Say Good-bye To 2017

There is usually excitement and celebration when ringing in the New Year and kicking the old one to the curb.

Each year does have its moments to celebrate . . . but for some reason we’re always looking forward to something new with hope and promise of better things.

I’m not so sure what would be better for me . . . I’m not into New Year Resolutions . . . I prefer to be as positive as possible and attract as much goodness as feasible flowing to me. I don’t know the form it will take . . . And I must realize that something not so good can become a definite blessing. So, don’t judge too quickly or too harshly when something discouraging or disappointing falls in your life.

A few years ago I was chatting with one of my neighbors who said, “this can be a learning opportunity.”

I don’t remember the context of our discussion, but that phrase stood out for me and I tucked it away to ponder at some other time.

This simple statement seemed to be a sort of prophesy for me. Just about everyday something would bring that phrase to mind. A learning opportunity — how can this be?

I suppose every day we can learn something new . . . But I don’t think this was the purpose. It seemed more personal. I thought instead of grumbling about something, I could view it as an opportunity to learn something.

So, when my air conditioner went out on the hottest day possible and a Friday night to boot . . . How can this be a learning opportunity?

For one thing I knew who to call . . . I opened up the windows and sliders to air out the house . . . It seemed that quite a few people in town had the same issue of no air conditioning which meant I may have quite a wait before a repair could be made.

I tried different techniques to make my little dog and me as comfortable as possible.

I stopped thinking about how miserable we were and focused on our many blessings . . . we were on the repair list . . . we had fans . . . ice . . . cold water . . . 

I stopped grumbling and began to feel a bit more comfortable, just by thinking more positively about what I did have and what I could do.

Then the call came telling me a repairman would be arriving in the next 20 minutes.

That was great and wonderful!! Twenty minutes plus the repair time . . . Hoooraaaayyyyyyy!!!

So, the lesson was to lighten up and be grateful . . . No good came to grumbling . . .

The reason I was bumped up was because some unfortunately person had to wait a couple of days for a part to come in . . . It did not feel good that my good fortune was due to someone else’s misfortune. This wasn’t anything I would wish for anyone else. I would hope no one would have air conditioning problems on hot hot hot summer days.

Well, from previous “learning opportunities” I’ll continue with those lessons and apply them to 2018 and all the new years to come.

Happy New Year!!


A Rainy Saturday Morning

I love the rain, especially if I can stay home and listen to it.

But, this Saturday morning I ventured out to run some errands.

I was surprised by the number of people walking in the rain. They were strolling, in no hurry, enjoying themselves.

While I was at the grocery store, a woman approached me telling me she was out walking and how she just loves the little town where I live ( and evidently where she lives, too.)

This got me thinking of how truly fortunate we are to live in a nice place and enjoy the weather, no matter what that brings.

It is better to think positively than negatively. And to express that to others as well.

When I returned the cart to the store after putting my groceries in the trunk of my car, I noticed the woman walking out of the parking lot. She was taking her time, looking at all the beauty around her. At that moment, I thought how wonderful it would be to take a walk . . . but I was glad to have my car and I’d be home with my groceries in about 5 minutes.

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about taking a walk . . . take my camera with me . . . just to capture this priceless moment of serenity with the rain and the beauty the day has to offer.

I’m pretty much comfortable with my laptop, listening to the rain, with my precious Yorkshire terrier, Diva, sleeping next to me.

This is a great day to curl up with a good book, watch a great movie, do a craft item or put together a jigsaw puzzle.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I was wondering what Ray O’Bannon of RavensBlight had available to make.

Yes, it is a bit on the dark side, but you have to admit it is unique. It has a skull and spikes around it. Just the thing to give to your special Valentine. It’s truly a one of a kind gift box.

Just click the image to be taken to the PDF you can print out on card stock, assemble and fill with delightful sweets.

Here’s the link to the Assembly Instructions for this exceptional Valentine’s Box compliments of Ray O’Bannon from RavensBlight.

This could be a keepsake box as well. I’m sure I’ll bring it out again for fall. It would be wonderful for Halloween.

The reason I think this box is so great is because of all the people who thoroughly enjoy Halloween and give all celebrations throughout the year with a bit of a macabre twist. Make up a few of these and see how welcome they are among your friends and family.

Whatever you choose to do today, rain, snow, sleet, hail or sunshine, I hope you have a lovely day.

Thanks for stopping by!