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SOMETHING NEW RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER OF YOUR LIFE

SOMETHING NEW RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER OF YOUR LIFE

SOMETHING NEW RIGHT AROUND

THE CORNER OF YOUR LIFE

 

Something New is Right Around the Corner f Your Life 2
Every Day is a New Chance to Start A New Life

 

Every morning when we wake up there is the possibility of something new. A new opportunity, a new friend, a new magical experience, a new interest, a new life.

I know that some days just getting out of bed becomes a new adventure; am I going to be able to stand or am I going to end up on my butt again, will I break something this time when I fall or will I just bounce like usual? Being overweight is good for something. LoL

 

NEW IS THE OPERATIVE WORD 

New adventures, new ideas, a new way of looking at things; this is what every day holds for us. To be able to change our perspective; to be able to get a new take on something that previously had not filled us with hope. There is no way to know from day-to-day what may be possible for us, what may be a new opportunity for us. Sometimes, when all we can see is the darkness the new day comes and with it the chance for light to show us a new path. Can I be different, can I think different, Can I make my life different?

Every morning when I wake up I lie in bed and wonder whether or not my arms or my legs, my eyes or my ear, or my body at all, is going to work. But, every day holds the possibility of laughter and community, friendship and love. So, those are my new challenges, to look for the laughter, the ability to be part of a community, to seek out friendship and love. Do you know how hard that is for an introvert (shaking my head)?

 

POSITIVITY AND SEEKING THE NEW 

Now, I am mostly a positive person so it would be hard for me to not look for and hope for the bright side but I have been in the dark when only grey clouds and fog surround us. When you can’t see at all, or when there is only Gray and Black. But then there’s the next day, and the possibility again exists for light to come shining through the grey and the black and maybe they get pushed back a little. And even if we can only see a glimmer of the light; we can believe that it is something new that is right around the corner bringing the light back to our hearts.

My way of viewing the world will always have a positive slant because I am always surrounded by love and caring, and people I can count on. My life is filled always with the knowledge that I have people on my side.

People have asked me many times “How do I stay so positive?”, let’s be honest, nobody is positive all the time. Do I have days where I let a little bit of self-pity slip in when I let poor me syndrome take hold? Yes, of course, I do, but it never lasts very long anymore because I am always looking for the new, what new thing can I learn today, about myself, about my work, about the world?

When I say that there is something new around the corner I mean that you have to look for it; that you have to make the challenge to yourself to see the small things that can make a difference in your life. To see the beauty that surrounds every day, all the different greens of the trees, all the clouds in the sky because they’re different colours this time of year, the especially bright and cheerful flowers of Spring. We can see the newness all around us, we just have to try to grab some for ourselves.

Something New is Right Around the Corner of Your Life
The newness of the flowers in Spring

CREATING NEWNESS

If I was to say that finding a way to be creative could help bring the light back into your life whether you color in a coloring book, or do crossword puzzles, or sing and dance; being creative will bring you the light, would you look for it, would you try a new road to see if it works for you? Even if you can only be creative in your mind, design a space that is just yours; make it up to be what you want it to be, your place of peace. Last week, I spoke about Daydreams, use that power, to make something new in your mind.

Only you can decide what will make that little piece of light or that little glimmer of light shine for you, don’t leave yourself in the dark, hunt for the glimmer!

 

Around the corner find something new
Search for that Glimmer of Light

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, OR MAKE 

I have several websites that are my go to’s when I need to find something to lift me up.  The first is one I check every morning, to see what’s going on, what’s she making, what’s she cooking up;

ONE GOOD THING BY JILLEE 

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/

I keep all her emails, everything she sends out to me is kept in a folder, she has posts about using essential oils, which I love, about cooking, cleaning, and just about everything else you can do around a house.  When I need an answer to a question about how to clean this or that, she is where I go.  I have no affiliation with her or her site, I just love the blog.  She has little mini videos on how to do this or that running on the side of her site, I love it.

