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What I Can’t Let Go Of:

(just like the NPR Politics podcast on Fridays- minus the “Politics or otherwise” disclaimer.

This blog is publicly, a politics-free zone, so all musings will be “Otherwise“.)

The lovely, touching movie The Holdovers

Paul Giamatti is brilliant as a socially inept instructor. His character’s growth is beautiful to witness. And Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s (the cook) is heart-wrenching, but funny and sweet (when she visits her sister, have a tissue ready). And the main student (newcomer Dominic Sessa) is a twisted ball of teenage jerk, lonely, privileged only child, smart student and so much more!

What I can’t let go of, is just when we assume something or judge someone, we discover a side we didn’t know, circumstances we couldn’t have guessed, internal struggles and outside forces all adding layers to every person’s behavior and attitude.

I need to keep this lesson forefront for all the real people that I encounter in my daily life:

  • To be accepting of all those around me.
  • To meet them where the are.
  • To explore deeper to find common ground.
  • Small gestures matter!!!

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On the Blog This Week

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Peg Hurricane Candles

I converted my collection of mis-matched votive hurricanes into a cohesion collection of poured candles!

I think this project turned out so much better than I even hoped it might.

The post includes my typical tips, tricks and lessons learned along the way.

All the 411 on DIY Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting has come such a long way!

No more fancy wiring and transformers needed. (My apologies to all the electricians).

Here you’ll find all the hows and the where’s as well as the features you want to consider.

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Shopping With Friends

Did you miss last week’s Weekender?

We added a couple of friends and moved to the first Saturday of each month.

You can jump back here and catch all the great finds!!!

Coming Next Week:

Be ready for Tuesday!!!

Here’s a hint:

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The 2024 Handcrafted Society is convening

Can you guess what our medium is this month?

Sharing From Around the Web

Isn’t this the cutest Valentine’s Pillow?

And it’s so easy, you can wipe it up this weekend iin plenty of time to celebrate those we love being with.

Kim at Perfecting Places shares all the details.

closeup of pillow with three fabric hearts outlined in fuzzy yarn

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Are You a Cruise Novice?

I am! When we finally decide to try cruising, I will be referring back to thiis list.

KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms just returned from a 7-day cruise and shared 21 things she wished she knew before her cruise.

What great tips!!!

Last Minute Valentine’s Gesture

I have a new blogging friend to share with you!

I have only recently met Kelly with Live Laugh Rowe. And she is creative and delightful (and lives within 2 hours of me — that’s like being neighbors in our blogging world).

She shared this charming, quick and easy, way to extend a personal gesture of friendship we can all appreciate.

She says: At the heart of the berry gift idea lies a simple yet profound concept – the art of thoughtfulness.

Mine kind of gal!

Strawberry basket with cellophane bags of strawberry candies tied with tags that say "I like you berry much!

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I truly appreciate you using my links whenever possible!!!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

(Go CHIEFS!!!) Sorry! Couldn’t help myself

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1 Comment

  1. Kim

    Great post, Diane! Thank you so much for sharing my pillow post! That’s so sweet of you! Have a lovely weekend!


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