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Monday Musings, November 12

Good Morning my friends…

If I were a braver soul, I would attach a picture of me right now.  But, not only am I not sure I want to put that out on the world wide web, but I am also acutely aware that I don’t want to cause unnecessary frights first thing on a Monday.

It is 4 o’clock in the morning and I’ve been up since 2…

So after tossing and turning for an hour and a half, I finally decided to get up and get on with my day.

I had started painting the dining room yesterday and figure if I get moving I can have the rest of the room done by noon. And, because any woman worth her salt looks for a way to multi-task at every opportunity, I decided it was a great time to apply a mud mask to my face.

So I’ve got the whole bedhead/mud mask/4 hours of sleep look that…OK fine…I’ll show you!  But you’ve been warned, look away if you are easily frightened.

Anyway, I’m feeling quite motivated for whatever reason, so hopefully, this will be a productive day…which will surely include a nap at some point.

By the way, what is your solution for falling back to sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night?  Enquiring minds want to know.

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Twelve Common Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. I am keeping my fingers crossed on #1.  I think I’m good with what I’ve chosen, and I keep telling myself it’s better than what’s up there now!  But, I am not completely sold on #4.

You are someone you love suffer from anxieties? It’s worth trying.

Do you make gifts from your kitchen to give during the holidays?  Some ideas here.

I love this little stamp! Use it on plain paper or make your own tags.

I recently came across this browser extension which will let me know the price history of items on Amazon.  You can also create price alerts for items.  May come in handy for holiday shopping.

Are you planning your holiday decorating?  Tips for decorating with garland.

Hmmm…a Pumpkin Shrub to serve with your Thanksgiving Dinner?  I’m intrigued.

I just finished Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult.  As always, she tackles tough subjects with grace and insight. I am a Jodi Picoult fangirl for sure.

Just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, as in JUST started so I don’t have an opinion yet but it has great reviews, is supposed to be funny and heartwarming…and I know I can use some funny and heartwarming.

So, I’d love to sit around a chat a while longer, but my face is cracking and the walls are not going to paint themselves.

So, have a wonderful day my friends!

Thanks again for spending a few minutes of your busy day with me today.

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  1. Good morning Lynn!
    You look super cute (and wide awake)! LOL That pic – bold choice – I love it.
    I have the same problem with sleep but because I am in Canada, we turn to a little weed to knock us out. It does the trick for about 6 hrs and I wake up feeling great. I wasn’t a fan before but things change.
    Have a very productive day!

    1. Hey Joan,

      Well, I never considered that! Best I have is Melatonin!

      I did have a productive day! And I’m fairly confident I will sleep like a rock tonight!
      Hugs, Lynn

  2. We are slowly fixing up our house. It’s taking literally years as we are using cash and avoiding borrowing. It has been a curse and a blessing. I feel like I live in a half finished house and sometimes just want it all done and pretty, yet taking time to live in the house has changed my thoughts on what I want to do too. But I have to be careful to not get too many projects going as then it’s just a big mess! Love your tip #11 re. hanging pictures. I always hang at eye level unless I’m doing something above a piece of furniture. My husbands family hangs everything practically on the ceiling so that is how he felt it should be until I convinced him (basically didn’t listen to him lol)that I was right. It still drives me nuts when I am at their house lol!

    1. Pam…

      You are so right! Eye level is the thing! My hubby also opts for too high as well.

      Getting your house to be your ‘home’ takes quite some time. Then you get it fixed, and you change your mind! Well, I do anyway. This will be the third time I’ve changed the color of my dining room.

      Have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Okay so good to know I wasn’t the only that woke up at 2 am and just decided to get up. Was raining here which always wakes me up. Kind of expecting one day to open the door and see myself floating away. The rain has been unbelievable.

    I love this you got on with your day… As did I but wasn’t as productive as you and ended up going back to sleep around 4:30 am. Which means yes a nap in the afternoon.

