Monthly Archives: May 2016



lessons from Audrey

Speaking of May flowers …

(really, who doesn’t have May flowers on her mind?)

Photo by Soorelis via Pixabay

… here’s a perennial blossom worth celebrating:

Photo by Hans Gerber via Wikimedia Commons

Yup, the lovely Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 (in Belgium, by the way, for you trivia buffs).

We remember her as an icon of style and sophistication, a selfless humanitarian, and one of those enviable ladies who seem to maintain a heart full of youth throughout her life.

Photo from Roman Holiday movie via Wikimedia Commons

So, I thought you might find this little tidbit as inspiring as I did:

“Hepburn never skipped breakfast, usually choosing two eggs, whole-wheat toast, and coffee with milk. Once a month, she would have a ‘detox day’ during which she kept herself well hydrated and ate only fresh fruit, vegetables, and yogurt,” recounts blogger Jessica Reidy. “She preferred to eat organic, and the only exercise she liked was to take was walks in the fresh air. Hepburn believed that her care and attention to a healthy diet gave her the energy she needed for her demanding schedule as an actress, activist, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.”

Just a little something to keep in mind as we move into the season of rejuvenation.

In the words of Audrey herself, “Nothing is impossible—the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

May flowers, here we come!



Bus Lady

Behold the beauty of Houston’s Bus Lady, Janis Scott, who may singlehandedly boost public transportation with her bountiful enthusiasm for the humble city bus …

Houston was in the midst of a big effort to redesign their bus system from scratch when Janis Scott appeared, as if by magic. It turns out she had been there, boosting bus morale behind the scenes, for years. Documentary filmmakers, out to make a movie about the rebirth of the city’s public transportation, decided to give Janis her own 4 minutes of fame in the flick above.

Her smile and simply wonderful wisdom are arguably more persuasive than an entire city’s propaganda.

“There’s all types of reasons to ride the bus,” Janis encourages. “Make new friends, learn about things … you want to get people out of their cars and mix, mix, mix. That’s true in any city. Try it, you’ll like it!”




Furniture Makeover Merit Badge, Beginner Level

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 6,861 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—9,721 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane 

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …

For this week’s Make It Easy/Furniture Makeover Beginner Level Merit Badge, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. Step One of earning this handy-dandy badge? Settling in to watch some DIY furniture tutorials.

I love me a good tutorial.

Confession: I even love a bad tutorial. Laughter is the best medicine after all, don’tchaknow.

I plead guilty to …

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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sarah Hall!!!

Sarah Hall (Mrssarahhall, #5223) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level UFOs Merit Badge!

“I cleaned out my craft room closet and gathered all my UFOs into individual bags and gathered supplies to finish each one. I finished a cross-stitched biscornu that I had started some time ago. I will give it to my mom for Mother’s Day.

I am happy I got everything organized and packaged up. I can’t believe how many projects I need to complete though!”