Thankful

It’s Mothers’ Day again, and I am so thankful for my sweet, loving, funny boys ❤ I am so blessed to have them in my life!
It’s not about presents, but they’re a way of showing love – morning started with excited sweet ones outside the door, waiting to give me something special. I never know what I’ll get, and it doesn’t matter too much – I love that they think about me and what I might like. That’s my best gift of the day… There was giggling over pancakes for breakfast, cooked by Hubby ❤ , who also made a steak lunch for us all. Nutritious and yummy 😀

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Here’s what I got today – what was given to me, and what I got for myself… ginger and turkish delight from my boys, and flowers, tim tam and coffee sachet from church. I treated myself to a creme brulee chiller, some nice pink dishes and a unicorn wheat bag. All Mums at church today got a bookmark made by ladies from India for Empart, which I forgot to photograph with the rest. Here’s the front –

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And the back –

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Close-ups of my flowers 😀

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Beautiful.

Now, just about time for bed…

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Published in: on May 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chill Out

So, finally we have a new fridge.
It’s beautiful!
The old one never worked properly, so stocking it fully could be a bit risky. Thankfully we were able to finally get a brand new fridge at a good price, with the option of repair or replacement for a number of years.
Here it is!

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I have yet to plaster it with magnets…

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Look at how bright the lights are! It’s like something from the Enterprise.
Our food is now safe 🙂

Here is a haiku to celebrate our joy –

Light, in doorway framed
Fruit and veg is safe at last.
You are truly cool.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Roses & Dancing

Still spending a fair proportion of my day in bed, coughing… it’s over three weeks now 😦 No doctors’ appointments available till late next week.
There comes a time (and I can’t believe I’m saying this…) when reading starts to get a little same-y. Hopefully that won’t last long… but in the meantime, here’s some roses!

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😀

I’ve also been whiling away some time on YouTube, with songs old and new.
In my dreams, I’m an amazing dancer. Strong, agile – flowing gowns and graceful poses. This has never been my reality.
Nevertheless, I can enjoy seeing other people dancing, even if my bones ache just watching…

This is probably more my style…

Definitely better footwear!

Keep on dancing ❤
Even if it's only in your dreams…

Published in: on April 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Drifting, Ready To Land

Lovely and sunny today, after grey skies and rain yesterday. I enjoy both, and have been taking it easy lately with some sort of virus – thankfully not too bad, but lots of coughing leading to muscle pain in places I’d forgotten I had… More chances to chill out on the patio with coffee/tea in my new cup.

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I’ve not been getting much work done, but have been sorting out some loose ends. There are decisions to be made, which will be hard to make but hopefully lead to peace. Nothing too drastic – just one of those necessary changes life brings.
I’ve been reading a lot. A couple of my recent books come from a series I enjoy – the Sisterchick books – about women around middlish age, faced with various decisions and changes, travelling together and learning about themselves and others. It’s a Christian series, but not “preachy” – I’ve tried a few Christian books in other genres (mysteries etc), and have not really enjoyed them. They often seem to be mediocre stories with a bit of “God” attached. The mysteries are often too mixed with romance, and I don’t like “Christian” romance books at all… The Sisterchick books are gentle but funny and thoughtful.

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My favourite is the one set in Venice – it spoke to me as I am right now, and provided encouragement.
Life changes with each new season – sun or rain.
There’s always good – and always hope.
Live.
It’s worth it!

Published in: on April 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rise And Shine

Not long back from breakfast out. Some lovely friends gave me some money for my birthday back in February to go out for breakfast, but this is the first morning we’ve been able to get there…

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Mocha for me and Earl Grey for hubs 🙂

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House breakfast for two – sourdough toast with bacon jam, avocado, baby spinach and poached eggs. Yum!
Where is this, I hear you say? Go down to Rafter and Rose – they’re open most days from 6.30am. It’s peaceful, even with other people about (and there may not be that many!) This morning the early sun streamed in…

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Noticed this pot on the next table.

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Grow things! 😀
Thought about sitting at this table next time I come in on my own – seems cosy.

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Good morning to you!

Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 8:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Dance!

