The Counting Game….

Snippet of a Grocery Receipt
Things That Begin With C

 

  • chicken
  • Crystal Light
  • cat food
  • coffee creamer

Creating my list for a quick stop at the grocery store is a mental game for me:

  1. Make a mental list.
  2. Repeat it a few times out loud.
  3. Count the items.
  4. Keep the numbered items in my head.
  5. Enter the store.
  6. Go to it!

I’m sure people wonder why I have a quizzical look on my face as I stand between aisles. Actually, who am I fooling? They aren’t paying any attention to me. They’ve got their own lists and looks.  I wonder:  Are they playing the counting game, too?

Yesterday I added Chobani yogurt, celery, and cheddar popcorn to the cart {bonus!}.

Seemed to be a C sort of day….  😉  How do you keep your brain sharp?

 

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I’m Not Creative! So Said She (or He)

crayons up close
credit: Pinterest

Remember when you were little and had that GIANT box of Crayola crayons and endless sheets of blank white paper?

Remember how carefree and happy you felt as you drew purple elephants, orange grass, and places no one had ever seen?

What happened?  

For most of us, being creative is a distant memory, and depending on where you’re reading this blog post, you may or may not be tapped into your own creativity any more… you know, that rush to draw and paint and write with abandon…

Why aren’t we all there? Why do adults lose that sense of carefree happiness that comes from creating? Why do adults eliminate creating/making from their lives?

Oh… because we have to ‘adult’ {apparently, now a verb in current vernacular} – all.the.time.

Ummm…. I Don’t Think So.

In fact, I get all outta sorts when I lose creative time to life’s To Do lists!

Balance.

  • Did you know being creative positively influences your health, including the decrease of stress, anxiety, and depression?
  • Did you know being creative increases productivity?
  • Did you know being creative makes you happy – or happier if you’re lucky enough to already be one of those smiling fools.  😉
  • Did you know being creative can be just plain fun??

*Research supports each of the above statements. I wouldn’t make this stuff up, I wouldn’t kid about creativity, and…. I experienced it firsthand, which I shared here on my About page.

Creativity “Loosely” Defined {or Generally Accepted by Those Who Study Such Stuff} is… connecting ideas”

But don’t believe me because I find calm, focus, and fun in writing and ‘arting’ ….  🙂

Check out these articles that share the wisdom…..

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Article: The Psychology Behind Creativity
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Article: The Science Behind Creativity

 

Then, join us on the Studios Facebook Page for some creative fun ~ online and in person.  Hope you’ll join us (and bring a friend… or two)!

Rusty Butt….

It’s Friday and my brain has been buzzing all week… with all sorts of things. Wanted to share one this morning, before I head out the door for the ‘day gig.’   🙂

I say that with affection… I love what I do!

cover of book, Eating Bull
credit: amazon/CarrieRubin

I recently finished reading fellow blogger, medical doctor, and author Carrie Rubin’s novel, Eating Bull. It, along with a post she recently shared, along with my own food and image issues, have all been on my mind. I look forward to sharing my review of her book (highly recommend) with a little of my own story (real life) thrown in for perspective.

Until then, though, thought I’d throw a little humor out into the world for a fun Friday… a result of one of those times when I stood beside the fridge and looked at all those magnets – ‘listening’ for the words, to see what was coming out that day. (think: ouija board!)

Here’s what it was…

funny poem about needing to exercise
credit: RobinLKStudios

😉

Have a fantastic Friday!

Pink Toenails… {Six Word Wednesday}

pink toenails in sandals
credit: @RobinLKStudios photography

 

Bare toenails turned pink: instant happiness! 

What’s your six-word story today?

 

Mocking my Insomnia…{Six Word Wednesday}

credit: jelly.org.uk

His hearty snores mock my insomnia.

What’s your story in six today? 

Sunday Funnies… {Why Yes, I AM Hot!}

Soooo….. it’s currently 98 degrees outside and 89 degrees inside. The “Maytag Man” paid us a visit this morning after our a/c bit the dust late last night. O.M.G.

That pretty much sums things up today….  Nothing funny happening.  (but I’ve gotta find a little humor, somehow)

As the technician spoke with my husband about air conditioning and keeping the house cool (a whole new unit being installed tomorrow …. yes, as in neither today nor tonight), I sized him up and figured he was – or has been – a husband – and would get the words that were getting ready to come out of my mouth:

I’m a near-50-year-old woman and air conditioning is absolutely necessary.  

With a smile and a nod that conveyed his keen understanding, he assured my husband and me that cool air would be ours by dinner time Monday.

Monday evening????  WTH??  O.M.G.

Did I mention it’s near 100 degrees here?

Yes, we could go to a nearby hotel, but we are ‘toughing it out’ … not sure why, but that’s the plan … as of this hour.

Meantime, a little humor about being H.O.T. at this age.  😉

 

Mary's hot flashes were becoming more and more intolerable. source: cartoonstock.com
Mary’s hot flashes were becoming more and more intolerable. source: cartoonstock.com

 

source:  mdjunction.com
source: mdjunction.com

 

 

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source: uk.pinterest.com

 

Happy Sunday!

🙂

Sunday Funnies… {National Doughnut Day}

A well known (by some) annual event took place Friday…. did you participate? Do you know what it was? Don’t worry if you didn’t know, but here’s a heads-up for next year:  The first Friday in June is known as National Donut Day in the United States.  Which brings us to another idea to consider… Is it doughnut or donut?  This week’s Sunday Funnies share a little humor and a little history to help put a smile on your face. Here goes….

Seems ‘doughnut’ is the original term, but by the late 20th century, it had morphed into ‘donut’ – due in large part, the story goes, to the growth of Dunkin’ Donuts. Curious? You can read more [here].  Whichever way you spell it, hope you enjoyed a sweet treat this week. If not, mark your calendar for next June… go ahead, we’ll wait for you.

 

donut cartoon
Death by a Bite… Oh, no! Pete, they got to you!!

 

Black and white photo of women baking dougnuts, circa 1940s
What’s the history behind National Doughnut Day?? Yes, we Americans celebrate the oddest things!

 

 

Bikers leaving a donut shop
Even bikers need their (donut) fix!

 

Homer Simpson looks at a donut as it glows
How I feel when a donut is put in front of me… Homer says it best! (angels singing!)

 

Happy Sunday!

🙂

Sunday Funnies… {Stupid Drivers}

 

Interior of Car
Highway Travel_Flying Low….

Here’s a short Sunday Funny, evening edition. After two weekends of highway travel, I thought I’d rant with some funnies. I suspect some many of us will relate…..  😉

 

 

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Oh, yes... I need to make one of these signs!
Oh, yes… I need to make one of these signs!

 

I keep saying the roads would be safer if our cars would drive themselves, because it's clear drivers aren't driving much anymore.  :(
I keep saying the roads would be safer if our cars would drive themselves, because it’s clear drivers are doing everything BUT driving. 😦

 

I hate when the other car's paint gets on my key!
I hate when the other car’s paint gets on my key!

 

Stupid drivers, do us all a favor and get OFF the road!!

This concludes this evening’s rant.  😉