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Remember my rant about my lying weatherman, Tom Patton?  Well today’s forecast was brought to me by Andrew Frieden.  Andrew never lies to me!  He never builds up my hopes, he never crushes my dreams! 

Andrew said “a slight chance of snow flurries today.”  Slight doesn’t have me peeking out the windows every few minutes, it doesn’t have me giddy with the anticipation, it just has me hoping a bit. 

At 11 a.m. Tuesday morning I looked out my window and what did I see….. SNOW, lots of big, fluffy flakes.  None of them stuck or accumulated, but I got my snow. 

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For a little bit it looked like it might amount to something.  Then the sun peeked out from the clouds and as quick as it came, it was gone.  For those 10-15 minutes it dropped it like a champ! 

Well done, Andrew!  You didn’t lie to me!

let it snow
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Some days it is really nice to open the mailbox!  I got a few more goodies in the mail today.  It certainly takes away the sting of the bills that were there, too.

First, look what Breanna made for me!  She and I agreed to do a 1:1 swap.  She was feeling a little lacking in the crafty mojo so we agreed to a swap to get her going again.  I sent her one of the pics that I had taken and she made it into a pendant for me.  I LOVE IT!  She also made me the leaf and the scrabble tile necklace with my initials. 

Breanna Items

Here is the picture a bit larger so you can see what a great job she did in reducing it.

red leaf

She also put this on the back of the pendant with my leaf picture.  I need to learn how to do that better!  Thanks again, Breanna! 

As a bit of a teaser, here is a sneak peek of your item which will go out in the mail tomorrow to you.

Sneak Peek

Also, I received my second Dotee Doll from the Swap-bot swap.  Lulu, also from Great Britian, sent this one to me.  I love that she is in my fav colors pink and yellow.  I love the necktie yo-yos on her head, the pocket filled with floss and beads.  I love all about her. 

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Also, if you look closely at her “close up” you will see the sweet and delicate stitching that she used to close the doll at the top.   

Thanks, Lulu!  I really like this one! 

Lastly, as I was searching for something I misplaced (story of my life!) I found some drapery trim that I bought on a trip through Middleburg, VA this summer.  If you know anything about the area it is where the wealthiest of the wealthy live.  Robert Duvall has a farm close by, Jack Kent Cooke’s estate is there, John and Jackie Kennedy spent their weekends there.  It is also where Jackie was injured when she fell off a horse shortly before she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s.  It is horse country and home to some of my favorite thrift shopping: the White Elephant and The Second Chance to name a couple.

While I was there they were having a fabric sale.  This was a design company that caters to the rich so the fabrics were luscious.  So luscious that I couldn’t even afford them at 75% off the regular price!  I did find this drapery trim and got 3 yards in 3 different colors.  I saw a brooch in it there and here is the proof it makes a great brooch.

brooch

I used some buttons from my vintage button stash, the small locket brooch (which is marked sterling) I found in a 25 cent baggie at the Goodwill among other trinkets, and some green embroidery floss.  I got the inspiration for the floss from Vallen’s bracelets.  While you are there check out her blog and see some of her other crafty endeavors, too. 

All in all a great way to start the weekend, right?  Hope yours was great, too!

What a great mail day.  I love mail days!  Just look what Mr. Postman brought to me…

From Myra in Vancouver, BC some very lovely handmade cards.  She used some of her own pictures for the cards. 

Myra’s Cards #1

She covers all the card giving holidays with some just because themes thrown in, too!  Here are the rest and a little journal she made for me, too. 

Myra’s Cards #2

The lily in the pic above is one of her photographs.  She does a fabulous job!  Thanks, Myra!

Also, just look how Ms. Kirsten from the Preppy Pink Crocodile says “thanks!”  Look at the plethora of perfection she sent to me!  A placemat purse, some grosgrain ribbon, some thrifted buttons (she is a newbie to thrift shopping, but doing very well!), a coffee cozie that she makes (I asked to see one), and some fallish cheese spreaders.  What a great way to say thanks for some rolls of pink and green ribbon that I sent to her.

