Category Archives: 55 Things

55 Things #3 – Something To Make You Smile

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Here in Michigan this is the time of year when the winter blues, or what is now referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is setting in. The short hours of daylight coupled with the scarcity of sunshine can have a negative effect on our mood.

Today I am sharing a photo that I love. I always say that yellow is a happy color and when I see sunflowers (and dandelions) I see feel like they are smiling at me.

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Perhaps this will help chase away the winter blues.

Wishing you sunny days and lots of smiles. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

55 Things #2 – A Lesson About Love

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This plaque hangs on a wall in a corner of our dining room.

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I love the message, “People need loving the most when they deserve it the least,” and I believe it is often true. Many times what we see as “bad” behavior is a person’s reaction to pain, fear, frustration, insecurity or even loneliness. If we can see beyond the surface and offer some love, kindness and understanding I believe we have the potential to change lives for the better.

I have thought several times that I should move that plaque to a place where it is more prominently displayed, because even though the words are engrained in my mind, it is not in a location where others are likely to read it. Today I decided to do one better – share this message here, where it can reach those who might visit our home and many, many more.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box.

 

55 Things – #1 Aging

This is the beginning of my series titled “55 Things”. You can learn more about this series here.

This being my birthday-week post I decided to share with you a couple of my thoughts about aging or at least the appearance of aging.

Gray Hair

I’ve earned it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wrinkles

This song pretty much sums it up you can click to listen or just read the lyrics below if you prefer.

Wrinkles
Diamond Rio
Gettin’ out of the tub all drawn up like a raisin
Showed my fingers to my Daddy while he was shavin’
Said look at my toes Dad what’s wrong with my skin
Will this go away, will I be normal again
Well he picked me up and set me down on the hamper
Wiped off his face while he gave me the answer
For the first time I noticed the lines in his grin
As he dabbed a little foam on the end of my chin, he said
Those wrinkles ain’t nothin’ to be scared of
They’re just a product of time and true love
Some are gonna come and go
Some are gonna come and stay
Son, you’re still young, you’re gonna be OK
Well, I walked down the hall, saw my Mom gettin’ ready
For a long over due date, dinner with Daddy
She was cussin’ those crows feet, didn’t know I was listenin’
Started talkin’ รข??bout her younger years
And how much she missed them and I said
Those wrinkles ain’t nothin’ to be scared of
They’re just a product of time and true love
Some are gonna come and go
Some are gonna come and stay
Mom you still look young, you’re gonna be OK
As I get a little older, I’m startin’ to get a few
And I’m sure I gave Mom and Dad at least one or two
We’re all gonna have รข??em, there ain’t no doubt
But those wrinkles in life ain’t nothin’ you can’t iron out
Those wrinkles ain’t nothin’ to be scared of
They’re just a product of time and true love
Some are gonna come and go
Some are gonna come and stay
I still feel young, I’m gonna be OK
Those wrinkles ain’t nothin’ to be scared of
They’re just a product of time and true love
Songwriters: NEIL THRASHER, RONNY SCAIFE
ยฉ Universal Music Publishing Group, Major Bob Music, Inc. / Rio Bravo Music, Inc. / Castle Bound Music, Inc. / Hanna Bea Songs

My attitude largely stems from the fact that while gray hair and wrinkles are natural and harmless many of the products that are used to cover up or prevent these conditions may contain ingredients that are harmful. They may contain hormone disruptors and even known carcinogens. Not a good trade off in my opinion.

If you would like to learn more about body care products and their ingredients you can find much information at the following website https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