Friday, November 29, 2019

TGIF - November 29th

Thanks Dr Brene Brown for this new take on an old acronym, TGIF to mean Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that one of my sisters, who is traveling in the middle east, gets home safely, soon.  They had an encounter on the seas with pirates.

Grateful:  that the man we hired to rake all the leaves came out on a chance day to get all the lawns & gardens cleared of the wet packed mess that the leaves had become.  He's got all the proper equipment to make short work of this.

Inspired: by one of the elders at church.  She's an amazing lady of 80+ years & has given me some sound advice about taking risks in life.  She openly shared some of her risks taken & some risks she passed on & why/how the outcome of either choice shaped her life.  She's amazing, kind, funny, loving & I think she needs to write a book.  All her wisdom & stories have certainly inspired me to look at some of my own risk(s) pending.

Fun: a wonderfully too short a phone call (3 hours) with my best friend.  Grateful for phone plans!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wisdom On A Wednesday #2

Hummingbird sitting in my Birch tree

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch,  but in her own wings.

Friday, November 22, 2019

TGIF - November 22nd

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this re-take on TGIF; instead of Thank Goodness It's Friday, we now go with Trusting; Grateful; Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that my book/reading dry spell is over.  I've got 2 books out from the library & two waiting for me to pick up.  The two that I have just started to read, & I'm so far enjoying; Akin  by Emma Donoghue and Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher.

Grateful: for some better quality TV (time well wasted) in a few  series; Press; Poldark (oh swoon over Aidan Turner) both on Masterpiece; His Dark Material on HBO (I've read the books).

Inspired: by some Pinterest posts for Christmas cards.  I've now got all mine made & envelopes addressed.  Just need to get to the post office to purchase stamps for mailing December 1st. 

Fun: we got our online Advent Calendar - this year's location is an online, not real,  little village in the Cotswold, truly a magical place both in reality & an online version.  There are a few fun things in the calendar to do before December 1st.
Source: Internet (Cotswold Village)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lest We Forget - November 11th 2019

Poppies From My Garden

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae, Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Memorial Statue of John McCrae - Guelph, Ontario

Friday, November 01, 2019

TGIF - A Month of Thanksgiving #5

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this change up on TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that this new chapter in my life is a page turner of joy, wonderment & personal growth.  I have struggled with some of my decisions moving into a life I want.   I envy people that can make tough decisions quickly & then make the most of that decision.  Me, I'm a brooder, worrier & a waffler.  
Grateful: for the people that have read my blog posts over the years & for those leaving comments.  It has truly amazed me where this blogging journey has gone; is going.

Inspired: by a lovely letter from a patient couple at my last clinic job.  She & He did notice all those little extra bits of attention to detail.  It mattered.  My last two paid jobs certainly felt like that joke quote; "doing a good job here is like wetting yourself in a dark suit, it gives you a warm feeling but nobody notices."

Fun:  having the time to play with all my acquired stamping stuff &  getting into my stash of scrapping stuff.  I also attended a specialty  card making workshop.  It's amazing how the mind opens to being more creative when it's not bogged down with worries & stuff. 

November's Angel Thought is "Retreat" .