Java Talk: How We Cope On Difficult Days


We haven't done Java Talk in quite awhile. A reader named Rosie suggested we chat about how we handle difficult days. How we bolster ourselves, in our own individual way, to get through them.

Personally, I usually fret and worry for a day. Which is a total waste. But it's hard to reprogram yourself. I'll try not to think about something, but before I know it, I'm thinking about it again.

Once I can get myself into a semi-calm place, I try to do something nice for myself. Go get an iced coffee from McDonalds. (Try the caramel, OMG it's good! I'm totally addicted to them.) Or I'll go to Barnes & Noble. Bookstores always relax me if they aren't busy. 

I'll draw a bath and try to relax in the water. Usually I'll do the yoga stretching to prepare myself for said bath. 

I try to read in the evening. It soothes me. 

Yesterday I was in Target getting a few groceries. I could hear this kid screaming all over the store. Finally I came across the kid and her mother near the frozen food. 

The mother was chatting with another mother, who was rocking her baby to and fro. Like there wasn't a child screaming bloody murder right there in their midst.

Alarm bells were going off in my head that said: "Get your stuff and get the hell out of here!"

I said something to the effect of: "Boy, I could hear that child all over the store."

She said: "Yeah, she's loud." And went right on talking. How you could talk over that I don't know. 

I would have been embarrassed, apologized for any disruption, and left the store. 

Life sure is different nowadays.

What do you do to calm yourself on difficult days?

Book Review: Safe With Me


This book begins when Hannah hears a scream and the screeching of car brakes. She runs outside to see that her 12 year old daughter Emily has been hit by a car while riding her bike. 

Why Drinking Purified Water Is Important

Purified Drinking Water from Your Refrigerator

There is a wide variety of refrigerators that have water filters. The water comes from a dispenser in the door. Most filters also automatically fill ice cube trays with the filtered water. 



Clean, chilled and fresh tasting water and ice are main advantages to getting your drinking water this way. The filter purifies your drinking water and makes your coffee, tea and food taste better. 

At online stores such as WaterFiltersFAST, you'll find a wide selection of refrigerator water filters. These filters can remove or reduce impurities that are present in the tap water. 

There are two main types of filters, including inline filters and push-in filters. Inline filters are more often used for older model refrigerators. Push-in filters are built into most new refrigerator models. 



Different Options

The top brands of refrigerators offer water filters, so you can select the one that suits your kitchen space and lifestyle the best. Most of these filters last longer than pitcher and faucet-mounted water filters. 

Whirlpool manufactures several water filters for its refrigerators. One variety removes lead, cysts and turbidity for the cleanest water possible. Filters also remove particulates, mercury and chlorine and improve the taste and odor.

General Electric also makes water filters for its refrigerators including smart water filters. All of the filters come with clear instructions and are easy to install. 

Samsung manufactures several sizes of water filters for refrigerators that are easy to install and remove up to 99 percent of contaminants, including lead, mercury, asbestos, benzene, cysts and chlorine. 

Reverse osmosis is one of the best water filtration methods. Whirlpool makes high-capacity reverse osmosis system water filters that can be connected to your refrigerator. 



Why Purify Your Tap Water?

The top reasons to get a refrigerator that has a built-in water filter are:


  • Your drinking water will smell and taste fresh, and the chlorine, lead and most of the other contaminants will be removed. Many of these contaminants can cause diseases such as colon and bladder cancer.


  • Solid block water filters can remove contaminants while allowing the water to retain healthy minerals that balance the pH of the water. 


  • The cost is less than bottled water.


  • Purified water is especially important for children's immune systems. 


The Best Water Filters for Refrigerators


  •  Whirlpool water filters for refrigerators are easy to install and remove all contaminants. They need to be replaced every six months.


  •  Maytag refrigerator cyst water filters remove all contaminants but leave some fluoride. They need to be replaced every 12 months. These filters have National Science Foundation (NSF) certification.


  •  GE refrigerator filters also remove various bacteria and can be installed upside down with no change in efficiency.


  • Samsung Aqua-Pure Plus refrigerator filter uses high-grade carbon for up to 90 percent efficiency and is NSF certified. 


  • Frigidaire PureSource2 removes all of the above contaminants as well as a large percentage of pesticides and herbicides. It is NSF approved. 


  • LG Refrigerator filter removes contaminants and produces water that is actually good for you. It is NSF approved. 


You can take fresh, safe water with you wherever you go in a reusable bottle or larger container. You'll get much more space in your fridge when it's not full of bottled water. Filters save you from having to buy clean drinking water and are environmentally-friendly.

This post was a sponsored post for which I was compensated.

Tweak It Tuesday #160

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Rosemary & Thyme showed her beautiful table settings.

Tips For Cleaning Up Your Pinterest Boards

I adore Pinterest. But you know, sometimes you pin something that, upon further reflection, you say to yourself..."What on earth was I thinking pinning that ugly thing?"

