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Friday, September 20, 2019

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If you have been reading here, for awhile, you know that I try to enjoy each Season, as it comes.   Rather than long for another, now and then.   I like some, better than others, but have to live in all Four.   {Which I love doing, BTW.  😊}   So why not try to make the most of what ever one, I find myself in? 
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I love the increase of Patriotism, which the Fourth of July brings.    I love the flowers of Summer.   I love the Autumn feeling of beginning to snuggle in, to cozy-home.  I love the snowy sparkle of the Christmas season.   I love the returning warmth, of Spring.   And soon now, I will love the season of Halloween.   And therein, some bloggers, will part company-of-views, with me.

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Nope, don't care for ugly witch depictions.   Or skeletons.  Or dripping blood or gore.  Shiver.....   No.  No.  No.   Brrrrrrrr.....  😒    Nor do I care for an excess of black-black-black-black-black.   Night time is fine, but let's have some candles, to pierce the gloom.  😊

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But, 'tis the Season for drippy candles.    And I have my besom*, beside the fireplace, all year long.    Now for Tiny Pumpkin  light strings...   Big candy corn lights, on a string....    Pumpkins...    Sweet, cute little witches, on the mantle.....    Watching not-too-scary Halloween movies.    And all the Autumn ambiance movies on Hallmark Ch.    Reading books set at Halloween...    Again, not-too-scary ones.    I'm basically a wimp!!!  -grin-
And I would dearly love to wear a pair of those shoes!!!!   If the pointy toes, wouldn't kill my feet.   -sigh-
   
And I would love to wear stripy leggings/tights!!!   If I could stand them, on my legs.  But I have already covered, how I can not, not, not stand the feeling of leggins/tights on my legs!  -sighhhhhhh-
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But, all in all, I love Halloween...  It is the only Holiday, which "everyone" shares.   {I know, many do not like it, so not everyone shares it}   But, non-Pagans know the name.   Some know that it has it's roots, in way-long-ago-time.    Even though they may not refer to it, as 'Samhain'.    So many religious festivals, are rooted in way-long-ago-time.   But the truth, is denied.   Not so with Halloween!!!!   😊
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But of course, the ancient meaning of Samhain/Halloween is misunderstood.    How could it not be?   With the *hatchet job* done, by the early Christian Church, on all Pagan Feasts!     And I will not go into any of it, here.   I am not a Pagan, nor am I an apologist, for it.    It is up to individuals, to educate themselves, or not......   About all religious matters. 

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I do find the art depiction above, to be lovely and it speaks to me.   And I will be using more....   In my blogging.    More of what the coming Autumnal Season, means to me, and with which I resonate.    No scary stuff though.   Nope!   Don't worry about that!
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My question is,  can those who disagree, still read here?  They have no fear, of speaking of their Religion.   I am not speaking of a religion.   I am just enjoying the Season and it's Festival.   Will that be *allowed*?
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Just wondering, ahead of time.   I really hope, this is not necessary.   But I have been in blogging, for years, and years.    And know, that such, is not universally accepted.

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*Besom.... hand made broom
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thinking... Musing.... Whatever....

What ever happened to Hygge???  Remember when it was all over?   Articles, books, blogs, etc., etc., etc.    And now, nowhere...   That I have noticed, anyway.  
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Thinking back, it sounded great.   People sitting around a source of warmth, eating something delicious, drinking likewise, warm throws/blankets around, for wrapping in, candles, soft lighting,  etc.    Annnnnnnnnd...    Those people were taking to each other!!!   No sitting staring at a tv.   No being in each one's own little "techy bubble".   With earphones in, and clicking this or that device.    
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Having conversation.  Talking with each other. 
 
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Did this, "kill" Hygge???  -grin-
 
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Monday, September 16, 2019

How much do I want the...........???

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One of the delights of Autumn, is "comfort foods."   When we list what we love about Autumn...   There's crisp leaves, cooler nights, snuggling under a pretty throw, while reading a nice book, the first fire in the fireplace, the cozy feeling of earlier twilight's, and candles burning, and..........  "Comfort foods."   Like Apple Pie, Apple Crumbles, hot cocoa, with whipped cream, Apple Cider donuts, Quick Breads, etc., etc., etc.
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But!  The trouble with "comfort food," is "comfort food."   We want to eat too much of it.  😋   
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The getting-bottom-denture process, has not been fun.  Although the healing process, is now progressing nicely, I still will not be able to chew, for weeks.   So my foods are either taken in liquid form (as mixed in a Ninja) or in puree form (as chopped in an Oscar).   Now these things taste good!    (They just don't look very good.  -grin-)

But eating this way,  gives me the full/satisfied feeling, quicker, it seems.   Which leads to the WONDERFUL part of this!   I have lost 10 pounds.    And by now, it is not just water weight lost.   By 10 pounds, it's become real weight lost.  I have more to go, for my doc and for me, to be happy.    But it's neat.
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You know the old saying...   "Anyone can lose weight, it's the keeping it off, that's the hard part."   And there in lies the issue.    Can I continue to eliminate foods, which I have eliminated?   The whole set of items, made with Gluten Free ingredients, have been eliminated.   And when you think of that...  Well, if you don't have to eat Gluten Free, think of all foods, made with wheat.   
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Bread, rolls, crackers, desserts of all kinds, pasta, etc.  That is a big chunk of food items, and of calories, gone!!!!
This has to have been part of what has made my weight loss possible.
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Now none of this, need apply to anyone else!!!!!!   Always have to say that!!!!!  I am talking just about me!   Not you.  Not Suzie-Cue, down the street.  Me.  For my health and peace of mind, I want to maintain any loss.  So when this process is over, and I can return to usual eating, will I be able to ---  Not over-fill my plate?   Because if it's sitting there, it *cries* to be eaten/finished.    Can I forego the quick couple of crackers, now and then?   Can I not return to morning G/F bagels?    What about all the recipes, made with G/F pasta? 
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I also know, the benefits of exercise.  Simple walking is good for us.   And we want to do that again.  Now that I have strength back.    But over time, it has been proven to me, that for me, weight change depends of what goes in my mouth.   For instance, I have not even been able to exercise at all, during this teeth thing!  At all!    And I lost 10 pounds. 
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Guess it all comes down to.....   
How much do I want the benefits of weight loss?
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