Mar

19

I spent a little time the past weeks feeling somewhat down and deflated about the total lack of energy I’ve had. Sunshine didn’t help, vitamins haven’t helped, nothing has. I know that the flu so many have had this winter (myself included), has left lingering effects of tiredness long after the flu had gone, so I really felt that it was probably that.

I also started the Whole 30 five days ago, and have been following the plan to the letter. Today, I woke up feeling not much different than I usually do, although I didn’t have that immediate feeling that I wanted to sleep for another hour, nor did I feel groggy. I noticed, but didn’t attribute it to much.

As the day wore on, and I wasn’t dragging and actually felt like getting out and walking- I was SO excited! My energy is so much better today and I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me. I’m grateful.

Tomorrow, after I finish working, I may put on my running shoes and walk a little further. Little by little I’m going to rebuild my stamina.

If today brought this- I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Mar

17

Life has been moving along this week at a quick clip.  I started the Whole 30 program and so far so good.  I am dedicated, so I suspect all will go fine, even though I did admit hitting a brick wall today-   I wanted to eat sugar, but I refrained.

I had several last minute orders come in for Easter, so I’ll be busy working on those next week.  I’m very grateful for the opportunities- and also that I can be a small part in someones celebration.

Today I had someone message me and in the midst of a conversation say they were saving their money to visit.   It isn’t someone I’m close to, even though they are family, and yet-   they’ve  never discussed with me about coming-  only told me that they are visiting.    I’m flattered that they want to visit, but I know that it isn’t ‘me’ that they want to see, but rather assume they have a free place to stay so they can jet around the area.    I let them talk and didn’t say anything, but I will when the time comes.

I believe having expectations and assumptions are one of the worst things we could do.   It’s a projection of what we ‘think’ should and will happen, but often that isn’t the reality of what someone else is thinking or feeling.    I’ve walked that road, had my own disappointments based on an expectation, and I’ve learned to try not to have them any longer.  Key word being try, as I’m human and it does happen.

My  home space is my sanctuary,  and having people stay in our home, as it does with everyone takes major adjustments.   I’m willing to go to the end of the earth to make that happen for some, and not for others.  I think that’s the case with most of us.

 

In other unrelated news-  the sun has been absolutely amazing!!    I haven’t been able to get out and enjoy it much, because I’ve had so much work to do, but I’ve been soaking it up through the windows.   Fingers crossed that tomorrow we’ll see more of the same, as I will be getting out and about tomorrow and enjoying a free day as we head into the weekend.

 

What are you going to do?

Mar

17

Empire

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When my good friend was visiting last weekend, we got on the subject of Hulu and some of the great shows. One of the shows she mentioned was Empire. She knows I’m a huge music lover, so I decided to sign up for the free week of Hulu to check it out. She’s right- the music, the riffs, the family dynamics- I love it. There is something special happening when you can pull together the sounds of the stylus rmx and other groove sounds, and add it to a family drama series. Pure brilliance. As for me- I have one day left on my week- so hopefully I’ll get caught up- I’m doubtful, but the music- oh the music. I can’t imagine not keeping up with this show. Who has seen it?

Mar

14

Soul Food Time- and Spring

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This past weekend, I spent time in the company of one of my good friends-IMG_0910    She lives several hours away, so we don’t get to see each other too often, but when we do- it’s always a great time of fun, laughter and good food for the soul.

Friday we spent the day exploring some of our favorite foodie haunts and on Saturday morning we went to a weekly market in a town about a half hour from us.    An acquaintance of ours recently quit his day job and decided to live his dream of creating gorgeous artisan breads.   He sells them at this weekly market so we went to support his venture by buying from him.   You can taste the love in the flavor of the bread, plus being a small business owner myself, I love the idea of supporting other small businesses.

The weather was absolutely perfect both days- which is not always a given in the land of never.   As we strolled along the market area, I noticed these pink flowers at a local garden shop.    I loved the color, and the yellow center seemed to scream happiness and Spring.