Kirsten Thanks

And lastly, some fabric and trims from Japan!  Aren’t they lovely?  The trim has numbers and ladybugs on it.  Too cute.  She also sent some notepaper and apple bags.  The candy was eaten before the pic was taken.    I purchased them from good-ness’ shop on Etsy. 

 fabric from good-ness

A day when it is a happy time to open the mail indeed!

Hydrangea Bench

I love benches.  Taking time to sit and breathe a bit, watching the world go by or just being there in the moment.  I love to take pictures of benches.  The bench above was taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. 

 I liked how the bench is almost overtaken by the Hydrangea and the weathered appearance of the bench.  Kind of like you need to squeeze into the seat between a couple of friends. 

Let’s all remember to take time to sit, watch, and smell the hydrangeas. 

I just returned home from the Friday for the Arts and had to share these pics.  This is Joe after we convinced him to try on this very Stylin’ blazer at Kim’s shop.  Bridget added the sequined beret and Joe’s wife added the purse.  Stylin’, isn’t he? 

There are a couple more in my Flickr photos if you want to check them out.  Needless to say we had some fun!

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Images courtesy of Spell with Flickr.

I thought on this day of rememberance that this song seemed appropriate. They left us too soon, left so many behind, left so much more to accomplish. Bless all of the heroes of 9/11 and all of the loved ones and friends they left behind.

Tears In Heaven
Artist: Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven Lyrics print version

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I’ll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There’s peace I’m sure.
And I know there’ll be no more…
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

And this is one of my favorite Bible verses that has gotten me through many a rough patch:

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3.

God bless us all!

I took this picture of the frog in Dutch Gap here in Chesterfield County. It is my favorite place to wander when I am feeling a bit stressed or just want to get out and “breathe” a bit. It is teaming with animals, birds and all types of critters. I take my 35mm camera and take a whole roll (or sometimes 2) of film.

I spent 5 minutes inching up on this tree frog so I would not spook him this past fall. After spending all that time and shooting about 5 pictures of him as I inched the lens closer and closer, I noticed he didn’t even flinch. I believe he was dead, but didn’t poke him to find out. After I finished taking my pictures I moved on to the next subject.

Here are a few quotes that I feel correspond with this picture:

Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
~Doug King

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
~Dr. Suess

So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
~Will Rogers

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
~Mother Tesesa

What are your favorite quotes? Leave a comment and share your favorite with me.

Bird Whistles In Williamsburg

 The weather today was glorious and I had to get out and enjoy it.  There is nothing I love more than driving with the windows down.  I love the smell of the air and the wind at my side.  It went down to 60 degrees last night and will be the same tonight.  Time to turn off the air, open the windows, and crank up the ceiling fan to pull in that glorious first tease of fall.

I took the above pitcure a while ago in Williamsburg.  It is a picture of bird calls.  I love taking photos in black and white as it makes for a more dramatic statement.  It makes you see the picture and I especially like taking black and white pictures at the beach when I go.  It is the perfect setting.

I am working on a birthday surprise for a friend and will post the pics when it is completed.  Should be one more day.  I had to head out today to hunt for some more fabric.  I believe I found the right one.  But you will have to wait to see if you agree.

 Now for some inspiration:

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

~Max Ehrmann
Copyright 1952.

Have a great rest of your long weekend!

