Motivational Monday…What Lemons?

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Motivational Monday…What Lemons?


One more holiday before we wake up to 2022.   I hope that everyone’s Christmas went as they hoped. 

The past two years have called for us to make adjustments and do something with the lemons we’ve been given. 



The Lemon…

Our neighbor was not able to be with their family here in town because a family member contracted the virus. (They are doing fine, no fever)

Even though they had just seen them a few nights earlier, they spent Christmas Day depressed because they were not going to be with them. We offered to bring over cookies and other goodies to them but they passed. We invited them to join us at our family gathering, but they declined.


The Glass of Lemonade…

While ours is not the only family to have been impacted, we did have a few illnesses this week.  We had  2 cases of the flu and one virus (mild with no fever.)

 Everyone is fine and mending.

Of course, we were all disappointed but we still had a good time yesterday.  We pushed back some of the activities we’d planned and will all get together after the first of the year.


Life is about learning to make adjustments and side steps on the path we’re taking. When we come upon a bump in the road we push through... or not.

We all have the choice when life throws lemons at us. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather add some sugar and water and have a nice glass of lemonade, rather than suck on sour lemons.



When life gives you lemons…learn to juggle. James Patterson

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Comments (40)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sham Reddy CRS and glad you liked it!!! Hope to see you at tomorrow's Zoom meeting. 

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog    We also have a lot of allergies around here now too!!! 

Dec 27, 2021 06:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin that's the advantage of being wise!!!!!

Roy Kelley I hope you get to see them soon!!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti I'm with you. You have to learn to roll with the punches. 

Michael Jacobs so true. And it's hard to help those who won't be helped. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker I love that quote!!!!  I think some people thrive or enjoy living as a victim. 

Brian England thank goodness that there are so many things you can make from lemons!!!

Dec 27, 2021 06:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Carla Freund we all have to learn to move through lemon situations. 

Joan Cox we have the flu, allergies and the lighter virus going around. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I agree!!! I had a friend who once told me that she "couldn't get out of her own way."

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I am one to put lemons on a lot of things.   Wishing you a wonderful week. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I'm going to get back into that habit. When we're out I ask for lemon in my water. All friends and family members are on the mend...thank you. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty life can be a beautiful bowl of lemons, a lemon pie, lemonade...whatever we choose to make!!!

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 Thank you. I love using lemons in the kitchen. 

Dec 27, 2021 06:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider what appears to be going around is the lighter fever and a scratchy or sore throat. Hope your daughter is ok. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty are you coming to the Houston area??? What I've heard is that many have allergies and the flu.  Some with the lighter virus are ok...scratchy and sore throat. 

Dec 27, 2021 07:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Rocky Dickerson     Lemon drops?  Had several at Larry's daughter's wedding!


Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker things happen in life that are out of our control. What we can control is how much vodka we add. 

Dec 27, 2021 07:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Totally agree George Souto It says so much about who we are. 

Dec 27, 2021 07:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This has been a couple years when I find myself quoting Clint Eastwood in the movie, Heartbreak Ridge.  "You gotta improvise, adapt and overcome."

Dec 27, 2021 11:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 27, 2021 11:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I should make lemonade more often:)) after all I have a lemon tree in the back yard, just kidding seriously we need to lighten up at times it is still better than the alternative, Endre

Dec 27, 2021 11:45 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Hoe did lemons get to be the go to fruit for making positive changes? LOL I just made some dazzling mojitos with LIMES

Dec 28, 2021 03:44 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I really like the quote by Patterson... just ignore that there is anything negative at all about adversities, just use those challenges as opportunities to have fun with Kathy Streib .

Dec 28, 2021 07:19 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

We were very lucky to be able to return to a "normal" Christmas for us....Christmas Eve with children and grandbabies. I know a few people who had to delay their celebration. Always better to be safe.

Dec 28, 2021 11:53 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Taking the sour and making something sweet out of it is an acquired skill.  It needs nuturuing and practice, just like any other skill.  There is no magical thing that happens around us to spare us disappointment.  We need to pro-actively dig ourselves out and see the positive.  

Dec 29, 2021 09:13 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Have a great week as we slide into the new year this weekend.  All the best  for 2022!

Dec 29, 2021 11:49 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

The glass is always half full or better in my house!  GREAT post!  Cheers!

Dec 30, 2021 11:22 AM