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Happy Anniversary…

Published December 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

To ME!!!!

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For some reason I thought I had started my blog in November of 2015.  My daughter would have a field day knowing I had yet another “memory lapse”.  Ok, so I get a few things confused here and there.  Personally, I blame the kids.  I had great memory ability until they threw my world into lovable chaos.

Ok, back to the content of this post.  Today is my one-year blogging anniversary.  I am very happy to see how many people I’ve reached and have “met”.  The opportunity to read some amazing writing has also stemmed from this blogging adventure.  No, I’m not talking about my own writing…sheesh, I’m  not that narcissistic.  (giggle) This is community has wonderful writers whom have inspired me to be a better writer, blogger and person.

To everyone who has followed me, clicked “liked”, shared or commented, and offered encouragement on my work,

thank you

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My goal for 2016 is to post more often and enjoy this blogging adventure. Who knows where it shall lead me, but I know it will be an adventure worth taking.

A New Word; Not A Resolution

Published December 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to her way to acknowledge the upcoming year.  She didn’t make resolutions, but instead, chose to select a word to represent her in the new year.

As I had given up making New Year’s Resolutions, I thought this was a fabulous idea.  My first year participating in this was 2014 and I had chosen, ‘Perseverance’ as my word.  It was very applicable at the time.  My word for 2015 was ‘Genesis’.  The word turned out to be very appropriate with all the new beginnings and changes that took place this year.

As 2016 is about to roll in, I have to select a new word.  The word I choose to represent me is, ‘Understanding’.  My world has been a runaway train over the last few years.  I’m finally gaining some perspective, made some necessary decisions, and in 2016, I’m hoping to continue my personal growth and find more understanding in my life and with those around me.

Would you like to join me in selecting a word for the New Year?  If so, what word do you choose?

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A belated Christmas Gift

Published December 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have this awesome neighbor who is gracious enough to help watch the lil miss on her school breaks.

In addition to going to parks and hikes, they frequent a thrift store that allows kids to get free books.  In a recent trip there, my daughter picked up this book for me as a belated Christmas gift.

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What the lil miss didn’t know, was when I was in my late teens and early 20s, I loved Better Homes and Gardens.  They had the best recipes.

This book may be a bit before my time, but it is like a trip through culinary history.  Inside the cover were these recipe clippings. 

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They are mini treasures from a time when you didn’t have to count every calorie.  Just a good old-fashioned dessert to be enjoyed with family.

It was a delightful surprise!

Humble

Published December 22, 2015 by lynn k scott

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Many of you know I am a Blue Star Mom.  If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it means I have a child serving (or has served) in the military. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization where local chapters meet to support each other, support our troops, their families and veterans.

I would say we’re most known for sending care packages.  However, there’s a side many people don’t see.  Blue Star Moms also address immediate issues that arise.

I had the honor of helping a military family, along with other Blue Star Moms and our community.  This family had a tragedy involving their young child.  We started a fundraiser in order to help raise airfare for the family.

I sent out a bunch of emails and shared Facebook posts and answered texts and kept in contact with our Blue Star board members.  Last night, I received a call.  A non-profit stepped up to donate the airfare money.  I was on the verge of tears.  We were going to be able to remove one stressor from this family who lost so much.

I was humbled today when I was presented with the check, was able to personally thank the man and his son for their donation and make another community contact.

Something as simple as airfare reminds me what I have to be thankful for. That by volunteering some of my free time, I can make a difference. Together with other Blue Star Moms, and our community, we are making a big difference.  We all have the ability to help someone:  lend an ear, give a hug, offer a smile, pay for someone’s coffee, volunteer, collect canned goods, etc.

In 2016, whatever is within your capabilities, I urge you to make a difference on some level.

I Exist

Published December 16, 2015 by lynn k scott

The wonderful world of social media and the special realm that is Facebook, reminds me of certain things.  When I rejoined the Facebook world, after deleting my other account, I slowly started reconnecting with those friends I had withdrawn from.

