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Monday Music: Gabe Dixon

An excellent piano player, good story teller and smooth sound. Check out his website.  http://www.gabedixon.com/

 

Gabe Dixon:  Find My Way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wez59kjsPk

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I Hope….

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I didn’t have a blog post planned for today. I owe you an apology.

I’m so sorry. It has been one hectic week and I have not had the time to work on a post.

 Here’s a little something.

I hope you have had a great week.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope The Ohio State Buckeyes beat that team up north today. GO BUCKS!

I hope you had/have safe travels

I hope your Turkey was moist and plentiful.

I hope you didn’t eat too much, as I did.

I hope everyone survived your ‘Black Friday’ shopping spree.

I hope you found great deals and no one lost a limb in the mad dash.

I hope you are relaxing today and recovering from a busy week.

I hope you remembered to be Thankful for all you have.

I hope you have all your needs met.

I hope you didn’t spend too much money shopping.

I hope you hugged your loved ones.

I hope you are hugged often and loved deeply.

I hope you have laughed this week and everyday.

I hope you told your family and friends you love them.

I hope you looked for the little things that made you smile.

I hope your next family gathering will be the best one yet.

I hope you are taking care of yourself.

I hope you are enjoying this weather (Ohio folks).

I hope you are finding your joy.

I hope you forgive me for not having a post.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I will leave you with one of my favorite renditions of a song.

I “hope” you enjoy.

Joy to the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRIYrQFwqyU&list=PLkW_qeRTF9XX2tJ4webh4rG9i_Vf6peF7


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75 Things I Am Thankful For

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday. It’s always full of love and loved ones. I just want to share what I am thankful for.

  1. Family: I love my family deeply and I am so grateful for each one.
  2. ‘The Kid’. The best kid a mom could have.
  3. Siblings…Love you knuckleheads.
  4. New job.
  5. Having a year off from actual work.
  6. Discovering new things about myself this past year.
  7. A beautiful sunset.
  8. The changes of the seasons.
  9. A spring breeze blowing through my home.
  10. My niece and nephew
  11. My great nephew and new little nephew or niece on the way.
  12. Prayer
  13. Prayers answered
  14. The right to serve my God.
  15. Music
  16. The ability to hear and see.
  17. Starting a blog….a great outlet to share with others.
  18. All the men and women that serve our country.
  19. New adventures
  20. The capability of learning new things.
  21. A tall glass of sweetened ice tea.
  22. Cousins: you all rock.
  23. Friends: Thanks for loving me for who I am.
  24. A working vehicle.
  25. The sound of rain on a tin roof.
  26. Waking up every morning.
  27. The flow of a good pen.
  28. My Bible
  29. A roof over my head.
  30. Food in the fridge.
  31. Loving and forgiving parents.
  32. The internet
  33. Grandparents that spoiled me as a child.
  34. All my in-laws and extended family.
  35. The ability to read and write….Thank you teachers
  36. Humor…..nothing better than having tears run down my face from laughter.
  37. The smell of cut grass in the summer.
  38. The state of OHIO
  39. The colors of autumn leaves.
  40. Sunshine
  41. Blue skies with big white fluffy clouds.
  42. Hearing a child laugh.
  43. Not having to do laundry by hand.
  44. A ripe tomato from the garden.
  45. A summer rain shower
  46. All the mistakes I have made…they made me grow.
  47. Photography….outlet for some creativity.
  48. Heat in my home on a cold day.
  49. “The Kids” quirkiness, even though they aggravate me sometimes.
  50. My parents staying together for over 50 years.
  51. Hearing and knowing the Word of God.
  52. My family photos
  53. The collection of family music.
  54. The ability to help others
  55. Knowing how to organize
  56. Ordering online….so convenient.
  57. Watching trees blow in the wind.
  58. The sound of a piano, mandolin, violin, guitar or banjo.
  59. The trash man. He takes away all the unwanted things from my home, so     I can have a clean home and street.
  60. I know how to play Euchre and Marbles.
  61. My mom & brother taught me how to play baseball.
  62. The Ohio State Football team.
  63. Daisy flowers
  64. For all of you that read my blog.
  65. Being curled up in a comfy blanket.
  66. A handwritten note/card.
  67. A shoulder to cry on
  68. The sound of the ocean.
  69. Having an external hard drive to save all my photos and music.
  70. A GPS…I wouldn’t be able to get from A to B without one.
  71. Police and firefighters
  72. A place to lay my head at night
  73. A good haircut.
  74. For eye glasses so I can see clearly.
  75. Chocolate

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

What are you thankful for?


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Music Monday: Elton John & Leon Russell

Photo by: klangfuchs.com

Photo by: klangfuchs.com

I love this combo. Some great music these two have done over the years.

I hope you enjoy your week and don’t forget to be “Thankful” for the little things.

Elton John/Leon Russell:  A Dream Come True

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsQYcGJv9ck


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Holiday Tips & Reminders

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It’s that time of  year. The holiday season has begun. Time to start prepping for visitors, big dinners, and lots of shopping.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the holidays.

VISITORS: If you are making your rounds and making impromptu visits, keep in mind people may not be prepared. No judging their homes or actions.

If the home is dirty or they don’t have anything to offer you (drinks/food), don’t be mad. You are surprising them.  Remember why you are visiting. You are there to check in with them, have conversations and see if there is anything you can do to help. These are people you love and adore, please do not judge. Be kind and offer your help.

