Thursday, July 31, 2014

Don't Let the Turkeys Get You Down

As I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week, I've been feeling a little grumpy and out of sorts the past few days "...for many and any number of reasons."  One contributing factor is the media.  The constant barrage of tragedy and fear mongering has become rather overwhelming.  Yes I realize there are troublesome things happening in the world and we should know about them, but the focus is so negatively skewed with no room for hope that I decided to go on a media fast.  Mr. Rogers' Mom used to tell him to "Look for the helpers..."  I think the current media has forgotten about this part of balanced news coverage.  I know you are out there helpers, and I thank you.

So news from newspapers, TV and radio are off limits for a while.  Sadly, it seems tragedy can find it's way to you in other ways and today I realized something more proactive is necessary.

Perhaps I can take a page from Mrs. Rogers' book.  Perhaps I can inoculate myself against being overwhelmed by the bad news, by looking for the positive around me.  While I was out this morning running errands, I decided to keep my eye out for things that made me smile and for fun I put my iPhone to use to capture the moments.   

Ironically, this thought came to mind when I took this photo after I tried to put money in the parking meter where I'd just parked my car.  

I was going to post it to Facebook with the caption.  "My life lately."  But in reality my life is pretty blessed.  My eyesight on the other hand, is not so blessed.  I seem to have issues with focus and the iPhone, likely due to the fact I need to get my new prescription for my glasses filled.  It always look fine to me on the screen.  I though I'd share anyway.  I would love it if you'd share a little in the comments about what made you smile today.

The Cookbook section of a used bookstore can cure what ails you.

I was seriously tempted to buy this purse/make up case.  There is something delightfully tacky about it.

 (Listening to "This is That" on CBC Radio 1)


 A visit to Lakehouse can cheer me whether I buy anything or not. (Regarding my desire to purchase used items only - a can opener is another one of things that needs to be new.)

Young people using old "technology".

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lessons from Mom

This morning I spent some time organizing my writing folder and I stumbled upon something I'd written after my mom's passing three years ago.  I would have liked to have posted it yesterday, the day that would have been her 76th birthday, but I thought I'd share it with you today instead of waiting another year and forgetting about it again. Though all of the words may not be original, they are certainly true.

Since this is supposed to be a photo blog I thought I'd share one of my favourite photographs of my mom.  She's dressed up for one of the many costume parties she enjoyed attending (circa 1960).  Wish I'd inherited those gams!

Things my mother taught me about...

make up:
Don't leave the house without lipstick.

Someday you'll have kids just like you.

Always do your best.

There's nothing like a group of women friends.

is mean spirited and unkind.

When you buy cheap, you buy twice.

will never find you if you don't let down your guard.

Some of the best times of your life are the simplest and usually include family and friends.

is essential for happiness.

Do things for others and do things for yourself, you're worth it.