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Everybody got the Blahs? Try a Good Humor Marathon !!

Beat the Blahs with Comedy Movie Night !!

Need a family pick-me-up? A fun activity to bring the family together?
Has a rainy day day got everyone in a gray funk?
Here’s a great solution!

 Laughter !!

Get the family together for a movie night. Not just any movie night, but a

Good Humor Marathon

You will need:

— snacks

— beverages

— soft lighting

— a tv and movie player of your choice

— comfy places to sit or lie down ( pillows, comforters and sleeping bags are great!)

— some really funny movies (be sure to leave a comment with some of your favorites)

Go through your movie collection or borrow some from friends.
Or better yet, sign up for Netflix! I love Netflix. The cost is minimal for what you get. The movie selection is simply vast.

If you have available streaming Netflix, all the better!

Get everybody comfy and let the fun begin! In our house, we let everybody stay up as late as they wanted and watch as many movies as they wished. Often the kids would simply crash out on the livingroom floor in their sleeping bags. Our movie marathons were one of our favorite family activities and made for many great memories over the years.

Additional Ideas

  • Everybody make an agreement to turn off the phones for the evening.
  • For a few days before your marathon, put a voting box in an obvious place and ask everyone to contribute ideas for funny movies to watch.
  • Have everyone invite a friend over. Make it a party.
  • Check out the thrift shops and yard sales.  For under $20 you can go home with a working VCR and several movies.


Don’t forget to comment on this post – I will add a list of our favorite comedies!!


Why is this happening to me … again ??

I just finished reading an awesome e-book about spirituality and relationships.

Why is this happening to me…Again??
by Michael Ryce

The book is a dialogue between Michael Ryce and a man named Richard.  Richard is distraught because his wife is leaving him, as others have left him before.  Michael teaches Richard how to become aware of and disengage himself from the blocks that prevent him from receiving the love he so desperately wants.  He helps Richard rebuild his understanding of life and relationships.

Ryce presents a dynamic approach to problems of relationship that occur in daily encounters as we move about in the world.  The Techniques in the book are easy to understand and put to use.  Written as it is in dialogue form, it is easy to identify with and apply the information offered.

You can get the printed version from Amazon:

You can get the audio on 5 CDs or via mp3 download:

Or you can get the book FREE as a pdf download !!

This book will change your views on life and cannot fail to improve your interactions with friends, family, love partner, work associates and those who cross your path but for a moment.  It’s free… give it a try!  Let me know what you think!!

When you need a friend of the feline (or canine) kind…

When my 16 year old Maine Coon cat died last fall, I was devastated.  Mr Mitzi had been an important part of my family — comforting, entertaining and amusing us with his playful, affectionate antics. How I missed waking in the night to find him snuggled up next to me.  I was certain that I wanted another cat… another Maine Coon kitten.

Mr Mitzi
Mr Mitzi

Maine Coon cats are large cats with soft full coats.  They tend to be very affectionate, smart and playful.  They show such engaging behaviors like looking you in the eye, coming when you call and meeting you at the door at the end of the day.

I had no idea how I would find a Maine Coon kitten in the middle of November.  I located a breeder but the cost was prohibitive.  Searching around on the internet, I found the answer.

You enter your search criteria and when a matching pet is found, you get an email.  I responded to several emails and each time, the kitten had just been adopted.  Until one lucky day, I got an email about a Maine Coon kitten in a high kill shelter in Kentucky.  It seemed a bit far away, but I replied and learned that for a moderate fee, the kitten could ride on a transport vehicle to a location about 1 hour away from my home in central Vermont.

During this period of waiting, I heard repeatedly the adage — “Two is better than one.”  I did some research and learned that two litter mate kittens require less attention, play time with their human and, overall, simply adjust better to new surroundings.  It sounded like a great idea to me.

I contacted the shelter and asked about litter mates. They were happy to place another kitten with me and the transport company agreed to bring them both to me for one fee.  On December 2, 2011, I brought home Merlin the Magnificat and Gwenddydd the Splenddydd.

Merlin and Gwenddydd on their first day home.
Merlin and Gwenddydd on their first day home.

What a delight they are and how they have grown!!

So if you are looking for a feline friend or a canine companion, check out  It sure worked out great for me !!  And don’t forget to come back and share your pet story!

My happy ending…

cats collage

Freebies for the Mind and Soul

I would like to share with you today one of my favorite websites.

You can check out his ebooks  as well as sign up for his free newsletter.

I have been enjoying Chris’ newsletter for years. His focus is on mental and spiritual development as well as healthy living in the body.  Very often he sends an offer for a free ebook or audio recording.  As a matter of fact, he gave so much stuff away for free that he set up an entire website to organize and provide easy access to them.

You are what you think !
In the early 1900’s there was an impressive movement to understand how our habits of thought affected the events of our lives.  Many authors emerged and created books and articles that are just as pertinent today as they were then.

Have you heard of James Allen? Wallace D Wattles? Genevieve Behrend? William Walker Atkinson? Their works still ring true today.  You will find them and many more in ebook and audio form on Christopher’s website.   You will also find any contemporary works in many forms — ebooks, audios, movies, tests, puzzles, interesting websites and much, much more… all for free.

Check It Out !!