POSTED: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 4:31pm

Today's pleasure is....

 What did you do today that made you happy?
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POSTED: Sun, 05/07/2017 - 12:04pm

Bird Feeder

Refilled my bird feeder and was rewarded with a beautiful cardinal Popping by for a snack.Happy Sunday!mi76


POSTED: Sun, 04/30/2017 - 11:54am

Morning walk

Today's pleasure was a quiet morning walk before everyone woke up. Our neighborhood is surrounded by the forest so I enjoyed hearing all of the birds chirping. When I got back, everyone was up and we ate breakfast on our screened in porch. It was exactly what I needed after a long week!


POSTED: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:09am


I set a goal this week of focusing on the 50% rule-today will be my third day and saying there is a simple pleasure in that is not accurate but-in not hardening myself by too much food or beverage I am more alive and more aware of simple pleasures. Kathy


POSTED: Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:35pm


A timely reminder for me as well. After having had a particularly nasty tummy bug I am now on the mend and hoping that I can take advantage of a horrible way of losing weight and not regain the lost pounds. I have managed well today, turning down that 2nd glass of wine and only taking a small portion of dessert. I'm treating myself gently.


POSTED: Sun, 05/07/2017 - 8:06am


Nice job Marilyn. Hope you are feeling better. Kathy


POSTED: Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:17am

Very sorry

you have been ill.You are wise to go gently with yourself.Working on the 50% solution here too.And you are doing well with it.Brava.


POSTED: Sun, 04/30/2017 - 11:56am

50 percent rule

The 50 percent rule is one of my favorite tips from Mireille!


POSTED: Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:34pm


Thank you, Kathy and Vickie. After eating a sterling breakfast, I went on to eat some really horrible foods the rest of the day. Totally out of character for me, but couldn't be helped. I remembered your posts, and I was able to assuage the damage considerably, plus it helped me avoid consuming foods that I consider even worse. (Will do better tomorrow.) -- Carol


POSTED: Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:38am

You're Welcome Carol

This is the best I've done in awhile -the 50% has kept my "switch" from getting flipped (see bread post). I feel much more peace from this practice. One decision at a time. Kathy


POSTED: Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:19pm

Seems to me

You did well today.And tomorrow you will continue.Something about this 50% idea that suddenly makes more sense to me.


POSTED: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:25am


Very good point....focus is a useful tool in living a FWDGF life style.Of late,my focus has been dealing with my personal petit demon,bread.I have not been buying it to have at home....way too tempting.I do have it if I eat out and then it is well controlled.I do feel better ,physically and am pleased with my progress.Since bread is my default comfort food since childhood,it will take a bit longer than three weeks to,vanquish this offender.


POSTED: Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:05am


Good morning Jean I agree bread past and present is a passion and pleasure for me-the smell brings instant happiness. I have this toggle switch in my brain that if it gets flipped I am off into a day of indulgence-what I have found with bread is that I need to "under eat" it. If I cut a slice of bread in half and toast it-i am safe and can continue on a stable 50% day....if I eat a whole slice the "toggle switch" gets flipped and I am off on a carb heavy day. Even tho I make light of it I do think it's chemistry/addictive nature of carbs -my context anyway. Have a great day. Kathy


POSTED: Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:15am

Morning Rain in April

5:00 a.m.-snoring dog...dark coffee...and chilly rain on the roof....if I didn't have to eject from this recliner in 20 minutes it would be bliss :-) Kathy


POSTED: Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:13am

That first sip of coffee

What is it that makes is delightful?Therest of the cup is good.Yet that first sip of the day is ambrosia.Have a lovely day.oxo


POSTED: Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:55pm

Tea, too

I feel that way about my first sip of tea in the a.m. I always take the sip, swallow it, and then sigh. Can't help it. Happens after the first sip every time. Such a pleasure.