 

The next one is for me because I love to write, and any pointers I can get I jump right on:

THE WRITE LIFE

https://thewritelife.com/

This site is mostly for freelancers but it has good advice just for everyday writers or bloggers.  It has tips to make your writing better, it has tips on how and where to find work (for freelancers), it has a little bit about a lot of things and like above, I keep every single email.

 

The last and final site I’m going to share with you today is;

THE MIRACLE MORNING

https://www.miraclemorning.com/

If you have not heard of this site or have not read the book, please check this out.  It will lift you up, it will make your mornings a joy (once you are up and moving of course).  Little things that you can do very day to make your life a little bit better, a little bit more positive.

The man who wrote the books is Hal Elrod, this past year he was diagnosed with cancer and has gone through some horrendous treatments, but through it all, he kept putting out YouTube videos to let you know how he was doing.  Although the times were tough for him, you could see the positivity and courage in his eyes, he is very inspiring.

So, if you need to be lifted up, get to the blog, or the podcast, or buy the book and see it shining through everything he writes and says. (I should mention, that right now, his partner is doing the podcasts, but it is still uplifting and inspiring.)

Oh, and I am not affiliated with any these sites guys, I just love them.

FAIRY GARDEN Update:  I am sorry that I have not done more, this past week has been one for the books you might say, so I will keep trying to get back to it and as it comes together I will share it with you.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 

you are doing an amazing job at life!!:

Courtesy of Pinterest as always.

 

This week, remember to love yourself, you’re worth it.

 

 

FAMILY LIFE

Have I ever mentioned that Dachshunds are stubborn, they do what you want them to do only when they want to do it.  I have been potty training Bailey since we got her, she seemed to be doing really well at the pee part of it, she goes on the pad when I ask her, or outside if we are outside; but, poop is not as easy.  Bailey can’t seem to get the idea that she can poop on the pads also.

By the way, I should mention here that she and Willie do not like the rain; hence the pee pads; we live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, we have two seasons Rain and Not Rain ( I know, I know, I’m being sarcastic, but this year this is really the case, and we are likely to have both seasons in one day).

Willie was a stubborn little git, and it took me almost a year to train him, Bailey is only just over three months, I thought that if I started the intense training right away she would get it, but that does not seem to be the case.

Luckily, we have mostly laminate flooring throughout the house, so it is easy to clean up after her, but I don’t know how to teach her the proper place for it.  If you have any ideas, other than rubbing her nose in it, because that I won’t do, could you leave me a comment, the comment button is at the top of the post?  I’d really appreciate any help I can get.  Thank you.

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK 

MANGO CHUTNEY CHICKEN SLIDERS 

https://barbsoutlook.com/?post_type=recipe&p=7306&preview=true

 

HOW TO COPE WITH THE CRAP IN EVERYDAY LIFE, DAYDREAM!

HOW TO COPE WITH THE CRAP IN EVERYDAY LIFE, DAYDREAM!

 DAYDREAMS

 

We all have them; they are like mini vacations for our brains when they are overloaded.  They can also be useful for working sh*t out; we use them when we worry, when we tire; when we are bored, or scared or inattentive.

Did you know, I didn’t, but I think it’s interesting, that you have less and less of them as you get older, and the reason for that appears to be because as we get older, the way to deal with unpleasant things is something that we have a strategy for?  Young people are more likely to daydream about worrying situations, us old guys (sorry), we use daydreams to take us out of a situation when we need a little time away from everyday life.

MY DAYDREAMS 

For myself, I deliberately use them to help with the pain, as you know I am always in flare, so every day I take a little time away in my head, it helps me cope.  Sometimes it’s a couple of minutes; sometimes it’s up to half an hour.  I go to an imaginary place in my mind where it is always summer, and I am sitting on the dock of a cabin beside a lake, I can hear the birds singing, the leaves rustling in the wind, even boats going by on the other side of the lake.  It’s peaceful, and there is no pain there.

I often wonder if others with chronic illness do the same thing, do you get away from your body for a little bit every day?