Williamsburg Window

I took this picture while in Williamsburg this past spring. I did some research on the book in the window and these are Washington’s rules on civility:

The Rules:

 

 1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. (Treat everyone with respect.)
   2nd When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.
   3rd Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him. (Be considerate of others. Do not embarrass others.)
   4th In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.
   5th If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkerchief or Hand before your face and turn aside.
   6th Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.
   7th Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.
   8th At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.
   9th Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.
  10th When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.
  11th Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.
  12th Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.
  13th Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexterously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.
  14th Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.
  15th Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean yet without Showing any great Concern for them.
  16th Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.
  17th Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play’d Withal.
  18th Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.
  19th Let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.
  20th The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.
  21st Reproach none for the Infirmities of Nature, nor Delight to Put them that have in mind thereof.
  22nd Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.
  23rd When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly Pleased; but always show Pity to the Suffering Offender.
  24th Do not laugh too loud or too much at any Public Spectacle. (Don’t draw attention to yourself.)
  25th Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.
  26th In Pulling off your Hat to Persons of Distinction, as Noblemen, Justices, Churchmen &c make a Reverence, bowing more or less according to the Custom of the Better Bred, and Quality of the Person. Amongst your equals expect not always that they Should begin with you first, but to Pull off the Hat when there is no need is Affectation, in the Manner of Saluting and resaluting in words keep to the most usual Custom.
  27th Tis ill manners to bid one more eminent than yourself be covered as well as not to do it to whom it’s due Likewise he that makes too much haste to Put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to Put it on at the first, or at most the Second time of being asked; now what is herein Spoken, of Qualification in behavior in Saluting, ought also to be observed in taking of Place, and Sitting down for ceremonies without Bounds is troublesome.
  28th If any one come to Speak to you while you are are Sitting Stand up though he be your Inferior, and when you Present Seats let it be to every one according to his Degree.
  29th When you meet with one of Greater Quality than yourself, Stop, and retire especially if it be at a Door or any Straight place to give way for him to Pass.
  30th In walking the highest Place in most Countries Seems to be on the right hand therefore Place yourself on the left of him whom you desire to Honor: but if three walk together the middest Place is the most Honorable the wall is usually given to the most worthy if two walk together.
  31st If any one far Surpasses others, either in age, Estate, or Merit yet would give Place to a meaner than himself in his own lodging or elsewhere the one ought not to except it, So he on the other part should not use much earnestness nor offer it above once or twice.
  32nd To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the chief Place in your Lodging and he to who ‘is offered ought at the first to refuse it but at the Second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.
  33rd They that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Precedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualities, though they have no Public charge.
  34th It is good Manners to prefer them to whom we Speak before ourselves especially if they be above us with whom in no Sort we ought to begin.
  35th Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive. (When you speak, be concise.)
  36th Artificers & Persons of low Degree ought not to use many ceremonies to Lords, or Others of high Degree but Respect and highly Honor them, and those of high Degree ought to treat them with affability & Courtesy, without Arrogance.
  37th In speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them.
  38th In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physician if you be not Knowing therein.
  39th In writing or Speaking, give to every Person his due Title According to his Degree & the Custom of the Place.
  40th Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty. (Do not argue with your superior. Submit your ideas with humility.)
  41st Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Professes; it Savours of arrogance.
  42nd Let thy ceremonies in Courtesy be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou converses for it is absurd to act the same with a Clown and a Prince.
  43rd Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.
  44th When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it. (When a person does their best and fails, do not criticize him.)
  45th Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Show no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness. (When you must give advice or criticism, consider the timing, whether it should be given in public or private, the manner and above all be gentle.)
  46th Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time & Place convenient to let him him know it that gave them. (If you are corrected, take it without argument. If you were wrongly judged, correct it later.)
  47th Mock not nor Jest at any thing of Importance break [n]o Jest that are Sharp Biting and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasant abstain from Laughing thereat yourself. (Do not make fun of anything important to others.)
  48th Wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts. (If you criticize someone else of something, make sure you are not guilty of it yourself. Actions speak louder than words.)
  49th Use no Reproachful Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile.
  50th Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any. (Do not be quick to believe bad reports about others.)
  51st Wear not your Cloths, foul, ripped or Dusty but See they be Brushed once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any Uncleaness.
  52nd In your Apparel be Modest and endeavor to accommodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration keep to the Fashion of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places.
  53rd Run not in the Streets, neither go too slowly nor with Mouth open go not Shaking your Arms kick not the earth with R feet, go not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing fashion.
  54th Play not the Peacock, looking every where about you, to See if you be well Decked, if your Shoes fit well if your Stockings sit neatly, and Cloths handsomely.
  55th Eat not in the Streets, nor in the House, out of Season.
  56th Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ‘is better to be alone than in bad Company. (Associate with good people. It is better to be alone than in bad company)
