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We ALL Make Mistakes

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2017

I don’t often post about current events.  I want my blogs to be timeless.  🙂  But tonight as it approached 11:00 pm and I had not yet posted anything and I was doing dinner dishes some questions popped into my head.  How long have the Oscars been going on?  Had no one, in all of those years, ever made a mistake?  Are the current procedures at the Oscars a set up for people to make mistakes?  What is up?

I don’t know about you but my mind wanders a lot while I am sudsing, washing, and rinsing dishes.  Sometimes I come up with brilliant plans only to have completely forgotten about them by the time I am done doing the dishes and have dry enough hands to make notes of such brilliance.  But tonight I was so curious.

Were the procedures so different in past years that the mistakes could not have been made?  I don’t watch the Academy Awards so I didn’t even see it, but it was such a big thing that my Facebook feed was full of it and all of the radio stations that I listen to were talking about it (or so it seemed as I pressed every button to get away from it).

Were there never mistakes before or was it that it was filmed on a delay so we didn’t see the mistakes?  Were they able to edit them out?  But now that there is Twitter and Facebook live and all types of ways for the award show go-er to post it live or record it, the Academy has to come clean?  Or is it that there IS such things as Twitter and Facebook that the Academy wants everyone to be “talking” about it that they set this type of stuff up?  I mean, again, I don’t even know what Steve Harvey announced wrong, but I know that he announced something wrong and we are STILL talking about it.

As I mentioned, I don’t even watch the show – I don’t have network TV – but I know about it because my entire feed on Facebook was commenting on it.  Then this morning all the radio stations seemed to be talking – or at least mentioning – about it.

I wonder if it had to do with the fact that their audience seems to be dwindling?  According to Time.com, there were 4 percent less people watching than last year.

I’ve heard the “explanation” that there are two envelopes and the “wrong” set was grabbed.  But who is in charge of the envelopes?  Who is in charge of the “grabbing”?  In the past 89 years how is it that the “envelope giver” or the “envelope grabber” has never made that mistake (or was it not broadcast?)?  So odd.

What do you think?  Or more importantly, do you care? 

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A Friday Flower

Posted by terrepruitt on January 27, 2017

I love our yard roses.  I have hundreds of pictures of them.  I post some pictures on Facebook or even twitter, but I don’t like to just fill up my feed(s) with them.  I mean, I wouldn’t mind, but I think that would annoy people.  So I am sharing one here.  This is from April of 2016.

In case you are wondering . . . they smell GREAT!

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Exercise For Migraine Sufferers

Posted by terrepruitt on May 21, 2015

Just yesterday I was visiting over on Twitter and I saw a tweet about cycling helping with migraines.  That sounded very interesting to me.  I, thankfully, don’t get migraines, but I feel as if I know a bunch of people who do.  And a migraine is not just a headache, so I have great sympathy for migraine sufferers.  I rarely get headaches and when I do, I do not like it.  It is so uncomfortable.  When I get a headache, since I rarely get them, I know there is a REASON.  I don’t just GET headaches, there has to be SOMETHING that is making me have a headache.  Most of the time I can figure it out and fix it.  Sometimes I can figure it out but I can’t fix it, but at least I know why I have a headache.  Headaches are awful.  I know that migraines are WAY worse than headaches.  Some have very severe pain, more than just “headache pain” and some migraine sufferers have additional symptoms like dizziness, blindness, vomiting, and more.  So, as I said, I thought that “cycling for migraines” sounded interested.  It was a video report.

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So basically the video said that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.  Now I am guessing that the number stated are reported migraine sufferers.  I bet there are a lot more people who don’t even go to the doctor or report to anyone that they suffer from migraines.  So I imagine that is a low number.  It also said that low impact exercise is good for migraine sufferers, because their head doesn’t move and there is not jolting.

The video also said that there was a Swedish study in 2008 where most of the participates showed improvement after being in a 3 month cycling program.

It ended the spinning segment by saying no one is saying that cycling (spinning) is a cure, but they are suggesting it can help people who suffer from migraines cope with the pain.  Often time exercise helps people cope with pain and other things that are affecting them.  It is a matter of finding the RIGHT exercise.  Something that does not exacerbate the issues they are having.  But movement helps so many areas of our being.  I am always one to suggest Nia as an aide, but in the case of migraines I can understand how one might not want to move their head.  I have never actually tried spinning.  But I know in Nia we move the head a lot.