DAYDREAMS HELP PREPARE FOR SCARY THINGS 

At my age now, there is not much that worries me, my husband having prostate cancer, my son getting married, those are the kind of things that pick at my brain.  

I remember the very first time I was going to have to get up in front of people and make a short speech; I went over it and over it in my mind; deliberately imagining the worst that could happen.  For example, you stand up to speak, and nothing but gibberish comes out of your mouth, and everyone is looking at you with their heads’ cocked like a dog’s wondering what the hell I am saying; or I stand up open my mouth, and nothing comes out. 

I tried very hard to imagine every possibility except the one that actually happened.  I stood up and went completely blank, I had no idea why I was there, what I as talking about, absolutely blank; then I started laughing and told everyone what had happened, they all laughed along with me, not at me, and then the whole thing came flooding back, and we carried on.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DAYDREAMING 

  • You are neither asleep nor awake when you daydream, you are in a place where you are not aware of things around you, but if you had to come to attention quickly you could.
  • Sigmund Freud used to deliberately dream about a naked Greta Garbo riding on a horse.  I wonder if he ever psychoanalysed himself.  Hmmmmm.
  • Daydreaming is a right brain thing, according to neuroscientists what happens is that you are using your left brain for some kind of work that is not stimulating, so your right brain takes over and gives you a vision of something more entertaining to focus on.
  • Athletes, Musicians, and Business leaders deliberately use it to envision positive outcomes for their efforts.  We have all heard of the system of visualising what you want, see it happening, and voila` it happens, turns out that this is a form of daydreaming but used deliberately, kind of like my lakeside getaway.
  • Those few moments that you are somewhere else can relieve stress, improve mindset, foster creativity and refreshes the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Daydreaming may give you access to areas of your brain that retain information, so that when you ‘wake’ you may have come up with some magical insight into a problem or creatively come up with a way of solving a problem.
  • The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as a “pleasant visionary, usually wishful creation of the imagination”.  By that definition, it appears that daydreaming is proving to be a lot like the mini vacation I mentioned at the outset.
  • Dr Muireann Irish, Neuroscientist, said “DAYDREAMING IS HARD WORK AND SERVES SOME VERY IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS. THE CAPACITY TO REMEMBER THE PAST AND IMAGINE THE FUTURE  IS A VERY COMPLEX FORM OF THINKING”
  • It’s noted that daydreaming improves performance and productivity, and is thought to be a sign of an active and healthy brain.  It seems to be a good indication of the brain’s ability to retain and recall information in the face of distractions, or as they say ‘working memory.’

 

DAYDREAMING AND CHRONIC ILLNESS

I searched and searched for anything that there might be on using daydreaming to; or if daydreaming helps with coping with the pain and other symptoms of chronic illness.  There was no literature that I could find on the benefits of it, but there were articles on how it can be bad for you.  

They call it Maladaptive Daydreaming, it is where you get so into the daydreaming you can’t, or somehow you forget to, or you choose not to return to real life.  This becomes a disorder all its own, let’s not do that.

I use it when my left eye goes blind, when all of a sudden my arms aren’t working, or when the fibro fog gets so bad that just thinking becomes impossible.

 

HOW TO DAYDREAM DELIBERATELY

If you have never done it deliberately, let me give you a couple of pointers.  The first time or the second time you try it may not work, but keep at it day after day and eventually, you will be at the lakeside cabin or a beach in the Caribbean, or a chalet in the Swiss Alps, whatever peace is for you.

Build it slowly in your mind, make sure you include everything that would make you feel calm and worry free.  If you are on the beach, hear the waves falling on the beach, the seabirds crying about the fish that got away.  Or, if the Swiss Chalet is your idea of peace, smell the wood from the fire, hear the wind blowing the snow against the windows. Every day add a little bit more until it is the perfect place for you.  