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” Romans 6:8-11 (The Message)

Stand…

“The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:23-25 (The Message)

 

Published in: on March 31, 2018 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Real

Today is Good Friday, a day to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
We have no trouble visualising the “Jesus as God” part of the equation – there are so many paintings across the ages that give an ethereal depiction – but we sometimes find it harder to remember the human side of Jesus. He was fully God, but also fully Man, able to identify with us and reconcile us to God. He is not remote – He knows our weaknesses, and has compassion for our frailties.
I came across this song recently, and thought it was a reminder of the man Jesus – the one who had a real, flesh and blood body, who lived a real life and took on real suffering for us, bled real blood for us, who had a real mother he loved as a son.
Real pain.
Real blood.
Real love.

For us.

Perhaps we gloss over the real story because it’s easier to distance ourselves; to not have to engage our emotions or think about what it really means for us.
If tradition is right, both about Mary’s age when Jesus was born, and Jesus’ age at his crucifixion, I am now about the same age she would have been when she watched her little boy die, in blood and pain.
I don’t know how I could have handled that. But it makes it seem more real. And it compels a response, one way or another.

 

Published in: on March 30, 2018 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Taking The Day

“Groovy” may be a bit of a stretch, but I’m enjoying a day off.
Had a procedure yesterday – an endoscopy – one of the least of the hospital type things, but still requiring sedation. I don’t like sedation…
Yesterday went a lot easier than previous times. The waiting was probably the worst part. Otherwise, it all went quite quickly. The anaesthetist who inserted the needle for the sedative seemed quite young, and a little tentative. She did an amazing job, though – no bruising at all today, and can hardly see the puncture mark.
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There were about four or five layers of tape to hold it all down, though. The nurse had some difficulty later getting it off without hurting. The anaesthetist also explained a lot more of the possible complications to me than I remember from previous times, including heart/lung complications or infections, and possible forced intubation and stronger anaesthetic in case of emergency (the doctor hurriedly said that those were very rare events…) None of that happened. I actually walked out of the procedure room to recovery, and ate pretty much right away. Last time I was wheeled in and it took longer to wake up. All in all, a successful day.

I had planned to catch up on some work, but woke up this morning thinking “Nahhh….” 🙂 So I’m spending the day reading and binge watching TV. I’m allowed – look, I have a certificate!

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I am officially unfit for study today!
Let the sun shine, and the chocolate keep flowing… 🙂

Published in: on March 28, 2018 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

World Happy Day!

Apparently today is the International Day of Happiness 🙂
It’s the first time I’ve heard of it… have to admit, I’ve had a happy enough day, though!

I’ve been meaning to share some images from a magazine I’ve been reading (Wellbeing Magazine) and today seems an appropriate day to do it…

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Joy – a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment.
Something causing such a feeling.
This is my favourite! Joy, to me, is not quite the same as happiness (joy seems a deeper feeling to me – not so dependent on circumstance). I love this photo – kids just abandon themselves to the moment, with no thought of what others are thinking of them.

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Simplicity – freedom from complexity, intricacy or division into parts.
The state, quality or instance of being simple.
Not ornate or luxurious, unadorned.
Life often needs to be simpler, but we feel guilty about slowing down. Don’t! You’re worth it. And it’s essential to life.

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Beauty – the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.
A meaningful design or pattern.
Beauty is also essential to life, and can be found in unexpected places… look for it, in all the corners!

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Community – the people living in one particular area or people who are considered as a unit because of their common interests, social group or nationality.
Communities can be a mixture of all sorts of people in all sorts of places. They can blend with other communities, and take over the world! Or not…
Whichever the case, find your community. There’s one (or more) out there for you.

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Freedom – the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants.
What lifts your heart and makes it sing? What did you love to do as a child? Find it, or remember it. Pass it on.

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Friendship – the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.
Yay for friends! 😀 The quirky, the kind… the ones you just feel comfortable with. Also found in odd places and at unexpected times.

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Vitality – the state of being strong and active; energy.
Mostly thought of as a physical thing, but can be mental and emotional too. It’s great when they all revitalise together, but work with what you have – be strong!

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Balance – a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight or amount.
A mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behaviour or judgement.
Including all the others in your life can lead to this. It will look different in everybody’s life, though.
Step by step – one foot after the other – walk towards the good life. You’ll get there eventually…

Published in: on March 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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