7 ways to relieve stress

Are you stressed, does things tick you off easier than they use to?

Here are some suggestions that have helped me:

  1. Keep a journal – I write in my journal every night before going to sleep, I write all my comings and goings. Today I felt like rereading some of my stuff and found some things amusing. While others bring back happier days.
  2. Take time to hug someone, older people need it and so do the young. You get hugged and they get hug. Many years ago I read you needed 16 hugs a day. I am way behind on that one.
  3. Read a Chapter a day – reading your scriptures really helps!
  4. Listen to different beat – I find the radio and TV – music or sound effects can really get you round up.
  5. Call or visit a friend – its amazing someone else’s troubles makes you feel better about your own situation
  6. Refrain from chocolate, coffee, pop and sweets they seem to magnify your stress
  7. Prayer seems to help you see the light in others and your load will be lighter.

Manage Art Show for 7 years

As you know I often speak of the library where I work or that I am librarian by day and designer by night.

The library was celebrating its 135th year, they were wanting suggestion to draw people in to use the library and do something for the community. I suggested an Art Show never realizing that I would be put in charge of it. 

Seven years later – we have had our first oops to deal with. That oops was someone took photos from another artist site and enter them into the art show  as their own. 

This has been very long week for me. I even won an award in the  3-D section  But have not really enjoyed having won since I have had to take care of the rest of the show and disqualify someone from the  show.

My point in writing this is, when you post your photos, are you putting a watermark or signature on your photos? Someone could come along and either print screen your photo or take pictures of your dearly beloved photo and use it as their own?

How do you handle the photos you enter or place and upload to the internet?

I hope you will leave your remarks and post this to this wordpress….

Did you know that you can do an image search in Google ? 

That is something I learned this weekend!

I am looking at the world in a different light these days.

I hope this will help someone along the way. 




A laughing matter


I am standing in line at a Casey Convenient Store , (its a Midwest store like at a Wawa Food Market).

I was waiting to pick up my pizza order. Meanwhile I saw this tall guy – he was going to purchase a Bud Light. It looked like a suitcase. He seemed to know the cashier as he was razzing her.

He lifted it up and placed it up on the counter. I was observing this as I was still waiting for my pizza to come out. Anyhow he next asked for a pack of cigarettes to purchase. At that point, I kind of smarted off  and said  to this guy so you have to snoke cigarettes to stay warm after you drink that cold beer. He laughed and I know I caught him off guard. It was funny. That put smile on my face and gave me a laugh.


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Another guy left his car running in front of the convenient store. I think if was a Ultramarine Chevy Nova with stripes. But it had been customized. The back end was lifted up. It was really burning the fuel, you could get high just breathing it in. But it was revving up as it was idling. It seemed to have its own personallity. The car was parked right in front of the convenient store door, so one had to walk around his car just to get inside the door.  The driver was right inside the door visiting with people inside. I decided to give my 2 cents and told him I thought his car had a nice beat to the music. Another fellow thought  he burned enough gas it could have filled his truck up.

I think this made for a good night in hometown and busy place to be. Get your gas, your booze, pop, few convenient food items, pizza, chicken, candy, ice,  sandwiches, coffee, fountain drinks, donuts.

So it was a good day in the neighborhood!



Different View

I was thinking about pine trees. Then my mind started to wonder. I started thinking about the pioneers that have gone before us and and suffering and deaths that occurred due freezing weather. My next thought was about how one would bury a love one under a pine tree.

They laid her in the ground under a pine tree.  As the tree grew her roots surrounded her cradling in its arms.(tree roots) ( form of loving her and protecting her)

Each year she shed her pine cones to protect her against the elements.

Just a thought I had from a film I watched recently on the way home from church today.


a Sweet Sound

A couple of ladies came into the library today. They were wanting to print out their boarding passes. One said to the other’s what about “Daddy”. These are grown women still calling their dad, Daddy. It just kind of hit me and I thought to myself, they must have good relationship with their daddy. It was a sweet sound to my ears.

Vegetarian BLT


How did this all  start, oh, someone at church told me their sister went to the doctor. The doctor wanted her to loose weight. He told her about the “Eat to Live” by Joel Furham. She in turn on mission told me she was going to start this, after she got home from her mission.

Being the Librarian I am, decided to get one of these books thru Interlibrary Loan. Then I decided to get my own copy.  So his theory is eating salads with beans of your choice every day along with vegetables, seeds or nuts. Plus stop eating: dairy, sweets, salt and oil. But one is allowed to eat Greens, Beans Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and  seeds. (G-BOMBS)

Since then I have been allergic to milk since I was kid, but my mom didn’ t want to feed me goat’s milk, so I have suffered most of my life with milk products. Since I stopped I feel so much better…

Well this led me to better meal planning. My latest is I created a BLT for vegan or vegetarian. So my B is a bean hummus of your choice, spread it on facing sides of your bread.


Next put some romaine lettuce or whatever your choice is


Then add tomatoes, I had small ones so I put on three slices


Then for extra measure, I love cucumbers in sandwiches so they are place on the other side


Then put it together and you have a wonderful tasting sandwich. Sometimes I  sprinkle Mrs. Dash on my tomatoes, but today I did not. I am wanting to grow some alfalfa sprouts. This makes for a really great sandwich. Hope you will try it and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping in!

Mary O

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