, roll out refrigerated cookie dough from the grocery and get tubes of cookie icing in the baking section. The girls had 2 hours of fun.

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12/20/17 2:17 P

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Happy Holidays emoticon emoticon Woman created "Leave me alone" sweater.
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If it had eye holes I'd wear for MN cold windy days. My nose gets so red and frozen

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Feline - apparel looks interesting and sorry you are not feeling well. Love the idea of emoticon in your flower arrangement.

Eva - love the picture and idea of hand print cookies. I too am looking forward to the solstice, especially after learning of the multiple celebrations.

I came down with the emoticon Sunday and have literally slept for two days. I'm in the office and fairing better than I thought I might, but needed to get a couple major projects off and 'running'. Depending on how the morning goes, I may head home early...
I thought I might share this wonderful card:




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12/20/17 6:40 A

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Feline: Now that sounds cute!

Bug has a friend coming home with her from school. It's a short day. Her older sister has a doctor's appointment in Memphis so I guess hanging at my house is more fun that a doctor's office. We're going to make hand print cookies (think hand turkeys but from sugar cookie dough) and let the girls bake and decorate, after lunch.

Winter Solstice begins tomorrow. Today I plan to take 30 minutes or so to meditate and write out my intentions for the coming year.





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12/19/17 8:38 A

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Eva: Thanks. My potassium plummeted, too, so that's part of it. And MCAS can make me really reactive. I don't typically eat red meat anyway, I avoid most meat in general, so I'll just be more strict about it I guess. I am starting to feel better, and I have potassium supplements for the next two weeks to help, too.

Santa came to visit my flower design class last night, lol. He gave us all candy canes so I stuck mine in my bouquet to make it extra festive.

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12/19/17 6:26 A

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Feline: I'm sorry. That's a long time for an allergic reaction to still be hanging around, but then different foods hang in the system differently. I hope it passes soon.



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12/18/17 2:02 P

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Eva: I'm actually not. I saw my allergist today to see if this wasn't the flu but possibly an allergic reaction, and we're thinking I'm possibly allergic to red meat. He advised I wait this current episode out as best I can and avoid meat in the future. Last week I bought my husband a steak pizza and had some of it. I'm still paying for it 6 days later emoticon

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12/18/17 6:36 A

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Feline: Congrats and I hope you are feeling better.

Kali: Your early birds meeting sounds like it had fun. As I understand it, many of the pagan traditions are the same in the south, just in June instead of December, but I'm not sure about other traditions.

We had a wonderful weekend. We drove around looking at Christmas lights. We visited what is dubbed the Jackson Griswalds and had our picture made with the Santa and Mrs. Claus. I was mid laugh. Apparently Santa has a granddaughter that likes to photo bomb LOL



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12/15/17 11:40 A

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On IG last night a company asked if I would rep for them, so I have begun repping for BFirst Apparel! This California based clothing company sells motivational active (and, let’s face it, lounge) wear for men and women. They’ve recently released their winter line “DreamingElegance” with leggings, shirts, sweaters, and hats! I am looking for people interested in receiving a 15% discount with the code FITGRL, just check out the line at https://www.bfirstapparel.com/ and make sure you enter FITGRL in the rep code box!

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12/15/17 10:59 A

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Kim - emoticon we celebrated watching the Husker emoticon team win the tie breaker against Penn State. 4,000 Nebraskans filled the arena for the semifinal - I can't imagine how many will be attending the final game tomorrow...

Eva - glad you are taking time for yourself - as they tell us on planes, get your own 'oxygen' before helping others!

Feline - sending healing thoughts.

I gave a presentation on Winter Holidays to my Early Birds group and we had some lively discussions about pagan, religious and secular celebrations. So much (in the northern hemisphere) revolves around the winter solstice, it would be interesting to know what celebrations occur during the winter in the south.
Having our Christmas dinner with the Friday night group tonight - really looking forward to it!

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12/15/17 8:56 A

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I've had the stomach flu since Tuesday. I took two days off from work, and considered taking today off, too, but I really hate taking three days off. I decided since my fever broke to try to make it through the day. On the plus side, I lost three pounds? I won't count it until I weigh in on Wednesday so we'll see if I keep it off or if it comes back once I can start eating again.

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12/15/17 6:34 A

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Happy Birthday Kali! I hope it was as awesome as you are!

Yesterday I took a mental health day and I think I'm taking another today. The Christmas chaos that I love ensues next Wednesday at 11:30 am. That's when school lets out for winter break. So before I go planning Solstice night dinner and then all the Christmas activities, I'm taking a few hours just for Eva.