Even if you can only get there a couple of times a week, it seems to help with getting through the tough days.  Those days when you are curled up in a ball because the pain is so bad, go to your peaceful place, and the pain doesn’t follow, it may only be a brief respite, but at least it’s something.

Daydream deliberately, it is the only way that I know of to get away from the pain; and I know that some days nothing will help, but give it a try.  Just don’t forget to come back.

 

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, MAKE 

Today’s little nugget of goodness is an online shopping site called Zulily.  I love and use it at least a couple of times a week, who am I kidding, I go there every day to see what’s new.  You sign up, and then every morning they send you an email with what’s new on the site.

At this time of year, they always seem to have sales on things that I admired back in the fall as well as things for spring and summer.  Yesterday, I picked up three tops, one for $6.99 and the other two for $9.99, now these were tops that went for over $50.00 each back in the fall, so I just indicated I liked them by highlighting the little heart; and every time they come back around I get a notification that something I liked will be on tomorrow’s New Today list.

Now, you have to be careful, because they only have so many in each of the sizes and they are only there for a set amount of time, but if you pay attention to the prices when you see them originally, and they bring them back around at sale time you can get a pretty good deal.  These items are all discounted anyway, and then they go on sale.

You can get things like Michael Kors purses, or Kate Spade.  Ray Bans that are still ridiculously expensive even with a discount, but there are knock-offs that are very similar.  Coach stuff, and Jessica Simpson clothing and accessories, there are shoes and stuff for kids and babies. Some of it is just crazy expensive, but others are a really good deal.

My latest purchases, were sheet sets, 700 thread count and I got them for 29.99 for a queen set, I bought three, then I saw a comforter set that was lovely, and I got it for less than $30.  Believe me; they have everything from things for your pets, to curtains for the windows, home decor and storage, to bathing suits and jewellery and every now and then they have stuff for the office or planners.  Honestly, you could go crazy on this site.

I just went on the site a few minutes ago to see if I could find any particular deals, and what I found was a high-end clothing line for kids clothes that are on up to 75% off.  The page that I looked at they had a little boys outfit, probably for between 1 -2 years old, regularly $91.00 for $16.99, and a little girl’s really pretty party dress that was regularly $102.00 for $19.99

So, go and have a look at Zulily.com, you might be surprised at what you find. And no, I have no affiliation with them, I just love the site.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

 

Whether you’re experiencing an episode of depression in this season or it has been an ongoing battle, here are 11 quotes to encourage your spirit.

 

I love Pinterest; they always have something that touches me in some way.  I thought this one went along well with the Daydreams post.  As usual, though, there is no mention of the author, so I will just say that I am grateful that someone put pen to paper for this one.

Be proud of who you are and what you can offer the world because don’t forget even if like me you don’t get out much; you still have a voice that can be heard if you want it to be.

Fairy Garden update, had no time at all on the project this week.  I’m taking too many courses right now, and they are all taking up my time.  But, in the end, it will be worth it, I hope because I will be able to talk to you much easier and give you so much more than I have until now.

 

FAMILY LIFE or THE WILLIE AND BAILEY PART OF THE BLOG.

Do you ever wonder if there’s someone in your house that you don’t know about, and he, she, or it spends an awful lot of time screwing around with things?   Like your favourite coffee mug is not in the cupboard, it is now located in the pot drawer, or the sweater you were planning on wearing and that should have been in your closet is somehow in the basement with a dog lying on it; weird things that happen and there is no reason for it.

No, I’m not talking about a ghost, I’m talking about Mr I Don’t Know.  My kids are adults now but Mr I Don’t Know still shows up almost every day.   He plays with our minds and tricks us into believing we are losing ours because you know as well as I do if I ask ‘who dunnit’ (had to, lol) then the answer will always be I don’t know.

Mr I Don’t Know has lived in my house since my kids learned to speak, funny how that happened.  I always assumed (and yes we know what that means) that he would move to somebody else’s house when the kids got old enough.  I’m just not sure now, what’s old enough.

