Top of the Morning April 22


Mellow Monday greetings, friends –

I had a ton of fun collecting these for today!

Beginning with:

12-12-12 Method for spring/purging cleaning
I’m gonna dial it back to a 5-5-5 Method.  Baby steps for me.  Ha

Holy camoly!
Seeing is believing!
My personal YIKES take-a-ways were:
Manta Stingray — 15 feet
Saltwater Croc – 16 feet
King Cobra – 13 feet

I remember one and all.
Makes me feel a little older OR I feel like I have a great memory OR the advertising slogans were so great that I still remember them.
My favorite take-aways are:
“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”
“Where’s the Beef?”
“It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature”
“Calgon take me away”

I’m thinking the advertisers might want to resurrect these great ads – because we know they’re “stickers” – but who am I to suggest such?  Ha

Beautiful ideas.
I remember when there was a time in my world that I was a “hater” of wallpaper.  Specifically, when Peter and I bought our home 30+ years ago.  Crazy wallpaper from room-to-room and we stripped all from the walls.
But wallpaper and it being art has evolved!
Now, downstairs half-bath is wallpapered with art and also upstairs master bedroom (one wall only).  Both beautiful.

Is absolutely timely!  I’m so gonna follow these tips from the Pros so my pretty hanging baskets will be happy and make me smile throughout the summer and fall.


  1. Chicken Asparagus stir fry — velveting the meat?  Who knew?  Not me.
  2. No Knead Olive Bread – had me at “no knead”
  3. Herb Butter Salmon + Couscous Parchment  Packets – easy + fantastic presentation
  4. Italian Chop Pasta Salad – Pasta, deli meats, olives, tomatoes, dressing.  Winner!!
  5. Orange Cake utilizing entire oranges – peels and all!
    Wow – first time I’ve ever read a recipe like this – fan-tastic reviews tell us all we need to know.

Is so worthy of a listen.  I miss Paul Harvey at noon.  What a great composer of something/somehow/somebody we didn’t know about.

Is a hoot!
From my collection of old emails.

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This is too funny not to read.  For anyone who has attempted to start an exercise program:

And the story goes:
For my birthday this year, my husband (the dear) purchased a week of private lessons at the local health club for me.  Although I am still in great shape since playing on my high school softball team, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Tony, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.  My husband seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started.

The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.:

Started my day at 6:00 am.
Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Tony waiting for me.  He is something of a god with blonde hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile.  WOO-HOO!!!

Tony gave me a tour and showed me the machines.  He took my pulse after five minutes on the treadmill.  He was alarmed that my pulse was so fast, but I attribute it to standing next to all those rippling muscles.  (I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his weight training class after my own workout today.  Very inspiring.)

Tony was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around.  This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!

I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.  Tony made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air … then he put weights on it!

My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  Tony’s rewarding smile made it all worthwhile.  I feel GREAT!  It’s a whole new life for me.

The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.  I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.  Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop.  I parked on top of a Geo in the club lot.

Tony was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered the other club members.  (His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning, and when he scolds, he gets a nasally whine that is VERY annoying.)

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Tony put me on the stair master.  (Why in the WORLD would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?)  Tony told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life.  He said some other stuff too.

Tony was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.  (I couldn’t help being a half hour late.  It took that long for me to tie my dang shoes.)

Tony took me to work out with dumbbells.  When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the Ladies’ room.  He sent Barbie to find me, then, as punishment, put me on the rowing machine … which I sank.

I hate that SUCKER Tony more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world.  (Stupid, skinny, puffed-up pea.)  If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.  Tony wanted me to work on triceps.

I don’t have triceps!  And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me those barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.  (Which I am sure you learned in the sadist school you attended and graduated magna cum laude.)

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and P.E. teacher.  Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

Tony left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.  Just hearing him made me want to smash the machine with my planner.  However, I lacked the strength to use the TV remote and ended up watching eleven straight hours of the weather channel.

I’m having the church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank God that this week is over.  I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun like a root canal or a mammogram.

~ hilarious author unattributed
from my collection of saved emails
this one from year 2000



9 replies
  1. Carol says:

    I have been on a “purge” mission for quite a while now and need to ramp it up a bit, so I particularly enjoyed the 12-12-12 method of decluttering. Like you, I probably will start with a smaller number but even that should provide numerous opportunities to rejoice as the house takes on a lighter feeling. On a mission!!!

    My decorating style normally is sort of understated, but I got excited about some of the bolder wallpaper patterns. And I especially like the one-wall or other accent uses. And the newer patterns really are artful! Thinking of how I can incorporate some of these ideas into my soon-to-be-uncluttered house. . . 😉

    Great start to the week! Thanks, Daymaker.

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Carol –

      Let our purges begin! Ha

      Yes, wallpaper art is so interesting and beautiful NOW!

      And hat tip to all of us “artists” who wouldn’t just stick stuff – GLUED to the walls – without really checking it – eyeing it from all places in the room – and deciding if we really want it to be there for a bit. Ha.
      That wallpaper’s not coming down anytime soon once it’s stuck up there like a postage stamp on an envelope!

      Thanks, Carol for being a Daymaker cheerleader!


      We sure thank you for being such a HUGE part of the

  2. Marty says:

    I find “Spring Clean Up” seems to bring some kind of MAGIC energy with it. Haven’t you? Here I am loaded with Daymaker’s suggestions combined with fresh energy, heading for property clean up: weeds, broken branches, dead plants to name a few. I have to warn myself, if I don’t do it NOW, the energy will soon dissipate leaving me most regretful. Gloves in hand and my little red poodle at at my side, we are heading out to do some serious clean up. Thanks Daymaker for the boost!


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