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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Positively GIVING Tuesday

by Mauverneen

      After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes a totally different kind of day - Giving Tuesday -
a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
      Many people feel more charitable during the holidays, so Giving Tuesday is a great way to start off the holiday season. You can give locally, nationally, or even globally. Conservation, preservation, education, rehabilitation, disaster relief, the list goes on. We have many choices.
      For more information, go to their website. Or throw something extra into the red bucket next time you pass one. Or take your donations directly to the homeless shelter, the food bank, the pet shelter, or ? -  I'm sure we all have a particular charity with a cause that is near and dear to our heart.  So go on, get out there and give - your time, your money - we all have something to give. It will brighten someone's holiday - and yours!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Positively (dis)Organized

by Mauverneen

“The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization.” -Calvin Coolidge

Wildebeest only look disorganized 
      I admit it - I am not organized. Of course anyone who knows me well already knows this. I have good intentions. I really do. But somehow, I always get sidetracked. Being disorganized does not mean I can't find things. I can find anything - I can tell you exactly which pile to look in.
      I looked for examples of disorganization in nature. There are not many - fallen leaves blowing about randomly, clouds, weeds, perhaps. Birds flock, wolves pack, ants colonize, wasps nest... It seems that man is the only creature capable of being disorganized.
           "Organized people are just too lazy to look for things." - unknown Yeah, I think I'll stick with that. At least I'm not lazy.
Fallen leaves - disorganized beauty

These clouds certainly look organized to me

A well organized cactus plant
A wasp's nest. Don't mess with it or it's inhabitants will organize and hunt you down
“Organizing is a journey, not a destination.” -Anonymous   I guess I can think of better places to go.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Positively InBetween

by Mauverneen

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

                    ~Clyde Watson

      Early November is sort of an in-between time. Summer, and generally Fall, are over. The garden is pulled up, the flowers are all but gone, and people can't decide how to decorate; how long can I leave up Halloween?  should I bother with Thanksgiving? Is it too early for Christmas? We are gearing up for that Thanksgiving meal, and most of us have not even thought about Christmas shopping.
      It's a little different this year. At least here in my little corner of Illinois. There's been hardly a frost. Yes, the garden is done, but I still have flowers - even roses - blooming. It seems only now the trees are starting to get some color but there is still so much green. There have been cold days and I am not looking forward to the real cold of Winter.
      I turned my clocks back one hour and have to say I do enjoy the fact that it is not dark when I get up, but don't enjoy the fact that it is dark before suppertime. I wonder if we couldn't just split the difference - 30 minutes and we would have the best of both.
      It seems with a little time on my hands this might be a good time to catch up on a couple of those projects that have been started, or merely considered, a good time to try to get organized so I am not so scattered the rest of the year, a good time to make a few lists; menus, guests lists, Christmas gifts, Christmas cards. I'd like to paint that room before the holidays, and there's the baking...

       Hmmm, maybe there's not so much time as I thought.
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