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Someone once said -

"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for the people who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." Amen


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sharing Cambodia's Beautiful Temple

I have never been interested in Cambodia as a place to vacation. But after reviewing this temple I have changed my mind. It is amazing!

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century it was his state temple and capital city. It is said to be the best-preserved temple and the only one to have remained an actual religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist.

It is the world's largest religious building. The thought of that is really mesmerizing. I always thought that the Vatican was the largest relious place to see? 

The temple has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Has anyone been there? I would love to hear more??

It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 2.2 miles [3.6 kilo] long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a mass of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple";
Angkor is hot and sticky throughout the year. The Bayon and Baphuon temples form only part of what was formerly the giant city of Angkor Thom, once thought to hold a population of one million.

Now check out these roots!!! Wow....this is perfect photo shoot area...

Just thought I would share some beauty of the world..

Monday, May 23, 2011

Some Interesting Chocolate Facts, Crafts, and ,What's in Your Bag?

Ok now don't hold your breath!! LOL....but I was thinking about making something for my yard and I stubled upon this cute Wind Chimes. It's pretty easy, colorful, and will sound so pretty on any patio.

I also thought that maybe I might add some hanging beads strung down at different lengths in the middle too. When I finish mine I will post it here...but here is the directions to make one like this..

Wind Chimes
 made from small terra-cotta pots.

1 5 1/4" diameter plastic flowerpot saucer
5 1 1/2" diameter clay pots
Acrylic paint
Clear acrylic finish

Hole punch
5 leaf shapes cut from a soda bottle

5 small bells

11 buttons


1. Paint the saucer and pots. When the paint dries, add a coat of clear acrylic finish. Let it dry.
2. Using a pushpin, make a hole in the center of the plastic saucer and at four equidistant spots around the side of the saucer. Widen the holes with scissors or a compass point if needed (a parent's job).
3. To attach the outside hanging pots, cut four 1 1/2-foot lengths of string.
4. To make each chime, punch a hole in the end of a plastic leaf and tie it onto the end of the string. Next, slip on the bell, tie a knot about 3/4 inch above the bell, thread on a button and then a pot (upside down).
5. Thread the end of the string out through one of the side holes in the saucer (thread from the inside and make sure the saucer's upside down). To fasten in place, run the string up through one hole in a button and then down through another hole and knot tightly.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with three other pots.
7. For the center pot, repeat step 4 but use a string that's 3 1/2 feet long. Also, before you thread the string through the center of the saucer, check your length (all the pots should hang at the same level, and you'll want about 2 feet of string above the saucer). Then knot the string at the correct length.
8. Attach a button above the knot, thread the string through the saucer, add another button and knot to secure.
9. Tie the leftover string above the saucer into a loop to form a hanger

Then I saw this idea and thought I would make a few for my backyard birdies... how easy is this and a great way to use those plastic bottles..

I love Chocolate!!! Especially dark chocolate and it is great for you too...There is in fact a growing body of credible scientific evidence that chocolate contains a host of heart-healthy and mood-enhancing phytochemicals, with benefits to both body and mind.

Dark chocolate is also healthier because it has less added sugar.Milk chocolate, on the other hand, contains added butterfat which can raise blood cholesterol levels. And it has less antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals than dark chocolate.

How much chocolate would you have to eat to obtain these benefits? Less than you might think. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adding only half an ounce of dark chocolate to an average American diet is enough to increase total antioxidant capacity 4 percent, and lessen oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

High blood pressure is a well known risk factor for heart disease. It is also one of the most common causes of kidney failure, and a significant contributor to many kinds of dementia and cognitive impairment. Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate daily can reduce blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
So eat more chocolate!!!

these are a bit scary....

A place for your little fishes but how do you feed them?
 Why do gals carry purses? hmmmm probably because most of our garments come without pockets and we always need so much with kids in tow and just for us. I carry many things besides a little lip gloss, lipstick, aspirins, change bag, g-kids photos, keys, coupons, pad and pen, check book, [although I rarely write checks anymore] extra hair tie, mini flash light, scissors, nail file, IPod, Cell phone, and always have tissue...What do you carry in your bag?