Do you suffer from migraines?  Have you ever taken a spinning class?

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Paid Gooblygook

Posted by terrepruitt on September 25, 2014

I have asked on Twitter time and time again.  I have received no reply.  Perhaps people thought it was a rhetorical question.  Perhaps no one else has experienced this.  Perhaps they thought I was joking.  Perhaps it was such a “No duh!” to them no one has bothered to answer.  But my question is:  Do people . . . owners of websites . . . pay other people, primarily those who do not speak English as their first language, to go onto other people’s blogs and leave comments?  I get the weirdest comments.  I get comments that have NOTHING to do with the post.  I get comments where the person posting states their name is Samantha Garblygook, with an e-mail of habeebsrab@xxx.com, and the web address will be for Youtube.  Odd stuff like that.  I have received comments FIVE paragraphs long about washing machines or some computer part.  And the way they type the comments is obvious that they are typing them in a way so they can search for them.  With every “the” spelled tthe, with every “are” spelled arre . . . stuff like that.  I cannot imagine people just doing this on their own.  I can’t imagine Samantha or Habeeb (whatever their real name might be) going onto the internet to leave a comment to promote an appliance repair site or a lawyer’s site just to be nice.  Just because.  So the site owners must be paying these people, right?  They are having people go out and comment on a lot of blogs to try to get traffic back to their site, right?

Sometimes the comments make sense, but they have the mismatched name and e-mail, as I have mentioned.  Or they have the purposefully misspelled words as I have also mentioned.  But sometimes the comments are just gobblygook.  They make no sense at all.  They are just words strung together.  Or there might be one sentence or a two or three word combination that MIGHT sort of make sense but not really.  So odd.  Actually the ones that make absolutely NO sense at all are becoming fewer and farther between.  Now it is more of the comments that have NOTHING, NOT. A. THING. to do with the post they are commenting on or they have a huge number of words crafted with misspellings.  I am getting a lot of these lately.

I probably get at least 10 a day.  That is a lot.  It makes me laugh because some of them sound like nice comments.  They sound sweet, but “I reallly love tthe way you expose tthe information to mme on this terriffic site.  It is clear tthe information meanns allot to you.  Could you tell mme tthe best webblog to use?  You will be famous withh your blogging.” is clearly spam.  Ha!  Yes.  I love exposing information and I am famous.  Sigh.

I used to get excited when I saw that little number that indicates I have a comment.  Now I know it will just bbe a spaam comment.  I used to wonder why they typed like that because it is clearly calculated then my hubby said it was so they can search for their specific comment.  The type-os would be unique to them.  Yeah, makes perfect sense.  So, I think once or twice, the comment sounded nice, so I edited out the type-os and approved it.  🙂

The comments today are hilarious.  Once goes from talking about hair to digestion and then back to hair.  Two talk about streaming movies.  One actually says, “Try to knife him to see that he’s not down and out just yet.”  WHAT???????

So is that what is happening, are people PAYING other people to leave these types of comments?  Do you have a blog?  Do you experience these crazy comments on your blog?

 

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My Hero, My Valentine

Posted by terrepruitt on February 13, 2014

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. So today in the San Jose Nia Class we danced to a playlist of songs with Love in them.  Our focus was Love.  Self-love.  Love with respect and non-judgment.  We just moved and had fun.  Also, since it is Valentine’s Day tomorrow I thought I would honor my valentine by sharing with you a story of his gallantry and bravery.  This happened a very long time ago.  Before Twitter and Facebook.  It is kind of nice to have stories to be able to tell, huh?  Now-a-days things are shared pretty-much instantly so it cuts down on the story telling.  This is one of my favorites.  If we have ever met in person, you probably have already heard this.  And I really thought that I had posted it, but I cannot find it.  If this happened now there would be pictures because it really could have gone in the The Guinness Book of World Records. My hubby is my hero, even before he was my hubby.  He saved me from the biggest spider I have never seen!