Willie and Bailey have been their usual selves, running around the house, sounding like elephants on the stairs (how is that possible for two such small dogs) and ripping apart anything that has even the slightest stuffing.  I use to hope that when Bailey came, she would be a good influence on Willie and things wouldn’t be unstuffed anymore, I should have known better.

Well here are some new pictures of the little darlings:

Daydreams - Bailey on the run
Bailey on the Run

 

Daydreams - Willie and Bailey in the sun
Willie and Bailey enjoying the sunny day

 

Daydreams - Willie & Bailey with Mummy's Cane
They never look at you at the same time, no matter how hard I try

 

 

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

 

CARAMEL APPLES WITH PORK STEAKS,

STEAMED BROCCOLI & FLUFFY RICE 

Caramel Apples with Pork Steaks

 

Daydreams - Recipe - Caramel Apples with Pork Steaks
Ready to Eat – Caramel Apples with Pork Steaks, Steamed Broccoli, and Rice. Oh, can’t forget the Caramel Sauce!

 

YUMMMM!

 

OK, that about does it for this week.  Just a reminder to take care of you, have fun, laugh alot, and take time to be grateful for the life you have even if it isn’t the one you wanted.

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DO YOU CRY AT COMMERCIALS? – WHY BEING EMOTIONAL IS GOOD FOR YOU!

DO YOU CRY AT COMMERCIALS? – WHY BEING EMOTIONAL IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Letting the Emotoin Out
Happy, Sad, Angry, Moved, Tragedy, Movie, TV. Whatever the reason, it can be good for us.

 

DO YOU CRY AT COMMERCIALS? – WHY BEING EMOTIONAL IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Do you cry at the drop of hat if you are reading a happy or sad moment in a book, or in the end of the book? Or at a movie or television show?  Me too.

I also cry at commercials.  There is one in particular that gets me every time, it always appears around the holidays and has my over-active tear ducts flowing.

It’s about a soldier who gets home early Christmas morning.  No one is up yet so he decides to make a pot of coffee (it’s a coffee commercial after all).  The Mum of the soldier wakes up and smells the fresh coffee, she gets up and makes it half-way down the stairs before she spots her soldier son coming around the corner with a cup of coffee.  The Mum falls apart and bursts into tears.  Me Too.

I have probably seen this commercial at least 100 times, but I still cry every time.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on music, there is a song that funnily enough also comes out at holiday time called “The Christmas Shoes”; when I did drive I would have to turn it off, or if I was driving and sort of clued in that it was on, I would be either pulling off to the side so I didn’t kill someone or turning it off.

I always wondered if I just felt things more than others, the people I worked with used to get quite a kick out of sending me something via email that would have the tears running down my face.  They thought it was hilarious, the thing is I did too, once I got over the tears.

I have always reacted with tears when I am angry, sad, happy, moved by an act of kindness or horrified by a tragedy on TV.

I never grew out of this and I wondered, is there something wrong with me?  Ok, I know, I’m a little bit crazy and that question could only be answered by a yes, but…

I began to research, I started with the internet, there are hundreds and hundreds of articles about crying.  Who knew.

As I soon found out, having over active tear ducts and crying over silly things is not just me, it happens to a lot of people.  As I continued on, it soon became clear that crying could be a good or a bad thing, I should have expected that it would be, nothing is simple anymore.

THE BENEFITS OF CRYING  

I found that crying has some wonderful benefits for all of us:

  • Crying has been found to lower blood pressure and even your pulse reduces as you cry.
  • Crying lets you reduce your emotional stress, which if not released can, over the long-term, raise your chances of having cardiovascular disease.
  • Crying helps your body rid itself of toxins that are accumulated when you are under duress or very stressed out.
  • Emotional crying is most common in women because their ability to empathise is higher than a man’s.  The emotional crying often gets worse when your hormones are at their highest, during your period.
  • A good cry will get your body to release feel-good hormones, particularly if the emotion is sadness so that you can get yourself back to an even keel.
  • Crying shows that you are vulnerable and makes it easier to connect with people
  • Emotions don’t always make sense, letting them out in the form of tears could help you discover the reason you are feeling so emotional.
  • Let’s face it, every now and then a good cry just feels good.

