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Ever just want to tear your hair out, or someone else's? If you cannot restore a sense of balance, you will run away from home? Just want to say some things without the constraints of staying on topic? Well, this thread is for you! If you just need a short break to let it all hang out, be a brat, then come on, you can do it. No holding back! Go for it, you can do it.

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Yeah but, Ali....
The ones making the noise and haste are behaving badly.
The loud and aggressive persons are badly too.

And graceully surrendering the things of youth could get pretty brutal.
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I like that, Send. I went and found some videos that have it as a spoken word, or as written verses with pretty instrumental music and scenery.

That isn't a very "behaving badly" poem, though. haha

Thanks for sharing. I hadn't come across that before and I like it very much.
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Desiderata 

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass. 
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself. 
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. 
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
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Finally took down the patriotic banners from the porch which normally stay from Memorial Day to Labor Day

the wreath and poinsettia look rather sad compared to the Festival of Lights from years past
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MsMadge,
Hoping this roommate works out better.
Who knows, maybe they will both be wreaking havoc together, and the Viking can teach roomie a thing or two.

I hope they both get new teddy bears for Christmas! If you have worked enough overtime.
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Smeshque,

Thanks for liking my decoration ideas.
My avatar is a life preserver.
Just throwing that out there.
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I too do not believe in conspiracy theories nor scientists. I just think no one really knows.

I like your decoration idea, especially the sign in the manger, "He is not here" :)
Is your avatar a flotation device or part of a candy cane?
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Smeshque,
I don't believe conspiracy theorists or scientists about the exact and unknown birth date of the baby Jesus, so I do not know the date. No one else knows either, so I am content to follow the traditional celebration designated as Christmas.

I don't need a donkey or lights.

Now I am thinking I just need a bright star.

A bright star, shining down.
Down on the cradle full of straw.
With no baby inside.
Just a sign:
"HE IS NOT HERE".

Maybe, just a star will do. No sign.
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MsMadge,
Did you turn the pressure cooker off on the tamales?
Maybe that was your EQ at about 3 a.m.?
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I think your right about time of year and Christ's birth.
I think it was thrown into traditions that now are and stuck. Just saying.
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Another trip to the store. Ok.
But dH needs to participate.
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You need MORE lights, maybe some darker blues and some greens.
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I am just not a designer. The rope lights (3) strands are more turquoise and do not match the blue in the net of lights(3 nets, plus 1 brightLED white net).
Even though I love monochromatic, this is just not working.

I am trying to be sensitive to my dH 's preferences: No santa, no wreaths, no christmas trees. If one believes conspiracy theorists or scientists, this is even the wrong time of year to celebrate Jesus' birth.

I have a quirky idea, but absolutely no one would like it. They may throw red vegetables at my house. Instead of a Creche (animals, angels, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph) here is this:

Only a hand made wooden manger, straw is in it, a light shines up into the sky from the "crib," Looking inside, visitors would see a sign that reads:
" HE IS NOT HERE".
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The weather here is 15°C (55°F) and sunny, everyone has burst from their houses in a mad dash to do their unfinished yard work and tweak their Christmas decorations. I've pushed aside my inner grinch and set out my evergreen planters by the door, at the very least I'm sure I'll appreciate the extra light at the entrance.
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Still trying to decorate here.
Maybe I won't have any lights, and just rent a donkey.
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Did not feel an EQ here MsMadge. Perhaps it was just a practice drill or a nightmare? Hard to feel EQ under 2 or 3 points. But yes, the earth is shaking.


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the Viking's new roommate is quite a hoot

I was decorating their room today, and she said I hope it makes her (the Viking) happy cause when she's not happy, you gotta stay away 😂
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Send

wasn't there an earthquake last night about 3am? I'm like a cat, always wake up seconds beforehand
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I'll bring the tamales and hot chocolate
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Smeshque and Send,Thanks for sayn' I was a good caregiver.Lord knows I tried and I just did the best I could,but I was also so lucky that Mother still had her mind because I know everything would've been ALOT harder if she wouldn't have had it.She was always so appreciative,kind and loving that I wanted to take goodcare of her and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat if I could.
My dH is a whole different story....It takes all Iv'e got with him.
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My Mom made us Hot Toddies when we were sick and she made 'em with bourbon and honey.
Probably good we had to stay home from school on those days because they were strong but really tasty and I always got to feeling better.
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Okay Lu! Hot toddies. How do you make that? 70° and sunny here.

Gershun, Did you get your sweater yet? I know, you can call up your sister and ask to
b or r o w
her UGLY sweater!
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Youcan count on me for the deviled eggs Send and I'll make some cheese puffs too.
My dH can have any that hit the floor.
For one of our beverages,I think Hot Toddies would be good in this cold weather too.
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You got that right!
Of course Asparagus is wrapped in bacon!
The chips are white corn tortilla chips for the guacamole.

Luckylu, can you bring, like a thousand deviled eggs?

For the fibromyalgia sufferers, there is organic juiced celery to drink, and a handful of blueberries, followed by (3) capsules of Extra-strength Curamin for pain.

And Timothy will bring the whine, Igloo is bringing any leftover Prosecco.

Garden Artist could bring the chocolate!

Can you make it to the butcher down the street, CWillie? We're going to need
italian sausages, and if Bookluver makes it, a few hot dogs, lol.
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Are the asparagus wrapped in bacon? Is the avocado hidden in guacamole with chips on the side? Are there BEVERAGES?
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Yes!
Foods to lower cholesterol.
There is Asparagus
Avocado.......
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I agree Send,Lu is a wonderful Carer!
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Is there party food?
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It is Saturday. Is it time for the ugly Christmas sweater party yet?
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Good Boy, old Odom! What was mommy thinking? You need her too.

Smeshque, that is why Luckylu is one of the good caregivers, she defers to the seniors in her care.
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