POSTED: Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:18pm


A true pleasure every time.oxo


POSTED: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:58pm


Found some extra energy today and did a few much needed tasks.It felt positive.Hope all of you had a great day.oxo


POSTED: Sun, 04/16/2017 - 9:06am

cardinals..blue skies...sunshine

Trees beginning to bud...first magnolia in bloom....creation in its natural bliss-Spring. This is today my simple pleasure on Easter morning. Kathy


POSTED: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:17am

Cardinals are my favourite

And seeing one is meant to mean good luck.About to put out my new bird feeder and am eager to see who will visit it.The skies are bright blue today ,although it is a little chilly.Irises,tulips and crocus are popping open.Sweet!


POSTED: Sun, 04/16/2017 - 9:49am

Happy Easter

Perfect .oxo


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:47am


I am missing our closeness and fun discussions.Life is way too fraught these days and we all need to breathe.Let's return to this pleasant and supportive world of FWDGF.No politics,no anger,just support and discussion of the many wonderful things life has to offer.Please!OXO


POSTED: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:12pm

Thank you, Jean,

for the wake-up call. I do need to do this more often...Dear Husband and I had had a hectic few days, what with friends who visited all day Friday, then the holiday, celebrated with our son. But, after being home for more than a week on a forced vacation, Dear Husband returned to work today, and I was able to do...nothing! Well, not entirely, but I was able to relax and didn't even have to worry about dinner (leftovers from Easter dinner). I managed to check off a couple of things from my to-do list, and made some plans to do a little redecorating. It was nice to be alone for a day and just putter. -- Carol


POSTED: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:20am

Home agIn

And happy to find you here too.Life can be jet propelled and days of doing nothing are much needed.Do tell us about your redecorating plans,please.oxo


POSTED: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:33pm

Well, it all started...

...because we needed a new duvet cover. Naturally, I couldn't find anything I liked (in my price range) that went well with other decor in the room, so I bought what I love -- black and white toile. But now the brown drapes don't look so good with the B&W toile, so I'll need new curtains, which I want to pair with bamboo shades. We also need a new couch -- even guests are starting to complain -- but we'd prefer comfy chairs instead. Leather wing chairs, perhaps. Bought a new rug for the porch and want new pillows for the porch furniture, plus I want to hang some decor on the walls out there, along with some patio lights. Moving some books around...I'm sure I'll think of more. -- carol


POSTED: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:55pm


Your plans are fun.Toile is really elegant.Get the chairs you want and make it a comfortable conversation area.Suggestion...how about a mirror on the porch?It will bring more light and sparkle.Just a thought.Most of all have fun and make it truly yours.oxo


POSTED: Sun, 04/16/2017 - 2:54am


Sounds a good idea. We need a little escape from the complexity of this chaotic world.


POSTED: Sun, 04/16/2017 - 9:52am


Happy Easter!oxo


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:47am

We Love You Jean

Jean-Thank you for calling us all to the circle of beauty that this group is. It is such a beautiful time of year-we may be getting our hearts and souls filled by creation but instead of letting this grace and grattifude stop there ....we should come hear and share our beauties so they continue to grow. My pleasure today besides Jeans call to our circle is making homemade dinner rolls for Sunday- wiping the dust off my mixer that was stowed away since we moved is both sad and yet beautiful as it is an inspiration to recall the fulfilling rituals of our past that we can always resurrect. What rituals can we dust off and resurrect - let's share and enrich our lives. Kathy


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:10pm


Thank you so very much.This is the renewal time of year in many ways and rekindling rituals is a lovely way to go.Making something homemade is a true kindness.I hope you have a wonderful Easter .Love to you and yours.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:41am

Happy Easter and happy Passover!

And Happy Spring.All reasons to celebrate and rejoice.Wishing you all the very best life has to offer.OXO


POSTED: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:17pm

Lunch hour workout

I recently hired a trainer (our HSA fund covers it) and have been working out with her twice a week. Today I added a third session at lunch and what a difference! I wish all offices had little gyms attached for lunchtime workouts!


POSTED: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 5:16pm

Booked my trip to Paris

I booked a trip to Paris and Barcelona today; leaving the end of the month. Super excited as I've been to Paris one time and never to Spain. If anyone is there and wants to meet for coffee, I'm game!