  57th In walking up and Down in a House, only with One in Company if he be Greater than yourself, at the first give him the Right hand and Stop not till he does and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him, if he be a Man of Great Quality, walk not with him Cheek by Joul but Somewhat behind him; but yet in Such a Manner that he may easily Speak to you.
  58th Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for ‘is a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion admit Reason to Govern. (Always allow reason to govern your actions.)
  59th Never express anything unbecoming, nor Act against the Rules Moral before your inferiors. (Never break the rules in front of your subordinates.)
  60th Be not immodest in urging your Friends to Discover a Secret. (Some things are better kept secret.)
  61st Utter not base and frivolous things amongst grave and Learned Men nor very Difficult Questions or Subjects, among the Ignorant or things hard to be believed, Stuff not your Discourse with Sentences amongst your Betters nor Equals.
  62nd Speak not of doleful Things in a Time of Mirth or at the Table; Speak not of Melancholy Things as Death and Wounds, and if others Mention them Change if you can the Discourse tell not your Dreams, but to your intimate Friend.
  63rd A Man ought not to value himself of his Achievements, or rare Qualities of wit; much less of his riches Virtue or Kindred. (A person should not overly value their own accomplishments.)
  64th Break not a Jest where none take pleasure in mirth Laugh not aloud, nor at all without Occasion, deride no mans Misfortune, though there Seem to be Some cause.
  65th Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.
  66th Be not froward but friendly and Courteous; the first to Salute hear and answer & be not Pensive when it’s a time to Converse.
  67th Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding. (Do not detract from others nor be overbearing in giving orders.)
  68th Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. Give not Advice without being Asked & when desired do it briefly. (Do not go where you are not wanted. Do not give unasked-for advice.)
  69th If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrained; and be not obstinate in your own Opinion, in Things indifferent be of the Major Side. (If two people disagree, do not take one side or the other. Be flexible in your own opinions and when you don’t care, take the majority opinion.)
  70th Reprehend not the imperfections of others for that belongs to Parents Masters and Superiors. (Do not correct others when it is not your place to do so)
  71st Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others.
  72nd Speak not in an unknown Tongue in Company but in your own Language and that as those of Quality do and not as the Vulgar; Sublime matters treat Seriously.
  73rd Think before you Speak pronounce not imperfectly nor bring out your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly.
  74th When Another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speech be ended.
  75th In the midst of Discourse ask not of what one treateth but if you Perceive any Stop because of your coming you may well intreat him gently to Proceed: If a Person of Quality comes in while your Conversing it’s handsome to Repeat what was said before.
  76th While you are talking, Point not with your Finger at him of Whom you Discourse nor Approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.
  77th Treat with men at fit Times about Business & Whisper not in the Company of Others.
  78th Make no Comparisons and if any of the Company be Commended for any brave act of Virtue, commend not another for the Same. (Don’t compare yourselves amongst yourselves.)
  79th Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof. In Discoursing of things you Have heard Name not your Author always A Secret Discover not. (Do not be quick to talk about something when you don’t have all the facts.)
  80th Be not Tedious in Discourse or in reading unless you find the Company pleased therewith.
  81st Be not Curious to Know the Affairs of Others neither approach those that Speak in Private. (Do not be curious about the affairs of others.)
  82nd Undertake not what you cannot Perform but be Careful to keep your Promise. (Do not start what you cannot finish. Keep your promises.)
  83rd When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean the Person be you do it too.
  84th When your Superiors talk to any Body hearken not neither Speak nor Laugh.
  85th In Company of these of Higher Quality than yourself Speak not til you are asked a Question then Stand upright put of your Hat & Answer in few words.
  86th In Disputes, be not So Desirous to Overcome as not to give Liberty to each one to deliver his Opinion and Submit to the Judgment of the Major Part especially if they are Judges of the Dispute.
  87th Let thy carriage be such as becomes a Man Grave Settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not at every turn what others Say.
  88th Be not tedious in Discourse, make not many Digressions, nor repeat often the Same manner of Discourse.
  89th Speak not Evil of the absent for it is unjust. (Do not speak badly of those who are not present.)
  90th Being Set at meat Scratch not neither Spit Cough or blow your Nose except there’s a Necessity for it.
  91st Make no Show of taking great Delight in your Victuals, Feed not with Greediness; cut your Bread with a Knife, lean not on the Table neither find fault with what you Eat.
  92nd Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy.
  93rd Entertaining any one at the table, it is decent to present him with meat; Undertake not to help others undesired by the Master.
  94th If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you put in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table but Stay till Cools of it Self.
  95th Put not your meat to your Mouth with your Knife in your hand neither Spit forth the Stones of any fruit Pie upon a Dish nor Cast anything under the table.
  96th It’s unbecoming to Stoop much to ones Meat Keep your Fingers clean & when foul wipe them on a Corner of your Table Napkin.
  97th Put not another bit into your mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big for the jowls. (Don’t take so big a bite that you must chew with your mouth open.)
  98th Drink not nor talk with your mouth full; neither gaze about you while you are drinking.
  99th Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after drinking, wipe your lips; breath not then or ever with too great a noise, for its uncivil.
  100th Cleanse not your teeth with the table cloth napkin, fork, or knife; but if others do it, let it be done without a peep to them.
  101st Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others.
  102nd It is out of use to call upon the company often to eat; nor need you drink to others every time you drink.
  103rd In the company of your betters, be not longer in eating than they are; lay not your arm but only your hand upon the table.
  104th It belongs to the chiefest in company to unfold his napkin and fall to meat first, but he ought then to begin in time & to dispatch with dexterity that the slowest may have time allowed him.
  105th Be not angry at the table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers, for good humor makes one dish of meat a feast.
  106th Set not yourself at the upper of the table; but if it be your due or that the master of the house will have it so, contend not, least you should trouble the company.
  107th If others talk at the table, be attentive but talk not with meat in your mouth. (Show interest in others conversation, but don’t talk with your mouth full.)
  108th When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence. Honor & obey your natural parents although they be poor.
  109th Let your recreations be manful not sinful.
  110th Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. (Don’t allow yourself to become jaded, cynical or calloused.)

