Life is too short!

Musings from a good friend:
Would have, could have, should have, life is so short!


Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gasp and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating, as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do. We have some history together.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'


Now for something completely different and delicious

One of my favorite online sites is Tasting Table. I get a daily email from them with some of the most interesting ideas out there. Today for example, there is an article about homemade mustard. Now I know what to do with the all those mustard seeds in the spice cabinet. I will post some pictures of the process for all to see.

In the meantime here is the link to the site and the recipe for Colonel Mustard courtesy of David LeFerve of MB Post in Manhattan Beach, CA.


Conde Nast Style Society

On Tuesday, I travelled to NYC to participate in a video shoot for Style Society. What an amazing experience! I was treated to a style and free makeup session with professionals before beginning the taping. I talked about my personal style and why I love being a member of the exclusive Style Society courtesy of Conde Nast. I attribute my good fortune to the time I spend on surveys. It only takes a little bit of time out of your busy schedules to participate, but once the sponsors see your desire, good things come your way.


Bargains for Shopping

I have been invited to be a "supporter" for Lock & Lock. That means I will get free products to test, use and keep all for posting my honest reviews of them on websites that I am a member. First off, Lock & Lock, manufactures BPA Free storage and cooking products. My favorites are the food containers. These products are super sweet. They are airtight, eco-friendly and microwave safe. No matter what you want to store, they have a product for it.

Right now Lock & Lock is having a Christmas in July sale until the 31st. You can save up to 70% off the most popular products. The discounts are amazing and certainly worth your time to check it out.

For example this 36 piece set of 18 containers is normally priced at $48.60 and is now on sale for $31.60 a 35% discount. Lock & Lock discounts can also be found on Groupon and other online sale sites.


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