Friday, January 4, 2019

This Week

Happy Friday, blogging friends! How is everything going? What have you been up to? What’s the start of 2019 been like? Have you made resolutions? Do you ever make them? Did you celebrate/enjoy the holidays? Are you glad they are over?

I love the holiday season, so I’m always sad when it ends, especially because after that we just have winter, winter and more winter. I’m not a fan of this season, although I will say that no matter how many years go by, I am always in awe of the beauty that freshly fallen snow brings with it. It is magical outside as I write this.



Yesterday there was a band social. The most amazing man in the world and I got together with his music band members and their partners/wives at one of the band member’s home. He and his wife invited the whole gang over for dinner, which was really nice of them. Dinner was great and so was the company. We laughed, we ate, laughed some more, ate some more, and had interesting conversations. These are the types of social gatherings I enjoy. Very concentrated and not very noisy. All my introvert friends will understand.



On the first of the month I started a gratitude journal. At the end of each day I write down something I’m grateful for. I thought this would be difficult but it’s proving to be very easy. It’s amazing how many little things throughout the day bring you joy when you really stop and think about it. This exercise is also teaching me to really appreciate these blessings that I take for granted. It’s all about being mindful.

Do you do a reading challenge? I do one annually. This year I’ve committed to reading 20 books. I’ve already finished one; just 19 more to go! It might seem like a lot but it isn’t when you’re a bookaholic. Right now I’m reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It stresses the importance of living in the present and avoiding thoughts of the past or future. Mindfulness! I haven’t gotten very far yet but it’s very interesting so far. Are you a reader?



Things have really slowed down around here. When the holidays end, the frantic pace ends, too. Not that I’m complaining. Our Christmas tree is still up but we’ll probably take care of that this weekend. Hopefully. It all depends on how sluggish we feel – or not – this weekend.

And that’s a wrap. Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!

38 comments:

  1. I know lots of people who really got into Eckhart Tolle's philosophy and the essence of it does seem very zen and wise. I tried to read "The Power of Now" but alas, did not get very far into it. Too abstract for me, lol.

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    1. It can be quite heavy. What I did first is watch a really good video that explains what the ego is. After that, it all made sense and the book is much easier to relate to.

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  2. At a hard time in my life I kept a gratitude journal as well. I tried to find three things each night to be grateful for. Like you, I usually had no problem finding three or more. When I read them now, I see a lot of repetition, but I think that just means there were some pretty solid, dependable things to be thankful for.

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    1. I totally agree. Repetition is actually a very comforting thing. I does indeed mean that we have some solid and dependable things to be thankful for. At the end of this year, I will look through this journal and see what was repetitive for me. Should be interesting!

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  3. I did a gratitude journal a few years ago, it was a good thing.

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    1. I'm glad it worked for you, Christine. It can be a very good thing.

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  4. On an index card I write three things to be grateful for each day. At the end of the week I look over the card. It seems to help, even though some of the items are not that great.

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    1. That is such a great habit, John! I'm sure every little thing counts in its own way.

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  5. I don't do resolutions. I'm not only an introvert but a random chaotic type. I do like winter. I don't like mild spells. Don't mess with winter.

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    1. HAHAHA! You squeezed in a lot with very few words. I'm a spring loving girl myself. That's my favourite season. Winter is just too cold and too long for my Mediterranean roots :)

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  6. Our Christmas tree is still but we’ll probably take care of that this weekend. Hopefully.

    Borrow somebody's cat. It will have that sucker down in no time.

    I think humans are genetically predisposed to find the high-latitude winter somewhat depressing. We evolved in the tropics, and the long nights up in here just feel alien.

    Out of curiosity I looked up Cornwall, Ontario (where your profile says you live), and despite being in Canada it's actually a bit further south than I am. Must get a lot colder there, though.

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    1. We actually have two cats! And for the first time ever in all the years I've had cats they showed zero interest in the tree. ZERO! Never bothered it; never even looked at it. They are not acting like cats should act...haha

      I agree with you about the high-altitude winter. And the older I get, the harder I find this season. I tolerate it less and less as the years go by. My roots are Mediterranean and some days I feel like my body is reminding me of that! LOL

      I'm not sure where you live but our winters can be tough. I was in Kingston for eight years, which is further south. There was less snow there and it was slightly milder, but winters were still tough. The worst was in Montreal, my hometown. A lot of snow, little sunshine, very cold.