Spending time with people I love is one of my favorite things.  What about you?

 

 

Mar

6

March seems to have entered like a lion with colder temps and also a little snow here and there.     The one plus to all that- is that mixed in with all the wacky weather has also been some sunshine, some of which that I enjoyed today.

I admit, I planned to do a lot more than I actually did today.   I did get some things done, but there are others that fell by the wayside simply because I was enjoying the weather.

I also put my ‘to do’ list to the side and spent some time reaching out and connecting with people that matter to me.   Nurturing my relationships is something that is very important to me, but I know that like everything- we need to nurture our gardens in life to see them continue to thrive-   that can be our actual physical gardens, or the gardens that are our relationships.    I believe what we receive is in direct proportion to what we give in our lives.     Assuming that we are giving and nurturing our relationships because it matters to us- and not because we want the ‘pay off’.    If the intention is wrong, then it throws everything out of balance.

As I get older (and hopefully wiser), I realize more than ever the importance of family and friends.    Not ‘any’ family and friends, but those who lift us and others, but also hold a mirror in front of us so that we can see our best selves through them.      The ones who encourage us to not only recognize our potential, but also to live it.

Those are the people I want in my life… every  … single.. day.

 

Mar

2

Words Matter

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In a world where not much surprises me these days, I’ll admit that I’ve been very surprised and saddened by the circus that has become our next presidential election.

I intentionally do not watch the news, because I prefer not to have the negativity floating in my  head that seems to be on a continual news loop.   For someone who was once upon a time a Broadcast Journalism major, it speaks volumes.    Around the time of the Sandy Hook shootings, it finally became ‘too much’ for me.

Life is so full of ups and downs, and keeping focused on the positive and the silver lining of life is important to me.   So I quit news cold turkey.   Now, I don’t see a lot, outside of what scrolls through on my Facebook feed, which generally isn’t ‘too much’, but lately it has become so.

If you know me then you know I rarely discuss politics, or religion.     It’s the two subjects where people can really get crazy if someone has a different viewpoint than them, so I avoid it. (Unless you are someone whom I know can have an intelligent conversation and the respect to agree to disagree if our views don’t match.)

When I see people blaming each other for this, that and the other- it makes me sad.  Why?   First, because it creates a larger divide amongst the people.   We are ALL human beings-  we ALL matter.

 

I posted the following on Facebook-   it sums up how I feel:

Love, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Working TOGETHER towards the common good. ALL of those things matter to me personally.

Solutions to problems- I don’t care how big they are- will NEVER come by pointing fingers, placing blame and creating division.

If WE are not part of the solution then WE are part of the problem. Maybe WE should take a long hard look in the mirror at ourselves, be honest with who we have become and what we ‘put out there’ and realize that in order for real change to happen- it starts with US, with loving and accepting people right where they are.

We can only understand things based on our personal lens in which we view the world- No one has that same lens, because they are each based on our own personal experiences.

If someone else has a different experience in life than yours- even if you were at the same place at the same time- the different perspective doesn’t make one right and the other wrong- one more valid than the other- it makes them different- nothing more. We don’t have to ‘understand’ someone else’s experience- it’s theirs, but we should respect it.

Food for thought..

Feb

29

Home Projects Continued

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Marcel and I have been doing some painting in our home and sprucing things up for a while now.   We have had so much on our ‘to do list’ when it comes to the house, but we finally actually decided to make it happen this year.

He’s doing the painting of the walls, but I have had a few ideas and projects on my own brewing.   A friend gave me an old window and frame when she moved, and I have had it stored in the shed waiting for inspiration to strike as to how I wanted to use it.

