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@donald_crosswebideas Good morning, Donald, thank you so much, what a lovely compliment. As for busy: always! Have a great start into spring (the weather looks so promising today, sunshine and blue skies, getting my hopes up)!

1 week ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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@Micah Yongo Welcome to Late Bloomers, Micah, and thanks for your thoughts. Today I wonder as well how I managed to survive my own attitude!! And I barely ever forgot anything.

As I travel quite often I keep small bags with first-aid stuff, medication or cosmetics ready, the small bags are necessary because of airline regulations and go into my carry-on. 

You could also start with making lists for different climates way ahead of your travel date.

1 week, 5 days ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Hi, Bob, lovely to see you here. I am now in my fourth week of a very relaxing holiday in Thailand.

A list before heading to the gym? You made me smile and I'd love to see your colleagues' faces when you go the gym (without consultung your list)!!

1 month ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Commendable, Roy, you are so organized, for a moment you had me nearly green with envy!

I was never aware of the scowling looks, there is this trick of blending them out!!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Thank you, Lori, it's good to be on the road again!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Thank you, Carly, and a most wonderful year to you, blessings! @CarlyAlyssaThorne

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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A very Happy New Year to you, Fred, and thanks for stopping by! @FredMcMurray

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@Rich Looby @Lori Hi, Rich, welcome to Late Bloomers and thanks for subscribing - appreciate it very much. Have a wonderful 2015!

2 months ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@tandysinclair Thank you so much, Tandy, where words would have brought sadness the pictures somewhat take the pain away! 

2 months ago on 2014 In Pictures

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Happy New Year, Josh, and a fabulously happy birthday for you! @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes True, pictures and music - this year there will be more music for all of us. 


May 2015 be a harvest year for all the seeds planted in earlier years! 

2 months ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@tandysinclair Great idea, Tandy, let me know when that trip will take place and maybe we could meet up in Italy, a good reason for some more splurging! Happy 2015!

2 months ago on White Gold – Tartufo Bianco

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@Lori Ah, Lori, thank you so much, I was thinking of you when I wrote this post and remembered your post on expectation and anticipation. We might have been patterned as children to have high expectations regarding Christmas and New Year but we also have a choice whether we want to continue on this path or not. 


Baby steps: years ago I decided I did not want to be part of the party crowd and instead chose to stay at home, doing what I have done today: reviewing the year in pictures and choosing the prettiest, thus lightening the sometimes sad moments but not obliterating them. It does wonders for your mood!


Do have a go at it with your iPod!


Have a wonderful 2015 filled with beautiful moments, Lori!

2 months ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@Penelope J Lovely to see you, Penelope, thanks for stopping by! You were in Milan, great! What a pity you did not know at that time what to do with them. Do come again, we could meet up and enjoy the delicacy together! 

Btw never use white truffle oil, it is synthetically fragranced, hence the low price as well. Instead use truffle butter, it has real truffle in it and will keep a long time.

Only two days left in 2014 - I wonder is it a question of age that the year has seemed to fly by? - enjoy them to their fullest and wishing you a wonderful 2015 filled with love, joy and peace! 

2 months ago on White Gold – Tartufo Bianco

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Happy Holidays, Lori! What a lovely gift gesture, I enjoyed reading The Happy Place and look forward to your next book!

2 months, 1 week ago on Merry Christmas

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@SocialMediaDDS @Late_Bloomers It is such a pleasure to read your take on social media, Claudia! I still owe you and never got around to tell you at greater length what has happened in 2014 - no promises but fondly thinking of you! 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas

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Joyous Holidays and a Happy New Year!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas

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@MarinaSofia8 What a lovely compliment, thank you so much. You encourage and motivate to carry on. Have a lovely weekend!

3 months ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@KDillabough How lovely to see you, Kaarina, and thank you so much! You will be next to celebrate! The good thing about human nature is that in the end we will remember the fun, the laughter, the interesting discussions (I will never forget your great A - Z series) and blend out the not-so-fun stuff! I would not want to miss the experience of blogging itself and the thrill of conquering the technical challenges ..


And the best about it is having connected and made friends that go beyond cyber space! One of these days, Kaarina, .... 