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12/14/17 9:24 P

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I hope your birthday was spectacular!!!!


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66 Revolutions around the sun today.
(Good thing DH reminded me or I'd have forgotten to pick up a fruit tray for the office!)

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12/13/17 3:12 P

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Feline - sounds like you are a wonderful pastry chef! emoticon on your anniversary.
Eva - the perfect gift and out of your house too! emoticon

Kim - glad your cookie did not meet expectations - will definitely help with temptation.

My second of emoticon parties is tonight, to be followed shortly by a Friday get together.
I'll bring treats (a fruit tray as opposed to baked goods) tomorrow as it's my birthday. (Would never live it down as it will be the last birthday before retiring!
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12/13/17 9:59 A

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I love to bake this time of year but I am so busy that I rarely have time to do it. I hope that we will have a chance when we go home for Christmas. It will be fun to do some baking with the nieces and nephews.

I have been beyond tempted by treats all week. Every office I have gone to this week has the kitchen full of candies, cookies, breads ....... all looking so good. Yesterday, I tried a cookie in the afternoon and it wasn't really all that good. That was actually good for me. It will help with the temptation later.



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Feline: That sounds delicious. I don't think I've made a pinapple angle cake.

I'm like you, I love to bake, but I don't eat it, or at least not much of it. That's why the tradition of home made gifts to friends and some family. They don't bake like I do and tend to be excited for scratch baked goodies. Plus it gives me opportunity to have Bug practice her kitchen skills!





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Today is my one year anniversary at work! I made a pineapple angel food cake to celebrate. I won't be having any, but I put it in the kitchenette for everyone else to enjoy. It turned out nice and golden, I was quite pleased. I have the ingredients for a spice cake to bring in before our Christmas holiday, too. I like to bake this time of year. I don't go as crazy as some people I know, and I don't tend to eat what I make, but I like to bring goodies in to work.

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12/12/17 8:54 A

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Kim - sounds like an excellent weekend! Don't you love how being organized 'frees' so many other areas of life.
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Feline - glad you had a good performance.

Eva - I hope you get your day off. I too have time @ home before we leave for vacation. Mine is a lot less demanding however... thanks for the tip - I'll check out the Dollar Tree.

Big food day - departmental lunch followed by the Forum group dinner. I have a feeling, I'll be ready for a break. I think I'll miss the shipping deadline for Xmas (another party tomorrow night), but sometimes late is good!
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Kail: Our Dollar Tree had some large packing materials. Much cheaper than the Post Office.

Kim: I hope you and Mike enjoy your golf club find! It's nice to know the man found joy in find the clubs a new home as well.

Feline: Hopeful the next time you have a community performance you'll have practice time in that space. Maybe it's a suggestion you could make to your choir director?

We do elf on a shelf. It's for fun. And gives me an excuse to make mischief. This morning I'm seriously wondering if the elves fly into the laundry hamper if I can get a laundry free day because if I touch the things they "lose their magic". That stuff is multiplying like rabbits in this house and momma needs a day off before I have both Bug and Jim home for 10 days through Christmas.

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12/11/17 12:49 P

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Eva: We did better in the morning than in the evening, but the evening performance was in such a different environment. We really could have used practice time in that room to get adjusted to the dynamics. It was fun, though, and I ran into someone from work at the community performance. I'm glad it's over though, and hope our next piece isn't quite so complicated!

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Good morning team! It was a wonderful weekend here in Florida. A cold front moved in and brought us temps nearly 30 degrees colder than last week. It also arrived with the most spectacular thunderstorm at 6am Saturday. I have a special place in my heart for thunderstorms so that was special to witness. Even the dog managed to not be too freaked out by it. It's not often that we have temps in the 30's overnight. So it has been a little winter wonderland for those of us who can handle it. I will be happy for 70s again next week but for now, I am enjoying the chill in the air.

I managed to clear up my coming week a little by working for 2 monthly clients on Saturday morning/afternoon. Then I showed a rental condo for a friend of mine who is in Thailand. And then I got a facial on Saturday evening. It was so nice to work hard during the day and then relax and take care of myself in the evening.

Then on Sunday, Mike put up shelves in my laundry closet which gave me so much storage space. I hadn't realized how cluttered it was before. Now everything is up and neat! Then we drove up to Palm Bay to look at a set up golf clubs that a man was selling on Facebook Marketplace. They were fabulous and a great price. They guy was so happy that someone was going to use them that he threw in tees, a glove and some ball.