Once the painting in the living room was done, it hit me that I wanted to hang the window on the wall behind the sofa-   I also thought it would be nice to hang a shelf under it-  and set a few things on the shelf that makes me smile.     Then came the decision on what color I wanted to do the window and the shelf.    Since I love the darker, cranberry red color (or any red, but the cranberry goes well within our home), I decided to order some Annie Sloan chalk paint and paint both the shelf and the window frame with it.   I’ve had that plan for about a month now, but FINALLY I took the step and ordered the paint today.   Hopefully, with a little luck I’ll have it within a few days and can begin on the project this weekend.

In addition, I have a couple of photo frames that I think would look good with the same color-

The ideas and inspirations are flowing, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.     Have you used Annie Sloan paint?  How did you enjoy using it?

Feb

25

Color My World

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tulipsIt is no secret that tulips are one of my favorite flowers.    Right along sunflowers and Gerber daisies, they can add a burst of happiness and sunshine to the most dismal of days.

Last week, my mother-in-law turned 80.   It’s a huge milestone, and we celebrated with a dinner out, together with family and friends.    We had her gift chosen for quite some time, but I wanted to do a little something extra for her.

Since it’s ‘tulip time’-  I thought it would be fun to visit one of the farms who sell their tulips at a roadside stand and buy ’80’ in honor of her special day.    So that’s what we did.   We visited several roadside stands in order to get a mixture of colors and varieties, but we were successful.   She was thrilled and loved the surprise.

In addition to the 80 we got her, I also picked up some for myself, wanting a little extra cheer in the house.   We’ve had a lot of grey days as of late, and even though the daylight hours are getting longer,  the grey sometimes takes its own toll, so color was in order.

This was the tulips yesterday.    Did you know that after harvested, that tulips will continue to grow?  I generally will trim the stems every few days, but this time I chose to let them ‘go wild’ and do their thing-  which meant leaning over the side of the vase- a look that I find to be stunning.

What is your favorite flower, and why?  Also, what do you do to brighten up a dull week and add color to your life?

Feb

15

Quiet Afternoons

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Marcel is someone who needs some kind of background noise happening all the time.   I am the complete opposite.    In fact, when he’s working- like today, and I am home to take care of my own things-   (like gathering tax information for my business and our personal taxes) I don’t hear anything except for the sound of birds, the occasional bark JJ will let out when he’s noticed birds outside that he doesn’t want near, little things like that.   No Spotify (although I love it), no television, nothing.

It’s golden to me.    There is something blissful about enjoying the quiet time-   soaking up the sunshine, as I was happy to be able to do today.  I tend to get more done that way, unless I’m in one of those moods where I find that loud music helps motivate me for cleaning- to get things done.

What about you?   Do you prefer background noise- or can you enjoy the silence?

 

Feb

8

February- the Month of Love

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Febuary is a special month in our home.  Outside of the traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations mid-month-  it’s also our anniversary month (the 2nd to be exact), so it’s a great reason to celebrate all month long.   I am a firm believer that we should celebrate the love in our life-  be it family, friends or partners- each and every day but doing something extra special, always adds a little joy to someone else’s life.   If I can do that any day- my joy rises.

Our home improvements continue this month, and I have been creating some beautiful Valentine’s Day packages for people to order and spread the love with someone that means something special to them.    It brings me so much joy to be able to play a small part in bringing joy to the lives of someone else.

This past weekend, I spent the day- together with friends exploring the sweet world of a chocolate festival.    It was a great learning experience with the bean to bar process and I’m curious about possibly getting my own beans and a small machine to turn them into something special.   It”s an investment, so something I’ll have to do more research on, plus weigh the pros and cons, but I love the idea.   I also love seeing people so passionate sharing products they love.     Since I do the same with my own business, I can relate to their passion, plus it also is a source of inspiration for me.

Next week-   My mother in law will celebrate her 80th birthday.   It will be a special day for her and we’re all surprising her with a dinner out-  It should be a wonderful time together.

It’s definitely a busy month, but one filled with so much celebration, love and joy!

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