There was a little blurb in my research that I thought I would share, only I will have to paraphrase it as it took the author a long time to get to the point.    Letting your emotions out in the form of tears, especially in front of others, is not weakness.  No, it is a form of strength, being able to cry in front of others or along with others takes a lot of emotional strength.

THE DOWN-SIDE OR DARK SIDE OF CRYING

I guess you could call this section ‘How the Psychologists see it’:

  • You cannot run and hide from your feelings they will find their way out.  If you are not a crier then they will surely show in other ways.
  • In the psychological world crying easily is not always a good thing.  If you have never been a crier and all of a sudden you are crying over meaningless things and you can’t seem to stop yourself from getting to the point where you are almost ill because of it.  Or, if it continues over a significant amount of time, then you will probably want to talk to your doctor.
  • Depression and Anxiety can cause you to have horrible crying bouts. If you don’t know the reason you are crying and you are having these bouts, please see your doctor.  Believe me, it can get so bad you feel as if you can’t breathe.
  • There also could be a medical reason, an illness that you are not aware of, or a symptom of something greater.

AN OBVIOUS REASON

If you have lost someone you cared about recently or have had very bad news, then you can expect to have crying jags that will leave you feeling exhausted and unable to cope.  It is normal, every day will get a little bit better, it may take time before you can get through a day without crying.  It’s ok, it helps you with the grief.

Let me tell you a story,  I did not cry for my stepfather when he died even though I loved him very much.  My way of dealing with it was to try to stay strong for others and to be silent.   Several months later I was working at my desk at work and I burst into tears.

I was unable to stop and I felt so bad for my co-workers having to deal with me sobbing in the background.  I couldn’t leave because I was crying so hard I couldn’t drive.  I didn’t realise why it was happening until as the minutes past, I just kept getting images of the times I had spent with my stepfather, they kept replaying in my head.  About an hour after it began I finally managed to stop and calm down, I apologised to my co-workers and got on with the rest of the day.  Over the next few months, it would happen again (at least it wasn’t at work).

After the second time, I realised that I felt much lighter as if a weight had been lifted, and as each incident occurred, that it was my body’s way of releasing the grief.

Grief is a funny thing, it hits all of us in different ways, do not let someone tell you how you should grieve, none of us have control over the way our minds and our bodies will handle it.

ANOTHER STYLE OF CRYING

There is another style of crying, I found out, and it is called the two-step upset.  Tears are released only after the problem has been handled or resolved.  For instance:

When my son was just over 3 months old, I was slowing down for a red light and he was sleeping in his car seat in the back of the car.  I just kept slowing down as I got closer and closer, but the man behind me got distracted for just a second and wound up bumping into the back of the car.

My son woke immediately and started screaming, I was struggling to get my seat belt off when the door was yanked open and the man asked if we were alright.  I got out of the car, jumped into the back to check my son out, found he was fine, just scared and got out to talk to the man.  His face went pure white and he asked if my son was ok, I explained that he was just scared but not hurt in any way.

He and I walked to the back of my car and we exchanged information, there was a scrape on the bumper and little else wrong with either vehicle because we had been going quite slowly  I got my son back into his car seat and then got in and drove to my Mum’s place, which is where we had been headed.

I arrived at my Mum’s house, got my son out of the car, handed him over to my Mum and promptly burst into tears.  I had held it together until we arrived at a safe place and then I lost it.

The first stage of this two-step upset is being completely calm while dealing with whatever the problem is and then when finally reaching safety, the second stage kicks in and lets the emotion out so your body can release the tension.

SUMMING IT UP

In the end, what we can take away from all of this is what I started with, crying can be good or bad and mostly only you will know which.  If you have any doubts, talk to your doctor, and get help if you need it.

Otherwise, pour yourself a glass of wine and a nice warm bath, and let out all of those pent-up emotions with a darn good cry.