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  7. That's a good idea to keep a gratitude journal. Since gratitude is my word for 2019, I might have to start one :) Someone left a great comment on my recent post that she had heard, and now she does it, that when you brush your teeth you list 3 things you are grateful for. She often lists more. I think its a great reminder to be grateful for all we have. I'm going to start doing that.

    I like the introvert inclusion chart. I can relate to it.

    I use to make resolutions, now I'm making goals. Less stressful and more easily attainable :)

    betty

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    1. That is such a great idea with brushing your teeth! I should try that. Would certainly make the whole experience more pleasant and more interesting.

      Goals are indeed less stressful. I think about things I'd like to do and set up a plan. It's a great way to look forward to the upcoming months.

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  8. Martha, the first snow fall may be magic, but I'm over it. Spring can't come soon enough.

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    1. I'm with you! Counting the days till spring...

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  9. That is a very excellent book! It really helped me when I was coming off my anti-anxiety meds. :)

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    1. It is very helpful. I'm glad it worked for you!

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  10. your get together sounds fun. We haven't socialized that way in a long time. When we were younger we use to have bunko parties and get togethers a lot. We are such loners anymore especially in the mountains where not a lot of people want to drive up the mountain road just for a get together. i like your idea of a journal. i have thought about incorporating some quotes into my sketches - things that make me think or just centering ideas.

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    1. That would be lovely, Sandy. And your sketches are so beautiful, they will inspire good feelings and thoughts.

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  11. I am not a fan of winter either. As soon as summer is over I start counting down til spring. What I enjoy most about the holidays is a nice long visit with our daughter who comes home. We don't see her but a few times a year, so that is always nice. When it's over the undercoating etc is just work. I do though get to look forward to leaving the cold to interrupt winter for some place south and warmer...that truly helps.

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    1. Getting a break from the winter cold is wonderful! I wouldn't hesitate to do that if I could. I'd want to be away for the entire months of January and February. That would be a dream!

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  12. I no longer do New Year resolutions, in fact I don't think any of my close friends do either!

    Hasn't this first week of the New Year gone quickly. We had a family birthday celebration which was wonderful, we took down our decorations and are looking forward to a quiet day tomorrow. Yes, I may even do some reading :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Sounds like a really great time, Jan! Getting together with loved ones for celebrations is wonderful. We took down our decorations yesterday. I do miss the joy the Christmas adds but it had to be done.

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  13. That is an excellent book. I am thinking I should reread it. I completely understand the introvert thing. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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    1. I'm enjoying the book so far. I found it in a thrift shop at a great price, which was terrific. Being mindful has been one of the best things for me in 2018 and I hope to continue on that road. Happy Sunday!

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  14. I love new fallen snow! We haven't seen much around here lately. I love the idea of a written gratitude journal, that way it's there to reflect on at a later date.

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    1. Freshly fallen snow is always so beautiful. Not fun to drive through or shovel but nice to look at :)

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  15. Very insightful post! I set goals, but I don't make resolutions. I'm new to your blog!

    plovesfashion.blogspot.com

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  16. Cool beaners on your journal. Great things happen in those pages. No real winter, it's been weird here. Today it was spring. Tomorrow is gonna be snow. I dunno. It's just weird. I don't know if I should plant seeds or knit mittens.

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    1. Same here. It's been up and down for quite some time now. Snow, dry, ice, rain, cold, warm, snow...and on and on it goes.

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  17. Thanks for sharing the quote about snow being a magical event, Martha! That exactly what I felt about the first time I remember snow falling in Charlottetown when I was a little girl. I can still feel the magic of seeing those big flakes falling out of a grey sky. I'll never forget that thrill, even today as I drove through a snowstorm grousing. I am grateful for the snow, even though I worried about driving through it. We desperately need the moisture. Sounds like a fun evening of conversation!

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    1. I'm not a fan of winter but I do enjoy freshly fallen snow. It is quite magical. Still...I can enjoy it in photos while I lie on the beach on a tropical island :)

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  18. I love fresh fallen snow dear Martha! and i agree that it feels like a magical event when snowflakes fall upon you

    i envy you to read as much :) waiting for time (if i will still be alive) when i can read my favorite books as freely

    loved your analogy about being part of meaningful social group that talk to the point without arguments and noise

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    1. It is wonderful to get together with a group of people and get along so well. No arguments, no judgment. Just sharing ideas and thoughts and opinions!

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