Celebrating the Small Things: Good Neighbors

We live in an apartment community.  People move in.  People move out.  Some are good neighbors.  Others, not so much.  Sometimes the nice people don’t stay long enough while it seems the trouble makers will never leave.

It can get discouraging when the building is full of drama or words of greeting are met with an icy death stare.  Sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in the bad stuff in life that we forget the good.

Focus on the nice people who live next door, down the street or in your community.  The ones who greet you with a smile, offer help to others in times of need, stop to talk or even accept a dinner invitation.  Sometimes in our building we decorate our doors for the holidays or exchange small treats.  Like the neighbors who gave us a hand on Halloween.

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So today I am celebrating the good neighbors and choosing to not let rudeness from others turn me into a bad neighbor.

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May is National Salad Month

Chicken Salad with Nectarines and WalnutsCopyright 2011
Chicken Salad with Nectarines and Walnuts
Copyright 2011

I love  salad!  So when I learned May is National Salad Month I was ready to celebrate. If you are having trouble meeting the new My Plate nutrition guidelines of one half of your plate being fresh fruits and veggies salad is one way to accomplish this.

Try a variety of greens including spinach, arugula, watercress, radicchio and others. If you have trouble finding variety look for Spring Mix.

Add extra veggies or fresh fruit like oranges or strawberries to your salad for an added nutritional boost.  You want lots of color.

Don’t drown your salad in a fat laden dressing. Try a nice vinaigrette for a healthier dressing. Remember a serving of salad dressing is only one Tablespoon.

Please join me in celebrating National Salad Month by making a conscious effort to work more salads into meals.

Celebrating Small Things: The “Family Tree”

Copyright R.A.. Robbins 2008
Copyright R.A.. Robbins 2008

Since today is Arbor Day and we live in Nebraska where Arbor Day began, it seems appropriate to express appreciation for our tree.  We have a tree outside our patio door, a rare luxury in an apartment.

I call it the “family tree” since it seems to attract more than a few Robins.  In case you don’t know we are Robbins.

This tree and the bird feeders on our patio bring much enjoyment to us.  The tree acts as the “waiting room” for the feeders.  Bob recently commented that the money spent on birdseed is a small price to pay for the hours of entertainment we enjoy watching the birds.

In celebration of Arbor Day, I invite you to think about a special tree in your life.

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Thought for Today

Copyright 2010 by R.O. Robbins
Copyright 2010 by R.O. Robbins

“Be patient with yourself. It takes time to develop a YES approach to life.” — Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. from Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Dr. Jeffers passed in 2012.  She will be greatly missed.  Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and workshops based on the book are still available and  helping people around the world  say YES to life.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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