Saturday 18 February 2017

And so it goes . . .

I believe that over this past year the world has become an even harsher climate for human beings and tender souls.  Its just become nasty, nasty, nasty.  I can't stand to have the news on for even one minute.  It is filled to overflowing with vitriol, hate and lies . . .  and just plain mean spiritedness.  Its depressing.  Everyone sounds like sore losers, and yes, while I get their disappointment, I don't understand the attitude.

It just makes me sad
sadder and yet
 sadder still

I have seen really nice people become people I don't like or comprehend and that saddens me even more because I think to myself . . .  you're better than that, come on.  I have always  believed in the Democratic process.   Yes, sometimes we lose, but sometimes we win.  Its whatever it is.   The majority always prevails.  Sometimes you are on the winning side and sometimes you are on the losing side, but whatever side you are on, its only for four years and then a mighty change can happen.  In the meantime, I don't understand what purpose all the negativity serves.  Surely helping whoever is elected to be the best that they can be is better than tearing them down and wishing them to fail, because surely . . .  if they fail, everyone fails? 

United we stand

I have decided to fill my days with nicer things . . . the world will carry on whether I watch or listen to the news or not.  I get to choose what I put into my mind, heart, life  . . . and I choose nice.

Like puppies and baby pigs with liquid eyes and bow ties.   Good books to read, filled with hope and promise.  Making things with my hands, my mind, my heart.  I am on the other side of sixty now and there is far less of life facing me than there is that I have left behind, and I don't want it to be filled with misery and despair, and it could be if I let it . . . instead of dwelling on all of the negative in the world, I am going to fill my life with the positive.  There is so much more in life to be happy about.

I can choose not to 
let the negative
drown out the
good ...

I was working hard on the book yesterday.  I could just sit and work at it all the time, I am having that much fun with it . . .  but I have other things I need to be doing as well, like housework, laundry, etc.  Plus I have to work at keeping the blog (s) current so that means cooking and baking things that I think will interest people.   A cookery book won't sell if it doesn't have an audience.  I have seen so many food writers start to work on books and their blogs get forgotten.  Or they end up going on so many trips to write about that the original purpose of their blog gets lost, and it becomes a never-ending travelogue.   I don't want that to be the case here.   And so yesterday I was busy writing, and cooking  . . .  and blah, cleaning.   I did scones, a bread, a savory bake and a casserole.  I know, alot of food!  But then the doorbell rang and it was our friends Tony and Tina.  They had come to pick up something I was giving to them, and so they stayed and had a drink, a scone and a savory bake.  And a nice long chat.  It was nice.

I really like

It was a welcome break from it all.   It really was.   Mitzie didn't mind either.  She loves extra company, and she adores Tina to bits!   

Todd has his dates for his radiation therapy.  His treatments begin on the 28th of February and will continue, five days a week, over the course of four weeks.   When we went to the planning session they had asked whether he preferred morning or afternoon appointments.  He said  morning . . .  but guess what.  He got ALL afternoons.  There is not one morning appointment in the bunch.    C'est la vie.  We do what we have to do .   I told him now he can have a "lie in" in the mornings instead of having to rush up out of bed to be ready for the transport by 8:30.  Always look on the bright side . . . 

That's my 
motto for

There is always a bright side and a silver lining.   You just have to be open to the possibility.   I decided a few years ago that I was done with wallowing in misery, loss and negativity.  I became a possibilitarian, and an amazing life just got better.

I saw the cutest video yesterday.  It was an Ellen video and it was of a little girl who has some maracas.  She was maybe 18 months to two years old.  She puts her maracas on the sofa and tells her daddy by shaking her finger at him, no, no, no and then she trots out of the room.  As soon as she leaves he reaches over and starts shaking her maracas.   Back in she trots at great speed, saying no, no, no and shaking her finger at him, takes the maracas away and puts them back o the other sofa, and again, shaking her finger at him and saying no, leaves the room.  He does it again and the performance repeats itself, with her shaking her finger at him, saying no, no, no and him stealing the maracas and shaking them again and again.  It is such a sweet video.  The little girl never loses her cool, she just keeps telling him no and shaking her finger at him, until finally, at the end of the video, she puts the maracas down, looks at him, then picks them up and takes them with her when she leaves the room.

Sometimes the only way to
keep your maracas safe
is to keep them

and with that I will leave you with a thought for the day  . . .

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Spiritual Enlightenment

Baking in The English Kitchen today . . .  Fruited Scones.  Seriously tasty!