It amazes me how some things never go out of style!  Washington’s rules included. 

As I drink my Snapple Raspberry Diet Tea each morning I read the inside of the cap for a quick factoid.  The other day I learned that the first speeding ticket was issued to a driver in NY.  Upon Googling this factoid, I found that it happened in 1899 and involved a cab driver.  He was traveling at the “blistering” speed (at that time) of 12 mph.  So…Snapple facts are true.

I tend to gravitate to positive quotes and hopeful statements as a rule, so imagine my distress this morning when this factoid was in my cap:

 One brow wrinkle is the result of 200,000 frowns.

Think about that fact.  200,000 frowns in one year is 548 frowns per day.  I would hope you don’t frown that much!  None the less, I found myself being more aware of the number of times I frowned today.  I found that when I concentrate that I frown.  So just for working hard I am a goner! 

I took a picture of my favorite magnet with a Mark Twain quote to remind us all the right reasons for wrinkles:

  Smile Magnet

I also finished my seashell postcards for the Swap-bot swap.  That made me smile!  You cannot see, but on the shells I put glitter paint on them pretty heavy so it looks like sand.  Like when you pluck a shell fresh from the sand and surf.  I am also loving the shell stitch on the border.

Finished Seashell Postcard

Have a day full of smiles and wrinkles for the right reasons!  Happy wrinkles, everyone!

Quote O’ The Month

"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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1221 Bellevue Ave.
Richmond, VA

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