WHAT I LOVE, USE, OR MAKE

Right now I am all about getting the garden together and most of all the Fairy Garden I talked about last week.

I have fallen in love with all the little bits and bobs that can go into the making of it.  I spent about 45 minutes in Michael’s the other day and came away with some lovely little things that will help me bring the Fairy Garden to life.  Check out some of the treasures I picked up:

Fairy Garden Trinkets
The fairy’s house, the happy tree, the bird house, more rocks and the Mod Podge to make it all work
Fairy Garden supplies
Little pigs, bunnies, stones to cover the fairy’s house and some plant pots to be painted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Garden pieces
rocks, another bird house, the old man tree
Fairy Garden Items
popsicle sticks, barrels, brooms, and little mushrooms

 

 

 

Can you see those cute little bunnies and piglets?  I am thrilled with everything I have found so far, but I couldn’t find a fairy that I liked, so I guess I will have to try somewhere else.

I will keep you updated on my progress.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

 

The sun was with us some afternoons this past week, and even though there was a cold wind to go along with it I could feel a change in my mindset.

“In the waves of change, we find our direction.”

                                            I found this on Pinterest, it did not have the name of the author.

This quote inspired me because this year I have made a change.  I started my new blog (this one) and I started a blogging course that will help me to get better at bringing my story and my journey to you.

I have found a new direction and a new purpose in my life.  I cannot tell you how much it has brightened up my life this last three months, being able to share part of myself with you.  I have found something that makes me eager to get out of bed in the morning, and that is sharing the things in this blog with you.

FAMILY LIFE 

This week again, our focus has been on how much Bailey has brought lightness and new energy into our lives, as well as Willie’s.  Aside from the little presents she leaves around the house (I’m working on pad training her) it has been a wonderful addition.

To see the two dogs playing together and running all over the house, sounding like a herd of elephants is worth every little pile that she leaves.

Willie and Bailey Playing Together

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18w-x_oSCx3jilw0bsvFm9hNXyo_4lh13oA/view?usp=sharing

    Click on the link and have a look at these two in action.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

CROCKPOT MONGOLIAN BEEF

Mongolian Beef in the crockpot
Crockpot Mongolian Beef – YUMMMM

Click on the Recipe Tab to get this Amazing tasting dish.

That’s it for this week, I hope you have yourself a good cry, smile at the tiny treasures that will go into my Fairy Garden, outright laugh at the video of Willie and Bailey, and enjoy the Mongolian Beef.

Have a great week, laugh, live, and most of all, have fun.

WHEN YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GREY, LITTLE GREEN HEADS POP OUT

WHEN YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GREY, LITTLE GREEN HEADS POP OUT

GREY & GREEN
WHEN YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GREY, LITTLE GREEN HEADS POP OUT

 

 

The clouds parted for 10 minutes today and as I looked out my window I noticed that the Sun beamed down on some intensely purple Crocus heads.

I continued to look and found Hyacinths, heavily budded they are just about to burst from their buds and spread their unique perfume into the world.

As I realised that the true beginning of the new year was about to burst forth, my heart began to rise and images floated into my head of gardens.

Then the grey and the rain came roaring back and I could just barely see the little bits of green through the downpour, but I knew they were there.

WHEN YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GREY, THE LITTLE GREEN HEADS POP OUT
THE INTENSELY PURPLE CROCUS HEADS

THE GREY BEGINS TO DIM

I knew that soon the grey would be a now and then thing, not an all the time thing.  Tulips and Daffodils would begin their waving dances in the warmer breeze.

Beautiful blue skies and warmer temperatures are just around the corner, and my soul is so ready to let go of the dreariness and begin to feel the joy that is the colours of new life.

The buds on the trees will slowly unfurl and before too long the lovely green light will reflect off the trees and offer themselves as shade for the taking.

The birdsong will seem louder and brighter and the hum of the bees will begin.  The squeaking voices of the new babies will be making them heard from the nests.

