Sometimes, bad things happen. Parents get old and sick, friends lose their jobs or homes, and weird, freaky $hi+ happens that's scary and depressing. Over time, this collection of bad experiences can be a real downer....unless we shift the balance by creating positive experiences.
Case in point....Manicures and Martinis. It wasn't a "big" birthday, but why does it need to be? It was a great excuse to connect with other women. Research consistently shows that social interaction makes people live healthier and longer lives. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think it has to do with the brain chemicals and hormones that are released when you're having a good time doing good things to your blood pressure and such.
Even more sweet, the birthday girl is a breast cancer survivor, making every birthday pretty special.
On another note, Halloween is a great opportunity to showcase one of my home's best features:
I kid you not, it's a real headstone. It was here when we moved in and despite several attempts, it cannot be moved. In fact, it won't even budge. I've taken this as a sign that it belongs with the house and does not wish to be disturbed. The story from the previous owner is that it's an extra civil war marker for a great, great uncle, but it's difficult to tell since it's so worn. Spooky, eh?
Happy Halloween everyone!!!