When my husband and I were dating I lived in a small apartment.  The kitchen was tiny.  It was a galley style kitchen, ya know, like a narrow hallway, but it was not a hallway, there was only one in and one out.  If someone was at the stove cooking, someone else could not be at the counter preparing unless both persons stood off center.  The fridge was super small.  The stove was a four burner, but all four burners practically touched each other.  Here is where I practiced deep squats because you could not bend over and look in the lower cupboards.  There was not enough room to fold OVER, you HAD to squat.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaOne day . . . I don’t even know what I was looking for, I reached into one of the under the counter cupboards and I felt something odd.  Something hairy.  I drew my hand out with it in my hand.  Now here is where it gets kind of fuzzy.  I am not sure what I did with it.  But I do know, I stood up, I shut the cupboard and I thought that it was the biggest spider leg I had ever seen.  I decided to leave it for my boyfriend to take care of for me.  Now . . . as I mentioned . . . it was a very small kitchen.  From that cupboard in the corner to the end of the counter was probably two steps.  I can say that by the time I took the third step out of the kitchen I had forgotten about the fist sized spider in my cupboard.

Did I see it?  No.  How did I know it was fist sized?  Well, from the size of its leg . . . it was AT LEAST the size of my fist.  How did I live in my apartment knowing it was there?  Well, like I said, on my third step, I forgot about it.  I chalk that up to my survival skills because seriously, if I’d have thought of the fact that there was a HUGE spider in my cupboard, I would have not been able to live there.  My boyfriend was not coming over for a couple of days.  I HAD to forget about it and move on!

Now at the time I didn’t know my boyfriend was afraid of spiders.  I mean, really though, unless you LIKE spiders, there is going to be some wanting-to-avoid-them . . . especially if the leg is 3 inches long.  I believe it was a long time after (probably a hundred spiders later) when my husband admitted to being “icked out” by spiders.

I don’t remember if I asked him on the phone if he would help me or if he was there.  I kinda think I completely forgot until he was actually THERE.  I think we were talking and it dawned on me that there was a spider in my cupboard.  I do remember he put on a brave face.  Now remember, my kitchen was SMALL.  There was no way and no WHERE to run or move.  To get the spider he had to get down on all fours — or at least a squat — and put his head practically IN the cupboard.

Being the supportive girlfriend I was, I left the room.  (Don’t judge!  It was the biggest spider leg EVER!!!!!!!!)

Now again, I am not sure exactly what happened next.  If he reads this he might pipe in.  All I know is that he got down on the kitchen floor and attempted to rescue his absent damsel in distress.  I think he might have screamed.  Then it was followed by laughter.  Ok, I don’t remember except there eventually WAS laughter.  He was so brave and kind and gallant.  He rescued me from a petrified potato!  We were both very relieved.  And . . . he was the hero even though it was just a vegetable he saved me from.

He is still my hero.

(Happy Valentine’s Day, Love!)

What stories do you have to share? Any about your Valentine?  Any that make you laugh? 

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The Incredible, Amazing Skin

Posted by terrepruitt on January 16, 2014

Whoa.  I have a Twitter account and I follow a lot of Nia people, of course.  The other day one of them, Jennifer Hicks post a link to a fact sheet about skin.  Many of the things I knew such as skin is the largest organ of the human body, the three layers of skin, feet have the thickest layer, over 50% of the dust in homes is dead skin (ewwww!) and some others.  But I don’t think I knew about each hair having a muscle.  It makes sense because how else could it “stand on its end” if it didn’t have a muscle to help it stand?  And ear wax is actually produced by a type of sweat gland . . . did you know that?  Everyone has the same number of melanocytes.  Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin and melanin is the protein that gives skin its color.  Wow!  So since everyone has the same number it is the activity of the melanocytes not the quantity that determines skin color.  You can see the information for yourself on the Elephant Journal’s website, click here.  What REALLY fascinated me was the “skin replacement”.

When I read that I thought, “What?  Replace your skin?”  So, of course I had to look it up.  Then I thought, “Ohhhhhhh!  I get it.”  It is amazing.  Sometimes I don’t think about some of the stuff that needs to be done.  And let me tell you, I am grateful for not having to know.  But if you have a need for skin it makes sense and this sounds really cool.  Well, cool once you get over the “gross factor” and the “sad factor”.  But this “replacement skin” is actually considered a “wound care device”.  So this company called INTEGRA makes the INTEGRA™ Bilayer Matrix Wound Dressing which can help with severe wounds.

