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Murder and Mystery on a Steam Train

I was looking for some inspiration for a gift for my husband’s birthday and whilst searching the web, I came across a company called Charming Events.  I read the list of different events they arrange and the Murder Mystery Evening on a Steam Train practically jumped off the screen! My husband is probably Agatha Christie’s biggest fan and also bemoans the fact that there aren’t any steam trains any more.  So with two of his boxes ticked, I sent off for more details. We travelled down ...

Arrange – weekly photo challenge

Here’s my selection for this week - Chairs – arranged just so….. Mini strawberry flans…. A few lovely Japanese boxes… A few more chairs…. My photos arranged here, for you to arrange to find….hope you like them.

Retire in Paradise

Anyone who has traveled has at one time had that thought pop into their head, "I could live here". Whether it is that quaint little town in England with the great pub, the  Italian country side, the nightlife of Spain or the tropical beaches, at one time or another everyone has envisioned living the laid back lifestyle in that far away place they spent a week or two at. Then reality slowly creeps in and  you begin to realize things ...

Lentil Loaf

After all the food in New Orleans I was ready for some “plain” food. The simple food of my childhood. . . I scrounged around the kitchen and came up with lentils and rice and I was in business! It took about 10 minutes to assemble the loaf and 60 minutes to bake it. I threw a couple of potatoes in the oven with it. When it was time to eat I steamed some broccoli and made a quick salad. Funny how ...

Are You Confused? I Am!

Dear Readers: Just a quick note to you about your email subscriptions.  As of late, my email subscribers have not been receiving my new posts.  I take this very seriously as most of you have been loyal readers.  Today, I have reset my email options, in order to try to reset the functionality of this service.  Hopefully, you got an email with a synopsis of the last few posts that might not of made it your way. Feel free to email me ...

On Time: A March Review Of The Blogging Challenge…

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight then it is swept by and another takes its place and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius On Time: A March Review... Blogging  Congratulations go out to all of my fellow bloggers for completing the first quarter (25%) of the Daily Post Challenge! January 1, 2011 now seems like only a blink away when we embarked on the ...

Strike it Rich on Your Next Vacation

Image by davitydave via Flickr Here is a twist on the family vacation. Take the family to a place in the country, camp or maybe stay in a cabin, enjoy the outdoors, share quality time with the kids, take your shovel and dig a hole get dirty, hot, sweaty......... WAIT ..... what the.....? First obstacle is talking everyone into doing a little manual labor, but dangle a carrot or carat in front of them. Take a mining vacation. There are several places ...

How to Make Your Own Floral Perfume

Wearing perfume makes us smell good and feel extra pretty. But the problem is that store bought perfumes are expensive and full of chemicals that are bad for your health. Fortunately, you don’t have to quit wearing perfume. You can just make your own!  Making your own perfume is an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative. And it’s all natural! Flowers that are commonly used in perfumes include: roses, jasmine, violets, lavender, orange blossoms, and lilies.  You can use one type of ...

Pampered Pets

We recently designed and installed beautiful custom bedding for a client that wanted to pamper her pooches as much as herself – the lucky dogs! The bedding was crafted from sumptuous velvet and we designed washable bedding for her dogs to match. Needless to say, someone was very happy! Of course, incorporating a pet’s needs into a home is not unusual. In fact, it’s not only common, it’s smart! Considering your pet’s needs when designing your home maximizes space, style and ...

Guest Post: Innovative Birthday Floral Arrangements

Flowers are an excellent gift to make a certain someone feel special. Are you interested in offering your friends or folks flowers on their birthday? The type of flower or arrangement you should choose can be based on various criteria such as individuality, sex, or age. Beautiful arrangement of diligent flowers for the lady: Traditionally, floral bouquets have always been presented to females. Whilst choosing flowers yourselves, you should focus on her choices and try implementing different styles using the flowers she ...

Video Tutorial: Learn to Make a Pumpkin Vase Fall Flower Arrangement

Fall is here, which means it’s pumpkin season! Not only are pumpkins delicious in pies, they also make wonderful, seasonal decorations for the home. Pumpkins or gourds can be decorated, carved and made into flower vases. Add beautiful seasonal flowers, such as zinnias, celosias, chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, foliage and you will have a lovely pumpkin fall flower arrangement. Mix and match flowers and foliage to create interesting textures and forms. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just have fun with it! Here is ...

