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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Midweek magazines: Get your robot!


Hello everybody.

How many of you have made a big & bold New Year's wish: to get a "something" that will do all the tedious house-work for you? Something like a.. robot?!
The world needs robots for a countless number of reasons, including hazardous jobs and automated manufacturing. Robots work without breaks or the need to sleep or eat, allowing manufactures to streamline processes and improve output. Robots are employed in roles ranging from cleaning up dangerous waste and chemical spills to disarming bombs and protecting soldiers in the field.
Some people find them fundamentally important, some fear them.
None the less, we can not deny our obsession with this subject. We have centered our major industry (the movies, folks!) around robots wanting to become the master race of conscious and highly intelligent robots, motivated to take over or destroy the human race. That brings chill into our bones, and also sells theater tickets.
Still, for me, a "robot" is an aid. It's a thing that makes our medications with a perfect precision, it's the thing that cuts metal without getting hurt, it's the thing that lifts patients into beds.. and a thing that saves our labor. I would not mind having a vacuum-cleaner that makes my floors clean.

What if I tell you that you CAN have a robot?
Here's an article from Elle Decoration:




Science fiction author Isaac Asimov deducted the famous Three Laws of Robotics, and published them in one of his books. they are:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Makes one feel less scared of them, right?
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Would you like a robot?
Marija

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Love story: He was no good


Hello everybody

First off, I have the pleasure to say this to each and every one of you out there celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah this year:

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah! :)
...and for those of you out there, to whom this is a Sunday like any other (with maybe some awareness of the approaching of the new calendar year) I wish a lovely day! :) 

Some of you might have seen on my Instagram account that we've had our first snow yesterday. It was a shy thing, just barely covering the ground. Most of it I've moved from the paths by just using the regular broom, but none the less - there is still some whiteness on the rooftops. I must admit it: there is a great joy among children, especially those who are having a "white Christmas" today.

We can all do good by some love tale:
(surely, you will get around reading this a bit later in the week,
but any day is a great day for romance)









I never understood the magnetism of a mean man
(must have something to do with all that
sense of "adventure" many ladies like feeling)

Please, enjoy yourselves today, weather you're opening the presents from beneath the Christmas tree, of you're celebrating the days of Hanukkah - or of you're having just a lazy Sunday.
Have a wonderful day.
Marija

Friday, 23 December 2016

I seem to be doing this every year: resolution-time


 Hello everybody

New Year's day is so close! It's a holiday that has many traditions - countdowns, fireworks, glittering lights, enormous decorations, Champagne. . . and resolutions.
For many. the arrival of a new year means giving yourself big promises to take big steps to make big changes. This will be the year to get: a better body, a better salary, better schedule or a better love life. Some of us honor the tradition and write down our own New Year’s resolutions. Others will chose  to ignore this tradition.. and make fun of the rest of us.
For me, a lists can always be made; following it, on the other hand, gets a bit tricky - but I give it my best, at least to make the "easy to follow" resolutions, seen HERE and HERE (what I have done the previous years).
Usually, by setting my goals at reasonable standard, I do manage to keep them. This year was a GREAT one for me, I have done so many things. I've read the number of books I said I would, I've gotten roses both in front of my house and in my front yard, I've done same major building work done this summer - and I have re-gained the path toward making my body stronger and healthier.
Slow pace. One at a time. As they say "baby steps" - that is how changes are made.


Here we go again:
let's pull those ideas up the hill!  :)

My resolutions:
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3
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2
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1
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go:

Aside from the usual: reading more, sewing more, getting crafty, taking good care of my financial records and spending more time on holidays...

I will start a garden
The preparatory work has been done; for instance: I have gotten the raspberry cuttings, and they are waiting for first days of spring in their sandbox. As some of you might have seen on my Instagram, I have a substantial space in the garden, with some fruit trees already standing tall. Working it is a step-by-step process,  requiring a lot of time (that I have to manage finding, with working full time). But, I can start and see where it takes me.
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I will get chickens.
I will. Because having your own, all-natural and fresh eggs is the best thing you can get. Nothing big, just a few birds. Again, preparatory steps are the key here, and in the time that follows, I must contemplate how to obtain the coop without actually building one (permits - I'd know, are the nuisance both for nerves and the wallet).

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I will minimize the consumption of sugar-free gums.
Have you ever noticed that when you see a cow it always seems to be chewing something? The reason is because cows must chew their food twice in order to digest it properly. I'm quite sure I do belong to that species, and therefore: the moving of the gum around my mouth is truly not a thing I'd like to keep doing.

