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Dec.11

No, not my birthday, but I am sure it must be somebody’s birthday, somewhere.  With my husband’s surgery fast approaching, I am finding that playing in my studio is a distraction that I find “restful”   In the truck I have been listening to a story about King Henry the VIII’s last wife, Catherine Parr, and the court life she led.  Interesting enough I guess, but I have decided I can do without the court drama.

The radio is either Holiday music, or if it is talk radio… the news, happenings of the day, budgets, politics and again, not what I call ambient for a soothing companion while I travel around doing last-minute errands.

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On Sunday, the church was all festive with a decorated Holiday tree, even had lights. That was a nice surprise, I realized that each year, my husband has put up coloured lights on the garage, of  course, this year, that hasn’t been done.  Seeing the lights, reminded me that yes, it is the holiday season… but… for us… we will miss it all, it will be a quiet and hopefully healing one.

The Tree 5.20.17Snow is in the forecast, starting early evening, and, on into the night and most of tomorrow.  For everyone wanting a white Christmas, looks like you just might get your wish.

May the joy of the holidays fill your homes with glad tidings.  The merriment of shared laughter and tender moments be the ingredients of your days, and peace and serenity the balm of your nights.

Oyashikiri

 

art work and photos- mine

dare you not to smile

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Diva Pippa, sitting pretty for the photographer (her Mom).. all she is missing is a poodle skirt.  Loved the picture and once again, asked permission to share,

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For some reason I thought of the actress Sandra Dee, she also has a bit of Audrey Hepburn ??  maybe someone out there remembers the beach movie..from way back when… Did you smile?

Keep the smile, spread the happiness around.. Pippa’s is an award-winning smile giver. =^_^=

Oyashikiri

 

ps. my two, look at me with eyes that say, don’t you even dare think of it. LOL Pippa is a born model.  Of course we have to acknowledge her costume and set designer too. winks and waves…

orange tree

orange tree xI loved this little orange tree.  Every year I would prune it back and bring it inside so it could survive our Canadian winters.  Circumstances were that it grew very big, and we simply were unable to bring it back in.

Fortunately, our niece knew of just the right home and the little, now larger orange tree, went to live somewhere new.  Happiness is letting go, knowing when it is time to say good-bye so that life can continue to grow and bring joy to someone else.

For months now we have been trying to declutter.  We have been finding things we forgot we had.  They are leaving to begin their lives again. Going where they can be rediscovered, and enjoyed and used in the light of day.  Not stored away and forgotten.

When I see piles of this and that.. I’m heartened knowing it is temporary, every day a  bag or box leaves for somewhere else.  It is a work in process.

What are you working on today? Strive towards a positive outcome.  Life is good!!!

“Happiness is giving it away”

Oyashikiri

PL Precept #15  All is a Mirror

 

 

Love a Donkey

 

“Hey, come on closer, I can’t hear what you are saying”… dutifully I found my way into the ditch and up to the fence.  I knew darn well they heard what I was saying, but clever darlings, wanted me closer so I could feed them the taller greens on my side of the fence.

I learned some time ago how devious they can be.  As full of mischief, they are also softies if you are deemed a friend. Get on their bad side tho’ and I would stay way clear. If they are working, and taking care of their flock… be warned, security checks can be quick and purposeful.

My visit was obviously on their lunch break. =^_^=    I’ve been known to chatter away, wax poetically and find myself rewarded with big sloppy kisses.  Of course a carrot or two in my pocket helped.

Lately I have found myself on back roads, where I have had the pleasure of a few encounters.  Have you visited with a donkey lately?  Aren’t they a wonderful audience. You know they are listening even when they turn their backs.. scratch an ear, if you are lucky, you’ll hear the donkey sigh, =^_*=  (wink)

Enjoy every day, today, will lead you to tomorrow.

Blessings be… Oyashikiri

communication …… remember, it is not always what we say, but HOW we say it. after we speak, it is important to LISTEN

 

au soleil – in the sunshine

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A spider will play, the warm sun fondly warming his legs as he feels his way along the path he is on.  A beautiful day for a stroll, I’m sure he is focused on his search  for his catch of the day. Yet he will be ever vigilant of the world around him.  Of course, realize that it will be from his perspective.