Have a great Saturday.  I hope it is blessed.  Whatever you get up to, don't forget!

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And I do too!


  1. Posibilitarian!!! Yes, I want to be one of those too. Great word, almost as long as some of our long greek tongue twisters.
    I agree with you about the news. That's why I gave up Facebook. There was too much nastiness right in my face.
    Spring and hope is in the air

  2. If it wasn't that facebook is the only way I have to catch up with the goings on in my children's lives Linda, I would give it up to. You are right too much nastiness right in your face! Spring and hope IS in the air. Our Camelia bush is bursting out into bloom! xoxo

  3. Hello Marie,

    I had a long day out with Beth. Did you know one hair appointment can take nearly six hours!

    We went to Costco. I only wanted one thing and they didn't have it. That saved me some money. It was a bit of a giggle as the trolley only contained Beth's vegan stuff. All organic etc.

    I walked around the shops while I waited for Beth and window shopped and didn't buy much. I have a head start on this years gifts. They are simple little kits reduced by 75%. I am well pleased with those. I tried to do one while I waited and ended up knitting more squares for a blanket project.

    I had to grimace for poor Todd. Sometimes one wonders why they even ask such questions. Research has proven that we are more pain tolerant as the day progresses so that may well be a little bonus for him.
    God bless your day and lots of love to you all.

  4. You are right to look for the bright side of things. Every day may not be a good one, but there is something good in every day !

  5. Hmm..sometimes the bright side is hard to find..I hope Mr T finds is so hard to be faced with all this..I feel for you both..but then have that direct line:)

    I agree wholeheartedly about successful blogs..that stop..and then it's take my photo styling class in Timbuktu..It is only $2500.00 US dollars..LOL..that's a million canadian..Oh hey ..I'll be there next week..after my art symposium in Provence.Thank doodness for the internet.
    LOL..that's a million canadian..
    anyway all this to say.yes..
    Yay yay for them..truly happy..but it's like Oprah's favorite things..or Gwenyth Paltrow..
    Of course I can go buy $2500 shoes.
    And go to a spa this weekend ..while I get the Royal Treatment in Boca Boca..
    I love their awe..but who the hck can do all this?

    And don't get me started on all the ads:(
    So much slow down..pop ups..I look at something on blog I go on..WISH everywhere.
    Oh lala..I worry about viruses..
    I know it is a livelihood for many..and I am over the moon it is..but surely there's a better way?

  6. I so agree with you Marie...I have always been a news fanatic whether it was on TV the radio or the newspaper, but even I find everything so depressing I am coming to the conclusion that I am trying not to listen to it all...ii am always arguing with them anyway....Mary has the best attitude I think, she neither listens to the news or reads the papers !!!......I'm pleased to see that at long last Todd has got his appointments...imagine them giving him afternoon appointments rather than his preferred morning mentioned .....transport......does that mean they are going to provide transport ? I would be so pleased if that is so as I think he will be very tired after the treatment and shouldn't really be driving......Hope you have had a good day and enjoy eating up all the delicious things you wonder you can't reduce your weight !!! But at least now you have an excuse...your book ! When is the deadline for it going to print ?...well tomorrow will be Sunday the start of another week. We are meeting my niece Beth and husband Max for lunch, looking forward to that very much....hope you also have a lovely day. Xxx

  7. Yay for the positive attitude Marie! You go girl! I always enjoy reading your blog! Sometimes I comment late bc I fall asleep only to wake up to my puppy howling to go outside and go pee. Then I'm wide awake for awhile. Lol. I'll say some prayers for your Todd hoping he'll be back on his feet in no time! I can't wait for your cookbook to come out!

  8. I can't imagine Suzan, but then, if you are getting streaks and stuff then I suppose it can! I wish I could come out of Costco with only one thing! Never happens, but then I get to go so rarely I treat myself! God bless! xoxo

    Thanks Pam! You have always been a great example to me in your positivity! xoxo

    I hate pop ups too Monique. SOmetimes you end up clicking on them without wanting to! So annoying! Oh yes, I know about the things you look at coming up and being in your face everyplace you look after. I suppose they don't want us to forget! xoxo

    I like Mary's attitude Sybil! I am becoming more and more like that myself, and it makes for a much happier life! I have to have the whole book done and dusted by the 28th March with publication hopefully by the end of April! THings work out so quickly these days! xoxo

    Thanks J! My puppy starts pawing me at 5 am every morning. I daren't breath a fraction of air in her direction and it starts, lol! Thanks for your prayers! xoxo


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