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Here are the leftovers  from last week:

1.  George Strait is on his final tour and I had the privilege to go this past week.  I have been listening to George Strait practically my whole life and it was a little surreal watching him and realizing that I would never again hear him live.  He sang about 1,000 songs, all chart toppers and it was grand.

2.  I think I must be the last person on the planet to jump on the This American Life Podcast bandwagon but the past few weeks I have really gotten into it.  This last week's podcast on Surrogates was fascinating, especially Act 2 which was about a family who adopted a grown man who had served time in prison for the violent murder of his parents.  How's that for a Monday morning? I know it is terribly morbid and ugly, but the story is told by one of the daughters of that family and is more about their dysfunction than the ex-con.  It's fascinating, oops I said that already. But it is.  Surrogates | This American Life.

3.  I don't know what happened but lately my Pinterest traffic has just about quadrupled and all because of my recipe for my Great Grandmother's Oil Pie Crust.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled!  But I didn't realize how popular granny's recipe would be!

4.  Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Herb Dressing.  I like all five of those words.

5.  I have been looking for a quick and easy tutorial on sketching the human form.  I just always seem to get the proportions wrong.  I stumbled on this YouTube tutorial and she does such a great job of putting all into plain English, and concisely. There are 3 parts.

6.  In celebration of the upcoming Valentine's Day, I did my nails like this.  It was so easy, too! I didn't do glitter, just a red heart on a gray base.

7.  One of my hair stylists (yes, I have several.  This mop takes many hands to tame it) told me about this nifty appliance by Fagor that not only is a pressure cooker, but also is a rice cooker AND slow cooker.  I'm so curious.....

And in case you missed it, I shared this recipe last week:

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Also, tomorrow don't forget the Tuesday Twitter Party with #caryeandbree!  She doesn't know it yet, but tomorrow we are going to write a song!


Welcome to the kickoff of "31 Days...."!  Every day this month I (and others) will be posting about one particular topic, I have chosen to share "The Simple Things", as I see them anyway.  I chose "The Simple Things"  because I have had a very busy year and it has been so good in a lot of ways but because of the busy-ness I have let a lot of things pile up.  Lately, I have been feeling the need to slow down and purge the clutter, to simplify.  I need to get rid of all of the "extra" stuff and get back to the basics.

A couple months ago I participated in Melody Ross' online course Soul Restoration II.  The focus of the class is to help you remember the things that bring you the most joy.  They can be big things like your dreams, your career, your family.  But they can also be less noble things.  Everyday items that put a smile on our face.  Or maybe it's an outing or an activity that makes you a happy, happy girl.

These 31 Simple Things are the tiny things in life that bring me joy, comfort or ease.  They are usually inexpensive, even common.  Sometimes I take them for granted.  Sometimes they are small items  I couldn't live without.  Sometimes it is a small action on my part that brings me a bucket-full of satisfaction.  And so for the next 31 days I will share some of these things with you and maybe it will help us all remember just how blessed we are.

I have a couple of things planned, but I haven't written any of them down yet so this will be a thoughtful journey along the way for me.  I sure hope I can come up with 31 things!!

And with that I give you..... Day One.......


Nail polish! Did you think it was going to be something all sweet and intellectual? I'm a GIRL for crying out loud! But hear me out: Sometimes you are just in a funk. You've had a bad day at work. You had a seriously bad hair day. You are just certain your clothes are getting smaller. One sure fire way to cheer yourself up is to grab a little bottle of color and paint your nails. I defy you to slap on 2 coats of bright pink and not feel a little more chipper!

My point is this. Maybe you can't change jobs. Maybe you are going to have to find a new hairdresser. Maybe you are going to have to stop buying chocolate doughnuts. But even still, you can control one little thing. You can treat yourself to a manicure, whether you go to a salon (a simple manicure is pretty cheap) or do it yourself, in less than 30 minutes you really can have a better attitude.  Looking down at perfectly polished nails throughout the day truly does make me a little happier. It doesn't change everything, but it helps.

So that's Day One.  I have no idea what Day Two will bring, but I'll be on the lookout for it tomorrow.

PS:  As soon as I know the info, I will link you to some of the other 31 Day-ers!