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It is Friday again, the third one of the new year already!

Before I pour myself a glass of wine and give myself over to the weekend completely, I think I need to be positively thankful for a few things. What do I mean by that? It means being thankful WITHOUT adding a BUT at the end. I always have BUTS to add, and then I end up dwelling only on the negatives. Most of life have BUTS, that is the way life works, ‘but’ I do think that if we can stop ourselves just before we add the BUT, maybe we will have a more positive experience of life? If we say we are thankful about something, surely it cancels out the thankfulness as soon as we add the BUT? (I am thankful for my new car, but I wish it was bigger.)

I am thankful for an unexpected one night booking for the guesthouse on Wednesday.

I am thankful for having chatted to all three my children this week, and that they are all doing well.

I am thankful that my little granddaughter is much better after having been sick for most of the month so far.

I am thankful that we are all still healthy amidst a worldwide pandemic.

I am thankful for living in a lovely town, surrounded by stunning natural beauty, where it is a joy to take my Daisy-dog for a walk.

Now, with a thankful heart, I am going to relax with a glass of wine, and wish all of you a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Softly, softly…

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I decided to go easy on you today. To tread, oh, so softly, softly…

I am ecstatic that my tomatoes are doing so well!! Remember my earlier post about my garden? Well, I’ve been picking some tomatoes – organic, pesticide free – regularly for more than a week (probably more than 2 weeks already, time goes by so quickly!), and new baby ones keep appearing on the vines. Happy me! 😀 (See, not grumpy and asking uncomfortable questions all the time… 😉 ) I’ve started putting some shade netting over them, to save them from the birds.

My heirloom ‘Oxheart’ tomatoes.
My thriving tomato plants. Can you see all the green ones?

Still on the subject of food – something that is very dear to my heart 😉 – today I canned, or tried to can, some cherries. We bought two boxes, and I’m worried that they are going to go off quicker than we can eat them, so for the first time ever, I did some canning! We will find out soon if it was a successful endeavour or not. Now I just need to make some lovely vanilla ice cream to have with the cherries on Christmas day…

Cherrieeeeeees!

I have also started looking at a Christmas menu. I know, I know, I left it a bit late! But that’s just me. We do have a ham already, and there are the cherries and ice cream. So, I have to still fill in the rest. Soon, soon…

Enjoy your Friday – I know in big parts of the world it is not Friday anymore – and your weekend, if we don’t chat again soon.

A Positive Sunday.

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Birthday flowers still giving joy!

Sunday.

What a contrast this day is to last weekend! However, today I refuse to dwell on my feelings – since I am alone, it will only drag me down, which is something I don’t need right now.

So…I am going to concentrate on positives, and hope, and the light at the end of the tunnel, etc.

It is a cool, cloudy day today, which is my favourite kind of day. I’ve already taken Daisy (the border collie x that rules the roost around here) for a long walk, so : exercise – check. (I have it on good authority that walking is good for the soul – give it a try!)

I am busy making lunch which will consist of 2 lamb chops and sweet potato fries with olive oil and rosemary – baked in the oven. Cannot wait! Oh yes, with a glass of glorious red wine from our area, of course.

The rest of the day will probably be spent in front of the TV with my knitting – current project : beanies for my oldest son, since the one he is currently wearing has most definitely seen better days! Mom to the rescue!!!

I am also grateful that I had guests in my little guest house this weekend, which I consider a huge blessing after 5 months of absolutely no business. 🙂

And on top of all that, I am still enjoying the beautiful flowers I received on my birthday from my children, as well as the yummy Lindt chocolate that I started off on last night.

All my favourites in one package…YUM!

I am still healthy through all of this hullabaloo which is also known as 2020, so all in all, blog friends, a huge amount to be thankful for!!!

I am making it my mission to smile a lot more (I normally feel like an idiot when I smile for nothing), to look for the positives every single time I feel glum, and to express my gratitude for my blessings more often.

Until next time, look out for the positives, they are all around you!! 😀

Sun Seekers

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This sun seeker always knows if and when the sun is shining on ‘his’ spot by the backdoor.

 

As a teenager and young adult, I used to love tanning.

I have always hated heat, mind you, but I could suffer the heat for an hour or two, if it could result in a tanned body. Stupid child…

It often resulted in burning myself to a spectacular cooked-crayfish colour, and some pain to go with it, as I am quite fair. If I took it slowly (who has patience when you are 16 years old?) and tanned over a week or more, I did manage turn a lovely (sexy! 😉 ) nut brown.

Now, of course, I can pull all my hair out because I was so silly. I sit with the results clearly visible on my skin, and wish I can undo all the hours in the sun.

I do know that sunlight is good for a person, though, so even though I do love my dark, rainy days, I do try and spend some time outside in the sun when it is visible – suitably attired, of course. It lifts the spirit, and makes one healthier, or at least feel healthier!

Also in life, I am always trying my best ‘to find the sun’. Some days it is easier to do, other days not so much, but I do think that looking for the rays of light all the time, is important. That way, you don’t miss it when it happens! Because I am by nature a bit of a loner, it could be very easy to fall into the darkness, and get comfortable there. Fortunately, I have a few rays of sunshine in my life, that always manage to get me to smile and appreciate life when I find it a bit difficult – my children, their spouses, my precious granddaughter, and my SO.

This coming weekend is my birthday, and my SO* is away on business (darkness), BUT – I am not going to be alone, because 3 of my 5 (also counting the spouses) children, will be with me to celebrate – lots and lots of sunlight, right there! 😀

So, even when the weather is gloomy and dull, and you start feeling a bit depro, look for the light, the rays of sunshine, which is always there, somewhere.

Until next time, blog friends, hope you find the sun! 🙂

*SO – significant other.