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Lazy Sunday

Random knowledge: ferrule. It’s the band that attaches the eraser to the pencil. Keep that in mind for your next crossword puzzle.

I am watching Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood because there is going to be an interview with Catherine Deneuve. She is one of the all-time beauties of our world, right up there with Grace. You could wonder why I am so possessed with beautiful women. I often try to channel their style. Audrey, Grace, Catherine. I find them enchanting. Plus, in the case of Catherine Deneuve, the accent is awesome.

The same goes for Pharrell. I love his style. I don’t want to look like him but he carries it off so well.

I know there are terrible things going on in the world. Horrific mud slides, plane crashes, horrible deaths. I don’t write about these things because I have nothing to add. You can find many, many articles to read about these disasters. Know that I am aware of the terrible things in the world but I choose to use this spot as a place to retreat, take in some beauty, enjoy a bit of banter and relax..

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Random motivational quote. You can take it to heart or just leave it here on the page.

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Inspiration for the green background I’m now using.

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The season of pink is not far off.

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French women are so chic. I think they’re born with it.

 

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Cheer up, there’s no snow on the ground.

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This is the way most of us are feeling at this point…

I finally learned how to add a proper caption to the photos I post. Hooray for me. Just one trick a day and I’ll have this thing mastered in no time.

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This picture reminds me of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a sweet book I just finished:

Ahh, the green background is supposed to perk you up. I think of it as the color of Boston lettuce, one of my favorite colors. I didn’t have anything to say yesterday but figured changing up the background would give some people a boost.

I suggest a new project indoors to get you through the next few (maybe several) weeks. Pick a time-consuming project, really detail oriented and maybe you’ll even end up getting into it. And try to get moving with some sort of exercise. The endorphins really do help you feel better.

In the meantime, here are some pictures to make you happy. Most are from tumblr, Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet:

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Coming attractions: Pansies!

Do you know that until this very minute I had forgotten about pansies? I was just wandering around on Pinterest and came across these:

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And I am now remembering that I love lilies of the valley which bloom in May. And June brings peonies. Yay! Something to look forward to.

Image(All photos from around the web and Pinterest.)

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(photo on stylemepretty.com by Blumenthal Photography)

24hoursofhappy.com (more of my new hero, Pharrell)

Edward Orwitz of Complex Music writes:

“The United Nations campaign is spearheaded by Pharrell’s new website, 24 Hours of Happiness, where visitors can share their own moments of joy by uploading videos to YouTube and Instagram. Pharrell will be selecting his favorite submissions throughout the day, as well as encouraging his fans to donate to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund. If you decide to do neither, at least spend the International Day of Happiness by watching Pharrell’s 24-hour music video for “Happy.” Not that you haven’t already.

Pharrell and the United Nations Foundation have put the concept of synergy into motion by teaming up for the second annual International Day of Happiness, which takes place tomorrow (March 20). The timing is perfect considering Pharrell’s single “Happy” is currently dominating the Billboard charts, and his song is all about, well, happiness.

The International Day of Happiness technically starts at 8 p.m. (EST) tonight, so get to enjoying life now and remember to use the hashtag #HAPPYDAY online.”

The reason he’s my new hero? Because I believe he’s doing great things. Pharrell has a foundation: One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA). Mission statement:  “Change the world one kid at a time by providing them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential.”  He spent $35M on a community center in his home town of Virginia Beach. This from the FOHTA website:

“The vision of the center is to modernize the community center concept by empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, and media.

Our vision can be implemented wherever children safely assemble. Programs and services are already engaging Virginia Beach children within a network of virtual centers in the city’s schools, churches and parks & recreation facilities.

The Pharrell Williams Resource Center (PWRC) in VA Beach, VA is the first in a series of Pharrell Williams Learning Facilities that will provide educational S.T.E.A.M.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Motivation) related tools needed for the future success of children. We deliver, in technologically enhanced community centers, Project Based Learning activities, tutoring, and life coaching and motivation lessons to complete the education our children need to compete globally and keep our economy strong. Beginning in Virginia Beach and ultimately reaching thousands of children across this nation; FOHTA is dedicated, with the help of our corporate and educational partners, to the development of a prepared workforce and the future leaders of America. The Pharrell Williams Resource Centers will demonstrate We Can Create Our Own Future!”

So, that’s why I think he’s awesome. Plus, I love his style.

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One of the hardest things to realize is that our someday is right now.

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Just a few things to think about on this Sunday. It’s never a bad thing to stop and take stock of what’s going on in your life.

I, for one, am going to be putting in more effort with my blog. I’d like to figure out how to do advertising. I have a few clients who can start for free. They’ll be my control group. You could ask what the point of my blog is ( a valid question). I really just try to find something inspiring to post to make your day more enjoyable. We can visit far-off climates and take virtual adventures. Sometimes just a simple picture of a flower will brighten your day.

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Sometimes being a cat isn’t all that much fun.

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Have you thought about others lately? I know, a little Pollyanna-ish …

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This is how I’ll feel if the weather ever improves.

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Don’t you just want to bury your face in these beauties?

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Now we’re talkin’ …

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I sooo wish I had thought of this.

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All of these photos are randomly chosen from various web pages, Pinterest, etc. If there is a specific photographer I will take note.