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I will treat my gastritis as it is: a condition.
Reminds me of "what condition your condition is in?" :) Anyway, for those who don't dabble in medicinal term: a chronic gastritis IS a condition (in my case) of the immune system, where it is "eating up" my stomach, and making room for inflammation, pain, and the rest of not-so-joyful moments. Since I have been dealing with this for a long time now, one should guess that I know what triggers "bad days" - and I do know. The issue here is that I sometimes deliberately "forget" the dietary guidelines. Just because I got older does not mean I got wiser, apparently. So, I must give it my best to stick to my plan. Constantly.

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Oh, and most important:
I will be happy!!!  :)
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Resolutions give life meaning through purpose. Purpose is the deeper reason for why we want to accomplish a something and stick to our resolution. Behind the stated resolution ("I want to get more vegetables into my diet...") is our desire to do something to improve our lives and the lives of others ("…so that I can keep my blood sugar level even through the day"). 
Purpose is what motivates us and moves us to take action.
What is your purpose, this year?
Are you setting yourself some (achiavable!) goals?
Marija

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Midweek magazines: Hygiene in clothing (should have posted this yesterday!)


Hello everybody.

Forgive me for posting a day overdue. I can give you a lot of excuses, starting with another wave of common cold, over to this month being all about the "plan & report". It's quite easy to come up with an excuses, but I'd rather just say: I am sorry - and let's enjoy today's magazine expect.

Something rather different
(it has to do with fashion -in a way)


Clothes hygiene is an important aspect of one’s dignity.
I don't know about other cultures, and I can write only about our folk. Over here, there a somewhat funny thing that your grandma would tell you (ever since we could remember) about clean underwear. She'd say "You must put on clean panties - you never know if you might end up in a hospital, and you don't want to feel the embarrassment when they strip you, right?". No grandma, for sure, I do not want to be stripped down in a hospital, just to reveal un-tidy undergarments. :)
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Again: let's imagine this was posted yesterday (time-machine is out of order)  :)
Have a great day.
Marija

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Love Story: Outlaw Girl


Hello everybody.

It's the same time on my clock, as always, but the day hasn't cleared out yet, and the night have not pulled away. Soon, days will start to get longer, and that (for sure) is something I'm looking forward to - because our Hope works amazingly. We can hope for something that to everyone seems so trivial, like: having more hours of daylight (then again, that is a glorious victory over night, night?) :)

Strange things happen in the night,
just look at this story:










Riding off into the sunset seems like a good ending
for this one, yes. :)

Plan for today is to go a bit slower then usual, just because I feel that this crispy (yet wet) air would not do me much good. So: sewing, reading, coffee, tea,,, feel free to join me.
Marija

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Midweek magazines: decoration inspiration, for the ones who are yet to set up their Christmas mood in their homes


Hello everybody

The question of Christmas and New Year's decoration leads up to many, many pages of books, and online resources, that tell a lot of things: from the historic perspective, all the way to consumer society. to simplify everything, it bottles down to one simple thing: "Why do we decorate our homes?"
Answer: because we like it.
We like our homes to be warm, cozy and to attract the feeling of joy - that might be easy in the summer, when the sun is warming our backs and gently kisses our cheeks - but, in the midst of winter, as the wind blazes and the chill crawls up our bones, we need a little bit of visual help.
That's why we bring in the house plants, we add some rugs, and eventually we decorate our rooms evergreen trees, shiny bulbs, and ho-ho-ho.  :)
Traditionally, over here, we do have fir trees in our home (mind me, there is a positive tendency to having a plastic tree - myself included - since it's both economical and eco-friendly). We buy bulbs, and hanging candies, and all the glittering decorations, but we call it the "New Year tree" - due to the decades long political influence that negated any and all religious customs.
Nowadays, we prolong the keeping of the tree up until after Christmas (to all of you not understanding: YES, over here, Christmas comes after New Year's day, for those of us belonging to the Orthodox Church ) do adorn the tree with a thematic decorations that feature less Santa Claus, and more Nativity story. 

Set a festive holiday mood throughout your house 
with our simple decorating ideas:





Do not get overwhelmed - this is just an inspiration. Our decorations might be smaller, more humble, simple, using what we already have at home - and yet, we are going to make this winter's days much more enjoyable (until spring comes and the birds chase chilly days away!)  :)
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What's your decorating tradition?
A simple tree? An all-flashing front-yard ornaments? Just some small candles in the corner?
Do tell.
Marija

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Who's counting days?


Hello everybody.