If you would like to, you can always bring a small gift when you go visit. The gift could be your help around their house, such as helping with decorations or cleaning. You could also gift them with coupons to help with cost of the upcoming events. A nice small centerpiece is always good. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Bringing a small token is a great gesture of kindness and love.

When you have folks come to your home to visit, I recommend on Thursday or Friday night before the weekend or the day or 2 before the holiday, go through your home and do some light housekeeping.  

Make sure the bathroom is clean, dishes are done and you living room is picked up. Maybe go to the grocery store and get some snacks and extra drinks. This way you are prepared for any visitors.

Visiting is a great way to reconnect with loved ones and everyone feels good when you are able to connect.

DINNERS:  If you are hosting the dinner, make sure you have everything you need. Making that last minute grocery store run can be awful or the store may be closed and you are out of luck.

Ask for help. No need to do this by yourself. There are others that would be grateful to assist you.

Relax: Don’t pressure yourself to make everything perfect. If something doesn’t work out the way you planned, it’s ok. Remind yourself why you are hosting. It’s not for the glory of compliments (even though compliments are wonderful) but for making memories with the people you hold dear. Trust me, your guests don’t care that things are perfect, they are happy to be surrounded by folks they love too.

If you are going to someone’s house for dinner, remember your etiquettes. Be polite (please & thank you), offer your assistance, clean up your mess and play nice with others.

If you are helping with the dinner by bringing a dish (pot luck style) please bring what was asked of you or what you committed to bring. Your friends/family are relying on you to do your part.

If you are not bringing a dish you might want to bring a small gift for the host or for the home. If you are like me and can’t afford a gift, make sure you help with the cleanup. Your host will be so thankful for the help.

Send a nice “Thank You” card after the dinner. It shows your appreciation and the love you have for that family.

SHOPPING: Just a few helpful tips.

Fill up the car with gas before you leave. You don’t want to interrupt the shopping spree by getting gas. Travel with your car lights on. Even during the day. 

Have a list of people you need gifts for or a list of gift items needed. It helps keep you on your budget and reminds you who/what you are needing to purchase.

Keep your money secure. Keep your purse in your hand at all times. Wear a cross-body purse (less likely to be set down or stolen). Carry you debit/credit cards in your front pocket of your pants.

Charge your cell phone or have a car charger. You don’t want to be out shopping and not have any service to retrieve those online coupons.

Carry a small amount of actual cash. Some of those small business do not accept credit cards. It’s also nice to leave your lunch tip in cash for the wait staff.

Set a budget for how much you are spending on your spree.

I hope you have a safe, happy and stress free holidays.


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My Journey: New Job-Orientation

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The new job has begun. First day is orientation day.

This is the boring part about starting a new job. The first day is always a unique experience.

You have to hand in your paperwork in order to get you parking pass. Then you get the privilege of some young pup take your photo for your badge.

The waiting begins. Waiting on everyone to get their badge just so we can leave the lobby. Waiting on the facilitator to start the show. Waiting on the late-comers, so everyone can begin.

Now it’s time to listen to security  run through their lists of the most common sense things, like if three’s a fire…..leave the building. Don’t leave your badge at your desk, because you won’t be able to get back into the building. If you see a strange package, don’t open it, move it or taste it. Yes, I said “taste”. That was actually in the PowerPoint.

Having to fill out all the paperwork for the W-2, direct deposit, emergency contact information and beneficiary information on the computer. I am so used to doing this on paper. It was nice just typing the information in and knowing someone else wouldn’t spell my name incorrectly.

This is when I realized I was the ‘old’ person in this group of 18 people including the facilitator. I was amazed that some of these folks that had a family didn’t know what a tax exemption was or how it worked.

I was surprised that over half of them didn’t know what/who a beneficiary was. The facilitator had stepped out and the class started asking me their questions. By the time the facilitator had come back all forms were filled out but mine. The class was now waiting on me.

The sad part about helping all of them (which I happy to do) was, only 2 people thanked me for helping. Where did common courtesy go?

The fun begins. It’s time to learn all about the company, what they do and what our obligations are. This is all done on the computer with a module base learning. Which is nothing new to me. That’s how my old job did all their training.

Setting in front of a computer screen with headphones on for 3 hours, watching/listening to some real boring information. A module on harassment, any type of harassment. Another one on keeping your desk clean. Yes, that’s right…how to keep your desk clean. A module on fraud, what to look for and how to report it. A module on confidentiality and how to secure your computer and paperwork. And the list goes on.

If you have worked for any large company you realize this is some of the most common sense things to remind us all. Then I was thinking, these kids have no clue what they are doing and they have to be taught these things.

It’s sad really that these young folks don’t know work place etiquette and how important all of those boring modules really are.

Even though it was a boring day for me, I have started a new job and I am on my way to a new adventure in my life. I am grateful this company has given me the opportunity to shine.


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Music Monday: Sheryl Crow/Doyle Bramhall II

This song was originally done by Citizen Cope, these 2 did a remake. I like this version. If you don’t know who Doyle is. Please look him up. He’s pretty good guitar player.

Have a great week. Remember to look for the little things that make you smile. Start with this song.

Sheryl Crow w/Doyle Bramhall II: Sideways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-YUqdbWCH4