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Feline - that's what I call a FULL weekend - I hope it was fun.

Eva - glad you enjoyed the event and I loved the picture from the Discovery Park and thanks for the link.

The emoticon is cleaner than it was, but I still have a ways to go. I'm not sure if the cleaning products used displaced something in the pipes, but I'll keep working on it...
The weather was wonderful and we were able to water some of the new trees. Our drip irrigation system sprung several leaks and after attempting to repair, we just watered what we could...
I wrapped some presents and found others we bought years ago - I almost hate to send them as it will cost almost as much as the gift, but will look for some large padded envelopes for the 'boys toys'.
Another gorgeous day in NE - only wish some of the southeast's snow could have landed in CA....

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Kali: Did you get you emoticon cleaned? How exciting the retirement is all things coming up Kali. Do you have an idea of what you'll do to celebrate?

Feline: How was the bell choir?

We had a fantastic time at the college campus. The students do a really good job of working the event and it's for such a good cause. Then we drove up to Union City to Discovery Park. We had a treat as the UT Martin Drama students did an hour long presentation of the History of Christmas Carols and we did see the BUGS exhibit. There's nothing like a 6 foot tall locust flying at you...

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I have such a busy weekend ahead of me. Tonight I have family coming over for dinner, tomorrow I have therapy, I have to get my nails done, and then my work holiday party is in the evening. On Sunday I have to perform at my husbands' church in the bell choir in the morning, and then the bell choir is performing again in the evening at another church for a community event. I am really glad I have this week off from school as they set up the next session (I wasn't supposed to have this week off!). It makes this weekend much easier that there is no homework due emoticon

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Feline - emoticon being the best we can be is the goal!

Eva - how cool. I haven't thought about the poem since I was a kid. I too feel an affinity to nature and am so glad you are able to promote Bug's appreciation and relationship. Enjoy your trip (sounds super!) and contributing the the food pantry.
I have to emoticon as this has been a long work week. (The first 5 days in a while...)
I'm excited that our reorganization results look like I can not only retire when I want, but don't have to hire a replacement as we are putting several positions together and changing the reporting structure to fit function (as opposed to personality).
The weather is supposed to emoticon enough to emoticon the arborvitae, finish emoticon capture (The catcher was off the emoticon ) and clean the emoticon on Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Kali: Thank you for the link. I book marked it for bug and I to look at this afternoon. Every night that we've gone outside she says this poem--

"I see the moon, the moon sees me
The moon sees somebody I want to see
God bless the moon and God bless me
And God bless the somebody I want to see.…"

She has a real relationship with nature and what she's doing.

I'd like to hear how your group responds to your winter holidays discussion.

Feline: I admit I laughed. I laughed hard. And i needed that giggle at 5:40 this morning! But I agree, I think most religions teach, "If you can't help then just don't harm."

Tomorrow we are headed up to the UT campus at Martin to Santa's village. They have a fantastic tree display on the floor. You walk through a forest of Christmas trees. I love it. Your "fee" is donations to the food pantry. It's a fun way to give back. Then we plan to head up to the Discovery Park to see the Bugs exhibit. Who doesn't need to see a 6 ft tall grasshopper? We'll hang around until after dark and go back for the "Let it Show" light light display at Discovery Park.



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Peacefrog: That's exactly why I found a home in UU. It's an action-based religion, what you do is what matters not necessarily what you think. I like to think of it as the "Don't be a dick" religion because its principles are based entirely on being a good person. And that is what every religion is basically telling you! Be a good person! Don't be a dick!

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Feline - thanks for the UU links
Kim - enjoy your last day of emoticon - I agree, we can't do better than "love is my religion".

Eva - interesting distinction, but I was 'taught' they are the same in 'spirit'. As with faith, prayers progress from asking to listening and meditation progresses from monkey mind to becoming one. Just another approach....

I too am delighted we are having this discussion. I'm the host of our next Early Birds discussion and plan to talk about Winter Religious Traditions.



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Eva - I just came across this - may be of interest as you and Bug follow the moon's cycle: "According to cultural astronomer Anthony Aveni at Colgate University, the moon and the sun are in a cosmic dance that defines our very relationship to life. Yet in modern western culture, we barely know the moon's cycles, nor pay attention to the effect it has upon us. Aveni has explored the meanings attributed to the sun and the moon in cultures around the world and contrasted that with our own. What he has discovered sheds light on our own understanding of the meaning of existence. He says, "The celestial players re-enact for us the human drama, with implications for our understanding of male and female, light and dark, good and evil, night and day." Consider Aveni's research as you look at the moon and its relationship with the sun. It may open the mind to the power of the universe and your part in it."
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Kail: Your credit union decorations sound beautiful. I think it's nice for you to honor the winter celebrations without leaning to any one faith.

