Following Friday – May 3rd

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This is a meme that I am enjoying being a part of. This weekly meme is Feeling Beachie. Here is the link to Feeling Beachie, Enjoy and let me know your answers. Please drop by and join up.

This week’s statements:

1. Sometimes I wonder how I have not tired of reading yet.
2. I try not to but I get road rage very fast
3. Today I promise that I will not buy another book until I see the next one I can’t live without
4. In my dreams I travel and sometimes I obsess over wanting to travel to Europe

What would your answers be to these questions? This week’s seemed a little harder to me to answer. Have fun.

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Follow Friday – April 26th

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This is a meme that I am enjoying being a part of. This weekly meme is Feeling Beachie. Here is the link to Feeling Beachie, Enjoy and let me know your answers. Please drop by and join up.

This week’s statements:

The color green reminds me of the Green Bay Packers
Lately my life is making me down in the dumps so I am going to work on finding things to make me happier
Does the sound of breaking glass make you cringe?
When I wander in my mind I travel to Europe?

What are your answers to these questions? Feel free to post here or to join in on the hop. 

I promise this week I will be putting up a real post. Thank you for following me. 

Follow Friday – Four Fill In – April 20th

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This is a meme that I am enjoying being a part of. This weekly meme is Feeling Beachie. Here is the link to Feeling Beachie, Enjoy and let me know your answers. Please drop by and join up.

This week’s statements:
1. I hate bananas
2. I used to love playing school as a kid
3. Common sense says have patience but I tend to lose my patience easily
4. Once, I was surprised to find myself having a panic attack in a lighthouse

Follow Friday – Four Fill In

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This is a fun meme and it’s hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Check out her lovely blog –

This week’s statements:
1. I don’t like to fly.
2. I love to read in the morning
3. If I could change one thing in my life it would be not wearing glasses.
4. If I was better at writing, I would be an author.

I would love to see what your answers would be.

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Spring is on the way!

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It has been a little while since I have posted anything and I apologize for that. I decided to jump in today and post along with all the other fun blogs on Friendship Friday. The theme today is spring.

Spring is a time when all things start new. The grass starts coming up, flowers are planted, gardens started, animals have their young and much more. If you live in a part of the country where you have had lots of cold and snow you look forward to spring because you know the warmer temperatures are on their way.

Spring is a beautiful time of year so I am going to share a few pictures that I have found.

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It is always fun to watch the flowers bloom and plants come alive.

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There are also a few holidays that are celebrated in Spring. The big one and most meaningful would be Easter. Easter is a time of celebrating rebirth and a time for families to get together. When we think of Easter we also think of bunnies and lambs so I thought I would share a few more cute pictures.

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Another holiday that is celebrated but forgotten by many is May Day. I remember when I was little making making May Day baskets and then we would put them on my aunt’s doorstep knock on the door and then run so she had to try and catch us. We used to always make May Day baskets in school. I think this is something that is now lost to many. I would like to see this come back as a way to celebrate friendship.

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May Day Baskets can have as much or as little as you want in them and you can be creative in making them. Here is a link for you to learn a little more behind the history of May Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

What does Spring mean for you? What are you looking forward to in the coming season?

I would like to hear how you celebrate Spring.

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Be sure to stop by Friendship Friday to find some more great blogs to follow. Here is the link for you: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/03/friendship-friday-ring-in-spring.html

My Dream Vacation

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Have you ever wanted to go somewhere so bad you could almost taste it and you think about it almost daily? Well that is how I feel about Europe, especially Italy.

I fell in love with Italy after seeing the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. There is something about the beautiful scenery that makes me want to stop and just breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the view. The people Italy also seem to have a different view of life than we do here. They seem to be able to relax and enjoy life – not rushing through it and hating it so much like we do in our country.

Where would my first stop be? That is a hard question but I am going to say Rome. Since I love history and there is a lot of it there, that would seem the logical place to start with. I would have to see the Colosseum of course. Can you imagine the size of that place and all that has happened there? There are many museums, fountains and gardens to see like – The Capitoline Museum, Villa Borghese and Trevi Fountain just to name a few. I could go on and on with places to see. 

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Next stop would be Florence, Italy. Recently I read a book that was set there and found out that is where the original sculpture of David is kept. Florence is new to me so it would be fun to learn and explore all of their history as well. I have read there is a lot of history in art in this city. 

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Venice, The Floating City, what a fascinating place that would be to visit.  In Venice you use boats/gondolas to get around the city or you walk as they do not use cars, which I think is very unique. Venice is very well known for its architecture so it would be amazing to just walk the streets and stand in awe. 

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Let us not forget all of the great food I have to try while there. The fresh mozzarella, I could just feel it melting in my mouth. The Pasta – freshly made, traditional Italian pizza, again I could go on and on with my list.

For now I will continue to dream and plan then when the time comes I will be prepared to go on my dream vacation.  I will be visiting Italy often through my many books until I can make my journey.

Where does your dream vacation take you? Do you have your trip all planned out for the time you get to make that journey?

Obsessions

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Obsessions can be good or bad depending on how you look at them. In my case I don’t consider them bad as I don’t let them consume by life, they just give me something to look forward to. Sometimes I think our obsessions go along with the fads of the times. Let me tell you about a couple of mine.

One of my obsessions is a couple of sayings, that I love. The first is Live, Laugh, Love. I don’t know what it is about this saying but it just makes me calm and think about family. I have many different things in my home with this saying on it. To me this is a good motto to live by. Live Well, Laugh Often, and Love More. The second saying I love is Keep Calm and Carry On. This saying was originally introduced in 1939 by the British Government to raise public morale during the war. I think if you keep this in the back of your mind during stressful situations it will help you out. It is kind of fun to read all the different versions of this saying as well.

If you know me at all you will know my biggest obsession in life is books and reading them. You can never have too many books. Usually I can’t go into a bookstore without coming out with a least one book. I also belong to an online book club (ok maybe a couple, but I am very active in one), I have a database on my computer and phone to keep track of all the books I own, I have a blog to do reviews as well as to keep track of all the books I read in a year, I enter contests to win books on a daily basis, I love talking about books and I never leave home without a book. If you see me you will know a book is not far away. Books don’t hurt you, reading is a healthy addiction, reading can be an escape or stress reliever and books are educational. I have been obsessed with books since I was a kid and will never stop. When I am upset getting a new book cheers me up. If a book is part of a series I have to have the whole series or I get the shakes (ok, not literally). Don’t ever ask me to go without a book or mess with my books or there will be  trouble.

My last obsession I am going to mention is tv shows. I love the Bravo channel’s Real Housewives series. I like to call it non-reality – reality tv because you know they don’t show you everything and the make more drama out of things than is necessary. I even buy magazines as they might have something about one of the wives in there and I don’t want to miss something. Crazy right?

My latest tv obsession is Downton Abbey. Yes I have jumped on the bandwagon. I can’t get enough of it. I am finally caught up to the current episode of the show and find myself thinking about the people downstairs daily and what is going on with them. I have bought two books so far (yes only two) to learn more about the real life Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle). I have even told my daughter I want all three seasons for my birthday and Christmas so I can watch them again. I would even love to write a book about the people downstairs but don’t really know how to go about it. Oh and how about going to visit Highclere Castle wouldn’t that be great. Well for now I will have to dream. I don’t know what I find so fascinating about them.

I think some obsessions can be healthy just don’t let them become so overwhelming that they take over your life then you will be ok.

So what about you? What are some of the obsessions you have? Do you let them consume you?