THE GREEN IS STARTING IT’S RUN

So, say goodbye to the grey things and jump for joy at the green things, because we have the promise of another brand new start and the endless possibilities of brand new life.

WHEN GREY FADES, GREEN BECOMES BRIGHT
WHEN YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GREY, THE LITTLE GREEN HEADS POP OUT

 

SPRING

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, MAKE

This week under things I love and things I use:

TED TALKS

I love TED.  I listen to them constantly to give me insight into new technologies, new self-care practices, new scientific discoveries, and a lot of other topics.

I have found so many ideas that have made me laugh, cry, be astonished by and dislike intensely.

The brilliance of TED is that you can learn a little about a lot of things, then when you find something that captures your interest you can look up the speaker and learn even more.

I usually listen to one TED talk at least, every day.  As I am going through my morning routine and clean up routine, I find myself astonished by the variety and sometimes by the complexity of the ideas.  But, best of all, I am sometimes uplifted by the thoughts of these incredible speakers.

I have a few favourites and when I need something to give me a boost in the feeling department, I will turn to Brene’ Brown’s talk on vulnerability, or Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about how schools are killing creativity.  Both of these wonderful speakers are part of the 25 Most popular talks of all time, and they both lift me with their humour and their ability to see things in new ways.

If I am feeling unproductive, I will listen to Laura Vanderkam’s “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time.”  Or, when I am unsure about whether I am too scattered and not nearly good enough for my chosen thing (writing), I listen to Emilie Wapnick’s “Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling” and give myself a break for being interested in more than just one thing.

If you have never listened to TED, I sincerely hope that you give it a try, what you can learn not just about the things outside yourself, but maybe a little about your own make up,  will inspire you to keep pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and bring yourselves to even greater and higher heights than you thought you could reach.  Somewhere there is an answer to the problems of our beautiful blue planet and its inhabitants, who knows,  maybe listening to a TED talk will cause a shift within you and you will be the one to bring forth a true joining of the minds of the world.  It’s what I keep hoping to find, an idea that could light up our world.

LET’S HOPE!

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 

“Creativity is a combination of discipline and a childlike spirit.”

ROBERT GREEN

This seemed an appropriate sentiment this week as I am about to embark on a new project and I am almost as giddy as a little kid with ice cream.  I have decided to make a Fairy Garden for our back patio, I am so excited about the thought of making small pieces that will give life and play to the garden.  I will be writing about this under the Things I love, use, or make column in just a little bit, and I hope to have made some progress on the project by that time.  I’ll keep you updated.

 

FAMILY LIFE 

Our newest member of the family has had a big impact on our lives.  Bailey was not really appreciated by Willie for the first couple of days.  However, two weeks later, they are charging around the house, chasing each other up and down the stairs and then stopping to have a play fight in the middle of the kitchen floor, with all of us humans just standing back and laughing our heads off.  It’s so funny they will be playing back and forth, then Willie will take off for a round of run around the table, then comes charging back and knocks Bailey off her feet with his weight.  And, less you think that Bailey was getting the short end of the stick, she ducks under the furniture and Willie winds up running into the chair or the sofa because he’s too large to fit under, and then as he walks away, Bailey sneak attacks and gets him on the butt, and then the chase is on again.

We have been in stitches with both of them, our house has become a lot more lively, which has been good for all of us.

My little Dachshund girl, Bailey
She is so tiny and she has the frown lines that make her look like she is worried all the time

 

 

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

MUSHROOM ALFREDO FETTUCINE

Fettucini with Mushroom Alfredo Sauce
Mushroom Alfredo fettucine serve with Garlic Bread and a Green Salad

 

To get the recipe, check out the recipe page.

 

Well, I guess that’s all I have for this week.  May Spring start bringing joy to your heart and a spring in your step.  Ok, I know, I know, that was a lousy pun, but true none the less.  LOL!

Take care, take breaks, and laugh lots, I’ll talk to you next week.