Feline: Thank you for the titles. I wrote them all down and I believe I'll make it a next year's goal, to read an learn about a new to me set of traditions.

Kim: You sound like me, You take what fits from each faith and make it work for you. I really think we are all on the same path, but there's more than one road to the final destination.

I've been asked about the difference between meditation and prayer by friends that do not meditate. My answer is always "Prayer is when you pose a question or a request. Meditation is when you clear your mind and listen for the answers." Maybe your mom was wise enough to be listening for the answers.



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I love all this talk about religions and tolerance and acceptance. I agree that being able to tolerate someone's differences is very different than accepting them. I love that these concepts are being taught to the next generation.

I was raised in a Catholic household by a very Catholic mother. But I found out a few years ago that she practiced meditation from as early as the 70's. She kept it a secret because she felt it didn't fit with her religious requirements. I have a very open mind about religion and spirituality. I often refer to myself as a Christian leaning Buddhist Hindu with great reverence for the traditional Indian teachings. I would probably add Muslin in there but I honestly don't know a whole lot about the religion. I don't feel that I belong in any particular church and I am fine with that. I have a profound faith in Source and while my understanding of what that is changes over time, it has served me well. Ultimately I think there is one truth and we will find that everyone has been a little right and a little wrong in their understanding.

The Dali Lama said that "love is my religion" I don't think you can go wrong with that.

One more day of sleeveless shirts and sandals before we get a cold front that will dip us down into the 40s at night with highs only in the 60's. I am so excited to wear a pair of boots and long sleeved shirts. It will also be a good transition for our trip up to Virginia for Christmas.



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Eva, here are the books:
A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church

The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology
by Forrest Church

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life - Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World
by Parker J. Palmer

The last one is written with a Quaker perspective, but I think holds to the UU ideals in practice. Since UU has individuals from many other religious leanings it works :)

Kali: A tree is part of many different religious celebrations! As are wreaths, holly, candles, garland, etc. I love the holidays in the UU tradition. They're simple but beautiful. Since the UU faith is a bridge of many faiths we celebrate a wide variety of holidays, but there are a few that are UU specific. If you're interested, here's a link: https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays



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Feline - bummer about the nutritionist appointment. I needed to look up UU - Unitarian Universalists. The celebration sounds soul deepening and with rewards to those who participate and receive the gifts of the participants.

Eva - glad you are being cautious with your knee. We only have one per leg...
I love the mix of religions in your family and the acceptance you are teaching Bug. We had the discussion @ home re: a tree for the Credit Union and decided lights and garland were enough to express the joy of the season and let the office be welcoming to all.

We're finalizing my groups reorganization and I couldn't be happier. Our 'fearless' leader has a tremendous opportunity @ another institution but is not leaving us in the lurch, and taking the time to develop some strategies that will continue to move us forward. I was concerned I'd have to stay 'on' longer than my planned retirement, but we have that covered too.
I had the best emoticon in days last night.

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Feline: It sounds like a lovely tradition. I'd love the titles of the books, Thank you.

I try to teach Bug the fundamentals of several religions. I think it's important for her to know. My own religious background is rather strange. My mother is Christian, my father was Buddhist, and my paternal grandfather followed Cherokee traditions. So as a parent I think teaching her about the different religious walks of life, and some of their traditions will help her when she leaves my nest and makes it into the wide world. She won't just be tolerant, she'll be accepting, which isn't the same thing.

My parenting really confuses my neighbors. LOL Believe me when I say I'll take all the help I can get.







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Eva, the other principles are:
2. Justice, equity, and compassion for others
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part

Today is day 2 and the suggestion is to honor those in your local community who are less fortunate. I have a few books on the history of UU and some books of sermons. I find them inspiring. If you're interested, I can recommend the titles. I've actually quoted from them in some of my school papers before, the ones I've written on ethics, morality, and leadership.

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Kali: That Moon was fantastic. Bug's class is studying the moon phases, so we get to observe the moon each night as it completes it's cycle on the 19th.

Hope you get the hot tub cleared up.

Feline: It sounds like a lovely tradition. What are the other 6 principles? You'll have to forgive me for being nosy. I have a great interest in the traditions of most religions and this is one I'm not familiar with. I find it better, and more enjoyable on my part, to get the information first hand rather than just google it. Half the time that information is spotty.