One thing I vowed to do after my mother passed in 2013, was to start allowing more pictures of myself to be taken.  That sounds silly, but bear with me.  When my sister passed in 2012, we had all these pictures to make a memory board with.  However, we pillaged my mother’s home, relatives photos and whoever else had captured the rare picture of my mother over the years just to create her picture board for her funeral.

My mother HATED her picture taken, because she was overweight.  I realized I had developed that same philosophy that she had.  It was very rare, I allowed pictures of me to be taken.  I went out of my way not to be forever captured on film or any digital image.  I shudder at the the thought if selfies would have been popular during my teen years….*SHUDDER*

Realizing I didn’t want my children to feel my insecurities, I vowed in 2013 to make an effort to “document my existence”.  Today on Facebook, a link popped up to show my year in review.  I had allowed my daughter to take a picture with my oldest dog, Reeses.  Ironically, Reeses isn’t a fan of his pic being taken either.  Guess he really is MY dog.  *giggle*

As I was looking at my year in Facebook Review, via pics, I read some of the comments.  The following pic, had a response on it that said, “Still making an effort to document my existence via photos.”

So here I am, summer of 2015.

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Never hurts to look

Published December 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

Everyone has a favorite kind of store.  I happen to love quality, kitchen-type stores:  Crate and Barrel, Macy’s (3rd floor), Williams-Sonoma, etc.

My favorite of these stores is Sur La Table.  It is my fantasy shop, my wishlist shop, my ‘I want this but can’t afford it’ shop.  However, several times a year, ok every other month or so, I get the opportunity to stroll around “my” shop.

While the pricing can be a bit high on certain items, Sur La Table does price-match.  They have a great return policy and the staff is incredibly helpful and engaging.  That might seem silly to some, but in today’s world where customer service is typically a phrase instead of a practice, I truly appreciate the effort the employees make.

Another fun part of perusing the aisles of Sur La Table, is the coffee section.  They have a variety of coffee, latte, espresso and cappuccino makers.  Ok, so you won’t find a Mr. Coffee pot or even a Keurig here, but the options that are available will make the true coffee lover think they’ve died and gone to Heaven.  From Nespresso to a Jura you can literally take your pick of high-end, barista-quality machines.

I had the pleasure of sampling coffee from the Jura J9.  They only go on sale once a year, around the holidays, and I have fallen in love.  I truly appreciate coffee.  While this machine is definitely not affordable on my pauper’s purse, at the moment, it’s something I would consider saving up for.  Yes, I love coffee that much and I can appreciate this machine just as any car enthusiast would appreciate their favorite vehicle “purring” as it idled and wanting to own it.

My favorite spot in the shop, which calls to my bargain-hunting, never pay retail mentality, is the clearance section.  You never know what is going to be on the two to three free standing racks in the back of the store.

I stumbled up on some ceramic measuring cups and spoons.  I thought they were divine.  The cups were $12.49 for four cups and the spoons were $9.99 for four spoons.  I thought the spoons were adorable, but couldn’t justify $10 for them.  The cups, I couldn’t put down.  I would pick them up, tell myself no, and set them down again.  After the third time, I knew I had to have them.  I am really working on limiting plastic cookware in the house and trying to use glass, ceramic and stoneware.

When I brought them to the register, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they were marked down even further to $5.99.  Wait!  What?  Oh I had to go get another set at that price.  I ran back grabbed another set of measuring cups and then grabbed those delightful little measuring spoons too.  If the cups were on sale, then the matching spoons should be less than the current clearance sticker too, right?  YES!

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I managed to pick up two sets of measuring cups and the measuring spoons for a little over $18, including tax.  The original price tag was still on the spoons; they were $20!  I was elated at my little find in my favorite store.  It never hurts to look.

What’s your favorite store that just makes you all warm and fuzzy as you walk through the entrance?

 

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