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blue Christmas

Christmas Is Over and You’ve Got the Holiday Blues?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." Charles Dickens   I wish Christmas Day came with an extended warranty that allowed it to last at least 48 hours. It goes by way too fast. Who's with me? On the 26th, life hits "resume" and boom, it's back to reality. Back to work. Trucks to drive, patients to see. Businesses...

new day new eyes

See Life with New Eyes, Slow Down the Passage of Time

“I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.”~ Andy Bernard   My mom had delicious sense of humor and latched on to witty sayings she'd hear. As I grow older, I'm beginning to see this with new eyes. She adopted some of them and used them often enough we weren't sure which ones were original to her...

a little place to escape

A Narrow Escape From the Tyranny of the Urgent

“Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.” ~ Charles E. Hummel   Things were getting a little crazy in my life the last couple of weeks. I hate it when I don't listen to the advice that rolls off my own tongue. Hate. It. And I absolutely cringe when I realize I'm sporting a big old busy badge, you know, the one I warn...

For Christmas Yule Need Some Tools

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."~Erma Bombeck   When you're a kid, Christmas is the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, the World Series, the pinnacle of the year. It's pure adrenaline and it takes forever to arrive. Yep, it's great being a kid at Christmas. Second best is having kids at Christmas, especially little ones. Especially freshly bathed ones in...

Yuletide. High Tide, Low Tide?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol   A funny thing happens to our Christmas seasons through the years. Some are bright and others less so,...

A Do It Yours Elf Project Long, Long Ago!

    I'm not sure where to start this time. You see, life amazes and inspires me. Every single day. It's overflowing with wonderful lessons to ponder. And, there's a gift I want very much for you to receive this Christmas. I'd like you to see your life with new eyes so you can be amazed, too.   This is a story about a gift we opened more than fifty...

elfin magic

Stay Tuned! Join Me Later This Week For Another Trip Down Memory Lane.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”~Laura Ingalls Wilder   I've got a great story and I can't wait to share it with you. It brought a smile to my face and uncorked a flood of memories and emotions! However I veered off my simplicity/hygge mode this weekend.  We...

time flies

Its About Time. Looking Back on Life, Moving On

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on" ~ Robert Frost   God must chuckle about us, I'm sure he does. Quite often in fact. And why not? We give him an endless supply of comic material. Besides that, He loves us the way we love our kids. He thinks we're all adorable.   Think about it. From the moment we're born, we're in a...

hygge cozy cottage

Hygge Your Way to a Happier Holiday Season

“We need to learn to enjoy the moment and cherish the little things. It is all about you being happy, content and at peace with oneself.” ~ Sofie Pedersen   Sorry about Friday. I didn't post after all. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised or offended if you didn't even notice. No one really slows down for Thanksgiving anymore and I couldn't carve out the time, either....

lock out discontent

Discontent. Three Ways to Lock it Out.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu   I was nearly robbed today. It's Thanksgiving week no less and a thief tried to sneak in my back door. He nearly managed to pull it off but I recognized him right away. It was that old varmint Discontent and he almost got...