Category Archives: Family and Friends

Comforts of home

fireplace (free clip art)

fireplace (free clip art)

There just seems to be something so warm and even romantic about a fire in the fireplace. If there is one thing I could think of I like about the cold weather it is the chance to light a fire in the fireplace. We usually put some pillows on the floor and watch a good movie on the television with popcorn at hand.

The comfort of a warm fire helps keep our family together and feeling that our house is a home. I am always glad when we all agree on a good thing.

Invited out for Thanksgiving

I’ve been invited out to a friends house for Thanksgiving this year.  I’m very grateful for the invitation; I’ve had a hectic autumn and it looks like a hectic winter is approaching, so not having to clean and cook and entertain at my house this year is a blessing!  The only drawback is that I won’t have as much leftover turkey as I like to have for leftover meals.  So I guess I’ll be buying a turkey breast anyway and cooking it up here at home so we can have leftover turkey no matter what.  I’ll be making a cranberry-orange-apple relish dish to take with me to the dinner to share with the other guests.  It’s a recipe I’ve had for about four years now, and I like it a lot.  I hope the other guests will like it too!

My Halloween costume

Angel and Devil (free clip art)

Angel and Devil (free clip art)


We’re going to a Halloween costume party this Friday and I’ve finally got my costume all ready to go. I decided to make my own costume this year, just for the fun of it. I decided to dress like an angel and managed to find some nice angel wings and a halo at the costume store. I bought a very pretty white nightgown for the angel gown, figuring that I can actually wear it as a nightgown later. (Yeah, I’m practical like that!) My boyfriend is dressing up like a devil; we are representing ourselves as “Heaven and Hades.”

I’m really looking forward to the party – it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a costume party, and I really enjoy them a lot! I hope we win the best couples costumes prize!

Music is a personal thing

Musical notes (free clip art)

Musical notes (free clip art)

One thing that my husband and I do not agree on is music. He likes the “moldy oldies” from the 1940’s and 1950’s while I much prefer to listen to what I call “classic” rock and roll like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,  and The Who.  Since my hubby is home all of the time, and in pain from all of his injuries, I humor him and let him listen to his music when we are together. But when I am alone, if music is playing it is “my” music as quick as I can change the station!

Another thing we disagree on when it comes to listening to music is that he likes to listen to music at the highest volume possible! That loudness really hurts my ears! So there are a lot of times when I get into my car and start the engine and am blasted with very loud music! I need to learn to turn the volume down on the radio before I even turn the key!

Tips for Your Online Dating Profile

online dating girl (free clip art)

online dating girl (free clip art)

Dating today is nowhere near the same as it was decades ago. Today, instead of likely meeting someone while at school, work, or through friends, many people are taking their dating lives to the Internet. The popularity of online dating websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com, as well as the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, more than 41,000,000 people have tried online dating.

When you use online dating, you’re asked to create an online dating profile. This profile is what other users will look at to determine if they want to meet you. Usually, communication is started between you and a prospect to determine if you have anything in common that warrants a real date, and real dates are set forth from there if desired.

online dating boy (free clip art)

online dating boy (free clip art)

Since your Internet dating success rate is based mostly on your profile, you’ll want to ensure you create one that makes you attractive to potential suitors. Here are some tips to help you create the best online dating profile.

Talk about yourself.

Although this may seem obvious, many people use their online dating profile to discuss the person they want to meet instead of themselves, and this is a big no-no. If you want someone to be interested in you, it’s important to talk about you. It is okay to mention what you’re looking for, but be sure the majority of your profile discusses you instead of what you want.

Be positive.

music (free clip art)

music (free clip art)

Most online profiles will ask you to list likes and dislikes, and if your dislikes far outnumber your likes, you may turn off potential suitors. Being too negative can have a negative impact on your love life. After all, if your entire profile is one big complaint, nobody will want to meet you in real life and listen to Negative Nancy all night long.

Instead, be positive. Talk about what you love to do and what you like to do. If there is something you don’t like, try turning into a positive. For example, if you hate a certain genre of music, talk about the type of music that you do like instead. This will be much more attractive.

Look your best, but in a real way.

Because most people make snap judgments based on the picture they see, it’s important that you put a decent profile picture on your profile to make you attractive to suitors. However, it’s also important that you don’t lie. For example, if you’re 40, putting a picture of yourself from when you were 21 is not a good idea. The individual who wants to meet you for a date will be very disappointed when you don’t look like your picture.

selfie (free clip art)

selfie (free clip art)

Take a real picture of yourself and put it on your profile. Do your best to make yourself attractive, such as by doing your hair, wearing makeup, and smiling. (Hint: This would be a good time to visit the dentist to give you the best smile, such as through teeth whitening or dental implants.) By using an attractive yet realistic picture of yourself, you’ll be more likely to impress the individual you date in person.