Nov 26, 2013

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Here’s a Way to Get Chocolate!

Here’s a Way to Get Chocolate!

A tasty morning treat from my childhood was chocolate oatmeal. That is correct. Good old fashioned oatmeal with some chocolate in it. I loved it then; I love it now.  Who knew it would become one of those “gourmet” kind of foods? I was recently at a Dove Chocolate party and picked up some of their whole grain chocolate oatmeal. Now I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow! What are you going to have?...

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Nov 26, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 26

November Thankful Challenge Day 26

November 26, 2013. Today, I am thankful for one of my recent kitchen purchases: The Deep Covered Baker, by The Pampered Chef. Seriously folks, on the days when I intended to cook in my crockpot, but could not manage to get the ingredients into it early in the day, this baker comes to my rescue!  What are you thankful for today? ~Karen P.S. For those looking to purchase Pampered Chef items, or even have a party, contact my rep, Gregg, on his...

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Nov 25, 2013

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Purring Nemo, After His Bath

Purring Nemo, After His Bath

November 25, 2013. Nemo, like most kittens, is pretty messy. He walks through his water, his formula and his food. He sometimes walks through his litterbox deposits. All of these things means he needs a bath pretty regularly. Afterwards, he usually sleeps for a good long while. If you listen closely, you can hear him purring in the video below....

Nov 25, 2013

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Nemo: Sunday Morning Grooming

Nemo: Sunday Morning Grooming

November 24, 2013. A little Sunday morning grooming by Kelly and Nemo....

Nov 25, 2013

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Nemo: Owns the Bed

Nemo: Owns the Bed

  November 25, 2013. Young Nemo reached a milestone today. Okay, so this is really another way of saying he is quickly finding ways to elevate himself! And get into mischief. This morning, Nemo figured out how to get on the bed – All. By. Himself. This means nothing will be safe by the end of the day! Actually, it was quicker than that! Within minutes of getting onto the bed, he figured out how to get onto...

Nov 25, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 25

November Thankful Challenge Day 25

November 25, 2013. Today, I am thankful for the little things in life that make my work day more enjoyable: computer, smart phone, reliable car,  wonderful home office and my feline helpers.  Some times I take all of these things for granted, or I get annoyed when they do not work as I had planned. I will try to be more mindful of these blessings! What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 24, 2013

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Nemo: Sunday Evening Fun

Nemo: Sunday Evening Fun

November 24, 2013. Nemo, at just 7-weeks and one-day old, loves his evening playtime. While Kelly snoozes on her bed, Nemo stalks Ellie Mae.   Nemo and Ellie Mae stalk the same fake mouse! I love how Nemo’s hair puffs up when he is playing. ...

Nov 24, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 24

November Thankful Challenge Day 24

November 24, 2013. Today, I am thankful to be able to share these past 31+ years with my husband.  While neither of us are ever perfect,  through the years we have cultivated a life that is perfect for us – flaws and all. What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 23, 2013

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Nemo: Celebrating His First Month

Nemo: Celebrating His First Month

Just for fun, here is a video of some of the photos of Nemo’s first month with us. Such a change from October 8, from when he was three-days-old, to November 5, when he turned one-month-old!...

Nov 23, 2013

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Nemo: 7-weeks-old

Nemo: 7-weeks-old

November 23, 2013. Young Nemo is 7-weeks-old today. While he is still pretty small, his personality is fairly large. He is very social and loves to be with my husband and I, our dogs and other cats. His favorite pooch is Kelly. And, God bless this dog because she has so much patience with this kitten, his sharp teeth and equally sharp nails. It warms my heart – and amazes me – to see how gentle Kelly is...

Nov 23, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 23

November Thankful Challenge Day 23

November 23, 2013. Today,  I am thankful for all of the experiences I have had which helped me to become the woman I am today. What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 22, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 22

November Thankful Challenge Day 22

November 22, 2013. Today, I am thankful for the warmth provided by cuddly furbabies on a chilly day. Pictured above: our dog, Kelly, with her kitties, Nemo and Ellie...

Nov 21, 2013

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Nemo : 6.5 weeks

Nemo : 6.5 weeks

November 21, 2013. It’s always a good morning when Nemo snuggles with...

Nov 21, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 21

November Thankful Challenge Day 21

November 21, 2013. Today, I am thankful for Veterans and for those who support them by actually “walking the walk” My friends, Mary and Art James, own a company called HAYS Cleaning, based in Hickory Hills. Art is a Vietnam Veteran. Since May 2010, the couple gives back to other Veterans through the year by giving free 3-hour residential housecleanings to local Veterans. This month are not only doing the free 3-hour cleanings, they are also collecting Slim...