When we are out and about on a sunny day, do we focus on the moment or the day ahead.  I was myself not focused on my day, only on the moment, when a friend knocked on my door, saying, “come out and play”  Left on my own, I would have had a boring day. Sure I would have gotten things done, but having a friend to share some time with changed the whole “colour” of my day.  Not that we did something extra ordinary in a way that would win us, ooohs and aaahhhs…. but, it was an absolutely different and wonderful day, because it was shared with a friend.  So for ME, it was a fantabulous day..

How many times have I used the word =day=   hmmm doesn’t matter this is not a literary piece, it’s a shout out.. saying ” YAY” today was a good day!

What a nice way to enjoy such an interlude in the middle of the week.

Make times my friends to do something that makes you smile. Don’t squander all your day, doing the mundane.

Jai eu beaucoup de Plaisir, I had a lot of fun “living” today.

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no goblins or ghouls, I hope this “leaves” you with a smile.  Happy Thursday…

Q

Oyashikiri

 

photography,Hillwalker (D. Su)

 

 

an angel takes flight (Georgina)

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My sister in law was a strong resourceful woman, she battled with medical problems what seems like forever.  Yet she raised her family, say her children marry, and then the blessing of grandchildren.   Had she stayed around, she and my brother in law would have celebrated I believe their 49th. anniversary.

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The last few years saw her visiting the train station, more than I’m sure she wanted to, but an intelligent woman, she knew that a journey was soon to come. I never failed to marvel at her sense of “life” no matter her physical limitations, she always had an aura of vibrancy and life the emanated  from her.  Everyone who met her, dealt with her, enjoyed her presence. Even in the greatest discomfort, she made you feel welcome by her side.  A “true lady”, genteel, she will be greatly missed.

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She was a ray of sunlight that shone just a tad brighter than most.

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The last few days, we saw the skies cloud over, we felt the murmur and call of the Universe.

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One night the stars shone extra brightly, the next morning, we knew, she had spread her wings and flown home where she will shine down on us from up above.

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The sunbeams that dance across the lakes, and caress the changing seasons, will always be a bit of Georgina, reminding us, she is not far away,  Her legacy and faith in “life” will always BE.

Oyashikiri

Rest in Peace dear friend, you will never be forgotten..

 

 

 

 

Appreciation -Gratitude

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Meet Luna, my feel good therapist from the USA.  She is a Portuguese Water Dog with an extraordinary ability to make people smile.  She has an amazing number of followers who enjoy her daily antics, and her vibrant personality.  Of course her human “Mom” does the talking for her, but her eyes and body language I can assure you let us know who the “real” boss is.  She is so “darling” that she has an almost full time job modeling canine attire for different companies.

Her full-time job of course is her daily attitude of “Life is good!  Let me show you just how good it is”  She will patiently sit, and looking directly at the camera will dare you to not smile for her.  I would show you her full face, but don’t know if you can stand her cuteness.  She is a personality on Instagram tho’…. if you are on Instagram, check her out. lunatheportie     🐱

I appreciate her nature, her being there in living colour, because she always makes me smile.  Thank you to “human” mom too….

The other day while driving home, I noticed that a postal van had slowed down going in the opposite direction.  I looked over since I was stopped for a red light, and found a face looking back at me.. when our eyes connected, he smiled, no more, no less… I smiled back, and just like that.. it was a brighter day.

Everyday, I look for happiness,  I like to share happy moments with friends, and people I meet, or come across in my daily travels.  In PL we have 21 Principles we use as guidelines to help us live a better and happier life.

PL Principle #3   I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things, is a favourite of mine.

PL Principle #12 I will get up pleasantly in the morning  This one I find very important, if I start my day with a happy heart, I am more likely to have a much more effective and productive day.  Why… because I choose to be happy and enjoy whatever the day brings my way.

PL Precept #1   Life is Art   – you hear me say this over and over… every day is a brand new canvas..  own it…

Travel Quebec

Photo by Dave Renz, his visit to Quebec this year.  Just loved the composition..

Enjoy your day everyone..

Share a smile!

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

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