Friday, August 17, 2018

 Little Secrets to Big Happiness

"Find the Joy in the Ordinary" moments of life.
If we don't enjoy the smallest moments, 
the sights, smells, touch, or the way the light slants across a room,
we will miss most of the most beautiful parts of our day.

Learn how to relax.
I watch my cat and wonder if she enjoys life
much more than I do.
She knows how to go totally limp.

When she's tired, she naps.
She spends a whole day on the porch just watching the birds.
I have never done that.
Why not?

Eat a hearty breakfast.
At least on the weekend.
(I don't eat breakfast at all during the week.)
But Saturday breakfast is my special time with Sweetface.
We sit in the living room in our pajamas 
and talk until we are hungry.
Then I make a high protein midwesterner's brunch.
It's a special time.

Enjoy your mornings.
Start the day intentionally, pleasantly, slowly.
Mornings are my "quiet time".
For a cup of coffee, prayer, reading, 
journaling, and brushing/snuggling the cat.
The way you start your day affects the whole day.
Make it your own.

Organize your closet.
Get rid of the freeloaders that you never wear,
or don't make you feel fantastic,
 that only cramp and clutter your personal boutique.
When it feels too overwhelming to do it all at once
just decide to remove one item of clothing a day,
every day, until it feels more comfortable.
Pair up your tops with bottoms on the same hanger.
Then getting dressed each morning will be a pleasure.

Dress up, as much and as often as possible.
Even if it's just a dress you made for yourself.
Feel special before going out the door.
Even to run to the grocery store, look your best.

Paint your toenails Bubble Gum Pink.
Or whatever your favorite flavor is.
Then admire them when you relax.
That always makes me feel pretty.

Take a class, even about something you already know how to do, 
just for the fun of it. 
I recently took a chalk painting class where we painted 
picture frames at a darling shop, "Fleur de Chic."
I not only got a few new tips on chalk painting, 
but met some delightful new friends.
It was well worth the effort.


Surround yourself with beauty.
Make your home a sanctuary,
A place of peace and restoration.

Spoil yourself with small indulgences.

Even if it is just a bunch picked up at the grocery store, 
have fresh flowers in your home.

Notice nature.
It's incredible.

The smallest things are breathtaking.

Be amazed by the sky.
It's never the same twice.
Live in awe of God.
Remember He created all of this for You.
Enjoy it.
Each and every day.

What do you do to enjoy each day?
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

July in Missouri

Our family loves the Fourth of July.
We are in love with America!

And it was also our granddaughter Gretchen's 20th birthday.
She liked the presents we sent her.
Especially the large Baggalini for carrying her
water bottle, lunch and college books to her accounting job.
She liked the antique Austrian crystals necklace and earrings 
that I made for her, too.

The Fourth of July is also my birthday, too.
Tina gave me a wonderful birthday party with our girlfriends 
Becky Ruthie and Ann at her home.
I wish I hadn't forgotten to snap photos,
except when we were leaving and saw FIVE beautiful bucks in her yard.
The best gift of all!

When Janine came home from a trip she took me shopping and out to lunch.

Caldwell's serves one mean Taco Tower.

The front door wreath had to be replaced after the baby birds left home.
This is a wreath I picked up at the thrift shop and added a few flowers.

Making fresh lemonade is a must in the summer.
Bags of lemons are such a bargain at Costco!
The lemon pitcher is an old Martha Stewart model from the thrift shop.

I took advantage of a sale at Sur La Table' to buy several
of these bakers with lids.

Perfect for individual peach pies.

Their kitty mugs were on sale too!

And of course the berries are plentiful,
so I made a mixed berry crunch in my iron skillet.

Best with French vanilla ice cream of course!

Sweet Tina shared some of her delectable garden produce.

I attended a wedding shower for our wonderful niece, Christina.

The setting was delightfully pink themed!

Our friend Scott invited us to join him at the local pub this week.
He let me sit on his motorcycle, but was wise enough not to invite me to drive it.
(I couldn't hold it up!)

I rearranged my antique mall booth.

Enjoyed a few more glorious sunsets.

And enjoyed one of our famous Midwestern thunderstorms.
This is 3 minutes long, but worth the watch if you haven't
experienced a constant lightning storm.
It came so close, but it never even rained on us.

I have run on long enough for now.
But I'm waiting to hear what you have done this July.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer is Here

The three baby birds on our front door wreath turned out to be FOUR!
In the past three weeks they have grown feathers,
started being frightened of me when I would peek at them,
and were suddenly grown and gone!
I have since removed the wreath and replaced it with another.

My friend Ann came over to make some jewelry for her 
daughter's birthday, stamped with her name.

We have had a few summer storms.
One was followed by a huge rainbow over our neighborhood.
Our house is the white one with the green roof.

I spent a day visiting my high school best friend, Sandy and her husband Denny, at their farm in the country about an hour away.  It was super fun eating at their one restaurant in town, replete with 50's decor and the best burgers ever.  It was a flashback in time visiting their general store which seems like a mixture of museum and shop, and always filled with young and old watching TV and exchanging neighborly news in the back. So crowded, so charming, and so hard to find anymore! 


       Sweetface and I spend as much time on the screened back porch as possible.  
At night we turn on the "party lights", light candles, and enjoy the soothing chorus of 
night peepers and creepers. The lightening bugs have already quietly come and gone.

Rosie still enjoys posing for the camera, even when she just woke up and her ears are a bit askew.  Callie prefers to hide out in her dark napping spots most of the day.

I hope your summer is progressing with the happiness of peaceful ordinary goodness, too.

"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."  ~ Rose Kennedy