    Now days I just get up and go do something which is normally blog related. Great time to do graphics, write or whatever. I have a non blog friend who goes on pinterest.

    My grandma use to needle point, embroidery or write in scrapbooks. Reading the paper and going through magazines was something else she did. I miss her because I learned so much from that sweet soul.

    Anyways she made a handwritten scrapbook of my life as a kid (cause I spend so much time at her home) Still have it and what a treasure.

    So you’re not alone – we all wake up and doing something productive is smart… Nap is in my future too. Love the mask!

    1. Hey there friend,

      I never did take a nap today…I tried, but it just never happened. However, I did finish the dining room! And I figure that I will sleep really well tonight! What lovely memories about your Grandma…what a simpler time to get up and needlepoint. Don’t you wish for those days? My grandma did embroidery in her free time.

      Hope your rains stops soon!

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. You are one brave lady! At least you have an excuse fir scaring people, I would scare people without a mask and a full nights sleep😁😁 And if you find out how to go back to sleep in the middle of the night/morning, let me know. I’ve read article after article on what to do and nothing works. I lay there making lists of things to do, what I should have done, etc. Good luck with your painting, maybe you will get a nap later. Happy Monday!

    1. Oh Juanita! It was a spur of the moment decision! I ultimately figured, “aw, what the heck!”

      Check out Jenny’s posts right below yours…she has lots of great suggestions.

      And I finished the painting but never did get a nap. I’m counting on getting a good night sleep tonight.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. I love the brown Currier & Ives plate in your photo & I love the feel a mask…I did the same thing this past weekend. I love avocado masks.

    Sleep is a big deal to me & I’ve struggled with it terribly so I’ve tried a lot of things. Here is what really helps me.
    I take Melatonin for sleep since I I crashed into menopause (literally I went to sleep not in it then woke up with full blown menopause – surgery). My dr recommended starting with 3mg at bedtime & not taking more than 10. 3 is enough for me pretty much. Occasionally I take 1 mg in the night if I’m really struggling to get back to sleep. I don’t want to take more because I want to get up in the mornings!

    Another thing I do is deep breathing. I take slow deep breaths. As I breath I think ‘inhale’ ‘exhale’. I read about this somewhere & it seems to help me relax enough to go back to sleep most of the time. Thinking about it too much & allowing yourself to become frustrated totally sabotages anything else you may try (ask me how I know this?!)

    I don’t drink any caffeine or even decaf tea/coffee/soda after 1 on weekdays & 3 on weekends. Being strict with only caffeine in the early mornings has helped me a lot. I hope I never have to completely gift it up….I love my morning coffee even though it’s always half decaf.

    Exercise. If I don’t do it I don’t sleep. I have joint issues that cause me a lot of pain if I don’t exercise so it’s more the pain keeping me awake in this case than insomnia. It’s the same with my diet…I don’t eat grains. If I do I’m awake at night with terrible joint pain.

    1. Oh my heavens Jenny…

      I do believe we are sisters of a different mohther!

      1. I don’t eat grains either…if I do I feel it my joints.
      2. I don’t drink tea in the afternoon for the very same reason
      3. I do take melatonin…but I think I need to get some 1 mg for in the middle of the night.
      4. Guess I need to work on my deep breathing!

      Thanks for all the tips my friend. I never took a nap today, so I do believe I will sleep well tonight.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it Linda! You will be pleased to know that I did finish my dining room, but had to make a run to Home Depot to get more paint. I realized at the end of the day that I still had ‘mud’ on my face when I went out! Oh well! At least my dining room is DONE!

      Have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Hi Lynn
    This picture is priceless! Here it is 4:00 am and I just laughed &laughed because you are one person I would love to have as a friend. We would have many fun times.

    1. Oh Juanita, I am so glad I made you laugh! I’d show my muddy face every day if I knew it brought a smile to the faces of my friends! And girlfriend, if you laughed at that, then I know we would be fast friends!

      Have a delightful weekend dear friend

      Hugs, Lynn

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