I am a Victorian Soul, who lives in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion!! I just recently lost my Hubby Joe, who was a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am so glad that we retired at 62 years of age and got to spend that time together before he passed....I still do love Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Saturday, December 31, 2016

My One Little Word for 2017!!!

HAPPY 2017!!!!!!

Here it is , the start of another New Year!!

 And it is time to choose My One Little Word for 2017!!
  What this means is choosing One Little Word to focus on for the year........

As I have stated in these posts for the past several years, I no longer have New Year's Resolutions but I do have Aspirations for the New Year.......

Last year, My One Little Word was WELLNESS
 Click HERE to read my post from last year.....

 During the past year, I tried to focus on all aspects of Wellness.........
 Here is how I did.........

Weight loss is always an aspiration for me but now as I age, I realize I need to lose weight to maintain my Health.

I gained some weight when I went Part Time and right before the holidays, I am happy to say that I lost half of the weight that I had gained.

So far, over the Holidays, I have maintained that weight loss and not gained any more.

Because of my need for Knee Replacement Surgery in the future, I realize that it is imperative for me to lose more weight.

I also started taking care of some dental issues that I had and need to have taken care of before my Knee Replacement Surgery.

Exercise is always an issue for me because of my physical issues like a bad back and arthritis.

Being able to go Part Time has greatly improved my Sleep issues as I worked night shift for over 30 years and I still do work night shift.

I am no longer sleeping only 4-5 hours a day and now I am getting at least 7 hours of sleep when I am not working.

I did do more purging of things that I did not need, want or love around the house.

And if I buy something new, I try to get rid of something that I already have.....

I did do a lot more organizing inside the house and I am satisfied with the outcome of making it a lot easier to find things!!

I wanted to relax more and sit and read a book.

I even worked all Summer long in changing our Guest Room into a Sitting Room for myself.

I wanted to craft more and that I definitely did.

I crafted a lot for myself instead of making things to sell and that brought the joy of crafting back into my life!!

This became the major focus of last year for both Joe and I because Joe retired at the end of September.

We worked with a Financial advisor planning for his retirement and finally by the beginning of December , were able to get everything settled as far as his pension, Social Security and 401K plan.

And I am quite proud to say that Joe has achieved success in quitting smoking!!

He started the Nicoderm Patch on December 1st and has not had a cigarette since!!

He estimates that this will save us at least $300 a month!!

I wanted to reconnect with family and friends and spend more time with those that I love.

We once again had our family Christmas party here with my sister and her family making it now an annual event.

I started having our kids over for Dinner at least every few weeks even though there was no Holiday or event to celebrate.

And with Joe retiring, we are getting out more  and going more places together.

 2 years ago, I took a step back and bowed out of running several major Fund Raising events at our church, taking an "Out of sight, out of mind" attitude.

I wanted to try to attend church more in the past year but this is still an issue because of the priest that we currently have at our parish.

I will not elaborate on this but we will have to make a decision soon whether to stay at the parish that we love or join another parish. This breaks my heart......

I also wanted to relax more and take time to "Smell the Roses"

And I think I did slow down a bit and stop running at the "Speed of Light".

Okay, so all in all, I think I did not do too badly in achieving what I aspired to do last year!!


What is My One Little Word for this year.........

I chose this word right after our National Election results were in.........
Yes, HOPE is My One Little Word for 2017!!!!!!

What exactly is HOPE????????
"HOPE is the little voice you hear whisper "Maybe" when it seems the entire world is shouting NO!!"

I was pretty much shouting NO after I saw the election results and experienced a profound feeling of Doom and Gloom like I had never felt before.......

I soon decided that this feeling was rather silly ...........

So I chose to HOPE......
 "HOPE sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible"

 I decided that HOPE........
 Was going to be the focus of the New Year of 2017!!!

I was going to HOPE that all my fears for this country would be proven wrong!!!!
 That the Stock Market would not plunge and I would not lose my hard earned investments that will allow me to retire early and that allowed Joe to retire early!!!
 But enough Political talk as I think I have said enough on that subject.......

I also have other things that I HOPE to achieve this year.......
 And again, it goes back to the Aspirations that I have had for the past few years.......

I HOPE to achieve a Healthy Lifestyle with weight balance, exercise, good eating habits and sleep......

I HOPE to continue achieving balance in our home through purging and organization......
I HOPE to find the time to read more, craft more, relax more and enjoy the things I love to do and stop and "Smell the Roses"

I HOPE to maintain and increase our Financial Wellness by continuing to work with our financial advisor and to live within our means.....

I HOPE to spend more time with those that I love ......

I HOPE that now that Joe is retired that we enjoy spending more time together and get to do more things together.......
"HOPE gives you wings"

I HOPE to find my wings and SOAR this year!!!!
Because HOPE can change EVERYTHING!!!!!

So true, isn't it??????

My HOPE for all of you is for a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
And this is what I HOPE this NEW YEAR brings to you......
For love, joy and laughter
We'll have more than we'll ever need
We'll have more happy ever afters
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery

I HOPE............


I am still posting over on my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas, finishing up the Holiday Season, but will be returning here to my regular blog soon......

So I hope you will come by and visit  again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas at Country Folks, Part 1, 2016

  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend it with those you love!!
We enjoyed having the kids over for Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner and then I laid down for about 2 hours and went to work on Christmas Day night!!
Hospitals do not shut down for the Holidays and I have been on a 3 night stretch since Christmas Day night.

I am now off for 4 days and do not go back to work until New Year's Day night......

Hopefully, I only have to work 2 more holiday seasons and then I can retire and finally get to be off for both the eve and the day nights of each holiday!!! I just pray that I live that long!!

Before Christmas, Joe and I made a visit to my favorite place to see at Christmas time......

Country Folks!!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas in the Powder Room, Christmas Home Tour, 2016


Welcome to the final post of my Christmas Room by Room Home Tour, 2016, Christmas in the Powder Room!!



Saturday, December 24, 2016

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