Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wisdom


 

Decluttering is infinitely easier when you think of it as deciding what to keep rather than what to throw away.

                ... Francine Jay 

Monday, April 08, 2024

Me On A Monday - April 8th

 

  • “Nothing ever seems impossible in spring, you know.” — L. M. Montgomery
2024 Potential Daffodils In My Garden

Good Morning. It was a beautiful day on Sunday.  We spent a lot of time in the garden, tidying up from last week's wintery winds; lots of twigs & branches broken off & laying all about the garden. The one thing that continues to baffle us, is all the oak leaves in the garden.  There aren't any oak trees growing in our garden or anywhere on our street.  They must blow in across the farmer's field at the back of garden.

At this time of year, for many of us, our minds & energy often turn to our homes & spring cleaning.  I read an interesting article about loving our home as it is.  One quote from this article really struck a cord with me.

"Making a conscious decision to appreciate our homes in their current state while nurturing a sense of enthusiasm for potential enhancements allows us to create a home we truly love and want to care for.  And you know what’s even better? Gratitude kicks comparison to the curb! So take a deep breath, let go of all those pesky comparisons and unrealistic expectations, and keep them out for good! Instead, focus on being grateful for the unique haven that is YOUR home!"  Yvonne Pratt - Stone Gable. 

A link to the full article: Stone Gable -5 Ways To Love The Home We Are In

  • “Your home should tell the story of who you are & be a collection of what you love.” — Nate Berkus

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Wisdom

 




Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it's anything that stands between you & the life you want to be living.

                    ... Peter Walsh



The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.

                        ... Joshua Becker 

Monday, April 01, 2024

Me On A Monday - April 1st

Source: Internet
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit ... said first thing upon waking to ensure good luck for the month. 

It is an old superstition found in Britain & North America wherein a person says or repeats the words Rabbit three times (or some say white rabbit three times) aloud upon waking on the first day of a month to ensure good luck for the rest of it.

Currently Reading: just finished late last night, After Annie by Anna Quindlen. At first I did not think I would like this book, I struggled in the first 10 pages to engage with the characters, but by page 25 I was all in & it was a book that I found myself staying up late to read just one more page.  " When Annie Brown dies suddenly, her husband, her four young children & her best friend are left to struggle without the woman who centered their lives."  Goodreads rates this book at 4.2 stars & Amazon readers at 4.5 stars.

I also picked up a book of which I thought was something totally different, Subtraction.  This book was not what I was looking for, after the introduction, I gave the book back to the library.  I was looking for more information on a concept about rather than adding to your "to do" list or your bucket list, that you try the approach of subtracting from your lists.  

Currently Watching:  I finally caught up on Belgravia, The Next Chapter.  This was another slow burn for me, but I am glad I stuck with it.  I really liked the first series of Belgravia.

Currently Baffled:  I am really hoping that Scotland is involved in an elaborate April Fool's prank.  But just in case, JK - there are some great homes with lots of land available here ...

Currently 100 Day Project:  I've completed a task within the project of labeling the spines of my scrapbook albums with the year.  In the end I decided against stamping as that was going to take a lot more time & effort.  I printed off from the computer the years, so both the garden & day to day albums have a uniformed look on the spines.   So nice to check off one of the items on my to do list of the 100 Day Project.

Hope everyone has a most delightful day & week ahead.  Me, I'm off to the dentist ... thank goodness I remembered the rabbit rabbit rabbit chant!!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Wisdom

 




A book is a thread that ties us together over hundreds of years & through millions of hands, & yet it can still be as relevant as the day it was published.

                        ... Z2Z

Monday, March 25, 2024

Me On A Monday - March 25th

Good Morning.  Today is the 25th of March so that means .... 9 months today is Christmas.  There I said it. 😂

So much going on, it's difficult whether we should talk about it or not.  So I will, talk about it.  Maybe even rant a little.

I was, like many, quite shocked at the news from Catherine, Princess of Wales.  Cancer is such an ugly disease.  I thought the video she created was very well done, very regal of her & a very difficult message to deliver.  I was impressed that the background at Windsor Castle was of daffodils, the universal floral representation of the cancer societies around the world. 

I felt that she was rather forced into making this very public announcement of an extremely private situation because of the recent online bullying & the breach of her private medical records.  SHAME.  

Shame on the news agencies both online & in paper for prompting the unspeakable frenzy around Catherine's where abouts, & about William's fidelity. Shame on news talk show hosts such as Piers Morgan, demanding Catherine release the original photo from the Mothering Sunday photo.  It was a photo, not a crime on humanity.  Shame on celebrities, nighttime talk show hosts, for mocking Catherine. Not feeling so funny now, are you?  Especially disgusted by the women of an American daytime talk tv show (disclaimer, I do not watch, but saw the segment on the news).

I am disappointed by many female stars' comments & social media posts, especially in light of the recent International Women's Day when so many of these click bait stars touted messages of support for our fellow women. Where was your support for Catherine?  Shame!  

But what makes me saddest, is that much of the general public, for all the touting of support, are the ones clicking on these conspiracies' posts, giving accreditation to the creators; for those watching, listening & buying trash news shows/magazines.  It certainly felt familiar to the times Diana, Princess of Wales had to endure.  I am so upset with a few of the regular British news shows I watched & listened to that "we" are now on a break. Not sure if & when I'll return to their shows. 

Please let's give Catherine, woman, wife, mother, the time, space & privacy she requires.  We don't know when & if we ourselves will one day require the same.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Wisdom



Think not of the fragility of life, but the power of books, when mere words can change our lives by simply being next to each other.

                ... Kamand Kajoun