This will be me taking out all the books before the library closes.

My Library is Closing – Again!

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My library has been undergoing a renovation for the last year.  While it was being renovated, it was moved into a much smaller space across the street.  This smaller building had actually been the original library about 100 years ago.  At first the library was closed, and then after a month, it was opened again in this smaller building, and that’s the way it’s been ever since.  Now however, the library renovation is done, and they will be moving back into the newly renovated building.  While the moving process is going on, the library will be closed for about two months!  Yes!  Two months!  I’m not sure how I’m going to survive.

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I don’t think I can do this again!

And, yes, of course there are other libraries around here that I can go to.  And I will, since I don’t think that I can take out enough books to last me two months.  However, the library is my refuge and I love going there.  At least I know that after this closing, the library will re-open into a new and improved building, and that it won’t be closing again.  I’ll just have to hold on to that fact!

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This will be me taking out all the books before the library closes.

I guess I’ll just have to take this closure one day at a time.  We’ll see how it goes!

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Reading Really Is Good for You!

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A study done by Yale researchers has found that reading increases longevity.  And, it’s not just any reading that makes the difference, it’s the reading of novels.  The development of cognitive abilities is what makes novels so good at increasing someone’s life-span.  This extension generally averaged 23 months, so it wasn’t a fantastic length of time, but again, 23 months is 23 months.  Of course, the study found a correlation, not a causation.  There will be more studies done to see if there is a causation.

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So, here is the good news for all those book-worms.  Stick your nose in as many books as you want.  It’s good for you!

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http://nextshark.com/yale-study-says-reading-books-can-help-live-longer/

http://qz.com/754109/new-research-links-reading-books-with-longer-life/?utm_source=qzfbarchive

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Do Your Actions Inspire?

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I came across the quote above a few days ago, and it set me back on my heels.  In my head, I try to be a “good” and loving person, but do my actions reflect that?  Like most people, I do have an “idea” of who I am.  However, I’ve been wondering if my actions reflect my intentions.

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I do struggle with this idea a lot.  There isn’t a whole lot of money left over at the end of the month, so I don’t give much money to charities.  There are so many charities out there that are doing great things, but I don’t contribute to them.  I spend a lot of time signing petitions and leaving personal comments.  I try to let others know what’s going on in the world if I’m asked.  However, am I always a loving and understanding person?

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The truth is, probably not.  I get upset, confused and overwhelmed.  I don’t hurt others deliberately, but I can be a sarcastic person at times.  When I’m being personally attacked (and it happens more often than not, due to one of my family members), I try to block out what that person is saying, and not respond.  My real problem is that I let what they say, even if there is absolutely no merit to the attack (as has been pointed out by various other people) undermine me.  This, of course, was the point of the diatribe, which says more about the other person than it does about me.  I do have a wicked tongue in my mouth, but I can’t recall a single time I let it loose.  Of course, the discourse in my head can be vicious, but like I said, it’s just in my head and not coming out of my mouth.

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Do you struggle with your intentions versus your actions?

 

 

 

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HEAT! HEAT! HEAT!

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It’s been extremely hot here lately.  We actually had a temperature of 111° over the weekend.  I don’t have air conditioning and have no plans to buy any in the near future.  I’ve got lots of fans, so life is usually bearable.  But, with the extreme heat and humidity I’ve been having a hard time with motivation.  So, here are some quotes I wanted to share with you.

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 One of my goals for August was to do some form of exercise every day.  So far, I’ve been successful.  Because of the heat, I’ve gotten up early and worked out, since I was never sure if the heat and humidity would be too much for a walk later in the day.  Even though there have been days that I’ve wanted to sleep in, I’ve managed to keep getting up by telling myself the number of days that I’ve done it.  So far, it’s working.

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What do you do to help yourself stay on track during a heat wave?

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Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes for a Heat Wave

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New England has been suffering from extreme heat and humidity – days with a heat index of 105°  etc.  So, I’ve been looking for some meals that I can make that don’t need any form of cooking.  Here is one easy meal that I’ve found that requires no cooking, baking or grilling:

Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

As many large tomatoes as there are people you’re feeding.  My daughter and I have one each and use another just for more tomato.  Lettuce leaves for garnish.

I stuff the tomatoes with Mashed Chickpea Salad:

Ingredients:

1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ cup celery, diced

½ cup carrots, diced

½ cup onions, minced

1 tablespoon or so hummus (any kind you like)

1 tablespoon mustard

Dash of garlic powder

Splash of lemon juice

Place chickpeas in a medium size bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork.  Add remaining ingredients and combine.  Add more hummus for a creamier taste, if you want.

Take tomatoes and cut off the tops, scoop out the insides (I just put those into a bowl and eat them with my meal); then stuff with Mashed Chickpea Salad.  Place on a bed of lettuce and your meal is served!

Enjoy!

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This Weekend – Me!

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I hope that you all have wonderful plans for the weekend.  My plans include…me!  It looks like we’re going to be in for some seriously hot and humid weather, along with rain and thunderstorms, so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to do some “me” work.  I haven’t had a chance to write in my journal for a while now, so hopefully while everyone else is busy doing whatever it is that they want to do, I’ll be able to write a little.

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Then, I want to find a book on CD to listen to and do some embroidery for my quilt tops.  It sounds silly, but I find sitting down and listening to a book while embroidering to be extremely relaxing.  And, of course I’ll be reading a little myself.

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I know that my plans aren’t exciting or anything like that, but after the past few weeks I really need to just sit down and spend some quiet time with myself.  Enjoy your weekend!