How did I kill my tomato plants?

There is certainly never a dull moment when you attempt to grow your own fruit and vegetables, especially on Piglet’s plot! One minute they are all fine and the next… Tomato plants before feed Before we returned to France I went to our local plant and hardware shop to buy liquid fertilizer for my fruit and vegetables. After performing various charades on my part, and shoulder shrugging on the shop assistant’s, I finally made him understand “I need food for my vegetables ...

BGI Receives ASID Legacy of Design Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received First Place in the 2013 ASID Legacy of Design Awards for Bathroom Design! Founded in 1975 and with over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional association for interior designers in the United States. The association’s annual competition recognizes the finest interior design achievements in each state’s chapter and, needless to say, the competition is fierce! Pictured from left to right: ...

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Sisal

What could tequila and a sisal floor rug possibly have in common? I know. There are so many great punch lines that could follow, but there’s actually a legitimate answer. They both have the same origin: the Agave plant. Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Sisal is highly durable and strong, and has been used in the making of twine ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

Learning from Our Mistakes

Before, I get started today…I little blog glitch has come to light here at The Art of Being Conflicted.  For those of you that subscribe to my blog via email, there seems to be a problem with new posts being sent out. I have been working all week to try to figure out the problem but as of yet..it’s still a problem.
I appreciate all my readers and hope until this is corrected soon In the meantime, I hope that you will bookmark me or put me on your favorites to manually check for new posts. I have reset the gadget to launch emails. You might try re-entering your email address, just to see if that helps. OR… Maybe the blog fairy will come and fix it in the middle of the night like she sometimes does.

Anyway…on to today’s topic.

“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”   Oscar Wilde

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”    James Joyce

Driven to Distraction

You might remember last month the video that was on all the news programs, showing Shena Hardin, driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus.  She had been doing this every morning so the driver and the kids on the bus called the cops to have them waiting.  All the while, they were waiting to film the “gotcha”
moment.

On Monday of this week, a Cleveland Municipal Judge handed down the consequences of her actions with sentencing her to holding a sign on two consecutive mornings for one hour each day, at an intersection near where she took her “self-directed” detour.

The sign read: Only an idiot drives on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus”

In addition, Hardin’s license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250.00 in court costs.

Is is just me, or do you think she got off easy?  I don’t know what the appropriate punishment should be but I am still thinking about it.  I am not thinking that the 2 hours of sign holding is opening her discovery portal quite enough to suit me.

Doing a Public Service

Earlier this week, an Indiana man, Edward Kirk III,  was stopped by officials as he ran down the street screaming that he was being chased by dinosaurs. Upon further investigation, the 19 year old told the Greenfield Police that after taking some hits of LSD that the aliens at his apartment along with the dinosaurs were perusing him.  He took the officers back to his apartment to show them the aliens.

Edward was very cooperative as drug dealers go, showing the police his stash of drugs which included over 1000 hits of LSD and  his makeshift lab.

During the time the police spent with Edward, he filled them in on how he makes his money.  He explained that by making LSD he is really “doing the people’s work” and that the whole world should trip as it is really great.

Edward was charged with several felonies and misdemeanor drug charges.

I found it interesting that several of the news write ups included the added information that neither aliens nor dinosaurs were found in the apartment.  Good to know!

Lessons Learned From the Recent Election

Relax…I am not talking about left or right, this party or that…I am talking about the two winners that had the unique qualification of being dead.  Yes,  there were two candidates that have the distinction of having won their races and being deceased.  Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley both won their races by comfortable margins.

Wood died at 96 during his campaign for a 12th term as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando, FL.
He died of natural causes.

Beasley, 77 died on October 12th, possibly due to an aneurysm, while trying to win a seat on the Bibb County Commission in central Alabama. He won with 52 percent of the vote. His opponent, Walter Sansing, is said to be taking the loss hard.  Mr. Sansing said “It’s a touchy situation.  When you are running against a dead man, you are somewhat limited about what you can say.”

Ask me! Ask Me! I know what he could of said.  “Don’t Vote For the DEAD guy!” While the reason this happened is that people voted straight tickets and didn’t pay attention about not voting for the deceased perhaps this might of helped:

Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

A veteran of corporate moves from which I survived moving 21 times for my husband's job. I currently am a married, middle-aged (if I make it to 116) middle income, mom living in the very middle of the country, with time on her hands to jot down observations, judgements, and musings about past and current events.

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