By now, you are probably counting the days before the un-wrapping of the presents, the sweet smelling vanilla cookies, the family lunch and lots of carolling! The lights, the decorations - ah, the famoust tree-search (I suppose all that is now done and ready).
Over here, as we are following a calendar that is a little-bit different than yours, we'll start counting our "days until christmas" soon - and, there's still time to decorate. That's not bad at all. not only do we get the chance to join our neibors in their joy, but we also get the scoop up all the inspiration from the rest of you, and then conwey it into our ouw little designs. Neet, ah?  :)

And, here's a little rhyme as an intro for tomorrow's
midweek-magazine edition :)


Have a wonderful day!
Marija

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Love Story: Romance Renegade


Hello everybody

What else is there to do on a all-frozen and cold-outside kind of Sunday? Staying indoors, taking walks (when the weather is right for it) and post some interesting gun-blazing stories of romance. 
I do like the artwork in this one, it's pretty much done with the same "gunmen" style like the Wild West comic books of the same time. This is good, as it shows me that both boys & girls are considered by the authors of these comics (and we do love our Love Stories)

Here, a girl-sheriff!
Oh, a mighty fun, I promise:










I told you: mighty fun!

Have yourselves a lovely Sunday.
Say: you counting days 'till Christmas? Do you like receiving Christmas cards?
Marija

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Midweek magazines: Picture- profile of Rita Haywort


Hello everyone

It's not that we idolize them, but their lives do keep us interested - because there is some magical feeling and a dash of mystery in the lives of Hollywood stars. It's like gazing over the garden fence, and into our neighbors garden (what?! was I the only kid who did that?!)  :)

To prove that this interest in Lives of the Stars lasts for a while now,
here's an article about an astonishing Rita:


Oh, the sweet Spanish lady!

Rita Hayworth actually had her name changed, her birth name was: Margarita Carmen Cansino. As it turned out, that was not a big deal back then - the chaining of one's screen name was, as a matter of fact, sort of a normal (somewhat obligatory) thing. All the hard-to-pronounce last names, and all the names that sounded too.. foreign were changed (if, of course, the Studio hasn't decided that your foreign name is good for the advertisement).
Fast forward to today - not much has changed.
Well, I don't think I'd change my name. Would you?
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Have a great Wednesday.
Marija

Monday, 5 December 2016

Cold image, warm feeling.. and a LOT of holidays!


Hello everybody.

Everyone knows about Christmas and Hanukkah, but December is completely full of awesome holidays - some of which we may or may not have just made up. :)
Some of the holidays that are before us, include
- on December 8th - Buddhists celebrate December 8 as the day Siddhartha Gautauma (the Buddha) experienced enlightenment. There are lots of ways to celebrate this holiday: hang up strings of colorful lights, have some tasty Bodhi Tree cookies (or a little rice and milk if you're feeling traditional), or just meditate for awhile.
- every December 10, Nobel Prizes are handed out to "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." Named for Swedish inventor and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel, Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, and Peace.
- come December 14th - it's World Monkey Day! 
- on the 15th of December there was a holy day in ancient Rome,twice-a-year festival celebrates Consus, the God of secrets. According to tradition, you should dig up your altar to Consus (since you keep it buried the rest of the year)
- on December 19th we celebrate December 19, 1843, which is when the world was first introduced to the story of A Christmas Carol. 
- we come to December 21st - the  winter solstice. Among the many groups celebrating this day are modern Pagans, who often call the holiday Yule, or Yuletide. Traditions vary, but one thing you can do to celebrate Yule is to go wassailing (singing, chanting)
- you are allowed to say "Happy Hanukkah!" on December 24th. This Jewish festival lasts for eight nights, and this year it begins on December 24.
- then comes almost-everyone's Christmas on December 25th, a time when most of the Christians rejoice the birth of Christ (some Churches postpone the joyful days for another 14 days - due to the usage of different calendar)  :)
At the end, well: The End - New Year's night! For this specific holiday, the diversity of ways that folks celebrate is too wast for me to even think of explaining. But, the essence is the same: be happy, hope for the better days!

Now, an image of a cold winter's day
that reminds me of my childhood:


Oh, it is the month of preparation, the month of cold days, long nights.. and great baking!  :)
Marija

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Love Story: Love' Last Stand


Hello everybody.

Frost has covered the ground; and since it was quite early when I walked out (not much sounds in the background) - I could head the cracking sound as I walked across a grass path in my back yard. The word that came into my mind was "serenity". :)

Before I head out to see what needs to be done 
(more like: go to a walk, to inhale the chill)
this is a Story for Sunday.

..
warning:
there are fist and bullets flying in this tale!
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Some folks have asked me how much of these stories do I have.. to answer truly: I do not know, and I also don't know for how long will I post Love Stories on Sunday. It feels good to read them - so I say: as long as I can manage finding stories, I will read them - and share with you. :)
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Have a great Sunday.
Say: any frost (or maybe snow) out there?!
Marija