Archive for February, 2014

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 2/28/14

The word “Friday” just sounds cool.  Here are this week’s five reasons Neal is a happy boy.

1.  Savannah being pretty in pink already.

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2.  Preparing a delicious BUT UGLY meal the other night–brown rice; black beans; and a tan mushrooms, onion and garlic thingamajig.

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3.  Spending a little one-on-one time with step-grandson (is there such a designation as that?) Tony before getting him on the plane back to boarding school in Virginia.

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(Why is nearly everyone taller than me?  Okay, I know “I” is the correct pronoun, but it sounds funny.)

4.  Walking all twenty-two of Savannah’s historic district squares yesterday.  Technically, there are twenty-four squares, but only slivers remain of two on Montgomery Street, due to “city progress.”  A few pics before my storage claimed it was full:

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5.  Grandson Gabriel’s legs when I picked him up at school the other day.  The teacher said he got carried away with the washable markers before she saw what he was doing.

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Get out there, move your legs and have a colorfully joyful weekend!

Just Sit

Sometimes, that’s all we need to do.

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(A bench across the street from my place in Savannah’s historic district.)

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Pharrell’s Happiness

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Love the upbeatness of this music video entitled “Happy” by Pharrell Williams:

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Happiness IS the Truth!

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It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air like I don’t care, baby, by the way

Because I’m happy…
Come along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy…
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do

Here comes bad news, talkin’ this and that
But give me all you’ve got, and don’t hold it back
Well, I should probably warn you, I’ll be just fine
No offense to you, don’t waste your time.

Be Happy!

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Sunday Night Salad

I try to eat light and healthy on Sunday evenings (unless someone persuasively offers me heavy and fat/sugary). Tonight, for instance, I made a fire-roasted-corn-topped salad.

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Spring mix and baby spinach.  Red bell pepper.  Onions.  Fire-roasted corn (I buy it frozen at Whole Foods, saute for a few minutes in one teaspoon of butter and a little water, then chill it for a couple of minutes in the freezer.)  Sliced raw unsalted almonds.  A few shakes of dried oregano and freshly ground black pepper.

So good!

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Sunday Morning Quote (2/23/14)

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“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”

— Chinese Proverb

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Beauty Blooms

I went for a short walk this morning around my apartment in Savannah’s historic district.  Here’s a bit of what I saw.

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Then the rain clouds opened up, and I had to dash back home.

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Thus the last blurry pic.

“Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 2/21/14

Another Friday.  Another chance to be appreciative of that which brings us joy.

1.  Nighttime beauty in Savannah.

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2.  Blooming tulip trees.

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3.  Making garbanzo bean burgers the other night.  So good!

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4.  Making the choice, every now and then, to sit down, breathe deeply and simply BE CONTENT.  Letting all desires and wants and needs float away for the moment.  Just BE.

5.  The knowing that spring is on its way.

Great weekend to you all!