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@tandysinclair Thank you, Tandy, and truly spoken with the wisdom of an experienced blogger!

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Josh, killed any unicorns today?

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@Julie Barrett Thanks, Julie, looking forward to seeing you at the next hangout!

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@Lori Good morning, Lori! Thanks a ton, also for the shout out on FB. You are a role model for me, you hardly ever miss out on posting. I keep reminding myself that blogging is therapy but ....


So true: had we not all started blogging we'd never met - very happy for it!


Have a very productive new week, Lori!

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@JanineRipper Hey, Janine, thank you so much and it means the world to me to have met you on our journey. Until we see each other in Australia or Switzerland :) xoxo

3 months, 1 week ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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Nice one, Lori, talking about a front porch and its effect on community building. Different cultures, different habits, different times, different styles.


You know I live in Switzerland and houses here do not have front porches. I have lived in the same house for more than 30 years and we connect in our neighbourhood. When I work in the front garden, people will stop and chat, car drivers will honk and wave, it is a good feeling.


I'd love a front porch so I could invite people for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, getting to know them on a more personal level. Maybe this is a sign of our times: the front porch has moved to the back and our house shields us from the outside possibilities of community building. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes So do I, Josh, thanks for stopping by!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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I am not enlightened, am I? I have weathered some storms and gained insights that I trust will guide me through the next storm.


I do not think it is wrong wanting to curl up in a ball (does this not mean we want to appear smaller and protect ourselves) and hide (if it is not lasting), this is the time needed to contemplate a difficult situation, it is a primeval instinct, and when we pay attention to the signal we will unfurl again, stand straight and tall and be able to face it at par. 


3 months, 3 weeks ago on How Enlightened are You?

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@JSJ2020 Not you, Muriel, you are certainly not addicted! You are doing great on tsu and I trust you have met interesting new people? Yes to give it time ... 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@jpage.manuel Hi, Joy, yes and it also drives traffic to Pinterest and Twitter, less so on FB, this fact does not surprise me ;)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@Lucylastica2 Good morning, Lucy! LOL, I had to google FOMO, yes, this could be true for some, I do not think I suffer from it, it is more like the quest for the holy grail ...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@tandysinclair Good morning, Tandy! I know what you mean, my 2Cs: create an account, start with sharing your posts (automatically share on FB and twitter at the same time) and watch the ensuing activity. I am not spending more time on social media but have shifted from FB to tsu. Why not give it a try?


Have a sunny new week and send some sunshine my way, it is raining again .... 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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Happy anniversary, Lori, wow, what an achievement! Roco has jumped up and says congrats as well! I am so happy to be part of your journey and enjoy the hangouts so much! 


What will be your wish when you blow out the candle lights?

4 months ago on The 4th Blogiversary of LFI and Why You Should Blog

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@Lori @Late_Bloomers Hi, Lori, no way, I am only adding some facets, you make me blush. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?

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What a great analogy, Lori, as you know I am passionate about jigsaw puzzles, especially those my mum made with the picture glued on plywood, each piece has its individual shape and only in the end will you know the whole picture (the only details given were the title and the number of pieces). 


Putting out the pieces on a big tray as they take up such a lot of space when loose, turning all of them to lie face up first, then arranging them according to colour, assembling the frame first and slowly fill in piece by piece, softly chuckling when the long looked for piece will not fit in (trial and error), then you will start to have an inkling of what the puzzle's might look like, take a break when nothing will come together and the colours and shapes will not fit and start to blur. 


Sometimes it is hard to break away - only one more piece - and it becomes kind of obsessive. Discipline is needed then just as in life it will help us to step back, do something else, close our eyes etc.


In the end what has begun with a big heap of single pieces that seemed impossible to assemble will be neatly put together, the original will resurface in its rectangular form - maybe a flower bouquet, a landscape or a famous work of art - and I feel quite proud. 


If my life were a jigsaw puzzle there would be no need to design it as I go along because it has already been designed and all I need is trusting its preordained course and have confidence in what I am doing.


4 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?

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@JamesWeaver Thank you, James, much appreciated, not an easy post to write!

