Category Archives: Your Surroundings Matter

A healthy life style is a total package. Your surrounds are part of that package. Check out this section for decor tips and ideas for a creating your ideal comfort zone/space.

Close Your Eyes

Start 2021 with something lovely. Close your eyes and picture a beautiful scene. Think of anything that has made you sigh and think “Oh, how absolutely beautiful.” Breathe deeply and imagine yourself in your scene. Do this for 30 seconds. Feel better? Do this on a regular basis and, trust me, you will stay sane, lower your blood pressure, and enjoy your own company much more!

Seen On A Tee-Shirt

Lately, I have seen soooo many Tee-Shirts with hilarious sayings that I have decided to share. What brought this on? Well, you may ask. This morning my husband and I started to look through one of those catalogues that come in the mail and they had a Tee-Shirt section that had us both in stitches. OK, so we were pretty hard up for a laugh-and who isn’t these days- but honestly, I will share a couple of them and then ask YOU to also share those you think are funny and we will see where we go with this. Thanks in advance for sharing.


Do Yourself a Favor

Do something really nice for yourself, OK, this may not seem at first like it is something special just for you, but please trust me, it is and after a few days you will love it and wonder why you have not been doing it all of your life.


Before you go to bed, and in your clothing, not your jammies, do all of the following and take no more than 10 minutes.

  1. Put stuff away.
  2. Quickly run the vacuum, or do the carpet sweeper or turn on Rumba.
  3. Give the kitchen counters a swipe and put stuff in the dishwasher.
  4. Look around and spend your remaining minutes with a feather duster or arrange/re-arrange so that the look of your space appeals to you.

I promise when you wake up in the morning you will have a much happier day The more you do this the easier it becomes, the more you get done in your 10 minutes, and the more you find yourself looking forward to not only the little job itself, but the result every morning. Remember, 10 minutes only. Let me know how this goes for you.

A Total Day

Make your day a totality today. Take a big shower, wear something you really like, eat a healthy breakfast, and look out the window. Then:

  1. Say a little prayer
  2. Stretch and jog in place
  3. Get into it-house, kids, work etc.
  4. Try to smile as many times a you can
  5. Sing to yourself
  6. Eat a good lunch and treat yourself to a cookie or 1/2 a donut
  7. Take an afternoon rest
  8. Buy yourself some flowers at the grocery store (Grocery store flowers are not bad!)
  9. Have a busy but settled evening
  10. Watch a little TV and clean up the kitchen just before you go to bed
  11. Stretch in your jammies and do a little yoga
  12. Listen to a meditation on your phone
  13. Go to sleep-You have earned it!

Thought For The Day

When life brings you snow, think snow cones. Yes, I love these corny sayings. I like the one about lemons and lemon ade, and my personal favorite, when life brings you rain, think about going into the umbrella business. All of these sayings and ones like them are, of course, meant to cheer us up and improve that outlook on life that gets so down in this awful weather.

Making yourself feel better by setting some good personal goals on a short term basis then achieving them as quickly as possible works for me. I don’t look at dropping 20 pounds in six months when the weather is freezing and I can’t go outside. I try to look at making a pretty arrangement out of some grocery store flowers. Don’t say you are going to read “War and Peace” say you are going to read REAL SIMPLE magazine and get and use two good ideas. Don’t say you are gong to do yoga every day for a month, say you are going to do yoga right now and do it. You get the idea????

So, cold dreary nothing day-give yourself a break, eat some chocolate, take a hot bath with some smell good bubble bath, and watch a movie!  Why not??

Beautiful things make a beautiful you!

Go Bold-Do not be afraid to mix it up.

The flower is actually a napkin ring, the grapes are rubber, and the Rosemary plant is real. The lemons are plastic, and the pine cone came from my back yard.

The woven basket was purchased at a thrift shop for 50 cents!

This arrangement looks lovely as a centerpiece on my kitchen table.





These matching arrangements are made up of carnations and artificial ivy. The vases are flea mrket finds at $1.00 each.

Thrift stores are wonderful sources for vases, especially clear glass vases. I like to mix and match real and artificial flowers and plants. It seems to make the fresh flowers go further and last longer. That is a Martha Stewart tip, BTY.

Don’t be afraid of grocery store flowers, but remember to be careful about freshness. Ask when flowers are delivered, and be sure the bouquet you select has had its stems fully immersed  in the water.






Pewter goes with anything. This is an antique pitcher and a matching (sort of) mug. I often put a high flower arrangement in the pitcher and a colorful/matching napkin in the mug.






 The base of this arrangement is a lid from a casserole dish. Artificial ivy covers many things. For February I switch out the candle for a bright red one.










An old milk jug holds both live and artificial flowers and a wooden mitten covered with a felt cutout and some glued on buttons. I love to collect and reuse old buttons. They seem to add just the right touch to arrangements. Threaded and layered, they make napkin rings that are totally unusual! Put some red in this arrangement and it is good to go for January and add some red felt cut out hearts and you are on top for February as well!!