Monday, February 4, 2013

She is Snoring Beside Me Right Now





My chosen ONE WORD for 2013 is Embrace. The beauty of this word is that it can be used and perceived in more than one way. The first picture it may have given you was the hugging version. To embrace someone is to hold and encircle them tightly with your arms to convey your love for them. 

The second meaning for the word embrace is; to agree with, adopt an idea or.......


 "acceptadaptaffiliateaffirmappropriateapproveassentassumeborrow,endorseespousefollowgo down the line, goin for, imitatemaintainmimicopt, ratify,seizeselectsupporttake ontake overtake uptapuseutilize" Dictionary.com
It is the second use of the word "embrace" that I am embracing today. There are so many small ways to embrace life more fully. Silly, little meaningless acts, actually. But the small acts can make a big difference in your outlook. For instance...


  • Allowing the dog up on the couch with us. After weeks and months of continually pushing Layla (our puppy) off our laps with a firm "NO!" it suddenly did not make sense to me. If we are going to have a dog that loves people and just wants to cuddle, why force her to stay on the floor out of our reach all the time? If you are going to have a dog, have a dog! Layla is much more peaceful and fun to have around now that she can fall asleep right beside or ON us. [It is also entirely possible that we just "gave up" and let her win. Even if that is the case, I prefer to believe that it was a conscious and thoughtful choice on our part.]

  • Use your pretty candles and bubble bath. I told you it was silly stuff! Why hide your prettiest candles in a drawer for a "special occasion"? Why not go ahead and dump a lot of the sweetly scented bubble bath in your tub next time? Live now, not later, there will always be later. [Not sure what that means.Maybe "que sera sera"?] :) 

  • Use the good dishes. Today I made a drastic change in our kitchen. I moved the "good" dishes to the lower shelf and the sturdy dishes up to the top shelf. GASP! Why am I not using my favorite dishes every day? There are no little kids around here to break them anymore. Don't know what the Hubs will think of this change. [The good dishes are smaller, which is what got me thinking of doing this anyway. They say it helps you feel more full and satisfied if you eat from a smaller dish.Will probably just mean that we fill it more times!]  


Layla loves to help me blog.


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16 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I could post a very similar picture I have of my dog doing the snooze thing too. Yes, let the smelly beasts up, embrace their warm lovingness and then light the scented candles to mask the odor. It all works together for the good of those who love their dogs. ;)

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    1. Haha! JULIE, you have perfectly lined up the subjects of this post and given them a reason to be here together! Ha! Thank you!

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  2. It is strange what we decide is okay to do as we get older. We had some bad situations with having a dog. We had several over the years. All of them were outside dogs.

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    1. Celest (your name?), I think you are right, that some of this relaxing my old rules has much to do with age. Thank you for reminding of that, I may do a post on it.

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  3. I love this. Don't have a dog, and probably won't, but if I did have one again, I'd love to love it like you love yours. I knew she'd win out sooner or later!

    As for good dishes vs. every day dishes...I use them all...rotate them around, esp. when the dishwasher is full of the everyday and I have no other choice BUT the good ones! LOL! Candles? Love to use them when I think of it. They are on the table all the time...we just forget to light them. Bubble bath? Hmmm, haven't done that in a long time...I may be overdue. Have to think about that one real soon. Gotta clean the tub first...we are shower people. LOL! Thanks for a refreshing post! Sounds like your vacation from writing did you some good. You sound more relaxed! :)

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    1. Pam, thanks for your faithful comments. The dishes and candles have a lot to do with having little kids around. But we don't now, so time to relax a bit.

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  4. Hug the puppy, burn the candles, use the good dishes. It all makes sense to me. No guarantee on tomorrow- Let's embrace right now! Love and HUGS!

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  5. Love, love, LOVE this thinking! Absolutely enjoy the good stuff...nobody else is ever going to appreciate your good dishes or your pup the way you do.

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    1. That is so true. My dishes are more loved by me than anyone else! As for the puppy, we have a good days and our awful days! ha1

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  6. I love it, Susie. There have been oh so many times I've had to just let go of my constraining rules. I need to start burning candles. I never do! I like to save them and I've always been worried the kids would knock them over. I think that's less of an issue now.

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    1. Melanie, thanks for coming by! When the kids are little we set up rules that make sense, but then forget to re-evaluate them later. I DO recall Christmas at my moms and blowing out all her candles when we came over. It was an ongoing battle. Ha!

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  7. I love this, Susie!

    I used to refrain from wearing my favorite jewelry because I was afraid I would lose it (it was a justified fear, I've lost a few pieces of special jewelry in the past), but I finally realized that not enjoying them . . . leaving them sit in a box on my dresser . . . they might as well be lost.

    It's not silly stuff at all . . . I have always firmly believed that the little things make the biggest difference!

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    1. Yes, the little things do make a BIG difference. ...."they might as well be lost." is the best word picture for this!

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  8. Love how you think and I'm on the same page. We only live once, why are we not enjoying life to the fullest by using the good dishes and eating by candlelight every night?
    I found your great blog when searching for over 40 bloggers. I don't really relate to the 20 & 30 year olds with young families...looking to connect with other bloggers who are, like me, over 40!
    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

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    1. Yay for being out of the mommy-blogger stage! Now it is a new project of figuring out what to do with ourselves! Thanks for coming by!

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