5 months ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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@JSJ2020 Merci mille fois, Muriel. You are right, I should take care of myself, trying to but sometimes difficult to do in the emotional turmoil. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Joshua, it was a pleasure to write and it had a somewhat cathartic impact.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@Lori ... even better when you follow through with it! Copy - paste is all I say!


Ah, I have so much to tell you, Lori!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Reflect on Your Day?

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@Lori I open a new journal each month, starting with an outlook for the new month and then fill in day by day. 5 years ago I wrote about 15 pages, now it is always more than 50 pages per month.


I always wrote travel reports, those I still have and it is wonderful to read them from time to time, they date back as far as 1971 when I lived in Israel. Those were the days, baby!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Reflect on Your Day?

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Amazing, Lori, I was also given my first diary (lockable) when I was 9 years old and like you I have kept writing on and off. At first I wondered how I'd ever be able to fill all the empty pages, too bad I threw some diaries away but maybe it had a liberating effect as well.


I started keeping a daily journal again 6 years ago, reflecting on the past day's activities, adding pictures, jotting down ideas for future posts, links, etc.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Reflect on Your Day?

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@Lucylastica2 Ah. Lucy, you are the one with the great heart: I vividly remember you loving posts for your loved ones. Thank you so much, you make me feel very humble. 


Hugs, Barbara

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@JanineRipper Hugs are greatly appreciated, Janine, I feel absolutely miserable today. So much to do and I simply lack any energy.


I was very touched by you mentioning that she resembled your Nan. Maybe we should have a healthy crying session together!


Hugs right back, Barbara

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@CarlyAlyssaThorne Thank you, Carly, she was a remarkable woman and I am glad I have done her justice.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@jpage.manuel Yes, Joy, she was a very brave and courageous lady - thank you so much. I do miss her very much as I have taken care of her in the last years and spent a lot of time with her. 


I am happy for her to be released from the chains that old age seemed to present for her and I trust she is reunited with her loved ones gone before. 


Hugs, Barbara

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@KDillabough Thank you so much, Kaarina, you help me to chase the dark clouds: another roller coaster ride today. The rainbows were such a lovely and magical sign. Hugs, Barbara

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@RAAckermanATCerebrations Thanks, Roy, in daily life it was sometimes difficult to see the richness of her personality, she was such a modest woman and also somewhat forbidding, it was so uplifting to write about her.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@Lori Good morning, Lori, and thanks for your lovely comment. There were several rainbows on Friday, it was really magical!


Ah, I remember you are an afficionada of jigsaw puzzles as well! I will have to send you some pictures of hers. So true, as we say in German "Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Birnenbaum", it must be genetic!


Hugs right back and thanks for your lovely support!


Barbara

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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It would be lovely to let some silence reside in my head instead of this chaotic noise!


I do agree that we are conditioned to judge and analyze everything, from early childhood on. But we also have the choice of stopping it. 


Lori, I love when you mention all the examples of a simple drive into town, do you think it is possible to tune out all the "negative" factors and focus on - well - the pretty neighborhood?  


I have been a big time judge(r) and it brought me nothing except negative energy and unhappiness. Amazing that you can do this for years and be unaware of the side effects. Once I realized it, I felt relief, I cannot remember when it happened and I would not say I am the great non-judger. What certainly helps is to be more quiet, listening and watching.  

8 months, 1 week ago on Do You Judge?

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@JSJ2020 Anytime, Muriel, give me a shout and I will come running, no probably flying! Fishing for compliments? You are not helpless at cooking at all, what about some bouillabaisse?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Homemade Yogurt

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@jonesbabie Thank you so much, Cathy, this means so much to me! Thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed, good wishes and hugs across the oceans.

Do try it, it really is easy, I will be making another batch this weekend!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Homemade Yogurt

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@Lori Hi Lori, lovely to see you! 


Do you let your bowl sit in a warm spot? And what temperatures do you use? In short: would you mind sending me the recipe? I would love to try the Lebanese kind, it must be the same as the Indian. 


I did not add any fruit this time but I am thinking of making a batch with honey. Though I really prefer the sour and unsweetened kind.


I am glad I finally wrote a post, between walking Roco and going to hospital there is little time and I want to make the most of it. I will write to you on FB messenger.

9 months, 1 week ago on Homemade Yogurt

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