What's on Your List?
- Simple Life
by Sheryl Simons
~~ The happier you are with the simple things,
the easier it is to be happy. ~~
Yesterday, it was imaginable that spring was on the way.
The sun shone, snow melted, and the sound of water dripping was
constant. With every warmer day, our hopes are raised, and then the
cold comes back like a bad dream, snow blows again, and our hopes
are dumped like yesterday's trash -until the sun breaks through
again. Kind of like life. Something hopeful happens like a breath
of spring air, and then we have a flat tire on the road of life.
But isn't it those flats that keep us hoping for spring?
There was a guy I read about who had a list of about 100
things that he wanted to do before he died. We probably all read
about him. Here were some of the things he had on his list: visit
the Eiffel Tower, climb a tall mountain, parachute from an
airplane. Nice, lofty goals. But I have an idea that not many of
us are willing or able to do most of these.
As the mother of my first grandbaby (my son Andrew and his
wife Eve had Aubriannah on Jan. 30!) I can tell you that holding her
was the #1 item on my list! After that, climbing a mountain seems
trivial. I've been on a wonderful vacation with my daughter to
Mexico, but I think things like the Eiffel Tower are not where I
want to start. I do have a list of things I'd like to do. That
doesn't mean that I will fail miserably if I don't accomplish them
all, I don't have to go that far. Having a list of "have to's" kind
of takes away from the "what I've done's"! It doesn't have to be
scaling tall mountains!
Here are some Simple Things I hope to accomplish: (not in any order)
Go for a nice canoe trip with my husband again this summer
Spend a nice warm day on the beach with our grandkids
Have a picnic with our friends
Spend another evening playing cards with neighbors
Get to know someone I haven't met yet
Spend time getting to know God better
Having a cinnamon roll breakfast with my family
Giving as many hugs as I can
Going for a walk with the dog
Listening for the frogs this spring
Watching a lightning storm
Catching another fish
What's on your list of Simple things to do?
Having a list like this makes every day special.
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"One of the wonderful aspects of the human imagination is
its power to break through the barriers of time and space. It can
see things not as they are but as the can be." ~~ Denis Waitley
"The man who has no imagination has no wings." ~~ Muhammad Ali
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world." ~~ Albert Einstein
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Try cleaning Cd's and DVD games with white colgate or baking soda
wash and dry well. It can polish the scratches right off!
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Simple Cole Slaw
If you like coleslaw and are looking for a good recipe:
4 c finely chopped cabbage (about 1 head)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
tablespoons minced onion
2 1/2 T sugar
1/4 t salt
2 T milk
1/4 c mayonnaise
2 T buttermilk
1 T white vinegar
1 T lemon juice
1. Be sure cabbage and carrots are chopped up into very fine pieces
(about the size of rice).
2. Combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk,
vinegar, and lemon juice in a large bowl and beat until smooth.
3. Add the cabbage, carrots, and onion, and mix well.
4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
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"A person who loves his or her work is like a plant in the right
spot - Their growth is maximized and the yield is greatest."~~ Jeff
Keeping it Simple,