What are some funny things some gals carry in their bags???? socks, water bottle,
13 things you should carry in your purse:
  1. tissues- the runny nose, nose bleeds, spill something
  2. pad and pen- you never know when you need to write something down
  3. army knife-multi uses especially the multi purpose combo ones
  4. pins- never worry if you lose a button or your hem falls
  5. allergy meds- always need this if an allergic reaction occurs
  6. book or magazine- if you have to wait anywhere you have something to read or if your girlfriend is late for your lunch date
  7. to do list- so you remember what your doing away from home or just to add things to it
  8. cell phone- for ER and just for enjoyable conversations
  9. matches or lighter- you never know when you'll need these
  10. ER snacks- running late and hunger strikes or you get stranded  
  11. address lables- save time when your personal info is asked for
  12. traveler checks--try not to carry cash it is dangerous
  13. spare house and car key-you'll never have to call expensive locksmiths

Think about these things before you leave home and add some of them or all of them to your bag!! You'll never regret it!!!

Thanks for stopping by as always....

Friday, May 20, 2011

Red Hats and Flip Flops

My very good friend Pat who is the Queen of the "Twilite Gals" and my Red Hat's group "Social Butterflies" had a "Meet & Greet" Thursday afternoon. What fun ti was to meet all her gals and she planned a lovely lumnchoen with games and good cheer. The first thing we did was talk to the person to our left and find out about them. We were instruted to sit next to someone we didn't know so we would get to know the other group. Then we went around the room and described that person to everyone. The two "Qeens" and "Vice Queens" sat at the head of the two tables, and I was fortunate to win a prize. Pat is an avid crocheter and made the cutest toilet paper roll covers, but I am going to use mine to cover a candle when not in use. I picked out the cow... :)

The Queens and Vice Queens

I am introducing my Vice Queen to the group my friend Pam

These are handmade flower pens for all the gals
this is the cow I won
at home hanging on my rocking chair

All of the prizes....


These Flip Flops are so cute and Easy Made with Balloons!!

This is a cute way to spruce up a boring pair of flip-flops. This is an easy summer craft to make flip flops that pop! These flip flops can also be made at slumber parties, luau, beach themed birthday parties or anytime you'd like a cheap easy craft to keep kids entertained. These would make awesome party favors.

Flip flops ~ Dollar Tree
Water Balloons (about 200 per pair)
(It does take about 1 hr to complete so not good to make with the wee little ones)
How To:
Double tie knots onto sandal. If you are doing a pattern it would be best to start at the sides of the flip flop and work your way to the toe. Keep tying balloons on the flip- flop until you achieve the effect you want.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fluffernutter and Two and a Half Men

I just love "Fluffernutter" sandwiches! When I was younger mom always gave them to me. They are "fluff" and peanut butter and more.... What's your favorite sandwich memory? I bet it brings "warm fuzzies" to your tummy? Check out a recipe for them here and one to make your own "fluff" too!!
Check out some more great recipes at "DaBookLady's Recipes"

Hey what do you think about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen on "Two n' 1/2 Men"? I think it will be pretty cool!!!  John Stamos was also a contender, he would have been great!! I love his acting .....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Some Fun Crafting Projects To Share

Chloee my little furry baby had to sit by me while I was on the computer. She loves to look out the window besides being near to me...

I made all my phone calls yesterday..phew...I was really behind...I have been so busy that I hadn't had a chance to talk to friends or family..

These Mason Jar Path lights are so cute and made from inexpensive materials from the dollar store... :) I am always looking for a bargain

This website has a lot of goodies to make ...

But there are no two ways about it...Martha Stewart takes the cake when it comes to craft projects, she has a ton of pictures, lots of cute ideas and just plain fun!! And these party lanterns are so attractive and easy to make I can't wait to make a few for my next party.. :)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Mother's Day Fun

Good Morning all....I hope all the mother's out there had as wonderful a "Mother's Day" as I did? My kids and g-kids came over and we had a bar-b-que and I have to say that my kids really outdid themselves with flowers this year.. :) just look at the beautiful arrangements I got and from hubby too!!!

my son & his girlfriend gave me this cute doggie flower arrangement,
 I has to laugh as it does look a lot like Chloee
isn't it just adorable

it has all the facial features too

my daughter gave me the beautiful bouquet arragement in that huge vase, just gorgeous

Bob gave me this gas candle for the patio

its called a "Firepot" and keeps the bugs away too!

from my daughter and the blue Hydrangeas are from Bob

my g-kids

my son and daughter

see looks just like Chloee..

my younger g-daughter climbed up on the pond

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