Archive for May, 2013

Aruba Revisited

Posted on May 31, 2013 3:31 pm under General
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This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.

We know that recycling  is good for the planet, but many people perceive  it as a duty, rather than a pleasure.   Perhaps they need to look beyond bins of paper and plastic to explore more enjoyable ways of reusing materials.

Aruba sets a happy example with their annual AHATA Recycled Art Expo, which features entries from professional and amateur artists  including submissions from  schools, resorts and local  businesses.  Entries range from  whimsical art, like the colorful owl at left, to functional pieces like a table, chair and lamp created from old magazines and soft drink cans.   What fun it would be to see the entire exhibit and attend workshops led by professional recycling artists.

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What You Don’t See

Posted on May 28, 2013 8:00 pm under Diet, Nutrition & Weight Loss
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This post brought to you by Tree Hut. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've found myself doing a lot of shopping in recent weeks after discovering that all of my warm weather clothes are two sizes too big. I'm not complaining. Calico and I committed to making some lifestyle changes last fall and have been rewarded with trimmer figures. 

 New clothes are always fun, but these look better than any I've worn in recent years.  The reason isn't the quality or style.  I still favor comfort and light, natural summer fabrics. What makes the difference is what you don't see – all those unwanted pounds.

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Diner King

Posted on May 25, 2013 11:26 pm under Microfiction
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It was blatantly obvious that Elvis hadn’t left the building. (61)

No peanut butter and banana sandwiches? What kind of restaurant was this? (73)

Life was fickle. Once he had been hailed as King, now he was sitting next to a rack of cigar magazines. (104)

Blue Suede Shoes? These things feel more like stone. (53)

Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was blatant.

Succinctly Yours Week 114

Posted on May 25, 2013 10:41 pm under Succinctly Yours
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How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.Click For Details

Photo for Sunday, May 26th

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Word of the Week:blatant

Thanks to Pat and Jerry for this week’s picture.

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A Fine Finale

Posted on May 23, 2013 11:42 pm under General
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We’ve been watching American Idol since its second season and it is always a bit of a letdown, when the season ends. There was a lot of talent this year, particularly among the female contestants. It’s no secret that after several seasons of male wins, the producers were hoping for a woman to take the title. It’s a shame that they felt the need to accomplish this by selecting guys who couldn’t begin to compete with the female talent. A more equally stacked deck would have added a lot to the early weeks. I have no quarrel with the outcome, however, and couldn’t have asked for better finalists than winner, Candice Glover, and runner up, Kree Harrisson.

We’re watching The Voice for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoying it. It is helping to ease those end-of-idol blues.