The product acts like skin so the wound has a better chance of healing without infection by blocking bacteria and helping control ” water vapor loss”.  Wounds including: abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns, and skin tears.  It allows the skin to breath and move, as your real actual skin does.  It is made up of two layers, one is silicon and the other is collagen and glycosaminoglycan.  The silicon layer is removed after about 21 days of healing.  Then the other layer is expected to help provide a structure for the body to build onto, so that layer gets absorbed into the body.  Which for me – at this point, having no wounds needing something like this – is a bit icky as it is bovine collagen and sugars.  But I am certain if I needed something to help a serious wound heal, I probably would tell myself it was like eating a steak.

But anyway . . . this interested me and intrigued me.  It also helps remind me of how incredible our skin is.  I mean there are 50 facts that Catherine Beekmans shared with us/reminded us of, but then also that it can heal from such deep and/or severe wounds such as those that would require something like the product mentioned here.  I am sure many of you know of this product or others like it, but sometimes I am happy I don’t know these things.  I am happy I have never had an occasion to be introduced to this type of thing.  But then again when I do learn about it, I am just amazed.

What about you?  How many of the 50 Skin Facts did you know?  What about this “replacement skin”, do you think it is amazing?

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Relief From Too Hot To Sleep

Posted by terrepruitt on July 2, 2013

I am so grateful that all of the Nia classes I teach are in air conditioning because it is has been really hot the last few days and the weather predictions for the next few days are just as hot if not hotter.  I know that a lot of areas get hotter than us, but we usually don’t have such hot weather.  Since the San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t always get into the triple digits it is not uncommon for people to NOT have air conditioning.  We don’t have air conditioning.  Usually with the few days of heat that we do get it is ok.  Our traditional — and wonderful, I might add — weather patterns consist of cooled off nights even when the days are blistering.  But sometimes or when the days of heat drag onto six or seven days in a row, it just doesn’t seem to cool off and it makes sleeping difficult.  I often see posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter about how people can’t sleep because it is too hot.  When it has been too hot for me to sleep it is usually immediately.  As in when I go to bed it is too hot for me to fall asleep.  I have a little method of cooling down that at least allows me to sleep.  I wanted to share it in hopes that it might allow you, if you are too hot, a few hours of sleep.

Even if this is not new to you or sounds elementary, it might help someone.  I know when I mentioned it to someone once they said, “Oh, I never thought of that.”  So — hey, it might help.

So what you do before you go to bed is take a cold shower.  As cold as you can stand.  Now I don’t know what it is about showers, but the other day I got into take a shower and even though the weather was really hot I started taking a warm shower, then I realized that it was really hot and I should try a cool shower at least.  So when I say take a cold shower, I really mean COLD.  As in jump-in-the-pool-stop-your-breathe type of cold.  Now if you are actually taking a shower than I supposed that would be long enough, but if you are just in there to cool down stay as long as you can to actually get cool maybe even chilled.  Once you are done don’t dry off all the way.  Yeah, that is the big part of this.  First cool your body down.  Drop your temperature as low as you can in cool/cold water then don’t dry off.  Then set a fan up to blow on you while you are in bed.  Then go to bed, wet hair, damp body, and all.

Part of the sleep process is lowering your body temperature so when it is hot outside and your body can’t cool down it makes it difficult to sleep.  But if you HELP your body’s natural sleep process by cooling your body down you are a step closer to sleep.  The fan is an added bonus to help keep you cool.  Of course have the air blowing on you however you prefer.  I don’t like it on my face and I don’t care for it on my back so often I just have it on my feet, either in a constant rush or the breezy kind.

So this is a simple procedure that might assist you in getting to sleep.  For many people once they are asleep they can stay asleep, but if you wake up because it is too hot at least you got a few hours (hopefully) in.  You could always repeat the process if you’d like.  Usually it helps me get through the night.

What do you think?

Sweet dreams.

