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I won’t be blogging for a couple of days, so I’d like to offer up a few things I’ve learned.

Life’s short..

Take time to rest (I know I will).


Take time to enjoy your family – young and old.

Ask questions of them.  Listen to their stories.  Write them down for future generations.

Find an antique or vintage piece and think about it’s past…think about how someone loved it so much they bought it and put it in a special place in their house.  As my nephew who owns The Inventorialist in Indianapolis, IN says:  “It’s lived an authentic life.” (See him at:

Get outside:  the snow is melting & spring is coming!

Take a walk.

Get out and garden.  Help something to grow, whether it’s a plant, or a child.

Turn your face up to the sun and feel it’s warmth.

Listen to the birds singing….chick-a-dee-dee-dee! (I always think of my Mom who loved their song and it makes me thankful for this day – and I say a little “Thanks Mom” – feeling as though she’s sent this chickadee just for me as a reminder that she’s watching over me.)


Cry if you feel weepy…then smile.

Give yourself a break…you don’t always have to be strong, everyone has weak moments.  Give yourself that time, and then pull yourself back up and move forward.

God has good things planned for you.

But know that believing in God doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen in your life.  There will always be trials.  But having faith and praising God even through the hard times – especially through the hard times will see you through.  He is always there for you.


Listen to Chris Tomlin’s music…and Casting Crows…and Amy Grant (check out YouTube and enjoy)!

Feel peace.

Know that you are appreciated and thought about.

And have a GREAT day!

Your friend,

Patty O

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  1. You just calmed me at the end of a very long and hectic day. Thank you my friend. I love you and good night.


    April 3, 2013
  2. This is so good and such confirmation for me…I just (like 5 minutes) ago posted something about slowing down and enjoying those simple things, the things we normally hurry by and take for granted….I feel like God is confirming something in this. I pray for a rapid recovery and that you will take advantage of the “down-time” to refresh yourself and relax! Blessings 🙂


    April 9, 2013
  3. oh, and I didn’t want to sound like a big fat liar…so above I meant posted on my facebook page, not my blog (since you know very well my last post was about struttin 😉


    April 9, 2013
    • Oh you are funny! I enjoy the conversations we have! And I’m still at home too in my unshowered stretch pant state, not quite ready to strut my stuff yet either! 🙂


      April 9, 2013

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