Therefore, you should perform regular maintenance on your Pinterest Boards. 

Here is my mantra: Don't just pin it and forget it. 

A Little More Fall Inside

Well, aside from the rumpled dog bed underneath this table, I've got quite a bit of fall in this room. 


Setting Up A Coffee Bar

Even though it's just me and the pupsters living here, I like to have an organized coffee bar. I've had one wherever I've resided for years.

But how do you go about setting one up? 


A Bit Of Fall In The Air

At night, there is a bit of a nip in the air. During the day, still hot and muggy. 

But September will soon give way to October, and perhaps we will need to get the blankets out of storage. 


Book Review: Accidents Of Marriage


Maddy and Ben have three children and busy careers. Maddy is a social worker, and Ben is a public defender. Seems like the quintessential perfect little family. 

Tweak It Tuesday #159

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Blue Willow House created a pretty fall tabletop.

Homekeeping: Tips For Tackling Household Chores

Keeping on top of things has always been easy for me. I suppose I'm pretty organized. Being in a boot doesn't stop me from cleaning. It sure slows me down though!



Thoughts On 2015 Fall Tour

I was just so happy with the many creative homes I saw on this fall blog tour. You ladies are just amazing!

Here are some highlights from yesterday, our last, but most certainly not our least, day of the fall tour...


Day 4: 2015 Fall Blogger Home Tours

I hope you've all been having fun taking sneak peaks into these gorgeous homes on the fall blogger tours.

Here's a little peek of what went on yesterday...



Day 3: 2015 Fall Blogger Home Tours

We're to day 3 of our fall tour. Let's look at some highlights of yesterday's homes...



Day 2: 2015 Blogger Fall Home Tours

Yesterday you saw seven homes decked out for fall. Here are some highlights...


Blogger's Fall Home Tour 2015

Welcome everyone! I'm hosting some wonderful bloggers' homes this week. All the way through Friday we'll see how 28 bloggers have decorated for fall

Let's get started on my little apartment, shall we?



The Coffee Table (Beast) Project Is Now Finished

This project was one of those nightmares that you kind of wish you'd just passed right on by. Or not seen in the first place. 

But lo and behold, after days and days of working on it, it is as finished as I can make it.

Here it was at the beginning. Doesn't look like a nightmare, does it. 

Well looks are deceiving...


Book Review: You Should Have Known

I finished this psychological thriller, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, last night. It was a fast-based book, so an easy and fulfilling read.



10 Fall Printables

I've fallen in love with some of the fall printables I've found. Like this one. You can find it here, along with some others.



Moment Of Truth

Well, yesterday I worked and I worked on the coffee table/beast. And I was able to chip teensy tiny pieces of wood off the top. I'm certainly not at the point when I'm feeling elated because I'm almost there. 

Because I'm clearly not almost there. And now I've got gouges on the top where my putty knife went too deep when I was trying to get that last thin stubborn layer to come up.



Update On "The Beast" & A New Fall Tour Participant

I thank you all for your suggestions to my project dilemma in yesterday's post, though I'm just getting around to reading them today. Along with the many emails I didn't have time to tend to.

I'm sure many of you have started projects, that, once fully engaged, you thought to yourself: "If only I'd chosen that other piece of furniture I saw." And then later on: "Have I lost my ever-lovin' mind?"

I'm showing a nice pretty flower, a mere token of beauty before I show photos of "THE BEAST."


When A Project Starts Going Awry

Ever start a project, and somehow from the get-go, the stars do not seem aligned to work with you?

Such is the story of this little table, which I bought in Jenks yesterday (I'm a mere four miles from this antique mall, by the way) for $35. 

I spotted it almost as soon as I entered, which was good, because I've got to limit walking on this ankle right now. 

It wasn't there last week. I went on down a few aisles, mulling it over. But somehow it seemed destined to be "the one."


Fall Bloggers Home Tour: One Week From Today

One week from today, I'm hosting 28 blogger homes decorated for fall. There will be four days of touring. And plenty of fall decorating to enjoy!

Tweak It Tuesday #158

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Ramblings Of A Southern Girl is getting her fall on.

A Little More Fall


Dressed Up Fall Candles

I decided to decorate some of my candles for fall. So I got out a bunch of items, sat down at the kitchen table, and went to town.



The Leaves Are Falling

Not much change in the weather, but when I walk out on the patio, I see lots of leaves from the two trees floating to the ground.

I've been bringing a little more fall into the living space of my apartment.



Book Review: Dear Carolina


In Kristy Woodson Harvey's debut novel, Dear Carolina, we read about two distinctly different young women. There is Khaki, an accomplished designer married to Graham. And then there is Graham's teenaged cousin Jodi, a less than perfect young woman.

Decorating Is A Balancing Act

I told you I found a few other goodies at the Jenks antique mall. I felt I needed something on either side of this quilt, since it isn't as wide as the other one.