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Sound Healing and Labyrinth Walk

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2013

Wow.  This past weekend I went to an event a friend of mine invited me too.  It was very cool.  I had learned about walking the labyrinth not too long ago (about four years).  I found it very fascinating.  I love that you just walk the path and it is yours.  You walk, you experience whatever it is you want to/need to experience.  There are many different types of labyrinth.  The first one I experienced was at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.  The labyrinth was in their garden.  Their garden is an oasis in the middle of a noisy city.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe labyrinth I walked on Saturday was at a church, First Congregational Church.  It is a stone labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth alone is a special thing in itself, but this event was sound healing while you walked the labyrinth.  I had heard of sound healing before but didn’t really have an idea of what it was.  I really had no idea what this event would be like, I just wanted to go because the one time I walked the labyrinth I really enjoyed it.  The event was planned two months ago and in those two months . . . .wow!  At this time I am just going to say that I felt this was the PERFECT time for me to be attending this event!  There were four women that played their Crystal Singing bowls, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments while we walked the labyrinth.  It was a wonderful experience.  Their intention is to hold this type of event every other month.  I will be posting the information as I learn of it so anyone who wants to join can do so.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaCrystal Singing bowls are very beautiful LOOKING and I was attracted to one so I went over to talk to one of the women about it.  Since I didn’t know anything about the bowls I wanted to learn more.  She shared with me the vibration of the bowl called “The Divine Mother”.  She told me what it was made of and shared the sound with me.  While she made it sing I was holding it.  It was very warm.  Then she had me hold it in one hand and strike it with the mallet.  Then she took the bowl and held it in her hand and struck it while I held my hands close to the bowl but not touching.  That was amazing.  I felt the energy, the vibration from the bowl push against my hands.  I had to give a little resistance so my hands did not move away from the bowl.  The sound is very beautiful, but I was very intrigued by the energy coming from the bowl.  She was very kind and she allowed me to experience this for a while.  Then she had me turn in a circle while she moved the bowl up my body and down my body.  It is kind of surprising the force I felt from the bowl as she did that.  It was not strong as if to move me, but there was something and that really surprised me.  I felt the vibration from the bowl.

At this time with what is going on in my life and what is going on in the world, I am open heartedly accepting it as healing sound and vibration.  What is really is and what you want to believe is up in the air and up to you.  I am just sharing that I knew nothing of this type of “healing” and was really just surprised and amazed by the sense and the feeling I got.  I was just WOWED!  Really.  And I felt really good and relaxed after.  The morning was emotional and a bit stressful and after that little session I was back to relaxation and joy.

So, a portion of my walk in the labyrinth was that of thankfulness and pure gratitude.  But it was a — to me — a big labyrinth so I was also able to concentrate on some healing thoughts for someone else.  Then while I walked I began so sense my feet and I took a little time to focus on self-healing.  I walked the labyrinth both ways so I was able to do what I felt necessary.

Whew!  It was an awesome experience.  I look forward to attending more walks with sound healings.  I will put the information regarding the next event up somewhere (here, my website, Twitter or Facebook) when they have the details worked out and have let me know.  So check back if you are interested.  I honestly can’t wait.  I really felt some healing from the lovely sound and enjoyed the walk and the support of all those that gathered.

What do you think?  Interesting?  Interested?

 

If you are interested, there is a walk on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Click here to go to Facebook Event!

 

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Snowmen and Joy of the Season!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2011

Dance Exercise, Nia San Jose, Nia Campbell, San Jose Nia, Campbell Nia, San Jose Dance Workout, Campbell Dance Workout, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Christimas DecorationsIt is Christmas Eve and while I never really take time off from Nia and being self-employed, I am posting about decorations again.  Another post inspired by yet another blog friend. My friend shared her snowmen with us on her blog and I told her I wanted to share ours.  I wasn’t sure how, but I took pictures anyway.  I was just going to e-mail them to her, but then I thought I should just post them on Facebook.  But then I decided that snowmen would be a nice little Christmas Eve post.  Some of my favorite decorations that we have are snowmen.  We have one set in particular that I always receive compliments on.  They were our first set and they are simple and sweet.  They always go in the same place every year.  Some of our other snowmen migrate around the house.  Sometimes I forget where I put what so things are not always the same.  But these ones always go in the same spot — basically.  They might end up on the left or the right or the center, but they are always on the same shelf.