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:49am

Your Trip

Please tell us about it.oxo


POSTED: Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:36pm

How fun for you! I've never

How fun for you! I've never been to Spain, but I've been to Italy. Gypsies galore, but they never bothered me. They went after people with expensive jewelry and cameras. Keep your eyes peeled, though! Wearing a money belt is a good thing. Have loads of fun!


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:11pm

Where are you?

I miss you.oxo


POSTED: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 9:21pm

Glorious trip

Barcelona is fabulous.So much to see and do.Incredible architecture.Word of caution for Barcelona...do not wear expensive jewelry on the street and use a cross body bag.Try to find one that they cannot cut the straps or scan what is in the bag.Travel shops sell them.My sister was robbed of her gold bracelet in broad daylight.The people in Barcelona blame Gypsies.Otherwise people in Barcelona are pleasant,friendly and helpful.


POSTED: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:12pm

Barcelona tips

Thank you! I'm excited. I travel with extremely minimal jewelry and nothing expensive or flashy, but thanks for the tip. Can't wait to see the architecture and beaches. But, Paris is where I'm more excited than my first time. This time I'm taking the time to savor it and not rush around so much.


POSTED: Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:40pm


A second chance at Paris.Truly wonderful.We all will be dying to hear from you.Bon voyage.oxo


POSTED: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 5:41pm

Sorting out

Today I decided to sort out handbags! I gave my daughter one that I no longer use at the weekend which made the decision! I polished them all and reorganised the handbag shelf. I must make an effort to use more than my 2 Longchamp pliable bags as I have some beautiful leather ones collected when visiting France and Italy. My OH bought me a soft navy leather hands free one for my birthday this weekend which will get well used this Spring. Next job sort and polish the shoes and boots. I do give them a quick polish after each use but my boots deserve a deep clean. Perhaps I can persuade OH to do it, he is much better than I at this one job!!


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:54pm

Closet Shopping

Ladies-by the sound of your bags and shoes I would love to shop your closets :-) And speaking of closets-I just told my husband that is on my list-we too have organizers but as you know opposites attract and since my husbands t-shirts and undies are folded military style with shoes in a row you can only imagine what my side looks like :-) You do all inspire me though.......in many many ways (imagine a heart emoji here)


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:01am


My not so secret vice and passion.But it is time for a clear out.Adore my Italian leather bags .But now I have four navy blue bags..Do not need that many.Really.Will go through my shoes and boots too and clean up there as well.Thank you for the great idea.


POSTED: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:02pm

So gratifying isn't it?

I recently did a closet reorganization. We have built-in closet organizers. So it makes things so easy, or should. I don't know why but one section has tee shirts, sports/exercise wear, and cold weather wear, turtle necks, sweatpants, thermals etc. I rearranged them so that the tees and shorts were together and the cold wear together. I used to paw thru everything to find one item. A little obsessive but organizing has immediate gratification!


POSTED: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:12pm

Where are you?

I miss you.oxo


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:57am


My clothes closet is in good shape.Other closets. Need attention.In this latest apartment I have great storage and I have packed them with.non clothing items.Working up the energy to sort them out.One T a time,I guess would be best.


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04pm


Glad you have good storage Jean. That's key. Usually I have to overcome the inertia (I'm lazy lol)to begin a project!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:06pm

What's with the site today!

Not responding, not printing. Sorry for multiple posts!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:00pm


One tee at a time. Glad you have good storage Jean. That's key. Sometimes it's about overcoming inertia to begin a project. Sometimes I'm just too lazy!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:18pm


Plagues me at times.Maybe we make the project too big in our minds.And I do not buy you being lazy either!Ha!


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:16pm

Thank you!

Maybe not laziness but certainly inertia. I still "feel" unnatural having less structure, which should equate to more time to do things. It used to be about achieving a good work/home balance. With work out of the equation, I know I need to stick to a schedule but am sometimes loathe to do so. Still rebelling a bit. As we know with "diets", the structure keeps us in line but only short term. Which is why we always return home to the French Woman lifestyle. xoxo


POSTED: Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:07pm

Being lazy ++++

Which apparently makes me intelligent,according to some silly study.lol.oxo

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