Archives for December 2016

December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2016

New Year Resolutions!

Happy New  Year!

Celebrating New Year’s Eve has never been a festive time during the holiday season.  It was always an opportunity for me to believe I was making a smart and safe decision to stay put on New Year’s Eve, and enjoy a tasty roast on New Year’s Day!  Yet, the thought was always present that I should resolve to correct or enhance my life by believing in the hype of New Year Resolutions.  Resolutions are changes one conscientiously makes, well, I’m not so good with change!  In all my efforts throughout the years, I’ve never kept one resolution for any length of time.  I’ve been thinking about it, and realized I’m not good at voluntary situational changes.  I not only stink at New Year Resolutions, I also have never realized success during the Lenten season.   But maybe I’m doing it all wrong, I bring many things to fruition without much thought, so maybe the pressure of time constraints limits my chances of success.  So this year, I’m going to make small and attainable resolutions for the New Year, and leave the grandiose pronouncements for the pros!    

Mary Ann’s New Year Resolutions!

-I resolve to not eat the frozen left over Christmas Cake till, Valentine’s Day!                              

-I resolve to lift weights 3 times a week, until I hate it and quit!

-I resolve to eat more slowly and chew food!

-I resolve to be the best I can be, and as evident by my list of New Year’s Resolutions, this is not one of the things I’m good at!

I hope that all the people who strive to adopt newly formed habits as a result of New Year’s Resolutions, find success!  For many of us, the mere pronouncement of resolutions causes stress and fear of failure, therefore I think I’ll stick to daily goals, that may change due to health, work, and weather! Have a wonderful last week of 2016!

December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

We hope your Christmas is filled with peace and happiness!

December 20, 2016

Sights of the Season!

I’ve been so busy this past week with unexpected stuff that needed to be addressed, my weekly plans were interrupted and I found myself exhausted at the end of the work week. So to simplify and continue to enjoy this holiday season I decided to relax and enjoy the sights of the season in my town and my neighboring communities, this weekend.  Hope you enjoy a few pictures from my meandering evenings!

 

We started off on an afternoon walk, after playing in the snow!

The geese were taking a siesta on the frozen pond, instead of feeding on our lawn!

Within the hour, the sunset,  and we headed home!  We decided to travel to the east bay, in search of holiday decorations!

On our way to Bristol we hit heavy traffic. We decided to detour down Water Street, lo and behold this outline of a sailboat suspended high above the Warren River, on a flagpole! Very Impressive!

We were greeted in Bristol, RI with spectacular lighting, and large arrangements of Christmas displays!

The waterfront was lite with understated lights, that twinkled in the darkness!

Up the street we spotted Santa!

A home decorated with Santa…….way over the top, but delightful!                                                                                                                                                         

Most of the local businesses were decorated for the season!  Now, it was time to head home, it looked ominous!

On the way home, we stumbled upon this gem of a Christmas display!

Finally, approaching home and beating the rolling fog!

Spoke too soon!

to all!

December 13, 2016

A Jolly Thought!

It’s no secret that I read anything and everything that has to do with rheumatoid arthritis. The other day I came upon an article that featured suggestions of Christmas presents for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.  My head was spinning before I approached the final two suggestions!  Who on earth would want to receive a pair of hot and cold knee wraps or an electric can opener for Christmas?  I don’t need to continue with the remainder of items suggested, but I assume that most people would not want a present during a holiday that highlights their daily struggles/illness,  unless it was specifically requested by an individual.  I perceive the suggestions to be as insensitive as buying a gift certificate for a wheelchair tune up or a can of new tennis balls for the bottom of a walker! During a festive time, these gift suggestions are ill-conceived.  People with chronic diseases do celebrate holidays and enjoy presents, that have nothing to do with their illness.  So I suggest, that instead of trying to accommodate a person with a chronic disease, think of them as you do others, chose a gift that will bring a smile to their face, and if possible make their life more enjoyable in spite of their condition.  I thought long and hard about this article, and would like to share a selection of possible presents, in many price ranges that anyone would covet! (I want them all!)

ALLBIRDS WOOL RUNNERS-CLASSIC COLORS GRAY or BLACK & 3 LIMITED EDITION COLORS $95

 

BLOCKS OUT LIGHT AS IT MINIMIZES THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES! I THINK IT’S WORTH A SHOT! NORDSTROM $45

SOFT, COMFY, & GENTLE ON HAIR & SKIN! DREAMY! NORDSTROM $79                                      

GARNET HILL
100% CASHMERE WRAP CURRENTLY$131.60                                           

GARNET HILL
30% OFF ORIGINAL PRICE NOW $47.60

 

GARNET HILL
BRUSHED FLANNEL INSIDE & OUT! ORIGINALLY $88.00
NOW $61.60                                                                                                                                LET’S ROUND IT OUT WITH A FEW  STOCKING STUFFERS!                         

LIGHT, FRESH, & SMELLS AMAZING!
NEIMAN MARCUS                                 


INSULATED WATER BOTTLE-COLD ITEMS STAY COLD! TARGET $24.99                                                     

A LIMITED EDITION CERAMIC CANDLE WITH A SWEET ORANGE, CRISP MANDARIN, & A TOUCH OF BITTER ORANGE FRAGRANCE! SAKS 
THIS IS WHAT I’D REALLY LIKE FOR CHRISTMAS!

 

 

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