I'm sorry about your appointment being shifted. Hopefully they can work you in early in January and you can still meet your goal.

It's a quiet day in Eva's world. I did try a new workout yesterday, a knee friendly barre routine from YouTube by Jessica Smith. I'm having some trust issues with my knee. It seems fine but I have no intention of taking a nose dive to the floor when it's my standing leg. I learned knee friendly does not mean easy on the rest of the body. I do believe that it's one I'll be putting into rotation. If you are interested here's the link to the video. youtu.be/e7s8sGwYYUM

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Eva: Chalica is the UU winter holiday. It begins today! It lasts seven days and each day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle. Some UUs also light a chalice for each day. Today's principle is the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and a suggested good deed is to give a gift(s) to honor those you do not understand, agree with and/or like.

Six months ago I scheduled an appointment with my nutritionist for this Friday. My husband forgot to ask for time off to take me and said Friday was too important a day at his job for him to go in late so made me reschedule, and now I have to wait another month to see her. I really needed that appointment. I am plateauing, struggling badly with cravings and temptation, and I feel like a big ole failure. I had wanted to hit goal by my birthday next year, but I keep going up and down the same 5lbs.


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Kim - I hope you get to 'see' some snow as well, as long as you don't have to drive through it!
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Joyce - happy December to you too!

Eva - wonderful pictures and fabulous weekend! Love the idea of an Egyptian burial. We will get Rose's ashes and pawprint and I'll find a nice box for her. (We keep our first cat in a Santa box that has a place of honor among my Santa collection.

We were weekend warriors and captured the emoticon DH taught me how to operate the emoticon so now I'll be able to care for the yard when I have time. We soaked in the emoticon last night (first night since his cold started) and I'm sorry to say the water was cloudy. Hope to shock it enough tonight to get us to the weekend for a good clean. We shall see as the temps are expected to drop 30 degrees from this morning...
Wasn't that emoticon the best?

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Kail: I love that sweater!

I'm glad Liz is adjusting. She lost a long time friend. It'll take time.

Kim: I hope you see that snow when you go on your trip. They are calling for flurries here on Friday. That's a big deal for us. We don't usually see snow until January.


Friday night we buried Norman in his favorite purple gerbil ball. We are strange people. It's like we do Egyptian burials for pets. They take a favorite toy and a favorite treat. For Norman it was the ball and a small package of unsalted almonds.

Saturday we went to Breakfast with Santa.



We ventured out to Sams club to buy the bulk items, and to buy the gifts for the child Bug's class adopted.

And then down to the Christmas parade. It's always a nice little parade and one of the few that doesn't have vendors. It keeps the parade traditional and I personally enjoy that. My favorite float was the kids from Whooville capturing the Grinch (a dad in a costume) to steal back their gifts (candy in boxes) to hand out to the kids watching the parade.

Yesterday we watched a couple of Christmas movies, one being my favorite National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and made the annual gingerbread house.





So we ended the weekend on a high note.

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I love the sweater Kali! Not just because it is adorable but also because I am jealous of your Christmas weather. I am wearing a sleeveless sundress today. I love Florida but I do miss the postcard weather every now and then.

Perhaps we will see some snow when we go to Virginia and Washington DC for Christmas. Mike's daughter has rarely seen snow so that would be a treat for her as well.

Sorry about Stormin Norman.


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Eva - you continue to amaze and amuse me emoticon
Love the trip over the Rainbow Bridge - maybe Stormin' Norman will meet Rose...

Called the vet to check on Rose's ashes and paw print and they've not heard from the crematorium, but will call as soon as they do. The Liz dog is cone free and adjusting to the new pack - sometimes cautious, sometimes @ full speed. The vet said it will take a while.
emoticon with friends as opposed to our Friday night gang. We will be meeting away from the normal 'stomping ground' as we did not extend to the group. Our friends have extended their hospitality to a couple that I find difficult to deal with (I know - all I can control is my attitude), so I am looking forward to sharing a meal and conversation with them (as I can never get a word in edgewise otherwise).


The first of my December holiday sweaters. Here's to the season!

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emoticon emoticon Welcome December emoticon emoticon

Feline: I'm not familiar with Chalica. Care to enlighten us?

Well we lost one of the gerbils last night. Stormin' Norman took a trip over the Rainbow Bridge. he was 3 1/2 years old, the best I can figure. That's a long life for a gerbil according to the vet. Most don't make it much past 2 years. So I suppose this evening I'll be holding a gerbil funeral, if Bug requests it. She made me hold a funeral for a goldfish once....

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