Midweek Reminder


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National Library Week 2014

This weeks posts will be dedicated to all things library. I am looking forward to sharing some of my favorite books, e-books and I may even throw in a giveaway! So, let’s get started.


I figured a good place to start was at the inception of our local library. Ever wonder how your local library came about?  How old it is? Or who the first librarian was?  I decided I would do some investigating about our local library here in Rutherfordton, NC. I was fascinated by how much goes into building a library and how it can change a small town.



Found out about our local library here

***During National Library week and throughout  the month of April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in changing our lives. Today’s libraries can help you and your family discover new and exciting worlds.  Libraries are an oasis if you are looking for adult education classes, or for a recommendation on the best books or e-books to expand your horizons Make this week a library week and explore what your local library has to offer. Looking for more information about how you can celebrate National Library Week click here

Self Improvement-Who needs it?

I do I do… with the recent events in my life I needed it more than I even knew. You see life took over me and made me a resentful, combative, down right unhappy person.  Funny thing is I didn’t even know it until I lost something very dear to me.  I was trying so hard to put out the fires of others, that I was unaware of the inferno I had created in my own life. I had changed unknowingly into the person I swore I’d never be; the person when you see her coming you do everything you can to avoid interaction. I needed help!

My question is: WHY do we wait so long to tell someone we have an issue? WHY do we not confront these issues head on? WHY can’t we be honest with one another?  I can tell you from experience when we wait we cause more pain then we would have if we just took the time to share our concerns.  I can also assure you 9 times out of 10 the person on the other end of these discussions will be shocked by what you have to say, completely unaware of the strife they have caused.  You see when you get so wrapped up in chaos of our own life; you unintentionally unload it on the people you love most in hopes to get some relief; clueless of effects it has on the recipient.

This brings me now to thanking the people who even waited to long, because they had the courage to tell us what you needed to hear. Their words may feel like a punch in the gut or even rattle us to our core, but we needed to hear them .  Their words encourage us to take a long hard look at ourselves and  I am sure most of the time we don’t much care for the person staring back.  This when the good stuff happens; we begin to unravel, we break down and everything crystallizes. We can then stand-up, dust ourselves off and begin our journey to self-improvement.

Admittedly, I have been down the road to self-improvement for most of my life and have made significant changes, but there is always room for improvement.  I have read, listened to and attended a lot self-improvement conferences; it’s all moot if I didn’t apply what I had learned.  The one tip I felt I could apply immediately was to write in a journal. When I first started out I would go back and read my words  it was all rainbows and unicorns. Why wasn’t I sharing the dreadful times, the moments when I wanted to hide in the bathroom for hours? I was deceiving myself by keeping those moments off the page. I could not believe that I was in such denial. I couldn’t even share those flashes of pain with myself.  When we journal it is a place where we need to reveal all of it and just leave it all on the page. That’s right; leave it on the page.  Do not carry it, let go; burn the pages if you have to. I plan to continue this practice in hopes it can bring about honest change in my life.

Lastly, we can not begin our self-improvement odyssey until we can forgive ourselves and let down the veil so change can commence. For all of you on this journey be fearless; accept what you can not change and embrace what you can. We are all works in progress and it’s okay to say you’re still diligently working on your masterpiece… YOU!

One last piece of advice; if you know someone who needs some tough love, words of encouragement or even a punch in the gut, don’t wait! Muster up the courage before its too late.


“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
― Aldous Huxley

Easy DIY Easter Crafts



Easter is just around the corner and this week we have been finishing up our Easter crafts.  Below you will find a few of our favorites:


Burlap Bunny Table Runner  I am addicted to this site and feel in love with this runner. My family wasn’t surprised when I pulled a roll of burlap out of my fabric box. LOL


Living Locurto  Great free printables for Easter and more.. I spent the $25 for the year membership and I am so happy I did; Amy’s site is full of wonderful ideas for the every holiday this year.


Rice Crispy Treat Eggs I made some tweaks for a wonderful Gluten Free surprise.


Free Sewing Patterns this is for you more adventurous types.  We are going to try the duckling this weekend, wish us luck.


Eggsperiment here’s a great idea for all those extra eggs you have.


Bunny Clothespin I added magnets and used them to showcase artwork this month on the refrigerator.


Hope you enjoy these few simple Easter DIY ideas.















Midweek Reminder

“Promise Yourself”

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

~Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

Midweek Reminder… is BACK




Take the worthiness that is yours, and let the “Fairies of the Universe” assist you. Stop taking so much responsibility upon yourself, and live happily ever after. Shorten that crevasse between where you are and where you want to be, on every subject, to now, now, now, now, now. Ride the wave. Just pluck the fruit… You don’t have to be the one who puts it in the ground any more. You can just skip across the top of things and pluck the fruit of all of the things you want. “Oh, fruit. Oh, delicious this, delicious this, delicious this, delicious this.” In other words, it’s all right there for you; it’s ready for you to receive it as fast and as soon as you will vibrationally let it in.



PS Reminder for Andrea-turn your boat around and go with the flow.

44 Random Acts of Kindness

random acts of kindness


Today is my 44th birthday; I would like to ask  my family and friends to help me accomplish my one birthday wish.  I found this link a few weeks ago; it’s the perfect gift for someone who has everything. This post reminded me of a time a few years ago when someone anonymously paid for our families dinner;  this encouraged us to recuperate to another family a few months later.   The experience has also influenced our children to find ways that they can pay it forward too. For instance, holding the door for several people entering the local CVS, helping to put someone’s groceries in their car or even using their money paying for the person behind us at the Dollar General.  We hope that these acts of kindness will inspire others to continue to pay it forward too!

How will you respond? What are some simple acts of kindness you & your family perform?


Here are a few suggestion that won’t cost you a dime:

1. Mow your neighbor’s lawn.

2. Hold the door for someone.

3. Smile and comment on how nice someone looks:)

4. Offer to help someone load their groceries.

5. Babysit for a friend.

6. Return shopping carts to store.

7. Wash your neighbors pollen covered car.

8. Volunteer your time i.e.(soup kitchen, library, Salvation Army & animal shelter).

9. Walk through your neighborhood picking up trash & debris.

10. Call family & friends to let them know what you appreciate about them.


I hope you decide to continue to pay it forward.  Good Luck !!

Sunday Funnies

OK this one is long, but so worth the read!  Have a super week everyone..

Subject: Go Figure

This is a copy of an actual letter sent to Ryan DeVries, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan. Wait  till you read this guy’s response – but read the entire letter before you get to the response.

Mr. Ryan DeVries
2088 Dagget
Pierson, MI 49339
SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20;

Site Location: Montcalm County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner  and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A  review of the Department’s files shows that no permits have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted.

The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2002.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative
Land and Water Management Division


Dear Mr. Price,

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County

Reference your certified letter dated 12/17/2000 has been referred to me to respond to. First of all, Mr. Ryan De Vries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan.

I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond.

While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natural building materials “debris.” I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam
activity. My first dam question to you is: (1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers? or, (2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of P! art 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.3010,1 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated. I have several concerns. My first concern is aren’t the beavers entitled to legal representation?

The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation – so the State will have to provide them with a lawyer.

The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing flooding is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harass them and call their dam names. If you want the stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition – please contact the beavers – but if you are going to arrest them they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter (being unable to read English).

In my humble ! opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers’ Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2002 The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears.
Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your answering machine, I am sending this response to your office via another government organization – the USPS. Maybe, someday, it will get there.

Stephen L. Tvedten