Nov 20, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 20

November Thankful Challenge Day 20

On this 20th day of November, I am thankful that our home, and those of many of our family and friends, were not damaged by the tornadoes and storms from this past Sunday.  I also pray that those who lost loved ones, pets, homes and belongings may find the help that they need to recover from the many losses. What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 19, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 19

November Thankful Challenge Day 19

On this 19th day of November, I am thankful for the many little things that bring happiness into my life: A funny message from one of my sons My husband scooping the litterboxes That phone call from a friend “just because” The wagging tail of my happy dogs The peaceful purring of my felines What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 18, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 18

November Thankful Challenge Day 18

Today, I am thankful for non-drowsy cold medicine. That’s it! What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 17, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 17

November Thankful Challenge Day 17

On this 17th day of November, I am thankful for one of my favorite services: Netflix.  Our household is one of the few that does not have cable television. Oh, yes, we did have it for a short time, but we found that we still ended up watching most programming from Netflix.  I like being able to save a list of movies or shows that I want to watch at some future date. I enjoy watching programs that...

Nov 16, 2013

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Nemo: 6-weeks-old

Nemo: 6-weeks-old

November 16, 2013. Young Nemo is now 6-weeks-old and full of kitten spunk! Today, he climbed up one stair – and promptly turned around and came back down. He helped me put away the left overs in the fridge. He watched the big cats eat meat. And he ended the day…. ….by rolling around…. …. on his back…. …. all over the...

Nov 16, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 16

November Thankful Challenge Day 16

Wow! It is already November 16! Today, I am thankful that all three of our sons have inherited so many of the good things that I love about their father:  Love of family Resourcefulness Sound work ethic Tremendously off-beat sense of humor Mechanical inclination Even though these things may manifest differently in the sons than they do in the father, it does not matter. Each son has applied these traits in his own unique way, with the same...

Nov 15, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 15

November Thankful Challenge Day 15

“What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are.” Today, on this 15th day of November, I am thankful that I make an effort every day to be happy and optimistic.  I love that last line in this short story. I think it goes along with my view of seeing my glass as “half full.” On the days when I feel upbeat and positive, my world looks just that way. On the...

Nov 14, 2013

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Nemo : 5 weeks and 5 days old

Nemo : 5 weeks and 5 days old

November 14, 2013. Nemo is very active – he loves being with the other...

Nov 14, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 14

November Thankful Challenge Day 14

Today, on the 14th of November, I am thankful for the ability to crochet.  I learned how to crochet from my paternal grandmother, Elvira, and my cousin Kathy.   Over the years I have made many items for those that I love. From scarves and shawls to afghans and curtains, there is something special about crafting something from a skein of yarn that someone I love will wear or use.  What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 13, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 13

November Thankful Challenge Day 13

Today, on November 13, I am thankful for texting. My use of texting has evolved over the years. It began when our oldest son started taking classes at the local college. Since he was only 14, I had to drive him and pick him up. There were only 2 or 3 public phones on campus so my husband and I decided to get him a cell phone so he could use it to text us when he was...

Nov 12, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 12

November Thankful Challenge Day 12

Today, I am thankful for being able to go through life with a “my glass is half full” mentality.   I try to stay positive, no matter what is going on in my life. Bad things do happen. They even happen to good people. I believe that no matter what happens, there is something good in it. Of course, I may not see the “good” right away, but it is usually there.  What are you thankful for today?...

Nov 11, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 11

November Thankful Challenge Day 11

Today, November 11, 2013, is Veterans Day. On this day, I thank all of the Veterans for protecting this great country. They are true heroes! What are you thankful for today? ~Karen P.S. For my local friends, check out the FREE 3-hour cleaning offer for Veterans from HAYS Cleaning, based in Hickory Hills,...

Nov 10, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 10

November Thankful Challenge Day 10

Today, on the 10th of November, I am thankful for my church community of Sacred Heart. This parish is small, but the people there are so genuine. I also love the historical aspect of this church, which began as  a French-Canadian mission. The mission has a reputation as a place of healing. To this day, a prayer list is read at every Mass, noting the names of the ill, the deceased and those in need of special intentions....

Nov 9, 2013

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November Thankful Challenge Day 9

November Thankful Challenge Day 9

On this ninth day of November, I am thankful for all of my pets. When life gets crazy and I realize I cannot count on whatever plans I made (while God laughed), I find that I can count on my various pets to be there waiting for me. They are waiting for dinner, waiting for company, waiting for a gentle pat on the head. There is something pretty sweet about having a team of furbabies waiting to simply...