So funny . . . now that I am actually looking at them while cropping the picture, they aren’t really even snowmen, are they?  They were labeled snowmen when I bought them (I think) so I think of them as the family of snowmen.  Well, whatever they are they are cute and sparkly!
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You might notice that a few of our snowmen are snow angels.  I really like that.  They are so cute.  I actually didn’t put up a set of our hanging snow angels.    I didn’t put up a lot this year.  When I was decorating I allowed the fact that our tree was dead three days after we bought it to put a damper on my Christmas decorating spirit.  I didn’t put as many ornaments on the tree as usual because the more it was touched the more the needles just fell off.  I was afraid it wouldn’t last until Christmas.  With this being our first Holiday Season without John’s mom, the whole tree thing made me sad.  Then since we weren’t going to have anyone over during the Holidays I decided the less I put up, the less I will have to clean around and the less I will have to take down.  I do have a goal of “Christmas everywhere you look” so I did that, it is just not as much as usual.  But it is just fine.  I do “tests” and turn my head this way and that, and YUP! still Christmas wherever I look so it’s grand!

There are snowmen in various spots of the house.  I believe last year these (the ones directly to the left, pictured in front of the sleigh) were our latest addition.  I do not collect snowmen, nor do I particularly fancy them, there are just some that I see and I like.  But I don’t like all snowmen.  I like sparkle, glitter, shine, and blue.  So I really love that they make so many Chanukah decorations because the color scheme for that seems to be blue!   So yay, more blue!

Do you decorate for Christmas?  Or for the Holidays that you and your family celebrate?

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A Book Tree By Simon

Posted by terrepruitt on December 22, 2011

Nia teacher, Nia class, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, NiaI first want to say that Nia in San Jose is on it’s regular schedule even with the surrounding Holidays. Next, I want to say with so much holiday stuff around me it is more fun to post about decorations, cards sent, cards received, gifts given and received, Christmas Trees, ornaments, lights, and the cheer, than about how to exercise “off” those extra calories you might be consuming. It is better to avoid eating too much than to try to work it off. Many websites give you advice on how to avoid over indulging at parties, I posted one myself last year. They are articles of advice on how to keep motivated during the holidays everywhere you turn. As you know I like to post about other things. I love Christmas and all of its decorations and cheer that it brings. I love how people get creative with gifts and decorations. When I first saw this I wanted to post about it. But I often hesitate because I do also want to post about exercises and working out, but this kept popping into my head. I love it that much.

I have a friend I know through blogging. I believe I “met” him on another friend’s blog. I forget exactly how the timeline went but we started following eachother on Twitter and we are friends on Facebook. He is one of those people that seems to be everywhere. I don’t know how he does it, but he comments or “likes” my posts and my photos on several sites. He is one of those people that is very supportive. He is always there to support me in my internet dabblings.

He takes great pictures. I am always amazed at the shots he gets on his morning walks. But the latest photo that had me clapping with glee and I just can’t get out of my head is the photo of his book tree. I keep thinking, “Who would think of that?” Well, the answer is a man that works in a bookstore, but still, I love it. It is so cute and so imaginative. Really why can’t you decorate anything, right. I also kind of think of it as a bit of a joint effort. He, of course, came up with the biggest part, putting it together and stringing it with garland. I just make a tiny suggestion of using paper clips (or a strong wire) to hang the ornaments.

This is one of those things that just makes me happy. Do you have simple things in your life that make you happy and make you smile? This is one of them. Simon is often making me laugh and smile, but I really loved this one and wanted to share. I received permission to post his picture here.  You can see it here (click) on one of his blogs.

A note to Simon: Simon, my friend, you are a constant source of smiles and laughter to me. I appreciate how you are always so supportive with your “likes” and comments. I think you are a great photographer and look forward to the pictures of your morning walks and all your pictures. Thank you for this lovely book tree, it makes me giggle when I think about it.
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I hope you all enjoyed his little book tree.  I hope that no matter what holiday you celebrate at this time of year you are having a happy and peaceful time.  Thanks for being here!

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